COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team posted a 5-2 victory at Purdue Sunday in West Lafayette, Ind. The Buckeyes picked up the doubles point and then notched four singles wins, including three in three sets, for the Big Ten victory. No. 35 Ohio State is now 12-6 on the year and 6-3 in Big Ten play. Olivia Sneed, Danielle Wolf and Mary Beth Hurley all won in singles and doubles for the Buckeyes.
Quoting Coach Schaub
“That was a really gritty performance today. We have had some tough 4-3 matches this year that didn’t go our way. Today we fought hard and for Olivia and Shiori to win basically simultaneously at the end was really good to see. Shiori was match points down and Olivia fought back after losing the first set. There were a few different momentum swings during the match from both teams. Purdue is a good team and they played well. We are happy with this one.”
The Buckeyes won the doubles point for the 15th time this season to take a 1-0 lead over the Boilermakers.
The Buckeye duo of freshman Maria Tyrina and sophomore Danielle Wolf did not drop a game on court three, defeating Alex Sabe and Seira Shimizu, 6-0. The Buckeyes’ No. 30-ranked team of Shiori Fukuda and Anna Sanford then fell to Silvia Ambrosio and Caitlin Calkins, 6-2. It was just the second loss for the Ohio State duo this spring (12-2).
The doubles point came down to court two. Buckeye senior Olivia Sneed and freshman Mary Beth Hurley secured the team point with a 6-4 win over Ena Babic and Zala Dovnik, with the Ohio State tandem breaking for the victory.
Purdue’s Seira Shimizu tied the match with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Maria Tyrina on court four.
Ohio State won the next two matches for a 3-1 lead. Mary Beth Hurley dropped just three games on court six vs. Zala Dovnik (6-2, 6-1). On court five, Danielle Wolf rallied from a set down against Caitlin Calkins. After losing the first set 6-3, Wolf won 6-1 in the second to force a third set. She shut out the Boilermaker in the third for the match.
Silvia Ambrosio drew Purdue within one (3-2) as she topped No. 54-ranked Anna Sanford in three sets, 1-6, 7-5, 7-5, on court one.
The Buckeyes prevailed in three sets in the last two matches on court for the 5-2 team win. On court two, No. 105-ranked Shiori Fukuda won the first set 6-3 before Ena Babic claimed the second by the same score for a deciding set. The Buckeye won in a tiebreaker to secure Ohio State’s team victory.
While Fukuda’s match was wrapping up, Olivia Sneed rallied for a three-set win of her own against Alex Sabe on court three. Sneed dropped the opening set in a tiebreaker before winning the second, 6-2. In the third, Sneed prevailed 6-3 for the 5-2 team final.
The Buckeyes will end the regular season with two home matches next weekend. No. 14 Illinois comes to Columbus at 4 p.m. Friday and Senior Day is set for noon Sunday when the Buckeyes host No. 12 Northwestern.
Both matches are scheduled to be played outdoors at the Varsity Tennis Courts, but will be moved inside the Varsity Tennis Center if there is inclement weather. Check the women’s tennis schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and the team’s Twitter feed (@OhioState_WTEN) for location on match day.
Ohio State vs Purdue
Apr 15, 2018 at Basham Courts
(West Lafayette, Ind.)
#35 Ohio State 5, #50 Purdue 2
1. Silvia Ambrosio (PUR) def. #54 Anna Sanford (OSU) 1-6, 7-5, 7-5
2. #105 Shiori Fukuda (OSU) def. Ena Babic (PUR) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6
3. #119 Olivia Sneed (OSU) def. Alex Sabe (PUR) 6-7, 6-2, 6-3
4. Seira Shimizu (PUR) def. Maria Tyrina (OSU) 6-2, 6-0
5. Danielle Wolf (OSU) def. Caitlin Calkins (PUR) 3-6, 6-1, 6-0
6. Mary Beth Hurley (OSU) def. Zala Dovnik (PUR) 6-2, 6-1
1. Silvia Ambrosio/Caitlin Calkins (PUR) def. #30 Shiori Fukuda/Anna Sanford (OSU) 6-2
2. Mary Beth Hurley/Olivia Sneed (OSU) def. Ena Babic/Zala Dovnik (PUR) 6-4
3. Maria Tyrina/Danielle Wolf (OSU) def. Alex Sabe/Seira Shimizu (PUR) 6-0
Ohio State 12-6, 6-3 B1G; National ranking #35
Purdue 12-9, 5-4 B1G; National ranking #50
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,6,5,1,2,3)
Match played indoors on the Basham Courts at the Schwartz Tennis Center.
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