Ohio State Drops 4-1 Decision to South Florida

Sandy Niehaus
Sandy Niehaus

Jan. 25, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 72 Ohio State women’s tennis (1-3, 0-0 Big Ten) dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 59 South Florida Saturday in Coral Gables, Fla., in its second match of ITA Kickoff Weekend. Freshman Sandy Niehaus notched singles and doubles wins in the loss.

After splitting the first two doubles matches, South Florida jumped ahead after clinching the doubles point in a tiebreaker. Buckeyes Grainne O’Neill and Niehaus topped Kayla Rizzolo and Loreto Alonso, 6-2, on court one, while the Buckeye duo of Ferny Angeles Paz and Noelle Malley was defeated by Vera Bessonova and Olga Martinez, 6-3, on court three. The freshman tandem of Miho Kowase and Gabriella De Santis battled but fell to Olaya Garrido and Fanny Fracassi in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (1).

Niehaus collected a point for the Buckeyes, defeating Bessonova in straight sets 6-3, 6-0, on court five. The Bulls tallied three wins in singles competition on courts three, four and six to earn the victory. On court three, O’Neill fell to Fracassi, 6-0, 6-4, while Paz was defeated by Garrido, 6-0, 6-3. Nicole Flower dropped her match on court six to Martinez in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. Gabriella De Santis and Miho Kowase did not finish their respective matches because play was suspended.



Up next, the Buckeyes will host their home opener Jan. 31 with a doubleheader vs. Syracuse at 1 p.m. and Youngstown State at 6 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio at the Varsity Tennis Center. The game vs. the Penguins is the team’s Go Pink match.

Tennis Match Results

Jan 25, 2014

Ohio State vs. University of South Florida


University of South Florida 4, Ohio State 1


Singles competition

1. Kayla Rizzolo (USF) vs. Gabriella De Santis (OSU) 6-2, 4-6, 8-4, unfinished

2. Loreto Alonso (USF) vs. Miho Kowase (OSU) 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, unfinished

3. Fanny Fracassi (USF) def. Grainne O'Neill (OSU) 6-0, 6-4

4. Olaya Garrido (USF) def. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) 6-0, 6-3

5. Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. Vera Bessonova (USF) 6-3, 6-0

6. Olga Martinez (USF) def. Nicole Flower (OSU) 6-4, 6-2


Doubles competition

1. Grainne O'Neill/Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. Kayla Rizzolo/Loreto Alonso (USF) 6-2

2. Olaya Garrido/Fanny Fracassi (USF) def. Gabriella De Santis/Miho Kowase (OSU) 7-6 (1)

3. Vera Bessonova/Olga Martinez (USF) def. Ferny Angeles Paz/Noelle Malley (OSU) 6-3