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Nov. 7, 2006

Athletes of the Week

Senior goaltender Erika Vanderveer continued her outstandingplay, backstopping the Buckeyes to a sweep of Connecticut thisweekend at OSU Ice Rink. She totaled 63 saves in the two wins,allowing just one goal to the Huskies, who came into the seriesaveraging 4.0 goals per game. In the Friday game, Vanderveer made34 saves in the 5-1 win for her fourth-consecutive game ofsurpassing the 30-save mark. She followed that with a 29-saveshutout performance Saturday to record her first shutout of theseason and seventh of her career. Vanderveer helped the Buckeyepenalty kill post a perfect 9-for-9 mark against UConn, stoppingall nine shots faced by the Husky power play.

Vanderveer, the reigning USCHO Defensive Player of the Week, has made 33.7 saves in her last three games for a 3-0-0 record. She has a 0.67 GAA and .980 save percentage in those games. Overall this season, she is 4-2-0 with a 1.70 GAA. She has allowed just 10 goals with 185 saves for a .949 save percentage, good for fourth in the nation.

Steven Moneke, of men’s tennis team advanced to thechampionship match of the 2006 ITA National Intercollegiate IndoorChampionships. The event was held at the Racquet Club of Columbusthis past weekend. The OSU sophomore fell in the final, but movedhis singles record to 15-3 on the year. The loss in thechampionship ended a ten match win streak dating back to a 7-5, 6-2win over Christian Biersch of Iowa in the first round of the 2006ITA Midwest Regionals (an event Moneke went on to win). During hisroad to the final of the 2006 ITA Indoor National Championships,Moneke did not lose a set in four matches of play. He lost hisfirst set of the tournament in the championship match to thedefending champion and the No. 1-seeded Ben Kohlloeffel of UCLA byscores of 6-0, 6-4.

Athletics Good Stuff

The men’s basketball team opens regular season play at 8 p.m.Friday in the opening round of the SportsTime Ohio BCA Classic inColumbus. The Buckeyes will face VMI (ESPN Plus/ONN) and will takeon the either Princeton or Loyola (Ill.) in round two at 8 p.m.Sat.

Ohio State won each of its exhibition games in the last week against Findlay (80-57) and Walsh University (87-62). Senior Ron Lewis led the Buckeyes in scoring in each tune-up. He scored 17 points in the win vs. Findlay last Wednesday and led all scorers with 21 Sunday against Walsh. Freshman point guard Mike Conley Jr. had nine assists in the Walsh game and was credited with 16 assists and just one turnover in the two exhibitions.

Women’s volleyball won home matches against Indiana and No. 14Purdue last week. Danielle Meyer had a team-high 16 kills with AmiStevens and Briana McCarthy adding 13 each. Stevens added 13 digswith Ashley Kiel recording a season-high 20. Against No. 14 Purdue,OSU trailed 29-26 in game two and overcame three game points to tiethe game at 29. Two kills from Stevens gave OSU a 31-29 win in thegame. Stevens had 10 kills with Anna Szerszen adding 15. Szerszenadded 11 digs with Marisa Main contributing 13.

Ohio State continues the home stand this Wednesday when they host No. 3 Penn State at 7 p.m. OSU then hosts Iowa Friday.

The No. 6 seed women’s soccer team lost to No. 3 seed Purdue,2-1, in overtime Thursday in the first round of the Big TenTournament, hosted by Penn State University in University Park, Pa.The only Ohio State goal came from freshman Ashley Bowyer, who wasnamed to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. The goal served as Bowyer’sfirst at OSU. The Buckeyes conclude their season 10-8-1 overall.

Five student-athletes earned All-Big Ten Team honors including Lisa Collison (first team at forward), Lara Dickenmann (first-team at midfield) and Melissa Miller (defensive first-team). Lisa Grubb captured second-team accolades at forward. Junior Amanda Ball was Ohio State’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.

Steven Moneke, of men’s tennis team, fell in the championshipmatch of the 2006 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor ChampionshipSunday. The tournament was held at the Racquet Club of Columbus.Moneke did not lose a set in any of the four matches leading up tothe final. But the OSU sophomore lost to the defending champion andthe No. 1 seeded Ben Kohlloeffel of UCLA 6-0, 6-4. Moneke improvedhis singles record to 15-3 on the year and has won ten out of hislast eleven matches. Moneke played in his second consecutivetournament championship. He claimed the 2006 ITA Midwest RegionalChampionship Oct. 24 in Minneapolis, Minn. The women’s tennis teamconcluded its fall tournament play Friday during the ITA NationalCollegiate Indoor Championships, held at the Racquet Club ofColumbus. The tournament ran Nov. 2-5 and was the second of threenational tournaments for singles and doubles competition for bothmen and women.

Julie Blackmore paired with Caitlin O’Keefe Thursday to fill the Buckeyes host wild card spot in the 16-team doubles bracket, facing Jenny Miccoli and Anastasia Sourkova of Brigham Young. The OSU duo was defeated by the BYU pair 8-3 and later lost to Suzi Babos/Zusuzsanna Foder (8-4) Friday in the 8-team doubles consolation bracket. In the 32-player singles draw Thursday, Blackmore dropped her match to Zuzana Cerna of Baylor, 6-1, 7-5. On Friday in the 16-player singles consolation bracket, Blackmore lost her match to Sarah Fansler of Southern California, 6-4, 6-1. Blackmore posts a final fall tournament singles record of 4-7. The Buckeyes end their fall tournament play with an overall record of 44-40 in singles competition, and 23-14 in doubles competition.

