The 2012-13 season was another landmark year for Ohio Dominican athletics as the athletic programs took another step forward in the NCAA Division II ranks. OhioDominicanPanthers.com is counting down the top moments from the past year.
#13 - Women's Tennis Claims Dramatic Win Over Tiffin (June 17)
#12 – Men's Basketball Overtime Win at Central State (June 18)
#11 – Baseball Braves Elements, Walks Off Winners (June 19)
#10 – Volleyball Rallies in Five in Longest GLIAC Match of Season (June 20)
#9 – Walker Rewrites Cross Country Record Books (June 21)
#8 – Women's Soccer Team Wins in Dramatic Fashion (June 24)
#7 – Softball Captures Wild 18-17 Home Opening Win (June 25)
#6 – Hockenberry's Hot Hand Helps Panthers To Heart-Stopping Wins (June 26)
#5 – Football Breaks Records in 2012 Campaign (June 27)
#4 - Softball Opens GLIAC Tournament with Win (June 28)
#3 – Men's Soccer Halts Falcons Win Steak (July 1)
#2 – Baseball Makes Run to GLIAC Championship Round (July 2)
#1 – Men's Tennis, Men's Golf Qualify for NCAA Tournaments
The goal of any program is to compete for national championships, and two of Ohio Dominican's teams earned the opportunity to compete at the highest level this spring.
The men's tennis team closed the regular season strong, claiming wins in 11 of their final 12 matches to enter the GLIAC Tournament as the fifth seed. ODU then upset fourth seeded Grand Valley, despite losing two of three doubles matches, by a count of 5-2.
After dropping a narrow 5-3 decision to eventual champion Northwood in the semifinals, ODU bounced back with a strong 5-4 victory over Wayne State in the third-place match, earning the team's best finish at the conference tournament.
Still, it did not appear as though the Panthers – who had been ranked in the region for most of the spring - had done quite enough to earn an at large bid into the NCAA Tournament, as a challenging non-conference schedule had left them with a 13-9 record overall.
But when the selection show aired, Ohio Dominican's name was revealed as having, in fact, earned that spot into the national postseason. The Panthers would face No. 20 Drury and suffered a 5-0 setback to cap off a remarkable season.
Shortly thereafter, the men's golf team concluded its season with a pair of strong efforts. The Panthers placed second out of 13 schools at the GLIAC South Tournament and had a third-place showing at the GLIAC Preview.
The golfers also had to learn their fate for postseason consideration from the NCAA, and were announced as one of the teams from the Midwest Region to earn a bid into the NCAA Tournament.
ODU travelled to Kenosha, Wis. for the three-day regional tournament, eventually placing 18th with a team total of 902 for the tournament. Individually, though, Nick Reardon finished fifth overall with a three-under 213, earning a bid to compete at the NCAA Championships.
While there, Reardon continued his strong play as he finished in a tie for 19th out of 108 golfers, carding a three-day total of 221 (+8).