July 26, 2016

Trio of Buckeyes Recognized by ITA for Academic Success


July 26, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Graduate student Nicole Flower and juniors Ferny Angeles Paz and Miho Kowase have been named ITA Scholar-Athletes for the 2015-16 season, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced. It is the third consecutive award for Angeles Paz and Kowase and marks the second time Flower has been recognized.

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 2 semesters.

Flower, from Upper Arlington, Ohio, was enrolled in graduate school for sport management in 2015-16. She also was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and completed her career as a five-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Lima, Peru, native Angeles Paz, an economics major, is now a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Angeles Paz was the Buckeyes’ recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for 2016.

Kowase, a communications major from Tokyo, Japan, earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar accolades for the second time in 2015-16. She is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. Kowase also received the Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship for the Midwest Region in 2016 and was a First Team All-Big Ten selection.