Dec. 7, 2004
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fifth-seeded Ohio State (29-3) women’s volleyball team, with 3-0 victories over Dayton and Ohio, has advanced to the Minneapolis Regional of the NCAA Championship and will face 12th-seeded Tennessee (32-2) Friday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. ET in the first semifinal. Fourth-seeded and host Minnesota (30-4) will play unseeded Georgia Tech (27-6) in the second semifinal at 8 p.m. The Friday winners will return Saturday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. ET for a berth in the NCAA National Championship semifinals in Long Beach, Calif.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Jim Stone, the Big Ten Coach of the Year. Ohio State is 29-3 on the season and finished 17-3 in the Big Ten tying for second place in the league with Minnesota, one match behind Penn State. The Buckeyes are ranked seventh in the latest USA TODAY/CSTV Coaches Poll. OSU defeated Dayton, 3-0 (30-25, 32-30, 30-22) in the first round of the NCAA Championship. The Buckeyes then defeated 25th-ranked Ohio, 3-0 (30-25, 30-20, 30-20) in the second round. Both matches were played at Ohio State.
OHIO STATE BY THE NUMBERS
For the season, Big Ten Player of the Year Stacey Gordon (Sr., Oshawa, Ontario) leads the Buckeyes in kills with 763 for a 7.00 per game average. She is also the team leader in aces with 36 (.33 per game), in digs with 404 (3.71) and is hitting a team-high .359. All-Big Ten setter Marisa Main (So., Louisville, Ky.) leads the team in assists 1,621 (14.74 per game). Rebecca Kastein (Jr., Mt. Lebanon, Pa.) ranks second in digs with 323 (3.11) with All-Big Ten Freshman Team selection Ami Stevens (Fr., Centerburg, Ohio) third with 317 (2.88). At the net, Danielle Meyer (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) has a team-high 119 blocks with eight solos and 111 assists for a 1.09 per game average. Meyer is second in kills with 321 for a 2.94 per game average. Briana McCarthy (So., Beaver Dam, Wis.) ranks second in blocks with 97 (12-85) averaging .88. Maya Mapp (Sr., Washington, D.C.) is third in blocks with 89 (12-77) for a .87 average. Ohio State is hitting .313 on the season and is averaging 18.35 kills per game. The Buckeyes average 1.48 aces, 16.04 digs and 2.49 blocks per game. OSU opponents are hitting .198 and average 13.68 kills per game. Opponents are averaging .86 aces, 13.02 digs and 2.14 blocks per game.
A LOOK AT TENNESSEE
The Lady Volunteers are coached by Rob Patrick, the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year. Tennessee is 32-2 overall and tied Florida for the regular season championship with a 15-1 mark. They defeated Florida, 3-2, to win the conference tournament and secure the NCAA automatic bid. In NCAA matches last week in Knoxville, 12th-seeded Tennessee defeated Eastern Kentucky, 3-0 (30-24, 30-16, 30-22) and Texas A&M, 3-1 (30-21, 24-30, 30-23, 32-30). The Lady Volunteers have won their last 14 matches. They are ranked ninth in the latest USA TODAY/CSTV Coaches Poll.
TENNESSEE BY THE NUMBERS
First team All-SEC Kristen Andre leads the team in kills with 426, averaging 3.77 per game. Michelle Piantadosi ranks second with 416 (3.50). Yuliya Stoyanova, a second-team All-SEC selection and a member of the All-Freshman Team, is third with 391 (3.37). Julie Knytych, a first team All-SEC selection, has 1,648 assists and averages 13.73 per game. Annie Sadowski (.29) and Cynthia Buggs (.28) share team-high honors with 31 aces each. SEC Defensive Player of the Year Amy Morris has a team-high 413 digs (3.65) with Buggs second with 346 (3.09). At the net, Sarah Blum leads the team with 144 blocks. She has 11 solos and 133 assists for a 1.41 per game average. First team All-SEC selection Kristen Andre ranks second with 123 (14-109), averaging 1.09 per game. The Lady Vols are hitting .262 on the season and average 17.01 kills per game. They average 1.33 aces, 17.06 digs and 2.70 blocks per game. Tennessee opponents are hitting .170 and average 14.48 kills per game. They average .80 aces, 15.24 digs and 2.51 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE – TENNESSEE SERIES
Ohio State has won all six matches with Tennessee. The squads first played in 1974 with the last meeting in 1997 at the Arby’s Invitational at Nebraska, a 3-0 (15-3, 30-0, 18-16) win for the Buckeyes. Three previous matches have been played on neutral courts.
