Feb. 21, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 61st-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team (4-3, 0-1 Big Ten) travels to Fayetteville, Ark., this weekend for a pair of matches. The Buckeyes take on No.44-ranked Arkansas (4-4, 0-0 SEC) at 5 p.m. CT/6 p.m. ET Friday before facing No.33-ranked Tulsa (6-3, 1-0 C-USA) at 2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET Saturday at the Billingsley Tennis Center.

Live stats for the match vs. the Razorbacks only can be found online HERE.

Senior Gabby Steele leads all Buckeyes with 14 singles victories this season. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native has won nine of her last 10 matches. She dropped a 6-3, 7-5 decision vs. Tennessee’s Caitlyn Williams on court three Sunday in the Buckeyes’ last time out to end her nine-match winning streak.

No. 53 Kelsey Dieters, No. 93 Fidan Manashirova and Noelle Malley have each compiled 12 singles victories this season. Dieters posted her second victory over Tennessee’s No. 18-ranked Brynn Boren and her third victory over a ranked opponent Sunday with a super tiebreaker victory, 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (12-10). Malley ended her nine-match win streak against singles opponents Sunday, falling to Tennessee’s Tiffany Taveres, 7-5, 6-2.

The Buckeye tandem of Kara Cecil and Dieters has tallied a team-high nine doubles victories, including a 3-0 record on court one.

Ohio State has posted a .683 singles winning percentage and a .667 doubles winning percentage in dual matches this season. The Buckeyes have dominated on court four this spring, earning an .857 winning percentage against their opponents.

The Scarlet and Gray faced the Razorbacks last season, dropping a 4-3 heartbreaker at home in the second meeting all-time between the two schools. In the match, the Razorbacks held an early lead after taking the doubles point. The Buckeyes rallied with three singles wins to tie the match at 3-3 before Arkansas claimed the court one decision to pick up the victory.

This season, the Razorbacks have notched a .628 singles winning percentage and a .512 doubles winning percentage. Ana Lorena Belmar Hernandez leads Arkansas with 12 singles victories this season including wins in seven of her last 10 matches.

The Buckeyes are 0-2 all-time against the Razorbacks.

This season, Ohio State is 0-2 against SEC opponents in dual matches.

This weekend’s match-up against the No.33-ranked Tulsa women’s tennis team marks the first meeting between the Buckeyes and the Golden Hurricane. Tulsa is coming off a 4-3 loss to in-state rival No. 41 Oklahoma.

In doubles, the Hurricanes are led by the 12th-ranked pair of Isaura Enrique and Samantha Vickers who have teamed up to post an 18-2 record this season, dropping just one match against a nationally ranked opponent. They have combined to win nine of their last 10 matches.

Vickers is also a nationally ranked player in singles, earning the No. 55 spot in the Campbell’s/ITA College Tennis Rankings. The junior claimed a 7-5, 6-4 victory over No. 98 Hermon Brhane of Oklahoma at the No. 1 singles position Saturday and has compiled a 2-2 record against ranked opponents. She leads the Hurricanes with 15 singles wins this season.

Ohio State returns to the Varsity Indoor Center for a doubleheader vs. Penn State and Youngstown State March 3. The Buckeyes will face the Nittany Lions at noon and then take on the Penguins at 6 p.m. Their competition against Penn State is the second Big Ten match for the Buckeyes this spring.