Around the Oval: Women's Gymnastics Snaps Losing Streak, Women's Tennis Extends Win Streak, and Men's Volleyball Splits Weekend Matches

By Jake Anderson on March 4, 2019 at 1:05 pm
Buckeyes celebrate after a huge performance by Morgan Lowe.
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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 Gymnastics Snaps Losing Streak at Home

Ohio State beat both No. 24 West Virginia and Temple on Saturday. The win ended a six-match losing streak and gave the Bucks their sixth win of the season. 

The Buckeyes achieved a season-high 196.850 points, winning all four events. Senior Jamie Stone had a career day, scoring 39.500 and winning the all-around gold. Stone was not the only one with a new career-high; Sydney Jennings (vault - 9.900), Colby Miller (beam - 9.900), and Morgan Lowe (beam - 9.850) all set new marks. In all, Ohio State ended with 12 individual top-three finishes, including the individual gold in each event.

The Buckeyes will host Bowling Green this coming Saturday. 

Women's Tennis Goes Unbeaten in Past Week

The Bucks went 3-0 in the past seven days with wins over Youngstown State and Baylor. Ohio State, ranked No. 14 in the nation, are now 11-2 on the year. 

The Buckeyes won every doubles set this week. No. 72 Shiori Fukuda went undefeated in all competitions in the past week, winning six times over the three matches. No. 48 Kolie Allen and No. 64 Isabelle Boulais each went 5-1, dropping just a single match over the period. The team is now on an 8-match win streak. 

The Bucks will travel to Las Vegas next Wednesday. 

Men's Volleyball Splits Matches

Ohio State, who started the season as the eighth best team in the nation, continued its disappointing season, splitting matches against the McKendree Bearcats. The injury-ridden Buckeyes now sit at 6-12 and are second-to-last in their conference. 

Ohio State's Friday match against McKendree went well, with the home team winning in four. Freshman Ethan Talley became the fifth Buckeye to hit 1.000 for an entire match. Jake Hanes, making his season debut in the starting lineup, contributed a team-high 25 kills.

Things did not go so well on Sunday, however, as the Bearcats were able to upset their hosts in five sets. Hanes again contributed 20+ kills, but hit at the much lower rate of 0.255. 15 Buckeyes dressed and played for Ohio State. 

Ohio State will kick off their spring break in Southern California next weekend, facing UCLA and USC in consecutive nights. 

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