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Athletes of the Week

Men’s soccer goalkeeper Ray Burse Jr. was named the Big TenDefensive Player of the Week as he collected a career-high sevensaves Sunday in leading the Buckeyes to a 1-0 shutout overWisconsin in both team’s Big Ten opener. The shutout was the firstthis season for Burse (Jr., Prospect, Ky./St. Xavier), whoseefforts helped propel Ohio State’s record now to .500 overall(4-4-1) and 1-0-0 in the Big Ten. After posting three saves in thefirst half, Burse had four athletic and dramatic saves in thesecond half. He went horizontal into the upper left corner of thenet for a pair of saves in the 61st and 64th minutes and hisone-handed deflection of a Badger shot with one second remaining inthe match sealed the win for the Buckeyes. He owns a 1.43goals-against average this season and has totaled 15 saves. Theplayer of the week honor is the first of Burse’s career. StaceyGordon has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week for her playlast week. She had a season-high 36 kills in win over No. 1Minnesota to average 9 kills per game in the match and hitting .368against the Gophers. It was her 16th match with 30 or more kills inher career. Had double-figure kills in the three games of the matchthat OSU won (Game 1 – 10-1-18, .500); (Game 2 – 11-0-17, .647);(Game 4 – 11-4-25, .280). She opened the match with three straightkills in game one and closed out the match with OSU’s final fourkills in game four. Her 14 kills against Iowa extended her streakof consecutive matches with double-figure kills to 90. For hercareer, she has double-figure kills in 103 of 105 matches. Gordon’splay has been key to OSU’s 14-0 start, the schools best start of aseason in history and OSU’s third longest winning streak. (#1-27matches in 1991 and #2-21 matches in 1994). Her 12 digs againstMinnesota and 16 vs. Iowa gives her four consecutive matches withdouble-figure digs and now has five double-figure dig matches thisseason. That gives her 74 career matches with double-figure digsand 72 matches with double-figure kills and digs in her career.

Athletics Good Stuff

The ninth-ranked women’s volleyball team defeated No. 1Minnesota, 3-1 and Iowa 3-0 to put their record at 14-0 overall and4-0 in the Big Ten, standing atop the Big Ten Standings. OSUextended its season opening winning streak to 14 matches, its bestopening season mark since starting 13-0 in 2001. It is OSU’s 3rdlongest winning streak (#1-27 matches in 1991 and #2-21 matches in1994). Those streaks resulted in Big Ten championships and ended inlosses at the NCAA National Semifinal. Against Minnesota, AmiStevens contributed a career-high 14 kills in the match and equaledher career-high of 14 digs against UM. Marisa Main added acareer-high 65 assists against the Gophers. Nicole Britenrikerrecorded a career-high nine kills against Iowa as she continues tocome back from missing nine matches early this season. She added acareer-high four assist blocks against the Hawkeyes. Ohio Statetravels to Indiana Friday and Purdue Saturday this week. Having wonthree of its last four matches and now second in the Big Tenstandings, the men’s soccer team hosts Michigan State at 2:30 p.m.Sunday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes (4-4-1) arecoming off a 1-0 shutout of Wisconsin Sunday to elevate theiroverall record to .500 and win their 11th consecutive Big Tenopener. Senior defender Eric Schwebach scored his first career goallast Sunday against Wisconsin, which proved to be the game-winneras junior goalkeeper Ray Burse Jr. collected seven saves and theshutout and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. SeniorJustin Cook leads Ohio State in scoring with four goals and threeassists for 11 points, while freshman Xavier Balc is close behindwith three goals and three assists for nine points. The fieldhockey team begins a three-game road stretch as they take on theOhio Bobcats at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Athens, Ohio. The Buckeyes thentravel to Iowa City, Iowa, to face Iowa at 11 a.m. Saturday andPacific at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. OSU is coming off two losses over theweekend. Ohio State forced then-No. 4 Michigan State into overtimebut eventually fell, 3-2, Saturday at North Turf Field. The squadattempted a comeback Sunday vs. Central Michigan, the Buckeyes wereunsuccessful as they dropped a, 2-1, decision Sunday. The women’sice hockey team opens its regular season and Western CollegiateHockey Association action against St. Cloud State at 7:05 p.m.Friday and Saturday at the newly renovated OSU Ice Rink. TheBuckeyes and Huskies will be meeting for the 23rd time in programhistory. Ohio State leads the all-time series 14-7-1. SCSU leadsthe Buckeyes 5-4-1 in the OSU Ice Rink. In the last five game, OSUleads 3-2. Ohio State defeated Etobicoke, 9-1, in exhibition actionSunday at the OSU Ice Rink. Junior Jana Harrigan led the team witha hat trick and two assists. The No. 21-ranked women’s soccer team(6-2-3, 2-0-3 Big Ten) moved its unbeaten streak to a program-bestnine matches with a win at Michigan State Friday and a tie at No.11 Michigan Sunday. The Buckeyes, who have not lost since droppinga 2-1 overtime decision to No. 3/4 Washington Aug. 29, used a lategoal by freshman Lara Dickenmann to extend the Spartans past 90minutes Friday afternoon. Less than two minutes into the extrasession, Liz Mumley found Melissa Miller on a corner kick for thegame-winner. Sunday, another second-half score by Dickenmann helpedOSU tie Michigan at 1-1.

