COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Notre Dame women’s tennis team faced a tall test in its first road match of 2019 and fell at No. 16 Ohio State, 6-1. Cameron Corse was the lone winner for the Irish on the afternoon in Columbus.
How It Happened
Kolie Allen and Luna Dormet won the first doubles match, 6-3, on court two over Notre Dame’s Bess Waldram and Brooke Broda. The Buckeyes clinched the doubles point on court three, where Danielle Wolf and Mary Beth Hurley took down Rachel Chong and Ally Bojczuk by an identical 6-3 score. In a battle of ranked parings, Zoe Spence and Cameron Corse (No. 44) were trailing 5-3 to Shiori Fukuda and Isabelle Boulais (No. 47) on court one when the point was decided.
The Buckeyes took a 2-0 advantage thanks to Dormet scoring a 6-0, 6-2 win over Broda on court four. The hosts then moved within a point of victory thanks to Fukuda defeating Waldram, 6-0, 7-5. The decision came on court six with Hurley’s 6-1, 6-4 victory over Maeve Koscielski.
The lone Irish victory of the day came at five singles with Corse defeating Wolf, 7-5, 6-2. That was followed by Boulais defeating Spence at the top of the lineup, 6-4, 7-5. The matched concluded with a tight match on court three, where Allen defeated Bojczuk, 7-6 (8), 7-5.
Thoughts from head coach Alison Silverio
On the match…
“Credit to Ohio State. They came out firing and executed a little better, especially in big moments. We learned that we are not far off. We need to keep our heads down, keep working and come out and attack practice on Tuesday. We put ourselves in position and didn’t quite get it done. Mentality and how we approach our next match will be huge.”
On Corse’s win…
“Cam has been bringing energy in practice and she brought the fire today and was resilient. She was coming forward and going after her serve and it was great to get us on the scoreboard.”
On taking on a ranked opponent on the road…
“We want to play tough competition because that’s where we want to be. We have to trust the process and believe in the work while bringing toughness each and every day.”
Silvero’s squad remains on the road on next week for another pair of matches against Big Ten foes. The Irish visit Illinois on Friday, Feb. 8, before traveling to Indiana on Sunday, Feb. 10.