Share

Dec. 10, 2002

Athletes of the Week

Women’s volleyball sophomore Stacey Gordon, the 2002 Big TenPlayer of the Year, had an outstanding match against Louisville asshe recorded 29 kills while hitting .521. With her 13 kills againstRobert Morris, Gordon has extended her streak of matches withdouble-figure kills to 47. Men’s hockey junior forward R.J.Umberger was honored as the CCHA’s Offensive Player of the WeekMonday after leading the Buckeyes with seven points in theirtwo-game sweep of Miami (4-0, 5-3). In the series opener, he had ahand in all four Buckeye goals, posting two goals and two assistsand tying his career high of four points set against Notre DameFeb. 3, 2001. In the series finale, he had a goal and two assistsfor three points. Umberger now leads the Buckeyes with 19 pointsthis season. Wrestling senior 197 Anton Talamantes (Ft. Wayne,Ind.) grabbed his second tournament title in 2002 with a 5-1victory over Tyrone Byrd of Illinois in the Las Vegas Invitationalfinal. Talamantes, who won the Michigan State Open championship at197, outscored his opposition by a combined tally of 55-22 en routeto the title. Talamantes has now upped his record to 13-1 on theseason.

Sports Shorts

The No. 13-ranked women’s volleyball team has advanced to theNCAA Regional Semifinals this week after 3-0 win over Robert Morrisand Louisville last week. OSU (21-10) will play in the PacificRegional at Stanford this Thursday. Minnesota (32-5) faces Arizona(19-11) in the first semifinal at 5 p.m. PT with Ohio State playinghost Stanford (29-4) 30 minutes after the completion of the firstmatch. Thursday winners return on Friday at 9 p.m. PT to play for aberth in the NCAA National Championship Semifinals. The men’sbasketball team (2-2) is 2-0 at home this season heading into itsbattle with Morehead State at 1 p.m. Saturday at Value City Arena.The Buckeyes are 60-8 in Value City Arena since making the facilitytheir home five seasons ago. Jim O’Brien earned his 300th careervictory against Morehead State the last time the two teams faced in2000. Senior Brent Darby is second among Big Ten players with 18.8points per game this season. He scored a career-high 35 points inthe ACC/Big Ten Challenge game against Duke Dec. 3. The No.12-ranked men’s hockey team completes a four-game homestand withtwo games against Nebraska-Omaha this weekend. The teams will faceoff at 7:05 p.m. Friday and at 8:05 p.m. Saturday in Value CityArena. The squad is coming off a two-game sweep of Miami. TheBuckeyes, led by R.J. Umberger’s four points and Mike Betz’s 19saves, shut out the RedHawks, 4-0, in the opener. Saturday, theBuckeyes posted a 5-3 win, with Chris Olsgard scoring thethird-period gamewinner. Five Buckeyes recorded a goal in the game.The women’s ice hockey team returns to action this weekend after anidle weekend. The Buckeyes take on the No. 10 Princeton Tigers at 7p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Hobey Baker Memorial Rink inPrinceton, N.J. The road series marks OSU’s last games beforeholiday break. The Buckeyes have outshot their opponents in eightof their last 10 contests and are outshooting their opponents,448-372, this season. Last time out, the Buckeyes swept St. CloudState at home. OSU shut out the Huskies, 6-0, Nov. 30, marking itsfirst shutout of the year, and topped the Huskies, 6-4, Dec. 1.Sophomore Jeni Creary has played in all 16 contests and continuesto lead the Buckeyes with 19 points, on eight goals and 11 assists.Emma Laaksonen leads the Buckeye defense with 11 assists and 14points. She is averaging 1.00 points per game, tied for seventh inthe nation among defensemen. Senior Emily Hudak was named theWestern Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) defensive player ofthe week for the week ending Dec. 1. Hudak led the Buckeyes to a6-0, 6-4 sweep of St. Cloud State with a team-high five points onthe weekend. She recorded three assists and tallied a team-best +3in OSU’s shutout. She anchored a defense that allowed St. CloudState 18 shots on goal, including four in each the first and secondperiods. Hudak tallied another two helpers in the Buckeyes’ victoryDec. 1. The 6th-ranked wrestling team concluded its third straightstellar tournament performance as the Buckeyes claimed a thirdplace finish Saturday at the Las Vegas Invitational falling just12.5 points behind first place Minnesota (131.0) and 5.0 points shyof second place Illinois (123.5). OSU senior 197 Anton Talamantes(Ft. Wayne, Ind.) grabbed his second tournament title of 2002,while fellow senior Keaton Anderson (Hilliard, Ohio) claimed secondplace losing to 2002 NCAA champion Luke Becker of Minnesota in thefinals of the 157-pound class. Ohio State juniors Tommy Rowlands(HWT, Hilliard, Ohio) and Blake Kaplan (174, Cincinnati, Ohio)placed third in the event with each of them dropping heartbreakingovertime decision in the semifinals. Juniors Jeff Ratliff (141,Marion, Ohio) and John Clark (165, Canton, N.Y.) scored fifth placefinishes for the Buckeyes in the two-day event. Sophomore women’sbasketball player Caity Matter (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) scored apersonal-best 24 points off 4-for-7 shooting from three-point landand senior D’wan Shackleford (Newark, Ohio/Newark) came off thebench to add 12 points and six rebounds to the OSU effort againstUW-Green Bay last Saturday. The team lost, 74-64, to the Phoenix.The men’s and women’s gymnastics teams started the 2002-03 seasonSunday with the annual Mixed Pairs Championship. Sophomore KerryAdderly and freshman Shelby Warner combined to win the event with ascore of 55.225. The event began with 10 pairs in the firstrotation. The Top 7 duos advanced to the second rotation and fourteams competed in the third and final rotation. In the finalrotation, Warner posted a 9.8 on floor to push her team into firstplace. She recorded a 9.35 on beam and 9.575 on bars. Adderlyscored an 8.5 on floor, 8.9 on rings and 9.1 on parallel bar.Members of the fencing team competed this weekend at the UnitedStates Fencing Association North American Cup at the ConventionCenter in Columbus, Ohio. Overall, 20 Buckeyes competed in theindividual competition, seven of whom placed in the Top 20 in theirrespective events. The event was the first of three North AmericanCups this season which gives athletes around the world anopportunity to earn a spot on the U.S. team and compete at theWorld Championships in Havana, Cuba in October 2003. LouiseBond-Williams, 2002 NCAA runner-up in women’s sabre, finished tiedfor third in Division I women’s sabre. In men’s sabre, Jason Rogersand Adam Crompton tied for third with assistant coach TerrenceLasker placing fifth and Colin Parker 16th. Hanna Thompson andMetta Thompson finished seventh and 13th, respectively, in DivisionI women’s foil.

