Feb. 25, 2004

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Columbus, Ohio – Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team, coming off a perfect 4-0 home stand, takes to the road for 10 consecutive matches. The No. 52 ranked Buckeyes (4-2, 1-0 Big Ten) begin the trip this weekend with a match against No. 42 Wake Forest (5-2, 0-0 ACC) at 1 p.m. Saturday and a match against No. 16 William and Mary (9-4, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Both matches will take place at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center in Williamsburg, Va.

Scouting Wake Forest
Wake Forest is 5-2 on the season, including wins over nationally-ranked Yale and Tennessee. The Demon Deacons are led by a pair of ranked singles players, No. 10 Karin Coetzee, who is 4-1 in spring dual action and 19-4 overall, and No. 40 Alexandra Hirsch, 7-0 this spring.

The Demon Deacons also have two ranked doubles squads in No. 15 Aimee Smith and Coetzee and No. 47 Katie Martzolf and Coetzee.

Scouting William and Mary
No. 16 William and Mary is the defending Colonial Athletic Association champion following a 25-6 campaign. The Tribe is 9-4 on the spring season, led by No. 35 Megan Muth, who is 10-3 in singles, and No. 78 Lena Sherbakov, who is 10-2.

In doubles, William and Mary are led by the No. 21 ranked duo of Amy Wie and Muth, who are 10-1 this spring.

Last Time Out
The Buckeyes beat No. 71 Nebraska, 6-1, No. 64 Yale, 5-2, and Cleveland State, 7-0, last weekend, raising their overall winning streak to four.

The highlight of the match with the Cornhuskers was No. 43 ranked Lindsay Williams’ (Sr., Beverly Hills, Mich./Birmingham Groves) straight-set upset of then-No. 19 Gitte Ostermann.

Against Yale, the Buckeyes swept the doubles point and earned victories at each of the Top 3 spots. Jackie Leskovar’s (Cambridge, Ontario/ N.C. State) victory at No. 3 was the clinching match.

Ohio State closed out the unbeaten weekend by sweeping every match against Cleveland State. Williams picked up her fourth consecutive win at No. 1 and Meredith Vincent (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Virginia Tech), Sonia Ruzimovsky (Fr., Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn Tech) and Lindsay Bryan (Jr., New Orleans, La./Ursuline Academy) earned their first victories of the spring season against the Vikings.

Big Weekend for Williams
Ohio State senior Lindsay Williams enjoyed a perfect weekend against Nebraska, Yale and Cleveland State, posting a 3-0 record playing at No. 1 singles and a 3-0 record at No. 2 doubles.

Home, Sweet Home
During its just-completed 4-game homestretch, Ohio State was not only victorious but also dominant. The Buckeyes shut out two foes, Penn State and Cleveland State, and outscored their four opponents by a combined score of 25-3.

After recording no shut outs last season, the Buckeyes already have two this spring. In addition to its blanking of Cleveland State this past weekend, Ohio State shut out Penn State Feb. 15.

No Doubles Trouble
Continuing a trend from last season, Ohio State has been strong in doubles play. The Buckeyes have failed to win the doubles point only once this season, at No. 20 Notre Dame.

At home Ohio State has not lost the doubles point and the team has recorded a combined record of 13-2. That mark includes the Buckeyes last three matches, in which they swept all three matches.

Upset Specials
After six dual matches, three Buckeyes own victories over ranked opponents.

In singles, Lindsay Williams knocked off No. 13 Tammy Encina of Tennessee, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, Jan. 25 and No. 19 Gitte Ostermann of Nebraska, 6-0, 6-3, Feb. 20.

In doubles, senior duo Erica Fisk (Indianapolis, Ind./ Pike) and Jackie Leskovar knocked off No. 50 team Encina and Majen Immink of Tennessee, 9-8 (3), Jan. 25.

Fisk Now Sixth All-Time in Singles
With her two wins over the weekend, senior Erica Fisk now has earned 72 career wins, moving her past Michelle Matko (1998-2003) to sixth in all-time singles victories behind No. 5 Linda Magid.

Buckeyes in Rankings
Lindsay Williams entered the ITA National Rankings, released Feb. 24, for the first time in her career at No. 43 following a perfect weekend in which she went 3-0 playing at No. 1 singles and 3-0 with Meaghan Colville (Sr., Toronto, Ontario/Wstern Michigan) at No. 2 doubles.

Two Buckeyes, Erica Fisk and Jackie Leskovar are ranked in the Midwest regional rankings released Dec. 4. Leskovar is No. 28 while Fisk holds down the No. 30 spot.

Wrapping Up Autumn
The Buckeyes enjoyed a competitive fall season, appearing in five tournaments around the Midwest. The Buckeyes competed in the St. Mary’s Fall Classic, the Cissie Leary Invitational, the Kentucky Fall Classic and the Fall Desert Collegiate Classic and had eight student-athletes qualify for the ITA Midwest Regional in either singles, doubles or both.

Buckeyes welcome dascoli
Former Ohio State women’s tennis stand out Kristy Dascoli (1999-2001) has been named assistant coach for the squad..

OSU’s all-time singles wins leader with 104, Dascoli was named Ohio State’s Player of the Century for women’s tennis and is one of the best players ever to play in the Big Ten. Dascoli was the first OSU player to be named an All-American in singles competition. She was honored as the Big Ten Player of the Year following both the 2000 and 2001 seasons and is the only player in conference history to win the award outright in back-to-back seasons. Dascoli was the Big Ten Player of the Month three times (April 1999, April 2000 and March ’01) and posted an incredible 35-4 Big Ten regular season record in her four years at OSU. In 2001, she set a program record by winning 31 overall singles matches. In addition, Dascoli played No. 1 singles her entire career, qualified for the NCAA singles championships in each of her four years and was named All-Big Ten four consecutive years. In doubles, she was a four-time NCAA championship participant and was All-American in 2001.

Since graduating with a degree in psychology, Dascoli has played professionally and has wins over several women ranked in the Top 200. She still plays professionally and now is in graduate school working on her master’s degree in human development and family science.

Recruiting Update
Caitlin O’Keefe, a senior at Troy High School in Troy, Mich., and Silvia Prajescu of Canada signed NCAA National Letters of Intent join the Buckeyes tennis team for the 2004 fall season.

O’Keefe recently won her third consecutive Division I state singles championship while leading her team to its first state team title. For her career, O’Keefe was undefeated in conference play and sported an overall high school record of 136-2. She enjoyed undefeated seasons during both her junior and senior years. She also was an all-state selection four times and an All-American three times. Along with her success on the court, O’Keefe was an Academic All-American in 2003 and received the 2003 Hoxie Award, given by the Southeast Michigan Tennis Association board of directors for the high school athlete who best demonstrates sportsmanship and contributes to the game of tennis in a positive way.

Prajescu was ranked No. 5 in Canada for Under-16 in 2002 and finished in the Top 10 at the Under-16 Singles National Indoor Championships. She advanced to the semifinals in doubles of the same tournament. In 2001 she was ranked among the Top 8 in singles at the Under-16 Outdoor National Championships and advanced to the quarterfinals in doubles.

Next Up
Following this weekend, the Buckeyes take on the No. 21 ranked Kentucky Wildcats at 1p.m. in Lexington, Ky..