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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (19-8 overall, 7-7 Big Ten, tied for fifth) will host ninth-ranked Illinois (20-4, 12-2, first) and Wisconsin (15-10, 4-10, ninth) this weekend in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes will host the Illini of Illinois at 7 p.m. ET Friday and the Badgers of Wisconsin at 2 p.m. ET Sunday. Friday’s match will be available on the web on bigtennetwork.com for a fee and Sunday’s match will be available on Buckeye Vision for a fee on the web at ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Coached by Geoff Carlston, the Buckeyes (19-8 overall, 7-7 Big Ten) split two matches last week. OSU won 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-22) at Michigan State and lost 0-3 (23-25, 20-25, 17-25) at 15th-ranked Michigan. For the season, Katie Dull is the team leader in points per set with a 4.07 average. Emily Danks ranks second at 3.31 with Kelli Barhorst and Anna Szerszen tied forthird at 2.88.Dullis averaging a team-high 3.46 kills per set. Szerszen ranks second at 2.41 with Barhorst third at 2.29. Barhorstis hitting a team-high .339 with Allie Schwarzwalder second at .314 and Dull third at .269. At setter, Betsy Hone is averaging 9.51 assists per set with Amanda Peterson second at 6.46. In aces per set, Danks leads the team with a .70 per set average with 64. Sarah Mignin is second at .24 with 23 and Dull ranks third at .21 with 20. Defensively, Mignin is averaging a team-high 3.42 digs per set. Dull ranks second at 1.71 with Hone third at 1.54. Mignin is the team leader in serve reception percentage at .964 handling 753 of 781 attempts. Susan Halverson ranks second at .944 (370 of 392) and Davionna DiSalvatore is third at .929 (367 of 395). At the net, Schwarzwalder is averaging 1.27 blocks per set to lead the team with 16 solos and 83 assists. Mariah Booth ranks second at 1.11 with six solos and 56 assists with Barhorst third at .83 with 16 solos and 46 assists. 

Ohio State is averaging 17.63 points, 13.27 kills and 12.05 assists per set while hitting .268. The Buckeyes average 1.57 aces, 2.78 blocks and 11.78 digs per set and have a .938 serve reception percentage. Opponents are averaging 14.01 points, 11.33 kills and 10.58 assists per set while hitting .173. They are averaging 1.18 aces, 1.50 blocks and 11.74 digs per game and have a .922 serve reception percentage.

A LOOK AT ILLINOIS
The ninth-ranked Illini, coached by Kevin Hambly, are 20-4 overall and have a 12-2 Big Ten Conference record. Last week Illinois defeated Wisconsin 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-23) at home and lost 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-20) at 24th-ranked Northwestern. Leading the Illini in points per set is Colleen Ward at 4.48. Michelle Bartsch ranks second at 4.04 and Jazmine Orozco is third at 2.49. Ward has a team-high 3.95 kills per set average. Bartsch ranks second at 3.46 with Orozco third at 2.10. Johannah Bangert leads the team with a .344 attack percentage. Erin Johnson, at .336, ranks second and Ward is third at .261. At setter, Hillary Haen has an 11.40 assists per set average. Ward leads the team in aces per set with a .26 average with 24 aces. Orozco ranks second at .25 with 17. Tied at .20 aces per set are Jennifer Bonilla (19), Haen (18) and Jackie Wolfe (18). Defensively, Bonilla has a team-high 4.96 digs per set average. Ward, at 2.46, ranks second with Haen third at 2.15. Ward is the team leader in serve reception percentage at .972 handling 445 of 458 attempts. Bonilla ranks second at .968 (569 of 588) and Orozco is third at .966 (170 of 176). At the net, Bangert has a team-high 1.24 blocks per set average with four solos and 111 assist blocks. Bartsch ranks second at .84 with a solo and 75 assists. Johnson, at .69, ranks third with two solos and 43 assist blocks.

Illinois is averaging 17.49 points, 14.12 kills and 13.31 assists per set while hitting .242. The Illini average 1.23 aces, 15.75 digs and 2.15 blocks per set and have a .957 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 14.85 points, 12.11 kills and 11.35 assists per set and are hitting .187. Illini opponents average .81 aces, 15.69 digs and 1.94 blocks per set and have a .941 serve reception percentage.

