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May 4, 2005

Athletes of the Week

Daniel Mathews, a 6-6 freshman setter for ninth-ranked OhioState (24-7), has been chosen the Midwestern IntercollegiateVolleyball Association Player of the Week. Mathews, the MIVATournament Most Valuable Player, guided Ohio State to neutral sitevictories over Ball State, 3-2 (30-25, 26-30, 30-22, 19-30, 15-10)in the tournament semifinals and over IPFW, 3-1 (30-23, 30-18,27-30, 30-24) in the Tournament Championship match to earn OhioState’s 14th trip to the NCAA Championship semifinals. Mathews had57 assists against Ball State, adding seven assist blocks, threekills and an ace serve. In the IPFW match, he had career-highs ofseven kills and a .600 (7-1-10) hitting percentage against theMastodons. He had 51 assists in the match, adding five assistblocks and a digs. His seven kills against IPFW were on setterdumps and helped keep the Mastodons off balance. His kill in gamefour against the Mastodons at 27-24, started a three-point run forOSU to close out the match. For the two matches, Mathews averaged12.00 assists and 1.33 blocks per game. This is the second timethis season he has been named the MIVA Player of the Week.Sophomore Jamee Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) hit and pitchedthe Buckeyes to a 5-1 record last week, including a 3-1 record inBig Ten games. For the week she hit .350 (7-for-20) with three runsscored, a triple, a home run and seven RBI. She went a combined4-for-7 with six RBI in a double-header sweep of Bowling GreenWednesday, then helped OSU sweep Indiana Friday and Saturday beforegoing 2-for-4 with an RBI in game one vs. Purdue Sunday, a 6-1 OSUwin. For the week she hit .545 with runners on base, .600 withrunners in scoring position and 1.000 (2-for-2) with a runner onthird and less than two outs. Juarez started five of the six gamesin the circle and posted a 4-1 record with 25 strikeouts and a 1.93ERA in 32.2 innings pitched. She pitched a two-hit shutout in gameone vs. BGSU Wed., a five-hit shutout vs. IU Friday, a two-hittervs. IU Saturday, and a two-hitter vs. Purdue in game one Sunday.During the weekend she moved into fourth place on OSU’s all-timestrikeout list and with a 21-11 record overall this season becamejust the third player to win at least 20 games in a season.

Athletics Good Stuff

Ninth-ranked men’s volleyball (24-7), with wins over Ball State(3-2) and IPFW (3-1) won the MIVA Tournament and has advanced tothe NCAA Championship semifinals next Thursday at UCLA. MarkGreaves had 18 kills in the win over Ball State while Layne Drevenhad a match-high nine assist blocks in the win. Against IPFW, AndyCole had a team-high 19 kills while Mike Wauligman collected amatch-high 13 digs. Scott Spurlock added a match-high 11 assistblocks against the Mastodons. Ohio State will face top-rankedPepperdine (23-2) Thursday at 12 p.m. ET in one semifinal at theNCAA Championship with second-ranked Penn State (30-3) facing hostUCLA (25-5) in the first semifinal at 10 p.m. ET. The men’s andwomen’s track and field teams traveled to Philadelphia, Pa., andthe University of Pennsylvania for the 111th running of the PennRelays April 28-30. The Buckeyes also sent a select group ofdistance runners to compete separately in the 2005 HillsdaleDistance Carnival in Hillsdale, Mich., April 29. The women’s sprintmedley team highlighted the day for the women’s squad at the PennRelays as it set a school record, finishing in a time of 3:56.51.Jenna Harris and Ashley MacClean ran the lead legs and TameciaBrown and Laura Piper finished the final two legs. For the men,Marios Iacovou won the collegiate high jump, clearing the bar at anoutdoor personal-best of 6-11 3/4 or 2.13 meters.

