Freshman Cami Hubbs looks to tie freshman mark for wins in a season
COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 35 Ohio State women’s tennis team (10-3, 0-1 Big Ten) will travel to the Fort Myers Collegiate Invitational in Fort Myers, Fla., for matches with Drake (5-5, 0-0 Missouri Valley) at 9 a.m. Monday morning and the winner of the Florida Gulf Coast (3-6, 1-3 A-Sun) and Coastal Carolina (7-3, 1-1 Big South) match at 3 p.m. Monday afternoon.
The match will be the first road contest for the Scarlet and Gray in over a month, and will also be their second trip to Ft. Myers this season. In January, Ohio State competed at the FGCU/Johan Kriek Classic, where as a team they collected 10 singles wins and an additional four doubles wins in the tournament.
Drake enters the match with Ohio State on a three-match win streak, including back-to-back 7-0 sweeps over Gustavus Adolphus and UMKC. Freshman Adela Aprodu, who enters competition with a 9-3 record form the No. 1 singles spot, leads the Bulldogs,
The Scarlet and Gray are 1-0 all-time against Drake, with the win coming in the 2002 season when Ohio State dropped the Bulldogs, 7-0, in Columbus.
Coastal Carolina has won three of its last four matches, including a 6-1 win against UNC Asheville March 9. The Chanticleers are led by senior Sophie Ahlberg, who has posted an 8-1 record playing predominantly from the Nos. 4 and 5 singles spots. The Buckeyes have never faced Coastal Carolina.
Ohio State met Florida Gulf Coast at the FGCU/Johan Kriek Classic January 19-21, where the Buckeyes went 2-0 in doubles play against the Eagles and added a singles victory from Julie Voss. FGCU and Ohio State met last year for the first time in dual match action when the Scarlet and Gray swept the Eagles, 7-0, in Fort Myers.
HUBBS ON THE BRINK
With two more singles wins, freshman Cami Hubbs will tie the all-time freshman record for singles wins in a season. Hubbs currently has 25 wins and the freshman mark of 27 wins, which is jointly held by Kristin Jordan and current assistant coach Sadhaf Pervez, is only four wins shy of the all-time single-season wins mark held by Kristy Dascoli.
Hubbs already owns the freshman record for tournament wins in a season, posting 14 victories during the fall. Her winning percentage this season, .833, is third best all-time for a freshman.
LOOKING BACK AT THE HOMESTAND
Ohio State returns to the road following an eight-game homestand that reached from Feb. 16 to March 8. The Buckeyes were 8-2 to open up at home this season, with wins over three ranked teams. Additionally, the team went 22-2 in doubles play and lost the doubles point just once.
BLACKMORE NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior Julie Blackmore was named the Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week for the week of March 4 by the Big Ten Conference. The award is the first for the Buckeyes this season and first since Christina Keesey earned the honor last year.
During the week, Blackmore led the Buckeyes to a perfect 4-0 record with wins over No. 50 Louisville, Cleveland State, Cornell and Eastern Michigan. In addition to four singles wins, Blackmore and doubles partner Cami Hubbs contributed four doubles wins, including 8-0 sweeps against both Cleveland State and Eastern Michigan.
DOUBLES NO TROUBLE FOR BUCKEYES
Ohio State has been nearly perfect in doubles at home this season, posting a 22-2 mark in eight matches at the Varsity Tennis Center. Leading the way are Julie Blackmore and Cami Hubbs from the No. 2 spot, who are 13-4 on the season and have won nine of their last 10 matches, including eight straight.
Angela DiPastina and Christina Keesey have had similar success, posting a team-high 14 wins, including a fall season win over the No. 1-ranked tandem from William and Mary. As a team, the Scarlet and Gray are 51-25 with a .671 winning percentage in paired play.
Ohio State is now ranked as the No. 35 team in the March 11 ITA Top 75 following a 10-3 start and four victories over ranked programs.
The Buckeyes began the season as the No. 52 team before moving up to No. 50 in the Jan. 29 rankings with two victories on the opening weekend of competition. After a brief stay at No. 48, Ohio State rose to 47th in the Feb. 12 rankings then jumped to No. 31 in the March 4 poll before the loss to Indiana lowered them to No. 35.
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.
SCARLET AND GRAY SWEEP CORNELL AND EASTERN MICHIGAN
Ohio State continued its strong play at home by sweeping a double-header with Cornell and Eastern Michigan March 2, defeating the Big Red, 5-2, and sweeping the Eagles, 7-0.
The Buckeyes began the day against Cornell by sweeping doubles competition. Paloma Escobedo and Caitlin O’Keefe provided the clinching doubles win with an 8-5 win from the No. 3 spot.
In singles, Julie Blackmore keyed the Scarlet and Gray from the No. 3 spot, winning a decisive 6-0, 6-4 victory. Escobedo added a 6-0, 6-1 win in No. 2 singles, while Christina Keesey clinched the match with a 6-3, 7-6 (3) win from the No. 4 spot.
The nightcap with Eastern Michigan proved just as successful for Ohio State, where it once again took all three doubles matches.
Cami Hubbs helped lead the Buckeyes with a win from the No. 5 singles spot and a win at No. 2 doubles, while Angela DiPastina took a straight-set victory in No. 1 singles. O’Keefe took care of business at the No. 6 spot, winning 6-1, 6-4, while Blackmore clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-1, win in No. 3 singles.
CARDINALS AND VIKINGS NO MATCH FOR THE BUCKEYES
The Ohio State women’s tennis squad lost just one point between two matches Wednesday, as it defeated No. 50 Louisville 6-1 and blanked Cleveland State 7-0 in the OSU Varsity Tennis Center. Additionally, the Buckeyes ran their home unbeaten streak in doubles play to 15 games.
Louisville kept it close in singles, but the Scarlet and Gray eventually overpowered the Cardinals to win five of six matches. Angela DiPastina rallied from a first set loss to claim the win at the top singles spot, while Paloma Escobedo posted a straight set win in No. 2 singles. Julie Blackmore, Cami Hubbs and Caitlin O’Keefe all followed suit with wins at the No. 4, 5 and 6 spots.
Christina Keesey fought her way into a super tiebreaker at the No. 3 spot, but was defeated to provide Louisville its sole point on the day.
It was smooth sailing in the nightcap against Cleveland State, with each Buckeye player earning straight set wins in singles. Julie Voss started Ohio State off with a 6-1, 6-1, victory at the No. 6 spot and Julie Blackmore followed with a 6-0, 6-0, white-washing in her season debut at the No. 3 spot.
Caitlin O’Keefe won 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 5 spot, Christina Keesey took a 6-1, 6-1, decision in No. 2 singles, Cami Hubbs won 6-1, 6-3 at the No. 4 spot and Angela DiPastina completed the sweep with a 6-1, 7-6 (3) win at the top 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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