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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (20-9 overall, 8-8 Big Ten, tied for sixth) continues Big Ten play with matches Wednesday at seventh-ranked Penn State (23-4, 13-3, tied for first) and at home with 25th-ranked Northwestern (18-9, 8-8, tied for sixth) Saturday. OSU plays at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Rec Hall against the Nittany Lions of Penn State and will host the Wildcats of Northwestern at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena. The Buckeye senior class of Anna Szerszen, Katie Dull, Allie Schwarzwalder, Betsy Hone and Susan Halverson will be honored at the Northwestern match.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Coached by Geoff Carlston, the Buckeyes (20-9 overall, 8-8 Big Ten) split two matches last week. OSU lost to ninth-ranked Illinois, 3-1 (25-20, 25-17, 27-25, 27-25) and defeated Wisconsin, 3-2 (20-25, 25-22, 26-28, 25-22, 19-17) in home matches. For the season, Katie Dull is the team leader in points per set with a 4.15 average. Emily Danks ranks second at 3.22 with Anna Szerszen third at 2.95.Dullis averaging a team-high 3.52 kills per set. Szerszen ranks second at 2.51 with Kelli Barhorst third at 2.29. Barhorstis hitting a team-high .332 with Allie Schwarzwalder second at .302 and Dull third at .264. At setter, Betsy Hone is averaging 9.64 assists per set with Amanda Peterson second at 6.21. In aces per set, Danks leads the team with a .64 per set average with 65. Sarah Mignin is second at .23 with 24 and Dull ranks third at .21 with 22. Defensively, Mignin is averaging a team-high 3.50 digs per set. Dull ranks second at 1.79 with Hone third at 1.54. Mignin is the team leader in serve reception percentage at .966 handling 846 of 876 attempts. Susan Halverson ranks second at .945 (396 of 419) and Davionna DiSalvatore is third at .930 (411 of 442). At the net, Schwarzwalder is averaging 1.26 blocks per set to lead the team with 16 solos and 92 assists. Mariah Booth ranks second at 1.08 with six solos and 58 assists with Barhorst third at .86 with 17 solos and 55 assists. 

Ohio State is averaging 17.53 points, 13.24 kills and 12.10 assists per set while hitting .264. The Buckeyes average 1.52 aces, 2.77 blocks and 11.88 digs per set and have a .939 serve reception percentage. Opponents are averaging 14.27 points, 11.60 kills and 10.84 assists per set while hitting .178. They are averaging 1.16 aces, 1.51 blocks and 11.85 digs per game and have a .924 serve reception percentage.

A LOOK AT PENN STATE
The seventh-ranked Nittany Lions, coached by Russ Rose, are 23-4 overall and tied for first place in the Big Ten with a 13-3 mark. Penn State defeated Wisconsin, 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-12) and ninth-ranked Illinois, 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-18) in home matches last week. The Nittany Lions have won their last 10 matches. Blair Brown has a team-high 4.57 points per set average.  Deja McClendon ranks second at 3.94 with Arielle Wilson third at 3.54. Brown leads the team in kills per set at 3.94. McClendon ranks second at 3.39 with Wilson third at 2.74. In attack percentage, Wilson has a team-high .424. McClendon ranks second at .324 with Brown third at .314. At setter, Kristin Carpenter is averaging 10.98 assists per set. Alyssa D’Errico has a team-high .44 aces per set average with 40. McClendon ranks second at .18 (16) with Wilson third at .16 (14). Defensively, D’Errico leads the squad with a 3.86 digs per set average. Carpenter ranks second at 2.13 with Brown third at 2.08. Cathy Quilico has a team-high .965 serve reception percentage handling 384 of 398 attempts. Tied for second at .959 are D’Errico (419 of 437) and McClendon (393 of 410). At the net, Fatima Balza has a 1.25 blocks per set average to lead the squad. She has three solo and 72 assist blocks. Wilson ranks second at 1.19 with nine solos and 98 assists with Brown third at .91 with six solos and 76 assists.

Penn State is averaging 18.21 points, 13.92 kills and 12.67 assists per set while hitting .312. The Nittany Lions average 1.29 aces, 13.84 digs and 3.00 blocks per set and have a .956 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 12.85 points, 10.68 kills and 9.98 assists per set while hitting .124. Nittany Lion opponents average .73 aces, 12.53 digs and 1.44 blocks per set and have a .940 serve reception percentage.

