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Oct. 21, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State women’s tennis team opened play in the ITA Midwest Regional Championships Thursday in East Lansing, Mich. Play began with the 64-player singles qualifying draw with the final eight advancing to the main draw. Three Buckeyes won in the first round, but fell in round two.

Angela DiPastina (Fr., Titusville, NJ./Hun School of Princeton) won her first match of the day, 6-4, 6-3, against Elise Montrose of Bradley. DiPastina was matched against Jenna Nussbaum of Bowling Green in the second round, but dropped that match in three sets, 3-6, 6-0, 6-1.

Also winning her first match was Julie Voss (Fr., San Angelo, Texas/St. Stephens Academy). Voss defeated Hanna Hager of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne by a score of 6-3, 6-3. Voss came up short in the second round by dropping her match with Kerstin-Beeke Pahl of Western Michigan, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Emily Howard (Sr., Akron, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) came from behind to win her first round match, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3, over Jennifer Pollack of Ball State. When faced against Ashley Morris of Bradley, Howard came up short with a final score of 6-3, 6-3.

Falling in the first round were Ciara Finucane (Jr., Dublin, Ireland/Georgia Southern) by a score of 6-1, 6-1 to Stephanie Kebler of Michigan State, and Kristin Messmer (Jr., Lutherville, Md./McDonough), who lost a close match to Shivani Dave of Illinois, by the score of 6-4, 6-4.

After losing in the first round of the qualifiers, Messmer and Finucane rebounded in the consolation bracket. Messmer shut out Kim Jenson of Butler, 6-0, 6-0. Finucane defeated her opponent, Rachel Janssen of Valparaiso, 6-2, 6-2.

Singles action in the main draw opens Saturday with Buckeyes Caitlin O’Keefe (So., Troy, Mich./Troy), Julie Blackmore (Fr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) and Sonia Ruzimovsky (Jr., Brooklyn, NY./Brooklyn Technical) competing. The ITA Midwest Regional will continue play on Friday as the 64-team doubles main draw begins. The Buckeyes will have four teams competing. Ruzimovsky and DiPastina, Blackmore and O’Keefe, Finucane and Messmer, and Howard and Voss will all represent the Buckeyes.

ITA Midwest Regional Day 1 Qualifying singles Oct. 20, 2005 East Lansing, Mich. MSU Indoor Tennis Facility

Singles-Qualifier First Round- Round of 64 Angela DiPastina (OSU) def. Elise Montrose (Bradley), 6-4, 6-3 Julie Voss (OSU) def. Hanna Hager (IPFW), 6-3, 6-3 Emily Howard (OSU) def. Jennifer Pollack (Ball State), 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 Stephanie Kebler (Mich. State) def. Ciara Finucane (OSU), 6-1, 6-1 Shivani Dave (Illinois) def. Kristin Messmer (OSU), 6-4, 6-4

Second Round-Round of 32 Jenna Nussbaum (Bowling Green) def. Angela DiPastina (OSU), 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 Ashley Morris (Bradley) def. Emily Howard (OSU), 6-3, 6-3 Kerstin-Beeke Pahl (Western Mich.) def. Julie Voss (OSU), 3-6, 6-1, 6-2

Singles-Consolation Kristin Messmer (OSU) def. Kim Jenson (Butler), 6-0, 6-0 Ciara Finucane (OSU) def. Rachel Janssen (Valparaiso), 6-2, 6-2