Wildcats halt five-match winning streak for Buckeyes

COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 29 Ohio State women’s tennis team (16-4, 3-2 Big Ten) was defeated by No. 1 Northwestern (18-1, 6-0 Big Ten), 7-0, at the Vandy Christie Tennis Center in Evanston, Ill., Saturday. The loss to the Wildcats brought the Buckeyes’ five-match winning streak to an end.

The Buckeyes lost all three doubles flights for the first time since a Feb. 14 match with Notre Dame. Julie Blackmore and Cami Hubbs saw their 14-match unbeaten streak end at the hands of Georgia Rose and Alexis Conill from the No. 2 spot, 8-5. Angela DiPastina and Christina Keesey lost in No. 1 doubles, 8-1, to Lauren Lui and Samantha Murray, who are currently ranked 13th nationally. Paloma Escobedo and Caitlin O’Keefe fell at the No. 3 spot, 8-2, to Nazlie Ghazal and Maria Mosolova.

Ohio State did not fare much better on the singles side, losing all six singles matches for the first time this season. Hubbs was denied her 31st victory of the season at the No. 4 spot, losing to No. 42-ranked Lui, 6-4, 6-3. DiPastina was unable to overcome Mosolova, the No. 3 singles player in the nation, at No. 1 singles, falling 6-1, 6-1.
Escobedo was dropped by the 5th-ranked Rose from the No. 2 spot, 6-0, 6-3, while No. 25 Murray defeated Keesey, 6-1, 6-0, from the No. 3 spot. O’Keefe lost, 6-2, 6-3, to Ghazal in No. 5 singles and Julie Voss fell in a super tiebreaker to Keri Robinson, 7-6, 3-6, 1-0, at No. 6.

Ohio State returns to the court Sunday in Madison, Wis., for a match with Big Ten opponent Wisconsin.

Tennis Match Results
Ohio State vs Northwestern
Apr 05, 2008

#1 Northwestern 7, #29 Ohio State 0

Singles competition
1. #3 Maria Mosolova (NW) def. Angela DiPastina (OSU) 6-1, 6-1
2. #5 Georgia Rose (NW) def. Paloma Escobedo (OSU) 6-0, 6-3
3. #25 Samantha Murray (NW) def. Christina Keesey (OSU) 6-1, 6-0
4. #42 Lauren Lui (NW) def. Cami Hubbs (OSU) 6-4, 6-3
5. Nazlie Ghazal (NW) def. Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) 6-2, 6-3
6. Keri Robinson (NW) Julie Voss (OSU), 7-6, 3-6, 1-0

 Doubles competition
1. #13 Lauren Lui/Samantha Murray (NW) def. Angela DiPastina/Christina Keesey (OSU) 8-1
2. Georgia Rose/Alexis Conill (NW) def. Julie Blackmore/Cami Hubbs (OSU) 8-5
3. Nazlie Ghazal/Maria Mosolova (NW) def. Paloma Escobedo/Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) 8-2

Match Notes:
Ohio State 16-4; National ranking #29
Northwestern 18-1; National ranking #1