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April 13, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s Michelle Matko won a three-set match at No. 4 singles to clinch a 4-3 victory for the Buckeye women’s tennis team over Purdue Saturday at the Varsity Courts in West Lafayette, Ind. The win moves the No. 47-ranked Buckeyes’ record to 17-4 overall, including a record of 5-2 in the Big Ten Conference. No. 51 Purdue falls to 6-10, 1-6 in conference play.

The Boilermakers earned the doubles point, winning two matches in a close doubles competition. At No. 2, Buckeyes Erica Fisk (So., Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) and Sadhaf Pervez (Jr., Warren, N.J./Watchung Hills) lost in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (11-9), to PU’s Lynsey Fick and Melissa Woods. At No. 3, Michelle Matko (Jr., Aurora, Ill./Aurora West) and Lindsay Williams (So., Beverly Hills, Mich./Birmingham Groves) were defeated by Purdue’s Melissa Iqbal and Lara Burgarello, 8-6. The tandem of Monica Rincon (Sr., Lapeer, Mich./West) and Meaghan Colville (So., Toronto, Ontario/Western Michigan), ranked 43rd in the nation, beat No. 54 Gretchen Haynor and Missy Wright in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (7-0).

Ohio State won four singles matches to come from behind and top the Boilermakers. No. 51 Rincon beat Iqbal at No. 1 in straight sets, moving within one of her 100th career victory. Pervez won easily at No. 3, topping Woods, 6-1, 6-1, while Williams topped Shawna Zuccarini in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0. Matko clinched the Buckeye win, as she defeated Burgarello in three sets, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. No. 63 Fisk lost a tough match in three sets. After losing the first set she battled back to win the second before falling in the third, 6-1. At No. 6, Lindsey Adams also fell in three sets, losing to Amy Walgenbach, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. Ohio Sate travels to Bloomington, Ind., to face No. 36 Indiana at 10 a.m. Sunday.

No. 47 Ohio State 4, No. 51 Purdue 3 April 13, 2002 Varsity Courts, West Lafayette, Ind.

Singles 1. #51 Monica Rincon (OSU) def. Melissa Iqbal (PU), 6-4, 6-1 2. Gretchen Haynor (PU) def. #63 Erica Fisk (OSU), 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 3. Sadhaf Pervez (OSU) def. Melissa Woods, 6-1, 6-1 4. Michelle Matko (OSU) de.f Lara Burgarelo (PU), 6-3, 2-6, 6-3* 5. Lindsay Williams (OSU) def. Shawna Zuccarini (PU), 6-2, 6-0 6. Amy Walgenbach (PU) def. Lindsey Adams (OSU), 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 Doubles 1. #43 Rincon/Colville (OSU) def. #54 Haynor/Missy Wright (PU), 9-8 (7-0) 2. Lynsey Fick/Woods (PU) def. Fisk/Pervez (OSU), 9-8 (11-9) 3. Iqbal/Burgarello (PU) def. Matko/Williams (OSU), 8-6

*denotes clinching match

Records: Ohio State 17-4 (5-2 Big Ten), Purdue 6-10 (1-6 Big Ten)