May 24, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The sophomore tandem of Kristy Dascoli (Bradenton, Fla.) and Briana Harris (Bradenton, Fla.) almost notched the biggest first round upset of the NCAA Doubles Championships, but fell just short in a tie breaker to the No. 3-ranked Vanessa Webb and Karen Goldstein of Duke, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3). Dascoli, appearing in her second NCAA Singles Tournament, also would lose in the first round to No. 36 Aarthi Venkatensa of Georgia, 6-3, 6-0 earlier in the day.
Dascoli and Harris looked to cruise to a big upset, after winning the first set, 6-1. However, losing the first two points, Webb/Goldstein came back to net the second, 6-4 and also gain huge momentum going into the final set. Webb and Goldstein went up 4-2 early in the match, but Dascoli and Harris tied the match even at six, causing the tie breaker. The Buckeyes stayed neck-to-neck with the team, teetering on the upset, but would lose the last four points to give Duke the win.
Dascoli and Harris’ appearance at the NCAA Championship caps off a historical year for the women’s tennis team. The Buckeyes end their 1998-99 season with a 14-11 overall record and a 6-4 conference, tying the most wins ever in the Big Ten by an Ohio State squad.
It was also the first year ever, that an Ohio State women’s tennis team, singles player and doubles team all qualified for the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes would fall to LSU 5-2 in the first round of the NCAAs on May 15.
NCAA Singles Championships – First Round No. 36 Aarthi Venkatesan Georgia def. No. 66 Kristy Dascoli, Ohio State 6-3, 6-0
NCAA Doubles Championships – First Round No. 3 Webb/Goldstein, Duke def. No. 17 Dascoli/Harris, Ohio State 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3)