Around the Oval on Wednesday, September 11

By John Brandon on September 11, 2013 at 9:30p
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Around the Oval is Eleven Warriors' weekly love letter to Ohio State sports that don't get the coverage they should.

The women's volleyball team is off to a hot start  
Senior Kaitlyn Leary, B1G PoW

With football season fully underway and basketball season just around the corner, Buckeye fans have a lot to be excited about this time of year.  But while Kenny G and the football Buckeyes were orchestrating a 42-7 victory against Brady Hoke's old team, several other Ohio State teams were making waves of their own.

Perhaps most notably, the women's volleyball team had another phenomenal week.  Led by head coach Geoff Carlston and National player of the week Kaitlyn Leary, the Lady Bucks went 4-0 with victories over Dabrowa Górnicza (a Polish professional team), 16th-ranked Western Kentucky, 15th-ranked Florida State (which ended a 24-game home winning streak for the 'Noles), and Florida Gulf Coast. 

The latter three victories resulted in the Buckeyes winning the Four Points by Sheraton Seminole Invitational title, and in the latest poll, they rose from 23rd to 13th. 

The Bucks host IUPUI, Southeast Missouri, and Xavier this weekend in the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic.

Join us after the jump to see what other Buckeye teams are getting into the swing of things.

Golf

The men's golf team finished seventh out of 15 teams in their first tournament of the year, the Northern Intercollegiate.  The Buckeyes started off a little slow, shooting 23 over par as a team on the opening day, good for 12th place, but finished strong by shooting even-par on the third and final day of competition. 

The Bucks were led by freshman Frederik Hammer (20th place, 5 over par) and sophomore Michael Bernard (24th place, 7 over par).

Royal Affair: Prince has Lady Bucks off to fast startNichelle Prince is your player of the week

The seventh place finish was good enough for Ohio State to beat 25th ranked St. Mary's (California) by 14 strokes, which, along with strong performances by underclassmen, gives the Buckeyes plenty to build on early in the season. 

The men's golf team is off this weekend, and returns to action next weekend when they head to Lake Forest, Illinois for the Windon Memorial.

The women's golf team, led by coach Therese Hession and senior Allison Harper, tees off for the first time this weekend in East Lansing for the Mary Fossum Invitational.

Men's Soccer

The men's soccer team went 1-1 on the weekend to even up their record at 2-2 on the season, with key performances from new players a common theme. 

The Buckeyes lost their first game of the weekend to the 22nd-ranked Tulsa Hurricane, a game which saw freshman Christian Soldat score his first career goal as a Buckeye.  This Ohio State team is quite inexperienced, returning only four seniors out of a 31-man roster (with one of those seniors playing on the team for the first time), and Tulsa was able to capitalize on the young Bucks' mistakes.  "Their first two goals were direct results of things we did wrong and from there, it was a hole we couldn’t dig out of," Ohio State head coach John Bluem said.

The Buckeyes bounced back on Sunday afternoon though, defeating SMU 1-0 behind stellar goal keeping by Alex Ivanov and Senior Denio Leone's first career goal.  This time last year, Leone was actually on the Ohio State club soccer team, but is already making a big impact a few games into his first year on the big stage.  Ohio State won despite managing only two shots on goal, compared to SMU's 10, a true testament to Ivanov's goaltending.

The Bucks are really young but talented, as first-year players have accounted for 11 of their 15 goals.  This Buckeye team is only going to get better and could certainly be a force to be reckoned with once they learn to limit mistakes.  Ohio State travels to Bowling Green on Friday, before coming back to Columbus for a date with Wright State on Tuesday night.

Women's Soccer

The Ohio State women's soccer team also went 1-1 this week, losing at Boston College before knocking off Northeastern.  The 1-0 loss to Boston College came on an 80th minute goal, and snapped a 15-match unbeaten streak.  The Lady Bucks came close to scoring once, with a shot by sophomore Marisa Wolf in the 22nd minute that just missed, but for the most part the game was a complete defensive stalemate.

