Athletics Good Stuff

Nov. 13, 2012

Athletes of the Week
  • Women's volleyball senior outside hitter Mari Hole was named Big Ten Player of the Week after leading the Buckeyes to a 2-0 finish in Big Ten play last week as the squad defeated Northwestern (Nov. 7) and Illinois (Nov. 10). She totaled 40 kills over nine sets played, averaging 4.44 kills per set. She led the team with 42.5 points for a 4.72 average and had 25 digs for a 2.78 average on the week. Hole's performance helped Ohio State reach its fourth-straight 20-win season and the team now holds a 20-8 overall record. The Buckeyes are also currently tied for third in the Big Ten with an 11-5 record.

  • Men's cross country senior Donny Roys has been selected to compete at the NCAA Championships Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky. Roys was an automatic qualifier based on his individual 11th-place finish (31:19) at the Great Lakes Regional in Madison, Wis., Nov. 9. This will be Roys' third appearance at the NCAA Championships, but his first time being selected as an individual. The team made the championships his freshman and junior seasons. Roys was selected Second-Team All-Big Ten last season as well as winner of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. He finished 95th at the 2011 10k NCAA championships with a time of 30:59.

    No. 4 Men's Basketball (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
    Head Coach: Thad Matta

  • The Buckeyes season-opening game against Marquette aboard the USS Yorktown Nov. 9 was canceled when officials, coaches and administrators believed continuing condensation made the makeshift court too dangerous to play.
  • Ohio State returned home to host Albany Nov. 11, defeating the Great Danes, 82-60, at the Schottenstein Center.
  • Junior guard Aaron Craft paved the way for the Buckeyes with 20 points, while junior forward Deshaun Thomas scored 19 points and junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. and sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross scored 18 and 10 points, respectively.
  • The Buckeyes shot 57 percent from the field (32 of 56) and made 12 of 20 shots from beyond the arc.
  • Ohio State returns to action against Rhode Island in Uncasville, Conn., Nov. 17 in a 5 p.m. tip. The Buckeyes will then face Washington or Seton Hall Nov. 18 in a 4:30 p.m. tip.

    No. 20/21 Women's Basketball (0-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
    Head Coach: Jim Foster

  • Ohio State fell to No. 7 Notre Dame, 57-51, in the first women's game ever played on an aircraft carrier (USS Yorktown) in Charleston, S.C.
  • Senior guard Tayler Hill led the Buckeyes with 18 points, while redshirt-senior guard Amber Stokes scored 10 and junior center Ashley Adams collected a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
  • The Buckeyes return to action against Cincinnati Nov. 14, hosting the Bearcats in an 8 p.m. tip at the Schottenstein Center.

    Men's Cross Country
    Head coach: Ed Beathea

  • Ohio State competed at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Nov. 9 in Madison, Wis.
  • The Buckeyes placed eighth behind senior Donny Roys, who earned All-Regional honors with an 11th-place time of 31:19.
  • The remaining Top 5 finishers for the Scarlet and Gray were all freshman, as Brian Hannaford finished 39th with a time of 32:07, Curtis Hanle and Nicholas Pupino finished 63rd and 67th, respectively, with times of 32:32 and 32:37, and Blake Taneff finished 89th with a time of 33:04.
  • Senior Donny Roys will advance and compete at the NCAA Championships, held Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky.

    Women's Cross Country
    Head coach: Khadevis Robinson

  • Ohio State competed at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Nov. 9 in Madison, Wis.
  • The Buckeyes finished sixth overall, behind sophomore Michelle Thomas and junior Meredith Wagner who both earned All-Regional honors with 20th (20:50) and 25th (20:58) place finishes, respectively.
  • Senior Tori Brink (30th, 21:05), sophomore Nicole Hilton (42nd, 21:28), and sophomore Katie Borchers (49th, 21:33) also scored for the Scarlet and Gray.
  • The Buckeyes now await an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, which will be held Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky.

    Head Coach: Vladimir Nazlymov

  • Ohio State fencers completed four days of competition at the Division I North American Cup tournament in Virginia Beach, Va., Nov. 12.
  • Overall, 19 Buckeyes participated in the tournament, with three swashbucklers finishing Top 10 and seven earning spots in the Top 25. Senior Katarzyna Dabrowa led the team by earning seventh place in women's epee.
  • Junior Zain Shaito garnered eighth place in men's foil, earning another Top 10 title for the team, while sophomore Mona Shaito finished 14th for the Buckeyes on the women's side.
  • Sophomore Celina Merza offered direction for the women's sabre group by posting a 10th place finish.
  • The Ohio State fencing team will compete next Dec. 7-10 at the Division I North American Cup in Milwaukee, Wis.

