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Oct. 15, 1999

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team will compete in two tournaments this weekend, with three Buckeyes competing at the Riviera Women’s All-American Championships and the rest of the team participating in the Hoosier Classic.

The All-American Tourney
Three Buckeyes will compete in the Riviera Women’s All-American Championships, the second leg of the collegiate grand slam. Briana Harris and Michelle Matko are entered in the prequalifying draw, which will be held Saturday and Sunday at UCLA . The top eight finishers in prequalifying will advance to the qualifying round, which begins Tuesday. Kristy Dascoli, ranked No. 50, will begin the competition in the qualifying draw. The No. 7 doubles team of Harris and Dascoli has already qualified for the doubles main draw which begins Thursday. The qualifying and main draw rounds will be held at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

The Hoosier Classic
Six members of the Ohio State women’s tennis team will travel to Bloomington, Ind. to compete in the Hoosier Classic Invitational, Friday through Sunday. The other schools participating in the tournament will be Bowling Green, Indiana, Kansas State and Middle Tennessee State competing in five singles and two doubles flights. Play will begin Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. with doubles and on Sunday will begin at 10 a.m. with singles. Monica Rincon, Claudia Castro, Sadhaf Pervez, Laura Maloney, Taryn Bowen and Katherine Martin will represent the Buckeyes in the competition.

The Penn State Invitational
The Buckeyes had a strong showing at the Penn State Invitational Oct. 1-3, as Michelle Matko and Sadhaf Pervez each claimed singles titles. Matko defeated three Nittany Lions to win the Flight A title, while Pervez won the Flight B crown with a win over teammate Claudia Castro in the final round. Monica Rincon placed third in Flight A singles. Rincon and Castro reached the semifinals in Flight A doubles, while Taryn Bowen and Matko advanced to the semifinals in Flight B doubles.

Buckeyes Nationally Ranked
After ending last season ranked 69th (tied) in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, Kristy Dascoli has moved up to No. 50 in the ITA Preseason Rankings. Dascoli and Briana Harris are No. 7 in the country in the preseason doubles rankings, up from No. 20 after last season.

The Coach
Chuck Merzbacher is in his fourth season as the head coach of the Buckeyes. He earned Big Ten Coach of the Year honors after leading the squad to a 14-11 record last season. His overall career record is 169-101, while his mark at OSU is 36-38.

OSU to Host Region’s Best
Ohio State has the honor of hosting the top players in the region at the ITA Midwest Regional No. 3-8 at The Racquet Club of Columbus. At least one player from each team in the region has the opportunity to compete in the tournament, which begins Nov. 3 with qualifying. The singles main draw will not be smaller than 32 players and the doubles main draw will consist of 16 or more teams.

Academic Standouts
The Buckeyes were one of 43 Division I women’s squads honored by the ITA for compiling a team cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale) last season.