May 11, 2004
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Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team opens play in the NCAA championship vs. Harvard in round one at 11 a.m. Friday at the Beren Tennis Center in Cambridge, Mass. The Buckeyes are making their sixth consecutive trip to the championship, a school record.
NCAA Championship Format
The winner of the match between the Buckeyes (13-13, 6-5 Big Ten) and Crimson (14-9, 7-0 Ivy) advances to a second-round match with the winner of a match between No. 17 Kentucky and Boston University. The second round match is set for noon Saturday in Cambridge.
The bracket winner advances to the Round of 16, which will be held May 20 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The final three rounds also will be played in Athens.
The No. 34-ranked Crimson posted a perfect 7-0 record in Ivy League play this season, earning their second consecutive league championship. Head coach Gordon Graham’s squad is led in singles by No. 39 Courtney Bergman and No. 97 Susanna Lingman, both qualifiers for the NCAA tournament as individuals in singles and as doubles. The pair form the nation’s No. 24-ranked doubles team.
Ohio State is 0-1 all-time against the Crimson, with its loss coming in 1980.
The No. 17-ranked Wildcats (17-11) are coached by Mark Guilbeau and also boast a pair of ranked NCAA championship qualifiers. No. 48 Sarah Foster and No. 16 Aibika Kalsarieva both qualified in singles and also in doubles as the No. 14-ranked duo in the country.
The Buckeyes are 4-9 all-time against Kentucky, including a 4-3 loss to the Wildcats in Lexington this season. Ohio State’s last win against the Wildcats came in 1999, by a 5-4 margin in Columbus.
Scouting Boston University
The Terriers earned a perfect record and conference championship in the America East Conference. Head coach Lesley Sheehan’s squad is led at No. 1 singles by Lindsey Dynof and doubles by the duo of Almee Charest and Erin Katims.
OSU topped Boston University, 7-0, in 2002 in Columbus in the lone meeting between the schools .
Buckeye Tourney History
The Buckeyes are 1-6 all-time in the NCAA hcampionship with their win coming over Miami (Fla.) in 2000. Ohio State was defeated by Virginia, 4-0, in the first round of the tournament last season in Knoxville, Tenn.
Large Big Ten Contingent in NCAA
The Buckeyes are one of seven Big Ten conference teams to qualify for the 2004 NCAA championship. Also making the field of 64 were league champion Northwestern, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.
Six other teams on the Buckeyes’ 2004 schedule also qualified: Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Notre Dame, William and Mary, Wake Forest and TCU. The Buckeyes record against 2004 NCAA championship teams was 4-11.
Big Ten Tourney Recap
Senior Erica Fisk (Sr., Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) led the way as the Buckeyes earned three victories at the Big Ten championship in Evanston, Ill., before falling to host No. 11 Northwestern in the final match. For the weekend, Fisk had a 3-1 record in singles and teamed with fellow senior Jackie Leskovar (Sr., Cambridge, Ontario/N.C. State) to earn two more victories in doubles as the Buckeyes beat Penn State (4-3), No. 20 Illinois (4-2) and Iowa (4-3). Also excelling for Ohio State over the weekend were Emily DeCamilla (Jr., Sacramento, Calif./Maryland) and Lindsay Bryan (Jr., New Orleans, La./Ursuline Academy), who both earned a pair of singles victories. Thanks to its run to the championship match, Ohio State finished second overall in the final Big Ten standings after finishing tied for fifth following the regular season.
Buckeyes Hand Out Awards
The Ohio State women’s tennis team handed out its yearly awards recently at the Football Recruiting Room at Ohio Stadium. Emily DeCamilla was named the team’s Most Valuable Player after leading the team with 14 dual wins and a 7-3 Big Ten record. By virtue of her rise from the No. 7 position to the No. 1 spot in the singles lineup over her career, Lindsay Williams (Sr., Beverly Hills, Mich./Birmingham Groves) earned Most Improved. Lindsay Bryan (Jr., New Orleans, La./Ursuline Academy), who became a regular in the singles starting lineup in the second half of the season, was named the winner of the Coach’s Award. The team’s four seniors, Erica Fisk, Jackie Leskovar, Meaghan Colville and Williams, also were honored.
Fisk Surges Up Charts
With her three singles wins and two doubles victories at the Big Ten championship, senior Erica Fisk continued her move up the all-time wins list in singles and doubles at Ohio State.
In singles, Fisk has 17 wins this season and 79 for her career, moving her past Linda Magid (1995-96) into the fifth spot.
