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Aug. 25, 2000

%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio —%^$The Ohio State women’s tennis team, under head coach Chuck Merzbacher, has been named an All-Academic team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for the 1999-00 school year, the association announced today.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes, who had six players earn OSU Scholar-Athlete honors last season, were one of 73 Division I women’s squads to be honored for having a team grade point average of 3.20 or better. In addition to OSU, five Big Ten schools earned academic team honors: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin.%^$

%^$”I’m very proud of the way our team members have conducted themselves in the classroom,” Merzbacher said. “Doing this well as a team, in every aspect of being a student-athlete, makes for a great all-around year for our squad.%^$

%^$Laura Maloney (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) earned ITA Scholar-Athlete All-America accolades for her performance in the classroom. The senior communications major also is an Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar-Athlete honoree. The criteria for the award, which was given to 113 Division I women’s tennis student-athletes, were being a junior or senior in school, earning a varsity letter and having a GPA of over 3.5.%^$

%^$”Laura is such a hard worker in everything she does,” Merzbacher said. “She certainly is deserving of this fantastic award.”%^$

%^$The Buckeyes, who ended the season ranked 23rd in the country, were 18-8 overall and won the first Big Ten title in program history. The team qualified for the NCAA Championship for the second-consecutive season and recorded the program’s first win in the tournament with a first-round victory over Miami (Fla.). They open the fall tournament season at the ITA National Clay Court Championships in Baltimore, Md., Sept. 21-24.