March 5, 2020

No. 2 Ohio State Hosts Northwestern in B1G Match Saturday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2 Ohio State women’s tennis team is set to host Northwestern at the Varsity Tennis Center (880 West Henderson Road) at noon Saturday. Admission is free. The Buckeyes are 8-3 on the year and 1-0 in Big Ten play. The No. 29 Wildcats are 5-5 overall and 1-0 in conference. (Live Stats and Live Video)

Ohio State enters the match after wins against Purdue and then-No. 2 Florida State last week. Northwestern is coming off a loss at home against Kansas on Sunday.

Ohio State vs. Northwestern – The Series

  • Last season the Buckeyes were 0-2 against Northwestern. The squads met in Evanston April 20, 2019, with the Wildcats winning, 5-2, and Northwestern then prevailed in a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal match April 26, 2019, 4-0, in Lincoln, Neb.
  • The Buckeyes are 4-6 in the last 10 matches vs the Wildcats, with a 2-1 mark at home during that span. The teams last met in Columbus April 22, 2018, with NU winning 4-2.

In the Rankings

  • The Buckeyes moved to No. 2 (from No. 5) in the ITA rankings Tuesday.
  • The last time the squad was ranked as high as No. 2 was May 4, 2017.
  • Ohio State started the year No. 25, moving to No. 12, next to No. 10 and then to No. 5.
  • In the Tennis Channel/USTA College Tennis Top 25, the Buckeyes are seventh this week.
  • Individual rankings were released this week with three Buckeyes making the ITA Top 125. Shiori Fukuda is No. 11, Danielle Wolf is 62nd and freshman Irina Cantos Siemers is No. 73.
  • In doubles, Kolie Allen and Cantos Siemers stay in the rankings at No. 61.
  • Northwestern, ranked 29th as a team, has one ITA Top 125 ranked singles player and one doubles team. Julie Byrne comes in at No. 58 for the Wildcats. Byrne and partner Christina Hand are No. 70 in doubles.

Buckeye Leaders

  • Shiori Fukuda has a team-best 23-7 singles record this season, with eight singles wins in dual match play to rank first on the team. Kolie Allen, Irina Cantos Siemers and Danielle Wolf each have six dual wins to tie for second.
  • In doubles, Wolf leads the team with 13 overall wins, followed by Fukuda with 12 and Cantos Siemers with 11. In dual matches, the team of Isabelle Boulais and Wolf is first with four victories.

Buckeye This and That

  • Of the Buckeyes’ first 11 matches this season, nine have been against teams in the ITA Top 25 (five in the Top 10) at the time of the match, along with two teams ranked in the Top 50. The nine teams were still ranked in the Top 25 in the most recent rankings (seven in the Top 10).
  • The squad has won the doubles point in six matches this spring, including in four of the last five outings.
  • Six Buckeyes have clinched an Ohio State win this spring. Shiori Fukuda and Luna Dormet both won in three sets for 4-3 wins over Oklahoma State and Michigan, respectively, while Danielle Wolf won in a third-set tiebreaker for a 4-2 win over Duke. Isabelle Boulais clinched the win over Wake Forest. Freshman Irina Cantos Siemers sealed the victories for the Buckeyes against both Kentucky and Arizona State. Kolie Allen rallied to win in three sets to lift the team to a 4-3 victory over No. 2 Florida State.
  • Fukuda is 8-3 at court one for the Buckeyes, the most wins on any court so far this season.
  • The Buckeyes have combined for six singles wins on courts three, four and five. No. 3 doubles leads the way with seven victories this spring.

Last Time Out

The Buckeyes are coming off victories against Purdue and then-No. 2 Florida State last week.

On the road against Purdue, the Buckeyes claimed the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. Shiori Fukuda, Irina Cantos Siemers, Danielle Wolf and Isabelle Boulais won in singles to earn a 5-2 team victory.

In a battle of Top 5 squads, Buckeye sophomore Kolie Allen prevailed in three sets to lift then-No. 5 Ohio State to a 4-3 victory over then-No. 2 Florida State Sunday at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Fla. The Seminoles claimed the doubles point, with wins on courts one and three. Ohio State’s Fukuda, Wolf, Luna Dormet and Allen all won their singles matches to earn the Buckeye victory.

Wolf and Fukuda were both 2-0 in singles for the Buckeyes last weekend to lead the way.

Up Next

The Buckeyes will next host the two teams from up north, Michigan State and Michigan, in Big Ten play. Ohio State will face Michigan State at 6 p.m. March 13 in the Varsity Tennis Center and Michigan at noon March 15, either at the indoor Varsity Tennis Center or the outdoor Varsity Tennis Courts. Admission is free at either location (Live Stats and Live Video)

The last time the Buckeyes faced the Spartans, Ohio State won 4-1 in East Lansing, Mich. The Scarlet and Gray had wins from courts one and two in doubles to clinch the doubles point. Fukuda, Wolf and Allen won in singles to clinch the Buckeye win.

The Buckeyes and Wolverines met earlier this season at ITA Indoors in Chicago, with Ohio State prevailing, 4-3. Against the Wolverines last year in the regular season, the Buckeyes fell 4-1 in Ann Arbor, Mich.