COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 21-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team rallied after dropping the doubles point, downing Purdue, 4-2, Friday at the Varsity Tennis Courts. Ohio State is now 18-3 this year, with a 15-1 mark in its last 16 matches and 11-1 record at home, and improves to 7-1 in Big Ten play.
The Boilermakers (7-12, 2-6 B1G) won the doubles point with victories on courts one and three. Buckeyes Luna Dormet and Shiori Fukuda both won in singles to put Ohio State ahead but Purdue answered with a win on court one for a 2-2 match. Mary Beth Hurley and Kolie Allen responded for the Buckeyes, closing out straight-set wins, to clinch the team victory.
The Buckeyes wrap up their regular season home slate Sunday when they host Indiana at 11 a.m. on Senior Day, with Andrea Ballinger recognized before the match. The match is 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 if there is a question. Admission is free.
Quoting Coach Schaub
“Purdue is a good team. It’s something we’re going to see with every Big Ten team we play – everyone is very competitive. We knew that coming in. We need to figure out the doubles point and we obviously would rather have a quicker start. I think we played well – it wasn’t the easiest conditions out here. It was tricky. We compete hard and that’s what it’s all about, especially out here in the wind. You kind of need to be gritty and figure it out. I’m really happy with our singles performance. We’ll be ready for a good Indiana team on Sunday.”
The Buckeye duo of Isabelle Boulais and Danielle Wolf dropped just one game in a 6-1 win over Ena Babic and Caitlin Calkins on court two. The Boilermakers posted 6-4 decisions on courts one and three to take a 1-0 match lead.
On court one, the duo of Silvia Ambrosio and Amina Mukhametshina defeated Kolie Allen and Shiori Fukuda and on court three, Zala Dovnik and Alex Sabe topped Andrea Ballinger and Luna Dormet.
It was just the sixth time this spring the Buckeyes have lost the doubles point. Boulais and Wolf improved to 7-0 in doubles as a pair in 2019.
Buckeye Luna Dormet dropped just one game in each set vs. Alex Sabe on court five to tie the team score at one. No. 79-ranked Shiori Fukuda followed with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Ena Babic on court two for a 2-1 Ohio State lead.
In a matchup of ranked players on court one, Purdue’s No. 30 Silvia Ambrosio prevailed over No. 54 Isabelle Boulais, 6-2, 6-4, to deadlock the team score at two.
Ohio State won the next two matches, finished in quick succession, to claim the team victory. On court six, Mary Beth Hurley was a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Zala Dovnik to push Ohio State ahead. Freshman and No. 85 ranked Kolie Allen clinched Ohio State’s victory, downing Seira Shimizu, 6-3, 6-4.
The final match was suspended in the third set with Ohio State’s Danielle Wolf leading Amina Mukhametshina on court four, 6-0, 4-6, 2-0.
Allen leads the Buckeyes with 17 dual match singles wins, followed by Fukuda (who has won 11 of her last 12 matches) with 16. Dormet is tied for third with 14 and Hurley has 12 victories.
Purdue vs Ohio State
Apr 12, 2019 at Columbus, Ohio
(Varsity Tennis Courts)
#21 Ohio State 4, Purdue 2
Purdue 7-12, 2-6 B1G
Ohio State 18-3, 7-1 B1G; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,2,1,6,3)