Ohio State Sweeps Syracuse and Youngstown State

Miho Kowase had two singles and two doubles wins Friday.
Miho Kowase had two singles and two doubles wins Friday.

Feb. 1, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio- The No. 71 Ohio State women’s tennis earned a 4-0 victory over Syracuse and a 7-0 win over Youngstown State at the Varsity Tennis Center Friday in its first home games of 2014.

The Buckeyes faced off against Syracuse first. On court three, the Ohio State freshman duo of Ferny Angeles Paz and Kowase tallied a 6-0 victory, while sophomore Grainne O’Neill and senior Noelle Malley posted a 6-2 victory on court one. In singles, freshman Sandy Niehaus, redshirt sophomore Nicole Flower and freshman Kowase collected wins for the Buckeyes, with each winning in straight sets.

Singles competition on courts one, three and four and doubles competition on court two was suspended once the Buckeyes clinched the victory.

The Buckeyes wrapped up the day vs. Youngstown State in their Buckeyes Go Pink Match.

The duo of senior Kelsey Becker and Flower took a 6-1 victory on court three, as did the tandem of freshman Gabriella De Santis and Niehaus on court one. The third doubles match, featuring Angeles Paz and Kowase, was suspended, 2-2, once the Buckeyes claimed victory.

In singles, Angeles Paz, O’Neill, Niehaus, Flower and Noelle Malley all won in straight sets, while Kowase won in a 10-6 super tiebreaker over Margarita Sadovnikov to complete the shutout.

Ohio State returns to action Feb. 21 when it hosts Tennessee in the Varsity Tennis Center.

Syracuse vs Ohio State
Jan 31, 2014 at Columbus, Ohio
(Varsity Tennis Center)
#71 Ohio State 4, Syracuse 0

Singles competition
1. Gabriella De Santis (OSU) vs. Amanda Rodgers (SU) 6-2, 6-6 (4-5), unfinished
2. Miho Kowase (OSU) def. Maddie Kobelt (SU) 6-2, 7-5
3. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) vs. Valeria Salazar (SU) 6-7 (3-7), 2-3, unfinished
4. Grainne O'Neill (OSU) vs. Rhiann Newborn (SU) 5-7, 4-4, unfinished
5. Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. Breanna Bachini (SU) 6-2, 6-4
6. Nicole Flower (OSU) def. Maria Avgerinos (SU) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Grainne O'Neill/Noelle Malley (OSU) def. Maddie Kobelt/Valeria Salazar (SU) 6-2
2. Sandy Niehaus/Gabriella De Santis (OSU) vs. Amanda Rodgers/Komal Safdar (SU) 5-4, unfinished
3. Ferny Angeles Paz/Miho Kowase (OSU) def. Rhiann Newborn/Maria Avgerinos (SU) 6-0

Match Notes:
Syracuse 0-4
Ohio State 2-3; National ranking #71
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,5,2)
T-2:27 A-118

Youngstown State vs Ohio State
Jan 31, 2014 at Columbus, Ohio
(Varsity Tennis Center)

#71 Ohio State 7, Youngstown State 0

Singles competition
1. Miho Kowase (OSU) def. Margarita Sadovnikov (YSU) 4-6, 7-6, 10-6
2. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Marta Burak (YSU) 6-0, 6-4
3. Grainne O'Neill (OSU) def. Annina Brendel (YSU) 6-1, 6-2
4. Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. Dominika Lackova (YSU) 6-0, 6-2
5. Noelle Malley (OSU) def. Gimena Puppo (YSU) 6-0, 6-2
6. Nicole Flower (OSU) def. Nehel Sahni (YSU) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition 1. Gabriella De Santis/Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. Margarita Sadovnikov/Marta Burak (YSU) 6-1
2. Ferny Angeles Paz/Miho Kowase (OSU) vs. Carolyn Jesko/Annina Brendel (YSU) 2-2, unfinished
3. Kelsey Becker/Nicole Flower (OSU) def. Nehel Sahni/Dominika Lackova (YSU) 6-1

Match Notes:
Youngstown State 0-2
Ohio State 3-3; National ranking #71
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,5,3,6,2,1)