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April 16, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team (13-10; 3-5 Big Ten) lost to Big Ten opponent Michigan State (12-8, 3-5 Big Ten), 4-3, Sunday at Jesse Owens West Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Michigan State won at the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles positions to clinch the doubles point and take a 1-0 lead in the match. At No. 3, Buckeyes Ciara Finucane (Jr., Dublin, Ireland/Georgia Southern) and Kristin Messmer (Jr., Lutherville, Md./McDonogh) lost to Pascale Schnitzer and Ana Milosavljevic, 8-3, in the first match finished. The Buckeyes tied the score with Caitlin O’Keefe (So., Troy, Mich./Troy) and Julie Blackmore’s (Fr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) victory over Christine Bader and Sarah Andrews, 8-4, at No. 1. The Spartans clinched the doubles point when Stephanie Kebler and Jessica Baron downed the Buckeye duo of Angela DiPastina (Fr., Titusville, N.J.) and Sonia Ruzimovsky (Jr., Brooklyn N.Y./Brooklyn Tech), 8-5.

The Buckeyes won three of the first four singles matches off the court to take a 3-2 lead. O’Keefe beat Schnitzer, 7-6, 6-1, at No. 2 and Ruzimovsky followed with a 7-6, 6-3 victory over Bader at the No. 1 position. Michigan State’s Kebler tied the match at 2-all with a victory over Finucane, 6-3, 6-3, at the No. 4 spot. Messmer then won a three-set match at No. 5, downing Andrews 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, to record her 50th career singles victory and put the Buckeyes back in the lead. The Nos. 3 and 6 matches were the last two on the court. At No. 3, MSU’s Baron beat Blackmore in a close match, 7-5, 7-6, to tie the match at 3-all. Milosavljevic clinched the win for the Spartans with a three-set, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory over DiPastina at No. 6.

The Buckeyes close out regular-season play with two Big Ten road matches next weekend. The squad will take on Wisconsin at noon EST Saturday in Madison, Wis., and Northwestern at noon EST Sunday in Evanston, Ill.

Michigan State vs Ohio State Apr 16, 2006 at Columbus, Ohio Jesse Owens West Tennis Center

Michigan State 4, #73 Ohio State 3

Singles competition 1. Sonia Ruzimovsky (OSU) def. Christine Bader (MSU) 7-6, 6-3 2. Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) def. Pascale Schnitzer (MSU) 7-6, 6-1 3. Jessica Baron (MSU) def. Julie Blackmore (OSU) 7-5, 7-6 4. Stephanie Kebler (MSU) def. Ciara Finucane (OSU) 6-3, 6-3 5. Kristin Messmer (OSU) def. Sarah Andrews (MSU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 6. Ana Milosavljevic (MSU) def. Angela DiPastina (OSU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

Doubles competition 1. Caitlin O’Keefe/Julie Blackmore (OSU) def. Christine Bader/Sarah Andrews (MSU) 8-4 2. Stephanie Kebler/Jessica Baron (MSU) def. Sonia Ruzimovsky/Angela DiPastina (OSU) 8-5 3. Pascale Schnitzer/Ana Milosavljevic (MSU) def. Ciara Finucane/Kristin Messmer (OSU) 8-3

Match Notes: Michigan State 12-8 (3-5 Big Ten) Ohio State 13-10 (3-5 Big Ten); National ranking #73 Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,1,4,5,3,6)