Athletes of the Week
Natalie Spooner , a freshman forward on the women’s hockey team, factored into half of Ohio State’s scoring with three goals and an assist in a home sweep of North Dakota, Feb. 6-7. The native of Scarborough, Ontario, scored the fourth goal in the Buckeyes’ 4-1 win Friday. She then built the OSU lead Saturday by scoring a goal in both the first and second periods before assisting on the third Buckeye lamplighter in the 4-2 victory. The second game was her 10th multiple-point performance of the season and sixth game with multiple goals. Spooner was plus-4 and a mainstay on the Buckeye penalty kill that was 16-of-19 for the series.
With her three goals, Spooner increased her team lead in the category to 20. She is just the fifth Buckeye to reach the 20-goal mark in a season and only the second to do it as a freshman. She is second on the team in scoring with 29 points and moved into fifth in the Buckeye freshman scoring record.
Zac Dalpe, a freshman forward on the men’s hockey team, was named CCHA Rookie of the Week after tallying four points in the Buckeyes’ series split with then-No. 2 ranked Notre Dame last weekend. Dalpe scored a goal that gave the Buckeyes a lead over the Irish with just under three minutes remaining in the eventual 4-3 overtime loss Friday. On Sunday, he assisted on three second-period goals in a span of 10:12 as Ohio State scored four unanswered in a 4-1 victory over the Irish. It was the first multiple-assist game of his career and he was named the game’s first star.
Dalpe has a team-best 13 goals this season, adding eight assists for 21 points. He is tied for second among the nation’s freshmen in goals and leads the CCHA rookies in goal scoring.
Athletics Good Stuff
Gene Smith, assistant vice president and athletics director, has been promoted to associate vice president by Jeff Kaplan, senior vice president and special assistant to the president. In this enhanced role, Smith will assume additional oversight responsibilities for several revenue-generating areas formerly within the Office of Student Life, including the Schottenstein Center, the Blackwell Inn, Fawcett Center and the Drake Center.
Tickets for the Women’s Gymnastics NCAA Central Regional are currently on sale. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors (62 and up) and students (18-under) and $5 for groups (20 or more advanced purchase only). For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-292-0320.
Seniors Corey Elkins and Hayley Klassen of the Ohio State men’s and women’s hockey teams, respectively, have been nominated to participate in the 2009 Frozen Four Skills Challenge. Fans can vote for their Buckeyes through Feb. 18 online at www.NCAA.com.
No. 24 Men’s Basketball (17-5; 7-4 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Thad Matta
Evan Turner scored 26 points, including six in overtime, to lead Ohio State past No. 12 Purdue, 80-72, Feb. 4 and end the Boilermakers’ six-game winning streak. Freshman William Buford had 22 points and classmate B.J. Mullens added 17 as the Buckeyes won their third-consecutive game, shooting 60 percent from the field.
Ohio State dropped its second-consecutive ranked opponent Feb. 7 with a 64-58 victory over No. 19 Minnesota. Turner led the team in scoring for the 11th time this season, contributing 18 points while totaling his ninth career double-double by adding 10 rebounds.
Buford poured in his 250th point this season, by scoring 11 points. It was also the 14th game this season he has been in double figures and 13th of the last 14.
Five Buckeyes scored in double figures against Minnesota – Turner (18), Jon Diebler (11), Buford (11), Jeremie Simmons (10) and Mullens (10).
Turner earned his second-consecutive weekly honor, and third of the season, after leading the Buckeyes with a pair of double-doubles in wins over ranked Big Ten foes last week in Columbus. The 6-foot-7-inch Buckeye guard averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds on the week to extend Ohio State’s win streak to four games. Against Purdue Feb. 3, Turner netted six of his 26 points in overtime to aid his team in an 80-72 triumph over the Boilermakers, ranked No. 12 at the time by the Associated Press. Turner, a native of Chicago, then connected on seven free throws in the final 64 seconds in Ohio State’s 64-58 victory over Minnesota Feb 7.
Up Next: at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. Feb. 14 in Madison, Wis. (ESPN)
No. 14/12 Women’s Basketball (19-4; 10-2 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Foster
The Buckeyes picked up another victory with their 59-47 win over Purdue Feb. 5 in Value City Arena before falling to Michigan State, 52-46, on the road Sunday.
