April 24, 2002

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COLUMBUS, Ohio-The Ohio State women’s tennis team (19-5, 7-3 Big Ten) travels to Bloomington, Ind., for the 2002 Big Ten Women’s Tennis Championship. All matches will be held at the Varsity Tennis Courts on the Indiana campus. Ohio State, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, opens play at 2:30 p.m. Friday against the winner of the No. 11 Minnesota/No. 6 Michigan match from Thursday.

THE SCHEDULE Thursday, April 25 9 a.m. #8 Purdue vs. #9 Michigan State 10:30 a.m. #7 Indiana vs. #10 Penn State 12:30 p.m. #6 Michigan vs. #11 Minnesota

Friday, April 26 9 a.m. #1 Northwestern vs. 9/8th Seed 10 a.m. #4 Illinois vs. #5 Iowa 12:30 p.m. #2 Wisconsin vs. 10/7th Seed 2:30 p.m. #3 Ohio State vs. 11/6th Seed

Saturday, April 27 10:30 a.m. Semifinal #1 Noon Semifinal #2

Sunday, April 28 11:00 a.m. Championship

The Buckeyes are ranked 33rd in the most recent release of the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (April 24).

Two Buckeyes were ranked in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings (April 24). Senior Monica Rincon is at No. 65, while sophomore Erica Fisk is ranked 90th.

The Buckeyes were 7-3 in the Big Ten this season, going 3-1 at home and 4-2 on the road. The squad tied for second, but is the No. 3 seed in the tournament by losing the tiebreaker with Wisconsin.

OSU vs. the Big Ten 1/27 Penn State W 4-3 H 2/23 Wisconsin L 2-5 A 2/24 Minnesota W 5-2 A 3/17 Iowa W 5-2 H 4/6 Michigan L 3-4 A 4/7 Michigan State W 5-2 A 4/13 Purdue W 4-3 A 4/14 Indiana W 4-3 A 4/20 Illinois W 5-2 H 4/21 Northwestern L 0-7 H

The Buckeyes entered the Big Ten tournament in Columbus last season as the No. 4 seed. The squad topped No. 5-seed Iowa in its first match, 4-2, before falling to No. 1 Northwestern, 4-0, in the semifinals.

The Buckeyes’ win over Illinois marked their 19th of the season, breaking the program record of 18 set in 1983 and 2000.

Senior Monica Rincon has 25 singles wins this season, giving her 101 for her Buckeye career. She is just the second Buckeye to do so, following her former doubles partner, Kristy Dascoli (1998-01).

The Buckeyes will face either Michigan or Minnesota in their first match of the Big Ten tournament.

Ohio State lost to Michigan, 4-3, in Ann Arbor, Mich.., April 6. The Buckeyes trail the all-time series, 12-27.

THE 2002 MEETING – UM 4, OSU 3
Ohio State lost a close match to conference-foe Michigan, falling, 4-3, at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes and Wolverines split the singles matches, including four that went to three sets, but UM won the doubles point to clinch the victory.

For just the second time this season, the Buckeyes did not win the doubles point. The teams split the No. 1 and No. 2 matches, with OSU’s No. 43-ranked duo of Monica Rincon and Meaghan Colville winning at the No. 1 spot, topping Michelle DaCosta and Leanne Rutherford, 8-6. At No. 2 UM’s Jen Duprez and Kim Plaushines defeated Erica Fisk and Sadhaf Pervez, 8-4. The Wolverines clinched the doubles point as the duo of Kavitha Tipirneni and Chrissie Nolan beat OSU’s Michelle Matko and Lindsay Williams, 8-6, at No. 3.

The teams split the singles matches to give UM the win, with each team winning two three-set matches. Matko posted the first win for the Buckeyes, topping Rutherford easily, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 4 to extend her winning streak to seven. Michigan regained the lead (2-1), as Nolan beat Pervez in two sets, 6-3, 6-2. The Buckeyes evened the match, as Williams came back to win in three sets over Duprez at No. 5. Williams lost the first set, 6-2, before rebounding for a 6-3 win in the second set. The third set came down to a tiebreaker, with Williams winning to give OSU its second singles victory of the day.

The second three-set match of the day went the other way, as UM’s Plaushines came back from a set down to beat OSU’s Colville, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, to give UM the lead, 3-2. Ohio State again tied the match, with Rincon winning at No. 1 in three sets over Tipirneni in a close match, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. The match came down to the No. 2 singles spot, where UM’s DaCosta defeated OSU’s Fisk in three sets. DaCosta won the first set, 7-5, before Fisk battled back to win the second set in a tiebreaker. The third set was close, as DaCosta pulled out a 6-4 win to give the Wolverines the match, 4-3.

VS. THE GOPHERS Ohio state won the meeting vs. Minnesota this season, topping the Gophers, 5-2, Feb. 24 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Buckeyes trail the all-time series, 8-23.

THE 2002 MEETING – OSU 5, UM 2
The Ohio State women’s tennis team defeated Minnesota, 5-2, Feb. 24 in Minneapolis.

