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April 18, 2006

Athletes of the Week

Andy Cole was OSU’s scoring leader in 3-0 road wins over Lewisand Quincy last weekend. Cole had a team-high 13 points at Lewiswith nine kills, two ace serves and four assist blocks. He recordeda team-high 14 points at Quincy with a team-high 11 kills addingtwo ace serves, two assist blocks and 10 digs. Cole hit .611 in thematch making no errors in 18 swings. For the two matches, he hit.410 and averaged 4.50 points, 3.33 kills, 2.17 digs, 1.00 blocksand .67 aces per game. Cole’s four ace serves gives him 63 careerace serves and moves him to ninth in OSU career aces. He has pastNo. 10 Jeff Koterba (1995-98) with 62 and No. 11 Greg Lehman(1998-01) and Colin McMillan (1997-00) each with 59. His six assistblocks raises his career total to 216 and moves him to a tie for15th on the OSU career list with Tom Hoff (1992-93). In careerpoints, Cole now has 1,304 and has moved to seventh on the OSUcareer list passing Chris Fash (1998-01) with 1,281.5. JessicaStringer, a junior on the women’s track and field team, placedsecond in the high jump Saturday at the 2006 Sea Ray Relays inKnoxville, Tenn. She cleared a height of 5 feet, 10 inches torecord a qualifying mark for the 2006 NCAA Mideast Regional meet,which will be held in Knoxville May 26-27. Stringer is thedefending Big Ten champion in both the indoor and outdoor highjumps. She will attempt to successfully defend her 2005 outdoortitle May 12-14 at the league meet East Lansing, Mich.

Athletics Good Stuff

The men’s lacrosse team (5-4, 2-0 GWLL) extended its winningstreak to five and improved to 2-0 in the Great Western LacrosseLeague with a 14-10 victory over Butler last Friday in Jesse OwensMemorial Stadium. Senior Andrew Bender led the Buckeyes with acareer-best six points vs. the Bulldogs, on three goals and threeassists, while freshman goalie John Bolen made a career-high 15saves.

This weekend, the Buckeyes close out their home schedule with two conference games. The team will face No. 15/16-ranked Denver at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Air Force at noon Sunday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Two Buckeye wins this weekend would clinch at least a share of the GWLL title.

The No. 7 men’s tennis team earned its 19th and 20th wins ofthe year last weekend. The Buckeyes beat Michigan State Saturday6-1 in East Lansing, Mich., then downed the No. 36 Michigan 7-0Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich. The wins gave seventh year Ohio Statehead coach Ty Tucker his sixth consecutive 20 win season, and OSU’s12th overall. OSU currently sits atop the Big Ten standings with aone-game lead over Illinois, whom the Buckeyes beat earlier thisseason and can clinch the programs fifth conference title with apair of victories this weekend. Ohio State seniors Ross Wilson(Toledo, Ohio/Toledo St. Francis de Sales) and Scott Green (NorthCanton, Ohio/Hoover) moved up to No. 1 in the latest ITA rankingreleased April 18. The pair is 25-2 on the year and is 19-1 in dualmatches this season, all of which came from the No. 1 doubles slotfor the Buckeyes. The duo earned a pair of victories last weekendagainst Michigan States’ Adam Monich and Nick Rinks 8-7 (2) and No.11 Brian Hung and Matko Maravich of Michigan 8-7 (5). FreshmanBryan Koniecko moved up to No. 38 in the rankings after collectinga pair of victories, including one at the No. 1 singles spotagainst No. 44 Matko Maravich 7-5, 7-6 (4). The Buckeyes welcomeNorthwestern and Wisconsin to Columbus Saturday and Sunday. Bothmatches are scheduled for noon. The women’s golf team will playhost to the 26th Lady Buckeye Invitational April 22-23 at the GolfClub of Dublin. The Buckeyes have won the home event 11 times withthe most recent title coming in 2003. The Buckeyes are hoping tohave their third consecutive medalist of the tournament, followingKristen White and Lindsey Knowlton’s wins in 2003 and 2005,respectively. Admission to the event is free. Ohio State also willplay host to the 2006 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships May 23-26.The four rounds of competition will be held on the Ohio StateUniversity Scarlet Course. Each round will cost $10, while anall-session pass is available for $20. Practice rounds will have nocharge. A complete schedule is available at ohiostatebuckeyes.com.For tickets please visit hangonsloopy.com. Several synchronizedswimmers will compete for spots on the 2006 and 2007 U.S. NationalTeam during the 2006 U.S. National Championships April 27-29 at theFort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Leah andLeayn (lee-ann) Pinette will participate in the final phase of the2006 U.S. Team II trials at 8:50 a.m. April 27. Teammates MichelleBenzie, Julia Broadfoot, Jayme DeLancy, Erin DeMarco, Becky Kim,Brooke Paul, Leah and Leayn Pinette and Kendra Sollars will competein phase I of the 2007 U.S. Team trials. The group will attempt toqualify for the phase II competition. Phase I begins at 3:20 p.m.April 26 and phase II will begin after the final phase of the 2006Team II qualifying round. The softball team is a half game out offirst place in the Big Ten (8-2) and owns a 10-game winning streak(28-14 overall). The Buckeyes are 19-4 in their last 23 games andare 13-0 at home this season, where OSU hosts IUPUI Tuesday beforetraveling to Miami (Ohio) Wednesday. Ohio State hosts defendingnational champion Michigan Friday (6 p.m.) and Saturday (1 p.m.)before hosting Michigan State Sunday (noon, doubleheader). Thefifth-ranked rowing team posted seven victories Saturday in dualraces against Big Ten foe No. 18 Minnesota and No. 19 Oregon Statein Bloomington, Ind. The regatta concluded the regular-season slatefor the Buckeyes. The first varsity eight boat posted two decisivevictories, topping Oregon State by over 10 seconds with a finishtime of 6:32.16. In the afternoon, the Buckeyes defeated Minnesotawith a time of 6:33.70 to the Gophers’ 6:38.20. Ohio State’s secondvarsity eight, the current Big Ten Boat of the Week, extended itsunbeaten streak to six duals with two victories as well, beatingboth the Beavers and Gophers in the two sessions with a time of6:37.29 in the morning race and 6:42.50 in the afternoon. The firstvarsity four split its races, defeating the Beavers in the morningbut falling to the Gophers in the afternoon. The second varsityfour topped Minnesota twice and beat host Indiana as well in themorning race.

