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May 23, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the first time in school history an Ohio State doubles team has reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships. Wednesday afternoon Kristy Dascoli (Sr., Bradenton, Fla./Bradenton Academy) and Monica Rincon (Jr., Lapeer, Mich./West) wrote themselves into the OSU history books by upsetting the No. 7-ranked duo of Michelle Dasso and Becky Varnum from Notre Dame. It was the second upset of the tournament for the Buckeye tandem.

The unranked Buckeyes dominated Dasso and Varnum, 6-0, 6-4 as they landed a berth in the quarterfinals. In doing so, OSU avenged an earlier 8-5 dual match loss to the pair from ND in Columbus on March 3. Dascoli and Rincon will face the No. 1-ranked tandem in Stanford’s Lauren Barnikow and Lauren Kalvaria in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Yesterday, Dascoli and Rincon knocked off the No. 26 team of Clair Carter and Llona Kordonskaya of Washington, 6-3, 6-4, to advance to the round of 16.

Last year Dascoli and Rincon defeated the No. 8-ranked team of Lucie Dvorakova and Daria Zoldakova of Texas Christian, 6-3, 6-2. They then fell in the second round to Stanford’s Laura Granville and Keiko Tokuda, 6-2, 6-3.