Ohio State wraps non-conference action against the Terriers Saturday before Sunday match with the Spartans
COLUMBUS, Ohio The 31st-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team (14-3, 2-1 Big Ten) will finish non-conference action against Boston University (6-4, 2-0 America East) Saturday before meeting Michigan State (9-6, 1-1 Big Ten) Sunday in Big Ten action this weekend at the Ohio State Varsity Tennis Center. The match with Boston takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday while the match with Michigan State begins at 11 a.m. Sunday.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Boston enters Saturday having won three of its last five matches, including victories over Yale and Florida Atlantic. The Terriers are led by the doubles team of Yana Sadovskaya and Elizabeth Corrao, who have a 15-6 mark on the season.
Ohio State defeated Boston in their last and only meeting, a match in 2001 in which the Buckeyes blanked the Terriers in Columbus, 7-0.
Michigan State travels to Columbus after upsetting No. 35 Washington, 6-1, Wednesday in East Lansing. The Spartans are led by freshman Lindsey Lonergan, who enters the weekend with an 11-4 record, including eight victories in her last 10 matches.
All-time, Ohio State holds a 24-13 advantage over Michigan State, including wins in nine of the last 10 matches between the two programs. The last victory for the Spartans came in 2006, when Michigan State edged the Buckeyes, 4-3, in Columbus.
By picking up her 28th singles win of the season Sunday against Iowa, freshman Cami Hubbs is now the owner of the single season win mark for a freshman, previously held by Kristi Jordan (1997) and assistant coach Sadhaf Pervez (2000). The win, which comes in the midst of a 10-match singles winning streak, leaves her just three wins shy of the all-time single-season mark of 31 set by Kristy Dascoli in 2001.
The record also earned Hubbs Big Ten Player of the Week honors, the second of the year for a Buckeye women’s tennis player. During the week, she went 3-0 in singles play and went 4-0 in doubles action against Drake, Coastal Carolina, Minnesota and Iowa.
During her high school career at Omaha Westside, Hubbs went 117-0 in prep competition, including four state and metro championships.
BUCKEYE HOT STREAKS
Ohio State has been excellent in singles play recently, with both Cami Hubbs and Julie Blackmore holding ten-match win streaks. Both play from the No. 2 doubles spot as well, and have run off 12-consecutive wins to push their season record to 17-4. Additionally, Angela DiPastina and Christina Keesey have won nine of their last 10 matches from the No. 1 doubles spot.
On the season, Ohio State has been exceptional from both the No. 4 and No. 5 positions, going 15-2 from both positions. The spots have been occupied primarily by Hubbs and Blackmore, but Keesey has played the No. 4 position over the last seven matches.
DOUBLES NO TROUBLE AT HOME FOR BUCKEYES
Ohio State has been nearly perfect in doubles at the OSU Varsity Tennis Center this season, posting a 28-2 mark in ten matches at the Varsity Tennis Center. Leading the way are Angela DiPastina and Christina Keesey, who have a team-high 18 wins, including a fall season win over the No. 1-ranked tandem from William and Mary. As a team, the Scarlet and Gray are 62-25 with a .713 winning percentage in paired play in 2007-08.
BLACKMORE AND HUBBS NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Both Cami Hubbs and Julie Blackmore have been named the Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week during the month of March, marking the only occasion in program history in which Ohio State has earned two such honors in the same month.
Hubbs, a native of Omaha, Neb., helped lead the Buckeyes to a four consecutive victories, with singles wins over Coastal Carolina, Minnesota and Iowa March 16-23. In addition to setting the freshman singles wins record, Hubbs also went 4-0 in doubles action, including an 8-1 win over Milica Veselinovic and Merel Beelan of Iowa Sunday.
Blackmore, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was named the Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week by the Big Ten Conference for the week of March 2-9.
Blackmore led the Buckeyes to a perfect 4-0 record during the week with wins over No. 50 Louisville, Cleveland State, Cornell and Eastern Michigan. In addition to four singles wins on the week, Blackmore and doubles partner Hubbs contributed four doubles wins, including 8-0 sweeps against both Cleveland State and Eastern Michigan.
UP NEXT FOR OHIO STATE
Following the matches this weekend with Boston and Michigan State, Ohio State will take to the road for four of its final six regular season matches, beginning with a trip to No. 1 Northwestern April 5 and a match at Wisconsin April 6.
A week later, the team returns home for a match with Purdue April 12 and the home finale against Illinois April 13. The regular season wraps up with road trips to Michigan April 18 and Penn State April 20.
OHIO STATE TAKES TWO IN BIG TEN PLAY
Ohio State won two matches last weekend in Big Ten action, dropping No. 49 Minnesota Saturday, 6-1, before returning Sunday to the OSU Varsity Tennis Center to edge No.43 Iowa, 4-3.
Despite a power outage that delayed the beginning of the match by nearly six hours, the Buckeyes played strong against Minnesota. Ohio State led off by picking up the doubles point for the eighth time in nine home matches.
