Buckeyes to Compete in ITA Midwest Regional
Oct. 17, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State women's tennis team will compete in its second tournament of the 2012-13 season when it travels to the 2012 USTA/ITA Midwest Regional this week. Hosted by the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill., the tournament runs Thursday through Tuesday. Singles finalists and the doubles champion from regionals around the country will earn a berth in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championships, Nov. 8-11 at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
The tournament begins with a 48-player qualifying singles draw Thursday, with players who reach the third round advancing to the 48-player main draw, which kicks off Saturday. Doubles play begins Friday and features 48 of the region's top tandems. Doubles action concludes on Monday and the singles final will be Tuesday.
Ohio State freshman Grainne O'Neill will make her collegiate debut in the single qualifiers joined by teammates Kara Cecil, Noelle Malley and Nicole Flower. Seniors Fidan Manashirova and Gabby Steele and sophomore Kelsey Dieters will represent the Buckeyes in the singles main draw. The duos of Manashirova/Steele, Dieters/Cecil, Flower/Kelsey Becker and Malley/O'Neill will contend for the doubles title.
In the first round of the qualifier O'Neill will take on Akron's Angelika Jogusuria at 9 a.m. and Malley will face Michigan State's Katrina Lingl at 11:30. Flower and Cecil have first-round byes and will play for the first time Thursday afternoon.
Redshirt freshman Nicole Flower rallied after dropping the first set for a win in a super tiebreaker for her first collegiate victory before falling in the Round of 16. After falling in the Round of 16, Flower and Malley both won in back draw singles. Dieters fell to Emily Reuland of BGSU in a super tiebreaker (6-4, 4-6, 11-9) in her second-round match. Kelsey Becker won a play-in match vs. Akron but lost in the Round of 32 in a super tiebreaker (6-4, 1-6, 12-10).