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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (21-10 overall, 9-9 Big Ten, sixth) closes out the regular season with road matches at 15th-ranked Minnesota (22-8, 12-6, tied for third) and at Iowa (7-20, 2-16, 11th). The Buckeyes face the Minnesota Gophers at 7 p.m. ET Friday in the Sports Pavilion and play the Iowa Hawkeyes at 8 p.m. ET Saturday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. This marks the first time in three years OSU will finish the regular season on the road.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Coached by Geoff Carlston, the Buckeyes (21-10 overall, 9-9 Big Ten) split two matches last week. OSU lost at seventh-ranked Penn State, 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-21) and defeated 25th-ranked Northwestern, 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 28-26) at home. For the season, Katie Dull is the team leader in points per set with a 4.15 average. Emily Danks ranks second at 3.10 with Anna Szerszen third at 2.96.Dullis averaging a team-high 3.53 kills per set. Szerszen ranks second at 2.54 with Kelli Barhorst third at 2.24. Barhorstis hitting a team-high .324 with Allie Schwarzwalder second at .309 and Dull third at .257. At setter, Betsy Hone is averaging 9.46 assists per set with Amanda Peterson second at 5.83. In aces per set, Danks leads the team with a .62 per set average with 66. Sarah Mignin is second at .23 with 25 and Dull ranks third at .22 with 24. Defensively, Mignin is averaging a team-high 3.54 digs per set. Dull ranks second at 1.86 with Hone third at 1.57. Mignin is the team leader in serve reception percentage at .967 handling 896 of 927 attempts. Susan Halverson ranks second at .944 (422 of 447) and Davionna DiSalvatore is third at .929 (429 of 462). At the net, Schwarzwalder is averaging 1.23 blocks per set to lead the team with 17 solos and 96 assists. Mariah Booth ranks second at 1.11 with six solos and 62 assists with Barhorst third at .84 with 17 solos and 59 assists. 

Ohio State is averaging 17.39 points, 13.17 kills and 12.01 assists per set while hitting .264. The Buckeyes average 1.48 aces, 2.73 blocks and 11.99 digs per set and have a .938 serve reception percentage. Opponents are averaging 14.47 points, 11.73 kills and 10.98 assists per set while hitting .181. They are averaging 1.19 aces, 1.55 blocks and 12.04 digs per game and have a .926 serve reception percentage.

A LOOK AT MINNESOTA
The 15th-ranked Golden Gophers, coached by Mike Hebert, are 22-8 overall and 12-6 in the Big Ten. Last week the Gophers won 3-0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-22) at Wisconsin and 3-2 (25-22, 18-25, 23-25, 26-24, 15-9) at ninth-ranked Illinois. Tabi Love has a team-high 4.07 points per set average. Lauren Gibbemeyer ranks second at 4.06 with Ashley Wittman third at 3.95. Love leads the team in kills per set with a 3.56 average. Wittman ranks second at 3.33 with Gibbemeyer third at 3.14. The top percentage hitter for Minnesota is Gibbemeyer at .375. Tori Dixon ranks second at .288 with Katherine Harms third at .286. At setter, Stephanie Nucci is averaging 10.32 assists per set with Mia Tabberson at 10.22. Harms (14) and Love (19) share team-high honors in aces per set at .18. Wittman is third at .14 with 15. In digs per set, Jessica Granquist has a team leading 5.14 average. Wittman, at 3.01, ranks second with Steffi Sooter third at 1.93. Wittman has a team-high .969 serve reception percentage handling 888 of 916 attempts. Granquist ranks second at .948 (620 of (654) and Sooter is third at .933 (238 of 255). At the net, Gibbemeyer has a team-high 1.42 blocks per set average with 18 solos and 76 assist blocks. Filho, at .95, ranks second with eight solos and 78 assists with Dixon third at .86 with 15 solos and 77 assists.

Minnesota is averaging 17.43 points, 13.85 kills and 12.88 assists per set while hitting .261. The Golden Gophers average .85 aces, 16.00 digs and 2.74 blocks per set and have a .951 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 15.37 points, 12.59 kills and 11.72 assists per set while hitting .159. Minnesota opponents average .91 aces, 14.61 digs and 1.88 blocks per set and have a .961 serve reception percentage.

