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Feb. 25, 2014

UPS
Athletes of the Week
  • Middle blocker Driss Guessous of the Ohio State men's volleyball team continued his hard-hitting ways this weekend, leading the nationally-ranked Buckeyes to a pair of three-set sweeps over Grand Canyon in Columbus. The redshirt freshman finished with a 3.33 averaging and hit a solid .421 over six sets played. Against the Antelopes Friday, Guessous finished with nine kills for the Buckeyes and added three blocks in the win. His weekend was highlighted by his performance Saturday as the Pasadena, Calif., product totaled 11 kills and finished with a .474 attack percentage. Guessous continues to lead the MIVA with an overall attack percentage of .464 and he has now totaled five double-digit kill performances this season, including four in the last five matches.

  • Freshman Jessica Porvasnik guided the Ohio State women's golf team to the program's first tournament victory since 2012 as the Buckeyes captured the Westbrook Spring Invitational with a new Ohio State 54-hole record of 838 (-26). That mark was also a tournament record. Leading after scores of 65 and 67 on day one, Porvasnik carded a final round of 1-under 71 to take medalist honors by four strokes. Totaling a tournament record 13-under 203, Porvasnik finished with 14 birdies over three rounds and recorded the first hole-in-one of her career in round two on the par 3, 163-yard second hole using an 8-iron. Porvasnik kicked off her record-breaking tournament with a 7-under 65 in round one, breaking the 11-year single round program record of 66. That mark was first set by Kristen White in 2003 and again by White in 2004. The tournament win was the first of her career.
Baseball (5-2, 0-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Greg Beals
  • The Ohio State baseball team came back from a two-run ninth-inning deficit and outlasted Central Florida in 13 innings for a 9-3 win Friday at Jay Bergman Field in Orlando, Fla.
  • Ronnie Dawson's bases-loaded walk-off single scored Troy Kuhn to give the Ohio State baseball team a 5-4 win over The Citadel Saturday afternoon at Jay Bergman Field in Orlando, Fla.
  • The Ohio State baseball team concluded a weekend sweep of the UCF Baseball Tournament with a 6-3 win over Oklahoma Sunday afternoon at Jay Bergman Field in Orlando, Fla.
  • Ohio State travels to Greenville, N.C., to face Pittsburgh, Western Kentucky and host East Carolina starting Friday.
No. 24 Men's Basketball (22-6, 9-6 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
  • Ohio State defeated Northwestern, 76-60, Wednesday night at Value City Arena.
  • Four players scored in double figures for the Buckeyes: LaQuinton Ross (16 points), Aaron Craft (14), Lenzelle Smith Jr. (14) and Sam Thompson (11).
  • The Buckeyes rallied to defeat Minnesota, 64-46, Saturday night at Value City Arena.
  • Three players scored in double figures for the Buckeyes: Thompson (19 points), Smith Jr. (13) and Shannon Scott (10).
  • Craft scored six points, dished five assists and had four steals against the Gophers.
  • The Buckeyes return to action at Penn State Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. and at Indiana March 2 at 4 p.m.
Women's Basketball (15-15, 5-9 Big Ten)
Head coach: Kevin McGuff
  • Ohio State fell to No. 17 Nebraska, 67-59, Thursday night at Value City Arena.
  • Ameryst Alston tied her career-high with 31 points for Ohio State, while Amy Scullion added 10 points and six rebounds.
  • The Buckeyes defeated Northwestern, 71-62, Sunday afternoon on Senior Day at Value City Arena.
  • Alston once again led the Buckeyes offensively with 30 points, her second straight 30-point game after tying a career high with 31 in the loss to No. 17 Nebraska Thursday.
  • Senior Martina Ellerbe closed out her career with 13 points, six rebounds and two blocks, hitting two 3-pointers in the process. Darryce Moore finished with four points and five rebounds, Scullion had eight rebounds and two points and Ashley Adams finished out her home career with seven points, seven rebounds, four blocks and three steals. Fifth-year senior Aleksandra Dobranic also saw playing time in her final game at VCA.
