COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team picked up a 5-2 victory against No. 70 Michigan State on the road in East Lansing, Mich., Sunday afternoon. The Buckeyes took two of three doubles matches and four singles decisions to earn the win.
The Scarlet and Gray improved to 11-9 and 4-2 in the Big Ten while the Spartans dropped their fourth-consecutive match to fall to 12-8 and 1-6 in the Big Ten.
Ohio State’s top doubles duo of Kelsey Haviland and Cami Hubbs picked up its first conference win with an 8-3 upset of Amy Barton and Marina Bohrer, the 19th-ranked doubles tandem in the country. The Buckeyes took the doubles point with a win from Kara Cecil and Noelle Malley over Olga Chernova and Katarina Lingl, 8-3, on court three.
Nicole Herzog and Whitney Wilson picked up the lone doubles victory for the Green and White with their own 8-3 win on court two against Gabby Steele and Fidan Manashirova.
In singles, Haviland earned her second victory against a nationally-ranked opponent this season with a 7-6, 6-3 win against 121st-ranked Amy Barton on court one. Steele picked up a 6-4, 6-4 win against Valentina Rusakova on court two, while Manashirova earned her team-leading 22nd singles victory in strong fashion against Chernova, blanking the Spartan on court four, 6-0, 6-0.
Hubbs downed Herzog on court five, 6-1, 6-1, for her 73rd career singles victory.
The Spartans picked up a pair of their own wins in singles as Bohrer took down Cecil on court three, 6-3, 7-5, and Dana Gunetert earned a 6-3, 6-2 decision against Malley on court six.
Ohio State returns home for its last home series of the season to take on Wisconsin Friday (April 15) and Minnesota Sunday (April 17). The Buckeyes and Badgers clash at 3 p.m. while the match against the Gophers is slated for an 11 a.m. start. Both matches are scheduled to be played outdoors at the Stickney Tennis Center but will be moved indoors to the Ohio State University Varsity Tennis Center in the case of inclement weather.
Tennis Match Results
Michigan State vs Ohio State
April 10, 2011 at East Lansing, Mich.
#70 Michigan State 2, Ohio State 5
1. Kelsey Haviland (OSU) def. No. 121 Amy Barton (MSU): 7-6, 6-3
2. Gabby Steele (OSU) def. Valentina Rusakova (MSU): 6-4, 6-4
3. Marina Bohrer (MSU) def. Kara Cecil (OSU): 6-3, 7-5
4. Fidan Manashirova (OSU) def. Olga Chernova (MSU): 6-0. 6-0
5. Cami Hubbs (OSU) def. Nicole Herzog (MSU): 6-1, 6-1
6. Dana Gunetert (MSU) def. Noelle Malley (OSU): 6-3, 6-2
1. Haviland/Hubbs (OSU) def. No. 19 Barton/Bohrer (MSU): 8-3
2. Herzog/Wilson (MSU) def. Steele/Manashirova (OSU): 8-3
3. Cecil/Malley (OSU) def. Chernova/Lingl (MSU): 8-3