COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team, ranked 43rd nationally, defeated No. 64 Auburn, 4-0, Friday in the opening round of the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic in Montgomery, Ala. The Buckeyes will now take on No. 9 Virginia, a 4-0 winner over No. 48 DePaul, at 11 a.m. Saturday in the semifinals. The Buckeyes won the doubles point and the first three singles matches off the court to clinch the match against the Tigers.
Seniors Cami Hubbs and Paloma Escobedo and sophomore Gabby Steele all went 2-0 on the day to lead the Buckeyes. Hubbs and Escobedo teamed up for a win at the No. 3 doubles spot, defeating Olivia Bennett and Jacqueline Kasler, 8-4. Hubbs then swept Taylor Schriemann at the No. 6 singles position (6-1, 6-2) and Escobedo shut out Paulina Schippers on court one. Steele and doubles partner Kelsey Haviland clinched the doubles point with a win at No. 2 over Schippers and Plamena Kurteva, 8-5. Steele downed Jacqueline Kasler, 6-2, 6-1, for the Buckeye victory.
The other three singles matches were unfinished. Haviland led Carolina Thornton on court two, while Fidan Manashirova was headed for a third set on court five with Kurteva. Cecil was looking to even the match after dropping the first set with Kasler.
Ohio State now is 5-2 all-time against the Tigers.
Hubbs moved into 12th in Ohio State history with 77 doubles victories and she moved into 14th with her 66th career singles win.
Tennis Match Results Auburn vs Ohio State Feb 25, 2011 at Montgomery, Ala. (Lagoon Park Tennis Center)
#43 Ohio State 4, #64 Auburn 0
Singles competition 1. Paloma Escobedo (OSU) def. Paulina Schippers (AUB) 6-0, 6-0 2. Kelsey Haviland (OSU) vs. Caroline Thornton (AUB) 6-3, 5-2, unfinished 3. Kara Cecil (OSU) vs. Olivia Bennett (AUB) 5-7, 3-0, unfinished 4. Gabby Steele (OSU) def. Jacqueline Kasler (AUB) 6-2, 6-1 5. Fidan Manashirova (OSU) vs. Plamena Kurteva (AUB) 7-5, 3-6, unfinished 6. Cami Hubbs (OSU) def. Taylor Schreimann (AUB) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition 1. Paloma Escobedo/Cami Hubbs (OSU) def. Olivia Bennett/Jacqueline Kasler (AUB) 8-4 2. Kelsey Haviland/Gabby Steele (OSU) def. Paulina Schippers/Plamena Kurteva (AUB) 8-5 3. Caroline Thornton/Taylor Schreimann (AUB) def. Kara Cecil/Noelle Malley (OSU) 8-3
Match Notes: Auburn 2-5; National ranking #64 Ohio State 6-2; National ranking #43 Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,1,4)