Emily Danks set the tone for the Ohio State women's volleyball team in a highly successful weekend for the Buckeyes' Olympic sports programs.
What a beautiful time to be a Buckeye. Not that it is ever a bad time to be a Buckeye, but just as we celebrate Labor Day amongst family and friends, we can more than ever don our Scarlet and Gray proudly and boast how mighty Ohio State's athletic teams are.
In additional to the football romp over Miami, Ohio State Olympic sports went 6-1-1 in head-to-head competition while both the men and women cross country teams returned to Columbus as invitation victors.
From the pitch to the court, field, and course, here is a recap of the Buckeye brilliance from the weekend.
Women Volleyball Takes Maryland Invitational
Ohio State cruised to two victories in College Park, Md. before rallying to defeat tournament host Maryland to claim a championship this weekend.
On Friday, Ohio State defeated Binghamton 25-11, 25-20, 25-11. Senior Mari Hole led the Buckeyes with 13 kills adding six digs and two aces while classmate Amanda Peterson contributed 26 assists.
Saturday afternoon saw Ohio State take down Seton Hall 25-21, 25-22, 25-14 with Hole leading the way with 25 kills.
In the Saturday nightcap against the host Terrapins, Ohio State rallied from a two-set deficit with a 14-25, 22-25, 25-13, 25-22, 15-5 win.
Senior Emily Danks, the tournament's Most Valuable Player, finished with a career-best 24 kills alongside three blocks and eight assists. Sophomore Taylor Sherwin led the Buckeyes with 33 assists, while junior Davionna DiSalvatore recorded a career best 20 digs.
For Ohio State, now 5-1, Danks, DiSalvatore ,and Hole were named to the all-tournament team.
Men's Soccer Claim Wolstein Classic
For a second year in a row, the host Buckeyes captured the Bert & Iris Wolstein Classic this weekend.
Ohio State (1-2-1) picked up its first point of the season Friday in fighting No. 16 Coastal Carolina to a 1-1 draw.
In the 77th minute, a shot from freshman Alex Bujenovic found the back of the net after deflecting off a Chanticleer defender. The Buckeyes' lead did not last long as Coastal Carolina knotted the match just two minutes later for the final score. In his first career start, sophomore Alex Ivanov made 11 saves.
Ohio State's first win of the 2012 campaign came in thrilling fashion Sunday by defeating Davision 3-2 in extra time. OSU fell behind 2-0 in the 61st minute and had to proceed with 10 men from the 72nd onward. With little more than 10 minutes in regulation Sebastian Rivas scored his second goal of the season before Alex Bujenovic scored his first five minutes later to tie the contest. Kenny Cunningham's strike off a rebound in the 97th minute gave Ohio State the winning goal.
Prior to the match, Iris Wolstein was honored for her $4.9 million gift through the Bertram L. and Iris S. Wolstein Foundation to The Ohio State University Department of Athletics and the Max M. Fisher College of Business.
Women's Soccer Stymie Syracuse
The women of the pitch picked up their third straight shutout victory on Sunday evening with a 2-0 win over Syracuse.
Senior Lauren Granberg scored in the 32nd after teeing up a cross from junior Samantha Lewis. With less than 10 minutes in the match senior Tiffany Cameron scored her third goal of the season to net an insurance tally for Ohio State.
In goal Rachel Middleman and Jillian McVicker each made a save in a scoreless half of action as Ohio State, the preseason Big Ten third-place pick by the coaches, improved to 3-2.
Men and Women Cross Country Teams Take Flyer 5K Challenge
At Rifle Park in Kettering, Ohio both the men and women Ohio State cross country teams opened their 2012 seasons with invitational wins.
The women's team took the top three individual places as junior Meredith Wagner led the field with a finish of 18:12.0 followed by sophomore Michelle Thomas (18:21.0) and freshmen Alexandra Aughenbaugh (18:23.0). All five Buckeyes finished in the top seven and less than 19 minutes as freshman Helen Willman (18:41.0) finished sixth and sophomore Nicole Hilton (18:47.0) finished seventh.
Competing in the women's field were, in order of place, Miami, Dayton, Cincinnati, Wright State and Cleveland State.
On the men's side Ohio State edged Miami 36-39 in front of Dayton and Wright State. Nicholas Pupino (15:25.6) and Jordan Redd (15:26.9) led Ohio State with respective fourth and fifth finishes.
No. 15 Field Hockey Goes 1-1 Against Ranked Foes
Ohio State's nationally-ranked field hockey team backed the number next to their name on Friday with a 2-0 defeat of No. 25 American University.
Senior forward Danica Deckard scored both OSU goals unassisted. Deckard's first goal came at 36:39 before she doubled the lead, and her goal total prior to the game, with a score at 61:51. The captain led the Buckeyes with seven shots, while her teammates held AU without a shot on target.
On Sunday, the field hockey team was unable to do what their volleyball peers did the night before -defeat Maryland.
Ohio State fell to 2-2 on the year as the nation's top field hockey team defeated the Bucks in College Park 5-0. Emma Voelker made seven saves for Ohio State.