Gabby Steele posted her 16th singles victory of the season.
March 3, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a Big Ten contest of two ranked squads, the No. 55-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team bested No.35-ranked Penn State, 5-2, at the Varsity Indoor Center. Ohio State (6-4, 1-1 Big Ten) handed Penn State (9-1, 0-1 Big Ten) its first loss of the season in the victory.
The Buckeyes will return to action today vs. Youngstown State at 6 p.m. at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center.
“This is a great win for us and is a match we knew would be huge this season. Penn State is a great team, and it was a total team effort on our part today. We need everybody here every match, and that’s what makes it special,” interim head coach Melissa Schaub said.
The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions split the first two doubles matchups, but a comeback victory on court three secured the doubles point for Ohio State. Fidan Manashirova and Kelsey Dieters notched the first win for the Buckeyes during doubles play with an 8-2 victory over Penn State’s Jacqueline Zuhse and Katherine Whiteaway. Kara Cecil and Noelle Malley dropped an 8-6 decision to Petra Januskova and Chelsea Utting on court one.
The Buckeye duo of Gabby Steele and Grainne O’Neill rallied back from a 1-5 deficit to claim the doubles point for Ohio State over Carmen Sandor and Devan McCluskey . Steele recorded a service winner to force the match into a tiebreaker, where the Buckeyes emerged with a 7-5 tiebreaker victory.
Steele finished first in singles play for the Buckeyes with a dominating win over McCluskey, 6-1, 6-2. Sandor notched the first Penn State victory of the day, defeating O’Neill, 7-5, 6-0. Kara Cecil added another point for Ohio State with a victory in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5, on court two to give the Buckeyes a 3-1 advantage over the Nittany Lions.
After dropping the first set in a tiebreaker, Malley sealed the victory for Ohio State with a 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 6-3, win over Sarah Henderson. No. 122-ranked Manashirova rallied back in a second set tiebreaker against Zuhse to force a third set. In the third set thriller, Manashirova prevailed over Zuhse, 7-5.
At the No. 1 position, No. 47-ranked Januskova topped No.46-ranked Dieters in three sets, 1-6, 7-6, 1-5. Dieters is 3-4 in singles matchups against ranked opponents.
Up next, Ohio State will compete at the Blue-Gray Tournament in Montgomery, Ala., March 15-17. The Buckeyes will be joined by Pepperdine, Virginia, Boise State, Marshall, Michigan State, SMU and Yale in the event. For more information on the tournament, visit www.bluegraytennis.com.
Tennis Match Results
Penn State vs Ohio State
Mar 03, 2013 at Varsity Tennis Center
#55 Ohio State 5, #35 Penn State 2
1. #47 Petra Januskova (PSU) def. #46 Kelsey Dieters (OSU) 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2
2. Kara Cecil (OSU) def. Chelsea Utting (PSU) 6-3, 7-5
3. Fidan Manashirova (OSU) def. Jacqueline Zuhse (PSU) 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
4. Gabby Steele (OSU) def. Devan McCluskey (PSU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Carmen Sandor (PSU) def. Grainne O'Neill (OSU) 7-5, 6-0
6. Noelle Malley (OSU) def. Sarah Henderson (PSU) 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 6-3
1. Petra Januskova/Chelsea Utting (PSU) def. Kara Cecil/Noelle Malley (OSU) 8-6
2. Fidan Manashirova/Kelsey Dieters (OSU) def. Jacqueline Zuhse/Katherine Whiteaway (PSU) 8-2
3. Gabby Steele/Grainne O'Neill (OSU) def. Carmen Sandor/Devan McCluskey (PSU) 9-8 (7-5)
Penn State 9-1; National ranking #35
Ohio State 6-4; National ranking #55
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,5,2,6,1,3)