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Oct. 18, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team continued its momentum at the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Saturday in Urbana, Illinois. The Buckeyes advanced two doubles teams to the quarterfinals and three players to the round of 16 in the singles main draw on the third day of competition.

In doubles, the sophomore tandem of Gabriella De Santis and Sandy Niehaus notched an 8-3 victory vs. Marquette’s Ana Pimienta and Erin Gebes. Freshman Anna Sanford and junior Grainne O’Neill paired up to defeat DePaul’s Jasmin King and Patricia Lancranjan, 8-6.

With the wins, both Buckeye duos earned a spot in the quarterfinals, which is slated to start Sunday at 11 a.m. ET. De Santis and Niehaus will take on Michigan’s Emina Bektas and Alex Najarian, while Sanford and O’Neill will compete vs. Notre Dame’s Quinn Gleason and Monica Robinson for a spot in the semifinals.

In the first round of the singles main draw, Ferny Angeles Paz won a second-set tiebreaker vs. Northwestern’s Jillian Rooney, 6-0, 7-6, to advance. O’Neill, who earned a spot in the main draw from qualifiers, fell in the first round, 7-5, 6-0 to Michigan’s Sarah Remynse. Kowase, Sanford, De Santis and Niehaus all received first round byes.

Moving on to the second round, Angeles Paz faced teammate De Santis. De Santis claimed the first set, 7-5, but Angeles Paz rallied back to take the next two sets and match, 6-4, 6-1. Kowase tallied a 6-2, 6-1, win vs. Wisconsin’s Lauren Burich, and Niehaus defeated Notre Dame’s Mary Closs in a three-set triumph, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(4), to advance to the round of 16. Sanford dropped a three-set decision to YSU’s Dominicka Lackova, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

Singles competition will continue Sunday following the doubles quarterfinal and semifinals matches at 11 a.m. ET.

2014 USTA/ITA Midwest Regional
Atkins Tennis Center
Urbana, Illinois


Doubles Main Draw (Round of 16)
Grainne O’Neill/Anna Sanford (OSU) def. Jasmin King/Patricia Lancranjan (DePaul), 8-6
Gabriella De Santis/Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. Ana Pimienta/Erin Gebes (Marquette), 8-3

Singles Main Draw (Round of 48)
Sarah Remynse (Michigan) def. Grainne O’Neill (OSU), 7-5, 6-0
Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Jillian Rooney (Northwestern), 6-0, 7-6
Anna Sanford (OSU) – BYE
Gabriella De Santis (OSU) – BYE
Sandy Niehaus (OSU) – BYE
Miho Kowase (OSU) – BYE

Singles Main Draw (Round of 32)
Miho Kowase (OSU) def. Lauren Burich (Wisconsin), 6-2, 6-1
Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Gabriella De Santis (OSU), 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
Sandy Niehaus (OSU) vs. Mary Closs (Notre Dame), 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(4)
Dominicka Lackova (YSU) def.  Anna Sanford (OSU), 6-2, 2-6, 6-4