COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team dropped a 7-0 decision to No. 10 Michigan on the road in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday afternoon.
The Buckeyes (10-9, 3-2 Big Ten) took one of three doubles matches against the reigning Big Ten champion Wolverines (16-3, 6-0 Big Ten), but couldn’t notch a singles victory against a solid UM lineup.
The duo of Gabby Steele and Fidan Manashirova scored the doubles win for the Buckeyes when they downed Michelle Sulahian and Sam Critser on court three, 8-5. The Wolverines took the doubles point after Whitney Taney and Rika Tatsuno’s 8-4 victory against Kara Cecil and Noelle Malley on court two and the duo of Brooke Bolender and Denise Muresan, the No. 8 tandem in the country, took an 8-6 decision against Kelsey Haviland and Cami Hubbs on court one.
Michigan didn’t let up in singles, taking four of six matches in straight sets. Sulahian was the first Wolverine to finish as she downed Malley on court six, 6-0, 6-2. Bolender, ranked 73rd nationally, followed with a 6-1, 6-2 decision on court two against Steele.
Muresan, ranked nationally at No. 7, clinched the match with a 6-0, 6-1 win against Haviland on court one. No. 98 Taney picked up the fourth of Michigan’s straight set wins, this one coming against Cecil on court three, 6-1, 6-4.
Manashirova battled 69th-ranked Critser to a third-set super tiebreaker on court four, but the Buckeye couldn’t pull off the upset as Critser won the tiebreaker, 10-3, to take the match, 6-2, 5-7, 10-3.
Hubbs picked up a first-set win against Tatsuno, but couldn’t hold on for the win in the second and also moved to a super tiebreaker. The senior Buckeye battled, but Tatsuno pulled away for a 10-6 win to finish, 4-6, 6-4, 10-6.
The Scarlet and Gray wrap up their weekend road trip with a conference tilt against Michigan State Sunday at 11 a.m.
No. 1 — No. 7 Denise Muresan (U-M) def. Kelsey Haviland (OSU), 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 — No. 73 Brooke Bolender (U-M) def. Gabby Steele (OSU), 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 — No. 98 Whitney Taney (U-M) def. Kara Cecil (OSU), 6-1, 6-4
No. 4 — No. 69 Sam Critser (U-M) def. Fidan Manashirova (OSU), 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (3)
No. 5 — Rika Tatsuno (U-M) def. Cami Hubbs (OSU), 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (6)
No. 6 — Michelle Sulahian (U-M) def. Noelle Malley (OSU), 6-0, 6-2
No. 1 — No. 8 Brooke Bolender/Denise Muresan (U-M) def. Kelsey Haviland/Cami Hubbs (OSU), 8-6
No. 2 — Whitney Taney/Rika Tatsuno (U-M) def. Kara Cecil/Noelle Malley (OSU), 8-4
No. 3 — Gabby Steele/Fidan Manashirova (OSU) def. Michelle Sulahian/Sam Critser (U-M), 8-5
Order of Completion: Doubles 2-1-3; Singles 6-2-1-3-4-5