Women’s tennis prepares for ASU, Ohio State

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Women’s tennis will travel to Arizona State for a doubleheader weekend against the Sun Devils Friday, Feb. 22, and the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday, Feb. 24.

“We’re heavily motivated to play two really good teams on the road,” assistant coach Christopher Williams said. “We’re going to bring a lot of fight to Arizona State first and then Ohio State.”

The Frogs (6-2) will match up against Arizona State’s Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) No. 6 ranked doubles team of Lauryn John-Baptiste and Ilze Hattingh. John-Baptiste and Hattingh hold a 4-0 mark in doubles this season. The Sun Devils (5-3) are coming off of back-to-back wins after dropping both matches during ITA kick-off weekend.

Ohio State came in at No. 11 in this week’s team rankings following their appearance in the ITA Team Indoor National Championship.

The Buckeyes (6-2) have three ranked singles players and one ranked doubles tandem in the Oracle/ITA rankings. Kolie Allen lands at No. 47, while Isabelle Boulais and Shiori Fukada come in the singles poll at No. 64 and No. 72. Together, Boulais and Fukada are 7-3 overall in doubles and rank at No. 21.

The Frogs are coming off of another home win against the UT-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros to extend their perfect record inside the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center, but they’ve struggled to bring that same home energy on the road, as they fell to Texas A&M and Rice away from home.

“The Texas A&M matchup shows that we’re right there against good teams, and then emotionally we could have showed up better for Rice,” Williams said.

The coaching staff is working to apply the lessons from their first road trip to motivate the team, but Williams said that rest is the key for the Frogs success in this weekend’s matches.

Action will kick-off against Arizona State at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Tempe at the Whitman Tennis Center, with the Ohio State match following at 11 a.m. on Sunday.