January 22, 2023

No. 17 Buckeyes Open Year with Victory over No. 4 Oklahoma, 5-2



COLUMBUS, Ohio – In its first team match of 2023, the No. 17-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team defeated No. 4-ranked Oklahoma, 5-2, Sunday in the Ty Tucker Tennis Center.

The Buckeyes dropped the doubles point to the Sooners (3-2), the NCAA runner-up last season, before winning five of six singles matches to capture the team win. Shelly Bereznyak, Lucia Marzal, Irina Cantos Siemers, Sydni Ratliff and Kolie Allen all notched singles victories for the Scarlet and Gray, with four of the five winning in straight sets.

Quoting Coach Melissa Schaub

“Today was a good win – it was our first match of the season and it was a big one. I thought we came out a little nervous in doubles, which is to be expected, but we competed really well at all six singles spots. We talked yesterday about needing to play a complete match and I thought we were pretty close to that. We are excited to be hosting Kickoff Weekend starting Friday and will get back to work to prepare.”

Up Next

  • Ohio State will serve as an ITA Kickoff Weekend site, welcoming Old Dominion, Wake Forest and No. 24 Tennessee next weekend.
  • Friday features the Buckeyes vs. the Monarchs at 10 a.m., followed by the Demon Deacons vs. the Lady Vols at 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, the championship will be at 4 p.m., followed by the consolation about 7 p.m.
  • The site winner will advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship.

In Doubles

  • Oklahoma won on the first two doubles courts for a 1-0 lead.
  • On court one, Carmen and Ivana Corley defeated Kolie Allen and Isabelle Boulais, 6-1, and on court two, No. 22-ranked Alexandra Pisareva and Layne Sleeth were 6-2 winners over Sydni Ratliff and Shelly Bereznyak.
  • The match on court three between Irina Cantos Siemers and Akanksha Bhan of Ohio State and OU’s Julia Garcia Ruiz and Dana Guzman was suspended with the Buckeyes leading 5-2.

In Singles

  • Ohio State won the first set on all six courts en route to five singles victories and the team win.
  • Shelly Bereznyak, the reigning Big Ten Athlete of the Week, continued her hot streak. On court four, she did not drop a game against Ivana Corley to tie the team score at one.
  • Lucia Marzal followed, as she was a 6-1, 6-3 winner against Julia Garcia Ruiz on court six. The Buckeye won the final three games to clinch the match and put Ohio State ahead 2-1.
  • On court two against Dana Guzman, No. 30-ranked Irina Cantos Siemers was down 3-5 in the first set but battled back to get on serve and held for six-all to force a tiebreak. In the breaker, Cantos Siemers was up 6-3 before Guzman won three in a row to tie the score. The Buckeye took the next two points for the first-set victory and then rolled through the second set without dropping a game to move the Buckeyes’ lead to 3-1.
  • 15-ranked Sydni Ratliff clinched the team victory with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 court one win. Ratliff prevailed in a first set tiebreak to start the match. The Buckeye jumped out to a 5-3 lead but Sleeth won the next two, evening the match at five and each player held for a tiebreak. In the breaker, Ratliff won the first five points. Sleeth went on a three-point run, but Ratliff earned two of the next three to capture the first set. In the second set, Ratliff broke for a 3-2 lead and moved ahead 4-2. The Sooner held the next game but Ratliff closed out the set with a hold and a break to clinch her match and the team victory.
  • On court five, Buckeye Isabelle Boulais won the first set 6-2, with No. 91-ranked Carmen Corley winning the second. Boulais retired down 2-3 for a second Sooner team point.
  • Buckeye Kolie Allen prevailed in three sets on court five to round out the Buckeye win. Allen won the first set against Emma Staker, 6-2, before the Sooner forced a third set with a 6-3 win. In the final set, Allen opened with a break, which she eventually pushed to 5-2. After Staker won a game for a 5-3 set, Allen broke on the no-ad point to seal the win.

The Results
Oklahoma vs Ohio State
Jan 22 at Columbus, Ohio
(Ty Tucker Tennis Center)

#17 Ohio State 5, #4 Oklahoma 2

Singles competition
1. #15 Sydni Ratliff (OSU) def. Layne Sleeth (OU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
2. #91 Carmen Corley (OU) def. Isabelle Boulais (OSU) 2-6, 7-5, 3-2, retired
3. #30 Irina Cantos Siemers (OSU) def. Dana Guzman (OU) 7-6 (8-6), 6-0
4. Shelly Bereznyak (OSU) def. Ivana Corley (OU) 6-0, 6-0
5. #116 Kolie Allen (OSU) def. Emma Staker (OU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
6. Lucia Marzal (OSU) def. Julia Garcia Ruiz (OU) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Carmen Corley/Ivana Corley (OU) def. Kolie Allen/Isabelle Boulais (OSU) 6-1
2. #22 Alexandra Pisareva/Layne Sleeth (OU) def. Sydni Ratliff/Shelly Bereznyak (OSU) 6-2
3. Irina Cantos Siemers/Akanksha Bhan (OSU) vs. Julia Garcia Ruiz/Dana Guzman (OU) 5-2, unfinished

Match Notes:
Oklahoma 3-2; National ranking #4
Ohio State 1-0; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,6,3,1,2,5)
Official: Julio Colon T-3:32 A-216

Women's Tennis vs. OU - Jan 22, 2023