Buckeye Seniors Lead in Day Two of Lady Vol Classic
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team combined for five match victories in day two of the Lady Vol Classic in Knoxville, Tenn., Saturday. The Buckeyes were matched up against host Tennessee in singles and Kentucky in doubles in the hidden dual format tournament.
After dropping their doubles match Friday versus NC State, the Buckeye duo of Fidan Manashirova and Gabby Steele rallied to defeat Kentucky’s Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff and Khristina Blaikevitch, 8-5. The seniors also posted singles victories against Tennessee. Manashirova fought back after losing set one to Mimi Fotopoulos to win in three, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Steele topped Tiffany Tavares, 6-2, 6-2.
Freshman Grainne O’Neill claimed her first collegiate victory against UT’s Kayla McMurry in three sets, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. Sophomore Kelsey Dieters defeated No. 18-ranked Brynn Boren, 6-2, 1-0, after Boren retired one game into the second set.
The Buckeyes will conclude the tournament Sunday against Tennessee in doubles and match up against NC State in singles. Follow along on Twitter @OhioState_WTEN, Tournament Central (including a live blog and live video) or @VolTennis_Event for updates throughout the final day of competition.
Lady Vol Classic
Day 2 Results
Singles – Ohio State vs. University of Tennessee
Kelsey Dieters, Ohio State, def. #18 Brynn Boren, UT, 6-2, 1-0 ret.
#28 Kata Szekely, UT, def. Kara Cecil, Ohio State, 6-3, 6-1
Fidan Manashirova, Ohio State, def. Mimi Fotopoulos, UT, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
Gabby Steele, Ohio State, def. Tiffany Tavares, UT, 6-2, 6-2
Joanna Henderson, UT, def. Nicole Flower, Ohio State, 7-6, 5-7, 6-2
Grainne O'Neill, Ohio State, def. Kayla McMurry, UT, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
Doubles – Ohio State vs. Kentucky
Kentucky vs. Ohio State
Caitlin McGraw/Jessica Stiles, UK, def. Kara Cecil/Kelsey Dieters, OSU, 8-2
Fidan Manashirova/Gabby Steele, OSU, def. Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff/Khristina Blaikevitch, UK, 8-5
Nadia Ravita/Kirsten Lewis, UK, def. Kelsey Becker/Nicole Flower, OSU, 8-4