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Aug. 29, 2006

Athletes of the Week

Named the Most Valuable Player of the Towson UniversityInvitational, Danielle Meyer averaged 6.42 kills and 2.08 digs pergame in the three matches. She had back-to-back 30-plus killmatches against Houston and Towson, recording 30 against Houstonand a career-high 32 against Towson. 22 of her kills against Towsoncame in games three (12) and four (10). Senior defender andco-captain Dustin Kirby led the men’s soccer team to thechampionship of The Bert and Iris Wolstein Soccer Classic Hosted byThe Ohio State University last weekend. Kirby was named theClassic’s Most Valuable Player after he and the Buckeye defense didnot allow a goal in their two games, a 0-0 tie with Hartwick and2-0 win over Furman. He was also named the Big Ten Defensive Playerof the Week Monday. Kirby is a four-year starter in the centraldefense for Ohio State and a two-time Academic All-Big Tenselection.

Athletics Good Stuff

The 15th-ranked field hockey team opened its 2006 season with a4-2 victory at No. 11 Boston College Saturday at Newton Campus TurfField in Newton, Mass. The win marked the first season-openingvictory for Ohio State since 2001.

Senior Saskia Mueller scored two of the Buckeyes’ goals, including the gamewinner, with classmates Curlyne Wynn and Lauren Kruse netting the other two. Sophomore Linda Haussener had a career-high three assists. In the opening game of the year, Haussener doubled her career assist total after registering three in her entire freshman season. Freshman goalkeeper Lindsay Quintiliani made four saves to pick up her first collegiate victory. BC’s Berkowitz made eight saves but registered the loss. For their efforts, Mueller was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week while Quintiliani picked up Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Ohio State next travels to Newark, Del., to participate in the Blue Hen Classic Sept. 2-3. The Buckeyes face host school Delaware Saturday and then take on Penn Sunday. Both games will be played at 11:30 a.m. OSU opens its home schedule Sept. 10 with a noon game against Pacific at North Turf Field.

The 20th-ranked men’s soccer team shut out both its opponentslast weekend to win The Bert and Iris Wolstein Soccer ClassicHosted by The Ohio State University. The Buckeyes (1-0-1) tiedHartwick, 0-0, and beat Furman, 2-0. Senior defender Dustin Kirbywas named the Classic MVP and joined three of his teammates on theall-tournament team. This week, the Buckeyes travel to the NorthCarolina Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C., where they will face thesixth-ranked Tar Heels and No. 16 Wake Forest. Women’s soccerposted two shutouts during the weekend over Kent State, 0-0, andXavier, 2-0. Head coach Lori Walker earned her 100th Buckeye winwith the victory against the Musketeers. Walker’s OSU career recordnow stands at 100-74-15 in 10 seasons and her career mark is113-97-16 in 12 seasons.

Goalkeeper and true freshman Lauren Robertson played all 200 minutes, starting with the double overtime match vs. the Golden Flashes Aug. 25. After recording four stops vs. KSU, Robertson returned to action Sunday for 90 minutes and made an additional three saves against the Musketeers. Robertson became the first OSU goalkeeper to record consecutive shutouts in Ohio State’s first two games since Amber Barnes accomplished the feat in 1998. The effort only was completed one other time prior to Barnes (Stacey Smith in 1993). Robertson was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for her performance.

Junior Lara Dickenmann scored the first goal of 2006 for the Buckeyes vs. Xavier and freshman Ali Schwach recorded the first goal of her collegiate career to help lift OSU to its first win during an undefeated weekend.

Senior center Jessica Davenport was named to the 2006-07Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Wade Trophy Player of theYear Watch List. Davenport has been a WBCA All-American each of thelast two seasons.

Former Ohio State All-American Katie Smith scored 16 points and led Detroit to a 79-55 victory over Connecticut in the WNBA Eastern Conference Finals Yesterday. Smith and the Shock face Sacramento in the WNBA Finals, starting Wednesday in Detroit.

Karen Dennis, women’s track and field head coach, completed herassistant staff Monday, naming Ron Davis distance coach and QingyiZheng field and multi-events coach. Davis comes to Ohio State fromSouth Alabama and Zheng last coached at Michigan State. Both Davisand Qingyi Zheng (SHIN-yee ZENG) have coached track and field formore than 30 years. Kevin Mannon was named assistant coach formen’s track and field Thursday, in an announcement made by headcoach Robert Gary. Mannon served as men’s and women’s throws coachat Ohio State for the past two seasons and will handle thosedisciplines with the men’s team. The No. 1-ranked football teamopens the season at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium againstNorthern Illinois. Head coach Jim Tressel announced the captainswho will represent the Buckeyes when the team takes the field vs.the Huskies. Seniors Troy Smith, Doug Datish, Quinn Pitcock andDavid Patterson were elected by their teammates Friday just beforethe team broke fall camp The Buckeyes began game-week preparationMonday. Ahmed Plummer, who lettered for Ohio State from 1996-99 andis back with the Buckeyes as a volunteer strength coach, will serveas the honorary captain this week. The 1996 team will hold its10-year reunion this weekend as well. Representatives of the team,which finished 11-1 and claimed a Rose Bowl victory over ArizonaState, will be recognized at halftime. Women’s hockey defensemanTessa Bonhomme and the Canadian National Women’s Under-22 Team tooktwo of three games from the U.S. National Under-22 Team in a seriesplayed at the University of Ottawa Aug. 24-27. Bonhomme, a nativeof Sudbury, Ontario, and a three-time member of the Under-22 team,played in the first two games of the series but did not register apoint.

