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July 13, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s tennis coach Chuck Merzbacher announced Wednesday the addition of Sadhaf Pervez to the coaching staff. Pervez played four seasons for the Buckeyes under Merzbacher from 2000-03.

“I am very please to announce the hiring of Sadhaf Pervez as the new assistant coach for OSU women’s tennis,” Merzbacher said. “Coach Pervez was one of the most competitive individuals that I have ever coached here at Ohio State. I know she’ll bring that same spirit to the team everyday as a coach. She has just completed a year as an assistant coach at the University of Nebraska, where they had one of the most successful seasons in the history of their program.”

The Huskers recently completed their eighth-consecutive winning season and earned their first NCAA championship bid in school history. Prior to joining the Nebraska staff, Pervez coached the junior varsity boys’ tennis team at Upper Arlington High school during her senior season at Ohio State in 2003.

While at Ohio State, Pervez posted one of the best careers in school history. As a senior in 2003, Pervez was an All-Big Ten honoree and was named both the team’s Most Improved and Most Valuable Player. That same season she also was named the Midwest Senior Player of the Year by the International Tennis Association.

Pervez finished her career third all-time in singles wins with 99 and tied with Kristy Dascoli for fifth all-time in doubles wins with 91. She led the team in doubles win percentage three consecutive seasons, 2001-03, and is 10th all-time in school history with a career doubles winning percentage of .659 (91-47).

Pervez replaces Kristy Dascoli, who served as an assistant at Ohio State for the past two seasons. Dascoli left the program to pursue her Ph.D. in Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.