Miho Kowase
Miho  Kowase

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Tokyo, Japan

High School:
Reitaku

Height:
5-1

06/02/2017

Buckeyes in the Year End ITA Rankings

Ohio State finishes season third, Di Lorenzo first in singles, Kowase/Di Lorenzo third in doubles

05/31/2017

Ohio State Athletics Good Stuff

Ohio State Athletics Good Stuff

05/24/2017

Di Lorenzo No. 1 Seed in NCAA Singles Championship

Kowase and Di Lorenzo will compete for doubles title

05/23/2017

Ohio State Athletics Good Stuff

Highlights from the past week in Ohio State Athletics

05/16/2017

Kowase, Schaub Recognized by ITA

Kowase named Midwest Senior of the Year, Schaub honored as region’s coach of the year

04/20/2017

Buckeyes Preview Indiana and Purdue Matches

Buckeyes Preview Indiana and Purdue Matches

05/22/2017

NCAA Semifinals vs Stanford

NCAA Semifinals vs Stanford

01/29/2017

Buckeyes Down Crimson Tide

Ohio State topped Alabama to advance to ITA National Team Indoors

05/21/2016

Buckeyes in NCAA Quarterfinals

Buckeyes in NCAA Quarterfinals

05/19/2016

Buckeyes vs Yellow Jackets in NCAA Round of 16

Buckeyes vs Yellow Jackets in NCAA Round of 16

05/15/2016

Buckeyes Down UCLA in NCAA Second Round

Buckeyes Down UCLA in NCAA Second Round

Ohio State Career: 2017 NCAA Doubles Champion with Francesca Di Lorenzo, the first NCAA title in program history ... ended career as program’s all-time leader in singles wins (112) and combined wins (213) and ranked second with 101 doubles victories ... 2017 All-American ... three-time First Team All-Big Ten (2014, ‘16, ‘17) ... undefeated in dual matches as a senior (27-0) and had just five unfinished matches ... set program record with 33 doubles wins in 2017 ... 90 career dual match singles wins, the most for a Buckeye since at least 1990 and only player with more than 79 since that time, tying for first with 71 dual match doubles victories ... ranks third all-time in career singles winning percentage (.812) ... team captain as a senior ... part of winningest senior class in program history (102 victories), appeared in four NCAA Tournaments, reaching quarterfinals in 2016 and semifinals in 2017 and won back-to-back Big Ten regular season and tournament titles ... three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honoree and four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete ... four-time ITA All-Academic Team selection ... 2017 ITA Midwest Region Senior Player of the Year and 2016 Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship winner ... two-time NCAA Doubles Championship qualifier ... part of program’s highest ranked doubles teams, reaching No. 2 and 3 with Anna Sanford in 2016 and finishing No. 3 with Di Lorenzo in 2017.

2016-17 (Senior Season): NCAA Doubles Champion with Francesca Di Lorenzo, winning five matches, including four over Top 15 ranked teams, with three super tiebreaker victories en route to title ... All-American, named to ITA Collegiate All-Star Team and All-Big Ten ... ranked in singles throughout the year, reaching high of No. 42 and ending year No. 90 ... ranked in doubles with Sanford in the fall and with Di Lorenzo in the spring, ending at No. 3 (entered NCAA Tournament ranked 18th) ... undefeated in singles in the spring with 27-0 mark, 9-0 in B1G play, and was 35-3 overall ... came back to win in three sets in B1G Tournament 4-3 victory over Illinois and in NCAA Tournament vs. Stanford ... posted four singles wins in the five NCAA Tournament matches and was leading vs. Buffalo 6-4, 5-0, when play was halted ... clinched 4-3 team win over Oklahoma State in national indoors with three-set victory ... 2-0 on court three, 16-0 on court four and 9-0 on court five ... ... 33-9 overall in doubles (program record for single season doubles wins), going 24-2 in dual matches ... played on all three doubles courts and was 13-0 on court one, including wins in three NCAA matches ... posted 8-3 singles mark and 4-7 doubles record in the fall ... UT Fall Invite champion after posting 3-0 singles record, with two ranked wins, including win over No. 35-ranked Sadie Hammond of Tennessee ... qualifying win at ITA All-American championships ... competed in All-Americans main draw in doubles with Anna Sanford ... ITA Midwest Region Senior Player of the Year ... B1G Distinguished Scholar, ITA All-Academic Team choice, Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

2015-16 (Junior Season): 21-2 in dual matches and 27-4 overall, earning First Team All-Big Ten honors ... Midwest Region winner of ITA Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship ... 17-match winning streak ended in Big Ten Tournament final vs. Michigan ... 8-0 in B1G play during the regular season ... clinched team’s 4-3 victory over No. 1 ranked and defending NCAA champion Vanderbilt in National Team Indoors quarterfinals, coming from a set down ... 27-11 overall in doubles, posting 17-6 mark in dual matches (all with Sanford) and 6-2 B1G ledger ... 25-8 overall with Sanford to lead team in wins as a doubles team ... claimed ITA Midwest Regional doubles title, the first regional championship for the Buckeyes, with Anna Sanford ... regional title clinched spot at ITA National Indoors ... duo was 3-2 at national indoors; posted straight-set victory over No. 27-ranked Nevada tandem in round of 32 before falling in match tiebreaker to No. 9 ranked team from Kentucky ... won two matches in NIIC consolation, with victory over Virginia’s No. 13-ranked squad and win over duo from Oklahoma State ... fell in consolation final to team from Stanford ... six wins at regionals en route to title, topping teammates Ferny Angeles Paz/Sandy Niehaus in final ... reached Round of 16 in singles draw at ITA Midwest Regionals ... 3-1 in singles at Miami Fall Invite and picked up two wins at UT Fall Invite ... Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, Academic All-Big Ten, B1G Distinguished Scholar and ITA Scholar-Athlete.

2014-15 (Sophomore Season): Team-high 22 victories, including team-best 20 in dual matches ... 9-2 singles ledger and 7-1 doubles mark in Big Ten play ... 15-6 in doubles overall, including 12-5 dual match mark ... 8-4 at No. 2 singles in the spring ... advanced to quarterfinals of main draw singles at ITA Midwest Regional Oct. 19 … 3-0 in doubles play at Tennessee Fall Invite with three different partners: Ferny Angeles Paz, Grainne O’Neill and Anna Sanford … 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 ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, ITA All-Academic Team selection, an Academic All-Big Ten pick and an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

2013-14 (Freshman Season): First Team All-Big Ten … tallied 25 singles wins with a 16-4 record on court two to tie for fifth in program history in freshman wins … nine-match singles winning streak March 30-April 26 … teamed with Angeles Paz to end regular season with perfect 14-0 dual record and 7-0 B1G record … duo went 15-2 in the spring … ranked as high as No. 75 in ITA doubles poll with Angeles Paz 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 with Grainne O’Neill … tallied 3-0 singles record at Tennessee Fall Invite Oct. 25-27 … captured first career singles victory vs. West Virginia’s Ikttesh Chahal Oct. 5 at Akron Fall Invite ... named ITA and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

Reitaku High School: Member of Japanese National Team from 2009-12 ... reached doubles quarterfinals of the 2011 Wimbledon Juniors ... captured third at 2009 World Junior Tennis on Japanese National Team ... claimed 2010 Junior Fed Cup title (Asia/Oceania) with Japanese National Team ... ended the 2011 season ranked No. 48 and earned a career-high world ranking of No. 14 in 2010.

Personal: Daughter of Hiroyuki and Kaori Kowase ... older sister, Maho, competed on the 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.