March 17, 2019
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 13 Ohio State women’s tennis team posted a 6-1 win over Penn State in its first Big Ten match of the season. The Buckeyes, now 12-2 on the year and on a nine-match winning streak, hit the road to take on Nebraska at 5 p.m. ET Friday and will return to Columbus for a match vs. Iowa at noon March 24.
Against the Nittany Lions (9-4, 1-1 B1G), Ohio State won the doubles point for a 1-0 lead. Redshirt sophomore Shiori Fukuda and freshman Isabelle Boulais both won their singles matches in straight sets. Redshirt junior Danielle Wolf clinched the Ohio State victory and Luna Dormet and Mary Beth added singles wins for the 6-1 final.
Quoting head coach Melissa Schaub
“Penn State is a deep team and they do well towards the middle or bottom of the lineup, so we went in expecting that a little bit. I thought we competed hard at the top with Isabelle and Shiori. I think it was important for Isabelle to get off the court quickly, like she did. It’s always good to play the scoreboard game a little bit. For the first Big Ten match, knowing when you start this part of the season it has a different feel, we did well. It’s good to go 1-0 to start it off.”
The team of Danielle Wolf and Luna Dormet won 6-1 on court three over Chelsea Sawyer and Frederikke Svarre, followed by a 6-1 identical win by senior Andrea Ballinger and freshman Kolie Allen over Gabby O’Goreman and Olivia Rohrbacher on court two.
The match on court one was suspended with No. 19-ranked Isabelle Boulais and Shiori Fukuda down 2-3 against Samantha Smith and Shannon Hanley.
No. 71-ranked Isabelle Boulais dropped just three games to defeat Gabby O’Gorman on court one, 6-1, 6-2, for a 2-0 Buckeye lead. On court two, No. 80-ranked Shiori Fukuda followed with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Olivia Rohrbacher. Danielle Wolf clinched the Buckeye win after a close first set resulting in a tiebreaker. During the tiebreaker, Wolf was down 6-3 and came back to win it, 8-6. The Buckeye carried momentum into the second where she topped defeat Svarre on court four, 6-3, to give Ohio State its 12th win of the season. Wolf extended her winning streak to seven with the victory.
On court five, Luna Dormet won 6-4 in the first and lost 6-0 in the second to Samantha Smith. The match went to a super tiebreaker, where the Buckeye won 10-6 to extend the Buckeye lead to 5-0 over the Nittany Lions. On court three freshman Kolie Allen took on Chelsea Sawyer. Sawyer won the first set 7-5 before Allen forced a third set with a 6-2 victory. The Nittany Lion claimed the match with a 6-3 victory.
The last match to finish was Mary Beth Hurley over Shannon Hanley. Hurley dominated in set one, 6-1 and fell in set two, 7-5. The third set went to the Buckeye in a super tiebreaker, 10-6.
Penn State vs Ohio State
Mar 17, 2019 at Columbus, Ohio
(Varsity Tennis Center)
#13 Ohio State 6, #49 Penn State 1
Penn State 9-4; National ranking #49
Ohio State 12-2; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,2,4,5,3,6)
Official: Sharon Wright T-2:30 A-126