COLUMBUS, Ohio Buckeye doubles tandem Angela DiPastina and Christina Keesey posted the win of the day, taking down the top-seed and No. 1-ranked duo from William & Mary, 9-7, in the opening round of the ITA National Indoors at the Racquet Club of Columbus. The Tribe’s Megan Moulton-Levy and Katarina Zoricic were the tournament’s defending champion and were finalists at the NCAA tournament in the spring.
“To beat the top-seeded team is really exciting,” Keesey said. “We’ve been on the verge of being a top team that is high in the national rankings. We feel like this win will help get us going this year.”
The Buckeyes trailed early in the match, 3-1, but fought back to go ahead 5-3. Play was back-and-forth with neither team leading by more than two games. The Buckeyes had a chance to serve for the match ahead, 7-6, but were broken to make the score 7-all. DiPastina and Keesey then broke the Tribe’s serve to go ahead, 8-7. The Buckeye duo served out the match, winning on the second deuce in the final game to post the 9-7 victory.
“Coming into the match we knew how they played and worked on how to play against them all week,” DiPastina said. “We picked our targets throughout the match.”
In the quarterfinals, DiPastina, a junior from Titusville, N.J., and Keesey, a sophomore from Northfield, Minn., will take on Miami’s Romy Farah and Caren Seenuth.
In singles play Friday, DiPastina lost to No. 7-seed Amanda McDowell of Georgia Tech, 6-1, 7-5, in the first round. DiPastina drops to the consolation bracket, which will be held Friday afternoon
Friday play begins at 9 a.m. with women’s doubles. The tournament continues through Sunday. Admission is free.
For complete information on the tournament, including live scoring and schedule of play, go online to www.itatennis.com.