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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Ahn Wins Challenger in Hammond; Texas A&M Corpus Christi Penalties Revealed; Buchanan Gets First Win at Ohio State

Sixteen-year-old Kristie Ahn got her first main draw victory on the Pro Circuit this year, then her second, third, fourth and fifth, as she won the $25,000 Tangipahoa Tourism/Loeb Law Firm Tennis Classic in Hammond, Louisiana today. A wild card who had fallen in the final round of qualifying at both Rancho Mirage and Surprise last month, Ahn defeated two Top 200 players last week: No. 160 Renata Voracova of the Czech Republic in the first round and No. 182 Jorgelina Cravero of Argentina in the third round. In today's final, Ahn lost the first set 6-0, but battled back to defeat Australian qualifier Sophie Ferguson by taking the final two sets 6-4, 6-4. For the complete draw, see the Pro Circuit results page.

Last week the NCAA announced penalities for violations in several sports in the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi athletic department, including men's tennis. See the NCAA website's announcement for the complete explanation.

Chase Buchanan made his (home [added 3/30/09]) singles debut today for the Ohio State Buckeyes, defeating unranked Tobias Wernet of Minnesota 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 singles. No. 6 Ohio State beat the No. 28th-ranked Gophers 7-0 today in Columbus to stay a perfect 4-0 in the Big Ten. For complete scores, see the Minnesota website.

The ninth-ranked University of Illinois, expected to be Ohio State's strongest competition for the conference title, lost today to No. 27th-ranked Notre Dame 4-3, in a non-conference match. The Notre Dame website has the details here.


jason said...

It says Chase Buchanan made his dual match debut against Minnesota but he lost against Pepperdine.

Joe said...

Colette, according to collegetennisonline.com's database, Buchanan made his singles debut on March 23, losing 6-4, 6-0 to Pepperdine's Omar Altmann.

Colette Lewis said...

@Jason @Joe
Thanks for the correction. When I initially looked at the Pepperdine results, I didn't see his name. He did lose to Altmann, as you said.

atl tennis said...

wow! osu is more than legit now! who was the coach at corpus christi while this was going on? for sure they knew about it before the university did. that's the only way a kid would come there is if they received the out of state waiver. the ncaa even said that once the university found out about it, they didn't stop the kid from participating, which is the normal procedure. I hope that coach isn't somewhere else doing the same.

Austin said...

Big Ten is weak this year outside of OSU. Michigan has really been surprisingly bad this year.

Diane said...

Every year I miss that Hammond tournament. I didn't even see promotions for it this year, and when I do see them, they are not easy to track. I would really have liked to have seen Ahn win.

txcollege10s said...

The OSU results did originally have it wrong. The SID wasn't traveling with the team (from what I heard, I think women's bball duties), so the results was assumed to be Moneke's, not Buchanon's. It confused a lot of people, including coaches scouting the Buckeyes.