COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 18-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team fell to Northwestern, 5-2, Saturday in Evanston, Ill. The Buckeyes are now 19-4 this season, with an 8-2 record in Big Ten play. The Wildcats, ranked 31st, improve to 13-9 and 6-4 in league action.
Ohio State closes out the weekend and regular season with a 1 p.m. ET match at Illinois Sunday (Live Video | Live Scoring).
Quoting Coach Schaub
“We didn’t have a good day today. We just can’t have those kind of starts against a good team at their place. We did our best to try to turn some of those matches and give ourselves a chance, but the hole was just too big. I do think we can learn from this and get better. It doesn’t get any easier tomorrow on the road again against Illinois. We need to have a short memory and get ready to go tomorrow.”
- Northwestern won 6-3 on courts 1 and 2 to claim the doubles point.
- On court one, the No. 57-ranked duo of Clarissa Hand and Lee Or defeated Buckeyes Shiori Fukuda and Luna Dormet.
- The Ohio State tandem of Andrea Ballinger and Kolie Allen followed with a 6-4 victory on court three over Inci Ogut and Rheeya Doshi.
- On the deciding court two, the No. 74-ranked Ohio State tandem of Danielle Wolf and Isabelle Boulais suffered its first loss in nine matches, falling to Julie Byrne and Hannah McColgan.
- It was the seventh time this season the Buckeyes have lost the doubles point. The squad is 3-4 when opening the match down 1-0.
- Northwestern won three matches in straight sets to clinch the win.
- On court three, Lee Or downed No. 91 Kolie Allen, 6-3, 6-2 and No. 83 Shiori Fukuda fell to Julie Byrne, 6-0, 6-4, on court two.
- The Wildcats clinched the win with a 6-2, 7-5 victory by Hannah McColgan over Mary Beth Hurley on court six.
- Buckeye freshman Isabelle Boulais, ranked 63rd, rallied for a three-set win over No. 40 Clarissa Hand. After dropping the first set 6-2, the Buckeye won 7-5 in the second and 6-2 in the third for the victory. She is now 9-4 on court one this spring.
- Luna Dormet came from behind against Wildcat Rheeya Doshi on court four. The Buckeye lost the first set, 7-5, but won the second 6-2 and then prevailed in a super tiebreaker, 10-4. Dormet is on a four-match winning streak.
- The final match was on court five, where Carolina Pozo beat Buckeye Danielle Wolf in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.