Oct. 4, 2005
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 18th-ranked Ohio State (9-4 overall, 2-2 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team takes to the road this week as they face No. 8 Wisconsin (12-1, 4-0) and Northwestern (10-4, 1-3). The Buckeyes will face eighth-ranked Wisconsin Friday in Madison and play at Northwestern Saturday in Evanston. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. local time. Last week Ohio State lost at home to No. 4 Penn State, 0-3 (18-30, 24-30, 24-30) and defeated Indiana, 3-0 (30-26, 30-20, 30-22).
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Jim Stone, the 2004 Big Ten and the American Volleyball Coaches Association Mideast Region Coach of the Year. Ohio State is 9-4 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes lost, 0-3, to No. 4 Penn State and defeated Indiana, 3-0, in home matches last weekend. Danielle Meyer (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) leads the Buckeyes in kills per game with a 5.18 per game average. Ami Stevens (So., Centerburg, Ohio) ranks second at 3.67. Setter Marisa Main (Jr., Louisville, Ky.) is the top percentage hitter at .373 with Meyer second at .314. Main has a 12.39 assist per game average. Ashley Kiel (Jr., Allenton, Wis.) has a team-high 19 ace serves (.39 per game) with Meyer second with 15 (.31). Defensively, Stevens has a team-high 3.22 digs per game average with Meyer second at 2.43. At the net, Meyer is averaging a team-leading .82 blocks per game with six solos and 34 assists. Nicole Britenriker (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) ranks second in blocking with a .67 average on four solos and 29 assists. The Buckeyes are averaging 16.84 kills and 15.16 assists and are hitting .251. OSU averages 1.55 aces, 14.94 digs and 1.76 blocks per game. Opponents average 13.43 kills and 11.71 assists and are hitting .214. They average .98 aces, 13.18 digs and 2.60 blocks per game.
A LOOK AT WISCONSIN
The eighth-ranked Badgers are coached by Pete Waite. Wisconsin is 12-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten. The Badgers have won eight straight matches including all five at home. Leading Wisconsin in kills is Audra Jeffers with a 3.51 per game average. Maria Carlini ranks second at 3.12. Taylor Reineke and Sheila Shaw are hitting a team-high .377 percentage. Setter Jackie Simpson has a 12.03 assist per game average. Shaw has a team-high 18 aces serves (.42 per game) with Carlini second with 15 (.35). Defensively, Jocelyn Wack has a team-high 4.93 digs per game average for the Badgers with Carlini second at 2.98. At the net, Shaw leads the team in blocks per game with a 1.63 average on 12 solos and 58 assist blocks. Ranking second in Reineke at 1.53 with five solos and 61 assists. Wisconsin averages 16.35 kills and 15.07 assists per game and is hitting .269. The Badgers average 1.70 aces, 16.63 digs and 3.45 blocks per game. Opponents average 13.05 kills and 11.91 assists while hitting .119. Wisconsin opponents average 1.19 aces, 15.21 digs and 2.20 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE-WISCONSIN SERIES
Ohio State has a 27-23 lead in the series with Wisconsin. In Madison, each team has won 12 matches. The Buckeyes won both matches last season, winning 3-1 (30-20, 23-30, 30-18, 30-24) at Wisconsin and 3-0 (30-18, 32-30, 30-23) in Columbus.
THE LAST TIME AGAINST WISCONSIN
(Nov. 13, 2004) Ohio State defeated Wisconsin, 3-0 (30-18, 32-30, 30-23) in St. John Arena. Buckeye Stacey Gordon had a match-high 19.5 points with 19 kills (.375) and an assist block. Ami Stevens added 15.5 points with 12 kills, two ace serves and three assist blocks. Also with double-figure points for OSU were Danielle Meyer and Maya Mapp with 11.5 each. Meyer had eight kills (.353), an ace serve and five assist blocks while Mapp had nine kills (.750), a solo block and three assists. Wisconsin’s Aubrey Meierotto scored a team-high 13 points with Sheila Shaw adding 11. Meierotto had 13 kills with Shaw scoring 10 kills and an ace serve. For the match, OSU hit .351 to Wisconsin’s .175. The Buckeyes had a 53-42 advantage in kills and a six-three margin in ace serves. The Badgers gave up nine service errors to six for OSU. Defensively, OSU had a 48-29 advantage in digs. At the net, the Buckeyes enjoyed a 9.5 to six margin in team blocks. Buckeye setter Marisa Main had 44 assists in the contest to 35 for Wisconsin’s Jackie Simpson.