SERIES RECORD WITH MINNESOTA
Minnesota has a 33-32 lead in the series with Ohio State. OSU is 18-11 in Columbus while the Golden Gophers are 17-12 in Minneapolis and 5-2 in neutral site matches. Ohio State has won the last two matches against the Gophers including a 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-17) victory in Columbus this season. OSU head coach Geoff Carlston is 3-3 against the Golden Gophers.

Last five years against Minnesota:
10/21/05………………… A………….. W………… 3-0…….. 30-28, 30-26, 30-28
11/19/05……………….. H…………… L………… 0-3…….. 19-30, 25-30, 23-30
10/  8/06……………….. H…………… L………… 1-3…….. 30-23, 27-30, 21-30, 28-30
10/27/06………………… A…………… L………… 0-3…….. 22-30, 28-30, 19-30
10/  5/07……………….. H…………… L………… 2-3…….. 27-30, 24-30, 30-21, 32-30, 10-15
10/27/07………………… A………….. W………… 3-2…….. 24-30, 23-40, 30-27, 31-29, 15-10
10/24/08……………….. H…………… L………… 0-3…….. 18-25, 24-26, 21-25
11/23/08………………… A…………… L………… 1-3…….. 20-25, 12-25, 25-18, 22-25
10/  9/09………………… A…………… L………… 1-3…….. 26-24, 17-25, 25-27, 22-25
10/31/09……………….. H………….. W………… 3-0…….. 25-20, 25-19, 25-15
10/16/10……………….. H………….. W………… 3-0…….. 25-23, 25-20, 25-17

A LOOK AT IOWA
The Hawkeyes, coached by Sharon Dingman, are 7-20 overall and 2-16 in the Big Ten. Last week Iowa lost 3-1 decisions at ninth-ranked Illinois (25-20, 19-25, 25-22, 25-14) and at Wisconsin (25-11, 25-20, 22-25, 25-9). Becky Walters leads the team in points per set with a 3.14 average. Mallory Husz ranks second at 2.99 with Megan Eskew third at 2.31. Husz leads the team with a 2.39 kills per set average. Walters ranks second at 2.22 with Eskew third at 1.97.  The top percentage hitter on the squad is Husz at .241. Walters ranks second at .215 with Eskew third at .135. At setter, Paige Stevens has a team-high 6.70 assists per set average. Nikki Dailey ranks second at 2.91. Walters, at .36 aces per set, leads the team with 36 aces. Eskew ranks second at .18 with 18 and Nikki Dailey third at .11 with 10. Defensively,  Bethany Yeager has a team-high 4.34 digs per set average. Eskew ranks second at 1.99 with Dailey, at 1.94, third. Eskey leads the team in serve reception percentage at .965 handling 573 of 594 attempts. Yeager ranks second at .954 (642 of 673) and Tiffany Nilges is third at .950 (398 of 419). At the net, Husz has a team-high .98 blocks per set with 21 solos and 70 assist blocks. Walters, at .94, ranks second with 17 solo and 76 assists. Rachael Bedell ranks third at .54 with two solos and 49 assist blocks.

Iowa is averaging 13.93 points, 10.80 kills and 9.91 assists per set while hitting .133. The Hawkeyes average 1.02 aces, 14.53 digs and 2.11 blocks per set and have a .948 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 16.99 points, 13.72 kills and 12.77 assists per set while hitting .218. Hawkeye opponents average 1.10 aces, 16.17 digs and 2.17 blocks per set and have a .944 serve reception percentage.

SERIES RECORD WITH IOWA
Ohio State leads the series with Iowa with a 51-9 record. The Buckeyes are 26-5 in Columbus, 22-4 in Iowa City and 3-0 in neutral site matches. OSU has won the last four meetings with Iowa including a 3-0 (25-10, 25-16, 25-17) win in Columbus earlier this season. OSU head coach Geoff Carlston is 4-1 against the Hawkeyes.

