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May 9, 2005

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team celebrated the 2005 season and gave out awards and honored its seniors at the annual awards banquet Saturday night in the University Suite at Ohio Stadium.

Coach Chuck Merzbacher named Sonia Ruzimovsky (Soph., Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn Tech) the team’s Most Valuable Player. Lindsey Adams (Sr., Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) earned the Most Improved Player award and Caitlin O’Keefe (Fr., Troy, Mich./Troy) was named the winner of the Coach’s Award.

Ruzimovsky led the team in singles wins with 22 and is the first Ohio State sophomore to be named MVP since Kristy Dascoli in 1999. Her 12 dual-match victories also were a team-high. She is the first Buckeye sophomore to win at least 20 matches in a season since Erica Fisk and Lindsay Williams won 22 and 21 matches, respectively, in 2002. Ruzimovsky played at least two matches at every position, except No. 1, where she played none. She was a combined 5-0 at Nos. 5 and 6. Ruzimovsky also added 12 doubles wins, including four at the No. 1 position.

In her first three years at Ohio State, Adams played one match in the top half of the singles lineup. As a senior, she moved up to split time at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions before her season was cut short by injury. Prior to the injury, she won seven matches in singles and 10 doubles matches.

O’Keefe enjoyed one of the most successful freshman seasons in recent Ohio State history. She won five Big Ten singles matches and five Big Ten doubles matches to lead the team in both categories. O’Keefe is the first Ohio State freshman to lead the team in Big Ten singles wins since Sadhaf Pervez in 2000. O’Keefe totaled 15 wins overall in both categories as well. Her 10 dual singles wins were second-most on the team behind Ruzimovsky. In doubles, O’Keefe played with seven different partners and her 10 dual doubles victories were the second-most on the team, behind Meredith Vincent’s (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Va. Tech) 11.

The team’s four seniors, Adams, Vincent, Emily DeCamilla (Sr., Sacramento, Calif./Maryland) and Lindsay Bryan (Sr., New Orleans, La./Ursuline Academy), also received awards recognizing their careers at Ohio State. The seniors have had much success in the last four years, including three trips to the NCAA championship, three Top 4 or better finishes in Big Ten conference play and a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Championship last season.