Dec. 1, 2004
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State (27-3) women’s volleyball team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship and was seeded fifth in the bracket. The Buckeyes will host Dayton (23-8) at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3. The other first round match will have Ohio (28-2) facing Pittsburgh (21-10) at 5 p.m. The Friday winners return Saturday at 7 p. m. to play for a spot in the Minneapolis regional, Dec. 10-11. The Buckeyes closed out the regular season with 3-0 wins at Michigan and Michigan State to finish in a tie for second in the Conference.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Jim Stone. Ohio State is 27-3 on the season and 17-3 in the Big Ten. OSU is finished tied for second place in the Big Ten Conference with Minnesota one match behind Penn State. The Buckeyes are ranked seventh in the latest USA TODAY/CSTV Coaches Poll.
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 721 for a 7.00 per game average. She is also the team leader in aces with 34 (.33 per game), in digs with 376 (3.65) and is hitting a team-high .362. All-Big Ten setter Marisa Main (So., Louisville, Ky.) leads the team in assists 1,535 (14.76 per game). Rebecca Kastein (Jr., Mt. Lebanon, Pa.) ranks second in digs with 305 (3.11) with All-Big Ten Freshman Team selection Ami Stevens (Fr., Centerburg, Ohio) third with 2300 (2.88). At the net, Danielle Meyer (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) has a team-high 110 blocks with seven solos and 103 assists for a 1.07 per game average. Meyer is second in kills with 306 for a 2.97 per game average. Briana McCarthy (So., Beaver Dam, Wis.) ranks second in blocks with 89 (11-78) averaging .86. Maya Mapp (Sr., Washington, D.C.) is third in blocks with 83 (11-72) for a .86 average. Ohio State is hitting .313 on the season and is averaging 18.33 kills per game. The Buckeyes average 1.52 aces, 15.83 digs and 2.42 blocks per game. OSU opponents are hitting .201 and average 13.62 kills per game. Opponents are averaging .88 aces, 12.87 digs and 2.14 blocks per game.
A LOOK AT DAYTON
The Flyers are coached by Tim Horsmon. Dayton is 23-8 overall and finished 12-2 in the Atlantic 10. The Flyers won the regular season A-10 title and won the A-10 Championship for the second straight season to secure an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. They defeated Xavier, 3-1 (30-20, 30-24, 22-30, 30-28) in the A-10 tournament Nov. 20 and then lost 3-0 at Cincinnati (30-24, 30-26, 30-23) Nov. 27.
DAYTON BY THE NUMBERS
A-10 Player of the Year Christy Utnage leads the Flyers with a team-high 480 kills (4.49 per game). Faye Barhorst, an A-10 All-Conference selection, is second with 470 kills (4.48). Setter Nicole Schott has 1,199 assists for an 11.10 per game average. Utnage leads the team in ace serves with 32 (.30) with A-10 All-Rookie team member Robynne Green second with 28 (.27). Defensively, Adrienne Green has a team-high 428 digs (4.32) with Utnage second with 362 (3.38). At the net, Barhorst leads the team in blocks with 156 with 46 solos and 110 assists for a 1.49 per game average. Robynne Green is second with 81 (11-70) and a .79 per game average. Dayton is hitting .228 and is averaging 15.33 kills per game. The Flyers average 1.57 aces, 17.44 digs and 2.79 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .156 and average 14.07 kills per game. They average 1.44 aces, 17.72 digs and 1.85 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE – DAYTON SERIES
Ohio State tied the series with Dayton at nine wins each with OSU’s 3-0 (30-17, 30-16, 3-15) win in Columbus earlier this season. In Columbus, Ohio State is 5-3 against the Flyers, winning the last three contests in St. John Arena.
A LOOK AT OHIO
The Bobcats are coached by Geoff Carlston, the MAC Coach of the Year. Ohio was 28-2 in the regular season and 16-0 in the Mid-American Conference. After winning the regular season championship the Bobcats won the MAC Tournament Championship 3-0 (30-23, 35-33, 30-22) over Marshall. They closed out the regular season with a 3-1 (22-30, 30-19, 30-27, 30-12) win at Cincinnati for Ohio’s 22nd consecutive win. The Bobcats are ranked 25th in the latest USA TODAY/CSTV Coaches Poll.