Fisk’s 17 doubles victories this season give her 80 all-time, one more than No. 8 Yvonne Lohrer (1985-88).
Williams Sets Doubles Standard
Lindsay Williams has set a career high in individual dual match doubles victories with 23. Her previous career high of 16 was set last season.
Williams/Colville Pace Doubles
Leading in doubles this season has been the senior duo of Lindsay Williams and Meaghan Colville. Playing mostly at the No. 2 position, they have racked up a team-best 16 wins.
Bryan Finishes Strong
Lindsay Bryan entered the Buckeyes’ starting singles lineup April 18 with a victory over Northwestern’s Ruth Barnes and has not lost since, winning five matches in a row while compiling a spring record of 6-1.
Buckeyes Doubly Good at Home
Ohio State earned the doubles point in all nine of its home matches, while recording an overall home mark of 22-5. The duo of Lindsay Williams and Meaghan Colville (Sr., Toronto, Ontario/Western Michigan) topped the Buckeyes with a record of 8-1 while the tandem of Erica Fisk and Lindsay Williams followed with a 7-1 mark this season in Columbus .
Adams Surpasses Career High
Junior Lindsey Adams has played in every dual match of the spring campaign and surpassed her career high for overall singles victories in a season with 18, the most on the team. Adams earned nine wins in both her freshman and sophomore campaigns.
After recording no shutouts last season, the Buckeyes have two this spring. In addition to its blanking of Cleveland State Feb. 22, Ohio State shut out Penn State Feb. 15.
Five Buckeyes earned victories over ranked opponents this season.
In singles, Lindsay Williams knocked off No. 13 Tammy Encina of Tennessee, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, Jan. 25 and No. 19 Gitte Ostermann of Nebraska, 6-0, 6-3, Feb. 20.
In doubles, senior duo Erica Fisk and Jackie Leskovar knocked off No. 50 team Encina and Majen Immink of Tennessee, 9-8 (3), Jan. 25 and William and Mary’s No. 21-ranked Megan Muth and Amy Wei in a tiebreak, 9-8, Feb. 29.
Last weekend, the duo of Williams and Meaghan Colville upset No. 38-ranked Katie McGaffigan and Lindsay Martin of Wisconsin, 8-1.
Buckeyes Welcome Dascoli
Former Ohio State women’s tennis standout Kristy Dascoli (1999-2001) has been named assistant coach for the squad.
OSU’s all-time singles wins leader with 104, Dascoli was named Ohio State’s Player of the Century for women’s tennis and is one of the best players ever to play in the Big Ten. Dascoli was the first OSU player to be named an All-American in singles competition. She was honored as the Big Ten Player of the Year following both the 2000 and 2001 seasons and is the only player in conference history to win the award outright in back-to-back seasons. Dascoli was the Big Ten Player of the Month three times (April 1999, April 2000 and March ’01) and posted an incredible 35-4 Big Ten regular season record in her four years at OSU. In 2001, she set a program record by winning 31 overall singles matches. In addition, Dascoli played No. 1 singles her entire career, qualified for the NCAA singles championships in each of her four years and was named All-Big Ten four consecutive years. In doubles, she was a four-time NCAA championship participant and was All-American in 2001.
Since graduating with a degree in psychology, Dascoli has played professionally and has wins over several women ranked in the Top 200. She still plays professionally and now is in graduate school working on her master’s degree in human development and family science.
Caitlin O’Keefe, a senior at Troy High School in Troy, Mich., and Silvia Prajescu of Canada signed NCAA National Letters of Intent join the Buckeyes’ tennis team for the 2004 fall season.
O’Keefe recently won her third consecutive Division I state singles championship while leading her team to its first state team title. For her career, O’Keefe was undefeated in conference play and sported an overall high school record of 136-2. She enjoyed undefeated seasons during both her junior and senior years. She also was an all-state selection four times and an All-American three times. Along with her success on the court, O’Keefe was an Academic All-American in 2003 and received the 2003 Hoxie Award, given by the Southeast Michigan Tennis Association board of directors for the high school athlete who best demonstrates sportsmanship and contributes to the game of tennis in a positive way.
Prajescu was ranked No. 5 in Canada for Under-16 in 2002 and finished in the Top 10 at the Under-16 Singles National Indoor Championships. She advanced to the semifinals in doubles of the same tournament. In 2001 she was ranked among the Top 8 in singles at the Under-16 Outdoor National Championships and advanced to the quarterfinals in doubles.