Nov. 29, 2006
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State (23-7 overall) women’s volleyball team has received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship and is seeded 11th of the 16 seeded teams. The Buckeyes will open play Friday at 5 p.m. against Belmont (24-6) at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky. Host Louisville (25-6) will face Middle Tennessee (26-7) at 7 p.m. The winners will face off Saturday at 5 p.m. for a spot in the Seattle (Wash.) Regional, Dec. 8.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Head coach Jim Stone is in his 25th season with the 18th-ranked Buckeyes. Ohio State has a 23-7 overall record and is 13-7 in the Big Ten, finishing in fourth place. Last week at home, Ohio State defeated Northwestern, 3-0 (30-13, 30-28, 30-23) and Illinois, 3-0 (30-26, 30-18, 30-21).
Leading Ohio State in kills per game is Anna Szerszen (Fr., Conflans Ste Hne, France) at 4.39 with Danielle Meyer (6-1, Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) second at 4.33 averages. Briana McCarthy (Jr., Beaver Dam, Wis.) ranks third at 2.66. OSU’s top percentage hitter is Marisa Main (5-9, Sr., Louisville, Ky.) at .355. Setter Main is averaging 12.86 assists per game. Ami Stevens (Jr., Centerburg, Ohio) is averaging a team-high .34 aces per game with 35. McCarthy ranks second at .28 with 29 and Meyer third at .27 with 28. Defensively, Stevens leads the team with a 3.69 digs per game average. Ashley Kiel (Sr., Allenton, Wis.) ranks second at 2.46 with Main third at 2.34 and Meyer fourth at 2.03. At the net Kristen Dozier (Fr., Sandy Spring, Md.) has a team-high 1.08 blocks per game average. She has seven solos and 73 assist blocks. Meghan Simons (Fr. Carroll, Ohio) ranks second at .94 with 29 assists. McCarthy and Meyer are tied for third at .82. McCarthy has nine solos and 76 assists while Meyer has 14 solos and 70 assists. As a team, OSU is averaging 16.30 kills and 14.93 assists per game while hitting .284. The Buckeyes average 1.54 aces, 15.07 digs and 2.47 blocks per game. Opponents average 13.40 kills and 12.34 assists per game while hitting .181. OSU opponents average .95 aces, 13.20 digs and 2.51 blocks per game.
A LOOK AT BELMONT
Head coach Deane Webb is in his fourth season with the Bruins. Belmont is 24-6 overall and finished second in the Atlantic Sun Conference with an 8-1 record. The Bruins won the Conference Tournament with a 3-0 (30-22, 30-24, 30-11) win over Jacksonville to secure the Conference automatic bid. They have a five-match winning streak. Leading Belmont in kills per game is Cat Mundy at 4.04. Jaye Schuler ranks second at 3.04. Schuler is the top percentage hitter on the team at .375. At setter, Colleen Nilson is averaging 13.44 assists per game and is the team leader in aces per game at .52 with 53 aces. Brittany Card ranks second at .33 with 34 aces. Defensively, Ashley Collier leads the team with a 5.11 digs per game average. Nilson ranks second at 2.83. At the net, Emily Cahill has a team-high .86 blocks per game average with 17 solos and 63 assists. Schuler is second in blocking at .72 per game with 23 solos and 50 assists. Belmont is averaging 16.81 kills and 15.29 assists per game while hitting .259. The Bruins average 2.19 aces, 17.09 digs and 1.80 blocks per game. Opponents average 11.98 kills and 10.68 assists per game and are hitting .147. Bruin opponents average 1.51 aces, 15.09 digs and 2.02 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE SERIES VS. BELMONT
Ohio State and Belmont are meeting for the first time.
A LOOK AT LOUISVILLE
Head coach Leonid Yelin is in his 11th season with the Cardinals. Louisville is 25-6 overall and finished second in the Big East Conference with a 13-1 record. The Cardinals won the Conference tournament with a 3-2 (26-30, 25-30, 30-24, 30-17, 15-12) win over Notre Dame. Louisville has a 17 match winning streak. Tatyana Kolesnikova leads the team in kills per game with a 3.54 average. Svetlana Dukule is second at 2.67. Anastasia Stewart has a team-high .412 hitting percentage. Setter Samantha Dabbs is averaging 9.69 assists per game for the Cardinals. Kolesnikova leads the team in aces per game at .45 with 48 aces. Justin Landi ranks second at .36 with 36 aces. Defensively, Kristie Wetterer leads the team with a 2.65 digs per game average. Stewart is second on the squad at 2.59. At the net, Lecia Brown has a team-high 1.47 blocks per game with 22 solos and 87 assists. Stewart ranks second at 1.34 with 16 solos and 129 assists. Louisville is averaging 15.62 kills and 14.45 assists per game and is hitting .291. The Cardinals average 1.76 aces, 14.88 digs and 3.44 blocks per game. Opponents are averaging 14.52 kills and 13.51 assists per game and are hitting .165. Cardinal opponents average 1.20 aces, 14.65 digs and 1.57 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE SERIES VS. LOUISVILLE
Ohio State has won all six matches with Louisville. Four matches were played in Columbus and two at neutral sites. The squads played in 2002, in Columbus, in a second round match in the NCAA Championship.
