COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 21-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis posted a 6-1 win over Wisconsin Friday inside the Varsity Tennis Center. The Buckeyes improve to 16-3 this year, with a 13-1 mark in their last 14 matches, and are now 5-1 in Big Ten play. The Badgers fall to 13-3 on the year and suffer their first B1G loss, dropping to 5-1.
Shiori Fukuda, Danielle Wolf and Isabelle Boulais all posted singles and doubles wins for the Buckeyes. Ohio State claimed the doubles point and won five singles matches in straight sets for the B1G win.
The Buckeyes close out the weekend with a match vs. Minnesota at noon Sunday. The match is scheduled to be played at the Varsity Tennis Courts outside. In the case of inclement weather, it will be moved inside the Varsity Tennis Center. The location will be updated on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and the Buckeyes’ social media accounts Sunday morning. Admission is free.
Quoting Coach Schaub
“The first sets were tight and we were able to get most of those under our belts and played good second sets. The doubles point was really big. Shiori and Isabelle both pulling through in their tiebreakers was important. It was a good team effort.”
— Ohio State Women’s Tennis (@OhioStateWTEN) April 6, 2019
Doubles came down to court one after the teams split 6-2 decisions on courts two and three. The Badgers won the first match complete, as Melissa Pick and Ava Markham downed the Buckeye duo of Kolie Allen and Andrea Ballinger on court two. Danielle Wolf and Isabelle Boulais answered for the Buckeyes, topping Sara Castellano and Christina Zordani.
On court one, the Badger duo of Lexi Keberle and Anna Makarova took an early lead but the Buckeyes came back and edged ahead. Wisconsin broke with the Buckeyes serving (5-4) for the match to tie the score at 5, but Ohio State answered with a break of its own and then won the next game for a 7-5 victory.
The Buckeyes posted nearly simultaneous wins on courts five and six to take a 3-0 lead. On court six, Mary Beth Hurley won 6-4, 6-1 over MaryAnn Rompf. The Buckeyes won the first set with a break on the no-ad point. On court five, Danielle Wolf topped Melissa Pick, 6-4, 6-2, breaking for the first set victory.
On court one against Sara Castellano, No. 60 Isabelle Boulais came from behind in the first set to win 7-5, breaking on the no-ad point for a 6-5 lead and holding at love for the set. She rolled in the second, 6-2, to clinch the Buckeye team win.
No. 72-ranked Shiori Fukuda pushed the Buckeye lead to 5-0 with a win on court three against Anna Makarova. The Buckeye cruised in the first set, 6-2, and in the second prevailed in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (3). On court two, No. 71 Kolie Allen won her first set in a tiebreak and won the second set 6-2 over Lexi Keberle.
The final match went to the Badgers, as Ava Markham defeated Luna Dormet on court four, 7-5, 7-5.
Wisconsin vs Ohio State
Apr 05, 2019 at Columbus, Ohio
(Varsity Tennis Courts)
#21 Ohio State 6, Wisconsin 1
Wisconsin 13-3, 5-1 B1G
Ohio State 16-3, 5-1 B1G; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,5,1,3,2,4)