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Oct. 11, 2005

Athletes of the Week

Ami Stevens recorded a career-high 28.5 points (25 kills, 2aces, 3 assist blocks) at Northwestern in a 3-2 come-from-behindvictory, adding seven digs and two assists. Her .422 hittingpercentage was her season high and she set a season-high with herthree assist blocks. Stevens had 33 receptions with only one error,converting 18 (.545) to kills. She had 10 kills, six digs and 38receptions (one error) against Wisconsin. Women’s hockey freshmandefenseman Kelly Cahill had an outstanding weekend, earning WCHARookie of the Week honors and helping the Buckeyes to a two-gamesweep of conference foe St. Cloud State. She helped OSU to not onlylimit St. Cloud State to two goals, but added two goals and twoassists to lead the team in points. Cahill assisted fellow freshmanMorgan Marziali on the opening goal of the season Friday night. TheFarmington Hills, Mich., native then scored the first and fifthgoals in Ohio State’s 5-1 win on Saturday while assisting on thefourth goal of the game.

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The women’s soccer team recorded a weekend split, defeatingIndiana, 3-2, Oct. 7, before falling to Purdue, 4-2 Sunday. In thematch vs. Indiana, freshman Lisa Collison tallied her team-leading10th goal and added an assist for a three-point game. Against theBoilermakers, Collison notched her third assist of the season,which is tied for second on the team.

Ohio State will conclude its five-game homestand Friday when it plays host to Penn State at 7 p.m. The Scarlet and Gray will try to break the NCAA attendance record of 6,527 when they meet the Nittany Lions in a re-match of the 2004 Big Ten Tournament final. Last season, Ohio State outlasted Penn State for a 2-0 win at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the conference tournament crown.

The No. 9 field hockey team, after downing Miami (Ohio) lastweek, opens a three-game homestand against Kent State at 3 p.m.Tuesday at North Turf Field. Friday, the Buckeyes will faceconference foe No. 7 Indiana in a battle of unbeaten Big Ten teamsat 3 p.m. Sunday, OSU takes on Central Michigan at noon. TheBuckeyes bring a 10-game winning streak into the match with theGolden Flashes and are 11-2 on the year. The cross country teamscompeted in the 2005 All-Ohio Championships Friday in Delaware,Ohio. The men’s team edged Ohio University by a 64-75 score toclaim first place for the third time this season, while the womenwere topped by Akron by a 71-82 margin.

Both the men’s and women’s teams featured a second-place runner as junior Nicole Gliem (18:11.0)took second in the 5-kilometer event for the second consecutive season and sophomore Alex Bailey (25:56.6) led the men on the 8K course with a runner-up performance, which serves as his highest career finish. On Tuesday, Bailey was recognized the Big Ten as its men’s runner of the week, his first such honor.

The men’s team successfully defended its 2004 All-Ohio team title, benefiting from three Top 10 placers in Bailey, junior Glenn Collins (26:10.7/Fifth) and freshman Levi Fox (26:16.9/10th).

Gliem took second place in the All-Ohio meet for the second year-in-a-row and was edged at the finish line by Beata Rudzinska of Akron. Junior Melanie Price (18:36.3/ Seventh) also finished in the Top 10.

The teams compete at different meets this weekend. The women head to State College, Pa. for the National Invitational, while the men go to Terre Haute, Ind. for the NCAA Pre-National meet.

The No. 14 women’s golf team finished the Lady Tar HeelInvitational seventh, shooting 300 during the final round Oct. 9.The Buckeyes shot 905 (309-296-300) over the three-day tournamentin Chapel Hill, N.C., on the par 72 University of North CarolinaFinley Course. Carling Coffing was Ohio State’s top finisher, tiedfor 11th. Coffing shot 73 over the final 18 holes for a tournamenttotal of 221. Ohio State resumes fall tournament play at theMercedes Benz Collegiate in Knoxville, Tenn. Oct. 21-23. Thewomen’s hockey team opened its 2005-06 season with a sweep of WCHAfoe St. Cloud State Oct. 7-8. The Buckeyes took the first game,2-1, and followed with a 5-1 win on Saturday. The season-openingsweep was only the second in school history and the first sweep forOhio State since the team took at Bemidji State Feb. 4-5, 2005.Freshman defenseman Kelly Cahill had an outstanding weekend helpingto not only limit St. Cloud State to two goals, but added two goalsand two assists to lead the team in points. Cahill assisted fellowfreshman Morgan Marziali on the opening goal of the season Fridaynight. The Farmington Hills, Mich., native then scored the firstand fifth goals in Ohio State’s 5-1 win on Saturday while assistingon the fourth goal of the game. Juniors Amber Bowman (1-2–3) andKatie Maroney (1-1–2) also had multiple-point performances onSaturday. Junior goaltender Erika Vanderveer picked up the win inboth games, stopping 49 of 51 shots faced for a .961 savepercentage. The Buckeye penalty kill was a perfect 7-for-7 againstSt. Cloud State with Vanderveer stopping all nine SCSU power-playshots. Ohio State went 1-for-6 with the man advantage, with Cahillscoring the last goal of the series on the power play.

The Buckeyes will travel to Boston, Mass., to face the Huskies of Northeastern Oct. 14-15. It is the first road trip for Ohio State this season and just one of three non-conference series this year. Games are at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.

