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Athletes of the Week
• Jared Sullinger was named Big Ten tournament Most Outstanding Player after helping the Buckeyes repeat as tournament champions. The freshman became the first player in Big Ten tournament history to average a double-double with 16.3 points and 14.0 rebounds over the three games, including 15 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in a 71-60 win over Penn State in the championship game. Sullinger also garnered first team All-America honors by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association after averaging 17.2 points and 10.1 rebounds this season.

• Collecting All-America honors for the first time in her career, senior Letecia Wright finished fifth overall March 12 at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships in the 60m hurdles. The Baltimore, Md., native scored the lone points for Ohio State as her time of 8.10 gained four points for the Buckeyes. With Wright’s points, Ohio State tied for 40th-place overall, the eighth-best finish in school history.

Baseball (6-5)
Head coach: Greg Beals
• Josh Dezse was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week March 7 after leading the team offensively in the 7-1 win over Army with three hits in four at-bats, two runs scored and two RBI. He singled in both the first and third innings and scored the first two runs of the game on Matt Streng singles. Then in the seventh inning he broke the game open with a bases-loaded double that gave the Buckeyes a 6-1 lead.
• Ohio State dropped a 12-1 decision to Illinois State March 11 in Winter Haven, Fla.
• Ohio State pounded out 14 hits en route to a 12-6 comeback win over Yale March 12 at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Fla.
• Ohio State scored nine runs on 20 hits but six Buckeye errors proved to be the difference in a 14-9 loss to Army March 13 at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale, Fla.

No. 1 Men’s Basketball (32-2, 16-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• Jon Diebler picked up his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award in the last available opportunity March 7, the Big Ten Conference announced. Freshman Jared Sullinger earned the league’s freshman of the week award for the 12th time in 17 weeks.
• Six members of the Big Ten champion and top-ranked Ohio State men’s basketball team were recognized among the 2011 All-Big Ten men’s basketball teams and award winners, announced March 7 by the conference office. Sullinger was a unanimous pick for Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the coaches and media and garnered first team All-Big Ten honors, while fellow rookie Aaron Craft was named the Sixth Man of the Year by the league coaches.
• Three Buckeyes were recognized March 9 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for accomplishments during the 2010-11 regular season. Sullinger, a 2011 First Team All-Big Ten selection and the league’s freshman of the year, was selected to the NABC District 7 First Team. He led the Buckeyes in scoring with 17.3 points a game and was the squad’s top rebounder with 9.7 a contest. Over 17 weeks during the regular season, Sullinger was named the Big Ten freshman of the week 12 times. Junior William Buford and senior David Lighty were NABC District 7 second team honorees. Buford, a second team All-Big Ten selection in 2011, averaged 14.5 points a game while connecting on 48 percent of his field goal attempts (167-348). He added 94 assists and 25 steals for the 29-2 Buckeyes.
• Sullinger had 20 points and 18 rebounds as No. 1 Ohio State barely avoided a stunning upset, beating Northwestern 67-61 in overtime March 11 in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.
• Sullinger had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 1 Ohio State boosted its bid for the NCAA tournament’s top overall seed with a 68-61 victory over rival Michigan in the Big Ten semifinals March 12.
• Sullinger had 15 points and 11 rebounds and No. 1 Ohio State defeated Penn State 71-60 in the Big Ten tournament final March 13 to strengthen its case for the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.
• Ohio State received the top overall seed and will play in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament March 18 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Buckeyes will play the winner of the University of Texas-San Antonio vs. Alabama State first round game March 16 in Dayton.

Women’s Golf
Head coach: Therese Hession
• Carding its lowest round of the tournament with a 296, Ohio State shot up in the standings to finish the SunTrust Gator Women’s Golf Invitational in third March 7. Totaling 895 on the par 70, 6,002-yard Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla., the Buckeyes jumped four slots in the final round of the two-day, 54-hole tournament.
• Vicky Villanueva, a junior on the Ohio State women’s golf team, was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week, the conference announced March 9. It is the first weekly honor of her career and the first for a Buckeye this season.

No. 9 Men’s Gymnastics
Interim Co-Head coaches: Doug Stibel and Blaine Wilson
• On senior day, ninth-ranked Ohio State posted a season-high 350.350 to finish first in a tri-meet March 12 against No. 4 Illinois and No. 7 Nebraska at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes won four events, including season-highs on rings, vault and parallel bars en route to their victory in the regular-season home finale.

No. 14 Women’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• On senior day, No. 14 Ohio State tied its season-high team total of 196.100 to place first in a tri-meet vs. Missouri and Pittsburgh March 12 in St. John Arena. Missouri placed second with a 193.325, while Pittsburgh finished third with a 191.625 team total.

Women’s Ice Hockey
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• Natalie Spooner, a junior forward, was named to the All-WCHA second team, the conference announced last week. This is Spooner’s second postseason honor after earning first-team laurels during the 2009-10 campaign.

