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Nov. 15, 2006

Athletes of the Week

Danielle Meyer played a major role as women’s volleyballdefeated No. 3 Penn State Wednesday She had 13 kills, hitting .667with only one error. Meyer added an ace serve, five digs, a soloblock and four assists. Against Iowa she had 13 kills with noerrors, hitting .565. Meyer added three digs, a career-high threesolo blocks and three assists. In game one against Penn State Meyerwas in on three of OSU’s seven blocks (one solo, two assists) inholding Penn State (the nation’s top hitting team at .321) to .000hitting. In game two (30-26), Meyer had five kills in fiveattempts. She then had five kills (.571), an ace serve and twoassist blocks in game three.

Against Iowa, Meyer had six kills (.600) in game one (30-25), three kills, a solo block and an assist block in game two (30-26). In game three she had four kills (.571), two solo blocks and an assist block. For Meyer, her 26 kills on the weekend gives her 1,252 career kills and moves her to 10th on the OSU career kills list. Her four solo blocks gives her 38 for her career and has moved her to 12th on the OSU career solos list. With 34.5 points in the two matches, Meyer now has 1,503.5 career points and has moved to 11th on the OSU career points list.

Ron Lewis of the men’s basketball team claimed his first BigTen Player of the Week accolade after capturing MVP honors andleading Ohio State to the BCA Classic title with victories overVMI, Loyola-Chicago and Kent State last weekend. The Columbus,Ohio, native averaged 20 points in the event, knocking down 56percent of his shots (19-of-34). He was also 10-of-19 (.526) fromthe three-point arc and 12-of-14 (.857) from the free throw line.In an 87-75 victory over Loyola-Chicago, Lewis tallied his firstdouble-double as a Buckeye with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Heclosed out the weekend totaling 60 points, 19 rebounds, fiveassists and two steals in three games of action. Ohio State earnsits first regular-season tournament since December 1998 when theBuckeyes won the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic in San Juan, PuertoRico.

Athletics Good Stuff

Jessica Davenport opened the 2006-07 season with her 32ndcareer double-double and Brandie Hoskins showed no ill-effects fromher Achilles’ tendon injury from last season as the pair of seniorsled the No. 7/7 women’s basketball team to a 77-41 victory at Army.The Buckeyes and Black Knights were the tail end of the MaggieDixon Classic doubleheader, honoring Army’s former head coach whopassed away last spring. Pittsburgh’s men’s team defeated WesternMichigan in the first tilt. Davenport netted 22 points and pulleddown 11 rebounds in 24 minutes of play. She also blocked four shotsand connected on 9-of-10 field goal tries. Davenport’s only misswas a 3-point attempt. She led a frontcourt shooting effort thatconnected on 18-of-24 attempts overall.

Hoskins, in her first game since suffering her Achilles’ injury in the loss to Boston College in the second round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament, totaled 30 minutes of action, scored 13 points and handed out a game-best five assists.

The men’s basketball team is off to a 3-0 start after winningthe BCA Classic last weekend at the Value City Arena. The Buckeyesdefeated Kent State in the title game behind senior Ron Lewis’ 18points. Lewis was named the tournament MVP while freshman DaequanCook claimed all-tournament honors. Lewis’ efforts earned him theBig Ten Player of the Week award, the first of the season issued bythe league. Ohio State resumes play at 7 p.m. Friday againstEastern Kentucky (2-0) at VCA. Thad Matta, now in his third seasonat Ohio State, coached his 200th collegiate game in the final vs.the Golden Flashes. Matta’s overall record is 151-49 in sevenseasons as a head coach. His Ohio State record is 49-18. Thewomen’s hockey team (6-5-1, 2-5-1 WCHA) took three of four pointsin a WCHA series Nov. 10-11 at Bemidji State. It was just thesecond road series of the season for the Buckeyes who extendedtheir undefeated streak to five games. After falling behind 1-0 inthe first period Friday, the Buckeyes scored four unanswered goals,two in each period, for the 4-1 victory. Senior forward KatieMaroney scored twice, her first two goals of the season, whilejuniors Shelby Aldous and Jody Heywood each scored as well. In thegame Saturday, senior defenseman Amber Bowman scored anextra-attacker goal with just 51 seconds remaining in regulation toeven the game at 1-1 and send it into overtime where the scorewould remain final. Senior goaltender Erika Vanderveer made 26saves in each game for a total of 52 while allowing just two goalsin the series. She stopped all four shots faced in overtime and 14BSU power play goals while the Beavers were 0-for-7 with theman-advantage. For her efforts, she was named WCHA Defensive Playerof the Week.

Ohio State next hosts North Dakota in a WCHA series Nov. 17 and 19. Games begin at 7:07 p.m. Friday and 12:07 p.m. Sunday.

