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Athletes of the Week

Stacey Gordon had 25 kills (3 games) against Michigan State and31 kills (4 games) against Michigan to give OSU an 18-0 overallrecord and an 8-0 record in the Big Ten and earn Big Ten Player ofthe Week honors. She raised her career kills to 2,384 to passNicole Branagh (1997-200) of Minnesota with 2,379 to become theall-time Big Ten career kills leader in the Michigan game. She setthe record on her 27th kill against the Wolverines to give OSU a13-12 lead in game four. Gordon helped close out game four with OSUleading, 25-21. Her run started with a kill (26-21). She combinedwith Danielle Meyer for an assist block (27-21). Two Gordon killsmade it 29-22. She ended the match with a solo block at 30-23.

Gordon’s 2,384 career kills moves her to seventh on the NCAA Division I career kills list (as listed in the NCAA records book). She stands 56 kills behind No. 6 Jill McCreary (1987, 89-91) of Akron who has 2,439. She has a 5.99 career kills per game average which ranks third in the NCAA Division I career kills per game list.

With double-figure kills in both matches, she has extended her streak of consecutive double-figure kill streak to 92 matches. Gordon has double-figure kills in 107 of 109 matches. Gordon averaged 9 points per game collecting 56 kills (8.0 per game), four ace serves, two solo blocks and two assist blocks. She now has 2,652.5 career points (2,384 kills, 151 aces, 32 solo blocks, 171 assist blocks) and has a 6.66 career points per game average and is now OSU’s career points per game leader. She passed Vanessa Wouters (1996-97) with a 6.62 per game average.

Men’s soccer senior forward Justin Cook was named the Big TenOffensive Player of the Week Monday for his efforts in leading theBuckeyes to a 1-0-1 record last week, including a 3-0 win at No. 20Penn State Sunday as Ohio State (6-4-2, 3-0-0 Big Ten) remained theonly undefeated team in the Big Ten standings. Cook (WinterSprings, Fla./Oviedo) scored all three goals in the win Sunday tocollect his first career hat trick and has 29 goals in his Buckeyecareer, which ranks third all-time in the OSU record book. He leadsOhio State in scoring this season with eight goals and threeassists for 19 points. The conference weekly honor is the third ofhis career. In all, six Buckeyes earned conference player of theweek accolades. In addition to Gordon and Cook, others honored weremen’s hockey sophomore Sean Collins (CCHA Defenseman of the Week),men’s soccer junior goalkeeper Ray Burse Jr. (Big Ten DefensivePlayer of the Week), field hockey sophomore Saskia Mueller (Big TenOffensive Player of the Week) and women’s soccer freshman LaraDickenmann (Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week).

Athletics Good Stuff

More than 200 alumni of the men’s swimming and diving programare expected to return to Columbus this weekend for a pair ofmeets. The annual Scarlet and Gray meet will be contested Friday at5 p.m. while the annual Alumni vs. Varsity meet will be heldSaturday at 9 a.m.. This will be the last opportunity for alumni toswim at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center before the program moves intothe Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion next season. Theweekend has been dubbed the “Last Dip in Peppe Pool.” The weekendwill begin Friday at 4 p.m. in the lobby of Larkins Hall. Thealumni then will tour the new home of Buckeye swimming and diving.This will be followed by the Scarlet and Gray meet at 5 p.m.Following the meet alumni will gather at the University PlazaHotel. On Saturday at 9 a.m., the alumni will join the currentBuckeyes in the Peppe Aquatic Center, named for former Ohio Statehead coach, Mike Peppe, for the last swim in the pool. More than200 alumni are scheduled to be in attendance, including former OhioState Olympians and NCAA champions. Following the meet an auctionwill be held with proceeds for the Ohio State Aquatics Hall of Fameproject for the lobby of the new aquatics pavilion. Ohio Statememorabilia will be auctioned off. Later that evening there will bea banquet dinner from 7-10 p.m.

