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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rising sophomore Kara Cecil of the Ohio State women’s tennis team defeated top-seeded Ronit Yurovsky in three sets to take home the title at the National Collegiate Clay Court Championship/West Penn Amateur last weekend in Mt. Lebanon, Pa.

The National Collegiate Clay Court Championships/West Penn Amateur tournament opened July 6 at the Mt. Lebanon Tennis Center. The district’s top amateur event, held continuously since 1889, attracts top local amateurs and collegiate players from the U.S. and Canada.

Cecil, seeded second in the event, used her positioning to win in straight sets through the semifinal match. Cecil battled Yurovsky, a rising high school junior from New Kensington, Pa., in the first two sets, but pulled away in the third set to take the match, 7-5, 3-6, 10-2.

Cecil downed fourth-seed Kate Vialle, 6-1, 6-1, in the semifinals after an impressive 6-3, 6-0 victory against Nicolle Stracar in the quarterfinals.

Last season for the Buckeyes, Cecil posted four singles wins, including a 3-0 record in the spring. The Plant City, Fla., native also picked up three doubles wins alongside classmate Fidan Manashirova.