Women's Tennis

Ohio State Heads to Knoxville to Face No. 25 Tennessee

Go Buckeyes! Ohio State head coach Melissa Schuab was an All-American at Tennessee.
Go Buckeyes!
Ohio State head coach Melissa Schuab was an All-American at Tennessee.
Go Buckeyes!

Feb. 15, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 55-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team (4-2, 0-1) will head to Knoxville, Tenn., to face No. 25 Tennessee (0-4) Sunday. The dual match is set to square off at 1 p.m.

The UTSports.com website (http://www.utsports.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/021413aad.html) will have live video and stats from the match, as well as a live blog.

Each squad includes a pair of ranked players on its roster. Buckeye senior Fidan Manashirova moved into the rankings in the latest poll at No. 93 and sophomore Kelsey Dieters moved to No. 53. For Tennessee, Brynn Boren will be the highest-ranked player on the court at No. 18, while Kata Szekely sits at No. 34. As a doubles tandem, Boren and Szekely are ranked No. 3.

The Buckeyes faced the Volunteers Oct. 26-28 in the fall campaign during the Lady Vols Classic in a quad match featuring Ohio State, Tennessee, NC State and Kentucky. In their competition with the Volunteers, the Buckeyes tallied one doubles win and four singles victories. Notably, No. 53-ranked Kelsey Dieters defeated No. 18-ranked Brynn Boren, 6-2, 1-0 ret.

Ohio State is 2-13 all-time against Tennessee. Last season, the Volunteers edged the Buckeyes, 4-3, by capturing the doubles point and the top three singles matches to earn the win in Columbus. Ohio State captured the three bottom singles decisions in straight sets.

Ohio State head coach Melissa Schaub is a 2006 graduate of Tennessee. She played four years for the Volunteers, where she was ranked as high as No. 2 nationally in doubles and the squad reaching the No. 4 spot in the national polls during her career. Schaub was an All-American and second team All-SEC selection for the Vols.



Senior Gabby Steele and junior Noelle Malley extended their singles win streaks to nine after victories vs. Kentucky Tuesday. After losing the first set vs. Kentucky’s Kirsten Lewis, Steele rallied to defeat her opponent, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. On court six, Malley won the first set in a tiebreaker and dropped the second set before prevailing in the third set to preserve her ninth consecutive singles win.

Senior Gabby Steele leads the Buckeyes with 14 overall wins this year and is first with five dual-match victories. Senior Fidan Manashirova and junior Noelle Malley are tied for second with 12 singles wins on the year, while freshman Grainne O’Neill, senior Kara Cecil and sophomore Kelsey Dieters are all tied for second with four dual-match wins.

As a squad, the Buckeyes are 6-0 at No. 4 singles this spring, with 5-1 marks at No. 5 and No. 6.

In doubles, the tandem of Cecil and Dieters is first with nine team wins and first with four dual-match victories in the spring.

The team is 5-1 at No. 3 in doubles dual matches, with 4-2 marks at No. 1 and No. 2. The squad has won the doubles point in five of six matches this spring.

Tennessee began its spring season with four-consecutive away matches vs. ranked opponents, dropping 4-3 matches vs. both No. 16 Michigan and No. 18 Notre Dame last weekend. The team also dropped a 4-3 match at Nebraska and a 4-2 neutral-site decision vs. Georgia tech. Tennessee will host Big Ten team Indiana Friday before taking on the Buckeyes Sunday.

In a match featuring four singles matches that went to a third set, the No. 55-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team lost to Kentucky, 4-3, Feb. 12 inside the Ohio State University Varsity Tennis Center. Ohio State won the doubles point but Kentucky won the first four singles matches off the court, with two in three sets, to claim the team victory.

The Buckeyes will continue their season on the road vs. Arkansas Feb. 22 and will face Tulsa in a neutral-site match the next day Feb. 23).

The squad’s next home matches are March 3, when it will host Penn State in a Big Ten match and then close the day vs. Youngstown State.

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