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Athletes of the Week
A junior biology major from Muncie, Ind., Sam Pelkey helped the men’s swimming and diving team to its highest Big Ten championships finish in 21 years 2nd place by winning the 200-yard breaststroke in a school record-breaking and NCAA “B” time of 1:55.19. Pelkey became the first Buckeye swimmer to win a Big Ten title in eight years. Pelkey also took second-place in the 100 breaststroke to earn second-team All-Big Ten in that event.

In all, the Scarlet and Gray broke 11 program records at the championships.

The men’s track and field 4×400 team of Brandon Woodard, Matt Comer, Stephen Robinson and Thomas Murdaugh defended Ohio State’s 2008 title in the same event with an NCAA provisional time of 3:08.73 at the 2009 Big Ten Indoor Championships hosted by Penn State. The time clocked in as the best in the conference this season and helped Ohio State to its fourth-place finish at the championships March 1 with a score of 77.50, finishing a half point behind third-place Penn State.

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No. 25 Baseball (7-0)
Head Coach: Bob Todd
Ohio State improved to 4-0 with an 11-6 win over North Florida at Harmon Stadium in game 1 one of the North Florida Tournament on the campus of UNF Feb. 27. Dan Burkhart had four hits and four RBI and Dew had three RBI to lead the offensive charge.
Sophomore catcher Burkhart was named co-Big Ten Conference Player of the Week March 2. The Cincinnati native and Archbishop Moeller High School graduate batted .474, reaching base at a .574 clip while slugging .895 and spending all four games behind the plate. During the four-game weekend he tallied three games with multiple hits, runs and RBI. He has hit safely in all seven games this season and in 10-consecutive games over the course of this season and the end of last season.
In the first of two games for Ohio State Feb. 28, the Buckeyes broke open a tight game with six runs off five hits in the fifth inning to defeat George Mason, 11-5. Zach Hurley, enjoying a birthday weekend with the team, led off the fifth inning against George Mason with a home run to right field to increase Ohio State’s lead to 2-0. Then, with one out in the inning, six-consecutive Buckeyes reached base, including run-scoring singles by Burkhart, Cory Rupert, Dew and Michael Arp. An RBI groundout by Tyler Engle drove in the sixth run of the inning and the Buckeyes cruised from there.
Starting pitcher Alex Wimmers went 5.2 innings to pick up his second win of the season. The sophomore from Cincinnati scattered eight hits, allowed just one earned run, struck out seven and walked three. Eric Best pitched 3.1 innings in relief to record his first save of the year.
In their second meeting of the tournament against North Florida, the Buckeyes handed the Ospreys a 10-8 loss in game 3. Ohio State scored eight two-out runs, while amassing double digit runs and hits for the third consecutive game. The Buckeyes built a 9-3 lead through their half of the sixth inning on the strength of four hits and three RBI from Hurley and two hits and three RBI from Burkhart.
Starter Dean Wolosiansky got the win with 5.2 innings of work. The sophomore picked up his first win this year after allowing eight hits and six earned runs while striking out six and walking three.
The Scarlet and Gray wrapped up competition in Florida with a 21-14 win over Connecticut March 1. In the high-scoring affair, every starter scored a run and nearly every starter hit a home run as the Buckeyes improve to 7-0 on the season. The 7-0 record ties for the third-best start ever for an Ohio State team with only two teams the 1917 team opened 10-0 and the 1991 won its first eight games opening the season with a better record.
The Buckeyes pounded 21 hits against five UConn pitchers. Seven of those hits were home runs, including five in the third inning that enable the Buckeyes to come back from a 4-2 deficit and take a 10-4 lead. The seven home runs increased the team’s total to 15 in 2009 after hitting only 19 the entire 2008 season.
Up Next: at Winter Haven Tournament, March 6-8 in Winter Haven, Fla.
at West Palm Beach Tournament, March 13-15 in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Men’s Basketball (18-9; 8-8 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Thad Matta
Sophomore Evan Turner is among 15 finalists nationally for the 2009 Oscar Roberston Trophy, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced Feb. 26. Turner is the lone Big Ten player of the USBWA finalists, which is awarded to the USBWA’s Player of the Year.
The Buckeyes ended a three-game skid with a 73-59 win over Penn State in Value City Arena Feb. 24. Junior guard P.J. Hill made his first career start for the Buckeyes and set career highs in points and 3-point baskets made with 13 and 2, respectively. It is the second-consecutive game Hill has set a career high in points.
Junior guard Jeremie Simmons led the Buckeyes in scoring for the first time of his career, tallying 14 points. Simmons also set a career high with four made 3-pointers.
The Buckeyes then dropped a 75-50 decision to No. 16 Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., Feb. 28. Turner scored 14 points.
Up Next: at Iowa, 9 p.m. March 3 in Iowa City, Iowa (Television: Big Ten Network)
vs. Northwestern, 5 p.m. March 8 in Value City Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)
at Big Ten Tournament, March 12-15 in Indianapolis, Ind.