OSU-Louisville Series Eastern Kentucky Invitational 9/24/76 N W 2-0 15-3, 15-11 Bearcat Invitational at Cincinnati 9/26/81 N W 2-0 15-10, 15-6 OSU Parents Day Invitational 10/10/81 H W 3-0 15-5, 15-1, 15-9 10/23/84 H W 3-0 15-8, 16-14, 15-7 9/15/93 H W 3-1 15-5, 9-15, 15-3, 15-8 NCAA Second Round at Ohio State 12/ 7/02 H W 3-0 30-26, 30-28, 30-24
A LOOK AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE
Head coach Matt Peck is in his third season with the Blue Raiders. Middle Tennessee is 26-7 overall and was 14-3 in the East Division of the Sun Belt Conference, finishing in a three way tie for first. The Blue Raiders defeated Florida International, 3-0 (30-28, 30-20, 30-22) to win the Conference tournament. Middle Tennessee has a seven match winning streak. Ashley Adams leads the Blue Raiders in kills per game with a 4.40 average. Jessica Robinson ranks second at 2.92. Quanshell Scott leads the team in hitting percentage at .374. At setter, Leslie Clark has a 12.99 assist per game average for the Blue Raiders. Victoria Monasterolo is averaging .32 aces per game to lead the squad with 35 aces. Scott ranks second at .30 with 34 aces. Defensively, Alicia Lemau’u has a team-high 4.04 digs per game average with Monasterolo ranking second at 2.21. At the net, Ashley Asberry has a team-high 1.50 blocks per game average with 13 solos and 155 assists. Scott ranks second at .96 with 12 solos and 97 assists. Middle Tennessee is averaging 15.69 kills and 14.63 assists per game and is hitting .261. The Blue Raiders average 1.59 aces, 13.43 digs and 2.81 blocks per game. Opponents average 12.91 kills and 11.69 assists per game and are hitting .163. Middle Tennessee opponents average 1.27 aces, 11.26 digs and 2.12 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE SERIES VS. MIDDLE TENNESSEE
Ohio State and Middle Tennessee have not played.
MEYER LEADS OSU IN POINTS PER GAME
Danielle Meyer has a team-leading 5.08 points per game average this season. She is averaging 4.33 kills, .27 aces, .82 blocks and 2.03 digs per game. Last week Meyer had nine kills (.333), two ace serves, a solo block, an assist block and five digs against Northwestern. In the Illinois match, she had 13 kills (.600), two assist blocks and one dig. Meyer is hitting .297 on the season and had double-figure kills in 25 matches this season and nine matches with double-figure digs.
SZERSZEN HAS A TEAM-HIGH 4.39 KILLS PER GAME AVERAGE
Ana Szerszen, in the 22 matches she has play, has a team-high 4.39 kills per game average and ranks second in points at 4.87 per game. She is averaging .22 aces, .45 blocks and 1.96 digs on the season. Szerszen had a match-high 14 kills in each match last weekend. She added two assist blocks and three digs against Northwestern and three digs and an assist block against Illinois. Szerszen has recorded double-figure kills in 21 matches and has four matches with double-figure digs.
McCARTHY IS TOP PERCENTAGE HITTER ON THE OUTSIDE
Briana McCarthy is hitting .337 on the season and is the top percentage hitter as an outside hitter. She is averaging 2.66 kills, .28 aces, .82 blocks and 1.17 blocks per game. McCarthy had 11 kills and four digs while hitting .611 against Northwestern. She had six kills (.333), one dig and a solo block against Illinois. McCarthy has had double-figure kills in 15 matches this season.
MAIN DIRECTING THE OFFENSE, PROVIDING DEFENSE
Marisa Main is directing the Buckeye offense and is averaging 12.86 assists per game. Defensively, she is averaging 2.34 digs and .43 blocks per game this season. Main had 41 assists, 10 digs, three kills and a solo block against Northwestern. She collected 46 assists, nine digs, three kills and an assist block against Illinois. Main has had nine matches with double-figure digs and is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .355.
