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Athletes of the Week
• Shawn Sangrey had a team-high 13.5 points in the men’s volleyball team’s 3-0 win over George Mason. He had 10 kills (.208), three aces, four digs and five total blocks (2 solo, 3 assists) against the Patriots. In the 3-0 win over Juniata, Sangrey had a match-high 19 points with 18 kills (.429), two assist blocks and six digs. His .429(18-3-35) attack percentage was a career high. Sangrey ranks second on the team in points (4.19) and kills (3.46) per game. He is averaging 1.27 digs and .92 blocks per game while hitting .228. His play help extend OSU’s winning streak to five matches, all 3-0 sweeps.

• Peter Boyd, a junior forward on the men’s hockey team, had a team-high four assists, five points and +3 mark in the Buckeyes’ 1-0-1 weekend vs. No. 10 Ferris State. In the 5-3 win Friday, Boyd matched his career high with four points, including three assists. Saturday, Boyd assisted on Zac Dalpe’s goal that tied the game at 2-all (scored just 40 seconds after OSU’s first goal of the game). Boyd is first on the team with 18 assists and second with 24 points.

Athletics Good Stuff

No. 20/24 Men’s Basketball (16-6, 6-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• Using a 20-7 run, including 18 second-half points from David Lighty, Ohio State downed Iowa, 65-57, Jan. 27 in Iowa City, Iowa. Lighty finished the night with 20 points followed by Evan Turner who added 16 points and 12 rebounds.
• The Buckeyes then downed Minnesota, 85-63, Jan. 31 in Value City Arena. William Buford scored a career-high 26 points to lead OSU.
Up Next: vs. Penn State, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Value City Arena (BTN)
vs. Iowa, noon Feb. 7 at Value City Arena (BTN)
at Indiana, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in Bloomington, Ind. (BTN)
at Illinois, 1 p.m. Feb. 14 in Champaign, Ill. (CBS)

No. 4/6 Women’s Basketball (21-3, 9-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Samantha Prahalis led the Buckeyes to an 81-58 victory over Minnesota Jan. 28, scoring 23 points and 10 assists while posting zero turnovers for the first time in her young career.
• Ohio State then fell, 67-62, to Indiana Jan. 31 on the road. Jantel Lavender led the Buckeyes with 20 points and 15 rebounds, playing all 40 minutes.
Up Next: vs. Iowa, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Value City Arena (BTN)
at Penn State, 1 p.m. Feb. 7 in State College, Pa. (BigTenNetwork.com)
vs. Purdue, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Value City Arena (BTN)
at Minnesota, 12:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in Minneapolis, Minn. (BTN)

No. 5 Men’s Gymnastics (3-3, 2-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Miles Avery
• Competing in its season home opener, Ohio State fell, 349.700-341.350, to top-ranked Illinois Jan. 30 at St. John Arena. Junior captain Brandon Wynn led Ohio State with three Top 3 finishes. He won rings for the second-consecutive time and took second on floor and vault. Sophomore Philip Onorato took first on vault.
Up Next: at Winter Cup Challenge, TBA Feb. 4-6 in Las Vegas

Women’s Gymnastics (1-3, 0-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• Freshman Colleen Dean notched two-team highs and Top 5 marks, finishing third on beam and fourth on floor as Ohio State fell to Michigan State, 194.875-191.425.
Up Next: at Iowa, 8 p.m. Feb. 6 in Iowa City, Iowa (Big Ten Network)
at West Virginia, 8 p.m. Feb. 13 in Morgantown, W.V.

Men’s Hockey (11-13-2, 9-9-2-1 CCHA)
Head coach: John Markell
• Led by the line of Peter Boyd, Zac Dalpe and Sergio Somma and 46 saves from goalie Cal Heeter, Ohio State downed No. 10 Ferris State, 5-3, Jan. 29 in Value City Arena.
• In game two the Buckeyes rallied twice and skated to a 3-3 tie with Ferris State Jan. 30. After a scoreless five minute overtime session, the game went to a shootout to determine who would receive the extra league point, with the Bulldogs winning, 2-1, in four rounds.
• Boyd and Heeter were named the CCHA Offensive Player of the Week and Reebok Goaltender of the Week Feb. 1.
Up Next: at Nebraska-Omaha, 7:35 p.m. Feb. 5 in Omaha, Neb.
at Nebraska-Omaha, 7:05 p.m. Feb. 6 in Omaha, Neb.
vs. Alaska, 7:05 p.m. Feb. 12 at Value City Arena (BTN)
vs. Alaska, 7:05 p.m. Feb. 13 at Value City Arena (BigTenNetwork.com)