No. 14/14 Women’s Basketball (24-5; 15-3 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Foster
Ohio State clinches a record fifth-consecutive and 12th overall Big Ten regular-season championship with a 74-63 win over Penn State in Value City Arena March 1. The Big Ten Conference office announced the 2009 All-Big Ten women’s basketball teams and individual award winners March 2. Ohio State pick up four of the five major awards in Jantel Lavender, Big Ten Player of the Year for the second-consecutive season, Jim Foster, Coach of the Year, Samantha Prahalis, Freshman of the Year, and Shavelle Little, Defensive Player of the Year.
In addition, Star Allen was a third-team All-Big Ten selection and Prahalis earned honorable mention.
Lavender collected her fifth Player of the Week award this season March 2 after leading the Buckeyes to their fifth-consecutive Big Ten Championship. Her five weekly awards tie the Big Ten’s single-season record and give the sophomore nine in her career, tying her for third on the Big Ten’s all-time list.
Freshman Prahalis was named one of 13 finalists for the 10th Annual Nancy Lieberman Award which recognizes the nation’s top collegiate point guard in Division I women’s basketball.
Lavender is one of 30 finalists named to the 2009 Naismith Trophy Mid-Season watch list, the Atlanta Tip-Off Club announced Feb. 25. This marks the second-straight season Lavender has been named a finalist for one of the most coveted awards in college basketball.
Allen scored 17 points, shooting 6-of-9 from the field and went 5-of-5 from the free-throw line in a 75-53 win over Wisconsin Thursday.
Lavender scored 28 points and Allen celebrated senior day with a career-best 23 points as Ohio State finished off its fifth-consecutive Big Ten championship season with a 74-63 victory over Penn State. Lavender also had 12 rebounds for her 33rd career double-double. Allen had 17 first-half points as Ohio State took a 44-28 lead into the locker room. Behind Allen, Ohio State raced out to a 24-8 lead and finished the half on an 18-7 run.
Lavender finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds for her 19th double-double of the season and the 32nd of her career.
Up Next: at Big Ten Tournament, March 5-8 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Field Hockey
Head Coach: Anne Wilkinson
Ohio State was recognized by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association as one of 65 teams in the nation to carry a team grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in 2008. This is the third-consecutive season the Buckeyes have been on the list compiled annually by the NFHCA.
A program-best 13 members of the field hockey team were named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad announced Monday. The Buckeyes were led by senior forward Emily Mikac, who was named to the team for the fourth time in her career. A communication major from Upper Arlington, Ohio, Mikac is just the third Buckeye to earn the award four times.

