Women's Tennis
No. 52 Ohio State Tops Marquette, 7-0

Senior Erin Watkins

Senior Erin Watkins

Jan. 25, 2008


MILWAUKEE - Despite a strong effort put forth by the Marquette women's tennis team, the Golden Eagles were shut out, 7-0, by No. 52 Ohio State Friday evening at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium. With the loss, the Golden Eagles fall to 0-2 for the dual season.

Regardless of the match score, head coach Jody Bronson said she was proud of the effort put forth by the Golden Eagles against the Buckeyes.

"The score is definitely not indicative of our team played," said Jody Bronson. "We were so close in so many matches and played very well against a very good team. Our players played with so much heart and so much fight. I am so proud of how well we played tonight and that we have improved since last week."

In doubles play, Ohio State claimed all three matches to win the point, but it wasn't without a fight as two of three double matches went to extra games. At No. 3 doubles, the senior duo of Maria Calbeto and Erin Watkins went back and forth with Paloma Escobedo and Caitlin O'Keefe before falling 9-7. The No. 2 pair of sophomore Kylie Moore and freshman Christina Ruiz forced a tiebreaker, but fell short, 9-8 (5).

Ohio State sealed the win with victories at No. 3, 5, and 6 singles. Calbeto (3) and classmate Shannon Brown (5) each fell to their respective Buckeye counterpart, 6-2, 6-3, while O'Keefe took down sophomore Kylie Moore, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 6.



Watkins carried over her play in doubles and nearly took the first set over OSU's Angela Dipastina at No. 2 singles coming close, 7-6. She fell 6-1 in the second set to leave the Buckeyes to win their sixth point of the day.

Even though the match had already been decided, Moore battled Escobedo at the top singles position and came out victorious in the first set, 7-6 (5). Escobedo took the second set, 6-4, and the tiebreaker, 13-11, to clinch the shutout.

"I know we have made progress and we continue to get better," added Bronson. "These matches are going to turn in our favor down the road. We have the potential to be a very good team. We all believe in each other and know we can win."

Marquette will return to action on Sunday at Helfaer to host the University of Oklahoma at 10 a.m.

#52 Ohio State 7, Marquette 0

Singles competition:
1. Paloma Escobedo (OSU) def. Moore, Kylie (MARQ) 6-7 (0-5), 6-4, 13-11
2. Angela DiPastina (OSU) def. Watkins, Erin (MARQ) 7-6, 6-1
3. Christina Keesey (OSU) def. Calbeto, Maria (MARQ) 6-2, 6-3
4. Julie Blackmore (OSU) def. Ruiz, Christina (MARQ) 6-4, 6-2
5. Cami Hubbs (OSU) def. Brown, Shannon (MARQ) 6-2, 6-3
6. Caitlin O'Keefe (OSU) def. Wilson, Maggie (MARQ) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles competition:
1. #33 Angela DiPastina/Christina Keesey (OSU) def. Little, Lauren/Brown, Shannon (MARQ) 8-3
2. Julie Blackmore/Cami Hubbs (OSU) def. Ruiz, Christina/Moore, Kylie (MARQ) 9-8 (5-0)
3. Paloma Escobedo/Caitlin O'Keefe (OSU) def. Watkins, Erin/Calbeto, Maria (MARQ) 9-7

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,5,3,4,2,1)

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