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Oct. 30, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team will travel to Knoxville, Tennessee, to compete in the Tennessee Fall Invite Friday through Sunday at the Goodfriend Tennis Center. The Buckeyes will face off in dual-style singles and doubles competition vs. host Tennessee, Kentucky and East Tennessee State this weekend. 

SCHEDULE OF PLAY

Friday, Oct. 30 (Goodfriend Tennis Center)

12 p.m.: Ohio State vs. ETSU Singles

2 p.m.: Ohio State vs. Tennessee Doubles

Saturday, Nov. 1 (Goodfriend Tennis Center)

12 p.m.: Ohio State vs. Kentucky Doubles

1 p.m.: Ohio State vs. Tennessee Singles

Sunday, Nov. 2 (Knoxville Racquet Club)

9 a.m.: Ohio State vs. Kentucky Singles

11 a.m.: Ohio State vs. ETSU Doubles

SPRING SEASON PREVIEW

The Buckeyes and Volunteers are slated to face off in regular season non-conference play this spring. The squad will return to Knoxville, Tenn., Feb. 13 to take on the Volunteers. The Buckeyes’ spring calendar is available here.

LAST TIME AT TENNESSEE FALL INVITE

Last season, the Buckeyes wrapped up competition at the 2013 edition of the Tennessee Fall Invite with 13 singles wins and claimed eight of their nine doubles matches during the event. Sandy Niehaus, Miho Kowase and Noelle Malley went undefeated in singles play, while two Buckeye duos (Ferny Angeles Paz/Malley and Grainne O’Neill/Niehaus) posted a 3-0 record in doubles competition. This marks the third appearance for the Buckeyes in the event.

A LOOK BACK AT ITA MIDWEST REGIONALS

The Scarlet and Gray enjoyed a successful run at the 2014 ITA Midwest Regionals last week at the Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Illinois, advancing two doubles teams and one singles player to quarterfinal action. The Buckeye duo of Gabriella De Santis and Sandy Niehaus and the pair of Anna Sanford and Grainne O’Neill earned spots in the quarterfinals of the doubles main draw, while sophomore Miho Kowase moved on in singles action before falling in in a second-set tiebreaker to Michigan’s Emina Bektas.

ITA ALL-AMERICAN HIGHLIGHTS

Ohio State kicked off the fall campaign at the 2014 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, California. The sophomore duo of Sandy Niehaus and Gabriella De Santis, who earned a spot in the main draw of the tournament from doubles qualifier action, advanced to the second round of the bracket before falling to Miami. Prior to the second-round loss, the 32nd-ranked pair had amassed an 18-match win streak.

HEB/UNDER ARMOUR FALL INVITE REWIND

The Buckeyes continued fall action at the HEB/Under Armour Fall Invite October 5 in Waco, Texas. Playing in their debut collegiate tournament, freshmen Anna Sanford and Olivia Sneed each posted a 4-0 mark in singles competition and tallied a 2-1 mark in flight 2 doubles together. Upperclassmen Ferny Angeles Paz and Grainne O’Neill went undefeated in doubles with wins vs. Baylor, SMU and South Alabama.

BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS

Four Buckeyes earned rankings in the first preseason poll of the 2014-15 season released Sept. 8. In the singles poll, reigning B1G Freshman of the Year Gabriella De Santis claimed the No. 69 spot, while sophomores Sandy Niehaus and Miho Kowase check in at No. 120 and No. 124, respectively.
Two Buckeye duos also appear in the doubles poll. De Santis and Niehaus earned the No. 32 ranking, while sophomore Ferny Angeles Paz and Kowase team up to form the 54th-ranked doubles tandem.

SANFORD NAMED GCTA FEMALE JUNIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Freshman Anna Sanford was named the Female Junior Player of the Year by the Greater Columbus Tennis Association (GCTA). Sanford was presented with a bronze shoe and recognized for achieving the highest standards of tennis accomplishments as well as character, conduct, sportsmanship and amateurism. Nicole and Kirsten Flower were honored with the award in 2009 and 2005, respectively. Chris Diaz, Kevin Metka, Chase Buchanan and Peter Kobelt, current and former members of the Ohio State men’s tennis team, have also received this award.

NEW FACES ON COACHING STAFF

Adam Cohen joined the Ohio State women’s tennis team as assistant coach, third-year head coach Melissa Schaub announced Sept. 10. In 2014, Cohen led the Binghamton men’s tennis team to its seventh-consecutive America East conference title in his eight years with the program. Sarah Taylor joins the coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Taylor spent six years on the WTA Tour, ranking as high as No. 68 in the world.