Ohio State Athletics Good Stuff
April 24, 2017

Athletes of the Week

Jaclyn Lee, Women's golf

  • 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 imprLee earned All-Tournament Team accolades on the strength of a Top-5 individual finish in the 83-player field. Lee rattled off rounds of 72-70-76 (+2) to tie for fifth place. She racked up 14 birdies down in the Queen City, ranking second in the competition.

Johnny Pearson, Men's lacrosse

  • Pearson scored the overtime winner 2:57 into the sudden death stanza to give Ohio State the victory over No. 2 Maryland on Saturday. Pearson scored a goal in the fourth period to give the Buckeyes a 10-8 lead with 6:06 to play. Pearson is third on the team with 20 goals and fourth with 25 points. It was his third straight two-goal game and his seventh multiple-goal game of the year.

No. 1 Men's Volleyball (30-2, 16-0 MIVA) - MIVA Champs

  • Ohio State punched its ticket to the 2017 NCAA Championships by blitzing Grand Canyon in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament Finals. The Buckeyes won in three sets -- 25-16, 25-22, 25-11 -- to capture the 16th MIVA Tournament title in school history (a league high).
  • In the championship match, Christy Blough navigated the Buckeyes to a .464 team attacking efficiency, pushing 30 assists to his Buckeye brethren. Miles Johnson was the recipient of a team-high 11 terminated connections while hitting .348. Maxime Hervoir and Nicolas Szerszen each recorded nine kills and attacked .471 or better. Driss Guessous batted a 1.000, bouncing all seven of his attempts for kills.
  • Johnson was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament, and was joined by Blough and Szerszen on the All-Tournament Team. The win enabled Ohio State to secure the No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes will play their first game on Thursday, May 4, at St. John Arena (8 p.m. ET).

No. 2 Men's Tennis (26-3, 11-0 Big Ten) -- Big Ten Regular Season Champs

  • Ohio State won its 12th-straight Big Ten regular season title this weekend with victories over No. 21 Northwestern and Illinois.
  • Ohio State becomes just the seventh program in any sport in Big Ten history to win 12 or more straight conference crowns.
  • This year's undefeated run marks Ohio States 11th undefeated Big Ten season under Ty Tucker in the past 12 years.

No. 5 Women's Tennis (25-2, 11-0 Big Ten) -- Big Ten Regular Season Champs

  • For the second-straight season, the Buckeyes maneuvered through Big Ten play and came away unscathed to win their second consecutive Big Ten regular season title.
  • Ohio State picked up wins over Indiana (7-0) and Purdue (4-0) over the weekend to secure the title.
  • The Scarlet and Gray dropped just one point in 11 league matches en route to the title, outscoring their opponents 73-1. The squad was 62-1 in singles play and 24-1 in doubles matches. The shutout on Sunday over Purdue was the team's eighth in a row and 18th of the season, extending the program record for shutouts in a single campaign.

No. 2 Men's Gymnastics

  • Ohio State finished second at the NCAA Championships with a season-high score of 423.700 points on Saturday. The second-place finish was the best by the Buckeyes since 2005.
  • Five Buckeyes earned All-America honors at the meet, led by Sean Melton who earned the award in three different events. Melton was the high scorer for Ohio State in the all-around with 86.400 to finish in fourth. The junior earned a silver finish on the rings (14.900) and bronze on the high bar (14.500).
  • Alec Yoder placed two spots behind Melton with a tally of 84.950 in the all-around to earn All-America honors. Yoder also was the high Buckeye on the pommel horse with a score of 14.800 to place fourth on the pommel horse.
  • Jake Dastrup (14.550) and David Szarvas (14.500) joined Yoder as pommel horse All-Americans with seventh and eighth-place finishes, respectively. Joey Bonanno was named an All-American for the first time of his career with a 14.400 on floor to finish in a three-way tie for sixth.