On Sunday Ohio State rebounded with a 4-1 victory over Northeastern, behind a hat-trick by freshman Nichelle Prince.  Prince, a Canadian native and member of the Canadian U-20 national team, already has 4 goals and 4 assists through 6 games, leading the team in both categories.

Similar to their male counterparts, the women's soccer team is dominated by youth, with 13 of their 27 players being freshman, and only 5 returning seniors.  In fact, the two leading goal-scorers for the Lady Buckeyes are freshman (Prince and Lindsay Agnew), with freshman scoring 8 of their 11 goals.  

Already off to a great start, the sky is the limit for this team.  They head to Bloomington, Indiana this weekend to face Central Michigan on Friday, before taking on undefeated St. John's on Sunday.  This weekend will conclude the non-conference schedule, as the Buckeyes begin Big 10 play next Friday when they host Illinois.

Field Hockey

With two top-10 matchups next week looming, the Ohio State field hockey team defeated Missouri State 5-1 before falling to Bucknell 3-2 in overtime.  With the split, the Buckeyes move to 2-2 on the season.

In the first game of the week, sophomore Peanut Johnson (not to be confused with the former female negro league pitcher) led the way with a hat trick and the Bucks handled Missouri State.  Ohio State also got goals from senior co-captains Nora Murer and Arielle Cowie, while junior Sarah Lemieux and senior Emma Voelker split time in goal.

On Sunday, the Bucks lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Bucknell.  After taking an early 2-0 lead roughly 10 minutes into the game on goals from seniors Nora Murer and Mona Frommhold, Bucknell tied the game with 2 quick goals of their own on only 3 shots near the end of the 1st half.  After a scoreless 2nd half the teams went to sudden death overtime, which saw the Lady Bucks attempt two shots on goal before Bucknell scored the winning goal 8 minutes into the overtime period.

Ohio State heads to Syracuse next, where they will face-off against 7th-ranked Massachusetts (Saturday) and 6th-ranked Syracuse (Sunday).

Upcoming events

The men's soccer team and women's volleyball team both have home games this coming week.  This is just a reminder that students can attend all of these events for free, and everyone else can attend for typically $5 or less.  So if you're in town, stop by and support your Buckeyes and enjoy a great experience.

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

The Bucks were led by freshman Frederik Hammer (20th place, 5 over par) and sophomore Michael Bernard (24th place, 7 over par).

Frosh Freddy the Hammer!!!  Guy strokes it.
 
Welcome to the best site on the tronz John Brandon...NOW DROP AND GIVE ME 20, PLEDGE!

rampageripster's picture

Highest ranking for the Volleyball Buckeyes since Sept, 2006 when they were #12... there is a solid chance they could enter the B1G regular season 12-0

Cause I couldn't go for three

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

I attended a few matches that year (my freshman year).  They were pretty good then, as they seem to be now.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

rampageripster's picture

They started out well, didn't fair as well in B1G play... then Coach Stone's last year (2007) was a rough one.  Coach Carlston's first year (2008) was even worse, but we made the tournament in 2009, and upset Dayton to make the regionals in 2010.  2011 was another upset trip to the regionals when we beat Tennessee.  Last year was a probably the best team in the Carlston era, but we couldn't pull it off against Kentucky and lost in the second round.
This team doesn't have a ton of proven talent offensively outside of Leary.  Our libero (Di'Salvatorre) and DS (Mandolfo) are experienced though, so that's been something to steady the team moving forward.  What has really impressed me is seeing a ton of secondary offensive options emerge, as well as Sherwin fully embracing the starting setter position (won B1G setter of the week in week 1).

Cause I couldn't go for three

zbd's picture

You mean there are sports other than Football?  Unbelievable.

Baroclinicity's picture

Awesome first article John!!
 

buckguyfan1's picture

John, if you keep this up you might join Wilson and Bosa as freshman impact player of the year candidates.  Nice work.

pjtobin's picture

Thanks John. I enjoy hearing about all of our teams. Please keep them coming. 

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