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Oct. 1, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team continued play at the season-opening Kentucky Fall Invitational in Lexington, Ky., Saturday. The tournament ends Sunday. Senior Emily Howard, sophomore Caitlin O’Keefe and freshman Olga Koutseridi each posted three wins on the day, with a singles win and two doubles victories.

Two Buckeyes reached the semifinals of their respective draws before falling to the backdraw. Kristin Messmer (Lutherville, Md./McDonogh) lost to third-seed Danielle Petrisko of host Kentucky in Flight B (6-3, 6-3). In Flight C, Julie Voss (San Angelo, Texas/St. Stephen’s Academy) lost to Wildcat Caroline Winebrenner. Messmer and Voss will vie for third place in their respective flights Sunday.

Buckeye Caitlin O’Keefe (So., Troy, Mich./Troy) posted a win in the Flight A backdraw, downing Middle Tennessee State’s Ana Siljestrom, while Julie Blackmore (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) beat Eastern Kentucky’s Meredith Giles in the same flight. Ciara Finucane (Jr., Dublin, Ireland), a transfer from Georgia Southern, posted her first win as a Buckeye in the Flight B backdraw, as she defeated EKU’s Hannah Bartsch. In the Flight C backdraw, Angela DiPastina (Fr., Titusville, N.J./Hun School of Princeton) defeated Ina Durcakova of Eastern Kentucky in three sets.

Three Buckeyes posted wins in the Flight D backdraw. Olga Koutseridi (Barcelona, Spain/Schiller International) topped teammate Sara Kinning (r-Fr., Grand Blanc, Mich./Powers Catholic) and Emily Howard (Sr., Toledo, Ohio/defeated Ali Paradis of Marshall. Kinning rebounded to post a win over Kaja Smoler of Denver.

In Flight A doubles, the tandem of Finucane and Blackmore posted one win in the backdraw, while O’Keefe and Voss went 2-0 Saturday, beating two teams from Eastern Kentucky.

In doubles Flight B, Koutseridi and Howard went 2-0, beating teams from Louisville and Purdue.

Kentucky Fall Invitational Lexington, Ky. Oct. 1, 2005 Ohio State Results

Flight A Singles Backdraw Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) def. Ana Siljestrom (MTSU), unavailable Julie Blackmore (OSU) def. Meredith Giles (EKU), 6-1, 6-2

Flight B Singles Semifinals Danielle Petrisko (UK) def. Kristin Messmer (OSU), 6-3, 6-3 Backdraw Ciara Finucane (OSU) def. Hannah Bartsch (EKU), unavailable

Flight C Singles Semifinals Caroline Winebrenner (UK) def. Julie Voss (OSU), 6-0, 6-2 Backdraw Angela DiPastina (OSU) def. Ina Durcakova (EKU), 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (11-9)

Flight D Singles Backdraw Olga Koutseridi (OSU) def. Sara Kinning (OSU), 6-2, 6-1 Kinning (OSU) def. Kaja Smole (Denver), w/o Howard (OSU) vs. Ali Paradis (Marshall), unavailable

Flight A Doubles Backdraw Ciara Finucane/Julie Blackmore (OSU) def. Vojtkova / Durcakova (EKU), unavailable Caitlin O’Keefe/Julie Voss (OSU) def. Giles / Euers (EKU), unavailable Caitlin O’Keefe/Julie Voss (OSU) def. Roof / Bartsch (EKU), unavailable

Flight B Doubles Quarterfinals Voelker / Dzeva (PUR) def. Angela DiPastina/Kristin Messmer (OSU), unavailable Backdraw Olga Koutseridi/Emily Howard (OSU), def. Baez / Velasquez UL, unavailable Olga Koutseridi/Emily Howard (OSU) def. Reys/Dzeva (Purdue), unavailable Sara Kinning (OSU)/Sarah Drummond(AC) def. Christopher/Holland (MAR), unavailable Koomreddi/Siljestrom (MTSU) def. Sara Kinning (OSU)/Sarah Drummond(AC), unavailable Boothman/Mechem (Denver) def. Angela DiPastina/Kristin Messmer (OSU), unavailable