JONES HITS A CAREER-HIGH .750 AT NORTHWESTERN
Felicia Jones (Sr., Concord, Ont.) posted a career-high .750 hitting percentage against Northwestern with nine kill in 12 attempts with no errors. Her previous best was .638 (8-1-13) against Michigan. Jones added three digs, two solo block and an assist block against the Wildcats. She had five kills and two assist blocks against Illinois. For the season, Jones is averaging 1.93 kills, and .80 blocks per game. She has started 20 matches including the last 19.
STEVENS LEADS BUCKEYES IN DIGS PER GAME
Ami Stevens leads Ohio State in digs per game with a 3.69 average. She had 13 starts at libero but has started the last eight matches at outside hitter. For the season, Stevens is averaging 1.63 kills, a team-high .34 aces and .34 blocks per game. Against Northwestern, she had eight digs, four kills and an ace serve. Stevens had 13 kills, nine digs, two assist blocks and an ace serve against Illinois. She has double-figure kills in 11 matches and double-figure digs in 18.
KIEL HANDLING THE LIBERO POSITION
Ashley Kiel has started at libero the last eight matches and 14 on the season. She ranks second on the team in digs per game at 2.46 and has 17 ace serves on the season. Kiel has a .969 reception percentage and has handled 747 serve receptions on the season. She had 11 digs and handled 38 reception attempts with out an error against Northwestern, adding an ace serve and an assist. Kiel had a match-high 16 digs against Illinois, adding two ace serves and two assists and handled 35 of 36 reception attempts.
TENGNAS PLAYS AS A DEFENSIVE SPECIALIST
Anna Tengnas (Sr., Hyltebruk, Sweden) has played in 28 of 30 matches this season and has one start as a defensive specialist. She has 93 digs on the season and is averaging 1.16 per game. Tengnas recorded six digs last week against Northwestern and had four against Illinois.
OSU RANKED 18TH IN THE CSTV/AVCA COACHES POLL
The CSTV (College Sports Television/AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) 2006 Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll has Ohio State ranked 18th this week. OSU was ranked 19th last week and began the season at 23rd. The Buckeyes are one of five Big Ten squads ranked in the CSTV/AVCA Poll. Others include Penn State fifth, Minnesota ninth, Wisconsin 10th and Purdue 23rd.
MAIN AND MEYER NAMED ALL-BIG TEN, SZERSZEN ON ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
By a vote of the Big Ten coaches, Ohio State’s Marisa Main and Danielle Meyer have been named to the 14-player All-Big Ten Team while Anna Szerszen was named to the All-Freshman Team.
Main becomes a three-time All-Big Ten selection while Meyer is a two-time selection.
BIG TEN HAS SEVEN TEAMS IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
The NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee announced that seven Big Ten teams were among the 64-team field selected for the 2006 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship. Big Ten champion Penn State earned the conference’s automatic berth after an 18-2 season in Big Ten play, while Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin all earned at-large invitations. Five Big Ten squads earned top-16 seeds, with the Nittany Lions earning the third seed overall. Minnesota is seeded eighth, followed by No. 10 Wisconsin, No. 11 Ohio State and No. 14 Purdue. Penn State is one of just three teams (Stanford, UC Santa Barbara) to have earned bids to all 26 championships.
MEYER NAMED TO THE ESPN THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM
Danielle Meyer has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Second Team. She is the only Big Ten athlete to be honored on the team.
Meyer, a first team All-District selection, is majoring in Textile and Clothing.
STEVENS NAMED TO THE ESPN THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM
Ami Stevens has been named to the second team of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team. Stevens, a third team All-District selection last season, is majoring in Sport and Leisure.
BUCKEYES HAVE TWO-.500-PLUS HITTING MATCHES
Ohio State hit a .513 percentage against Iona and a .521 against Lehigh. The .521 mark ranks third and the .513 mark ranks fourth on the Ohio State match records list. At the Towson Invitational, the Buckeyes hit .489 against Robert Morris which now ranks seventh.
BUCKEYES HAVE SECOND 0-2 COME-FROM-BEHIND VICTORY IN THREE YEARS
Ohio State’s come-from-behind victory over Wisconsin was the second time in three years that the Buckeyes rallied to win after trailing 0-2 in a match. In 2004 in the NCAA regional semifinals at Minnesota, the Buckeyes lost the first two games, 29-31, 27-30, to Tennessee before winning the next three games, 30-16, 30-26, 15-12 to advance to the regional championship match against Minnesota. Ohio State lost that match, 2-3.
MEYER NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
(AUG. 28, 2006) Women’s volleyball Danielle Meyer was selected the Big Ten Player of the Week by the conference office. She was key in Ohio State’s 3-0 season start, winning the Towson Invitational last weekend.
