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Oct. 10, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State Women’s Volleyball, riding one of the nation’s hottest streaks, takes on its third straight top-25 adversary Saturday night when the 24th-ranked Northwestern Wildcats visit St. John Arena. The B1G match is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live to a national audience on the Big Ten Network.

MATCH COVERAGE
Ohio State vs. #24 Northwestern (13-2, 3-1)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Television: Big Ten Network and BTN2Go

PARKING ADVISORY
Fans should allow extra time for travel and parking for Wednesday evening’s match vs. Illinois. Student and public traffic could be heavy approaching match time, plan your travels to St. John Arena accordingly.

Saturday will be very busy around the Athletics campus as well. Take a look at this Oct. 11 Parking Map for more information.

A WEEK TO REMEMBER
Ohio State Women’s Volleyball has had a memorable past seven days, garnering three straight Big Ten wins, two on the road and two over top-15 opponents. The dramatic fashion in which Ohio State came back to emerg victorious is monumnetal and potentially unparalleled. In total, the Buckeyes successfully fended off seven match points to erase 14-11 and 14-10 fifth-set deficits at Nebrasaka and vs. Illinois, respectively.

Ohio State concluded a 10-match road stretch by walking out of two opposing Big Ten gyms with victories, including a dramatic five-setter over Nebraska. The Buckeyes went 7-3 during the extended furlough from St. John Arena. Following a 3-0 sweep at Iowa, Ohio State came back the next night and silenced a crowd of more than 8,000 in Lincoln. The drama came to a crescendo when OSU stared a 14-11 fifth-set deficit and three match points in the face. Ohio State ripped off the next five points on the strength of Katie Mitchell’s superb service to lock in the program’s second straight win at Nebraska (3-3 all-time in Lincoln). Ohio State’s 77 kills that night are the most by any Big Ten team this season (OSU’s 74 vs. Syracuse are the second most).

The Buckeyes then faced an even more daunting deficit vs. Illinois. Buried in a 14-10 hole, Ohio State rattled off six points in a row to send the Buckeye faithful into a frenzy with a 16-14 Houdini act escaping with another wilde come-from-behind triumph.

CAMPBELL, BUCKEYES GARNER NATIONAL RECOGNITION
Two days after earning Player of the Week honors from the Big Ten Conference (details below), Elizabeth Campbell garnered the same recognition on a national level as ESPNW’s National Player of the Week.

BIG TEN’s BEST LAST WEEK
The Big Ten Conference recognized a pair of Ohio State women’s volleyball players on Monday (Oct. 6) for their efforts over the weekend in guiding OSU to road wins at Iowa and No. 8 Nebraska. Elizabeth Campbell was tabbed the Big Ten Player of the Week while Taylor Sherwin collected her third career Big Ten Setter of the Week honor.

Campbell performed on both sides of the net, averaging 4.38 kills and 3.62 digs per set while swinging at a .308 clip; all team highs. Her 23 kills are the most by any opponent against the Huskers this season. Sherwin tallied 95 assists (11.88/set) over the weekend, evenly distributing the ball to four different OSU attackers with 17 or more kills. She did more than just assist, however, providing 2.75 digs per set, including 19 in Lincoln.

WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Ohio State improved to 4-0 this season inside St. John Arena following a five-set victory over #15 Illinois on Oc.t 8. The Buckeyes also defended their home turf admirably Sept. 5-7, laying claim to the 9th Annual Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic trophy. The Buckeyes defeated Auburn, Florida Gulf Coast and Southern Illinois to take ownership of the hardware. Luisa Schirmer was voted the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player while Elizabeth Campbell and Taylor Sandbothe joined her on the all-tournament team.