Feb. 4, 2018
By Michael Scholl
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Notre Dame women’s tennis team suffered its first loss of the spring 2018 season, falling 6-1 at No. 22 Ohio State on Sunday afternoon.
How It Happened
The Buckeyes took a hard fought doubles point to open the action, as Zoe Spence and Cameron Corse took a 6-3 decision for the Irish at two doubles before Ally Bojczuk and Rachel Chong were defeated by Ohio State’s Emma DeCoste and Danielle Wolf at number three. At number one doubles, Brooke Broda and Allison Miller battled to a 6-6 tie before OSU’s Ann Sanford and Shiori Fukuda won the tiebreak, 7-0, to secure the doubles point for the Buckeyes.
At singles, Sanford took down Broda at the top spot (6-2, 6-0), followed by Fukuda over Miller at number two (6-1, 6-3). Olivia Sneed then clinched the match for the Buckeyes, scoring the fourth point by virtue of a 6-3, 6-4 win over Spence.
The final three matches to finish all went to a super tiebreaker after splitting the first two sets. Caroline Dunleavy fell to OSU’s Emma DeCoste, 10-6, in the tiebreaker and Chong fell to Wolf by the same tiebreak score.
Corse rallied to give the Irish their lone point of the day at number four, the final match to finish. She dropped the first set to Ohio State’s Mary Beth Hurley, 6-3, before taking the second, 6-2, and the tiebreaker, 14-12.
Notes To Know
- Corse improved to 3-0 on the dual season and 10-2 overall as an individual during 2017-18.
- Corse and Spence are 3-0 at two doubles on the dual season.
- The Irish fell to the Buckeyes for just the fifth time in 24 matches.
- It was just the third time in 19 tries Ohio State defeated Irish head coach Jay Louderback at Notre Dame.
The Irish stay on the road for their Atlantic Coast Conference opener at Louisville on Friday, Feb. 9. Action begins at 3 p.m. at UofL’s Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
It will be the first of two matches on the weekend, as Notre Dame returns to the friendly confines of the Eck Tennis Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 11, for a non-conference showdown with Illinois. That match begins at Noon ET and fans can watch the action on all six courts on UND.com.
No. 22 Ohio State 6, Notre Dame 1
Feb. 4, 2018
Ohio State Varsity Tennis Center
1. Anna Sanford (OSU) def. Brooke Broda (ND) 6-2, 6-0
2. Shiori Fukuda (OSU) def. Allison Miller (ND) 6-1, 6-3
3. Olivia Sneed (OSU) def. Zoe Spence (ND) 6-3, 6-4
4. Cameron Corse (ND) def. Mary Beth Hurley (OSU) 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (14-12)
5. Emma DeCoste (OSU) def. Caroline Dunleavy (ND) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6)
6. Danielle Wolf (OSU) def. Rachel Chong (ND) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6)
1. Anna Sanford/Shiori Fukuda (OSU) def. Brooke Broda/Allison Miller (ND) 7-6 (7-0)
2. Zoe Spence/Cameron Corse (ND) def. Olivia Sneed/Mary Beth Hurley (OSU) 6-3
3. Emma DeCoste/Danielle Wolf (OSU) def. Ally Bojczuk/Rachel Chong (ND) 6-4
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,2,3,5,6,4)
— ND —
Michael Scholl has been a member of the Fighting Irish Media communications staff at his alma mater since August 2016. He serves as the secondary contact for the Irish football and hockey teams, while coordinating communications efforts for the women’s tennis program. Scholl has previously worked in communications at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Providence College, Vanderbilt University and the University of Cincinnati. The South Bend, Indiana, native earned a degree in political science from the College of Arts and Letters in 2009.