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April 10, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team lost to No. 17 Kentucky, 7-0, Wednesday in Lexington, Ky. The loss marks the first time the Buckeyes were shutout in regular season play since falling to Duke Feb. 9, 2001 in a neutral site match.

The Buckeyes, ranked 47th, drop to 16-4 overall (4-2 Big Ten). The Wildcats, a member of the Southeastern Conference, improve to 15-6. Kentucky now has won the last three meetings between the teams and leads the all-time series, 7-4.

The Wildcats swept the doubles matches to earn the doubles point. The No. 3 match was close, with OSU’s tandem of Michelle Matko (Jr., Aurora, Ill./Aurora West) and Lindsay Williams (So., Beverly Hills, Mich./Birmingham Groves) falling to Shannon Stafford and Jill Buckley, 9-7. The UK duo of Sarah Witten and Carolina Mayora, ranked No. 7 in the nation, topped OSU’s No. 36-ranked team of Monica Rincon (Sr., Lapeer, Mich./West) and Meaghan Colville (So., Toronto, Ontario/Western Michigan), 8-1. At No. 2 doubles, OSU’s Erica Fisk (So., Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) and Sadhaf Pervez (Jr., Warren, N.J./Watchung Hills) lost to the No. 50-ranked team of Leigh Bradwell and Lauren Rookledge, 8-5.

Kentucky won all six singles matches, including four in straight sets, for the win. At No. 3, No. l17 Pervez lost in a match tiebreaker to No. 108 Rookledge, 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7). Williams also lost in a match tiebreaker, with Bradwell winning, 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-8) at No. 5. Matko had her eight-match winning streak stopped, as she fell to Buckley at No. 4 (6-0, 6-3). At No. 1, Witten, ranked 44th, topped No. 53 Rincon, 7-6, 6-2. At No. 2, the Wildcats’ Mayorga, ranked 37th, beat No. 51 Fisk, 6-2, 6-2.

Ohio Sate ends the week with two conference matches, playing at No. 51 Purdue at 2 p.m. Saturday and at No. 36 Indiana at 10 a.m. Sunday.

No. 17 Kentucky 7, No. 47 Ohio State 0 April 10, 2002 Lexington, Ky.

Singles 1. #44 Sarah Witten (UK) def. #53 Monica Rincon (OSU), 7-6, 6-2 2. #37 Carolina Mayorga (UK) def. #51 Erica Fisk (OSU), 6-2, 6-2 3. #108 Lauren Rookledge (UK) def. #117 Sadhaf Pervez (OSU), 6-1, 4-6, 10-7 4. Jill Buckley (UK) def. Michelle Matko (OSU), 6-0, 6-3 5. Leigh Bradwell (UK) def. Lindsay Williams (OSU), 4-6, 6-1, 10-8 6. Shannon Stafford (UK) def. Meaghan Colville (OSU), 6-3, 6-2 Doubles 1. #7 Witten/Mayorga (UK) def. #36 Rincon/Colville (OSU), 8-1 2. #50 Bradwell/Rookledge (UK) def. Fisk/Pervez (OSU), 8-5 3. Stafford/Buckley (UK) def. Matko/Williams (OSU), 9-7 UK clinched match at No. 2 singles