Sept. 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13 Ohio State women’s volleyball team officially opens its home schedule this weekend, hosting the annual Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic, Sept. 13-14. The Buckeyes welcome IUPUI, Southeast Missouri and Xavier to St. John Arena for the two-day tournament.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Ohio State students are free with a valid Buck-ID. Tickets are available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and group tickets (10 or more) are also available starting at $2 when purchased in advance. For more information, contact Ohio State Tick Sales at 1-800-GOBUCKS or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The St. John Arena ticket office will be open for both matches Friday and one ticket is good for both matches. The ticket office will then be open at the start of the tournament Saturday morning and one ticket is needed per person for the entire day.
Ohio State’s match vs. IUPUI Friday will be streamed live on BTN.com. The broadcast is scheduled to re-air on BTN Monday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. ET. Ohio State’s matches on Saturday will be streamed live at OhioStateBuckeyes.com through Buckeye Vision. Subscriptions can be purchased by clicking HERE. Please note, fans’ Buckeye Vision subscription information also can be used to log on to the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN) for Ohio State content only.
Teams: No. 13 Ohio State, IUPUI, Xavier, Southeast Missouri
Friday, Sept. 13
Xavier vs. Southeast Missouri – 4 p.m.
Ohio State vs. IUPUI – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 14
IUPUI vs. Xavier – 10 a.m.
Ohio State vs. Southeast Missouri – 12:30 p.m.
Southeast Missouri vs. IUPUI – 4:30 p.m.
Ohio State vs. Xavier – 7 p.m.
LIVE STATS: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
LIVE VIDEO: BTN.com (Friday) / OhioStateBuckeyes.com (Sunday) – Ohio State matches only
SPORTS IMPORTS DC KOEHL CLASSIC
In its eighth year sponsored by Sports Imports, the tournament also honors longtime SID D.C. Koehl, who passed away in January 2012. Koehl was in his 39th year with the Department of Athletics and had been the athletics communications contact for the women’s volleyball team for 30 years before his passing.
SEMINOLE INVITATIONAL RECAP
The No. 13 Ohio State women’s volleyball team captured the Four Points by Sheraton Seminole Invitational title with three wins in Tallahassee, Fla., Sept. 6-7. The two-day tournament was hosted by Florida State and featured the Buckeyes, Western Kentucky, Florida State, Florida A&M and Florida Gulf Coast.
Ohio State opened Friday with a 3-2 (23-25, 27-25, 21-25, 25-20, 15-11) win over then-No. 16 Western Kentucky and followed with a 3-1 (27-29, 26-24, 25-14, 25-20) victory over then-No. 15 Florida State. The squad rounded out the weekend with a 3-0 (25-15, 28-26, 26-24) sweep of Florida Gulf Coast.
Senior Kaitlyn Leary was named the tournament’s most valuable player, racking up a team-best 69 kills for a 5.75 average. Freshmen duo of Taylor Sandbothe and Kylie Randall totaled 33 kills apiece, while junior Anna Faul totaled 13 (2s, 11a) blocks. Sophomore Andrea Kacsits chipped in with 12 blocks (2s, 10a) on the weekend. Senior Davionna DiSalvatore led the team with 35 digs and junior Taylor Sherwin had 147 assists. Sherwin and Sandbothe joined Leary on the all-tournament team.
BEST START IN SEVEN YEARS
Ohio State stands at 6-0 in the early season, earning its best start since the 2006 season that saw the Buckeyes reaching the NCAA regional semifinals. The start is also the best under six-year head coach Geoff Carlston.
After defeating a pair of Top 20 teams in Western Kentucky and Florida State on the same day last weekend, the squad jumped 10 spots in the AVCA poll and is currently ranked No. 13 overall. Ohio State was ranked as high as No. 14 in 2012, coming at the end of the season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary picked up a pair of accolades this week following her performances at the Seminole Invitational. The Parma, Ohio, product was not only named the Big Ten Player of the Week, but was also honored with the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week award. The national honor is the first for Leary and the eighth in program history.
Leary guided the Buckeyes to the Four Points by Sheraton Seminole Invitational title that included wins over Top 20 opponents on the same day. She finished the weekend with 69 kills over 12 sets played for a 5.75 average. For her efforts, Leary was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
In the team’s opening match Friday afternoon, Leary totaled her second double-double of the season with 20 kills and 10 digs against then-No. 16 Western Kentucky. She chipped in a career-best five block assists in the 3-2 win. Later that evening, Leary guided the Buckeyes to a 3-1 win over tournament host and then-No. 15 Florida State. She finished with a career-high 27 kills in the victory and added eight digs for the Buckeyes.
Leary closed out the tournament with 22 kills in Ohio State’s sweep of Florida Gulf Coast Saturday afternoon.
IN THE POLLS
With a pair of wins over Top 20 opponents on the same day, Ohio State jumped 10 spots to No. 13 in the latest AVCA Division I Coaches Poll. The Buckeyes are one of nine Big Ten schools ranked in the weekly poll – Penn State (3), Minnesota (4), Michigan (7), Nebraska (12), Ohio State (13), Illinois (14), Michigan State (15), Purdue (22) and Wisconsin (25).
