COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 32 Ohio State women’s tennis team (1-1, 0-0 Big Ten) was defeated by No. 17 Notre Dame (1-0, 0-0 Big East), 6-1, Sunday in the Ohio State University Varsity Tennis Center. The loss was the first of the year for the Buckeyes, who are now 1-1 on the 2008-09 season.

Angela DiPastina got out to a hot start in No. 6 singles, taking the first set, 6-2, and went on to defeat Colleen Rielley, 6-2, 6-3. Paloma Escobedo was a standout for the Scarlet and Gray in singles, taking the 39th-ranked Kristy Frilling to a third-set super tiebreaker but eventually falling, 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (6).

Kirsten Flower rebounded from a 6-1 loss in the first set to take No. 45 Kelsy Tefft to a tie at 3-all in the second set, but was unable to keep it going, losing 6-1, 6-3 in No. 1 singles. Julie Blackmore was also on the losing end in No. 4 singles, falling 6-1, 6-3, to No. 62 Kristen Rafael, while Kelsey Haviland lost in No. 5 singles, 6-3, 6-2, to Shannon Mathews. Kali Krisik got the best of Cami Hubbs in No. 3 singles as well, winning 6-2, 7-5.

Notre Dame took the doubles point, winning at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. Ciobanu and Krisik opened up an early lead in No. 2 doubles for the Fighting Irish, but it was not enough to hold off the Buckeye duo of Escobedo and Blackmore who took the match, 8-6.

Hubbs and Keesey could not hold off the nation’s top-ranked doubles team of Tefft and Frilling in No. 1 doubles, fighting hard but falling, 8-3. DiPastina and Flower also lost in No. 3 doubles, 8-2, to Mathews and Rielley.

Ohio State returns to the court at 6 p.m. this evening for the nightcap with the Eastern Kentucky Colonels. Live stats will be available on

Tennis Match Results
Notre Dame vs Ohio State
Jan 25, 2009 at Columbus, Ohio

#17 Notre Dame 6, #32 Ohio State 1

 Singles competition
1. #45 Kelcy Tefft (ND) def. Kirsten Flower (OSU) 6-1, 6-3
2. #39 Kristy Frilling (ND) def. Paloma Escobedo (OSU) 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6)
3. #46 Kali Krisik (ND) def. Cami Hubbs (OSU) 6-2, 7-5
4. #62 Kristen Rafael (ND) def. Julie Blackmore (OSU) 6-1, 6-3
5. Shannon Mathews (ND) def. Kelsey Haviland (OSU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Angela DiPastina (OSU) def. Colleen Rielley (ND) 6-2, 6-3

 Doubles competition
1. #1 Kristy Frilling/Kelcy Tefft (ND) def. Cami Hubbs/Christina Keesey (OSU) 8-3
2. Paloma Escobedo/Julie Blackmore (OSU) def. Cosmina Ciobanu/Kali Krisik (ND) 8-6
3. Shannon Mathews/Colleen Rielley (ND) def. Kirsten Flower/Angela DiPastina (OSU) 8-2

Match Notes:
Notre Dame 1-0; National ranking #17
Ohio State 1-1; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,6,3,4,1)