Jan. 9, 2017

Athletes of the Week
Cassidy Sauve/Sade Olatoye, women’s ice hockey/women’s track & field
Sauve fended off 55 shots in Ohio State’s two-game sweep over Penn State this weekend. It was the second time this year where Sauve did not allow a goal in a weekend series (Lindenwood – Nov. 4-5). Olatoye broke an nine-year old school record in the weight throw with a personal record of 21.63m (11-11.75); that mark ranks No. 2 in the NCAA.

Christian Frey, Men’s Hockey
Frey blanked No. 2 Penn State Friday evening stopping all 46 of their shots. The Nittany Lions owned the highest scoring offense coming into the weekend averaging 4.87 goals per game. The victory for Ohio State snapped an 11-game winning streak for the Nittany Lions.

No. 1 Men’s Volleyball (2-0)

  • Ohio State kicked off its title defense with two superb four-set victories over USC and No. 2 UCLA.
  • On Friday night against USC, the Buckeyes shook of a first set defeat and proceeded to win the next three sets. Ohio State racked up 13 blocks and hit .250 as a team. Miles Johnson paced the offense with 15 kills, and Christy Blough tallied 38 assists.
  • On Saturday against UCLA, reigning National Player of the Year, Nicolas Szerszen, landed more than a handful of haymakers totaling a team-high 19 points on 17 kills and two service aces. Blough pitched in another 38 assists as well.
  • The Buckeyes have now won 25 straight matches.

No. 4 Wrestling (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten)

  • Ohio State won six of 10 matches and kicked off the 2017 calendar year with a 23-15 win over No. 17 Wisconsin on Friday night at the UW Field House in Madison.
  • Key bonus point wins came from the foursome of Bo Jordan, Myles Martin, Kollin Moore and Nathan Tomasello while true freshman Luke Pletcher picked up a key 8-4 decision over 14th-ranked Cole Martin at 141 pounds that gave Ohio State all the distance it would need in the team score. After falling behind 3-0 to start the dual, Ohio State won the next three matches – all by bonus points – to surge ahead 13-3.

No. 11 Women’s Basketball (14-4, 4-0 Big Ten)

  • The Buckeyes are on a five-game winning streak after knocking off Northwestern (94-87) and Michigan (96-87) this past week.
  • On Tuesday against Northwestern, Kelsey Mitchell poured in a season-high 33 points to go along with seven assists. Linnae Harper notched her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Buckeyes were hot from downtown making a season-high 13 three-pointers.
  • For the eighth-straight game, Ohio State scored more than 87 points which extends their school record as they knocked off Michigan on Saturday. Mitchell scored 26 points, and Stephanie Mavunga had 12 points, nine rebounds and six blocks.

Women’s Ice Hockey (10-10-2)

  • Ohio State outscored Penn State 11-0 on the ice this weekend to pick up the two-game sweep.
  • In Friday’s series opener, Katie Matheny registered the first hat trick of her career with two goals in the first period and one in the third. The Buckeyes won the contest 5-0, and the line of Matheny, Julianna Iafallo, and Maddy Field produced four of the five goals and eight of the 10 points in the contest.
  • On Saturday, the Buckeyes closed the series out with 6-0 thumping of the Nittany Lions. Sauve closed out the weekend without allowing a single goal; the redshirt sophomore turned away 55 shots in the two contests to preserve her clean sheet.

Women’s Gymnastics

  • The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team opened its 2017 campaign with a 194.375-192.800 win over Pittsburgh Saturday night at Fitzgerald Field House. The meet marks the third-consecutive season-opening win for the Buckeyes.
  • The Buckeyes claimed event titles in the vault (Alexis Mattern – 9.850), beam (Sefanie Merkle – 9.850) and floor (Mattern – 9.850).

Track and Field

  • The Buckeyes won 21 of 31 events contested at the Buckeye Classic Friday evening.
  • Sade Olatoye set a school record in the weight throw with a personal-record mark of 21.63m (70-11.75) to capture gold; the sophomore also placed second in the shot put (15.10m/49-6.50).
  • Madison Roberts and Megan Hoffman both etched their names in the record books as well in the pole vault. Roberts took gold with a personal-record clearance of 3.80m (12-5.50) and Hoffman took second with a clearance of 3.65m (11-11.75). Roberts now sits at No. 2 all-time in program history and Hoffman is tied for fifth.
  • Dominik Seitzer (1:53.38/800m run) and Karrington Winters (1:32.76/600m run) both captured gold in their respective events. In addition to that, both of their times rank No. 1 in the NCAA.

Women’s Swimming

  • Ohio State defeated Toledo 164-68 on Wednesday. The Buckeyes have not lost a dual meet this season and they won every event against Toledo.
  • The Scarlet and Gray took the top three spots in the 200 medley and freestyle relays. Marianne Kahmann, Molly Washko, Meg Bailey, and Kathleen Cook began the meet with a time of 1:44.73 in the medley relay, and Devin Landstra, Amanda McNulty, Quinn Fike, and Macie McNichols ended things with a time of 1:38.93 in the freestyle relay.

No. 11 Men’s Ice Hockey (10-4-4, 2-2 Big Ten)

  • Behind 46 saves from senior goalie Christian Frey, the No. 11-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team blanked No. 2-ranked Penn State, 3-0, Friday in Value City Arena in game one of a Big Ten Conference series.
  • Goals from Drew Brevig, Luke Stork, and John Wiitala helped propel the offense. Brendon Kearney had two assists and Stork had a helper for a two-point night.
  • It was the fifth time in Frey’s career where he had 46-plus saves.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule

Tuesday, January 10

  • Men’s Volleyball, vs. George Mason, 7 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Basketball, at Michigan State, 8 p.m. – East Lansing, Mich.

Thursday, January 12

  • Men’s Basketball, at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. – Madison, Wis.

Friday, January 13

  • Women’s/Men’s Swimming, 5 p.m. – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Women’s Ice Hockey, vs. Bemidji State, 6 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Ice Hockey, vs. Arizona State, 7 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Volleyball, at Stanford, 10 p.m. – Palo Alto, Calif.

Saturday, January 14

  • Pistol, at The Citadel, 9 a.m. – Charleston, S.C.
  • Women’s/Men’s Swimming, 11 a.m. – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Men’s Ice Hockey, vs. Arizona State, 2 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Gymnastics, vs. Michigan/Washington/Kent State, 4 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Gymnastics, Windy City Invitational, 8:30 p.m. – Chicago
  • Men’s Volleyball, at Stanford, 10 p.m. – Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Women’s/Men’s Track, Kentucky Invite, All Day – Lexington, Ky.
  • Rifle, at Air Force, TBA – Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Women’s Tennis, Orlando 25K, All Day – Orlando, Fla.

Sunday, January 15

  • Pistol, at The Citadel, 9 a.m. – Charleston, S.C.
  • Men’s Basketball, vs. Michigan State, 1:30 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Wrestling, vs. Illinois, 2 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Basketball, at Purdue, 3:30 p.m. – West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Rifle, vs. Jacksonville State, TBA – Colorado Springs, Colo.