A LOOK AT MINNESOTA
The Golden Gophers are coached by Dr. Mike Herbert. Minnesota has a 30-4 overall record and has a nine-match winning streak. They finished the Big Ten regular season with a 17-3 mark, tied with Ohio State for second place. The Gophers are ranked fourth in the latest USA TODAY/CSTV Coaches Poll. Minnesota was awarded an at-large bid in the NCAA Championship. They began NCAA play at Yale when they defeated Long Island, 3-0 (30-19, 30-12, 30-27) and Yale, 3-0 (30-17, 30-18, 30-19).
MINNESOTA BY THE NUMBERS
All-Big Ten selection Erin Martin has a team-high 613 kills for Minnesota, averaging 5.02 per game. Trisha Bratford ranks second with 418 kills (3.57). At setter Lindsey Taatjes and All-Big Ten selection Kelly Bowman share the duty. Taatjes has 1,040 assists, averaging 8.52 per game. Bowman has 806 assists for a 6.77 average. Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Paula Gentil has a team-high 43 ace serves averaging .36 per game. Defensively, Gentil leads the team in digs with 797, averaging 6.59 per game. Taatjes ranks second with 436 (3.57). At the net Meredith Nelson leads the team with 115 blocks on 19 solos and 96 assists, averaging .97 per game. Jessica Byrnes is second in blocks with 87 (7-80) with a .72 per game average. Minnesota is hitting .265 and averages 17.66 kills per game. The Gophers average 1.26 aces, 19.89 digs and 2.64 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .155 and average 13.66 kills per game. Minnesota opponents average .60 aces, 16.51 digs and 2.11 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE – MINNESOTA SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Minnesota, 28-25. In Minneapolis, the Gophers have a 13-10 margin and have won the last three matches played in the Sports Pavilion. Earlier this season, Ohio State defeated then No. 1 Minnesota, 3-1 (30-24, 30-23, 18-30, 30-24) in Columbus and then lost 3-1 (30-19, 32-30, 21-30, 30-28) to the then fifth-ranked Gophers in Minneapolis.
A LOOK AT GEORGIA TECH
The Yellow Jackets are coached by Bond Shymansky, the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year. Georgia Tech has a 27-6 overall record and was an at-large selection to the NCAA Championship. The Yellow Jackets were the regular season ACC Champions with a 16-0 mark. They lost 3-1 (31-29, 27-30, 30-28, 30-25) to Clemson in the ACC Tournament quarter finals. In NCAA matches at Atlanta, Georgia Tech defeated Georgia, 3-0 (30-21, 30-21, 31-29) and upset 13th-seed Santa Barbara, 3-0 (30-24, 30-28, 30-21. The Yellow Jackets have won their last four matches. They are ranked 20th in the latest USA TODAY/CSTV Coaches Poll.
GEORGIA TECH BY THE NUMBERS
Lynnette Moster, the ACC Player of the Year, has a team-high 565 kills (5.33 per game) for the Yellow Jackets. Second team All-ACC selection Lauren Sauer ranks second with 481 (4.62). Lindsey Laband, a second team All-ACC selection, has 1,592 assists on the season for a 15.46 per game average. Moster has a team-high 49 ace serves (.41) with Jennifer Randall second with 32 (.30). Second team All-ACC selection Marisa Aston leads the team in digs with 486 (4.46). Moster ranks second in digs with 387 (3.65). At the net, first team All-ACC selection Jayme Gergen has a team-high 141 blocks. Her 13 solos and 128 assists give her a 1.29 per game average. Sauer ranks second with 105 blocks (38-67) averaging 1.01 per game. Georgia Tech is hitting .304 and averages 18.74 kills per game. The Yellow Jackets average 1.36 aces, 17.98 digs and 2.68 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .204 and average 14.89 kills per game. Georgia Tech opponents average .69 aces, 14.75 digs and 2.20 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE – GEORGIA TECH SERIES
Ohio State has won both matches with Georgia Tech. OSU won 3-0 (15-8, 15-7, 15-10) at the Colorado Powerbar Invitational in 1995 and the Buckeyes defeated then No. 21 Georgia Tech, 3-0 (30-26, 30-28, 30-28) at the Georgia Tech Invitational, Sept. 12, this season in Atlanta.
