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Oct. 18, 2005

Athletes of the Week

Senior linebacker Bobby Carpenter helped lead the Buckeyes to a35-24 win over Michigan State Saturday with a school record-tyingfour sacks and a personal season high 11 tackles. The Spartans wereheld to three touchdowns below their season average as Carpentercollected seven solo tackles and four assists. His four sacks,which tied for the third-highest sack total in Big Ten history,totaled 27 yards in losses and gives him eight for the season,which leads the Big Ten and ranks second in the nation. Whileleading Ohio State to two victories, Marisa Main produced hersecond triple-double (11 kills, 47 assists, 10 digs) of the seasonagainst Michigan State to earn Big Ten Women’s Volleyball Player ofthe Week honors. Main hit a season-high .786 (11-0-14) against theSpartans and added two assist blocks. She had seven kills, 56assists, an ace serve, three digs and four total blocks (one solo,three assists) against Michigan State. For the weekend, Main wasOSU’s top hitter at .500 (18-3-30) and averaged 14.71 assists pergame. Main ran a balanced offense having four players withdouble-figure kills against Michigan State and four withdouble-figure kills, including herself, against Michigan.

Athletics Good Stuff

The men’s soccer team hosts Oakland at 7 p.m. Wednesday in OhioState’s final non-conference game of the regular season. TheBuckeyes (7-6-1, 1-2-0 Big Ten) travel to Indiana Sunday for a 3:30p.m. (EDT) match against the two-time defending national champions.Ohio State notched a 3-1 win at Louisville last Wednesday beforedropping a hard-fought 1-0 match in double-overtime to Penn StateSunday. The No. 2/3 men’s hockey team split its season-openingseries at No. 4 Colorado College, winning the opener, 4-2, beforefalling, 1-0, in game two. Senior Rod Pelley led the BuckeyesFriday, breaking a 2-all tie with an unassisted goal in the thirdperiod.

The Buckeyes open Central Collegiate Hockey Association play with a home-and-home series with Bowling Green. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Thursday in Bowling Green, Ohio, and at 7:05 p.m. Friday in Value City Arena.

The women’s soccer team tallied a weekend split after fallingto top-ranked Penn State Oct. 14, 1-0. The Buckeyes limited theNittany Lions to just one goal after PSU recorded an 8-0 score vs.Iowa the weekend before. As the Buckeyes attempted to break theNCAA attendance record, Ohio State recorded a season-high 2,301attendance, its best mark since 2003 when the Buckeyes played hostto North Carolina (3,006). Lisa Collison compiled her team leading11th goal and third game-winning goal of the season in Ohio State’s1-0 win over the Golden Gophers Sunday. Collison currently standsas the Big Ten leading freshman scorer and is just two goals shy ofeclipsing teammate’s Lara Dickenmann’s 13 goals tallied lastseason, which stands as a season goal record. The Scarlet came backfrom a 6-0 deficit to down the Gray 8-6 in the final game of thebaseball Scarlet and Gray World Series Friday at Bill DavisStadium. Gray won the first two games and outscored Scarlet 19-13in the three games to claim the series. Gray won the first twogames, 7-2 and 6-3. For the series, Jonathan Zizzo batted .500(4-for-8) with three RBI. Jason Zoeller batted .455 (5-for-11) withtwo RBI. J.B. Shuck was the only other player from either team tobat .400. He was 4-for-10 with two RBI. Ronnie Bourquin and TonyKennedy each belted in three funs. Ohio State begins the 2006season at the Pepsi Baseball Classic in Gainesville, Fla., Feb.24-26. The Buckeyes open against Wake Forest and will play Florida,the runnerup at the 2005 College World Series, and Missouri. Theninth-ranked women’s hockey team swept the Huskies of Northeasternby scores of 3-0 and 6-2 Oct. 14-15 at Matthews Arena in Boston.The two victories move the Buckeyes to a perfect 4-0-0 recordmarking the program’s best start ever. The shutout Friday night wasjunior goaltender Erika Vanderveer’s fourth of her career as shesaved all 26 shots faced. Senior co-captain Jana Harrigan led theteam with four points in the series (1-3–4), while freshmandefenseman Kelly Cahill extended her point streak to four games.

Ohio State looks to continue its winning ways when the team travels to Minnesota-Duluth to face the No. 3 Bulldogs in a WCHA series Oct. 21-22. Both games begin at 8:07 p.m. (ET).