  • The Buckeyes will close out the regular season on the road with games at Iowa Thursday (7 p.m. ET) before traveling to Minnesota at 2 p.m. ET Sunday.
Men's Golf
Head coach: Donnie Darr
  • Ohio State had a bye weekend; the Buckeyes next suit up for the USF Invitational in Sarasota, Fla. March 2-4.
Women's Golf
Head coach: Therese Hession
  • With a program record of 838, the Ohio State women's golf team captured the Westbrook Spring Invitational title in Peoria, Ariz.
  • The Buckeyes' win was the first since the team captured the 2012 Lady Buckeye Spring Invite. The team's three-round total of 26-under 838 broke the program's 54-hole record previously set in May 2005 by 18 strokes. Ohio State totaled an 856 at the 2005 NCAA East Regional and that mark held for nine years.
  • Clinching the first individual win of her career was freshman Jessica Porvasnik. Leading after scores of 65 and 67 on day one, the Hinckley, Ohio, product carded a final round of 1-under 71 to take medalist honors by four strokes.
  • Up next, the Buckeyes will compete in the Lady Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., March 14-16.
No. 3 Men's Gymnastics
Head coach: Rustam Sharipov
  • Sean Melton, a freshman on the No. 3 Ohio State men's gymnastics team, was named to the U.S. Senior Men's National Team Saturday night at the conclusion of the 2014 Winter Cup at The Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Melton finished the meet third overall in the all-around, notching three Top 5 finishes en route to a two-day score of 173.000. He placed third overall on high bar (29.650), fourth overall on vault (30.050) and fifth overall on floor exercise (30.000).
  • Sophomore Jake Martin finished the meet eighth overall in the all-around after tallying three Top 10 finishes.
  • The No. 3 Buckeyes return to team competition Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. as they host No. 2 Michigan, No. 8 Iowa, No. 11 Nebraska, Arizona State and the Canadian National Team at the Arnold Challenge at the Columbus Convention Center.
No. 22 Women's Gymnastics
Head coach: Carey Fagan
  • The No. 23 Ohio State women's gymnastics team posted a season-high 195.925 in a meet against No. 14 Illinois and No. 19 Central Michigan.
  • Ohio State opened the meet on floor exercise, posting a season-best 49.200, also posting a season-best 49.100 on beam.
  • Sarah Miller tied her career-high 9.950 to take the event title on beam.
  • The Buckeyes take on West Virginia at 3 p.m. March 2 in Morgantown, W. Va.
Men's Ice Hockey (15-10-3, 5-6-3-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Steve Rohlik
  • Ohio State had a bye weekend; the Buckeyes have a home-and-home series with Michigan this weekend. The teams will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor (BTN) and at 2 p.m. March 2 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus (FS Detroit/SportsTime Ohio).
Women's Ice Hockey (14-15-5, 9-14-5 WCHA)
Head coach: Nate Handrahan
  • The Ohio State women's hockey team shut out seventh-ranked North Dakota Friday night at the OSU Ice Rink by a score of 2-0, wrapping up fifth-place in the WCHA along the way.
  • Senior goaltender Lisa Steffes posted her fifth shutout of the season with a 32-save performance in goal for the Buckeyes.
  • Junior defenseman Kari Schmitt and junior defender Sara Schmitt each scored a goal in the victory.
  • Ohio State completed the series sweep of No. 7 North Dakota with a 3-1 win Saturday afternoon in front of a packed house at the OSU Ice Rink.
  • Senior Ally Tarr, sophomore Kendall Curtis and junior Danielle Gagne all scored goals for the Buckeyes while senior Chelsea Knapp got the start between the pipes for Ohio State, stopping 30 shots.
  • The Buckeyes will be on the road for their First Round WCHA Playoff best-of-three series with Minnesota Duluth, Feb. 28-March 2.
No. 19 Men's Lacrosse (1-2, 0-0 ECAC)
Head coach: Nick Myers
  • The No. 17 ranked Ohio State men's lacrosse team defeated Marquette, 11-7, Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd of 916 inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
