April 14, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior Claudia Castro, playing in her first singles match since March 9, posted a three-set win to give Ohio State a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over Big Ten foe Indiana Sunday in Bloomington, Ind.
The win moves Ohio State, ranked No. 47 in the nation, to 18-4 overall. The Buckeyes’ 18 wins tie the program record for wins in a season, set in 1983 and 2000. The squad is 6-2 in the Big Ten, tied for second place with Wisconsin. The Hoosiers, ranked 36th, drop to 15-7, 4-4 in conference play.
After losing the doubles point, the Buckeyes won four singles matches, including three in three sets, to come back and clinch the win.
At No. 6 singles, Claudia Castro (Sr., Dublin, Ohio/Aquinas (Wis.) and Indiana’s Martina Grimm split the first two sets, with each winning 6-4, to set up the crucial third set. In the third, Castro was trailing, 2-5, but fought back to win the last five points, winning the set, 7-5, and the match, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. The match was Castro’s fourth of the spring season and her first since posting a win against Bowling Green March 9.
At No. 1, 43rd-ranked Monica Rincon (Sr., Lapeer, Mich./West) Rincon came back from one set down to defeat Amanda Field (2-6, 6-2, 6-2), marking the Buckeye senior’s 100th career singles win. She is just the second player in program history to reach the 100-win mark for her career. Rincon is four wins short of tying the OSU record of 104 singles wins, set by Kristy Dascoli (1998-01).
Michelle Matko (Jr., Aurora, Ill./Aurora West) and Lindsay Williams (So., Beverly Hills, Mich./Birmingham Groves) won the other singles matches for Ohio State. Matko had the easiest victory, defeating Karie Schlukebir at No. 4, 6-3, 6-3. Williams stayed unbeaten in the Big Ten at 8-0, as she fought back from a set down to beat Dominika Walterova, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
The Hoosiers swept the Buckeyes in doubles play. At No. 1, OSU’s 43rd-ranked Rincon and Meaghan Colville (So., Toronto, Ontario/Western Michigan) were upset by No. 52 Schlukebir and Tran, 8-5. The Hoosiers’ Inga Radel and Walterova beat OSU’s Erica Fisk (So., Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) and Sadhaf Pervez (Jr., Warren, N.J./Watchung Hills), 8-6. At No. 3, Matko and Williams lost to Field and Grimm, 8-2.
The win is Ohio State’s third 4-3 victory in conference play this season. Saturday, the Buckeyes topped Purdue, 4-3, in West Lafayette, Ind. OSU opened conference play with a 4-3 win over Penn State.
The Buckeyes’ win was just their fourth all-time vs. the Hoosiers, however, OSU is 3-1 in the last four meetings. The Hoosiers lead the all-time series, 25-4.
Ohio State closes out the regular season at home next weekend. The squad plays host to Illinois at noon Saturday, April 20 and to conference-leading Northwestern at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 21. The matches are scheduled to be held at the Stickney Tennis Center but will be moved to Jesse Owens West Recreation Center in the event of inclement weather. Ohio State is undefeated at home this season with a mark of 13-0, including a program-record 13 consecutive wins.
No. 47 Ohio State 4, No. 36 Indiana 3 April 14, 2002 Bloomington, Ind.
Singles No. 1 #51 Monica Rincon (OSU) def. Amanda Field (IU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 No. 2 Inga Radel (IU) def. #63 Erica Fisk (OSU) 6-3, 6-0 No. 3 Linda Tran (IU) def. #117 Sadhaf Pervez (OSU) 6-3, 7-5 No. 4 Michelle Matko (OSU) def. Karie Schlukebir (IU) 6-3, 6-3 No. 5 Lindsay Williams (OSU) def. Dominika Walterova (IU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 No. 6 Claudia Castro (OSU) def. Martina Grimm (IU) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5*
Doubles No. 1 #52 Karie Schlukebir/Linda Tran (IU) def. #43 Monica Rincon/Meaghan Colville (OSU) 8-5 No. 2 Inga Radel/Dominika Walterova (IU) def. Erica Fisk/Sadhaf Pervez (OSU) 8-6 No. 3 Amanda Field/Martina Grimm (IU) def. Michelle Matko/Lindsay Williams (OSU) 8-2
*denotes clinching match
Records: Ohio State 18-4 (6-2 Big Ten), Indiana 15-7 (4-4 Big Ten)