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Oct. 25, 2005

Athletes of the Week

Men’s hockey sophomore forward Tom Fritsche was named CCHAOffensive Player of the Week after posting five points, on twogoals and three assists, in the Buckeyes’ series with Bowling Greenlast week. In the Buckeyes’ 7-2 win at Bowling Green last Thursday,Fritsche had two goals and an assist to earn first star of the gamehonors. Against the Falcons last Friday, he had assists on bothBuckeye. Fritsche leads the Buckeyes in scoring this season withfive assists and seven points in four games. He recorded his 50thcareer point last Thursday and has 13 goals, 39 assists and 52points in 46 career games. Women’s volleyball Marisa Main has beennamed the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of theWeek and the Big Ten Player of the Week. Main earned hersecond-consecutive Big Ten Player of the Week honor and her firstNational Player of the week as she posted back-to-backtriple-doubles in wins at No. 12 Minnesota and Iowa last weekend.She had 12 kills, 37 assists and 13 digs in an upset sweep atMinnesota and 10 kills, 60 assists and 10 digs in a 3-1 victory atIowa. Main, who has now posted three straight triple-doubles, hasfour this season and seven in her career. Running the offense, Mainhad three players with double-figure kills at Minnesota and five atIowa. For the two matches, she had a .858 percentage in her assistswith 97 of 113 leading to kills. She was 37 of 45 (.822) againstMinnesota and 60 of 68 (.882) at Iowa. Main’s 97 assists on theweekend gives her 2,690 in her two-year career at Ohio State andhas moved to sixth on the OSU career list passing Marlene O’Brien(1983-86) with 2,621.

Athletics Good Stuff

The men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in theBig Ten Championships Sunday. Both teams will run at the Universityof Minnesota’s Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn. Thewomen are set to start their 5-kilometer race at 10:30 a.m. (CST)and the men follow in their 8K event at 11:30 a.m.

Individually, Buckeye senior runner Brian Olinger is considered one of the men’s contenders for the Big Ten title after a seventh-place time at the conference meet last season. For the women, junior Nicole Gliem has posted Top 10 times in each of her three events this season.

Women’s volleyball (14-5 overall, 7-3 Big Ten) in road matcheslast week upset No. 12 Minnesota, 3-0, and defeated Iowa 3-1. AtMinnesota, Danielle Meyer had a match-high 15 kills with AmandaMiller adding 11 and Marisa Main 12. Main added 37 assists and 13digs for her third triple-double of the season. At Iowa, Meyerposted a match-high 23 kills with Nicole Britenriker adding 17, AmiStevens 13, Miller 11 and Main 10. Main produced her fourthtriple-double with her 10 kills, 60 assists and 10 digs. Main wasnamed the Big Ten Player of the Week while Britenriker was honoredas the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. Main was then honoredas the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week.Ohio State will host Northwestern Friday and No. 11 WisconsinSaturday in 7 p.m. matches in St. John Arena. The rifle teamcompeted at the Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.The Buckeyes finished third overall in air rifle with a 2,249 scoreand were fourth in smallbore rifle with a 2,227 mark. Akron’s goldteam won the air rifle competition with a 2,289 and Missouri-KansasCity captured the smallbore event with a 2,257. The top finisherfor Ohio State was Ryan Kohatsu who finished second in smallborerifle with a 567 and third in air rifle with a 581. The rifle teamthen defeated Rose Hulman, 4,512 to 4,389 in a dual meet Sunday.The Buckeyes won both the smallbore (2,266-2,195) and air(2,246-2,194) events to capture the meet. OSU’s Kohatsu took firstplace individual honors in both smallbore (588) and air (583)rifle. Linnea Nygren took second in smallbore (570) with Kelly Lakefinishing third (561). OSU’s Staci Collins took fifth in air (555).The rifle team will next host the Massachusetts Maritime AcademyOct. 29. The pistol team captured the 7th Annual BuckeyeInvitational, winning both the open and women’s title. The Buckeyesposted an open team score of 6,237 with the U.S. Military Academyfinishing second at 6,203 and Missouri State, third at 5,591. OSUwon the women’s title with a 2,673 score. The U.S. Military Academywas second at 2,630 with Missouri State third at 2,185. OSU’sTeresa Meyer won the women’s two-gun aggregate title with a 936mark. She won both the women’s sport (564) and women’s air (372)events. In the open three-gun aggregate, Meyer finished second at1,590. She took first in open air with a 560 score, third in openfree at 495 and fourth in open standard at 535. The pistol teamwill next compete at the Texas A&M Invitational Nov. 18-19. Themen’s soccer team beat Oakland, 3-2, last Wednesday beforeovercoming a 2-0 deficit to tie sixth-ranked Indiana, 2-2, Sundayon the road. The Buckeyes (8-6-2, 1-2-1 Big Ten) had been 0-20-0all-time at Armstrong Stadium, the home of the Hoosiers, who arethe two-time defending national champions. Indiana was out-shot forthe first time this season as the Buckeyes took a 14-12 shotadvantage, and got second half goals from Reid Traeger off anassist from Xavier Balc, whose free kick in the 87th minute wasresponsible for the Buckeyes’ second goal. In the first of tworemaining regular season games at home, Ohio State hostsNorthwestern Friday at 7:30 p.m. The No. 4 men’s hockey team splita home-and-home series with instate and CCHA rival Bowling Greenlast week, winning on the road, 7-2, before coming back to tie,2-all, in Value City Arena in the home opener. Sophomore TomFritsche led the team with five points in the series to earn leagueplayer of the week honors. Junior Andrew Schembri and sophomoreDomenic Maiani each had three points in the series.

The Buckeyes (2-1-1, 1-0-1 CCHA) hit the road to take on Western Michigan at 7:35 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Men’s tennis junior Devin Mullings (Freeport, Bahamas/Ft.Lauderdale Prepatory) beat Jeremy Sonkin of Wisconsin 6-2, 7-6 (4)Monday at the ITA Midwest Regionals in Ann Arbor, Mich., to advanceto the semifinal round Tuesday. He then fell to Sheeva Parbhu ofNotre Dame 1-6, 6-1, 5-7. The Buckeyes are back in action next whenthey host the ITA National Indoors Nov. 3-6 at the Columbus RacquetClub. The No. 9 women’s hockey team looks to bounce back from atwo-game sweep at the hands of No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth Oct. 21-22.The Buckeyes (4-2-0, 2-2-O WCHA) lost the first game by a score of5-1 and were then held scoreless for the first time of the seasonin a 7-0 defeat on Saturday. Senior Jana Harrigan scored the loneOSU goal of the series.

The Buckeyes return to OSU Ice Rink to play host to Minnesota State (3-2-0, 2-1-0 WCHA) Oct. 28-29. Games start at 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday.

The ninth-ranked field hockey team split its two games in StateCollege, Pa., Oct. 22-23. The Buckeyes (14-4, 3-2 Big Ten) fell toNo. 6 Penn State by a score of 2-0 Saturday and came back to defeatLock Haven 4-2 Sunday. Freshman Linda Haussener scored the firstthree goals of the game to lead OSU to the win and increase herseason goal total to five. She is now tied for sixth on the teamwith 11 points. Sophomore Yesenia Lucas and junior Saskia Muellereach had two assists in the victory.

OSU concludes its regular season schedule with a game on Oct. 29 against the Spartans of Michigan State. Game time is set for 11 a.m.

The women’s soccer team will conclude its regular season whenit faces non-conference opponent Morehead State at 5 p.m. Friday atJesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes will play in adoubleheader with the OSU men’s team, as they kick off at 7:30 p.m.vs. Northwestern.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Friday, Oct. 28 – Monday, Oct. 31

Friday, Oct. 28
Women’s Soccer vs. Morehead State, 5 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Soccer vs. Northwestern, 7:30 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

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

Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Hockey at Western Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich.

Men’s Golf at Landfall Tradition
Wilmington, N.C.

Saturday, Oct. 29
Field Hockey at Michigan State, 11 a.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Football at Minnesota, 12:10 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Minnesota State, 4:07 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink, Columbus, Ohio

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

Men’s Hockey at Western Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich.

Women’s Tennis at Big Green Invitational
Hanover, N.H.

Men’s Golf at Landfall Tradition
Wilmington, N.C.

Rifle vs. Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Hugh G. Wylie Rifle Range, Columbus, Ohio

Sunday, Oct. 30
Women’s Tennis at Big Green Invitational
Hanover, N.H.

Cross Country at Big Ten Championships
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s Golf at Landfall Tradition
Wilmington, N.C.

Monday, Oct. 31
Women’s Tennis at Big Green Invitational
Hanover, N.H.