  • In the victory, Buckeye junior and leading scorer Jesse King had four goals and added two assists for a career-high tying six points, while sophomore Carter Brown had a team-high three assists and added a goal for a four-point day.
  • Senior Adam Trombley and junior David Planning each scored twice, freshman Jake Withers won 14 faceoffs and picked up 11 groundballs, senior goalie Greg Dutton made nine saves and senior Joe Meurer caused three turnovers.
  • The Buckeyes return to action at 1 p.m. Saturday when they host Penn State in Ohio Stadium in a Creator's Trophy game.
Women's Lacrosse (2-2, 0-0 ALC)
Head coach: Alexis Venechanos
  • Junior Jackie Cifarelli notched five points and classmate Tori DeScenza tied her season high with seven saves, but the Ohio State women's lacrosse team fell just short, 9-7, at No. 13 Boston College Saturday afternoon at Newton Lacrosse Field in Newton, Mass.
  • Cifarelli, a native of Rockville Center, N.Y., tallied at least five points for the third time in four games this year and now leads the team with 21 points. Junior Mary Kate Facchina and classmate Hallie Keselman each notched a pair of goals for the Buckeyes.
  • The Buckeyes will wrap up a three-game road swing at Canisius at 1 p.m. March 1 in Buffalo, N.Y.
Pistol
Head coach: James Sweeney
  • Ohio State had a bye weekend; the Buckeyes return to action Friday, Feb. 28 at the NRA Air Pistol Sectionals at the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range.
No. 6 Rifle
Head coach: Ryan Tanoue
  • The Ohio State rifle team finished off its 2013-14 campaign with a score of 4653 Saturday at the Hugh W. Wylie Range. The team score was the fourth highest this season and the highest qualifier score ever fired by an Ohio State team.
  • Senior Amanda Luoma shot an impressive 587 to lead the team in smallbore, and a 592 to lead the team in air rifle.
  • Ohio State will now wait until Thursday for the official team and individual selections for the NCAA Rifle Championships.
Softball (4-6, 0-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Kelly Kovach Schoenly
  • Ohio State had a bye weekend; the Buckeyes return to action when it travels to Kissimmee, Fla. for the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic Feb. 28-March 2.
No. 4 Men's Swimming and Diving
Head coach: Bill Wadley
  • Ohio State had a bye weekend; the Buckeyes return to action Feb. 26 - March 1 at the Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich.
No. 15 Women's Swimming and Diving
Head coach: Bill Dorenkott
  • Freshman Taylor Vargo set a school record in the 200 breaststroke (2:11.62) as Ohio State concluded the 2014 Big Ten Championships by finishing in fourth place.
  • Ashley Vance, who established two school records at the championships (200 IM, 100 breaststroke), was named First Team All-Big Ten. She was also the Buckeyes' top overall point scorer (44). Vance claimed the conference title in the 200 individual medley on the second day of the championships.
  • The Buckeyes next compete Sunday, March 2 at the Last Chance Meet at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
Synchronized Swimming
Head coach: Holly Vargo-Brown
  • The Buckeyes will look to defend their crown at North Regional Championships in St. Louis, Mo., March 1. Ohio State has captured 23-consecutive North Regional Championships.
No. 5 Men's Tennis
Head coach: Ty Tucker
  • Despite dropping the doubles point and the first singles point, the No. 1 Ohio State men's tennis team (14-0) rallied to take the next four singles matches to defeat No. 10 Notre Dame, 4-2, Saturday afternoon in South Bend, Ind.
  • The No. 1 Ohio State men's tennis team (15-0, 1-0 Big Ten) netted a 5-2 victory over No. 58 Indiana Monday afternoon in Bloomington, Ind.
  • Senior Peter Kobelt (New Albany, Ohio) claimed match point for the second time in three days, defeating Sam Monette 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3 at No. 1 singles to improve to 9-1 in the dual season.
  • On Feb. 28, Ohio State will host No. 23 North Carolina (10-1) at 6 p.m. at the Varsity Tennis Center.
