THE CARLSTON VISION
Head coach Geoff Carlston begins his third season with the Buckeyes. The squad posted a 25-10 overall record last season and tied for fourth in the Big Ten Conference with a 12-8 record. The building process saw vast improvement over last season. The team improved from a 12-20, 3-17 Big Ten record in 2008.
FOUR STARTERS RETURNING
Ohio State returns a solid core of four starters with outside hitters Emily Danks, Katie Dull and Anna Szerszen and middle blocker Kelli Barhorst.
ELEVEN LETTER WINNERS RETURNING
The Buckeyes return 11 letter winners from the 2009 season. In addition to the four players listed above, setters Betsy Hone and Amanda Peterson, middle blockers Mariah Booth and Allie Schwarzwalder and liberos Kelsey Bowler, Susan Halverson and Sarah Mignin received letters last season.
FOUR NEWCOMERS JOIN THE TEAM
Ohio State will have four freshmen on the roster in 2010. The class includes outside hitters Kaitlyn Leary and Amy Schwarzwalder and libero/defensive specialists Davionna DiSalvatore and Marissa Otto.
THE INTERNATIONAL SIDE
Outside hitter Anna Szerszen is in her fifth season (senior eligibility) with Ohio State. A native of Conflans Ste Hne, France, she has had extensive international playing experience with the French National Team.
Katie Dull earned All-Big Ten honors last season. She was a first team Mideast Region American Volleyball Coaches Association selection and received honorable mention All-American honors.
Seven returning players were named Ohio State Scholar-Athletes last season. They include Kelsey Bowler, Katie Dull, Susan Halverson, Sarah Mignin, Allie Schwarzwalder and Anna Szerszen. Dull, Halverson, Mignin, Schwarzwalder, Szerszen and Betsy Hone received Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Four players, including three starters do not return for the 2010 season. Starting middle blocker Kristen Dozier, setter Ashley Hughes and libero Chelsea Noble have completed their eligibility. Maria Ralston is the fourth player not returning.
The Buckeyes open the 2010 season at home in August hosting Virginia Commonwealth, Western Michigan and Pittsburgh in the Sports Imports Classic. OSU then travels the month of September playing tournaments in Lexington, Ky., Baltimore, Md. and Kennesaw, Ga. The Buckeyes close out the month with matches at Wisconsin and Illinois to open play in the Big Ten. Those road matches open the always tough double round-robin format. The Buckeyes will play 11 matches against teams from last year’s NCAA tournament including five Big Ten opponents, twice.
The Buckeyes, with four starters returning, look to continue to improve to move up in the Big Ten Conference standings and advance to the next level in the NCAA Tournament.