Kelsey Dieters beat two Top 20 players in the fall.
Jan. 4, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Kelsey Dieters, a sophomore on the Ohio State women's tennis team, is ranked 41st in the first Campbell's/ITA College Tennis Rankings of 2013. A native of Shelby Township, Mich., Dieters was 2-1 vs. nationally ranked players in the tournament season, part of a 7-4 fall ledger. She ended the fall on a five-match winning streak.
Both of Dieters' ranked wins came at the Lady Vol Classic Oct. 26-28 in Knoxville, Tenn. She topped No. 18-ranked Brynn Boren of the host Volunteers (6-2, 1-0, ret.) and then defeated No. 19-ranked Joelle Kissell of NC State, 7-6, 7-6. Her loss to a ranked opponent came in three sets vs. No. 98-ranked Britney Sanders of Notre Dame in the ITA Midwest Regional. Dieters closed out the fall with three wins in the Brown Classic Nov. 2-3. In the fall she also defeated players from Louisville and Notre Dame.
Dieters is the highest ranked Buckeye since Kirsten Flower was No. 41 in the Sept. 4, 2008 rankings.
As a team, the Buckeyes are No. 57 in the Jan. 3 rankings. The team will take on at least 12 foes ranked in the first poll during the dual season and could face up to three more in the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic. Ohio State is one of 10 ranked Big Ten teams, joining Northwestern (13), Michigan (16), Nebraska (17), Illinois (24), Purdue (27), Minnesota (41), Indiana (49), Penn State (t-50) and Wisconsin (75).
Other ranked teams on the Buckeyes' schedule include No. 23 Tennessee, No. 25 Tulsa and No. 36 Arkansas. In the Blue/Gray Classic, the Buckeyes could face No. 11 (tied) Virginia, No. 28 Yale and No. 33 Pepperdine.
Ohio State opens the season Jan. 19 at West Virginia. The team begins its home schedule with a doubleheader vs. Toledo and Cincinnati Jan. 23 in the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center in Columbus.