Senior Gabby Steele
Jan. 22, 2013
Columbus, Ohio - The Ohio State women's tennis team opens its home slate Wednesday with a double header vs. Toledo and Cincinnati. The 57th-ranked squad will host Toledo at 10 a.m. before taking on Cincinnati at 6 p.m. Admission is free to all Buckeye regular-season home matches.
Last Time Out - Ohio State Tops West Virginia
The Buckeyes claimed a 6-1 victory last Saturday at West Virginia. Ohio State posted five singles wins and two doubles victories, with sophomore Kelsey Dieters, senior Kara Cecil and junior Noelle Malley all recording singles and doubles victories in the match. Against West Virginia, Ohio State clinched the doubles point, winning on courts one and three. At the top position, Cecil and Deiters topped the Mountaineer tandem of Ikttesh Chahal and Hailey Barrett, 8-3. On court three, Malley and freshman Grâinne O'Neill, playing in her first collegiate dual match, were 8-3 winners over Vivian Tsui and Irinka Toidze. Ohio State is now 25-11 all-time in spring season openers.
Ohio State hosts the first of nine home matches, with four straight home matchups in the next few weeks. The Buckeyes will face Toledo, Cincinnati, Eastern Kentucky, Nebraska and Kentucky at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center before leaving to take on the University of Tennessee Feb. 17.
ON A ROLL
After last week's victory at West Virginia, several Buckeyes continued their winning streaks. Dieters has won six straight singles matches including two over ranked opponents. Noelle Malley improves to six consecutive singles victories and five consecutive doubles wins with Grainne O'Neill and Kelsey Becker, while Gabby Steele has posted five straight singles victories.
IN THE POLLS
Sophomore Kelsey Dieters was ranked 41st in the first Campbell's/ITA College Tennis Rankings of 2013. Dieters was 2-1 vs. nationally ranked players in the fall tournament season. Dieters claimed both wins over a ranked opponent at the Lady Vol Classic Oct. 26-28 in Knoxville, Tenn. She defeated No. 18 Brynn Boren of Tennessee (6-2, 1-0, ret.) and No. 19 Joelle Kissell of NC State, 7-6, 7-6. Dieters is the highest ranked Buckeye since Kirsten Flower was No. 41 in the Sept. 4, 2008 rankings. As a team, the Buckeyes are ranked 57th.
Ohio State faced Cincinnati earlier this year when they hosted the Muirfield Collegiate Tennis Invitational Sept. 14-16. Redshirt freshman Nicole Flower defeated Cincinnati's Kelly Poggensee-Wei, 3-6,6-0, 10-3 in the round of 32. Malley and Becker won against Cincinnati in a play-in doubles match.
All-time, Ohio State is 10-1 vs. Toledo. The teams last met Feb. 16, 2008 in Columbus, a 6-1 Buckeye victory. Prior to that matchup, the team's previous meeting was a 9-0 Ohio State victory Jan. 22, 1994 to open the dual campaign.
Against the Bearcats, Ohio State is 15-0 all-time. The squads last met Jan. 23, 2011 to open the Buckeyes spring slate, with Ohio State posting a 7-0 victory. Before that, the teams met in 2007, a 7-0 win for Ohio State in Columbus.
The Ohio State women's tennis team paired up with three members of the Ohio State men's tennis team to collaborate with Buddy Up Tennis for a special clinic Nov. 17 at Wickertree Tennis Club in Columbus, Ohio. The Buddy Up program organizes clinics for residents in the Columbus, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh areas with Down Syndrome and is the only program of its kind in the nation. The Ohio State student-athletes were partnered with over 30 Buddy Up athletes.The Buckeyes were Buddies for the program's weekly, 90-minute session, joining the participants in exercises aimed at improving fitness and tennis skills, before putting on a demonstration for the crowd alongside coaches from Buddy Up.
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The Buckeyes will remain in Columbus, Ohio, to face Eastern Kentucky at 5 p.m.Tuesday (Jan. 29) in the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center.
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