Buckeyes begin 2014-15 season with singles and doubles rankings
Angeles Paz/Kowase claim doubles title with win over De Santis/Niehaus
Team recognized, along with Becker, Malley, Flower, Angeles Paz and Kowase
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. 120 in preseason ITA singles poll (Sept.8) and ranked No. 54 in preseason ITA doubles poll with Angeles Paz ... captured ITA Midwest Summer Circuit doubles title with Angeles Paz at Indiana July 29.
2013-14 (Freshman season): Honored as First Team All-Big Ten selection ... tallied 25 singles wins with a 16-4 record on court two this spring to tie for fifth in program-history in freshman wins ... enjoyed nine-match win singles win streak from March 30 through April 26 ... teamed up with Kowase to end regular season with perfect 14-0 dual record and 7-0 B1G record... duo went 15-2 in the spring, posting 12-2 record at No.3 doubles with one and two wins on courts one and two, respectively ... ranked as high as No. 75 in ITA doubles poll with Kowase for latter part of spring season ... totaled eight doubles and six singles wins in fall slate ... reached round of 16 at ITA Midwest Regional in doubles competition with Grainne O'Neill with 8-6 victory over Eastern Michigan University Oct. 11 ... tallied 3-0 singles record at Tennessee Fall Invite Oct. 25-27 vs. Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina State ... notched 2-1 doubles record at Akron Fall Invite and Tennessee Fall Invite with Gabriella De Santis ... defeated Mikayla Morkel-Brink of San Diego State, 6-1, 6-1, at Jack Kramer Collegiate Invite Nov. 7 ... captured first career singles victory vs. West Virginia's Ikttesh Chahal Oct. 5 at Akron Fall Invite ... named ITA and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Personal: Daughter of Hiroyuki and Kaori Kowase... older sister, Maho, is a senior on women's tennis team at Georgia ... majoring in communications ... favorite hobbies include reading Japanese books, hanging with friends and watching movies ... greatest sports thrill was capturing third at the U-14 World Junior Tennis Tournament with the Japanese national team.