The following is a list of Ohio State athletics events, both home and away, for the upcoming week.
GO BUCKS!

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Tuesday, Dec. 10 – Sunday, Dec. 15
All Times Eastern

Tuesday, Dec. 10
No events scheduled

Wednesday, Dec. 11
No events scheduled

Thursday, Dec. 12
NCAA Pacific Regional
Minnesota vs. Arizona, 8 p.m.
Ohio State vs. Stanford, 30 minutes after first match
Stanford, Calif.

Women’s Swimming & Diving at Islamorada Winter Training Invitational, All Day
Key West, Fla.

Friday, Dec. 13
NCAA Pacific Regional
Winner of Ohio State/Stanford vs. Winner of Minnesota/Arizona, Midnight
Stanford, Calif.

Women’s Swimming & Diving at Islamorada Winter Training Invitational, All Day
Key West, Fla.

Women’s Basketball vs. Ohio, 7 p.m.
Athens, Ohio

Women’s Ice Hockey at Princeton, 7 p.m.
Princeton, N.J.

Men’s Hockey vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena

Saturday, Dec. 14
Men’s Basketball vs. Morehead State, 1 p.m.
Value City Arena

Women’s Gymnastics/Formal Intersquad, 6 p.m.
St. John Arena

Women’s Ice Hockey at Princeton, 7 p.m.
Princeton, N.J.

Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 8:05 p.m.
Value City Arena

Women’s Swimming & Diving at Islamorada Winter Training Invitational, All Day
Key West, Fla.

Sunday, Dec. 15
Women’s Basketball vs. Arizona, 2 p.m.
Value City Arena

Women’s Swimming & Diving at Islamorada Winter Training Invitational, All Day
Key West, Fla.