COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s tennis senior Miho Kowase and head coach Melissa Schaub have been recognized with ITA Regional Awards for the Midwest Region. Kowase was named ITA Senior Player of the Year and Schaub received regional coach of the year honors for the second straight year.
Tokyo, Japan, native Kowase is undefeated in singles this spring (24-0), 32-3 overall this season, and is currently ranked 91st after reaching a high of No. 42 during the year. A team captain, she became the Buckeyes’ all-time singles wins leader with 105 and is now 109-26 for the Scarlet and Gray in her career. The three-time First Team All-Big Ten selection is 23-2 in doubles dual matches and has an overall mark of 27-9 in 2016-17. She and Francesca Di Lorenzo make up the nation’s 18th-ranked doubles tandem and earned an at-large spot in the NCAA Championship. Kowase will be making her second doubles appearance in the NCAA tournament after earning a spot with Anna Sanford last year, just the third Buckeye to make multiple NCAA doubles trips. A marketing major, Kowase is a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar for posting a grade-point average of 3.7+ during the school year. She is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and will be a three-time Academic All-Big Ten choice.
Schaub, a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, repeats as the ITA Midwest Region Coach of the Year. She led the Buckeyes to a second-consecutive 11-0 record in Big Ten regular season matches to claim the Big Ten regular season title and won the league tournament for the second year in a row. The squad is 30-2 overall, with wins in its last 16 matches. Ohio State, currently ranked second with five ranked singles players, earned the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The squad, in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth year in a row, posted two NCAA wins at home last weekend to advance to the Round of 16 for the second straight campaign.
The Buckeyes, 30-2 on the year, will take on South Carolina in the NCAA Championship Round of 16 at noon Friday in Athens, Ga.