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%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio-The Ohio State women’s tennis team (16-3, 4-2 Big Ten) is on the road for its next three matches. The Buckeyes will face off against No. 15 Kentucky at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Lexington, Ky. The No. 36 Buckeyes then face two Big Ten opponents this weekend, taking on No. 47th Purdue at 1 p.m. Saturday and No. 35 Indiana at 10 a.m. Sunday.%^$

%^$IN THE RANKINGS
%^$The Buckeyes were ranked 36th in the most recent release of the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (April 3). All three of the Buckeyes opponents this week are nationally ranked. Kentucky is 15th in the nation, Purdue 47th and Indiana is one spot above Ohio State at the 35th spot. The new rankings will be released Wednesday (April 10).%^$

%^$The Individuals
%^$Four Buckeyes hold positions in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings (April 3). Senior Monica Rincon is at a career-best 51st in the nation, while sophomore Erica Fisk is ranked No. 63. Sadhaf Pervez moved back into the rankings at No. 117. The doubles team of Rincon and Meaghan Colville is ranked 43rd in the nation. The next individual rankings will be released April 17th and will be available on-line at www.itatennis.com.%^$

%^$Scouting the Kentucky Wildcats
%^$Kentucky enters the weekend with an overall record of 14-6 and ranked 15th in the nation. The Wildcats were 14-11 last season and 6-7 in the SEC, which was good enough to earn them the seventh spot in their division. Kentucky ended the season ranked 25th in the nation.%^$

%^$Mark Guibeau is at the helm for his fifth season at Kentucky. Guibeau is a 1988 graduate of Southwestern Louisiana. In his five seasons with the Wildcats he has compiled a career record of 68-54.%^$

%^$Carolina Maygora, UK’s No. 2 singles player, is first on the team with a national ranking of No. 37, while Sarah Whitten is ranked 44th. The duo teams up to form the Wildcats’ No. 1 doubles team and is ranked seventh in the nation.%^$

%^$The match will be played at the Boone Tennis Facility.%^$

%^$The Series
%^$The Wildcats lead the all-time series with the Buckeyes, 6-4. Kentucky has won the past two meetings, posting a 4-3 win last year in Columbus and a 5-4 neutral-site victory in 2000.%^$

%^$Scouting the Purdue Boilermakers
%^$No. 47 Purdue heads into a Wednesday match with Illinois State with an overall record of 6-9. The squad is 3-3 in Big Ten action this season, with wins over Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota.%^$

%^$Mat Iandolo is in his 11th season as the head coach of Purdue University. Iandolo has led three teams to NCAA bids during his tenure, the first women’s tennis coach at Purdue to do so.%^$

%^$Gretchen Haynor plays at No. 2 singles for Purdue. Haynor has won 18 singles matches and 11 doubles matches last season. Melissa Iqbal, the Boilermakers’ No. 1 singles player, is ranked No. 122 in the nation.%^$

%^$The Series
%^$Ohio State leads the all-time series against Purdue, 18-15. The Buckeyes have won the last three consecutive matches against the Boilermakers, including a 5-2 victory last season.%^$

%^$Scouting the Indiana Hoosiers
%^$Indiana, ranked No. 35 in the nation, enters this week with an overall record of 14-6, 3-3 in the Big Ten.%^$

%^$Lin Loring is in his 28th year at the helm of the Hoosiers. Loring has won 15 Big Ten crowns in the past 22 years. At one time his teams had 104 consecutive victories over Big Ten Opponents. His teams are a combined 271-38 all time against the Big Ten.%^$

%^$Freshman Inga Radel leads the Hoosiers with 23 singles wins this season, playing mainly at the No. 3 spot.%^$

%^$The Series
%^$Ohio State has only three wins all-time versus Indiana, with the Hoosiers dominating the series 25-3. The last meeting between the squads was last year, with the Hoosiers winning, 5-2.%^$

The Last Five Meetings:%^$2001 L 2-5 H%^$2000 W 4-3 H%^$1999 W 4-3 A%^$1998 L 2-5 A%^$1997 L 1-6 H%^$

%^$The Last Time
%^$The Buckeyes posted a 4-3 win over Indiana the last time the squads met in Bloomington, Ind. That victory marked Ohio State’s first win over the Hoosiers in the dual season since 1978.%^$