Meyer posted a match high 15 kills while hitting .565 in the 3-0 (30-15, 30-20, 30-17) win over Robert Morris. She added two ace serves, five digs and an assist block in the match. Against Houston, in the 3-2 (30-32, 30-18, 28-30, 30-15, 15-12) win, Meyer had a career-high 30 kills while hitting .283. She added two ace serves, four digs and four assist blocks. In the 3-1 (28-30, 30-27, 30-27, 30-22) victory over Towson, Meyer set a new career-high with 32 kills while hitting .373. She added an ace serve, a season-high 16 digs and two solo blocks in the match. Meyer closed out the Towson match with double-figure kills in game three (12) and four (10).
For the three matches, Meyer averaged 6.42 kills, 7.21 points and 2.08 digs per game while hitting .366. She added five ace serves and seven total blocks with two solo and five assists.
SZERSZEN NAMED CO-BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
(Oct. 23, 2006) Anna Szerszen was named the Co-Big Ten Player of the Week for her play in Ohio State wins over Michigan State and Michigan. She shares the honor with Penn State’s Megan Hodge. In the 3-2 come-from-behind win over Michigan, Szerszen recorded career highs of 27 kills, two solo blocks and tied her career high of three total blocks. She added 11 digs in the match. Down 2-1 in the match to Michigan, Szerszen had a game-high nine kills in game four while hitting .421. She then had a game-high four kills, hitting .600 in the deciding fifth game. She totaled 17 kills and 18 points against Michigan State prior to the match versus the Wolverines. For the two matches, Szerszen averaged 5.94 points, 5.50 kills, 1.75 digs and hit .278.
THREE NAMED TO BIG TEN PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
Three Ohio State players named to the 12-player 2006 Preseason All-Big Ten Volleyball Team, announced by the conference office. Setter Marisa Main and outside hitter Ami Stevens earned their second-straight preseason selection with middle blocker Danielle Meyer earning her first selection.
Main is a two-time All-Big Ten selection and was named to the 2005 Preseason All-Big Ten Team. Last season, she averaged 12.78 assists, 2.08 kills and 2.30 digs per game while hitting .388 in conference play. Main is a two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association second-team All-American selection.
Stevens was a 2005 Preseason All-Big Ten selection. Last season she averaged 3.44 kills and 2.71 digs while hitting .230 in conference play. She has played for USA Volleyball the last three years as a member of the United States Junior National team in 2004 and 2005 and with the USA National A-2 Team in 2006.
Meyer was a 2005 All-Big Ten selection. She averaged 4.11 kill, 2.48 digs and 1.14 blocks per game while hitting .260 in conference play. Meyer was a 2005 AVCA third-team All-American.
OHIO STATE PICKED TO FINISHED FOURTH IN THE BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
Ohio State, by a vote of the Big Ten conference coaches, was picked to finish fourth in the league by a vote of the conference coaches. The Buckeyes finished in a tie for third with Minnesota in 2005. The Gophers were picked to finish third, with Wisconsin second and three-time defending Big Ten Champion Penn State chosen to repeat.
HEAD COACH Jim Stone
Jim Stone enters his 25th season at Ohio State. He has a 516-275 record with the Buckeyes and is 290-162 in Big Ten play. His squads have won Big Ten Championships in 1989, 1991 and 1994 and finished tied for second in 2004 being named the Big Ten Coach of the Year. He was the 1991 Volleyball Monthly National Coach of the Year and the Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1989, 1991, 1994 and 2004. Under Stone, Ohio State has participated in the NCAA championship in 15 of the last 18 years, advancing to the national semifinals in 1991 and 1994. Stone’s coaching career record includes three years at Wyoming (1979-1981). His 28-year career record is 566-317.
MEET THE BUCKEYES
#1 Meghan Simons (Middle Blocker, 6-3, Fr., Carroll, Ohio) – 2006 played in 11 matches, starting 10 – nine kills against Robert Morris and Houston – hit a career-high .667 (9-1-12) against Houston – season-high five assist blocks at Towson.
#2 Brittany Dahms (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-5, Jr., Bryon, Ill.) – 2006 played in two matches – two digs at Penn State – 2005 played in 29 matches with two starts at defensive specialist and 22 at libero – named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad – season-high 25 digs at Cleveland State 2004 started seven matches at libero and three as a defensive specialist – averaged 2.23 digs per game with a career-high 19 against Michigan – double-figure digs in 10 matches.
#3 Anna Tengnas (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-5, Sr., Hyletbruk, Sweden) – 2006 played in 28 matches, starting at Michigan – season-high 11 digs against Arizona State – had 10 digs as a defensive specialist at Michigan State 2005 has played in 15 matches with four starts at libero – named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad – 2004 played in 16 matches with three starts at libero – averaged 1.43 digs per game in 2004 with a season-high of nine against Dayton and North Carolina.