Women's Tennis
Head coach: Melissa Schaub
  • In front of a home crowd at the Varsity Tennis Center, the Ohio State women's tennis team upset No. 27 Tennessee, 4-3, Friday in Columbus, Ohio.
  • The Buckeyes claimed the doubles point and a trio of singles matches to claim their first victory over a ranked opponent this season and improve to 3-0 on their home courts.
  • Up next, the Buckeyes will begin Big Ten play on the road vs. Penn State Feb. 25 in State College, Pa., before hosting a doubleheader March 5 vs. Cincinnati at noon and Northern Kentucky at 6 p.m.
Men's Track and Field
Head coach: Ed Beathea
  • The 23rd-ranked Ohio State men's track and field team completed its final preparations for the upcoming Big Ten indoor championships Friday night at French Field House as hosts of the Buckeye Tune-up.
  • Ohio State claimed five wins on the night, highlighted by an impressive victory in the 60-meter hurdles from senior Justin Hines, who crossed the finish line in a personal-best time of 7.95 seconds. The winning time ranks the Fremont, Ohio, native fourth all-time at Ohio State in the event.
  • Ohio State returns to action next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28-March 1, at the Big Ten indoor championships in Geneva, Ohio.
Women's Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
  • The Ohio State women's track and field team hosted the Buckeye Tune-Up Friday night at French Field House.
  • Senior Ashlee Abraham, junior Alexandria Johnson, freshman Aaliyah Barnes, sophomore SoSo Walker, sophomore Tammy Berger, junior Nicole Hilton, sophomore Jasmine Glover and senior Emily Taylor all claimed victories.
  • The Buckeyes travel to Geneva, Ohio, for the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships Feb. 27 to March 1.
No. 14 Men's Volleyball (7-6, 4-2 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
  • The No. 14 Ohio State men's volleyball team earned a three-set sweep (25-18, 31-29, 25-23) Friday night over MIVA rival Grand Canyon in St. John Arena.
  • Redshirt junior Andrew Lutz led the squad with 13 kills, while freshman Miles Johnson added a career-best 11. Driss Guessous and Michael Henchy finished with nine and eight kills, respectively. Freshman setter Christy Blough had a match-best 40 assists.
  • Defensively, the Buckeyes tied a season-high with 11 blocks in the win, totaling a season-high eight solo blocks with six block assists. Lutz tied a season-best with four on the night (2s, 2a), while Henchy's three solo blocks was a career-best. Henchy had a match-high 11 digs, while freshman libero Gabriel Domecus added 10.
  • Ohio State capped the weekend with another three-set (25-18, 25-21, 25-20) sweep of Grand Canyon Saturday night in St. John Arena.
  • Guessos had a match-high 11 kills for Ohio State and finished the match with a .474 attack percentage. Johnson added nine kills and two solo blocks, while juniors Dustan Neary and Lutz had eight kills. Blough had a match-best 37 assists and chipped in two solo blocks with two kills.
  • The Scarlet and Gray closes out its five-match homestand hosting MIVA rival Ball State. The Buckeyes and the nationally-ranked Cardinals face off in a 7 p.m. ET match, Feb. 26, in St. John Arena. Admission is free.
No. 11 Wrestling (13-5, 4-4 Big Ten)
Head coach: Tom Ryan
  • Trailing No. 16 Virginia Tech, 16-14, with two matches remaining, the 11th-ranked Ohio State wrestling team received a momentum-changing win from senior 197-pounder Nick Heflin Sunday afternoon in St. John Arena to eventually win the match, 23-16.
  • In addition to the wins by the fourth-ranked Heflin and Nick Tavanello, Ohio State received victories from redshirt-freshman and No. 8 Johnni DiJulius (125 pounds), redshirt-junior and No. 3 Logan Stieber (141 pounds) and sophomore and No. 13 Mark Martin (174 pounds) in the final regular-season match of the 2013-14 campaign.
  • Up next, Ohio State will compete in the 2014 Big Ten Championships at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., March 8-9.
Ohio State Athletics Schedule
2.25.14 - 3.11.14

