Feb. 4, 2012

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team picked up its third win of the season with a 5-2 victory against Syracuse Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes claimed the doubles point and took four singles matches in the win.

“We had a great crowd today for this hard-fought match,” Chuck Merzbacher, Ohio State head coach said. “Both teams competed hard on each point throughout the day, but I think we handled it well across the board. It was nice to be home and playing inside.”

The Scarlet and Gray (3-3, 0-0 Big Ten) are now 3-0 at home this season. The team travels to State College, Pa., to face Penn State Feb. 7 before hosting Tennessee Feb. 19.

Ohio State struck first in doubles as Fidan Manashirova and Gabby Steele claimed an 8-4 victory over Alessondra Parra and Amanda Rodgers on court three. The Orange duo of Aleah Marrow and Maddie Kobelt answered with an 8-5 win on court two against Kelsey Haviland and Noelle Malley.

The Buckeyes looked to take the doubles point without much fanfare, but the Syracuse duo of Emily Harman and Komal Safdar aggressively stormed back on court one to tie the match at seven apiece after falling in a 7-3 deficit to Kara Cecil and Kelsey Dieters. The Buckeye tandem, ranked 52nd in the nation, slammed the door on Harman and Safdar by taking the last two games to take the match, 9-7, and the lead, 1-0, heading into singles.

Manashirova pushed her winning streak to six matches in 2012 with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Safdar on court three. Dieters cemented her 6-3, 6-3 win against Parra on court four to give Ohio State a 3-0 advantage.

Haviland put the winning point on the board for Ohio State after downing Kobelt, 6-2, 6-4, on court two. Minutes after Haviland’s victory, Steele closed out a 6-4, 6-0 decision on court five.

“It was nice to be back home and play well against a tough team,” senior captain Haviland said after the match. “Everyone came out and competed really well today.”

Rodgers gave Syracuse its first point of the match with a 7-5, 6-2 win on court six.

On court one, Cecil and Harman battled to a third-set super tiebreaker after the Buckeye junior claimed a 7-2 tiebreaker win in the second set. The two both held three-point leads throughout the super tiebreaker before landing at an 8-8 tie. Harman eventually took the match, 6-4, 6-7 (2), 10-8.

Tennis Match Results

Syracuse vs Ohio State

Feb 04, 2012 at Columbus, Ohio

(Varsity Tennis Center)

#57 Ohio State 5, Syracuse 2

Singles competition 

1. Emily Harman (CUSE) def. Kara Cecil (OSU) 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 10-8

2. Kelsey Haviland (OSU) def. Maddie Kobelt (CUSE) 6-2, 6-4

3. Fidan Manashirova (OSU) def. Komal Safdar (CUSE) 6-1, 6-2

4. Kelsey Dieters (OSU) def. Alessondra Parra (CUSE) 6-3, 6-3

5. Gabby Steele (OSU) def. Aleah Marrow (CUSE) 6-4, 6-0

6. Amanda Rodgers (CUSE) def. Noelle Malley (OSU) 7-5, 6-2
Doubles competition 

1. #52 Kara Cecil/Kelsey Dieters (OSU) def. Emily Harman/Komal Safdar (CUSE) 9-7

2. Aleah Marrow/Maddie Kobelt (CUSE) def. Kelsey Haviland/Noelle Malley (OSU) 8-5

3. Fidan Manashirova/Gabby Steele (OSU) def. Alessondra Parra/Amanda Rodgers (CUSE) 8-4
Match Notes:

Syracuse 2-3 (0-0 Big East)

Ohio State 3-3 (0-0 Big Ten); National ranking #57

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,4,2,5,6,1)

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