Buckeye Spotlight: Gabriella De Santis

Gabriella De Santis
Gabriella De Santis

Jan. 30, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Freshman Gabriella De Santis is already off to an impressive start for the Ohio State women's tennis team this spring season. Playing at the No.1 singles position, the Caracas, Venezuela, native knocked off the second ranked opponent of her career last weekend, defeating Baylor's No. 38-ranked Kiah Generette, 4-6. 6-0, 1-0 (10-4) Jan. 18. Next up, De Santis and the Buckeyes will host their home opener with a doubleheader Friday vs. Syracuse at 1 p.m. and Youngstown State at 6 p.m.

What was your favorite memory of the fall season?
"My favorite memory was going to Los Angeles!"

What goals have you made for the upcoming spring season?
"I want to work hard and be a better teammate."

What has been the biggest surprise in transitioning from high school to Ohio State?
"The amount of support we get at Ohio State."

What has been the best piece of advice you have received from coaches, teammates, siblings or parents as you prepare for the season?
"Always do your best!"

Outside of tennis, what are some of your favorite activities?
"I like to go to the movies and go shopping."

What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your tennis career so far (before or during Ohio State career)?
"Playing at the Fed Cup."

Favorite TV show or last show you watched on Netflix?
Gossip Girl.
Favorite movie?
A Walk to Remember.
Favorite athlete?
Rafael Nadal.
Favorite athletic memory?
Representing my country in different tournaments.
Favorite Ohio State memory?
Walking on the Ohio State football field.
Any pre-game superstitions or rituals?
I listen to music.
Favorite place on campus?
Mirror Lake.
Favorite meal?
Dream job?
To work in sports!
Most interesting places you've visited?
Paris and Brazil.
If you could have dinner with three people (living or not), who would you choose?
Mahatma Gandhi, Marilyn Monroe and John Lennon.