COLUMBUS, Ohio The 63rd-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes (7-8, 2-2 Big Ten) couldn’t cool off the 41st-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team (10-6, 3-0 Big Ten), who were 6-1 winners Friday at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex in Iowa City. The win keeps the Buckeyes, along with No. 1 Northwestern and No. 17 Michigan, as one of only three Big Ten teams unbeaten in conference play.
“Iowa played a tough match, one that was closer than the final score would indicate,” Chuck Merzbacher, Ohio State head coach said following the match. “They always make it tough when we come out here and today was no different.”
Ohio State led things off in doubles, where they captured their eighth-consecutive doubles point. Paloma Escobedo and Kirsten Flower were the first Buckeye pair off the court, picking up an 8-3 at No. 3 doubles over Alexis Dorr and Jennifer Barnes.
The No. 2 Ohio State pairing of Julie Blackmore and Cami Hubbs clinched the doubles point for the Scarlet and Gray, taking an 8-5 decision over Kelcie Klockenga and Lynne Poggensee-Wei. The 80th-ranked combo of Angela DiPastina and Christina Keesey finished off the sweep at No. 1, posting an 8-7 (15-7) win against Sonja Molnar and Jessica Young. Each of the Buckeye doubles team improved their spring records to 7-1.
In singles, it was more of the same for the Buckeyes, taking wins in all but one match. DiPastina, playing at No. 6 for the first time since Feb. 4, won convincingly over Barnes, 6-1, 6-1, to extend the Buckeye lead to 2-0 on the match. Iowa was quick to respond, however, with Lynne Poggensee-Wei narrowing the lead to one at No. 3, where she dealt Buckeye Cami Hubbs a 6-4, 6-3 loss.
Now up 2-1 on the match, Ohio State sophomore Paloma Escobedo knocked off Alexis Dorr at No. 2 singles with a straight set, 6-3, 6-3 win that gave the Buckeyes a 3-1 match advantage. From there, Flower brought home the winning point at the top spot, taking her 10th win at No. 1 this spring with a 6-3, 7-5 over the 92nd-ranked Iowa freshman, Sonja Molnar. Flower has been on a roll lately, going 8-2 in her last ten matches.
Keesey, who was a winner in six consecutive singles matches entering Friday, picked up her seventh win in a row by taking down Klockenga at No. 4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. Blackmore won the sixth and final point of the day for the Buckeyes at No. 5, winning 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 over Young.
The Buckeyes are back in action Sunday in Minneapolis, where the team wraps up their ten-day spring break roadtrip with a match against Minnesota at 12 p.m. EST.
Follow the team’s progress through the ten day trip on Kelsey Haviland’s blog on the tennis page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Tennis Match Results
Ohio State vs Iowa
Mar 27, 2009 at Iowa City, Iowa
#41 Ohio State 6, #63 Iowa 1
1. Kirsten Flower (OSU) def. #92 Sonja Molnar (IOWA) 6-3, 7-5
2. Paloma Escobedo (OSU) def. Alexis Dorr (IOWA) 6-3, 6-3
3. Lynne Poggensee-Wei (IOWA) def. Cami Hubbs (OSU) 6-4, 6-3
4. Christina Keesey (OSU) def. Kelcie Klockenga (IOWA) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
5. Julie Blackmore (OSU) def. Jessica Young (IOWA) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
6. Angela DiPastina (OSU) def. Jennifer Barnes (IOWA) 6-1, 6-1
1. #80 Christina Keesey/Angela DiPastina (OSU) def. Sonja Molnar/Jessica Young (IOWA) 8-7 (7-4)
2. Cami Hubbs/Julie Blackmore (OSU) def. Kelcie Klockenga/Lynne Poggensee-Wei (IOWA) 8-5
3. Kirsten Flower/Paloma Escobedo (OSU) def. Alexis Dorr/Jennifer Barnes (IOWA) 8-3
Ohio State 10-6 (3-0 Big Ten); National ranking #41
Iowa 7-8, (2-2 Big Ten); National ranking #63
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,3,2,1,4,5)