Oct. 15, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team ended a two-week hiatus with a nearly perfect performance Friday at the Eck Classic in South Bend, Ind. The tournament uses a “hidden dual” format, meaning teams face each other in simulated dual matches. On day one, the Buckeyes beat Kansas in six matches in singles and three doubles, then took two of three doubles matches against Michigan State.

Emily DeCamilla (Sr., Sacramento, Calif./Maryland) got the ball rolling for the Buckeyes against the Jayhawks by beating Christine Skoda in a 10-3 tiebreaker after dropping the first set, 4-6, and winning the second, 7-6. Classmate Lindsey Adams (Sr., Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) followed with a straight-set win over Lauren Hommel, 6-3, 6-2. Also winning in straight sets were Caitlin O’Keefe (Fr., Troy, Mich./Troy), who beat Stephanie Smith, 6-3, 6-2, and Lindsay Bryan (Sr., New Orleans, La./Ursuline Academy), who topped Brittany Brown, 6-3, 6-4. A pair of sophomores, Kristin Messmer (So., Lutherville, Md./McDonogh) and Sonia Ruzimovsky (Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn Tech) rounded out the singles sweep as Messmer beat Anna Jackson, 6-2, 6-3, and Ruzimovsky bested Luiza Loureiro, 6-3, 6-0.

In doubles, DeCamilla again led the way as she teamed with O’Keefe to down Kansas’ Skoda and Hommel, 8-3. Adams joined Emily Howard (Jr., Akron, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) in defeating Brown and Jackson, 8-5, while Ruzimovsky and Messmer beat Smith and Loureiro, 8-3.

Following their clean sweep of the Jayhawks, the Buckeyes took on Michigan State in doubles. Adams and O’Keefe beat Shelley Brady and Sarah Andrews, 8-2, while Messmer and Ruzimovsky teamed up again to top Pascale Schnitzer and Karen Gustafson, 8-2. Finally, a pair of Buckeyes won eight-game pro set matches. Silvia Prajescu (Fr., Dollard-Des-Orneaux, Quebec/Des-Sources) topped Jaylen Musselman of Michigan State, 8-2, while Nidhi Shah (Mumbai, India/Mithibai College) won her collegiate debut by stopping Dora Bechliwanis of Virginia, 8-6.

The Buckeyes are scheduled to take the court again at noon on Saturday against host Notre Dame in singles and doubles. After clashing with the Fighting Irish, Ohio State is scheduled to meet Big Ten foe Michigan State in singles at 5 p.m.

Eck Classic Day 1 Oct. 15, 2004 South Bend, Ind.

Teams competing: Ohio State (OSU), Notre Dame (ND), Kansas (KU), Virginia (VA), Michigan State (MSU)

Ohio State vs. Kansas

Singles Emily DeCamilla (OSU) def Christine Skoda, 4-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-3) Lindsey Adams (OSU) def. Lauren Hommel, 6-3, 6-2 Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) def. Stephanie Smith, 6-3, 6-1 Lindsay Bryan (OSU) def. Brittany Brown, 6-3, 6-4 Kristin Messmer (OSU) def. Anna Jackson, 6-2, 6-3 Sonia Ruzimovsky (OSU) def. Luiza Loureiro, 6-3, 6-0

Doubles DeCamilla/O’Keefe (OSU) def. Skoda/Hommel, 8-3 Adams/Howard (OSU) def. Brown/Jackson, 8-5 Ruzimovsky/Messmer (OSU) def. Smith/Loureiro, 8-3

Ohio State vs. Michigan State

Doubles Adams/O’Keefe (OSU) def. Shelley Brady/ Sarah Andrews 8-2 Keri Thompson/ Christine Bader def. DeCamilla/Howard (OSU), 8-5 Messmer/Ruzimovsky (OSU) def. Pascale Schnitzer/ Karen Gustafson 8-2

8-Game Pro Set Silvia Prajescu (OSU) def. Jaylen Musselman (MSU) 8-2 Nhidi Shah (OSU) def. Dora Bechliwanis (VA) 8-6