Around the Oval: Women's Tennis Won Two Ranked Matches to Advance to Nationals, the Track Teams Competed in NYC, and Men's Gymnastics Fell to the Sooners

By Jake Anderson on January 28, 2019 at 1:05 pm
Ohio State's women's tennis team earned a spot in the ITA National Championship Tourament

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Buckeye excellence is not exclusive to the football field or the basketball court. Around the Oval is our way of keeping you informed of the amazing things happening with the other 34 varsity sports on campus.

Women's Tennis Team Advances to Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Indoor National Championship Tournament

Never count out Ohio State.

The unranked Buckeyes beat both No. 13 Georgia Tech and No. 25 Kentucky to advance to the ITA Team National Championships. It will be the program's fourth appearance in its history. Ohio State beat the hosting Yellow Jackets 4-0 and breezed by the Wildcats with a 4-1 final. 

Kolie Allen went undefeated in finished Singles matches over the weekend. The pairing of Shiori Fukuda and Isabelle Boulais also went unbeaten in Doubles. 

Ohio State has two home matches this weekend: Texas on Friday at 6 PM and Notre Dame at noon on Saturday. The national tournament will be in Seattle, Washington, on February 8-11. 

Track and Field Teams Put Up First and Second Place Finishes

Ohio State traveled to New York City for the Dr. Sander Columbia Invitational over the weekend. The women's team came in first place with 74 points and the men added a second-place finish, scoring 65 points. 

13 Buckeyes recorded new personal records. Ohio State also put up 15 top-three finishes, including four gold medal performances by Nick Gray (60m), Eric Harrison (200m), Julia Rizk (One mile), and Sade Olatoye (Weight Throw). Olatoye was the star of the meet; the No.1 ranked thrower in the nation put up a new meet record in the event at 22.92m. 

The Men's and Women's Track and Field teams will go down south to Lexington for the Rod McCarvy Memorial Track and Field Meet next weekend. 

Men's Gymnastics Falls to Defending Champions

The No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes could not put it together against the defending national champions No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners, falling 423.95-395.40 on Saturday. The Bucks lost all five events by a wide margin. 

Senior Alec Yoder was the only event winner for Ohio State, winning on the pommel with a score of 14.750. Sophomore Sean Neighbarger posted a 14.700 on vault, good for second in the event. Freshmen Curtis Chang and Jesse Tyndall appeared in the first meets of their young careers.

The Buckeyes are back in action next Saturday in Ann Arbor. 

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