#5 Lindsay Schad (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-4, Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) – 2006 played in seven matches, starting three at libero – double-figure digs against Houston with 12 and Towson with 13.
#6 Danielle Meyer (Middle Blocker/Outside Hitter, 6-1, Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) – 2006 started 30 matches – an All-Big Ten selection – named to the ESPN The Magazine second team Academic All-American team – became the 16th player to reach 1,000 kills against IPFW – has 1,299 career kills, ranking 10th – named the Most Outstanding Player of the Sports Imports Classic – named the Most Valuable Player of the Towson Invitational – named the Big Ten Player of the Week for her play at the Towson Invitational – career-high 32 kills at Towson – season-high 17 digs at Iowa – back-to-back 30-plus kill matches against Houston (30) and Towson (32) – added her third 30-kill match at Iowa – named to the first team of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team – preseason All-Big Ten selection – career-high five aces against Tennessee Tech – double-figure kills in 25 matches, double-figure digs in nine matches – career-high three solo blocks against Iowa 2005 a third-team AVCA All-American – All-Big Ten – a second team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection – named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad – started all 31 matches – ranked fourth in the Big Ten in kills per game at 4.11 – career-high 29 kills at Cleveland State – career-high 31 points at Bowling Green – career-high 19 digs at Indiana – tied her career-high nine blocks at Iowa (1-8) and at Purdue (2-7) – equaled her career-high of four aces at Northwestern – 25 matches with double-figure kills – nine matches with 21 or more kills – 11 matches with double-figure digs – named to the Buckeye Classic All-Tournament Team – named to the Bowling Green Invitational All-Tournament Team 2004 started all 34 matches – averaged 2.91 kills, .75 digs and 1.10 blocks per game – career-high nine blocks against Illinois – USA National experience includes the Youth National Team in 2003.
#7 Ami Stevens (Outside Hitter/Libero, 6-1, Jr., Centerburg, Ohio) – 2006 played in 30 matches, starting 15 with 15 starts at libero – season-high 14 kills against Iona – double-figure kills in 11 matches – double-figure digs in 18 matches – season-high 26 digs at Iowa and against Wisconsin – 20 or more digs in six matches – equaled her career-high of seven assist blocks at Northwestern – a second team ESPN The Magazine Academic All District selection – preseason All-Big Ten Selection – 2005 a third team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection – started and played in 29 matches – named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad – career-highs of 26 kills at Bowling Green – career-high 28.5 points at Northwestern – season-high .500 (13-0-26) hitting percentage at Michigan – ranked 10th in the Big Ten in kills per game at 3.44 – season-high 22 digs against Brigham Young – double-figure kills in 20 matches – double-figure digs in 15 matches – Ohio State Athlete of the Week for her play at Wisconsin and Northwestern – 2005 Preseason All-Big Ten Selection – named to the Buckeye Classic All-Tournament Team named to the Bowling Green Invitational All-Tournament Team 2004 started all 34 matches – named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team – averaged 2.78 kills, 3.02 digs and .43 blocks per game – career-high 17 kills against Northwestern and vs. Tennessee in the NCAA Regional Semifinals – career-high 27 digs vs. Tennessee – double-figure kills in 18 matches – double-figure digs in 16 matches – USA National experience includes the Junior National Team in 2004 and 2005.
#8 Briana McCarthy (Outside hitter, 6-2, Sr./Jr., Beaver Dam, Wis.) 2006 played in all 30 matches with 25 starts – career-high 22 kills at Purdue – double-figure kills in 15 matches – season-high 10 digs at Iowa – season-high five assists at Purdue – career-high 25 points at Purdue – 2005 did not play – named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad – 2004 started 26 matches – averaged 1.33 kills, .58 digs and .88 blocks per game – 2003 started 26 matches at setter and two at outside hitter in – averaged 11.53 assists per game with a career-high 66 assists against Temple.
#9 Felicia Jones (Outside Hitter, 5-11, Sr., Concord, Ontario/Southwest Missouri State-West Plains) 2006 played in 28 matches, starting 20 – season-high 12 kills at Northwestern – career-high six assist blocks at Indiana and against Michigan – career-high seven total blocks (1-6) against Michigan – career-high two solo blocks against Iowa, at Michigan State and against Northwestern – hit a career-high .750 (9-0-12) against Northwestern – 2005 played in 25 matches, starting 16 – career-high four digs at Penn State – career-high 13 kills at Illinois and at Michigan State – hit a career-high .421 (9-1-19) at Penn State – career-high 15 points at Michigan State – career-high four blocks (1-3) against Marshall 2003-04 played two years at Southwest Missouri State-West Plains Junior College – first team American Volleyball Coaches Association Junior College All-American and a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American in 2004 – averaged 4.12 kills, 3.68 digs and .33 blocks per game in 2004 – a second-team AVCA and NJCAA JC All-American – career-highs of 23 kills against Southern Idaho in 2003 and 27 digs against Tennessee in 2004.
