COLUMBUS, Ohio – Upper Arlington native and Ohio State senior Kirsten Flower garnered All-Big Ten honors Thursday, becoming the first Buckeye to be named to the all-conference team in consecutive years since Monica Rincon did so from 2000-02.
Last year, Flower became the sixth Buckeye to be named to the All-Big Ten team and the first since current assistant coach Sadhaf Pervez earned the award in 2003. Flower was a unanimous selection to the 2010 team, as voted on by the 11 conference coaches.
Flower finished the 2010 regular season with 21 singles victories, playing exclusively at the No. 1 spot in the spring. The Upper Arlington, Ohio, native compiled an 18-8 dual season record, including a 6-4 conference ledger. Her biggest victories of the season came against then-No. 72 Lindsey Hardenbergh of Virginia and then-No. 66 Petra Januskova of Penn State. She also defeated Oregon’s Julia Metzger, then ranked No. 96, and then-No. 120 Whitney Wolf of LSU. She posted a win over Michigan State’s Michaela Silesova in the first round of the Big Ten tournament Thursday to help Ohio State advance to the quarterfinals.
The senior was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week in February after leading the Buckeyes to wins over Kentucky, Virginia and William & Mary, who were all ranked at the time.
Flower’s father, Jim, also was an All-Big Ten selection at Ohio State. They are believed to be the only father-daughter duo to earn all-conference honors in Big Ten tennis.
Fellow senior Christina Keesey, from Northfield, Minn., was named as Ohio State’s Sportsmanship Honoree and is a candidate for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. Keesey also won the award last season.