Ohio State to Compete in Blue Gray National Tennis Classic
March 14, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 40-ranked Ohio State women’s team (7-4, 1-1 Big Ten) will travel to Montgomery, Ala., to participate in the 65th-annual Blue Gray National Tennis Classic. The Buckeyes will be joined by Pepperdine, No. 47 Virginia, Boise State, Marshall, Michigan State, No. 50 Tulane and No. 34 Yale in the event.
Ohio State is the No. 2 seed and will take on Boise State at 1:30 p.m. CT Friday. Other first-round matchups include No. 1 seed Yale vs. Pepperdine, No. 3 seed Virginia vs. Michigan State and No. 4 seed Tulane vs. Marshall. Semifinals will be Saturday with the championship match Sunday. Backdraw matches will also take place.
A tournament rich in southern traditions, the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic will recognize a team champion, most valuable player and sportsmanship award at the conclusion of the tournament Sunday.
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As participants in the 2011 edition of the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic, the Buckeyes advanced to the semifinals of the tournament before dropping back-to-back matches to Virginia and Oklahoma. Ohio State defeated local team Auburn in the opening round of the event, before facing off against Virginia in the semifinals. Despite a resilient effort, the Buckeyes fell to the Cavaliers 4-1. In the battle for third place, Ohio State dropped the doubles decision as well three singles matchups in straight sets against Oklahoma. Ohio State did not compete in 2012.
IN THE BOOKS
The Buckeyes have not faced any of their upcoming opponents so far this season. A matchup against Pepperdine or Boise State for the Buckeyes would result in the first meeting between the schools.
0-0: all-time vs. Pepperdine
Ohio State will face Big Ten rival Michigan State again April 19 in East Lansing, Mich.
BY THE NUMBERS
The Buckeye duo of Kara Cecil and Kelsey Dieters lead all Buckeye pairings with 10 wins this season, including a 4-1 record on court one. Grainne O’Neill and Gabby Steele have secured five consecutive doubles victories this season.
COURT FOUR DOMINANCE
SENIORS DOMINATE SINGLES
Steele leads the Buckeyes with a .739 winning percentage in singles matchups, followed by classmate Manashirova who has attained a .696 winning percentage.
Manashirova has captured four consecutive singles matches, including a three-set thriller vs. Penn State’s Jacqueline Zuhse, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5 to help the Buckeyes topple the Nittany Lions, 5-2. Earlier this season, Steele recorded nine-consecutive singles victories, dating back to Nov. 11. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native’s streak was snapped by Tennessee’s Caitlyn Williams Feb. 17.
LAST TIME OUT – WINS OVER PENN STATE, YOUNGSTOWN STATE
The Buckeyes notched their second win of the day with a 7-0 shutout over Youngstown State. The Scarlet and Gray blanked the Penguins without dropping a single set to secure their fourth shutout this season.
BLOGGING WITH THE BUCKEYES