April 17, 2017

Athletes of the Week

Miho Kowase, Women’s tennis

  • With two wins this weekend, Kowase became the program’s all-time leader in career singles wins with 105 victories; both of her wins this weekend were in straight sets. Kowase is an impressive 20-0 this spring and 28-3 overall this season.

Nicolas Szerszen,Men’s volleyball

  • For the second straight year, Szerszen was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Year on Thursday; Szerszen became the fourth Buckeye to receive the award in back-to-back years. Szerszen returned to the court on Saturday night for the first round of the MIVA Quarterfinals with a 13-kill evening attacking at a .684 clip.

No. 1 Men’s Volleyball (28-2, 16-0 MIVA)

  • Top-seeded Ohio State opened postseason play by toppling No. 8-seed Quincy in just 62 minutes, ripping through three sets: 25-14, 25-20, 25-15. The Buckeyes notched their 28th win of 2017, improving 28-2 while dropping the Hawks to 7-22.
  • Nicolas Szerszen racked up 13 kills on 19 error-free attempts (.684) as one of four different Buckeyes to attack .667 or better individually. Blake Leeson’s 4-for-5 termination rate pate the squad while Maxime Hervoir and Driss Guessous combined for 16 more kills; hitting .727 (9-1-11) and .667 (7-1-9), respectively.

No. 1 Men’s Volleyball (27-2, 16-0 MIVA)

  • Ohio State completed its undefeated MIVA campaign this weekend with wins over Lindenwood and Quincy to become the second team in MIVA history to go unscathed during the regular season conference slate.
  • On Friday against Lindenwood, Ohio State attacked .446 (35-10-56) as a team. Miles Johnson and Nicolas Szerszen combined for 24 kills and 29 points, both hitting .400 or better. Szerszen’s four aces were matched by Blake Leeson’s four service snipes.
  • Maxime Hervoir and Szerszen led the attack on Saturday night against Quincy with 17 kills apiece. Sanil Thomas orchestrated the attack with 43 assists and pitched in with 11 digs.

No. 2 Men’s Tennis (24-3, 9-0 Big Ten)

  • Ohio State won two Big Ten matches at home this weekend to stay unblemished in conference play.
  • On Friday against Minnesota, the Buckeyes picked up a 6-1 win. The tandems of Hugo Di Feo/Martin Joyce and JJ Wolf/Hunter Tubert each won their doubles matches by scores of 6-2. Kyle Seelig won his 18th dual match of the year with a 6-2, 6-3 win and Mikael Torpegaard won in straight sets (6-4, 6-4). Hugo Di Feo sealed the win for the Scarlet and Gray with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Stefan Milicevic.
  • The Buckeyes picked up another 6-1 win on Sunday, this time over No. 29 Wisconsin. The Buckeyes finished their doubles matches in under half an hour, and looked their best in doubles all year. Di Feo and Joyce won first, bagelling Lamar Remy and Daniel Soyfer 6-0. Tubert and Wolf clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 win. In singles, Torpegaard, Di Feo and Pollanen won in straight sets to secure the win.
  • With the two wins this weekend, Ohio State has clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title, an honor they have now held for 12-straight years.

No. 4 Women’s Tennis (23-2, 9-0 Big Ten)

  • Ohio State won two B1G road matches this past weekend against Illinois and No. 36 Northwestern, not dropping a single point in the two matches.
  • The Buckeyes notched a 7-0 win over Illinois on Friday. Francesca Di Lorenzo and Miho Kowase won their doubles match 6-1, and Olivia Sneed and Sandy Niehaus won a hard-fought battle, 6-4, to secure the doubles point. Ohio State dominated singles play, receiving straight set wins from Di Lorenzo, Anna Sanford, Kowase, Ferny Angeles Paz, Niehaus and Sneed.
  • Ohio State’s shutout win over Northwestern was its ninth win and sixth straight shutout in a row. The duo of Di Lorenzo and Kowase rallied from down 3-1 in their doubles match and won the final five games to win 6-3. The duos of Angeles Paz/Niehaus and Sneed/Sanford both won their matches by scores of 7-5 to wrap up the doubles point. In singles, five Buckeyes won in straight sets: Di Lorenzo, Angeles Paz, Kowase, Niehaus and Sneed.

No. 9 Men’s Lacrosse (11-2, 2-1 Big Ten)

  • Ohio State went on the road and won at Michigan on Saturday, 18-7.
  • Nine Buckeyes had a goal in the game, with seven posting multiple points. Tre Leclaire had eight points on three goals and five assists, while senior Eric Fannell had six points on four goals and two assists. Colin Chell and Johnny Pearson each had two goals and two assists and Jack Jasinski and Jake Withers each scored twice. Withers won 20 faceoffs and had a game-high 11 groundballs, while goalie Tom Carey made 13 stops.

