COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a battle of Top 5 squads, Buckeye sophomore Kolie Allen prevailed in three sets to lift the No. 5 Ohio State women’s tennis team to a 4-3 victory over No. 2 Florida State at the USTA National Campus Sunday in Lake Nona, Fla. The Buckeyes improve to 8-3 this season, with the Seminoles moving to 12-3.
The rollercoaster ride of a match was a part of USTA’s College MatchDay series and televised by Tennis Channel. The attendance was stacked at 937, the 10th largest regular season women’s crowd in the country since 1995 and the seventh largest crowd for a women’s-only regular season match since 1995. The Buckeyes first competed in College MatchDay in 2017, when No. 1 Florida topped the No. 3 Buckeyes, 4-1.
Against Florida State Sunday, the Seminoles claimed the doubles point, with wins on courts one and three. Ohio State’s Shiori Fukuda, Danielle Wolf, Luna Dormet and Allen all won their singles matches to earn the Buckeye victory. It was the Buckeyes’ second straight win over the Seminoles.
Quoting Buckeye head coach Melissa Schaub
“I’m just so proud of our team today. It was far from easy and we had to dig really deep as a team for that one. We had match points in doubles and lost it. And then Kolie was down four match points in a row; for her to come back and win – She was an animal out there. Shiori and Danielle got off the court quick, which was huge for the momentum. Every single person battled out there and that’s what we needed. Florida State is a very good team. The atmosphere was great and hopefully a moment this group will never forget!”
Quotes from USTANationalCampus.com
“That was an unbelievable college tennis match. It was everything you’d want leading up to a match like this and it was a great finish. And Buckeye Nation was everywhere; they help us wherever we go. The fan support was amazing and this was something we will never forget.
“For us to get outside for a couple of days and to win a match like this, it shows a lot about our players and their character. I’m really proud of how we handled the situation. On top of that, we had TV and the crowd, and that’s not something that we have every day. Win or lose, this makes you stronger. We are going to be better in the long run because of tonight.”
Quoting Buckeye sophomore Kolie Allen
“Today was an unbelievable team win. I cannot even begin to describe how amazing this win feels. I’ve been in this position before and did not want to let this team down knowing how hard we work day in and day out. There is a huge stigma around Midwest teams not being able to go outside and beat teams that play out there every day and we did it.”
The Buckeyes will return to Big Ten play with a home match vs. Northwestern at noon Saturday. The match will be played inside the Varsity Tennis Center (880 West Henderson Road). Admission is free. The squads met twice last season, with the Wildcats winning 5-2 in the regular season and 4-0 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
The Buckeyes captured court two but ultimately couldn’t seal the doubles point.
To start, the Seminoles claimed the early lead after a win on court one. Florida State’s No. 30-ranked Victoria Allen and Petra Hule defeated the No. 54-ranked Buckeye duo of Kolie Allen and Irina Cantos Siemers, 6-4.
The Buckeyes answered with a win from court two, as the Buckeye tandem of Shiori Fukuda and Luna Dormet topped Florida State’s No. 58-ranked Nandini Das and Andrea Garcia, 6-4.
It came down to a court three showdown to clinch the point. In a back-and-forth match, the Seminoles’ Emmanuelle Salas and Sasha Hill ultimately defeated Isabelle Boulais and Danielle Wolf in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (2), in order to bring Florida State the early 1-0 lead.
The Buckeyes clawed back after losing the doubles point, snagging the lead 2-1 after wins on courts one and two.
No. 11 Shiori Fukuda topped Florida State’s Emmanuelle Salas, 6-3, 6-1, on court one for a 1-1 match. Court two soon followed, with Buckeye senior Danielle Wolf notching a win against Petra Hule, 6-3, 6-2, to give Ohio State the lead.
The Seminoles responded, taking back the lead with wins on courts five and three. On court five, Victoria Allen of Florida State defeated No. 54 Irina Cantos Siemers, 6-4, 6-4. To move ahead (3-2), No. 83-ranked Nandini Das beat Buckeye Isabelle Boulais, 6-4, 6-3.
Luna Dormet refused to go down without a fight, earning a 3-3 deadlock after her win on court six. Dormet toppled Andrea Garcia, 7-5, 6-3.
The match decision was left to court four. Buckeye Kolie Allen fell in the first set to Sasha Hill, 6-4, but bounced back in the second, including saving four match points with Hill serving at 5-4 and eventually forcing a tiebreaker. Allen was down 2-5 in the breaker, but rallied and won the final five points to push the match to a third set. Allen took a 5-2 lead in the set before Hill won three straight games to get back on serve. Allen broke for a 6-5 lead and then closed out the set for a 7-5 win, dropping just one point on her service game, to clinch the team victory against the No. 2-ranked Seminoles.
Buckeyes battle ‘til the end! 💪
— USTA (@usta) March 2, 2020
Ohio State vs Florida State
March 1, 2020 at Lake Nona, Fla.
(USTA National Campus)
#5 Ohio State 4, #2 Florida State 3
Ohio State 8-3; National ranking #5
Florida State 11-3; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,2,5,3,6,4)
Wait for it…
— USTA (@usta) March 2, 2020