No. 13/16 Men’s Lacrosse (5-2)
Head coach: Nick Myers
• Shawn Kaplan, a freshman from Lafayette, Hill, Pa., has been named the ECAC Lacrosse League Co-Rookie of the Week, the conference announced March 7. Kaplan won 9-of-11 faceoffs in the Buckeyes’ 6-5 triple overtime win at Penn State March 5.
• No. 13/16 Ohio State defeated Lehigh, 11-7, March 8 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes broke open a one-goal game in the third quarter, outscoring the Mountain Hawks, 4-1, in the stanza en route to victory.
• No. 13/16 Ohio State fell at Albany, 11-9, March 12 at John Fallon Field in Albany, N.Y. The Buckeyes cut a five-goal third-quarter deficit to two in the fourth stanza, but the comeback attempt fell short and the squad suffered the nonconference loss to the Great Danes.

Women’s Lacrosse (4-3)
Head coach: Alexis Venechanos
• Nine Buckeyes scored, including four with six or more points, as Ohio State defeated Canisius by a resounding 23-7 clip March 7 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
• Ohio State battled back from a halftime deficit to defeat Notre Dame, 13-8, March 10 indoors at the Loftus Center in Notre Dame, Ind. Brittney Zerhusen led all scorers with eight points off five goals and three assists.

Pistol
Head coach: James Sweeney
• Ohio State hosted one of eight NRA Air Pistol Sectionals last weekend with OSU’s Aaron Tourigny finishing first with a 558. The scores of the 32 participants are sent to NRA headquarters and tabulated along with the results from the other seven sectionals shot around the country. From the combined results, a national champion is determined in each of the following categories: Match Winner, 1st Junior, 1st Women, 1st Junior Women, 1st Senior (60 years of age) and Grand Senior (70 years of age). Awards are also given in the classifications of Master, Expert, Sharpshooter and Marksman

Rifle
Head coach: Patrick Cherry
• Ohio State’s Amanda Furrer finished in a four-way tie for eighth in smallbore rifle at the NCAA Championships. The competition was held at the Pool Complex of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit located at Ft. Benning, Ga. Furrer posted a 582 in the preliminary round and was tied with Petra Zublasing of West Virginia, Andrea Dardas of Jacksonville State and Daniel Hermemeier of Memphis. Hermsmeier won the shootoff to advance to the finals. Kentuckey’s Ethan Settlemires won the championship shooting a 691 final score.

Men’s Swimming and Diving
Head coach: Bill Wadley and Vince Panzano
• Christian Holstein, a freshman, earned an invite to the NCAA championships next weekend based on his fourth-place finish on the three-meter springboard event that was contested March 11.

Women’s Swimming and Diving
Head coach: Bill Dorenkott and Vince Panzano
• The first Buckeye diver has qualified for the NCAA Swimming Diving Championships as Bianca Alvarez finished as the runner-up on the 3-meter springboard during the first day of competition at the NCAA Zone C diving championships at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Alvarez, a two-time NCAA qualifier and a national runner-up on 3-meter in 2008 as a freshman, qualified the hard way, too: she climbed from seventh-place in the prelims to take runner-up honors with 655.15 points.
• Senior Katie Bell earned an invite to the NCAA championships next weekend at the University of Texas by finishing third on the women’s 10-meter platform event March 12 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

No. 5 Men’s Tennis (15-1, 1-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• Fifth-ranked Ohio State dropped a 4-0 decision at Texas A&M March 10 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas.

Women’s Tennis (7-5, 1-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• No. 45 Ohio State fell on the road against future Big Ten Conference opponent and No. 32-ranked Nebraska (11-1), 4-3, March 11 in Lincoln, Neb.

Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• Ohio State junior All-American Christina Manning and head coach Karen Dennis were honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Monday afternoon for their outstanding accomplishments during the 2010 indoor track and field season. Manning was named the Great Lakes Regional Track Athlete of the Year while Dennis claimed Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year honors.
• Collecting All-America honors for the first time in her career, senior Letecia Wright finished fifth overall on March 12 at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships in the 60m hurdles.

No. 4 Men’s Volleyball (15-2, 8-0 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Ohio State’s Shawn Sangrey has been named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week for his play in the Buckeye wins over 14th-ranked Lewis and 12th-ranked Loyola-Chicago. It is his third consecutive Offensive Player of the Week award and fourth this season. He collected a match-high 20 kills (.455) in the 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-17) win over Lewis. Sangrey added a career-high 13 digs against the Flyers adding two assist blocks and one assist. In the 3-1 (25-18, 25-17, 21-25, 25-21) win over Loyola-Chicago, he had 13 kills (.290), six digs, two ace serves, a solo and one assist block. For the two matches, he averaged 4.71 kills and 2.71 digs while hitting .375. On the season, Sangrey leads the Buckeyes in points (5.22), kills (4.39) and aces (.47) per set. He is averaging 1.71 digs and .69 blocks per set.
• Fourth-ranked Ohio State defeated Ball State, 3-1 (25-21, 25-18, 15-25, 25-22) March 11 in St. John Arena. OSU’s Mik Berzins recorded a team-high 14 points with a team-high 12 kills (.300) and four assist blocks. Grayson Overman added 11.5 points for the Buckeyes with eight kills (.316), one solo block and five assist blocks.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
March 14-27

March 14-19
Pistol at National Championships, TBA
TBA

March 16-19
Synchronized Swimming U.S. Collegiate National Championships, TBA
Buffalo, N.Y.

