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Ohio State individual sports boast strong team results

From golf to tennis and beyond. 

2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship - Stroke Play Photo by Shane Bevel/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

Both the men’s and women’s golf teams posted impressive performances last week in their respective tournaments. On the women’s side, junior Sofie Seldemirova took home her first collegiate individual title at the Dayton Invitational. She earned the victory last week at the Dayton Flyer Invitational, hosted at NCR Country Club. After going four over in her opening round, Seldemirova shot a one-under 69 to total the best-in-field total score of 143. Fellow junior Alanis Sakuma finished fifth in the tournament with a total score of 149. The women’s team will be back in action next week when they head to the UH Invitational, hosted by the University of Houston.

The men’s squad, meanwhile, closed its fall schedule with individual competition in two tournaments. First up, the Buckeyes posted a fifth-place finish as a team at the Crooked Stick Invitational in Indiana. Grad student Felix Kvarnstrom brought home a ninth-place individual finish with a total score of 218. Alongside the women’s squad, the men also competed at the Dayton Flyer Invitational, with top-10 finishes from redshirt senior Jack Mancinotti and freshman Jackson Chandler, both of whom tied for fifth with a total score of 217.

As men’s and women’s tennis prepare for the official openings of their respective seasons, members from both squads are competing at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships in East Lansing into the start of the week. Four athletes from the women’s team won their second-round singles matches, including redshirt senior Danielle Wolf, sophomore Koli Allen, junior Luna Dormet and redshirt junior Shiori Fukuda. Additionally, with three doubles teams winning their opening round matches, the pair of Fukuda/Dormet made it to the finals. The women have a short break before heading to the ITA Oracle Fall Championship in Newport Beach, California Nov. 6.

On the men’s side, redshirt senior Kyle Seelig, junior John McNally and freshman Justin Boulais all advanced to the quarterfinals, where McNally defeated Boulais to get to the semis. The doubles squad of McNally and freshman Robert Cash, meanwhile, reached the championship round. Continuing the fall’s individual play, Ohio State is scheduled to compete in the Big Ten Fall Individual Tournament, scheduled for Nov. 1 in Lincoln.

Cross country also ran away with a strong weekend. The 22nd-ranked women’s team had a 13th-place finish in the 36-team field at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational in Madison. Senior Abby Nichols had the high finish for the Buckeyes on the day, posting a PR of 20:30.5 in the 6000-meter race. The men, meanwhile, finished in fourth-place in the B section, led by senior Luke Landis’ 16th-place finish. The Buckeyes will be back in action when they host the Big Ten Championships Nov. 3 in Columbus.

The pistol team also posted a sweep over Army West Point in New York, taking first through fourth place in the air pistol category. The Buckeyes also defeated the Black Knights in the sport and standard categories. Next up, Ohio State heads to Colorado Springs ahead of the Rocky Mountain Invitational.

It’s a draw

Both women’s soccer and women’s ice hockey posted ties in their weekend matchups -- including two such results for hockey. On the ice, the No. 9 Buckeyes finished with a 1-1 draw against Minnesota State Friday, and a 3-3 tie Saturday. Sophomore defenseman Madison Bizal gave the Buckeyes their lone score Friday night, while redshirt senior defenseman Jincy Dunne (2) and junior forward Tatum Skaggs (1) took care of the scoring Saturday. With the ties, Ohio State moves to 4-2-2 on the season. The Buckeyes will have a chance for their next win this weekend when they host No. 2 Minnesota for a two-game series

Women’s soccer, meanwhile, played its third overtime match in four games when it finished a zero-all draw against Illinois on senior day in Columbus Sunday. The Buckeyes matched the Illini shot-for-shot, finishing the day with each side recording 16 shots. With the tie, Ohio State moves to 4-8-4 overall, including 2-4-3 in conference play. Next up, Ohio State heads to Iowa in its second-to-last match of the season.

While it’s not exactly a tie, the 12th-ranked men’s ice hockey team split its weekend series with Omaha. The Buckeyes recorded a 3-2 victory over the Mavericks Friday before falling 2-1 Sunday in Columbus. Friday, senior forward Tanner Laczynski, sophomore forward Quinn Preston and senior defenseman Matt Miller each tallied a goal for the scarlet and gray, while senior forward Carson Meyer had the team’s only goal in the Sunday matchup. The Buckeyes look to bounce back this weekend with a two-game series against Mercyhurst in Erie, Pennsylvania.

And then there’s the less good news

Men’s soccer suffered a 3-1 loss to Michigan State in East Lansing Saturday. Junior forward Matteo Bennati recorded the Buckeyes’ only goal on the day, assisted by senior midfielder Jack Holland. With the loss, the men’s team falls to 6-7-1 as its losing streak rises to three games.

The No. 21 field hockey team also fell Sunday in its senior day matchup. The Buckeyes posted a 6-3 loss to No. 2 Maryland, despite being up 3-0 in the first half. Sophomore Emma Goldean, senior Whitney Harris and freshman Sarah Charley all recorded goals for the Buckeyes. With the loss, Ohio State falls to 6-8 overall, including just 1-5 in conference play. The Buckeyes look to get back to their winning ways Friday when they travel to Penn State.

Women’s volleyball dropped its match to No. 20 Purdue in five sets Saturday in Columbus. Freshman Gabby Gonzalez had a career day for the Buckeyes with 20 kills, 14 digs and an 0.326 hit percentage. With the loss, volleyball falls to 10-10 on the season and 3-5 in Big Ten play. Next up, Ohio State faces Rutgers at home Wednesday.

Finally, swimming and diving opened up their seasons with tough road meets against Texas A&M. The 14th-ranked women’s squad fell to the No. 12 Aggies by a combined score of 174-124. There were some highpoints, however, as the Buckeyes swept the 1,000-meter free, led by senior Molly Kowal. On the men’s side, No. 11 Texas A&M overcame No. 5 Ohio State 153-147, though the Buckeyes swept the one-meter dive event. The teams will have a chance to get back on track as they travel to State College for dual meets against Virginia Tech and Penn State.

Winter is coming (and also the spring)

As fall sports prepare to enter their respective conference tournaments, remember that there are plenty of great sports to look forward to as the weather turns. Wrestling announced its TV schedule for its 2019-20 season, which includes six duals scheduled to be broadcast nationally -- the most coverage the team has received in program history. Kicking things off will be the Buckeyes’ Nov. 17 home match against Virginia Tech, which is scheduled to be aired on the Big Ten Network.

The women’s gymnastics team also announced its 2020 schedule, which features five hosted matches at its new home at the Covelli Center. The Buckeyes are scheduled to kick off their season with a home match against N.C. State Jan. 11. Ohio State ended last season ranked 22nd nationally, having made it to the second round of the NCAA Regional.

And while it might be awhile before the regular season kicks off, baseball is prepping for its season with the 2019 Scarlet and Gray Series. After Scarlet took the series lead with an 8-0 win Thursday night, Gray battled back with a 6-0 win of its own. In the final, much-more-contested matchup Sunday, the Gray team brought home an 8-5 victory to clinch the three-game series. The Buckeyes will be back in February.