Penguins Suffer Setback at Ohio State

Marta Burak
Marta Burak

Columbus, Ohio - The Youngstown State women's tennis team put up a strong fight, but dropped a 7-0 decision to No. 55 Ohio State on Sunday evening at OSU Varsity Tennis Center.

In doubles play, Margarita Sadovnikova and Marta Burak had a 7-4 lead at No. 1 over OSU's Kara Cecil and Nicole Flower before the match was stopped after the Buckeyes clinched the point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles.

In singles play, Annina Brendel had a strong first set in a 6-4, 6-1 defeat to Fowler at No. 5. Paula de Man dropped a 6-4, 6-2 decision at No. 1 to Kelsey Dieters, the No. 46 ranked player in the country.

At No. 2, OSU's Fidan Manashirova, the 122nd ranked player in the country, beat Sadovnikova 6-2, 6-3. At No. 3, Burak had a strong second-set performance falling 6-1, 7-5 to the Buckeyes' Gabby Steele. 

The Penguins (6-3) had their six-game win streak by the Buckeyes (7-4). YSU returns to action on Thursday when they visit Akron.

Ohio State 7, YSU 0

Singles
No. 1 - Kelsey Dieters (OSU) def. de Man (YSU) - 6-4, 6-2
No. 2 - Fidan Manashirova (OSU) def. Sadovnikova (YSU) - 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 - Gabby Steele (OSU) def. Burak (YSU) - 6-1, 7-5
No. 4 - Grainne O'Neill (OSU) def. Jesko (YSU) - 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 - Nicole Fowler (OSU) def. Brendel (YSU) - 6-4, 6-1
No. 6 - Tiffany Dittmer (OSU) def. Puppo (YSU) - 6-1, 6-1

Order of Finish: 4, 6, 2, 1, 2, 5

Doubles
No. 1 - Sadovnikova/Burak (YSU) vs. Kara Cecil/Nicole Flower - 7-4 (unfinished)
No. 2 - Kelsey Dieters/O'Neill (OSU) def. de Man/Hankle (YSU) - 8-3
No. 3 - Gabby Steele/Kelsey Becker (OSU) def. Jesko/Raicevic (YSU) - 8-0 

Order of Finish: 3, 2