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Athletes of the Week
With six blocks vs. Bowling Green (Nov. 24) and three against Samford (Nov. 29), sophomore Dallas Lauderdale of the men’s basketball team now has 16 blocks on the season. He has blocked a shot in each of his last seven games. Lauderdale had two career games last week, scoring eight points and grabbing seven rebounds against the Falcons before besting his highs Saturday vs. the Bulldogs. In the win, Lauderdale had a career-best 10 points and eight rebounds.

John Albert, sophomore forward on the men’s hockey team, recorded the final two Buckeye goals in the team’s come-from-behind 3-2 win Nov. 29, tying the game at 13:33 of the third period and scoring the gamewinner at 18:33, to help Ohio State complete the sweep of No. 14/16 Nebraska-Omaha last weekend. For Albert, a native of Concord, Ohio, it was the first two-goal game of his career and his fifth career multiple-point game. On the season, Albert has 11 points from four goals and seven assists to tie for second in the team’s point lead and trails Corey Elkins by just one point.

Athletics Good Stuff

Men’s Basketball (3-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Thad Matta
The Buckeyes earned a 61-57 win over Bowling Green in Value City Arena Nov. 24. Sophomore Jon Diebler was the leading scorer for Ohio State with 17 points, two shy of his career-high of 19. He also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Freshman Anthony Crater scored his first-career points, a three-point shot in the first half.
The Scarlet and Gray posted a 59-22 win over Samford Nov. 29 in Value City Arena to improve its record against nonconference opponents to 53-4 in the venue. Sophomore Evan Turner was the leading scorer for the Buckeyes with 16 points. He also added a career-best 13 rebounds and five steals and had four assists.
With three blocks against Samford, sophomore Dallas Lauderdale now has 16 blocks on the season. He has a blocked shot in each of his last seven games. Lauderdale had a career-best 10 points and eight rebounds. His previous highs were eight and seven, respectively.
Up Next: at Miami (Big Ten/ACC Challenge), 7 p.m. Dec. 2 in Miami, Fla. (Television: ESPN)
vs. Notre Dame, 4 p.m. Dec. 6 in Indianapolis, Ind., (Television: ESPNU)
vs. Butler, noon Dec. 13 in Value City Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)

No. 20 Women’s Basketball (6-1; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Foster
Ohio State improved to 4-1 after a 63-45 win over Hartford Nov. 25 in Value City Arena. Sophomore Jantel Lavender recorded her fifth double-double in as many games with 22 points and 10 rebounds. It was the 18th of her career.
Lavender will be hosting a live online chat with fans between 9:30-10 a.m. Tuesday on OhioStateBuckeyes.com to preview the upcoming matchup against No. 2 North Carolina at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 in Value City Arena.
Senior Ashlee Trebilcock earned her first start of the season. She finished with 10 points, five boards, two assists and two steals in 29 minutes.
The Buckeyes returned to their former playing venue in St. John Arena Nov. 29-30 for the Buckeye Classic where they hosted Boston University, Central Michigan and Dayton. Ohio State met Boston University in game one and posted a 72-47 decision over the Terriers. Lavender finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds for her sixth double-double in as many games this season and the 19th of her career.
Behind 27 points from Lavender in 35 minutes, the Scarlet and Gray won the Buckeye Classic Nov. 30 after beating Dayton, 76-61. Freshman Samantha Prahalis was the second leading scorer for Ohio State with 17 points.
Up Next: vs. North Carolina (Big Ten/ACC Challenge), 7 p.m. Dec. 3 in Value City Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)
at Nebraska, 1 p.m. Dec. 6 in Lincoln, Neb.
vs. Cleveland State, 7 p.m. Dec. 15 in Value City Arena

Field Hockey
Head Coach: Anne Wilkinson
Linda Haussener, a senior midfielder, was named First Team All-America by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Nov. 24. It is the third NFHCA All-America team she has been named to after second-team honors as a junior and third-team honors as a sophomore. Haussener is only the fifth Buckeye to receive three All-America awards in her career.

No. 10/10 Football (10-2; 7-1 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Tressel
Brian Robiskie, a senior captain from Cleveland, Ohio, was named a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American for the second-consecutive season Nov. 26.
Seniors James Laurinaitis and Malcolm Jenkins are The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Finalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award (best defensive player) and Jim Thorpe Award (best defensive back), respectively.

