April 12, 2000

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team was ranked No. 25 in rankings released today by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. That mark is the highest in program history, breaking the old high of No. 26 set by last year’s squad that qualified for the NCAA Championship.

The Buckeyes, led by coach Chuck Merzbacher, are 12-6 overall this season and 5-1 in Big Ten play. The squad is a perfect 9-0 at home this season and set school records for both home victories and consecutive home wins. Last weekend, the team recorded an upset victory over then-No. 15 Northwestern and then-No. 28 Illinois to move into a second-place tie in the conference. Illinois is in first place with a mark of 6-1.

Kristy Dascoli (Jr., Bradenton, Fla.), who received a program-record ranking of No. 32 in singles earlier this season, is currently ranked No. 37. Dascoli and doubles partner Monica Rincon (So., Lapeer, Mich.) were ranked No. 43 by the ITA today, the duo’s first-ever ranking. Rincon and Michelle Matko (So., Aurora, Ill.) have both been ranked among the Top 100 singles players at some point this season.

The Buckeyes will end their home season next weekend, hosting No. 57 Purdue Saturday at 11 a.m. and No. 47 Indiana Sunday at 10 a.m. Both matches are scheduled to be played outdoors at the Stickney Tennis Center, but will be moved inside to Jesse Owens West Recreation Center in inclement weather. After dual matches at Michigan State, April 22, and Michigan, April 23, the Buckeyes will compete in the Big Ten Championships, held April 27-29 in Ann Arbor, Mich.