The men’s swimming and diving program is one of the most successful programs in the history of college swimming with its 11 NCAA championships. All 11 national titles were won under the direction of former coach Mike Peppe, who served as the head coach of Buckeye swimming and diving from 1931 to 1963. During Peppe’s tenure, the team also won 12 Big Ten conference championships. The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving program has produced 42 Olympians including Yoshi Oyakawa, Bill Smith, Gerry Holan, Al Wiggins, Frank Dooley and Don Harper, all of whom will be in attendance Saturday.

The men’s hockey team opens its regular season against in-staterival Miami at 7:05 p.m. Thursday in Value City Arena when the 2004CCHA Championship Banner will be raised in a pregame ceremony. TheBuckeyes and RedHawks will close out the two-game series at 7:35p.m. Friday at Goggin Ice Arena in Oxford, Ohio.

The Buckeyes (2-2, 2-0 CCHA) are coming off a two-game road sweep at Ferris State to open league play 2-0. The squad beat the Bulldogs, 4-2, Friday behind freshman Tom Fritsche’s three-assist night and Matt Beaudoin’s third-period gamewinning goal. Saturday, the Buckeyes came back from a 3-1 third-period deficit to win 4-3 in overtime. Rod Pelley and Beaudoin scored in the third to tie the game at three before senior Lee Spector tallied the overtime gamewinner.

Sophomore Sean Collins was named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Defenseman of the Week after posting two assists and going +3 in the series sweep of Ferris State. Collins, from Troy, Mich., had the primary assist on both Matt Beaudoin’s late game-tying goal and had the first assist on Lee Spector’s overtime winner against the Bulldogs Saturday. Collins led the Buckeye defensive effort in stopping 18-of-20 Bulldog power-play chances in the two games combined, including a perfect 11-for-11 effort Friday.

The women’s soccer team (10-2-3, 6-0-3 Big Ten) remainedunbeaten in league play with a pair of wins at Minnesota Friday andIowa Sunday. The Buckeyes, who are undefeated in their last 13matches, will face fellow unbeaten Big Ten foe Penn State at 7 p.m.Friday in State College, Pa. The Nittany Lions are ranked No. 3 inthe nation and are 9-0 in the Big Ten this season.

Ohio State scored early and often in downing the Golden Gophers and Hawkeyes. Friday, Liz Mumley netted the first of four Buckeye goals in the eighth minute of play and teammate Danielle Dietrich tied an Ohio State record, accounting for the next three scores as the Buckeyes recorded a 4-0 blanking in Minneapolis. Lisa Grubb added a pair of assists in the match, while Lara Dickenmann and Emily Gilbert each chipped in with one scoring feed.

Sunday at Iowa, Dickenmann and Grubb combined for a 2-0 lead less than nine minutes into the game. Grubb scored the first goal in the fifth minute after taking a cross from Dickenmann. Less than three minutes later, Dickenmann gathered a Grubb rebound and buried her sixth goal of the season in the eighth minute. Freshman Carla Arbulu and Keiana Mitchell added their first goals to help finish off a 4-1 win. Dickenmann finished the match with two assists, while Colleen Hoban, K.C. Rosenfeld and Taylor Smith each notched an assist as well.

Eighth-ranked women’s volleyball defeated Michigan State 3-0and Michigan 3-1 last weekend to remain undefeated at 18-0 overalland 8-0 in the Big Ten. Stacey Gordon had 25 kills and DanielleMeyer 11 in the win over Michigan State. Gordon had 31 kills andAmi Stevens 14 in the victory over Michigan with libero BrittanyDahms recording a career-high 19 digs against the Wolverines.Against Michigan, Gordon became the all-time Big Ten career killslead with 2,384. Ohio State travels to No. 5 Penn State Wednesdayand No. 23 Illinois Saturday. The field hockey team defeatedNorthwestern, 4-2, Saturday at North Turf Field in Columbus, Ohio.The Buckeyes extended their winning-streak to 16 games vs.Northwestern and improved their record to 8-6 overall and 1-3 inthe Big Ten. Sophomore defender Saskia Mueller led OSU with thegame-winning goal and an assist to the victory over Northwestern.For her accomplishments, Mueller was named the Big Ten OffensivePlayer of the Week. The Buckeyes conclude their regular seasonschedule with a four-game road stretch. Ohio State travels to AnnArbor, Mich., to face Michigan at 2 p.m. Saturday and California at1 p.m. Sunday at Ocker Field. The women’s ice hockey team sweptMinnesota State last weekend in Mankato, Minn., marking theBuckeyes’ first sweep of the season. OSU defeated MSU, 2-1, Fridayand, 4-2, Saturday. Ohio State improved its record to 20-1-2all-time against Minnesota State and extended its winning streak tofour games vs. the Mavericks.

