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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2010 Ohio State women’s volleyball team completed a successful season finishing with a 24-12 overall record and a 10-10 mark in the Big Ten Conference, finishing sixth. The Buckeyes were an at-large selection to the NCAA Championship for the second consecutive season reaching the regional semifinals.

 The Buckeyes opened the season by winning the Sports Imports Classic with 3-1 wins over Virginia Commonwealth and Western Michigan and a 3-0 victory over Pittsburgh. Sarah Mignin was named the most valuable player with Betsy Hone and Kelli Barhorst earning all-tournament honors.

OSU swept both South Florida and Miami (Ohio) at the Kentucky Classic, and then lost 3-1 to host Kentucky. Katie Dull and Hone were named to the all-tournament team.

Wins over Brown (3-0), UMBC (3-0), Sacred Heart (3-1) and Towson (3-0) gave the Buckeyes the Madison Bingaman Memorial Tournament Championship. Most valuable player honors were earned by Dull with Allie Schwarzwalder named to the all-tournament team. Schwarzwalder earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors for her play at the championship.

Ohio State closed out the non-conference season at 12-1, winning the Kennesaw State Owl Invitational with 3-0 victories over Presbyterian and Kennesaw State and 3-1 over Coastal Carolina. Anna Szerszen was named the most valuable player with Dull and Mariah Booth named to the all-tournament team. For her play, Booth was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

Big Ten play opened at Wisconsin with a 3-2 victory and a 3-0 loss at ninth-ranked Illinois. At home, OSU lost 3-1 to 19th-ranked Michigan and defeated Michigan State, 3-0. The Buckeyes suffered losses at Indiana (3-1) and at Purdue (3-0) before returning home to record 3-0 victories over Iowa and 19th-ranked Minnesota. The home wins earned Barhorst Big Ten Player of the Week honors.

The Buckeyes lost 3-0 at home to ninth-ranked Penn State before recording a 3-2 victory at 22nd-ranked Northwestern. Returning home, OSU dropped a 3-2 decision to Purdue and came back with a 3-1 victory over Indiana. On the road, the Buckeyes defeated Michigan State, 3-0 but fell, 3-0, to 15th-ranked Michigan. A 3-1 loss, at home, to ninth-ranked Illinois was followed with a 3-2 victory over Wisconsin. At seventh-ranked Penn State, OSU lost 3-0. OSU returned home to defeat 25th-ranked Northwestern, 3-0. The Buckeyes closed out the regular season with a 3-1 loss at 15th-ranked Minnesota and a 3-1 victory at Iowa.

OSU earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship playing at Dayton for the first and second rounds. The Buckeyes defeated Lipscomb, 3-1, in the first round and upset host and 14th-seed Dayton, 3-2. Ohio State ended the season, back in Dayton, at the regional semifinals with a 3-1 loss to third-seeded Stanford. Dull was named to the regional all-tournament team.

Ohio State loses five seniors from the 2010 season including starters Dull, Schwarzwalder, Hone and Szerszen. Susan Halverson rounds out a senior class that produced a four-year record of 74-58.

DULL AND BARHORST EARN BIG TEN ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS
The Big Ten Conference announced Katie Dull has been named to the All-Big Ten Team and Kelli Barhorst is an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention selection. It marks the second selection for Dull to the All-Big Ten Team (2009) and the first honor for Barhorst.

SEVEN BUCKEYES NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN
The Big Ten Conference announced seven Ohio State women’s volleyball players who earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letter winners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. OSU honorees include: Kelsey Bowler, Emily Danks, Katie Dull, Susan Halverson, Sarah Mignin, Allie Schwarzwalder and Anna Szerszen.

DULL AND BARHORST NAMED AVCA MIDEAST HONORABLE MENTION ALL-REGION
The American Volleyball Coaches Association named Katie Dull and Kelli Barhorst to the Mideast All-Region Honorable Mention selections.

