July 14, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis program has been honored by the ITA with an All-Academic Team award. In addition, five of the Buckeyes – seniors Kelsey Becker and Noelle Malley, redshirt sophomore Nicole Flower and freshmen Ferny Angeles Paz and Miho Kowase – were recognized as ITA Scholar-Athletes.

The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA member program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2013 and spring 2014). This is the sixth team honor for Ohio State and the second in a row.

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letterwinner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.

Becker, who earned her degree in marketing in the spring, was honored by the ITA for the second time. Malley, a psychology major, and Flower, who is majoring in sport industry, were both recognized for the first time, along with rookies Angles Paz Kowase, who are majoring in economics and communication, respectively. All five Buckeyes were named Ohio State Scholar-Athletes for 2013-14, with Becker, Malley and Flower Academic All-Big Ten picks. Flower is also a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, while Kowase was a First Team All-Big Ten selection.

As a team in 2013-14, Ohio State was 19-9, finished 8-3 to stand third in the Big Ten and earned an at-large berth into the NCAA tournament.