Buckeyes pick up third Big Ten win of the season
COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 31 Ohio State women’s tennis team (16-3, 3-1 Big Ten) defeated Michigan State (9-8, 1-3 Big Ten), 6-1, Sunday, at the OSU Varsity Tennis Center. The win over the Spartans gives the Buckeyes 11 wins in their last twelve meetings with Michigan State.
“The team was definitely ready for a very dangerous Michigan State team and competed at every position,” Ohio State head coach Chuck Merzbacher said. “Now we just have to look forward to more battles and challenges for the rest of the Big Ten season.”
The Buckeyes continued their home hot-streak in doubles by taking all three matches in paired play for the 13th time in 14 matches. As a team, Ohio State has now won 17 consecutive doubles matches, with the last loss coming against Indiana March 8.
Julie Blackmore and Cami Hubbs extended their unbeaten streak from the No. 2 doubles spot to 14 matches with an 8-4 win over Ana Milosavljevic and Manon Noe, while Caitlin O’Keefe and Paloma Escobedo added their 17th doubles victory of the campaign with an 8-4 victory of their own over Stephanie Kebler and Lindsey Lonergan from the No. 3 spot.
Angela DiPastina and Christina Keesey rounded out the Ohio State doubles sweep with an 8-2 win from the top spot, knocking off Christine Bader and Whitney Wilson.
It was on to singles next, where O’Keefe earned the second Buckeye point of the day from the No. 6 spot with a 6-2, 6-0, defeat of Michelle Murphy, a late addition in place of Milosavljevic.
Escobedo was dominant in No. 2 singles, taking a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Kebler to earn the third point of the match for Ohio State. With the win, Escobedo advances her record at home this season to 9-2.
Hubbs looked as if she would cruise to her team-high 30th win of the season after winning the first set of No. 5 singles, 6-0, over Wilson. The second set would prove to be much more of a battle however, as Wilson was able to build a 4-0 lead. Hubbs rebounded and was able to draw the match even at 6-6, before winning the set tiebreaker, 7-5.
Already the owner of the freshman single season win record, Hubbs now needs just one more win to tie the all-time single season win record set by Kristy Dascoli in 2001.
Blackmore and Keesey took care of business from the No. 3 and No. 4 spots, respectively, with each taking straight set wins. The win for Blackmore was her 12th straight and pushes her record to 17-1 in dual match competition this season. Keesey now has 21 winson the campaign, including nine wins in her last ten matches.
DiPastina and Bader took the court in No. 1 singles, where Bader took the first set, 7-5. DiPastina rebounded to take the second set, 6-2, before falling in the super tiebreaker, 10-6.
Ohio State will return to the court next Saturday in Evanston, Ill., for a showdown with No. 1 Northwestern before traveling to Madison, Wis., for a Sunday match with Wisconsin.
Tennis Match Results
Michigan State vs Ohio State
Mar 30, 2008 at Columbus, Ohio
#31 Ohio State 6, Michigan State 1
1. Christine Bader (MSU) def. Angela DiPastina (OSU) 7-5, 2-6, 1-0 (10-6)
2. Paloma Escobedo (OSU) def. Stephanie Kebler (MSU) 6-2, 6-4
3. Julie Blackmore (OSU) def. Manon Noe (MSU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Christina Keesey (OSU) def. Lindsey Lonergan (MSU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Cami Hubbs (OSU) def. Whitney Wilson (MSU) 6-0, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) def. Michelle Murphy (MSU) 6-2, 6-0
1. Angela DiPastina/Christina Keesey (OSU) def. Christine Bader/Whitney Wilson (MSU) 8-2
2. Julie Blackmore/Cami Hubbs (OSU) def. Ana Milosavljevic/Manon Noe (MSU) 8-4
3. Paloma Escobedo/Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) def. Lindsey Lonergan/Stephanie Kebler (MSU) 8-4
Michigan State 9-8
Ohio State 16-3; National ranking #31
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2*,3); Singles (6,2,5*,3,4,1)