COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 38 Ohio State women’s tennis team travels to Columbia, Mo., Saturday to face the Missouri Tigers (0-0) and the Memphis Tigers (2-2). The Buckeyes, who are 2-0 on the year, will play Memphis at 2 p.m. ET and Missouri at 7 p.m. ET. Memphis and Missouri will open the day with a match at 9 a.m.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes are coming off 7-0 wins against Xavier and Cleveland State last Tuesday in the home opener doubleheader, sweeping all six doubles matches and all 12 singles matches without dropping a set.
No. 53-ranked singles player Kirsten Flower posted two wins at the No. 1 position in singles. Kelsey Haviland was perfect at No. 2. Freshman Gabby Steele was 2-0 at No. 3 in her first collegiate dual matches, rallying to complete a straight-set win against the Vikings. At No. 4 rookie Fidan Manashirova had back-to-back wins with junior Cami Hubbs 2-0 at No. 5. At No. 6 freshman Kara Cecil had two wins on the day.
In doubles Haviland and Hubbs were 2-0 at No. 1, Flower and Steele had two wins at No. 2 and Cecil and Manashirova posted two victories at No. 3.
Against the Tigers
The doubleheader is Missouri’s first dual match of the season. Last year’s squad finished 9-12 overall and 4-7 in the Big 12. Ohio State met Missouri last season in Columbus, finishing with a 6-1 win. The Scarlet and Gray have compiled a 4-1 record against the Tigers all-time
Against the Other Tigers
Memphis enters the doubleheader with a 2-2 record after wins against North Carolina Central and Oral Roberts. The Buckeyes are the third ranked opponent the Tigers will face after losses against No. 36 Tulsa and No. 1 Duke. This is the first meeting between Ohio State and Memphis on the tennis court.
Leader on the Court
Fidan Manashirova leads the Buckeyes with nine wins this season, against just one loss. Gabby Steele follows with an 8-2 ledger. Cami Hubbs and Kelsey Haviland are first on the squad with seven doubles wins each.
Next up for Ohio State is the ITA National Indoors Qualifier against Fresno State Jan. 29 in Fresno, Calif. The Buckeyes will then take on Florida State or Virginia the next day. The winner of the four-team bracket earns a spot in the ITA National Indoors.