March 15, 2019

No. 13 Buckeyes Open B1G Play vs. Penn State Sunday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis kicks off Big Ten season with a match vs. Penn State at noon Sunday inside the Varsity Tennis Center. Admission is free. Both live scoring (HERE) and live video (HERE) will be available for the match.

Ohio State enters the match on an eight-match winning streak and is 11-2 this season. No. 49-ranked Penn State is 9-3 overall and began Big Ten play with a 4-3 win at Iowa.

In the Rankings

After a week at No. 10, Ohio State was No. 13 in the newest Oracle/ITA Rankings released Tuesday.

Last week new singles and doubles rankings were released. The Buckeyes have three ranked singles players and two ranked doubles teams. Kolie Allen is ranked No. 62, with Isabelle Boulais at No. 71 and Shiori Fukuda at No. 80.

In doubles, Fukuda and Boulais are ranked 19th, while the tandem of Fukuda and Luna Dormet are No. 72.

In the Tennis Channel/USTA College Tennis Top 25 released Wednesday, the Buckeyes remained No. 10.

Scouting Penn State

Penn State is 9-3 this season and moved into the ITA rankings at No. 49, the first time in the Top 50 since Jan. 20, 2016. The Nittany Lions last played March 7, a 4-3 win over VCU in Orlando.

Ohio State is 32-17 all-time vs. Penn State, winning the last six matches between the teams, including a 7-0 road victory last season.

By the Numbers

Kolie Allen leads the Buckeyes with a 12-1 record in dual matches, while Isabelle Boulais is 10-2. Luna Dormet (9-2) and Shiori Fukuda (9-3) both have nine wins to tie for third in dual play.

In doubles, Danielle Wolf is first on the team with nine dual doubles wins, followed by Boulais and Dormet with eight each and Allen with seven. Boulais and Shiori Fukuda have five wins as a pair to lead the squad.

The Buckeyes have combined for a 12-1 record at No. 2 and are 12-0 at No. 3. The squad is 9-3 on courts 4, 5 and 6 and 7-5 on court one. In doubles, the squad is 8-3 on court two, 7-3 on court one and 7-4 on court three. The team has won the doubles point in 10 of 13 matches this spring.

#ProBucks Update

Francesca Di Lorenzo, a national champion and three-time All-American for the Buckeyes from 2015-17, is currently playing on the WTA Tour. A native of New Albany, Ohio, Di Lorenzo is currently ranked No. 167 in the world in singles, just below the career-high 150 she was ranked in October 2018. She is currently No. 313 in doubles and reached a high of 244 in June 2018.

Recently, Di Lorenzo had an outstanding run at the WTA Oracle Challenger $125K tournament in Indian Wells, Calif. She battled to wins over three WTA Top 120 ranked players – all in three sets – to reach the tournament quarterfinals. In Indian Wells, Di Lorenzo defeated No. 118 Nao Hibino of Japan, No. 93 Lin Zhu of China and No. 114 Timea Bacinszky, a two-time French Open semifinalist (2015, ’17) and 2016 Wimbledon quarterfinalist who has been ranked Top 10 in the world. Di Lorenzo’s run came to an end against No. 96 ranked and No. 11 seed Zarina Diyas of Kazkhstan in the quarterfinals.

Read more on Di Lorenzo HERE.

Last Time Out

Ohio State last played March 3, defeating Baylor in Columbus, 5-2. Ohio State won the doubles point with victories on court three from Danielle Wolf and Luna Dormet and on court one from Shiori Fukuda and Isabelle Boulais.

In singles, Emma Decoste, Mary Beth Hurley and Kolie Allen all won in straight sets to clinch the Buckeye victory. Fukuda notched the final Buckeye win, prevailing in a super tiebreaker. Both Isabelle Boulais and Dormet fell in super tiebreakers.

The Buckeyes had a match scheduled at UNLV Wednesday, but it was cancelled because of high winds in the area.

Looking Ahead

The match vs. Penn State opens a stretch of 11 consecutive Big Ten matches scheduled for the Buckeyes. Next week, Ohio State will play at Nebraska March 22 before hosting Iowa March 24.

Follow the Buckeyes

Can’t make it to a home match this season? Live video and scoring for all matches inside the Varsity Tennis Center are available on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with a link on the women’s tennis page. Outdoor matches in Columbus will have live scoring available. Links for live scoring/video for away matches, when available, will be on the women’s tennis page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com as well.

Keep up to date on the team’s social media accounts – @OhioStateWTEN on Twitter and Instagram and OhioStateWomensTennis on Facebook. #GoBucks