The women’s tennis team returns to action this weekend in EastLansing, Mich., for the ITA Midwest Regional. The event will beheld on the campus of Michigan State University Thursday throughOct. 25. The event will be held at the MSU Outdoor Tennis Courts.Rifle opened the season with a 4,638-4,507 loss to Kentucky athome. Ryan Kohatsu was OSU’s top shooter with a 1,162 aggregatescore. Linnea Nygren posted 1,136 for the Buckeyes. The teamcompetes at the Boilermaker Invitational next weekend. The pistolteam will host the Buckeye Invitational the weekend. The women’sbasketball team had its first practice Friday and will open theseason at home Nov. 21 vs. Eastern Kentucky in Value City Arena.Tip time is set for 7 p.m. The Buckeyes’ game at SouthernCalifornia Dec. 11 has been changed to a 5:30 p.m. EST start toaccommodate a Fox Sports Net broadcast. Ohio State’s game atMinnesota Feb. 16 also has been picked up by Fox Sports North.

ESPN.com released its preseason poll this week and rates the Buckeyes at No. 3 in the country, behind No. 1 Duke and No. 2 Tennessee.

The men’s basketball team began practice last Friday under thedirection of second-year head coach Thad Matta. The Buckeyes getunderway Nov. 6 with an exhibition game against Findlay (2 p.m.).After closing out the exhibition season with a game against AshlandNov. 13, also a 2 p.m. tip, the Buckeyes start the seasonofficially at 2 p.m. Nov. 20 at Value City Arena against ChicagoState. The men’s cross country team turned in a Top-10 showing atthe 2005 NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., Saturday and thewomen’s team placed fifth 2005 National Invitational in StateCollege, Pa. The men were led by an eighth-place time (23:56) byBrian Olinger in the 8-kilometer race. Nicole Gliem captained thewomen to a fifth-place team score, notching a team high for thethird time in her three races this season. She was eighth on the 6Kcourse with a time of 21:00.

Both the men’s and women’s teams are off next week to prep for the 2005 Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis Oct. 30.

The ninth-ranked field hockey team won two of its final threeregular season home games, topping Kent State 4-2 Oct. 11, fallingto Indiana 2-1 in double overtime Oct 14 and defeating CentralMichigan 6-1 Oct. 16. The Buckeyes are now 13-3 overall, and 3-1 inthe Big Ten. The loss on Friday snapped the team’s 11-game winstreak, the longest in program history. Senior Lucy Clayton scoreda career-best four goals in Sunday’s victory to lead the Buckeyespast the Chippewas. Sophomore Yesenia Luces had a goal and threeassists in the win while junior Saskia Mueller also had threeassists.

Ohio State has three regular season games remaining, with two scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 22-23. The Buckeyes travel to State College, Pa., to face Penn State on Saturday and Lock Haven on Sunday. Both games will start at 12 p.m.

Women’s volleyball defeated Michigan State, 3-1, and Michigan,3-0, last weekend in home matches. Danielle Meyer had a match-high23.5 points against the Spartans with Nicole Britenriker adding 17.Meyer posted a match-high 21 points against Michigan with MarisaMain and Britenriker adding 12 each. Main, with 11 kills, 47assists and 10 digs recorded her second triple-double of theseason. The Buckeyes now go on the road to face Minnesota Fridayand Iowa Saturday.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Tuesday, Oct. 18 – Tuesday, Oct. 25

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

Wednesday, Oct. 19
Men’s Soccer vs. Oakland, 7 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Thursday, Oct. 20
Men’s Hockey at Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m.
Bowling Green, Ohio

Men’s Tennis at Regional Tournament
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s Tennis at Regional Tournament
East Lansing, Mich.

Friday, Oct. 21
Women’s Soccer at Northwestern, 3 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Women’s Volleyball at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s Hockey vs. Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Ice Hockey at Minnesota-Duluth, 8:07 p.m.
Duluth, Minn.

Men’s Tennis at Regional Tournament
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s Tennis at Regional Tournament
East Lansing, Mich.

Women’s Golf at Mercedes Benz Collegiate
Knoxville, Tenn.

Saturday, Oct. 22 Field Hockey at Penn State, Noon State College, Pa.

Football at Indiana, Noon
Bloomington, Ind.

Women’s Volleyball at Iowa, 8 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa

Women’s Ice Hockey at Minnesota-Duluth, 8:07 p.m.
Duluth, Minn.

Men’s Tennis at Regional Tournament
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s Tennis at Regional Tournament
East Lansing, Mich.

Women’s Golf at Mercedes Benz Collegiate
Knoxville, Tenn.

Sunday, Oct. 23
Field Hockey vs. Lock Haven, Noon
State College, Pa.

Women’s Soccer at Wisconsin, 1 p.m.
Madison, Wis.

Men’s Soccer at Indiana, 2 p.m.
Bloomington, Ind.

Men’s Tennis at Regional Tournament
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s Tennis at Regional Tournament
East Lansing, Mich.

Women’s Golf at Mercedes Benz Collegiate
Knoxville, Tenn.

Monday, Oct. 24
Men’s Tennis at Regional Tournament
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s Tennis at Regional Tournament
East Lansing, Mich.

Tuesday, Oct. 25
Men’s Tennis at Regional Tournament
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s Tennis at Regional Tournament
East Lansing, Mich.