After falling in overtime, 2-1, in the first game Aug. 24, Canada rallied in the second game the following day, handedly defeating USA by a score of 6-0. The teams faced off Aug. 27 to decide the series, with Canada posting a 2-0 shutout for the win.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
September 2006

Friday, Sept. 1
Women’s Volleyball Buckeye Invitational
Ohio State vs. Lehigh, 10:30 a.m.
NIU vs. Iona, 12:30 p.m.
NIU vs. Lehigh, 5 p.m.
Ohio State vs. Iona, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Soccer vs. San Diego, 1 p.m.
Puma Classic
Malibu, Calif.

Men’s Soccer at North Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
North Carolina Classic
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Saturday, Sept. 2
Field Hockey at Delaware, 11:30 a.m.
Blue Hen Classic
Newark, Del.

Football vs. Northern Illinois, 3:30 p.m.
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Volleyball Buckeye Invitational
Lehigh vs. Iona
RPAC, Columbus, Ohio

Sunday, Sept. 3
Women’s Volleyball Buckeye Invitational
Ohio State vs. NIU, 2 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Field Hockey vs. Penn, 11:30 a.m.
Blue Hen Classic
Newark, Del.

Men’s Soccer vs. Wake Forest, 1 p.m.
North Carolina Classic
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Women’s Soccer vs. Pepperdine, 1:30 p.m.
Puma Classic
Malibu, Calif.

Friday, Sept. 8
Women’s Volleyball Sports Import Classic
Michigan State vs. Arizona State, 4:30 p.m.
Ohio State vs. Tennessee Tech, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Soccer vs. Boston University, 5 p.m.
Penn State Classic
State College, Pa.

Women’s Soccer at Kentucky, 7:30 p.m.
Lexington, Ky.

Saturday, Sept. 9
Women’s Volleyball Sports Import Classic
Michigan State vs. Tennessee Tech, 3:30 p.m.
Ohio State vs. Arizona State, 6 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Football at Texas, 8 p.m.
Austin, Texas

Cross Country at Great Lakes Invitational
Cincinnati, Ohio

Sunday, Sept. 10
Field Hockey vs. Pacific, Noon
North Turf Field, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Soccer vs. San Francisco, Noon
Penn State Classic
State College, Pa.

Tuesday, Sept. 12
Women’s Volleyball vs. IPFW, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, Sept. 13
Field Hockey vs. Miami (Ohio), 3 p.m.
North Turf Field, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Volleyball at Youngstown State, 7 p.m.
Youngstown, Ohio

Thursday, Sept. 14
Men’s Soccer vs. Bowling Green, 7:30 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Friday, Sept. 15
Cross Country Buckeye Invitational, 4 p.m.
OSU Golf Courses, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Soccer vs. Cal, 7:30 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Tennis at Princeton Invitational
Princeton, N.J.

Saturday, Sept. 16
Football vs. Cincinnati, Noon
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Tennis at Princeton Invitational
Princeton, N.J.

Women’s Golf at Lady Northern Invitational
East Lansing, Mich.

Men’s Golf at Gopher Invitational
Wayzata, Minn.

Sunday, Sept. 17
Field Hockey at St. Louis, 1 p.m.
St. Louis, Mo.

Women’s Soccer vs. Washington, 2 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Soccer at Northwestern, 4 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Men’s Golf at Gopher Invitational
Wayzata, Minn.

Women’s Golf at Lady Northern Invitational
East Lansing, Mich.

Women’s Tennis at Princeton Invitational
Princeton, N.J.

Tuesday, Sept. 19
Field Hockey at Ohio, 6 p.m.
Athens, Ohio

Wednesday, Sept. 20
Men’s Soccer at Butler, 3 p.m.
Indianapolis, Ind.

Women’s Volleyball at Penn State, 8 p.m.
State College, Pa.

Friday, Sept. 22
Women’s Soccer vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Tennis at Wake Forest Fall Invitational
Winston-Salem, N.C.

Women’s Tennis at Penn Cissie Leary Invitational
Philadelphia, Pa.

Saturday, Sept. 23
Women’s Volleyball at Iowa, 7 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa

Football at Penn State, TBA
State College, Pa.

Women’s Tennis at Wake Forest Fall Invitational
Winston-Salem, N.C.

Women’s Tennis at Penn Cissie Leary Invitational
Philadelphia, Pa.

Sunday, Sept. 24
Field Hockey at Iowa, 1 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa

Women’s Soccer at Indiana, 1 p.m.
Bloomington, Ind.

Women’s Tennis at Wake Forest Fall Invitational
Winston-Salem, N.C.

Women’s Tennis at Penn Cissie Leary Invitational
Philadelphia, Pa.

Tuesday, Sept. 26
Men’s Soccer vs. Akron, 7:30 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, Sept. 27
Field Hockey vs. Ball State, 3 p.m.
North Turf Field, Columbus, Ohio

Friday, Sept. 29
Women’s Volleyball at Purdue, 7 p.m.
West Lafayette, Ind.

Women’s Soccer vs. Wisconsin, 7:30 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Saturday, Sept. 30
Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Wilfrid Laurier, 1:07 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink, Columbus Ohio

Women’s Volleyball at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Bloomington, Ind.

Football at Iowa, 8 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa

Women’s’ Golf at Wolverine Invitational
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Cross Country at Louisville
Louisville, Ky.