Oct. 21, 2004

Columbus, Ohio – Three members of the Ohio State women’s tennis team, Sonia Ruzimovsky, Meredith Vincent, and Silvia Prajescu, were victorious in first round matches, Thursday on the opening day of the ITA Midwest Regional Championship Qualifier in Minneapolis, Minn. Ruzimovsky and Vincent also won in round two to advance to the quarterfinals.

Vincent (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Va. Tech) got the first win of the day for the Buckeyes, beating Shaden Dowiatt of Butler in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0, then knocked out Hilary Tyler of Iowa in round two, 7-5, 6-0, to advance to the quarterfinals. Competing in the lower half of the bracket, Ruzimovsky (Soph., Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn Tech) matched Vincent’s feat, knocking out Mallory Stemle of Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, 6-1, 6-1, in round one and Pavlina Akritas of Illinois in round two by a 6-2, 6-2 margin.

Also winning for the Buckeyes were Prajescu (Fr., Dollard-Des-Orneaux, Quebec/Des-Sources) and Emily Howard (Jr., Akron, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit). Prajescu beat Danielle Mousseau of Minnesota, 6-3, 6-2, in round one before falling to Jessica Jenton of Evansville, 0-6, 6-2, 6-3, in round two. Howard topped Michelle Hawes of Butler, 6-4, 7-5, in a consolation match.

Action at the ITA Midwest Regional in Minneapolis, Min., continues Friday with Ruzimovsky and Vincent in action in the final two rounds of qualifying singles. The first and second rounds of doubles also begin.

ITA Midwest Regional
Day 1
Qualifying singles
Oct. 20, 2004
Minneapolis, Minn.
Baseline Tennis Center

Teams competing:
Ohio State (OSU), Minnesota (UM), Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), Illinois (ILL), Evansville (EU), Butler (BU), Iowa Singles
First Round

Alaina Griffin (Butler) def. Emily Howard (OSU), 6-0, 7-6(5)
Meredith Vincent (OSU) def. Shaden Dowiatt (Butler), 6-3, 6-0
Sonia Ruzimovsky (OSU) def. Mallory Stemle (IUPUI), 6-3, 6-2
Silvia Prajescu (OSU) def. Danielle Mousseau (Minnesota), 6-3, 6-2

Second Round
Ruzimovsky (OSU) def. Pavlina Akritas (ILL), 6-2, 6-2
Jessica Jenton (EU) def. Prajescu (OSU), 0-6, 6-2, 6-3
Vincent (OSU) def. Hilary Tyler (Iowa), 7-5, 6-0

Howard (OSU) def. Michelle Hawes (BU), 6-4, 7-5