Oct. 3, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team will travel to Bloomington, Ind., to compete in the Hoosier Classic Invitational Friday-Sunday. Play will begin every morning at 10:00 a.m. EDT at the IU Tennis Courts. The format will be a hidden dual format where teams will match up against each other for the day in singles and against another team in doubles. Although it will appear that a dual match was played, all results will strictly count as individual. Results will be posted in PDF format on at the conclusion of each day.

Ohio State has two players nationally ranked, No. 69 Erica Fisk (Jr./Indianapolis, Ind.) and No. 89 Sadhaf Pervez (Sr./Warren, N.J.). Because of limitations on playing days per season, Pervez will not compete this weekend but will return to action in the Riveria/ITA Women’s All-American Tournament. The only other ranked player to compete this weekend is Iowa’s Cassie Haas.

Michelle Matko (Sr./Aurora, Ill.) and Pervez both are in the Top 10 for career wins in the Ohio State record books. Pervez currently is tied fourth with 78 wins and Matko is not far behind with 71 wins. The program record is 104 wins held by Kristy Dascoli (1998-01) and the next milestone (No. 3) is set at 81 wins.

Pervez is 6-2 this fall in singles play and 2-1 in doubles. Next is Erica Fisk with a 5-3 singles record and a 2-1 doubles mark. Individually, the Buckeyes have complied a record of 30-35.

Sadhaf Pervez qualified for the Riveria/ITA Women’s All-American Tournament in Pacific Palisades, Calif. The tournament will consist of 32 singles and will have a back draw as well. The ITA Midwest Regional held in East Lansing, Mich., Oct. 24-29 will be the next event for the entire team. EXPERIENCE IS KEY AT CISSIE LEARY
The Buckeyes faced some of the nation’s top ranked individuals last weekend at the Cissie Leary Invitational in Philadelphia, Pa. No. 9 seed Pervez won her first two matches to reach the Round of 16 where she fell to No. 4 seed Danira Penic of Temple. Fisk, the No. 5 seed, was upset in the second round by Penn’s Raluca Ciochina. Merzbacher tried different doubles match ups and advanced all four teams to the Round of 16. From there, only the duo of Meaghan Colville (Jr./Toronto, Ontario) and Fisk advanced to the quarterfinals, where they were defeated by Penn State’s No. 5 seed duo of Leigh Ann Merryman and Maaria Husain.