OHIO STATE IN THE NCAA
Ohio State is making its 13th appearance in the NCAA Championship. This is the 10th time that the Buckeyes have advanced to the regional level of play. In 1991 and 1994 Ohio State advanced to the National Championship Semifinals. In NCAA matches, Ohio State is 19-12. OSU’s last appearance in the championship was in 2002 when they advanced to the Pacific regional before losing to Stanford.
REVIEWING THE DAYTON MATCH
Ohio State defeated Dayton 3-0 (30-25, 32-30, 30-22) in the first round of the NCAA Championship. OSU’s Stacey Gordon scored a match-high 22.5 points for the Buckeyes with a match-high 21 kills, an ace serve and an assist block. Maya Mapp added 12 points with 10 kills, an assist block and two solo blocks. Flyer Christy Utnage had a team-high 17 points with 16 kills and two assist blocks with Robynne Green adding 12 points with 10 kills, a solo and two assist blocks. Ohio State overcame a 30-29 Flyer lead in game two, winning the game 32-30 on an Ami Stevens kill. Ohio State hit .261 in the match to .180 for Dayton. The Buckeyes had a 55-48 margin in kills while each squad recorded two ace serves. Dayton gave up seven service errors to four for OSU. Defensively, Ohio State had a 61-50 advantage in digs with Gordon recording a match-high 16. At the net, the Buckeyes out blocked Dayton 10 to seven. OSU’s Marisa Main recorded 45 assists in the match adding 12 digs while Dayton’s Nicole Schott had 40 assists.
REVIEWING THE OHIO MATCH
Ohio State advanced to the NCAA regional semifinal in Minneapolis with a 3-0 (30-25, 30-20, 30-20) second round win over Ohio. Buckeye Stacey Gordon had a match-high 23 points for Ohio State with a match-high 21 kills, an ace serve and a solo block. Ami Stevens contributed 14.5 points with 12 kills, two solo and one assist block with Danielle Meyer adding 12.5 points with 10 kills and five assist blocks. Bobcat Julia Winkfield had a team-high 11.5 points for Ohio with nine kills, a solo block and three assists. Ohio State hit .368 in the match to .136 for Ohio. The Buckeyes had a 58-40 margin in kills and had a three-two advantage in ace serves. Ohio State gave up seven service errors to five for Ohio. Defensively, OSU had a 57-44 advantage in digs with Buckeye Marisa Main recording a match-high 14. At the net, Ohio State had a 12 to six margin in team blocks. OSU’s Meyer had a match-high five assist blocks. Buckeye Main contributed 41 assists and added six kills. Ohio’s Briana Adamovsky had 31 assists.
GORDON NEARS THE OHIO STATE AND BIG TEN SEASON KILLS RECORD
Stacey Gordon continues to be the main weapon for Ohio State. The Big Ten Player of the Year, Gordon leads Ohio State in kills (763), hitting percentage (.359), aces (36) and digs (404). Her 763 kills is two shy of the Ohio State and Big Ten season record held by OSU’s Vanessa Wouters (1996) with 765. Gordon was the match leader in kills with 21 in both the Dayton and Ohio matches. She contributed a match-high 16 digs, an ace serve and an assist block against the Flyers and had 12 digs, an ace serve and a solo block against the Bobcats. In Big Ten Conference statistics, she ranks first in kills at 7.00 per game, fifth in hitting percentage at .331 and eighth in digs at 4.13. A four-time All-Big Ten selection, her 7.00 kills per game average is the best in Division I.