%^$A Season of Streaks
%^$Ohio State opened the season with eight consecutive wins and had a six-match winning streak broken with its loss to Michigan. The team has not had a losing streak this season, rebounding from each of its three defeats to win the next match.%^$

%^$Almost There
%^$Monica Rincon’s 98 career wins place her second on OSU’s all-time singles wins list and just two wins away from the 100th victory of her OSU career. At the ITA Midwest Regional Tournament Oct. 28, Rincon picked up her 81st and 82nd career wins, catapulting her ahead of Maria Olazagatsti (1977-79, 81-20) into second place. OSU’s all-time singles wins leader is Kristy Dascoli, who finished her career (1998-01) with 104 wins.%^$

%^$Moving Up
%^$With 70 career singles wins, each, Sadhaf Pervez and Michelle Matko now are in the Top 10 all-time in program history in singles wins. Pervez and Rincon are tied for the fifth spot. Monica Rincon is second, just eight behind all-time leader Kristy Dascoli.
%^$All-Time Singles Wins at OSU
%^$1. Kristy Dascoli, 104 (1998-01)
%^$2. Monica Rincon, 96 (1999-present)
%^$3. Maria Olazagatski, 81 (1977-79)
%^$4. Linda Magid, 78 (1995-96)
%^$5. Sadhaf Pervez, 70 (2000-present)
%^$5. Michelle Matko, 70 (1999-present)
%^$7. Leann Grimes, 68 (1975-78)
%^$8. Ann Wilson, 67 (1974-77)
%^$9. Abigail Villena, 66 (1990-93)
%^$10. Ann Beaudoin, 65 (1971-82)
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%^$Moving Up In doubles
%^$Monica Rincon has posted 90 doubles wins in her career, tying her for fourth all-time (with former doubles partner Kristy Dascoli). Kelly Story (1989-92) is the program record holder with 118.%^$

%^$Getting Closer
%^$With 16 wins this season, the Buckeyes are just two shy of the program record of 18, set in 1983 and 2000.%^$

%^$The 20-win club – Again
%^$Monica Rincon (22), Erica Fisk (21) and Michelle Matko (20) all have reached the 20-win mark in singles this season. It marks the fourth time in her career Rincon has posted over 20 wins, including a career-high 30 as a sophomore in 2000. Fisk had 23 victories as a freshman last year. Matko posted 20+ win seasons in her first two years at Ohio State before redshirting last season after playing in four matches.%^$

%^$Perfect
%^$Lindsay Williams, who plays at No. 5 for the Buckeyes, leads the team with a perfect 6-0 record in Big Ten play this spring.%^$

%^$A Close Second
%^$Michelle Matko is second on the team with a 5- 1 mark in conference play. Her only loss came against Judy Wang of Penn State Jan. 27.%^$

%^$Record Setters
%^$The Buckeyes are unbeaten at home this season, going a perfect 13-0 to set the program record for consecutive home wins.%^$

%^$Sweep!
%^$The Buckeyes posted 7-0 shutout wins over seven opponents so far this season. All of Ohio State’s shutouts have happened at home. Their record for shutouts is 11, set in 1986 and 1984.%^$

%^$Rolling Along
%^$Michelle Matko is on an eight-match winning streak. In those matches, she has won a match in two sets seven times, losing just one set out of 17.%^$

%^$Would You Like to Play Another?
%^$Lindsay Williams has had five of her last six matches go to a third set or a match tiebreaker. In those matches, she has posted a record of 5-1. This season, Williams is 6-4 in three-set matches.%^$

%^$In the Conference
%^$The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten Conference in winning percentage overall, posting wins in 84. 2 percent of their matches. The squad is third in conference winning percentage at 66.7 percent.%^$

%^$Among the Best
%^$Monica Rincon is the second-highest rated Big Ten singles player in the nation at No. 51, behind only Marine Piriou of Northwestern (25). Erica Fisk, at No. 63, is fourth among conference players. In doubles, the OSU tandem of Rincon and Meaghan Colville is third at No. 43. Northwestern’s duo of Lia Jackson and Simona Petrutiu is the highest-ranked doubles duo in the Big Ten, holding the No. 22 spot.%^$

%^$Rincon is Player of the Month
%^$Monica Rincon recently was named Big Ten Women’s Tennis Player of the Month March.%^$

