Buckeyes begin 2014-15 season with singles and doubles rankings
Angeles Paz/Kowase claim doubles title with win over De Santis/Niehaus
B1G Freshman of the Year is first Buckeye to receive award
Buckeyes and Gamecocks will compete in first round at 10 a.m. Friday in Durham, N.C.
De Santis, Kowase named First Team All-Big Ten, Niehaus on second team
2014-15 (Sophomore season): Ranked No. 69 in preseason ITA singles poll and ranked No. 32 in preseason ITA doubles poll with Niehaus (Sept.8)... captured ITA Midwest Summer Circuit doubles title with Niehaus at Purdue July 7.
2013-14 (Freshman season): Named ITA Midwest Rookie Player of the Year for first-time in program history and was first Buckeye since Kristy Dascoli in 1998 to earn B1G Freshman of the Year honors ... unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selection and earned B1G Athlete of the Week honors April 1 ... ranked as high as No.78 in ITA singles poll ... led the squad with a team-high nine wins vs. B1G opponents with a 21-12 record and 13 wins on No.1 singles ... notched team-high 27 doubles wins, ending season on 14-match win streak with Niehaus ... teamed with Niehaus for a 19-2 record with a perfect 7-0 ledger in B1G contests ... collected four wins vs. ranked players ... defeated No.51-ranked Blevins/Popova of South Carolina in NCAA tournament doubles match, 8-7 (9-7) ... notched seven singles wins in fall campaign, including a straight-set victory against No. 45 Joelle Kissell of North Carolina State Oct. 27 ... advanced to singles main draw round of 32 in ITA Midwest Regional with win against Nelle Youel of Northern Illinois University ... advanced to main draw doubles round of 32 with Sandy Niehaus at ITA Midwest Regional with 8-4 win vs. Illinois Oct. 11 ... reached doubles semifinals of Jack Kramer Collegiate Invite alongside Miho Kowase with 8-7 quarterfinal victory over UCLA in quarterfinals Nov. 8 ... claimed first collegiate victory Oct. 4 vs. Ryann Young of Cornell University at Akron Fall Invite ... named Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Santiago de León de Caracas: Ranked No. 161 in the world and No. 2 in Venezuela ... competed in the 2013 Fed Cup in Medellin, Colombia, and has represented her country at the Junior Fed Cup five times ... played in ITF tournaments in four different countries, including the Casablanca (Mexico) and Copa del Café (Costa Rica).
Personal: Daughter of Alejandro and Carol De Santis ... has one sibling, Alessandro ... majoring in marketing and plans to attend grad school ... enjoys going to the beach, hanging out with friends and going to the movies ... greatest sports thrill was representing Venezuela nine times in international tournaments and playing in the Fed Cup.