Last five years against Iowa
10/22/05………… A……….. W……… 3-1…………… 27-30, 30-21, 30-23, 30-27
11/18/05……….. H……….. W……… 3-0…………… 30-23, 30-25, 30-27
  9/23/06………… A……….. W……… 3-1…………… 25-30, 30-25, 30-24, 30-26
11/10/06……….. H……….. W……… 3-0…………… 30-25, 30-26, 30-14
10/  6/07……….. H……….. W……… 3-1…………… 30-22, 30-21, 25-30, 30-25
10/26/07………… A……….. W……… 3-0…………… 30-15, 30-28, 31-29
10/26/08……….. H…………. L……… 1-3…………… 23-25, 25-19, 15-25, 22-25
11/21/08………… A……….. W……… 3-0…………… 25-20, 25-18, 25-22
10/  3/09……….. H……….. W……… 3-0…………… 25-17, 25-20, 25-22
11/  6/09………… A……….. W……… 3-1…………… 20-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-17
10/15/10……….. H……….. W……… 3-0…………… 25-10, 25-16, 25-17

NCAA DIV. I SELECTION SHOW SUNDAY ON ESPNEWS
The NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Selection Show will air Sunday, November 28 between 3 and 3:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPNews. Additional information will be available on the NCAA web site at: http://www.ncaa.com/sports/w-volley/ncaa-w-volley-body.html.

DULL RECORDS HER 10TH DOUBLE-DOUBLE OF THE SEASON
Katie Dull recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 15 kills and 10 digs against Northwestern. She added two ace serves and two assist blocks in the match. At Penn State, Dull had a team-high seven kills, three assists, nine digs and one assist block. A starter in 23 of 31 matches, she is the team leader in points (4.15) and kills (3.53) per set and ranks second on the squad in digs at 1.86. Dull is averaging .66 blocks and .22 aces per set.

DULL MOVES TO SIXTH IN OSU CAREER POINTS WITH 1,763.5
Katie Dull, with 1,789.0 career points ranks sixth on the Ohio State career points list. Dull needs nine points to move past No. 5 Leisa Wissler (1988-91) with 1.797.0. Dull ranks ninth in points per set at 4.22, fourth in kills with 1,538, seventh in kills per set at 3.63, is tied for eighth in solo blocks with 63, 19th in assist blocks with 202 and 15th in total blocks with 265 (63-202).

DANKS NOW 15TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ACES WITH 110
Emily Danks recorded one ace serve against Northwestern to give her 110 career aces and is now 15th on the Ohio State career list. She had been tied for 15th with Vanessa Wouters (1996-97). Danks need four aces to move past No. 14 Briana McCarthy (2003-04, 06-07) with 113. Danks ranks second in career aces per set with a .48 average. Against Northwestern, she added four kills and had three digs, one assist block and one kill at Penn State. A starter in 30 of 31 matches, she is averaging 3.10 points, 2.07 kills, .62 aces, .86 digs and .75 blocks per set.

SZERSZEN HAS 12 KILLS AGAINST NORTHWESTERN
Anna Szerszen had 12 kills against Northwestern for her 10th double-figure kill match of the season. She added three digs and one assist block against the Wildcats. Szerszen recorded six kills, two digs and one assist block at Penn State. She has played in all 31 matches and has 16 starts. Szerszen is averaging 3.96 points, 2.54 kills, .16 aces, .97 digs and .46 blocks per set.

SZERSZEN RANKED IN CAREER KILLS AND POINTS FOR OHIO STATE
Anna Szerszen is currently ranked 17th in Ohio State career kills with 1,132 and is 18th in career points with 1,321. She ranks 18th in career kills per set at 2.81 and 20th in points per set at 3.28. Szerszen needs 20 kills to pass No. 16 Anne Botica (1998-01) with 1,151 and 31 points to pass No. 17 Botica with 1,351.5.

