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May 14, 2004

Columbus, Ohio – On the strength of the doubles point and a trio of three-set singles victories, the Ohio State women’s tennis team beat Harvard, 4-2, to advance Friday afternoon to the second round of the NCAA championship in Cambridge, Mass. Emily DeCamilla (Jr., Sacramento, Calif./Maryland) beat Preethi Mukundan in three sets to score the clinching match for the Buckeyes (14-13, 6-5 Big Ten). Harvard’s season ends with a record of 14-10, while Ohio State advances to the second round match to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday against the winner of the first-round match between Kentucky and Boston University.

Play opened with a Harvard victory at the No. 1 doubles position, where No. 24-ranked Courtney Bergman and Susanna Lingman topped Ohio State’s Erica Fisk (Sr., Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) and Jackie Leskovar (Sr., Cambridge, Ontario/N.C. State), 8-3. Ohio State followed that loss with a pair of victories to claim the doubles point. At No. 2, Ohio State’s Lindsay Williams (Sr., Beverly Hills, Mich./Birmingham Groves) and Meaghan Colville (Sr., Toronto, Ontario/Western Michigan) beat Alexis Martire and Eva Wang, 8-4, and the Buckeye duo of DeCamilla and Lindsey Adams (Jr., Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) downed Mukundan and Melissa Anderson, 8-4, at No. 3.

Singles competition also began with a victory for Harvard, playing on its home court, as Anderson beat Adams, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 5. Harvard led 2-1 following No. 39 Bergman’s defeat of Williams at No. 1, but from there the Buckeyes battled back.

After losing the first set of her match at No. 6, Lindsay Bryan (Jr., New Orleans, La./Ursuline Academy) got things started for the Buckeyes by beating Cindy Chu, 1-6, 6-0, 6-4. Leskovar also lost her first set and trailed 4-3 in the third set before winning the last three games to beat Martire, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, and set the stage for DeCamilla’s third match-clinching victory of the post-season. The win was the second all-time for the Buckeyes in NCAA championship play. Ohio State’s previous victory came in 2000, a 5-3 triumph over the University of Miami (Fla.) in Athens, Ga.

Ohio State head coach Chuck Merzbacher said of his team, which advanced to the final match at the Big Ten Championship, “We’re very tournament tough. We’re in tournament mode – survive and advance. We’re playing with that type of intensity.”

The second round match Saturday can be followed live on the Harvard athletics department web site, www.gocrimson.com.

#39 Ohio State 4, #34 Harvard 2
May 13, 2004
Cambridge, Mass.
Beren Tennis Center

Doubles
1. #24 Courtney Bergman/Susanna Lingman (H) def. Erica Fisk/Jackie Leskovar (OSU), 8-3
2. Lindsay Williams/Meaghan Colville (OSU) def. Alexis Martire/ Eva Wang (H), 8-4
3. Emily DeCamilla/Lindsey Adams (OSU) def. Preethi Mukundan/Melissa Anderson (H), 8-4
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3

Singles
1. #39 Courtney Bergman (H) def. Lindsay Williams (OSU), 6-3, 7-5
2. Erica Fisk (OSU) leads #97 Susanna Lingman (H), 7-5, 5-5 (suspended)
3. Jackie Leskovar (OSU) def. Alexis Martire (H), 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
4. * Emily DeCamilla (OSU) def. Preethi Mukundan (H), 6-4, 3-6, 6-0
5. Melissa Anderson (H) def. Lindsey Adams (OSU), 6-1, 6-2
6. Lindsay Bryan (OSU) def. Cindy Chu (H), 1-6, 6-0, 6-4
Order of finish: 5, 1, 3, 6, 4*
* clinching match