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Oct. 17, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Claudia Castro (So., Dublin, Ohio) claimed the Flight #3 title to lead the Ohio State women’s tennis team at the Hoosier Classic Invitational (Friday through Sunday) in Bloomington, Ind.

Freshman Sadhaf Pervez (Warren, N.J.) reached the finals in Flight #2 singles before falling to Kansas State’s Alena Jecminkova, 6-2, 6-1, in the final match. Monica Rincon (So., Lapeer, Mich.) placed third in Flight #1 singles. In round robin action, Taryn Bowen (Fr., Columbus, Ohio) and Katherine Martin (Fr., Kennewick, Wash.) each won two of three matches.

The doubles duo of Castro and Rincon advanced to the final match in Flight #1, but were defeated by Indiana’s Anderson and Blanch, 8-2. Pervez and Laura Maloney (Jr., Barrington, Ill.) lost in the semifinals of Flight #1 doubles to eventual champion Anderson and Blanch of Indiana.

Buckeyes Michelle Matko (So., Aurora, Ill.) and Briana Harris (Jr., Bradenton, Fla.) both lost in the first round of prequalifying at the ITA Riviera Women’s All-American Championships in Los Angeles on Saturday. Matko was defeated by California’s Marisa Yang, 6-3, 6-2, while Harris fell to Anouk Sinnige of Pacific in three sets.

The Buckeyes will next compete when they play host to the top players in the region at the ITA Midwest Regional Nov. 3-8 at the Racquet Club of Columbus.

HOOSIER CLASSIC INVITATIONAL OHIO STATE RESULTS Singles – Flight #1 First Round Monica Rincon, Ohio State def. Petra Sedlmajerova, Kansas State, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 Semifinal Kelly Blanch, Indiana def. Rincon, Ohio State, 6-3, 7-6 Third Place Match Katja Kuehner, Middle Tennessee State def. Rincon, Ohio State, 6-2, 7-5

Singles – Flight #2 First Round Sadhaf Pervez, Ohio State def. Anna Pampoulova, Kansas State, 6-3, 6-3 Semifinal Pervez, Ohio State def. Jessica Levin, Indiana, 6-2, 6-4 Final Alena Jecminkova, Kansas State def. Pervez, Ohio State, 6-2, 6-2

Singles – Flight #3 First Round Michaela Gridling, Middle Tennessee State def. Laura Maloney, Ohio State, 6-1, 7-6, 6-4 Claudia Castro, Ohio State def. Jennifer Hsia, Indiana, 6-4, 6-2 Semifinal Castro, Ohio State def. Megan Rhodes, Bowling Green, 6-2, 6-3 Final Castro, Ohio State def. Amanda Field, Indiana, 6-4, 6-1 Fifth Place Match Hsia, Indiana def. Maloney, Ohio State, 6-2, 6-2

Doubles – Flight #1 First Round Castro/Rincon, Ohio State def. Dredge/Wilson, Bowling Green, 8-1 Field/Levin, Indiana def. Bowen/Martin, Ohio State, 8-0 Maloney/Pervez, Ohio State def. Chuda/Jeliazkova, Kansas State, 8-5 Second Round Castro/Rincon, Ohio State def. Ahamed/Schlukebir, Indiana, 8-4 Maloney/Pervez, Ohio State def. Hsia/Poosuthasee, Indiana, 8-5 Semifinal Castro/Rincon, Ohio State def. Field/Levin, Indiana, 8-5 Anderson/Blanch, Indiana def. Maloney/Pervez, Ohio State, 8-4 Final Anderson/Blanch, Indiana def. Castro/Rincon, Ohio State, 8-2 Third Place Match Field/Levin, Indiana def. Maloney/Pervez, Ohio State, 8-6 Consolation Grohnert/Kaur, Middle Tennessee State def. Bowen/Martin, Ohio State, 8-6 Dredge/Wilson, Bowling Green def. Bowen/Martin, Ohio State, 8-6 15th Place Match Bowen/Martin, Ohio State vs. Jeliazkova/Sedlmajerova, Kansas State, DNP

Singles–Round Robin Group A Taryn Bowen, Ohio State def. Laurie Ferguson, Middle Tennessee State, 6-0, 7-5 Bowen, Ohio State def. Kelly Dredge, Bowling Green, 6-2, 6-0 Becky Wallihan, Indiana def. Bowen, Ohio State, 6-0, 6-3 Group B Karie Schlukebir, Indiana def. Katherine Martin, Ohio State, 6-3, 6-3 Martin, Ohio State def. Tracy Howitt, Bowling Green, 6-1, 6-4 Martin, Ohio State def. Beth Wilson, Bowling Green, 6-0, 6-1

Extra Match Bissinger/Howitt, Bowling Green def. Bowen/Martin, Ohio State, 9-7

ITA RIVIERA WOMEN’S ALL-AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS Ohio State Results Singles – Prequlifying First Round Marisa Yang, California def. Michelle Matko, Ohio State, 6-3, 6-2 Anouk Sinnige, Pacific def. Briana Harris, Ohio State, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2