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Oct. 7, 2011

Martha Thorn Day One

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team wrapped up day one of the Martha Thorn Invitational hosted by West Virginia in Morgantown, W. Va., Friday evening. Sophomore Noelle Malley picked up a pair of wins in Flight A singles and will face Virginia Tech’s Tea Ivanovic at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the semifinals.

Malley, the No. 2 seed in the draw, needed three sets to down Youngstown State’s Marta Burak in the round of 16, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, before producing a straight-set victory against Duquesne’s Vanessa Steiner, 7-6, 6-1, in the quarterfinals.

Classmates Tiffany Dittmer and Kelsey Becker fell in opening round matches in Flight A. Dittmer could not upset top-seeded Isel Martinez-Marcos of Virginia Tech as she fell, 6-4, 6-3. Becker dropped a 6-2, 7-5 decision to Pittburgh’s Gabrielle Catanzariti. The duo struggled in consolation matches as well, as Cleveland State’s Maria Lazaris defeated Becker, 6-3, 6-2, and Dittmer fell to Duquesne’s Megan O’Sullivan, 6-1, 6-4.

Becker and Dittmer will face each other at noon Saturday. The winner will face the victor of an all-Youngstown State match of Burak and Carolyn Jesko.

Dittmer and Malley battled Alexandra Bush and Alex Power of Cleveland State in quarterfinals of doubles, but ultimately fell, 8-6. The Buckeye tandem will take on Virginia Tech’s Emily Lauten and Martinez-Marcos at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Play continues at the tournament through Sunday.