The men’s hockey team (2-6-2, 2-4-2 CCHA) took one point in twogames vs. Western Michigan in a Thursday-Friday CCHA series Nov.9-10. The Buckeyes and Broncos tied 2-2 in the second game afterWMU won 8-5 in the series opener. Five Buckeyes had multiple pointsin the game Thursday, led by Andrew Schembri who had 2-1–3 to tiehis single-game career high for goals and assists. Kenny Bernardalso scored twice, both shorthanded, to set a career high for goalsin a game. Corey Elkins had two points on his first goal and firstassist as a Buckeye. Sean Collins and Jason DeSantis tallied twoassists each. The two shorthanded goals by Bernard tied the OSUrecord for most in a game. They were the fifth of his career to tiefor eighth all-time in the Buckeye records. DeSantis also totaledthree points in the series with two assists Thursday and oneFriday. The assists extended his team-leading point total to 11 andassist total to 10. They also increased his point streak to threegames.

Ohio State next heads to Bowling Green for just its second road series of the season. Games begin at 7:05 p.m. both Friday and Saturday at BGSU Ice Arena.

The men’s cross country team finished ninth at the 2006 GreatLakes Regional Championships Saturday in Bowling Green, Ohio. JohnEaly, a junior co-captain, turned in the top mark for the Buckeyes,finishing 13th overall. Sarah Foster, a freshman, led the women’scross country team with a 42nd-place time. The fifth-ranked fieldhockey team recorded its first NCAA tournament victory in programhistory with a 3-1 win over No. 12 California in a first round gameSaturday in Durham, N.C. Junior Yesinia Luces scored a pair ofgoals and her classmate Jamie Gofgosky added a third to advance theBuckeyes to the second round, where they fell to No.4 Duke, 3-0 onSunday. The game was Ohio State’s first appearance in the secondround of the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes produced one of the bestseasons ever with a 15-4 record, for their third-best winningpercentage in the 31-year program history at .789. Ohio Stateconcluded the last two seasons with 15 wins, tying the record forsecond-most in program history. This season, the Buckeyes also wonits first outright Big Ten regular-season championship and thesecond overall conference title.

Four Buckeyes were named to the NFHCA All-West Region First Team, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced Monday. Senior Curlyne Wynn became the first player in program history to earn first team honors all four years of her career. Classmate Saskia Mueller was named to the first team for the third year in a row, Luces earned her second-consecutive nod. Sophomore Linda Haussener received the first all-region honor of her career.

Thirteen members of the wrestling team competed in the MichiganState Open Nov. 12 at Jenison Field House in East Lansing, Mich.J.D. Bergman won the 197 weight class, while six Buckeyes finishedin the Top 8 of their respective weight classes. Corey Morrisontook fourth at 185 pounds, Jason Johnstone was fifth at 149 pounds,T.J. Enright placed sixth at 133 pounds, Blake Maurer wrestled to asixth-place finish at 174 pounds, Will Livingston was seventh at125 pounds and Lance Palmer finished eighth at 149 pounds.

No. 15 Ohio State gets the dual season underway at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in St. John Arena when it hosts No. 3 Missouri. It will be the first home dual for the Buckeyes under first-year head coach Tom Ryan.

Women’s volleyball won two home matches last week, upsettingNo. 3 Penn State, 3-0 and defeating Iowa, 3-0. OSU’s Anna Szerszenhad 15 kills and Danielle Meyer 13 in the upset of Penn State. OSUheld the nation’s top hitting team (.321) to .161 in the match.Against Iowa, Meyer posted 13 kills, Briana McCarthy 11 andSzerszen and Ami Stevens 10 to give the 19th ranked Buckeyes at19-7 overall record and a 9-7 mark in the Big Ten.

This week, Ohio State will play at Michigan Friday and Michigan State Saturday.

Three members of the men’s soccer team, all juniors, picked upnational honors last week from Top Drawer Soccer. Goalkeeper CaseyLatchem and forward Xavier Balc were second-team picks, whilecentral defender Eric Brunner was a third-team selection. TheBuckeyes ended the season 11-7-3 and ranked No. 5 in the NSCAAGreat Lakes Region. The fencing team opened its season last weekendat the Penn State Open, where nine Buckeyes notched Top 10finishes, including three titles. Graduate Boaz Ellis won men’sfoil, graduate Adam Crompton won men’s sabre and junior SiobhanByrne won women’s sabre. Ohio State returns to action Dec. 9-10 atthe Division I North American Cup in Richmond, Va. The men’s tennisteam completed fall competition this weekend at the 2006 Big TenSingles Tournament. Justin Kronauge, the No. 8 seed in thetournament, advanced to the quarterfinals. The event was held onthe campus of the University of Michigan at the Varsity TennisCenter. Kronauge defeated M. Sroczynski of Michigan 6-2, 6-4 in thesecond round. The OSU freshman then beat W. Lock of Northwestern6-4, 6-4 in the round of 16 before falling to Matko Maravich ofMichigan 5-7, 1-6. Kronauge is 5-4 on the season. The women’sswimming and diving team fell to No. 10 Michigan in Ann ArborFriday night, 138-99 in an unconventional meet line-up. TheBuckeyes won three events, sweeping the first three places on the3-meter springboard. Griet Buelens posted the team’s only win in anon-exhibition event against Michigan. The win in the 1,000-yardfreestyle was her lifetime best time (10:04.55). A versatilefreestyle swimmer, she went on to finish third in the 100-yardfreestyle with a time of 52.87.