DULL AND SZERSZEN RECEIVE ESPN THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT SECOND-TEAM HONORS
Katie Dull and Anna Szerszen were named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV second team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced. Dull, a sports and leisure studies major, is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a three-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete. Szerszen is majoring in business administration and working in the master’s program. She is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

OSU RANKED 19TH IN THE FINAL AVCA POLL
In the final American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 poll, Ohio State was ranked 19th with 388 points. Previously, the Buckeyes had received votes in 14 of 15 weekly polls and were ranked 25th during one week in September

OHIO STATE IN THE FINAL BIG TEN CONFERENCE ONLY STATISTICS
Ohio State, in the Big Ten Conference only statistics, has four players ranked in the Top 10. Emily Danks ranks first in aces per set at .41. At setter, Betsy Hone ranks eighth at 9.36 assists per set. Sarah Mignin is 10th in digs per set at 3.79. Katie Dull ranks eighth in points (3.98) and is sixth in kills (3.46) per set.

In team statistics, Ohio State ranks second in attack percentage at .241 and sixth in aces per set at .97. The Buckeyes are sixth in blocks at 2.42, seventh in kills at 13.01, ninth in assists at 12.04 and 11th in digs per set at 12.59.

OHIO STATE IN THE FINAL NCAA NATIONAL RANKINGS
In the final 2010 NCAA National Rankings, Emily Danks ranked sixth in aces per set at .57. Allie Schwarzwalder was 59th in blocks per set at 1.16 with Kelli Barhorst 233rd at .91. Barhorst was ranked 100th in hitting percentage at .326. In assists per set, Betsy Hone ranked 117th at 9.73. Katie Dull ranked 85th in points at 4.19 and 97th in kills per set at 3.60.

In team statistics, the Buckeyes finished 19th in blocks (2.67), 69th in aces (1.43) and 87th in kills (13.20) per set. Ohio State ranked 97nd in assists (12.13) and 300th in digs (12.45) per set. OSU was 21st in attack percentage at .263.

OSU SECURES SIXTH VICTORY AGAINST A RANKED TEAM UNDER CARLSTON
With the 3-2 win over Dayton head coach Geoff Carlston earned his sixth victory over an American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 ranked team at Ohio State. In 2009, OSU had wins over seventh-ranked Minnesota (3-0) and 12th-ranked Michigan (3-0) out of nine ranked opponents. The Buckeyes lost to 13 ranked opponents in 2008. Earlier this season, OSU defeated 19th-ranked Minnesota, 3-0, 22nd ranked Northwestern, 3-2 and 25th ranked Northwestern, 3-0 and has four wins over ranked teams in 13 attempts. In the last three years, the Buckeyes have six victories in 35 matches against ranked teams.

DULL FINISHES FOURTH IN OSU CAREER POINTS AND KILLS
Katie Dull ends her career ranked four in kills (1,621) and points (1,881.0). She is sixth in kills per set at 3.64, eighth in solo blocks (66), 18th in assist blocks (210), 15th in total blocks (276) and eighth in points per set at 4.23.

DANKS RANKS SECOND IN CAREER ACES PER SET
Emily Danks ranks second in Ohio State career aces per set at .47. She is 13th in aces with 117

DANKS’ 73 ACE SERVES RANKS SECOND IN OSU SEASON RECORDS
Emily Danks served up a team-high 73 aces last season to rank second in Ohio State season records. She finished the season on ace behind leader Lisa Bettio (1985) with 74. She ranks second in aces per set for a season at .57.

SZERSZEN CLOSES OUT HER CAREER RANKED 16TH IN POINTS AND KILLS
Anna Szerszen closed out her career ranked 16th in kills (1,186) and points (1,380.0). She finishes 18th in kills (2.80) and 20th in points (3.25) per set.

BARHORST RANKS IN FOUR CAREER CATEGORIES
Kelli Barhorst is currently ranked in Ohio State career attack percentage at .270. In blocking, she ranks 16th in solo blocks (39), 13th in assists blocks (239) and 13th in total blocks (278). Barhorst, at .89 career blocks per set is ranked 13th.

HONE ENDS HER CAREER RANKED EIGHTH IN CAREER ASSISTS
Betsy Hone ended her career ranked eighth in career assists with 2,397. In assists per set, she ranks seventh at 8.62.

