Around the Oval is Eleven Warriors' weekly love letter to Ohio State sports that don't get the coverage they should.
While the football Buckeyes notched their first signature win of the season against B1G rival Wisconsin, it was the women's volleyball team recording an even bigger win against a bigger rival.
On Friday the Lady Buckeyes knocked off 10th-ranked Michigan 3-1 (25-22, 25-27, 25-20, 25-17). With the win over Michigan, they moved to 13-0 on the season (sound familiar?) and 1-0 in the Big Ten. Kaitlyn Leary recorded yet another double double with 22 kills and 12 digs, while freshman Taylor Sandbothe added 12 kills and a career-high eight blocks. Ohio State was supported by a home crowd of over 4,500 in St. John's Arena.
The Bucks could not move to 14-0 however, falling 3-0 to Michigan State on Sunday at home (27-25, 25-23, 25-22). Leary recorded another double-double (10 kills and 10 digs) in the losing effort.
Ohio State next travels to West Lafayette to take on Purdue this Friday before playing at Indiana on Saturday.
Join us after the jump to see how the other Ohio State athletics teams fared this past week.
Both golf teams were in action this weekend, with the men's team teeing off in Columbus for the Jack Nicklaus invitational and the women's team in Chicago for the Windy City Classic. The men's team finished in 8th place and the women's team finished in 7th in their respective tournaments.
Leading the way for the men's golf team was Tee-k Kelly, who finished with a 5-over 218 for the weekend, good enough for 11th place in the tournament. Other scorers for the Buckeyes were Frederik Hammer (+11), Boo Timko (+11), Grant Weaver (+20) and Max Rosenthal (+24).
The Cal Golden Bears captured the tournament named for the Golden Bear himself with a tourney-record 10-under 842 for the weekend.
The men's team next competes in the Rod Myers Invitational at Duke University on October 28th.
The women's golf team wrapped up the Windy City invitational yesterday, finishing with a 21-over 873, good for 7th place in the tournament. Freshmen Jessica Porvasnik and Katja Pogacar led the way for Ohio State, both shooting a 4-over 217 for the weekend and finishing in a 15th place tie. Other scorers for the Buckeyes were Jan Chanpalangsri (+6, 22nd place), Ileen Domela (+13, 47th place) and Claudia Lim (+17, 59th place).
The women's team is also off this weekend before traveling to Iowa for the Diane Thomason Invitational on October 12th.
The women's soccer team split a pair of Big Ten games this week to move to 7-2-2 overall and 1-1-1 in conference play this season.
On Thursday, the Lady Buckeyes won their first conference game of the year, beating Indiana 3-1. Kayla Varner, Nichelle Prince and Alexis Degler scored goals for the Buckeyes, who gave Indiana their first loss of the season. Indiana outshot the Buckeyes 10-5 in the first half and 16-12 overall, but Ohio State held the shots-on-goal advantage, 8-4.
On Sunday, Ohio State dropped their first Big Ten game of the year, falling 1-0 to Purdue despite outshooting the Boilermakers 11-10. Purdue scored only 31 seconds into the game, before the next 89 and a half minutes were scoreless, with each team only manufacturing 3 shots on goal.
The Lady Bucks are off until Friday, when they travel to Minnesota to take on the Golden Gophers.
It was a tough week for the field hockey team, as they lost a pair of games to tough opponents to fall to 3-7 overall and 0-1 in Big Ten play. On Saturday, the Buckeyes fell to Michigan State 3-2 in their Big Ten opener. The game was tight all the way through, with Michigan State narrowly edging Ohio State 9-8 on shot attempts.
Junior Kaitlyn Wagner and senior Sophia Pifer scored the goals for Ohio State in defeat.
On Tuesday, Ohio State fell to 17th-ranked Louisville by a score of 6-3, despite a hat trick from Peanut Johnson. Ohio State tied the game up at 3-3 in the second half before Louisville scored three unanswered goals to seal the deal. Lousiville out-shot the Buckeyes 15-10 and dominated the corner penalty shots, 12-1.
Ohio State hosts Ohio (just to clarify, the Bobcats) on Monday in their only game of the upcoming week.
The men's soccer team lost their only game to the week, dropping their Big Ten opener to Indiana 2-0. Ohio State has now been shut out in 4 of their last 5 games, a trend that we continue to talk about, but stilll obviously needs to be corrected. The Buckeyes defense also took a bit of a step back this week, as Alex Ivanov was forced to make a season high 10 saves.
With the loss the Buckeyes fall to 2-5-2 on the season (0-1 in the B1G).
Ohio State hosts Louisville tonight before hosting Michigan on Sunday.
On Friday, the men's lacrosse team hosts Detroit in an exhibition game at Jesse Owen's Memorial Stadium at 7. On Sunday, the field hockey team hosts Ohio at 1 and the men's soccer team hosts Michigan at 2 at Jesse Owen's Memorial Stadium.
The ice hockey team also kicks off their season soon so be sure to keep an eye out for more on them as their season approaches.