Fencing
Head Coach: Vladimir Nazlymov
For the seventh-consecutive season, Ohio State took the top spot at the Midwest Conference championships in South Bend, Ind., March 1. The Buckeyes won the title at the expense of the host Fighting Irish, who entered the competition as the No. 1 team in the country.
The men’s competitions led off day two, where Ohio State finished first in foil and epee and grabbed second in sabre. The second session of the day saw the Buckeye women’s squad cement the victory by winning both the foil and sabre competitions while grabbing third place in epee.
Ohio State finished the first day of competition at the Midwest Conference Championships Feb. 28 in South Bend, Ind., capturing two individual gold medals and picking up nine Top 3 finishes. Two-time defending national champion Andras Horanyi paced the Buckeyes in men’s foil, taking home his third-career gold medal at the conference championships.
John Friend had an outstanding performance in men’s sabre, taking first place overall despite being the No. 8 seed in the bracket.
Up Next: Midwest Regional Qualifier, 10 a.m. March 7 at the RPAC (Ohio State campus)
Midwest Regional Qualifier, 9 a.m. March 8 at the RPAC (Ohio State campus)
at NCAA championships, TBA March 22-25 in State College, Pa.

Men’s Golf
Head Coach: Jim Brown
Sophomore Bo Hoag recorded his third Top 10 finish of the season by placing eighth as Ohio State wrapped up the Rio Pinar Invitational 13th out of 21 teams Feb. 24 in Orlando, Fla. His rounds of 72-70-73 for a total of 1-under 215 helped Hoag earn Big Ten Men’s Golfer of the Week honors Feb. 25. It is the first such award of his career and first Buckeye to earn it this season.
The Buckeyes finished the 54-hole event with a team score of 891 (+27) on the par 72, 6,978-yard Rio Pinar Golf and Country Club.
Senior tri-captain Vaughn Snyder tied for 35th at 5-over 221.
Up Next: at General Jim Hackler Championship, TBA March 8-9 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
at Spring Break Championship, TBA March 27-29 in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Women’s Golf
Head Coach: Therese Hession
The Buckeyes were scheduled to play in the Pinehurst Challenge on Pinehurst Course No. 6, March 2-3 in Pinehurst, N.C., but the event was cancelled because of inclement weather in the area. With an inch of snow on the course and temperatures not getting above freezing throughout the scheduled dates, the tournament was called off.
Up Next: at Liz Murphey Collegiate Challenge, TBA March 27-29 in Athens, Ga.

No. 8 Men’s Gymnastics (3-4; 1-5 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Miles Avery
Ohio State held a two-point lead over No. 7 Penn State after four events, but the Nittany Lions countered with a three-point advantage on parallel bars and high bar to take the conference win, 347.6-346.5, in State College, Pa., Feb. 28.
The Scarlet and Gray posted a season-high 59.35 on floor to jump ahead and won rings, 59.0-57.45, and vault, 62.6-61.8, to hold the lead heading into the final two rotations. The Nittany Lions mounted a comeback with wins on parallel bars, 58.1-56.5, and high bar with the Buckeyes turning in a season-low, 54.45 to Penn State’s 56.15.
Junior Shachar Tal finished first on rings with a 15.2 for the Buckeyes, while Pejman Ebrahimi led on vault for the second-consecutive contest, scoring a first-place 15.9 on the event. Senior Jake Bateman compiled a meet-best 86.1 in the all-around, sophomore Brandon Wynn hit a season-high 85.25 and freshman Philip Onorato tallied an 83.65.
Up Next: at California, 10 p.m. March 6 in Berkeley, Calif.
at Oklahoma, 6 p.m. March 14 in St. John Arena
vs. Michigan, 7 p.m. March 21 in St. John Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)

