Feb. 24, 2007

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis lost to Auburn, 6-1, Saturday in a neutral-site match in Louisville, Ky. Sophomore Julie Voss posted a singles win for the Buckeyes, while the doubles tandem of seniors Kristin Messmer and Ciara Finucane won at the No. 3 position.

The Buckeyes (5-4) will close out the weekend with two matches Sunday. The Buckeyes will take on Louisville in Louisville, Ky., at 10 a.m. and will face off against Eastern Kentucky at 7:15 p.m. in Richmond, Ky.

Auburn, ranked 69th nationally, won the doubles point with victories at the Top 2 doubles spots. At No. 3, Messmer (Lutherville, Md./McDonogh) and Ciara Finucane (Dublin, Ireland/Georgia Southern) beat Jil Hastenrath and Kelly Adams, 8-4. The Tigers posted a win at No. 2, with Fani Chifchieva and Whitney Chappell downing Sonia Ruzimovsky (Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn Tech) and Caitlin O’Keefe (Jr., Troy, Mich./Troy), 8-5. At No. 1, Julie Blackmore (So., Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) and Ally Mueller (Fr., Roswell, Ga./New Braunfels (Texas) lost a close match to Melissa Koning and Alex Haney to give Auburn the doubles point.

In singles, Voss (So., San Angelo, Texas/St. Stephen’s Academy) beat Adams at No. 6 singles in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2. At No. 3, freshman Christina Keesey Northfield, Minn./Northfield), lost in three sets to Chappell, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Blackmore lost to No. 61-ranked Chifchieva at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-2. At No. 2, Ruzimovsky was defeated by Koning (6-3, 7-6 (5) and Mueller lost to Haney at No. 4 (7-6 (6), 6-4). O’Keefe fell to Hastenrath at No. 5, 7-5, 6-1.

Tennis Match Results Auburn vs Ohio State Feb 24, 2007 at Louisville, Ky.

#69 Auburn 6, Ohio State 1

Singles competition 1. #61 Fani Chifchieva (AUB) def. Julie Blackmore (OSU) 6-4, 6-2 2. Melissa Koning (AUB) def. Sonia Ruzimovsky (OSU) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) 3. Whitney Chappell (AUB) def. Christina Keesey (OSU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 4. Alex Haney (AUB) def. Ally Mueller (OSU) 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 5. Jil Hastenrath (AUB) def. Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) 7-5, 6-1 6. Julie Voss (OSU) def. Kelly Adams (AUB) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition 1. Melissa Koning/Alex Haney (AUB) def. Ally Mueller/Julie Blackmore (OSU) 9-7 2. Fani Chifchieva/Whitney Chappell (AUB) def. Sonia Ruzimovsky/Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) 8-5 3. Kristin Messmer/Ciara Finucane (OSU) def. Jil Hastenrath/Kelly Adams (AUB) 8-4

Match Notes: Auburn 5-2; National ranking #69 Ohio State 5-4