Gabby Steele has collected 18 singles wins this season.
March 20, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 53-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team (8-6, 1-1 Big Ten) will embark on its first Big Ten roadtrip of the season this weekend. The Scarlet and Gray will face No. 21-ranked Purdue at 3 p.m. Friday in Lafayette, Ind., and then travel to Bloomington, Ind., Sunday to compete against No. 38-ranked Indiana at 11 a.m.
Ohio State holds a .609 singles and .551 doubles winning percentage this season. The Buckeyes have continued to dominate court four, boasting a .917 winning percentage. Grainne O’Neill and Gabby Steele are undefeated on the No. 4 position.
Seniors Fidan Manashirova and Steele lead the Buckeyes with 18 singles victories this season each. Manashirova has posted wins in seven of her last ten outings, while Steele has tallied three straight singles matchups. No.53rd-ranked Kelsey Dieters has compiled a 15-9 singles record this season, including a 3-5 record vs. ranked opponents.
Kara Cecil and Dieters lead Ohio State with 10 doubles wins including victories in seven of their last 10 matches. At the No. 1 position, the duo is 4-1.
The Buckeyes are 2-1 in away contests and 2-5 in competitions with ranked opponents.
A LOOK AT PURDUE
After dropping their only match this season vs. Northwestern Jan. 26, the No. 21-ranked Purdue (9-1, 1-1 Big Ten) squad has won eight-consecutive matches. The Boilermakers collected their Big Ten conference win March 9 against instate rival Indiana at home, 5-2. This season, Purdue has defeated five ranked teams of the six it has faced. In addition, the Boilermakers are undefeated at home.
Mara Schmidt leads all Boilermakers with eight singles wins in the spring campaign at the No. 1 and 2 position. Gisella Pere, Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum and Claudia Escribens are all undefeated in singles matchups this season. The Boilermaker duo of Krisztina Kapitany and Mara Schmidt is ranked No. 38 in the ITA poll. As a pairing, the tandem has collected a 7-2 record this season.
A LOOK AT INDIANA
The No. 38-ranked Indiana women’s tennis team (11-4, 0-1 Big Ten) topped No. 2-ranked Duke March 15 in Las Vegas, 4-2. Since Duke could not fill their roster due to injured players, Indiana began the match with a one-point advantage. Duke claimed the doubles point to even the score, but the Hoosiers prevailed in singles matchups that all went to three sets. Indiana players defeated three nationally ranked opponents in singles play en route to the win.
After clinching the win vs. Duke for the Hoosiers, Katie Klyczek was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week for the first time in her career Wednesday. Teammate Alecia Kauss previously held this honor Jan. 15. Sophie Garr has collected 19 singles victories this season to lead the Hoosiers, followed by Leslie Hureau with 17 wins at the No. 1 position. Jithmie Jayawickrema has posted ten straight singles victories, while Carolyn Chupa has won nine of her last ten contests.
Alecia Kauss and Shannon Murdy have notched 13 doubles victories together this season, including wins in eight of their last 10 outings. At the No. 1 position, the Hoosier duo of Sophie Garre and Leslie Hureau have compiled a 10-5 record.
SERIES HISTORY VS. PURDUE
Last season, the Buckeyes and Boilermakers met in Columbus, Ohio for the first match at the new outdoor tennis facility before inclement weather forced the competition inside. After dropping the doubles point, Ohio State responded with a trio of singles victories to bring the score to an even 3-3. Purdue’s Jennifer Rabot secured the victory with a three-set win over Kara Cecil on court one.
Ohio State is 23-22 all-time vs. Purdue.
SERIES HISTORY VS. INDIANA
Last season, the Buckeyes suffered a 4-3 loss to the Hoosiers in Columbus, Ohio. Despite falling short in the doubles decision, Fidan Manashirova, Gabby Steele and Kelsey Dieters posted singles victories against Indiana. Manashirova and Steele also tallied a doubles victory against Kayla Fujimoto and Evgeniya Vertesheva.
The Hoosiers have dominated the series with the Buckeyes, collecting a 31-9 record vs. Ohio State.
AROUND THE BIG TEN
Michigan is the highest ranked of the nine Big Ten squads appearing in the latest Campbell's/ITA National Rankings at the No. 9 spot. Northwestern, Nebraska and Purdue are ranked among the top 25 at No. 11, No. 12 and No. 21, respectively. Penn State holds the No. 37 spot, followed by Indiana at No. 38. Illinois checks in at No. 48, while Iowa sits at No. 74.
Individually, 10 Big Ten women's tennis players and eight doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the ITA poll.
Ohio State currently holds a 1-1 record in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes fell to No. 11-ranked Nebraska, 4-2, and defeated No. 37-ranked Penn State, 5-2 earlier this season in Big Ten competition.
LAST TIME OUT – BLUE GRAY NATIONAL TENNIS CLASSIC
The Buckeyes are fresh off a fourth-place finish at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic in Montgomery, Ala. After recording a 4-0 sweep over Boise State in the opening round of the tournament, the Buckeyes dropped back-to-back matches vs. Tulane and Yale, respectively.
Throughout the season, stay connected with the Buckeyes on Twitter @OhioState_WTEN or on Facebook at facebook.com/OhioStateWomensTennis.
Ohio State will host Iowa at 11 a.m. March 31 in Columbus, Ohio at the Varsity Tennis Center outdoor facility.