The Buckeyes will next compete in the Big Ten championships April 29 in search of their second conference crown. The event will be hosted by Minnesota at Lake Phalen in St. Paul, Minn.

The men’s golf team travels to East Lansing, Mich., thisweekend to participate in the Fossum Invitational. The Buckeyeswill then head to Chicago to play in the Big Ten Tournament April28-30. Colin Biles, a junior from Upper Arlington, Ohio, was OhioState’s top finisher last weekend at the Kepler Intercollegiate.Biles tied for 16th (226) with rounds of 74-75-77 at the MuirfieldVillage Golf Club, site of Jack Nicklaus’ annual MemorialTournament, in Dublin, Ohio. The 36th Robert Kepler Intercollegiatewas moved to Muirfield Village GC while the finishing touches areapplied to The OSU Scarlet Course renovation project. The women’stennis team (13-10; 3-5 Big Ten) lost two Big Ten matches thisweekend as the Buckeyes fell to No. 31 Michigan, 6-1, Saturday andwere edged by Michigan State, 4-3, Sunday. The loss to MichiganState marks the fifth time this season Ohio State has been beatenby one point. The Buckeyes close out regular-season play with twoBig Ten road matches next weekend. The squad will take on Wisconsinat noon EDT Saturday in Madison, Wis., and Northwestern at noon EDTSunday in Evanston, Ill. Women’s lacrosse (2-10 overall, 1-2American Lacrosse Conference) dropped a 9-8 decision at 19th-rankedVanderbilt Sunday on an end of game free position score by theCommodores. The Buckeyes trailed, 8-6 before goals by Natale Miller(1:10 left) and Kelyn Laws tied the game at eight with 52 secondleft. KC Carter had three goals and an assist with Kristen Slahoradding two goals. Kirsten Hannon had a goal and two assists.Kristen Gilwee took the loss in goal, making 19 saves. Ohio Statereturns home to face 18th-ranked Penn State (5-7, 1-1) Friday andRobert Morris (2-12) Sunday. Men’s volleyball (19-11 overall, 7-5Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) closed out theregular season with 3-0 victories at Lewis (30-24, 30-25, 30-19)and at Quincy (30-23, 34-32, 30-28). Andy Cole had a team-high 13points in the win at Lewis with nine kills, two ace serves and fourassist blocks. Mark Greaves added 12.5 points with 12 kills and anassist block. At Quincy, Cole scored a team-high 14 points with 11kills, two ace serves and two assist blocks. Layne Dreven added 11points with nine kills and four assist blocks. Ohio State, winnersof their last three matches, begins defense of their 2005 MIVATournament Championship by hosting Quincy (12-16, 3-9) Saturdaynight at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena. The baseball Buckeyes will betrying to get back on the winning path against Oakland on the firstBuck-A-Burger Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium. Ohio State is 3-0 inWednesday games at home, having beaten Toledo, Miami (Ohio) andCentral Michigan. The team dropped to 20-11 after Michigan sweptthe Buckeyes in Ann Arbor this past weekend, It is just the thirdtime in Bob Todd’s 19 years at Ohio State, the Buckeyes were sweptin a four-game series. Centerfielder Matt Angle led the Buckeyes atthe plate in going 6-for-14 (.429) at Michigan. He drove in tworuns and scored twice and was 1-for-2 in stolen bases. JedidiahStephen was 5-for-15 (.333) and Jonathan Zizzo was 4-for-13 (.308)as he continues to get playing time in left field. Angle now leadsthe team with a .403 batting average. He has 48 hits, includingfour doubles and a triple and has driven in 14 runs while scoring ateam-high 41 runs. Ronnie Bourquin continues to lead the team with49 hits despite only getting one hit at Michigan. Eric Fryer has 36RBI to lead the team, one more than Bourquin. Stephen is second onthe team in batting average (.388) and has 47 hits with 14 doubles,three triples and three home runs as well as 26 RBI. The Buckeyeshead back on the road this weekend in conference play, heading toBloomington, Ind., for a four-game series vs. Indiana beginningFriday at 4:05 p.m., EDT. The men’s and women’s track and fieldteams competed Friday and Saturday at the 2006 Sea Ray Relays atthe University of Tennessee. Jenna Harris was the star on the trackfor the Buckeyes, clocking NCAA Mideast regional qualifiers in thewomen’s 100- and 200-meter dashes. In the field, Pat Whalen(WAY-len) marked a regional qualifier in the men’s shot put, as didBrandon Cathcart in the men’s triple jump.