%^$Rincon, the Buckeyes’ No. 1 singles player, moved up to the No. 53 spot in the national rankings, the highest ranking of her career. During the month, she went 6-1 in singles, including a five-match winning streak. Rincon, with a career record of 96-43, is just four wins away from becoming just the second player in program history to reach the 100-win mark for her career. Rincon is 13-2 in the spring and 20-7 overall this season, tied for the team lead in wins.%^$

%^$Matching Marks
%^$Monica Rincon and Lindsay Williams both have posted 15-2 records this spring.%^$

%^$The Leaders
%^$Monica Rincon leads the Buckeyes with 22 singles wins, followed by Meaghan Colville with 21. In doubles, Sadhaf Pervez and Colville are tied with 24 victories each. Lindsay Williams leads the squad with a perfect 6-0 mark in Big Ten play.%^$

%^$15 x 15 x 15
%^$Three Buckeyes have 15 wins this spring to tie for the team lead – Michelle Matko, Monica Rincon and Lindsay Williams.%^$

%^$Closing It Out
%^$The Buckeyes face ranked teams in each of their last five regular-season matches. They will go up against No. 15 Kentucky, No. 47 Purdue, No. 35 Indiana, No. 72 Illinois and No. 19 Northwestern.%^$

%^$We’ll Be Back
%^$The Buckeyes will return to Bloomington, Ind., April 25-28 for the 2002 Big Ten Championships.%^$

%^$Leader of the Pack
%^$Senior Monica Rincon is 15-2 in the spring season, with all of her matches at the No. 1 position. Her only losses in the spring came against No. 71-ranked Vanessa Rauh of Wisconsin and the Hawkeyes No. 120-ranked Toni Neykova. Against Notre Dame, Rincon topped No. 73 Becky Varnum in a match tiebreaker. Rincon moved from No. 85 to a career-best ranking of No. 51 in the most recent rankings. On the year, Rincon is 22-7 in singles and has won nine of her last 10 matches.%^$

%^$A Good Sign
%^$When the Buckeyes win the doubles point this season, they are 16-1. The squad has failed to win the doubles point in just two matches this season (at Wisconsin and at Michigan) and won the doubles point at Notre Dame but lost the match (5-2).%^$

%^$The Best
%^$The Buckeyes’ 8-0 record (with all the wins coming at home) was the best start to a season for the program since at least the 1985-86 season. The squad’s mark for consecutive wins is nine, set in the 2000 season.%^$

%^$A Record Tied
%^$The Buckeyes posted four consecutive shutout victories, tying the program mark set in 1986. This season, OSU beat Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Drake and Boston University by 7-0 scores.%^$

%^$And a Record Set
%^$The Buckeyes’ 13 home wins is the most in program history, breaking the mark of 11 set in 2000. The squad has two home matches remaining this season.%^$

%^$In The Conference
%^$The Buckeyes are 4-2 in the Big Ten Conference so far this season, good for third place. The squad has wins over Penn State, Minnesota, Iowa and Michigan State while they fell to Wisconsin and Michigan.%^$

%^$The Standings
%^$Northwestern stands in first place at 6-0, followed by Wisconsin with a 6-1 mark. Ohio State is third, followed by Indiana, Illinois and Purdue who are all tied for fourth with matching 3-3 records. Michigan State and Michigan both are 3-4 and tied for seventh. Iowa is 2-4 and in ninth, Penn State is 1-5 and in 10th and Minnesota is in 11th place with a 1-6 record.%^$

%^$At the Helm
%^$Chuck Merzbacher is in his sixth season at the helm. He has enjoyed much success since becoming the head man at OSU, compiling an 87-60 record. Under the guidance of Merzbacher the program has sent the team, a singles player and a doubles tandem to the NCAA Championships the past three years. In his tenure at OSU, Merzbacher has coached two All-Americans, a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, a Big Ten Freshman of the Year and two ITA Midwest Region Players to Watch. In his career, Merzbacher holds an all-time mark of 220-123.%^$

%^$Up Next
%^$The Buckeyes will close out the regular season at home, playing host to Illinois at noon Saturday, April 20 and to Northwestern at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 21.%^$

%^$A Milestone
%^$The win over Penn State Jan. 26 marked the 75th victory for head coach Chuck Merzbacher at the helm of the Buckeyes. He is the fastest in Buckeye history to reach 75 wins. For his career, spanning more than 11 years, he is 220-123.%^$

%^$BUCKEYES ONLINE
%^$Learn more about women’s tennis and OSU’s 34 other varsity sports at the athletic department’s official Web site, ohiostatebuckeyes.com.%^$