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Women’s volleyball senior Stacey Gordon had 21 kills againstDayton and Ohio in weekend match in the NCAA Championship. Gordonhit .280 against the Flyers and contributed a match-high 16 digs inthe contest. She added an ace serve and an assist block against theFlyers. In the Ohio match, Gordon hit .349 and added 12 digs, asolo block and an ace serve. She has had double-figure digs in herlast 108 matches and in 121 of 123 career matches. Gordon leads thecountry with a 7.00 kills per game average and has 763 kills on theseason. She needs three kills to set the Ohio State and Big Tensingle season record for kills currently held by Ohio State’sVanessa Wouters (1996) with 765 Buckeye junior Dave Caruso wasnamed the CCHA Goaltender of the Week for his performance in themen’s hockey team’s series sweep of Alaska Fairbanks. He stopped58-of-61 (.951) shots in the series, including a career-best 37Saturday, as OSU beat the Nanooks, 2-1 and 5-2. Caruso has started13 games for the Buckeyes this season, with a 2.37 goals-againstaverage and .913 save percentage.

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Women’s volleyball (29-3) has advanced to the MinneapolisRegional of the NCAA Championship after 3-0 home wins over Dayton(30-25, 32-30, 30-22) and Ohio (30-25, 30-20, 30-20) in first andsecond round matches. OSU, the fifth seed in the championship willface Tennessee (32-2), the 12th seed in one regional semifinalFriday with host and fourth-seed Minnesota (30-4) facing unseededGeorgia Tech (27-6) in the other semifinal. The Friday winnersreturn Saturday to play for a spot in the National Semifinals nextThursday in Long Beach, Calif. The Saturday match will be carriedlive by CSTV at 8 p.m. ET.

OSU’s Stacey Gordon scored a match-high 21 kills against Dayton with Maya Mapp adding 10 in the contest. Gordon also had a match-high 16 digs against the Flyers. OSU overcame a 30-29 Dayton lead in game two, winning the game with an Ami Stevens kill. In the Ohio match, Gordon scored a match-high 21 kills and added 12 digs against the Bobcats. Stevens added 12 kills with Danielle Meyer posting 10 kills and five blocks. OSU setter Marisa Main contributed 41 assists, adding a match-high 14 digs. That gives her 1,621 on the season setting an Ohio State single season record for assists. The previous match was 1,599 by Jen Boleyn in 1996.

Gordon and Main were named to the 12-member Mideast All-Region Team, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced Wednesday. The student-athletes are now eligible to be considered for All-American honors by the AVCA Division I Awards Committee.

The Big Ten Conference announced 59 Buckeyes earned AcademicAll-Big Ten honors for the fall. Last season, the Buckeyes had 249total Academic All-Big Ten recipients, one shy of the conferencerecord 250 honorees OSU had in 2002-03. The women’s ice hockey teamreturns to action to close out 2004 vs. North Dakota at 1:05 p.m.Saturday and 12:05 p.m. Sunday at the OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeyesand Fighting Sioux will be meeting for only the third and fourthtimes in program history. OSU and UND are tied at 1-1-0 all-time.The teams met for the first time earlier this season in GrandForks. The Buckeyes are on a five-game unbeaten streak in the OSUIce Rink. OSU has posted a 5-2-1 home record this season. OhioState’s power play moved up one spot on the boards to eighth in thenation with a 19.8 percent success rate (18-of-91). The No. 6/10women’s basketball team (7-1; 0-0 Big Ten) plays host to Nebraska(5-2; 0-0 Big XII) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Value City Arena inColumbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes are coming off two victories on theroad over Ohio, 107-37, and Dayton, 75-42. The 70-point victoryover the Bobcats tied the record for winning margin. SophomoreJessica Davenport had her first double-double of the season with 16points and 13 rebounds vs. UD. She also tallied eight blocked shotsvs. the Flyers. The men’s soccer team had a pair ofstudent-athletes earn All-Great Lakes Region honors Monday assenior forward Justin Cook was named first-team and junior defenderKyle Veris was named second-team. Cook was named the Big Tenoffensive player of the year last month and joined Veris asfirst-team all-league selections. Cook and Veris helped lead theBuckeyes to the program’s first Big Ten regular seasonco-championship and to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. The No.8 men’s hockey team swept Alaska Fairbanks by 2-1 and 5-2 scoreslast weekend in Value City Arena to improve to 11-4-1 overall and9-2-1 in the CCHA. The team is a perfect 7-0 at home and extendedits home winning streak to 12. Friday, senior JB Bittner scored totie the game in the second period and junior Rod Pelley posted thegamewinner on the power play in the third period. Saturday,defensemen Sean Collins led the team back from a 2-1 deficit to the5-2 win, with points on the Buckeyes’ four unanswered goals.Collins tied his career high with three assists and set a careermark with four points in the game.

