April 28, 2000

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 22 Ohio State women’s tennis team posted a 4-1 win over Michigan in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Championship at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. today. The Buckeyes, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, improved their record to 17-6 overall with their ninth-consecutive victory. The Wolverines fell to 10-12 on the season and were eliminated from the tournament. Ohio State, the Big Ten regular season champion, will face the winner of the Minnesota/Iowa matchup in the semifinals tomorrow at noon.

Ohio State won two of three doubles matches to earn the doubles point. The Buckeyes’ No. 20-ranked duo of Kristy Dascoli (Jr., Bradenton, Fla./Bradenton Academy) and Monica Rincon (So., Lapeer, Mich./Lapeer West) defeated the Wolverines’ Brooke Hart and Jen Duprez, 8-4, at No. 1 to record its ninth-consecutive win. Claudia Castro (So., Dublin, Ohio/Aquinas) and Michelle Matko (So., Aurora, Ill./Aurora West) posted an 8-5 win at No. 3 over Erryn Weggenman and Joanne Musgrove to win the doubles point.

The Buckeyes won three singles matches to clinch the victory. Rincon became the all-time single-season wins leader in program history after recording her 30th win of the season with a defeat of Danielle Lund at No. 2. Dascoli won her 13th-consecutive match at No. 1 as she topped Hart in two sets, while Matko beat Szandra Fuzesi at No. 3 for her ninth-consecutive win. Michigan’s Weggenman posted a win at No. 6 over Taryn Bowen (Fr., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington), while the other two matches were abandoned after Ohio State won the match.

The semifinal round will be held tomorrow, with the championship game scheduled for Sunday at noon. The tournament champion earns the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.

Big Ten Women’s Tennis Championship
Ohio State 4, Michigan 1
April 28, 2000, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Kristy Dascoli (OSU) def. Brooke Hart (UM)
6-3, 6-4
Monica Rincon (OSU) def. Danielle Lund (UM)
6-3, 6-1
Michelle Matko (OSU) def. Szandra Fuzesi (UM)
6-1, 6-3
Sadhaf Pervez (OSU) vs. Jen Duprez (UM)
Laura Maloney (OSU) vs. Joanne Musgrove
Erryn Weggenman (UM) def. Taryn Bowen (OSU)
6-2, 6-0

Dascoli/Rincon (OSU) def. Hart/Duprez (UM)
Lund/Fuzesi (UM) def. Maloney/Pervez (OSU)
Matko/Claudia Castro (OSU) def. Musgrove/Weggenman