OHIO BY THE NUMBERS
Julia Winkfield, a first-team MAC All-conference selection, has a team-high 335 kills for a 3.49 per game average. Honorable mention All-MAC selection Melissa Griffin ranks second with 278 (2.90). Briana Adamovsky, the MAC Player of the Year, has 1,340 assists for a 13.96 per game average. Adamovsky and Stephanie Blackburn, a second team All-MAC selection share team-high honors with 32 aces each (.33 per game). Defensively, Michaele Blackburn leads the team with 448 digs for a 4.67 per game average. At the net, second team All-MAC selection Ashley Elliott has a team-high 146 blocks with 22 solos and 124 assists and averages 1.52 per game. Griffin is second with 111 blocks (19-92) and a 1.16 per game average. Ohio is hitting .292 and averages 17.15 kills per game. The Bobcats average 1.56 aces, 15.69 digs and 2.98 blocks per game. Ohio opponents are hitting .125 and average 12.32 kills per game. They average .94 aces, 12.83 digs and 2.16 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE – OHIO SERIES
Ohio State has won all 13 matches with Ohio. The Buckeyes are 7-0 at home. The teams last meet in the 2001 Buckeye Invitational with OSU winning, 3-1 (28-30, 30-13, 30-19, 30-24).
A LOOK AT PITTSBURGH
The Panthers are coached by Chris Beerman. Pittsburgh finished the regular season with a 21-10 overall record and was 8-2 in the Big East, finishing tied for second in conference play. The Panthers lost 3-0 (30-23, 30-26, 30-26) to Notre Dame in the Big East Tournament Championship a week ago. Last weekend in Louisville, Pittsburgh lost 3-0 (30-23, 30-25, 30-25) to Tennessee and 3-0 (30-22, 30-24, 30-25) to Louisville to enter NCAA play with a three-match losing streak.
PITTSBURGH BY THE NUMBERS
Leading the team in kills is first-team All-Big East selection Gini Ullery with 542 for a 4.97 kills per game average. Diana Andreyko, the Big East Freshman of the Year, is second with 405 (3.72) with Big East Player of the Year Megan Miller third with 398 (4.52). At setter, Azadeh Boroumand has 1,321 assists for a 12.83 per game average. Andreyko leads the team in aces with 29 (.27). Honorable mention All-Big East Megan McGrane has a team-high 703 digs, averaging 6.33 per game. At the net, Jessica McDonald leads the team in blocks with 79 on 11 solos and 68 assists for a .96 per game average. Miller is second with 77 blocks (26-51) for a .88 per game average. Pittsburgh is hitting .231 and averages 16.59 kills per game. The Panthers average .87 aces, 17.93 digs and 2.24 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .203 and average 14.79 kills per game. They average 1.05 aces, 16.32 digs and 2.50 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE – PITTSBURGH STATE SERIES
Ohio State has a 12-8 lead in the series with Pittsburgh. The Buckeyes are 8-3 in matches played in Columbus, including wins in the last two in St. John Arena. The squads last played in 1999, a 3-0 (15-0, 15-5, 15-10) on-court Buckeye win that was later forfeited. Ohio State and Pittsburgh have played twice in the NCAA Championship, with both matches in St. John Arena. Pittsburgh defeated Ohio State, 3-1 (15-12, 15-13, 9-15, 15-13) in 1990 with Ohio State winning, 3-1 (15-9, 17-15, 9-15, 15-7) in 1991.
OHIO STATE IN THE NCAA
Ohio State is making its 13th appearance in the NCAA Championship. The Buckeyes have advanced to regional play nine times. In 1991 and 1994 Ohio State advanced to the National Championship Semifinals. In NCAA matches, Ohio State is 17-12. OSU’s last appearance in the championship was in 2002 when they advanced to the Pacific regional before losing to Stanford.
