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Feb. 20, 2005

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team snapped a two-match losing streak by defeating Auburn, 5-2, Saturday at the Jesse Owens West Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes (3-4, 0-0 Big Ten) remained unbeaten (3-0) when winning the doubles point, while the Tigers (5-2, 0-0 SEC) saw their three-match winning streak snapped.

In doubles action, Lindsey Adams (Sr., Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) and Sonia Ruzimovsky (Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn Tech) began their match at the No. 1 position by breaking the serve of Auburn’s Isabel Rosenbrock and Petra Bercik and then rolled to an 8-0 victory. At the No. 2 spot, Buckeyes Emily DeCamilla (Sr., Sacramento, Calif./Maryland) and Meredith Vincent (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Va. Tech) jumped out to a 4-0 lead before beating Jelena Jovic and Tori Almogno, 8-3. Ohio State’s Caitlin O’Keefe (Fr., Troy, Mich./Troy) and Kristin Messmer (So., Lutherville, Md./McDonogh) the doubles sweep with an 8-6 win over Ashley Cowart and Sarah Suitor at No. 3.

In singles, Anna Volberg (Soph., Toledo, Ohio/St. Ursula) extended the Buckeyes lead in the match to 2-0 by quickly dispatching Bercik, 6-0, 6-3, at the No. 2 position.

Auburn then picked up a pair of victories to tie the match. At No. 1, Jovic beat DeCamilla, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, and Rosenbrock topped Adams at No. 3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

With the match even at 2-2, Sonia Ruzimovsky (Soph., Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn Tech) gritted out a 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (2) victory at No. 4 over Almagno to put the Buckeyes back in front. Classmate Messmer clinched the match a few minutes later with a straight-set victory over Cowart, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 5.

O’Keefe beat Nancy Peaden, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 6 to provide the final margin.

The Buckeyes return to action at 5 p.m. Feb. 20 when they hit the road for the first time this season to play Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn.

No. 65 Ohio State 5 No. 71 Auburn 2 Feb. 19, 2005 Jesse Owens West Tennis Center Columbus, Ohio

SINGLES No. 1 Jelena Jovic (AU) def. Emily DeCamilla (OSU), 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 No. 2 Anna Volberg (OSU) def. Petra Bercik (AU), 6-0, 6-3 No. 3 Isabel Rosenbrock (AU) def. Lindsey Adams (OSU), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 No. 4 Sonia Ruzimovsky (OSU) def. Tori Almogno (AU), 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (2) No. 5* Kristin Messmer (OSU) def. Ashley Cowart (AU), 6-2, 6-4 No. 6 Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) def. Nancy Peaden (AU), 6-3, 6-2

Order of finish: 2, 1, 3, 4, 5*, 6 * denotes clinching match

Doubles No. 1 Lindsey Adams/Sonia Ruzimovsky (OSU) def. Isabel Rosenbrock/Petra Bercik (AU), 8-0 No. 2 Emily DeCamilla/Meredith Vincent (OSU) def. Jelena Jovic/Tori Almogno (AU), 8-3 No. 3 Kristin Messmer/Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) def. Ashley Cowart/Sarah Suitor (AU), 8-6