Men’s Golf
Head Coach: Jim Brown
Vaughn Snyder, a senior tri-captain, was named Ohio Golfer of the Year, Ohio’s Golf Magazine and the Ohio Golf Group announced Nov. 24. Along with his two collegiate victories this fall, Snyder won the Ohio Amateur and finished second in the Summit Country Amateur last summer.

Men’s Hockey (8-6-1; 6-5-1-1 CCHA)
Head Coach: John Markell
Ohio State improves to 8-6-1 overall after a weekend sweep of CCHA opponent No. 14/16 Nebraska-Omaha in Value City Arena Nov. 28-29.
Two goals scored in the final 4:14 by the Buckeyes, including a goal with 1.1 seconds remaining by sophomore C.J. Severyn in game one, lifted them to a 4-3 win. It was Severyn’s first-career goal. Sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson tied his personal best with 36 saves.
The Buckeyes scored three unanswered goals in the third period to rally from a two-goal deficit in game two for the 3-2 victory. With the sweep, Ohio State now has a five-game winning streak at home.
Sophomore Hunter Bishop put the Buckeyes on the board at 4:02 of the third. Classmate John Albert scored the final two goals, tying the game at 13:33 and scoring the eventual gamewinner at 18:33. Carlson made a career-best 44 saves in the win, which was the 250th for head coach John Markell in his career.
Sophomore Corey Toy was named CCHA Defenseman of the Week Dec. 1. In the Buckeyes’ sweep of Nebraska-Omaha over the weekend, the Round Hill, Va., native was +4, had an assist in each game, was not on the ice for a goal against and blocked six shots. Toy’s honor is the fifth league player of the week accolade for a Buckeye this season. Forward Zac Dalpe has two rookie of the week honors, defenseman Matt Bartkowski was also named the league rookie of the week and sophomore Carlson earned goalie of the week accolades.
Up Next: vs. Robert Morris, 4:05 p.m. Dec. 6 in Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio
vs. Bentley, 7:05 p.m. Dec. 12 in Value City Arena
vs. Bentley, 8:05 p.m. Dec. 13 in Value City Arena

Women’s Hockey (5-11-0; 3-9-0 WCHA)
Head Coach: Jackie Barto
After falling, 5-1, in game one against No. 5/6 St. Lawrence in Canton, N.Y., the Buckeyes nearly split the series after rallying to tie the game two times, but lost, 5-4. Freshman forward Natalie Spooner scored twice for the Buckeyes and senior goaltender Liana Bonanno made 34 saves in game two.
In the opening game, Spooner also was credited with the goal with the assist going to senior co-captain Hayley Klassen.
Ohio State signed five student-athletes to NCAA National Letters of Intent, head coach Jackie Barto announced Nov. 25. The class includes players from Finland, Michigan, New York, Ontario and Pennsylvania. Krystina (Tina) Hollowell, Chelsea Knapp, Casandra (Hokey) Langan, Paige Semenza and Minnamari (Mintuu) Tuominen will join the 2009-10 Buckeye roster.

Men’s Soccer (9-9-3; 2-4 Big Ten)
Head Coach: John Bluem
The Buckeyes were eliminated from the NCAA tournament Nov. 26 when they dropped a 1-0 double overtime decision to Akron.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Drew Czekanski made six saves in the game.

No. 11 Men’s Swimming (5-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Bill Wadley
Ohio State improved to 5-0 with a 169-86 win over Cleveland State Nov. 25 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Buckeyes won 13 of 14 races and were led by a pair of individual event wins from three swimmers: sophomore Quincy Lee, junior Andrew Olson and senior Felipe Travesso.
Lee won the 100 and 50 butterfly. Olson was first in both the 200 and 100 freestyle, while Travesso took first-place honors in the 50 and 100 breaststroke.
Up Next: hosting the OSU Invitational, TBA Dec. 5-7 in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
at USA Short Course National Championships, TBA Dec. 4 in Atlanta, Ga.

