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April 29, 2000

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 22 Ohio State women’s tennis team fell to No. 4-seed Minnesota, 4-2, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Championship at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. today. The Buckeyes, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, fall to 17-7 on the season, while Minnesota improved to 18-5 overall. The Gophers will face Northwestern in the tournament final, Sunday at noon.

Ohio State opened the match by winning two doubles matches to claim the doubles point. The Buckeyes’ No. 20-ranked duo of Kristy Dascoli (Jr., Bradenton, Fla./Bradenton Academy) and Monica Rincon (So., Lapeer, Mich./Lapeer West) defeated Minnesota’s Sandra Olsen and Michaela Havelkova, 8-2, at No. 1, while the tandem of Laura Maloney (Jr., Barrington, Ill.) and Sadhaf Pervez (Fr., Warren, N.J./Watchung Hills) posted a win at No. 2 over Kim Simonsen and Tammy Wang.

The Gophers won four singles matches to earn the victory. Pervez posted the only singles wins for the Buckeyes, as she won at No. 4 over Amy Thomas. Maloney suffered a three-set loss at No. 5 to the Gophers’ Havelkova, while Rincon lost at No. 2, Michelle Matko (So., Aurora, Ill./Aurora West) fell at No. 3 and Taryn Bowen (Fr., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) was defeated at No. 6. Dascoli’s match at No. 1 against Nora Sauska was abandoned after the Gophers clinched the victory.

Big Ten Women’s Tennis Championship Minnesota 4, Ohio State 2 April 29, 2000, Ann Arbor, Mich. Singles 1. Kristy Dascoli (OSU) vs. Nora Sauska (MN) abandoned 2. Sandra Olsen (MN) def. Monica Rincon (OSU) 6-1, 6-0 3. Kim Simonsen (MN) def. Michelle Matko (OSU) 6-4, 6-3 4. Sadhaf Pervez (OSU) def. Amy Thomas 6-3, 6-0 5. Michaela Havelkova (MN) def. Laura Maloney (OSU) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 6. Tammy Wang (MN) def. Taryn Bowen (OSU) 6-4, 6-2 Doubles 1. Dascoli/Rincon (OSU) def. Olsen/Havelkova (MN) 8-2 2. Maloney/Pervez (OSU) def. Simonsen/Wang (MN) 8-4 3. Sauska/Jenny Howard (MN) def. Matko/Claudia Castro (OSU) 8-4

–GO BUCKS!–