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Feb. 16, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio –Miho Kowase, a junior on the Ohio State women’s tennis team, has been named the Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. Kowase, from Tokyo, Japan, was 4-0 in singles and doubles combined last week as the No. 6 Buckeyes downed No. 5 Vanderbilt and No. 24 Georgia Tech.

Kowase had two wins at No. 1 doubles and two straight-set victories at No. 4 singles. Saturday against Vanderbilt, Kowase and Anna Sanford, the No. 8-ranked doubles team in the nation, topped No. 6-ranked Colton and Campbell of Vanderbilt, 6-3, as the Buckeyes claimed the doubles point. Kowase put the Buckeyes up 3-0 with a straight-set win on court four, losing just four total games. It was the Buckeyes’ second win over the reigning NCAA champion in a week.

Sunday against Georgia Tech, Kowase and Sanford won in a tiebreaker over the nation’s No. 58-ranked squad to clinch the doubles point for the Buckeyes. Kowase then won in straight sets on court four, as the Buckeyes posted a 6-1 win over the Yellow Jackets.

Kowase is 12-3 overall this year and 6-1 in dual matches. In doubles, she and Sanford are 14-5, with a 6-3 mark at No. 1 doubles. Kowase leads the Buckeyes with 16 doubles wins overall.

This weekend, the Buckeyes host No. 59 Tennessee at noon Saturday inside the Varsity Tennis Center (880 West Henderson Road). Admission is free.