Most of Buckeye nation found themselves in a lingering funk after the events in New Orleans on Saturday and many Buckeye fans would probably prefer to forget last weekend existed, at least from a sports perspective. The Wednesday Morning Hive refuses to just write off last weekend though, it cares about that weekend’s feelings and doesn’t want it to feel unloved. Despite the unfortunate loss by the men’s basketball team on Saturday night, good things in Ohio State sports did happen this weekend. In an effort to cheer up OSU fans everywhere, lets look at some of these.
Men’s Tennis Keeps Rolling
While many of us were probably nursing hangovers on Sunday, the second ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team went to work, playing not one but two matches on April Fools Day. The Buckeyes started the day by sweeping Iowa 7-0 in the first matches played at the new Varsity Outdoor Tennis Courts. Later in the day the Buckeyes moved to the indoor courts where they beat Youngstown State 6-0. OSU is now 23-2 on the season and 5-0 in the Big Ten.
Men’s tennis player Blaz Rolla continues to rake in the honors as he was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week for the 6th time this season, Rolla has won the award 7 times total.
Softball Earns a Pair of Sweeps
It was a great week for the OSU softball team as the Buckeyes swept Wright State in a midweek doubleheader 6-0 and 6-2. OSU then traveled north to East Lansing for a weekend series against Michigan State. The Buckeyes won both games of a doubleheader on Saturday and then got its first three-game series sweep of the season with a win on Sunday. With the wins OSU moves to 21-11 on the season and 5-1 in the Big Ten.
Men’s Volleyball Pulls an Upset
The tenth ranked men’s volleyball team also gave Ohio State fans a lot to cheer about this weekend. On Friday OSU swept conference foe Loyal-Chicago 3-0. The Buckeyes kept their winning ways alive on Saturday as the pulled off another 3-0 sweep, this time defeating 6th ranked Lewis. The Buckeyes are now 16-8 on the season and 6-3 in the MIVA conference (the Big Ten only likes volleyball if it is of the female variety apparently). The two wins also jumped OSU from fourth in the conference up to first place, I’d call that a good weekend.
Senior Shawn Sangrey was named MIVA Player of the Week for his role in the weekend’s wins. Over the weekend Sangrey averaged 5.50 kills and 6.25 points per set. He leads the nation in kills and points per set.
Women’s Gymnastics is Going Dancing
The 12th ranked Ohio State women’s gymnastics team received a number 2 seed in the NCAA tournament and will travel to Raleigh, North Carolina for regional action on April 7th. The top seed in that region is Florida (hopefully the Buckeyes can get some revenge on the Gators in an NCAA tournament) and fellow Big Ten team Penn State is the third seed. Kent State will also travel down from Ohio as they are the 5th seed in the region.
Sophomore Sarah Miller was named to the Big Ten All-Championship Team for her performance at the Big Ten championships back on March 24th. Miller finished 3rd on the balance beam and 4th on the floor exercise while helping the Buckeyes to a 2nd place conference finish, their best finish ever.
Women’s Basketball Earns More Honors
Despite their disappointing performance in the NCAA tournament, the OSU women’s basketball team was not done bringing home honors this season. Senior Samantha Prahalis was named a second team All-American by the Associated Press while junior Tayler Hill received honorable mention honors. Prahalis also got some love from the United States Basketball Writers Association as she was named to their All-American team. This was the first USBWA All-American honor for Prahalis but it is becoming a very familiar one for OSU, marking the 7th time in the last 8 years that a Buckeye women’s basketball player has been named a USBWA All-American.
See, I told you that good stuff happened this past weekend.