Senior Leigh Walsh
March 23, 2009
LAS VEGAS, Nev.- The 53rd-ranked Utah women's tennis team (6-6) fell to 35th-ranked Ohio State (9-6), 6-1, Monday in Las Vegas. Senior Leigh Walsh provided a bright spot for the Utes with her 6-4, 6-3, win at the No. 4 position over Angela DiPastina.
"It was a very close match for it being a 6-1 loss," said head coach Mat Iandolo. "There was a point where I though we were going to pull off a 4-3 win, but we came up short. It was a good match, and we are looking forward to the opening weekend of conference play coming up."
In doubles play Walsh and senior Karine Bourdages playing at the No. 3 spot fell to Kirsten Flower and Paloma Escobedo, 8-1. Freshmen Anastasia Putilina and Lisa Johnson were topped by Cami Hubbs and Julie Blackmore at the No. 2 position, 8-3, putting Ohio State up 1-0.
In singles play after Walsh's win from the fourth spot, freshman Lexi Provancha at the No. 5 position fell to Blackmore in a three set match, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Monson succumbed to Hubbs at the No. 2 spot 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, putting the Buckeyes up 3-1.
Johnson at the No. 3 position lost to Keesey, 6-2, 6-3 and Bourdages at the No. 6 spot had to retire due to injury, giving Kelsey Haviland a 3-3 win and putting Ohio State up 5-1.
Putilina at the No. 1 position fell in a three set match to Flower, 3-6, 6-0, 7-5.
The Utes will host three conference matches this upcoming weekend.
#35 Ohio State 6, #53 Utah 1
Doubles competition 1. #80 Christina Keesey/Angela DiPastina (OSU) def. Erin Monson/Andrea Maughan (UT) 8-5 2. Cami Hubbs/Julie Blackmore (OSU) def. Anastasia Putilina/Lisa Johnson (UT) 8-3 3. Kirsten Flower/Paloma Escobedo (OSU) def. Leigh Walsh/Karine Bourdages (UT) 8-1
Singles competition 1. Kirsten Flower (OSU) def. Anastasia Putilina (UT) 3-6, 6-0, 7-5 2. Cami Hubbs (OSU) def. Erin Monson (UT) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 3. Christina Keesey (OSU) def. Lisa Johnson (UT) 6-2, 6-3 4. Leigh Walsh (UT) def. Angela DiPastina (OSU) 6-4, 6-3 5. Julie Blackmore (OSU) def. Lexi Provancha (UT) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 6. Kelsey Haviland (OSU) def. Karine Bourdages (UT) 3-3 (ret.)