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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