No. 19 Women’s Gymnastics (4-7; 1-4 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Carey Fagan
With a 196.050, Ohio State scored the fifth highest mark by a Buckeye squad all-time. The Buckeyes were led by three career-high all-around totals, but fell short to No. 11 Alabama and host No. 17 Penn State in a tri-meet March 1. The Razorbacks won the meet with a 196.625. The Nittany Lions placed second with a 196.275 team total.
Ohio State posted season-best team totals on bars, vault and floor. The squad totaled a 49.125 on bars and a 48.950 on vault. The Buckeyes notched a 49.100 on floor to win the event. On beam, the Buckeyes posted a 48.875.
Ohio State was once again led by freshman Taylor Jones who posted a career-high 39.300 in the all-around to finish fourth overall. She led the way on floor with a first-place finish after scoring a near-perfect and career-high 9.90. Jones scored a 9.850 on bars to tie for fourth in the meet and placed fifth on vault with a 9.825. The 9.850 score on bars marked a career high for Jones and tied with junior Hillary Dow and sophomore Rebecca Best. Best placed fifth in the all-around with a 36.275.
Up Next: vs. George Washington, 7 p.m. March 7 in St. John Arena
at Auburn, 8 p.m. March 13 in Auburn, Ala.
at Big Ten Championships, 3 p.m. March 21 in Champaign, Ill.

No. 15/16 Men’s Hockey (20-12-4; 13-10-4-3 CCHA)
Head Coach: John Markell
Ohio State cut a four-goal deficit to one with three-consecutive goals in the third period, but could not get the equalizer, as a RedHawk empty net goal with one minute remaining put the game away in Value City Arena Feb. 28. The No. 7/9 RedHawks skated to a 7-5 victory over the Buckeyes, ending their hopes for a Top 4 finish and first-round bye in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs.
Ohio State, which honored seniors Nick Biondo, Corey Elkins and Zach Pelletier in a pregame ceremony, ended conference play in fifth place with a 13-10-4-3 ledger and will host No. 12 Bowling Green in a best-of-three series in the OSU Ice Rink. Games one and two will begin at 7:05 p.m. March 6-7, with game three, if necessary, scheduled for March 8 at a time to be determined.
In game 1, sophomore Kyle Reed’s first-career hat trick and four-point game led Ohio State to a 6-2 victory over No. 7/9 Miami in Steve Cady Arena Feb. 27 in Oxford, Ohio. After Miami tied the game at 2-all at 13:09 of the second, Sergio Somma responded just 16 seconds later to put Ohio State back on top, the first of four unanswered goals for the Buckeyes.
Up Next: hosting CCHA Tournament First Round, March 6-8 at OSU Ice Rink

Women’s Hockey (8-25-3; 6-20-2-2 WCHA)
Head Coach: Jackie Barto
Former Buckeye defenseman Tessa Bonhomme was named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s “Top 10 Players of the First 10 Years.” The list released Feb. 26 was compiled in conjunction with the conference’s 10th anniversary during the 2008-09 season.
Ohio State opened its First Round WCHA Playoff series at Wisconsin with a 7-0 loss at the Eagles Nest in Verona, Wis., Feb. 27. Senior goaltender Liana Bonanno totaled 37 saves in front of the standing-room only crowd. It was the 13th game with 30 or more saves for the assistant captain from Mount Sinai, N.Y.
The Buckeyes closed out the 2008-09 season with a 4-1 loss against Wisconsin Feb. 28. The No. 7-seed Buckeyes put up a good fight against the No. 2-seed Badgers with the score tied 1-1 into the third, but UW pulled away with a power play goal and two empty netters in the final period. On a 5-on-3 opportunity, freshman Laura McIntosh cycled the puck from the right point to sophomore defenseman Shannon Reilly at the left point. She wound up and fired a slap shot that was tipped by senior co-captain Hayley Klassen, who was stationed in the slot.

No. 16/18 Men’s Lacrosse (3-1)
Head Coach: Nick Myers
Led by four-point games from James Green and Mario Ventiquattro and 10 saves from Brandon Freeman, Ohio State beat Fairfield, 11-6, inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Feb. 28.
Green had a hat trick and an assist, with Ventiquattro adding two goals and two assists. Joel Dalgarno had three assists and Jeff Ryan had three goals. Freshman Brock Sorensen had two points, including his first career goal.
Up Next: at Penn State, 1 p.m. March 7 in State College, Pa.
vs. Robert Morris, 7 p.m. March 13 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium OR Woody Hayes Athletic Center
at UMBC, 1 p.m. March 21 in Baltimore, Md.