The men’s soccer team travels to Louisville Wednesday beforehosting Penn State at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Buckeyes (6-5-1, 1-1-0 BigTen) dropped a league game at Michigan State last Sunday, 2-0,despite out-shooting the Spartans, 15-11. The road game Wed. willmark Ohio State’s fourth-consecutive contest away from Jesse OwensMemorial Stadium, but the Buckeyes will compete there in four oftheir final five regular season games beginning with the show downagainst the Nittany Lions. Men’s gymnastics sophomore DJ Bucherheads to Colorado Springs, Colo., this weekend for the USAGymnastics World Championships Trials. Bucher is competing for aspot on parallel bars and pommel horse. Former Buckeyes RandyMonahan (floor exercise, high bar) and Raj Bhavsar (rings, parallelbars) also are looking for spots on the team that will travel tothe world championships in Melbourne, Australia Nov. 21-27. The No.3/5 men’s hockey team opened the season with a 6-1 exhibition winover Western Ontario last Friday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyeswere led by sophomore forward Tom Fritsche, who had two goals andtwo assists.

The Buckeyes open the regular season with a two-game series at No. 6 Colorado College, a 2005 NCAA Frozen Four participant, this weekend. The teams will meet at 9:37 p.m. EDT Friday and at 9:07 p.m. Saturday at Colorado Springs World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. Both games can be heard on the internet at wosu.org, while the Friday contest also will be broadcast on the airwaves at 820 AM WOSU.

The baseball team will hold its annual Scarlet and Gray WorldSeries this week at Bill Davis Stadium. The best-of-threeinstrasquad series begins Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The teams willplay a game Thursday at 3 p.m. and, if necessary, a game will beplayed Friday at 3 p.m. Ohio State opens the 2006 season Feb. 24-26in a tournament in Gainesville, Fla. The Buckeyes will play WakeForest, Florida and Missouri that weekend. Wrestling head coachRuss Hellickson announced the addition of Jim Humphrey, a formerBuckeye and Ross Thatcher to the OSU wrestling staff. Humphreyreplaces four-time OSU All-American Tommy Rowlands as the volunteerassistant coach and will head the Ohio International Wrestling Clubbased in Columbus. Rowlands will move to Director of ProgramOperations and Thatcher is the Program Director for Recruiting andConditioning.

The Buckeyes kick off the 2005-06 campaign at the Michigan State Open Nov. 12-13 at East Lansing, Mich.

Women’s volleyball (10-5 overall 3-3 Big Ten) lost 0-3 at No. 8Wisconsin and defeated Northwestern, 3-2, in road matches lastweekend. At Wisconsin, Danielle Meyer scored 14 points with AmiStevens, Ashley Kiel and Nicole Britenriker adding 10 each. AtNorthwestern, Stevens recorded a career-high 28.5 points in thevictory with Meyer adding 21. Also in double-figure points wereAmanda Miller with 12.5, Marisa Main with 11.5 and Britenriker with10.5 The pistol team opened the season by hosting the Ohio Cup.Chip Mardis won the open standard pistol title while AnthonyDouglass tied for the open free pistol title. OSU’s Teresa Meyerfinished second in open air pistol, standard pistol and women’ssport pistol and third in women’s air pistol. Ohio State will nextcompete Oct. 21-22 when they host the Buckeye Invitational. Therifle team opens the season with a dual meet at Kentucky Saturday.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Tuesday, Oct. 11 – Tuesday, Oct. 18

Tuesday, Oct. 11
Field Hockey vs. Kent State, 3 p.m.
North Turf Field, Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, Oct. 12
Men’s Soccer at Louisville, 7 p.m.
Louisville, Ky.

Thursday, Oct. 13
Men’s Tennis at Futures Tournament
Arlington, Texas

Friday, Oct. 14
Field Hockey vs. Indiana, 3 p.m.
North Turf Field, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Swimming Scarlet and Gray, 5 p.m.
McCorkle Aquatic Center, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Volleyball vs. Michigan State, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Hockey at Northeastern, 7 p.m.
Boston Mass.

Women’s Swimming Exhibition, 7 p.m.
McCorkle Aquatic Center, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Soccer vs. Penn State, 7 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Hockey at Colorado College, 9:37 p.m.
Colorado Springs, Colo.

Men’s Tennis at Futures Tournament
Arlington, Texas

Saturday, Oct. 15
Men’s Swimming Alumni Meet
McCorkle Aquatic Center, Columbus, Ohio

Football vs. Michigan State, Noon
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’ Hockey at Northeastern, 3 p.m.
Boston Mass.

Women’s Volleyball vs. Michigan, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Hockey at Colorado College, 9:07 p.m.
Colorado Springs, Colo.

Men’s Cross Country at NCAA Pre-Nationals
Terre Haute, Ind.

Women’s Cross Country at National Invitational
State College, Pa.

Men’s Tennis at Futures Tournament
Arlington, Texas

Sunday, Oct. 16
Field Hockey vs. Central Michigan, noon
North Turf Field, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Soccer at Minnesota, 2 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

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

Men’s Tennis at Futures Tournament
Arlington, Texas

Monday, Oct. 17
Men’s Tennis at Futures Tournament
Arlington, Texas

Men’s Golf at The Prestige at PGA West
Palm Springs, Calif.

Tuesday, Oct. 18
Men’s Golf at The Prestige at PGA West
Palm Springs, Calif.