No. 10 Women’s Hockey (13-11-4; 10-10-2-0 WCHA)
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• In its first win over Wisconsin at the OSU Ice Rink since 2004, Ohio State rallied with two goals in the last four minutes, including the gamewinning goal by rookie Hokey Langan with nine seconds left, to defeat No. 10 Wisconsin, 5-4, Jan. 30. Sophomore Laura McIntosh scored the game-tying goal with 3:49 on the clock and then set up the gamewinner as part of a four-point night to lead the Buckeyes.
• In game two, OSU scored with an extra-skater with just over 1 minute left to cut the Wisconsin lead to one goal, but that’s where it would stand as the Buckeyes fell, 3-2, to the Badgers Jan. 30. Chelsea Knapp had a season-high 42 saves.
Up Next: vs. North Dakota, 7:07 p.m. Feb. 5 at OSU Ice Rink
vs. North Dakota, 4:07 p.m. Feb. 6 at OSU Ice Rink
at Minnesota Duluth, 7:07 p.m. Feb. 12 in Duluth, Minn.
at Minnesota Duluth, 6:07 p.m. Feb. 13 in Duluth, Minn.

Pistol (9-1)
Head coach: Jim Sweeney
• Ohio State won the Winter Open event shooting an open score of 6,288 Jan. 31. Tyler Phillips won the open air title with a personal high of 556. In the three-gun aggregate, Kelsey Imig took third with a 1,583.
• In the women’s events, Ohio State defeated The Citadel, 2,716 to 2,372 to remain undefeated at 7-0. Imig was the top shooter in women’s sport with a 567.
Up Next: hosting Sectionals, 4 p.m. Feb. 5 at Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range
hosting Sectionals, 8 a.m. Feb. 6 at Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range

Rifle (8-5)
Head coach: Pat Cherry
• Ohio State finished fourth at the Roger Withrow Invitational hosted by Murray State. The Buckeyes shot a 4,600 aggregate score with a 2,285 in smallbore rifle and a 2,315 in air rifle. The top individual shooters for Ohio State were Gina Cheliras finishing eighth in smallbore rifle with a 576.

Men’s Soccer
Head coach: John Bluem
• Senior captain Doug Verhoff was named the team’s MVP Jan. 24 at its end of the year banquet after leading Ohio State to the 2009 Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles.

No. 14/16 Softball
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• Sam Marder, Ohio State’s two-time All-American catcher, was selected to the 2010 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List Jan. 27. This award, which Marder has been a finalist for the past two seasons, is considered the most prestigious honors in Division I softball.
• Ohio State earned a No. 14 ranking in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Preseason Poll and a 16th ranking from the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 preseason poll Jan. 26.
Up Next: at Houston (Houston Tournament), 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in Houston, Texas
vs. Sam Houston (Houston Tournament), 9 a.m. Feb. 13 in Houston, Texas
vs. Baylor (Houston Tournament), 11 a.m. Feb. 13 in Houston, Texas
vs. Louisville (Houston Tournament), 9 a.m. Feb. 14 in Houston, Texas
vs. Kansas (Houston Tournament), 11 a.m. Feb. 14 in Houston, Texas

No. 9 Men’s Swimming and Diving (8-1)
Head coach: Bill Wadley
• Ohio State could not overcome a first-day lead by a strong, No. 7-ranked Michigan team and dropped its first dual meet season Jan. 30. The defending Big Ten Champion Wolverines outscored the Buckeyes, 197.5-135.5. Ohio State outscored Penn State and Northwestern by scores of 263-70 and 263-67, respectively.
• Andrew Elliott continued his fine weekend of swims by winning the 100 backstroke in 47.92 while Elliott Keefer won the 200 breaststroke and was second in the 100 breaststroke.
Up Next: vs. Eastern Michigan, 4 p.m. Feb. 5 at Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
hosting Ohio State Winter Invitational, All Day Feb. 13-14 at Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

No. 28 Women’s Swimming and Diving (6-1)
Head coach: Bill Dorenkott
• Ohio State fell just short of clinching an unbeaten dual meet season Jan. 30, following a two-day meet against Penn State at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Nittany Lions topped the Buckeyes in a final tally of 176-158. Sophomore Bianca Alvarez closed out the competition by earning first in the 3-meter dive.
• Junior Samantha Cheverton was a triple-winner on the day, coming up big in the 500 freestyle (4:50.34), 100 butterfly (55.52) and 100 backstroke (55.85). Freshman Megan Detro also claimed the 100 freestyle in 50.97.
Up Next: at Big Ten Championships, TBA Feb. 17-20 in West Lafayette, Ind.
hosting Last Chance Meet, TBA Feb. 27 at Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

No. 3 Men’s Tennis (4-0)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• Ohio State defeated New Mexico, 7-0, in the opening round of the national indoor qualifier Jan. 30 and then downed No. 35 Tulsa, 7-0, Jan. 31 at home to make its way into the field of 16 at the 2010 ITA National Team Indoor Championships Feb. 12-15 at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va.
• The Buckeyes’ advancement to the tournament marks the fourth-consecutive year they have earned a spot at the event.
Up Next: vs. Pepperdine, 5 p.m. Feb. 5 at Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
vs. North Carolina, noon Feb. 7 in Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
at ITA National Team Indoors, All Day Feb. 12-15 in Charlottesville, Va.