#11 Ashley Hughes (Setter, 5-11, Fr., Carroll, Ohio) – 2006 played in seven matches – career-high six assists at Youngstown State – career-high two digs against Lehigh.
#12 Kristen Dozier (Middle Blocker, 6-2, Fr., Sandy Spring, Md.) – 2006 played in 22 matches starting in 21 – career-high 11 kills against Iona – career-high 13 assist blocks against Houston to set an OSU match record for assist blocks and tied the OSU record for total blocks – hit a career-high .750 (10-1-12) against Lehigh – career-high five digs against Houston – career-high three ace serves against Iona – double-figure kills in three matches.
#13 Marisa Main (Setter, 5-9, Sr., Louisville, Ky./Xavier) – 2006 started all 30 matches – an All-Big Ten selection – season-high nine kills at Purdue and at Northwestern – season-high 71 assists at Iowa – season-high 18 digs against Michigan – double-figure digs in nine matches – season-high six assist blocks against Houston – honored as the Best Setter in the Sports Imports Classic – preseason All-Big Ten selection – 2005 An AVCA second-team All-American – All-Big Ten – a third team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection – started all 31 matches – named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad – named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week and the Big Ten Player of the Week for her play at No. 12 Wisconsin and at Iowa – named the Big Ten Player of the Week for her play against Michigan State and Michigan – season-high 70 assists against Purdue – season-high of 14 kills at Cleveland State – career-high 22 digs against Purdue – season-high 16 points at Michigan State – has five triple-doubles this season – 14 kills, 54 assists, 14 digs at Cleveland State – 11 kills, 47 assists and 10 digs against Michigan – 12 kills, 37 assists and 13 digs at Minnesota – 10 kills, 60 assists and 10 digs at Iowa – 12 kills, 42 assists and 15 digs against Northwestern- hit a season-high .786 against Michigan – eight matches with double-figure kills and 13 matches with double-figure digs – finished second in hitting percentage in the Big Ten at .398 and was third in assists per game at 12.78 – twice named the Ohio State Athlete of the Week – 2005 Preseason All-Big Ten Selection 2004 second-team AVCA All-American – first team AVCA Mideast All-Region – All-Big Ten – started 34 matches in 2004 averaging 14.88 assists, 2.35 digs and .46 blocks per game – career-high 85 assists against Tennessee in the NCAA Regional Semifinals in Minneapolis – Ohio State season assist leader with 1,785 – Big Ten statistical champion at 14.68 assists per game and finished second nationally in NCAA statistics at 14.88 – double-figure digs in 13 matches 2003 played at Xavier University – named to the Atlantic-10 All-Conference and All-Rookie teams.
#14 Anna Szerszen (Outside Hitter, 6-3, Fr., Conflans Ste Hne, France) – 2006 Played and started in 22 matches – named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team – career-high 27 kills against Michigan – double-figure kills in 21 matches – career-high .440 hitting percentage against IPFW – career-high 17 digs at Northwestern – four double-figure dig matches – has four 20-plus kill matches including 25 at Iowa, 23 at Purdue and 20 against Minnesota – named the Co-Big Ten Player of the Week for her play against Michigan State and Michigan at home – arrived in Columbus, September 8 after playing for France in the European Junior National Championship.
#15 Ashley Kiel (Outside Hitter, 5-11, Sr., Allenton, Wis./Northern Michigan) 2006 played in 30 matches, starting 14 at libero and four as a defensive specialist – season-high 20 digs against Indiana and at Michigan – season-high four ace serves against Iona, part of a string of 18 consecutive points she served in game one – double-figure digs in 10 matches – 2005 played in 31 matches, starting 29 and had one start at libero – season-high 17 kills against Purdue – hit a career-high .600 (7-1-10) against Marshall – season-high 20 digs at Indiana – season-high seven total blocks (1-6) at Michigan State – six matches with double-figure kills and 12 matches with double-figure digs 2003-04 played two seasons at Division II Northern Michigan – 2004 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference Selection – averaged 2.58 kills, 3.24 digs and 1.10 blocks per game in 2004 – career-high 23 kills at Ashland in 2004 – career-high 26 digs at Hillsdale in 2004 – second team GLIAC All-Conference selection in 2003 – named the 2003 AVCA Great Lakes Region Freshman of the Year – 2003 Great Lakes All-Region honorable mention selection.
