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Athletes of the Week

Senior kicker Mike Nugent was named the Big Ten co-SpecialTeams Player of the Week Monday. He connected on a career-long55-yard field goal with no time on the clock to propel the Buckeyesto a 24-21 win vs. Marshall Saturday. The 55-yarder equaled thelongest boot in Ohio Stadium history, as Dan Stultz connected fromthat distance in 1997 against Indiana. Nugent also was good onthree extra points in the game. Named the Big Ten and ACVA NationalVolleyball Player of the Week, Stacey Gordon has Ohio State at 6-0on the season with a 2-0 performance at the Georgia TechInvitational with 3-0 victories over Xavier and #21 Georgia Tech.Gordon had 29 points against Xavier with 26 kills (.561), 1 aceserve, four assist blocks and four digs and 33.5 points againstGeorgia Tech with 33 kills (.421), one assist block and nine digs.Gordon was named the MVP of the Georgia Tech Invitational. The winover Georgia Tech stopped a 26-match home winning streak for Tech.In the two matches, Gordon recorded 11 or more kills in threegames. She had 11 kills in game two against Xavier and againstGeorgia Tech, 13 kills in game one and 11 in game three. Gordonscored the winning kill in each game against Georgia Tech and withOSU trailing 28-25 in game three, scored kills for OSU’s 26th, 29thand 30th point to close out the match.

Athletics Good Stuff

The men’s soccer team posted a 1-0-1 record at the Mayor’s CupTournament in Oneonta, N.Y., over the weekend, shutting out OneontaState, 2-0, and tying Hartwick, 1-1. Buckeye junior Kyle Veris wasnamed the Offensive MVP of the tournament, as he scored a goal inboth matches. Ohio State heads east again this weekend as theBuckeyes (1-2-1) compete at the Penn State/Nike Classic. Ohio Statewill take on in-state rival Akron at 5:15 p.m. Friday and a memberof the powerful Atlantic Coast Conference, Virginia Tech, at 12:30p.m. Sunday. Russ Rogers, Ohio State track and field head coach,announced Monday Tom Doyle, a former Buckeye assistant from1984-93, will rejoin the OSU coaching staff as jumps coach. Doylespent the previous eight seasons as a field events coach atIllinois (1996-2003) after a two-year period at Arizona State(1994-95).

In his first coaching tenure at Ohio State, Doyle helped the OSU men to an NCAA runner-up finish in 1993 as well as Big Ten titles in the 1992 outdoor season and the 1993 indoor and outdoor sessions. During the that period, his student-athletes set all-time Buckeye records in the men’s indoor long jump, indoor and outdoor triple jump, high jump and pole vault, while also posting 17 marks that still stand in the Ohio State all-time performance lists. In his 18 seasons as a Big Ten coach, Doyle has guided 19 student-athletes to individual conference crowns in each of jump events.

“Ohio State was the best athletic experience of my life,” Doyle said. “Ohio State is the greatest university experience in the country and its people are committed to excellence in every way. It was a goal of mine to return to Columbus someday and I plan to do everything I can to stay a Buckeye for the rest of my life.”

Women’s volleyball senior Stacey Gordon was named the MVP ofthe Georgia Tech Invitational with Danielle Meyer and Marisa Mainreceiving all-tournament honors after OSU went 2-0 at theInvitational including a 3-0 victory over No. 21 Georgia Techstopping their 26-match home winning streak. Meyer averaged 3.67kills per game for the weekend and Main had a 17.50 assist per gameaverage for the Buckeyes. Ohio State, now 6-0 on the season, willnow host Youngstown State (4-3) Tuesday at 7 p.m. in St. JohnArena. This weekend, OSU will host the Buckeye Classic. TheBuckeyes will face Florida International at 10 a.m. andNortheastern at 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday’s match against MontanaState at 7 p.m. will be played at Centerburg High School inCenterburg, Ohio. The women’s soccer team claimed two victoriesthis weekend over LSU and Virginia Tech in the 2004 BuckeyeClassic. The Buckeyes have won four straight and improving theirrecord to 4-2.

Five different Buckeyes tallied goals over the weekend. Danielle Dietrich (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio), Lara Dickenmann (Fr., Kries, Switzerland) and Lisa Grubb (Jr., Portage, Mich.) posted a goal and an assist in both the 4-0 win over LSU Friday and the 4-1 win against Virginia Tech Sunday. Dietrich’s goal gave her a team-leading five scores on the season. Elizabeth Mumley (Sr., Woodbridge, Va.) and Jackie LaFond (So., Milton, Mass.) notched goals as well. Mumley scored her second goal of the season against LSU and also had an assist against Virginia Tech, while LaFond scored her first goal of the year against Virginia Tech.

The Buckeyes open the 2004 Big Ten slate at Wisconsin with kickoff set for 1 p.m., Sunday.