No. 4 Women's Rowing

  • Ohio State took second place out of 21 teams at the Clemson Invite with 125 points. The Buckeyes won 11 of 15 races on the weekend, including clean sweeps from the First and Second Varsity Four.
  • Ohio State's 2V4 is now an impressive 8-0 on the season in races. In those eight races, the 2V4 has defeated a total of 24 opponents.

No. 8 Men's Lacrosse (12-2, 3-1 Big Ten)

  • A goal from Johnny Pearson at 2:57 into the sudden death overtime period helped Ohio State knock off second-ranked Maryland on Saturday at The Shoe, 11-10.
  • Pearson corralled the groundball from Eric Fannell's shot that ricocheted off the post to and snuck one past the goalkeeper to help Ohio State improve to 3-1 in league play.
  • Fannell had a game-high and career-best five goals. Senior Jake Withers won 18-of-25 faceoffs and picked up a game-high 10 groundballs, with junior Freddy Freibott picking up eight groundballs. Senior Tom Carey made 10 saves in the Buckeye cage. Seniors John Kelly, Tyler Pfister and JT Blubaugh also scored, with Kelly picking up an assist.

Women's Golf

  • Ohio State took third at the Big Ten Championships with a three-round total of 13-over par (296-294-287 | 877).
  • Jaclyn Lee earned All-Tournament Team accolades on the strength of a Top-5 individual finish in the 83-player field. Lee rattled off rounds of 72-70-76 (+2) to tie for fifth place. She racked up 14 birdies down in the Queen City, ranking second in the competition. Fellow sophomore Niki Schroeder was the story in the final round though, rifling home a 3-under 69 to jump up into 11th place (+4). She rolled in one of 10 eagles in the event, adding it to four birdies for the Buckeyes' top round.

Men's Golf

  • Sophomore Will Grimmer tied for ninth place in the 81-player Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, marking the fourth Top-10 and 12th Top-25 of his young budding career. He strung together a steady line of 74-75-73 to pace the Buckeyes in their capture of fourth place -- even with No. 49 Penn State at 51-over (903).
  • As a team, the Buckeyes finished fourth out of 15 teams with a three-round score of 51-over par (297-302-304-903).

Track and Field

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
4.24.17-4.30.17

Thursday, April 27

  • Men's Golf, Big Ten Championships, All Day -- Baltimore, Md.
  • Women/Men Track and Field, Drake Relays, All Day -- Des Moines, Iowa

Friday, April 28

  • Softball, vs. Iowa, 6 p.m. -- Columbus, Ohio
  • Baseball, vs. Nebraska, 6:30 p.m. -- Columbus, Ohio
  • Women/Men Track and Field, Drake Relays, All Day -- Des Moines, Iowa
  • Men's Golf, Big Ten Championships, All Day -- Baltimore, Md.
  • Men's Tennis, Big Ten Championships, 9 a.m. -- West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Women's Tennis, Big Ten Championships, 10 a.m. -- Champaign, Ill.

Saturday, April 29

  • Men's Lacrosse, at Rutgers, 12 p.m. -- New Brunswick, N.J.
  • Softball, vs. Iowa, 2 p.m. -- Columbus, Ohio
  • Baseball, vs. Nebraska, 3 p.m. -- Columbus, Ohio
  • Women/Men Track and Field, Drake Relays, All Day -- Des Moines, Iowa
  • Men's Golf, Big Ten Championships, All Day -- Baltimore, Md.
  • Women's Tennis, Big Ten Championships, TBA -- Champaign, Ill.
  • Men's Tennis, Big Ten Championships, TBA -- West Lafayette, Ind.

Sunday, April 30

  • Baseball, vs. Nebraska, 12 p.m. -- Columbus, Ohio
  • Softball, vs. Iowa, 1 p.m. -- Columbus, Ohio
  • Women's Tennis, Big Ten Championships, TBA -- Champaign, Ill.
  • Men's Tennis, Big Ten Championships, TBA -- West Lafayette, Ind.

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