Women’s Lacrosse (3-1)
Head Coach: Sue Stimmel
Ohio State was victorious in its first home game of the season March 1, defeating St. Bonaventure, 16-9, in blustery conditions at the North Turf Field. Ohio State jumped ahead to a 4-0 lead behind two goals each from Kelly Haggerty and Gabby Capuzzi, but the Bonnies rallied to close within 6-4 at halftime. Ohio State got four second-half goals and an assist from freshman Alayna Markwordt to lead a 10-goal effort in the second stanza.
Markwordt led the Buckeyes with six points (four goals and two assists), while Haggerty had five points and Maghan Beaudrault added four. Capuzzi, Jayme Beard and Rachel Hawes had two goals each for Ohio State. Senior Kristen Gilwee was again outstanding in goal for the Buckeyes, with nine saves to raise her record to 3-1.
Up Next: vs. Johns Hopkins, 1 p.m. March 7 at North Turf Field
vs. Cincinnati, 7 p.m. March 11 at North Turf Field
at Louisville, 1 p.m. March 14 in Louisville, Ky.

Rifle
Head Coach: Pat Cherry
Ohio State finished third overall at the Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference championships hosted by Purdue last weekend. The Buckeyes shot a 3,736 aggregate finishing two points behind second place Morehead State with a 3,738. Akron won the title with a 3,776. OSU was third in smallbore rifle with a 2,228, two points behind Morehead State at 2,230. Akron won the event with a 2,239. In air rifle, the Buckeyes tied Morehead State for second at 1,508. Akron won the event with a 1,537.
Ohio State’s Jed Neidigh was the top shooter in smallbore rifle scoring a 568. Buckeye James Clark and Morehead State’s Kevin Mulligan posted 565 in the event with Clark earning the tie breaker for second. Clark was third in air rifle with a 385 for Ohio State. Akron’s Brittany Jones won the event with a 391.
Ohio State placed four shooters on the WIRC All-Conference teams. Neidigh and Clark earned first-team all-conference honors in smallbore and air rifle. Pete Deem was a first-team selection in air rifle and Nick Novello was second team.

Men’s Soccer
Head Coach: John Bluem
Ohio State had five members earn All-Ohio Academic honors announced last week by the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association. Senior Tim Gabel and junior Doug Verhoff each earned first-team recognition, while seniors Patrick Roan and Geoff Marsh and sophomore Matt Gold were named to the second team.

No. 23 Softball (15-3)
Head Coach: Linda Kalafatis
Ohio State won its third-consecutive game after defeating No. 25 Mississippi State, 7-0, and Hofstra, 2-0, at the South Commons fields during the opening games of the NFCA Leadoff Classic Feb. 27. In game 1 vs. the Bulldogs, Sam Marder belted a pair of two-run homers to lead the Buckeyes. Courtney Pruner added a solo blast, while pitcher Kim Reeder shut out the opposition for the fifth time this season.
Reeder garnered her second Big Ten Pitcher of the Week accolade this season March 2 after earning her seventh and eighth wins of the year over the weekend at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The senior pitcher threw two complete games, shutting out both Mississippi State and Illinois State to drop her ERA to 0.90 on the season. A native of Salinas, Calif., Reeder is 8-2 on the season in 12 appearances over 62.0 innings pitched. She has struck out 74 batters, including 19 in two games this weekend, and has allowed just three homeruns on the year.
Ohio State’s homerun barrage continued in the second game vs. the Pride of Hofstra when Rebecca Schultz hit her first career homerun in the top of the fourth, scoring herself and Alicia Herron.
In a revised tournament schedule because of inclement weather, the Buckeyes won their fourth-consecutive game at the NFCA Leadoff Classic by beating Illinois State, 5-0, Feb. 28. Tory Haddad hit a three-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning to cement Ohio State’s win.
Pruner started off scoring for the Buckeyes in the bottom of the second inning by blasting her fourth homerun of the season. The junior from Akron, Ohio, moved into a tie for fifth place with the hit in the career record books with 18 homers in two-plus seasons. The Buckeyes stretched the lead to five three innings later after once again loading the bases in the bottom of the fifth off three walks, including an intentional BB to Marder. Haddad narrowly missed a homer of her own, instead sending the ball just inside the right field fence on a bases-clearing double.
In the circle, Reeder earned her eighth win of the season after striking out nine batters and giving up five hits in her sixth complete game.
Up Next: at Louisville Tournament, March 13-15 in Louisville, Ky.