SERIES RECORD WITH PENN STATE

Penn State has a 35-14 lead in the series with Ohio State. At Penn State, the Nittany Lions are 17-5 and they are 15-8 in Columbus. Penn State is 2-1 in neutral site matches. The Nittany Lions have won the last seven matches against Ohio State including a 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-18) win in Columbus earlier this season.

Results since 2005 against Penn State
 9/28/05………… H…………. L……… 0-3…………… 18-30, 24-30, 24-30
11/  2/05………… A…………. L……… 0-3…………… 29-31, 9-30, 26-30
  9/20/07………… A…………. L……… 0-3…………… 21-30, 29-31, 16-30
11/  8/06……….. H……….. W……… 3-0…………… 30-19, 30-26, 30-21
10/10/07………… A…………. L……… 0-3…………… 23-30, 17-30, 16-30
11/21/07……….. H…………. L……… 0-3…………… 22-30, 21-30, 21-30
10/18/08………… A…………. L……… 0-3…………… 15-25, 14-25, 12-25
11/28/08……….. H…………. L……… 0-3…………… 20-25, 12-25, 28-30
10/  7/09……….. H…………. L……… 1-3…………… 17-25, 25-23, 15-25, 13-25
10/28/09………… A…………. L……… 0-3…………… 21-25, 11-25, 20-25
10/20/10……….. H…………. L……… 0-3…………… 22-25, 21-25, 18-25

A LOOK AT NORTHWESTERN
The 24th-ranked Wildcats, coached by Keylor Chan, are 18-9 overall and 8-8 in the Big Ten. Last week Northwestern lost, 3-2 (25-22, 16-25, 26-24, 24-26, 15-10) at Purdue and won 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-23) at Indiana. Naomi Johnson leads the squad in points per set with a 3.75 average. Sabel Moffett ranks second at 3.72 with Stephanie Holthus third at 3.09. Moffett has a team-high 2.92 kills per set average with Johnson second at 2.90 with Holthus third at 2.64. Moffett is hitting a team-high .357. Johnson ranks second at .330 with Christina Kaelin third at .215. At setter, Elyse Glab is averaging 11.18 assists per set. Madalyn Shalter has a team-high .30 aces per set average with 30. Johnson ranks second at .27 (28) with Alex Ayers third at .26 (27). Defensively, Julie Chin leads the team with a 3.51 digs per set average. Ranking second is Holthus at 2.61 with Ayers third at 2.44. Holthus, in serve reception percentage, leads the team at .975 handling 548 of 562 attempts. Chin ranks second at .963 (517 of 537) with Ayers third at 2.44 (320 of 335). At the net, Johnson has a 1.02 blocks per set to lead the Wildcats. She has 12 solo and 92 assist blocks.  Tied for second in blocking are Shalter and Glab at .65. Shalter has two solo and 62 assist blocks while Glab has two solos and 64 assists.

Northwestern is averaging 16.88 points, 13.17 kills and 12.25 assists per set while hitting .239. The Wildcats average 1.20 aces, 14.09 digs and 2.52 blocks per set and have a .956 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 15.86 points, 12.83 kills and 12.14 assists per set and have a .185 attack percentage. Wildcat opponents average .83 aces, 14.66 digs and 2.19 blocks per set and have a .943 serve reception percentage.

SERIES RECORD WITH NORTHWESTERN
Ohio State has a 46-18 lead in the series with Northwestern. In Columbus, Ohio State is 22-6 and it is 18-10 in Evanston. OSU is 6-2 in neutral site matches. The Buckeyes have won the last five meetings including a 3-2 (25-22, 19-25, 23-25, 26-24, 15-11) victory in Evanston earlier this season.

Results since 2005 against Northwestern:
10/  8/05………… A……….. W……… 3-2…………… 25-30, 30-21, 24-30, 30-21, 15-10
10/28/05……….. H……….. W……… 3-1…………… 31-33, 30-28, 30-25, 30-20
10/14/06………… A………… L……… 2-3…………… 28-30, 30-24, 30-26, 27-30, 10-15
11/24/06……….. H……….. W……… 3-0…………… 30-13, 30-28, 30-23
10/21/07……….. H………… L……… 2-3…………… 30-28, 22-30, 24-30, 30-26, 13-15
11/10/07………… A………… L……… 1-3…………… 27-30, 30-28, 20-30, 25-30
10/  3/08………… A……….. W……… 3-2…………… 26-24, 26-24, 21-25, 12-25, 15-10
11/  8/08……….. H……….. W……… 3-0…………… 25-21, 25-20, 25-17
  9/26/09………… A……….. W……… 3-0…………… 25-13, 27-25, 25-21
11/13/09……….. H……….. W……… 3-1…………… 25-16, 25-27, 25-10, 25-15
10/22/10………… A……….. W……… 3-2…………… 25-22, 19-25, 23-25, 26-24, 15-11