    No. 6 Football (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten)
    Head coach: Urban Meyer

  • Ohio State is co-champion of the Big Ten Conference Leaders Division, earning no less than a share of the division title with its undefeated conference record. Wisconsin and Penn State are each 4-2 and a game-and-a-half back of the Buckeyes with two games left to play in the season. Any combination of an Ohio State win and Penn State and Wisconsin losses will clinch the Leaders Division title outright for the Buckeyes.
  • The Buckeyes had a bye week this week; Ohio State returns to action against Wisconsin in Madison Nov. 17. The game is set for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff and will air on ABC or ESPN2.

    Men's Hockey (2-3-1, 1-1-2-1 CCHA)
    Head Coach: Mark Osiecki

  • Ohio State opened its home schedule with a 1-1 tie and shootout win vs. Alaska Nov. 9 in Value City Arena.
  • Sophomore Max McCormick scored just 15 seconds into the third period to deadlock the game and senior goalie Brady Hjelle made 34 saves in the Buckeye net through overtime.
  • In the shootout, redshirt freshman Riley Simpson put Ohio State on the board and sophomore Ryan Dzingel scored the shootout winner in the sixth round after a save by Hjelle to open the round.
  • The Scarlet and Gray fell to Alaska, 3-1, the following night at Value City Arena.
  • Freshman goalie Collin Olson had 42 saves, and junior Chris Crane put Ohio State ahead 1-0 at 19:15 of the first period with a 5-on-3 goal but the Buckeyes were unable to maintain the lead.
  • Ohio State will continue its four-game homestand when it hosts Northern Michigan Friday and Saturday (Nov. 16-17) at 7:05 p.m. in Value City Arena.

    No. 8 Women's Hockey (9-3-0, 7-3-0 WCHA)
    Head Coach: Nate Handrahan

  • Ohio State had a bye week this past weekend; the Buckeyes return to action Nov. 16-17 against Wisconsin at Value City Arena in Columbus. The games are set for 2:07 p.m. both afternoons, and mark the first regular season women's hockey games played in the facility.
  • Ohio State women's hockey senior forward Minttu Tuominen and junior defenseman Annie Svedin along with former Buckeyes Lisa Chesson, Tessa Bonhomme and Natalie Spooner represented their respective countries at the 2012 Four Nations Cup this past week, in Vantaa and Kerava, Finland.
  • Tuominen represented Team Finland, while Svedin is skated with Team Sweden. Chesson was with Team USA, while Bonhomme and Spooner were with Team Canada.

    Head Coach: James Sweeney

  • The pistol team hosts Akron Nov. 17 at the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range. The match is set to begin at 9 a.m.
  • The Buckeyes enter the match coming off of recent wins at Purdue (4,616-3,620) Oct. 28 and at Texas A&M (6,316-5,000) Nov. 3.
  • The Buckeyes swept each event at Purdue, outshooting the Boilermakers in free pistol (1,007-669), standard pistol (2,218-1,677) and air pistol (1,481-1,274).
  • Ohio State senior Gary Reburn placed in each event for the Buckeyes, taking first in air pistol (375), tying for second in free pistol (255) with teammate Jason Reineck, and finishing third in standard pistol (518).
  • At Texas A&M, the Buckeyes also swept each event in open competition. The Scarlet and Gray was led by junior Joe Totts who took first place in both standard (553) and 60-shot air pistol (555), and junior A.J. Tourigny who finished first in free pistol (516).
  • With his fourth-consecutive win in standard pistol, Totts has now placed first in standard pistol in each match this season.

    No. 12 Rifle
    Head Coach: Ryan Tanoue

  • Ohio State was in action Nov. 10-11, hosting the defending NCAA National Champions TCU as well as Nebraska, Nevada and UTEP at the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range.
  • The Buckeyes put in a solid performance on Saturday, tallying 4,594 points overall. TCU tallied 4,708 points, while Nebraska and Nevada tallied 4,642 and 4,626 points, respectively.
  • Ohio State was led by junior Amanda Luoma in both smallbore (576) and air rifle (584).
  • On Sunday, Ohio State (4,609) fell one point short of its season-high against Nebraska (4,639), Nevada (4,629) and UTEP (4,503).
  • Luoma fired a personal best combined score of 1171, while freshman Alexander Kimura fired a personal best 565 in smallbore.
  • The Buckeyes now have two weeks off before returning to action at the USA Shooting Winter Air Rifle Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nov. 29-Dec.2.

    Men's Soccer (6-10-3, 0-4-1 Big Ten)
    Head coach: John Bluem

  • Ohio State concluded its season with a 2-0 loss to Northwestern in the Big Ten quarterfinals Nov. 7 at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill.
  • The Buckeyes held Northwestern scoreless for the final 78-plus minutes of regulation, but two early goals created a gap the Buckeyes were unable to overcome.
  • The Scarlet and Gray end the 2012 season with a 6-10-3 record.