The squad is also ranked No. 13 in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 poll this week.
Senior Kaitlyn Leary and junior Taylor Sherwin are among the nation’s best in their respectively positions. Leary, a 6-1 outside hitter, ranks second in the NCAA with a 5.52 kills average and is second overall with 138 kills on the season. Sherwin, a 6-0 setter, is sixth overall with a 12.20 assists average.
The IUPUI Jaguars are currently 4-4 on the season after finishing the Morehead State Tournament with a 2-1 mark. The Jaguars swept Montana State Friday, before dropping to Morehead State in five sets Saturday. The Jaguars then capped the tournament with a 3-0 win over St. Louis.
The Jaguars returned three seniors to the squad this year, including being outside hitter Moriah Fair. She currently leads the team in kills with 134 and a 4.06 average. Redshirt senior Kortni Wright and freshman Logan Walling have 20 blocks a piece.
The Buckeyes lead the series between the Jaguars, 1-0. Ohio State topped IUPUI last season at the WKU Invitational, 3-1 (25-9, 22-25, 26-24, 25-16).
SCOUTING SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
The Southeast Missouri Redhawks hold a 4-2 mark on the season, concluding the Kansas City Invitational with a 2-1 record last weekend. The Redhawks opened up the weekend with a 0-3 loss to Kansas State before back-to-back wins over Siena College and Southern Illinois.
The Redhawks returned four veteran seniors to the squad this year. Senior outside hitter Colleen Yarber leads the team in kills with 35, while classmate libero Berkley Idel leads in digs with 58. Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Masterson has a team-best 17 (6s, 11a) blocks.
The Buckeyes lead the series between the Redhawks, 1-0, with their first meeting in 2007 at the Active Ankle Challenge in Muncie, Ind. The Buckeyes topped SEMO in three sets (30-24, 30-22, 30-17).
The Xavier Musketeers are 5-2 on the season after concluding the Duquesne/Robert Morris Invitational with a 2-1 record and a three-set sweep of Miami (OH). The Musketeers topped Robert Morris and Central Michigan before dropping to Duquesne in five sets at the invitational.
Freshman Abbey Bessler has a team-best 79 kills on the year, while senior Sarah Brown has 70 for the Muskateers. Redshirt sophomore Lauren Metzger leads the team in digs with 88, while redshirt junior Alex Blair leads in blocks with 22 (2s, 20a).
Ohio State leads the series between the Musketeers with a 6-1 record. The last meeting between the two squads came in 2009 where the Buckeyes recorded a 3-0 sweep (27-25, 25-18, 25-6).
CAREER MILESTONES REACHED
While the No. 23 Ohio State women’s volleyball team was busy capturing the NIU Invitational title last weekend, two members of the program reached milestones in their careers Saturday. Head coach Geoff Carlston earned his 300th career win, while senior libero Davionna DiSalvatore recorded her 1000th dig.
Carlston joined the Buckeyes in spring 2008 and came to Columbus with a 193-64 overall mark following five seasons with Ohio University and three at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn. Now in his sixth season with Ohio State and 13th overall, Carlston picked up his 300th in the team’s 3-2 victory over Green Bay, Aug. 31. The Plymouth, Minn., native has a career record of 301-132 for a .695 winning percentage.
DiSalvatore entered her senior season ranked 15th at Ohio State with 961 career digs. She became the 15th player in program history to reach the 1000-dig mark in the team’s 3-2 win over Northern Illinois Saturday evening en route to a 29-dig performance for the Buckeyes.
The Palm Harbor, Fla., product had a breakout season in 2012, guiding the Buckeye defense all year. She led the squad with 512 digs on the year for a 4.00 average. Her season total ranked second overall in Ohio State history. DiSalvatore enters the upcoming weekend ranked tied for 14th with 1,023 career digs.
Senior Kaitlyn Leary spent a portion of her summer with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Senior A2 program in Dallas, June 25-July 3. Alongside 47 other student-athletes from around the country, Leary trained for six days before competing against other A2 program teams and the top four Premier Volleyball League (PVL) teams in a tournament.
The U.S. Senior A2 contingent was divided into four equal teams before entering pool play. After being chosen to rep Team White, Leary found herself in position to compete with some familiar faces; most notably former Minnesota head coach Mike Hebert. A total of five Big Ten players were selected to play for Hebert.
Putting Big Ten rivalries aside, Leary and her teammates from Team White advanced to the championship match of the WNTA2 Tournament to take on Team Gold. Played at the Dallas Convention Center, Team White took down Team Gold 24-26, 25-12, 25-23, 25-21. In the match, Leary contributed seven points on seven kills.
The Buckeyes close out their tournament schedule at the Blue and White Classic in Buffalo, N.Y., Sept. 20-21. Ohio State will face Maryland Eastern Shore, Valparaiso and host Buffalo in the two-day tournament.