The cheerleading team has qualified for the 2007 CollegeCheerleading and Dance Team National Championship at the WaltDisney World Resort, Jan. 12-14, 2007. The national championshipwill be held at Disney’s MGM Studios and Disney’s Wide World ofSports Complex in Orlando, Fla. Ohio State qualified for thenational championship by winning the Northeast Region for the 18thtime in the last 20 years. By winning their region, the Buckeyesreceived an automatic bid to the national competition, as well asfree transportation and hotel accommodations.

Ohio State joins Minnesota (Mid-America Region), Kentucky (South Region) and Hawaii (West Region) as regional champions. Additionally, four Buckeye cheerleaders qualified for the Coed Partner Stunt competition the same weekend. The teams of Tara Warrens and Ben Schreiber and Ally Taulbee and Stephen Garrett will represent Ohio State. The national competition will be televised by the ESPN networks and aired at a later date.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams run in the 2006 GreatLakes Regional Championships Saturday in Bowling Green, Ohio. TheBuckeye men’s team placed third in the event last season. The No. 7ranked women’s basketball team opens the 2006-07 season at 3:30p.m. Sunday at Army. The Buckeyes and Cadets are part of the 2006Maggie Dixon Classic, which a men’s and women’s doubleheader atArmy honoring the former head coach of the women’s basketball teamwho passed away earlier this year. Pittsburgh’s men’s team, coachedby Maggie Dixon’s brother, Jamie Dixon, will face Western Michiganat 1 p.m. Sunday. ESPNU will televise both games. Former men’s golfteam member Scott Anderson (2001-2005) finished tied for sixthplace at the first stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament inMurrieta, Calif., Saturday. Anderson’s best season with theBuckeyes came in 2004-05 when he led the team in stroke average(72.4) His best finish individually was a tie for fourth at theXavier Collegiate Classic in 2004. Another former Buckeye golfer,Mike Austin (1997-2001) also competing in the first stage of a PGATour Qualifying Tournament finished in a tie for 12th place inValdosta, Ga. While playing at OSU Austin won medalist honors atthe Marshall Invitational and also led the team in stroke average(73.3) in 2001. With their finishes last weekend both golfers willbe exempt from playing in a pre-qualifying competition in the 2007PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament. The women’s swimming and divingteam defeated Illinois, 157-143, Saturday at the Bill and MaeMcCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Gulsah Gunenc, Erin Church, Linda Lundand Elaine Chan captured first, third, fourth and fifth places inthe 200-yard medley relay. Gunenc added two more wins in thebutterfly events with an NCAA B-qualifying standard in the 200-yardbutterfly (2:01.65) and 56.90 in the 100-yard butterfly. JuniorGriet Buelens beat out competition in the 500-yard freestylewinning in 4:56.65. Freshmen Haley Mitchell, Megan Alexander andJill Lockhart claimed their first individual titles in a collegedual meet. The Buckeyes swept the diving events, taking the Top 4places on both the 1- and 3-meter springboards. Sophomore transferChelsea Davis took first on the 1-meter with a score of 286.35.Senior Julie Broms captured the 3-meter title with 316.57.

The Buckeyes will return to action next weekend when they travel to swim Michigan Friday at 5 p.m. and Michigan State Sunday at 9 a.m.

The No. 13 ranked men’s swimming and diving team’s seasonstarts with a home dual meet against Kenyon College 6 p.m. Fridayat the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Nov. 7 – Nov. 14

Wednesday, Nov. 8
Women’s Volleyball vs. Penn State, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Thursday, Nov. 9
Men’s Ice Hockey vs. W Michigan, 7:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Friday, Nov. 10
Men’s Basketball vs. VMI, 8 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Women’s Ice Hockey at Bemidji State, 2:07 p.m.
Bemidji, Minn.

Women’s Swimming at Michigan, 5 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Men’s Swimming vs. Kenyon, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Women’s Volleyball vs. Iowa, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Western Michigan, 7:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Ohio Expo Center

Pistol vs. Utah, TBA
Salt Lake City, Utah

Saturday, Nov. 11
Football at Northwestern, 3:30 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Women’s Swimming at Michigan State, 9 a.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Men’s Swimming vs. Miami, Noon
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Women’s Ice Hockey at Bemidji State, 2:07 p.m.
Bemidji, Minn.

Men’s Volleyball vs. Penn State, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Cross Country at NCAA Great Lakes Regional, TBA
Bowling Green, Ohio

Field Hockey at TBA, TBA
TBA

Pistol at Utah, TBA
Salt Lake City, Utah

Men’s Tennis at Big Ten Indoor Tournament, All Day
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Sunday, Nov. 12
Women’s Basketball at Army, 3:30 p.m.
West Point, N.Y.

Women’s Crew at Rivana Romp, TBA
Charlottesville, Va.

Field Hockey at TBA, TBA
TBA

Wrestling at Michigan State Open, All Day
East Lansing, Mich.

Men’s Tennis at Big Ten Indoor Tournament, All Day
Ann Arbor, Mich.