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Sept. 28, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 16th-ranked Ohio State (12-0 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team returns home to host No. 1 Minnesota (13-1, 2-0) and Iowa (9-4, 1-1). The Buckeyes will host the top-ranked Gophers at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1 and the Hawkeyes at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2. Both matches will be played in St. John Arena. Friday’s match will be delayed telecast by Fox Sports Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. ET. Dave Loane will call the action and OSU All-American Audrey DiPrionio (1988-90) will provide the color. Ohio State is coming off conference road wins at Wisconsin (3-1) and at Northwestern (3-0).

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Jim Stone. Ohio State is 12-0 on the season and 2-0 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes are ranked 16th in the latest USA TODAY/CSTV Coaches Poll. OSU won conference road matches last weekend at Wisconsin, 3-1 (30-20, 23-30, 30-18, 30-24) and at Northwestern, 3-0 (30-23, 30-17, 30-25).

OHIO STATE BY THE NUMBERS
For the season, Stacey Gordon (Sr., Oshawa, Ontario) leads the Buckeyes in kills with 271 for a 6.95 per game average. She is also the team leader in aces with 19 (.49 per game) and is hitting a team-high .426. Setter Marisa Main (So., Louisville, Ky.) leads the team in assists 590 (14.75 per game). Defensively, Gordon has a team-high 115 digs (2.95). Rebecca Kastein (Jr., Mt. Lebanon, Pa.) ranks second in digs with 112 (2.95). At the net, Danielle Meyer (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) has a team-high 44 blocks with a solo and 43 assists for a 1.10 per game average. Meyer is second in kills with 129 for a 3.22 per game average. Ohio State is hitting .339 on the season and is averaging 18.08 kills per game. The Buckeyes average 1.98 aces, 14.35 digs and 2.30 blocks per game. OSU opponents are hitting .175 and average 11.93 kills per game. Opponents are averaging .88 aces, 11.02 digs and 1.66 blocks per game.

A LOOK AT MINNESOTA
The Gophers are coached by Dr. Mike Herbert. Minnesota, the top-ranked team in the country, is 13-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten. The Gophers have won 12 straight matches including home conference wins last weekend over Michigan State, 3-0 (30-16, 30-18, 30-19) and Michigan, 3-0 (30-26, 30-17, 30-27)

MINNESOTA BY THE NUMBERS
Minnesota’s Erin Martin leads the team with 271 kills for a 5.21 per game average. Jessica Byrnes ranks second with 131 kills (2.52). Setter Lindsey Taatjes leads the team with 492 assists (9.46 per game) with Kelly Bowman recording 306 (5.88). Paula Gentil leads the team in aces with 23 (.44 per game) and has a team-high 339 digs (6.52 per game). Defensively, Meredith Nelson has a team-high 48 blocks with nine solos and 39 assists for a .92 per game average. Martin is second with 39 (16-23) for a .75 per game average. Minnesota is hitting .251 on the season and has a 17.50 kills per game average. The Gophers average 1.37 aces, 19.50 digs and 2.46 blocks per game. Minnesota opponents are hitting .141 and average 12.83 kills per game. Gopher opponents average .52 aces, 15.92 digs and 2.36 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – MINNESOTA SERIES
Ohio State has a 27-24 lead in the series with Minnesota. In Columbus, OSU has a 15-7 mark against the Gophers. Minnesota won both matches last season, winning 3-2 (20-30, 30-17, 29-31, 30-24, 15-9) in Columbus and 3-0 (30-28, 30-26, 30-27) in Minneapolis.

A LOOK AT IOWA
The Hawkeyes are coached by Cindy Fredrick. Iowa has a 9-4 overall record and is 1-1 in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes split home matches against Michigan and Michigan State last weekend. Iowa lost to Michigan, 0-3 (35-37, 14-30, 23-30) and defeated Michigan State, 3-1 (30-25, 28-30, 30-17, 30-20).

IOWA BY THE NUMBERS
Iowa’s Carolyn Giese leads the team in kills with 153 and has a 3.33 per game average. Stacy Vitali ranks second in kills with 136 and averages 3.49 kills per game. Justeen Patton started both matches last weekend and has a 7.52 assists (203) per game average on the season. Chelsey Garrett has 321 assists on the season for a 10.35 per game average. Pam Kavadas has a team-high 19 ace serves, averaging .41 per game. She has a team-high 253 digs for a team-leading 5.50 per game average. Defensively, Laura Simpson leads the team in blocks with 44 on four solos and 40 assists for a .96 per game average. Giese ranks second in blocks with 41 (4-37) for a .89 per game average. Iowa is hitting .191 on the season and is averaging 14.15 kills per game. The Hawkeyes average 1.41 aces, 17.39 digs and 2.01 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .162 and average 14.78 kills per game. Hawkeye opponents are hitting .162 and average 14.78 kills per game. Iowa opponents average 1.33 aces, 18.02 digs and 1.61 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – IOWA SERIES
Ohio State has a 39-8 series advantage over the Hawkeyes. The Buckeyes are 20-4 in matches played in Columbus. Ohio State has won the last six matches played in the series including 3-0 wins last season in Columbus (30-28, 30-23, 31-29) and Iowa City (31-29, 30-26, 30-26).