    No. 25 Women's Soccer (16-4-2, 8-2-1 Big Ten)
    Head Coach: Lori Walker

  • The 16th-ranked and fourth-seeded Ohio State women's soccer team saw its season come to a close as Oakland advanced with a 3-1 penalty kick victory after playing to a 1-1 draw in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Nov. 10 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
  • Senior forward Tiffany Cameron scored her 21st goal of the season in the second half to tie the game, 1-1, but despite the Buckeyes tallying 15 second-half shots to two for the Grizzlies, the game went into overtime.
  • Ohio State and Oakland were both unable to tally a game-winner in either overtime period, sending the game into penalty kicks. Oakland held the advantage in penalty kicks, 3-2, to advance to the second round.
  • The 2012 seniors wrap up their careers as the winningest class in school history with 59 wins. The group of Cameron, Lauren Granberg, Jessie Greenberg, Kendyl Reed and Aly Walker advanced to the NCAA Tournament all four seasons, reaching the first College Cup and earning the first Big Ten Championship in program history in 2010.
  • Cameron leaves Ohio State as the Buckeyes' all-time leading goal scorer with 40 goals, and tallied 96 career points, also the most in school history.

    No. 22 Men's Swimming and Diving
    Head Coach: Bill Wadley

  • Ohio State pulled off two dual wins Nov. 9, defeating No. 13 Tennessee in Knoxville, 176.50-123.50, and Miami (Ohio), 140-112, in Columbus at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
  • In Knoxville, the Buckeyes claimed the first three events of the meet as the 200 medley relay team comprised of Steven Zimmerman, Keanu Stevenson, Tim Phillips and Jason Schnur took first to start things off with a time of 1:28.56.
  • Junior distance swimmer Alex Miller looked strong in his two races against the Volunteers, claiming wins in the 1000 freestyle (9:16.38) and 500 freestyle (4:28.17), respectively. The Buckeyes held a 123.50-83 advantage over the Volunteers following the conclusion of the 500 freestyle.
  • In diving, Shane Miszkiel, the back-to-back Big Ten Diver of the Week, won the three-meter springboard competition with a total score of 387.98, while Christian Holstein finished second in the one-meter event with a total score of 349.80.
  • In Columbus, led by first-year assistant coach Dave Rollins, the Buckeyes took event wins in 11 events vs. the RedHawks, while six underclassmen earned victories.
  • Ohio State is back in action at the Cleveland State Invitational Nov. 16-18 in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Women's Swimming and Diving
    Head Coach: Bill Dorenkott

  • Ohio State fell at No. 8 Tennessee, 191-109, Nov. 9 at the Allan Joes Intercollegiate Aquatics Center in Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Senior Emily Creran led the way for the Buckeyes, posting the team's lone individual victory in the 200 backstroke (1:59.63). Fellow senior Kelsey Moran followed in second with a 2:01.97 performance. Both times were the fastest recorded for the Scarlet and Gray in the 200 backstroke this season.
  • Junior Kelly Ann Baird led Ohio State's distance contingent, with a time of 4:51.55 in the 500 freestyle and a time of 9:56.89 in the 1000 freestyle.
  • The Scarlet and Gray also competed against Ohio University Nov. 10, at the Ohio University Aquatic Center in Athens, Ohio.
  • The Buckeyes defeated the Bobcats, 182-112, posting wins in 13 of 16 events on the day.
  • Baird touched first in two individual events, the 200 freestyle (1:49.82) and the 200 backstroke (2:01.95).
  • In diving, two-time consecutive Big Ten Diver of the Week Cheyenne Cousineau won the 3-meter event with a 329.18 total points.
  • Ohio State now has a brief break in action before hosting the Ohio State Invitational Nov. 30 - Dec. 2.

    No. 5 Wrestling
    Head Coach: Tom Ryan

  • The Buckeyes did not compete this past week; Ohio State begins the dual schedule Nov. 15, when the Scarlet and Gray travels to Davidson, N.C., to take on Davidson at 7 p.m. The following day, the Buckeyes will face Virginia Tech at 7 p.m.

    Men's Tennis
    Head Coach: Ty Tucker

  • In the first round of the 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, Ohio State redshirt junior Peter Kobelt suffered a three-set loss to Jonas Lutjen of Mississippi.
  • Kobelt, the tournament's No. 2 seed, won the first set 6-3 before Lutjen evened the match with a 6-2 second-set victory. In the third set, Lutjen prevailed in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (1) to advance to the second round.
  • The ITA National Indoors wrapped up the Buckeyes' fall schedule. The team begins its spring season Jan. 16 with a home doubleheader vs. Butler at noon and Xavier at 6 p.m. at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center.

