Buckeyes powered by bottom of singles lineup; face Duke at 2 p.m. tomorrow

COLUMBUS, Ohio Fueled by wins from the bottom of the singles lineup, the No. 32 Ohio State women’s tennis team (3-1, 0-0 Big Ten) knocked off No. 33 South Carolina (3-1, 0-0 SEC) in the first match of the ITA National Team Indoor Qualifier in Durham, N.C.

The Buckeyes now advance to play the ninth-ranked Duke Blue Devils tomorrow at 2 p.m. and qualify for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis.

Sophomore Cami Hubbs led the Buckeyes off in singles from the No. 3 spot with a win over Natasa Vuckovic, 6-3, 6-1, and freshman Kelsey Haviland added another win from the No. 5 spot, winning 6-2, 6-3, over Suzanna Mansour. Angela DiPastina gave Ohio State its third point from the No. 6 spot with a 6-3, 6-4,win over Ashley Miller.

The clinching point in the match came from senior Julie Blackmore, sealing a Buckeye victory from the No. 4 spot with a 6-3, 6-3, win over Miljana Jocic. Paloma Escobedo was unable to overcome the 14th-ranked Ana Marija Zubori in No. 2 singles, falling 6-0, 7-5. Kirsten Flower lost in three sets to the No. 71-ranked Gira Schofield, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

The Gamecocks took the doubles point, with Vuckovic and Zubori taking Christina Keesey and Hubbs out, 8-1, while Jocic and Schofield beat Blackmore and Escobedo at the No. 3 spot, 8-4. DiPastina and Flower did come out with a win, beating Mansour and Miller, 8-3.

Tennis Match Results
South Carolina vs Ohio State
Jan 31, 2009 at Durham, N.C.

#32 Ohio State 4, #33 South Carolina 3

 Singles competition
1. #71 Gira Schofield (SC) def. Kirsten Flower (OSU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
2. #14 Ana Marija Zubori (SC) def. Paloma Escobedo (OSU) 6-0, 7-5
3. Cami Hubbs (OSU) def. Natasa Vuckovic (SC) 6-3, 6-1
4. Julie Blackmore (OSU) def. Miljana Jocic (SC) 6-3, 6-3
5. Kelsey Haviland (OSU) def. Suzanna Mansour (SC) 6-2, 6-3
6. Angela DiPastina (OSU) def. Ashley Miller (SC) 6-3, 6-4

 Doubles competition
1. #33 Natasa Vuckovic/Ana Marija Zubori (SC) def. Cami Hubbs/Christina Keesey (OSU) 8-1
2. Miljana Jocic/Gira Schofield (SC) def. Julie Blackmore/Paloma Escobedo (OSU) 8-4
3. Angela DiPastina/Kirsten Flower (OSU) def. Suzanna Mansour/Ashley Miller (SC) 8-3

Match Notes:
South Carolina 3-1; National ranking #33
Ohio State 3-1; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,5,6,2,4,1)
ITA National Team Indoor Championship Qualifying