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Oct. 22, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State women’s tennis team continued play in the ITA Midwest Regional Championships Saturday in East Lansing, Mich. Play began with the round of 16 in doubles and the 64-player singles main draw. The Buckeyes dropped all six main draw matches on the day, but did have a victory in consolation singles.

In singles, Sonia Ruzimovsky (Jr., Brooklyn, NY./Brooklyn Technical) dropped her main draw match by a score of 6-2, 6-1 to No. 2 seed Catrina Thompson of Notre Dame. She won her consolation match over Jessica Baron of Michigan State, 2-6, 6-1, 1-0 (6).

Julie Blackmore (Fr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) lost her first match by the score of 6-2, 6-3 to Chisako Sugiyama of Michigan. Blackmore also dropped her consolation match to Laura McGaffin of Indiana, 6-2, 6-1.

Caitlin O’Keefe (So., Troy, Mich./Troy) came up short in round one, losing to Nina Yaftali of Michigan, 6-3, 6-3. O’Keefe also dropped her consolation match, 6-4, 6-1, to Mallory Voelker of Purdue.

In doubles, Ciara Finucane (Jr., Dublin, Ireland/Georgia Southern) and Kristin Messmer (Jr., Lutherville, Md./McDonough) were defeated by the No. 6-seeded duo of Beatrix Csordas and Gergana Ganeva from Depaul, 8-1.

Sonia Ruzimovsky (Jr., Brooklyn, NY./Brooklyn Technical) and Angela DiPastina (Fr., Titusville, NJ./Hun School of Princeton) lost their doubles match, 8-6, to Caitlin Burke and Nicole Beck of Wisconsin.

Also dropping their doubles match was Julie Blackmore (Fr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) and Caitlin O’Keefe (So., Troy, Mich./Troy). They were defeated by No. 2 seed Sarah Batty and Laura McGaffin of Indiana, 8-1. Play continues Sunday in East Lansing with the doubles quarterfinals and the round of 16 in main draw singles.

ITA Midwest Regional Day 3 Main draw singles and doubles Oct. 20, 2005 East Lansing, Mich. MSU Indoor Tennis Facility

Main draw singles First Round- Round of 64 Chisako Sugiyama (Michigan) def. Julie Blackmore (OSU), 6-2, 6-3 Nina Yahtali (Michigan) def. Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU), 6-3, 6-3 Catrina Thompson (Notre Dame) def. Sonia Ruzimovsky (OSU), 6-2, 6-1

Main draw doubles Round of 16 Beatrix Csordas/Gergana Ganeva (Depaul) def. Ciara Finucane/Kristin Messmer (OSU), 8-1 Caitlin Burke/Nicole Beck (Wisconsin) def. Angela DiPastina/Sonia Ruzimovsky (OSU), 8-6 Sarah Batty/Laura McGaffin (Indiana) def. Julie Blackmore/Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU), 8-1

Singles-Consolation Sonia Ruzimovsky (OSU) def. Jessica Baron (MSU), 2-6, 6-1, 1-0 (6) Laura McGaffin (Indiana) def. Julie Blackmore (OSU), 6-2, 6-1 Mallory Voelker (Purdue) def. Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU), 6-4, 6-1