No. 38 Women’s Tennis (5-1)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• Ohio State used straight-set wins at the No. 4-6 position and the doubles point to upset No. 15 Fresno State on its home court, 6-1, in the first round of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship Qualifier Jan. 30 in Fresno, Calif.
• The Buckeyes then fell to No. 25 Florida State, 6-1, in the final match at the qualifier event Jan. 31.
Up Next: vs. Kentucky, 1 p.m. Feb. 3 at Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
at William & Mary, 4 p.m. Feb. 5 in Williamsburg, Va.
at Virginia, noon Feb. 7 in Charlottesville, Va.
at ITA National Team Indoors, All Day Feb. 12 in Madison, Wis.

Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
• The distance medley relay team of Jeff See, Aaron Roberts, Jared Hall and Daryl Murphy ran a Big Ten-best time of 9:52.14 to finish second overall behind Georgetown at the first day of the Penn State National Invite. Matt DeChant tied his personal record with a third-place toss of 19.41m (63-8.25) while Max Mays finished close behind in fourth with his throw of 19.02 (62-5).
• Daniel White broke the school indoor record in the 800m with a time of 1:48.26 on day two while the Buckeye 4x400m relay team of Rob Baisden, Stephen Robinson, Elon Simms and anchor Thomas Murdaugh finished first at the invitational, narrowly missing out on an NCAA provisional time with a run of 3:10.57.
Up Next: at Meyo Invitational, TBA Feb. 5-6 in South Bend, Ind.
at Nebraska Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational, TBA Feb. 5-6 in Lincoln, Neb.
at Akron Invitational, All Day Feb. 12-13 in Akron, Ohio

Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• The distance medley team of Victoria Brink, Shaniqua McGinnis, Ashley Caldwell and Katie Williams was the highlight of the first day of the Penn State National Invite, finishing second in a time of 11:33.16, the second-best mark in school history.
• On day two, Victoria Brink set the Ohio State indoor record in the 1000m Jan. 30, finishing in a time of 2:53.90 for ninth. The 4x400m relay team of Latoya Sanderson, Caldwell, Nyjah Cousar and McGinnis finished in first place (3:42.28) and McGinnis also won the 400m dash in a time of 55.26.
Up Next: at Meyo Invitational, TBA Feb. 5-6 in South Bend, Ind.
at New Balance Invite, TBA Feb. 5-6 in New York, N.Y.
at Akron Invitational, All Day Feb. 12-13 in Akron, Ohio

No. 14 Men’s Volleyball (6-4, 3-0 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Ohio State extended its winning streak to five matches with 3-0 home sweeps of George Mason and Juniata. Shawn Sangrey had a team-high 13.5 points with John Klanac adding 13 and Grayson Overman 12 in the 30-24, 33-31, 31-29 win over George Mason.
• Sangrey had a match-high 19 points in the 30-18, 30-25, 30-26 win over Juniata with Mike Berzins adding 12 and Overman and Nick Gibson contributing 11 each. OSU returns to conference action Friday at Ball State and then hosts St. Francis Saturday at 7 p.m.
Up Next: at Ball State, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in Muncie, Ind.
vs. St. Francis, 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at St. John Arena
at Lewis, 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in Romeoville, Ill.
at Loyola-Chicago, 7 p.m. Feb. 13 in Chicago, Ill.

No. 4 Wrestling (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Tom Ryan
• Ohio State won eight matches en route to a 35-6 win over Purdue Jan. 29 in West Lafayette, Ind. The Buckeyes recorded a pin, technical fall and three major decisions to collect eight bonus points plus three because of a Boilermaker forfeit at 174 pounds.
• Backed by six wins, OSU defeated No. 14 Indiana, 22-13, Jan. 31 in Bloomington, Ind. Against the Hoosiers, No. 2 Reece Humphrey downed Nick Viterisi, 17-6. With an 8-2 lead heading into the final frame, the Indianapolis, Ind., native began his domination in the third period en route to the 17-6 final. The senior tri-captain is now 23-2 on the year.
Up Next: vs. Michigan, 7 p.m. Feb. 5 St. John Arena
vs. Northwestern, 11 a.m. Feb. 7 in St. John Arena
at Illinois, 8 p.m. Feb. 12 in Champaign, Ill.
vs. Michigan State, 2 p.m. Feb. 14 at St. John Arena

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Feb. 1-14

Feb. 1
Women’s tennis vs. Florida State or Virginia at ITA National Indoors Qualifier, TBA
Fresno, Calif.