At the Hillsdale Distance Carnival, sophomore Melanie Price broke her own school record to place second in the steeplechase. Price bettered her career-best time to 10:46.55, shaving nearly eight seconds from her previous best of 10:54.36. The 10:46.55 serves as a Mideast regional qualifier. On the men’s side, Dan Glaz set a season-best to take third in the men’s 5,000-meter run, crossing the finish line in 14:09.10. His time in the 5K served as a qualifier to the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships May 28-29 at Bloomington, Ind.

The Buckeyes return to action May 6-7 in Columbus, Ohio, to compete in the first of two home meets at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The following week, Ohio State will play host to the 2005 Big Ten Track and Field Championships.

The fourth-ranked rowing team finished second at the Big Tenchampionships April 30 on Lake Lemon in Bloomington Ind. Theregatta marked the second time in the six-year history the Buckeyesplaced second. Ohio State finished with 129 points, only one pointbehind first place Michigan State.

After placing first in Heat 2 in the morning session, the first varsity eight was defeated by Michigan State in the Grand Final with a time of 6:23.50, 1.3 seconds behind MSU. Michigan came in third with a time of 6:25.34 and Wisconsin finished fourth with a time of 6:31.52.

The second varsity eight placed first in the morning session and continued their success into the afternoon clinching the conference title in the Grand Final. The Buckeyes finished with a time of 6:28.52, 0.94 seconds ahead of the Spartan boat.

Diana Albrecht and Annabelle Fago earned All-Big Ten First Team honors, while Ninnett Kossowsky and Amanda Purcell garnered All-Big Ten Second Team accolades.

The Buckeyes will have a weekend off before traveling to the Central/South Region Championships, where they will vie for their third-consecutive regional title May 14-15 in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

