COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 21-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team closed out its regular season home schedule with a 6-1 victory over Indiana Sunday in the Varsity Tennis Center. The Buckeyes improve to 19-3 this season and are 8-1 in Big Ten play. Andrea Ballinger was honored before the Senior Day match and the Buckeyes improved to 12-1 at home this spring with the win over the Hoosiers (14-10, 4-5 B1G).
Against Indiana, the Buckeyes won the doubles point, with Isabelle Boulais and Danielle Wolf victorious on court one. On court three, Ballinger hit the winner to clinch her match with Luna Dormet and the team point for Ohio State. The Buckeyes had quick singles victories from Kolie Allen and Mary Beth Hurley for a 3-0 lead. The Hoosiers got on the board next, but Dormet clinched the team victory with a straight set win. Wolf and Shiori Fukuda wrapped up the day with singles wins for the 6-1 final.
Quoting Coach Schaub
“Danielle and Isabelle are playing some really good doubles right now and coming up strong for us. We worked on doubles a lot yesterday to get ready for today’s match and we were able to get the doubles point. We have some people playing well in singles. We’ve put ourselves in a good spot with one more week left of the regular season. We’ll look to get some good practice in before two tough road matches next weekend.”
The Buckeye court one duo of Isabelle Boulais and Danielle Wolf dropped just one game against the No. 64-ranked tandem of Madison Appel and Jelly Bozovic, breaking at love for a 5-1 lead and holding with a win on the no-ad point.
The Hoosiers posted a 6-1 win on court two, with Caitlin Bernard and Natalie Whalen topping Shiori Fukuda and Kolie Allen.
Fitting for senior day, senior Andrea Ballinger and Luna Dormet clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 victory over Michelle McKamey and Somer Henry. The Buckeyes broke on the no-ad point, with Ballinger hitting the winner, to claim the match and the team point.
The Buckeyes have won the doubles point in 16 matches this spring. Boulais and Wolf improved to 8-0 in doubles as a pair in 2019.
Ohio State moved its lead to 3-0 with back-to-back singles victories. On court three, No. 85 Kolie Allen defeated Caitlin Bernard, 6-3, 6-1, and on court six, Mary Beth Hurley dropped just one game in a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Somer Henry.
The Hoosiers got on the board with a 6-3, 6-2 win from Madison Appel over No. 54 Isabelle Boulais on court one. Luna Dormet clinched Ohio State’s win shortly after, downing Jelly Bozovic on court four, 6-3, 6-0. On court five against Michelle McKamey, Danielle Wolf pulled away for a 7-5 win in the first set and won the second, 6-2, for a 5-1 Ohio State advantage.
The final match was on court two between No. 79 Shiori Fukuda and Natalie Whalen. In the first set tiebreaker, Fukuda was down 6-2 and saved four match points to get to 6-all. She saved another at 6-7 and then won the final three points to claim the set. In the second set, she broke for a 5-3 lead and held for the 6-3 win and match victory.
Allen has a team-high 18 dual match victories this year, while Fukuda, who has won 12 of her last 13 matches, follows with 17. Dormet is third with 15 singles victories this spring. Wolf and Hurley each have 13 singles wins. In all, the Buckeyes are 94-28 in dual match singles, with a 36-13 record in B1G play.
The Buckeyes will close the regular season with two road matches. The squad will play at Northwestern at 11 a.m. ET Saturday and at Illinois at noon ET Sunday.
Indiana vs Ohio State
Apr 14, 2019 at Columbus, Ohio
(Varsity Tennis Center)
#21 Ohio State 6, Indiana 1
Indiana 14-10, 4-5 B1G
Ohio State 19-3, 8-1 B1G; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,6,1,4,5,2)