April 16, 2000
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 25 Ohio State women’s tennis team ended its home season a perfect 11-0 with a victory, 4-3, over Indiana Sunday afternoon at the Stickney Tennis Center. The win extended the Buckeyes’ winning streak to six, as the squad moved to 14-6 overall, 7-1 Big Ten. The seven conference wins set a new program record for Big Ten victories in a season. The Hoosiers fell to 13-9 overall, 6-3 Big Ten.
Indiana won two of three doubles matches to claim the doubles point and go into singles with a 1-0 lead. For the Hoosiers, Becky Wallihan and Jessica Levin posted a win at No. 2 over Sadhaf Pervez (Fr., Warren, N.J./Watchung Hills) and Laura Maloney (Jr., Barrington, Ill.), while at No. 3 Jennifer Hsia and Amanda Field defeated Claudia Castro (So., Dublin, Ohio/Aquinas) and Michelle Matko (So., Aurora, Ill./Aurora West). The Buckeyes’ No. 1 duo of Kristy Dascoli (Jr., Bradenton, Fla./Bradenton Academy) and Monica Rincon (So., Lapeer, Mich./Lapeer West), ranked No. 43, recorded Ohio State’s only doubles win, as they topped No. 32-ranked Jessica Anderson and Kelly Blanch.
The Buckeyes came back to win at the top four singles spots to defeat the Hoosiers. Matko clinched the win for Ohio State against Field at No. 3. After winning the first set, she fell in the second to push the match to a third set. After being down, 5-3, in the third, she came back to win in the tiebreak to give the Buckeyes the win. Dascoli, Rincon and Pervez also recorded wins for the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes will end their regular season next weekend, as they travel to face Michigan State Saturday and then go up against Michigan Sunday. The Big Ten Championships will then be held April 27-29 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Ohio State 4, Indiana 3 April 16, 2000, Columbus, Ohio Singles 1. Kristy Dascoli (OSU) def. Jessica Anderson (IU) 6-0, 6-3 2. Monica Rincon (OSU) def. Kelly Blanch (IU) 7-6, 6-3 3. Michelle Matko (OSU) def. Amanda Field (IU) 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (4) 4. Sadhaf Pervez (OSU) def. Becky Wallihan (IU) 6-3, 6-3 5. Zahra Ahamed (IU) def. Laura Maloney (OSU) 6-3, 6-0 6. Jennifer Hsia (IU) def. Taryn Bowen (OSU) 6-1, 6-2 Doubles 1. Dascoli/Rincon (OSU) def. Anderson/Blanch (IU) 8-3 2. Wallihan/Levin (IU) def. Maloney/Pervez (OSU) 8-6 3. Hsia/Field (IU) def. Matko/Claudia Castro (OSU) 8-3