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Athletes of the Week
• Omar Vallejo scored his first collegiate goal, a game-winner in the 72nd minute to lead 16th-seeded Ohio State to a 2-1 win over Providence in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Nov. 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

• Sarah Mignin recorded a match-high 19 digs in the 3-0 upset of No. 25 Northwestern. She added four assists and one ace serve and handled 28 of 29 serve reception attempts. Four of her digs were converted to kills (.211) while 12 of her 29 receptions (.414) were converted to kills. In the 3-0 loss at No. 7 Penn State, Mignin had six digs with one being converted to a kill (.167) She handled 22 serve reception attempts without an error with nine being converted (.409) to kills. Mignin, in the two matches, averaged 4.17 digs per set and handled 50 of 51 (.980) serve receptions.

Athletics
• Ohio State student-athletes volunteered 844 hours in Columbus community during the month of October. A total of 19 teams clocking service hours with the men’s soccer team leading the charge with 179.5 service hours in the month, while the women’s lacrosse team had the second-most with 131.

Baseball
Head coach: Greg Beals
• Ohio State signed four more student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, increasing the first-year coach and his staff’s total of new recruits for the 2011-12 season to eight. Infield Cavan Cahoes, right-handed pitcher Tyler Giannonatti, left-handed pitcher Brian King and infielder Kirby Pellant will join the Buckeyes.

No. 4/5 Men’s Basketball (3-0)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• With Jared Sullinger dominating inside and David Lighty breaking guys down outside, Ohio State was too much for No. 9 Florida Nov. 16. Sullinger and Lighty scored 26 points apiece and the Buckeyes beat the Gators 93-75.
• Deshaun Thomas scored 15 points in an 81-41 victory over UNC-Wilmington on Nov. 20 in the Global Sports Invitational.
• Jared Sullinger was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week Nov. 15 for his play against North Carolina A&T.
• Two players were added to the 2011 class of recruits with the submission of an NCAA National Letter of Intent by LaQuinton Ross, a 6-foot-8 inch, 195-pound forward from Jackson, Miss., Nov. 15 and Amir Williams, a 6-foot-10 inch, 220-pound center from Birmingham, Mich., Nov. 17.

No. 7 Women’s Basketball (3-0)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Tayler Hill scored 15 points, including a basket that broke a tie in the final minute, and the Buckeyes used what appeared to be a fake timeout to steal a three-point play in a 59-55 win over LSU on Nov. 17.
• Senior center Jantel Lavender was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for her performance against Temple and Eastern Michigan.

Fencing
Head coach: Vladimir Nazlymov
• Freshman Katarzyna Dabrowa highlighted Ohio State’s trip to the 39th Annual Garret Open Nov. 13-14, earning gold in women’s epee. Ohio State faced NCAA Tournament-caliber competition at the event, including fencers from Harvard, Northwestern, Princeton, Notre Dame and defending national champion and host Penn State.

No. 7 Field Hockey (18-5, 5-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Anne Wilkinson
• Six Buckeyes earned All-West Region honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced Nov. 18. Aisling Coyle and Berta Queralt were both named to the first team, while Jena Cacciatore, Aisling McKeon, Paula Pastor-Pitarque and Jenn Sciulli were second-team selections.
• Coyle, a junior midfielder, was then named NFHCA West Region Player of the Year Nov. 19. The co-captain from Glasgow, Scotland, is the first Buckeye to earn the award.
• Ohio State’s 2010 season came to an end Nov. 19 with a 3-1 loss to No. 1 Maryland in the first NCAA semifinal appearance in program history at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex in College Park, Md. The Buckeyes opened the scoring with a goal by Cacciatore in the first five minutes of the game, but the Terrapins rallied with three goals in front of 1,526 fans on their home turf to advance to the national championship game.

No. 8 Football (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Tressel
• Dan Herron rushed for a 1-yard touchdown with 1:47 left and Ohio State rallied to beat No. 20 Iowa 20-17 Nov. 20 in Iowa City. Terrelle Pryor threw for 195 yards and a touchdown for the Buckeyes, including a crucial 14-yard run on fourth down to keep the game-winning drive alive.
• Pryor is one of 15 student-athletes named as a “Player to Watch” for the 2010 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. The Walter Camp Football Foundation announced its list Nov. 16.

No. 22 Men’s Golf
Head coach: Donnie Darr
• Donnie Darr announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Nov. 17. The Buckeyes welcome Ohio natives Bruce (Boo) Timko and Grant Weaver for the 2011-12 season.

Men’s Gymnastics
Interim head coaches: Blaine Wilson and Doug Stibel
• Miles Avery resigned his position as men’s gymnastics coach to pursue other opportunities, effective immediately, Heather Lyke, associate athletics director for sport administration, announced Nov. 17. Current assistant coaches Blaine Wilson and Doug Stibel will serve as interim co-head coaches for the remainder of the 2010-11 season.

Women’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• Carey Fagan announced the signing of three gymnasts to the 2012 squad. Sarah Grady of The Woodlands, Texas, Alexis Schmidt of Frankfort, Ill., and Morgan Zlotolow of Muttontown, New York will join the Buckeyes next fall.

Men’s Hockey (5-6-0, 2-4-0-0 CCHA)
Head coach: Mark Osiecki
• Eleven hockey players committed to Ohio State, Mark Osiecki announced Nov. 19. The class, which will begin playing for the Buckeyes in Fall 2011, includes two goalies – Brady Hjelle (Cedar Rapids/USHL) and Matt Skoff (Sioux City/USHL), defensemen Clark Cristofoli (Sioux Falls/USHL), Justin DaSilva (Powell River/BCHL), Ben Gallacher (Camrose/AJHL), Sam Jardine (Camrose/AJHL) and Alex McLean (Omaha/USHL) and forwards Ryan Dzingel (Lincoln/USHL), Max McCormick (Sioux City/USHL), Tanner Fritz (Grand Prairie/AJHL) and Chad Niddery (Powell River/BCHL).

Women’s Hockey (7-6-1, 3-6-1-1 WCHA)
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• Ohio State had great performances on both ends of the ice Nov. 19 in a 4-2 upset of third-ranked Minnesota Duluth at the DECC in Duluth, Minn. After missing the last two series, junior forward Natalie Spooner returned to the Buckeyes from the gold medal-winning Canadian National Team at Four Nations Cup and picked up right where she left off with her third-consecutive two-goal game.
• Freshman goaltender Lisa Steffes became just the third Buckeye to make 50 or more saves in a game Nov. 20, but Ohio State split its series at No. 3 Minnesota Duluth with an 8-0 loss at the DECC in Duluth, Minn.

Rifle (4-1)
Head coach: Patrick Cherry
• Ohio State won a 4,599 to 4,547 decision at Akron’s Schrank Hall South Marksmanship Training Facility Nov. 13. OSU won the smallbore rifle event, 2,278 to 2,249 and finished first in air rifle, 2,221 to 2,298. Amanda Furrer was the top shooter in each event posting a 585 in smallbore rifle and a 588 in air rifle.
• Ohio State defeated Morehead State, 4,599 to 4,577 Nov. 21 in Converse Hall. The Buckeyes won the air rifle event, 2,330 to 2,299 while Morehead State won smallbore rifle, 2,278 to 2,269. Furrer took first in both events shooting a 580 in smallbore and a 590 in air rifle. Gina Cheliras took second in smallbore rifle with a 578 while Amanda Luoma was second in air rifle at 582.

Men’s Soccer (11-5-3, 4-2-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: John Bluem
• Freshman Omar Vallejo could not have picked a better time to score his first collegiate goal, netting the game-winner in the 72nd minute to lead 16th-seeded Ohio State to a 2-1 win over Providence in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Nov. 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes advance to face the winner of top-seeded Louisville vs. College of Charleston.

No. 17 Women’s Soccer (16-4-2, 8-2-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Lori Walker
• No. 3 seed Ohio State held on to edge No. 2 seed and eighth-ranked Virginia, 3-2, in the round of 16 Nov. 20 at Klockner Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes advance to the NCAA quarterfinals, hosting Georgetown at 5 p.m. Nov. 26. It will mark the second NCAA quarterfinal appearance in program history and first since 2004.

Softball
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• Linda Kalafatis announced Nov. 22 the addition of five standout student-athletes who will join the 2011-12 squad. Caitlin Conrad and Alex DiDomenico of Ohio, as well as Shelby Pickett and Maddy McIntyre of California and Taylor Watkins of Washington have signed NCAA National Letters of Intent to play for the Buckeyes in the 2012 season.

No. 8 Men’s Swimming & Diving (5-0)
Head coach: Bill Wadley
• Sophomore Tim Phillips was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week Nov. 16 after helping lead Ohio State to a win over No. 15 Tennessee.
• Ohio State’s across the board depth enabled it to take second-place in the seven-team Purdue Invitational Nov. 21 in West Lafayette, Ind. The Buckeyes totaled 761.5 points to trail only Purdue’s total of 968.5 points, a figure that included points from three diving wins and additional placements. Ohio State competed at the meet with only swimmers.
• Junior Andrew Elliott won his second individual event of the meet Nov. 21, winning the 200 backstroke in 1:45.24. He won the 100 backstroke during the second day of the three-day meet.

