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April 23, 2005

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team, missing singles wins leader Sonia Ruzimovsky (Soph., Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn Tech) and senior co-captain Lindsey Adams (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island), suffered a 7-0 defeat to No. 2-ranked Northwestern Saturday at the Jesse Owens West Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio. The Wildcats (21-2, 10-0 Big Ten) clinched the outright Big Ten regular season championship with their victory. Ohio State fell to 7-17 overall and 2-7 in the Big Ten.

The Wildcats clinched the doubles point with three victories, but nearly saw their unbeaten conference streak ended at the No. 2 position by the Buckeye duo of Caitlin O’Keefe (Fr., Troy, Mich./Troy) and Lindsay Bryan (Sr., New Orleans, La./Ursuline Academy). O’Keefe and Bryan trailed No. 41-ranked tandem Alexis Prousis and Kristi Roemer, 7-6, before rallying to tie the match at 7-all. The Buckeyes’ bid to hand the Wildcats their only doubles loss of the conference season ended, however, with a 7-5 loss in a tie-break set. The Wildcats also got a doubles victory from No. 1-ranked duo Audra Cohen and Christelle Grier over Ohio State’s Emily DeCamilla (Sr., Sacramento, Calif./Maryland) and Meredith Vincent (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Va. Tech), 8-1, at the No. 1 position.

In singles, three Buckeyes were beaten by nationally-ranked Wildcats. At No. 1, DeCamilla fell to No. 4-ranked Cohen, 6-2, 6-0. At No. 2, O’Keefe could not beat No. 20-ranked Grier, losing 6-2, 6-0, and at No. 3 Vincent was downed by No. 69-ranked Prousis, 6-0, 6-1.

Ohio State concludes the regular season at 11 a.m. tomorrow when they play host to Wisconsin at the Jesse Owens West Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Northwestern vs. Ohio State
Apr 23, 2005 at Columbus, Ohio

#2 Northwestern 7, Ohio State 0

Singles competition:
1. #4 Audra Cohen (NW) def. Emily DeCamilla (OSU) 6-2, 6-0
2. #20 Cristelle Grier (NW) def. Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) 6-2, 6-0
3. #69 Alexis Prousis (NW) def. Meredith Vincent (OSU) 6-0, 6-1
4. Valerie Vladea (NW) def. Kristin Messmer (OSU) 6-2, 6-1
5. Andrea Yung (NW) def. Lindsay Bryan (OSU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Feriel Esseghir (NW) def. Silvia Prajescu (OSU) 6-4, 6-2

Doubles competition:
1. #1 Cristelle Grier/Audra Cohen (WOMNW) def. Emily DeCamilla/Meredith Vincent (OSU) 8-1
2. #41 Alexis Prousis/Kristi Roemer (WOMNW) def. Caitlin O’Keefe/Lindsay Bryan (OSU) 8-7 (7-5)
3. Valerie Vladea/Feriel Esseghir (WOMNW) def. Kristin Messmer/Emily Howard (OSU) 8-2

Match Notes:
Northwestern women 21-2, 10-0 Big Ten; National ranking #2
Ohio State 7-17, 2-7