“However, Urban Meyer swayed Ezekiel Elliott to leave home behind... with the addition of Lailah, it appears the entire family’s conversion is complete.”
—Chris Bils on Ezekiel Elliott’s sister, Lailah, signing with Ohio State’s track and field team, Landof10.com
First, it was Ezekiel Elliott leaving behind his Missouri roots in favor of becoming a Buckeye. Now, it appears that his sister, Lailah, will be doing the same. Lailah Elliott made the decision to commit to the Ohio State track and field team after making a visit to see the campus earlier in the week.
Excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at THE Ohio State University! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/urrmhkPnN9— Lai (@lailah_elliott) March 9, 2017
The Elliott family has had success on the athletic platform. Lailah earned all-state honors in track and field, and was a top three finisher in the long jump, triple jump and high jump, according to stlhighschoolsports.com.
Lailah’s parents were athletes at Missouri; her dad played football for the Tigers in the late 1980s, and her mom was a track star — racing to all-conference honors, according to ESPN.
Then you have Zeke, who torched defenses en route to the Buckeyes winning the inaugural College Football Playoff in 2015 before becoming a rookie sensation with ‘America’s Team’, the Dallas Cowboys.
Here’s to continued success for Lailah as she represents the Scarlet and Gray in both athletics and academics.
Ohio State baseball has second hardest strength of schedule
Early Friday morning, a new batch of baseball rankings came out via Boyd’s World. While the Buckeyes hold a 5-6 record to begin the season, it should also be noted that they have the second hardest strength of schedule on the field. The hardest strength of schedule belongs to fellow Big Ten conference member Nebraska, who also boasts a 5-6 overall record.
In terms of overall rankings, the highest rated Big Ten squad belongs to the Michigan State Spartans — who come in at No. 16. The second highest ranked squad in the B1G is Michigan, slipping into the top 25 at the 23rd spot. Ohio State shows up at No. 57 on the overall ranking list.
There is some good news, though: The Buckeyes can improve their ranking this weekend. OSU goes on the road to take on Florida Gulf Coast for a three-game series. Coming into the game, FGCU is 12-2 overall and holds is ranked No. 20.
If Florida Gulf Coast sounds familiar, it’s because their basketball team made a deep run in the NCAA Tournament a few years ago.
The first of the games takes place on Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET. You can catch video of the game at this link. Saturday’s contest is slated for 6 p.m. ET, and Sunday’s matinee starts at 1 p.m. ET.
“The Buckeyes head into the weekend riding a 41-match win streak. UC San Diego and UC Irvine come out of one of the most competitive volleyball conferences in the country,”
— Aliyyah Jackson, The Lantern
Transitioning to the volleyball circuit, the Buckeyes are the top ranked team in the country with a record of 18-0.
This weekend, two more opponents from the West Coast come to Columbus, Ohio to try and snap the Buckeyes win streak that has now hit a remarkable 41 matches. On Friday, UC San Diego makes the trip to St. John Arena to face the Bucks at 7 p.m. ET; on Saturday, UC Irvine tries their hand against OSU — that game also has a start time of 7 p.m. ET.
San Diego’s squad hasn’t faced Ohio State since 2011, but the last time both squads met, the Buckeyes came out on the losing end. There is some good news, though, on the Buckeyes facing UC San Diego at St. John Arena: OSU hasn’t lost to them at home. Winning the prior two home meetings, the Buckeyes have a chance for a trifecta on Friday night.
Last season was the last meeting between UC Irvine and the Buckeyes -- which resulted in an Ohio State win, 3-1. Overall, however, UC Irvine owns a slightly better record than the Bucks (6-4). According to an Ohio State press release, the Anteaters have never trekked to the Midwest to face OSU. So, it should be an interesting matchup that unfolds at SJA on Saturday night.
Ohio State’s win streak has already claimed the honor of being the longest in MIVA (conference) history. The previous longest win streak belonged to Loyola, who won 40 matches during the 2014-2015 seasons. Winning sets have been the name-of-the-game for the Bucks, who have taken 83 percent of them (123-of-149) during this magical run. Two wins this weekend would push the Buckeyes closer to UCLA’s record of a 47-match win streak, which was set on two occasions between the late-1970s and mid-1980s.
Both matches can be viewed on BTN Plus ($).
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