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April 22, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team (13-11; 3-6 Big Ten) lost to Big Ten opponent Wisconsin (5-17, 2-8 Big Ten), 5-2, Saturday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wis.

Wisconsin won all three doubles matches to clinch the doubles point and take a 1-0 lead in the match. At No. 1, Caitlin O’Keefe (So., Troy, Mich./Troy) and Julie Blackmore (Fr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) were defeated by Elizabeth Carpenter and Kaylan Caiati, 8-3. At No. 3, Ciara Finucane (Jr., Dublin, Ireland/Georgia Southern) and Kristin Messmer (Jr., Lutherville, Md./McDonogh) lost to Nicole Beck and Erin Jobe, 8-6. In the final doubles match to finish, the Buckeye duo of Angela DiPastina (Fr., Titusville, N.J.) and Sonia Ruzimovsky (Jr., Brooklyn N.Y./Brooklyn Tech) was downed by Morgan Tuttle and Chelsea Nusslock, 8-5, at the No. 2 spot.

The Buckeyes won the first two singles matches off the court to take a 2-1 lead. Finucane beat Beck, 6-0, 4-0 (ret.), at No. 4 and Ruzimovsky followed with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Caiati at the No. 2 position. Wisconsin’s Caitlin Burke tied the match at 2-all with a victory over O’Keefe, 7-5, 6-0, at the No. 1 spot. Ohio State’s DiPastina then fell to Tuttle, 6-2, 7-5, at the No. 6 spot. Wisconsin clinched the match at the No. 5 spot as Messmer fell to Carpenter in three sets, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2. At No. 3, Blackmore was defeated by Nusslock, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5).

Ohio State closes out regular-season play as the Buckeyes take on No. 11 Northwestern at noon EDT Sunday at the Combe Tennis Center in Evanston, Ill.

Wisconsin 5, Ohio State 2
Apr 22, 2006 at Madison, Wis.
Nielsen Tennis Stadium

Doubles
1. Carpenter/Caiati (WI) def. O’Keefe/Blackmore (OSU), 8-3
2. Tuttle/Nusslock (WI) def. Ruzimovsky/DiPastina (OSU), 8-5
3. Beck/Jobe (WI) def. Finucane/Messmer (OSU), 8-6

Singles
1. No. 32 Caitlin Burke (WI) def. O’Keefe (OSU), 7-5, 6-0
2. Ruzimovsky (OSU) def. Caiati (WI), 6-2, 6-2
3. Nusslock (WI) def. Blackmore (OSU), 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5)
4. Finucane (OSU) def. Beck (WI), 6-0, 4-0 (ret.)
5. Carpenter (WI) def. Messmer (OSU), 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
6. Tuttle (WI) def. DiPastina (OSU), 6-2, 7-5