The team bounced back from the loss on Friday night to defeat Michigan State in East Lansing Saturday, 153-90. The Buckeyes, now 2-1, captured 11 of the 13 events swum.

Julie Broms completed another undefeated weekend on the 3-meter. She has now gone undefeated for three consecutive conference meets in the event, giving her a 3-0 record in the Big Ten. Her win against Michigan was one of only two wins in individual events for the Buckeyes on Friday, Nov. 10.

The No. 14 men’s swimming and diving team defeated Kenyon,209-84, Friday in the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes sweptthe top three places in seven events. The team added another win toits record as the Buckeyes trounced Miami (Ohio), 165-73, Saturdayat home. The men are now 2-0 for the season.

Mark Neiman broke the Ohio State team record in the 1,000-yard freestyle in his very first race in college. In the team’s intra-squad meet, the freshman from New Jersey swam a time of 9:14.72 – a time three seconds under the previous record. Senior Kellen Harkness opened the dual-meet season this weekend going undefeated on both the 1- and 3-meter for two consecutive meets. On Friday, Nov. 10, Harkness won the 1-meter by 30 points and the 3-meter by 42 points. On Nov. 11, Harkness repeated his winning performance, leading the divers by 40 points on the 3-meter.

The pistol team defeated won at Utah, 6,086 to 5,861 last week.Teresa Meyer posted top scores in women’s air (372) and women’ssport (563) pistol for OSU. Meyer had OSU’s top score in all threeopen events recording 5-6 in free, 518 in standard and 558 in airpistol.

The team returns to action Jan. 6 at the Air Sectionals in North Olmsted, Ohio.

The rifle team returns to action this Sunday when they hostMorehead State. Baseball’s senior left-handed pitcher Dan DeLuciahas been named a 2007 third-team preseason All-American by theNational Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, the groupannounced Tuesday. DeLucia was Ohio State’s first 10-game winnersince 1999 and led the Big Ten with his 10-2 record and 108 inningspitched. The first-team All-Big Ten selection managed a 3.25 earnedrun average and limited opposing batters to a .255 average. DeLuciamaintains a 19-10 career record and his 3.80 career ERA is the 13thbest in school history. His teammates have elected him one of fourteam captains in 2007, the second year he has been voted a teamcaptain.

Ohio State will begin the 2007 season in its own tournament, Feb. 23-25, at the New York Yankees minor league complex in Tampa, Fla. James Madison, Kansas State and Seton Hall will join the Buckeyes at the event.

In men’s golf, former Buckeye Craig Kanada won the NationwideTour Championship Sunday for his second victory of the year. Withhis win, Kanada is 11th on the money list and has earned his PGATour card for next year. Kanada played at Ohio State in 1989-1991and was a member of the Big Ten Championship team in 1990. Also,Ryan Armour who played at Ohio State from 1995-1998 finished 21stand 31st on the money list this year making him exempt into thefinal stage of Q-school at the PGA West in LaQuinta, Calif. Armourwas a member of three Big Ten Championship winners and also wonmedalist honors at the 1998 Big Ten Championships while at OhioState.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Nov. 14 – Nov. 21

Thursday, Nov. 16
Wrestling vs. Missouri, 7:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Friday, Nov. 17
Men’s Basketball vs. Eastern Kentucky, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Women’s Swimming vs. Toledo, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Men’s Swimming vs. Purdue, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Women’s Volleyball at Michigan, 7 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Men’s Ice Hockey at Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m.
Bowling Green, Ohio

Women’s Ice Hockey vs. North Dakota, 7:07 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
OSU Ice Rink

Saturday, Nov. 18
Football vs. Michigan, 3:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Ohio Stadium

Women’s Volleyball at Michigan State, 7 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Men’s Ice Hockey at Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m.
Bowling Green, Ohio

Wrestling at East Stroudsburg Open, All Day
East Stroudsburg, Pa.

Sunday, Nov. 19
Women’s Basketball vs. USC, Noon
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Women’s Ice Hockey vs. North Dakota, 12:07 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
OSU Ice Rink

Wrestling at Missouri Open, All Day
Columbia, Mo.

Rifle vs. Morehead State, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range

Men’s Volleyball at Intrasquad Exhibition, TBA
Centerville, Ohio

Monday, Nov. 20
Men’s Basketball vs. San Francisco, 8 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

Cross Country at NCAA Championships, TBA
Terre Haute, Ind.

Tuesday, Nov. 21
Women’s Basketball vs. BC, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Men’s Swimming at Columbus State, 5 p.m.
Cleveland, Ohio