COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 6 Ohio State women’s tennis team took down No. 24 Arizona State, 5-0, at home in Columbus Sunday in the Varsity Tennis Center. The Buckeyes improve to 6-3 this season, with the Sun Devils moving to 9-4.
Ohio State was 2-0 on the weekend, with a 4-1 victory Kentucky Friday. Freshman Irina Cantos Siemers, redshirt junior Shiori Fukuda and Kolie Allen all were 2-0 in singles for the Buckeyes. Sophomore Isabelle Boulais and redshirt senior Danielle Wolf led the squad with two doubles victories on the weekend.
Against Arizona State, the Buckeyes claimed the doubles point, with wins on courts three and one. Isabelle Boulais, Fukuda, Cantos Siemers and Allen all won their singles matches in straight sets for the Buckeye victory.
The Buckeyes will head on the road to West Lafayette, Ind., to face No. 44 Purdue in the Buckeyes’ Big Ten opener. The match will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Schwartz Tennis Center with free admission. Last year, the Buckeyes downed the Boilermakers in Columbus. Next Sunday, Ohio State will travel to Lake Nona, Fla., and the USTA National Campus for a College MatchDay series match against No. 2 Florida State. The match, set for 4 p.m., will be televised by Tennis Channel.
Quoting Buckeye head coach Melissa Schaub
“We played well today. It was a clutch match at one doubles and Kolie and Irina played tough. Arizona State is a good team and we came out strong this morning. When we come out of the gates and compete like that, good things can happen for us.”
Quoting Buckeye freshman Irina Cantos Siemers
On clinching both matches this weekend and looking ahead to the Big Ten opener Thursday at Purdue
“I have had my moments in the past with trying to clinch and choking a little bit and not being able to finish the matches. It feels extremely good to be able to finish both matches and win for the team. I’ve been wanting to do that since I got here and being able to do that in one weekend is amazing. I feel really good about next week. We’re all really confident and are working really hard, so if we’re doing everything we can in practice, we can just go at it and enjoy it in the matches.”
The Buckeyes captured courts one and three to clinch the doubles point.
To start doubles, the Sun Devils claimed the early after a win on court two. Arizona State’s Cali Jankowski and Savannah Slaysman defeated Shiori Fukuda and Luna Dormet, 6-3.
The Buckeyes clawed their way back with a win from court three quickly following the court two match. Buckeye tandem Danielle Wolf and Isabelle Boulais tied doubles after topping Sammi Hampton and Lauryn John-Baptiste, 6-3.
It came down to court one to clinch the point. When Wolf and Boulais won their match, court one was in a 4-4 deadlock. The No. 54-ranked Buckeye duo of Kolie Allen and Irina Cantos Siemers won the final two games to clinch the point against Sun Devil’s Ilze Hattingh and Tereza Kolarova and give the Buckeyes the early 1-0 lead.
The Buckeyes took a 3-0 lead after wins on courts one and three. Isabelle Boulais quickly ran away with the match on court three, beating Tereza Kolarova, 6-2, 6-3.
No. 11-ranked Shiori Fukuda notched the next point for the Buckeyes, winning 6-1, 6-3. The second set for Fukuda against the Sun Devil’s No. 38 Ilze Hattingh was on serve 3-3 until Fukuda gained momentum en route to a 6-3 set victory for a Buckeye team point.
In quick back to back wins, No. 54 Irina Cantos Siemers and Kolie Allen clinched the team win for the Buckeyes. Cantos, a freshman, sealed the match with a victory against Lauryn John-Baptiste, 6-3, 6-2. Allen finished and won her set nearly simultaneously. She beat Cali Jankowski, 7-6 (4), 6-2, on court 4 for a 5-0 Buckeye victory.
Ohio State vs Arizona State
Feb 23, 2020 at Columbus, Ohio
(Varsity Tennis Center)
#6 Ohio State 5, #24 Arizona State 0
Ohio State 5-3; National ranking #6
Arizona State 9-3; National ranking #24
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,1,5,4)