Ohio State Welcomes Tennessee Friday

Sandy Niehaus
Sandy Niehaus

Feb. 19, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's tennis team (3-4, 0-0 B1G) will welcome No. 27 Tennessee (3-3, 0-0 SEC) at 5 p.m. Friday in the Varsity Tennis Center. The Buckeyes, who are 2-0 at home this season, are hosting Campus Kids' Day festivities at the match.

The Buckeyes are holding Campus Kids' Day at their match vs. Tennessee Friday, featuring free racquet stenciling, raffles, t-shirts and pizza. Fans will also have an opportunity to meet the team at a post-match autograph session. 

The Buckeyes met the Volunteers this fall in the Tennessee Fall Invite in Knoxville, Tenn. The Buckeyes won four of six singles matches and claimed two doubles matches in the hidden dual tournament. Miho Kowase defeated Tiffany Taveres in three sets, while Sandy Niehaus, Grainne O'Neill and Noelle earned straight set victories in singles competition. In doubles play, Niehaus and O'Neill dominated Tennessee's Laurence Guevremont and Brittany Lindl, 8-0. Malley and Ferny Angeles Paz notched an 8-6 win vs. Tiffany Taveres and Victoria Olivarez.

The Volunteers venture to Columbus following a four-match home stand where the squad defeated Chattanooga and Belmont and fell to Michigan and Georgia Tech. The team, which is led by No. 63-ranked freshman Eve Repic, earned its first win of the season vs. Big Ten opponent Purdue to kick off the spring slate, 4-3, on a neutral court. The Volunteers are 1-1 vs. Big Ten teams this season.

The Buckeyes hold a 2-13 all-time record vs. the Volunteers and are 0-1 vs. SEC competition this season.



Head coach Melissa Schaub is a 2006 graduate of Tennessee. She played four years for the Volunteers, where she was ranked as high as No. 2 nationally in doubles and the squad reached the No. 4 spot in the national polls during her career. Schaub earned All-America honors in her collegiate career and was a second team All-SEC selection for the Volunteers.

Schaub is 0-1 vs. her alma mater in her career as a head coach at Ohio State. 

Ohio State fell to No. 38 Kentucky, 4-2, Feb. 14 in Lexington, Ky. Miho Kowase and Sandy Niehaus earned points for the Buckeyes with singles wins on courts two and four, respectively, to lock the score at 2-all after the Wildcats claimed the doubles point and a win on court three.  After claiming the first set at the No. 1 position, No. 78-ranked De Santis lost to No. 56-ranked Ravita, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2. Caitlin McGraw secured the team victory for the Wildcats with a 6-4, 6-1, win over redshirt sophomore Nicole Flower.

For the first time in her career, freshman Gabriella De Santis checks in at the No. 79 spot in the ITA singles poll. The Caracas, Venezuela, native is 2-1 vs. ranked opponents with a 2-2 record on court one this spring.

The freshman duo of Sandy Niehaus and Miho Kowase have started off the spring campaign on winning streaks. Sandy Niehaus, who dropped her opening match of the spring season vs. Baylor Jan. 18, extended her win streak to six-consecutive singles matches after defeating Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff in straight sets. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native has captured eight of her last 10 singles matches. Kowase has tallied four-consecutive singles victories in the spring campaign.

The Buckeyes will begin Big Ten play on the road vs. Penn State Feb. 25 in State College, Pa., before hosting a doubleheader March 5 vs. Cincinnati at noon and Northern Kentucky at 6 p.m.