Feb. 12, 2003

Athletes of the Week

Men’s volleyball outside hitter Andy Cole (Fr., Glendale,Wis./Nicolet H.S.) has been selected as the Midwest IntercollegiateVolleyball Association Player of the Week. Cole had an outstandingweekend in helping the Buckeyes to wins over Clarke and Findlay. Hehit a career-high .737 against the Crusaders on 16 kills and twoerrors in 19 attempts. He added an ace serve, two digs and fiveassists blocks in the 30-16, 30-16, 30-23 win over Clarke. Colestarted the match with 13 consecutive kills. He hit .706 (12 killsin 17 attempts with no errors) at Findlay the next night in OSU’s30-22, 30-26, 30-19 win. Cole added six digs and two assists blocksagainst the Oilers. For the two matches (six games), Cole hit .722with 28 kills and two errors in 36 attempts. He averaged 4.67kills, 1.33 digs and 1.17 blocks per game. Thrower Dan Taylor (Jr.,Middlefield, Ohio) set a school mark in an event for thefifth-consecutive week, while also establishing a Big Ten record inthe weight throw. Taylor, who has bested his own records in each ofthe shot put and weight throw events this season, established a newconference and Ohio State mark in the weight throw with afirst-place toss of 22.03m. He also placed first with a 19.65mthrow in the shot put. Both figures are automatic qualifiers forNCAA competition. Junior Kristi DeVries went 2-1 over the weekendas the No. 16 softball team went 2-3 at the Florida InternationalInvitational in Miami, Fla. DeVries allowed just two earned runsover 17.1 innings of work while recording 17 strikeouts andallowing just four walks. Overall, DeVries went 2-1, posting a 0.81ERA in three appearances. Senior gymnast Rickee Wirtzberger posteda perfect 10.000 on the floor exercise, setting a school record, asthe No. 24 women’s gymnastics team (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) recorded a195.500-192.875 win over Ball State Saturday. Her score also helpedthe Buckeyes post a season-high team score on the floor exercisewith a 49.525. In addition, Wirtzberger recorded a solid score of9.625 on vault in the win.