Men’s Swimming and Diving
Head Coach: Bill Wadley
With 521 points, Ohio State was the runner-up in the Big Ten championships. In addition to producing their best finish at the conference championships in 21 years, junior Sam Pelkey captured first in the 200-yard breaststroke in a school record-breaking and NCAA “B” time of 1:55.19, becoming the first Buckeye swimmer to win a Big Ten title in eight years. In all, the Scarlet and Gray broke 11 program records:
200-yard freestyle relay: 1:18.85 (Joel Elber, Andrew Olson, Felipe Travesso and Andrew Bretscher)
500 freestyle: 4:17.60 (prelims) (George Markovic)
400 medley relay: 3:10.31 (Itai Chammah, Felipe Travesso, Chuck Allison and Joel Elber)
200-yard medley relay: 1:26.42 (Andrew Elliott, Felipe Travesso, Andrew Bretscher and Joel Elber)
100 butterfly: 47.43 (Andrew Bretscher)
100 breaststroke: 53.67 (prelims) (Felipe Travesso)
800 freestyle relay: 6:25.72 (Jacob Busch, George Markovic, Matthias Sigrist and Andrew Olson)
650 freestyle: 15:02.91 (Stefan Sigrist)
200 backstroke: 1:43.50 (prelims) (Phil Seleskie)
400 freestyle relay: 2:55.97 (Joel Elber, Andrew Olson, Markus Sievers and Jacob Busch)
Pelkey earned Second Team All-Big Ten with a second-place finish in a “B” time of 53.77 in the 100 breaststroke. Joining Pelkey with honors were Sean Moore, with a second-place finish in platform diving, and Burkley Showe on the three-meter springboard.
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America released its Division I Academic All-American honor roll and Ohio State’s No. 7 ranking (3.25 GPA) was not only the best in the Big Ten Conference, but it was also the top ranking of any of the team’s that finished in the Top 20 of the NCAA championships last year.
Up Next: at Boiler-Make It, TBA March 8 in West Lafayette, Ind.
Ohio State Last Ditch NCAA Qualifier, noon March 8 in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
at NCAA Diving Zones, TBA March 13-15 in West Lafayette, Ind.

Synchronized Swimming
Head Coach: Linda Lichter-Witter
The Buckeye Gray team captured first place with 98 points in the Keuka Invitational March 1. Keuka came in second with 90 points and Penn State finished third with 70.5 points.
The Gray squad of Kendra Sollars, Liz Derr, Jackie Mundy, Emilie Siemer, Lauren Robinson, Katherine Green, Hannah Shively and Rita Gillan finished first in the team routine with a score of 91.167. Torey Stachowicz, Asia Luke, Liana Litsky and Diana Care also performed in the team routine. The quad placed third with a mark of 84.333.
Green competed in the solo competition and garnered first place with a score of 86.667. Shively and Robinson took first in the duet, tallying a 86.500. In the trio event, Mundy, Derr and Monica Finnigan placed first with an 83.333.
Up Next: hosting North Regional Championships, 2 p.m. March 7 in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
at U.S. Collegiate National Championships, All Day March 26-28 in San Antonio, Texas

