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Feb. 17, 2007

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team lost to Marshall, 5-2, Saturday in a neutral-site match in Williamsburg, Va. The Buckeyes fall to 5-2 this season, while the Thundering Herd improve to 6-4.

Ohio State will wrap up the weekend against William and Mary at 1 p.m. Sunday in Williamsburg, Va.

The Buckeyes won the doubles point with victories at the Nos. 2 and 3 spots. The OSU tandem of seniors Kristin Messmer (Lutherville, Md./McDonogh) and Ciara Finucane (Dublin, Ireland/Georgia Southern) fell at the No. 1 spot to Karolina Soor and Thaddea Lock, 8-1. The Buckeye duo of Julie Blackmore (So., Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) and Christina Keesey (Northfield, Minn./Northfield) then pulled the teams even with an 8-6 victory over Lynzee Kever and Jeanne Schwartz. Sonia Ruzimovsky (Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn Tech) and Caitlin O’Keefe (Jr., Troy, Mich./Troy) then clinched the point for the Buckeyes with an 8-6 win over Kellie Schmitt and Yulia Kashelkina at No. 2.

Keesey posted the lone singles victory for the Buckeyes at No. 3, as she downed Kashelkina, 6-4, 6-2, to improve to 12-5 this season. At the No. 5 position, freshman Ally Mueller (Fr., Roswell, Ga./New Braunfels (Texas) lost in a super tiebreaker to 94th-ranked Thaddea Lock, 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (7).

Up next, the Buckeyes will face Auburn Feb. 24 in Louisville, Ky., followed by two matches Feb. 25 at Louisville and at Eastern Kentucky.

Ohio State vs Marshall Feb. 17, 2007 at Williamsburg, Va.

#58 Marshall 5, Ohio State 2

Singles competition 1. #18 Kellie Schmitt (MAR) def. Julie Blackmore (OSU) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) 2. Karolina Soor (MAR) def. Sonia Ruzimovsky (OSU) 6-4, 7-5 3. Christina Keesey (OSU) def. Yulia Kashelkina (MAR) 6-4, 6-2 4. Lynzee Kever (MAR) def. Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) 6-4, 6-3 5. #94 Thaddea Lock (MAR) def. Ally Mueller (OSU) 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-7) 6. Jeanne Schwartz (MAR) def. Angela DiPastina (OSU) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles competition 1. Karolina Soor/Thaddea Lock (MAR) def. Ciara Finucane/Kristin Messmer (OSU) 8-1 2. Sonia Ruzimovsky/Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) def. Kellie Schmitt/Yulia Kashelkina (MAR) 8-6 3. Julie Blackmore/Christina Keesey (OSU) def. Lynzee Kever/Jeanne Schwartz (MAR) 8-6

Match Notes: Ohio State 5-2 Marshall 6-4; National ranking #58 Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,4,6,2,1,5)