Feb. 3
Women’s tennis vs. Kentucky, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

Men’s basketball vs. Penn State, 6:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena
BTN

Feb. 4-6
Men’s gymnastics at USA Gymnastics’ Winter Cup Challenge, TBA
Las Vegas

Feb. 4
Women’s basketball vs. Iowa, 7:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena
BTN

Feb. 5-6
Men’s track and field at Meyo Invitational, TBA
South Bend, Ind.

Men’s track and field at Nebraska Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational, TBA
Lincoln, Neb.

Women’s track and field at Meyo Invitational, TBA
South Bend, Ind.

Women’s track and field at New Balance Invite, TBA
New York, N.Y.

Feb. 5
Men’s swimming and diving vs. Eastern Michigan, 4 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Pistol hosting Sectionals, 4 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range

Women’s tennis at William & Mary, 4 p.m.
Williamsburg, Va.

Men’s tennis at Pepperdine, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

Wrestling vs. Michigan, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

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

Men’s volleyball vs. Ball State, 7:30 p.m.
Muncie, Ind.

Men’s hockey at Nebraska-Omaha, 7:35 p.m.
Omaha, Neb.

Feb. 6
Women’s lacrosse vs. Robert Morris (Scrimmage), TBA
Columbus, Ohio

Men’s lacrosse vs. Duke (Scrimmage), TBA
Durham, N.C.

Pistol hosting Sectionals, 8 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range

Women’s hockey vs. North Dakota, 4:07 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
OSU Ice Rink

Synchronized swimming hosting Jessica Beck Memorial, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Men’s volleyball vs. St. Francis, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Men’s hockey at Nebraska-Omaha, 7:05 p.m.
Omaha, Neb.

Women’s gymnastics at Iowa, 8 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa
BTN

Feb. 7
Rifle vs. Akron, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range

Wrestling vs. Northwestern, 11 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Men’s tennis vs. North Carolina, noon
Columbus, Ohio
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

Women’s tennis at Virginia, noon
Charlottesville, Va.

Men’s basketball vs. Iowa, noon
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena
BTN

Women’s basketball at Penn State, 1 p.m.
State College, Pa.
BigTenNetwork.com

Feb. 8-10
Women’s golf at Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge
Palos Verdes, Calif.

Feb. 10
Men’s basketball at Indiana, 6:30 p.m.
Bloomington, Ind.
BTN

Feb. 11
Women’s basketball vs. Purdue, 7:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena
BTN

Feb. 12-13
Men’s golf at Big Ten Match Play Championship, TBA
Coral Springs, Fla.

Men’s track and field at Akron Invitational, All Day
Akron, Ohio

Women’s track and field at Akron Invitational, All Day
Akron, Ohio

Feb. 12-14
Rifle hosting NCAA Qualifier, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range

Feb. 12-15
Men’s tennis at ITA National Team Indoors, All Day
Charlottesville, Va.

Fencing at Junior Olympics, TBA
Memphis, Tenn.

Feb. 12
Women’s tennis at ITA National Team Indoors, All Day
Madison, Wis.

Men’s volleyball at Lewis, 7 p.m.
Romeoville, Ill.

Softball at Houston (Houston Tournament), 7 p.m.
Houston, Texas

Men’s hockey vs. Alaska, 7:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena
BTN

Women’s hockey at Minnesota Duluth, 7:07 p.m.
Duluth, Minn.

Wrestling at Illinois, 8 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

 

Feb. 13-14
Men’s swimming and diving hosting Ohio State Winter Invitational, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion

Feb. 13
Synchronized swimming at Richmond, TBA
Richmond, Va.

Softball vs. Sam Houston (Houston Tournament), 9 a.m.
Houston, Texas

Softball vs. Baylor (Houston Tournament), 11 a.m.
Houston, Texas

Men’s lacrosse vs. Villanova, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Woody Hayes Indoor Athletic Field

Women’s hockey at Minnesota Duluth, 6:07 p.m.
Duluth, Minn.

Men’s volleyball at Loyola-Chicago, 7 p.m.
Chicago, Ill.

Men’s hockey vs. Alaska, 7:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena
BigTenNetwork.com

Women’s gymnastics at West Virginia, 8 p.m.
Morgantown, W.V.

Feb. 14
Synchronized swimming at William & Mary, TBA
Williamsburg, Va.

Softball vs. Louisville (Houston Tournament), 9 a.m.
Houston, Texas

Softball vs. Kansas (Houston Tournament), 11 a.m.
Houston, Texas

Women’s basketball at Minnesota, 12:30 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
BTN

Men’s basketball at Illinois, 1 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.
CBS

Women’s lacrosse at William & Mary, 1 p.m.
Williamsburg, Va.

Wrestling vs. Michigan State, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena