March 12, 2023

No. 4 Buckeyes Clipped by UCLA, 4-3



COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State women’s tennis team lost a heartbreaker at UCLA, 4-3, Sunday in Los Angeles. After dropping the doubles point, the Buckeyes won three of the first four completed singles matches to take a 3-2 lead. The match came down to a third set on courts one and four, with the Bruins prevailing in both for the team victory. Ohio State is now 8-5 on the year, with UCLA 5-3.

Up Next

  • The Buckeyes will play at No. 25 Pepperdine at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday.
  • After its California trip, Ohio State will open a three-match homestand vs. Big Ten foes.
  • The Buckeyes will host Wisconsin at 6 p.m. Friday and Minnesota at 11 a.m. Sunday. The homestand wraps up vs. Purdue at 3 p.m. March 24.

Quoting head coach Melissa Schaub

“This loss is on me. We are a better team than what we are showing right now. We need to get back to playing loose and confident. Somewhere recently, we have lost that. I believe these losses will prepare us for where we need to be at the end of the year. We just need to keep believing in each other and keep trying to get better every day.”

In Doubles

  • The Bruins took the doubles point, posting 6-4 victories on courts one and three.
  • On court one, the Buckeye duo of Isabelle Boulais and Sydni Ratliff was unable to overcome a break to start the match against No. 10-ranked Kimmi Hance and Elise Wagle.
  • On court three, the duo of Kolie Allen and Danielle Willson battled back from a break to even the match at 4-all. The Bruins’ Vanessa Ong and Sasha Vavramov won the final two games to take the match.
  • On court two, Buckeyes Irina Cantos Siemers and Akanksa Bhan were leading Ava Catanzartie and Fangran Tian 5-2 when play was suspended.

In Singles

  • Lucia Marzal dropped just one game on court five against Elise Wagle to tie the team score at one, posting a 6-1, 6-0 victory.
  • After the Bruins won in straight sets on court three, Sydni Ratliff deadlocked the score at two. The No. 28-ranked Buckeye topped No. 95 Kimmi Hance, 6-3, 6-2, on court two.
  • Shelly Bereznyak, ranked No. 94, was a 6-2, 6-4 winner on court six against Anne-Christine Lutkemeyer for a 3-2 Buckeye lead.
  • The final two matches went to a third set, with both Buckeyes rallying to force the decisive set.
  • On court one, No. 20 Irina Cantos Siemers dropped the first set to No. 63 Fangran Tian, 6-4, but won the second, 6-3. Each player held to start the third before the Bruin won the final five games to tie the match at three.
  • UCLA clinched the match with a court six win. Sasha Vagramov won the first set vs. Isabelle Boulais, 6-3, before the Buckeye won the second, 6-2. In the third, Vagramov broke to open the set and Boulais was unable to get back on serve. Vagramov won the set 6-4 on the no-ad point.
  • Bereznyak and Marzal are both 9-1 this spring to lead the Buckeyes.

The Results
Ohio State vs UCLA
3/12/2023 at Los Angeles, CA
(Los Angeles Tennis Center)
#64 UCLA 4, #4 Ohio State 3

Singles competition
1. #63 Fangran Tian (UCLA) def. #20 Irina Cantos Siemers (OSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
2. #28 Sydni Ratliff (OSU) def. #95 Kimmi Hance (UCLA) 6-3, 6-2
3. #76 Ava Catanzarite (UCLA) def. Kolie Allen (OSU) 6-0, 6-2
4. Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) def. Isabelle Boulais (OSU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
5. Lucia Marzal (OSU) def. Elise Wagle (UCLA) 6-1, 6-0
6. #94 Shelly Bereznyak (OSU) def. A. Lutkemeyer (UCLA) 6-2, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. #10 Kimmi Hance/Elise Wagle (UCLA) def. Isabelle Boulais/Sydni Ratliff (OSU) 6-4
2. Ava Catanzarite/Fangran Tian (UCLA) vs. Akanksha Bhan/Irina Cantos Siemers (OSU) 2-5, unfinished
3. Vanessa Ong/Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) def. Kolie Allen/Danielle Willson (OSU) 6-4

Match Notes:
Ohio State 8-5; National ranking #4
UCLA 5-3; National ranking #64
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,3,2,6,1,4)