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Feb. 16, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team stayed unbeaten overall and in Big Ten play, topping Michigan, 4-3, Sunday indoors at Jesse Owens West Recreation Center. The win improves the No. 44-ranked Buckeyes’ record to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in conference play. The No. 28 Wolverines fall to 4-2 overall, 1-1 in the Big Ten. Buckeye sophomore Jackie Leskovar (So., Cambridge, Ontario) clinched the match for the Buckeyes with a three-set win at No. 3 singles.

The Buckeyes return to action Saturday (Feb. 22), when they travel to New Haven, Conn., to face Yale at 10 a.m. and Boston College at 5 p.m.

Ohio State opened the match by taking the doubles point for the fifth time in five chances this season. At the No. 3 spot, Lindsay Adams (So., Mercer Island, Wash.) and Meaghan Colville (Jr., Toronto, Ontario) were defeated by Christine Nolan and Debra Streifler, 8-5. The Buckeye duo of Erica Fisk (Jr., Indianapolis, Ind.) and Leskovar remained undefeated in dual play as they topped UM’s Kavitha Tipirneni and Kimberly Plaushines, 8-6, to tie the match.

The doubles point then was left up to the No. 1 match between the Ohio State tandem of Sadhaf Pervez (Sr., Warren, N.J.) and Lindsay Williams (Jr., Beverly Hills, Mich.) and Michigan’s Michelle DaCosta and Leanne Rutherford. Ohio State jumped out to a 7-3 lead before the Wolverines battled back to within one game (7-6). With Pervez serving, the Buckeyes clinched the match, winning the final game, 40-15.

The teams split the singles matches, with Ohio State winning at the top three positions, to give the Buckeyes the win. Early in singles play, the Wolverines took a 2-1 lead after posting straight-set wins at Nos. 5 and 6. OSU’s Pervez tied the match at two with a close 7-5, 7-6 victory over DaCosta at No. 1 and at No. 2 Fisk put the Buckeyes ahead, coming back from a set down to top Tipirneni in three sets. OSU then needed to win just one of the remaining two matches on the court (No. 3 and 4) to earn the victory.

At No. 3, Leskovar won the first set against Nolan in a tiebreak (7-6) before falling in the second, 3-6, to force a decisive third set. The Buckeye prevailed, winning, 6-3, and clinching the OSU team win. At No. 4 against Rutherford, OSU’s Williams battled back to tie the match after losing the first set but the Wolverine clinched the victory with a 6-4 third-set win.

No. 44 Ohio State 4, No. 28 Michigan 3 Feb. 16, 2003 Jesse Owens West Recreation Center, Columbus, Ohio

Doubles 1 – Sadhaf Pervez/Lindsay Williams (OSU) def. Michelle DaCosta/Leanne Rutherford (UM), 8-6 2 – Erica Fisk/Jackie Leskovar (OSU) def. Kimberly Plaushines/Kavitha Tipirneni (UM), 8-6 3 – Christine Nolan/Debra Streifler (UM) def. Meaghan Colville/Lindsey Adams (OSU), 8-5

Singles 1 – Pervez (OSU) def. DaCosta (UM), 7-5, 7-6 2 – Fisk (OSU) def. Tipirneni (UM), 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-4 *3 – Leskovar (OSU) def. Nolan (UM), 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 4 – Rutherford (UM) def. Williams (OSU), 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 5 – Plaushines (UM) def. Emily DeCamilla (OSU), 6-0, 7-5 6 -Streifler (UM) def. Adams (OSU), 6-2, 7-6 *Clinched Match

Records: Ohio State 5-0 (3-0 Big Ten); Michigan 4-2 (1-1 Big Ten)