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Oct. 27, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State Women’s Volleyball gets not one, but two, chances to knock off the defending national champion Nittany Lions of Penn State this week. A home-and-home awaits as the Buckeyes travel to Happy Valley for Tuesday night’s 8 p.m. match broadcast nationally on the Big Ten Network before returning to St. John Arena to host Penn State Friday night in a 7 p.m. showdown.

WEEKLY BASICS
Tuesday, Oct. 28 – 8 p.m. ET – University Park, Pa.
#17 Ohio State (16-6, 7-3) at #6 Penn State (20-3, 8-2)
Television: Big Ten Network – Mike Wolf (play by play) and Liz Tortorello-Nelson (analyst)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Video: BTN2Go

Friday, Oct. 31 – 7 p.m. ET – Columbus, Ohio
#17 Ohio State vs. #6 Penn State
Tickets
Live Stats: GameTracker
Video ($): BTN Plus

MOVING ON UP
The Buckeyes have ascended to a season-high No. 17 ranking in this week’s Top-25 Coaches Poll. The climb has been powerd by a 7-1 mark in the last eight games which includes 3-1 vs. fellow Top-25 squads and three of four victories coming on the road. The computers have risen the Buckeye position as well, slotting OSU 20th in the national RPI rankings.

WINNER ON CUSP OF CENTURY MARK
The next time senior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner steps between the lines it will mark the 100th match of her collegiate career. She donned the libero jersey for the first weekend of Big Ten season and responded a big way, picking up 18 digs in a three-set contest at Wisconsin (Sept. 28). She has since started five matches at defensive specialist.

SETTING UP THE BUCKEYES FOR SUCCESS
Senior setter Taylor Sherwin became just the seventh player in school history to record 3,000 career assists, surpassing the milestone on Oct. 18 at Purdue. The Orlando, Fla., native has accumulated 3,078 assists entering Tuesday night’s contest at Penn State.

WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Ohio State improved to 7-0 this season inside St. John Arena following wins over Michigan State and Michigan last weekend. The Buckeyes also picked up a pair of top-25 wins over #15 Illinois and #24 Northwestern threee weeks ago. The Buckeyes defended their home turf admirably Sept. 5-7 as well, laying claim to the 9th Annual Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic trophy. The Buckeyes defeated Auburn, Florida Gulf Coast and Southern Illinois to take ownership of the hardware. Luisa Schirmer was voted the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player while Elizabeth Campbell and Taylor Sandbothe joined her on the all-tournament team.

Amidst the 29th season calling St. Johna Arena `home,’ the Buckeyes are 294-127 (.698) all-time in the facility.

BALANCED ATTACK IN THE BIG TEN
Hafway through the conference schedule, three different Buckeyes can be found in the Big Ten’s top-15 for kills per set. Erin Sekinger, Elizabeth Campbell and Katie Mitchell are each putting away an average of three or more kills per set. Taylor Sherwin was distrbuted the ball to the OSU three-headed monster to the tune of 10.66 assists/set, good for fourth in the conference.

THE BIG TEN GAUNTLET
Six Big Ten progams are ranked in this week’s AVCA Division I Coaches Poll, including No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 6 Penn State, No. 10 Illinois, No. 13 Purdue, No.14 Nebraska, and No. 17 Ohio State. In addition, Minnesota is receiving votes.