April 25, 2019

No. 25 Buckeyes Head to Big Ten Tournament


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 25-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team is in Lincoln, Nebraska, for the 2019 Big Ten Tournament. Live scoring is available for all tournament matches, with live video available if play is moved indoors. Links, results and matchups can be found on the Tournament Central page. BTN will cover the championship match.

Ohio State (19-5, 8-3 B1G) finished conference play tied with Illinois for third place and is the tournament’s No. 4 seed. The Buckeyes will take on No. 5 seed Northwestern (14-9, 7-4 B1G) at 11 a.m. ET Friday in the quarterfinals. The OSU/NU winner will play against the winner of No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 9 Purdue at 11 a.m. ET Saturday in the semifinals. The championship match is set for 1 p.m. ET Sunday. The tournament winner receives the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tourney
Ohio State won the Big Ten Tournament title in 2016 and ’17, defeating Michigan in both championship matches. They were the first league conference tournament championships in program history.

Last year, the Buckeyes were the No. 4 seed and defeated Purdue, 4-1, in the quarterfinals before falling to No. 1 seed Northwestern in the semifinals, 4-1.

Buckeyes vs. Wildcats

  • Northwestern is 14-9 this spring and finished Big Ten play 7-4, with wins over Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Rutgers, Maryland, Ohio State and Penn State and losses to Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
  • Clarissa Hand is ranked 40th in singles for the Wildcats and teams with Lee Or to make up the No. 62-ranked doubles tandem.
  • The Buckeyes lost to Northwestern on the road last weekend, 5-2. The Wildcats won the doubles point with victories on courts 1 and 2 and then won on courts 2, 3, 5 and 6 in singles.
  • Ohio State is 4-6 against Northwestern in the last 10 matches, with a 1-2 record in Big Ten Tournament matches in that stretch.

Buckeyes in the Rankings

  • The most recent ITA rankings were released Tuesday, with Ohio State No. 25 as a team.
  • Big Ten teams joining Ohio State in the Top 50 are No. 17 Michigan, No. 29 Northwestern, No. 30 Illinois and No. 40 Wisconsin.
  • In the singles rankings released this week, Isabelle Boulais is No. 55, Shiori Fukuda came in at No. 93 and Kolie Allen is No. 99.
  • In doubles, Fukuda and Boulais are ranked 38th. Boulais and Danielle Wolf are No. 84.
  • In this week’s USTA rankings, Ohio State is 18th.

Buckeye This and That this Spring

As a team

  • The squad is 19-5 overall and coming off the first back-to-back losses of the season, falling to Northwestern and Illinois on the road last weekend.
  • The Buckeyes have a 3-1 record on neutral courts this year, with wins over Kentucky during ITA Kick-Off Weekend, Syracuse at National Indoors and TCU in Arizona.
  • Seven of the Buckeyes’ non-conference foes are ranked in the ITA Top 50 this week – No. 4 Duke, No. 8 Texas, No. 27 Kentucky, No. 31 Syracuse, No. 38 Arizona State, No. 39 Georgia Tech and No. 48 Notre Dame.
  • The Buckeyes were 40-20 in singles and 16-12 in doubles matches in Big Ten play. Shiori Fukuda had a team-best eight wins in Big Ten play, while Kolie Allen, Luna Dormet and Danielle Wolf each had seven. In doubles, the duos of Isabelle Boulais and Wolf and Kolie Allen and Andrea Ballinger each had five wins in B1G action.

In Singles

  • Six Buckeyes have 10+ dual match singles wins this spring and the team has combined for a 98-35 record in dual matches.
  • Freshman Kolie Allen is first on the squad with 19 dual match wins, with Shiori Fukuda second with 17.
  • Luna Dormet ranks third with 16, followed by Isabelle Boulais with 15, Danielle Wolf with 14 and Mary Beth Hurley with 13.
  • Dormet is on a four-match winning streak, with her last match unfinished in the second set. Last Friday at Northwestern she prevailed in a super tiebreaker after winning the second set.
  • Fukuda and Allen lead the Buckeyes with matching 7-3 records in the last 10 matches.
  • Five of the Buckeyes have 20+ wins overall this year, led by Dormet with 27. Wolf has 24, Fukuda has 23, Hurley has 22 and Allen has 21.
  • Led by a 15-2 record from Allen, the Buckeyes are 19-3 on court three this spring. On court five, Ohio State’s players have combined for an 18-5 ledger, while on court two the team has totaled an 18-6 record.

In Doubles

  • The duo of Isabelle Boulais and Danielle Wolf leads the squad with eight dual match wins (8-2), while Kolie Allen and Andrea Ballinger are 7-3.
  • Ohio State has won the doubles point in 16 matches this spring.
  • The Buckeyes are 15-7 on court two, with a 12-7 record on court three and 11-8 mark on court one.
  • Wolf leads the Buckeyes with 15 dual match doubles victories, followed by Boulais, Dormet and Allen with 13 each.
  • Overall, Wolf and Dormet share the team lead with 24 doubles victories this year.

Academic Standouts

At the annual Ohio State Scholar-Athlete Dinner, eight Buckeyes were recognized as Ohio State Scholar-Athletes.

The Buckeyes honored were Kolie Allen, Andrea Ballinger, Isabelle Boulais, Emma DeCoste, Luna Dormet, Shiori Fukuda, Mary Beth Hurley and Danielle Wolf. Ballinger and Wolf were both recognized for the third time, while Fukuda and Hurley are now two-time honorees.