A LOOK AT NORTHWESTERN
The Wildcats are coached by Keylor Chan. Northwestern has a 10-4 overall record and is 1-3 prior to hosting Penn State Friday. After a 9-1 start this season, the Wildcats have lost three of four matches in conference play. Lindsay Anderson leads the team in kills per game with a 3.82 average. Ranking second is Julie Purcell at 2.98. The top percentage hitting on the squad is Brittney Aldridge at .360 with Cassie McLaughlin second at .323. Running a two-setter offense, Lauren Greenwood is averaging 7.53 assists per game with Stephanie Jurivich at 5.56. Anderson leads the team in ace serves with 23 (.61 per game) with Courtnie Paulus second with 16 (.36). Defensively, Christie Gardner has a team-high 4.64 digs per game average with Anderson second at 2.87. At the net, Aldridge is the top blocker on the squad with a 1.05 per game average on six solos and 40 assist blocks. Paulus ranks second at .76 with nine solos and 25 assist blocks. Northwestern is averaging 15.76 kills and 14.24 assists per game while hitting .247. The Wildcats average 1.73 aces, 15.11 digs and 2.33 blocks per game. Opponents average 13.42 kills and 11.80 digs per game while hitting .179. Wildcat opponents average 1.36 aces, 12.58 digs and 1.86 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE-NORTHWESTERN SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Northwestern, 38-15. In matches played in Evanston, Ohio State is 14-8. The Buckeyes won both contests last season, winning 3-0 (30-23, 30-17, 30-25) in Evanston and 3-1 (30-32, 30-20, 30-20, 30-11) in Columbus.
THE LAST TIME AGAINST NORTHWESTERN
(Nov. 12, 2004) Ohio State remained in a tie for first place in the Big Ten with a 3-1 (30-32, 30-20, 30-20, 30-11) victory over Northwestern Friday night in St. John Arena. OSU’s Stacey Gordon scored a match-high 30.5 points with 30 kills (.414) and an assist block and added a career-high 27 digs. Maya Mapp had 18.5 points with a season-high 15 kills (.455). Ami Stevens had 18 points with Briana McCarthy adding 14.5. NU’s Lindsay Anderson had a team-high 13 points and Stephanie Jurivich added 11.5. For the match, Ohio State hit .360 to .126 for Northwestern. The Wildcats hit .378 in game one but hit .026 in the final three games. The Buckeyes had an 82-42 margin in kills and enjoyed an 8-5 advantage in ace serves. Defensively, OSU had an 80-49 margin in digs. At the net, OSU had a 15.5 to six advantage in team blocks. Buckeye setter Marisa Main recorded a career-high 67 assists in the match while NU’s Drew Robertson had 31.
LAST WEEK AGAINST PENN STATE
No. 18th Ohio State women’s volleyball team fell to fourth-ranked Penn State, 3-0 (30-18, 30-24, 30-24) Wednesday night in front of 1,038 fans in St. John Arena. Penn State had five student-athletes record double-figure points with Christa Harmotto recording a match-high 13 for the Nittany Lions with nine kills (.286), two solo and four assist blocks. OSU’s Ami Stevens scored a team-high 9.5 points for the Buckeyes with eight kills, an ace serve and an assist block.
From a nine-all tie in game one, a Kate Price kill and a Harmotto solo block put Penn State ahead 11-9. At 16-14, the Nittany Lions out scored OSU eight-to-one to open a 24-15 lead. The run included four kills from Cassy Salyer, with single kills from Melissa Walbridge and Nicole Fawcett. Penn State held the lead and closed out the game at 30-18 with a Kaleena Walters ace serve. The Nittany Lions hit .244 for the game to .125 for OSU.
Penn State held a 3-1 lead in game two before kills from Stevens and Ashley Kiel and two Nittany Lion errors gave the Buckeyes a 5-3 lead. Penn State, with two kills from Fawcett, a Walbridge-Sam Tortorello block and two OSU errors, regained the lead at 8-5. The Nittany Lions built an eight-point lead at 21-13 and with a Fawcett kill and a Harmotto solo block won the game, 30-24. Penn State hit .485 for the game to .343 for OSU.
Tied at eight in game three, a Buckeye block by Stevens and Marisa Main put OSU ahead, 9-8. Penn State responded with six consecutive points including kills from Walbridge and Salyer, a Walbridge-Salyer block and three OSU errors to take a 14-9 lead. OSU closed to within two at 16-14 but a four-point Penn State run opened a 20-14 Nittany Lion lead. The Nittany Lions reached match point at 29-21 with a Harmotto kill. The Buckeyes stopped three match points with a block by Felicia Jones and Nicole Britenriker, a Britenriker ace serve and an Amanda Miller kill. An OSU service error ended the game at 30-24 for Penn State for a 3-0 Nittany Lion victory. Penn State hit .167 for the game to .093 for the Buckeyes.
