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Athletes of the Week
• Jantel Lavender carried the Buckeyes to a record-tying third straight Big Ten tournament championship over the weekend, earning Ohio State an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament at St. John Arena March 19 and 21. Lavender became the first three-time Most Outstanding Player of the tournament after averaging 23.7 points per game, 12.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.3 blocks while shooting 63.8 percent from the field. She started her weekend with 11 points and 14 rebounds in the quarterfinal win over Iowa. In the semifinal win over No. 1 seed Michigan State, Lavender set a Big Ten tournament single-game scoring record with 37 points. Then in the championship game win over No. 2 seed Penn State, Lavender scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to go along with six assists.

• Shawn Sangrey collected a match-high 20 kills (.455) in the 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-17) win over #14 Lewis. He added a career-high 13 digs against the Flyers. In the 3-1 (25-18, 25-17, 21-25, 25-21) win over #12 Loyola-Chicago, Sangrey 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. The wins put OSU in first place in the MIVA at 7-0. OSU has won 14 consecutive matches and 16 consecutive at home.

Baseball (5-3)
Head coach: Greg Beals
• Ohio State received an outstanding pitching performance from Drew Rucinski, played solid defensively and got multiple and timely hits from four players to key a 7-1 victory over Army March 4 in this sleepy town in North Carolina that was once known as Burnt Chimney.

No. 1 Men’s Basketball (29-2, 16-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• Jon Diebler had a career-high 30 points and set a school record with 10 3-pointers March 1 to lead top-ranked Ohio State to an 82-61 rout of Penn State to clinch at least a share of the Big Ten title.
• Diebler lived up to his ”3-bler” nickname by hitting 7 of 8 shots behind the arc while scoring 27 points, leading top-ranked Ohio State to an emotion-laden 93-65 victory over No. 10 Wisconsin March 6.

Women’s Basketball (22-9, 10-6 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Ohio State senior center Jantel Lavender was named the Big Ten co-Player of the Year Feb. 28 by a panel of media voters, becoming the first women’s or men’s basketball player in conference history to earn the award four times. Lavender also is the only women’s basketball player among the Big Ten, ACC, Big East, Big 12, Pac-10 or SEC to accomplish the feat. She shares player of the year honors with Michigan State’s Kalisha Keane, who was voted top player by the conference coaches.
• Brittany Johnson tied career highs with 23 points and seven 3s to help Ohio State defeat the 24th-ranked Hawkeyes 71-61 in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals March 4.
• Lavender tied a career high and set a tournament scoring record with 37 points while grabbing nine rebounds March 5 to send the Buckeyes into the Big Ten Conference championship game after a 72-57 victory over the Spartans, who won the Big Ten regular season title.
• Lavender and Samantha Prahalis delivered on the promise March 6, each scoring 23 points to lead fifth-seeded Ohio State past second-seeded Penn State 84-70 for the Buckeyes’ record-tying third consecutive tourney title.

No. 9 Men’s Gymnastics
Interim Co-Head coaches: Doug Stibel and Blaine Wilson
• Ninth-ranked Ohio State placed first at a quad meet in Chicago March 6 after posting the best event total on floor exercise, pommel horse, rings and parallel bars with a 343.700 team total at the Physical Education Building on the campus of Illinois-Chicago. No. 12 Air Force took second with a 341.600, while No. 13 UIC scored a 339.000 for third and No. 11 Temple rounded out the meet with a 332.900 for fourth place.

No. 13 Women’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• Ohio State gymnast Sarah Miller earned her fifth Big Ten Freshman of the Week award, the conference office announced Feb. 28. The award marks the seventh for a Buckeye this season. Miller set a career-high 9.925 on beam to tie for first on the event as No. 17 Ohio State set a team season-high 195.900 Feb. 26 at Penn State. She also finished fourth on vault (9.800) and floor exercise (9.875).
• No. 13 Ohio State scored a season-high 196.100 to finish second in a quad meet with No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 17 Illinois and Texas Women’s University March 4 in Norman, Okla. The Sooners won the meet with a 197.050 with Illinois finishing third at 195.400 and Texas Women’s fourth with a 193.425.

Men’s Hockey (15-18-4, 10-14-4-2 CCHA)
Head coach: Mark Osiecki
• Ohio State lost to Lake Superior State, 4-0, in game one of the best-of-three CCHA tournament first-round series March 4 in Taffy Abel Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
• Ohio State fell to Lake Superior State, 3-2, March 5 in Taffy Abel Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The win gives the Lakers a two-game sweep of the CCHA tournament first-round series and a spot in the conference quarterfinals, ending the season for the Buckeyes.

No. 13/15 Men’s Lacrosse (4-1)
Head coach: Nick Myers
• No. 13/15 Ohio State rallied from a three-goal deficit and went on to defeat Penn State, 6-5 in triple overtime, March 5 in University Park, Pa. The Buckeyes trailed 4-2 at halftime and 5-2 in the third but scored the game’s final four goals to win the nonconference game.

Women’s Lacrosse (2-3)
Head coach: Alexis Venechanos
• Ohio State dropped a 17-5 decision to ninth-ranked and undefeated Stanford March 5 on the indoor turf field at Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Alayna Markwordt led the Buckeyes with a pair of goals, as they fell to 2-3 on the season and the Cardinal extended its season-opening win streak to five games.