The Buckeyes resume league play at 7:30 p.m. Friday as Northwestern visits Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The weekend series concludes at noon Sunday against Illinois.

The men’s tennis team opened fall tournament play Oct. 1 in theIntercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championship inChattanooga, Tenn. The tournament, the first of three nationalchampionships for singles and doubles during the 2004-05 season,will run Friday Oct. 1 through Sunday Oct. 10. In other men’stennis news, sophomore Buckeyes Chris Klingemann (Bradenton,Fla./Texas Tech Independent), Joey Atas (Baltimore, Md./CalvertHall) and Devin Mullings (Freeport, Bahamas/Ft. LauderdalePrepatory) are ranked in the Top 125 of the ITA Division Ipreseason singles rankings. Klingemann is positioned at No. 90,Atas holds the No. 97 spot and Mullings is ranked No. 116. Thewomen’s tennis team traveled to the Kentucky Fall Classic inLexington, Ky., and were led by the tandem of seniors Lindsay Bryanand Meredith Vincent, who claimed the title in the green flight. Inthe green flight championship match, Bryan (Sr., New Orleans,La.,/Ursuline Academy) and Vincent (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio/VirginiaTech) beat host Kentucky’s Foster and Sober, 9-7. The Buckeye duoreached the final with a pair of 8-6 victories over Marshall andWhite of Louisville and Yan and de Guzman of William and Mary.Silvia Prajescu (Fr., Dollard-Des-Orneaux, Quebec/Des-Sources) ledthe Buckeyes in singles, posting four victories against just onedefeat, and was followed by Kristin Messmer (So., Lutherville,Md./McDonogh), who went 3-1. The Buckeyes return to action Oct.15-17 at the Notre Dame Fall Invitational in South Bend, Ind. TheNo. 12/13 men’s hockey team opens the 2004-05 season at theIceBreaker Tournament at the Whittemore Center Arena in Durham,N.H., this weekend. The Buckeyes will take on No. 10 New Hampshireat 5 p.m. Saturday in the first round, while St. Cloud State willface St. Lawrence in the other first-round matchup at 2 p.m.Saturday. OSU will play either SCSU or SLU at 2 p.m. Sunday, withNew Hampshire taking on the other squad at 5 p.m. (The first-roundwinners will face, as will the losers of the first-round games.)Both Ohio State games in the tournament can be heard live online atwosu.org.

