Sept. 19, 2004

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team finished its first weekend of action in the fall season with five victories in consolation singles action Sunday at the University of Tennessee/St. Mary’s Fall Classic in Knoxville, Tenn.

Sonia Ruzimovsky (Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn Tech) and Caitlin O’Keefe (Fr., Troy, Mich./Troy) both scored victories to earn third place finishes in their flights. Competing in Flight Six, Ruzimovsky swept Bonnie Baird of Furman, 7-6, 6-1, for her second victory of the weekend. O’Keefe topped fellow-Buckeye Lindsay Bryan (Sr., New Orleans, La./Ursuline Academy), 6-5, 6-4, in Flight Three.

Also winning for the Buckeyes were Lindsey Adams (Sr., Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island), Emily Howard (Jr., Akron, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) and Kristin Messmer (So., Lutherville, Md./McDonogh). Adams beat Purdue’s Alyssa Rodriguez (6-4, ret.), Howard topped Lauren Barry of N.C. State, 7-6, 1-6, 6-2, and Messmer bettered teammate Silvia Prajescu (Fr., Quebec/), 6-3, 6-4.

The Buckeyes return to action Oct. 1-3 at the Kentucky Fall Classic in Lexington, Ky.

St. Mary’s Fall Invitational
Day 3
Sept. 19, 2004
Knoxville, Tenn.

Teams competing:
Ohio State (OSU), Tennessee (UT), Middle Tennessee State (MTSU), North Carolina State (NCS), Purdue (PU), Furman (UF), Kentucky (UK)

Flight 1
Mary Neill Hagood def. Emily DeCamilla (OSU), default

Flight 2
Lindsey Adams (OSU) def. Alyssa Rodriguez (PU), 6-4, ret. (inj)

Flight 3
Third Place
Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) def. Lindsay Bryan (OSU), 6-5, 6-4

Flight 4
Kristin Messmer (OSU) def. Silvia Prajescu (OSU), 6-3, 6-4

Flight 5
Third place
Julia Roach (NCSU) def. Meredith Vincent (OSU), 4-6, 6-3, (10-5)

Flight 6
Third place
Sonia Ruzimovsky (OSU) def. Bonnie Baird (FU), 7-6, 6-1
Flight 7
Emily Howard (OSU) def. Lauren Barry (NCS), 7-6, 6-1, 6-2