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Oct. 15, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team is set to begin competition in the 2014 USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Thursday at the Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Illinois. The tournament, hosted by the University of Illinois, features a singles and doubles draw with the winners vying for a spot in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championships November 6 in Flushing, New York.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY
The action kicks off with qualifying singles Thursday before the main draw singles starts Saturday. Doubles play begins Friday. Both singles and doubles finals will be held Tuesday.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16
9 a.m.: Qualifying singles (Round of 48 and Round of 32)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17
9 a.m.: Qualifying singles (Round of 16)
2 p.m.: Main Draw Doubles (Round of 48 and Round of 32)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18
9 a.m.: Main Draw Doubles (Round of 16) followed by Main Draw Singles (Round of 48 and 32)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19
10 a.m.: Main Draw Doubles Quarterfinals followed by Main Draw Singles (Round of 16)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 20
10 a.m.: Main Draw Doubles Semifinals followed by Main Draw Singles Quarterfinals and Semifinals

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21
10 a.m.: Main Draw Doubles and Singles Finals

FOLLOW ALONG
Live video for each court at the Atkins Tennis Center, as well as links to the draws and tournament program is, is available here.

BUCKEYES IN THE EVENT
While the draws are yet to be released, selections for the main draws and qualifiers have been made. Gabriella De Santis, Anna Sanford, Miho Kowase, Sandy Niehaus and Ferny Angeles Paz will compete in the main draw singles competition, while Olivia Sneed and Grâinne O’Neill will appear in qualifier singles action looking to win their into the main draw. Sneed is an alternate for the main draw.

Three Buckeye doubles teams will play in main draw doubles. De Santis and Niehaus will join Angeles Paz and Kowase in the event along with O’Neill and Sanford. Sneed and Nicole Flower are listed as alternates.

ITA ALL-AMERICAN REWIND
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. 

Adam Cohen NAMED ASSISTANT COACH
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. For the full release on Cohen’s hiring, click here

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.