The OSU women’s volleyball team is winding down the tournament portion of the schedule but the Lady Buckeyes are not letting up on the court.
The nation’s 13th-ranked team improved to 9-0 by sweeping it’s way through the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic at venerable St. John Arena.
OSU clinched the title by beating Xavier 3-2 (25-10, 21-25, 25-23, 25-13). It was OSU’s third tournament title this season.
Junior setter Taylor Sherwin was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, while sophomore Andrea Kacsits joined her on the All-Tournament team.
Sherwin led the Buckeyes with 46 assists and eight digs, while senior Kaitlyn Leary finished with 22 kills in the title match. Junior Erin Sekinger tied a career-best with 15 kills and added five blocks, while freshman Taylor Sandbothe had 11 kills and three blocks.
The Buckeye back row was digging the action once again. Senior Davionna DiSalvatore had a team-best 17 digs, while classmate Julianne Mandolfo had 16 and freshman Valeria León added 13.
The Buckeyes close out their tournament schedule at the Blue and White Classic in Buffalo Sept. 20-21. Ohio State will face Maryland Eastern Shore, Valparaiso and host Buffalo in the two-day tournament.
Not to be outdone, the men’s cross country had a cakewalk, or shall we say cakerun at the Big 10/11/12/13/14 preview meet.
The Buckeyes placed five runners in the Top 10 on its way to an easy first-place finish at the Purdue Cross Country Course in West Lafayette, Ind.
Ohio State totaled a team score of 28 to defeat host Purdue by 21 points. No. 26 Michigan was third with a team score of 69, followed by No. 32 Illinois with 76.
Sophomore Jordan Redd was the top Buckeye finisher for the second meet in a row, crossing the finish line in an 8k personal-best time of 24:50.9, which was good for second overall. Redshirt sophomore Brian Hannaford was third in a PR of 24:53.8, followed by sophomore Nick Pupino (fourth, PR of 24:55.2) and redshirt sophomores Curtis Hanle (seventh, 25:10.6) and Blake Taneff (10th, 25:15.4).
The women’s cross country team was second with 58 points.
Junior Michelle Thomas was the top runner for Ohio State in her first competition this season, crossing the line in a seventh-place time of 21:48.6. Junior Katie Borchers also placed in the top 10, taking eighth in 21:50.3. Also scoring for the Buckeyes were sophomore Minori Minagawa (13th, 22:24.7), freshman Jill Kanney (14th, 22:25.7), and junior Nicole Hilton (16th, 22:30.5).
Both Ohio State teams return to action in three weeks at the Notre Dame Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., and will be back at Purdue Nov. 3 for the Big Ten championships.