Ohio State Travels to Tennessee Fall Invite Friday

Senior Noelle Malley
Senior Noelle Malley

Oct. 24, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., Friday to compete in the Tennessee Fall Invite. The Buckeyes will square off against Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina State in singles and doubles competition this weekend at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.

Follow the action on Tennessee’s women’s tennis page at utsports.com throughout the weekend on their running blog. Live streaming will be available for doubles matches and afternoon singles only.

Singles vs. Kentucky, 10 a.m.
Doubles vs. NC State, 1 p.m.

Doubles vs. Kentucky, 1 p.m.
Singles vs. Tennessee, 2 p.m.

Singles vs. NC State, 10 a.m.
Doubles vs. Tennessee, 1:00 p.m. 

Overall, the Buckeyes totaled eight singles victories and four doubles wins Oct. 10-12 in Ann Arbor, Mich., at the 2013 ITA Midwest Regional.



Freshman Gabriella De Santis advanced to the second round of singles main draw with a straight set victory vs. NIU’s Nelle Youel. In the round of 32, the Caracas, Venezuela, product dropped her match to DePaul’s Ana Vladutu.

Ohio State was the only squad to secure more than one berth from the singles qualifier with Grâinne O’Neill and Sandy Niehaus earning spots in main draw singles after claiming third-round qualifier victories in straight sets. O’Neill, Niehaus and Miho Kowase were eliminated in the first round of singles main draw competition.

The Buckeye duo of O’Neill and Kowase reached the round of 16 in main draws doubles before falling to the Illinois tandem of Misia Kedzierski and Louise Kwong, 8-5. The tandem has collected a team-best four wins during the fall campaign.

In 2012-13, the Buckeyes posted 12 singles victories and four doubles victories in the three-day tournament against Tennessee and North Carolina State. Ohio State captured two singles victories over ranked opponents on the weekend, while the Volunteers claimed the singles and doubles crown. 

Tennessee added six freshmen to its roster this season, including freshman Eve Repic who notched three victories over ranked opponents at the Ohio Valley Regional last weekend, beating No. 11 seed Sydney Campbell of Vanderbilt, No. 7 seed Rebecca Shine of Louisville and No. 15 seed Caroline Wegner of Memphis to advance to the tournament semifinals.

The Volunteer tandem of Caitlyn Williams and Joanna Henderson captured the flight 1 doubles championship of the Furman Fall Classic Sept. 28 in Greenville, S.C. The junior pair is ranked No. 56 in the  current ITA poll. Last season, the All-American duo of Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely reached the NCAA doubles semifinals, while Tennessee concluded the season at No. 31 in the ITA polls.

Ohio State will host Tennessee, the alma mater of Buckeye head coach Melissa Schaub, Feb. 21 in the Varsity Tennis Center in the spring slate.

The Wolfpack is led by senior Joelle Kissell, a two-time All-ACC and two-time NCAA singles championship selection. She is the second-highest ranked singles player in the tournament, checking in at No. 45 in the ITA rankings. The doubles tandem of Elisha Hande and Nicole Martinez advanced to the round of 16 in the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional. The Wolfpack will bring their entire squad to the tournament.

Sophomore Nadia Ravita, who earned a NCAA singles at-large bid last season, is ranked No. 26 in the ITA polls. The Jakarta, Indonesia, native, was the runner-up of the main draw singles championship at the ITA Regional Oct. 22 in Memphis, Tenn. The Wildcat duo of No. 32 Caitlin McGraw and Ravita holds the No. 32 spot in the ITA polls and reached the quarterfinals after defeating teammates Cece Witten and Dieters at the ITA Regional Oct. 21. 

Kentucky will host Ohio State Feb. 5 in Lexington, Ky.

The Scarlet and Gray will close out the fall campaign at the Jack Kramer tournament Nov. 8 in Los Angeles, Calif.