Aug. 6, 2005
FOUR STARTERS RETURNING
The 2005 Buckeyes have four starters returning from last season. Setter Marisa Main, middle blocker Danielle Meyer and outside hitters Briana McCarthy and Ami Stevens will anchor a Buckeye squad that was 30-4 overall last season.
TEN LETTERWINNERS RETURNING
Including the four returning starters, Ohio State has a total of 10 letterwinners back from 2004. Setter Jackie Schardt, outside hitter Amanda Miller, middle blocker Nicole Britenriker and liberos/defensive specialists Rebecca Kastein, Anna Tengnas and Brittany Dahms comprise the returning letterwinners for the Buckeyes. Additionally libero/defensive specialist Megan Blake, who saw no action last season, returns.
NEWCOMERS INCLUDE A TRANSFER
The Buckeyes have added a student-athlete from Southwest Missouri State-West Plains Junior College in outside hitter Felicia Jones. She is a two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association and National Junior College Athletic Association All-American. Additionally, libero/defensive specialist Caitlin Slevin and outside hitter Ashley Kiel will join the squad.
BIG TEN HONROS
Marisa Main was named to the 2004 All-Big Ten team following an outstanding season. She was the Big Ten statistical champion with a 14.68 assists per game average and finished second nationally at 14.88. Ami Stevens was named to the Big Ten All-Freshmen Team. She averaged 3.11 kills and 3.06 digs in conference matches. ALL REGION SELECTION
The American Volleyball Coaches Association Mideast All-Region team included Marisa Main as a first team selection.
Marisa Main was named a second-team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American. She becomes the first OSU setter to be so honored since Laura Davis was a first-team selection in 1994.
BIG TEN NUMBERS
In the final Big Ten Conference statistics (conference matches only), Marisa Main is OSU’s only returning statistical champion with a 14.68 assists per game average. Ami Stevens finished conference play ranked seventh in aces per game with a .25 average and Danielle Meyer was ranked eighth in blocks per game with a 1.16 average.
In the NCAA national statistics from last season, setter Marisa Main finished second in the nation with a 14.88 assists per game average.
FIVE ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN
Five returning student-athletes were named Academic All-Big Ten last year. They include Amanda Miller, Anna Tengnas, Rebecca Kastein, Briana McCarthy and Jackie Schardt.
TEN OSU SCHOLAR ATHLETES
A total of 10 players were honored as Ohio State Student-Athletes. They include Nicole Britenriker, Brittany Dahms, Rebecca Kastein, Marisa Main, Briana McCarthy, Danielle Meyer, Amanada Miller, Jackie Schardt, Ami Stevens and Anna Tengnas.
Ohio State will face nine teams in 15 matches this season that participated in the 2004 NCAA Championship. The Buckeyes will play 15 home matches including two tournaments in St. John Arena. Top non-conference home opponents include Nebraska, Long Beach State and Brigham Young. OSU’s Big Ten schedule has six teams that played in the NCAA Championship including Penn State, Wisconsin and national runner-up Minnesota.
THE INTERNATIONAL SIDE
Two squad members this year are from outside the United States. Anna Tengnas is from Hyltebruk, Sweden and Felicia Jones is from Concord, Ontario.
Two starters from the 2004 season, Stacey Gordon and Maya Mapp, have completed their eligibility. Gordon was a four-time All-American and was the American Volleyball Coaches Association Co-National Player of the Year. Mapp played one season for the Buckeyes but was a key starter at middle blocker in OSU’s successful season.
BUILDING ON THE 2004 SEASON
Ohio State is coming off a very successful season. The Buckeyes finished 30-4 overall and were 17-3 in the Big Ten Conference finishing in a tie for second place. Ohio State received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship and advanced to the Minneapolis Regional Championship match, losing, 3-2, to Minnesota, who finished as the NCAA runner-up.