Sports Shorts

On Friday, February 14th, Valentine’s Day, the women’s icehockey team will be fighting for two causes. The team will take onMinnesota State on the ice and off the ice fans can help the teamsupport Breast Cancer Research by making a donation to the JamesCancer Hospital. The first 200 people to make donations willreceive a commemorative pink Ohio State puck. The No. 3 men’sgymnastics team had five student-athletes and one alumnus competein the Winter Cup Challenge Feb. 7-8 in Las Vegas. Senior RyanSchwartzkopf (Columbus, Ind.) and sophomore Kerry Adderly (Orlando,Fla.) were the only Buckeyes to advance to the event finals. In thepreliminaries, Adderly’s 9.2 on floor earned second place whilepommel horse specialist Schwartzkopf placed sixth in his eventafter posting a 9.2. Senior Raj Bhavsar (Houston, Texas) was namedto the U.S. Men’s National team by the men’s program committeeduring the Winter Cup Challenge. The No. 9/10 men’s hockey teamposted two dramatic wins over Western Michigan last weekend toimprove to 20-6-3 on the year and remain in second place in theCCHA (14-4-2), three points behind first-place Ferris State withtwo games in hand. Friday, Rod Pelley tied the game with 46 secondsremaining and R.J. Umberger scored his league-best sixthgamewinning goal of the year to give the Buckeyes a 3-2 overtimevictory. Saturday, OSU held a 2-1 lead in the third period untillate in the game when the Broncos tied the score. OSU reboundedquickly however, as Miguel Lafleche tallied just 14 seconds afterthe Bronco goal to give OSU its second consecutive 3-2 victory.Ryan Kesler was named the CCHA Rookie of the Week after hisfour-point performance against the Broncos, his third such award ofthe season. In the series, Kesler had a goal, as well as assists onthe gametying goal Friday and both gamewinning goals on theweekend. This week, the Buckeyes will face Miami in Oxford, Ohio,at 7:35 p.m. Thursday and at 4:05 p.m. Saturday at CincinnatiGardens in Cincinnati. The women’s tennis team returns home to faceBig Ten rivals Michigan State and Michigan Friday and Sunday,respectively. The No. 41 ranked Buckeyes team have opened theseason 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten. The No. 28 (ITA rankingsFeb. 5) men’s tennis team took its first loss of the 2003 season,falling, 5-2, to the No. 1-ranked UCLA Bruins Friday at the LosAngeles Tennis Center in Los Angeles, Calif. The Buckeyes fall to5-1 on the 2003 season. The Buckeye squad is back in action on theroad this weekend. Ohio State travels Friday for a 6 p.m. matchagainst No. 18 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Sunday the teamheads to Nashville, Tenn., to take on the No. 25-ranked VanderbiltCommodores. The No. 25 women’s basketball team (17-5; 8-3 Big Ten)upset No. 15/16 Minnesota, 66-58, Thursday and beat Wisconsin,63-40. Sunday. Senior forward Courtney Coleman was named Big TenPlayer of the Week for her performances against the Gophers and theBadgers. Coleman was a major force behind the Buckeye’s twovictories as they advanced to 12-0 at home for the first time sincethe 1992-93 season when the team successfully defended their homecourt all season and accrued a 16-0 record. Coleman, who has ledthe country all year in the category of field goal percentage forboth men and women, averaged 17.0 points off a combined 14-of-22effort from the field. Coleman played 35 minutes in each game andaveraged 8.5 boards. Her nine-rebound effort against a much tallerWisconsin team, who had three starters standing at 6-7, 6-5 and6-3, led the game and her eight boards vs. the Gophers was aBuckeye high mark. Additionally, Coleman was a combined 6-of-8 fromthe line over the two games. Rifle finished second in the NCAASectional OSU hosted on Saturday. Xavier finished first at 6,197 toOSU’s 6,124. Abhijeet Konduskar took first in both air rifle andsmallbore rifle winning each event by one point. Men’s volleyball(6-3 overall) defeated Clarke 3-0 (30-16, 30-16, 30-23) at home onFriday and won at Findlay 3-0 (30-22, 30-26, 30-19) Saturday.Freshman Andy Cole had an outstanding weekend hitting .737 againstClarke on 16 kills, 2 errors, 19 attempts and hit .706 at Findlaywith 12 kills, no errors in 17 attempts. He also averaged 1.33 digsand 1.17 blocks per game for the weekend. OSU now travels toMercyhurst Wednesday and returns home Sunday (5:30 p.m) to faceeighth-ranked Penn State in St. John Arena. The No. 4-rankedwrestling team split a pair of Big Ten bouts with ranked-opponentsNo. 13 Penn State and No. 17 Purdue this week. The Buckeyestraveled to State College, Pa. and escaped with an 18-18 victoryvia “most wins” criteria as the Buckeyes claimed six individualmatches to four for the Nittany Lions. On Sunday, the OSU returnedto St. John Arena and battled Purdue to an tight 18-17 match beforePurdue closed out the 21-17 upset with a 3-point decision in thefinal and deciding match of the day. Ohio State HWT and No.2-ranked Tommy Rowlands established a school record in the Purduedual as he scored an 8-4 decision over Purdue’s No. 15 IsrealBlevins for three team points as Rowlands moved past current OSUassistant coach Mitch Clark into first place in career team pointswith 449.5. The men’s and women’s track and field teams competed inthe Kentucky Invitational this past weekend in a non-scoring event.Top performers for the men were Joel Brown and Rob Myers. Brown setan Ohio State indoor record in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of7.77 seconds. Myers provisionally qualified for the NCAAchampionships in the mile, Myers broke the four-minute mark in themile. On the women’s side Molly Logan placed first in the 60-meterhurdles and provisionally qualified for the NCAA championships. Themen’s golf team began the spring season at the Gator Invitational,with the Buckeyes ending the tournament in 13th place. The topfinisher for the Buckeyes was Zach Doran, who finished tied for22nd. The men will return to action next Monday, Feb. 17-18 at theMatlock Invitational. The women’s ice hockey team lost 5-3 and 2-1last weekend to No. 3 Minnesota. The Buckeyes came back from beingdown 3-1 in the first period, scoring two goals in the third Feb.7. OSU held Minnesota to two goals and 17 shots in the loss Feb. 8.Rookie Jana Harrigan recorded a goal and an assist against No. 3Minnesota last weekend. Harrigan is second on the Buckeye squadwith 22 points (10-12) and leads the freshman class in points thisseason. Senior Shana Frost led the Buckeyes with two goals againstNo. 3 Minnesota last weekend. Frost scored a power-play goal forthe Buckeyes Feb. 7 and recorded the Buckeyes’ lone goal Feb. 8.Frost has recorded 10 points (6-4) this season. She ranks first inOSU’s history with 93 career points, on 44 goals and 49 assists.Ohio State returns home for a three-week home stretch to close the2002-03 regular season. Ohio State plays host to Minnesota State,Mankato at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 14 and 4:05 p.m. Feb. 15 at OSU Ice Arenain Columbus, Ohio. The men’s basketball team hits the road twicethis week for games against Penn State (8 p.m./Wednesday/WBNS 10TV) and Michigan (3 p.m./Saturday/ESPN). The Buckeyes are led bysenior Brent Darby, who is second among Big Ten players in scoringwith an average of 18.0 points per game. Senior Sean Connolly isthe team’s second-leading scorer with 11.7 points a game. He isjust 10 points shy of reaching 1,000 points for his career. Thesynchronized swimming team (8-1) swept all four events to finishfirst at the OSU College Association Meet held Saturday in thevarsity pool at Larkins Hall. The Buckeyes tallied 105 points,followed by William and Mary (80), Walsh (71), Miami (64) andMichigan (57.5). Senior Victoria Bowen, placed first in solo with amark of 94.334. Suzanna Hyatt and Chelsea Luker swam to afirst-place score of 94.167 in the duet event while Bowen, Hyattand teammate Lindsay Newbill earned a score of 94.000 to claim avictory in the trio event. Buckeyes Bowen, Hyatt, Luker, Newbill,Heather Burdick, Carly Grimshaw, Lauren Marsh and Emiko Takyuearned the victory for Ohio State in the team event with a score of96.833. The Buckeyes return to action this weekend with two awaymeets. The Buckeyes will travel to Richmond Saturday, Feb. 15,before heading to Williamsburg to battle William and Mary Sunday,Feb. 16.