Women’s Swimming (3-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Bill Dorenkott
Powered by four-win performances from freshman Catherine Eitel and sophomore Samantha Cheverton, Ohio State defeated Cleveland State, 178-81, Nov. 25 in Cleveland.
Eitel and Cheverton were two legs of the Buckeyes’ opening event win the 200 medley relay along with junior Mary Ann Wiser and sophomore Anita Beck. The quartet also was part of the final win of the evening, the 200 freestyle relay.
Cheverton won the 50 backstroke in 27.32; Eitel won the 50 breaststroke in 30.34, leading a 1-2-3-4 sweep that also included junior Megan Alexander in second, junior Colleen Schweitzer in third and senior Whitney Hackman in fourth.
Eitel won the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.63 in another top four Ohio State sweep with Schweitzer, Alexander and Hackman finishing second, third and fourth, respectively. Cheverton also won the 50 butterfly in 25.92.
Head coach Bill Dorenkott released the names of eight student-athletes who have signed National Letters of Intent to pursue a degree at Ohio State and to swim competitively for the Buckeyes. The eight-member class of 2013 includes student-athletes from five states and Canada, and includes Kimberly Bowman (Surrey, British Columbia), Jackie Brousseau (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Emily Creran (Haddonfield, N.J.), Megan Detro (Carmel, Ind.), Shannon Draves (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Lauren Massey (Indianapolis), Angela Severn (Harleysville, Pa.) and Elisabeth Tavierne (St. Charles, Ill.).
Up Next: hosting the OSU Invitational, TBA Dec. 5-7 in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
at USA Short Course National Championships, TBA Dec. 4-6 in Austin, Texas

Men’s Tennis
Head Coach: Ty Tucker
Ohio State signed four student-athletes to NCAA National Letters of Intent, Ty Tucker, head coach, announced Nov. 25. In this 2008 early signing period, the Buckeyes added the No. 1 ranked player in the nation to its roster in New Albany, Ohio, native Chase Buchanan. Peter Kobelt, who also hails from New Albany, Ohio, and Devin McCarthy and Wyatt Lippert, Cincinnati natives, also took part in the early signing period.

Women’s Volleyball (12-20; 3-17 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Geoff Carlston
The Buckeyes concluded the 2008 season with a pair of matches vs. No.1 Penn State and Indiana in St. John Arena. Ohio State dropped a 3-0 (25-20, 25-12, 30-28) decision to the Nittany Lions Nov. 28 before losing to Indiana, 3-1, (25-14, 23-25, 20-25, 21-25) Nov. 29.
The Buckeyes are only the fourth team (UCLA, Iowa and Wisconsin) to score 20 or more points in two sets against the Nittany Lions. Ohio State’s 28 points in set three is the most scored against Penn State in any set this season and it is the only team to have set points (2) against Penn State this year. Sophomore Katie Dull posted a match-high 17 points, with a match-high 16 kills and a solo block.
Junior Kristen Dozier and Dull shared team-high honors with 16 points each against the Hoosiers. Dozier recorded 14 kills, a solo block and two assist blocks in the match. Dull had 13 kills, an ace serve and four assist blocks.
Head coach Geoff Carlston announced the signing of three recruits to National Letters of Intent Nov. 21. Outside hitter Emily Danks, setter Amanda Peterson and middle hitter Mariah Booth will join the Buckeyes for the 2009 season.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Tuesday-Sunday, Dec. 2-7

Tuesday, Dec. 2
MBKB at Miami (Big Ten/ACC Challenge), 7 p.m.
Miami, Fla. (Television: ESPN)

Wednesday, Dec. 3
WBKB vs. North Carolina (Big Ten/ACC Challenge), 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)

Thursday, Dec. 4
MSWM at USA Swimming Short Course National Championships, All Day
Atlanta, Ga.

Thursday, Dec. 4-6
WSWM at USA Short Course National Championships, All Day
Austin, Texas

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 5-6
WR at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, All Day
Las Vegas, Nev.

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 5-7
WSWM hosting Ohio State Invitational, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

MSWM hosting Ohio State Invitational, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Saturday, Dec. 6
WBKB at Nebraska, 1 p.m.
Lincoln, Neb.

MVB vs. Lewis (Exhibition), 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

MBKB vs. Notre Dame, 4 p.m.
Indianapolis, Ind. (Television: ESPNU)

MHKY vs. Robert Morris at Quicken Loans Arena, 4:05 p.m.
Cleveland, Ohio

MVB vs. Ball State (Exhibition), 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena