COLUMBUS, Ohio – Irina Cantos Siemers, a sophomore on the Ohio State women’s tennis team, has been honored as an ITA All-American, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced Monday. To earn ITA All-America accolades in singles, a student-athlete must finish in the Top 20 of the final ITA singles rankings, earn a Top 16 seed in the NCAA singles championship and/or advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA singles championship.
A native of Barcelona, Spain, Cantos Siemers was a unanimous All-Big Ten selection this year. She ended the season ranked 14th and is the fourth Buckeye in program history to be ranked in the Top 20 in singles. Cantos Siemers was an at-large selection to the 2021 NCAA Singles Championship, where she posted a first-round win.
She was 17-6 in dual matches and 22-6 overall in 2021, including a 12-6 record on court one. The sophomore posted three wins over players who ended the year ranked in the Top 15. She was a two-time Big Ten Player of the Week and received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Ohio State.
A communication major, Cantos Siemers is an Academic All-Big Ten selection and an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Cantos Siemers is the sixth women’s tennis Buckeye to earn All-America status, and the fourth to be a singles All-American, joining Shiori Fukuda (singles 2020), Francesca Di Lorenzo (singles 2016 &17, doubles 2017), Miho Kowase (doubles 2017), Kristy Dascoli (singles & doubles 2001) and Monica Rincon (doubles 2001). Cantos Siemers and Iowa’s Alexa Noel are the two players from the Big Ten recognized this year.
The Buckeyes won the Big Ten tournament title and were regular season co-champions in 2021, posting a 23-4 record. The squad, which ended the season ranked 12th, hosted NCAA first and second round matches and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16.