Sophomore Jantel Lavender scored the 1,000th point of her career against the Boilermakers, becoming the second-fastest player in the history of Ohio State women’s basketball (53 games) to reach the milestone. Katie Smith was the fastest to do it at 52 games. Lavender is the 27th Ohio State player to reach the 1,000-point plateau. In the game, Lavender recorded 19 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for her 15th double-double of the season and the 28th of her career. She has scored in double figures in all 53 career games, the fourth-longest active streak in Division I.
Against Purdue, Samantha Prahalis dished out four assists and has 129 on the season. She is on pace to break Kim Wilburn’s Ohio State freshman record of 168 dishes set during the 2002-03 season. Also playing well for the Buckeyes was Shavelle Little who recorded a game-high five steals. Star Allen finished the night with 14 points and went over 700 points for her career.
Up Next: at Iowa, 8 p.m. Feb. 12 in Iowa City, Iowa (BigTenNetwork.com)
vs. Northwestern, 11 a.m. Feb. 15 at Value City Arena (Big Ten Network)
No. 3 Fencing
Head Coach: Vladimir Nazlymov
Ohio State concluded action at the Northwestern Duals in Evanston, Ill., with the men’s team going 8-1 and the women’s squad going 9-2 Jan. 31-Feb. 1. The meet was the final collegiate action for the Buckeyes before they travel to Notre Dame Feb. 28-March 1 in search of a seventh-consecutive Midwest Conference title.
The men’s team picked off the top-ranked Penn State men’s team decisively, 16-11, but fell narrowly to the second-ranked Notre Dame team, 15-12. Other wins of note on the men’s side included a 22-5 victory over 11th-ranked North Carolina and a 20-7 win over Wayne State.
The Ohio State women fell to both Penn State and Notre Dame by the same score, 17-10, but were winners over host Northwestern, 18-9, and eighth-ranked Temple, 17-10. The Buckeyes also posted shutouts against Lawrence and Detroit-Mercy, while surrendering only one point to Cleveland State.
Up Next: at Junior Olympics, TBA Feb. 13-16 in Albuquerque, N.M.
Head Coach: Jim Tressel
The Ohio State-USC game will be played at 8 p.m. Sept. 12 in Columbus this fall. The game will be televised by ESPN.
Twenty-five of the nation’s top high school football players have signed to play at The Ohio State University Feb. 4. The class includes 14 players from Ohio, three from Pennsylvania and Florida, two from Michigan and one from Maryland, Kentucky and Texas. There are 13 offensive (4 OL, 4 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 QB) and 12 defensive (4 DB, 4 LB, 2 DT, 2 DE) players.
Head Coach: Jim Brown
Ohio State head coach Jim Brown received the Labron Harris Sr. Award presented by E-Z-GO in cooperation with The PGA of America and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) at the at the Doubletree Hotel at the entrance to Universal Studios Jan. 26 in Orlando, Fla. The Harris Award is presented to the college or high school coach and PGA Professional whose support of the game through teaching, coaching and involvement in the community has helped ensure the continued growth of the game and represents the finest qualities the game has to offer.
The Buckeyes prepared for the upcoming spring schedule with their annual Alumni Match, Feb. 7 in Jupiter, Fla. The current team fell to the former Buckeyes 6 to 5 . The alumni players included the legendary Jack Nicklaus along his son Gary Nicklaus, John Cook, Joey Sindelar (father of current Buckeye Jamie Sindelar), Mark Balen, Ed Sneed, Kevin Hall, Steve Anderson, Rod Spittle, Kyle Coconis, Curt Sanders and Peter Hammar. Ohio State fielded sophomores Bo Hoag, Brad Smith, Tanner Murphy and Michael Cress, junior Brad Wright and freshman Alex Redfield.
Missing the Alumni Match was senior tri-captain Vaughn Snyder, who was competing in the prestigious Jones Cup Invitational. He finished tied for 52nd with scores of 76-71-87 on the 7,321-yard Ocean Forest Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga.
Up Next: at Big Ten Match Play Championship, TBA Feb. 13-14 in Pompano Beach, Fla.
No. 8 Men’s Gymnastics (2-4; 1-4 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Miles Avery
Senior all-arounder Jake Bateman concluded the 2009 Winter Cup Challenge in 14th with a two-day total of 168.3 Feb. 7 at the Las Vegas Sports Center in Las Vegas.
Facing competition that featured the nation’s Top 42 athletes, the Buckeyes saw sophomore Brandon Wynn, a native of Voorhees, N.J., place 26th (139.85) while Philip Onorato, a freshman from Plano, Texas, ended the competition in 28th (138.1).