The synchronized swimming team closed its season Saturday witha fourth-place finish in the team final at the United StatesNational Championships in Federal Way, Wash. The Buckeyes finishedwith a score of 95.500 in the event. Senior Lindsay Newbill andsophomore Becky Kim earned a seventh-place finish in the duet finalwith a score of 93.333. The U.S. National Team II roster also wasannounced Saturday after the final phase of the Team II trials washeld Thursday. Ohio State’s Heather Burdick, Leah Pinette and LeaynPinette were named to the roster. The women’s golf team willcompete in the NCAA east regional beginning Thursday inGainesville, Fla. The final round concludes Saturday and the Top 8teams will move on to the 2005 NCAA Championships slated for May17-20 in Sunriver, Ore. The softball team, in its final week of theregular season this week, has won eight of its last 10 games to upits record to 27-15 overall and 7-7 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyeswent 5-1 last week, including 3-1 in the Big Ten to jump into a tiefor fifth place in the league standings and clinch a spot in theBig Ten tournament May 12-14. After hosting Akron Tuesday andtraveling to Pittsburgh Wednesday, Ohio State welcomes Penn Stateto Buckeye Field for a 6 p.m. game Saturday and a 1 p.m. gameSunday that will determine the Buckeyes’ seed in the postseasontournament. Sophomore pitcher Jamee Juarez is 21-11 and three winsshy of the OSU single-season wins record. She moved into fourthplace on the all-time strikeout list last week, passing assistantcoach Belinda Quisenberry. Ashley Cutcliff leads the Buckeyes witha .446 average and Juarez is batting .376, while other offensiveleaders include Chelsea Baker (.375, 3 HR) and Megan Schwab (.370,7 HR). Baseball has won 10 of its last 15 games, including five ofsix last week. It took both ends of a double dip against EasternMichigan last Wednesday and then took three of four from Indianaafter dropping the first game of the series. Jedidiah Stephenbatted .438 (7-for-16) in six games last week. Had his first tripleof the season and his team-leading fifth home run, a three-run shotin game one against Eastern Michigan. He also batted in nine runsand scored three times and owned a slugging percentage of .750.Stephen is leading the everyday players with a .317 battingaverage. He has 39 hits (seven doubles, one triple and five homeruns), has batted in 29 runs and scored another 20. He also leadsthe team with a .512 slugging percentage. Rory Meister earned BigTen Pitcher of the week honors after pitching in five of the sixgames and picked up the first two saves of his Ohio State career.He allowed only two hits in 11.2 innings and did not allow a run.He struck out 13 batters while walking only two. Batters averagedjust .057 against him and only one of his hits went for extrabases, a double. His two saves came in the final two games againstIndiana. Cory Luebke leads Ohio State with a 2.24 ERA, which alsoranks third in the Big Ten. He is 4-2 with 36 strikeouts in 52.1innings. Ohio State, 23-15 overall and 7-10 in the Big Ten, willplay Cleveland State at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday in a rare matinee atBill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes take to the road this weekend fora non-traditional conference series at Penn State Saturday throughMonday. The teams will play one game Saturday at 1:05 p.m. and willplay a doubleheader Sunday at 1:05 p.m. before concluding theseries Monday with a 1:05 p.m. first pitch. All four games will bebroadcasted on the Internet at www.wosu.org, while only the twogames on Sunday will be on NPR 820 (WOSU-AM). Women’s lacrosse (5-9overall, 3-2 American Lacrosse Conference) lost 13-7 to No. 20Stanford in OSU’s final regular season home game of the season.Regina Oliver and Lindsay Weiner scored two goals each with BrandieWilliams, Kristen Hannon and Molly Gilbert adding a goal each.Stanford’s Sarah Bach had four goals and Megan Burker added threefor the Cardinal. The Buckeyes tied the game at four with a Weinergoal at 17:20 before Stanford scored twice to take a 6-4 halftimelead. The Cardinal scored the first four goals of the second halfto take a 10-4 lead. The Buckeyes matched Stanford the rest of theway for the final 13-7. Along with Oliver’s two goals, she posted acareer-high 11 ground balls in the game and tied her season-high ofsix caused turnovers against the Cardinal. In goal, Kim Hastingstook the loss (5-9) giving up nine goals and making four saves in32:39. Joy DeMarco finished the game (27:21) giving up four goalsand making eight saves. Cardinal Laura Shane (58:04) took the win(11-5) giving up seven goals and making 13 assists. Kate Horowitz(1:56) closed out the game recording two saves. OSU facestop-ranked Northwestern (16-0, 5-0) in Evanston Thursday in a matchthat will be tape delayed on CSTV at 8 p.m. ET. The Buckeyes closeout the regular season at Notre Dame (3-11) Saturday in a matchthat will be broadcast live by CSTV at 1 p.m. ET The men’s golfteam finished with a score of 892 to place eighth Sunday at theBruce Fossum-Taylor Made Invitational in East Lansing, Mich. TheBuckeyes recorded a round of 302 on the final day. The event washeld at the par 72 Forest Akers West Golf Course (7,013 yards).Ohio State sophomore Jamie Miller tied for 11th place on theindividual leaderboard, finishing with a score of 219. TeammateColin Biles tied for 24th with a mark of 222. The Buckeyes willlook to defend its 2004 Big Ten title as they travel to Madison,Wis. to compete in the 2005 Big Ten Championships. The men’s tennissquad (19-8, 10-3 Big Ten) aimed for its first Big Ten title since2001, but fell to Illinois, 4-2, in the championship match Sundayin Champaign, Ill. The Buckeyes finished second in the tournamentwith a 2-1 record, while the Illini captured theirfourth-consecutive conference title. OSU shutout Minnesota in thesecond round and topped Michigan, 4-0, and advanced to theconference finals.

Sophomore Buckeye Joey Atas went 3-0 in singles action at the tournament and the junior duo of Scott Green and Ross Wilson went undefeated with three wins in doubles.

Next up, Ohio State awaits a bid to the NCAA Championship as the first and second rounds begin May 10. The NCAA men’s tennis selection show will begin at 4:45 p.m. EST Wednesday on ESPNews.