Tuesday, Feb. 25

  • Women's Tennis vs. Penn State, 4 p.m.
    State College, Pa.
Wednesday, Feb. 26
  • Men's Volleyball vs. Ball State, 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

  • Men's Swimming vs. Big Ten Championships, All Day
    Ann Arbor, Mich.
Thursday, Feb. 27
  • Men's Basketball vs. Penn State, 7 p.m.
    University Park, Pa.

  • Women's Basketball vs. Iowa, 7 p.m.
    Iowa City, Iowa

  • Men's Swimming vs. Big Ten Championships, All Day
    Ann Arbor, Mich.

  • Women's Track vs. Big Ten Indoor Championships, TBA
    Geneva, Ohio
Friday, Feb. 28
  • Baseball vs. Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m.
    Greenville, N.C.

  • Softball vs. Bradley, 1:15 p.m.
    Kissimmee, Fla.

  • Pistol vs. NRA Air Pistol Sectionals, 4 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range

  • Softball vs. Fordham, 5:45 p.m.
    Kissimmee, Fla.

  • Men's Tennis vs. North Carolina, 6 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Tennis Center

  • Men's Ice Hockey vs. Michigan, 6:30 p.m.
    Ann Arbor, Mich.

  • Women's Ice Hockey vs. Minnesota Duluth, 7:07 p.m.
    Duluth, Minn.

  • Men's Swimming vs. Big Ten Championships, All Day
    Ann Arbor, Mich.

  • Women's Track vs. Big Ten Indoor Championships, TBA
    Geneva, Ohio

  • Men's Track vs. Big Ten Indoor Championships, TBA
    Geneva, Ohio

  • Men's Swimming vs. Ohio Senior Championships, All Day
    Oxford, Ohio
Saturday, March 1
  • Pistol vs. NRA Air Pistol Sectionals, 10 a.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range

  • Baseball vs. Western Kentucky, 11:05 a.m.
    Greenville, N.C.

  • Men's Lacrosse vs. Penn State, 1 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Ohio Stadium

  • Women's Lacrosse vs. Canisius, 1 p.m.
    Buffalo, N.Y.

  • Men's Gymnastics vs. Arnold Challenge, 2 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Columbus Convention Center

  • Softball vs. Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m.
    Kissimmee, Fla.

  • Women's Soccer vs. Bowling Green, 4 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Woody Hayes Athletic Center

  • Softball vs. Florida, 5:45 p.m.
    Kissimmee, Fla.

  • Women's Ice Hockey vs. Minnesota Duluth, 7:07 p.m.
    Duluth, Minn.

  • Synchronized Swimming vs. North Regional Championships, TBA
    St. Louis, Mo.

  • Fencing vs. Midwest Conference Championships, All Day
    South Bend, Ind.

  • Men's Swimming vs. Ohio Senior Championships, All Day
    Oxford, Ohio

  • Men's Swimming vs. Big Ten Championships, All Day
    Ann Arbor, Mich.

  • Men's Track vs. Big Ten Indoor Championships, TBA
    Geneva, Ohio

  • Women's Track vs. Big Ten Indoor Championships, TBA
    Geneva, Ohio
Sunday, March 2
  • Softball vs. Missouri, 10 a.m.
    Kissimmee, Fla.

  • Men's Tennis vs. Penn State, 12 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Tennis Center

  • Men's Ice Hockey vs. Michigan, 1 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Arena

  • Men's Soccer vs. Cleveland State, 1 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Woody Hayes Athletic Center

  • Women's Basketball vs. Minnesota, 2 p.m.
    Minneapolis, Minn.

