Nov. 10, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – St. John Arena is set to play host to a pair of Big Ten Conference opponents over the weekend, welcoming Rutgers Friday night before Penn State rolls in for a Saturday night clash. Both Ohio State women’s volleyball matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. ET starts.
BRINGING IN MORE BUCKEYES
A quartet of highly-touted prep players have signed on to become the next class of Buckeyes to join the women’s volleyball program. Head coach Geoff Carlston and staff scoured the country to find the talented group hailing from four different states, including a native Buckeye in Lauren Witte from Mentor. Joining her in the 2017 class will be Hannah Gruensfelder (Weldon Springs, Mo.), Becca Mauer (Houston, Texas) and Ayanna Swan (Richmond, Va.) — all signing National Letters of Intent to attend and compete at The Ohio State University.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
A field of 330 NCAA member institutions sponsoring Division I Women’s Volleyball programs will be trimmed down to 64 teams to compete in the single-elimination NCAA Tournament coming to a crescendo with the Semifinals and Finals hosted right here in the state’s capital (see below). Thirty-two at-large selections to go along with the 32 schools receiving automatic qualification through conference championships will be announced during the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
Last Wednesday night marked the 300th match for Ohio State under the leadership of head coach Geoff Carlston. The Carlston-led Buckeyes have accumulated an overall record of 186-115 (.618) since his arrival in 2008. He needs just five more wins to surpass Sue Collins (1973-79) for the second most wins in program history.
In addition, Ohio State has racked up 974 victories overall since 1971 with an all-time winning percentage of .639 (974-550). That mark includes a 314-134 (.701) ledger inside St. John Arena.
Taylor Sandbothe – OHIO STATE’S ALL-TIME BLOCKS QUEEN
Taylor Sandbothe surpassed Dawn McDougall (1988-91) last week vs. Wisconsin (Nov. 2) for the most career blocks in Ohio State history. Her third block of the evening marked the 518th of her career and launched her to the top of the all-time OSU list. She added five more stuffs at Indiana later in the week and now sits at 523 total blocks.
Sandbothe’s assault on the OSU Record Books includes a Top-20 standing in nine additional categories. The complete list is: 523 total blocks (1st), 103 solo blocks (2nd), 420 block assists (2nd), 1.14 blocks/set (2nd), .307 attack percentage (6th), 1,736 points (10th), 1,352 kills (11th), 3,042 attempts (14th) and 3.78 points/set (16th).
Valeria León – OHIO STATE’S ALL-TIME DIGS QUEEN
With her first dig of the night against Michigan State on Oct. 22, Valeria León took sole possession of the Ohio State school record for career digs. Her 1,573rd dig set the new mark and she enters tonight’s contest with 1,640 to her name. The Buckeye libero also has control of the best digs per set average in school history, putting up 3.47 per set since arriving at Ohio State in 2013.