Feb. 20, 2019
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 11-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team posted a 7-0 win over Akron in its second shutout victory of the day in the Varsity Tennis Center. The Buckeyes, now 6-2 on the year, head to Tempe, Ariz., this weekend to take on Arizona State and TCU.
Against the Zips (8-3), Ohio State won the doubles point for a 1-0 lead. Ohio State carried the momentum into singles, winning in straight sets in four of six singles matches. Senior Andrea Ballinger, junior Danielle Wolf, sophomore Luna Dormet and freshman Kolie Allen all posted singles and doubles wins for the Buckeyes against Akron.
Quoting head coach Melissa Schaub
“We had a good National Indoors, a good start to the season. After that, we had a week and a half off, which isn’t always easy. It was good to get out there and play matches again. We got to finish a lot of matches, which is great. It was a good day overall. I know it was long and the girls are tired, but we will come back out here in the morning and practice. Akron competed hard and we knew that going in. You never know how hard the other team is going to work or compete. We got pushed and got better tonight by playing this match.”
Senior Andrea Ballinger and sophomore Luna Dormet won 6-1 on court three over Carla Flores and Enya Forgaci, followed by a 6-2 finish from Kolie Allen and Danielle Wolf over Sophia Geier and Anna Uljanov on court two. The No. 21-ranked team of Shiori Fukuda and Isabelle Boulais was up 5-1 when its match against Rita Pedrosa and Miruna Vasilescu was suspended.
No. 64-ranked Isabelle Boulais stepped up to her opponent, Miruna Vasilescu on court two, defeating the Zip 6-4, 6-2. Shortly after, Andrea Ballinger claimed a straight set win, defeating Ceci Rosas 6-2, 7-5, on court six.
Once the Buckeyes held a 3-0 lead over Akron, the crowd’s eyes fell to court five, where Luna Dormet faced Rita Pedrosa of the Zips. Dormet recorded the match point and secured the Buckeye victory with a 6-3, 6-3 win.
The teams agreed to play out courts one, three and five. On court one, No. 72 Shiori Fukuda played an intense match against Sophia Geier. The first set was a quick 6-2 in favor of Geier. Fukuda had a strong comeback in the second set to stay alive, 6-4. During the third set, the Buckeye found her center as she went 6-0 to ensure the win.
Danielle Wolf finished on court four within seconds of Fukuda. Wolf took down Luisa Echeverry in straight sets after a tiebreaker in the first, 7-6 (2), 7-5.
Allen was in the zone on court three, coming back from a 6-3 first set loss to a 6-4 win in the second to force a third. The final set resulted in the Buckeye rallying for a 6-4 finish, breaking for the victory.
Allen is 8-0 in dual match singles this spring, while Boulais and Dormet are 6-1.
Akron vs Ohio State
Feb 20, 2019 at Columbus, Ohio
(Varsity Tennis Center)
#11 Ohio State 7, Akron 0
Ohio State 6-2; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,6,5,4,1,3)