REVIEWING LAST WEEK
OHIO STATE 3, NORTHWESTERN 0
The 19th ranked Ohio State (22-7, 12-7 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team won, 3-0 (30-13, 30-28, 30-23) over Northwestern (14-14, 8-11) Friday night in St. John Arena. Buckeye Anna Szerszen scored a match-high 15 points for Ohio State with Danielle Meyer adding 12.5. Szerszen recorded a match-high 14 kills, adding two assist blocks while Meyer had nine kills, two ace serves, a solo block and one assist. Northwestern’s Brittney Aldridge had a team-high 13 points for the Wildcats with Lindsay Anderson adding 10.5. Aldridge recorded nine kills, an ace serve, a solo block and four assists while Anderson had a team-high 10 kills and an assist block.
Ohio State broke a 1-1 tie with kills from Szerszen and Meyer and an Ami Stevens ace serve for a 4-1 lead. A Chelsy Hyser kill made it 4-2. The Buckeyes then scored the next eight points to open a 12-2 lead. Ohio State kills by Marisa Main and Szerszen started the run. Two Northwestern errors made it 8-2. A Main solo block, a Meyer ace serve and a Wildcat error took the lead to 11-2. A second Meyer ace serve made it 12-2. The Buckeyes expanded the lead and held a 27-13 margin when a Briana McCarthy kill and a Wildcat error set game point at 29-13. Meyer and Stevens combined for a block to end the game at 30-13, OSU. The Buckeyes hit .344 for the game to .000 for Northwestern.
Northwestern took the early lead in game two, 2-1, with kills from Aldridge and Anderson. OSU kills by Meyer and Szerszen made it 3-2, OSU. A Chelsy Hyser kill and two OSU errors made it 5-3, Wildcats. At 10-7, Northwestern, a Szerszen kill and two Wildcat errors tied the game at 10. Northwestern took an 11-10 lead with a Cassie McLaughlin kill. Two Wildcat errors made it 12-11, OSU. An Anderson kill tied the game at 12. The score moved to 18-all after five ties. A Meyer kill and a Wildcat error gave Ohio State a 20-18 lead. Northwestern regained the lead at 21-20 with an Anderson kill, an OSU error and a Hyser-Stephanie Jurivich block. A Wildcat error and a Szerszen kill put OSU ahead, 22-21. A Jurivich kill tied the game at 22. Buckeye kills from Main and McCarthy made it 24-22, OSU. An OSU error and a Szerszen kill made it 25-23. Kills by Aldridge, McCarthy and Meyer moved the score to 27-24. Northwestern cut the lead to one at 27-26 with an Anderson kill and an ace serve by Aldridge. A Wildcat error made it 28-26, OSU. An Anderson kill and a Buckeye error tied the game at 28. The Northwestern serve was out to set game point at 29-28. A Northwestern error ended the game, giving Ohio State a 30-28 win and a 2-0 lead in the match. Northwestern hit .286 for the game to .250 for Ohio State.
Tied at one in game three, a Felicia Jones kill, a Wildcat error and an Ashley Kiel ace serve opened a 4-1 Ohio State lead. At 5-2, an Anderson kill and an OSU error cut the lead to 5-4. A Wildcat error made it 6-4. Two errors by Ohio State tied the game at six. A Meyer-Szerszen block and a Wildcat error put OSU ahead, 8-6. At 10-8, McLaughlin recorded two kills to tie the game at 10. At 12-all, a Meyer kill and a Northwestern error made it 14-12, OSU. A Hyser kill cut the lead to 14-13. Two Wildcat errors and a Szerszen kill made it 17-13. Anderson’s kill made it 17-14. A Northwestern error and a Jones’ kill gave OSU a 19-14 lead. Following a McLaughlin kill (19-15), the Buckeyes, with two Jones kills and one each from Szerszen and McCarthy took a 23-15 lead. Wildcat kills by Anderson and McLaughlin and two Ohio State errors made it 25-17. An OSU error and a Jurivich kill cut the lead to six at 25-19. After a McCarthy kill (26-19), kills by Hyser and Julie Purcell cut the lead to five at 26-21. Kills from Stevens and Hyser moved the score to 27-22. A Meyer kill and a Jones-Szerszen block set match point at 29-22. An Aldridge-Jurivich block stopped the match point at 29-23. The Buckeyes closed out the game with a kill from Main for a 30-23 win to capture the match, 3-0. Ohio State hit .406 for the game to .220 for Northwestern.