PETERSON RANKS 12TH OHIO STATE CAREER ASSISTS
Amanda Peterson has 728 career assists and ranks 12th on the Ohio State career assist list. She ranks ninth in assists per set at 7.43.

SCHWARZWALDER CLOSES HER CAREER RANKED 17TH OHIO STATE CAREER BLOCKS PER SET
Allie Schwarzwalder closed out her career ranked 18th in blocks per set. She recorded 195 total blocks while playing in 244 sets.

KELLI BARHORST NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Oct. 18, 2010
Kelli Barhorst was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for her play in the home victories over Iowa and 19th-ranked Minnesota. In the 3-0 (25-10, 25-16, 25-17) win over Iowa, she posted a career-high 14 kills against the Hawkeyes while hitting .619. Barhorst added a match-high seven blocks with a solo and six assists. In the 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-17) upset of 19th-ranked Minnesota last week, she posted a match-high 11 kills while hitting .429. Her five total blocks were a match high with two solos and three assists. In the two matches, Barhorst averaged 5.42 points, 4.17 kills and 2.00 blocks per set while hitting .524.

MARIAH BOOTH NAMED BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Sept. 20, 2010
Mariah Booth was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for her play in the three matches of the Kennesaw State Owl Invitational. Returning to her hometown, the Kennesaw, Ga., native averaged a team-high 1.90 blocks per set for the three matches in helping the Buckeyes hold the three opponents to a combined .013 attack percentage and win the invitational.

Booth began the weekend with career highs of 11 assist blocks and nine kills in the 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-20) victory over Presbyterian. She hit .438 (9 kills, 2 errors) 16 attempts) in the match. In the 3-1 (25-16, 22-25, 25-15, 25-10) win over Coastal Carolina, Booth recorded eight kills and five assist blocks while hitting .375 (8-2-16). She closed out the weekend with four kills, one dig and three total blocks (1-2) while hitting .429 (4-1-7) against Kennesaw State.

Booth was named to the Kennesaw State Owl Invitational All-Tournament Team after averaging 1.90 blocks, 2.10 kills and 3.10 points per set for the weekend.

ALLIE SCHWARZWALDER NAMED BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Sept. 13, 2010
Allie Schwarzwalder was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for her play in the four Buckeye victories at the Madison Bingaman Memorial Tournament. She was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 2.08 blocks per set in the tournament.

Schwarzwalder had eight kills, four assist blocks and one dig in the 3-0 (25-12, 25-20, 25-18) win over Brown. She had five kills, four digs and four assist blocks in the 3-0 (25-22, 25-11, 25-19) victory at UMBC. Schwarzwalder produced her first career double-double with 10 kills and 10 total blocks in the 3-1 (27-29, 25-22, 25-21, 25-18) win over Sacred Heart. She added thee digs and an ace serve in the match and her 10 total blocks and nine assist blocks were career highs. In the final match of the tournament, a 3-0 (25-13, 30-28, 25-14) win over Towson, Schwarzwalder had five kills, a career-high four ace serves, one dig and nine total blocks with a solo and eight assists.

HEAD COACH GEOFF CARLSTON
Geoff Carlston has completed his third season at Ohio State. The 2010 squad finished 24-12 overall and had a 10-10 Big Ten record finishing sixth. The Buckeyes advanced to the regional semifinals of the NCAA Championship. He directed the 2009 Buckeyes to a fourth place tie (12-8) in the Big Ten in 2009 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship finishing with a 25-10 overall record. Carlston has a 61-42 record with the Buckeyes.

Carlston came to Ohio State after spending five years as head coach of Ohio University where he built an outstanding program. His squads played in five NCAA tournaments, reaching regional play in 2005. At Ohio, Carlston guided the Bobcats to five-consecutive Mid American Conference championships with an overall record of 144-22. He had a MAC conference record of 78-2 and was 14-1 in the conference tournament, winning four of five. 

Carlston was named the MAC Coach of the Year four times and was twice named the Mideast Region Coach of the Year.

He began collegiate coaching with three years at Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) where he posted a 49-42 record. His 11-year career record is 254-106.

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