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Feb. 11, 2014

UPS
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.

Baseball
Head coach: Greg Beals

  • 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.
  • Five players scored in double figures for Ohio State: Aaron Craft (17 points), LaQuinton Ross (13), Lenzelle Smith Jr. (12), Amir Williams (12) and Shannon Scott (11).
  • With his performance, Craft became the first Big Ten player with 17 points, six assists and six steals since Charlie Bell of Michigan State in 2001.
  • Ohio State defeated Purdue, 67-49, Saturday night at Value City Arena.
  • Ross led all scorers with 17 points while Smith Jr. collected 16 points.
  • The Buckeyes return to action Feb. 11 against Michigan at Value City Arena at 9 p.m. and at Illinois Feb. 15 at 8 p.m.
Women's Basketball (14-13, 4-7 Big Ten)
Head coach: Kevin McGuff
  • The Ohio State women's basketball team fell on the road at No. 24/25 Purdue, 74-58, Thursday night at Mackey Arena.
  • Ameryst Alston once again led the Buckeyes offensively with 26 points while playing all 40 minutes. Raven Ferguson scored 13 off the bench while Darryce Moore and Martina Ellerbe each had eight.
  • Ohio State fell to Penn State, 74-54, Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena. Ferguson and Alston each scored 16 points for the Buckeyes.
  • The Buckeyes return to action Feb. 15 at Michigan State at 5:30 p.m.
Women's Golf
Head coach: Therese Hession
  • 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.
No. 4 Men's Gymnastics
Head coach: Rustam Sharipov
  • Ohio State had a bye weekend; the Buckeyes host No. 8 California Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. at St. John Arena.
No. 20 Women's Gymnastics
Head coach: Carey Fagan
  • 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.
Women's Ice Hockey (11-14-5, 6-13-5 WCHA)
Head coach: Nate Handrahan
  • 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.
  • Senior Ally Tarr and junior Kari Schmitt each scored goals for the Buckeyes while freshman Hayley Studler, sophomore Melani Moylan, junior Danielle Gagne and junior Sara Schmitt all tallied assists. Steffes notched 26 saves.
  • 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.
Women's Lacrosse (2-0, 0-0 ALC)
Head coach: Alexis Venechanos
  • In the 2014 opener, the Ohio State women's lacrosse team cruised to an 18-3 victory over Detroit Friday evening at the indoor field in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
  • Senior Katie Chase led the charge with four goals, while Kaila Gottlick had three scores and Jennifer Porretto and Cian Dabrowski each had a pair of goals.
  • 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.
Pistol
Head coach: James Sweeney
  • Ohio State had a bye weekend; the Buckeyes return to action at the Final Countdown Feb. 15 at the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range.
No. 6 Rifle
Head coach: Ryan Tanoue
  • 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.
Softball (1-4, 0-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Kelly Kovach Schoenly
  • 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.
No. 16 Women's Swimming and Diving
Head coach: Bill Dorenkott
  • Ohio State had a bye weekend; the Buckeyes compete at the 2014 Big Ten Championships Feb. 19-22 in Minneapolis, Minn.
Synchronized Swimming
Head coach: Holly Vargo-Brown
  • 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.
No. 5 Men's Tennis
Head coach: Ty Tucker
  • 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.
Women's Tennis
Head coach: Melissa Schaub
  • Ohio State had a bye weekend; the Buckeyes return to action Friday, Feb. 14 at Kentucky at 1 p.m.
Men's Track and Field
Head coach: Ed Beathea
  • 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.
  • Sophomore Champ Page, senior Jordan Rispress, sophomore Armand Austin and freshman Lamar Bruton combined to finish .05 seconds ahead of runner-up and host Notre Dame. The Buckeyes' winning time ranks 14th in Division I so far this season.
  • Junior Dylan Vogt finished first overall in the weight throw (Akron) at 18.67 meters (61-3.00).
  • Ohio State returns to action next Friday and Saturday at the SPIRE DI Invitational in Geneva, Ohio, and the Don Kirby Elite Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.
Women's Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
  • 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).
  • Freshman Miles Johnson had a career-best nine kills and three service aces, while classmate Gabriel Domecus chipped in 12 digs. Freshman setter Christy Blough totaled 45 assists for Ohio State.
  • 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.
  • No. 20 Ian Paddock (149 pounds) collected a takedown, back points and a riding time of 2:08 in his 8-4 victory over Nicholas Trimble. Between 157-174 pounds, each Buckeye - Randy Languis, Joe Grandominico and No. 14 Mark Martin - won by a 5-2 score.
  • Up next, Ohio State will host the 2014 EAS Sports Nutrition/NWCA National Duals at St. John Arena Feb. 16-17.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
2.11.14 - 2.25.14

Tuesday, Feb. 11

  • Men's Basketball vs. Michigan, 9 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

  • Women's Golf vs. Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, All Day
    Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
Friday, Feb. 14
  • Women's Ice Hockey vs. Bemidji State, 3:07 p.m.
    Bemidji, Minn.

  • Softball vs. Cal State Northridge, 4:30 p.m.
    Las Vegas, Nev.

  • Baseball vs. Connecticut, 5 p.m.
    Port Charlotte, Fla.

  • Softball vs. Long Beach State, 6:45 p.m.
    Las Vegas, Nev.

  • Men's Gymnastics vs. Cal-Berkeley, 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

  • Men's Ice Hockey vs. Wisconsin, 7:05 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center

  • Women's Gymnastics vs. Iowa, 8 p.m.
    Iowa City, Iowa

  • Men's Track vs. UNM Don Kirby Elite Invite, TBA
    Albuquerque, N.M.

  • Men's Tennis vs. National Indoors Team Tournament, All Day
    Houston, Texas

  • Women's Tennis vs. Kentucky, 1 p.m.
    Lexington, Ky.

