Scarlet and Gray Go Pink vs. Eastern Kentucky

Go Buckeyes! The match Tuesday is a Buckeyes Go Pink event.
Go Buckeyes!
The match Tuesday is a Buckeyes Go Pink event.
Go Buckeyes!

Jan. 28, 2013

Columbus, Ohio - The No. 58-ranked Ohio State women's tennis team (3-0) welcomes Eastern Kentucky University (2-1) at 5 p.m. Tuesday in The Ohio State University Varsity Tennis Center (880 West Henderson Road). The Scarlet and Gray are back in action after back-to-back shutouts vs. Toledo and Cincinnati last Wednesday to open their home schedule.

The Scarlet and Gray will host "Buckeyes Go Pink" Wednesday. Donations will be collected to benefit the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. Courtside tables can be reserved for $25 (a taxable contribution) and bake sale items are being provided by Ohio State sororities. There will also be drawings, prizes and giveaways.

The Buckeyes are 10-0 all time vs. Eastern Kentucky. Ohio State faced EKU in the fall campaign in the Muirfield Collegiate Tennis Invitational hosted by Ohio State Sept. 14-16. During the three-day tournament, the Buckeyes claimed three singles and three doubles victories against the Colonels.

Eastern Kentucky is 2-1 this season, opening the year with back-to-back wins over Eastern Michigan (6-1) and University of the Cumberlands (7-0) before falling to Xavier, 4-3, last Friday. The match vs. Ohio State is the first road contest for the squad this spring.

The No. 58-ranked Ohio State women's tennis team opened its home schedule with a 7-0 shutout of Toledo Wednesday. Against the Rockets, Ohio State dropped just one doubles match and won five singles matches in straight sets.

The winning continued into the evening as the Buckeyes swept the Cincinnati Bearcats, 7-0. The Buckeyes won all three doubles matches to claim the doubles point. Noelle Malley rallied to overcome Cincinnati's Sierra Sullivan, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2, to complete the team's second shutout of the day. Cecil defeated Lee of Cincinnati in a super tiebreaker, 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (10-3). Dieters, O'Neill, Steele and Flower all won in straight sets.



The match vs. Eastern Kentucky marks the third match at the Varsity Tennis Center for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 2-0 at home this year after defeating Toledo and Cincinnati last Wednesday. The squad continues its homestand against Nebraska Saturday and Kentucky before the first road match of the season vs. Tennessee Feb. 17.

The Buckeyes have carried momentum from the fall campaign into the spring slate. Individually, Noelle Malley rallied to preserve her seventh-consecutive singles victory and has extended her doubles winning streak to six when paired with Grainne O'Neill or Kelsey Becker. No. 41-ranked Kelsey Dieters tallied her eighth-straight singles win and Gabby Steele notched her seventh singles win in straight sets.

Senior Gabby Steele leads Ohio State with 12 singles wins this year, followed by junior Noelle Malley with 11 and sophomore Kelsey Dieters and senior Fidan Manashirova with 10. Senior Kara Cecil and redshirt freshman Nicole Flower are right behind with nine singles wins apiece. Cecil, Dieters and Steele are all 3-0 in dual matches this spring.

In doubles, the tandem of Cecil and Dieters has a team-best eight victories, with three in dual matches to lead the squad. Dieters and Cecil share the team lead with nine doubles wins each on the year.

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The Buckeyes begin Big Ten play vs. Nebraska at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. Admission is free to all Buckeye home matches.

The match is Campus Kids' Day, designed to expose junior players, their parents and coaches to college varsity team tennis. For children at the match, there will be giveaways, free pizza and drinks, free racquet stenciling and a post-match autograph session.