REVIEWING THE MICHIGAN MATCH
Ohio State defeated Michigan, 3-0 (30-28, 30-24, 30-17) behind 19.5 points from Stacey Gordon, 12.5 from Ami Stevens and 10 from Danielle Meyer. Gordon collected a match-high 18 kills with an ace serve and an assist block. She added a team-high 13 digs. Stevens added 10 kills, two ace serves and an assist block while Meyer had eight kills, a solo and two assist blocks. Michigan’s Katie Bruzdzinski had a team-high 15.5 points for the Wolverines with 14 kills, an ace serve and an assist block. Erin Cobler contributed 11 points with 11 kills. Ohio State hit at match-high .333 to Michigan’s .205. OSU had a 55-47 advantage in kills and a six-to-one margin in ace serves. Michigan gave up five service errors to two for OSU. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 57-56 edge in digs with UM’s Stesha Selsky recording a match-high 21. At the net, OSU had a seven-to-six margin in team blocks. OSU’s Marisa Main and UM’s Lyndsay Miller each collected a match-high four assist blocks. Main recorded 46 assists for the Buckeyes to 35 for UM’s Lisa Gamalski.
REVIEWING THE MICHIGAN STATE MATCH
Ohio State closed out the regular season at 27-3 and 17-3 in the Big Ten with a 3-0 (30-24, 30-25, 30-20) win at Michigan State. Stacey Gordon had a team-high 16 points on 16 kills for Ohio State with Ami Stevens adding 14.5 points with 12 kills, one ace serve and three assist block. Danielle Meyer contributed 12.5 points with 11 kills, a solo and one assist block. Michigan’s Kim Schram scored a team-high 14.5 points with 13 kills, a solo and an assist block with Meghan Schoen and Brooke Langston adding 12 points each. Schoen had 10 kills and two ace serves with Langston adding eight kills, a solo and six assist blocks. Ohio State hit .352 in the match to .211 for the Spartans. The Buckeyes had a 59-45 advantage in kills while Michigan State had a five to three margin in ace serves. The Spartans gave up six service errors to four for the Buckeyes. Defensively, Ohio State had a 59-46 margin in digs with MSU’s Marley Bellwood recording a match-high 19 digs. OSU’s Gordon had a team-high 16 digs. At the net, Michigan State had a nine to five advantage in team blocks. MSU’s Langston had a match-high seven blocks with one solo and six assists. OSU’s Marisa Main collected 42 assists in the match adding nine kills and 10 digs. MSU’s Maggie Griffin contributed 39 assists.
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.
STEVENS POSTS DOUBLE-FIGURE KILLS UP NORTH
Ami Stevens, named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, had double-figure kills in both matches last weekend. She posted 10 kills, 12 digs, two ace serves and an assist block at Michigan and 12 kills, nine digs, three assist blocks and an ace serve at Michigan State. Stevens is third on the team in kills with 294, averaging 2.83 per game. She has had double-figure kills in her last six matches. Stevens is third in digs with 300 (2.88) and second in aces serves with 32 (.31). 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 110 this season. She has seven solos and 103 assists for a 1.07 blocks per game average. Last week Meyer had eight kills, three blocks (1-2) and a dig at Michigan and 11 kills, two blocks (1-1) and a dig at Michigan State. She ranks eighth in the conference 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 306 for a 2.97 kills per game average.
MAPP MAINTAINS HIGH HITTING PERCENTAGE
Maya Mapp hit a combined .478 last weekend. Against Michigan she had six kills while hitting .556 and adding four assist blocks. At Michigan State, Mapp had nine kills, hit .429 and added three assist blocks. In overall statistics, she is hitting .334 and ranks fifth in Big Ten statistics and averages 2.32 kills per game. Mapp ranks third on the squad in blocks with 83. She has 11 solos and 72 assists and averages .86 per game.
KASTEIN CONTINUES SOLID AT LIBERO
Rebecca Kastein has been solid at libero for the Buckeyes. Last weekend at Michigan she posted 11 digs and equaled her career high of three ace serves in the match. At Michigan State, Kastein had 13 assists against the Spartans. She has been the starting libero in 19 matches this season and has six starts at defensive specialist. On the season, she ranks second on the team in digs with 305, averaging 3.11 per game. She has had double-figure digs in 17 matches this season including the last seven.
