Athletes distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior
Ohio State finishes season third, Di Lorenzo first in singles, Kowase/Di Lorenzo third in doubles
Highlights from the past week in Ohio State Athletics
Highlights from the past week in Ohio State Athletics
Ohio State will host Notre Dame at noon Sunday for a spot in the Round of 16
NCAA Semifinals vs Stanford
Buckeyes Win B1G Tournament
No. 2/3 Ohio State faced No. 1 Florida in match at USTA National Campus (photo credit Manuela Davies/USTA)
Ohio State topped Alabama to advance to ITA National Team Indoors
Buckeyes vs Yellow Jackets in NCAA Round of 16
2016-17 (Senior Season): B1G Sportsmanship Award winner for Buckeye women’s tennis and Ohio State overall ... 30-4 overall in singles, with 24-2 ledger in dual matches ... ranked for much of the season in singles, reaching a high of 54 ... ended year ranked No. 71 in doubles with Anna Sanford and No. 73 with Gabriella De Santis ... reached No. 31 with De Santis in March ... 18-match winning streak Feb. 19-May 19 ... came back to win in three sets in B1G Tournament 4-3 win over Illinois ... three singles wins and four doubles victories in NCAA play ... 9-0 in Big Ten singles matches ... played on courts 3-6 and was 8-1 on court four and 13-1 on court five, with 1-0 mark on court three and 2-0 ledger at No. 6 ... 20-8 in doubles dual matches and 27-10 overall ... 7-1 in B1G play ... 14-4 on court two ... played final eight matches with Sanford, with duo going 6-2 during the postseason ... 6-2 in singles and 7-2 doubles ledger in the fall ... won last four matches, including three victories at UT Fall Invite ... four of last five matches went three sets ... two wins in ITA All-Americans qualifying ... 5-0 doubles mark at UT Fall Invite ... picked up win over No. 24-ranked team from N.C. State in ITA All-Americans qualifying with Gabriella De Santis.
2015-16 (Junior Season): 11-0 in dual matches, playing on courts four, five and six ... 16-3 overall ... missed time at start of spring season with an injury ... ranked 81st by ITA May 5 ... 16-2 in doubles dual matches and 26-4 overall this season ... ranked with Ferny Angeles Paz (No. 45) and Gabriella De Santis (No. 58) in doubles May 5 ... 11-0 with De Santis in the spring playing on all three courts ... five singles wins and 10-2 doubles ledger in the fall ... reached ITA Midwest Regional final with Ferny Angeles Paz, falling in the championship match to teammates Anna Sanford and Miho Kowase ... duo picked up three doubles wins at regionals before losing in tiebreaker in final ... six-match doubles winning streak, with four wins at UT Fall Invite and two at Jack Kramer Invitational ... advanced to quarterfinals at ITA Midwest Regionals ... 2-1 at UT Fall Invite and 1-1 at Jack Kramer Invitational ... six-match winning streak in doubles, with four victories at UT Fall Invite and two at Jack Kramer Invitational to reach quarterfinals.
2014-15 (Sophomore Season): Second on the squad with 21 wins and 19 victories in dual matches ... 10-match winning streak March 6-April 17 ... 9-1 mark in Big Ten singles matches ... topped No. 62 Ebony Panoho in Buckeyes’ road win at Arizona State ... tied for team lead with 21 doubles victories ... 14-6 in dual matches, with 6-2 Big Ten mark and 13-5 ledger at No. 1 ... 8-2 in final 10 doubles matches ... ended season ranked No. 35 by ITA in doubles with Gabriella De Santis; No. 26 in poll entering spring ... advanced to main draw round of 32 with three straight wins at ITA All-American Championships alongside De Santis after earning a spot through qualifying, becoming first Buckeye duo in main draw since 2001 … notched 18-match doubles winning streak before falling at ITA All-Americans … advanced to doubles quarterfinals at ITA Midwest Regional … reached round of 16 in main draw singles at ITA Midwest Regional … ranked No. 120 in first preseason ITA singles poll and ranked No. 32 in preseason ITA doubles poll with De Santis released Sept. 8 … captured ITA Midwest Summer Circuit doubles title with De Santis at Purdue July 7.
2013-14 (Freshman Season): Second Team All-Big Ten selection ... led the Buckeyes with 32 total wins and nine B1G singles wins, ranking second all-time for a Buckeye freshman and tied for second for a single season overall … did not drop a singles match Jan. 18-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 … led the squad with 10 singles wins in fall and claimed eight doubles victories … captured first career singles victory in debut match in straight sets Oct. 4 vs. Cornell’s Lauren Frazier at Akron Fall Invite … earned a spot in main draw of ITA Midwest Regional after three wins in qualifying … 3-0 singles record at Tennessee Fall Invite Oct. 25-27 … advanced to round of 32 of main draw doubles with De Santis at ITA Midwest Regional … 3-0 at Akron Fall Invite paired with De Santis and 3-0 in doubles at Tennessee Fall Invite with Grainne O’Neill … received 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 and 2012 ... earned 2011 and 2012 Ohio Tennis Coaches Association John P. Harlow Sportsmanship Award ... awarded 2013 High School Sportswoman 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 ... 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.
Sanford in Action at Oracle ITA Masters
Buckeyes Open Fall Slate on Both Coasts