At the finals, Bateman, a two-time captain for the Ohio State, scored an 83.6 in the all-around. His night was highlighted by a 14.6 on floor and a 15.7 on vault. Based on the Men’s Program Committee approved points ranking system, the Kingsport, Tenn., native was ranked fifth after the first day of competition, collecting 98 points from five Top 10 finishes earned at the qualifier Feb. 5.
Onorato, who entered day two ranked 15th with 68 points, competed on only four events at the second day of the challenge. His best tally of the night came with a 14.4 on rings at the finals.
Wynn also competed on just four events during the second day of the meet. After recording an 82.65 for 12th in the all-around on the first night, the sophomore had three great performances at the finals, including a 14.85 on rings, 15.2 on vault and 14.0 on parallel bars.
Steven Spencer, a redshirt-freshman from Pleasanton, Calif., advanced to the finals after capturing second place on pommel horse with a 14.75 at the qualifier. Spencer could not repeat his performance on day two, receiving a 13.5 at the finals.
In all, seven members of Scarlet and Gray squad competed at the qualifier.
Up Next: vs. UIC, 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at St. John Arena
No. 18 Women’s Gymnastics (3-4; 1-2 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Carey Fagan
With a season-high score of 195.225, Ohio State defeated Iowa in a Big Ten match-up in St. John Arena Feb. 7. The Hawkeyes led the Buckeyes after three events, but fell short after the final rotation to finish the night with a 194.250.
Freshman Taylor Jones won the all-around title with a season-high 39.125. Jones tied for first on vault with a season-best 9.850 and placed second in the meet on floor with a 9.825. Jones has led the Buckeyes on floor in all but one meet this season.
Ohio State started the night on vault with a team season-high 48.900. Senior Amanda Surine and freshman Casey Williamson both recorded a 9.80, a season-high mark for both, to place second for Ohio State in the event.
Williamson and Beth Ann Ballard led the way for Ohio State on bars with a 9.750 score each. The pair placed second in the meet and boosted Ohio State’s bar score to a 48.650. On beam, the Buckeyes scored a 48.750 with freshman Nicole Krauter and senior Kiki Holman tying with a 9.777 to lead the Buckeyes on the event.
The Buckeyes concluded the night on floor with a season-high 48.925, besting Iowa’s 47.725 (floor) to give the Buckeyes the event win. Surine scored her second season-high of the night with a 9.80 to finish third.
Fans can watch Ohio State take on Iowa in a delayed airing on Big Ten Network at 7 p.m. Feb. 14.
Up Next: at Illinois, 3 p.m. Feb. 15 in Champaign, Ill.
No. 16 Men’s Hockey (18-9-3; 11-8-3-3 CCHA)
Head Coach: John Markell
Ohio State split a conference series with second-ranked Notre Dame Feb. 7-8. The Buckeyes won game two, 4-1, Feb. 8 after dropping a 4-3 overtime decision Jan. 7 in Value City Arena.
In game one, the Buckeyes went ahead on a Zac Dalpe goal at 17:05 of the third period, but Notre Dame converted twice on a major power play, with the tying goal coming 6-on-4 with no time on the clock in the third period and Calle Ridderwall scoring the gamewinner 49 seconds into overtime.
Corey Elkins and Sergio Somma also scored for the Buckeyes in game one vs. the Irish.
In Ohio State’s victory, sophomore John Albert (1g, 2a) and Dalpe (3a) each had a team-best three points, with linemate Taylor Stefishen adding a goal and an assist.
Up Next: at Michigan State, 7:05 p.m. Feb. 13 in East Lansing, Mich. (Big Ten Network)
at Michigan State, 5:05 p.m. Feb. 14 in East Lansing, Mich. (FSN Detroit)
Women’s Hockey (8-19-3; 6-16-2-2 WCHA)
Head Coach: Jackie Barto
Freshman forward Natalie Spooner scored twice and added an assist as Ohio State completed a home sweep of North Dakota with a 4-2 victory Feb. 7 at the OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeyes downed the Fighting Sioux, 4-1, in game one Feb. 6.
The sweep was the first home sweep for the Buckeyes since defeating Bemidji State twice earlier this season (Oct. 24-25).
With her two goals, Spooner became just the fifth Buckeye to score 20 goals in a season. The native of Scarborough, Ontario, increased her point total to 29 with her 10th multiple-point game on the year.
