COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 38th ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten) began its dual-match season with a 7-0 victory over the Xavier Musketeers Tuesday afternoon at home at the Varsity Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio.
The Buckeyes set the tone early with a sweep of all three doubles matches. The duo of Cami Hubbs and Kelsey Haviland finished first at the No. 1 spot, defeating Kelsey Kinnard and Tifanie Treece 8-3. Kirsten Flower and Gabby Steele followed suit, dispatching Jill Ducro and Kally Alkire 8-4 at the No. 2 spot. The No. 3 tandem, Fidan Manashirova and Kara Cecil, were tied with Christie and Katie Pleiman at 5 a piece before the Buckeye duo pulled ahead to win 8-6.
The Buckeyes finished unblemished in singles as well, with all six players winning in straight sets. No. 53 ranked Flower defeated Katie Pleiman 6-0, 6-3 at the No. 1 spot. Haviland had a dominant showing, downing Treece 6-2, 6-1.
Freshmen Steele and Manashirova proved victorious in their dual-match debuts. Steele defeated Ducro at the No. 3 position 6-0, 6-2. Manashirova took a win over Kaitlyn Zinn 6-1, 6-3 from the No. 4 spot.
Cami Hubbs had a strong outing against Kinnard, winning 6-0, 6-2, at No. 5.
Freshman Kara Cecil joined her classmates in victory with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Christie Pleiman at the sixth spot.
Up next for the Buckeyes is the second half of the opening day-doubleheader against Cleveland State.
Tennis Match Results
Xavier vs Ohio State
Jan 19, 2010 at Columbus, Ohio
(Varsity Tennis Center)
#38 Ohio State 7, Xavier 0
1. #53 Kirsten Flower (OSU) def. Katie Pleiman (XU) 6-0, 6-3
2. Kelsey Haviland (OSU) def. Tiffanie Treece (XU) 6-2, 6-1
3. Gabby Steele (OSU) def. Jill Ducro (XU) 6-0, 6-2
4. Fidan Manashirova (OSU) def. Kaitlyn Zinn (XU) 6-1, 6-3
5. Cami Hubbs (OSU) def. Kelsey Kinnard (XU) 6-0, 6-2
6. Kara Cecil (OSU) def. Christie Pleiman (XU) 6-1, 6-2
1. Cami Hubbs/Kelsey Haviland (OSU) def. Kelsey Kinnard/Tiffanie Treece (XU) 8-3
2. Kirsten Flower/Gabby Steele (OSU) def. Kally Alkire/Jill Ducro (XU) 8-4
3. Fidan Manashirova/Kara Cecil (OSU) def. Christie Pleiman/Katie Pleiman (XU) 8-6
Ohio State 1-0; National ranking #38
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,1,6,2,4,5)