Feb. 26, 2003

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 36 ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team continues on the road to face No. 68 Nebraska Saturday in Lincoln, Neb., and No. 63 Kansas Sunday in Topeka, Kan. The Buckeyes are 6-1 on the season (3-0 Big Ten).

Ohio State is ranked No. 38 in the Feb. 26 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, Illinois at No. 25 and Michigan at No. 34.

Senior Sadhaf Pervez (Warren, N.J.) is ranked No. 38 in the Feb. 26 singles and doubles poll. She was previously ranked No. 75 in the Jan. 13 poll and No. 89 in the Sept. 9 poll.

No. 68 Nebraska fell last weekend to Big 12 powers Texas, 5-2, and Texas A&M, 7-0. The Cornhuskers have complied a 5-3 overall record with all losses coming against Big 12 schools. Nebraska began the season with a four-match win streak and has gone 1-3 since.

Playing at No. 1 singles for Nebraska is senior Jen Baccarani, who is 1-6 at the spot. Juinor Rose Ketmayura is 3-1 at No. 3 but played her most recent match at No. 2.

Entering his 12th year at the helm of the University of Nebraska women’s tennis program, Scott Jacobson has consistently guided his program toward the top of the Big 12 Conference.

Jacobson’s career record is 140-110, which makes him the winningest coach in Nebraska women’s tennis history. His top seasons were in 2000 and 2001, when he guided the team to consecutive 19-6 records. Of Nebraska’s 15 winning seasons, Jacobson has been the head coach for six of them.

The series between the Buckeyes and the Cornhuskers is knotted at 1-1. The teams have not played in the last five years.

Head coach Chuck Merzbacher will return courtside against Kansas Sunday. He has been recovering from back surgery and has not been with the team in competition since earlier this season.

No. 63 Kansas is 3-3 on the season and is coming off a two loss weekend where it fell to Denver (4-3) and No. 65 New Mexico, 7-0. That marked the second time this season the Jay Hawks suffered a shutoutloss (the other was against No. 15 Texas on Feb. 15). Kansas will challenge Iowa on Friday and Iowa State on Saturday before facing Ohio State on Sunday.

At No. 1 singles for Kansas, junior Courtney Steinbock is 2-5 and 0-2 against ranked opponents. In the line-up, No. 3 Emily Haylock and No. 4 Christine Skoda are both 5-3.

A former player on the WTA Tour, Kilmany Waterman it in her second season as Kansas head coach. She took over the Kansas program after founding the women’s tennis team at Wyoming. The former Trinity (Texas) University standout developed the Wyoming program during its first four seasons, from 1996-99. Waterman moved to the Cowgirl post after four seasons as an assistant coach at Kansas from 1992-95.

The Buckeyes lead the series 3-0. Ohio State defeated No. 50 Kansas last year, 6-1, Feb. 17 in the Jesse Owens West Tennis Recreations Center. The victory over the Jayhawks marked an 8-0 start at home last season.

Ohio State will travel to Blackburg, Va., to face Maryland March 8 and Virginia Tech March 9. The Buckeyes will remain on the road against Louisiana State and Central Florida before returning home March 29 to battle Notre Dame.