No. 21 Softball (26-11, 10-4 Big Ten)

  • Ohio State won three Big Ten games last week, two coming against Indiana and the other against Penn State.
  • In a midweek doubleheader against Penn State, the Buckeyes earned a split. After dropping game one, the Buckeyes roared back scoring double-digit runs on the way to a 10-7 win. A five-run first inning and four-run third inning provided all the runs Ohio State would need. Ashley Goodwin and Maddie Marotti, hitting seventh and eighth in the lineup, each went 3-for-4 in the game. Goodwin knocked in four runs and Marotti tallied three RBI.
  • On Friday night against Indiana, a two-hit shutout, five strikeout performance from senior pitcher Shelby Hursh and timely hits off the bats of Anna Kirk (RBI double) and Becca Gavin (solo home run) were enough for Ohio State to edge Indiana, 2-0.
  • In the series finale on Sunday, Ohio State hit five home runs – including two from senior Alex Bayne – in an 8-2 victory. The Buckeyes scored in every inning, receiving solo home runs in the first, second and third innings, an RBI single in the fourth, a Hoosier error in the fifth and two more home runs in the sixth to supply all the offense that would be needed. The five home runs hits by OSU tied a single-game record, which has been accomplished four different times.

Women’s Golf

  • Ohio State cut through blustering winds of 20-plus miles per hour at times on Sunday to finish in a tie for third with No. 12 Kent State to close out the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational.
  • Ohio State used rounds of 298, 300 and 304 to finish at 38-over par (902).
  • Jaclyn Lee and Rio Watanabe both capped off the weekend posting 73’s for 54-hole totals of 222 (+6), good for fifth-best in the 75-player competition.
  • Lee has now finished as the top Buckeye performer in four of the last five events and has been ranked either first or second on the squad in eight of nine tournaments during the 2016-17 season.

Track and Field

  • Ohio State won 10 individual titles this weekend at the All-Ohio Championships. Senior Aaliyah Barnes led the way with wins in the 100m and 200m dash. Barnes clocked a time of 11.88 in the 100m dash and a readout of 23.81 to win the 200m dash.
  • Two freshmen, Davion Fisher and Lainey Studebaker, won the first titles of their career. Fisher won the long jump title with a bound of 7.41m (24-3.50). Studebaker clocked a 1,500m run time of 4:36.59 to garner gold in her event.
  • The final seven titles came in a wide spectrum of events: Nick Gray (400m dash/48.39), Martha Sam (400m dash/48.39), Christine London (400m hurdles/1:00.08), Bill Stanley (javelin throw/65.93m), Chantel Ray (100m hurdles/13.44) and James Clark (100m dash/10.69).

Ohio State Athletics Schedule

Tuesday, April 18

  • Softball, at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m. — Pittsburgh, Pa.

Wednesday, April 19

  • Baseball, vs. Northern Kentucky, 6:30 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Volleyball, vs. Ball State (MIVA Semifinals), 7 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio

Friday, April 21

  • Women’s Tennis, vs. Indiana, 3 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Softball, at Michigan State, 4 p.m. — East Lansing, Ohio
  • Baseball, vs. UNC Greensboro, 6:30 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Tennis, at Northwestern, 7 p.m. — Evanston, Ill.
  • Women’s Golf, Big Ten Championships, All Day — Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Men’s/Women’s Track & Field, Jesse Owens Classic, All Day — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Gymnastics, NCAA Qualifier, 1 p.m. — West Point, N.Y.

Saturday, April 22

  • Women’s Lacrosse, vs. Johns Hopkins, 10:45 a.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Softball, at Michigan State, 1 p.m. — East Lansing, Mich.
  • Men’s Lacrosse, vs. Maryland, 2 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Baseball, vs. UNC Greensboro, 3 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Gymnastics, NCAA Championships, 6 p.m. — West Point, N.Y.
  • Men’s Volleyball, MIVA Finals, 7 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s/Men’s Track & Field, Jesse Owens Classic, All Day — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Golf, Big Ten Championships, All Day — Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Men’s Golf, Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, All Day — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Rowing, Clemson Invite, TBA — Clemson, S.C.

Sunday, April 23

  • Women’s Tennis, vs. Purdue, 12 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Softball, at Michigan State, 1 p.m. — East Lansing, Mich.
  • Baseball, vs. UNC Greensboro, 1 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Golf, Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, All Day — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Tennis, at Illinois, TBA — Champaign, Ill.
  • Women’s Golf, Big Ten Championships, All Day — Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Women’s Rowing, Clemson Invite, TBA — Clemson, S.C.