The women’s golf team placed second at the Lady NorthernInvitational last weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes finishedwith a mark of 885 (+21) after posting a final-round mark of 296(+8). Ohio State junior Jennifer Selfinger and senior Kristen Whitetied for sixth place on the individual leaderboard with scores of222 (+6). Teammates Lindsay Knowlton and Dana Je tied for 11thplace with marks of 226 (+10). Rookie Carling Coffing finished in atie for 17th place in her debut tournament with a total of 227(+11) and Brittany Adams tied for 28th place with a score of 230(+14). The Buckeyes return to action Sept. 20-22 at the NCAA FallPreview in Sunriver, Ore., site of the 2005 NCAA Championships.

Knowlton has been selected to represent Team Canada that will compete in the 17th Women’s World Amateur Championship Oct. 20-23 in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Team Canada, named by the Canadian Ladies Golf Association (CLGA), will be one of a record 51 nations contesting for the Espirto Santo Trophy at the Rio Mar Country Club. The event is conducted by the International Golf Federation, which comprises national governing bodies of golf in 100 countries.

The women’s tennis team opens its 2004-05 slate at the St.Mary’s Classic in Knoxville, Tenn., this weekend. The team, underninth-year head coach Chuck Merzbacher, returns seven letterwinnersand adds four freshmen to the squad, which has qualified for theNCAA tournament the last six seasons. The field hockey team (3-2;0-0 Big Ten) compiled a 2-0 record during the week of Sept. 9 afterdefeating the Kent State Golden Flashes, 3-1, and Miami (Ohio)RedHawks, 4-0.

Buckeye forwards Deen Rebstock, Florencia Stier and Curlyne Wynn scored a goal a piece in their victory over KSU at Dix Stadium in Kent, Ohio, while goalie Lindsay Williams registered six saves.

Yesenia Luces, Stier and Wynn were a part of a strong Buckeye offense as Ohio State made its 2004 home debut at North Turf Field in Columbus, Ohio against Miami (Ohio). Wynn continued her offensive surge as she recorded two unassisted goals, and Luces and Stier netted a goal each.

Following OSU’s spotless week, the Big Ten conference awarded sophomore Wynn with offensive player of the week honors. Wynn is second on the team in goals (3) and points (6).

Ohio State returns to action at 2 p.m. Sunday when it faces the Ball State Cardinals at North Turf Field.

Ten freshman faces, including nine from the state of Ohio,joined the baseball team when it began fall practice Monday at BillDavis Stadium. Three left-handed pitchers, two right-handedpitchers, two catchers, two infielders and one outfielder make upthe class. The class consists of Matthew Angle (OF, Whitehall,Ohio/Whitehall-Yearling), Michael Arp (IF, Reynoldsburg,Ohio/Reynoldsburg), Dan Barker (RHP, Dayton, Ohio/Northmont), KyleDyar (IF, Newark, Ohio/Newark), Eric Fryer (C, Reynoldsburg,Ohio/Reynoldsburg), Josh Hula (C, Castalia, Ohio/Margaretta), CoryLuebke (LHP, Maria Stein, Ohio/Marion Local), Dan McCauley (RHP,Fremont, Ind./Fremont), Aaron Pikkarainen (LHP, Gahanna,Ohio/Gahanna) and Matt Selhorst (LHP, Westerville, Ohio/St.Charles). Luebke was an 18th round draft pick of the PittsburghPirates in the June MLB First-Year Player Draft, while Fryer wasnamed the 2004 Agonis Player of the Year by the Columbus Dispatch.Six players earned all-state honors, including Arp, Barker, Dyar,Fryer, Luebke and Selhorst. The entire team will practice fourweeks and then will participate in the annual Scarlet and GrayWorld Series, Oct. 11-15 at Bill Davis Stadium.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Tuesday, Sept. 14-Monday, Sept. 20
All Times Eastern

Tuesday, Sept. 14
Women’s Volleyball vs. Youngstown State, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Friday, Sept. 17
Women’s Volleyball Buckeye Classic
Ohio State vs. Florida International, 10 a.m.
Montana State vs. Northeastern, 12 p.m.
Montana State vs. Florida International, 4:30 p.m.
Ohio State vs. Northeastern, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Soccer at Penn State/Nike Classic
OSU vs. Akron, 5:15 p.m.
State College, Pa.

Women’s Tennis at St. Mary’s Classic
Knoxville, Tenn.

Saturday, Sept. 18
Football at N.C. State, 3:30 p.m.
Raleigh, N.C.

Women’s Volleyball Buckeye Classic
Ohio State vs. Montana State, 7 p.m.
Florida International vs. Northeastern, 4:30 p.m.
Centerburg High School, Centerburg, Ohio

Women’s Tennis at St. Mary’s Classic
Knoxville, Tenn.

Cross Country at Virginia Invitational
Charlottesville, Va.

Sunday, Sept. 19
Men’s Soccer at Penn State/Nike Classic
OSU vs. Virginia Tech, 1 p.m.
State College, Pa.

Women’s Soccer at Wisconsin, 2 p.m.
Madison, Wis.

Field Hockey vs. Ball State, 2 p.m.
North Turf Field, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Tennis at St. Mary’s Classic
Knoxville, Tenn.

Monday, Sept. 20
Women’s Golf at NCAA Fall Preview
Sunriver, Ore.