In singles, the Scarlet and Gray picked up wins from Caitlin O’Keefe at the No. 6 spot and Cami Hubbs from the No. 5 spot. Angela DiPastina, Julie Blackmore and Paloma Escobedo each won from their positions as the Buckeyes rolled over the Gophers, 6-1.
The Sunday match was outage-free as Ohio State and Iowa met for the 34th time on the court. The Buckeyes rolled in doubles behind the strong performances of Hubbs and Blackmore, who won, 8-1, from the No. 2 spot.
Each team took three matches in singles play. The Scarlet and Gray earned winning performances from Blackmore, Christina Keesey and Hubbs at the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 spots to win the match, 4-3.
SCARLET AND GRAY WIN TWO ON FLORIDA ROAD SWING
Ohio State swept both Drake and Coastal Carolina at the Fort Myers Collegiate Invitational in Fort Myers, Fla., on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University Monday.
In the morning match, the Buckeyes faced Drake. Ohio State took the doubles point behind 8-3 victories from the No. 1 doubles team of Christina Keesey and Angela DiPastina and the No. 2 doubles team of Cami Hubbs and Julie Blackmore. The No. 3 spot was won by default by the Buckeyes, since the Bulldogs could only compete with five athletes because of illness.
It was more of the same in singles action, where every Ohio State player won in straight sets. Paloma Escobedo, who was playing at the No. 1 spot for the first time in eight matches, won, 6-1, 6-1 while DiPastina followed suit with a 7-5, 6-2, win from the No. 2 spot. The No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 spots were all dominant, with Blackmore winning 6-1, 6-0 in No. 3 singles, Keesey winning 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 4 spot and Caitlin O’Keefe picking up a 6-1, 6-0 victory at the No. 5 spot. Julie Voss won by default at the No. 6 spot.
The afternoon match was with Coastal Carolina in the championship match, who beat Florida Gulf Coast in its morning match, 4-3. The Buckeyes again had no problem winning the doubles point, with DiPastina and Keesey leading the way with an 8-3 win in No. 1 doubles. Blackmore and Hubbs recorded their 10th-consecutive doubles win with an 8-2 decision at the No. 2 spot.
The Scarlet and Gray finished it out in singles, winning all six matches in straight sets, including two white-washings. Escobedo won her ninth match in 10 outings with a 6-0, 6-0, victory in No. 1 singles. Keesey provided her second 6-0, 6-0, win of the day from the No. 4 spot and DiPastina won 6-3, 6-1 in No. 2 singles. Blackmore won her eighth straight, 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 3 spot and O’Keefe added a 6-2, 6-1 victory from the No. 6 spot.
Hubbs picked up a 6-2, 6-2, win from the No. 5 spot, giving her 26 singles wins on the season and leaving her just one win shy of tying the freshman wins record held by Sadhaf Pervez.
BUCKEYES FALL TO HOOSIERS IN BIG TEN OPENER
Despite blizzard conditions in Columbus, Ohio State played on, falling to Indiana, 4-3, at the OSU Varsity Tennis Center in the opening match of Big Ten play for the Buckeyes.
The loss to Indiana dropped Ohio State to 5-30 all-time against the Hoosiers and ended its eight-game homestand with a 6-2 record.
For the first time at home this season, Ohio State lost the doubles point, losing both No. 1 and No. 3 doubles and winning at the No. 2 spot.
Julie Blackmore and Cami Hubbs claimed a win for Ohio State at the No. 2 spot, dropping Alba Berdala and Lindsey Stuckey, 8-2, to push their record to 14-4 together on the year.
Angela DiPastina and Christina Keesey lost in No. 1 doubles against Brianna Williams and Katya Zapadalova, 8-5, while Paloma Escobedo and Caitlin O’Keefe lost to Sigrid Fischer and Myriam Sopel at the No. 3 spot.
In singles, Keesey did her part at the No. 4 spot, dropping Sigrid Fischer, 6-4, 6-3, to pick up the first Buckeye point of the day.
Hubbs picked up a win at the No. 5 spot, her seventh-consecutive and 25th of the season, in beating Lindsey Stuckey, 6-3, 7-5. O’Keefe fell at the No. 6 singles spot, 6-1, 6-1, to Brianna Williams while DiPastina couldn’t rebound from a first set sweep against Alba Berdala in No. 1 singles, falling 6-0, 6-4.
Blackmore met Charlotte Martin in No. 3 singles, defeating her 6-4, 2-6, 6-1. Paloma Escobedo rounded out the action with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 loss to Zapadalova at the No. 2 spot.
A NEW HOME
The Ohio State University Varsity Tennis Center is the new indoor venue for the men’s and women’s tennis teams and opened in November. Located at 880 West Henderson Road in northwest Columbus, the 57,000 square foot center has six courts covered with a Plexipave surface.
The indoor tennis center accommodates approximately 400 spectator seats, plus standing room. In addition to 156 bleacher seats, the facility features 64 cabaret-style seats on court level at the north end and 96 individual seats in the south end. Additionally, 66 theatre-style seats will be available.
The site also houses the coaches’ offices, as well as locker rooms and team and recruiting rooms.
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