July 27, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Mens singles player John Johansan (Jr., Dublin, Ohio), has been honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for academic excellence during the 1998-99 season.

Along with the men’s squad, the OSU womens squad was one of 43 teams honored for compiling a team cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). NCAA Division I All-Academic team accolades went to Buckeyes Claudia Castro (Fr., Onalaska, Wis.), Kristy Dascoli (So., Bradenton, Fla.), Briana Harris (So., Bradenton, Fla.), Kadri Kanepi (Sr., Haapslau, Estonia), Monica Koplas (Sr., Scarborough, Ont.), Laura Maloney (Jr., Barrington, Ill.), Michelle Matko (Fr., Aurora, Ill.), Monica Rincon (Fr., Lapeer, Mich.) and Erika Sandor (So., Bentleyville, Ohio), who each contributed to the teams academic success last season.

ITA Scholar-Athlete honors went to womens team members Kanepi, a finance major, and Koplas, a biology major, and mens team member Johansan, a pre-med major. The trio received the honor for compiling at least a 3.50 grade-point average, earning a varsity letter and being a junior or senior in school, a mark only 125 Division I tennis players achieved.

It was a record-setting season in 1998-99, the first year ever that an Ohio State team, singles player and doubles team all qualified for the NCAA tournament. The squad finished the season with a 14-11 overall record, going 6-4 in the Big Ten.