May 3, 2019

No. 25 Buckeyes Drop NCAA Opener to Georgia Tech, 4-3

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a hard-fought NCAA Tournament first round match, the No. 25-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team lost to Georgia Tech, 4-3, Friday in Nashville, Tenn. Ohio State ends the season 19-7 (8-3 B1G), while the No. 41-ranked Yellow Jackets (13-12, 7-7 ACC) advance to the second round. Ohio State was making a sixth consecutive NCAA appearance and the 16th in program history.

The Short Story

The match start was delayed over an hour because of rain, and included other stoppages for light rain. The Buckeyes claimed the doubles point, with Shiori Fukuda and Kolie Allen winning on court one and Danielle Wolf and Isabelle Boulais prevailing on court two. Fukuda dropped just one game on court three to push the Buckeye lead to 2-0  but Georgia Tech won the next three matches, all in straight sets, on courts one, six and four, to take a 3-2 lead.

The two remaining courts were in a third set to decide the match. On court five, Buckeye Luna Dormet prevailed to tie the team score at three. On court two, Kolie Allen came back from a 1-5 deficit in the third set to tie the match and broke to go ahead 6-5. The Yellow Jacket answered with a break of her own to force a tiebreak and she pulled away for a 7-4 victory, the singles match and the team win.

In Doubles

  • The duo of Shiori Fukuda and Kolie Allen won 6-2 on court one over Victoria Flores and Valeriya Deminova.
  • Ohio State clinched the doubles point with a 6-3 victory from No. 89-ranked Isabelle Boulais and Danielle Wolf on court two against Gia Cohen and Nami Otsuka.
  • On court three, the Buckeye tandem of Luna Dormet and Andrea Ballinger was at 4-all against Kenya Jones and Nadia Gizdova when play was suspended.
  • Boulais and Wolf led the Buckeyes with 10 dual match wins as a doubles team this spring.

In Singles

  • Shiori Fukuda, ranked No. 110, put the Buckeyes ahead 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-0 victory on court three against Valeriya Deminova.
  • The Yellow Jackets won the next two matches to tie the team score at 2. On court one, No. 9-ranked Kenya Jones won 6-0, 6-4 over No. 56 Isabelle Boulais and on court six Nadia Gizdova defeated Mary Beth Hurley, 6-3, 6-1.
  • A third straight win for the Yellow Jackets came from Gia Cohen who defeated Danielle Wolf on court four, 7-6 (6), 7-5.
  • Luna Dormet tied the match with a three-set win over Victoria Flores on court five. The Buckeye won the first set, 6-1, but dropped the second, 6-2. In the third, Dormet took an early 3-1 lead and never trailed, holding for a 6-4 set win.
  • The match came down to a battle on court two between No. 100 Kolie Allen and Nami Otsuka. They split the first two sets, with Allen winning the first, 7-5, and Otsuka claiming the second, 6-4. In the third, Allen came back from 1-5 down to tie the match at 5-all. She broke for a 6-5 lead but Otsuka broke back on the no-ad point to force a tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, Otsuka led 4-2. Allen pulled within one at 3-4 and 4-5, but the Yellow Jacket won the final two points for the match and team victory.
  • Fukuda led the Buckeyes with 18 dual match singles victories, while Dormet ranked second with 17. Dormet had a team-best 28 overall singles wins.

Up Next

Isabelle Boulais will compete in the NCAA singles championship, which runs May 20-25 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla.

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The Results
Georgia Tech vs Ohio State
May 03, 2019 at Nashville, Tenn.
(Currey Tennis Center)

#41 Georgia Tech 4, #25 Ohio State 3

Singles competition

  1. #9 Kenya Jones (GT) def. #56 Isabelle Boulais (OSU) 6-0, 6-4
  2. Nami Otsuka (GT) def. #100 Kolie Allen (OSU) 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
  3. #110 Shiori Fukuda (OSU) def. Valeriya Deminova (GT) 6-1, 6-0
  4. Gia Cohen (GT) def. Danielle Wolf (OSU) 7-6 (8-6), 7-5
  5. Luna Dormet (OSU) def. Victoria Flores (GT) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
  6. Nadia Gizdova (GT) def. Mary Beth Hurley (OSU) 6-3, 6-1

Doubles competition

  1. Shiori Fukuda/Kolie Allen (OSU) def. Victoria Flores/Valeriya Deminova (GT) 6-2
  2. #89 Danielle Wolf/Isabelle Boulais (OSU) def. Gia Cohen/Nami Otsuka (GT) 6-3
  3. Luna Dormet/Andrea Ballinger (OSU) vs. Kenya Jones/Nadia Gizdova (GT) 4-4, unfinished

Match Notes:
Georgia Tech 13-12; National ranking #41
Ohio State 19-7; National ranking #25
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (3,1,6,4,5,2)