A look back and a look ahead in Ohio State Athletics
Feb. 11, 2014
Athletes of the Week
Ohio State men's tennis senior No. 31 Peter Kobelt earned two singles wins over ranked opponents last weekend to lead the Buckeyes to two wins over No. 17 Kentucky and No. 8 Texas A&M. The New Albany, Ohio, native defeated No. 68 Tom Jomby (6-1, 3-6, 6-1) Friday night before upsetting No. 19 Harrison Adams (6-4, 6-3) Sunday afternoon. The win over Adams marked the highest-ranked singles win of the season for Kobelt. With the team victories, Ohio State improved its home win streak to 181-consecutive matches - just three wins shy of the NCAA Division I record (Stanford women's tennis - 184 wins).
Melanie Shaffer helped the Ohio State women's gymnastics team to a season-high 195.900 team score against Minnesota Friday evening in St. John Arena. Shaffer tied a career-best 39.400 to take the all-around title. The senior also won floor exercise with a season-high 9.950 and tied for the vault title with a season-best 9.900.
Ohio State opens the 2014 season Feb. 14 against Connecticut (5 p.m.), Feb. 15 against Auburn (12 p.m.) and Indiana State (3 p.m.) and Feb. 16 against Indiana State (1 p.m.). All games take place in Port Charlotte, Fla.
No. 22 Men's Basketball (19-5, 6-5 Big Ten) Head coach: Thad Matta
Ohio State upset No. 17 Iowa, 76-69, Tuesday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.
The Ohio State women's golf team finished the second day of the 19th-annual Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge Monday and are 16th with a 41-over 609.
Freshman Jessica Porvasnik finished the day tied for 29th overall with a 7-over 149. The Hinckley, Ohio, product improved on day two and has rounds of 75 and 74 for the tournament. Junior Jan Chanpalangsri has a two-day total of 152 and is tied for 49th.
The final round of the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge begins Tuesday with an 8 a.m. PT shotgun start.
The No. 21 Ohio State women's gymnastics team posted another team season best in a 196.025-195.900 loss to No. 15 Minnesota Friday night at St. John Arena.
Melanie Shaffer tied her career best with a 9.900 to tie for first on vault while Victoria Aepli tied her career-high 9.875 for the event title on uneven bars.
Sarah Miller tallied a season-high 9.900 for a first-place finish on beam while Shaffer won floor exercise with a 9.950 and collected a 39.400 to win the all-around title.
The Buckeyes travel to Iowa at 8 p.m. Feb. 14.
Men's Ice Hockey (14-9-3, 4-5-3-2 Big Ten) Head coach: Steve Rohlik
With two power play goals in the final 1:34 of regulation - including the game-tying tally with 1.7 left on the clock - the Ohio State men's hockey team rallied for a 2-2 tie at Michigan State Friday in Munn Ice Arena. The Buckeyes won the shootout, 2-1 in five rounds, to pick up the extra point in the league standings.
Junior Tanner Fritz put Ohio State on the board at 18:26 of the third and senior Alex Szczechura netted the gametying tally. Fritz also scored the shootout winner, with freshman Nick Schilkey also scoring in the shootout.
Freshman goalie Christian Frey had 25 saves in the game, along with stops in the shootout win.
With two goals from junior Matt Johnson, two assists from senior Alex Lippincott and 30 saves from Frey, the Ohio State men's hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie and shootout win at Michigan State Saturday in Munn Ice Arena.
Ohio State will host Wisconsin at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday (NBCSN) in Value City Arena. Friday is the Teddy Bear Toss - fans are invited to bring a new stuffed animal wrapped in a plastic bag to throw on the ice during the first intermission. All animals collected will be delivered to Ronald McDonald House Charities and Nationwide Children's Hospital.
The Ohio State women's hockey team battled hard but eventually fell 3-0 to the second-ranked Badgers of Wisconsin Friday night at the OSU Ice Rink. Senior goaltender Lisa Steffes played well in net for the Buckeyes stopping 31 shots.
Ohio State battled back from an early deficit against No. 2 Wisconsin but in the end were edged by a score of 3-2 Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink.
Ohio State travels to Bemidji, Minn. next weekend, Feb. 14-15, for a series with Bemidji State. The Buckeyes and Beavers sit in fifth and sixth place, respectively, in the league standings, with Bemidji State trailing Ohio State by four points.
No. 14 Men's Lacrosse (0-1, 0-0 ECAC) Head coach: Nick Myers
The No. 14 ranked Ohio State men's lacrosse team fell to No. 11 Johns Hopkins, 10-9, in triple overtime Sunday in its season opener.
The Buckeyes, led by junior Jesse King with five goals and six points, rallied with three late goals in the fourth quarter to tie the game at nine but the Blue Jays converted 59 seconds into the third overtime for the win.
King extended his point streak to 24 games and now has 45 goals, 30 assists and 75 points in the stretch. The five goals were a career high after two four-goal games and it was his third six-point outing.
Ohio State will return to action Sunday when it takes on UMass at 9 p.m. in the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic at Everbank Field in Jacksonville in a game televised live by NBCSN.
Ohio State defeated Winthrop, 17-8, Sunday afternoon at the indoor field in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
Leading the Buckeyes offensively was junior midfielder Mary Kate Facchina, who tied her career high with five goals, while classmate Jackie Cifarelli collected seven points, including six assists against Winthrop.
Ohio State will play its next three games on the road, beginning with a trip out west to take on Stanford next Saturday. The team will then travel to play Boston College Feb. 22 before taking on Canisius March 1.
The Ohio State rifle team fired a 4639 to place fourth at the Patriot Rifle Conference Championship match held at the Hugh W. Wylie Range this weekend.
