May 1, 2004

Columbus, Ohio – Erica Fisk came from behind to win a three-set match, putting the No. 6 seed Ohio State women’s tennis team into the Big Ten championship match with a 4-3 win over No. 7 seed Iowa in the semifinals Saturday at the Combe Indoor Tennis Center in Evanston, Ill. The Buckeyes (13-12, 6-5 Big Ten) will face host No. 1 seed Northwestern (22-4, 9-1 Big Ten) at noon Sunday in the first Big Ten championship match for the Buckeyes since head coach Chuck Merzbacher took the helm in 1997.

For the third time in three matches, the Buckeyes began the match with a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. Fisk (Sr., Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) and Jackie Leskovar (Sr., Cambridge, Ontario/N.C. State) teamed to down Meg Racette and Hilary Mintz at the No. 1 position by an 8-6 margin, while the No. 3 duo of Emily DeCamilla (Jr., Sacramento, Calif./Maryland) and Lindsey Adams (Jr., Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) clinched the point with an 8-2 victory over Chelsea Glynn and Hillary Tyler.

In singles, Iowa led early, 2-1, with victories at No. 1 from Racette over Lindsay Williams (Sr., Beverly Hills, Mich./Birmingham Groves), 6-2, 6-1, and at No. 4 from Anastasia Zhukova over DeCamilla, 6-2, 6-2.

After dropping the first set of her match at the No. 3 position, Leskovar was able to tie the score at two with a come-from-behind victory over Glynn, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. The Buckeyes regained the lead when Lindsay Bryan (Jr., New Orleans, La./Ursuline Academy) topped Tyler at the No. 6 position, 7-5, 6-4, but Iowa tied the score again when Deni Alexandrova beat Adams, 7-5, 7-5, at No. 5.

With the score even at 3, Fisk overcame a first-set loss to Mintz to clinch the match with a three set victory at No. 2, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.

The Buckeyes take the court for the fourth time in four days for the Big Ten championship against Northwestern at noon Sunday. The winner of the match tomorrow will receive the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

#49 Ohio State 4, #40 Iowa 3 May 1, 2004 Evanston, Ill. Combe Indoor Tennis Center

Doubles 1. Fisk/Leskovar (OSU) def. Racette/Mintz (UI), 8-6 2. Williams/Meaghan Colville (OSU) vs. Alexandrova/Zhukova (UI) unfinished 3. DeCamilla/Adams (OSU) def. Glynn/Tyler(UI), 8-2

Order of finish: 1,3 2

Singles 1. Meg Racette(UI) def. Lindsay Williams (OSU), 6-2, 6-1 2. * Erica Fisk (OSU) Hilary Mintz (UI), 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 3. Jackie Leskovar (OSU) def. Chelsea Glynn (UI), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 4. Anastasia Zhukova (UI) def. Emily DeCamilla (OSU), 6-2, 6-2 5. Deni Alexandrova(UI) def. Lindsey Adams (OSU), 7-5, 7-5 6. Lindsay Bryan (OSU) def. vs. Hillary Tyler (UI) 7-5, 6-4

Order of finish: 1, 4, 3, 6, 5, 2 * clinching match