STEVENS HAS 12 KILLS AGAINST OHIO
Ami Stevens, named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, posted 10 digs, six kills and two assist blocks against Dayton. She had 12 kills (.370), seven digs and three blocks (2-1) in the Ohio match. Stevens is third on the team in kills with 312, averaging 2.84 per game. She has had double-figure kills in seven of her last eight matches. Stevens is third in digs with 317 (2.88) and second in aces serves with 32 (.29). In the Big Ten conference statistics, she ranks seventh in aces per game at .25 with 18 aces.
MEYER, OSU’S TOP BLOCKER
Danielle Meyer leads Ohio State in total blocks with 119 this season. She has eight solos and 111 assists for a 1.09 blocks per game average. Against Dayton, Meyer had four blocks (one solo and three assists) and added five kills, a career-high seven digs and an ace serve. She recorded a match-high five assist blocks against Ohio, adding 10 kills and three digs. She ranks eighth in the blocking statistics for the Big Ten with a 1.16 per game average with six solos and 75 assists. Meyer is second on the squad in kills with 321 for a 2.94 kills per game average.
MAPP EFFICIENT IN HER PLAY
Maya Mapp, a transfer from North Carolina State, hit a combined .458 last weekend. In the Dayton match, she hit .571 with 10 kills on 14 attempts with two errors. She added three blocks (1-2) and a dig against the Flyers. Mapp hit .300 (4-1-10) against Ohio adding three assist blocks and a dig. In overall statistics, she is hitting .341 and ranks fourth in Big Ten statistics and averages 2.32 kills per game. Mapp ranks third on the squad in blocks with 89. She has 12 solos and 77 assists and averages .87 per game.
KASTEIN CONTINUES SOLID AT LIBERO
Rebecca Kastein has been solid at libero for the Buckeyes. Last weekend against Dayton she recorded eight digs and added 10 digs and two ace serves against Ohio. She has been the starting libero in 21 matches this season and has six starts at defensive specialist. On the season, she ranks second on the team in digs with 323, averaging 3.11 per game. She has had double-figure digs in 18 matches this season including eight of the last nine.
MCCARTHY CONTRIBUTES BLOCKS, ACES AND KILLS
Briana McCarthy continues to provide solid play for Ohio State at outside hitter after playing last season at setter. Last weekend she had six kills, two digs and three assist blocks against Dayton and added five kills, five assists, three digs and five total blocks (1-4) against Ohio. She ranks second for Ohio State in total blocks with 97 with 12 solos and 85 assists and averages .87 per game. McCarthy has 152 kills (1.38 per game), 61 assists (.55), 25 aces (.23) and 62 digs (.56).
MAIN BECOMES OSU SEASON ASSIST LEADER
Marisa Main, named to the All-Big Ten team, became the Ohio State season leader in assists with 41 against Dayton. A transfer from Xavier, she now has 1,621 assists on the season, averaging 14.74 per game. She passed previous leader Jen Boleyn (1996) who has 1,599. Main’s 14.74 average ranks her third in the country in last week’s national statistics. She was the conference statistical champion with a 14.68 average. Main posted 45 assists against Dayton, adding 12 digs, three kills and an assist block. In the Ohio match, she had 41 assists, adding a match-high 14 digs, six kill and three assist blocks. Main is hitting .386 for the Buckeyes and averages 1.35 kills per game. She has 261 digs on the season for a 2.37 per game average.
GORDON LEADS NATIONAL STATISTICS IN KILLS PER GAME
The NCAA national statistics released last week had Stacey Gordon ranked first in the country in kills per game with a 7.00 (currently 7.00) average. Setter Marisa Main was ranked third in assists per game nationally with a 14.76 (14.74) per game average. In team statistics, the Buckeyes were ranked second in kills per game at 18.33 (18.35) and assists at 17.38 (16.86) and third in hitting percentage, .313 (.313).
GORDON HOLDS OSU CAREER DIGS MARK WITH 1,532
With seven digs at Illinois, Stacey Gordon became the Ohio State career leader in digs with 1,342. She passed the previous leader, Leisa Wissler (1988-91) with 1,341. Currently, Gordon has 1,532 career digs and is the Ohio Sate career leader in digs per game at 3.43.
