Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team wrapped up the first two days of competition in Hanover, N.H., and Tempe, Ariz., Saturday evening. While a portion of the team is playing in the Big Green Invitational, the other half is competing at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational.

Ohio State bounced back Saturday to take four of six singles matches in consolation play at the Thunderbird, as well as a victory in doubles for the duo of seniors Paloma Escobedo and Cami Hubbs against Michigan’s tandem of Sulahian and Nguyen, 8-6, after strugging in the opening round of the singles flight at the Thunderbird Invitational Friday. Hubbs fell to top-seeded Micaela Hein of Arizona State, 6-3, 6-4, while classmate Escobedo was knocked off by Oregon’s Patricia Skowronski, 6-4, 6-4.

Junior Kelsey Haviland battled to a 5-5 score in the second set against Annie Goransson of California, but Goransson prevailed to take the match, 6-2, 7-5. Sophomore Gabby Steele fell to Goransson’s teammate, Tayler Davis, 6-0, 6-3.

The Buckeyes had trouble finding their game in doubles as well, with both teams dropping opening round matches to Pac-10 opponents. Haviland and Steele dropped an 8-4 decision to Smatova and Skowronski of Oregon while Escobedo and Hubbs fell in a close, 9-7 decision to California’s Davis and Goransson.

Meanwhile in New Hampshire, the Buckeyes have shown great success at the Big Green Invitational. The group has won nine of 15 singles matches. Sophomore Fidan Manashirova is 3-0 at the event while classmate Kara Cecil bounced back from a loss Friday to post two singles wins Saturday.The Buckeyes finished 3-2 in singles against Boston University while compiling a 4-1 tally against host-school Dartmouth.

Ohio State will face members of the University of Massachusetts at the Big Green Invitational Sunday to close out the event and the fall season of tournaments. Follow the Big Green action at and Thunderbird play at

ASU Thunderbird Invitational
Whiteman Tennis Center
Tempe, Ariz.
Nov. 5-7

Round of 32

Micaela Hein (ASU) def. Cami Hubbs (OSU), 6-3, 6-4
Tayler Davis (Cal) def. Gabby Steele (OSU), 6-0, 6-3
Annie Goransson (Cal) def. Kelsey Haviland (OSU), 6-2, 7-5
Patricia Skowronski (Oregon) def. Paloma Escobedo (OSU), 6-4, 6-4

Smatova/Skowronski (Oregon) def. Haviland/Steele (OSU), 8-4
Davis/Goransson (Cal) def. Escobedo/Hubbs (OSU), 9-7

First Round Consolation Back Draw

Hubbs (OSU) def. Stephany Chang (Cal), 6-1, 6-1
Steele (OSU) def. Anna Depanau (USD), 6-3, 6-4

Sparky Draw First Round
Michelle Sulahian (UM) def. Hubbs (OSU), 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
Sam Critser (UM) def. Steele (OSU), 6-4, 6-3
Haviland (OSU) def. Ashlee Brown (ASU), 7-5, 6-1
Escobedo (OSU) def. Kari Wig (UM), 6-1, 6-0

McKenna/Hein (ASU) def. Haviland/Steele (OSU), 8-0
Escobedo/Hubbs (OSU) def. Sulahian/Nguyen (UM), 8-6

Big Green Invitational
Boss Tennis Center
Hanover, N.H.
Nov. 5-7, 2010


Stefanie Nunic (BU) def. Kara Cecil (OSU), 6-4, 7-6 (5)
Noelle Malley (OSU) def. Vivien Laszloffy (BU), 7-5, 6-3
Fidan Manashirova (OSU) def. Petra Santini (BU), 6-1, 6-2
Tiffany Dittmer (OSU) def. Amelia Martinez (BU), 6-0, 6-1
Ina Kauppila (BU) def. Kelsey Becker (OSU), 6-3, 7-6 (3)

Cecil/Malley (OSU) def. Laszloffy/Nunic (BU), 8-4
Athanasiadis/Linero (BU) def. Dittmer/Manashirova (OSU), 8-5


Cecil (OSU) def. Ryan Reichel (DART), 6-2, 6-4
Cecil (OSU) def. Katarina Gajic (BC), 6-2, 5-7, 11-9
Malley (OSU) def. Melissa Matsuoka (DART), 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
Olga Khmylev (BC) def. Malley (OSU), 6-4, 6-1
Manashirova (OSU) def. Rachel Decker-Sadowski (DART), 6-2, 6-3
Manashirova (OSU) def. Ina Kauppila (BC), 6-2, 6-3
Christina Danosi (DART) def. Dittmer (OSU), 7-5, 7-5
Haley Dixon (BC) def. Dittmer (OSU), 9-8 (played as pro set due to time)
Becker (OSU) def. Valeriya Tatisheva (DART), 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
Chantal Swiszcz (UMASS) def. Becker (OSU), 6-2, 6-0

Matsuoka/Scott (DART) def. Cecil/Malley (OSU), 9-8 (4)
Danosi/J. Reichel (DART) def. Becker/Manashirova (OSU), 8-6