Ohio State Opens Fall at Akron Invitational
Oct. 3, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team will open the 2013-14 season Friday through Sunday at the Akron Hidden Dual Invitational in Akron, Ohio. The hidden dual, hosted by the University of Akron, features the host Zips, Buckeyes, Cornell and West Virginia in singles and doubles competition.
“We are thrilled to be starting our season this weekend,” Melissa Schaub, head coach of the Buckeyes, said. “The team has been working very hard and we are all ready to see where we are against other competition. Half of our team will be playing their first collegiate matches and I think this is a great tournament to get started.”
Seniors Kelsey Becker and Noelle Malley, redshirt sophomore Nicole Flower, sophomore Grâinne O’Neill and freshmen Gabriella De Santis, Miho Kowase and Sandy Niehaus will represent the Buckeyes in this weekend’s competition.
HOW IT WORKS
Teams, playing like a dual match, will face off against one team in singles and another in doubles that same day. A tournament winner will be determined by a points system, based on singles and doubles wins for each team.
OHIO STATE SCHEDULE
Akron opened their fall campaign at the Cornell Invitational with Olga Shkundina and Shannon Newnes capturing flight A doubles, while Madison Cohen claimed the C singles bracket. The Zips competed in the Spartan Invitational last weekend with Shkundina finishing third in flight A singles after collecting a 3-1 record in the tournament. Last season, Akron notched an 18-10 record (5-3 MAC), advancing to the MAC tournament's semifinal round for the fourth-straight season. The squad ended the year ranked eighth in the ITA's Midwest Region.
Cornell earned a 14-4 record in the 2012-13 season with a 3-4 ledger in conference play to finish fifth in the Ivy League. Hosting their own tournament to kick off the fall, senior Ryann Young and D’Ascenzo captured flight A and flight B singles, respectively, at the Cornell Fall Invitational. The Big Red wrapped up the Cissie Leary Invitational Sept. 22 with sophomore Dena Tanenbaum and freshman Alexandra D'Ascenzo earning second place in the doubles competition.
West Virginia tallied two third-place finishes at the USAFA Invitational Sept. 29 with their top doubles tandem of sophomore Hailey Barrett and junior Ikttesh Chahal in flight ‘alpha’ and sophomore Vivian Tsui and freshman Oana Manole finishing third in flight ‘bravo.’ The Mountaineers return four from last season, including Barrett who claimed seven singles and doubles victories for the squad.