COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 37 Ohio State
women’s tennis team saw its season come
to an end Friday in the first round of
the 2009 NCAA Tournament in Evanston,
Ill., falling 4-0 to No. 26 Kentucky at
the Vandy Christie Tennis Center. The
Buckeyes end their season with a 15-11
overall record, including a 7-3 mark in
Big Ten Conference play. Kentucky
(13-10, 3-9 SEC) moves on to the second
round, where it will take on the winner
of the match between top-ranked
Northwestern and Miami (Ohio) Saturday,
with a trip to the Round of 16 on the
The doubles point belonged to the
Wildcats with wins at No. 2 and No. 3.
Buckeyes junior Christina Keesey and
senior Angela DiPastina made their final
collegiate doubles match together
memorable, knocking off the 31st-ranked
Kentucky tandem of Carolina Escamilla
and Caroline Lilley at No. 1, 8-6.
Senior Julie Blackmore and sophomore
Cami Hubbs did not fare as well at No.
2, losing 8-5 to Christine Johnston and
Megan Broderick. Blackmore finished her
Ohio State career with 89 doubles wins,
seventh all-time in Ohio State history.
The doubles point was sealed at No. 3,
where junior Kirsten Flower and
sophomore Paloma Escobedo fell, 8-5, to
Lauren Meier and Whitney Spencer.
The Wildcats staked themselves to a 2-0
overall match lead after Lilley defeated
DiPastina in straight sets at No. 5
singles, 6-2, 6-0. DiPastina wrapped her
senior season with 73 career singles
wins, seventh-most all-time at Ohio
The next point for Kentucky came at the
No. 4 singles spot, where two set
tiebreakers went Meier’s way against
Hubbs, winning 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-3). The
match clinching point came at No. 3
singles, where Upper Arlington, Ohio,
native Johnston took a three-set win
over Keesey, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
With the match wrapped up, the remaining
singles matches went unfinished. Flower
and No. 111-ranked Broderick were
deadlocked at 1-all in the third set
after splitting the first two sets.
Escamilla had edged out in front of
Escobedo, 5-4, in the third set of their
match, while Blackmore was leading 4-2
in the third as the match closed out.
Tennis Match Results
Ohio State vs Kentucky
5/8/2009 at Evanston, Ill.
#26 Kentucky 4, #37 Ohio State 0
1. #111 Megan Broderick (UK) vs. Kirsten
Flower (OSU) 7-6 (3-0), 5-7, 1-1,
2. Carolina Escamilla (UK) vs. Paloma
Escobedo (OSU) 4-6, 6-0, 5-4, unfinished
3. Christine Johnston (UK) def.
Christina Keesey (OSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
4. Lauren Meier (UK) def. Cami Hubbs
(OSU) 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-3)
5. Caroline Lilley (UK) def. Angela
DiPastina (OSU) 6-2, 6-0
6. Whitney Spencer (UK) vs. Julie
Blackmore (OSU) 6-2, 3-6, 2-4,
1. Angela DiPastina/Christina Keesey
(OSU) def. #31 Carolina
Escamilla/Caroline Lilley (UK) 8-6
2. Megan Broderick/Christine Johnston
(UK) def. Julie Blackmore/Cami Hubbs
3. Lauren Meier/Whitney Spencer (UK)
def. Kirsten Flower/Paloma Escobedo
Ohio State 15-11; National ranking #37
Kentucky 13-10; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3);
NCAA Tournament -- First Round