Sophomore defenseman Shannon Reilly scored twice and freshman forward Laura McIntosh had a goal and an assist to lead Ohio State to victory in game one. Senior goaltender Liana Bonanno stopped 27-of-28 shots faced to backstop the Buckeyes to the win. Spooner sealed the win with an empty netter at 19:47.
Up Next: at Minnesota Duluth, 7:07 p.m. Feb. 13-14 in Duluth, Minn.
No. 19 Men’s Lacrosse (1-0)
Head Coach: Nick Myers
Behind five points from seniors Jeff Ryan and Joel Dalgarno and sophomore Mike Pires, Ohio State opened the 2009 campaign with a 21-1 victory over Detroit Mercy Feb.7 in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The game marked the first at the helm for Buckeye head coach Nick Myers.
In all, the Buckeyes got points from 18 players as 41 total Ohio State players saw action vs. the Titans (0-1), who were playing the first game in program history. Pires had a career-best five goals in the contest, including three man-up tallies. Dalgarno had a hat trick and two assists and Ryan had a career-high tying four goals, along with an assist.
Up Next: at Navy, noon Feb. 14 in Annapolis, Md.
Head Coach: Sue Stimmel
Ohio State sophomore midfielder Maghan Beaudrault, the 2008 American Lacrosse Conference Rookie of the Year, was named to the 2009 ALC preseason all-star team as selected by the conference coaches. In a vote of the league’s five head coaches, Ohio State was selected to finish fifth in the ALC while Northwestern, four-time defending national champions, has been picked to win its fifth-consecutive ALC title.
Up Next: at American, 3 p.m. Feb. 13 in Washington, D.C.
at George Washington, 1 p.m. Feb. 15 in Washington, D.C.
Head Coach: Jim Sweeney
Ohio State competed in the Midwest Sectionals Feb. 6-7 at the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range in Converse Hall. The Buckeyes posted a 6,277 open score and a 2,737 in the women’s events. Ohio State now awaits the posting of the national qualifiers for the Collegiate Nationals, March 17-21.
In the open events, Seth Berglee finished first in all three posting a 572 in air pistol, a 547 in standard pistol and a 520 in free pistol. Rob Deppi finished second in free pistol at 506 and standard pistol at 526. Erin Meadows finished second in air pistol with a 555.
Meadows took first in both women’s events scoring a 371 in air pistol and a 560 in sport pistol. Kelsey Imig finished second in both scoring a 365 in air pistol and a 558 in sport pistol.
Up Next: vs. Purdue, TBA March 7 at Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range in Converse Hall
Head Coach: Pat Cherry
Ohio State posted a 4,576 to 4,418 victory at the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology Feb. 7. The Buckeyes posted a 2,262 in the smallbore event and a 2,314 in air rifle. Jed Neidigh was the top scorer in smallbore rifle for the Buckeyes with a 576. He also posted a team-high 1,156 in the two-gun aggregate. Ranking second on the squad in smallbore rifle was James Clark with a 569. In air rifle, Nicholas Novello was the team leader with a 584. Clark and Neidigh tied for second in air rifle on the squad with a 584.
Up Next: hosting NRA Collegiate Sectional and NCAA Qualifier, TBA Feb. 13-15 at Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range in Converse Hall
Softball (4-1; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Linda Kalafatis
Ohio State opened the 2009 season going 4-1 at the Hotel Encanto Invitational at New Mexico State. The Buckeyes posted wins over Cleveland State, 10-2, and UMKC, 12-1, Feb. 6. Ohio State won its third game of the season with a 12-3 victory over Ohio in five innings Feb. 7. The team wrapped up action Feb. 8, beating Colorado State, 11-2, before falling to New Mexico State, 3-2, in five innings.
The Buckeyes had eight homeruns in the tournament and outscored their opponents, 47-11.
Up Next: vs. LSU in LSU Tournament, 6 p.m. Feb. 13 in Baton Rouge, La.
vs. Sam Houston State at LSU Tournament, 9 a.m. Feb. 14 in Baton Rouge, La.
vs. Texas A&M at LSU Tournament, 11 a.m. Feb .14 in Baton Rouge, La.
in First Round Seeded Game at LSU Tournament, TBA Feb. 15 in Baton Rouge, La.
in Championship/Consolation Game at LSU Tournament, TBA Feb. 15 in Baton Rouge, La.
