Flower and Keesey share MVP honors; Voss earns Coaches Award

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s tennis team held their annual team banquet Friday, with several Buckeyes being honored for their efforts this season.

Juniors Kirsten Flower and Christina Keesey shared the team Most Valuable Player award after strong performances from both in the spring season.

Flower, a native of Upper Arlington, was named to the All-Big Ten team after posting 19 singles victories, including a 14-10 mark at No. 1 singles and four wins over nationally ranked opponents. Flower was also the recipient of the Buckeye Power Club award.

Keesey was a force in the springtime for Ohio State, winning a combined 29 matches combined in singles and doubles, posting a 15-5 combined mark in Big Ten play. Keesey and doubles partner Angela DiPastina finished the season ranked as the No. 77 doubles tandem in the nation.

Senior Julie Voss was the recipient of the Coaches Award after four seasons of dedication to the program. Voss wrapped her Buckeye career with 43 singles victories, including a team-high 23 as a sophomore in 2007.

The Most Improved award went to sophomore Paloma Escobedo, who in her second season as a Buckeye went 19-11 in doubles action, including an 8-1 mark in Big Ten action. Escobedo was also a consistent player at the top of the singles lineup, going 13-11 overall in 2008-09.