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April 26, 2000

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s tennis player Kristy Dascoli (Jr., Bradenton, Fla./Bradenton Academy) has been named the Big Ten co-Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Month for April, the conference office announced. Minnesota’s Kim Simonsen shared the honor with Dascoli.

Dascoli, who plays at No. 1 singles for the Buckeyes, has won her last 12 matches, including a perfect 7-0 in April. With the winning streak, she improved her season record to 27-9 overall and a perfect 9-0 in Big Ten play. Dascoli is currently ranked No. 37 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the highest ranking among all Big Ten players.

Dascoli was also undefeated in doubles play during April, as she and partner Monica Rincon, ranked No. 43 by the ITA, went 8-0 at No. 1 to move their record to 16-5. The duo has won its last eight-consecutive matches.

With a career singles mark of 71-32, Dascoli is in third place all-time on the career singles wins list at Ohio State. She needs nine victories to move into second place and 11 wins to become the program’s all-time leader in that category. She also ranks 10th in career doubles wins with 63.

The Big Ten Champion Buckeyes will compete in the Big Ten Championship which begins Thursday at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Ohio State, the tournament’s No. 1 seed, received a first-round bye and will play its first match against the Michigan/Wisconsin winner at 10 a.m. Friday.