COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 18-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team dropped its regular season finale to Illinois, 4-2, Sunday in Urbana, Ill. The Buckeyes are now 19-5 this season and finish Big Ten play with an 8-3 record. The Fighting Illini, ranked 32nd, are now 14-10 and 8-3 in conference play.
Next up, the Buckeyes head to Lincoln, Nebraska, for the Big Ten Tournament. Ohio State, which finished tied for third, is the No. 4 seed and has a bye on the first day. Friday, the Buckeyes will take on Northwestern at 11 a.m. ET in the quarterfinals. The OSU/NU winner will play against the winner of No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 8 Michigan State or No. 9 Purdue at 11 a.m. ET Saturday in the semifinals. The championship match is set for 1 p.m. ET Sunday.
- The doubles point came down to court one, where the tandem of Daniela Pedraza Novak and Emilee Duong beat the Buckeyes’ No. 74-ranked team of Isabelle Boulais and Danielle Wolf, 6-4, holding to win the match on the no-ad point.
- The Illini won the first match, as Asuka Kawai and Mia Rabinowitz defeated Buckeyes Kolie Allen and Andrea Ballinger, on court three.
- On court two, Ohio State’s Luna Dormet and Shiori Fukuda came back from down a break early and defeated Jaclyn Switkes and Sasha Belaya, 6-3.
- Ohio State won the first two matches off the court to move ahead, but the Illini won the next three, including two in three sets, for the match victory.
- Buckeye Danielle Wolf won in straight sets on court five over Emilee Duong, 6-2, 6-3, to tie the match at one. Wolf is now 14-7 this spring.
- Freshman and No. 91-ranked Kolie Allen posted a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Sasha Belaya on court three for a 2-1 Ohio State lead. Allen leads the Buckeyes with 19 dual match wins this spring.
- Illinois tied the match when Daniela Pedraza Novak won 7-5, 6-3 over Mary Beth Hurley on court six.
- The matches on the top two courts were both in third sets, with the Illini winning the second set in both matches, when the team score was tied at two. The Illini pushed ahead as Mia Rabinowitz defeated No. 63 Isabelle Boulais, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2, on court two and No. 48 Askua Kawai clinched the win, as she topped No. 83 Shiori Fukuda, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.
- The final match was in a second set tiebreaker when it was abandoned. Jaclyn Switkes of the Illini won the first set 6-2 but Buckeye Luna Dormet came from behind to force the tiebreaker.