Ohio State closes out non-conference play with sixth shutout of the season
COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 31 Ohio State women’s tennis team (15-3, 2-1 Big Ten) shut out Boston University (6-5, 2-0 America East), 7-0, Saturday, at the OSU Varsity Tennis Center in the final non-conference match for the Buckeyes during the regular season. With the win, the Scarlet and Gray are off to their best start since 2001-02, when they began the year with a 15-2 mark.
“I think the theme for this team has been about competing at every spot in doubles and singles,” Chuck Merzbacher, Ohio State head coach, said following the match. “Knowing that we feel we can compete with everyone on our schedule. The next few matches will be about setting ourselves up for the best possible seed in the Big Ten tournament and postseason play.”
Ohio State cruised in doubles, picking up wins from all three flights for the 10th time in 11 home matches this season. Julie Blackmore and Cami Hubbs picked up their 13th-consecutive doubles victory from the No. 2 spot, dropping Cori Lefkowith and Danielle Abraham, 8-1.
Angela DiPastina and Christina Keesey combined for their team-high 19th doubles victory on the season by knocking off Francine Whu and Vanessa Steiner, 8-2, in No. 1 doubles. Caitlin O’Keefe and Paloma Escobedo rounded out the Buckeye sweep with an 8-1 win over Elizabeth Corrao and Yana Sadovskaya from the No. 3 position.
It was more of the same for Ohio State in singles play, as Keesey got the Buckeyes rolling with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Sadovskaya from the No. 4 position. Blackmore followed suit from in No.34 singles, picking up her 11th-consecutive singles victory with a 6-0, 6-1 decision over Lefkowith.
Escobedo clinched the match for Ohio State from the No. 2 spot with a 6-3, 6-1, win over Steiner. O’Keefe then picked up her 17th singles win of the season with a 6-4, 6-0, win over Abraham from the No. 6 spot.
Hubbs continued her march toward the single season win mark of 31 by picking up her 29th victory from the No. 5 spot, a 6-4, 6-2, decision over Corrao.
DiPastina finished off the match with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-0 win over Whu from the No. 1 spot.
Ohio State returns to the court Sunday at 11 a.m. inside the OSU Varsity Tennis Center for a contest with Big Ten opponent Michigan State.
Tennis Match Results
Boston University vs Ohio State
Mar 29, 2008 at Columbus, Ohio
#31 Ohio State 7, Boston University 0
1. Angela DiPastina (OSU) def. Francine Whu (BU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-0
2. Paloma Escobedo (OSU) def. Vanessa Steiner (BU) 6-3, 6-1
3. Julie Blackmore (OSU) def. Cori Lefkowith (BU) 6-0, 6-1
4. Christina Keesey (OSU) def. Yana Sadovskaya (BU) 6-2, 6-4
5. Cami Hubbs (OSU) def. Elizabeth Corrao (BU) 6-4, 6-2
6. Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) def. Danielle Abraham (BU) 6-4, 6-0
1. Angela DiPastina/Christina Keesey (OSU) def. Francine Whu/Vanessa Steiner (BU) 8-2
2. Julie Blackmore/Cami Hubbs (OSU) def. Cori Lefkowith/Danielle Abraham (BU) 8-1
3. Paloma Escobedo/Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) def. Elizabeth Corrao/Yana Sadovskaya (BU) 8-1
Boston University 6-5
Ohio State 15-3; National ranking #31
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2*,1); Singles (4,3,2*,6,5,1)