Feb. 3, 2019
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 16 Ohio State women’s tennis team defeated Notre Dame, 6-1, Sunday in the Varsity Tennis Center. The Buckeyes improve to 3-1 on the year, while Notre Dame falls to 3-1.
Ohio State claimed the doubles point with wins on courts two and three for a 1-0 advantage going into singles. Sophomore Luna Dormet was the first Buckeye off the court dropping just two games to claim the first singles point for Ohio State. Fukuda stepped off court two shortly after with a straight sets win, 6-0, 7-5. Mary Beth Hurley clinched the match by defeating the Fighting Irish on court six, posting the Buckeyes’ fourth team point. The teams played out the remaining three courts, with Isabelle Boulais and Kolie Allen picking up wins for the Buckeyes.
Quoting Coach Melissa Schaub
On the win and rebounding from a 4-3 loss to No. 6 Texas Friday
“We played well and responded well after a tough match on Friday night. With a young team, you don’t know how you’re going to come back and play today. Notre Dame is a good team, they always have been, but we came out ready to go and doubles was challenging but good. Starting out with the doubles point always helps.”
The Ohio State duo of Allen and Dormet exited the courts first after defeating the Notre Dame tandem of Bess Waldram and Brooke Broda, 6-3, on court two. Shortly after, Danielle Wolf and Hurley were racing against Fukuda and Boulais to claim the winning doubles point. Wolf and Hurley beat them to the finish with a 6-3 victory over Rachel Chong and Ally Bojczuk of the Fighting Irish on court three. Fukuda and Boulais left their match suspended at 5-3 on court one.
Ohio State has won the doubles point in three of four matches this year.
After a dominant performance from Dormet against Broda on court four, 6-0, 6-2, Fukuda downed Bess Waldram, 6-0, 7-5, on court two. Just minutes later Hurley beat Maeve Koscielski on court six in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. Hurley’s victory gave the Buckeyes the match victory. Play remained on courts four, five and one.
It was within seconds of the match victory Cameron Corse beat Wolf, 7-5, 6-2, to put the Fighting Irish on the board. Court one finished next with another Buckeye victory, as Boulais defeated Zoe Spence, 6-4, 7-5.
Court three kept the crowd involved with an intense match. Allen took on Bojczuk where the first set resulted in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (6), to put Allen ahead. The second set wrapped up with a 7-5 victory for the Buckeye freshman.
Allen leads the Buckeyes with a 4-0 record in dual match singles. Boulais, who played her first match on court one vs. the Irish, and Dormet are both 3-0.
Next up, the Buckeyes will head west for the ITA National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 8-11. The draws and schedule of play will be released Wednesday. Hosted by the University of Washington,
matches will be played at the Nordstrom Tennis Center on the UW campus and at the Seattle Tennis Club.
Following National Indoors, the Buckeyes will host Cleveland State and Akron Feb. 20 before heading to Arizona for matches vs. Arizona State and TCU Feb. 23 and Feb. 24, respectively.
Notre Dame vs Ohio State
Feb 03, 2019 at Columbus, Ohio
(Varsity Tennis Center)
#16 Ohio State 6, Notre Dame 1
Notre Dame 3-1
Ohio State 3-1; National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,2,6,5,1)
Official: Marcus Lee T-2:30