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Aug. 27, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University women’s volleyball team travels across three time zones to compete in the season-opening University of Oregon Invitational. In addition to facing the host Ducks, Ohio State will also play Illinois State and Central Arkansas while in Eugene, Ore.

Complete Match Notes

WEEKEND BASICS
Friday, August 29 – 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Ohio State at Oregon
Video Coverage: Pac-12 Oregon Network (live online)/Pac-12 Network (tape delayed; Saturday – 9 a.m. ET)

Saturday, August 30 – 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT
Ohio State vs. Illinois State
Video Coverage: GoDucks.com/Live

Saturday, August 30 – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Ohio State vs. Central Arkansas
Video Coverage: GoDucks.com/Live

QUICK GLIMPSE THROUGH THE NET
The Buckeyes face a formidable challenge right out the gates, taking on a field that includes a pair of 2013 NCAA Tournament qualifiers and all three squads with 17 or more wins a season ago. Oregon is coming off a 17-11 campaign which including an NCAA First Round victory over Miami. Central Arkansas concluded its 29-4 ledger with a trip to the NCAA Tournament as well. The Sugar Bears are expected to be strong once again in 2014, tabbed as the Southland Conference’s preseason favorites by both the head coaches and sports information directors. Meanwhile, Illinois State finished up 19-13 and advanced to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament semifinals.

CHALLENGING DOCKET AHEAD FOR THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State’s 32-match regular season schedule includes 17 matches against schools which qualified for the 2013 NCAA Tournament and a dozen versus teams ranked in the preseason AVCA Top-25. In addition, two more opponents in Oregon and Michigan are receiving votes in the AVCA poll. St. John Arena will serve as the venue for 13 home matches, starting with the 9th Annual Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic Sept. 5-7.

NEW FACES FROM DIFFERENT PLACES
A pair of transfers bolster the Ohio State roster this season as Elizabeth Campbell and Tyler Richardson both begin their junior campaigns as Buckeyes.

Campbell is a six-rotation player who earned Co-ACC Player of the Week honors last season while playing for Duke University. She was tabbed to the ACC All-Freshman squad in 2012.

Richardson comes from Middle Tennessee State University where she seized 2013 AVCA All-American honorable mention after performing as one of the most efficient offensive weapons in the country. She attacked at a .414 clip, ranking 13th nationally.

B1G TIME COVERAGE FROM THE BIG TEN NETWORK
Ohio State women’s volleyball will be showcased at least 15 times by BTN during the 2014 season with a pair of matches airing live on the Big Ten Network linear channel and an additional 13 contests streamed live online by BTN Plus.

The Big Ten Network rolls into town on Oct. 11 for a home match inside St. John Arena versus Northwestern. Ohio State takes the national stage on Oct. 28 as well when a road match at Penn State is broadcast nationally on BTN.

Eight of the Buckeyes’ 10 home conference matches will be streamed live on BTN Plus while the additional two contests can be seen on Buckeye Vision. The three-match Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic can be seen on Buckeye Vision as well.

THE BIG TEN GAUNTLET
Seven Big Ten teams are ranked in the preseason AVCA Division I Coaches Poll, including No. 1 Penn State, No. 6 Wisconsin, No. 7 Nebraska, No. 8 Purdue, No. 11 Illinois, No. 12 Minnesota and No. 16 Michigan State.

The Big Ten will feature five returning All-Big Ten honorees and three honorable mention selections from last season, including Defensive Player of the Year Kori Moster of Michigan State, Setter of the Year Micha Hancock of Penn State and Freshman of the Year Lauren Carlini of Wisconsin.

Last season, the Big Ten sent eight teams to the NCAA Tournament, with five squads earning top-16 seeds. Penn State and Wisconsin met in the championship match, with the Nittany Lions claiming their sixth national crown.

COACH CARLSTON JOINS IN ALS AWARENESS EFFORTS
Ohio State women’s volleyball coach Geoff Carlston was called upon to participate in the ALS #IceBucketChallenge from the Buckeye women’s soccer staff, and he gladly accepted. Video can be found at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.