For the match, Penn State hit .284 to OSU’s .186. The Nittany Lions had a 52-39 advantage in kills while OSU had a four to two edge in ace serves. The Buckeyes gave up 10 service errors to four for Penn State. Defensively, each squad recorded 37 digs with PSU’s Walters recording a match-high 16. At the net, the Nittany Lions had an 11.5 to five advantage in team blocks with Harmotto collecting a match-high six total blocks with two solos and four assists. PSU setter Tortorello posted 43 assists in the match while OSU’s Main had 33.
LAST WEEK AGAINST INDIANA
No. 18 Ohio State women’s volleyball team defeated Indiana, 3-0 (30-26, 30-20, 30-22) Friday night in front of 1,130 fans in St. John Arena. OSU’s Danielle Meyer scored a match-high 18.5 points with Ami Stevens and Nicole Britenriker adding 14.5 each. Meyer had a match-high 14 kills (.292), adding three ace serve, a solo block and an assist block. Stevens had 12 kills, an ace serve, a solo block and an assist block while Britenriker collected 13 kills (.435) and three assist blocks. IU’s Rachel Gerling had a team-high 13.5 points with Erica Short adding 11 and Mandy Eberle 10.5. Gerling had eight kills, an ace serve, a solo block and seven assist blocks in the match. Short had a team-high 11 kills and Eberle collected seven kills, a solo block and five assist blocks.
Tied at 13 in game one, two kills from Amanda Miller and a solo block by Stevens opened a 16-13 Buckeye lead. OSU expanded the lead to five at 24-19, but a four-point Hoosier run with kills from Lauren Ditteon, Gerling, and Eberle and a block by Eberle and Gerling cut the Ohio State lead to 24-23. At 27-26, Buckeyes, a kill by Stevens and a solo block from Ashley Kiel set game point at 29-26. A Meyer kill ended the game at 30-26. Ohio State hit .378 in the game to .267 for Indiana.
Ohio State broke a two-all tie in game two with six consecutive points to take an 8-2 lead. The run featured three kills from Meyer, two from Stevens and an Indiana error. At 16-10, a Hoosier error, two ace serves from Stevens and a Marisa Main kill took the lead to 10 at 20-10. At 22-13, kills from Stevens, Britenriker and Kiel and a Stevens ace pushed the lead to 26-13. At 29-18, a from kill Short and an Annie Moddrell-Gerling block cut the margin to 29-20 but an IU service error ended the game at 30-20. For the game, Ohio State hit .281 to .276 for Indiana.
Ohio State held a 5-3 lead in game three before a Moddrell kill and blocks from Eberle-Gerling and Eberle-Gabrielle Allison gave Indiana a 6-5 lead. Errors by both teams made it 8-7, IU. OSU tied the game at eight with a Meyer kill, took a 9-8 lead with a Main kill and opened an 11-8 margin with two ace serves from Brittany Dahms. With an 8-4 run, Ohio State took the lead to 19-12. At 21-14, OSU, a Buckeye error, an ace serve from Gerling and an Eberle-Allison block cut the lead to four at 21-17. At 23-19, a Miller kill and two Indiana errors made it 26-19. The Buckeyes reached match point at 29-22 with a Stevens kill and an IU error ended the game at 30-22 for a 3-0 Ohio State win in the match. The Buckeyes hit .053 for the game to -.081 for Indiana.
For the match, Ohio State hit .243 to .153 for Indiana. The Buckeyes had a 51-39 advantage in kills and a seven-to-two margin in ace serves with Meyer collecting a match-high three. The Hoosiers gave up eight service errors to four for OSU. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 40-31 advantage in digs with OSU’s Main and Meyer sharing match-high honors with eight each. At the net, Indiana had a 12 to 9.5 edge in team blocks with IU’s Gerling collecting a match-high eight total blocks on a solo and seven assists. Main recorded a match-high 40 assists at setter while Laura Holm had 33 for Indiana.
MEYER TOPS TEAM IN POINTS PER GAME AT 5.96
Danielle Meyer leads the Buckeyes in points per game with a 5.96 average. She has 254 kills (5.18), 12 ace serves, six solo blocks and 34 assist blocks for her points. Meyer has had double-figure kills in 11 of 13 matches this season including six with 22 or more kills. Her 40 total blocks leads the Buckeyes at .82 per game and he is second in aces with 15. In Big Ten Conference only statistics, Meyer is second in kills per game at 4.73 and 10th in hitting percentage at .309.
