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Dec. 1, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five Ohio State student-athletes from the women’s volleyball team earned Big Ten recognition on Tuesday (Dec. 1), highlighted by Taylor Sandbothe’s unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten team by the 14 conference head coaches. Elizabeth Campbell picked up All-Big Ten honorable mention while Audra Appold and Taylor Hughes both claimed a spot on the B1G All-Freshman squad. Emily Ruetter rounded out the OSU honorees as a recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

This marks the 29th consecutive season in which at least one Buckeye has received postseason laurels from the conference office. Thirty-four different OSU players have been tabbed All-Big Ten a total of 74 times since 1983.

The two most recent, Campbell and Sandbothe, have guided Ohio State to its 21st NCAA Tournament appearance and will host Robert Morris in the opening round on Friday (Dec. 4) at 7 p.m. inside St. John Arena.

Sandbothe’s assault on the Ohio State record books has been powered by some all-time numbers being put up this season. Her current .364 attacking efficiency in 2015 is the sixth-highest in school history for a single season. She also enters the postseason already ranked in the top-5 for total season blocks at 141. Both Sandbothe’s .364 efficiency and 1.22 blocks per set average rate top-10 in the conference. The middle blocker from Lee’s Summit, Mo., has now garnered the league’s attention in three straight seasons after being named to the All-Freshman team in 2013 and All-Big Ten honorable mention last season.

Campbell has started all 32 matches for the Scarlet & Gary during her senior campaign. Her 3.65 kills per set clip is the fourth-best in the entire Big Ten. She contributes heavily on the defensive side of the net as well, averaging 2.21 digs per set. Campbell is a six-rotation player that rarely leaves the court for the 12th-seeded Buckeyes.

Appold and Hughes become the first Buckeye duo to make the All-Frosh squad in the same year since Suzie Stiling and Katie Virtue did so in 1999. A total of 10 Ohio State rookies have now received the honor of being tabbed to the All-Freshman team. Appold’s 3.15 kills per set in conference competition rank 10th in the Big Ten while Hughes’ 9.13 assists/set overall are also slotted 10th in the league.

In addition, Ruetter was selected for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award; given to student-athletes who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior while holding a good academic standing and demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. Ruetter has played in all 32 matches during her lone season as a Buckeye, dishing out 471 assists while pursuing a master’s degree in accounting.

*Unanimous selections in CAPS
ALL-BIG TEN
Jocelynn Birks, Sr., OH, ILL
Abby Cole, Jr., OPP, MICH
DALY SANTANA, Sr., OH, MINN
Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Fr., S, MINN
HANNAH TAPP, Jr., OPP, MINN
Amber Rolfzen, Jr., MB, NEB
KADIE ROLFZEN, Jr., OH, NEB
TAYLOR SANDBOTHE, Jr., MB, OSU
Megan Courtney, Sr., OH, PSU
HALEIGH WASHINGTON, So., MB, PSU
Aiyana Whitney, Sr., MB, PSU
ANNIE DREWS, Sr., OPP, PUR
LAUREN CARLINI, Jr., S, WIS
Haleigh Nelson, Jr., MB, WIS

ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION
Adreene Elliott, Sr., OH, MD
Chloe Reinig, Jr., OH, MSU
Paige Tapp, Jr., MB, MINN
Justine Wong-Orantes, Jr., L, NEB
Taylor Tashima, So., S, NU
Elizabeth Campbell, Sr., OPP, OSU
Faye Adelaja, Jr., MB, Purdue
Taylor Morey, Sr., L, WIS

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Ali Bastianelli, MB, ILL
Jordyn Poulter, S, ILL
SAMANTHA SELIGER-SWENSON, S, MINN
MIKAELA FOECKE, OH, NEB
AUDRA APPOLD, OH, OSU
Taylor Hughes, Sler, OSU
TIONNA WILLIAMS, MB, WIS

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Daly Santana, MINN

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Justine Wong-Orantes, NEB

SETTER OF THE YEAR
Lauren Carlini, WIS

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Samantha Seliger-Swenson, MINN

COACH OF THE YEAR (COACHES AND MEDIA)
Hugh McCutcheon, MINN

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES
Ali Stark, ILL
Courtney Harnish, IND
Erin Radke, IOWA
Abigail Bentz, MD
Kelly Murphy, MICH
Halle Peterson, MSU
Paige Tapp, MINN
Sydney Townsend, NEB
Kayla Morin, NU
Emily Ruetter, OSU
Kendall Pierce, PSU
Amanda Neill, PUR
Ali Schroeter, RU
Taylor Morey, WIS