COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 64th-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team wrapped up its regular-season home slate with a 6-1 win against Minnesota Sunday afternoon behind the strength of five singles victories and a sweep of doubles on Senior Day. The senior duo of co-captains Paloma Escobedo and Cami Hubbs, who have been a part of 65 team wins, was honored in a postmatch ceremony. Hubbs was a winner in singles and doubles vs. the Gophers, while Escobedo won her doubles match. 

“Minnesota came out and played well today,” Chuck Merzbacher, Ohio State’s head coach, said. “They came at us in singles, but I think we did a good job of countering it. I’m really proud of everyone today.”

With the win, the Buckeyes (13-9, 6-2 Big Ten) finish 10-2 at home in 2011 while the Gophers fall to 5-15 on the year and 1-7 in the Big Ten.

At No. 3 doubles, Fidan Manashirova and Gabby Steele jumped out to a 5-0 lead against Doron Muravnik and Magdalena Wiecha before finishing with an 8-1 victory. The No. 1 tandem of Kelsey Haviland and Cami Hubbs clawed back from a 3-1 deficit while winning six-consecutive games to go up 7-3 against Alessandra Ferrazzi and Natalia Pintusava. The Gophers battled back, but the Buckeyes held on to win, 8-6, and take the doubles point.

In a back and forth bout on court two, Kara Cecil and Paloma Escobedo battled Alexa Palen and Mariana Spilca to an 8-6 win of their own after winning the final three games to give the Scarlet and Gray a doubles sweep.

The Gophers looked poised for a comeback after Muravnik notched a singles win on court six against Malley, 6-2, 6-1. The Buckeyes played to the crowd, however, and turned in three-consecutive singles wins to clinch the match, 4-1. Cecil was the first Buckeye to finish as she downed Ferrazzi, 6-2, 6-3, on court three before Hubbs earned a 6-2, 6-1 decision against Yuliana Umanets on court five.

Manashirova secured Ohio State’s sixth conference victory with a 7-6 (3), 6-1 win on court four against Wiecha.

Haviland kept the Buckeyes rolling with a 6-4, 7-6 (1) victory against 74th-ranked Pintusava at the No. 1 spot before Steele wrapped up the match with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Palen on court two, winning the last six games in the second set to wrap up the victory.

Ohio State hits the road for its final weekend of regular season action. The Buckeyes face Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., at 11 a.m. Saturday before moving north to West Lafayette, Ind., to take on Purdue at noon Sunday.

Tennis Match Results
Minnesota vs Ohio State
Apr 17, 2011 at Columbus, Ohio
(Varsity Tennis Center)
#64 Ohio State 6, Minnesota   Singles competition
1. Kelsey Haviland (OSU) def. No. 74 Natalia Pintusava (MINN) 6-4, 7-6 (7-1)
2. Gabby Steele (OSU) def. Alexa Palen (MINN) 6-4, 6-4
3. Kara Cecil (OSU) def. Alessandra Ferrazzi (MINN) 6-2, 6-3
4. Fidan Manashirova (OSU) def. Magdalena Wiecha (MINN) 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
5. Cami Hubbs (OSU) def. Yuliana Umanets (MINN) 6-2, 6-1
6. Doron Muravnik (MINN) def. Noelle Malley (OSU) 6-2, 6-1   Doubles competition
1. Cami Hubbs/Kelsey Haviland (OSU) def. Alessandra Ferrazzi/Natalia Pintusava (MINN) 8-6
2. Paloma Escobedo/Kara Cecil (OSU) def. Alexa Palen/Mariana Spilca (MINN) 8-6
3. Fidan Manashirova/Gabby Steele (OSU) def. Doron Muravnik/Magdalena Wiecha (MINN) 8-1

Match Notes:
Minnesota 5-15 (1-7 Big Ten)
Ohio State 13-9 (6-2 Big Ten); National ranking #64
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,3,5,4,1,2)