Feb. 26, 2007

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis shut out Eastern Kentucky, 7-0, Sunday in Richmond, Ky. The shutout was the Buckeyes’ fifth this season and the second road whitewash. Ohio State now is 7-4 this season, while the Colonels drop to 3-6.

The Buckeyes were 2-1 in doubles to earn the doubles point. At No. 2, Sonia Ruzimovsky (Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn Tech) and Caitlin O’Keefe (Jr., Troy, Mich./Troy) downed Lucia Vojtkova and Jemma Euers, 8-3. At No. 3, Kristin Messmer (Lutherville, Md./McDonogh) and Ciara Finucane (Dublin, Ireland/Georgia Southern) beat Casie Phillips and Page Ashby, 8-0. At the No. 1 position, Julie Blackmore (So., Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) and Ally Mueller (Fr., Roswell, Ga./New Braunfels (Texas) lost a tiebreak to Svetlana Pimenova and Alexandra Sitnikova, 8-7 (6).

The Buckeyes swept the singles matches in straight sets. Blackmore defeated Pimenova at No. 1 (6-4, 6-3) and at No. 2 Christina Keesey (Fr., Northfield, Minn./Northfield) beat Vojtkova (6-2, 6-2). O’Keefe downed Sitnikova at No. 3 (7-5, 7-5), while at No. 4 Julie Voss (So., San Angelo, Texas/St. Stephen’s Academy) beat Euers (6-2, 6-4). Messmer and Finucane beat Phillips and Ashby at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively, by matching 6-0, 6-0 scores.

The Buckeyes return home this weekend for two matches. The team will host DePaul at 3 p.m. Friday before opening Big Ten play at 11 a.m. Sunday vs. Wisconsin. Both matches are scheduled for Jesse Owens West Tennis Center.

Ohio State vs Eastern Kentucky Feb 25, 2007 at Richmond, Ky.

Ohio State 7, Eastern Kentucky 0

Singles competition 1. Julie Blackmore (OSU) def. Svetlana Pimenova (EKU) 6-4, 6-3 2. Christina Keesey (OSU) def. Lucia Vojtkova (EKU) 6-2, 6-2 3. Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) def. Alexandra Sitnikova (EKU) 7-5, 7-5 4. Julie Voss (OSU) def. Jemma Euers (EKU) 6-2, 6-4 5. Kristin Messmer (OSU) def. Casie Phillips (EKU) 6-0, 6-0 6. Ciara Finucane (OSU) def. Page Ashby (EKU) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition 1. Svetlana Pimenova/Alexandra Sitnikova (EKU) def. Julie Blackmore/Ally Mueller (OSU) 8-7 (8-6) 2. Sonia Ruzimovsky/Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) def. Lucia Vojtkova/Jemma Euers (EKU) 8-3 3. Ciara Finucane/Kristin Messmer (OSU) def. Casie Phillips/Page Ashby (EKU) 8-0

Match Notes: Ohio State 7-4 Eastern Kentucky 3-6