April 19, 2019

No. 18 Buckeyes Hit the Road to Close Regular Season

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 18-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team travels for two matches this weekend. The Buckeyes, 19-3 overall and 8-1 in the Big Ten, will face Northwestern (12-9, 5-4 B1G) at noon ET Saturday in Evanston, Ill., and Illinois (11-10, 6-3 B1G) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday in Urbana, Ill.

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Buckeyes in the Rankings

  • The most recent ITA rankings were released Tuesday, with Ohio State moving up to No. 18 as a team.
  • Big Ten teams joining Ohio State in the Top 50 are No. 16 Michigan, No. 31 Northwestern, No. 32 Illinois and No. 42 Wisconsin.
  • In the singles rankings released this week, Isabelle Boulais is No. 63, Shiori Fukuda came in at No. 83 and Kolie Allen is No. 91.
  • In doubles, Fukuda and Boulais are ranked 36th. Boulais and Danielle Wolf moved into the rankings as a team for the first time at No. 74.
  • In this week’s USTA rankings, Ohio State is ninth.

Buckeye This and That this Spring

As a team

  • The squad is 16-1 in its last 17 matches and is 19-3 overall. Two of the team’s losses were 4-3 defeats (Texas, Duke).
  • The Buckeyes are 7-2 away from Columbus this spring, with a 4-1 mark in road matches and 3-1 record on neutral courts.
  • The Buckeyes are 36-13 in singles and 14-8 in doubles matches in Big Ten play. Shiori Fukuda has a team-best 8-1 B1G record, while Mary Beth Hurley, Luna Dormet and Danielle Wolf are all 6-2 and Kolie Allen is 6-3. Isabelle Boulais and Wolf have a team-best 5-0 B1G record as a doubles team, with Allen and Andrea Ballinger posting a 4-2 league record.

In Singles

  • Six Buckeyes have 10+ dual match singles wins this spring and the team has combined for a 94-28 record in dual matches.
  • Freshman Kolie Allen is first on the squad with 18 dual match wins, with Shiori Fukuda second with 17.
  • Luna Dormet ranks third with 15, followed by Isabelle Boulais with 14 and Mary Beth Hurley and Danielle Wolf with 13.
  • Dormet has won her last three matches, all in straight sets, dropping just nine games in six sets combined.
  • Fukuda is on a team-high four-match winning streak, with three straight-set wins and a three-set victory.
  • Five of the Buckeyes have 20+ wins overall this year, led by Dormet with 26. Fukuda and Wolf have 23, Hurley has 22 and Allen has 20.

In Doubles

  • The duo of Isabelle Boulais and Danielle Wolf leads the squad with eight dual match wins (8-0). The tandem is 4-0 the last two weekends, including a ranked win against Indiana on court one last Sunday.
  • Ohio State has won the doubles point in 16 matches this spring. Last Friday vs. Purdue was the third time the team won the match after dropping the doubles point (Arizona State, Iowa).
  • The Buckeyes are 14-6 on court two this spring, with 11-6 records on courts one and three.
  • Wolf leads the Buckeyes with 15 dual match doubles victories, followed by Boulais with 13. Luna Dormet and Kolie Allen each have 12 dual match doubles victories.

In the B1G

Michigan finished Big Ten play last week with an undefeated 11-0 record, clinching the regular season title and No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Ohio State enters the weekend in second place with an 8-1 ledger, followed by Wisconsin (7-2), Illinois (6-3) and Northwestern (5-4). Michigan State finished B1G play 6-5 and Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota enter this weekend with matching 4-5 records. Penn State and Purdue are 3-6, Nebraska is 2-7 and Rutgers and Maryland are 1-8. The Top 10 teams earn spots in next weekend’s Big Ten Tournament.

Buckeyes vs. Wildcats

  • Northwestern is 12-9 this spring, with a 9-3 home ledger. The team is 5-4 in B1G play, with wins over Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Rutgers and Maryland and losses to Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Wildcats played Chicago State Wednesday, winning 4-0.
  • Clarissa Hand is ranked 40th in singles for the Wildcats and teams with Lee Or to make up the No. 57-ranked doubles tandem.
  • Ohio State lost two matches to Northwestern last year, falling at home in the regular season, 4-2, and in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, 4-1. The losses ended a four-match winning streak for the Buckeyes in the series vs. the Wildcats.

Buckeyes vs. Fighting Illini

  • Illinois is 11-10 overall this year, with a 6-1 mark at home. In Big Ten matches, Illinois is 6-3, with wins over Purdue, Rutgers, Maryland, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Minnesota and losses to Northwestern, Indiana and Michigan.
  • Illinois hosts Penn State and Northern Iowa Friday before taking on the Buckeyes Sunday.
  • Asuka Kawai is ranked 48th in singles this week for the Illini.
  • The Buckeyes topped Illinois in Columbus last year, 4-3, and have won the last three matches vs. the Illini.

Up Next

Nebraska will host the Big Ten Tournament April 25-28 at the Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center in Lincoln, Neb. The No. 7-10 seeds open play on day one, with seeds 1-6 playing their first matches on day two. Ohio State has clinched a Top 6 spot.