Ohio State ties school record with 19th win of the season

COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 33 Ohio State women’s tennis team (19-6, 6-4 Big Ten) defeated Penn State (8-13, 2-6 Big Ten), 5-2, at the Sarni Tennis Center in University Park, Pa., Sunday to close out the regular season. The 19th win of the campaign for the Buckeyes ties the program record for wins in a season set in 2002.

The Buckeyes now move on to the Big Ten championship, which will be held Thursday-Sunday in West Lafayette, Ind. The Buckeyes, who earned a first-round bye, are seeded fifth and will take on fourth-seed Illinois at 10 a.m. Friday in the quarterfinals. The winner will advance to play the winner of the quarterfinal match between No. 1 Northwestern and either No. 8 Minnesota or No. 9 Purdue. The final match is set for noon Sunday, with the champion earning the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

Ohio State won all three doubles matches for the first time in four team matches. Angela DiPastina and Christina Keesey led the way with an 8-4 victory at the top spot over Sarah Lotto and Jenny Shular, while Julie Blackmore and Cami Hubbs earned their 22nd doubles win this season over Katelyn BeVard and Dorothy Dohanics at the No. 2 spot.

Paloma Escobedo and Caitlin O’Keefe rounded out the doubles sweep with an 8-5 win over Lauren Holzberg and Lauren McCarthy at the No. 3 spot.

The Scarlet and Gray took four of six matches in singles action, including a 7-5, 6-3 win from Escobedo over BeVard in No. 1 singles. Blackmore added a 6-1, 6-2, win over Holzberg at the No. 3 spot and Hubbs contributed a 6-1, 6-2, victory over Dohanics in No. 4 singles. Keesey was also victorious, winning 6-3, 6-0, over McCarthy at the No. 5 spot.

DiPastina fell, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-0, to Shular in No. 2 singles and O’Keefe lost in three sets to Denisa Zobeideh at the No. 6 spot, 6-4, 2-6, 6-0.

Tennis Match Results
Ohio State vs Penn State
Apr 20, 2008 at University Park, Pa.

#33 Ohio State 5, Penn State 2

 Singles competition
1. Paloma Escobedo (OSU) def. Katelyn BeVard (PSU) 7-5, 6-3
2. Jenny Shular (PSU) def. Angela DiPastina (OSU) 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-0
3. Julie Blackmore (OSU) def. Lauren Holzberg (PSU) 6-1, 6-2
4. Cami Hubbs (OSU) def. Dorothy Dohanics (PSU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Christina Keesey (OSU) def. Lauren McCarthy (PSU) 6-3, 6-0
6. Denisa Zobeideh (PSU) def. Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-0

 Doubles competition
1. Angela DiPastina/Christina Keesey (OSU) def. Sarah Lotto/Jenny Shular (PSU) 8-4
2. Julie Blackmore/Cami Hubbs (OSU) def. Katelyn BeVard/Dorothy Dohanics (PSU) 8-1
3. Paloma Escobedo/Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) def. Lauren Holzberg/Lauren McCarthy (PSU) 8-5

Match Notes:
Ohio State 19-6; National ranking #33
Penn State 8-13