GORDON OSU ALL-TIME BIG TEN CAREER KILLS LEADER WITH 2,719
With 31 kills against Michigan, Stacey Gordon became the all-time Big Ten leader in career kills and currently has 2,719. She set the record with her 27th kill against Michigan in the fourth game of the match. Gordon moved past previous leader, Nicole Branagh (1997-2000) of Minnesota who finished her career with 2,379.
GORDON NEARS FOURTH IN NCAA CAREER KILLS
Stacey Gordon is currently ranked fifth on the Division I career kills list with 2,719. She needs 11 kills to pass No. 4 Michelle Collier (1998-2002) of South Florida who has 2,729. Gordon’s career kills per game average of 6.08 ranks third on the Division I list behind current leader Sara McFarland of Loyola Marymount (1997-2000) at 6.43 (2,020 kills, 314 games) and No. 2 Svetlana Vtyurina of George Washington (1992-95) at 6.24 (3,043-488).
GORDON EXTENDS DOUBLE-FIGURE KILL STREAK TO 108 MATCHES
Stacey Gordon, with 21 kills against Dayton and Ohio, has extended her streak of double-figure kill matches to 108. She has had 20 or more kills in 20 of her last 23 matches and 77 in her career. Gordon has had double-figure kills in 121 of her 123 matches in her career.
GORDON’S CAREER RANKINGS AT OHIO STATE 1. Kills, 2,719 1. Digs, 1,532 1. Kills Per Game, 6.08 1. Digs Per Game, 3.43 1. Attack Attempts, 5,7889 14.+ Solo Blocks, 36 5. Attack Percentage, .299 17. Assist Blocks, 190 3. Ace Serves, 160 16. Total Blocks, 226 7. Aces Per Game, .36 1. Points, 3,010.0 1. Points Per Game, 6.73
GORDON NAMED TO CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT SECOND TEAM
Stacey Gordon was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District second team by a vote of members of the College Sports Information Directors of American within the district. The district team is made up of student-athletes from Division I schools in Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. To be nominated, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve, and carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher.
GORDON, MAIN, STEVENS AND STONE RECEIVE BIG TEN HONORS
The Big Ten Conference has announced its All-Conference teams including Stacey Gordon being named the Big Ten Player of the Year. Gordon and Marisa Main were named to the All-Big Ten Team while Ami Stevens was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team. Head coach Jim Stone was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year by both the coaches and media panel. Gordon receives her second Big Ten Player of the Year. She received the honor in 2002. She is a four-time All-Big Ten selection. Main a transfer from Xavier receives her second all-conference honor, her first from the Atlantic-10. Stone is being honored as the Coach of the Year for the fourth time. He won the honor in 1989, 1991 and 1994.
OHIO STATE IN THE CONFERENCE ONLY STATISTICS
Statistically in Big Ten Conference matches, Stacey Gordon leads the league in kills per game (7.0 per game), is eighth in digs (4.13) and fifth in hitting percentage (.331). Setter Marisa Main has a conference-high 14.68 assists per game average. Danielle Meyer ranks eighth in blocks per game (1.16) with Ami Stevens seventh in aces per game (.25). As a team, the Buckeyes are ranked first in kills (18.39), assists (16.86) and hitting percentage (.299). Ohio State is second in aces (1.25), fifth in blocking (2.62) and fourth in digs (16.86).
OHIO STATE IN THE OVERALL CONFERENCE STATISTICS
In Big Ten Conference statistics for all matches, Stacey Gordon leads the league in kills (7.00 per game). She is third in hitting percentage at .359, fourth in aces per game (.33) and ninth in digs (3.71). Marisa Main tops the conference in assists per game (14.74). Maya Mapp (Sr., Washington, D.C.) ranks fourth in hitting percentage (.341) and Ami Stevens ranks seventh in aces (.29). In overall team statistics, Ohio State ranks first in hitting percentage (.313), kills (18.35) and assists (16.86). The Buckeyes are second in aces (1.48), fifth in blocking (2.49) and sixth in digs (16.04).
