Ohio State Battles, Defeats Arkansas

Go Buckeyes! Kelsey Dieters clinched the Buckeyes' win vs. the Razorbucks.
Go Buckeyes!
Kelsey Dieters clinched the Buckeyes' win vs. the Razorbucks.
Go Buckeyes!

Feb. 22, 2013

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's tennis team opened the weekend Friday evening in Fayetteville, Ark., with a 4-3 victory against No. 44-ranked Arkansas (4-5, 0-0 SEC). The No. 61-ranked Buckeyes improve to 5-3 overall and are 1-2 against SEC opponents.

The Buckeyes return to the Billingsley Tennis Center at 2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET Saturday to wrap up their weekend trip in Arkansas against No. 33-ranked Tulsa (6-3, 1-0 C-USA) in a neutral-site match.

The Buckeye duo of sophomore Kelsey Dieters and senior Kara Cecil finished its match first, dominating Claudine Paulson and Segou Jonker, 8-1. The Razorback pair of Yang Pang and Brittany Huxley edged junior Noelle Malley and freshman Grainne O'Neill, 8-6, on court two. Down early in the match, Arkansas' Kimberley-Ann Surin and Sarah McLean rallied to defeat the senior tandem of Fidan Manashirova and Gabby Steele, 9-8 (3), and clinch the doubles point for the Razorbacks.

No. 93-ranked Manashirova notched the first point for the Buckeyes with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Surin on court four. Cecil finished second, falling to Paulson in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. Steele balanced the score at 2-2 after defeating McLean, 6-3, 6-3, on court three. After dropping the tiebreaker in the first set, Malley lost to Ana Lorena Belmar Hernandez, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

At the No. 1 position, No. 53-ranked Dieters rallied in the second set to force a third against Arkansas' Pang and keep the Buckeyes in contention. Meanwhile, O'Neill claimed her sixth victory this season with a win over Huxley in three sets, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, to even the score at 3-3. In the final set on court one, Dieters maintained her momentum to defeat Yang, 6-2, and seal the Buckeye victory.



Ohio State vs. Arkansas
Feb 22, 2013 at Fayetteville, Ark.
(Billingsley Tennis Center)

No. 61 Ohio State 4, No. 44 Arkansas 3

Singles competition
1. Kelsey Dieters (OSU) def. Yang Pang (ARK) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
2. Claudine Paulson (ARK) def. Kara Cecil (OSU) 6-3, 6-1
3. Gabby Steele (OSU) def. Sarah McLean (ARK) 6-3, 6-3
4. Fidan Manashirova (OSU) def. Kimberley - Ann Surin (ARK) 6-2, 6-2
5. Grainne O'Neill (OSU) def. Brittany Huxley (ARK) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
6. Ana Lorena Belmar Hernandez (ARK) def. Noelle Malley (OSU) 7-6 (4), 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Kelsey Dieters / Kara Cecil def. Claudine Paulson / Segou Jonker (ARK) 8-1
2. Kimberley - Ann Surin / Sarah McLean (ARK) def. Fidan Manahirova def. Gabby Steele (OSU) 9-8 (3)
3. Yang Pang / Brittany Huxley (ARK) def. Noelle Malley / Grainne O'Neill (OSU) 8-6