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DiPastina wins eighth-consecutive in singles but Virginia Tech too much for Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 31-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team (3-5, 0-0 Big Ten) suffered its third-consecutive loss of the week, falling, 4-3, to No. 52 Virginia Tech(4-1, 0-0 ACC) Sunday at the Ohio State Varsity Tennis Center.

Angela DiPastina quickly dealt with Tech’s sophomore Holly Johnson at No. 5 singles, winning, 6-1, 6-1, and tallying her eighth-consecutive singles victory on the spring season. Kirsten Flower was equally effective at the top spot, knocking off the 125th-ranked Inga Beerman in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. It was her second-consecutive match where she beat a nationally ranked-opponent in straight sets.

The Buckeyes lost a point at No. 4 singles when Julie Blackmore dropped to Yasmin Hamza, 6-1, 6-4, while freshman Kelsey Haviland saw defeat at the hands of Hokie freshman Courtney Rauscher in No. 6 singles, 6-2, 6-2. The win by Rauscher gave the Hokies a 3-2 match advantage.

The spotlight was on courts two and three for the deciding matches, with Buckeye sophomore Paloma Escobedo taking on Jessica Brouwer in No. 2 singles, while classmate Cami Hubbs faced off with Martha Blakely at the No. 3 spot. Both Ohio State players posted first set wins, with Escobedo winning, 6-1, and Hubbs winning, 6-4. The Hokies fired back in the second set of each match, with Brouwer posting a 6-4 win and Blakely recording a 6-3 final.

Hubbs took a 4-0 lead in her final set and cruised from there, winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. Escobedo found no such success in her final frame, falling 6-2 and dropping the match to Brouwer, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6.

The Hokies earned a critical point, winning the doubles point. DiPastina and Hubbs earned the only Buckeye doubles win vs. Hamza and Abbey Walker at the No. 3 spot, taking the match in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (3).

Christina Keesey and Flower rallied from a 6-0 deficit in No. 1 doubles, tying Brouwer and Johnson at 6-all and then taking the match into a tiebreaker at 8-all. But it was all Virginia Tech in the tiebreaker, as Brouwer and Johnson finished off the match, 9-8 (2).

The Ohio State No. 2 doubles team of Escobedo and Blackmore gained a 7-5 lead over Beerman and Blakely in the deciding doubles match, only to have the Hokie tandem fire back a tie the match at 7-all. The Buckeye duo eventually fell, 9-7.

The Buckeyes have a weekend off before heading west for matches in Eugene, Ore., against Washington State Feb. 21 and Oregon Feb. 22. For full coverage of the women’s tennis team, stay tuned to OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Tennis Match Results
#52 Virginia Tech 4, #31 Ohio State 3
Feb 08, 2009 at Columbus, Ohio

Singles competition
1. Kirsten Flower (OSU) def. Inga Beerman (VATECH) 6-2, 6-2
2. Jessica Brouwer (VATECH) def. Paloma Escobedo (OSU) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. Cami Hubbs (OSU) def. Martha Blakely (VATECH) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
4. Yasmin Hamza (VATECH) def. Julie Blackmore (OSU) 6-1, 6-4
5. Angela DiPastina (OSU) def. Holly Johnson (VATECH) 6-1, 6-1
6. Courtney Rauscher (VATECH) def. Kelsey Haviland (OSU) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Jessica Brouwer/Holly Johnson (VATECH) def. Kirsten Flower/Christina Keesey (OSU) 9-8 (7-2)
2. Inga Beerman/Martha Blakely (VATECH) def. Paloma Escobedo/Julie Blackmore (OSU) 9-7
3. Angela DiPastina/Cami Hubbs (OSU) def. Yasmin Hamza/Abbey Walker (VATECH) 9-8 (7-3)

Match Notes:
Virginia Tech 3-1; National ranking #52
Ohio State 3-3; National ranking #31
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,1,4,6,2,3)
T-3:59 
Attendance-110