COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team held its annual team banquet last Friday at the Ohio State Golf Club, honoring individuals for their efforts throughout the 2011 campaign, as well as looking back at the Buckeyes’ run to a third-place finish in the Big Ten regular season and a Big Ten tournament semifinal appearance.
Senior Cami Hubbs and sophomore Fidan Manashirova shared co-Most Valuable Player honors. Hubbs, who finished her standout Buckeye career seventh on the all-time program singles wins list, picked up 20 singles victories this season. She excelled in conference matches, earning an 8-2 record. The senior co-captain took 15 doubles matches as well, finishing tied with former Buckeye Christina Keesey (2007-10) at No. 9 on the all-time list.
Manashirova led the Buckeyes with 27 singles victories, including a nearly flawless 10-1 record at the No. 5 position in dual matches. The California native ripped through doubles competition in the Big Ten, posting a 7-2 record alongside classmate Gabby Steele. Manashirova and Steele are both on course for spots in the all-time record book as each has racked up 46 singles wins through two seasons.
Kara Cecil received her second award in two years, earning the title of Most Improved after earning the Coaches’ Award a season ago. The Plant City, Fla., native improved from four singles wins during the 2009-10 campaign to 21 as a sophomore in 2011. Nine of her 12 singles victories came at the No. 3 spot in dual competition. Cecil was a force in doubles as well, teaming with freshman Noelle Malley to post 16 wins, including a 6-3 ledger against Big Ten opponents.
Freshman Tiffany Dittmer was the recipient of the 2011 Coaches’ Award. The first-year not only faced the task of becoming acclimated with collegiate tennis, but also with living overseas from her home in Hamburg, Germany. She responded well, earning seven singles wins and a pair of doubles victories.
The Buckeyes finished the season with a 15-11 record, including a 7-3 Big Ten ledger that landed them in a tie with Purdue for third place. The fourth seed in the conference tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich., the Scarlet and Gray rallied from a 3-1 deficit to down Wisconsin, 4-3, in the quarterfinals before falling to host and top seed Michigan, 4-0.