BUCKEYES SEVENTH IN THE USA TODAY/CSTV TOP 20 COACHES POLL
The USA TODAY/CSTV Top 25 Coaches Poll released this week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association has Ohio State ranked seventh. The Buckeyes began the season unranked and entered the poll at 25th the second week of the season. OSU is one of four Big Ten squads ranked in the top-25. Penn State is ranked third, Minnesota fourth and Wisconsin 22nd. Purdue and Michigan are listed as receiving points. Prior to this season, Ohio State was last ranked in the top-10 during the second week of the 2002 season when it was ninth in the poll. The Buckeyes have not been as high as seventh since late November of the 1995 season.
COACH STONE PASSES 500 CAREER VICTORIES AND COUNTING
Ohio State’s win on Sept. 18 against Northeastern marked the 500th career victory for head coach Jim Stone. His career record stands at 520-302. At Ohio State, Stone’s record is 470-260 and he is 263-151 in the Big Ten.
MAIN NAMED PLAYER OF THE MONTH BY VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE
In the December, 2004 issue of Volleyball Magazine, Marisa Main is featured as the Player of the Month.
GORDON HONORED AS BIG TEN AND NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Sept. 14)
Stacey Gordon has been named the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I National Player of the Week and the Big Ten Player of the week for leading the Buckeyes to victories over Xavier (Sept. 11) and Georgia Tech (Sept. 12). Gordon averaged 9.8 kills, 2.3 digs, 0.8 blocks and 10.4 points per game while hitting .480 on 98 attacks. She totaled 26 kills on a .561 attack percentage with four blocks and five digs versus Xavier. Gordon hit .421 with 33 kills, nine digs and a block versus then 21st-ranked Georgia Tech. She was named the most valuable player of the Georgia Tech Invitational as Ohio State stopped the host school’s 26-match home win streak. Gordon, who ended the weekend with 2,100 career kills, charted 11 or more kills in three of the six games played last week. This was the second time Gordon has been named the national player and was the 12th time in her career that she has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week.
GORDON HONORED AS THE BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Oct. 4)
Stacey Gordon earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors after leading the Buckeyes to conference wins over No. 1 Minnesota and Iowa. This is the 13th career Player of the Week honor for Gordon and the second this season. Gordon had a season-high 36 kills in a 3-1 (30-24, 30-23, 18-30, 30-24) upset of No. 1 Minnesota Friday night in St. John Arena. She averaged nine kills per game in the match while hitting .368. It was her 16th match with 30 or more kills in her career. Gordon produced double-figure kills in three of the four games against the Gophers. She had 10 kills in game one and 11 in games two and four. Gordon opened the match with her first three kills of the night and ended the match by scoring Ohio State’s final four points with kills. In Saturday’s 3-0 (30-24, 30-27, victory over Iowa, Gordon recorded 14 kills to extend her streak of consecutive matches with double-figure kills to 90. For her career, she has had double-figure kills in 103 of 105 matches. Her 12 digs against Minnesota and 16 versus Iowa gives her four consecutive matches with double-figure digs and now has seven double-figure dig matches this season. Gordon has recorded double-figure digs in 74 career matches with 72 matches with double-figure kills and digs in her career.
GORDON HONORED AS THE BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Oct. 18)
Stacey Gordon earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors after leading the Buckeyes to conference wins over Michigan State and Michigan. This is the 14th career Player of the Week honor for Gordon and the third this season. Gordon averaged 8.0 kills per game in two matches this past weekend and recorded her 2,380th career kill, which set the all-time Big Ten mark. The Buckeye senior had 25 kills in three games against Michigan State and 31 in a four-game match versus Michigan. Her record-breaking kill came on her 27th kill against the Wolverines, which gave OSU a 13-12 lead in game four. Gordon, who passed the mark of 2,379 set by Minnesota’s Nicole Branagh (1997-2000), ended the weekend with 2,384 career kills. Her current total moves her to seventh on the NCAA Division I career kills list. She stands 56 kills behind No. 6 Jill McCreary (1987, 89-91) of Akron who has 2,439. Gordon has a 5.99 career kills per game average which ranks third in the NCAA Division I career kills per game list. With double-figure kills in both matches, she also extended her streak of consecutive double-figure kill streak to 94 matches. Gordon averaged 9.0 points per game collecting 56 kills, four ace serves, two solo blocks and two assist blocks. She now has 2,652.5 career points (2,384 kills, 151 aces, 32 solo blocks, 171 assist blocks), has a 6.66 career points-per-game average and is now OSU’s career points-per-game leader. Her total passed Vanessa Wouters’ mark of 6.62 ppg set from 1996-97.
