COLUMBUS, Ohio On Senior Day at the Ohio State Varsity Tennis Center, the No. 43-ranked Buckeyes shut out No. 38 Indiana, 7-0, Sunday. The match was the last regular-season home match in Columbus for the senior trio of Julie Blackmore, Angela DiPastina and Julie Voss and the group was honored in a postmatch ceremony. Ohio State improves to 13-8 this season and 6-2 in Big Ten action. The Hoosiers drop to 13-8 and 5-3 in conference play.
“This was a good way to send out the seniors, beating a very good Indiana team,” Chuck Merzbacher, Ohio State head coach, said. “We were down a player with Hubbs out of singles, but we came out strong after doubles to really position ourselves for the rest of the season. This was a good match to play before taking on the No. 1 team in the country in Northwestern next weekend.”
Ohio State won the doubles point, with easy wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and a tiebreaker victory at No. 3. The No. 1 duo of Christina Keesey and Angela DiPastina never trailed against Maria Guerreiro and Katya Zapadalova, taking a 2-0 lead en route to an 8-3 win. At No. 2 Julie Blackmore and Cami Hubbs were tied with Hoosiers Sigrid Fischer and Charlotte Martin at 1-all and 2-all before winning the last six games in an 8-2 victory to clinch the doubles point for the Buckeyes. No. 3 doubles between Buckeyes Paloma Escobedo and Kirsten Flower and IU’s Myriam Sopel and Lindsey Stuckey came down to a set tiebreaker after the Hoosiers won two games to tie the match at 7-all. After the Buckeyes jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the tiebreak, IU was able to cut the lead to 3-2 but Ohio State held strong and won, 7-5.
The Buckeyes won all six singles matches, with four two-set sweeps. Flower was off the court in an hour, dispatching Zapadalova in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0, at No. 1. Blackmore followed with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Lindsey Stuckey at No. 5. After winning the first set in a tiebreaker at No. 3 vs. Berdala, Keesey ran off a 6-1 victory in set two to post the match winning point for the Buckeyes.
After dropping the first set at No. 4 vs. Fischer, 6-3, DiPastina lost just two games the rest of the way, closing out the match with 6-0, 6-2 wins in the second and third sets, respectively.
At No. 6 against Sopel, Kelsey Haviland won the first set, 6-3, before dropping the second, 7-5. She rallied from a 6-3 deficit in the super tiebreaker, winning three-consecutive points to tie it at 6-all. After Sopel went ahead, 7-6, Haviland won the final four points to claim the match, 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (7). Escobedo was the final match on the court, where she defeated Martin at No. 2 with two tiebreaker wins, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4). Escobedo, who had to rally to tie the second set at 6-all, took a 2-1 lead in the tiebreaker and never trailed again.
Ohio State will close out the regular season with road matches at No. 1 Northwestern and Wisconsin next weekend. The Buckeyes will take on the Wildcats at 1 p.m. ET Saturday in Evanston, Ill., and go up against the Badgers at 1 p.m. ET Sunday in Madison, Wis.
Tennis Match Results
Indiana vs Ohio State
Apr 12, 2009 at Columbus, Ohio
(Varsity Tennis Center)
#43 Ohio State 7, #38 Indiana 0
1. Kirsten Flower (OSU) def. Katya Zapadalova (IU) 6-3, 6-0
2. Paloma Escobedo (OSU) def. Charlotte Martin (IU) 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4)
3. Christina Keesey (OSU) def. Alba Berdala (IU) 7-6 (8-6), 6-1
4. Angela DiPastina (OSU) def. Sigrid Fischer (IU) 3-6, 6-0, 6-2
5. Julie Blackmore (OSU) def. Lindsey Stuckey (IU) 6-1, 6-3
6. Kelsey Haviland (OSU) def. Myriam Sopel (IU) 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (10-7)
1. Christina Keesey/Angela DiPastina (OSU) def. Maria Guerreiro/Katya Zapadalova (IU) 8-3
2. Cami Hubbs/Julie Blackmore (OSU) def. Sigrid Fischer/Charlotte Martin (IU) 8-2
3. Kirsten Flower/Paloma Escobedo (OSU) def. Myriam Sopel/Lindsey Stuckey (IU) 8-7 (7-5)
Indiana 13-8, 5-3 Big Ten; National ranking #38
Ohio State 13-8, 6-2 Big Ten; National ranking #43
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,5,3,4,6,2)