No. 10 Men’s Swimming and Diving (10-2; 2-2 Big Ten)
Head Coaches: Bill Wadley and Vince Panzano
Ohio State recognized its seniors before its final dual meet of 2009 vs. West Virginia. The Buckeyes’ eight seniors were honored: Scott Blake, Jake Busch, Jordan Hershberger, Tyler King, Matthias Sigrist, Ryan Stoneburg, Felipe Travesso and Yannick van Heers.
The team collected both first- and second-place finishes in the first four individual races of the night to defeat West Virginia, 162-121.
Stefan Sigrist and Mark Neiman went one-two in the 1,000-yard freestyle to open the evening’s individual races. Sigrist’s winning time was 9:24.72. Two seniors Busch and King followed with wins in the 200 freestyle (1:40.47) and 100 backstroke (49.15), respectively, before sophomore Elliott Keefer took home a win in the 100 breaststroke in 56.94.
The wins kept coming for Ohio State, which ended up winning 12 of the 14 races on the evening. Other victorious Buckeyes included Lincoln Fahrbach (50 freestyle), Duncan De Wet (100 freestyle), Elliott (200 backstroke), Stephen Sakaris (500 freestyle), Chuck Allison (100 butterfly) and Austin Mudd (200 individual medley).
Sean Moore won the 1-meter springboard event with 352.95 points and the 3-meter board with 450.30 points.
Women’s Swimming and Diving (5-4; 0-3 Big Ten)
Head Coaches: Bill Dorenkott and Vince Panzano
Ohio State closed out its dual meet season with a 165-77 win over West Virginia Feb. 6 at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
Samantha Cheverton crushed the field in the 1000 freestyle by more than 26 seconds to win in a team season’s-best time of 10:07.20. Senior Griet Buelens followed with a win in the 200 freestyle (1:51.11), the first of three wins on the night for the senior from Kapelle-Op-Den-Bos, Belgium. Buelens also won the 100 freestyle in 51.76 and the 100 butterfly in 56.60. Junior Colleen Schweitzer won both breaststroke events. She won the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.90 and took the 200 breaststroke in 2:20.20.
Other individual event winners for the Buckeyes included junior co-captain Jill Lockhart (200 butterfly) and freshman Lisa Narum (200 individual medley).
Diver Kristen Asman won the 1-meter springboard competition with 306.83 points and the 3-meter with 317.48 points.
Head Coach: Linda Witter
Ohio State came in first at its third annual Jessica Beck Memorial Meet Feb. 7 at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes won, tallying 91 points and were followed by Lindenwood in second with 73 points and Michigan in third with 53.5 points. Miami (OH) placed fourth (38) while Ball State rounded out the competition in fifth (19.5).
Between the solo and team events, senior Becky Kim swam a solo routine dedicated to Jessica Beck, an Ohio State synchronized swimmer who past away Sept. 15, 2005 from natural causes. Beck, who was 21 and a native of Richmond, Va., would have competed in her senior season in 2006. Kim is the only current member of the Buckeye squad who competed with Beck.
The Scarlet and Gray went 1-2 in the team routine. Ohio State’s Scarlet squad, consisting of Jayme DeLancy, Meghan Kinney, Carmen Moraes, Barbara Nesbitt, Jillian Penner, Deborah Shim, Caitlin Stewart and Michelle Theriault, finished first with a mark of 95.167. Liz Derr, Monica Finnigan, Rita Gillan, Katherine Green, Jackie Mundy, Lauren Robinson, Emilie Siemer and Kendra Sollars of the Gray team placed second with a score of 92.667.
Nesbitt won the solo routine, swimming to a score of 92.833 while Green, who swam an exhibition routine so her score does not count in the final point tally, finished second with a mark of 89.167. In the duet portion of the competition, Ohio State garnered the Top 2 spots with the Penner and Kinney combo taking first (91.167) and teammates Shively and Robinson second (88.000). Shively and Robinson’s routine was an exhibition so the score did not count toward the team’s total points.
The Buckeyes also earned first and second place in the trio event. Shim, Nesbitt and Theriault finished second (91.83), behind teammates Moraes, Stewart and Kinney who garnered a mark of 93.500 to win.
Ohio State’s Gray squad scored 80 points to place second at the Lindenwood Synchronized Swimming Invitational in St. Charles, Mo., Jan. 31. The Buckeyes finished just one point behind the invite’s host, Lindenwood, who won with 81 points while Miami (Ohio) placed third with 35 points. Ohio State won the team and trio competition and finished second and third in both the solo and duet.
Up Next: at Richmond, 3 p.m. Feb. 14 in Richmond, Va.
at William & Mary, 1:45 p.m. Feb. 15 in Williamsburg, Va.
