COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 50th-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team picked up its seventh win of the season with a 6-1 victory against Louisville Friday night at the OSU Varsity Tennis Center.

The Buckeyes (7-4) rallied from deficits in two matches to take the doubles point and picked up five singles victories, including four in straight sets, to down the Cardinals (7-5).

“Louisville is a strong, fighting team,” Ohio State head coach Chuck Merzbacher said of the Cardinals. “I’m proud of us for responding like we did because this is the type of match we need to win.”

The Buckeye tandem of Kelsey Haviland and Gabby Steele rocketed out to a 6-0 lead on court two before dropping its first game to Louisville’s Stefanie Villajuan and Amelia Harris. The Ohio State duo took the match, 8-3.

Kara Cecil and Noelle Malley clinched the doubles point for Ohio State after taking down Mandy Brown and Gabrielle Duncan in a back-and-forth match on court three, 8-6.

Louisville’s Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine jumped out to a 3-0 lead on court one against Paloma Escobedo and Cami Hubbs, but the pair of Buckeye senior captains battled back to eventually take a 6-4 lead.

With the match at 7 apiece, Hubbs and Escobedo exchanged points with the Cardinal duo in the tiebreaker before eventually pulling ahead to take the tiebreaker, 8-6, and the match, 8-7, to clinch the Buckeyes’ doubles sweep.

Cecil was the first off the courts in singles, providing the Buckeyes with a 2-0 lead after her 6-1, 6-2 victory against Mandy Brown on court three.

Shortly after Cecil’s win, Hubbs claimed a victory of her own on court six against Duncan, 6-1, 6-1. Steele clinched the win for the Buckeyes following her 6-2, 6-0 finish against Kaysara Mandry on court four.

Haviland earned the fourth straight set win for Ohio State, taking a 6-4, 6-4 decision against Shine on court two.

After dropping the second set to Harris, Fidan Manashirova responded in the third with a dominating 6-1 performance to take the match, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1.

Louisville notched its only point of the game after Fellerhoff took Escobedo to a third set and pulled away in a super-tiebreaker, 10-6, to take the match 6-4, 0-6, 10-6.

Ohio State travels to future Big Ten foe Nebraska March 11 before returning home for a doubleheader against South Florida and Eastern Michigan March 20. The Buckeyes face South Florida at 11 a.m. and Eastern Michigan at 6 p.m.

Tennis Match Results
Louisville vs Ohio State
Mar 04, 2011 at Columbus, Ohio
(Varsity Tennis Center)
#50 Ohio State 6, Louisville 1

Singles competition
1. Julia Fellerhoff (UL) def. Paloma Escobedo (OSU) 6-4, 0-6, 10-6
2. Kelsey Haviland (OSU) def. Rebecca Shine (UL) 6-4, 6-4
3. Kara Cecil (OSU) def. Mandy Brown (UL) 6-1, 6-2
4. Gabby Steele (OSU) def. Kaysara Mandry (UL) 6-2, 6-0
5. Fidan Manashirova (OSU) def. Amelia Harris (UL) 6-2, 1-6, 6-1
6. Cami Hubbs (OSU) def. Gabrielle Duncan (UL) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Paloma Escobedo/Cami Hubbs (OSU) def. Julia Fellerhoff/Rebecca Shine (UL) 8-7 (6)
2. Kelsey Haviland/Gabby Steele (OSU) def. Stefanie Villajuan/Amelia Harris (UL) 8-3
3. Kara Cecil/Noelle Malley (OSU) def. Mandy Brown/Gabrielle Duncan (UL) 8-6

Match Notes:
Louisville 7-5
Ohio State 7-4; National ranking #50
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,6,4,2,5,1)