Gabby Steele (credit Shayne Dwyer/Arizona State University Athletics)
Nov. 11, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's tennis team concluded its fall season Sunday at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. Four Buckeyes traveled to Arizona for the tournament, where they were joined by players from Michigan, BYU, Cal, Kansas State, San Diego and host Arizona State.
Senior Gabby Steele posted a singles win for the Buckeyes Sunday, defeating Cal's Alice Duranteau in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 (0). Steele and redshirt freshman Nicole Flower topped Cal's duo of Lynn Chi and Duranteau, 8-3, Sunday as well.
For the tournament, Steele led the Buckeyes with four wins, going undefeated after dropping her main draw first round match. Flower and seniors Kara Cecil and Fidan Manashirova all had two singles victories on the weekend.
The Buckeyes will return to the courts Jan. 19, 2013 in Morgantown, W.Va., when they take on West Virginia before beginning their spring home slate with a doubleheader Jan. 23 vs. Toledo and Cincinnati before hosting Eastern Kentucky Jan. 29, Nebraska Feb. 2 and Kentucky Feb. 12 in Columbus, Ohio.
ASU Thunderbird Invitational
Nov. 8-11, Tempe, Ariz.
Ohio State results
DAY 3 (Nov. 11)
Nikki Flower/Gabby Steele (OSU) def. Lynn Chi/Alice Duranteau (CAL) 8-3
Kelly Chui/Laura Posylkin (CAL) def. Fidan Manashirova/Kara Cecil (OSU) 8-1
Sparky Draw 1st Round Consolation Bracket Finals
Gabby Steele (OSU) vs. Morgan Anderson (BYU) DNP
Maroon Draw 2nd Round Consolation Bracket
Ivana Kubickova (KSU) def. Nikki Flower (OSU) 6-4, 6-1
Kristy Dodge (MICH) vs. Fidan Manashirova (OSU) DNP
DAY 2 (Nov. 10)
Tayler Davis/Klara Fabikova (CAL) def. Nikki Flower/Gabby Steele (OSU) 8-2
Fidan Manashirova/Kara Cecil (OSU) def. Meghan Sheehan-Dizon/Desirae Tran (BYU) 9-8
Maroon Draw 2nd Round Consolation Bracket Round of 8
Nikki Flower (OSU) def. Mackenna Maddox (BYU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
Fidan Manashirova (OSU) def. Kelly Chui (CAL) 6-4, 6-1
DAY 1 (Nov. 9)
Joanna Smith/Leighann Sahagun (ASU) def. Nikki Flower/Gabby Steele (OSU) 8-2
Tayler Davis/Klara Fabikova (CAL) def. Fidan Manashirova/Kara Cecil (OSU) 8-3
Main Draw Round of 32
Nikki Flower (OSU) def. Aubrey Paul (BYU) 6-3, 6-1
Leighann Sahagun (ASU) def. Gabby Steele (OSU) 6-2, 6-2
Desirae Krawczyk (ASU) def Kara Cecil (OSU) 6-2, 7-6 (2)
Fidan Manashirova (OSU) def. Marta Stojanovic (USD) 6-3, 7-6 (6)
Main Draw Round of 16
No. 1 Tayler Davis (CAL) def. Nikki Flower (OSU) 6-1, 6-2
Stephanie Vlad (ASU) def. Fidan Manashirova (OSU) 6-3, 6-0
Buckeyes Set to Open NCAA Tournament