Ohio State Upsets No. 27 Tennessee, 4-3
Feb. 21, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - In front of a home crowd at the Varsity Tennis Center, the Ohio State women's tennis team (3-4, 0-0 B1G) upset No. 27 Tennessee (3-4, 0-0 SEC), 4-3, Friday in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes claimed the doubles point and a trio of singles matches to claim their first victory over a ranked opponent this season and improve to 3-0 on their home courts.
"I think this was a win we needed," head coach Melissa Schaub said. "We knew it was going to be a tight match one through six and with all the doubles, but we knew it was going to be fair. It was a good college tennis match, we fought hard and came out on top."
The Buckeye duo of Grainne O'Neil and Noelle Malley teamed up to post the first win for the Buckeyes in doubles action, dominating Tennessee's Joanna Henderson and Laurence Guevremont, 8-3, on court one. Miho Kowase and Paz clinched the doubles point for the Scarlet and Gray with an 8-4 victory vs. Ambika Pande and Brittany Lindl. At the No.2 position, Sandy Niehaus and Gabriella De Santis did not complete play vs. Eve Repic and Victoria Olivarez. The score was locked at 6-all when play was suspended.
The Buckeye momentum carried over into singles competition where the Buckeyes notched three wins to secure the victory. In singles action, Kowase added a point for the Buckeyes with a 6-4,6-3, win over Henderson on court two. With the win, the freshman improved her winning streak to five-straight singles victories. O'Neill finished next, falling on court five in straight sets, 7-6, 6-3, to Lindl.
After dropping the first set vs. Olivarez, Niehaus responded with a three-set triumph, 5-7, 6-4, 6-0, to give the Buckeyes a 3-1 advantage against the Volunteers and extend her winning streak to seven-consecutive singles matches.
In a battle of ranked opponents at the No. 1 position, No. 79 De Santis dropped her match to No. 63 Repic in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. De Santis now holds an even 2-2 record vs. ranked opponents. Malley fell to Tavares, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, on court six.
Serving for the team victory, Paz persevered over Guevremont, 6-3, 7-5, to seal the upset for Ohio State on court three.
Up next, the Buckeyes will begin Big Ten play on the road vs. Penn State Feb. 25 in State College, Pa., before hosting a doubleheader March 5 vs. Cincinnati at noon and Northern Kentucky at 6 p.m.
Tennis Match Results
Tennessee vs Ohio State
Feb 21, 2014 at Columbus, Ohio
(Varsity Tennis Center)
Ohio State 4, #27 Tennessee 3
1. #63 Eve Repic (UT) def. #79 Gabriella De Santis (OSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
2. Miho Kowase (OSU) def. Joanna Henderson (UT) 6-4, 6-3
3. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Laurence Guevremont (UT) 6-3, 7-5
4. Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. Victoria Olivarez (UT) 5-7, 6-4, 6-0
5. Brittany Lindl (UT) def. Grainne O'Neill (OSU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
6. Tiffany Tavares (UT) def. Noelle Malley (OSU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
1. Grainne O'Neill/Noelle Malley (OSU) def. Joanna Henderson/Laurence Guevremont (UT) 8-3
2. Gabriella De Santis/Sandy Niehaus (OSU) vs. Eve Repic/Victoria Olivarez (UT) 6-6, unfinished
3. Miho Kowase/Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Ambika Pande/Brittany Lindl (UT) 8-4
Tennessee 3-4, 0-0 SEC; National ranking #27
Ohio State 4-4, 0-0 B1G
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,5,4,6,3,1)