Feb. 19, 2003

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 36 ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team travels to New Haven, Conn. to face No. 38 Yale at 10 a.m. and Boston College at 5 p.m. Saturday at Collum Coruts. The Buckeyes are 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten.

Ohio State is ranked No. 36 in the Feb. 19 Omin Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings administered by the ITA.. The Buckeyes are the fourth Big Ten team to appear in the rankings with Northwestern at No. 16, Wisconsin at No. 32 and Michigan at No. 34. Sadhaf Pervez is ranked No. 75 in the preseason poll.

In the fall regional rankings released Dec. 10, Pervez is ranked No. 7 and Erica Fisk is ranked No. 25. The duo of Meaghan Colville and Fisk are ranked No. 13 in the region.

The Bulldogs are ranked No. 38 in the Feb. 19 poll and are 8-0 on the season including several dual matches played in Fall 2002. Yale has recorded victories over No. 35 Harvard (last autumn) and No. 40 Wake Forest.

On Feb. 1, Yale traveled to Wake Forest where it defeated the then No. 13 Demon Deacons, 4-3. Although Yale lost the doubles point, it fought back by wining singles matches at No. 2, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6.

Chad Skorupka is in his second year as head coach of the women’s tennis team. Skorupka was an assistant coach at Wake Forest for two years where he helped guide the Demon Deacons to a 42-12 overall record and two NCAA tournament appearances in his two years. Before entering the collegiate coaching ranks, Skorupka worked for the United States Tennis Association in Indianapolis, Ind., as the Play Tennis America Coordinator for the USTA/Western section, an area covering Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin. SERIES INFORMATION VS. YALE
This will mark the first time the teams have met.

Boston College is 5-2 on the season including two dual matches played last fall. They began the 2003 campaign with four-consecutive wins before falling to No. 21 Notre Dame, 6-1, Feb. 16. A week before, the Eagles upset No. 71 Virginia State, 5-2.

Boston College is led by freshman Szilvia Szegedi from Dumakeszi, Hungary, who is 4-1 at the No. 1 spot. Junior Allison Ashley plays at the No. 2 position and is 6-1 in dual play including 4-0 at No. 4.

Nigel Bentley returns to the helm of the Boston College women’s tennis program. Prior to his joining the women’s team, Bentley was the head coach of the BC men’s tennis team for four years.

The two teams met once Feb. 14, 1998, where the Buckeyes defeated the Eagles, 6-1. Freshman Kristy Dascoli (Bradenton, Fla.) played at the No. 1 spot and ran her regular season record to 6-0 with a victory over Boston College’s Cynthia Tow.

Ohio State will continue on the road against No. 69 Nebraska March 1 in Lincoln, Neb., and No. 46 Kansas March 2 in Lawrence, Kan.

The women’s tennis team will be without head coach Chuck Merzbacher for the next couple of weeks as he recovers from back surgery. He is expected to return courtside later this season. Until then, assistant coach Frank Polito will take over at the helm of the program.

The Buckeyes have started every dual match this season 1-0 by winning at least two out of three doubles matches. Twice so far the Buckeyes have swept all three doubles matches. Considering two dual matches have been won by a margin of one point, the doubles point is playing a large role in Ohio State’s undefeated start.

Ohio State has compiled a 9-1 record at the No. 1 and No. 2 spot combined. Sadhaf Pervez is undefeated at No. 1 and Erica Fisk has won four-consecutive matches at No. 2 after falling to Leigh Ann Merryman of Penn State in a hard fought match, 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-5, in the opener.

Erica Fisk and Jackie Leskovar are undefeated at the No. 2 spot and carry a record of 5-0 total including a 1-0 stint at No. 1. The duo competed together last fall in the Oct. 4-5 Hoosier Classic, which sported a hidden dual formant. The tandem played at the No. 1 position and sported a 3-1 record against Big 12 teams over the weekend.

No. 75 Sadhaf Pervez is 5-0 at the No. 1 spot this season. She has recorded victories over No. 45 Vida Mulec of Baylor, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, and No. 99 Michelle DaCosta of Michigan, 7-5, 7-6. Including fall tournament play, Pervez is 14-5 on the season. She also has defeated #33 Catherine Lynch of California Oct. 11 at the ITA All- American, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, and #82 Jessica Johnson of Marshall Sept. 29 at the Cissie Leary Invitational.