    Women's Tennis
    Head Coach: Melissa Schaub

  • Ohio State concluded its fall season Sunday at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. Four Buckeyes traveled to Arizona for the tournament, where they were joined by players from Michigan, BYU, Cal, Kansas State, San Diego and host Arizona State.
  • Senior Gabby Steele posted a singles win for the Buckeyes Sunday, defeating Cal's Alice Duranteau in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 (0). Steele and redshirt freshman Nicole Flower topped Cal's duo of Lynn Chi and Duranteau, 8-3, Sunday as well.
  • For the tournament, Steele led the Buckeyes with four wins, going undefeated after dropping her main draw first round match. Flower and seniors Kara Cecil and Fidan Manashirova all had two singles victories on the weekend.
  • The Buckeyes open the spring season at West Virginia, taking on the Mountaineers in Morgantown Jan. 19. Matches will begin at 12 p.m.

    No. 15 Women's Volleyball (20-8, 11-5 Big Ten)
    Head coach: Geoff Carlston

  • Ohio State held on for a 3-1 (25-17, 25-27, 25-23, 25-20) win over Northwestern Nov. 7 at St. John Arena.
  • Senior Mari Hole notched her 14th double-double of the year, with a team-best 19 kills and 13 digs. Senior Mariah Booth and junior Kaitlyn Leary each had 10 kills for Ohio State while sophomore Anna Faul and senior Emily Danks had five apiece.
  • Defensively, the Buckeyes finished with 15 team blocks highlighted by Faul's seven. She totaled a career-best four solo blocks with three block assists.
  • Ohio State earned its fourth-straight 20-win season with a 3-2 (25-23, 16-25, 25-23, 16-25, 17-15) win over Illinois Nov. 10 at St. John Arena.
  • The win marked the first time since 2007 the Buckeyes have swept the series with the Illini.
  • Senior Mari Hole picked up her 15th double-double of the season, finishing with 21 kills and 12 digs to guide the Buckeyes to the win. Her 21 kills was her seventh match this season with 20 or more.
  • The Scarlet and Gray also totaled 16.0 blocks to tie a season-high this year.
  • Ohio State returns to action Nov. 16 and 17, facing Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., and Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., respectively. Game times are both set for 7 p.m.

    Ohio State Athletics Schedule
    Nov. 13 - Nov. 27

    Wednesday, Nov. 14
    Women's Basketball vs. Cincinnati, 8 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center

    Thursday, Nov. 15
    Wrestling at Davidson, 7 p.m.
    Davidson, N.C.

    Friday, Nov. 16
    Women's Ice Hockey vs. Wisconsin, 2:07 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center

    Women's Volleyball at Purdue, 7 p.m.
    West Lafayette, Ind.

    Wrestling at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m.
    Blacksburg, Va.

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

    Men's Swimming and Diving at Cleveland State Invitational, All Day
    Cleveland, Ohio

    Saturday, Nov. 17
    Football at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m.
    Madison, Wis.

    Men's Basketball vs. Rhode Island, 5 p.m.
    Uncasville, Conn.

    Women's Basketball vs. Winthrop, 2 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

    Pistol vs. Buckeye Corral, 9 a.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range

    Women's Ice Hockey vs. Wisconsin, 2:07 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center

    Women's Volleyball at Indiana, 7 p.m.
    Bloomington, Ind.

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

    Women's Cross Country vs. NCAA Championships, TBA
    Louisville, Ky.

    Men's Cross Country vs. NCAA Championships, TBA
    Louisville, Ky.

    Men's Swimming and Diving at Cleveland State Invitational, All Day
    Cleveland, Ohio

    Sunday, Nov. 18
    Men's Basketball vs. Washington or Seton Hall, 4:30 p.m.
    Uncasville, Conn.

    Wrestling vs. Pittsburgh, 2 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

    Men's Swimming and Diving at Cleveland State Invitational, All Day
    Cleveland, Ohio

    Tuesday, Nov. 20
    Women's Basketball vs. St. Francis (Pa.), 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center

    Wednesday, Nov. 21
    Women's Volleyball vs. Penn State, 7 p.m.
    State College, Pa.

    Friday, Nov. 23
    Men's Basketball vs. Missouri-Kansas City, 6 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center

    Women's Volleyball vs. Michigan, 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

    Women's Ice Hockey vs. Princeton, 7:07 p.m.
    Princeton, N.J.

    Men's Ice Hockey vs. Lake Superior State, 7:35 p.m.
    Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

    Saturday, Nov. 24
    Football vs. Michigan, 12 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Ohio Stadium

    Women's Ice Hockey vs. Princeton, 4:07 p.m.
    Princeton, N.J.

    Men's Ice Hockey vs. Lake Superior State, 7:05 p.m.
    Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

    Sunday, Nov. 25
    Women's Basketball vs. Wright State, 1 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Ohio Stadium