June 1, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A first has happened for the Ohio State women's tennis program. Kristy Dascoli (Sr., Bradenton, Fla.) and Monica Rincon (Jr., Lapeer, Mich.) became the program's first NCAA All-Americans after their performance in the NCAA singles and doubles championships held last week in Stone Mountain, Ga.
Dascoli, OSU's all-time wins leader with 104, upset three Top 25 opponents to advance to the quarterfinals in the NCAA singles competition. All players that advance to the round of 16 earn the distinction of being All-America. She is the first player to receive this honor at OSU.
Dascoli is one of the best players ever to play in the Big Ten. This season she was honored as the Big Ten Player of the Year for the second-consecutive year. She is the only player in the Big Ten to win the award outright in back-to-back seasons. She has played No. 1 singles her entire career and was the Big Ten Athlete of Month for March. She posted an incredible 35-4 Big Ten regular season record in her four years at OSU. April 22, in Evanston, Ill., she beat Northwestern's Colleen Cheng to notch her 100th career win, becoming the first female Buckeye ever to do so. She set a program record by winning 31 matches this season breaking the previous record of 30 that Rincon set last season.
Dascoli and Rincon were named All-Americans for their NCAA doubles championship play. They tandem breezed through the first two rounds upsetting two ranked opponents - including a win over No. 9-ranked duo of Michelle Dasso and Becky Varnum of Notre Dame. The Buckeyes advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament - making them All-Americans - before falling to the nations then No. 1 team of Lauren Barnikow and Lauren Kalvaria of Stanford. The two ended the year 26-15 and posted an impressive 9-1 mark in the Big Ten. The 26 wins tie them for eighth on the all-time doubles chart. Dascoli amassed 93-career doubles wins placing her third on the all-time list behind Kelly Story (1989-92, 118 wins) and Wendy Stewart (1975-79, 98 wins).
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