No. 21 Women’s Swimming & Diving (4-0)
Head coach: Bill Dorenkott
• Ohio State finished the eight-team Purdue Invitational in third place Nov. 21. In the process, the Buckeyes defeated both Purdue and Michigan, teams that are ahead of OSU in the dual meet rankings, finished ahead of Ohio State at the 2010 Big Ten championships and who were competing with divers in this meet. The Buckeyes only competed with swimmers at the three-day meet.
• Sophomore Megan Detro capped an outstanding three days of swimming by winning the 100 freestyle in 49.22 and swimming the leadoff leg of Ohio State’s victorious 400 freestyle relay that won in a school record time of 3:19.25. Joining Detro on that relay was senior Samantha Cheverton and freshmen Phoebe Cater and Michelle Williams.
• Junior Bianca Alvarez was named the Big Ten Diver of the Week Nov. 16 after she swept both boards last week in a dual meet against Ohio University.

Men’s Tennis
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• Ty Tucker announced Nov. 17 that Hunter Callahan of Ambler, Pa., has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Buckeyes beginning in 2011-12.

Women’s Tennis
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• Kelsey Dieters and Niki Flower have signed NCAA National Letters of Intent to play for Ohio State beginning in 2011-12, Chuck Merzbacher announced Nov. 15. Both Dieters, from Shelby Township, Mich., and Flower, from Upper Arlington, Ohio, won 2009 state titles to cap off undefeated seasons and are five-star recruits.

Men’s Volleyball
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Pete Hanson announced Nov. 18 the addition of three standout student-athletes who will join the 2011-12 squad. Michael Henchy, Matthew Pohlman and Nathan Knuttilla have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Buckeyes beginning in the 2012 season.

Women’s Volleyball (21-10, 9-9 Big Ten)
Head coach: Geoff Carlson
• Ohio State lost a 3-0 decision (25-16, 25-14, 25-21) at No. 7 Penn State Nov. 17 in Rec Hall. Katie Dull scored a Buckeye-high 7.5 points with seven kills and one assist block.
• Ohio State closed out the regular season home schedule with a 3-0 victory (25-17, 25-14, 28-26) over 25th-ranked Northwestern (18-11, 8-10) Nov. 20 in St. John Arena. It was the final regular season home match for seniors Katie Dull, Anna Szerszen, Betsy Hone, Allie Schwarzwalder and Susan Halverson. Dull produced a match-high 18 points with 15 kills (.275), two ace serves and two assist blocks. Szerszen had 12.5 points with 12 kills (.400) and one assist block.

No. 12 Wrestling (0-2)
Head coach: Tom Ryan
• Ohio State posted back-to-back losses at the Buckeye Duals Nov. 21 in St. John Arena, the Buckeyes opened the season 0-2 for the first time since 2000-01. Ohio State lost a heartbreaking 18-17 match to No. 20 Pittsburgh before dropping a 24-11 decision to No. 14 Nebraska.
• Senior Colt Sponseller remained undefeated at 6-0 at 157 pounds after winning his respective matches, while sophomore 133-pounder Ian Paddock also remained perfect on the season at 6-0.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Nov. 22-Dec. 5

Nov. 22
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country at NCAA Championships, Noon
Terre Haute, Ind.

Women’s Basketball vs. East Tennessee State, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Nov. 23
Men’s Basketball vs. Morehead State, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Nov. 26
Men’s Hockey vs. Alaska, 1:45 p.m.
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Basketball vs. Miami (OH), 4 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Volleyball at Minnesota, 6 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Women’s Hockey vs. Bemidji State, 7 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink, Columbus, Ohio

Nov. 27
Football vs. Michigan, Noon
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Hockey vs. Bemidji State, 7 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink, Columbus, Ohio

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

Men’s Hockey vs. Alaska, 8:05 p.m.
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Nov. 28
Women’s Basketball vs. UNC Wilmington, 2 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Nov. 30
Men’s Basketball at Florida State, 7:30 p.m.
Tallahassee, Fla.

Dec. 2-3
Men’s and Women’s Swimming at Miami Invitational, TBA
Oxford, Ohio

Dec. 2
Women’s Basketball vs. Virginia, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Dec. 3
Men’s Hockey vs. Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Dec. 4
Men’s Hockey vs. Michigan, 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Dec. 5
Women’s Basketball vs. IUPUI, 6 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio