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Athletes of the Week
• Jantel Lavender became Ohio State’s all-time scoring leader when she scored 29 points to lead the Buckeyes to an 83-76 win over Minnesota Feb. 13 at Williams Arena and break Katie Smith’s record of 2,578 points set back in 1996. Lavender also helped the Buckeyes to a 90-67 win over Purdue Feb. 10, leading the Buckeyes with 21 points.

• Mik Berzins, playing libero in the 3-0 win over #9 Penn State posted nine digs and handled 16 of 17 serve reception attempts. He started both 3-0 Quincy wins at outside hitter. In the first match against Quincy, he tied the OSU match record for attack percentage recording 13 kills in 13 attempts. He added four digs and two assist blocks while handling 17 serve receptions without an error. In the second Quincy match, Berzins hit .500 with eight kills in 14 swings with one error. He added five digs and two assist blocks and handled 16 reception attempts without an error. In the two matches at outside hitter, Berzins hit .741 and averaged 3.5 kills and 3.8 points per set. He posted a serve reception percentage of .980 for the three matches handling 49 of 50 attempts. His perfect attack percentage in the first Quincy match tied the OSU match record with three others who were 10 for 10.

No. 1 Men’s Basketball (24-1, 11-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger helped the Buckeyes remain undefeated at 24-0 overall and 11-0 in conference play, averaging 18.5 points and 14.0 rebounds per game last week in wins over Michigan and No. 18/20 Minnesota. He connected on 50 percent of his shots from the floor (15-of-30) and contributed five assists and three steals in just over 37 minutes a game.
• Sullinger has been named to the 2010-11 Naismith midseason list of the top 30 men’s basketball talent in the nation, announced Feb. 11 by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
• Jordan Taylor scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half to rally No. 13 Wisconsin from a 15-point deficit to beat previously unbeaten No. 1 Ohio State 71-67 on Feb. 12. William Buford scored 21 points for Ohio State.

Women’s Basketball (15-9, 6-6 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Senior Jantel Lavender led five Buckeyes in double-figures with 21 points, Tayler Hill and Brittany Johnson each scored 17 and Samantha Prahalis added a double-double with 12 points and 12 assists as Ohio State snapped a three-game losing streak, defeating Purdue 90-67 Feb. 10 in front of 4,611 fans downtown at Nationwide Arena.
• History was made Feb. 13 inside The Barn in Minneapolis as Lavender became Ohio State’s all-time scoring leader. But the only stat that mattered to the senior All-American was win No. 15. Lavender led all scorers with 29 points to lead the Buckeyes to an 83-76 win over Minnesota at Williams Arena and break Katie Smith’s record of 2,578 points set back in 1996.

Men’s Golf
Head coach: Donnie Darr
• Ohio State closed out action at the 2011 Big Ten Match Play Championship Feb. 12 on the par 72, 7,048-yard Champion Course at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The Buckeyes tied Indiana 2-2 in the semifinal round, but Indiana won the tiebreaker to send the Scarlet and Gray to the third-place consolation-round matchup against Illinois. Ohio State went on to beat the Illini 3.5-2.5 to claim third place in the third installment of the Match Play Championship.

No. 8 Men’s Gymnastics
Co-head coaches: Doug Stibel and Blaine Wilson
• Ty Echard, a junior on the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team, placed second overall on pommel horse at the 2011 Winter Cup Challenge Feb. 5 at the Las Vegas Sports Center. The native of Carroll, Ohio, recorded a 15.0 in his first USA Gymnastics event finals for a two-day total of 29.950. A 2009 All-American, Echard is second in the nation on the event with a 15.4 average in 2011. Also performing well for the Buckeyes was freshman Jeff Treleaven, who finished fifth overall on vault with a 31.600 two-day total. Treleaven, who earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors Jan. 17, scored a 15.9 in the finals to earn his first Top 5 USA Gymnastics finish in his Buckeye career. The native of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Treleaven also competed on floor exercise, tallying a 27.250 two-day total.
• In the first home meet of the 2011 regular season, eighth-ranked Ohio State posted a season-high 348.250 in dual competition against Brockport (224.300) Feb. 12 at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes posted the best event total of the season on floor exercise (58.450), vault (62.300) and parallel bars (56.700) and claimed wins on each apparatus vs. the Golden Eagles.

No. 15 Women’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• Ohio State gymnast Sarah Miller earned her third Big Ten Freshman of the Week award of the season, the conference office announced Feb. 7. A Buckeye has won the award each of the last three weeks and four of the five weeks this season. Miller posted three Top 3 finishes as the Buckeyes set a team season high score of 195.575 Feb. 4 at Denver. She recorded a career-high 9.900 on the balance beam to take first place while tying for third on floor exercise (9.800) and vault (9.875) in the Buckeyes’ narrow loss to the Pioneers.
• No. 15 Ohio State set another team season high to top West Virginia, 195.600-195.100, Feb. 12 at St. John Arena.

Men’s Hockey (14-15-2, 9-13-2-2 CCHA)
Head coach: Mark Osiecki
• Ohio State lost on the road at No. 13 Michigan, 3-2, Feb. 11 in Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.
• Ohio State lost at No. 13 Michigan, 2-1, Feb. 12 in Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. The loss is the Buckeyes’ second one-goal defeat this weekend, giving the Wolverines the series sweep after a 3-2 victory Feb. 11.

Women’s Hockey (14-16-2, 8-16-2-2 WCHA)
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• Ohio State was defeated by No. 6 Minnesota Duluth, 5-2, Feb. 11 at the OSU Ice Rink in the first game of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series.
• Ohio State lost to No. 6 Minnesota Duluth, 5-1, in the final regular-season home game for the squad Feb. 12 in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at the OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeyes’ five seniors were recognized before the opening faceoff.

Men’s Lacrosse (2-0)
Head coach: Nick Myers
• Ohio State men’s lacrosse team opened the 2011 season with a 4-3 victory against Detroit Feb. 10 inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The Ohio State defense limited Detroit to just three goals and 16 shots, with freshman goalie Greg Dutton making six saves in his first career game. Buckeye senior Tyler Dolphin had the gamewinner in the fourth quarter, breaking a 3-all tie, set up by classmate Zach Boyt.
• Ohio State moved to 2-0 on the season with a 20-2 victory over Mercer Feb. 12 in Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The game was the first in program history for the Bears. Ohio State led 6-0 after the first quarter and 11-2 at halftime. The defense and senior goalie Ryan Keneally shut out the Bears in the second half, while the offense combined for another nine tallies. Sophomore Jeff Tundo led the squad with a career-high six goals and eight points, while classmate Trey Wilkes was a perfect 18-for-18 on faceoffs in the game.

Women’s Lacrosse (0-1)
Head coach: Alexis Venechanos
• Ohio State opened the 2011 season with a 21-9 loss to No. 4 Duke Feb. 12 at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. Junior Alayna Markwordt scored a game-high tying four goals, as the Buckeyes drop to 10-6 all-time in season openers and the Blue Devils get off to a 1-0 start.

No. 22 Softball (2-3)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• In the first games of the 2011 season, No. 22/24 Ohio State fell, 9-0, to Kentucky but rebounded with a 2-1 victory over FIU Feb. 11 at the FIU Combat Classic in Miami, Fla.
• Ohio State went 1-1 Feb. 12 at the 2011 FIU Combat Classic at the FIU Softball Complex in Miami, Fla. The Buckeyes lost, 7-3, in eight innings vs. Memphis in game one but rebounded with a 10-1 victory over North Florida in their second game.
• No. 22/24 Ohio State fell to DePaul, 5-4, in eight innings Feb. 13 in its fifth and final game of the 2011 FIU Combat Classic in Miami, Fla. The Buckeyes finish their first tournament of the season with a 2-3 record.

No. 18 Women’s Swimming and Diving (11-1)
Head coach: Bill Dorenkott
• After capturing two medals at the USA Diving Winter Nationals over the weekend, including her second career national championship, Ohio State senior Katie Bell was named the Big Ten Conference’s co-Diver of the Week. Bell shares the award with Minnesota’s Kelci Bryant, who won a national title on three-meter at the Winter Nationals, which were held at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center on the campus of the University of Iowa.

No. 4 Men’s Tennis (8-0)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• Ohio State’s Chase Buchanan earned his seventh-career Big Ten men’s tennis athlete of the week award and his first of 2011 after leading the fourth-ranked Buckeyes to wins against No. 18 Mississippi and No. 11 Georgia this past weekend. The New Albany, Ohio, native and 2010 Big Ten Athlete of the Year has won three matches against ranked opponents in singles action this season.
• Matt Allare, Balazs Novak and Shuhei Uzawa, seniors on the fourth-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team, were named 2011 team captains head coach Ty Tucker announced.
• Fourth-ranked Ohio State defeated its third-consecutive opponent from the SEC Feb. 12 as it shut out No. 33 LSU, 7-0. With the win, the Buckeyes extended their home win streak to 118 straight matches. The victory for the Scarlet and Gray also was the fourth in a row against a ranked opponent and sixth shutout in eight matches so far on the year.

No. 31 Women’s Tennis (5-2, 1-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• No. 31 Ohio State improved to 3-2 with a 4-3 victory against the Kentucky Wildcats on the road at the Boone Tennis Complex in Lexington, Ky., Feb. 9. The Buckeyes bounced back from an early 2-0 deficit by taking four of the six singles matches for the comeback victory.
• No. 31 Ohio State moved to 4-2 after a 6-1 win over conference foe Penn State at home Feb. 11 in the OSU Varsity Tennis Center. The match was the first league action for both teams this season and marked Campus Kids’ Day for the Buckeye women’s tennis program. The Buckeyes swept doubles before taking five of six singles matches against the Nittany Lions.
• 31st-ranked Ohio State downed No. 65 William & Mary, 7-0, at home Feb. 13 in the OSU Varsity Tennis Center. The win moves the Buckeyes’ home record to 4-0 in 2011 and puts the team on a three-match win streak.

No. 16 Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
• The 16th-ranked Ohio State men’s track and field team wrapped up its final preparations for the upcoming Big Ten championships at this weekend’s Akron Invitational, hosted the University of Akron. The name of the game for the weekend was distance, as two current Ohio State distance runners and a former All-American claimed individual titles. In addition, the Buckeyes witnessed a number of encouraging performances from their young jumpers and sprinters.
• Fueled by record-setting performances from Thomas Murdaugh and Michael Hartfield, 16th-ranked Ohio State enjoyed a memorable trip out west for the Don Kirby Invitational, held Feb. 11 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

No. 27 Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• No. 27 Ohio State put on a dominating performance against the top collegiate teams in the Greater Columbus area Feb. 11 at the Capital University Crusader Invite, amassing 232 points for an easy first-place team finish.
• After an outstanding showing at the Crusader Invite Feb. 11, Ohio State stepped onto the track Feb. 12 with another strong team showing, including five first-place finishes. Ashley Galbraith, Kelcey McKinney, Sarah Lowe and Latoya Sanderson all took first in the blue division events to lead the way for the Buckeyes. Galbraith won the high jump, clearing the bar at 1.77m. Fellow jumper McKinney bested the competition with a leap of 11.95m. On the track, Lowe outran the pack in a new personal-record time of 17:10.41 to capture first in the 5000m. Sanderson (55.80) captured another first-place finish for the team in the 400m.

No. 6 Men’s Volleyball (9-2, 3-0 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Sixth-ranked Ohio State, behind a match-high 18.5 points from Shawn Sangrey recorded a 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-20) sweep over ninth-ranked (tie) Penn State Jan. 9 in St. John Arena. Sangrey posted a match-high 16 kills (.438), two ace serves and one assist block while John Klanac added nine points with seven kills (.150) and two assist blocks.
• Sixth-ranked Ohio State defeated Quincy, 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-19) behind a perfect hitting night by Mike Berzins with 13 kills in 13 attempts with no errors Jan. 10. He ties the Ohio State match record held by three others at ten.
• Sixth-ranked Ohio State completed the two-match series with Quincy with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-21) sweep of the Hawks. OSU’s John Klanac posted a match-high 18.5 points in the match with 15 kills (.400), one ace serve, one solo block and three assist blocks.

Wrestling (2-10, 1-6 Big Ten)
Head coach: Tom Ryan
• A pair of pins and two decisions gave Ohio State 18 team points and a seven-point lead with three matches remaining, but the Buckeyes could not hold on for the win as 12th-ranked Wisconsin edged the Scarlet and Gray, 23-18, Feb. 13at UW Field House in Madison, Wis.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Feb. 14-27

Feb. 14
Women’s Golf at Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge
Palos Verdes, Calif.

Feb. 15
Men’s Basketball vs. Michigan State, 9 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Golf at Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge
Palos Verdes, Calif.

Feb. 16
Women’s Golf at Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge
Palos Verdes, Calif.

Women’s Swimming at Big Ten Championship
Bloomington, Ind.

Feb. 17
Women’s Basketball vs. Penn State, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Swimming at Big Ten Championship, TBA
Bloomington, Ind.

Feb. 18
Men’s Tennis at N/A ITA National Team Indoor Championship, All Day
Seattle, Wash.

Fencing at Junior Olympics, All Day
Dallas, Texas

Pistol vs. TBA (The Final Countdown), TBA
Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Swimming at Missouri Grand Prix, TBA
Columbia, Mo.

Women’s Swimming at Big Ten Championship, TBA
Bloomington, Ind.

Baseball at Big Ten/Big East Challenge – Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
St. Petersburg, Fla.

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

Softball at South Alabama Tournament – UT-Chattanooga, 3:30 p.m.
Mobile , Ala.

Women’s Gymnastics vs. Michigan State, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, OH

Women’s Lacrosse at Navy, 7 p.m.
Annapolis, Md.

