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Aug. 23, 2006

The men’s soccer team takes on Hartwick and Furman this weekendin The Bert and Iris Wolstein Soccer Classic Hosted by The OhioState University. The Buckeyes, picked third in the Big Tenpreseason coaches’ poll Monday, face Hartwick at 7:30 p.m. Fridaybefore concluding the event in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Sundayat 2:30 against Furman. The Buckeyes went 1-0-1 in the preseason,including a 2-0 win over Bradley in Crew Stadium last Friday.Women’s soccer begins the 2006 season Friday when it hosts KentState at 2:30 p.m. and Xavier at 6 p.m. Sunday. Head coach LoriWalker will be entering her 10th season at the helm of the Buckeyesquad and will seek her 100th OSU victory during the weekend.Senior tri-captain Lisa Grubb returns to the Ohio State lineupafter missing the 2005 season. Grubb is the OSU career goals leader(31) and is just two and four points shy, respectively, ofeclipsing the Ohio State all-time record for points (81) andassists (19).

Lisa Collison completed action with the Canadian Under-20 Women’s team Wednesday at the 2006 U-20 Women’s World Championship in St. Petersburg, Russia. Collison, who helped the Canadians qualify for the Women’s “World Cup” by scoring two goals and notching two assists at the CONCACAF tournament in Veracruz and Cordoba, Mexico, received the start in Canada’s final match vs. China in Group B pool play.

Marscilla Packer, a junior guard on the women’s basketballteam, led Team USA with 13.6 points per game as the Americans wonthe gold medal at the 2006 FIBA Americas U20 Championship for Womenin Mexico City, Mexico Aug. 8-13. Packer netted 20-of-29 3-pointfield goal attempts during the five-game tournament. Sheestablished a USA U20 single-game scoring record with a 20-pointouting vs. Canada. In that win, Packer nailed 6-of-8 3-point tries.She followed that effort the next day with an 18-point game vs.Mexico.

Packer is the third current Buckeye to play for USA Basketball in the last year. Jessica Davenport helped the U.S. Senior Team win gold in Australia in April and joined teammate Brandie Hoskins on the U.S. squad that won gold at the 2005 World University Games in Turkey last August.

Ed Beathea was hired as men’s track and field assistant coachMonday, in an announcement made by men’s head coach Robert Gary.Beathea spent the past 10 seasons coaching sprints and hurdles atIndiana. He also will handle horizontal jumps for the Buckeyes. TheOhio State Department of Athletics has created web sites atwww.ohiostatebuckeyes.com to promote the Heisman Trophy candidaciesof senior quarterback Troy Smith and junior flanker/returner TedGinn Jr.

The sites will be updated with notes, quotes, audio, video, photos, statistics and bio information throughout the season.

Please visit www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/tedginn and www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/troysmith for more information.

Women’s tennis sophomores Julie Voss (San Angelo, Texas/St.Stephen’s Academy) and Sara Kinning (Grand Blanc, Mich./Power’sCatholic) and junior Caitlin O’Keefe (Troy, Mich./Troy) earnedIntercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete honors. O’Keefealso earned the award in 2005. In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athletestatus a player must be a varsity letterwinner, have a grade pointaverage of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academicyear, and have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2semesters.

Kinning, who is undeclared on her major, O’Keefe, an international business major and Voss, a music composition major, all were named Ohio State Scholar-Athletes in 2005-06. Kinning and O’Keefe were also awarded Academic All-Big Ten honors.

Women’s volleyball opens the season Saturday at the TowsonInvitational, facing Robert Morris and Houston. OSU then plays hostTowson Sunday.

The Big Ten women’s volleyball coaches voted Marisa Main, Danielle Meyer and Ami Stevens to the 2006 Preseason All-Big Ten Team. Main and Stevens were named to the 2005 team.

Women’s volleyball has been picked to finish fourth in the always tough Big Ten Conference. OSU, ranked 23rd in the preseason CSTV/AVCA Coaches Poll is one of five conference teams to be ranked in the Top-25.

The field hockey team travels to Boston, Mass., to open the2006 season against the Eagles of Boston College Saturday at noon.The Buckeyes faced Ohio University in a scrimmage Aug. 20, withsophomore Emily Mikac scoring three goals to lead OSU to a 7-2 win.Junior Yesenia Luces, a 2005 First Team All-American, added twogoals of her own.