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 five kills, three digs, three assist blocks and an assist at Michigan. McCarthy had two kills, four assists two aces, a dig and an assist block at Michigan State. She ranks second for Ohio State in total blocks with 89 with 11 solos and 78 assists and averages .86 per game. McCarthy has 141 kills (1.36 per game), 55 assists (.53), 25 aces (.24) and 57 digs (.55).
MAIN IMPACTS THE BUCKEYE SEASON
Marisa Main, named to the All-Big Ten team, has had a major impact on the Buckeyes this season. A transfer from Xavier, she leads the Big Ten Conference in assists with a 14.76 per game average and currently is ranked third in the country. She was the conference statistical champion with a 14.68 average. Main had 46 assists, six kills, 11 digs and an assist block against Michigan last week. At Michigan State she had 42 assists, nine kills and 10 digs against the Spartans. Main is hitting .382 for the Buckeyes and averages 1.35 kills per game. She has 235 digs on the season for a 2.26 per game average.
GORDON CONTINUES STRONG
Stacey Gordon continues to be the main weapon for Ohio State. The Big Ten Player of the Year, Gordon leads Ohio State in kills (721), hitting percentage (.362), aces (34) and digs (376). 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, Gordon had a match-high 18 kills (.302), 13 digs, one ace serve and one assist block at Michigan and closed the regular season with a match-high 16 kills (.282) and 16 digs at Michigan State. Her 7.00 kills per game average is the best in Division I.
GORDON LEADS NATIONAL STATISTICS IN KILLS PER GAME
The NCAA national statistics released this week had Stacey Gordon ranked first in the country in kills per game with a 7.00 average. Setter Marisa Main was ranked third in assists per game nationally with a 14.76 per game average. In team statistics, the Buckeyes were ranked second in kills per game at 18.33 and assists at 17.38 and third in hitting percentage, .313.
GORDON HOLDS OSU CAREER DIGS MARK WITH 1,504
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 1,504 career digs and is the Ohio Sate career leader in digs per game at 3.41.
GORDON THE ALL-TIME BIG TEN CAREER KILLS LEADER WITH 2,677
With 31 kills against Michigan, Stacey Gordon became the all-time Big Ten leader in career kills and currently has 2,677. 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’S CAREER RANKINGS AT OHIO STATE 1. Kills, 2,677 1. Digs, 1,504 1. Kills Per Game, 6.07 1. Digs Per Game, 3.41 1. Attack Attempts, 5,796 15. Solo Blocks, 35 5. Attack Percentage, .299 17. Assist Blocks, 189 4. Ace Serves, 158 16. Total Blocks, 224 7. Aces Per Game, .36 1. Points, 2,964.5 1. Points Per Game, 6.72
GORDON NOW FIFTH IN NCAA CAREER KILLS
Stacey Gordon, with her 16 kills against Michigan State, has moved to fifth on the Division I career kills list with 2,677. She passed Priscilla Pacheco of Georgia (1991-94) who has 2,675. She needs 53 kills to pass No. 4 Michelle Collier (1998-2002) of South Florida who has 2,729. Gordon’s career kills per game average of 6.07 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 106 MATCHES
Stacey Gordon, with 18 kills at Michigan and 16 against Michigan State, has extended her streak of double-figure kill matches to 106. She has had 20 or more kills in 18 of her last 21 matches and 75 in her career. Gordon has had double-figure kills in 119 of her 121 matches in her career.
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.
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 .362, fifth in aces per game (.33) and ninth in digs (3.65). Marisa Main tops the conference in assists per game (14.76). Maya Mapp (Sr., Washington, D.C.) ranks fifth in hitting percentage (.334) and Ami Stevens ranks sixth in aces (.31). In overall team statistics, Ohio State ranks first in hitting percentage (.313), kills (18.33) and assists (16.86). The Buckeyes are second in aces (1.52), sixth in blocking (2.42) and seventh in digs (15.83).
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 three Big Ten squads ranked in the top-25. Penn State is ranked third and Minnesota fourth. Wisconsin is 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 518-302. At Ohio State, Stone’s record is 468-260 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 START FOR 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).
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).