Feb. 20, 2017

Athletes of the Week

Liz Li, women’s swimming

  • Li won two titles and a silver at last week’s Big Ten Championships. In the 50 freestyle, she won the title for the second consecutive year with the No. 1 time (21.48) in the NCAA. She then returned a day later to win the 100 freestyle with a school-record readout of 47.50. Li also set the school record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 50.90 to place second.

Mikael Torpegaard, men’s tennis

  • Torpegaard won seven of the eight matches he was in last week to propel Ohio State to four victories. He won four singles matches including a victory over No. 1 Petros Chrysochos of Wake Forest on Sunday. He also played alongside teammate Herkko Pollanen to win three doubles matches this week. In his four singles matches, Torpegaard only dropped one set.

No. 1 Men’s Volleyball (15-0, 6-0 MIVA)

  • Ohio State collected two four-set wins this weekend against Lindenwood and Quincy.
  • On Friday against Lindenwood, Nicolas Szerszen struck 16 kills to lead the team by a wide margin, attacking at a .429 rate. He also tacked on four service aces and a pair of block assists to total 21 points. Reese Devilbiss, Driss Guessous and Miles Johnson each posted seven kills while Ryan Genn, Maxime Hervoir and Blake Leeson were responsible for five kills apiece. Devilbiss and Guessous recorded identical attacking lines of seven kills-one error-nine attempts for .667 hitting percentages. Genn and Leeson registered matching offensive numbers as well, both bouncing five kills on seven swings with a lone blunder (.571).
  • Against Quincy, Szerszen paced the squad with 15 kills and three aces while also chipping in seven digs and two blocks. Guessous also performed at a high level, delivering 10 kills at a .634 attacking clip to go along with three digs, two blocks and an ace.
  • Buckeyes have now won 38 straight matches.

No. 3 Men’s Tennis (13-0)

  • Ohio State racked up four wins this past week against Penn State (4-0), Oklahoma (4-0), Oklahoma State (4-0) and Wake Forest (4-3).
  • On Wednesday, the Buckeyes opened Big Ten play with a 4-0 sweep of Penn State. Mikael Torpegaard, JJ Wolf and Hugo Di Feo all won their singles matches in straight sets.
  • On Friday morning, the Scarlet and Gray registered a convincing sweep over No. 14 Oklahoma at the ITA National Indoor Team Championship. Ohio State won the doubles point and then received victories from Torpegaard, Di Feo and Joyce.
  • Saturday morning, OSU got a great comeback win from Matt Mendez and Hunter Tubert in doubles to secure the point and propel the Buckeyes to a 4-0 sweep of Oklahoma State. Singles wins from Torpegaard, Di Feo and Pollanen sealed the match.
  • In the semifinals of the ITA National Indoor Team Championship, OSU rallied for a 4-3 victory over No. 2 Wake Forest. Fittingly, with the score tied 3-3, the match was decided in third-set tie-breaker between the teams’ two best players in No. 1 Petros Chrysochos for Wake Forest and No. 2 Torpegaard for Ohio State. Torpegaard went up 3-1 in the breaker before Chrysochos evened the score at 3-3. That’s when the Buckeye turned it on and won four of the next five pressure-packed points to take the tie-breaker 7-4 and push the Buckeyes into the finals.

No. 4 Women’s Tennis (9-1)

  • In a matchup of Top 10 squads, Ohio State posted a 5-1 win over No. 10 Michigan Friday. Ohio State won the doubles point and received straight set singles wins from Francesca Di Lorenzo, Gabriella De Santis, Miho Kowase and Ferny Angeles Paz.
  • On Sunday, OSU topped Penn State, 7-0, to open Big Ten play. Once again, after winning the doubles points, Ohio State received straight set singles victories from Di Lorenzo, De Santis, Anna Sanford, Kowase, Niehaus and Angeles Paz for the win.

No. 14 Men’s Hockey (16-8-6, 7-6-1 Big Ten)

  • Ohio State registered a sweep over Michigan State this weekend.
  • On Friday, a third period goal from John Wiitala, 33 saves from Christian Frey and three third period penalty kills helped Ohio State to a 3-2 win. The teams were tied at two entering the third but Wiitala broke the deadlock 1:44 into the stanza, redirecting a shot from Tanner Laczynski, and the Buckeyes made the one-goal lead hold.
  • In game two of the series, the Buckeyes led 1-0 after the first period on a power play goal by Matt Miller. Nick Schilkey and Brendon Kearney scored 27 seconds apart in the first two minutes of the second period for a 3-0 advantage. The Spartans scored the next two for a 3-2 game after 40 minutes. Matthew Weis tallied for the Buckeyes just 1:48 into the third for a 4-2 lead. The Spartans converted on the power play at 13:58 to draw within one. The Buckeyes limited the Spartans to six shots in the third, including just one when MSU skated with the net empty for the final 2:12 of regulation, to secure the win.