GORDON HONORED AS THE CO-BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Nov. 1)
Stacey Gordon earned Co-Big Ten Player of the Week honors after leading the Buckeyes to 3-0 conference home wins over Purdue and Indiana. This is the 15th career Player of the Week honor for Gordon and the fourth this season. She shares the honor with Wisconsin middle blocker Sheila Shaw. Gordon averaged 8.17 kills per game and hit .391 for the weekend as No. 7 Ohio State earned its first back-to-back sweeps in Conference play this season with 3-0 wins over Purdue (36-34, 30-23, 30-28) and Indiana (30-20, 30-20, 30-20). Gordon’s 8.17 mark is her best two-match weekend set in the Big Ten with her previous best being 8.00 (56 kills, 7 games) against Michigan State and Michigan. The senior outside hitter tallied an impressive 9.67 kills per game (29 kills, 3 games) against Purdue. Gordon also moved up the ranks in the OSU history books as well this weekend. Her solo block against Indiana moved her into a tie for 16th in Buckeye career solos with 33 and her three total blocks gave her 209 for her career and moved her to 18th on the OSU career blocks list. Gordon, who has registered double-figure kills in her last 98 matches, earns her fourth Player of the Week honor of the season and the 15th of her career.
GORDON HONORED AS THE BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Nov. 15)
Stacey Gordon (Sr., Oshawa, Ontario) earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors after helping No. 8 Ohio State to a pair of home wins over the weekend. The Buckeye senior registered a career-high 27 digs as well as 30 kills and a .414 hitting percentage against Northwestern on Friday. Her previous high was 23 digs, recorded at Purdue in 2003. In game two, she hit .636 with 7 kills in 11 attempts and did not tally one error. In game three, she posted double-figure digs (10) and then responded in game four with a .688 clip and an errorless 11 kills on 16 attempts. Gordon nearly posted a double-double against Wisconsin as she finished with 19 kills and 9 digs, while hitting .375 against the Badgers. With 30 kills against Northwestern and 19 versus Wisconsin, Gordon extended her consecutive double-figure kill streak to 102 matches. On the weekend, she averaged 7.0 kills and 5.14 digs per game in the two matches while hitting .398. This is Gordon’s fifth Player of the Week honor of the season and the 16th of her career.
19-0 RECORD IS BEST-EVER STARTFOR THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State’s 19-0 start this season ranks as the best-ever start in the history of the program. The previous best start was in 2001 when the Buckeyes began the season with a 13-0 overall record. The 19-match winning streak stands as the third longest in the history of Ohio State volleyball. The Buckeyes two longest streaks came in 1991 with 27 wins and 1994 with 21 wins. Those streaks resulted in Big Ten championships and ended in losses at the NCAA National Semifinal.
OSU VICTORY OVER NO. 1 MINNESOTA, A FIRST FOR THE BUCKEYES
The Ohio State victory over No. 1 Minnesota on Oct. 1 was the first time that the Buckeyes had defeated a top-ranked team. OSU had lost to the No. 1 team eight times prior to the win over the Gophers. Those losses included UCLA in 1990, Stanford in 1993, Florida in 1996, Penn State in 1997 and 1998 and twice in 1999 and Nebraska in 2000.
GORDON APPEARS IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED ‘FACES IN THE CROWD’
Ohio State’s Stacey Gordon was featured in the ‘Faces In The Crowd’ page in Sports Illustrated at the beginning of October.
GORDON MONITORS SPORTS ILLUSTRATED ON CAMPUS POP QUIZ
Stacey Gordon made her second appearance in a Sports Illustrated publication when SI took a photo of her for a feature pop quiz in their On Campus magazine for Oct. 21.
