Dec. 16, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Taylor Sandbothe and Elizabeth Campbell each earned spots on the 2015 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Teams. Sandbothe became the first Buckeye to receive All-America First Team honors since 2004 (Stacey Gordon) while Campbell was voted to the Third Team. Both Buckeyes were All-America Honorable Mentions in 2014.
Ohio State has placed at least one player on the AVCA All-America list in five consecutive seasons. During that five-year stretch, six different Buckeyes have obtained All-America standing under the guidance of head coach Geoff Carlston. In total, Ohio State has gathered 10 All-America honors in the Carlston Era:
2009 – Katie Dull, Honorable Mention
2011 – Emily Danks, Honorable Mention; Mari Hole, Honorable Mention
2012 – Mari Hole, Third Team
2013 – Kaitlyn Leary, Honorable Mention
2014 – Elizabeth Campbell, Honorable Mention; Taylor Sandbothe, Honorable Mention; Taylor Sherwin, Honorable Mention
2015 – Elizabeth Campbell, Third Team; Taylor Sandbothe, First Team
Sandbothe launched an assault on the OSU record books in 2015, accumulating season totals which rank in the top-5 of the following statistical categories: 126 block assists (2nd all-time), 160 total blocks (2nd), 34 solo blocks (t-4th), 1.26 blocks per set (t-4th) and .366 attacking efficiency (5th). With her senior campaign still to come in 2016, Sandbothe also has the career record books in her sights and is slotted in the top-10 for all of the above statistical categories. She brought in hardware from start to finish this season, picking up all-tournament honors at all four non-conference tournaments, including MVP laurels twice. She was tabbed the Big Ten Player of the Week on Sept. 7.
Campbell was a six-rotation asset for the Scarlet & Gray, posting 478 kills on 1,223 attempts, 286 digs and 75 blocks. Her kills and attempts totals both rank inside the top-20 all-time in Ohio State history for a single season. In two years as a Buckeye, Campbell averaged 3.23 kills and 3.73 points per set (slotted 12th and 16th, respectively). She started all 35 matches for Ohio State during her senior season and was named to four all-tournament squads, including the All-Lexington Regional team last week. Campbell graduates in December 2015 and has signed a contract to begin her professional playing career in Puerto Rico after the New Year.
Since 1989, Ohio State was seen 18 different Buckeyes corral a total of 29 AVCA All-America awards.