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Meet #5 Susan Halverson

Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-8, Senior from Apple Valley, Minn.

2009 (Junior Season) Ohio State Scholar-Athlete … Academic All-Big Ten … recipient of the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award … played in 35 matches with 24 starts as a defensive specialist … career-high 11 digs at William & Mary (third time) … double figure digs in three matches … season-high three ace serves against Cincinnati … a .947 serve reception percentage handling 378 of 399 attempts.

2008 (Sophomore Season) Ohio State Scholar-Athlete … played in 32 matches with 11 starts as a defensive specialist and seven at libero … Academic All-Big Ten … career-high 11 digs at Wichita State and against Minnesota … double-figure digs in four matches … third on the squad in digs with 183 and digs per set at 2.10 … career-high four ace serves against Chicago State … career-high four points against Chicago State.

2007 (Freshman Season) Played in 14 matches with two starts … Ohio State Scholar-Athlete … season-high six digs against Youngstown State, Wisconsin and at Michigan … recorded an ace serve against Youngstown State and Michigan.

Apple Valley High School Played libero for four year for coach Walt Weaver … three-time all-conference selection … all-state as a senior … honorable mention all-state as a junior … team captain as a senior … team MVP as a senior … named Miss Defensive Apple Valley three times … first-team all-metro as a senior … set school single season dig record of 536 in 2006 … named to the Honor Roll four times … three-time All Lake Conference Student-Athlete … Academic All-State as a junior and senior.

Club Team Played for Northern Lights Volleyball Club for coach Adam Beamer … 17 open National Champions in 2006 … AAU 17 open National Champions in 2006 … record of 52-0.

Personal Full name is Susan Mary Halverson … nickname is Suze … daughter of Kurt and Jane Halverson … has one sister, Sarah … enjoys running, listening to music, concerts, teaching swimming and shopping … community activities include teaching swimming lessons and teaching sixth graders ‘Drug-Ed’ once a week … major is elementary education … career objective is to be an elementary school teacher … chose Ohio State “for the excellent volleyball program along with the education program and the big school atmosphere.”

Favorite candy: Carmellos, Milky Way, Almond Joy

Favorite scent: Burnt marshmallows at a bonfire

Most embarrassing moment: At a team dinner with Northern Lights our waiter dropped four pitchers of ice water on

my head and I had to wear a blanket the rest of the night.

Superhero quality you would want: To fly

Why did you start playing volleyball?: Because my sister, Sarah, played and I look up to her

Quote that describes you. Or… a favorite quote: Nothing in the world is accomplished without passion

Chocolate or vanilla?: Chocolate

Where do you want to be in 10 years?: Teaching third grade and coaching volleyball while raising a family

A place you’ve always wanted to visit: Australia

Lucky number: 4

All time favorite movies: Garden State, Slumdog Millionaire

Most prized possession: Bernie, my Build-a-Bear

OSU OPENS 2010 SEASON WITH VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH

The Buckeyes will open the 2010 season by hosting Virginia Commonwealth at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 27 in the Sports Imports Classic. Play continues Saturday with OSU hosting Western Michigan at 11 a.m. and Pittsburgh at 7 p.m.

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