SERIES RECORD WITH ILLINOIS
The Ohio State-Illinois series is tied at 34-34. In Columbus, Ohio State is 15-13 while Illinois is 18-14 in Champaign. The Buckeyes are 5-3 in neutral site matches. Earlier this season, ninth-ranked Illinois won 3-0 (25-23, 25-9, 25-22) in Champaign. The Illini have won the last five matches against the Buckeyes. Head coach Geoff Carlston has an 0-5 record against Illinois.

Last five years against Illinois:
  9/24/05………………. H………… L……… 2-3…………… 30-27, 30-21, 30-32, 24-30, 18-20
11/11/05……………….. A……….. W……… 3-0…………… 30-24, 30-27, 30-26
10/13/06……………….. A………… L……… 0-3…………… 20-30, 24-30, 21-30
11/25/06………………. H……….. W……… 3-0…………… 30-26, 30-18, 30-21
10/21/07……………….. A……….. W……… 3-2…………… 30-26, 30-24, 29-31, 22-30, 17-15
11/16/07………………. H……….. W……… 3-1…………… 30-27, 30-26, 23-30, 30-27
10/10/08………………. H………… L……… 0-3…………… 17-25, 23-25, 16-25
11/  1/08……………….. A………… L……… 1-3…………… 18-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-27
  9/25/09……………….. A………… L……… 1-3…………… 17-25, 25-19, 23-25, 17-25
11/15/09………………. H………… L……… 1-3…………… 17-25, 8-25, 25-18, 21-25

  9/25/10……………….. A………… L……… 0-3…………… 23-25, 9-25, 22-25

A LOOK AT WISCONSIN
The Badgers, coached by Pete Waite, are 15-10 overall and have a 4-10 Big Ten Conference record. Last week, Wisconsin lost 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-23) at sixth-ranked Illinois and won at 24th-ranked Northwestern, 3-2 (16-25, 25-22, 25-17, 21-25, 21-19). Allison Wack leads the team with a 3.52 points per set average. Elise Walch ranks second at 2.93 with Alexis Mitchell third at 2.82. Wack has a team-high 3.02 kills per set average with Walch second at 2.77 and Mitchell third at 2.30. Mitchell has a team-high .316 attack percentage with Janelle Gabrielsen second at .292 and Dominique Thompson third at .210. At setter, Gabrielsen has a 10.65 assists per set average. Wack is the team leader in aces per set at .32 with 28. Gabrielsen ranks second at .19 with 16 and Kim Kuzma is third at .17 with 15. Defensively, Kuzma has a team-high 4.88 digs per set average. Annemarie Hickey, at 2.28, ranks second and Wack is third at 2.09. In serve reception percentage, Kuzma leads the squad with a .975 percentage. She has handled 456 of 477 attempts. Hickey ranks second at .962 (383 of 398) and Wack is third at .954 (522 of 547). At the net, Mitchell has a .80 blocks per set average with nine solo and 61 assist blocks. Thompson ranks second at .78 with seven solos and 52 assists and Gabrielsen is third at .62 with nine solos and 44 assist blocks.

Wisconsin is averaging 16.93 points, 13.87 kills and 13.04 assists per set and has a .219 attack percentage. The Badgers average 1.10 aces, 15.24 digs and 1.96 blocks per set and have a .959 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 14.81 points, 11.86 kills and 11.11 assist per set while hitting .187. Badger opponents average .77 aces, 14.16 digs and 2.19 blocks per set and have a .947 serve reception percentage.

SERIES RECORD WITH WISCONSIN
Wisconsin has a 31-30 lead in the series with Ohio State. OSU is 14-13 in Columbus while Wisconsin is 16-14 in Madison. The squads are 2-2 in neutral site matches. Earlier this season, Ohio State won, 3-2 (25-15, 16-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15-11) in Madison. Ohio State has a two-match winning streak over the Badgers. OSU head coach Geoff Carlston has a 2-4 record against Wisconsin.

Last five years against Wisconsin:
10/  7/05……………….. A………… L……… 0-3…………… 25-30, 18-30, 20-30
10/29/05………………. H………… L……… 0-3…………… 24-30, 28-30, 24-30
10/  6/06………………. H……….. W……… 3-2…………… 28-30, 25-30, 30-27, 30-28, 15-12
10/29/06……………….. A………… L……… 0-3…………… 15-30, 23-30, 20-30
10/19/07……………….. A………… L……… 0-3…………… 17-30, 27-30, 21-30
11/19/07………………. H………… L……… 0-3…………… 21-30, 19-30, 14-30
10/  5/08……………….. A………… L……… 0-3…………… 26-28, 16-25, 17-25
11/  7/08………………. H………… L……… 1-3…………… 23-2, 25-13, 19-25, 24-26
10/  2/09………………. H………… L……… 1-3…………… 23-25, 25-20, 19-25, 21-25
11/  7/09……………….. A……….. W……… 3-0…………… 25-21, 25-21, 25-19
  9/24/10……………….. A……….. W……… 3-2…………… 25-15, 16-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15-11

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.

