COLUMBUS, Ohio Kirsten Flower, a junior on the No. 39 Ohio State women’s tennis team, was named to the first team All-Big Ten Thursday by the Big Ten. Flower is the sixth Buckeye all-time to be named to the All-Big Ten team and the first since current assistant coach Sadhaf Pervez earned the award in 2003.

Flower, a native of Upper Arlington, played the entire spring season at No. 1 singles for the Buckeyes, going 13-10 at the top spot overall and 6-4 in Big Ten conference singles matches. She won four matches over nationally ranked opponents and reached a high point this season by winning eight of ten matches from Feb. 6- March 27.

She excelled in doubles as well, teaming with Paloma Escobedo the majority of the season at No. 3 doubles. The tandem went 12-2 together in the spring, including an 8-1 record in the Big Ten. Alone, Flower was 18-8 in 2008-09 with a 15-4 mark at No. 3 doubles.

Fellow junior Christina Keesey was also honored by the conference, winning her first career Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

Flower, Keesey and the rest of the Ohio State women’s tennis team will play Indiana tomorrow at 11 a.m. EST in the Big Ten Tournament