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May 8, 1998

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State University freshman Kristy Discoli (Bradenton, Fla.) made history for the Buckeye womens tennis program by becoming the first woman to qualify for the NCAA Individual Championships. The top 64 singles players and top 32 doubles teams are invited to compete in the NCAA Individual Championships. The tournament will be hosted by the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind. at the Courtney Tennis Center, May 25-29.

Dascoli is currently ranked 53rd nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association posting a 24-9 record for the 1997-98 season at the No. 1 singles position. Dascoli is also ranked 30th in doubles, paired with freshman teammate Briana Harris (Bradenton, Fla.) to compile a record of 19-14.

“Kristy’s bid to the NCAA individual championships is quite an honor for Ohio State and our womens tennis program,” said coach Chuck Merzbacher. “She has made history by being the first womans singles player to compete in the NCAA singles tournament. She has played the number one singles position as a freshman all year and truly represented herself and our program well. We are quite proud of her.”

Merzbacher has had success in past NCAA Championships having coached the 1994 NCAA doubles champions and the 1996 NCAA singles runner-up in his four year stint as head coach at Kansas.

“Kristy has the game to play with anybody in the country. I like her chances to make a run at this tournament,” said Merzbacher.