COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 35 Ohio State women’s tennis did not waste their first opportunity to play outside in Columbus in two seasons, taking a 5-2 win over Michigan State (8-12, 1-6 Big Ten) at the Stickney Tennis Center Sunday. The Buckeyes, fueled by a doubles point win, finished off the Spartans in singles behind strong efforts from the top spots of Kirsten Flower and Paloma Escobedo.
Christina Keesey and Angela DiPastina were dominant at No. 1 doubles. The pair ran out to an early lead and did not look back against the 74th-ranked Spartan duo of Elena Ivanova and Stephanie Kebler, winning 8-2. Escobedo and Flower were equally proficient at No. 3, winning 8-1 over Whitney Wilson and Dana Guentert to pick up their team-leading ninth doubles win of the spring together.
Julie Blackmore and Cami Hubbs finished it off for the Scarlet and Gray, nailing down an 8-5 victory at No. 2 over Christine Milliken and Ana Milosavljevic.
Flower kept her hot hitting as of late going at No. 1 singles, using a 6-1 first set win to overcome Kebler, 6-1, 7-5. The win was Flower’s 12th this spring and fifth against a Big Ten opponent, both team highs. Escobedo was next off the court for the Buckeyes after finishing off Ivanova at No. 2 singles with a straight set 6-2, 6-2 win.
With a 3-0 match lead for the Buckeyes in hand, Keesey slammed the door by knocking off Wilson at No. 4 singles. After losing the first set, 3-6, Keesey found no such difficulties in the second or third frames and clinched an Ohio State win with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory. DiPastina made it 5-0 Buckeyes after picking up a 7-5, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles over Lindsey Lonergan.
The last two matches of the day entered tiebreakers in place of a third set. After winning her first set against Guentert, 6-3, Blackmore fell in the second frame, 4-6 and eventually lost in the tiebreaker, 1-0 (13-11). Hubbs was also a victim in the tiebreaker at No. 3 after rallying from a 7-5 first set loss to take the second frame, 6-2 against Milosavljevic. The Michigan State senior came out ahead in the tiebreaker, 1-0 (10-7).
The win puts Ohio State into a loss column tie for second in the Big Ten standings with Michigan, who defeated the Buckeyes Friday. The Big Ten season keeps going next weekend for the final home matches of the season Friday against Illinois at 3 p.m. and Sunday against Indiana at 11 a.m.
Tennis Match Results
Michigan State vs Ohio State
Apr 05, 2009 at Columbus, Ohio
#35 Ohio State 5, Michigan State 2
1. Kirsten Flower (OSU) def. Stephanie Kebler (MSU) 6-1, 7-5
2. Paloma Escobedo (OSU) def. Elena Ivanova (MSU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Ana Milosavljevic (MSU) def. Cami Hubbs (OSU) 7-5, 2-6, 1-0 (10-7)
4. Christina Keesey (OSU) def. Whitney Wilson (MSU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-0
5. Dana Guentert (MSU) def. Julie Blackmore (OSU) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (13-11)
6. Angela DiPastina (OSU) def. Lindsey Lonergan (MSU) 7-5, 6-3
1. Christina Keesey/Angela DiPastina (OSU) def. No. 74 Elena Ivanova/Stephanie Kebler (MSU) 8-2
2. Cami Hubbs/Julie Blackmore (OSU) def. Christine Milliken/Ana Milosavljevic (MSU) 8-4
3. Paloma Escobedo/Kirsten Flower (OSU) def. Whitney Wilson/Dana Guentert (MSU) 8-1
Michigan State 8-12 (1-6 Big Ten)
Ohio State 12-7 (5-1 Big Ten); National ranking #35
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,6,2,4,5,3)