No. 12 Men’s Hockey (14-8-6, 5-6-1 Big Ten)

  • Ohio State defeated No. 5 Minnesota on Friday night.
  • Ohio State led 2-0 after the first period on goals by Matthew Weis and Nick Schilkey. The Gophers scored the next three, tallying on the power play 46 seconds into the second period and adding goals at 4:09 and 10:15. Just 49 seconds after Minnesota had taken a 3-2 lead Buckeye junior Kevin Miller scored to deadlock the score at three.
  • In the third, Mason Jobst put the Buckeyes ahead at 3:47 with a power play goal and Tanner Laczynski made it a two-goal advantage at 15:07. The Gophers scored with the net empty at 18:07 to draw within one, but a late penalty on Minnesota took away the advantage of the extra attacker.

No. 12 Women’s Basketball (23-5, 13-1 Big Ten)

  • Ohio State had three players score in double-figures and it picked up its ninth straight win with an 87-69 victory at Nebraska on Thursday night.
  • Kelsey Mitchell led the Buckeyes with 27 points of 5-of-9 shooting from long range. She has now crossed the 2,400 point mark in her career.
  • Sierra Calhoun made three trifectas and was 4-of-5 from the floor overall to finish with 13 points.

No. 19 Women’s Gymnastics

  • Ohio State won its third-consecutive dual meet with a 196.075-195.800 victory over No. 24 West Virginia Saturday afternoon at St. John Arena.
  • Alexis Mattern won the all-around (39.375), uneven bars (9.875) and tied for first on the vault (9.800).
  • Taylor Harrison placed first on the balance beam with a season-best score of 9.875.

No. 20 Men’s Lacrosse (3-0)

  • Ohio State downed Massachusetts, 8-7, on Saturday in Ohio Stadium.
  • The Buckeyes tied the game and took the lead in a 13 second span in the fourth quarter less than a minute after the Minutemen had gone ahead 7-6. Goalie Matthew Smidt led the Buckeyes with 11 saves, while Jake Withers won 12 faceoffs. Colin Chell and Johnny Pearson each scored twice, with JT Blubaugh and Jeff Henrick tallying the gametying and winning goals in the fourth quarter.

No. 22 Women’s Swimming

  • Liz Li won her second consecutive Big Ten Championship in the 50 freestyle on Thursday, putting up a conference-record time of 21.48 to take the title, which ranks No. 1 in the NCAA. With her win, she became the fifth straight B1G swimmer to win consecutive conference titles in that event.
  • Li returned on Friday and broke her own school record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 50.90 to place second. Li won her second title of the weekend when she finished first in the 100 freestyle on Saturday with a time of school-record time of 47.50.
  • Lindsey Clary won her third career individual title after winning the 400 IM on Friday. It’s the second year in a row she’s won a conference championship in that event.


  • On Saturday at the Hugh W. Wylie Range, Ohio State posted a score of 4678 which will put them in position to qualify for the 2017 NCAA Rifle Championships hosted by Ohio State March 10-11.
  • In smallbore, the Buckeyes fired a team score of 2305 led by sophomore Michael Steinel who fired a season best equaling 584. Junior Drew Cheezum (576), freshman Rhiann Travis (573), junior Mark Matheny (572) and freshman Jacob Buchanan (570) rounded out team scoring for Ohio State.
  • In air rifle, Ohio State fired a team score of 2373, one point shy of the program record. They were led by a fantastic performance by Travis who fired a school record score of 598. Cheezum also posted a stellar performance with a personal best tying 595 while Steinel (591), Matheny (589) and Buchanan (589) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes.

Women’s Ice Hockey (13-16-5)

  • The Buckeyes knocked off North Dakota on Friday evening 4-2. Maddy Field put the puck in the back of the net twice and Lauren Boyle and Samantha Bouley pitched in for the other two goals. Kassidy Sauve made 32 saves in the series opener to push her over 1,000 for the season.
  • On Saturday, Sauve registered 29 saves to reach 1,040 for the season. With that total, she has entered the Top 20 of the NCAA’s all-time single-season saves list.

