COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team opens the doors of St. John Arena to host its 14th annual Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic Aug. 24-25. The Buckeyes will welcome Albany, Ohio and Texas A&M for the four-team round robin tournament. Action kicks off on Friday with two matches and concludes with four matches on an action-packed Saturday.
FRIDAY, AUG. 24
Ohio vs. Texas A&M | 4 p.m.
Ohio State vs. Albany | 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, AUG. 25
Texas A&M vs. Albany | 10 a.m.
Ohio State vs. Ohio | 12:30 p.m.
Albany vs. Ohio | 5:30 p.m.
Ohio State vs. Texas A&M | 8 p.m.
D.C. KOEHL – A LASTING LEGACY
D.C. Koehl served as the communications director of Buckeye men’s and women’s volleyball for 30 years before passing away in January 2012. While this season marks the 14th annual Sports Imports Classic overall, the yearly home volleyball tournament has been named in honor of Koehl since 2012 as the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic.
In addition to his duties associated with the volleyball programs, Koehl became the go-to guy for football and basketball statistics during his total of 39 years working in the Ohio State Athletics Department. The Columbus native began his Buckeye days as an undergraduate manager for the men’s basketball program, working under Hall of Fame coach Fred Taylor. After graduating from Ohio State with a degree in public recreation in 1973, Koehl hopped on board full-time with the Athletics Communications group. His love for the sport of volleyball extended into a role as the communications director for the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, a league the OSU men’s program has been a member of since its inception in 1961.
HISTORY WITH THE GREAT DANES, BOBCATS AND AGGIES
Ohio State’s season opener against Albany will be the second-ever meeting between the programs. The Buckeyes topped the Great Danes, 3-1, in the inaugural matchup in 2011.
It’s been four years since in-state rivals Ohio State and Ohio have met on the hardwood. The Bobcats bested the Scarlet & Gray in four sets when they last faced off. However, OSU leads the all-time series with a 14-2 advantage.
The Buckeyes have a 3-2 edge in their series with Texas A&M. The teams first met in 1977 and Ohio State has won the last two matches, with the most recent encounter in 2016 going the distance.
GOODBYE ST. JOHN ARENA, HELLO COVELLI CENTER
The 2018 campaign is the final season for the Buckeyes inside St. John Arena. The women’s volleyball team will be moving to the Covelli Center, which is set to be complete in time for the 2019 season. The state-of-the-art facility is part of the new Ohio State Athletic District and will span over 100,000 square feet in total and include a locker room and coaching suite designed specifically for the women’s volleyball program.
Ohio State welcomed six new faces to its 2018 roster. The incoming class featured two transfers and four freshmen – Olivia Dailey, Jordan Fry, Camryn Moeller, Mia Grunze, Vanja Bukilić and Adria Powell.
The Buckeyes take their first road trip of the season to Ole Miss for the Rebel Invitational Aug. 31-Sept. 1.