No. 1 Men’s Tennis (7-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Ty Tucker
Ohio State improved its all-time record vs. Wake Forest to 3-2 with a 4-0 victory Feb. 8 in Winston-Salem, N.C., after downing the University of North Carolina, 7-0, Feb. 6. The men’s tennis team has never lost to the Tar Heels and owns a 4-0-1 all-time series record.
Ohio State won the doubles point vs. both opponents this weekend. Against the Demon Deacons, The Buckeyes earned wins at the Nos. 2 and 3 positions. Brian Koniecko and Balazs Novak started off with an 8-1 win at No. 3 singles over Andrew Brasseaux and Joost Vogel of Wake Forest. Justin Kronauge and Steven Moneke clinched the doubles points at the No. 2 position with an 8-4 win over the Deacon’s Jonathan Wolff and Jason Morgenstern.
Pairing for only the third time this season, the No. 11-ranked pair of Moneke and Novak retired UNC’s Andrew Crone and Zach Hunter in convincing fashion, 8-2, at No. 2 doubles to set the tone for the match. Koniecko and sophomore Shuhei Uzawa, playing together for the first time in the 2009 indoor season, clinched the doubles point for Ohio State as the duo defeated the Tar Heel tandem of Brennan Boyjian and Alex Rafiee, 8-1.
Koniecko, the nation’s No. 1-ranked singles player, clinched the win for Ohio State at No. 1 singles against the Tar Heels and won vs. the Demon Deacons to move into a tie for sixth-place in the OSU career singles record book with 108 wins. The Long Island, N.Y., native is even with current Buckeye assistant coach Jeremy Wurtzman for the sixth spot. Koniecko won, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, over Cory Parr, the No. 34-rated singles player, to move to 8-1 against nationally-ranked opponents this season.
Against Wake Forest, Kronauge, ranked No. 6 nationally, got the Buckeyes on the board first in singles with a straight set victory over Brasseaux, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 3 singles position. The match was secured at No. 6 singles with Uzawa winning in three sets, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1, over Wolff.
Against North Carolina, Matt Allare posted a speedy 6-1, 6-2 victory over Luke Mojica at No. 5 singles while No. 38 Novak followed suit, winning, 6-1, 6-1, over Boyjian to put Ohio State up, 3-0, over North Carolina. At No. 2 singles, third-ranked Moneke garnered his 115th career singles victory and is one win away from tying former teammate Devin Mullings for third (116) all-time in the OSU record book. After dropping the first set, 3-6, the native of Alten-Busick, Germany, bounced back with two 6-1 finals in the second and third set to defeat the Tar Heel’s No. 59 Fogleman.
The Scarlet and Gray’s incoming freshman class was voted the second-best in the nation by a panel of junior tennis experts in a media poll conducted by TennisRecruiting.net last week. The class, consisting of all Ohio natives, includes Blue Chip star and New Albany native Chase Buchanan. In addition, head coach Ty Tucker has two five-star recruits in Peter Kobelt (New Albany) and Wyatt
Lippert (Cincinnati) joining the team and a four-star recruit in Devin McCarthy (Cincinnati), who enrolled at Ohio State in January.
Chris Klingemann, a member of the Ohio State men’s tennis team from 2004-07, made significant strides in his professional career this past January, advancing to his first-career final on the pro circuit at the Mexico F1 Futures tournament in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico.
The 23-year old, ranked at No. 626 in the world, posted four wins including two upsets to make it to the final where he fell to countryman and No. 321-ranked Nicholas Monroe, 6-2, 6-3, Jan. 26.
Up Next: vs. Mississippi, 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
at ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship, TBA Feb. 13-16 in Chicago, Ill.
No. 31 Women’s Tennis (3-4; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Chuck Merzbacher
Ohio State suffered three-consecutive tough losses, dropping, 4-3, to No. 20 Kentucky on the road and fell by the same margin to No. 29 Virginia Feb. 6 and No. 52 Virginia Tech Feb. 8 at home. The Buckeyes only won the doubles point vs. the Wildcats with Paloma Escobedo and Julie Blackmore posting an 8-3 win over Megan Broderick and Caroline Lilley in No. 2 doubles and the duo of Kelsey Haviland and Angela DiPastina winning an 8-6 over Jennifer Stone and Chan Hines at the No. 3 spot.
Against Kentucky, Escobedo claimed a singles point for the Buckeyes, winning, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, while DiPastina held off her opponent in two sets, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 6 singles.