Softball (5-14)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• After dropping a 7-4 heartbreaker against North Dakota in game one, Ohio State rebounded with an 8-0 shutout vs. Iowa State in game two March 4 at the Holiday Inn Tulsa-City Festival at the Hardesty Complex in Tulsa, Okla. Freshman pitcher Audrey Plant led the Buckeyes to victory in game two with a one-hit shutout against the Cyclones to claim her first-career win in the Scarlet and Gray.
• Ohio State lost, 10-4, against Drake March 6 at the Holiday Inn Tulsa-City Center Festival at the Hardesty Complex in Tulsa, Okla. Junior co-captain Alicia Herron had a big night at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a home run, double and four RBI, but it wasn’t enough for the Buckeyes in a game that lasted two hours and 25 minutes.
• Ohio State lost, 8-0, in six innings against Tulsa March 6 to conclude the Holiday Inn Tulsa-City Center Festival at the Hardesty Complex in Tulsa, Okla. The Buckeyes finish the tournament with a 1-3 record.

No. 3 Men’s Tennis (15-1, 1-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• No. 3 Ohio State opened conference play with a 7-0 shutout victory at Penn State March 4. The win extends the Buckeyes’ Big Ten win streak to 67 matches. The team also has won 48 consecutive road matches.

Women’s Tennis (7-4, 1-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• 50th-ranked Ohio State picked up its seventh win of the season with a 6-1 victory against Louisville March 4 at the OSU Varsity Tennis Center.

Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• Two days removed from the first Big Ten title in program history, accolades continued to roll in for the 15th-ranked Ohio State women’s track and field team. Junior All-American Christina Manning was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championships after capturing the conference title in the 60m hurdles and runner-up finishes in the 60m dash and 200m dashes, recording personal best times in both the hurdles (8.01) and 60m (7.29) in the process. Manning is only the second Buckeye to win Athlete of the Year honors -former NCAA champion Donica Merriman being the other – and the third Buckeye, along with Merriman and Bridgette Tate, to earn Athlete of the Championship recognition. Fifth-year head coach Karen Dennis was elected Coach of the Year by her peers after guiding the Buckeyes to the top of the Big Ten for the first time. Under her guidance, the Scarlet and Gray captured a total of two individual titles, five silver medals and 16 Top 5 finishes at the championship meet.

No. 5 Men’s Volleyball (14-2, 7-0 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Fifth-ranked Ohio State, behind a 20-point performance by Shawn Sangrey, defeated No. 14 Lewis, 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-17) March 4 in St. John Arena. Sangrey recorded a match-high 20 kills while hitting .455 and added two assist blocks.
• Fifth-ranked Ohio State took sole possession of first place in the MIVA with a 3-1 (25-18, 25-17, 21-25, 25-21) win over 12th-ranked Loyola-Chicago March 5 in St. John Arena. Kevin Heine posted a team-high 18 points with a season-high 16 kills (.591) and four assist blocks for the Buckeyes. Sangrey added 16.5 points with 13 kills (.290), two ace serves, a solo block and one assist block.

Wrestling (2-11, 1-7 Big Ten)
Head coach: Tom Ryan
• With a pair of runner-up finishes, as well as one Top 5 finish, Ohio State finished eighth with 57 points at the 2011 Big Ten Championships in Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill. Senior Colt Sponseller and redshirt-freshman Nick Heflin were runners-up at 165 and 174 pounds, respectively, while redshirt-sophomore C.J. Magrum finished fourth at 184 pounds.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
March 7-20

March 7
Women’s Golf at SunTrust Gator Golf Invite, All Day
Gainesville, Fla.

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

March 8
Men’s Lacrosse vs. Lehigh, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

March 10-12
Men’s and Women’s Swimming at NCAA Diving Zones, 1 p.m. Thurs. and Fri., 11 a.m. Sat.
Columbus, Ohio, McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Rifle at NCAA Championship, TBA
Columbus, Ga.

March 10-13
Men’s Basketball at Big Ten Tournament, TBA
Indianapolis, Ind.

March 10
Men’s Tennis at Texas A&M TBA
College Station, Texas

Women’s Lacrosse at Notre Dame, 4 p.m.
South Bend, Ind.

March 11
Women’s and Men’s Track at NCAA Indoor Championships, TBA
College Station, Texas

Baseball vs. Illinois State at RussMatt Invite, 12 p.m.
Winter Haven, Fla.

Women’s Tennis at Nebraska, 6:30 p.m.
Lincoln, Neb.

Men’s Volleyball vs. Ball State, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

March 12
Fencing at NCAA Regional Qualifier, All Day
Detroit, Mich.

Women’s and Men’s Track at NCAA Indoor Championships, TBA
College Station, Texas

Baseball vs. Yale at RussMatt Invite, 9 a.m.
Winter Haven, Fla.

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Albany, 12 p.m.
Albany, N.Y.

Women’s Gymnastics vs. Missouri/Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

Men’s Gymnastics vs. Illinois/Nebraska, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

March 13
Baseball vs. Army at RussMatt Invite, 1:30 p.m.
Winter Haven, Fla.

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

Women’s Lacrosse vs. California, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

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