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April 10, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 31 Ohio State Buckeyes were upset by the Illinois Fighting Illini, 4-3, at the Atkins Tennis Center Saturday night. The loss was OSUs first in Big Ten play and drops its record to 13-6 (5-1 Big Ten). Illinois improves to 7-9 (2-3).

The match was decided at No. 4 singles, where Illinois’s Carla Rosenberg defeated Monica Rincon (Fr., Lapeer, Mich.) 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (4). Rincon had led 3-0 and 5-2 in the third set, but Rosenthal came back to cut the lead to 5-4. Rincon did have a match point in the 5-4 game but could not convert. Rosenthal eventually won that game to tie the score at 5-5. Both players held their serves to force a tiebreaker, in which Rosenthal jumped out to a 6-2 lead. Rincon battled back to cut the lead to 6-5 before hitting a backhand into the net to give Rosenthal the victory.

The Buckeyes came out strong, taking two of the three doubles matches for an early 1-0 lead. Kristy Dascoli (So., Bradenton, Fla.) kept the ball rolling with an easy 6-2, 6-2 victory over Simone Kung. Dascoli, ranked No. 49 in the nation, has won 12 of her last 13 matches.

Also victorious for Ohio State was Briana Harris (So., Bradenton, Fla.), who disposed of UIs Brooke Ferney 6-3, 6-2.

OSU travels to Evanston, Ill., for a match Sunday against Big Ten leader Northwestern. Match time is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

Match Score

No. 31 Ohio State 3 Illinois 4 Individual Scores
Doubles No. 1 – Dascoli/Harris, Ohio State def. Ferney/Rosenberg, Illinois 8-4
No. 2 – Kung/Schapiro, Illinois def. Matko/Rincon, Ohio State 8-5
No. 3 – Castro/Maloney, Ohio State def. Manasova/Gottlieb, Illinois 8-6

Singles
No. 1 – No. 49 Kristy Dascoli, Ohio State def. Simone Kung, Illinois 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 – Stacy Schapiro, Illinois def. Michelle Matko, Ohio State 6-4, 6-1
No. 3 – Briana Harris, Ohio State def. Brooke Ferney, Illinois 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 – Carla Rosenberg, Illinois def. Monica Rincon, Ohio State 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (5)**
No. 5 – Megan Wise, Illinois def. Claudio Castro, Ohio State 6-1, 6-2
No. 6 – Natalia Manasova, Illinois def. Laura Maloney, Ohio State 6-3, 6-0

** Indicates clinching match