Leading the Buckeyes in their sweep over MSU was senior forward Jeni Creary, who scored two goals in the third period to clinch the lead both Friday and Saturday. So, far this season, Creary is second on the team with four points and leads OSU with two power-play goals and two game-winning goals.

Ohio State looks to extend its three-game winning streak as it faces Western Collegiate Hockey Association rival Wisconsin at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the newly renovated OSU Ice Rink.

The pistol team won the sixth annual Buckeye Invitational witha 6,251 score, defeating West Point (6,118) and Southwest MissouriState (5,202). Jennifer Trickett won the three-gun (1,600)aggregate title, winning free pistol (523), finishing second instandard (541) and fifth in air pistol (536). Teresa Meyer won boththe women’s air (361) and sport pistol (569) to capture the two-gun(930) aggregate title. Her 569 score in sport pistol broke therange record. OSU travels to the Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology next weekend. The rifle team opened the season with a4,627-4,423 loss at Kentucky. Ryan Kohatsu finished first insmallbore rifle (588) and tied for third (583) in air rifle tocapture the two-gun (1,171) aggregate title. Linnea Nygren finishedfifth (573) in smallbore and was fifth (1,132) in the two-gunaggregate. The team will next compete at the BoilermakerInvitational, Oct. 30. Sonia Ruzimovsky (So., Brooklyn,N.Y./Brooklyn Tech) led the women’s tennis Buckeyes over theweekend at the Eck Classic in South Bend, Ind., by winning seventotal matches. Sunday, Ruzimovsky and Kristin Messmer (So.,Lutherville, Md./McDonogh) combined to beat Virginia’s Lauren Brechand Rachel Del Priore, 8-2, to close out a perfect 4-0 weekend thatalso included wins over Notre Dame’s Liz Donohoe and BaileyLouderback, 8-1, Michigan State’s Pascale Schnitzer and KarenGustafson, 8-2, and Kansas’ Luiza Loureiro and Stephanie Smith,8-3.

In singles, Ruzimovsky beat Loureiro in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0, Friday, Schnitzer in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, Saturday and Bruch,2-6, 7-6, 1-0(3), on Sunday.

The Buckeyes return to action Thursday to take on the best of the Midwest at the ITA Midwest Regional in Minneapolis, Minn.

The men’s soccer team (6-4-2, 3-0-0 Big Ten) is the only teamin the Big Ten without a league loss and has tied a school recordwith four consecutive shutouts. The Buckeyes knocked off No. 20Penn State on the road Sunday, 3-0, which marked the team’s firstwin over a ranked team since a win at No. 5 St. John’s in 2001. Thewin was also the 73rd at Ohio State for head coach John Bluem,marking a new school record. Senior Justin Cook scored all threegoals in the win at Penn State and was named the Big Ten OffensivePlayer of the Week, while junior goalkeeper Ray Burse Jr. had twosaves in his fourth-consecutive shutout and was named Co-DefensivePlayer of the Week. Ohio State hits the road again Wednesday atOakland before returning home Sunday to face defending nationalchampion Indiana at 2:30 p.m. in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Thesoftball team split into two teams for its annual intrasquadscrimmage last week. The Scarlet team beat the Gray team, threegames to one, for the 2004 title. On the Scarlet squad were JameeJuarez, Andrea Tribuzi, Stacy Hibma, Ashley Cutcliff, BirttanyVanderink, Stephanie Hill, B.J. Carder, Nicole Lancaster and LizCaputo. The Gray team included Chelsea Baker, Nicole Gragson,Natalie Hales, Christina Douglas, Nycole Koyano, Karisa Evans,Jennifer Johnson, Megan Schwab and Meghan Rowlands. The women’sbasketball team was picked to finish first in the coaches’ Big Tenpreseason poll, in front of Michigan State and Minnesota. The mediachose Purdue No. 1, the Buckeyes No. 2, and Penn State No. 3. OhioState was the only squad named in both polls. Buckeye sophomorecenter Jessica Davenport, the media’s pick for 2003-04 Big TenFreshman of the Year, was named a member of both the media and thecoaches’ preseason all-conference teams. Davenport averaged 12.5points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots per game in her rookiecampaign.

