November 3, 2017

Buckeyes Competing in ASU Thunderbird Invitational


Nov. 3, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior Andrea Ballinger and freshman Mary Beth Hurley of the Ohio State women’s tennis team traveled to Tempe, Ariz., for the 23rd edition of the ASU Thunderbird Invitational. 

Day 1 (Friday)
Freshman Mary Beth Hurley posted two wins in singles on the opening day of the tournament. She rallied to win 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, over Oklahoma’s Camila Romero, a 5-8 seed, in the first round. In round two, the Buckeye topped Alessia Dario of Fresno State, 6-3, 6-3.

Junior Andrea Ballinger went 1-1 on the day. In the opening round she lost to Fresno State’s Katerina Stloukalova, 6-2, 6-4. In the consolation draw, Ballinger came from a set down to beat San Diego’s Gemma Garcia, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Hurley and Ballinger teamed up in doubles, posting a 6-3 win over San Diego’s Torres and Chow.

Day 2 (Saturday)
Andrea Ballinger and Mary Beth Hurley opened the day with a doubles match, falling to Garcia and Nonnenmacher of San Diego, 6-1.

In the main draw quarterfinals, Hurley fell to Daniela Pedraza, 6-1, 6-3. Ballinger, in the consolation bracket, lost to Strip of Oklahoma, 6-2, 6-1.

Day 3 (Sunday)
The Buckeye tandem of Andrea Ballinger and Mary Beth Hurley dropped a close doubles match to Dunk and Mayer of Cal, falling in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (3).

In singles, Hurley faced Big Ten foe Rabinowitz of Illinois, suffering a 6-1, 6-2 loss. Ballinger took on Torres of San Diego, with Torres prevailing, 7-5, 6-2.

2017 ASU Thunderbird Invitational
Tempe, Ariz.

Main Draw Singles
First Round
Mary Beth Hurley (OSU) def. Camila Romer (OU): 2-6, 7-5, 6-3
Katerina Stloukalova (Fresno) def. Andrea Ballinger (OSU): 6-2, 6-4

Second Round
Hurley (OSU) def. Dario (Fresno): 6-3, 6-3

Daniela Pedraza (Illinois) def. Hurley (Ohio State): 6-1, 6-3

Rabinowitz (Illinois) def. Hurley (OSU): 6-1, 6-2

“Sparky” Consolation
Ballinger (OSU) def. Garcia (USD): 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
Stripp (OU) def. Ballinger (OSU): 6-2, 6-1
Torres (USD) def. Ballinger (OSU): 7-5, 6-2

Hurley/Ballinger (OSU) def. Torres/Chow (USD): 6-3
Garcia*/Nonnenmacher (USD) def. Hurley/Ballinger (OSU): 6-1 
Dunk/Mayer (Cal) def. Hurley/Ballinger (OSU): 7-6(3)