Buckeyes Head to California for Jack Kramer Invitational

Sophomore Grainne O'Neill
Sophomore Grainne O'Neill

Nov. 6, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team will close out the fall campaign at the inaugural Jack Kramer Women’s Collegiate Invitational beginning Thursday in Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. The freshman quartet of Gabriella De Santis, Ferny Angeles Paz, Miho Kowase and Sandy Niehaus, senior Noelle Malley and sophomore Grainne O’Neill will make the trip west with head coach Melissa Schaub and associate head coach Bryan Koniecko to compete in the four-day tournament.

Thursday, Nov. 7: Singles and doubles competition begins at 9 a.m. PT
Friday, Nov. 8: Singles and doubles competition continues at 9 a.m. PT
Saturday, Nov. 9: No matches will be played.
Sunday, Nov. 10: Tournament concludes with doubles final at 9 a.m. PT, followed by singles final. 



Ohio State is slated to take on a talented field of competition at the Jack Kramer Invitational, including four teams who ended last season ranked in the top 20 of the ITA poll. The Buckeyes, who checked in at No. 73 on the last ITA poll, will be joined by No. 6 Southern California, No. 7 UCLA, No. 8 Miami, No. 20 Baylor, No. 46 Washington, No. 55 Pepperdine and Southern Methodist.  Overall, the squads in this tournament total 14 ranked singles players and 11 ranked doubles teams in the ITA poll released Sept. 6. 

The Buckeyes wrapped competition at the Tennessee Fall Invite, collecting 13 singles and eight doubles victories on the weekend. Niehaus, Kowase and Noelle Malley notched a perfect 3-0 record in singles outings on the weekend. In doubles play, the Buckeye duo of Angeles Paz and Malley as well as Grainne O’Neill and Niehaus also posted a 3-0 record. Overall, the Scarlet and Gray captured seven of their eight doubles matches.

Freshman Sandy Niehaus was honored with the Ruth Johnson Award for sportsmanship for her play on the Midwest Cup squad in the Marian Wood Baird Cup this summer by the Ohio Valley Tennis Association (OVTA) Nov. 3. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native has notched wins in her seven of her eight singles matches in the fall campaign, including earning a berth in the singles main draw of the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional in the qualifier draw. Niehaus has also captured wins in eight of her nine doubles matches, paired with freshman Gabriella De Santis and sophomore Grainne O’Neill. 

Ohio State will gear up to begin the spring slate Jan. 18 vs. Baylor in Waco, Texas.