College Notes: At long last, varsity squash at Denison; ODU football gets sack-happy

Adam Conn
The Columbus Dispatch
Maddie Kate Kaufman

After a year-long wait due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Denison men’s and women’s squash programs have entered into varsity competition for the 2021-2022 season. The move from club to varsity brings the number of sports at Denison to 26 (14 women, 12 men), the most of any North Coast Athletic Conference program.

The Collegiate Squash Association season began last weekend and will run through early March. The men’s team was shut out by Hobart 8-0 while the women lost 7-2 to William Smith.

Among the teams on Denison’s men’s schedule are Ohio State, Virginia, Michigan, Navy and Bucknell. The women’s schedule features Virginia, Georgetown, Boston and Bucknell. 

Both teams are coached by Pam Anckermann, who is entering her fifth year at Denison. She was the No. 1 player on the Guatemala national team for 12 years and a standout player for Mount Holyoke, where she graduated in 2009.

Cameron McIntosh

Denison men's soccer wins NCAC

Denison's Cameron McIntosh, a freshman from Thomas Worthington, scored a goal in the 21 first minute as he and goalie Dylan Brown helped deliver a 1-0 win over Kenyon in the NCAC men's soccer championship on Saturday. It is Denison's third NCAC title and first since 2009. As a result, the Big Red earned a berth to the NCAA Division III tournament.

McIntosh’s goal was one of just a handful of scoring opportunities for the Big Red, who were outshot 22-8 and 6-5 for shots-on-goal. Brown earned his third consecutive shutout and ninth this season.

Mac Nardiello-Smith (New Albany) had four shots and Jack Pedreschi had four saves for Kenyon (15-2-1), which had a 15-game winning streak snapped. 

Denison (12-4-2) will face Covenant College at 5 p.m. Friday in the opening round at Washington & Lee University. Otterbein, Ohio Wesleyan, Kenyon and John Carroll also earned bids to the field of 64.

Eddie Miller-Garret (5) and Chase Abel (32) celebrate while Deo Pierre (17, from Columbus East) looks on.

ODU stacking sacks

Defensive end Eddie Miller-Garrett set school and Great Midwest Athletic Conference records by recording 3 1/2 sacks for Ohio Dominican, which also set a school record with 11 sacks during a 31-0 drubbing of Lake Erie. End Jaylin Garner (2.5) and linebacker Michael Powers (2) also added multiple sacks for the Panthers (7-3, 4-2 GMAC), who held Lake Erie (5-5, 2-4) to negative net rushing yardage (-3) for the second time in three seasons.

Katie Myers poses with family and friends after Minnesota defeated Ohio State.

Katie Myers’ homecoming

Westerville Central’s Katie Myers returned to Columbus Nov. 4 as a member of the 11th-ranked Minnesota volleyball team, which upset No. 7 Ohio State. Myers, a middle blocker, had two service aces during the third set and had three of her five blocks in the fourth set, including one on the game-winning point. Minnesota trailed the Buckeyes 18-14 before going on an 11-5 run to win. 

Myers holds 22 school records at Westerville Central, including most kills in a match (40) and most career kills (1,303). She was named a 2015 UnderArmour third-team all-American, to the JVA all-national Team and to the PrepVolleyball.com all-American team. 

The Ohio State women's volleyball team celebrates a point against Michigan on Oct. 10.

On the flip side

Despite the loss to Minnesota, the Buckeyes women’s volleyball team was ranked 10th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll released Monday. It is the 11th consecutive week OSU (19-5, 9-5 Big Ten) has been ranked in the top 10, a program record.

OSU Women’s Soccer Tourney Bound

The Buckeyes (9-8-2, 4-4-2  Big Ten) earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament and will travel to Virginia Tech this Friday with the winner to face the winner of Northwestern State or second-seeded Arkansas the following week.  Last season OSU lost in the second round to Santa Clara, which went on to win the National title. 

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