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COLUMBUS, Ohio Despite a win in doubles, the No. 35 Ohio State women’s tennis team lost to South Florida, 5-2, in a non-conference match in Tampa, Fla. The loss halted the Buckeye’s season-high four-match win streak.

Angela DiPastina and Christina Keesey won their fourth match of the spring at No. 1 doubles, dropping Irene Reheberger and Lauren Shumate, 8-6. Kirsten Flower and Paloma Escobedo also won, taking an 8-6 decision over Iciri Rai and Natalia Guevara at No. 3. Julie Blackmore and Cami Hubbs were defeated at No. 2, falling in a close one to Allyn Mueller and Jessica Zok, 9-8 (1).

The Buckeyes were not as successful in singles, losing in five of six matches. Keesey was the lone Ohio State winner, taking a straight-set 6-2, 6-4 win against Shumate in No. 6 singles. Blackmore retired from her match at No. 5, trailing in the third set to Mueller, 4-6, 6-4, 4-3. Hubbs won her first set, 6-1, over Guevara, but could not close the match out and lost 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.

Flower lost in No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-4, to Reheberger while Escobedo was defeated by Zok at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-4. DiPastina was also beaten, losing 6-1, 6-1, to Rai at No. 3.

Ohio State returns to Columbus for a Big Ten match Friday at 4 p.m. with Purdue at the Ohio State Varsity Tennis Center.

Tennis Match Results
Ohio State vs South Florida
Mar 08, 2009 at Tampa, Fla.

South Florida 5, #35 Ohio State 2

 Singles competition
1. Irene Reheberger (USF) def. Kirsten Flower (OSU) 6-0, 6-4
2. Jessica Zok (USF) def. Paloma Escobedo (OSU) 6-1, 6-4
3. Iciri Rai (USF) def. Angela DiPastina (OSU) 6-1, 6-1
4. Natalia Guevara (USF) def. Cami Hubbs (OSU) 1-6, 6-1, 6-3
5. Allyn Mueller (USF) def. Julie Blackmore (OSU) 4-6, 6-4, 3-2, retired
6. Christina Keesey (OSU) def. Lauren Shumate (USF) 6-2, 6-4

 Doubles competition
1. Angela DiPastina/Christina Keesey (OSU) def. Irene Reheberger/Lauren Shumate (USF) 8-6
2. Allyn Mueller/Jessica Zok (USF) def. Cami Hubbs/Julie Blackmore (OSU) 9-8 (8-1)
3. Kirsten Flower/Paloma Escobedo (OSU) def. Iciri Rai/Natalia Guevara (USF) 8-6

Match Notes:
Ohio State 7-6 (1-0 Big Ten); National ranking #35
South Florida 2-7 (0-0 Big East)

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