The men’s lacrosse team closes out regular-season play with agame against Army at noon Saturday at North Turf Field. Ticketsales are limited to 1,000 (presale and walk-up combined). Thesquad suffered two losses last weekend in league play, falling toNotre Dame, 16-5, and Fairfield, 14-10. Ben Wolff led OSU with fivegoals on the weekend, including a career-high tying four vs. theStags, while senior Lance Vitt had four goals and an assist in thetwo games combined, with a career-best four points vs. Fairfield.The men’s hockey team held its annual awards banquet Saturday atThe Blackwell. Junior goalie Dave Caruso was voted the Bobby BrownMost Valuable Player by his teammates, while Tom Fritsche was namedthe George Burke Most Valuable Freshman and Matt Beaudoin receivedthe Most Improved Player award. JB Bittner was named the Joseph W.Smith Best Defensive Player and won the Scarlet and Gray Award andNate Guenin was the recipient of the Center Ice ClubScholar-Athlete honor. Lee Spector received the Coaches Award. Inaddition, Buckeye Sports Bulletin presented the Ohio Cup to theteam after going 4-0 in Ohio Cup competition against instate rivalsBowling Green and Miami this season in cup games. The Buckeyesenior class of Bittner, Spector and Thomas Welsh was honored atthe banquet.

Defenseman Guenin was voted the team captain for the 2005-06 season, while forward Rod Pelley and defenseman Sean Collins will serve as alternate captains for the squad. All three were chosen by a vote of their teammates.

The women’s swimming and diving team held its annual springbanquet to celebrate the accomplishments the team made throughoutthe 2004-05 season. Nicole Maglich received the Most ValuableSwimmer Award. Maglich competed in both the Big Ten championshipsand in three events at the NCAA championships. Julie Broms was therecipient of the Most Valuable Diver Award for her Big Ten title inthe 3-meter and a 16th-place finish at the NCAA meet. Rookie of theYear was awarded to Griet Buelens, Kearstin Heatrick won the MostInspirational Award, Erin Greene earned the Most Improved title andthe award for Academic Excellence went to Annie Rennebohm. Themen’s swimming and diving team celebrated the team’s success forthe 2004-05 season at its annual spring banquet. Rob Kaucherreceived the Bill and Mae McCorkle Award for the most outstandingswimmer following swims in both the Big Ten championships and theNCAA championships. Mitch Richeson won the most valuable diveraward for his accomplishments, including a Big Ten title in the1-meter event. The most promising freshman award when to MattVoelker. Both Brian Tiemeier and R.J. Lemyre were honored with themost improved swimmer award. Daniel Novak won the spirit of givingaward, Chris Stoneburg was awarded the varsity captain award, NateKing received the coach’s award and received the commitment toexcellence award was Joe Doyle.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Wednesday, May 4 -Monday, May 9

Wednesday, May 4
Baseball vs. Cleveland State, 12:05 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Softball at Pittsburgh, 3 and 5 p.m.
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Thursday, May 5
Men’s Volleyball vs. Pepperdine, midnight
NCAA Championship semifinals
Los Angeles, Calif.

Women’s Lacrosse at Northwestern, 5 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Women’s Golf at NCAA East Regional
Gainesville, Fla.

Friday, May 6
Track Jesse Owens Classic
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Golf at NCAA East Regional
Gainesville, Fla.

Saturday, May 7
Track Jesse Owens Classic
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Golf at NCAA East Regional
Gainesville, Fla.

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Army, Noon
North Turf Field, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Lacrosse at Notre Dame, 1 p.m.
South Bend, Ind.

Baseball at Penn State, 1:05 p.m.
State College, Pa.

Softball vs. Penn State, 6 p.m.
Buckeye Field, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Volleyball NCAA Championship, 11 p.m.
Los Angeles, Calif.

Men’s Golf at Big Ten Championships
Madison, Wis.

Sunday, May 8
Softball vs. Penn State, 1 p.m.
Buckeye Field, Columbus, Ohio

Baseball at Penn State, 1:05 and 4:05 p.m.
State College, Pa.

Men’s Golf at Big Ten Championships
Madison, Wis.

Monday, May 9
Baseball at Penn State, 1:05 p.m.
State College, Pa.