Women’s Lacrosse (3-0)

  • Ohio State dominated all 60 minutes of its game against Cincinnati on Sunday with a 17-8 win over the Bearcats at Ohio Stadium.
  • Sophomore Mackenzie Maring (2G) scored Ohio State’s first goal of the day at 28:43, quickly setting the tone for her team early on. The Buckeyes won the first five draw controls and went on to score the first five goals of the game, all within the first five minutes of the game. The goals came from Maring, sophomore Erika Keselman (2G), senior Morgan Fee (2G, 2A, 7DC) and two from freshman Liza Hernandez.
  • Hernandez finished with a game-high four goals (4G, 2A) to lead both teams while freshman Alex Vander Molen led all players in assists with five (1G, 5A). Freshman Jill Rizzo continued her hot start to the season with 11 saves during the game. The young Buckeye picked up her third straight win as an Ohio State goalkeeper.

Track and Field

  • The Buckeyes closed out their indoor regular season slate with a bang Friday evening at the Buckeye Tune Up inside French Field House. Rachel Weber (800m run), Sade Olatoye (weight throw) and Maggie Barrie (300m dash) shattered the prior French Field House records.
  • Weber left it all on the track in her final race as a Buckeye inside of French Field House. The senior clocked the best indoor 800m run of her life to break the 32-year-old Field House record held by Tina Parrott. Weber outran the field by a whopping nine seconds, and her time of 2:04.82 was nearly five seconds faster than the previous record.
  • Another weekend and another weight throw win for standout sophomore Olatoye. The Dublin, Ohio native improved her already unanimous school record with a heave of 21.73m (71-3.50) on her third attempt of the evening; her personal best ranks fifth in the nation and reclassified the Field House record.
  • Barrie was the third Buckeye of the evening to set a Field House record. In the rarely contested 300m dash, Barrie flew through the race and finished with a personal best time of 38.17 for gold.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule 2.20.17-2.26.17

Monday, February 20

  • Men’s Tennis, at Virginia, 11 a.m. — Charlottesville, Va.
  • Women’s Basketball, vs. Maryland, 7 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Golf, Puerto Rico Classic, All Day — Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Tuesday, February 21

  • Men’s Golf, Puerto Rico Classic, All Day — Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Wednesday, February 22

  • Men’s Swimming, Big Ten Championships, All Day — Columbus, Ohio

Thursday, February 23

  • Baseball, vs. Utah, 8 p.m. — Surprise, Ariz.
  • Men’s Basketball, vs. Wisconsin, 9 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Swimming, Big Ten Championships, All Day — Columbus, Ohio

Friday, February 24

  • Softball, vs. Washington, 1 p.m. — Palm Springs, Calif.
  • Women’s Ice Hockey, vs. North Dakota, 3 p.m. — Grand Forks, N.D.
  • Baseball, vs. Oregon State, 4 p.m. — Surprise, Ariz.
  • Women’s Lacrosse, vs. Stanford, 6 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Ice Hockey, vs. Michigan, 7 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Gymnastics, vs. Denver, 7 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Volleyball, at Grand Canyon, 9 p.m. — Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Women’s/Men’s Track and Field, Big Ten Championships, All Day — Geneva, Ohio
  • Men’s Swimming, Big Ten Championships, All Day — Columbus, Ohio

Saturday, February 25

  • Softball, vs. St. Johns, 12:30 a.m. — Palm Springs, Calif.
  • Pistol, Final Countdown, 9 a.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Lacrosse, vs. Jacksonville, 12 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Tennis, vs. Miami, 12 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Softball, vs. LIU Brooklyn, 3 p.m. — Palm Springs, Calif.
  • Women’s Ice Hockey, at North Dakota, 3 p.m. — Grand Forks, N.D.
  • Men’s Ice Hockey, vs. Michigan, 5 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Soccer, vs. Louisville, 6:30 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Soccer, vs. Eastern Kentucky, 8 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Baseball, vs. Utah, 10:30 p.m. — Surprise, Ariz.
  • Women’s/Men’s Track and Field, Big Ten Championships, All Day — Geneva, Ohio
  • Men’s Swimming, Big Ten Championships, All Day — Columbus, Ohio

Sunday, February 26

  • Women’s Lacrosse, vs. California, 12 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Tennis, vs. Baylor, 12 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Baseball, vs. Oregon State, 12 p.m. — Surprise, Ariz.
  • Men’s Tennis, at Florida, 12 p.m. — Gainesville, Fla.
  • Softball, vs. California, 2:30 p.m. — Palm Springs, Calif.
  • Men’s Volleyball, at Grand Canyon, 3 p.m. — Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Women’s Basketball, at Rutgers, 3 p.m. — Piscataway, N.J.
  • Women’s Ice Hockey, at North Dakota (if necessary), 3 p.m. — Grand Forks, N.D.
  • Women’s Swimming, Last Chance, All Day — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Golf, Westbrook Spring Invitational, All Day — Peoria, Ariz.
  • Fencing, Midwest Championships, All Day — Columbus, Ohio