March 29, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 54-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team fell to No. 11 Northwestern Saturday afternoon in Evanston, Ill., 6-1. With the loss, the Buckeyes move to 11-6 overall and 2-2 in B1G competition this spring.

Northwestern claimed the doubles point with wins on courts one and three.  The Buckeye duo of Kelsey Becker and Sandy Niehaus fell to Manon Peri and Belinda Niu, 8-2, on court three. In a match of ranked doubles pairs, the No. 21-ranked Northwestern duo of Veronica Corning and Alicia Barnett topped No. 69-ranked Grainne O’Neill and Noelle Malley, 8-4, at No. 1 doubles to secure the doubles point for the Wildcats. Court two did not complete play.

In singles competition, the Wildcats notched victories in the first four singles matches off the court to win the match. Buckeye redshirt sophomore Nicole Flower ended her seven-match singles win streak as she fell to Manon Peri, 6-0, 6-1, on court four. Kowase was defeated by Barnett, 6-3, 6-3, while Lok Sze Leung tallied a 6-3, 6-1 win vs. O’Neill on court six to claim the team victory for Northwestern.

At No. 1 singles, Ohio State freshman Gabriella De Santis notched her third victory vs. a ranked opponent this spring, defeating No. 44-ranked Veronica Corning in three sets. The Caracas, Venezuela, product jumped to an early lead taking the first set, 6-2, before dropping the second with an identical score. De Santis held off Corning to take the third set, 7-5.

Niehaus snapped her 14-match singles win streak with a 6-2, 7-6 (4) loss to No. 36-ranked Niu at No. 2 singles. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native had not dropped a match this spring since Jan. 18 vs. Baylor. Malley wrapped up the match on court five, falling in a super tiebreaker to Hamilton, 4-6, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8).

Up next, the Scarlet and Gray will continue B1G play vs. No. 37 Illinois at noon CT Sunday in Champaign-Urbana, Ill.

#11 Northwestern, 6 #54 Ohio State 1

#1 – Gabriella De Santis (OSU) def. No. 44 Veronica Corning (NU), 6-2, 2-6, 7-5

#2 – No. 36 Belinda Niu (NU) def. Sandy Niehaus (OSU), 6-2, 7-6 (4)

#3 – Alicia Barnett (NU) def. Miho Kowase (OSU), 6-3, 6-3

#4 – Manon Peri (NU) def. Nicole Flower (OSU), 6-0, 6-1

#5 – Nida Hamilton (NU) def. Noelle Malley (OSU), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8)

#6 – Lok Sze Leung (NU) def. Grainne O’Neill (OSU), 6-3, 6-1

Order of Finish: 4, 3, 6*, 2, 1, 5


#1 – No. 21 Veronica Corning / Alicia Barnett (NU) def. No. 69 Grainne O’Neill / Noelle Malley (OSU), 8-4

#2 – No. 72 Nida Hamilton / Maddie Lipp (NU) vs. Gabriella De Santis / Miho Kowase (OSU), 7-3 (unfinished)

#3 – Manon Peri / Belinda Niu (NU) def. Kelsey Becker / Sandy Niehaus (OSU), 8-2

Order of Finish: 3, 1*