May 24, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After making a historic run through the first three rounds of the NCAA Singles Championships, Kristy Dascoli (Sr., Bradenton, Fla./Bradenton Academy) was defeated by No. 3-ranked Michelle Dasso of Notre Dame in the quarterfinals in a three-set thriller, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, at the Lincoln Tennis Center in Stone Mountain, Ga.
Dascoli, ranked No. 27 in the nation was the only unseeded player to reach the quarterfinals. She leaves OSU as the greatest female player ever to grace the courts. She is a two-time recipient of Big Ten Player of the Year honors and OSU’s all-time wins leader with 104 – the only female to break the 100-win barrier. She set a program record by winning 31 matches this season breaking the previous record of 30 that Monica Rincon (Jr., Lapeer, Mich./West) set last season. She is the first Buckeye to advance to the quarterfinals in the singles championship.
The match with Dasso was Dascoli’s third this year. They met Nov. 11, 2000 in the finals of the ITA Midwest Regional. Dasso prevailed, 6-2, 7-6 (6). The two met again March 3 in Columbus with Dasso winning, 6-2, 6-4.
Dascoli reached the quarterfinals by posting three upsets over three Top 25 players. She played both second and third round matches Wednesday. In the third round she dropped Vanderbilt’s Julie Ditty – No. 15 in the nation – in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Wednesday morning Dascoli defeated No. 22-ranked Anna Monhartova of Tulane, 6-2, 7-6.
She bested No. 24 Alison Ojeda of Tennessee, 1-6, 6-3, 6-0, Tuesday in the first round.
In the national singles tournament, Dascoli stands at 4-4 for her career after going 3-1 this year. 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.
In doubles action, the unranked duo of Dascoli and Rincon stormed through the first two rounds of the tournament and into the quarterfinals where they fell to Stanford’s No. 1-ranked duo of Lauren Barnikow and Lauren Kalvaria, 6-2, 6-4.
The tandem was looking for their third upset in as many days, but it was not meant to be. Wednesday, OSU advanced to the quarterfinals by eliminating the No. 7-ranked duo of Michelle Dasso and Becky Varnum from Notre Dame, 6-0, 6-4. In doing so, the Buckeye tandem avenged an earlier 8-5 dual match loss to the pair from ND in Columbus on March 3.
Dascoli and Rincon won their first-round match, 6-3, 6-4, over the No. 26 team of Clair Carter and Llona Kordonskaya of Washington to advance to the round of 16.
Last year Dascoli and Rincon defeated the No. 8-ranked team of Lucie Dvorakova and Daria Zoldakova of Texas Christian, 6-3, 6-2. They then fell in the second round to Stanford’s Laura Granville and Keiko Tokuda, 6-2, 6-3.