No. 3 Men’s Tennis (13-1; 1-0)
Head Coach: Ty Tucker
Ohio State opened Big Ten Conference action by defeating Purdue, 7-0, at the Schwartz Tennis Center in West Lafayette, Ind., Feb. 26. The win marks the first Big Ten victory this season for the Buckeyes and improves their league winning streak to 41-consecutive matches.
No. 82 Shuhei Uzawa clinched the win for the Scarlet and Gray by defeating Thomas Wilson in straight sets 6-0, 6-3, at No. 6 singles. Steven Moneke and Bryan Koniecko, ranked 37th in the ITA standings, defeated Slavko Bijelica and Griff Nienberg, 8-4, at No. 1 doubles to clinch the opening point.
The Buckeyes returned to the Varsity Tennis Center March 1 and won their 80th-consecutive home contest when they beat No. 10 Baylor, 7-0. Sophomore Matt Allare claimed the match for the Buckeyes at No. 4 singles, defeating Maros Horny in a three-set comeback 0-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-0. Allare has now won 12-consecutive singles matches for the 2009 spring season.
Koniecko and Uzawa won the first doubles match, 8-2, against Attila Bucko and Marc Bruche at No. 3 doubles. Moneke and Justin Kronauge managed to go up a break point in the 15th game against David Galic and Jordan Rux, making the score 8-7 in the Scarlet and Gray favor. With the crowd on its feet, the 2008 ITA Buckeye All-Americans went on to take the match, 9-7, and claim the doubles point for the Buckeyes.
Up Next: at Penn State, 3 p.m. March 5 in State College, Pa.
at Cleveland State, 2 p.m. March 10 in Varsity Tennis Center
at Texas A&M, 6 p.m. March 13 in College Station, Texas

No. 37 Women’s Tennis (6-5; 1-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Chuck Merzbacher
In front of a women’s tennis record crowd at the Ohio State Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, Ohio State knocked off Penn State, 6-1, in its Big Ten home opener Feb. 28. The win was the 100th-career home win for Buckeye head coach Chuck Merzbacher, now in his 13th season with the Scarlet and Gray.
Ohio State started the match by taking the doubles point the third-consecutive match they have done so with wins at all three positions. Paloma Escobedo and Kirsten Flower shut out Lauren McCarthy and Denisa Zobeideh, 8-0, to clinch the doubles point. Christina Keesey cruised to a 6-1, 6-1, win over Michaela Stracar in No. 6 singles to put Ohio State up 2-0 in the match. Julie Blackmore followed suit from the No. 5 spot, dropping Zobeideh in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. Flower locked up the Buckeyes’ first Big Ten win of the season at the top spot, defeating Monika Mical, 6-4, 6-3.
Up Next: vs. Rice, 4 p.m. March 4 at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
at South Florida, 11 a.m. March 8 in Tampa, Fla.
vs. Purdue, 4 p.m. March 13 in Varsity Tennis Center

Men’s Track and Field
Head Coach: Robert Gary
Fueled by a victory in the 4x400m relay, Ohio State finished fourth at the 2009 Big Ten Indoor Championships at Penn State March 1 with a score of 77.50, finishing a half point behind third-place Penn State. The 4×400 team of Brandon Woodard, Matt Comer, Stephen Robinson and Thomas Murdaugh defended Ohio State’s 2008 triumph in the same event with an NCAA provisional time of 3:08.73, the top time in the Big Ten on the year.
Murdaugh was among those sprinters sparking the Buckeye effort on day two. The freshman from Dublin, Ohio, placed second in the 400m dash finals in an NCAA provisional time of 46.67. Comer capped his final Big Ten indoor championship in style, finishing second in the 200m dash with an NCAA provisional and personal best time of 21.23 after taking eighth in the 400m and contributing to the Ohio State victory in the 4x400m.
At the conclusion of the first day of the Big Ten Indoor championships Feb. 28, senior Patrick Whalen finished third in the shot put with a mark of 17.97m. Whalen was one of two Buckeyes to finish in the Top 6. Matt DeChant continued to be a steady contributor for the Scarlet and Gray, placing sixth behind Whalen with a distance of 17.29m.
Up Next: at Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational, TBA March 6-7 in South Bend, Ind.
at NCAA Championships, All Day March 13-14 in College Station, Texas

