Nov. 21, 2006

Athletes of the Week

Leading the Buckeyes to their first outright Big Ten titlesince 1984, senior quarterback Troy Smith completed 29 of 41 passesfor 316 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 1 Ohio State to a42-39 win over No. 2 Michigan last Saturday in front of a stadiumrecord crowd of 105,708. Smith’s 30 touchdown passes this seasonare a school record and his attempts and completions Saturday werecareer highs. Smith is the first OSU quarterback to net threestraight wins over Michigan since Tippy Dye (1934-36), who was inattendance. Danielle Meyer from the women’s volleyball teamaveraged 5.17 points, 4.17 kills and 1.67 blocks per game whilehitting .404 in 3-0 road wins over Michigan and Michigan State. Shehad 11 kills (.308), an ace serve, three digs and six assist blocksat Michigan and 14 kills (.524), two digs and four assist blocks atMichigan State as Ohio State extended its shutout winning streak tosix matches. Meyer is averaging a team-high 5.12 points per game onthe season with per game averages of 4.37 kills, .27 aces and .82blocks per game on the season.

Athletics Good Stuff

The men’s basketball team resumes the season opening a six-gamehomestand Friday at Nationwide Arena against Youngstown State. TheBuckeyes and Penguins tip at 8 p.m. (ESPN +/WBNS 10 TV) in thedowntown Columbus arena. The game is being played at Nationwide tosatisfy an NCAA requirement which asks the host team of NCAAtournament first and second rounds to play at least one game at thefacility where the tournament games will be played. Ohio State willplay host to the opening rounds of the annual NCAA event in March.The Buckeyes are 5-0 heading into the game with the Penquins. Aftertaking on YSU this weekend, the Buckeyes make their first road tripof the season for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at North Carolinaagainst the No. 2-ranked Tar Heels Nov. 29. The No. 6/7-rankedwomen’s basketball team (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten) opened its home seasonwith a 77-58 victory over No. 19/20 USC at Value City Arena Sunday.Jessica Davenport led all scorers with 26 points and the Buckeyesforced USC into 22 turnovers. Ohio State closed the first half on a9-2 run and started the second half on another 9-2 run to break thegame open. Brandie Hoskins scored 17 points and had a game-highseven assists.

The Buckeyes continue their home stand vs. Boston College at 7 p.m. Tuesday at VCA.

Wrestling head coach Tom Ryan made his debut in front of acrowd of 2,354 Nov. 16 in St. John Arena, as the No. 15 wrestlingteam opened its dual season against No. 3 Missouri. The Buckeyesreceived wins from J Jaggers (141), Lance Palmer (149) and MikePucillo (184).

Ohio State returns to dual action at 2 p.m. Nov. 26 when it faces Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y.

The women’s hockey team (8-5-1, 4-5-1 WCHA) swept a homeconference series against North Dakota Friday and Sunday at OSU IceRink to extend its unbeaten streak to seven games, thethird-longest in the country. The Buckeyes won 4-1 in the firstgame and followed with a 4-0 shutout in game two. Junior forwardErin Keys led Ohio State with three goals and two assists for fivepoints as six players had multiple points in the series. Seniorgoaltender Erika Vanderveer stopped all 26 shots faced Sunday forher second shutout of the season and eighth of her career. Sheimproved to 7-2-1 with a .956 save percentage, second best in thenation.

The series against the Fighting Sioux was OSU’s last homestand of 2006. The Buckeyes will play their next three series on the road, starting with a WCHA matchup against Minnesota State Nov. 24-25 in Owatonna, Minn.

The men’s hockey team (4-6-2, 4-4-2 CCHA) jumped to No. 3 inthe CCHA standings after a road sweep at Bowling Green Nov. 17-18.The Buckeyes won 9-3 Friday and 4-1 Saturday for its first set ofback-to-back wins this year. OSU totaled 34 points (13g, 21a) inthe two games while the Falcons had 10 (4g, 6a). Eighteen Buckeyeshad a point in the series with 11 players recording multiplepoints. John Dingle led the team with four points while CoreyElkins, Sean Collins and Mathieu Beaudoin each had three. Elkinspicked his three points with his first career hat trick Friday. Forhis solid play, Collins was named CCHA Defensive Player of the Weekwith his 2-1–3 and plus-4 rating in the series vs. the Falcons.

Ohio State breaks from league play this weekend when it travels to Troy, N.Y., to participate in the 56th Annual Rensselaer/Bank of America Holiday Tournament. The Buckeyes take on Colgate in the first game at 4 p.m. Friday. Depending on the outcome, OSU will then face either RPI of Niagara in Saturday at 4 or 7 p.m.

Three members of the field hockey team have been selected toNFHCA All-America teams, the National Field Hockey CoachesAssociation announced Monday. Senior Saskia Mueller and juniorYesenia Luces received second team selections while sophomore LindaHaussener earned third team honors. Mueller earned her thirdAll-America honor and her first selection to the second team. Shewas a third team honoree in 2004 and 2005 and was named NFHCA FirstTeam All-West Region for the third year in a row earlier thisseason. Luces, the 2006 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year,earned her second All-America nod with a second team selection. Shewas named to the first team in 2005. Haussener followed her firstall-region honor with a third team All-America selection.

Ohio State concluded its 2006 season with a 15-4 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history.

John Ealy, a junior on the Ohio State men’s cross country team,competed as an individual at the 2006 NCAA Cross CountryChampionships in Terre Haute, Ind. The native of Reynoldsburg,Ohio, finished the 10-kilometer race in 32:55.2 to place 134th.

The rifle team defeated Morehead State, 4,469 to 4,415 (men) and 4,122 (women) Sunday. OSU’s Kelly Lake took top honors in air rifle with a 578 while Staci Collins was the top shooter in smallbore rifle with a 567. Ohio State returns to action Jan. 20 when they face the U.S. Military Academy at Palmyra, Pa.

Women’s volleyball defeated Michigan and Michigan State, 3-0,last weekend in road matches to extend their current winning streakto six matches. The 19th ranked Buckeyes defeated Michigan behind14 kills from Anna Szerszen and 11 from Danielle Meyer.Defensively, Ashley Kiel had 20 kills with Marisa Main and AmiStevens adding 15 each. At Michigan State, Meyer had 14 kills withSzerszen adding 12. Anna Tengnas collected a match-high 10 digsagainst the Spartans.

The Buckeyes close out the regular season with home matches against Northwestern Friday and Illinois Saturday at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Nov. 21 – Nov. 26

Tuesday, Nov. 21
Women’s Basketball vs. BC, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Men’s Swimming at Columbus State, 5 p.m.
Cleveland, Ohio

Friday, Nov. 24
Men’s Basketball vs. Youngstown State, 8 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Nationwide Arena

Men’s Ice Hockey at Colgate, 4 p.m.
Troy, N.Y.

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

Women’s Ice Hockey at Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
Mankato, Minn.

Women’s Swimming at Etobicoke Invitational, All Day
Toronto, Canada

Saturday, Nov. 25
Women’s Basketball vs. Cornell, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Women’s Ice Hockey at Minnesota State, 2:07 p.m.
Mankato, Minn.

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

Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Rensselaer/Niagara, TBA
Troy, N.Y.

Wrestling at Oklahoma Open, All Day
Norman, Okla.

Women’s Swimming at Etobicoke Invitational, All Day
Toronto, Canada

Sunday, Nov. 26
Wrestling at Cornell, 2 p.m.
Ithaca, N.Y.

Women’s Swimming at Etobicoke Invitational, All Day
Toronto, Canada