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May 22, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s tennis player Kristy Dascoli (Sr., Bradenton, Fla./Bradenton Academy) came back to win her first-round match of the NCAA Singles Championship at Lincoln Tennis Center in Stone Mountain, Ga. No. 27-ranked Dascoli, who is competing in the national singles championship for the fourth-consecutive season, defeated No. 24 Alison Ojeda of Tennessee in the opening round.

After dropping the first set, Dascoli rebounded to win the next two for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory to advance to the round of 32. Dascoli, OSU’s all-time wins leader with 102, will face either Sara Borwell of Houston or Ann Monhartova of Tulane tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.

Dascoli’s triumph was the second time she has beaten Ojeda this year. The two met March 10, in Knoxville, during a dual meet between OSU and UT with Dascoli prevailing 6-3, 0-6, 6-2.

In the national singles tournament, Dascoli now stands at 2-3 for her career. Last year Dascoli met Stanford’s Teryn Ashley in the first round falling, 6-4, 6-2. In the 1999 championships Aarthi Vankatesan of Georgia defeated Dascoli 6-3, 6-0 in the first round. Her first win came in 1998 when she breezed through the first round with a convincing, 6-1, 6-3, win over Harvard’s Ivy Wang. Dascoli dropped her second round match to Stanford’s Julie Scott, 6-0, 6-2.