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Dec. 15, 2004

Athletes of the Week

Stacey Gordon, who was named to the NCAA Minneapolis RegionalAll-Tournament Team, averaged 7.90 kills (79) and 4.00 digs (40) inthe two matches last week. Her 44 kills against Minnesota was hercareer high. She finished the season with 842 kills (7.08) to setOhio State and Big Ten records for kills in a season. Gordon endsher career with 2,798 career kills and a 6.12 kills per game. Forthe week, she moved from fifth to third on the NCAA Division Icareer kills list. She passed No. 4 Michelle Collier of SouthFlorida (1998-2002) with 2,729 and No. 3 Tara Cross of Long BeachState (1985-89) with 2,767. Gordon concludes her career with 110consecutive matches with double figure kills. She has haddouble-figure kills in 123 of 125 matches. Gordon was named to theAVCA All-America first team this week, becoming the only four-timeAVCA All-American selection for Ohio State. She was a first-teamselection in 2002 and a second-team selection in 2001 and 2003.Gordon was the AVCA National Freshman of the Year in 2001. Juniormen’s basketball captain Terence Dials led the way against PortlandState last week with a career-high 25 points. He also added ninerebounds in the win over the Vikings.

Athletics Good Stuff

Women’s volleyball advanced to the NCAA Regional Championshipfor the third time in the history of the program with a 3-2 (29-31,27-30, 30-16, 30-26, 15-12) win over Tennessee in the regionalsemifinals. Stacey Gordon had a match-high 35 kills and added 21digs in the match. Maya Mapp added a season-high 19 kills. AmiStevens (27) and Rebecca Kastein (21) each had career high digs inthe match. Marisa Main had a career-high 86 assists againstTennessee. The Buckeyes then lost 3-2 (32-30, 32-34, 30-27, 28-30,8-15) to Minnesota in the Regional championship match at Minnesota.Gordon closed out her four-year career with a career-high 44 killsand added 19 digs. Mapp added 17 kills while Kastein had acareer-high 29 digs. The Buckeyes finished the season 30-4, anoutstanding comeback from an 11-17 season last year.

Wednesday, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced Gordon has been named a first-team All-American and Marisa Main has been named to the second team. Both players will be honored at the AVCA Player of the Year/Division I All-America Banquet that will be held Friday in Long Beach, Calif.

The wrestling team (1-1, 0-0 Big Ten) competed in its firstdual action of the season Saturday at the 2004 All-OhioChampionships in Athens, Ohio. The Buckeyes opened the event with a32-3 victory over Findlay and closed the day with a 21-9 lossagainst host Ohio.

In the opener, the Buckeyes took nine of 10 matches from the Oilers, including five victories via major decision. Freshman T.J. Enright, ranked No. 12, scored with a 6-2 decision before Buckeyes rolled to five straight wins to end the match. Zach Craiglow and Nathaniel Agustson posted major decisions at 165 and 174 to set the bout at 22-3. In the final three matches, J.D. Bergman, ranked No. 4 at 197, scored the final major with a 14-3 win over Clint Salisbury. Bergman’s win was sandwiched with decision victories by Alex Picazo and Kirk Nail for the 32-3 team win.

In the finale vs. Ohio, Ohio State fell behind the Bobcats, 12-3, with a 6-3 Enright decision over Frank Brown serving as the only OSU win in the first six bouts. Following another decision loss at 165, the Buckeyes trailed, 15-3, before closing the gap to 15-6 with a decision win by Augustson at 174. At 197, Bergman finished off his second win of the day with a 3-0 shutout over Joel Weimer.

Ohio State opens the 2004-05 home schedule Saturday at St. John Arena, wrestling a pair of duals vs. Virginia Tech at noon and Missouri at 4 p.m. The Hokies and Tigers, ranked 13th in the nation, meet in the middle dual at 2 p.m.