DULL POSTS A DOUBLE-DOUBLE AGAINST WISCONSIN
Katie Dull recorded her ninth double-double of the season against Wisconsin with 24 kills and 18 digs. She added an ace serve and a co-match-high eight blocks with a solo and seven assists. Dull recorded 13 kills against Illinois adding one ace serve, six digs and a solo block. A starter in 21 of the 29 matches, she is averaging team-highs of 4.15 points and 3.52 kills per set. Dull ranks second on the squad in digs per set at 1.79 and is averaging .21 aces and .67 blocks per set.

DULL MOVES TO SIXTH IN OSU CAREER POINTS WITH 1,763.5
Katie Dull, with 44.5 points last week, has moved to sixth on the Ohio State career points list with 1,763.5. She moved out of a tie with Suzie Stiling (1999-02) with 1,719.0 points and has moved past Gabriele Jobst (1991-94) with 1,738.0 and Lisa Bettio (1982-85) with 1,739.5. Dull needs 34.5 points to move past No. 5 Leisa Wissler (1988-91) with 1.797.0 points. Dull ranks ninth in points per set at 4.22, fourth in kills with 1,516, seventh in kills per set at 3.63, is tied for eighth in solo blocks with 63, 19th in assist blocks with 199 and 15th in total blocks with 262 (63-199).

DANKS RECORDS A CAREER-HIGH EIGHT BLOCKS AGAINST WISCONSIN
Emily Danks collected a career-high eight assist blocks against Wisconsin adding eight kills, five digs and one ace serve against the Badgers. She had six kills, four digs and three assist blocks in the Illinois match. Danks has started in 28 of 29 matches this season and leads the squad in aces per set at .64 with 65. She is averaging 3.22 points, 2.14 kills, .88 digs and .78 blocks per set.

DANKS TIES FOR 15TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ACES WITH 109
Emily Danks recorded one ace serve against Wisconsin to give her 109 career aces and is now tied for 15th on the Ohio State career list with Vanessa Wouters (1996-97). Danks need five aces to move past No. 14 Briana McCarthy (2003-04, 06-07) with 113. Danks ranks second in career aces per set with a .49 average.

SZERSZEN EQUALS HER SEASON-HIGH OF 17 KILLS AGAINST WISCONSIN
Anna Szerszen, with 17 kills against Wisconsin, equaled her season high set against Purdue. It was her ninth double-figure kill match of the season. Szerszen added a dig and one assist against the Badgers. She posted 15 kills while hitting .488 against Illinois adding three digs and one assist block. Szerszen has 16 starts in the 29 matches this season and is averaging 2.95 points, 2.51 kills per set. She averages .17 aces, .98 digs and .47 blocks per set.

SZERSZEN RANKED IN CAREER KILLS AND POINTS FOR OHIO STATE
Anna Szerszen is currently ranked 17th in Ohio State career kills with 1,114 and is 18th in career points with 1,302.0. She ranks 18th in career kills per set at 2.81 and 20th in points at 3.28. Szerszen needs 38 kills to pass No. 16 Anne Botica (1998-01) with 1,151 and 50 points to pass No. 17 Botica with 1,351.5.

BARHORST COLLECTS 13 KILLS AGAINST ILLINOIS
Kelli Barhorst recorded 13 kills while hitting .571 in the Illinois match. She added one ace serve, one dig and three blocks (one solo, two assists) against the Illini. Against Wisconsin, she equaled her season high of seven assist blocks set against Michigan State. Barhorst added seven kills against the Badgers. A starter in her 24 matches, she is averaging 2.89 points, 2.29 kills, and .86 blocks per set.

BARHORST MOVES TO 17TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER TOTAL BLOCKS
Kelli Barhorst, with 10 blocks last week, has moved to 17th on the Ohio State career total blocks list with 249 recording 36 solo and 213 assist blocks. She passed Katie Virtue (1999-02) with 237 (45-192). Barhorst needs two blocks to pass No. 16 Sara Daniel (1991-94) with 250 (20-230). She ranks 12th in career attack percentage at .267, is tied for 19th in solo blocks with 36, 17th in assist blocks with 213 and 13th in blocks per set at .87.