Women’s Track and Field
Head Coach: Karen Dennis
The Buckeyes concluded the 2009 Big Ten Indoor Championships with a ninth-place finish March 1 on the Indiana University campus.
The Buckeyes were led by Letecia Wright’s third-place finish in the 60m hurdles in 8.31 seconds. Ashley Caldwell took third in the 600m run with a season-best time of 1:31.22. Ayrizanna Favours had a solid afternoon, taking fourth in the 400m dash in a season best time of 54.82.
Alana Gray secured four points after a fifth-place finish in the pentathlon at the end of day one at the Big Ten Indoor championships Feb. 28. Gray put together a noble effort in her first pentathlon of the year with a score of 3,829, narrowly missing out on fourth place.
Up Next: at Last Chance Meet, March 6-7 Time and Location TBA
at NCAA Championships, March 13-14 in College Station, Texas

No. 15 Men’s Volleyball (7-7; 4-1 MIVA)
Head Coach: Pete Hanson
Ohio State remained undefeated in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association with a 3-0 (30-21, 30-27, 30-19) victory over 14th-ranked Loyola-Chicago in St. John Arena Feb. 27. Robbie Klein posted a match-high 18 points against the Ramblers with 17 kills and two assist blocks. John Albertson added 13.5 points with six kills and a career-high 12 total blocks (three solos and nine assists). Ben Spurlock contributed 13 points with 13 kills.
The Buckeyes dropped a 3-1 (30-22, 30-25, 29-31, 31-29) decision to 10th-ranked Lewis in St. John Arena Feb. 28. Ted Schoenfeldt produced a career-high 26 points in the match with 25 kills and two assist blocks.
Up Next: at Juniata, 7 p.m. March 4 in Huntingdon, Pa.
vs. Ball State, 7 p.m. March 11 in St. John Arena
at George Mason, 7 p.m. March 20 in Fairfax, Va.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
March 3-8

March 3
WTEN vs. Rice, 4 p.m. in Varsity Tennis Center
MBKB at Iowa, 9 p.m. in Iowa City, Iowa (Television: Big Ten Network)

March 4
MVB at Juniata, 7 p.m. in Huntingdon, Pa.

March 5-8
WBKB at Big Ten Tournament (Conseco Fieldhouse), TBA in Indianapolis, Ind.

March 5
MTEN at Penn State, 3 p.m. in State College, Pa.

March 6-7
MTRK at Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational, TBA in South Bend, Ind.
WTRK at Last Chance Meet Time and Location TBA

March 6-8
MHKY hosting CCHA Tournament (First Round-Bowling Green), at OSU Ice Rink

March 6
BSB vs. Rhode Island (Winter Haven Tournament), 3 p.m. in Winter Haven, Fla.
MGYM at California, 10 p.m. in Berkeley, Calif.

March 7-8
WR at Big Ten Championships, 11 a.m. in State College, Pa.

March 7
FEN hosting Midwest Regional Qualifier, TBA in Columbus, Ohio (RPAC)
SYNCH hosting North Regional Championships, 2 p.m. in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
PISTOL vs. Purdue, TBA in Converse Hall
BSB vs. Northeastern (Winter Haven Tournament), 12:30 p.m. in Winter Haven, Fla.
WLAX vs. Johns Hopkins, 1 p.m. at North Turf Field
MLAX at Penn State, 1 p.m. in State College, Pa.
BSB vs. Maine (Winter Haven Tournament), 4 p.m. in Winter Haven, Fla.
WGYM vs. George Washington, 7 p.m. in St. John Arena

March 8
MGLF at General Jim Hackler Championship, TBA in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
MSWM at Boiler-Make It, TBA in West Lafayette, Ind.
WTEN at South Florida, 11 a.m. in Tampa, Fla.
MSWM hosting Ohio State Last Ditch NCAA Qualifier, noon in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
BSB vs. Central Michigan (Winter Haven Tournament), 12:30 p.m. in Winter Haven, Fla.
MBKB vs. Northwestern, 5 p.m. in Value City Arena