Jan. 16, 2017

Athletes of the Week

Alexis Mattern, women’s gymnastics

  • Mattern helped the Buckeyes knock off Michigan for the first time since 2012 on Saturday. She posted a career-best 9.900 to tie for first on the vault she was the highest Buckeye finisher in the all-around with a tally of 39.125.

Miles Johnson, men’s volleyball

  • Johnson had 42 kills in three matches this week to help Ohio State continue its 28-match win streak. Johnson became the 15th player in program history to enter the 1,000-kill club.

No. 1 Men’s Volleyball (5-0)

  • The Buckeyes went a perfect 3-0 last week and did not drop a single set in any of the three contests. They beat No. 11 George Mason Tuesday night and swept a weekend series at No. 10 Stanford on Friday and Saturday.
  • Against George Mason, Nicolas Szerszen had a match-high 16 kills at a .522 hitting rate while Miles Johnson dropped in 14 kills and attacked .393.
  • In the series opener at Stanford, it was once again Szerszen and Johnson leading the offensive attack. Johnson had 13 kills and Szerszen racked up 12. The Buckeyes as a team hit .403 and registered 18 more kills than Stanford.
  • In the finale, Ohio State fired off 12 aces while attacking .379 on 43 total kills. Johnson had 15 kills and his final kill of the night marked the 1,000th of his career.
  • Ohio State has now won 28 consecutive matches.

No. 4 Wrestling (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten)

  • Five bonus-point victories, including momentum shifting pins by Kollin Moore and Kyle Snyder in the final two matches — lifted Ohio State to a 29-18 victory over No. 12 Illinois on Sunday in front of 3,279 fans.
  • Trailing in the team score 18-13 with just three bouts remaining, sophomore Myles Martin started the Buckeyes’ rally with an 11-3 major decision at 184 lbs. Moore then followed with a dual-clinching pin t 197 lbs. and Snyder finished off the afternoon with a fall of his own.
  • Ohio State won six of 10 matches and had three falls.

No. 11 Women’s Basketball (15-5, 5-1 Big Ten)

  • Stephanie Mavunga scored eight of her 11 points in the final 5:32, including the sealing bucket with six second left to give Ohio State a 61-57 victory over Purdue on Sunday; it was Mavunga’s eighth double-double of the year.
  • Sierra Calhoun finished the game with eight points, a career-high nine rebounds and a pair of blocks. Calhoun’s three-pointer with 3:54 to play broke a 54-54 tie and put the Buckeyes ahead for good.

Women’s Ice Hockey (11-11-2)

  • Julianna Iafallo and Rebecca Freiburger put pucks in the net during the first period of Friday night to help give Ohio State a 2-1 victory over Bemidji State.
  • Kassidy Sauve stopped 45 shots, 12 in the first period, 17 in the second, and 16 in the third to preserve the one-goal lead.

No. 10 Men’s Ice Hockey (11-4-5)

  • The Buckeyes scored four first period goals en route to a 6-1 victory over Arizona State Friday night at the Schottenstein Center.
  • Christian Frey tallied 35 saves, David Gust racked up three points (two assists and a goal), and Nick Schilkey tapped in two goals to help lead the Buckeyes.
  • Schilkey leads the Big Ten with 17 goals, ranking second in the NCAA with .89 per game.

Men’s Basketball (11-7)

  • Ohio State knocked off Michigan State 72-67 on Sunday afternoon behind 22 points, six assist and four boards from JaQuan Lyle.
  • All five of Ohio State starters scored in double figures as Lyle paced the Buckeyes while Marc Loving and Jae’Sean Tate each scored 12 and Trevor Thompson and Kam Williams added 10 apiece.

Synchronized Swimming

  • Ohio State kicked off the 2017 season on Saturday by winning the first OSU Zero Waste Invitational. The Buckeyes finished with 94 points, besting Michigan who finished with 70 and Wright State who finished with 20.
  • Defending national champion soloist Emma Baranski opened her year with an 81.8000 in her first solo routine to finish first in the event.

No. 22 Women’s Gymnastics

  • The Buckeyes posted a 195.800 in a quad meet win over No. 11 Michigan, Washington and Kent State Saturday afternoon in St. John Arena.
  • Alexis Mattern won the vault title with a readout of 9.900.
  • It was the first time for the Buckeyes to beat Michigan since 2012 at the Big Ten Championships.

Track and Field

  • The Buckeyes had five individuals win event titles at the Kentucky Invitational this weekend: Nick Gray (200m dash), Sade Olatoye (weight throw), Olivia Smith (800m run), Christine Frederick (3,000m run) and Mitch Leitch (3,000m run).
  • Gray’s time of 20.86 to win the 200m dash is tied for the third-fastest time in the nation.
  • The women’s 4x400m relay and men’s distance medley relay won their respective events as well. The women’s 4x400m relay time of 3:37.97 is the fourth-fastest in the NCAA.

Women’s/Men’s Swimming

  • The Ohio State women’s swimming team (1,019.50 points) and men’s swimming team (979.50) both captured titles at their quad meet in Cincinnati this weekend.
  • Lindsey Clary (1000 freestyle/400 IM)), Meg Bailey (200 IM/100 butterfly), Liz Li (50 freestyle), Zulal Zeren (200 backstroke/100 backstroke), Molly Washko (500 freestyle), and Taylor Vargo (100 breaststroke) all set pool records in their respective events.
  • Josh Fleagle (200 freestyle) and Brayden Seal (500 freestyle) both set individual pool records, and the 400 medley relay and 400 freestyle set new facility marks too.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule 1.16.17-1.22.17

Monday, January 16

  • Women’s Golf, at Florida Atlantic, 10 a.m. — Boca Raton, Fla

Wednesday, January 18

  • Men’s Tennis, vs. Toledo, 12:30 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Tennis, vs. Cleveland State, 5 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Basketball, at Nebraska, 9 p.m. — Lincoln, Neb.

Thursday, January 19

  • Women’s Basketball, vs. Wisconsin, 7 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio

Friday, January 20

  • Women’s Tennis, vs. Bowling Green, 10 a.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Gymnastics, vs. UIC, 5 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s/Men’s Swimming, at Michigan State, 5 p.m. — East Lansing, Mich.
  • Women’s Tennis, vs. Wright State, 6 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Ice Hockey, at Penn State, 7 p.m. — University Park, Pa.
  • Men’s Volleyball, at Saint Francis, 7 p.m. — Loretto, Pa.
  • Men’s Lacrosse, vs. Hill Academy, 7:30 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Ice Hockey, at Minnesota, 8 p.m. — Minneapolis, Minn.

Saturday, January 21

  • Pistol, vs. Navy, 8:30 a.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s/Men’s Swimming, vs. Pittsburgh/Akron, 12 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Ice Hockey, at Minnesota, 3 p.m. — Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Women’s Gymnastics, vs. Iowa, 4 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Ice Hockey, at Penn State, 7 p.m. — University Park, Pa.
  • Fencing, St. Johns Duals, All Day — New York, N.Y.
  • Women’s/Men’s Track & Field, Power 5 Clash, All Day — Birmingham, Ala.
  • Rifle, at TCU, TBA — Fort Worth, Texas

Sunday, January 22

  • Pistol, vs. Navy, 8 a.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Basketball, vs. Northwestern, 1 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Wrestling, at Maryland, 1 p.m. — Olney, Md.
  • Women’s Basketball, vs. Illinois, 5 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Rifle, vs. Coast Guard, TBA — Fort Worth, Texas