SCHWARZWALDER COLLECTS SEVEN ASSIST BLOCKS AGAINST WISCONSIN
Allie Schwarzwalder posted seven assist blocks in the 3-2 win over Wisconsin. It was her eighth match with five or more blocks this season. Schwarzwalder added six kills against the Badgers. Against Illinois she recorded four kills and two assist blocks. Schwarzwalder has started in 21 of 29 matches this season and is averaging 2.44 points, 1.65 kills and .34 digs per set. She is the team leader in blocks at 1.26 per set recording 16 solos and a team-high 92 assist blocks.

HONE PRODUCES A DOUBLE-DOUBLE AGAINST ILLINOIS
Betsy Hone recorded her third double-double of the season with 44 assists and 10 digs against Illinois. Against Wisconsin, she recorded 53 assists, four digs and two assist blocks. A starter in 24 of her 27 matches, Hone is averaging 9.64 assists, 1.06 points, .78 kills and 1.54 digs per set.

HONE RANKS EIGHTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSISTS WITH 2,126
Betsy Hone had 97 assists last week and now has 2,126 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 8.47 average.

PETERSON MOVES TO 12TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSISTS
Amanda Peterson collected 10 assists last week to give her 719 career assists and moves to 12th on the Ohio State career assist list. She has passed Kelly Kessler (1983) with 713. Danielle Berlein (1987), with 927 assists, ranks 11th. Peterson is eighth in career assists per set with a 7.73 average.

MIGNIN HAS HER FOURTH 20+ DIG MATCH OF THE SEASON
Libero Sarah Mignin collected 23 digs against Wisconsin for her fourth match with 20 or more digs this season. She added three assists, one ace serve and handled 58 of 59 serve reception attempts against the Badgers. Mignin had 16 digs in the Illinois match while handling 35 of 36 serve receptions. A starter at libero in all 29 matches, she has a team-high 3.50 digs per set average and leads the squad in serve reception percentage at .966 handling 846 of 876 attempts.

HALVERSON EQUALS HER SEASON HIGH OF EIGHTH DIGS AGAINST WISCONSIN
Susan Halverson, for the third time this season, recorded eight digs in the Wisconsin match. She handled 19 serve reception attempts in the match without an error. Halverson had one dig against Illinois and handled seven of eight serve reception attempts. She has played in all 29 matches this season and has started in the back row six times. Halverson has a 1.16 digs per set average and a .945 serve reception percentage handling 396 of 419 attempts.

DISALVATORE ACES TWICE AGAINST WISCONSIN
Davionna DiSalvatore had a career-high two ace serves in the Wisconsin match adding eight digs against the Badgers and handling 14 of 17 serve reception attempts. She had five digs, one assist and one ace serve against Illinois while handling 30 serve reception attempts without an error. DiSalvatore has made 17 starts in the back row this season while playing in all 29 matches. She is averaging 1.23 digs per set and has a .930 serve reception percentage handling 411 of 442 attempts.

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.

OHIO STATE RECEIVING VOTES IN THE AVCA POLL
In the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 poll this week, Ohio State received seven votes. Five Big Ten squads are ranked in the Top 25 with Penn State seventh, Illinois ninth, Minnesota 19th, Michigan 20th, and Northwestern 25th. Purdue and Ohio State 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 .44. Kelli Barhorst is eighth in attack percentage at .314. Allie Schwarzwalder is 10th in blocking at 1.06. At setter, Betsy Hone ranks eighth at 9.44 assists per set. Sarah Mignin is eighth in digs per set at 3.77. Katie Dull ranks eighth in points (4.02) and is tied for sixth in kills (3.48) per set.

In team statistics, Ohio State ranks second in attack percentage at .243 and fifth in aces per set at .97. The Buckeyes are sixth in blocks at 2.43, sixth in kills at 13.17, ninth in assists at 12.20 and 11th in digs per set at 12.22.

OHIO STATE IN THE NCAA NATIONAL RANKINGS
In the NCAA National Rankings released Nov. 15, Emily Danks ranks second in aces per set at .64. Allie Schwarzwalder is 29th in blocks per set at 1.26 and 192nd in hitting percentage at .302. Kelli Barhorst ranks 99th in hitting percentage at .332. In assists per set, Betsy Hone ranks 124th at 9.64. Katie Dull ranks 92nd in points at 4.15 and 107th in kills per set at 3.52.

In team statistics, the Buckeyes rank 12th in blocks (2.77), 42nd in aces (1.52) and 82nd in kills (13.24) per set. Ohio State ranks 124th in assists (12.10) and 307th in digs (11.88) per set. OSU is 22nd in attack percentage at .264.

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 30 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 MADE THREE BIG TEN NETWORK APPEARANCES
The Big Ten Network had 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 (3-0 Michigan victory) were 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 250-103.

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