DULL HITS A CAREER-HIGH .696 AT MICHIGAN STATE
Katie Dull hit a career-high .969 at Michigan State recording 16 kills in 23 attempts with no errors. She added three digs, two solo blocks and an assist in the match. She posted 14 kills (.200) at Michigan adding two digs and three total blocks with two solos and one assist block. She has produced double-figure kills in her last five matches. Dull has 19 starts in the 29 matches she has played this season. The team leader in points (4.07) and kills (3.46) per set, she is averaging .21 aces, 1.71 digs and .62 blocks per set.

DULL NOW FOURTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER KILLS WITH 1,479
Katie Dull, with 30 kills last week, has moved to fourth on the Ohio State career kills list with 1,479. She passed Jenny Jackson (1992-95) with 1,463. Third on the career kills list is Danielle Meyer (2004-07) with 1,760. Dull ranks seventh in kills per set at 3.62, 11th in solo blocks with 61, is tied for 20th in assist blocks with 192, 15th in total blocks with 253 (61-192), tied for eighth in points with 1,719.0 and ninth in points per set at 4.20.

DANKS HAS 11 KILLS AT MICHIGAN STATE
Emily Danks recorded 11 kills in the win at Michigan State. She added six digs, one ace serve and five total blocks with a solo and five assist blocks. At Michigan, Danks had five kills, two digs, two ace serves and one assist block against the Wolverines. A starter in 26 of 27 matches, she is averaging 3.31 points, 2.20 kills, .70 aces, .87 digs and .74 blocks per set.  The Big Ten Conference leader in aces per set in conference play at .50, Danks leads the nation at .70 aces per set and has one or more ace serve in each match this season.

DANKS MOVES TO 16TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ACES WITH 108
Emily Danks recorded three ace serves last week to give her 108 career aces and moves to 16th on the Ohio State career list. She passed Lisa Vitali (1986-89) with 106. Danks needs two aces to pass No. 15 Vanessa Wouters (1996-97) with 109. Danks ranks second in career aces per set with a .50 average.

SZERSZEN RANKED IN CAREER KILLS AND POINTS FOR OHIO STATE
Anna Szerszen is currently ranked 17th in Ohio State career kills with 1,082 and is 18th in career points with 1,269.5. She ranks 18th in career kills per set at 2.79 and 20th in points at 3.27. Last week at Michigan State, Szerszen contributed five kills, two digs and one assist block. She had eight kills and two assist blocks at Michigan. Szerszen has 15 starts this season and has played in 27 matches. She is averaging 2.88 points, 2.41 kills, .18 aces, 1.03 digs and .50 blocks per set.

BARHORST MOVES TO 18TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER TOTAL BLOCKS
Kelli Barhorst, with five blocks last week, has moved to 18th on the Ohio State career total blocks list with 239 recording 35 solo and 204 assist blocks. She passed Holly O’Leary (1987-90) with 237 (45-192). Barhorst need six total blocks to move past No. 17 Katie Virtue (1999-02) with 237 (45-192). She ranks 12th in career attack percentage at .267, 18th in assist blocks with 204 and 13th in blocks per set at .87. Last week at Michigan State, Barhorst recorded four kills, three digs, a solo block and one assist block. She had four kills, two digs, one solo block and two assist blocks at Michigan. A starter in 22 matches this season, Barhorst is averaging 2.88 points, 2.29 kills, .43 digs and .83 blocks per set.

SCHWARZWALDER CONTRIBUTES FIVE BLOCKS AT MICHIGAN STATE
Allie Schwarzwalder produced a co-match high five blocks in the Michigan State match with a solo and four assists. She added three kills against the Spartans. She had two kills and one assist block at Michigan. Schwarzwalder has 19 starts this season while playing in all 27 matches. She is averaging a team-high 1.27 blocks per set and averages 2.51 points, .08 aces, 1.69 kills and .37 digs per set.