The Buckeyes won two-of-three doubles matches to earn the doubles point. At No. 2, Buckeyes Erica Fisk and Sadhaf Pervez defeated Kelly Perry and Andrea Rose, 8-3. Michelle Matko and Lindsay Williams posted their ninth win of the spring, topping Jennifer Howard and Watts, 8-6. The tandem of Monica Rincon and Meaghan Colville lost a close match at No. 1, falling to Michaela Havelkova and Valerie Vladea, in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (8).

Ohio State won four of six singles matches, all in straight sets, to clinch the win. Rincon beat Havelkova at No. 1, Pervez beat Rose at No. 3, Matko won at No. 4 over Howard and Williams defeated Perry. At No. 6, Lindsey Adams lost the first set and rebounded to win the second before losing in a tiebreaker to Kandis Batiste.

Nine of the 11 teams in the Big Ten Conference are ranked by the ITA this season. The unranked teams are Penn State. Northwestern is first at No. 15, followed by Ohio State (33), Indiana (38), Wisconsin (39), Michigan (41), Purdue (48), Illinois (50), Iowa (60) and Michigan State (68).

The Buckeyes had their program-record 14-match home winning streak stopped by Northwestern. The squad’s 14 home wins this season also were a program record.

Monica Rincon’s 101 career wins place her second on OSU’s all-time singles wins list. 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.

Lindsay Williams had her team-best nine-match winning streak in Big Ten play stopped against Northwestern. She was 9-1 in conference play to lead the squad.

With 72 career singles wins each, Michelle Matko and Sadhaf Pervez now are in the Top 10 all-time in program history in singles wins. Matko and Pervez are tied for the fifth spot. Monica Rincon is second, just three wins behind all-time leader Kristy Dascoli.

1. Kristy Dascoli, 104 (1998-01)
2. Monica Rincon, 101 (1999-present)
3. Maria Olazagatski, 81 (1977-79)
4. Linda Magid, 78 (1995-96)
5. Michelle Matko, 72 (1999-present)
5. Sadhaf Pervez, 72 (2000-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)

Monica Rincon has posted 92 doubles wins in her career, putting her fourth all-time in program history. She had been tied for fourth with former doubles partner Kristy Dascoli. Kelly Story (1989-92) is the program record holder with 118.

Five Buckeyes have posted 20 or more wins this season – Monica Rincon (25), Michelle Matko (22), Erica Fisk (22), Lindsay Williams (21) and Sadhaf Pervez (21).

Meaghan Colville has 26 doubles wins this season, tying her for 10th all-time at OSU in season doubles wins. Wendy Stewart (1979) and Monica Rincon (2001) share the program record of 30 doubles wins in a season.

The Buckeyes have posted 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.

The Buckeyes won their matches against Purdue and Indiana by identical 4-3 scores. Against the Boilermakers, Michelle Matko won a three-set match to clinch the Ohio State win. The next day against the Hoosiers, Claudia Castro won in three sets to lift Ohio State to the important conference victory.

The Buckeyes are 4-1 in matches decided by one point this season. The squad topped Penn State, Maryland, Purdue and Indiana by Identical 4-3 scores. The squad’s only such loss was to Michigan.

Claudia Castro, playing in her first match since March 9, posting an impressive three-set victory against Indiana’s Martina Grimm to clinch Ohio State’s win. Castro won the first set before dropping the second. In the third and final set, Castro fought back from a 5-2 deficit, winning the last five points to clinch the match.

Monica Rincon and Lindsay Williams lead the Buckeyes with 18 singles wins each this spring.

Lindsay Williams has had eight of her last 10 matches go to a third set or a match tiebreaker. In those matches, she has posted a record of 5-3. This season, Williams is 7-6 in three-set matches.

Monica Rincon is the third-highest rated Big Ten singles player in the nation at No. 65, behind only Marine Piriou of Northwestern (29) and Jenny McGaffigan of Illinois (61). Erica Fisk, at No. 90, is fifth among conference players.

Monica Rincon leads the Buckeyes with 25 singles wins, followed by Michelle Matko and Erica Fisk with 22. In doubles, Meaghan Colville ranks first with 26 victories, with Pervez second at 24.

Sophomore Erica Fisk is just five wins away from the 50-win mark for her OSU career. She was 23-18 as a freshman and is 22-14 this season.

The Buckeyes are trying to qualify for the NCAA tournament for the fourth consecutive season.

Chuck Merzbacher is in his sixth season at the helm. He has enjoyed much success since becoming the head man at OSU, compiling a 90-62 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.

The win over Penn State 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 223-125.

The Buckeyes have greatly improved their standing in the Big Ten under head coach Chuck Merzbacher. The squad was ninth in his first season, followed by an eighth and a sixth place finish the next two years. The squad has finished third in the conference the last two seasons.

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. 51 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 100-44, is just four wins away from tying the all-time mark of 104. Rincon is 17-3 in the spring and 24-8 overall this season which leads the team in wins.

The Buckeyes have posted identical 20-4 marks at the No. 1 and No. 5 singles positions. Three Buckeyes – Monica Rincon, Sadhaf Pervez and Michelle Matko – combined for the stellar mark at No. 1. At No. 5, Meaghan Colville and the three Lindsays on the OSU roster (Adams, Bryan and Williams) have combined for the outstanding mark.

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