May 23, 2001
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - - Anna Monhartova came up one match short in her bid to become Tulane's first women's tennis All-American.
The senior dropped a hard-fought 6-2, 7-6 (5) decision to Ohio State's Kristy Dascoli in the Round of 32 in the singles draw of the NCAA Tournament. The match was played at the Lincoln Tennis Center on Wednesday.
Monhartova, a native of Plzen, Czech Republic, entered the match ranked 22nd by the Intercollegiate Tennis Assocition, while Dascoli was ranked 27th. The players who advance to the Round of 16 in the singles draw are awarded All-America status.
"Anna gave everything she had today, but it just wasn't her day," head coach David Schumacher said. "Dascoli played very well and just seemed to get all the breaks to go her way. Anna didn't necessarily play her best tennis today, but she played hard and never quit fighting."
After dropping the first set 6-2, Monhartova came back to claim a 5-3 lead in the second set. Dascoli rallied, however, forcing a tie-breaker. Monhartova again seemed to be in control, taking a 5-3 lead in the extra frame and needing just two points to win the set. But Dascoli answered with four straight points to claim the tie-breaker 7-5 and the second set 7-6.
Monhartova is the first Tulane women's tennis player to earn a spot in the singles draw of the NCAA Tournament. Her appearance caps an outstanding senior campaign that saw her reach the semifinals of the ITA National Clay Courts and the Round of 16 at the ITA Riviera All-American. She was also a 5-8 alphabetical seed at the National Indoors and was ranked as high as ninth nationally by the ITA. She was named first-team All-Conference USA for the third straight season and helped lead the Green Wave to its first-ever Conference USA Tournament title this spring.