April 30, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior Monica Rincon (Lapeer, Mich./West) has been named to the 2002 Women’s Tennis All-Big Ten team, the conference today announced. This marks the third consecutive year Rincon received all-conference honors.

Rincon, the Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Month for March, plays at No. 1 singles and doubles for the Buckeyes this season. She is first on the team with 25 singles wins, including a mark of 18-4 at No. 1 singles this spring. In doubles, Rincon has amassed 23 wins. She is ranked 68th in the nation in singles and has been as high as 51st this year. Rincon and partner Meaghan Colville are 54th in the nation in doubles.

Rincon’s singles win against Indiana gave her 100 for her career, making her just the second Buckeye in program history to reach the 100-win mark. Her career record now stands at 101-45, just three wins short of the school record of 104 set by her former doubles partner Kristy Dascoli (1998-01).

The Buckeyes now must wait to see if they receive a bid to the 2002 NCAA Championships. Brackets will be announced at 7 p.m. Thursday. Individual qualifiers also will be announced then. The Buckeyes have qualified for the national tournament each of the last three seasons.

2002 All-Big Ten Women’s Tennis Team Jennifer McGaffigan, Illinois Toni Neykova, Iowa Michelle DaCosta, Michigan Valerie Vladea, Minnesota Lia Jackson, Northwestern Marine Piriou, Northwestern Jessica Rush, Northwestern Monica Rincon, Ohio State Gretchen Haynor, Purdue Melissa Iqbal, Purdue Linde Mues, Wisconsin Vanessa Rauh, Wisconsin

Player of the Year Marine Piriou, Northwestern

Freshman of the Year Inga Radel, Indiana

Sportsmanship Award Amanda Field, Indiana

Coach of the Year Patti Henderson, Wisconsin