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April 23, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Again for the second consecutive time, Ohio State%^$(14-9, 6-4) teetered on winning the match, but was short by just one%^$singles match. The Buckeyes lost today by a score of 4-3 against the%^$Minnesota Gophers (14-5, 7-2) at the Stickney Tennis Center in their%^$last regular season match. Last week, the Buckeyes were defeated in the%^$same fashion by Wisconsin, 4-3. %^$

%^$In brisk, cold winds, the Golden Gophers took the No. 2 and No 3 matches%^$to score first in doubles. No. 16 Kristy Dascoli (So., Bradenton, Fla.)%^$and Briana Harris (Fr., Bradenton, Fla.) would defeat Jana Hrdinova and%^$Kim Simonsen, 9-7, to snap a three-match losing streak. %^$

%^$Ohio State battled back with Dascoli defeating Nora Sauska, 7-5, 6-4, at%^$the No. 1 spot and Monica Rincon (Fr., Lapeer, Mich.), notching her 21st%^$singles win by defeating Hrdinova, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 at the No. 4 position.%^$Claudia Castro (Fr., Onalaska, Wis.) also captured a win over Tarah%^$Elkins, 7-6, 6-3. Yet, the Gophers netted two wins at the No. 2 and No.%^$3 singles positions to remain in the game.%^$

%^$With the score tied, the match came down to Laura Maloney (So.,%^$Barrington, Ill.) against Tammy Wang at the No. 6 position. Winning in%^$the first set, 6-3, Maloney looked to breeze to a second-set victory.%^$However, Wang hanged tough to win, 6-3, and split the match. Wang%^$wouldnt look back, winning the third-set, 6-0 and capturing the win for%^$the Gophers.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes will now head to East Lansing, Mich. to compete in the Big%^$Ten Tournament on April 29-May 2.%^$

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%^$Match Score%^$No. 45 Minnesota 4%^$No. 40 Ohio State 3%^$

%^$Individual Scores%^$Doubles%^$No. 1 – No. 16 Dascoli/Harris, Ohio State def. Hrdinova/Simonsen, Minnesota 9-7%^$No. 2 – Elkins/Rangsithienchai, Minnesota def. Matko/Rincon, Ohio State 8-3%^$No. 3 – Sauska/Howard, Minnesota def. Castro/Maloney, Ohio State 8-3%^$

%^$Singles%^$No. 1 – No. 56 Kristy Dascoli, Ohio State def. Nora Sauska, Minnesota 7-5, 6-4%^$No. 2 – Kim Simonsen, Minnesota def. Michelle Matko, Ohio State 6-4, 6-2%^$No. 3 – Sitinee Rangsithienchai, Minnesota def. Briana Harris, Ohio State 7-6, 7-6%^$No. 4 – Monica Rincon, Ohio State def. Jana Hrdinova, Minnesota 6-2, 3-6, 6-3%^$No. 5 – Claudia Castro, Ohio State def. Tarah Elkins, Minnesota 7-6, 6-3 %^$No. 6 – Tammy Wang, Minnesota def. Laura Maloney, Ohio State 3-6, 6-3, 6-0**%^$** Indicates clinching match%^$