Jessica Stringer also posted a regional mark of 5 feet, 10 inches to take runner-up in the women’s high jump. Also in the field events, two-time All-American Keturah (Kah-tore-uh) Lofton placed fourth in the women’s hammer at 189-10.

On the track for the men, Jeff See timed 3:46.83 to capture fifth place in the 1,500, which serves as a regional qualifying mark.

The men’s and women’s teams are scheduled to compete at the Oregon Invitational Friday and Saturday in Eugene, Ore.

The field hockey team won its second-consecutive T2D SpringLeague title Sunday at North Turf Field with a 3-2 victory overconference foe Michigan State. The Buckeyes played in thechampionship game after participating in the round-robin formatover the last two weekends. They completed the league with a recordof 5-0-3. The league featured eight teams, including fellow Big Tenteams Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern, as well as CentralMichigan, Kent State, Miami and Ohio. OSU topped Central Michigan,3-0, to open competition Sunday. The Buckeyes then posted acome-from-behind 3-1 victory against Northwestern to secure a placein the league’s championship game. There the squad battled MichiganState with Saskia Mueller (Zuerich, Switzerland/GymnasiumUnterstrass) scoring the game-winning goal for the 3-2 win.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Tuesday, April 18 – Sunday, April 23

Tuesday, April 18
Softball vs. IUPUI, 5 and 7 p.m.
Buckeye Field, Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, April 19
Softball at Miami, 5 p.m.
Oxford, Ohio

Baseball vs. Oakland, 6:35 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Friday, April 21
Baseball at Indiana, 4:05 p.m.
Bloomington, Ind.

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Penn State, 5 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Denver, 7:30 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Softball vs. Michigan, 6 p.m.
Buckeye Field, Columbus, Ohio

Saturday, April 22
Football Spring Game, 1 p.m.
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Tennis at Wisconsin, 11 a.m.
Madison, Wis.

Men’s Tennis vs. Northwestern, Noon
Stickney Tennis Center (outdoor) OR
Jesse Owens West Tennis Center (indoor), Columbus, Ohio

Softball vs. Michigan, 1 p.m.
Buckeye Field, Columbus, Ohio

Baseball at Indiana, 2:05 and 4:35 p.m.
Bloomington, Ind.

Men’s Volleyball vs. Quincy, 7 p.m.
MIVA Quarterfinals
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Golf at Fossum Invitational
East Lansing, Mich.

Women’s Golf Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational
Golf Club of Dublin, Dublin, Ohio

Sunday, April 23
Women’s Tennis at Northwestern, 11 a.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Air Force, Noon
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Robert Morris, 2:30 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Tennis vs. Wisconsin, Noon
Stickney Tennis Center (outdoor) OR
Jesse Owens West Tennis Center (indoor), Columbus, Ohio

Softball vs. Michigan State, Noon and 2 p.m.
Buckeye Field, Columbus, Ohio

Baseball at Indiana, 2:05 p.m.
Bloomington, Ind.

Men’s Golf at Fossum Invitational
East Lansing, Mich.

Women’s Golf Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational
Golf Club of Dublin, Dublin, Ohio