STEVENS LEADS BUCKEYES IN DIGS
Ami Stevens is averaging a team-high 3.22 digs per game with a team-high 129 digs. She has had double-figure digs in seven matches with a career-high 22 against Brigham Young. Stevens is second on the team in kills per game with a 3.67 average and is third in ace serves with 12. In the Big Ten, she ranks third in aces per game at .47.
MAIN DRIVES THE OFFENSE
Marisa Main runs the offense for the Buckeyes and is averaging 12.39 assists per game. Offensively, she has contributed 88 kills (1.80) and is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .373. Defensively, her 117 digs for a 2.39 per game average ranks third on the team. Main has had four matches with double-figure digs and two with double-figure kills and has produced a triple-double (14 kills, 54 assists and 14 digs) at Cleveland State this season. In Big Ten Conference statistics, Main ranks second in assists with a 13.60 per game average.
KIEL RECORDS THREE SOLO BLOCKS AGAINST PURDUE
Ashley Kiel posted a season-high three solo blocks in the 3-0 victory over Purdue last week. It equaled her season-high of three total blocks (1-2) set against Long Beach State. Kiel is fourth on the team in kills per game at 2.18 and has played in all 13 matches with 11 starts and a start at libero.
BRITENRIKER CONTINUES TO IMPROVE
Nicole Britenriker produced her fifth double-figure kills match against Indiana with 13 kills. She is averaging 2.49 kills per game on the season and has a 3.27 averaging in Big Ten play. Britenriker is hitting .224 for the season but is hitting .373 in league matches and ranks second in the Big Ten conference only statistics.
KASTEIN NOW 18TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER DIGS
Rebecca Kastein, with three digs against Indiana, has moved to 18th on the Ohio State career digs list with 902. She passed Shelly Draeger (1999-02) with 900. Kastein needs eight digs to pass No. 17 Margie Meyers (1984-87) with 909.
DAHMS SCORES TWO ACES AGAINST INDIANA
Brittany Dahms equaled her season-high of two ace serves against Indiana last weekend. She previously had posted two against Illinois. Dahms has started a libero in nine matches this season including the last four. She recorded four digs against Penn State and seven against Indiana. She is averaging 2.09 digs per game as one of five Buckeyes averaging two or more digs per game.
OHIO STATE IN THE BIG TEN CONFERENCE STATISTICS
Four Buckeyes are ranked in the conference only Big Ten statistics released by the Big Ten Conference. Danielle Meyer ranks second in kills per game with a 4.73 average. She is 10th in hitting percentage at .309. Nicole Britenriker, in hitting percentage, is ranked second at .373. Marisa Main ranks second in assists per game with a 13.60 average. In service aces per game, Ami Stevens ranks third at .47 per game. In team statistics, the Buckeyes rank first in kills (17.40) and aces (2.00) per game. OSU is second in hitting percentage at .265 and second in assists per game at 15.53. Ohio State is ninth (14.13) in digs and 11th (1.70) in blocks.
OSU REMAINS 18TH IN CSTV/AVCA COACHES POLL
The CSTV (College Sports Television/AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll released this week by the AVCA has Ohio State ranked 18th nationally for the second consecutive week. The Buckeyes received 484 votes. The Buckeyes had 470 points last week. OSU finished the 2004 season with a 30-4 overall record and was ranked sixth in the final 2004 poll. The Buckeyes are one of five Big Ten squads ranked in the top-22 of the poll. Others include Penn State at fourth, Wisconsin eighth, Minnesota ninth, and Purdue 22nd.
HEAD COACH Jim Stone
Jim Stone is in his 24th season at Ohio State. He has a 480-265 record with the Buckeyes and is 265-153 in Big Ten play. His squads have won Big Ten Championships in 1989, 1991 and 1994 and finished tied for second in 2004 being named the Big Ten Coach of the Year. He was the 1991 Volleyball Monthly National Coach of the Year and the Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1989, 1991, 1994 and 2004. Under Stone, Ohio State has participated in the NCAA championship in 13 of the last 16 years, advancing to the national semifinals in 1991 and 1994. Stone’s coaching career record includes three years at Wyoming (1979-1981). His 26-year career record is 530-307.
