Buckeyes Blank Eastern Kentucky, 7-0, to Move to 4-0

Go Buckeyes! The Buckeyes have three-consecutive shutout victories and are 4-0 on the year.
Go Buckeyes!
The Buckeyes have three-consecutive shutout victories and are 4-0 on the year.
Go Buckeyes!

Jan. 29, 2013

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 58-ranked Ohio State women's tennis team moved to 4-0 on the season with its third-consecutive shutout victory, downing Eastern Kentucky, 7-0, inside the Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center Wednesday evening on Buckeyes Go Pink day.

“We are sitting where we hoped to be going into our Big Ten opener against Nebraska,” Melissa Schaub, Ohio State interim head coach, said. “The players have been working hard and it’s nice to see their hard work pay off with a 4-0 start. We have great energy and fight each match and have done a good job controlling what we can control.”

Up next, the Buckeyes begin Big Ten play vs. Nebraska at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. Admission is free to all Buckeye home matches. The match is Campus Kids' Day, designed to expose junior players, their parents and coaches to college varsity team tennis. For children at the match, there will be giveaways, free pizza and drinks, free racquet stenciling and a post-match autograph session.

The Buckeyes swept the doubles matches. On court three, senior Gabby Steele and freshman Grainne O'Neill posted an 8-2 victory over Amandine Faouzi and Carmen Rodriguez, followed by the tandem of sophomore Kelsey Dieters and senior Kara Cecil downing Kristina Labeja and Milena Poffo on court two, 8-1, to capture the doubles point and win their fifth match in a row. Senior Fidan Manashirova and redshirt freshman Nicole Flower closed out the sweep with an 8-3 win at No. 1 against Melissa Gerritsen and Saioa Oscoz.



On court four, Manashirova put Ohio State up 2-0, dropping just two games in a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Oscoz. O'Neill was a 6-3, 6-2 winner at No. 5 over Poffo, followed shortly by a 6-2, 6-2 win by Flower on court six to clinch the Buckeyes' team victory.

Dieters, ranked No. 41, closed out Labeja, 6-2, 6-2, on court two for her ninth-consecutive victory. Against Faouzi on court one, Cecil won the first set in a tiebreaker and then claimed the match with a 6-2 set-two win. After dropping the first set, Steel tied her match with a 6-1 win in set two and then prevailed in a super tiebreaker, 1-0 (7), to preserve her eighth singles win in a row.

As part of Buckeyes Go Pink day, donations were collected and raffles and a bake sale were held to raise funds for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.

Tennis Match Results
Eastern Kentucky vs Ohio State
Jan 29, 2013 at Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)

#58 Ohio State 7, Eastern Kentucky 0

Singles competition
1. Kara Cecil (OSU) def. Amandine Faouzi (EKU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
2. #41 Kelsey Dieters (OSU) def. Kristina Labeja (EKU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Gabby Steele (OSU) def. Melissa Gerritsen (EKU) 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-7)
4. Fidan Manashirova (OSU) def. Saioa Oscoz (EKU) 6-2, 6-0
5. Grainne O'Neill (OSU) def. Milena Poffo (EKU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Nicole Flower (OSU) def. Carmen Rodriguez (EKU) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Fidan Manashirova/Nicole Flower (OSU) def. Melissa Gerritsen/Saioa Oscoz (EKU) 8-3
2. Kelsey Dieters/Kara Cecil (OSU) def. Kristina Labeja/Milena Poffo (EKU) 8-1
3. Gabby Steele/Grainne O'Neill (OSU) def. Amandine Faouzi/Carmen Rodriguez (EKU) 8-2

Match Notes:
Eastern Kentucky 2-2
Ohio State 4-0; National ranking #58
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,5,6,2,1,3)