The Buckeyes fired a 2305 in smallbore, led by senior Amanda Luoma who posted a 581. The Scarlet and Gray fired a 2334 in air rifle led by Remington Lyman who posted a 587. Luoma took home the bronze medal in smallbore.
Ohio State returns to action Feb. 22 when the Buckeyes host a NCAA Regional match.
The Ohio State softball team dropped both of its games in the season-opening FAU Kick-Off Classic on Friday in Boca Raton, Fla. The Buckeyes fell in extra innings to Tulsa, 1-0, before losing to St. John's, 6-3.
Ohio State split its two contests on the second day of the FAU Kick-Off Classic, topping Northern Illinois, 6-4, before falling in extra innings to No. 18/19 Louisville, 5-4.
The Buckeyes dropped a 3-1 decision to Florida Atlantic on the final day of the FAU Kick-Off Classic in Boca Raton, Fla.
Ohio State is back in action next weekend when it travels to Las Vegas, Nev. for the Easton Desert Classic. The Buckeyes open play when they face Cal State Northridge on Friday, Feb. 14 at 4:30 p.m. EST.
No. 4 Men's Swimming and Diving Head coach: Bill Wadley
The fourth-ranked Ohio State men's swimming and diving team dominated Wright State, 159-106, in dual-meet action Friday evening at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
The Buckeye swimmers posted top times in 14 events, while the divers contributed 22 points with two first-place showings from junior Stephen Ettienne.
The fourth-ranked Ohio State men's swimming and diving team competed at the two-day Ohio State Winter Invitational Saturday and Sunday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
Up next, Ohio State will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. for the 2014 Big Ten Championships Feb. 26 - March 1.
The Ohio State synchronized swimming team notched wins in back-to-back road meets this weekend, defeating Richmond and William & Mary Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
The Scarlet and Gray topped Richmond with 76 points and defeated William & Mary with a season-high 97 points. The Buckeyes captured first place in all technical and routine competitions they participated in.
Ohio State returns to action in San Antonio, Texas, to compete in the Incarnate Word Routine and Technical Meet Saturday and Sunday.
The No. 5 Ohio State men's tennis team began a busy week of non-conference play Tuesday with two wins against Youngstown State and Wright State, respectively, at the Varsity Tennis Center. The Buckeyes (7-0) earned a 4-0 shutout vs. the Penguins in match one before, downing Wright State, 4-0, in the evening session.
The No. 5 Ohio State men's tennis team continued its home dominance with its seventh shutout of the season, defeating the No. 17 Kentucky Wildcats, 4-0 Friday night at the Varsity Tennis Center.
In its biggest non-conference home match of the season, the No. 5 Ohio State men's tennis team battled to a 4-3 win over No. 8 Texas A&M Sunday at the Varsity Tennis Center in Columbus.
The Buckeyes now turn to their first road trip of the season, traveling to compete in the ITA Feb. 14-17 in Houston, Texas, hosted by Texas A&M University.
The Ohio State 4x400-meter relay team ran a season-best time of 3:08.34 to capture first-place honors at Notre Dame Saturday night, highlighting the Buckeyes' two-meet weekend at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind., and the Akron Invitational in Akron, Ohio.
The Ohio State women's track and field team completed competition at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City Saturday afternoon.
Senior Ashlee Abraham ran a personal-best time of 7.29 seconds to win the 60-meter championship Friday afternoon during the first day of competition.
The highlight of the final day of competition was a win by sophomore SoSo Walker in the 500-meter dash. The sophomore completed her race in 1:13.45, .07 seconds ahead of South Carolina's Maya Evans.
Ohio State also placed first the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:42.26.
Ohio State returns to action next weekend at the SPIRE DI Invitational.
No. 14 Men's Volleyball (5-5, 2-1 MIVA) Head coach: Pete Hanson
The No. 14 Ohio State men's volleyball team traveled to No. 12 Penn State Wednesday for a non-conference contest and dropped a 3-1 (27-29, 25-22, 29-31. 15-25) match to the Nittany Lions in State College, Pa.
Five Buckeyes reached career highs in the match. Redshirt junior Andrew Lutz tied a career-best with 20 kills and added three block assists. Redshirt freshman Driss Guessous totaled a career-high 12 kills for the Buckeyes and finished with a team-high seven blocks (3s, 4a).
Ohio State defeated Saint Francis, 3-1 (25-19, 29-31, 25-23, 25-17), at St. John Arena Sunday afternoon.
Lutz totaled a team-high 17 kills, while Guessos notched a career-best 16 kills and added four blocks (1s, 3a). Junior Michael Henchy chipped in 14 kills for the Buckeyes and had four blocks assists with two service aces. Johnson had eight kills in the match along with two service aces and seven digs.
Junior Dustan Neary hit a scorching .778, having seven kills on nine attempts with no errors. He also totaled four block assists in the win. Blough had a career-best 57 assists and classmate Domecus tied a career-high with 12 digs.
The Buckeyes continue their homestand, hosting nationally-ranked Lewis in St. John Arena, Feb. 15. Admission is free for the 7 p.m. ET MIVA match.
No. 13 Wrestling (9-4, 4-4 Big Ten) Head coach: Tom Ryan
Behind a pair of falls and a technical fall by 125-pounder Nick Roberts, 133-pounder Johnni DiJulius and 141-pounder Logan Stieber, the 13th-ranked Ohio State wrestling team jumped out to a 17-0 lead and eventually cruised to a 39-6 win over Michigan State Friday night.
No. 11 Kenny Courts (174 pounds) and Massillon, Ohio, native Nick Heflin (197 pounds) also recorded extra points for the Buckeyes in the victory.