COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 30th-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team improved to 16-5 (3-2 Big Ten) after downing Michigan State (6-13, 0-6 Big Ten), 6-1, on the road in East Lansing, Mich., Saturday. The Buckeyes are now 9-3 when playing away from home.
The Scarlet and Gray took the doubles point after Christina Keesey and Paloma Escobedo defeated Michaela Silesova and Elena Ivanova, 8-6, at No. 2 and the freshman tandem of Fidan Manashirova and Gabby Steele edged Manon Noe and Christine Milliken, 9-7, on the third court. Both Ohio State squads pushed their season win total to 15.
The Buckeyes’ top duo of Kelsey Haviland and Cami Hubbs dropped a close decision to Whitney Wilson and Nicole Herzog, falling 8-6.
No. 66-ranked senior Kirsten Flower took the top singles match against Silesova in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. Escobedo and Herzog’s match was the only contest to go to a third set, but Escobedo came back from dropping the first set and pulled out a close super-tiebreaker decision, winning 4-6, 7-5, 11-9.
Haviland earned her fifth win at the No. 3 position, defeating Wilson, 6-4, 6-4. Steele improved to 23-4 on the season after a victory over Amy Barton, 6-4, 6-2. The win pushed Steele’s win streak to seven matches.
Manashirova dropped a straight sets decision to Ivanova, Michigan State’s singles wins leader, 6-3, 6-3. Keesey holds onto an unblemished conference record after a win against Milliken, 6-1, 6-0. The senior has not lost in singles or doubles since beginning Big Ten play.
The Buckeyes return to the courts at 11 a.m. Sunday to face the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Tennis Match Results
Ohio State vs Michigan State
Apr 10, 2010 at East Lansing, Mich.
#30 Ohio State 6, Michigan State 1
1. #66 Kirsten Flower (OSU) def. Michaela Silesova (MSU) 6-1, 6-4
2. Paloma Escobedo (OSU) def. Nicole Herzog (MSU) 4-6, 7-5, 11-9
3. Kelsey Haviland (OSU) def. Whitney Wilson (MSU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Gabby Steele (OSU) def. Amy Barton (MSU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Elena Ivanova (MSU) def. Fidan Manashirova (OSU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Christina Keesey (OSU) def. Christine Milliken (MSU) 6-1, 6-0
1. Nicole Herzog/Whitney Wilson (MSU) def. Kelsey Haviland/Cami Hubbs (OSU) 8-6
2. Paloma Escobedo/Christina Keesey (OSU) def. Michaela Silesova/Elena Ivanova (MSU) 8-6
3. Gabby Steele/Fidan Manashirova (OSU) def. Manon Noe/Christine Milliken (MSU) 9-7
Ohio State 16-5 (3-2 Big Ten); National ranking #30
Michigan State 6-13 (0-6 Big Ten)