April 1, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gabriella De Santis, a freshman on the No. 53 Ohio State women’s tennis team, was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday. The weekly award is De Santis’ first career honor and the first for the Buckeyes this season.

In a weekend of B1G competition, De Santis tallied a pair of victories at No. 1 singles, including a 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 win over No. 44 Veronica Corning of Northwestern, marking her third victory over a ranked opponent this season. The Caracas, Venezuela, native also earned a 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-0 singles win over Illinois’ Allison Falkin and an 8-5 victory at No. 2 doubles alongside Miho Kowase vs. Illinois.

Ohio State will be back in action in Columbus, Ohio, for a five-match home stand starting 3 p.m. Friday vs. Minnesota followed by a doubleheader Sunday, hosting Wisconsin at noon and Weight State at 6 p.m.