Buckeyes begin 2014-15 season with singles and doubles rankings
Angeles Paz/Kowase claim doubles title with win over De Santis/Niehaus
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
Ohio State No. 3 seed, opens play Friday
2014-15 (Sophomore season): Ranked No. 120 in first preseason ITA singles poll (Sept.8) and ranked No. 32 in preseason ITA doubles poll with De Santis ... captured ITA Midwest Summer Circuit doubles title with De Santis at Purdue July 7.
2013-14 (Freshman season): Led the Buckeyes with 31 overall wins and nine B1G singles wins, ranking second all-time for a Buckeye freshman and tied for second for a single season overall ... honored as second-team All-Big Ten selection ... did not drop a singles match from Jan. 18 through March 28, posting team-high 14-consecutive wins during the streak ... closed out season with eight straight singles victories ... teamed with De Santis for a 19-2 record with a perfect 7-0 ledger in B1G contests ... defeated South Carolina's No.51-ranked Blevins/Popova at No. 2 doubles and Folland at No. 3 singles in NCAA tournament appearance ...led the squad with 10 singles wins in fall slate ... claimed eight doubles victories in fall campaign ... captured first career singles victory in debut match in straight sets Oct. 4 vs. Cornell's Lauren Frazier at Akron Fall Invite ... qualified for spot in main draw singles of ITA Midwest Regional Oct. 11 with 6-0, 6-2 victory over Northwestern's Maddie Lipp in qualifiers... tallied a 3-0 singles record at Tennessee Fall Invite Oct. 25-27 with wins vs. North Carolina State, Tennessee and Kentucky ... advanced to round of 32 of main draw doubles with Gabriella De Santis at ITA Midwest Regional with 8-4 win vs. Illinois Oct. 11 ... went 3-0 at Akron Fall Invite Oct. 4-6 paired with De Santis in doubles competition ... posted a 3-0 record in doubles matches at Tennessee Fall Invite with Grainne O'Neill Oct. 25-27 ... earned Ruth Johnson Award Nov. 3 from OVTA for sportsmanship for her play on the Midwest Cup squad in the Marian Wood Baird Cup.
Mount Notre Dame: Captured Ohio singles state championship in 2010 ... runner-up in back-to-back singles state championships in 2011-12 ... earned 2011 Ohio Tennis Coaches Association John P. Harlow Sportsmanship Award ... awarded 2013 High School Sportswomen of the Year by Women's Sports Association of Greater Cincinnati.
Personal: Daughter of Mike and Theresa Niehaus ... has two younger siblings, Andrew and Kelli ... grandfather James Niehaus played basketball for Ohio State ...majoring in exercise science and hopes to attend grad school ... favorite hobbies include playing soccer and spending time with family and friends ... greatest sports thrill was coming back to win state singles championship as a sophomore ... involved in Unified for Unifat, a club dedicated to raising awareness for students in Northern Uganda.