Men’s Hockey vs. Lake Superior State, 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, OH

Men’s Volleyball at Ball State, 7:30 p.m.
Muncie, Ind.

Softball at South Alabama Tournament, 8 p.m.
Mobile, Ala.

Feb. 19
Men’s Tennis at N/A ITA National Team Indoor Championship, All Day
Seattle, Wash.

Fencing at Junior Olympics, All Day
Dallas, Texas

Pistol vs. TBA (The Final Countdown), TBA
Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Swimming at Missouri Grand Prix, TBA
Columbia, Mo.

Women’s Swimming at Big Ten Championship, TBA
Bloomington, Ind.

Wrestling vs. Northwestern, 12 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Lacrosse vs. North Carolina, 12 p.m.
Ohio Stadium or Woody Hayes Athletic Center, Columbus, Ohio

Baseball at Big Ten/Big East Challenge – Louisville, 1 p.m.
St. Petersburg, Fla.

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

Softball at South Alabama Tournament – UT-Martin, 2:30 p.m.
Mobile , Ala.

Men’s Hockey vs. Lake Superior State, 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Feb. 20
Men’s Tennis at ITA National Team Indoor Championship, All Day
Seattle, Wash.

Fencing at Junior Olympics, All Day
Dallas, Texas

Men’s Golf at Puerto Rico Classic, All Day
Rio Grande, P.R.

Men’s Swimming at Missouri Grand Prix, TBA
Columbia, Mo.

Baseball at Big Ten/Big East Challenge – St. John’s, 10 a.m.
St. Petersburg, Fla.

Softball at South Alabama Tournament – Evansville, 11 a.m.
Mobile, Ala.

Women’s Lacrosse at American, 12 p.m.
Washington D.C.

Men’s Basketball at Purdue, 1 p.m.
West Lafayette, Ind.

Women’s Gymnastics vs. Kentucky, 2 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Basketball at Purdue, 5 p.m.
West Lafayette, Ind.

Feb. 21
Women’s Golf at Central District Invitational, All Day
Parrish, Fla.

Men’s Golf at Puerto Rico Classic, All Day
Rio Grande, P.R.

Men’s Swimming at Missouri Grand Prix, TBA
Columbia, Mo.

Feb. 22
Women’s Golf at Central District Invitational, All Day
Parrish, Fla.

Men’s Golf at Puerto Rico Classic, All Day
Rio Grande, P.R.

Men’s Basketball vs. Illinois, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Feb. 23
Men’s Swimming Big Ten Championships, 11 a.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Feb. 24
Men’s Swimming Big Ten Championships, 11 a.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s Tennis vs. Cleveland State, 12 p.m.
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Tennis vs. Wright State, 5 p.m.
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Basketball at Michigan State, 6:30 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Men’s Hockey vs. Ferris State, 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Feb. 26
Rifle at Western Intercollegiate Conference Championships, TBA
Lansing Michigan

Men’s Track at Big Ten Indoor Championships, TBA
Champaign, Ill.

Women’s Track at Big Ten Indoor Championships, TBA
West Lafayette, Ind.

Men’s Swimming at Big Ten Championships, 11 a.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Baseball vs. Western Michigan, 12 p.m.
Port Charlotte, Fla.

Men’s Lacrosse at Massachusetts, 12 p.m.
Amherst, Mass.

Men’s Gymnastics at Penn State, 1 p.m.
University Park, Pa.

Softball vs. BYU Cathedral City Classic, 1 p.m.
Cathedral City, Calif.

Softball vs. UC Santa Barbara Cathedral City Classic, 3:30 p.m.
Cathedral City, Calif.

Baseball vs. Western Michigan, 3:30 p.m.
Port Charlotte, Fla.

Women’s Gymnastics vs. Penn State, 7 p.m.
University Park, Pa.

Feb. 27
Women’s Hockey WCHA First Round Playoffs, TBA
TBA

Men’s Tennis vs. Louisville, TBA
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Swimming Last Chance Meet, TBA
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Track Big Ten Indoor Championships, TBA
Champaign, Ill.

Women’s Track Big Ten Indoor Championships, TBA
West Lafayette, Ind.

Baseball vs. Western Michigan, 12 p.m.
Port Charlotte, Fla.

Softball vs. Nebraska Cathedral City Classic, 12 p.m.
Cathedral City, Calif.

Women’s Basketball vs. Wisconsin 12 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus Ohio

Softball vs. UCLA Cathedral City Classic, 2 p.m.
Cathedral City, Calif.

Women’s Lacrosse vs. St. Bonaventure, 2 p.m.
Woody Hayes Athletic Center, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Basketball vs. Indiana, 4 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus Ohio

Men’s Volleyball vs. Juniata, 4 p.m.
St John Arena, Columbus, Ohio