  • Men's Track vs. SPIRE NCAA Division I Invite, TBA
    Geneva, Ohio

  • Men's Golf vs. Big Ten Matchplay, All Day
    Sarasota, Fla.

  • Women's Track vs. SPIRE NCAA Division I Invite, TBA
    Geneva, Ohio

  • Fencing vs. Junior Olympics, All Day
    Portland, Ore.
Saturday, Feb. 15
  • Pistol vs. Final Countdown, 8 a.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range

  • Baseball vs. Auburn, 12 p.m.
    Port Charlotte, Fla.

  • Softball vs. Florida, 12 p.m.
    Las Vegas, Fla.

  • Women's Soccer vs. Cleveland State, 12:45 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Woody Hayes Athletic Center

  • Women's Lacrosse vs. Stanford, 1 p.m.
    Stanford, Calif.

  • Baseball vs. Indiana State, 3 p.m.
    Port Charlotte, Fla.

  • Women's Ice Hockey vs. Bemidji State, 3:07 p.m.
    Bemidji, Minn.

  • Softball vs. Oregon, 4:30 p.m.
    Las Vegas, Nev.

  • Women's Basketball vs. Michigan State, 5:30 p.m.
    East Lansing, Mich.

  • Men's Volleyball vs. Lewis, 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

  • Men's Ice Hockey vs. Wisconsin, 8 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center

  • Men's Basketball vs. Illinois, 8 p.m.
    Champaign, Ill.

  • Women's Track vs. SPIRE NCAA Division I Invite, TBA
    Geneva, Ohio

  • Men's Track vs. UNM Don Kirby Elite Invite, TBA
    Albuquerque, N.M.

  • Fencing vs. Junior Olympics, All Day
    Portland, Ore.

  • Men's Golf vs. Big Ten Matchplay, All Day
    Sarasota, Fla.

  • Synchronized Swimming vs. Incarnate Word Routine Meet, TBA
    San Antonio, Texas

  • Men's Track vs. SPIRE NCAA Division I Invite, TBA
    Geneva, Ohio
Sunday, Feb. 16
  • Softball vs. Utah Valley, 12 p.m.
    Las Vegas, Nev.

  • Baseball vs. Indiana State, 1 p.m.
    Port Charlotte, Fla.

  • Wrestling vs. NWCA National Duals Prelims Round 1, 1 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

  • Wrestling vs. NWCA National Duals Prelims Round 2, 3 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

  • Wrestling vs. NWCA National Duals Quarterfinals, 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

  • Men's Lacrosse vs. Massachusetts, 9 p.m.
    Jacksonville, Fla.

  • Fencing vs. Junior Olympics, All Day
    Portland, Ore.

  • Synchronized Swimming vs. Incarnate Word Technical Event, TBA
    San Antonio, Texas
Monday, Feb. 17
  • Wrestling vs. NWCA National Duals Semifinals & Consolation, 1 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

  • Wrestling vs. NWCA National Duals Final & 3rd & 4th place, 4 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

  • Fencing vs. Junior Olympics, All Day
    Portland, Ore.
Wednesday, Feb. 19
  • Men's Basketball vs. Northwestern, 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena
Thursday, Feb. 20
  • Women's Basketball vs. Nebraska, 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

  • Men's Gymnastics vs. Winter Cup Challenge, TBA
    Las Vegas, Nev.
Friday, Feb. 21
  • Women's Tennis vs. Tennessee, 5 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Tennis Center

  • Men's Volleyball vs. Grand Canyon, 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

  • Baseball vs. UCF, 7:05 p.m.
    Orlando, Fla.

  • Women's Ice Hockey vs. North Dakota, 7:07 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, OSU Ice Rink

  • Men's Track vs. Notre Dame Qualifier, TBA
    South Bend, Ind.

  • Men's Track vs. Buckeye Tune-Up, TBA
    Columbus, Ohio, French Field House

  • Women's Track vs. Buckeye Tune-Up, TBA
    Columbus, Ohio, French Field House
Saturday, Feb. 22
  • Women's Lacrosse vs. Boston College, 12 p.m.
    Newton, Mass.

  • Men's Tennis vs. Notre Dame, 12 p.m.
    South Bend, Ind.

  • Men's Lacrosse vs. Marquette, 12 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Woody Hayes Athletic Center

  • Baseball vs. The Citadel, 1:05 p.m.
    Orlando, Fla.

  • Women's Ice Hockey vs. North Dakota, 4:07 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, OSU Ice Rink

  • Men's Basketball vs. Minnesota, 6 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

  • Men's Volleyball vs. Grand Canyon, 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

  • Rifle vs. NCAA Qualifier, 8 a.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range

  • Fencing vs. U.S. Collegiate Championships, All Day
    Princeton, N.J.

  • Men's Track vs. Notre Dame Qualifier, TBA
    South Bend, Ind.

  • Men's Gymnastics vs. Winter Cup Challenge, TBA
    Las Vegas, Nev.
Sunday, Feb. 23
  • Baseball vs. Oklahoma, 10:05 a.m.
    Orlando, Fla.

  • Women's Basketball vs. Northwestern, 12 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

  • Wrestling vs. Virginia Tech, 2 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

  • Women's Gymnastics vs. Illinois, 3 p.m.
    Champaign, Ill.

  • Women's Golf vs. Westbrook Spring Invitational, All Day
    Peoria, Ariz.
Monday, Feb. 24
  • Men's Tennis vs. Indiana, 2 p.m.
    Bloomington, Ind.

  • Women's Golf vs. Westbrook Spring Invitational, All Day
    Peoria, Ariz.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
  • Women's Tennis vs. Penn State, 4 p.m.
    State College, Pa.
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