  • Baseball vs. East Carolina, 2:05 p.m.
    Greenville, N.C.

  • Women's Gymnastics vs. West Virginia, 3 p.m.
    Morgantown, W. Va.

  • Men's Basketball vs. Indiana, 4 p.m.
    Bloomington, Ind.

  • Fencing vs. Midwest Conference Championships, All Day
    South Bend, Ind.

  • Women's Ice Hockey vs. Minnesota Duluth, 7:07 p.m. (if necessary)
    Duluth, Minn.

  • Men's Golf vs. USF Invitational, All Day
    Tampa, Fla.

  • Men's Swimming vs. Ohio Senior Championships, All Day
    Oxford, Ohio

  • Women's Swimming vs. Last Chance Meet, 12 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
Monday, March 3
  • Men's Golf vs. USF Invitational, All Day
    Tampa, Fla.
Tuesday, March 4
  • Women's Lacrosse vs. Louisville, 4 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Ohio Stadium

  • Men's Golf vs. USF Invitational, All Day
    Tampa, Fla.
Wednesday, March 5
  • Women's Tennis vs. Northern Kentucky, 12 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Tennis Center

  • Women's Tennis vs. Cincinnati, 6 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Tennis Center

  • Men's Volleyball vs. IPFW, 7 p.m.
    Fort Wayne, Ind.
Friday, March 7
  • Softball vs. Massachusetts, 10 a.m.
    Louisville, Ky.

  • Softball vs. Ohio, 12 p.m.
    Louisville, Ky.

  • Men's Tennis vs. Oklahoma, 6 p.m.
    Norman, Okla.

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

  • Men's Ice Hockey vs. Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

  • Baseball vs. Oregon, 9:05 p.m.
    Eugene, Ore.

  • Women's Ice Hockey vs. TBA, TBA
    TBA
Saturday, March 8
  • Women's Tennis vs. Princeton, 10 a.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Tennis Center

  • Wrestling vs. Session I, 11 a.m.
    Madison, Wis.

  • Softball vs. Illinois State, 12 p.m.
    Louisville, Ky.

  • Men's Lacrosse vs. Hofstra, 1 p.m.
    Hempstead, N.Y.

  • Women's Gymnastics vs. Ball State, 4 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

  • Wrestling vs. Session II, 6 p.m.
    Madison, Wis.

  • Men's Ice Hockey vs. Minnesota, 6:30 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

  • Men's Gymnastics vs. Stanford, 7 p.m.
    Palo Alto, Calif.

  • Baseball vs. Oregon, 7:05 p.m.
    Eugene, Ore.

  • Women's Ice Hockey vs. TBA, TBA
    TBA

  • Fencing vs. NCAA Regional Qualifier, All Day
    Detroit, Mich.
Sunday, March 9
  • Wrestling vs. Session III, 12 p.m.
    Madison, Wis.

  • Women's Lacrosse vs. Northwestern, 12 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Ohio Stadium

  • Softball vs. Louisville, 12 p.m.
    Louisville, Ky.

  • Softball vs. Massachusetts, 12 p.m.
    Louisville, Ky.

  • Wrestling vs. Session IV, 2 p.m.
    Madison, Wis.

  • Baseball vs. Oregon, 3:05 p.m.
    Eugene, Ore.

  • Men's Basketball vs. Michigan State, 4:30 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center

  • Fencing vs. NCAA Regional Qualifier, All Day
    Detroit, Mich.

  • Men's Swimming vs. Georgia Tech, All Day
    Atlanta, Ga.
Monday, March 10
  • Women's Lacrosse vs. High Point, 3 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Ohio Stadium
Tuesday, March 11
  • Baseball vs. Oregon State, 3:05 p.m.
    Corvallis, Ore.

  • Men's Volleyball vs. Lewis, 8 p.m.
    Romeoville, Ill.
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