REVIEWING THE WISCONSIN MATCH
Ohio State stopped a 14-match Wisconsin winning streak over the Buckeyes with a 3-1 (30-20, 23-30, 30-18, 30-24) victory in Madison. It was OSU’s first win at Wisconsin since 1995. OSU’s Stacey Gordon had a match-high 28.5 points with Danielle Meyer adding 14.5 and Ami Stevens 14. Wisconsin’s Sheila Shaw had a team-high 21.5 points for the Badgers with Jill Odenthal adding 18. Ohio State hit .299 to Wisconsin’s .201. The Buckeyes had a 69-54 advantage in kills and a 6-2 margin in ace serves. The Badgers gave up 15 service errors to nine for OSU. Defensively, OSU had a 70-53 margin in digs and out blocked Wisconsin 15 to 10.5.

REVIEWING THE NORTHWESTERN MATCH
Ohio State out hit Northwestern .292 to .057 in defeating Northwestern, 3-0 (30-23, 30-17, 30-25). Stacey Gordon had a match-high 23 points with a team-high 20 kills, one ace serve and four assist blocks. She added 12 digs. Wildcat Courtnie Paulus had a team-high nine points with eight kills and a solo block. OSU limited Northwestern to -.012 in the final two games of the match. For the match, Ohio State hit .292 to the Wildcat’s .057. The Buckeyes had a 54-30 advantage in kills and a 4-1 margin in aces. Defensively, OSU had a 55-42 margin in digs and an 11 to six advantage in team blocks. OSU’s Danielle Meyer recorded a match/career high eight assist blocks in the match. Buckeye Marisa Main collected a match-high 43 assists with six digs and six kills.

OHIO STATE-INDIANA MATCH MOVED TO OCTOBER 31
Ohio State’s scheduled Oct. 30th match against Indiana has been moved to Sunday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. because of a possible facility conflict.

12-0 RECORD IS SECOND BEST START
Ohio State’s 12-0 start this season ranks as the second best start in the history of the program. In 2001 the Buckeyes began the season with a 13-0 overall record and were 5-0 in conference play before losing.

GORDON AND MAIN NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS LAST WEEK
The NCAA national statistics released last week had Stacey Gordon and Marisa Main leading the country statistically in kills and assists per game, respectively. Gordon was averaging 7.00 kills per game was ranked eighth nationally in hitting percentage at .447. Main had a 14.94 assists per game average. In national team statistics, Ohio State topped the country in kills per game (18.18), assists per game (16.85) and hitting percentage (.348).

GORDON FOURTH IN BIG TEN CAREER KILLS WITH 2,227
With 47 kills last weekend at Wisconsin (27) and at Northwestern (20), Stacey Gordon now has 2,227 career kills and is fourth in Big Ten career kills for the conference. Gordon needs 66 kills to move past No. 3 Jenna Wrobel (1995-98) of Michigan State who has 2,292. The Big Ten career kills leader is Nicole Branagh (1997-2000) of Minnesota with 2,379.

GORDON EXTENDS DOUBLE-FIGURE KILLS STREAK TO 88 MATCHES
Stacey Gordon, with 27 kills at Wisconsin and 20 at Northwestern, extended her streak of double-figure kill matches to 88. She has had 20 or more kills in her last four matches and 61 in her career. Gordon has had double-figure kills in 101 of her 103 matches in her career.

GORDON MOVES TO FOURTH IN OSU CAREER DIGS WITH 1,243
With a season-high 20 digs at Wisconsin and 12 at Northwestern, Stacey Gordon added 32 digs to her career total that now stands at 1,243. She has moved into fourth place passing Laura Davis (1991-94) who has 1,239. Gordon needs 39 digs to move past No. 3 Holly O’Leary (1987-90) into third place.

MAIN HITS A SEASON-HIGH .600 AGAINST WISCONSIN
Marisa Main, a transfer from Xavier, has started all 12 matches at setter for the Buckeyes and has OSU at 12-0 on the season. In the victory over Wisconsin, she hit a season-high .600 with six kills in 10 attempts with no errors. Main is leading the Big Ten with a 14.54 assist per game average and was ranked first the country last week (14.94) in NCAA statistics. An Atlantic-10 All-Conference selection as a freshman, Main is averaging 2.29 digs per game for OSU. She has twice had double-figure digs this season including a season-high 13 against Northeastern. Main has been an All-Tournament selection three times this season.