In the both the Virginia and Virginia Tech losses, Kirsten Flower was spectacular for the Buckeyes in No. 1 singles, taking a straight set victories over Virginia’s 42nd-ranked Jennifer Stevens, 6-4, 6-3, and Tech’s 125th-ranked Inga Beerman, 6-2, 6-2. .
DiPastina kept her undefeated 2009 season rolling in No. 5 singles, defeating Karoline Steiro, 6-4, 6-3, Feb. 6 and downing Holly Johnson, 6-1, 6-1, Feb. 8. DiPastina has won eight-consecutive singles matches this spring, needing a third set in just one of her wins this season.
Up Next: at ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships, TBA Feb. 13-16 in Madison, Wis.
Men’s Track and Field
Head Coach: Robert Gary
The 4×400 relay team of Brandon Woodard, Stephen Robinson, Matt Comer and Thomas Murdaugh led the Ohio State men’s track and field team Feb. 7 at Notre Dame’s Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind., with a time of 3:10.02, the seventh fastest time in the nation this season.
Ohio State, who put together its finest performance on the year, saw Cory Leslie finish third in the mile with a season-best time of 4:07.40, while Murdaugh placed third out of 60 competitors in the 400m at 46.69 — an NCAA provisional mark and personal record for the freshman.
After setting the stage for the Buckeyes on day one, Patrick Whalen, Matt DeChant and Tyler Branch followed up their team-leading effort Feb. 6 with an even more notable showing in the shot put final. Whalen took the title with a mark of 17.38m (57’ 00.25”). DeChant was close behind in third with a throw of 17.15m (56’ 03.25”); Branch took eight at 16.27m (53’ 04.50”).
In the 60m hurdles, Jonathan Francois posted an 8.10 for a fourth place finish, his personal best time and the seventh best in the conference. Curtis Leuenberger set another Buckeye personal record in the 200m dash with the Big Ten’s eighth best time of the year, a 21.76 sprint.
Ohio State All-American Jeff See was in Boston, Mass., Feb. 6-7, representing the Buckeyes in the Boston Indoor Games. In his first major tune-up for the Big Ten season, See took first place in the mile run with season best time of 4:01.17.
Up Next: at Akron Invitational, TBA Feb. 13-14 in Akron, Ohio
at Tyson Invitational, TBA Feb. 13-14 in Fayetteville, Ark.
Women’s Track and Field
Head Coach: Karen Dennis
Emily Thompson and Jordan Jennewine represented the Buckeyes well Feb. 7 at the New Balance Invitational in New York City. Competing with some of the country’s top female athletes, Thompson and Jennewine secured two Top 5 finishes in the mile run (College Division). Thompson, a junior out of Shaker Heights, Ohio, set a season-high mark of 4:53.11, securing a second-place finish, while Jennewine, sophomore from Dayton, Ohio, took fourth in 4:56.29, also a season high.
Kelcey McKinney was the other note-worthy finisher for OSU, finishing No. 23 in the triple jump amidst a deep and talented field of more than 50 competitors. Her mark of 5.80m (37’ 03.75”) was a personal best.
Up Next: at Akron Invitational, TBA Feb. 13-14 in Akron, Ohio
at Tyson Invitational, TBA Feb. 13-14 in Fayetteville, Ark.
No. 14 Men’s Volleyball (4-5; 1-0 MIVA)
Head Coach: Pete Hanson
Ohio State opened a two-match home stand with a 3-0 (30-23, 30-24, 30-27) victory over Rutgers-Newark (2-3) Feb. 5 in St. John Arena. Shawn Sangrey posted a career-high 16 points in the contest, collecting a career-high 14 kills, one ace serve and two assist blocks.
For the match, the Buckeyes hit .363 to .157 for Rutgers-Newark while Steven Kehoe posted a match-high 37 assists. Defensively, Ohio State had a 31-21 advantage in digs with Kehoe posting a match-high nine. At the net, the Buckeyes had a 14.5 to eight margin in team blocks. Ted Schoenfeldt recorded a match-high seven blocks with a solo and six assists.
Ohio State rallied to send the match to a fifth game but fell short as George Mason came away with a 3-2 (18-30, 30-27, 30-24, 24- 30, 19-17) victory Feb. 6 in St. John Arena. John Klanac posted a career-high 21 points in the match with 18 kills, two ace serves and two assist blocks in the loss.