BARHORST NOW 16TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSIST BLOCKS
Kelli Barhorst collected four assist blocks last week and now has 217 and to move to 16th on the Ohio State career list. She passed Margie Meyers (1984-87) with 215. She needs six assist blocks to move past No. 15 Kristi Neuman (1983-86) with 222. Barhorst ranks 12th in career attack percentage at .266, is tied for 19th in solo blocks with 36 and is 13th in blocks per set at .87. In action last week at Penn State, she recorded four kills, two digs and one assist block. Against Northwestern, Barhorst had six kills, one assist, one dig and three assist blocks. A starter in her 26 matches, she is averaging 2.83 points, 2.24 kills, .40 digs and .84 blocks per set.

SCHWARZWALDER IS THE TEAM LEADER IN BLOCKS PER SET
Allie Schwarzwalder leads Ohio State in blocks per set with a 1.23 average. For the season, she has 17 solos and a team-high 96 assist blocks. Last week at Penn State, Schwarzwalder had three total blocks with a solo and two assists. She added five kills in the match. Against Northwestern, Schwarzwalder had two assist blocks adding three kills. A starter in 22 of 31 matches, she is averaging 2.40 points, 1.63 kills, .32 digs and 1.23 blocks per set.

HONE EQUALS HER CAREER HIGH OF 12 DIGS AGAINST NORTHWESTERN
Betsy Hone equaled her personal high of 12 digs for the fourth time in her career against Northwestern. She added 32 assists, four kills and two assist blocks against the Wildcats. Hone recorded nine assists and a kill at Penn State. A starter in 26 of her 29 matches, she is averaging 9.46 assists, 1.05 points, .78 kills, 1.57 digs and .34 blocks per set.

HONE RANKS EIGHTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSISTS WITH 2,126
Betsy Hone had 41 assists last week and now has 2,167 in her career to rank eighth in career assists for Ohio State. Next on the list is No. 7 Marlene O’Brien (1983-86) with 2,621. Hone ranks seventh in career assists per game with an 8.43 average.

PETERSON 12TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSISTS
Amanda Peterson has 728 career assists and ranks 12th on the Ohio State career assist list. Danielle Berlein (1987), with 927 assists, ranks 11th. Peterson is ninth in career assists per set with a 7.51 average. She saw action off the bench in all three sets at Penn State recording nine assists, two kills, two digs and two assist blocks. She played in one set against Northwestern. Peterson has played in 21 matches and has five starts. She is averaging 5.83 assists, 1.54 points, 1.07 kills, .12 aces, .76 digs and .62 blocks per set.

MIGNIN COLLECTS A MATCH-HIGH 19 DIGS AGAINST NORTHWESTERN-NAMED THE OHIO STATE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Libero Sarah Mignin posted a match-high 19 digs in the Northwestern match for her 19th double-figure match of the season. She added four assists and one ace serve and handled 28 of 29 serve reception attempts. At Penn State Mignin had six digs, three assists and handled 22 serve receptions without an error. For her play last week, she was named the Ohio State Athlete of the Week. A starter at libero in all 31 matches, Mignin is averaging a team-high 3.54 digs per set and has a .967 serve reception percentage handling 896 of 927 attempts.

HALVERSON WORKING THE BACK ROW
Susan Halverson handled 15 of 16 serve reception attempts at Penn State and added one assist and one dig in the match. Against Northwestern, she had four digs and one assist and handled 11 of 12 serve receptions. Halverson has played in all 31 matches with six starts. She is averaging 1.14 digs per set and has a .944 serve reception percentage handling 422 of 447 attempts.

DISALVATORE HAS 19 STARTS ON DEFENSE
Davionna DiSalvatore has started 19 of 31 matches this season. She is averaging 1.25 digs per set and has a .929 serve reception percentage handling 429 of 462 serve receptions. DiSalvatore recorded two digs and handled 13 of 14 serve receptions at Penn State. She collected seven digs and one ace serve against Northwestern and handled five of six serve receptions.

DULL AND SZERSZEN RECEIVE ESPN THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT SECOND-TEAM HONORS
Katie Dull and Anna Szerszen have been 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.

