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April 23, 2000

%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team ended its record-setting regular season with a 5-2 triumph at Michigan Sunday afternoon at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. The win is Ohio State’s eighth-consecutive victory – a school record – and gives OSU (16-6 overall) a 9-1 record in Big Ten play, which gives the Buckeyes their first ever regular season Big Ten title.%^$

%^$The Big Ten regular season title is OSU’s first in school history. Ohio State’s best previous conference finish was sixth, set last season.%^$

%^$Ohio State captured two of the three doubles matches to gain the doubles point. The Buckeyes’ No. 1 duo of Kristy Dascoli (Jr., Bradenton, Fla./Bradenton Academy) and Monica Rincon (So., Lapeer, Mich./Lapeer West) defeated the Wolverines’ Brooke Hart and Jen Duprez, 8-2, while Claudia Castro (So., Dublin, Ohio/Aquinas) and Michelle Matko (So., Aurora, Ill./Aurora West) eked out a narrow doubles win over Joanne Musgrove and Erryn Weggenman by winning the tie-break, 7-4, en route to a 9-8 win.%^$

%^$OSU earned four of the six singles points, including each of the first three spots. Dascoli knocked off Hart, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 1 singles while Rincon outlasted Danielle Lund, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 at No. 2. Matko claimed the No. 3 singles win with a 6-0, 6-4 trouncing of Szandra Fuzesi. Laura Maloney (Jr., Barrington, Ill.) earned the fifth Buckeye point with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 victory at No. 5.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes return to Ann Arbor next weekend, April 27-29, for the Big Ten Championships.%^$

%^$Ohio State 5, Michigan 2%^$April 23, 2000, Ann Arbor, Mich.%^$Singles%^$1. Kristy Dascoli (OSU)%^$def. Brooke Hart (UM), 6-4, 6-4%^$2. Monica Rincon (OSU)%^$def. Danielle Lund (UM), 6-3, 4-6, 6-1%^$3. Michelle Matko (OSU)%^$def. Szandra Fuzesi (UM), 6-0, 6-4%^$4. Jen Duprez (UM)%^$def. Sadhaf Pervez (OSU), 6-3, 6-2%^$5. Laura Maloney (OSU)%^$ def. Joanne Musgrove, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2%^$6. Erryn Weggenman (UM)%^$ def. Taryn Bowen (OSU), 7-5, 6-4%^$

%^$Doubles%^$1. Dascoli/Rincon (OSU)%^$def. Hart/Duprez (UM), 8-2%^$2. Lund/Fuzesi (UM)%^$def. Maloney/Pervez (OSU), 8-6%^$3. Matko/Claudia Castro (OSU)%^$def. Musgrove/Weggenman, 9-8 (7-4)%^$