Gabby Steele is fourth all-time in singles wins in Ohio State history.
April 18, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 62-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team will close out the regular season this weekend with a pair of Big Ten matches. The Buckeyes (10-11, 3-6 B1G) will travel to Michigan State (10-14, 0-9 B1G) Friday to take on the Spartans at 2:30 p.m. in East Lansing, Mich., before returning to Columbus, Ohio, to take on No. 6-ranked Michigan (17-4, 8-1 B1G) at the OSU Varsity Outdoor Courts at 11 a.m. Sunday.
The Buckeyes have claimed three conference wins this season with victories over Minnesota, Iowa and Penn State. The Buckeyes are 24-29 in singles conference play and hold a 12-14 ledger in doubles competition. The Scarlet and Gray are 6-4 at home and have a 3-9 record against ranked opponents.
Senior Fidan Manashirova leads the Buckeyes with 23 singles win this season and 14 wins in dual matches. After back-to-back singles victories against Illinois and Northwestern, the Elk Grove, Calif., native has tallied a team-high seven conference wins as well as her first win over a ranked opponent this season after defeating Northwestern’s No. 106-ranked Veronica Corning April 14.
Sophomore Kelsey Dieters checks in at No. 62 in the latest Campbell's/ITA National Rankings. At the No. 1 position, Dieters has compiled a 9-9 record and four wins against ranked opponents. Senior Gabby Steele has earned 22 wins this season with a 5-2 record on court three and 8-3 record on court four in dual matches.
Junior Kelsey Becker and freshman Grainne O’Neill have paired together to notch three-consecutive doubles victories vs. Northwestern, Illinois and Minnesota. Senior Kara Cecil and Dieters lead the Buckeyes with 11 doubles win this season. O’Neill is first for Ohio State with six conference doubles wins this season with victories alongside Becker, Dieters and Steele.
A LOOK AT MICHIGAN STATE
Michigan State has recorded a 10-14 record this season and has not posted a conference win. The Spartans hold a 9-8 ledger when playing at home and are 0-4 vs. ranked opponents.
Marina Bohrer leads the Spartans at the No. 1 position, holding a 13-9 record in dual matches and two wins over ranked opponents. Emily Meyers has totaled 15 wins this season and two consecutive victories vs. Iowa and Nebraska.
With an 11-6 record on court three, the doubles tandem of Julianna Gerber and Meyers leads the Spartans doubles pairs with 13 wins in dual matches. The duo has won three consecutive matches and has recorded wins in six of their last 10 matches.
Last season, the Buckeyes defeated the Spartans in a 6-1 decision on Senior Day in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes swept the doubles matches and earned five singles wins in the victory. Ohio State is 30-13 all-time vs. Michigan State.
A LOOK AT MICHIGAN
The No. 6-ranked Michigan roster features two ranked singles player as well as two ranked doubles tandems. The Wolverines have won 12 of their last 13 matches with their only Big Ten loss coming March 31 vs. Indiana, 5-2. Michigan is 13-0 when winning the doubles point and has compiled a 42-12 mark in singles matches against Big Ten competition this season.
No. 26-ranked Emina Bektas has earned 21 singles win this season including 15 wins at the No. 1 position. Bektas ties with team captain Brooke Bolender for a team-high eight conference wins. No. 104-ranked Sarah Lee, who has floated between the No. 3 and 4 position, has claimed 15 wins in dual matches this season. Ronit Yurovsky has won four-consecutive singles matches and leads the Wolverines with 26 singles wins this season.
The No. 3-ranked Wolverine tandem of Bolender and Bektas holds a 14-3 record on court one this season, including a 7-2 ledger in the Big Ten. Bolender also checks in with Yurovsky to form the No. 81-ranked pairing with a 2-1 record on court one in dual matches this season.
Last season, the Buckeyes fell to Michigan, 5-2, in their regular season finale in Ann Arbor, Mich. Kelsey Dieters recorded a win vs. No.108-ranked Mimi Nguyen, while Gabby Steele earned a victory over Michelle Sulahian. Ohio State is 13-37 all-time vs. Michigan.
AROUND THE BIG TEN
Michigan and Nebraska are tied for first place in the Big Ten standings with matching 8-1 records after the Wolverines handed the Huskers their first conference loss of the season April 13. Purdue and Northwestern are tied for third with a 7-2 record, while Indiana rounds out the Top 5 at 6-3. With a 3-6 record, Ohio State is tied for seventh with Penn State and Minnesota.
Ohio State is one of eight Big Ten teams to appear in the latest Campbell's/ITA National Rankings including Michigan (6), Nebraska (14), Northwestern (16), Purdue (27), Indiana (24), Penn State (43) and Illinois (47). 13 individual student athletes and 11 doubles pairs earned rankings in the ITA poll.
The Buckeyes will begin postseason play April 25 in the Big Ten Tournament in Bloomington, Ind.
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