April 21, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team (10-13, 3-8 B1G) closed out the regular season with a 7-0 shutout loss to No. 6-ranked Michigan (18-4, 10-1 B1G) Sunday at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio. Seniors Fidan Manashirova, Gabby Steele and Kara Cecil were recognized prior to the match as part of Senior Day celebrations.
“[The seniors] are great competitors, teammates and have stepped up unbelievably as captains this year. I can’t say enough about them as people and tennis players,” Melissa Schaub, interim head coach, said. “They represent the university and the tennis program well.”
Michigan swept the doubles decisions to take a 1-0 lead in the match. On court one, Cecil and Kelsey Dieters were blanked by the No. 3-ranked Michigan duo of Emina Bektas and Brooke Bolender, 8-0. The Wolverine duo of Mimi Nguyen and Sarah Lee defeated the senior tandem of Manashirova and Steele, 8-5, on court two. After being knotted at 5-5, Kelsey Becker and Grainne O’Neill dropped their match against Kristen Dodge and Ronit Yurovsky, 8-5.
The Buckeyes faced ranked opponents on courts one, two and three in singles play. Playing at the No. 1 position, No. 62-ranked Dieters dropped a 6-3, 6-1 decision to No. 26-ranked Bektas. No.50-ranked Yurovsky snapped Manashirova’s five-match conference singles win streak with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over the Elk Grove, Calif., native on court two. Manashirova has notched a team-high 23 singles wins this season, including a team-high eight wins in Big Ten contests, to rank fifth all-time in career singles wins in program history.
On court three, Michigan’s No. 104-ranked Lee topped Cecil, 6-2, 6-2, while Nicole Flower was defeated by Dodge, 6-1, 6-4, on court six. Steele, who is fourth in all-time career singles at Ohio State, fell to Bolender, 6-0, 6-2, on court four. Steele is tied for the team lead with 17 doubles wins this season. After dominating the first set against Amy Zhu, 6-1, O’Neill dropped a 7-1 tiebreaker in the second to force a super tiebreaker. The Blessington, Ireland, native fell in the super tiebreaker to Zhu to complete the Wolverine sweep, 10-5.
“We still have things to work on heading into the Big Ten tournament,” Schaub said. “Looking at this match, we can take away strong matches on courts five and six from our freshmen. The future is bright, but right now we just need to get things done.”
With the win, Michigan captured a share of the Big Ten title. The Wolverines, who totaled 10 conference wins this season, have won four-consecutive titles. Ohio State notched a 6-5 record on their home courts and have posted three wins in conference play this season against No. 43-ranked Penn State, Minnesota and Iowa this season heading into the Big Ten Tournament.
The Buckeyes head to postseason play in the Big Ten Tournament April 25 in Bloomington, Ind. The complete bracket will be released Sunday.
Tennis Match Results
Michigan vs Ohio State
April 21, 2013 at Ohio State
(Varsity Indoor Center)
#6 Michigan 7, #62 Ohio State 0
1. #26 Emina Bektas (MICH) def. #62 Kelsey Dieters (OSU) 6-3, 6-1
2. #50 Ronit Yurovsky (MICH) def. Fidan Manashirova (OSU) 6-3, 5-2
3. #104 Sarah Lee (MICH) def. Kara Cecil (OSU) 6-2 (14-0), 6-2
4. Brooke Bolender (MICH) def. Gabby Steele (OSU) 6-0, 6-2
5. Amy Zhu (MICH) def. Grainne O'Neill (OSU) 1-6, 7-6 (7-1), 1-0 (10-5)
6. Kristen Dodge (MICH) def. Nicole Flower (OSU) 6-1, 6-4
1. #3 Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender (MICH) def. Kelsey Dieters/Kara Cecil (OSU) 8-0
2. Mimi Nguyen/Sarah Lee (MICH) def. Fidan Manashirova/Gabby Steele (OSU) 8-5
3. Kristen Dodge/Ronit Yurovsky (MICH) def. Grainne O'Neill/Kelsey Becker (OSU) 8-5
Michigan 19-4, 10-1 B1G; National ranking #6
Ohio State 10-13, 3-8 B1G; National ranking #62
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,3,4,2,6,5)