Around the Oval on Wednesday, September 4

By Miles Joseph on September 4, 2013 at 9:30p

Around the Oval is Eleven Warriors' weekly love letter to Ohio State sports that don't get the coverage they should.

Taylor Sherwin is your athlete of the week

Ohio Stadium was packed Saturday afternoon for the football team's 40-20 season opening victory over the Buffalo Bulls. While that may have been the biggest event of the last week, a lot has happened in other Buckeye sports since last Wednesday.

The Ohio State women's soccer team, led by coach Lori Walker, continued their strong start to the 2013 season last week.

They went 1-0-1 last week and are now 3-0-1 for the season. Their victory came over the Pittsburgh Panthers (2-0) and the draw against the Arizona Wildcats (0-0).

Freshmen Alexis Degler scored the first goal of her career, while junior BYU transfer Kayla Varner scored her first goal as a Buckeye in the showdown against Pitt.

The 24th ranked Bucks will hit the road tomorrow to take on Boston College.

Join us after the jump to learn more about The Ohio State University's smaller sports.

Men's Soccer

The Ohio State men's soccer team opened their season with a 1-1 record at the John and Iris Wolstein Classic last weekend.

They took a 2-1 double-overtime loss to UNC Wilmington Friday night. The lone goal was scored by senior Sage Gardner. The Scarlet and Gray played shorthanded for the last minute of the game and all of overtime.

Their fortune was better Sunday, as they topped Northern Illinois 2-0 for their first win of the season. Senior Alex Harrison and junior Ryan Ivancic were the goal scorers in the game, their first goals as Buckeyes.

College golf gets underway this weekend

The Bucks are set to take on ninth ranked Tulsa and Southern Methodist this weekend as part of the Hurricane Classic in Tulsa, Okla.

Women's Volleyball

The 23rd ranked women's volleyball team kicked off their season with a bang, going 3-0 last week.

They took their season opener against Liberty winning 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 26-24). Senior Kaitlyn Leary led the Bucks with 21 kills.

OSU followed their win with a close victory over Wisconsin Green-Bay the very next day. Junior Taylor Sherwin played a big role in the 3-2 (29-27, 22-25, 25-19, 23-25, 15-13) victory by totaling a career high 68 assists.

On Sunday, the Bucks captured the Northern Illinois Invitation title by defeating the host school 3-2 (22-25, 25-12, 25-22, 20-25, 15-9). Sherwin was named the tournament MVP and Buckeye athlete of the week for her efforts.

Their season continues with a trip to Florida for the Four Points by  Sheration Seminole Invitational.

Cross Country

The men's and women's cross country teams both got off to strong starts over the weekend as they both won the Flyer 5K Challenge.

First, the men were in Kettering, Ohio for there races. Four Buckeyes placed in the top ten, and they tallied enough points to defeat second place IUPUI by 12 points.

The Buckeye women's race took place in Kettering too, where they placed five runners in the top ten and also defeated second place IUPUI by 29 points.

Both teams will be back on the track in two weeks when they compete at the Big Ten preview in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Field Hockey

The OSU field Hockey team has started their 2013 season with a 1-1 record.

They dropped their opener against Temple 4-1. The Bucks went up 1-0 on Paige Hamilton's first career goal, but it was all Owls after that.

Their season continued the next day against 20th ranked New Hampshire. The Buckeyes pulled off a 3-2 upset, thanks to a last second goal by Hamilton that sent the game into extra time. The Bucks went on to win in a shootout.

Their season continues with their home opener Missouri State at 3:00 on Saturday.

Men's Golf

The men's golf team opens their season this weekend at the Northern Intercollegiate tournament in Sugar Grove, Illinois.


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nm_buck's picture

Y'all show a pic of golf clubs... when you could have posted pics of the women's volleyball team in action?

"The future is bright at Ohio State."  - Urban Meyer 1/1/15

southbymidwest's picture

Thanks Miles! Appreciate reading about other OSU sports!

pjtobin's picture

I enjoy hearing about our other sports. Thanks for the updates. And Go Bucks!

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

Kurt's picture

Good stuff Miles!.  Might also be cool to have a little blurb about upcoming events/matches/games.  I live in NYC and if I know in semi-advance that women's basketball or the rugby team or something is playing in the area I could get out to see and support them.  Maybe some others out there would find this helpful as well.  Keep up the good work.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Thanks Miles for the update. I can't wait for Big Ten season to get here for volleyball. Its gonna be blood bath as the conference is stacked from top to bottom. The NIU win should give us some good practice before B1G season begins. Wish we played a few more Pac-12 schools though. Good luck to the girls in the Florida State Invitational this weekend. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


rampageripster's picture

The NIU tourney was rough.  Those are three teams we should beat easily (though NIU at home is much more of a challenge).  This weekend, the game gets stepped up BIG time.  FSU and WKU are top 15 squads and we have to play both in the same day... yikes.
This'll be an interesting year for the B1G.  PSU is the clear favorite (last year was a rebuilding one by their standards) but there are a lot of teams that could fight for a top 3 finish.  It's a rebuilding year for the Bucks after losing a large majority of the offense in Hole, Danks, and Booth plus our setter Peterson.  Sherwin has plenty of experience and talent, so the setter position should be fine, but Coach Carlston is going to have to find offense somewhere new as only Leary has significant meaningful experience.  The good news? Di'Salvatore and Mandolfo are both VERY experienced and quite good in the backcourt, so our defense should be to notch. Right now, I'd predict us to finish 7th in the B1G and sneak into the tournament on the bubble. But, if one of the new Outsides or Kacsits (sp?) in the midde can emerge as a serious offensive threat, this team has the talent to finish top 5 in conference.

Cause I couldn't go for three

braxonbraxonbrax's picture

also something not mentioned about women's soccer was in the win over Morehead State to start the season, head coach Lori Walker picked up her 200th career win.

Miles Joseph's picture

We touched on the Morehead State and EMU victories in last week's Around the Oval.

Coqui's picture

OSU Women's Volleyball beat Dabrowa (Polish National Team) in 5 sets last night with Andrea Kacsits leading the team with 12 kills as well