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Aug. 26, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 14 Ohio State University women’s volleyball program is headed westward to battle it out at the season-opening ‘Rumble in the Rockies’ hosted by the University of Wyoming (Aug. 28-29). Competition for OSU begins Friday night against the host Cowgirls (8:30 p.m. ET) and is followed by a Saturday double dip versus Butler (11:30 a.m. ET) and South Dakota (7 p.m. ET).

2015 TEAM INTRODUCTION VIDEO

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2015 Team Guide & Record Book

MATCH COVERAGE
Friday – August 28
#14 OHIO STATE at WYOMING – 8:30 p.m. ET
Live Video (free): Mountain West Network (online)
Live Stats: GameTracker

Saturday – August 28
#14 OHIO STATE vs. BUTLER – 11:30 a.m. ET
Live Stats: GameTracker

#14 OHIO STATE vs. SOUTH DAKOTA – 7 p.m. ET
Live Stats: GameTracker

LIMITED HISTORY
Opponent familiarity will be scarce for the Buckeyes this weekend with the most recent meeting against any of the foes coming in a 1994 sweep of Butler. Ohio State has taken each of six sets played in a pair of matches vs. the Bulldogs all-time while dropping the lone match-up with Wyoming back in 1982. South Dakota and OSU will square off for the first time.

A QUICK GLIMPSE ACROSS THE NET
The weekend opposition combined for 62 wins in 2014, paced by Wyoming’s 23-8 mark. The Cowgirls return six starters and were picked to finished fourth in the Mountain West preseason poll, including a first place vote. Butler came in at fifth place in the BIG EAST preseason poll following its 20-10 campaign a year ago. The Coyotes of South Dakota enter 2015 coming off back-to-back 19-win seasons.

CAREER RECORD BOOK WATCH
Despite only two years in the program, a pair of juniors in Valeria León and Taylor Sandbothe have already made their mark in the Ohio State all-time record book. León’s 2.82 digs per set entering 2015 are slotted 11th in school history. Sandbothe, meanwhile, has assaulted the record book to the tune of four top-20 rankings thus far. Her 1.09 blocks/set clip is the third highest; accompanied by 55 solo blocks (tied for 13th), 260 total blocks (19th) and .262 attacking percentage (19th).

PRESEASON PUB
• The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has tabbed Ohio State as the 14th-ranked team in its 2015 Preseason Coaches Poll. Six Big Ten schools are included in the top-25 and an additional three are receiving votes. The Buckeyes finished last season slotted 13th nationally by the AVCA.

Taylor Sandbothe has earned the admiration of Big Ten head coaches, voted as a member of the Preseason All-B1G Team.