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

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Wednesday, Feb. 12 – Sunday, Feb 16
All Times Eastern

Wednesday, Feb. 12
Women’s Golf at Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge, 11:30 a.m.
Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.

Men’s Volleyball at Mercyhurst, 7 p.m.
Erie, Penn.

Men’s Basketball at Penn State, 8 p.m.
State College, Penn.

Thursday, Feb. 13
Women’s Basketball at Michigan State, 7 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Wrestling vs. Illinois, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena

Men’s Hockey at Miami, 7:35 p.m.
Oxford, Ohio

Friday, Feb. 14
Pistol/Collegiate Sectionals, All Day
Converse Hall

Track & Field at Nittany Lion Invitational, TBA
State College, Pa.

Women’s Tennis vs. Michigan State, 5 p.m.
Jesse Owens West

Men’s Tennis at Alabama, 6 p.m.
Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics vs. Nebraska, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena

Women’s Ice Hockey vs. MSU-Mankato, 7:05 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink

Saturday, Feb. 15
Pistol/Collegiate Sectionals, All Day
Converse Hall

Synchronized Swimming at Richmond, TBA
Richmond, Va.

Track & Field at Nittany Lion Invitational, TBA
State College, Pa.

Men’s Basketball at Michigan, 3 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Men’s Hockey vs. Miami, 4:05 p.m.
Cincinnati, Ohio

Women’s Ice Hockey vs. MSU-Mankato, 4:05 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink

Sunday, Feb. 16
Men’s Tennis at Vanderbilt, TBA
Nashville, Tenn.

Synchronized Swimming at William & Mary, TBA
Williamsburg, Va.

Women’s Tennis vs. Michigan, noon
Jesse Owens West

Wrestling at Michigan, 1 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s Gymnastics at Pittsburgh, 2 p.m.
Pittsburgh, Penn.

Women’s Basketball at Minnesota, 4 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s Volleyball vs. Penn State, 5:30 p.m.
State College, Penn.