BOOTH PRODUCES A MATCH-HIGH FOUR BLOCKS AT MICHIGAN
Mariah Booth recorded one solo and three assist blocks for a match-high four total blocks at Michigan last week. She added two kills in the contest. Booth has played in 21 matches this season and has 12 starts. She is averaging 1.95 points, 1.32 kills and ranks second on the team in blocks per set at 1.11.

HONE DIRECTING THE OFFENSE
Betsy Hone produced 36 assists in the win at Michigan State. She added two digs and one kill in the match. At Michigan, Hone recorded 28 assists and added six digs and one assist block. She has started 22 matches this season and played in 25. Hone is averaging 9.51 assists, 1.15 points, .86 kills, .09 aces, 1.54 digs and .35 blocks per set.

HONE RANKS EIGHTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSISTS WITH 2,029
Betsy Hone had 64 assists last week and now has 2,029 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 8.38 average.

MIGNIN HAS A MATCH-HIGH 13 DIGS AT MICHIGAN STATE
Libero Sarah Mignin recorded a match-high 13 digs in the Michigan State match. It was her 16th double-figure dig match of the season. Mignin added one assist, one ace serve and handled 18 of 20 serve reception attempts against the Spartans. At Michigan, she had five digs, three assists and handled 30 of 31 serve reception attempts in the match. A starter in all 27 matches at libero, Mignin is averaging a team-high 3.42 digs per set and is second on the squad in aces per set at .24 with 23. She has a team-high .964 serve reception percentage handling 753 of 781 attempts.

HALVERSON WORKING IN THE BACK ROW
Susan Halverson has played in all 27 matches and has six back row starts. At Michigan State, she had three digs and handled 12 of 14 serve reception attempts. Halverson had two digs at Michigan and handled 15 server reception attempts without an error. On the season, she is averaging 1.15 digs per set and has a .944 serve reception percentage handling 370 of 392 attempts.

DISALVATORE HANDLING BACK ROW DUTIES
Davionna DiSalvatore has played in 27 matches this season with 16 starts in the back row. She is averaging 1.21 digs per set on the season and has a .929 serve reception percentage handling 367 of 395 attempts. Last week at Michigan State, DiSalvatore had eight digs against the Spartans and handled 13 of 15 serve reception attempts. At Michigan, she handled 11 serve attempts without an error.

OHIO STATE RECEIVING VOTES IN THE AVCA POLL
In the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 poll this week, Ohio State received 18 votes and is six spots out of the Top 25. Five Big Ten squads are ranked in the Top 25 with Penn State eighth, Illinois ninth, Michigan 16th, Minnesota 22nd and Northwestern 24th. Indiana, Ohio State and Purdue 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 .50. Kelli Barhorst is eighth in attack percentage at .321. Allie Schwarzwalder is ninth in blocking at 1.05. At setter, Betsy Hone ranks ninth at 9.15 assists per set. Sarah Mignin is 10th in digs per set at 3.67. Katie Dull ranks ninth in points (3.85) and kills (3.37) per set.

In team statistics, Ohio State ranks second in attack percentage at .247 and fourth in aces per set at .96. The Buckeyes are sixth in blocks at 2.39, sixth in kills at 13.22, 10th in assists at 12.14 and 11th in digs per set at 12.10.

OHIO STATE IN THE NCAA NATIONAL RANKINGS
In the NCAA National Rankings released Nov. 8, Emily Danks ranks first in aces per set at .70. Allie Schwarzwalder is 29th in blocks per set at 1.27 and 155th in hitting percentage at .314. Kelli Barhorst ranks 81st in hitting percentage at .339.  In assists per set, Betsy Hone ranks 131st at 9.51. Katie Dull ranks 103rd in points at 4.07 and 116th in kills per set at 3.46.

In team statistics, the Buckeyes rank 13th in blocks (2.78), 32nd in aces (1.57) and 83rd in kills (13.27) per set. Ohio State ranks 106th in assists (12.05) and 306th in digs (11.78) per set. OSU is 20th in attack percentage at .268.

OSU SECURES FOURTH VICTORY AGAINST A RANKED TEAM UNDER CARLSTON
With the 3-2 victory at 22nd-ranked Northwestern (Oct. 22), head coach Geoff Carlston earned his fourth 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 has two wins over ranked teams in seven attempts. In the last three years, the Buckeyes have four victories in 29 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 HAVE THREE BIG TEN NETWORK APPEARANCES
The Big Ten Network will have 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 (Nov. 6, 6 p.m.) are 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 249-102.

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