OHIO STATE RECEIVING VOTES IN THE AVCA POLL
In the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 poll this week, Ohio State received 14 votes. Four Big Ten squads are ranked in the Top 25 with Penn State seventh, Illinois 10th, Minnesota 15th and Michigan 19th. Purdue, Northwestern and Ohio State received votes.

OHIO STATE IN THE BIG TEN CONFERENCE ONLY STATISTICS
Ohio State, in the Big Ten Conference only statistics, has six players ranked in the Top 10. Emily Danks ranks first in aces per set at .41. Kelli Barhorst is 10th in attack percentage at .305 with Allie Schwarzwalder eighth at .331 and 10th in blocking at 1.04. At setter, Betsy Hone ranks eighth at 9.16 assists per set. Sarah Mignin is ninth in digs per set at 3.80. Katie Dull ranks seventh in points (4.04) and is sixth in kills (3.50) per set.

In team statistics, Ohio State ranks second in attack percentage at .245 and fifth in aces per set at .95. The Buckeyes are sixth in blocks at 2.39, seventh in kills at 13.06, ninth in assists at 12.05 and 11th in digs per set at 12.38.

OHIO STATE IN THE NCAA NATIONAL RANKINGS
In the NCAA National Rankings released Nov. 21, Emily Danks ranks second in aces per set at .62. Allie Schwarzwalder is 38th in blocks per set at 1.23 and 172nd in hitting percentage at .309. Kelli Barhorst ranks 199th in hitting percentage at .324.  In assists per set, Betsy Hone ranks 140th at 9.46. Katie Dull ranks 87th in points at 4.15 and 106th in kills per set at 3.53.

In team statistics, the Buckeyes rank 15th in blocks (2.73), 50th in aces (1.48) and 94th in kills (13.17) per set. Ohio State ranks 114th in assists (12.01) and 307th in digs (11.99) per set. OSU is 21st in attack percentage at .264.

OSU SECURES FIFTH VICTORY AGAINST A RANKED TEAM UNDER CARLSTON
With the 3-0 victory against 25th-ranked Northwestern (Nov. 20), head coach Geoff Carlston earned his fifth victory over an American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 ranked team. 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, and 22nd ranked Northwestern, 3-2 and has three wins over ranked teams in 10 attempts. In the last three years, the Buckeyes have five victories in 32 matches against ranked teams.

KELLI BARHORST NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Oct. 18, 2010
Kelli Barhorst was been 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.

For the weekend, Schwarzwalder averaged 3.65 points, 2.08 blocks, 2.15 kills, .38 aces and .69 digs per set.

BUCKEYES MADE THREE BIG TEN NETWORK APPEARANCES
The Big Ten Network had three Ohio State matches shown live this season. Buckeye home matches against Minnesota (3-0 OSU victory) and Penn State (3-0 PSU victory) and OSU’s road match at Michigan (3-0 Michigan victory) were part of the conference broadcast schedule. 

BIG TEN COACHES PICK OHIO STATE TO FINISH FOURTH
By a vote of the Big Ten coaches, Ohio State has been picked to finish fourth in the 2010 season. The Buckeyes finished tied for fourth last season. Six-time defending champion Penn State was picked to finish first, Illinois season and Minnesota third. Rounding out the top six is Michigan fifth and Michigan State sixth.

KATIE DULL IS NAMED TO THE 2010 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
Senior outside hitter Katie Dull was a unanimous selection to the 2010 preseason All-Big Ten team by a vote of the Big Ten coaches. Joining Dull on the team is Johannah Bangert, Michelle Bartsch, Laura DeBruler and Hillary Haen of Illinois; Ashley Benson of Indiana; Alex Hunt and Lexi Zimmerman of Michigan; Kyndra Abron of Michigan State; Lauren Gibbemeyer, Tabitha Love and Hailey Cowles of Minnesota; Sabel Moffett of Northwestern and Blair Brown, Alyssa D’Errico and Arielle Wilson of Penn State.

HEAD COACH GEOFF CARLSTON
Geoff Carlston is in his third season at Ohio State. He directed the 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 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 career record is 251-104.

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