March 17-19
Wrestling NCAA Championships, All Day
Philadelphia, Pa.

March 17
Women’s Swimming NCAA Championships, TBA
Austin, Texas

March 18
Women’s Swimming NCAA Championships, TBA
Austin, Texas

Softball vs. Harvard, 5 p.m.
San Diego, Calif.

Baseball at California, 5:30 p.m.
Berkeley, Calif.

Softball vs. University of San Diego, 7:30 p.m.
San Diego, Calif.

March 19
Women’s Swimming NCAA Championships, TBA
Austin, Texas

Softball vs. Cal State Northridge, 2:30 p.m.
San Diego, Calif.

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Virginia, 3 p.m.
Charlottesville, Va.

Women’s Gymnastics Big Ten Championships, 3 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Baseball at California, 4 p.m.
Berkeley, Calif.

Softball vs. San Diego State, 5 p.m.
San Diego, Calif.

Women’s Gymnastics vs. Michigan, 7 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

March 20
Women’s Tennis vs. South Florida, 11 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

Women’s Lacrosse vs. California, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Softball vs. Louisville, 1 p.m.
San Diego, Calif.

Men’s Volleyball vs. Grand Canyon, 4 p.m.
Phoenix, Ariz.

Baseball at. California, 4 p.m.
Berkeley, Calif.

Women’s Tennis vs. Eastern Michigan, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

March 21
Men’s Tennis vs. Pepperdine, 4 p.m.
Malibu, Calif.

Men’s Volleyball vs. Grand Canyon, 6 p.m.
Phoenix, Ariz.

Women’s Basketball NCAA Tournament, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

March 22
Softball vs. Loyola Marymount, 4 p.m.
Los Angeles, Calif.

Baseball at Fresno State, 9:05 p.m.
Fresno, Calif.

March 23
Women’s Tennis vs. Tennessee, 4 p.m.
Knoxville, Tenn.

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Notre Dame, 4 p.m.
Notre Dame, Ind.

Baseball at Fresno State, 9:05 p.m.
Fresno, Calif.

March 24-27
Fencing NCAA Championships, TBA
Columbus, Ohio

March 24
Men’s Swimming NCAA Championships, TBA
Minneapolis, Min.

Baseball at Cal State Bakersfield, 5 p.m.
Bakersfield, Calif.

Men’s Volleyball vs. UC San Diego, 7 p.m.
San Diego, Calif.

March 25
Women’s Golf Bryan National Collegiate, All Day
Greensboro, N.C.

Men’s Golf FAU Spring Break Championship, All Day
Del Ray Beach, Fla.

Women’s Track Big Ten/SEC Challenge, TBA
Starkville, Miss.

Men’s Track Stanford Invitational, TBA
Palo Alto, Calif.

Men’s Swimming NCAA Championships, TBA
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s Tennis vs. Iowa, 3 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa

Baseball at. Cal State Bakersfield, 4 p.m.
Bakersfield, Calif.

Women’s Tennis vs. Iowa, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

March 26-April 4
Fencing Junior World Championships, All Day
Mer More, Jordan

March 26
Women’s Golf Bryan National Collegiate, All Day
Greensboro, N.C.

Men’s Golf FAU Spring Break Championships, All Day
Del Ray Beach, Fla.

Women’s Track Big Ten/SEC Challenge, TBA
Starkville, Miss.

Men’s Swimming NCAA Championships, TBA
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s Track Stanford Invitational, TBA
Palo Alto, Calif.

Men’s Track SEC/Big Ten Challenge, TBA
Starkville, Miss.

Rowing vs. Michigan, 12 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Florida, 12 p.m.
Gainesville, Fla.

Softball vs. Iowa, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Varsity Field

Baseball at Cal State Bakersfield, 4 p.m.
Bakersfield, Calif.

Men’s Volleyball vs. UC Irvine, 6 p.m.
Irvine, Calif.

March 27
Women’s Golf Bryan National Collegiate, All Day
Greensboro, N.C.

Men’s Golf FAU Spring Break Championship, All Day
Del Ray Beach, Fla.

Women’s Tennis vs. Illinois, 11 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

Men’s Tennis vs. Illinois, 1 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

Softball vs. Iowa, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Varsity Field