The men’s basketball team travels to Dallas, Texas, for an ESPNgame against Texas Tech Thursday. The contest, which will be playedat the American Airlines Center in Dallas, will tip at 9 p.m.against the 5-1 Red Raiders. The Buckeyes are 6-2 on the seasonafter a win over Portland State last week. Junior captain TerenceDials led the way against the Vikings with a career-high 25 points.He also added nine rebounds in the win. Ohio State returns to ValueCity Arena Sunday against Morehead State (4 p.m./ESPN Plus) tostart a four-game homestand before Big Ten Conference play beginsJan. 5 at No. 1 Illinois. The men’s gymnastics team will compete inthe Scarlet and Gray Intrasquad at 2 p.m. Friday at St. John Arena.The meet is the second of three exhibition contests for theBuckeyes. They will conclude their final tune up in the VarsityExhibition at 2 p.m. Jan. 2 at the Steelwood Athletic TrainingFacility. Senior football kicker Mike Nugent was named a first-teamAll-American by the Associated Press this week, making Nugent aconsensus All-American after he received first-team honors from theAmerican Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp and FootballWriters Association last week. Nugent also won the Lou Groza Awardas the best kicker in the country and became the first kicker to bevoted team MVP. Nugent connected on 20-of-23 field goals thisseason and, among his 19 school records, booted 5-of-6 attemptsfrom at least 50 yards out. He ranks third on Ohio State’s careerscoring list with 341 points, trailing Pete Johnson by seven pointsand Dan Stultz by one point. Senior men’s soccer forward JustinCook has earned third-team NSCAA/adidas All-America honors and hasbeen named as one of 66 collegiate seniors invited to the MajorLeague Soccer combine, Jan. 8-11 in Carson, Calif., leading up tothe 2005 MLS SuperDraft in Baltimore, Jan. 14. Cook is the firstOhio State men’s soccer player to earn All-America honors sinceseveral players received national honors in the 1950s. He is thefirst Buckeye to be selected for the MLS combine. Cook led OhioState to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament as the Buckeyes wontheir first two NCAA tournament games in program history and tiedthe school record for wins along the way with a 12-7-2 overallrecord. He was named the 2004 Big Ten Player of the Year and was afirst-team All-Great Lakes Region selection as he led Ohio State toits first share of a Big Ten regular season championship. Hefinished the season with 12 goals and six assists and concluded hiscareer with 33 goals (second all-time) and 17 assists (tied forfirst all-time). The No. 7/10 women’s basketball team (9-1; 0-0 BigTen) visits No. 24 Oregon (7-0; 0-0 PAC 10) in game two of the NikeClassic at McArthur Court in Eugene, Ore., at 9:30 p.m. ESTSaturday. Game one will feature Oklahoma vs. Louisiana Tech. MartyBannister and Toni Roesch will be doing the radio broadcast onWOSU-820 AM. The game will be broadcast live with Ann Schatz andMary Murphy. FSN Ohio will be picking up the feed.

Caity Matter needs two 3-pointers to break the record for career treys. Former two-time All-American and current student assistant Katie Smith had 218 and Matter, who is averaging 2.0 3-pointers per game this season, has racked up 217 to date.

The women’s ice hockey team capitalized on its home iceadvantage to earn a sweep over North Dakota last weekend in the OSUIce Rink. The Buckeyes close out 2004 with a 10-7-1 record and9-7-0 in the WCHA. OSU topped UND 3-1 Saturday. The squad came backwith a repeat performance defeating North Dakota 3-1 again Sundayafternoon. The Buckeyes extend their home unbeaten streak to sevenconsecutive games. This season, OSU is 7-2-1 in Columbus. Twoforwards led the Buckeyes with four points each in the sweep overNorth Dakota. Senior Jeni Creary scored a goal and three assists,while junior Jana Harrigan posted four assists. With the win,goalie Melissa Glaser improved her record to 5-5-0 this season andhas started the last three games for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is ona three-week hiatus for the holiday season. The Buckeyes open 2005on a six game home stretch, beginning with WCHA foeMinnesota-Duluth Jan. 7-8. Several members of the fencing teamcompeted at the Division I North America Cup in Richmond, Va., lastweekend. The men’s saber trio of juniors Adam Crompton and JasonRogers along with senior Colin Parker marked the most individualBuckeye fencers to place in one weapon. Crompton, the defendingnational champion, tied for third, Rogers finished sixth and Parkerplaced 17th. Other OSU fencers to place included Eileen Grench(saber, third), Siobhan Byrne (saber, ninth), Metta Thompson (foil,sixth), Hanna Thompson (foil, 12th), Boaz Ellis (foil, 10th) andKaela Brendler (epee, ninth). The No. 9/10 men’s hockey team closedout the first part of its season with an 11-5-2 record and standsin second place in the CCHA with a 9-2-1 record at the holidaybreak. The team went 0-1-1 at Clarkson last weekend, with a 3-3 tieFriday and a 3-1 loss Saturday. Junior forward Rod Pelley led theway in the series with a goal and two assists, while freshmanforward Domenic Maiani had three helpers.

The Buckeyes will return to action in the Ohio Hockey Classic Dec. 29-30 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. Dec. 29, Ohio State will face Minnesota State at 5:05 p.m., followed by Miami against Colorado College at 8:05 p.m. Dec. 30, the RedHawks and Mavericks will meet at 5:05, with the Buckeyes taking on the Tigers at 8:05 p.m. Tickets are $11 a day and can be purchased through ticketmaster outlets, at the Nationwide Arena box office and at the Chillers around Columbus.

The women’s swimming and diving team will travel to FloridaAtlantic University Saturday to compete in the Florida AtlanticInvite with Purdue, Clemson, Florida Atlantic and Utah. The meet ispart of the team’s winter training trip where they are preparingthemselves for the rest of the season, including the Big Ten meet.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Thursday, Dec. 16 – Wednesday, Dec. 22
All Times Eastern

Thursday, Dec. 16
Men’s Basketball at Texas Tech, 9 p.m.
Dallas, Texas

Friday, Dec. 17
Men’s Gymnastics Intrasquad, 2 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Saturday, Dec. 18
Wrestling vs. Missouri and Virginia Tech, Noon
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Swimming at Florida Atlantic, 1 p.m.
Boca Raton, Fla.

Women’s Basketball at Oregon, 9:30 p.m.
Eugene, Ore.

Sunday, Dec. 19
Men’s Basketball vs. Morehead State, 4 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Tuesday, Dec. 21
Women’s Basketball vs. UCLA, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, Dec. 22
Men’s Basketball vs. Mercer, 8 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio