COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the first set of spring Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, Ohio State remains second behind Stanford and ahead of Michigan, USC and North Carolina.
The men’s volleyball team earned 100 points for their championship while women’s rowing tallied 90 for a second-place finish and men’s and women’s tennis each earned 73 points after ending their seasons fifth.
The men’s volleyball Buckeyes earned the program’s second national championship with a three-set sweep of top-seeded BYU May 7. Ohio State concluded the season with a 31-3 record, including a 23-match winning streak to end the season, while Pete Hanson was named National Coach of the Year and Nicolas Szerszen earned National Player of the Year laurels. In addition, Miles Johnson was named Most Valuable Player of the NCAA Tournament and Szerszen and Blake Leeson were name to the All-NCAA Tournament team.
The women’s rowing team, led by the third-consecutive NCAA title from the First Varsity Eight, earned a second-place finish behind champion California. The four-time defending Big Ten champion Buckeyes were paced by Catherine Shields, who was named Big Ten rowing Co-Athlete of the Year. Four team members received first team All-Region honors including Shields, Stephanie Williams, Sarah Davis and Sarah Asad.
The men’s tennis Buckeyes finished the season with a 33-3 record before dropping a tight 4-3 decision to California in the NCAA quarterfinals. Ohio State claimed its 11th Big Ten Tournament title as NCAA runner-up Mikael Torpegaard was named ITA’s Midwest Player to Watch and freshman Martin Joyce was named Midwest Rookie of the Year.
The women’s tennis team also won the Big Ten championship as Francesca Di Lorenzo was named ITA Midwest Rookie of the Year, Miho Kowase earned the Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship and Melissa Schaub was named Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year. The Buckeyes concluded their season in the NCAA quarterfinals with Di Lorenzo also reaching the NCAA singles round of 16.
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports -- 10 women’s and 10 men’s.
The next Division I spring standings will be released June 14.
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