Ohio State to Take On Wisconsin, Minnesota on Road This Weekend
April 4, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 52-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team will play in two Big Ten conference road matches this weekend, traveling to Wisconsin (3-8, 1-1 Big Ten) Friday and Minnesota (8-9, 2-3 Big Ten) Sunday. The match against Wisconsin is slated to start at 2 p.m. CT, while the match at Minnesota will begin at 11 a.m. CT.
For live scoring at Wisconsin, match updates will be available on Twitter (@BadgerWTennis) and on Wisconsin’s Gameday Blog (http://www.uwbadgers.com/blog/sport/w-tennis/).
Live Video/Stats at Minnesota will be available here: http://www.gophersports.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/live-video.html
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Ohio State has compiled a .598 singles and .540 doubles winning percentage this season. The Scarlet and Gray have collected 15 singles and 7 doubles victories in conference play this season. With its win vs. Iowa Sunday, the Buckeyes improved to 3-7 vs. ranked opponents and hold a 6-2 record at home. In away contests, Ohio State is 2-3.
No. 54-ranked Kelsey Dieters has tallied three-consecutive victories and is tied for a team-best 11 wins in dual matches this season with Gabby Steele. Senior Fidan Manashirova has collected 19 singles wins, including victories in seven of her last 10 contests. Senior Gabby Steele leads all Buckeyes with 20 victories this season, highlighted by a 7-1 record on court four this season.
Kara Cecil and Dieters form the winningest Buckeyes’ doubles tandem, as the pair holds a 10-6 record as well as wins in seven of its last 10 contests. The duo holds a 4-1 record on court one. Overall, Steele and Dieters tie for the most doubles victories with 16 each.
STEELE CROSSES TWENTY-WIN THRESHOLD
With her win at Iowa March 31, senior Gabby Steele collected a team-best 20th singles victory of the season. In each season of her career, Steele has earned at least 20 wins in the singles column and she is the first Buckeye to reach the twenty-win threshold this season. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native has an 87-42 career singles record.
Eight members of the 2013 Ohio State women’s tennis team were recognized as 2013 Ohio State Scholar-Athletes Monday, including Kelsey Becker, Kara Cecil, Kelsey Dieters, Tiffany Dittmer, Nicole Flower, Noelle Malley, Fidan Manashirova and Gabby Steele. A total of 511 Ohio State student-athletes received this recognition at the 46th-annual event.
A LOOK AT WISCONSIN
This season, the Badgers have earned a .504 singles and .383 doubles winning percentage. The Badgers have captured one win in conference play, in a 5-2 victory over Michigan State and are 2-3 when playing on their home courts.
Lauren Burich and Lauren Chypyha tie for a team-best 10 singles wins this season, while Anastasia Tripolskay has earned four-consecutive singles wins on court four. The Badger tandem of Hannah Berner and Chypyha has tallied six victories this season, including a 4-3 record on court one in doubles play.
Ohio State is 12-30 all-time against the Badgers but has claimed the last seven meetings between the squads.
A LOOK AT MINNESOTA
Minnesota has posted a .491 singles and .564 doubles winning percentage this season. On their home courts at the Baseline Tennis Center, the Gophers have earned a 7-1 record with their only loss at home coming against Michigan, 6-1. Minnesota is 0-2 vs. ranked opponents
Jessika Mozia leads the Gophers with 20 singles victories this season, including a 10-7 record in dual matches. Aria Lambert has won seven of her last 10 singles matches en route to collecting 18 wins on the season. In conference play in doubles matchups, the Gophers have notched an even 7-7 record against Big Ten opponents. Minnesota’s tandem of Tereza Brichacova and Doron Muravnik, as well as the Gopher pair of Natallia Pintusava and Paula Rincon Otero, have both earned a team-best four victories in dual matches.
The Buckeyes are 17-24 all-time against the Gophers and have won the past nine contests between the squads.
LAST TIME OUT – BUCKEYES TOP IOWA
Ohio State collected its second Big Ten conference win of the season March 31 at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center with a 6-1 victory over Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Kelsey Dieters, Gabby Steele and Grainne O’Neill notched victories in doubles and singles play
The Buckeye duo of O'Neill and Dieters as well as Fidan Manashirova and Steele earned wins on courts two and three to claim the doubles point for the Buckeyes. Dieters, Steele, O’Neill and Flower posted wins in straight sets over their opponents, while Kara Cecil rallied back after dropping the first set to win the super tiebreaker against Hawkeye Morven McCulloch.
AROUND THE BIG TEN
Nebraska claims the outright lead of the Big Ten conference with an undefeated 5-0 record. Purdue, Michigan and Northwestern tie for second with a 4-1 record against conference opponents.
Ohio State is one of eight Big Ten squads to appear in the latest Campbell's/ITA National Rankings joining Michigan (8), Northwestern (13), Nebraska (14), Purdue (19), Indiana (32), Penn State (33) and Illinois (54). Eleven individual players and nine doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the ITA poll.
After the weekend road series, the Buckeyes will return to Columbus for matchups with Illinois April 12 and Northwestern April 14. The regular season ends with a home-and-home weekend, as the Buckeyes play at Michigan State April 19 and then celebrate Senior Day with the home finale April 21 vs. Michigan.