Buckeyes denied record 19th win in Ann Arbor
COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 33 Ohio State women’s tennis team (18-6, 5-4 Big Ten) fell to No. 23 Michigan (15-4, 7-1 Big Ten), 6-1, at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. The loss denied the Buckeyes an opportunity to tie the program record of 19 wins in a season.
The Scarlet and Gray narrowly fell in doubles competition. Christina Keesey and Angela DiPastina were edged, 9-7, at the top spot by No. 44-ranked Tania Mahtani and Chisako Sugiyama, while Julie Blackmore and Cami Hubbs picked up a win from the No. 2 spot over Whitney Taney and Rika Tatsuno, 8-4. Paloma Escobedo and Caitlin O’Keefe fell in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (6), at No. 3 vs. Lindsey Howard and Denise Muresan to give the Wolverines their first point of the day.
Singles action followed, where four matches went to a decisive third set. Hubbs managed the only win of the day for the Buckeyes with a come-from-behind 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over 116th-ranked Mahtani from the No. 4 spot. The win, the 34th of the season for Hubbs, extends her Ohio State record for singles wins in a season.
DiPastina fell at the top spot, 7-5, 6-2, to No. 49 Sugiyama, while Escobedo was defeated, 6-7, 6-4, 10-7, at the No. 2 spot by Taney. Blackmore was edged in No. 3 singles by Muresan, 7-5, 7-5, and Keesey fell in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, to Tatsuno at No. 5. O’Keefe rounded out action with an 0-6, 6-0, 6-1 loss to Howard at the sixth spot.
Ohio State returns to the court Sunday for the regular-season finale at Penn State at 11 a.m.
Tennis Match Results
Ohio State vs Michigan
4/18/08 at Ann Arbor, Mich.
#23 Michigan 6, #33 Ohio State 1
1. #49 Chisako Sugiyama (MICH) def. Angela DiPastina (OSU) 7-5, 6-2
2. Whitney Taney (MICH) def. Paloma Escobedo (OSU) 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)
3. Denise Muresan (MICH) def. Julie Blackmore (OSU) 7-5, 7-5
4. Cami Hubbs (OSU) def. #116 Tania Mahtani (MICH) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
5. Rika Tatsuno (MICH) def. Christina Keesey (OSU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
6. Lindsey Howard (MICH) def. Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) 0-6, 6-0, 6-1
1. #44 Tania Mahtani/Chisako Sugiyama (MICH) def. Angela DiPastina/Christina Keesey (OSU) 9-7
2. Julie Blackmore/Cami Hubbs (OSU) def. Whitney Taney/Rika Tatsuno (MICH) 8-4
3. Lindsey Howard/Denise Muresan (MICH) def. Paloma Escobedo/Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) 9-8 (8-6)
Ohio State 18-6, 5-4 Big Ten; National ranking #33
Michigan 15-4, 8-1 Big Ten; National ranking #23
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,5,1,4,3,2)