April 16, 2008
by Jeff Smith

This past fall, on Oct. 7, Ohio State freshman Cami Hubbs did something she had not done in 125 previous singles matches. She lost.

Having completed her prep career at Omaha Westside High School in Omaha a perfect 117-0, Hubbs was one of the most touted talents in the country. A notable recruiting win for head coach Chuck Merzbacher and the Buckeye program, Hubbs continued her winning streak through the first eight singles matches of her college career last fall. But then came Oct. 7 – a rare finals matchup against her teammate Julie Blackmore at the Hokie Invitational. In what was just her second college tournament, Hubbs fell to Blackmore, 6-4, 6-4.

Life was over.

OK, enough of the drama. Truth is anyone expecting to go undefeated in college is just silly and Hubbs was the last to think such a thing. But hey, sports fans love storylines.

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