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Ohio State Athletics Good News

Welcome to campus, Commissioner Warren …



§  It was a pleasure to host new Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren for about 16 hours this weekend as he begins his trek of seeing every Big Ten team at all 14 schools compete. The commissioner saw men’s volleyball, women’s lacrosse, men’s tennis, men’s hockey and the pistol team compete this weekend while in Columbus. Warren will be back on campus for a longer visit later this year.


§  Congratulations to new coach Amy Bokker, her staff and their women’s lacrosse team, which defeated Duquesne, 11-9, in its season opener. The Buckeyes came back from 3-0 and 4-2 deficits. The team then defeated Robert Morris, 13-8, yesterday to get to 2-0. Six different players have a multi-goal game already.


§  The men’s tennis team has defeated the No. 1 team in the nation twice in eight days. Yesterday, the team beat USC, 4-2, for its 90th consecutive home court win. Last Sunday the Buckeyes defeated No. 1 Texas. They also pummeled Arizona State this weekend and are now 10-0 on the season and ranked second.


§  The No. 13 men’s lacrosse team displayed overpowering offense in a season-opening, 23-9, victory over Detroit Mercy and dominant defense in a 11-4 victory over Boston to open its season 2-0 for the fifth consecutive year. Goalie Josh Kirson, playing just 30 minutes from his hometown of Newton, Mass, had a career-high 18 saves against BU, the most by a Buckeye goalie in 13 years. Jack Myers (6 goals, 6 assists, 12 points) and Tre Leclaire (8-3-11) already have double digit points.


§  The softball team opened its season at the Carolina Classic in Columbia, S.C., and went 3-1 with the only defeat to ranked USC. Pitcher Payton Buresch (2-1) pitched two complete games in the first two starts of her career and then pitched nine innings in relief in the weekend finale against UNC-Greensboro. Coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly is in her eighth season at Ohio State and is looking to guide the Buckeyes into an NCAA regional for the fifth consecutive year to extend her program’s school record.


§  Senior captains Kollin Moore and Luke Pletcher led the No. 6 Buckeyes to a “senior day” victory over Northwestern yesterday, 28-10. Both wrestlers are 23-0 this season and ranked No. 1 in their weight class.


§  The pistol team defeated Akron and Purdue this weekend in collegiate sectionals held at Converse Hall. Katelyn Abeln was first in both open and women’s sport pistol and Samuel Gens was first in air pistol. Remember those two names: both will be competing for U.S. Olympic Team berths for Tokyo 2020 later this month/early March in Fort Benning, Ga.


§  The No. 5 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team traveled to Tempe, Ariz., for the Southwest Cup and took second among four teams. No. 2 Stanford was first followed by Ohio State, No. 11 Cal and No. 12 Arizona State. Fr. Kazuki Hayashi and Jesse Tyndall went 1-2 on floor and Trevor Cummings and Luke Smigliani went 1-2 on pommel horse.


§  Women’s gymnastics produced a solid score of 195.100 on the road against Michigan yesterday afternoon, hitting season highs on three events in an electric meet that was televised nationally on the Big Ten Network. Fr. Ella Hodges was second on balance beam with a career-best 9.925 score.


§  The men’s golf team closed out Big Ten Match Play at Palm Coast, Fla. with an impressive, overpowering win over Michigan, 5-1, to finish the tourney with a 2-1 record. Felix Kvarnstrom and Patrick Schmucking each were 3-0 in tournament matches.


§  Women’s tennis, one of 16 teams to qualify for the Round of 16 at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Chicago, battled back from its first loss of the season, to No. 22 Georgia Tech, and defeated Michigan, 4-3, in the consolation round. Shiori FukudaDanielle WolfIsabelle Boulais and Luna Dormet had singles wins vs. UM. A close, 4-3, loss to No. 7 Texas ended the indoor run. The Buckeyes are now 4-2.


§  Men’s hoops has won three of its last four games to get to 15-8 overall with two home games this week: vs. Rutgers Wednesday and Purdue Saturday.


§  A tie on Friday against Penn State gave the men’s hockey team the extra league point and keeps the Buckeyes in striking distance of a Big Ten title with three weeks left in the regular season. Ohio State is one of three teams with 31 points. League leader Penn State has 33.


§  Both track and field teams competed this weekend at the 20-team Meyo Invite, held at the University of Notre Dame. Victorious for Ohio State: Annie Ubbing took first in the 800 (2:10.07) and Lainey Studebaker won the mile with a personal best time of 4:48.28. Cameron Cooper took third for the men in the 800 with a personal best time of 1:49.33, one of 10 personal bests for the men this weekend.


§  Men’s volleyball hosted two powerhouses, No. 3 UC Santa Barbara and two-time defending national champion Long Beach State. The Buckeyes dropped hard fought, 3-1, decisions to each: 26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-18 to the Gouchos and 25-21, 25-20, 28-30, 25-22 to the “Beach” and should not drop in the national polls, where the Buckeyes are 15th.


§  Three consecutive wins, over Wisconsin yesterday plus back-to-back road wins over Nebraska and Illlinois, has lifted the women’s basketball team’s record to 14-9 overall and 7-5 in the Big Ten.


§  Women’s hockey didn’t get a win at No. 9 Minnesota-Duluth, but my goodness did they attack: 92 shots on goal in the two games will have the team bursting with confidence heading into another huge road weekend at No. 1 Wisconsin. And dig this: the team has clinched home ice for the first round of the WCHA Playoffs Feb. 28-29!


§  Women’s golf is hosting the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge at Palos Verdes (Calif.) Golf Club for the 25th consecutive year. The Buckeyes are currently 14th. Play wraps up Tuesday.


§  After merely running the fastest time in the nation in the 200 meters (:22.86) and winning at the fast, fast Texas Tech Invite last weekend, Jr. Anavia Battle was named the Big Ten track athlete of the week for the second time in her career.


§  For the second time this season, a Buckeye is the national volleyball freshman of the week. Last week it was Michael Wright, who had 64 assists to spark the Ohio State offense to a .396 hitting percentage in wins over No. 4 Penn State and St. Francis. Samuel Clark was honored earlier this year.


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