The Buckeyes close out the first part of the season when they travel to Potsdam, N.Y., to take on non-conference foe Clarkson (3-11-1, 1-5-1 ECACHL) this weekend. The Buckeyes and Golden Knights will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Cheel Arena.

After the series against Clarkson, the Buckeyes will take a 17-day break before returning to action in the Ohio Hockey Classic Dec. 29-30 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. Dec. 29, OSU will face Minnesota State at 5:05 p.m., followed by Miami taking on Colorado College at 8:05 p.m. Dec. 30, the Buckeyes will go up against CC at 8:05 p.m., with Miami facing MSU at 5:05 p.m. Reserved tickets for the tournament are $11 a day and include both games. They may be purchased at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, at all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 614-431-3600. Tickets also are available at the Blue Jackets Zones located at the Chiller Dublin (7001 Dublin Park Drive in Dublin), Chiller Easton (3600 Chiller Lane in Columbus) and Chiller North (8144 Highfield Drive in Lewis Center).

J.D. Bergman posted another strong tournament performance lastweekend, pacing the wrestling Buckeyes with a third-place finish at197 pounds in the 2004 Las Vegas Invitational.

Bergman used major decisions in each of his first three matches, including an 11-2 win over No. 8/9 B.J. Padden of Nebraska in the quarterfinals. In the semis, Bergman suffered a 4-0 decision loss to No. 4/5 Hofstra’s Chris Skretkowicz to fall into the third-place match, where he scored a 5-0 decision victory over No. 17/18 Jerry Rinaldi of Cornell.

Despite suffering his first two losses of the season, freshman T.J. Enright performed well, taking home seventh place at 133 pounds. Enright, the winner at 133 of the Oklahoma Gold Classic and Michigan State Open this season, advanced to the quarterfinals with three decisions to set up a bout with 2002 National Champion Chris Fleeger of Purdue. The Boilermaker majored Enright, 12-3, to send the freshman into the wrestlebacks, where Enright gained a 5-3 decision before falling, 9-0, to Drew Headlee of Pittsburgh to move to the seventh-place match. Enright scored another 5-3 decision over No. 8/9 Scott Jorgensen of Boise State to earn seventh place.

True freshman Keegan Mueller wrestled into the quarterfinal round with a major and two decisions before losing two straight to fall from the tournament.

The Buckeyes kickoff dual action Saturday at the All-Ohio Duals in Athens, Ohio. The Buckeyes wrestle Ohio at 2 p.m. followed by a match with Findlay at 4 p.m.

The eight Buckeye swimmers who traveled to Oxford, Ohio lastweek to compete in the Miami Invitational finished fifth of nineteams with a score of 716 points. Freshman Griet Buelens recordedfour Top-3 individual finishes, including two first-place finishes.Rebekah Rychvalsky won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of1:05.40. The Buckeye relay teams finished in the Top-4 in all fourevents in which they competed. That included a win in the 400-yardmedley relay. Softball head coach Linda Kalafatis announced the2005 softball schedule Monday. The Buckeyes will be facing 12 NCAAparticipants from last season. Ohio State was 35-25 last year withan 8-11 mark in Big Ten play (sixth place) and the Buckeyes madeappearances in the 2004 Big Ten and NCAA tournaments. For acomplete schedule, please log on to:http://ohiostatebuckeyes.collegesports.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/120604aaa.html

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Friday, Dec. 10 – Monday, Dec. 13
All Times Eastern

Friday, Dec. 10
Men’s Hockey at Clarkson, 7 p.m.
Potsdam, N.Y.

Women’s Volleyball NCAA Regional Semifinals
Ohio State vs. Tennessee, 6 p.m.
Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech, 8 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Saturday, Dec. 11
Women’s Volleyball NCAA Regional Final, 8 p.m.
Ohio State/Tennessee winner vs. Minnesota/Georgia Tech winner
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s Hockey at Clarkson, 7 p.m.
Potsdam, N.Y.

Women’s Ice Hockey vs. North Dakota, 1:05 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Basketball vs. Nebraska, 2 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Basketball vs. Portland State, 8 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Fencing at North American Cup
Richmond, Va.

Wrestling at All Ohio Championships
Athens, Ohio

Sunday, Dec. 12
Women’s Ice Hockey vs. North Dakota, 1:05 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink, Columbus, Ohio

Monday, Dec. 13
Women’s Basketball at Pennsylvania, Noon
Philadelphia, Pa.