COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 6 Ohio State women’s tennis team topped Kentucky, 4-1, at home in Columbus. The Buckeyes improve to 5-3 this season, with No. 38 Kentucky moving to 7-3.
After an early 2-0 Buckeye lead after clinching the doubles points and a singles win from Kolie Allen on court four, Kentucky won court six for a 2-1 match. Wins from Buckeyes Shiori Fukuda and Irina Cantos Siemers on courts one and five clinched the match for Ohio State, 4-1.
The Buckeyes will face a quick turn around and face No. 24 Arizona State at 10 a.m. Sunday. The match will also be at home at the Varsity Tennis Center (880 West Henderson Road) with free admission. Arizona State is 8-3, coming off a 4-2 home victory against Rice Sunday.
Quoting Coach Melissa Schaub
“I think it was a good win. Kentucky’s always tough and we know that. For the first of two matches this weekend, it was good to rebound after last Sunday. Being at home always helps us. It was a good team effort, but we need to keep trying to get better and trying to stay tough and strong and then we’ll see what happens on Sunday.”
Quoting sophomore Kolie Allen
Looking ahead to Sunday’s match against Arizona State
“Going into Sunday, we want to carry tonight’s energy into the match. We were really into the match and that’s super important. ASU’s a good team and we’re going to have to go all out to beat them. I’m excited.”
The Buckeyes captured courts two and three to clinch the doubles point.
The Buckeye tandem of Shiori Fukuda and Irina Cantos Siemers took the early lead and topped Diana Tkachenko and Carlota Molina on court two, dropping just three games. On court three, the Buckeye duo of Isabelle Boulais and Danielle Wolf clinched the doubles point against Lesedi Jacobs and Anastasia Tkachenko, 6-4, to give Ohio State the early lead.
Court one went unfinished, leaving the ranked duos unsettled. The Buckeye duo and No. 53-ranked Kolie Allen and Irina Cantos Siemers ended 5-5 against No. 26 Akvilė Paražinskaitė and Carla Girbau of Kentucky.
The Buckeyes took a 2-0 lead after a court four win, with Kolie Allen quickly running away with the win, defeating Carla Girbau in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.
The Wildcats answered and captured court six, as Anastasia Tkachenko defeated Luna Dormet, 6-2.
Bringing the Buckeyes straight back to the scoreboard, Shiori Fukuda and Irina Cantos Siemers notched wins on court one and five to earn the team win. No. 11-ranked Fukuda defeated Kentucky’s Akvilė Paražinskaitė in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, to bring the match score to 3-1. On court five, freshman and No. 54-ranked Cantos Siemers clinched the team with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Diana Tkachenko, 6-4, 6-4.
The remaining matches on courts two and three went unfinished. The Wildcats won the first set on both and they were each five games into the second set.
Ohio State vs Kentucky
Feb 21, 2020 at Columbus, Ohio
(Varsity Tennis Center)
#6 Ohio State 4, Kentucky 1
Ohio State 5-3; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,6,1,5)