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July 11, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s tennis head coach Chuck Merzbacher announced the addition of two athletes to the 2003-04 recruiting class. Sonia Ruzimovsky and Kristin Messmer will enroll in Ohio State and begin playing tennis for the Buckeyes in the fall of 2003. They join Anna Volberg, who committed to Ohio State last fall.

Ruzimovsky, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., is a graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School. She played No. 1 singles for the squad all four years, leading the team to three city championships. She served as a co-captain for three years before being named captain as a senior. She was a four-time team MVP and won two individual Mayors Cup city championships. Ruzimovsky was undefeated in four years of high school tennis and was ranked No. 1 in New York City. In the Girl’s Under-18 rankings, she held down the No. 54 spot in the nation and the fourth position in the Eastern section.

“Sonia comes to OSU with a lot of experience playing in a very competitive Eastern Tennis Association,” Merzbacher said. “I look for her to be a starter and possibly play somewhere at the top of the singles and doubles line-up. Sonia has the ability to hit many different shots to keep her opponents off balance.”

Messmer, a Lutherville, Md., native, played No. 1 singles for McDonogh High School (Owings Mills, Md.). She was a three-year letterwinner for the Lady Eagles and earned Baltimore Sun Player of the Year honors in 2002. She was named to the Sun’s all-city and all-county teams in 2002 and earned USTA/Mid-Atlantic High School State Team accolades in 2002 and 2001. Messmer was 45-0 and lost just one set in three years. She was the first three-time conference champion in league history and led the squad to three undefeated seasons and three conference championships. She has been ranked No. 75 nationally in singles and fourth in doubles and was a doubles quarterfinalist at the 2002 International Hardcourt Championship.

“Kristin comes to OSU with a very strong national junior doubles record along with fantastic singles results,” Merzbacher said. “She has a tremendous work ethic and I know she will make a definite impact on this program, starting with her very first practice.”