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)%^$