For the match, Ohio State hit .327 to .171 for Northwestern. The Buckeyes had a 50-41 advantage in kills and a four-to-one edge in ace serves. Northwestern gave up 10 service errors to two for the Buckeyes. Defensively, Ohio State had a 50-31 margin in digs with OSU’s Kiel recording a match-high 11 with Main adding 10. At the net, Northwestern had an eight-to-six edge in team blocks. NU’s Aldridge recorded a match-high five blocks with a solo and four assists. OSU’s Main recorded 41 assists in the match while Northwestern’s Jurivich had 36.
OHIO STATE 3, ILLINOIS 0
The 19th ranked Ohio State (23-7, 13-7 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team recorded its eighth straight shutout with a 3-0 (30-26, 30-18, 30-21) victory over Illinois (15-15, 6-14). Buckeye Ami Stevens had a match-high 15 points for Ohio State with Anna Szerszen adding 14.5 and Danielle Meyer 14. Stevens recorded 13 kills, an ace serve and two assists blocks while hitting .524. Szerszen collected a match-high 14 kills and an assist block while Meyer had 13 kills (.600) and two assist blocks. Leading the Illini was Kylie McCulley with 13 points with 12 kills and a solo block.
Game one saw 10 ties to take the score to 18-all. An Illini error and a Briana McCarthy solo block gave Ohio State a 20-18 lead. At 21-19, a Meyer kill made it 22-19. Illinois responded with kills by McCulley and Meghan Macdonald and a Macdonald-Stephanie Obermeier block to tie the game at 22. A Meyer kill and an Illinois error put OSU ahead, 24-22. Macdonald, with a kill cut the lead to 24-23. An ace serve by Stevens, a Meyer kill and two Illinois errors opened up a 28-23 lead. McCulley, with a kill cut the lead to 28-24 but an Illini error set game point at 29-24. Illinois, with kills from Amy Palash (25) and Vicki Brown (26) stopped two game points at 29-26. Felicia Jones ended the game with a kill at 30-26. Ohio State hit .242 for the game to .211 for Illinois.
Illinois, with a Palash kill and an OSU error took a 2-0 lead in game two. The Buckeyes responded by scoring four straight points, starting with an Illinois error. A Jones kill, a block by Stevens and Jones, a Stevens’ kill made it 4-1, OSU. A Buckeye error made it 4-3. Kills by Szerszen and McCarthy and an Illinois error took the lead to 7-3. After a McCulley kill, an Illinois error and a Marisa Main kill made the lead five at 9-4. A McCulley kill made it 9-5, but a kill from Stevens and two Illini errors gave OSU a 12-5 lead. A kill from Macdonald and an OSU error cut the lead to five at 12-7. Kills by Szerszen and Main and a Szerszen-Jones block gave OSU a 15-7 lead. The Buckeyes would out score Illinois, 15-11, in the rest of the game, reaching game point with a Main kill at 29-18. A Szerszen kill closed out the game at 30-18 for a 2-0 Buckeye lead in the match. Ohio State, with only one hitting error in the game hit .655 to .103 for Illinois.
Trailing, 2-1, in game three, two McCarthy kills gave Ohio State a 3-2 lead. A McCulley kill and two OSU errors put Illinois ahead, 5-3. A McCarthy kill made it 5-4. A Macdonald kill and two Buckeye errors opened a four-point lead for the Illini at 8-4. Ohio State kills by Stevens, Meyer and Szerszen cut the lead to 8-7. An OSU error made it 9-7. Two Illini errors tied the game at nine. After four ties, a McCulley kill gave Illinois a 14-13 lead. The Buckeyes then scored six consecutive points to open a 19-14 lead. The run began with kills by Stevens and Szerszen. Two Illinois errors, a Meyer kill and a Meyer-Main block complete the run. A Buckeye error made it 19-15. Kills from Main and Szerszen opened a 21-15 lead. At 23-17, a Jones kill made the lead 24-17. Illinois, with a McCulley kill, an Ashley Edinger ace serve and a McCulley solo block cut the lead to 24-20. The Buckeyes responded with five straight points starting with kills from McCarthy, Szerszen and Stevens. An Ashley Kiel ace serve and a kill from Stevens set match point at 29-20. McCulley stopped the match point with a kill at 29-21. Ohio State ended the game with a Myer kill to win, 30-21, and take the match, 3-0. The Buckeyes hit .286 for the game to .175 for Illinois.
Ohio State hit .369 for the match to .168 for Illinois. The Buckeyes had a 54-37 margin in kills and a three-to-one edge in ace serves with OSU’s Kiel recording two. OSU gave up 10 service errors to eight for the Illini. Defensively, Ohio State had a 43-34 advantage in digs with Buckeye Kiel recording a match-high 16. At the net, the Illini had a six-to-five edge in team blocks. Brown, for Illinois, recorded a match-high three assist blocks. OSU’s Main had a match-high 46 assists in the match while Obermeier recorded 31 for Illinois.