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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Day one of Ohio State Varsity Open wrapped up Friday night as members of the University of Dayton, University of Cincinnati and Ohio State competed throughout the evening.

Ohio State’s Kelsey Becker knocked off third-seeded Caitlin O’Gara of Cincinnati in the first round of singles, 6-1, 6-4, before advancing past Dayton’s Loni Dickerhoof in the second, 6-1, 6-1. Classmate Tiffany Dittmer dropped her opening-round match against Maureen Stevens of Dayton, 1-6, 6-1, 10-4, but rebounded with a win against Cincinnati’s Abby Mayo in the singles backdraw, 6-3, 6-1.

Sophomore Fidan Manashirova, the top-seed in the single bracket, powered past Dayton’s Laina Grote in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, in the second round following a first-round bye.

In doubles, the Buckeye duo of Manashirova and Becker downed Dayton’s Filbrandt and McNulty, 8-0, in the first round. Manashirova and Becker then advanced to the doubles final with a win over Dayton’s Grote and Dickerhoof, 8-6.

“It has been a good tournament with a lot of great match play so far,” Ohio State assistant coach Sadhaf Fath said. “It’s especially helpful for the freshmen as they transition to the dual-match setup for the spring. Plus, it’s good to have other Ohio schools come and play.”

Action will resume at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Ohio State Varsity Open
Columbus, Ohio
Jan. 14-15, 2011

First Round Main Draw Singles
Laina Grote (UD) def. Lindsey Lonergan (UC), 6-2, 7-5
Loni Dickerhoof (UD) def. Elise Woulfe (UC), 7-5, 0-6, 10-6
Kelsey Becker (OSU) def. Caitlin O’Gara (UC), 6-1, 6-4
Maureen Stevens (UD) def. Tiffany Dittmer (OSU), 1-6, 6-1, 10-4
Alex Power def. Carly Wilson (UC), 6-1, 6-4
Julie Kirkland (UD) def. Abby Mayo (UC), 6-0, 6-0

Quarterfinal Main Draw Singles
Claire Dryer (UD) def. Kirkland (UD), 6-0, ret.
Becker (OSU) def. Dickerhoof (UD), 6-1, 6-1
Power def. Stevens (UD), 6-2, 6-3
Fidan Manashirova (OSU) def. Grote (UD), 6-1, 6-2

First Round Backdraw Singles
Filbrandt (UD) def. Lonergan (UC)
O’Gara (UC) def. Woulfe (UC), 6-4, ret.
Dittmer (OSU) def. Mayo (UC), 6-3, 6-1
McNulty (UD) def. Wilson (UC), 6-1, 6-0

First Round Main Draw Doubles
Manashirova/Becker (OSU) def. Filbrandt/McNulty (UD), 8-0
Grote/Dickerhoof (UD) def. Wilson/Woulfe (UC), 8-2
Dryer/Kirkland (UD) def. Mayo/O’Gara (UC), 8-2

Backdraw Doubles
Wilson/Woulfe (UC) def. Filbrandt/McNulty (UD), 8-5

Semifinal Doubles
Dryer/Kirkland (UD) def. Dittmer/Power, 8-4
Manashirova/Becker (OSU) def. Grote/Dickerhoof (UD), 8-6