COLUMBUS, Ohio The 31st-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team downed No. 43 Iowa, 4-3 (10-3, 1-2 Big Ten), Sunday at the OSU Varsity Tennis Center. The Buckeyes, who opened the weekend with a 6-1 victory over Minnesota Saturday, improve to 2-1 in Big Ten Conference action this season and are 14-3 on the year. Ohio State won the doubles point and the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 singles matches for the victory.
“This was a huge win for our team,” Chuck Merzbacher, Ohio State head coach, said. “It was a total team effort. Obviously we knew the doubles point was going to be crucial. It’s an important victory for both Big Tens and NCAAs.”
With her team-best 28th singles victory of the season, Cami Hubbs set the program record for victories by a freshman. She passed current assistant coach Sadhaf Pervez (2000) and Kristen Jordan (1997), who each posted 27 wins in their rookie campaigns.
The Buckeyes won the doubles point, sweeping all three matches. The squad has won the doubles point in all but one of its 10 home matches this year.
The duo of Julie Blackmore and Hubbs won easily at No. 2, defeating Milica Veselinovic and Merel Beelen, 8-1, to extend their winning streak to 11. At No. 3 Caitlin O’Keefe and Paloma Escobedo clinched the doubles point with an 8-5 victory over Kayla Berry and Lynne Poggensee-Wei, 8-5. At No. 1 doubles, Angela DiPastina and Christina Keesey won a close match vs. Jacqueline Lee and Alexis Dorr, 8-6.
The Buckeyes won the next two matches off the court, which ended almost simultaneously. Blackmore downed Dorr at No. 3, 6-2, 6-3, followed by Hubbs’ straight-set (7-5, 6-1) victory over Kelcie Klockenga at No. 5.
Veselinovic posted the Hawkeyes’ first point at No. 2 singles, as she downed DiPastina, 6-4, 6-3. The No. 4 singles match was the next off the court, as Keesey clinched the Buckeye win with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Beelen. At No. 6 singles Poggensee-Wei prevailed over O’Keefe in three sets. Poggensee-Wei won the first set, 6-4, before O’Keefe claimed the second, 6-2. The Hawkeye won the third set, 6-4, to post Iowa’s second team point.
The final match on the court was at No. 1, where Escobedo and Lee faced off. Escobedo won the first set, 6-4, before Lee won the second set in a tiebreaker. In the super tiebreaker to decide the match, Lee held off Escobedo, 10-3, for the victory.
The Buckeyes remain at home for two matches next weekend. The team will host non-conference foe Boston University at 10 a.m. Saturday (March 29) and will face Big Ten conference opponent Michigan State at 11 a.m. Sunday (March 30). Matches are scheduled for the outdoor courts at the Stickney Tennis Center.
Tennis Match Results
Iowa vs Ohio State
3/23/2008 at Columbus, Ohio
(OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
#31 Ohio State 4, #43 Iowa 3
1. Jacqueline Lee (IOWA) def. Paloma Escobedo (OSU) 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 1-0 (10-3)
2. Milica Veselinovic (IOWA) def. Angela DiPastina (OSU) 6-4, 6-3
3. Julie Blackmore (OSU) def. Alexis Dorr (IOWA) 6-2, 6-3
4. Christina Keesey (OSU) def. Merel Beelen (IOWA) 6-4, 7-5
5. Cami Hubbs (OSU) def. Kelcie Klockenga (IOWA) 7-5, 6-1
6. Lynne Poggensee-Wei (IOWA) def. Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
1. Angela DiPastina/Christina Keesey (OSU) def. Jacqueline Lee/Alexis Dorr (IOWA) 8-6
2. Julie Blackmore/Cami Hubbs (OSU) def. Milica Veselinovic/Merel Beelen (IOWA) 8-1
3. Paloma Escobedo/Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) def. Kayla Berry/Lynne Poggensee-Wei (IOWA) 8-5
Iowa 10-3 (1-2 Big Ten); National ranking #43
Ohio State 14-3 (2-1 Big Ten); National ranking #31
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,5,2,4,6,1)