COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 21-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team topped Minnesota, 5-2, Sunday in an outdoor match at the Varsity Tennis Courts. Ohio State improves to 17-3 this year, with a 14-1 mark in its last 15 matches, and is now 6-1 in Big Ten play. The Gophers are 10-9 overall and 3-4 in B1G matches.
Shiori Fukuda, Isabelle Boulais and Danielle Wolf all won in singles and doubles for the Buckeyes for the second time this weekend. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin, 6-1, Friday.
The Buckeyes wrap up their four-match homestand against Purdue and Indiana next weekend. Ohio State will host the Boilermakers at 4 p.m. Friday and the Hoosiers at noon Sunday on Senior Day. The matches are scheduled to be played at the Varsity Tennis Courts outside. In the case of inclement weather, play will be moved inside the Varsity Tennis Center. The location will be updated on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and the Buckeyes’ social media accounts prior to match time. Admission is free.
— Ohio State Women’s Tennis (@OhioStateWTEN) April 7, 2019
Quoting Coach Schaub
“We got a match in outside, which is good. I thought we were ready and played pretty well. We got off to some quick starts in doubles which is always helpful and is something we talk about a lot. We got to see some new teams. Some people stepped up. Isabelle is playing really well and Danielle got a big win. I feel good with where we are right now and how we responded from last weekend. We just need to keep working.”
The Buckeyes dropped just three games on the top two doubles courts to pick up the doubles point. Kolie Allen and Shiori Fukuda rolled to a 6-1 win over Cammy Frei and Caitlyn Merzbacher on court one. On court two, Isabelle Boulais and Danielle Wolf posted a 6-2 victory over Tina Kreinis and Tiffany Huber.
The Buckeyes have won the doubles point in 15 of 20 matches this spring. Boulais and Wolf improve to 6-0 in doubles as a pair in 2019.
Isabelle Boulais put the Buckeyes ahead 2-0 with a win on court one, as the No. 60-ranked Buckeye freshman posted a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Tiffany Huber. Danielle Wolf and Luna Dormet won nearly simultaneously to clinch Ohio State’s win. On court four, Wolf defeated Caitlyn Merzbacher, 6-4, 6-3, and on court five, Dormet was a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Juliet Zhang.
The Gophers got on the board with a 6-3, 6-3 win by River Hart over Mary Beth Hurley on court six.
On court three, No. 72-ranked Buckeye Shiori Fukuda prevailed in three sets over Cammy Frei. The players traded 6-2 set victories, with the Gopher forcing a third set. Fukuda settled in and won 6-2 to claim the match and the Buckeyes’ fifth point.
The final match was on court two, with No. 71 Kolie Allen facing Tina Kreinis. The Gopher won 7-5 in the first set. Allen saved three match points to get back on serve and the second set went to a tiebreak. The tiebreak was back-and-forth, with five ties (and Allen saving another match point), but the Gopher eventually won 9-7.
Minnesota vs Ohio State
Apr 07, 2019 at Columbus, Ohio
(Varsity Tennis Courts)
#21 Ohio State 5, Minnesota 2
Minnesota 10-9, 3-4 B1G
Ohio State 17-3, 6-1 B1G; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,4,5,6,3,2)