BUCKEYES OPEN SEASON WITH THREE FRESHMEN IN THE STARTING LINEUP
Ohio State opened up the 2004 season with a starting lineup of three freshmen (Nicole Britenriker (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio), Danielle Meyer, Ami Stevens), two sophomores (Briana McCarthy and Marisa Main) and a senior (Stacey Gordon). This marks the second time in six years that the Buckeyes had three freshmen in the starting lineup. In 1992, Suzie Stiling, Sue Calligaris and Shelly Dreager started in the opening match of the season. The 2004 lineup is the second youngest lineup for OSU. The youngest lineup came in 1992 when four sophomores (Laura Davis, Sara Daniel, Carrie Leonard and Gabriele Jobst) and two freshmen (Ashley Mullis, Kristine Jensen) started the season.
STEVENS IS GOLDEN FROM USA JUNIOR NATIONAL PLAY
Outside hitter Ami Stevens, prior to preseason practice, was a member of the USA Junior National Team that won gold at the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) Junior Continental Championships played recently in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A two-time all-state selection, her high school squad won the 2003 state championship, finished runner-up in 2000 and 2001 and reached the state semifinals in 2002.
OSU SETS MATCH RECORD BY HITTING .595 AGAINST YOUNGSTOWN STATE
Ohio State, with a .595 hitting percentage against Youngstown State, broke the previous Ohio State match record. The previous mark was .531 set against Northern Illinois in 1994. OSU had 62 kills in 98 attempts with 10 errors. Against Youngstown State, the Buckeyes had 59 kills in 84 attempts with nine errors. OSU started the match against YSU by hitting .909 in game one on 20 kills in 22 attempts with no errors.
GORDON HITS .857 AGAINST YOUNGSTOWN STATE, RANKS SECOND ALL-TIME
After being named the Big Ten and American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Week, Stacey Gordon continued to impress as she hit .857 against Youngstown State for the second best match hitting percentage in Ohio State history. She had 13 kills in 14 attempts with one error. That mark ranks behind Jenny Jackson’s (1992-95) .900 (9-0-10) set at Cincinnati in 1992.
GORDON SETS OHIO STATE MATCH RECORD FOR ACES
With eight ace serves in OSU’s 3-0 win at Temple, Stacey Gordon set an Ohio State match record. Gordon and six others previously held the record at seven aces. They include Gordon (at Minnesota, 2001); Shelly Draeger (Purdue, 2001); Shelly Draeger (Tennessee Tech, 2001); Anne Botica (Illinois State, 2000); Jenny Jackson (Indiana, 1992); Erika Schlitz (vs. Colorado State at Texas A&M, 1988 and Lisa Bettio (Bowling Green, 1983).
GORDON SELECTED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
By a vote of the conference coaches, Stacey Gordon was a unanimous selection to the 2004 Preseason All-Big Ten Team for the third consecutive season. Gordon, a three-time Big Ten all-conference selection was on of three student-athletes that were a unanimous choice by the conference coaches. The others were Kim Schram of Michigan State and Sam Tortorello of Penn State.
BUCKEYES PICKED SIXTH IN THE BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL.
In the 2004 coach’s preseason poll, Ohio State was picked to finish in a tie for sixth with Michigan by the Big Ten coaches. Minnesota was tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the conference. Penn State was picked for second with Wisconsin third.
VANESSA WOUTERS IS INDUCTED INTO OSU ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME
Outside hitter Vanessa Wouters was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall Of Fame, Friday, Sept. 10. Wouters played two years (1996-97) for the Buckeyes. A first-team All-American as a junior, Wouters also was the Big Ten Player of the Year and the Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year. For her career at Ohio State, she averaged 5.75 kills and 2.45 digs per game. She holds the Ohio State match record for kills (45) and points (50) and the Buckeye season record for kills (765) and points (867.5). Previous women’s volleyball players in the Hall of Fame include Karen Alsbrook (1977-79), Lisa Bettio (1982-85), Laura Davis (1991-94), Holly O’Leary (1987-90), Mary Ormsby (1977-80) and Leisa Wissler (1988-91).