BRITENRIKER RETURNS TO ACTION
After missing nine matches this season, Nicole Britenriker (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) returned to action for the Buckeyes. She played in the opening match of the season but was unavailable until this past weekend. Britenriker played in one game against Wisconsin recording two digs. The next night at Northwestern, she played in all three games, starting game three. Britenriker had six kills while hitting .333 against the Wildcats, adding an assist and three assist blocks.

MAPP CONTRIBUTES TO WISCONSIN VICTORY
Maya Mapp (Sr., Washington, D.C.), a transfer from North Carolina State, had eight kills (.278), five total blocks (1-4) and a dig in OSU’s win at Wisconsin. She ranks four on the squad in kills with 89 and has a 2.34 kills per game average. She is third in blocks with 31 with five solos and 26 assists with a .82 blocks per game average.

MEYER HAS A BLOCK PARTY WEEKEND
Danielle Meyer had a major impact in OSU’s two wins last weekend with a total of 15 assist blocks in the matches. She had seven blocks against Wisconsin adding seven kills, a career-high four ace serves and three digs. At Northwestern, Meyer produced a career-high eight assist blocks in the three-game match, adding nine kills and a dig. For the weekend, she averaged 2.14 blocks per game while averaging 2.29 kills per game and hitting .273. Meyer had a 1.10 blocks per game average on the season with a solo and 43 assists. She ranks second on the team in kills with 129 and have a 3.22 per game average on the season.

STEVENS HAS CAREER-HIGH 12 KILLS AT WISCONSIN
Ami Stevens (Fr., Centerburg, Ohio) had career-highs of 12 kills, 14 digs and four assist blocks in the win at Wisconsin. Her previous highs were 11 kills and two assist blocks against Dayton and 11 digs against Northeastern and Montana State. Stevens had six kills, 10 digs and two assist blocks at Northwestern. On the season she ranks third in kills (91) and digs (107) averaging 2.28 kills and 2.67 digs per game.

McCARTHY GIVES OSU VERSATILITY ON THE COURT
The starting setter for 26 matches last season, Briana McCarthy (So., Beaver Dan, Wis.) as started all 12 matches this season at outside hitter. With the addition of transfer Marisa Main, McCarthy plays on the outside but gives the Buckeyes a second setter on the court. She equaled her career-high of nine kills at Wisconsin while hitting .339. She added five assist blocks, one dig and two assists against the Badgers. At Northwestern, McCarthy had five kills (.333) with a season-high five digs and added four assist blocks and an assist. On the season, she is averaging 1.40 kills, .65 digs and .80 blocks per game.

KASTEIN PLAYING THE LIBERO ROLE
The starting libero in the last nine matches, Rebecca Kastein is second on the team in digs with 112 and shares a team-high 2.95 digs per game average with Stacey Gordon. Last week she had 15 digs, two assists and an ace serve at Wisconsin and added 10 digs and an assist at Northwestern. On the season, Kastein has had double-figure digs in six matches with a career-high 18 against North Carolina.

DAHMS PLAYING A BACK COURT ROLE
Brittany Dahms (Fr., Byron, Ill.) has seen action in every match this season. Last weekend, playing as a back row specialist, she had a career-high 10 digs and an assist in the win at Wisconsin. She added six digs, an ace serve and an assist at Northwestern. Dahms has 60 digs on the season for a 1.67 per game average.

OHIO STATE IN THE CONFERENCE STATISTICS
In Big Ten Conference statistics for all matches, Stacey Gordon leads the league in hitting percentage (.426), kills per game (6.95) and aces per game (.49). Marisa Main tops the conference in assists per game (14.75). OSU has Maya Mapp third in hitting percentage (.371) and Danielle Meyer eighth (.350). In aces per game, Ami Stevens is ranked ninth (.38) while Meyer is seventh in blocks per game (1.10). In overall team statistics, Ohio State ranks first in hitting percentage (.339), kills (18.08) and assists (16.67). The Buckeyes are second in aces (1.98), sixth in blocking (2.30) and ninth in digs (14.35).

BUCKEYES NOW 16TH IN 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 moved Ohio State up four positions to 16th. The Buckeyes entered the poll two weeks ago ranked 25th and then moved to 20th last week. OSU is one of four Big Ten squads ranked in the top-25. Minnesota is ranked 1st, Penn State fourth and Illinois 19th while Michigan and Purdue are listed as receiving votes.

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 503-299. At Ohio State, Stone’s record is 453-257 and he is 248-148 in the Big Ten.

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.

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.

BUCKEYES SET OSU MATCH RECORD BY HITTING .595 AGAINST YSU
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, RANKING 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).

UP NEXT FOR OHIO STATE
Ohio State will face Indiana and Purdue in road matches this week. The Buckeyes will play at Indiana, Friday, Oct. 8 and at Purdue, Saturday, Oct. 9. Both matches are schedule to start at 7 p.m. local time.