Ohio State was picked to finish fourth by the media and fifth by the coaches in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association in the annual preseason polls, the league announced at its media day at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Sophomore wrestler J.D. Bergman is ranked No. 3 at 197 poundsin the preseason individual rankings released bythewrestlingmall.com. Bergman gained All-American status as afreshman last season with a third-place finish at the 2004 NCAAChampionships in St. Louis. The baseball team closes five weeks offall practice beginning Monday at Bill Davis Stadium with theannual Scarlet and Gray World Series. Each game of the best-of-fiveintrasquad scrimmage will begin at 3 p.m. each day with theexception of Wednesday’s game which begins at 6:30 p.m. Admissionto the games is free. The softball team went 5-0 and won thelarge-school bracket at the 2004 Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic(OCCC) last weekend at Fred Beekman Park in Columbus, Ohio. TheBuckeyes beat Akron, Kent State, Bowling Green, Ohio and Toledo tocapture the OCCC crown. Tiffin was an undefeated 3-0 and won thesmall-school bracket. Eighteen teams from the state of Ohiocompeted in the fourth-annual tournament benefiting the StefanieSpielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the Arthur G. JamesCancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. The men’sgolf team concludes play at the 2004 SMU Stonebridge Invitational.The first and second rounds of competition at the 2004 SMUInvitational were canceled because of rain Monday at the par 72,7,247-yard, Stonebridge Country Club, Dye Course in McKinney,Texas. The event is being hosted by Southern Methodist University.The men’s and women’s cross country teams return to action Fridayat the 50th annual All-Ohio Intercollegiate Cross CountryChampionships in Delaware Ohio. The men’s race will begin at 2 p.m.with the women’s race directly following at 2:45 p.m. The eventwill take place at the Methodist Theological School on the campusof Ohio Wesleyan University.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Tuesday, Oct. 5-Monday, Oct. 11
All Times Eastern

Tuesday, Oct. 5
Men’s Golf at SMU Invitational
Dallas, Texas

Field Hockey at Ohio, 3 p.m.
Athens, Ohio

Men’s Tennis at ITA All-American Championships
Chattanooga, Tenn.

Wednesday, Oct. 6
Men’s Tennis at ITA All-American Championships
Chattanooga, Tenn.

Thursday, Oct. 7
Men’s Tennis at ITA All-American Championships
Chattanooga, Tenn.

Friday, Oct. 8
Women’s Volleyball at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Bloomington, Ind.

Women’s Hockey vs. St. Cloud State, 7:05 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Soccer vs. Northwestern, 7:30 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Cross Country at All-Ohio Invitational
Delaware, Ohio

Women’s Golf at Mercedes-Benz Championships
Knoxville, Tenn.

Men’s Tennis at ITA All-American Championships
Chattanooga, Tenn.

Saturday, Oct. 9
Field Hockey at Iowa, Noon
Iowa City, Iowa

Football vs. Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m.
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Hockey at New Hampshire, 5 p.m.
IceBreaker Tournament
Durham, N.H.

Women’s Volleyball at Purdue, 7 p.m.
West Lafayette, Ind.

Women’s Hockey vs. St. Cloud State, 7:05 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Golf at Mercedes-Benz Championships
Knoxville, Tenn.

Men’s Tennis at ITA All-American Championships
Chattanooga, Tenn.

Sunday, Oct. 10
Women’s Soccer vs. Illinois, Noon
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Field Hockey vs. Pacific, 2:30 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa

Men’s Hockey vs. St. Cloud State or St. Lawrence, 5 p.m.
IceBreaker Tournament
Durham, N.H.

Men’s Soccer vs. Michigan State, 2:30 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Golf at Mercedes-Benz Championships
Knoxville, Tenn.

Men’s Tennis at ITA All-American Championships
Chattanooga, Tenn.

Monday, Oct. 11
Men’s Golf at Gary Koch Invitational
Tampa, Fla.