May 2, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kristy Dascoli (Sr., Bradenton, Fla./Bradenton Academy) has been selected as the Big Ten Women’s Tennis Player of the Year. This is the second-consecutive year Dascoli has garnered the award. She joins Indiana’s Kelly Mulvihill (1988-89) and Stephanie Reece (1991-92) as the only players to receive the honor in back-to-back seasons.

Dascoli, 28-12 overall, was 9-1 in Big Ten play this year and led the Buckeyes to a 7-3 conference record. On April 22 she defeated Northwestern’s Colleen Cheng, 6-4, 6-0, for her 100th career win, becoming the only female Buckeye ever to do so. She is ranked No. 27 in the nation and in her career she won 35 Big Ten regular-season matches to only four losses.

Dascoli, who was tabbed as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1998, looks to lead the Buckeyes to the NCAA championships for the second year in a row. The No. 33 Buckeyes will find out Thursday if they have been selected for the tournament.