The 2004-05 season will mark the 40th anniversary of Ohio State women’s basketball. A program rich in tradition, the Buckeyes have been competing on the hardwood since the 1965-66 season, which is recognized as the transition from intramural to intercollegiate basketball at Ohio State. Fans can join the festivities by voting on 40 milestones that helped shape the Buckeye program. Buckeye supporters have the opportunity to vote weekly and help select 40 milestones. Milestones will be introduced at select Ohio State women’s basketball games beginning Tuesday, Dec. 21. To vote, log on to http://ohiostatebuckeyes.collegesports.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/40years-intro.html.

The baseball team completed fall practice with its annualScarlet and Gray World Series Oct. 11-14 at Bill Davis Stadium. TheScarlet team, captained by senior outfielder Mike Rabin and coachedby assistant Eric Parker, won the rain-shortened best-of-threeseries. Scarlet won the first game 2-1 before Gray, captained bysenior outfielder Steve Caravati, the 2004 Big Ten Player of theYear, and coached by assistant Pat Bangtson, came back to claim a6-3 decision in game two. The winner-take-all game three went theway of the Scarlet, 3-2. Scarlet, which dined on streak, chickenand ribs on Monday, hit .262 in the series, compared to the Grayteam, which scavenged on hot dogs and baked beans, that hit .256.Gray had the top two hitters in the series as Eric Fryer batted.556 (5-for-9) and Matt Angle batted .500 (6-for-12) in the threegames. The top Scarlet hitter was Tony Kennedy, who hit .364(4-for-11). Ohio State opens the season Feb. 25-27 at the WiregrassClassic in Dothan, Ala. against Middle Tennessee, Troy and Iowa.The first edition of Thad Matta’s men’s basketball team openedpractice last weekend in preparation for the 2004-05 season. TheBuckeyes open the season Nov. 15 at Value City Arena in the openinground of the Guardians Classic. The Buckeyes face Towson in theopener at 8 p.m.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Wednesday, Oct. 20-Monday, Oct. 25
All Times Eastern

Wednesday, Oct. 20
Men’s Soccer at Oakland, 4 p.m.
Rochester, Mich.

Women’s Volleyball at Penn State, 7 p.m.
State College, Pa.

Thursday, Oct. 21
Men’s Hockey vs. Miami, 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Tennis at ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s Tennis at ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Friday, Oct. 22
Men’s and Women’s Swimming Scarlet and Gray, 5 p.m.
Mike Peppe Aquatic Center, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Soccer at Penn State, 7 p.m.
State College, Pa.

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

Men’s Hockey at Miami, 7:35 p.m.
Oxford, Ohio

Women’s Tennis at ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s Tennis at ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Saturday, Oct. 23
Men’s Swimming Alumni Meet, 9 a.m.
Mike Peppe Aquatic Center, Columbus, Ohio

Football vs. Indiana, 12:10 p.m.
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Field Hockey at Michigan, 2 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s Volleyball at Illinois, 8 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

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

Women’s Tennis at ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s Tennis at ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Sunday, Oct. 24
Women’s Soccer vs. Loyola, Noon
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Field Hockey vs. California, 1 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

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

Women’s Tennis at ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s Tennis at ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Monday, Oct. 25
Men’s Golf at Barona Invitational
San Diego, Calif.

Women’s Tennis at ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s Tennis at ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich.