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April 9, 2000

COLUMBUS, Ohio – %^$After posting an upset win over Big Ten foe and No. 15-ranked Northwestern yesterday, the No. 40 Ohio State women’s tennis team improved to 5-1 in the Big Ten with a 5-2 victory over No. 28-ranked Illinois, Sunday at Jesse Owens West Recreation Center. The Buckeyes moved to 12-6 overall and extended their record home-winning streak to nine. The squad has not lost at home this season, posting a record nine wins. The Illini fell to 9-10 overall and suffered their first conference loss of the season, dropping to 5-1 in the Big Ten.%^$

%^$ The Buckeyes started the day by claiming two of three doubles matches to win the doubles point. Kristy Dascoli (Jr., Bradenton, Fla./Bradenton Academy) and Monica Rincon (So., Lapeer, Mich./Lapeer West) posted a win at No. 1 over Eldina Fazlic and Brooke Ferney, while Sadhaf Pervez (Fr., Warren, N.J./Watchung Hills) and Laura Maloney (Jr., Barrington, Ill.) won at No. 2, over Simone Kung and Michelle Webb at No. 2.%^$

%^$ For the second day in a row, the Buckeyes won four of six singles matches to clinch the victory. Ohio State posted wins at the top four singles positions, as Dascoli defeated Fazlic at No. 1, Rincon won at No. 2 over Kung, Michelle Matko (So., Aurora, Ill./Aurora West) defeated Ferney in three sets at No. 3 and Pervez posted a win over Carla Rosenberg at No. 4.%^$

%^$ The Buckeyes will end their home season next weekend, hosting No. 57 Purdue Saturday at 11 a.m. and No. 51 Indiana Sunday at 10 a.m. Both matches are scheduled to be played outdoors at the Stickney Tennis Center, but will be moved inside to Jesse Owens West Recreation Center in inclement weather.%^$

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Ohio State 5, Illinois 2%^$April 9, 2000, Columbus, Ohio%^$Singles%^$1. Kristy Dascoli (OSU) def. Eldina Fazlic (UI)%^$ 6-3, 6-2%^$2. Monica Rincon (OSU) def. Simone Kung (UI)%^$ 6-2, 6-1%^$3. Michelle Matko (OSU) def. Brooke Ferney (UI)%^$ 7-5, 2-6, 6-1%^$4. Sadhaf Pervez (OSU) def. Carla Rosenberg (UI)%^$ 6-3, 7-6%^$5. Natalie Manasova (UI) def. Laura Maloney (OSU)%^$ 6-2, 6-2%^$6. Megan Wise (UI) def. Taryn Bowen (OSU)%^$ 6-0, 6-1%^$Doubles%^$1. Dascoli/Rincon (OSU) def. Fazlic/Ferney (UI)%^$ 8-2%^$2. Maloney/Pervez (OSU) def. Kung/Michelle Webb (UI)%^$ 8-3%^$3. Rosenberg/Manasova (UI) def. Matko/Claudia Castro (OSU)%^$ 8-3%^$

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–GO BUCKS!–