Up Next: at Penn State, 7 p.m. Feb. 14 in University Park, Pa.
No. 6 Wrestling (12-2; 3-1 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Tom Ryan
Ohio State rebounded nicely from a stunning defeat to Minnesota five days ago by winning eight of 10 matches, including three by pin, in its 33-7 defeat of Penn State Feb. 7 in State College, Pa. The Buckeyes concluded the weekend with a 28-10 victory over Purdue Feb. 8 in St. John Arena.
Against Penn State, No. 17 Jason Johnstone decisioned Tim Darling, 9-4, in the opening match of the evening at 157 pounds and No. 2 Colt Sponseller decisioned No. 20 Dan Vallimont, 8-3, at 165 pounds for an early 6-0 Scarlet and Gray lead. No. 2 Mike Pucillo pinned Matt Dodds in 1:35 at 184 pounds and Cody Gardner secured a 6-3 decision over Jack Decker at 197 to give the team four wins before the break. Corey Morrison won another close decision, 6-4, over Stefan Tighe, in the heavyweight match. Reece Humphrey, ranked No. 2, decisioned No. 9 Jake Strayer, 8-3. No. 14 J Jaggers pinned Frank Molinaro at 3:38 of the second period. And Lance Palmer, ranked No. 4, pinned Colby Pisani in 2:56.
In the win over Purdue, Johnstone posted a 14-3 major decision at 157, 184-pounder Pucillo scored six points in a forfeit and lightweight Nikko Triggas pinned Boilermaker Akin Eren in 2:01. Palmer, ranked fourth, delivered No. 7 Jake Patacsil his fourth loss, recording an 8-5 decision at 149. The Lakewood, Ohio, native improved to 20-2 on the season, including a 4-0 Big Ten ledger. No. 2 Sponseller held off No. 16 Luke Manuel, 3-1, in the 165 weight class division to earn his 25th victory (three losses) and fourth Big Ten dual win of his sophomore campaign. Morrison decisioned Chris Kasten, 3-1, at heavyweight while Jaggers secured the Buckeye win in the final bout with a 7-4 decision.
Up Next: at Michigan, 7 p.m. Feb. 13 in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Big Ten Network – Same Day Delay 10:30 p.m.)
vs. Illinois, 2 p.m. Feb. 15 at St. John Arena
Ohio State Athletics Schedule
WGLF hosting Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, TBA
Palos Verdes, Calif.
MTEN vs. Mississippi, 6 p.m.
The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
WBKB at Iowa, 8 p.m. v Iowa City, Iowa (BigTenNetwork.com)
MTRK at Akron Invitational, TBA
MTRK at Washington Husky Invitational, TBA
WTRK at Akron Invitational, TBA
WTRK at Tyson Invitational, TBA
MGLF at Big Ten Match Play Championship, TBA
Pompano Beach, Fla.
RIFLE hosting NRA Collegiate Sectional and NCAA Qualifier, TBA
Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range in Converse Hall
WTEN at ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships, TBA
MTEN at ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship, TBA
FEN at Junior Olympics, TBA
WLAX at American, 3 p.m.
SB vs. LSU in LSU Tournament, 6 p.m.
Baton Rouge, La.
WR at Michigan, 7 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich. (Big Ten Network – Same Day Delay 10:30 p.m.)
MHKY at Michigan State, 7:05 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich. (Big Ten Network)
WHKY at Minnesota Duluth, 7:07 p.m.
SB vs. Sam Houston State at LSU Tournament, 9 a.m.
Baton Rouge, La.
SB vs. Texas A&M at LSU Tournament, 11 a.m.
Baton Rouge, La.
MLAX at Navy, noon
SYNCH at Richmond, 3 p.m.
MHKY at Michigan State, 5:05 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich. (FSN Detroit)
MVB at Penn State, 7 p.m.
University Park, Pa.
WHKY at Minnesota Duluth, 7:07 p.m.
MBKB at Wisconsin, 9 p.m.
Madison, Wis. (ESPN)
SB in First Round Seeded Game at LSU Tournament, TBA
Baton Rouge, La.
SB in Championship/Consolation Game at LSU Tournament, TBA
Baton Rouge, La.
WBKB vs. Northwestern, 11 a.m.
Value City Arena (Big Ten Network)
WLAX at George Washington, 1 p.m.
SYNCH at William & Mary, 1:45 p.m.
WR vs. Illinois, 2 p.m.
St. John Arena
WGYM at Illinois, 3 p.m.