Ohio State is ranked 15th in the STX/NFHCA Preseason Poll released by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Aug. 21. The Buckeyes, who finished the 2005 season ranked 11th in the final NFHCA poll, are coming off one of their best seasons in school history, with a 15-7 record and an appearance in the NCAA tournament. Ohio State received 292 votes to rank ahead of Big Ten foe Michigan State at No. 16 with 227 votes. Other conference members in the poll include No. 7 Penn State (605 votes), No. 8 Michigan (537), No. 10 Indiana (390) and No. 12 Iowa (352). Maryland topped the poll with 35 first-place votes and 879 total votes. Wake Forest, who Ohio State will face Oct. 6 in Winston-Salem, N.C., is second with 819 votes and five first-place tallies.

Women’s tennis sophomore Julie Voss (San Angelo, Texas/St.Stephen’s Academy) finished first overall in the singlescompetition in the Southwest Region of the Intercollegiate TennisAssociation’s Collegiate Summer Circuit. The complete circuit wasplayed at 23 regional sites throughout the country during the monthof July. Players accumulated points based on their performance andadvancement in a given tournament. Voss competed in threeindividual tournaments in her home state of Texas. Voss finishedsecond in Abilene, Texas, placed first in Arlington and completedthe circuit in College Station with a second-place finish. Men’sgymnasts Kristopher Kline and Nicholaus Searcy and former BuckeyeRaj Bhavsar (2000-03) competed at the USA Gymnastics 2006 VISAChampionships last week in St. Paul, Minn. Kline and Bhavsaradvanced to the finals from the first day of competition. At thefinals, Bhavsar finished 27th in the all-around to lead the Buckeyecontingent. Earlier this week, he was named to the U.S. men’ssenior national team.

At the finals, Bhavsar had four Top 12 finishes including a placing third on parallel bars (29.85). Bhasvar also earned fifth place on pommel horse (29.00), tied for eighth on rings (30.25) and finished 12th on vault (30.60). Ohio State senior Kristopher Kline (Westerville, Ohio/Hocking Valley Gymnastics Center) ended his first national championships in 30th. Kline best showing for the evening was a tie for 13th on vault with a 30.55.

Women’s hockey defenseman Tessa Bonhomme has been selected forCanada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team, Hockey Canada announcedAug. 20. Bonhomme, a native of Sudbury, Ontario, is one of 22players chosen for the 2006-07 roster and is making her thirdappearance on the team. She is one of 13 returning players from the2005-06 U-22 squad. The roster announcement came after a seven-daydevelopment camp held in Ottawa, Ontario, attended by 40 of the topCanadian players aged 22 years or younger. The camp consisted of adouble round-robin tournament between three teams: Team Canada Red,Team Canada White and Team Finland. Included in the camp inviteeswas incoming Ohio State freshman Raelyn LaRocque, who missed thecut for the final roster.

Bonhomme and the other members of Canada’s National U-22 team will face the U.S. National U-22 team in a three-game series Aug. 24-27 at the University of Ottawa. Junior Buckeye defenseman Lisa Chesson attended the U.S. National Women’s U-22 camp but did not make the final roster.

Diana Albrecht will join the rowing staff as an assistantcoach, head coach Andy Teitelbaum announced Aug. 18. Albrecht, whowas a four-year letterwinner from 2002-05, was a two-time FirstTeam All-American. She will primarily work with Ohio State’s secondvarsity eight, as well as recruiting.

A three-year member of the first varsity eight boat, Albrecht helped Ohio State win a Big Ten Championship in 2002 and appear in at the NCAA championships all four seasons. She earned All-Central Region honors as well as First Team All-Big Ten selections in 2004 and 2005. Albrecht also was recognized for her accomplishments in the classroom as a three-time CRCA National Scholar-Athlete, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete. She graduated from Ohio State in 2006 with degrees in communication and political science.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Friday, Aug. 25 – Sunday, Aug. 27

Friday, Aug. 25
Women’s Soccer vs. Kent State, 2:30 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Soccer vs. Hartwick, 7:30 p.m.
Penn State vs. Furman, 5 p.m.
The Bert and Iris Wolstein Soccer Classic
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Saturday, Aug. 26
Women’s Volleyball vs. Robert Morris, 10 a.m.
Women’s Volleyball vs. Houston, 5 p.m.
Towson Invitational
Towson, Md.

Field Hockey at Boston College, noon
Chestnut Hill, Md.

Sunday, Aug. 27
Women’s Volleyball vs. Towson, 2 p.m.
Towson Invitational
Towson, Md.

Men’s Soccer vs. Furman, 2:30 p.m.
Penn State vs. Hartwick, Noon
The Bert and Iris Wolstein Soccer Classic
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Soccer vs. Xavier, 6 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio