April 16, 2005

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team lost, 6-1, to No. 35-ranked Michigan Saturday at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. For the Buckeyes (6-16, 1-6 Big Ten), Caitlin O’Keefe won at singles and the duo of Kristin Messmer and Sonia Ruzimovsky picked up a doubles victory.

The Wolverines (10-9, 5-3 Big Ten) clinched the doubles point with a victory at the No. 1 position by No. 21-ranked tandem Michelle DaCosta and Kara Delicata over Ohio State’s Emily DeCamilla (Sr., Sacramento, Calif./Maryland) and Meredith Vincent (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Va. Tech). That match preceded an 8-3 come-from-behind win by Messmer (Soph., Lutherville, Md./McDonogh) and Ruzimovsky (Soph., Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn Tech) at the No. 3 spot. Messmer and Ruzimovsky faced a 5-3 deficit to Michigan’s Elizabeth Exon and Debra Streifler before rallying to win the final five games and clinch the match.

In singles, Michigan won the match by taking five of the six contests, including No. 53-ranked DaCosta’s three-set victory over DeCamilla at the No. 1 position.

O’Keefe (Fr., Troy, Mich./Troy), a three-time Michigan state singles champion in high school, won the fourth Big Ten match of her career by beating Delicata in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Ohio State continues its Big Ten road trip tomorrow when it faces Michigan State (11-8, 1-6 Big Ten) at 10 a.m. in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan 6, Ohio State 1
Ann Arbor, Mich.
April 16, 2005

No. 1 – #53 Michelle DaCosta (U-M) d. Emily DeCamilla, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
No. 2 – Elizabeth Exon (U-M) d. Sonia Ruzimovsky, 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 – Caitlin O’Keefe (OSU) d. Kara Delicata, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
No. 4 – Leanne Rutherford (U-M) d. Kristin Messmer, 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 – Debra Streifler (U-M) d. Lindsay Bryan, 6-0, 3-0 ret.
No. 6 – Nina Yaftali (U-M) d. Nidhi Shah, 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-0

No. 1 – #21 DaCosta/Delicata (U-M) d. Meredith Vincent/DeCamilla, 8-4
No. 2 – Messmer/Ruzimovsky (OSU) d. Rutherford/Yaftali, 8-5
No. 3 – Exon/Streifler (U-M) d. Bryan/O’Keefe, 8-3

Order of Completion: Doubles 3-1-2, Singles 5-4-2-3-6-1