BUCKEYES HAVE FOUR TELEVISED MATCHES
Ohio State is scheduled to appear in four televised matches this season. The Buckeyes will appear twice in the eight regional broadcasts scheduled by Comcast SportsNet Chicago. OSU will host Purdue Friday, Sept. 23 in a match that will be delayed telecast Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. ET. Ohio State’s Friday, Oct. 21 match at Minnesota will be delayed telecast Saturday, Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m. ET. The Buckeyes have two additional televised matches this season. OSU will host Wisconsin Saturday, Oct. 29 in match with will be delayed telecast by ESPN2 Sunday, Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. ET and will play at Penn State, at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2 in a live CSTV (College Sports Television) broadcast.
MAIN AND STEVENS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
The Big Ten Conference announced that Ohio State setter Marisa Main (Jr., Louisville, Ky.) and outside hitter Ami Stevens (So., Centerburg, Ohio) have been named to the 2005 Preseason All-Big Ten Volleyball Team by a vote of the conference coaches. The Buckeyes were picked to finish fourth in the coaches’ preseason poll. Penn State was picked to finish first with Minnesota second and Wisconsin third.
JOBST AND DIPRONIO JOIN THE OSU ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME
Outside hitter Gabriele Jobst (1991-94) and setter Audrey DiPronio (1988-90) were inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall Of Fame, Friday, Sept. 16 and were honored at halftime of the Ohio State-San Diego State football game on Saturday, Sept. 17. 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) Vanessa Wouters (1996-97) and Leisa Wissler (1988-91).
STEVENS SPENDS THE SUMMER WITH US JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM
Outside hitter Ami Stevens was selected to the 12-player United State Junior National Team that traveled to Turkey to play in the FIVB Junior Women’s U-20 Volleyball World Championship, July 23-28. The squad finished 1-4 in pool play. She had been in training at the United States Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. since July 8. Stevens was also selected to the team in 2004.
MEET THE BUCKEYES
#1 Rebecca Kastein (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-8, Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) – 2005 played in 13 matches, starting five matches as a defensive specialist and three at libero – season-high 13 digs at Cleveland State 2004 started 22 matches at libero and three at defensive specialist in 2004 – averaged 3.27 digs per game with 18 matches with double-figure digs – career-high 29 digs at Minnesota in the NCAA Regional Championship match.
#2 Brittany Dahms (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-5, So., Bryon, Ill.) – 2005 played in 13 matches with one start at defensive specialist and seven at libero – season-high 25 digs at Cleveland State 2004 started seven matches at libero and three as a defensive specialist – averaged 2.23 digs per game with a career-high 19 against Michigan – double-figure digs in 10 matches.
#3 Anna Tengnas (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-5, Jr., Hyletbruk, Sweden) – 2005 has played in five matches 2004 played in 16 matches with three starts at libero – averaged 1.43 digs per game in 2004 with a season-high of nine against Dayton and North Carolina.
#4 Megan Blake (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-3, Jr., West Jefferson, Ohio) – 2005 played in one match 2004 did not play – named to the 2005 Buckeye Power Club for strength and conditioning.
#5 Nicole Britenriker (Middle blocker, 5-11, So., Cincinnati, Ohio) – 2005 played in 13 matches with nine starts – career-high 18 kills against Illinois – career-high .450 (13-4-20) hitting percentage – career-high seven digs against Chicago State and Bowling Green – season-high four assist blocks against Brigham Young 2004 played in 22 matches with one start – USA National experience includes the Youth National Team in 2001 and 2003 and the Junior National Team in 2004.
#6 Danielle Meyer (Middle Blocker, 6-1, So., Cincinnati, Ohio) – 2005 started all 13 matches – career-high 29 kills at Cleveland State – career-high 31 points and 17 digs at Bowling Green – season-high seven blocks (1-6) at Bowling Green – named to the Buckeye Classic All-Tournament Team – named to the Bowling Green Invitational All-Tournament Team 2004 started all 34 matches – averaged 2.91 kills, .75 digs and 1.10 blocks per game – career-high nine blocks against Illinois – USA National experience includes the Youth National Team in 2003.
#7 Ami Stevens (Outside Hitter, 6-1, So., Centerburg, Ohio) – 2005 started and played in 11 matches – career-highs of 26 kills and 27.5 points at Bowling Green – season-high 22 digs against Brigham Young – 2005 Preseason All-Big Ten Selection – named to the Buckeye Classic All-Tournament Team – named to the Bowling Green Invitational All-Tournament Team 2004 started all 34 matches – named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team – averaged 2.78 kills, 3.02 digs and .43 blocks per game – career-high 17 kills against Northwestern and vs. Tennessee in the NCAA Regional Semifinals – career-high 27 digs vs. Tennessee – double-figure kills in 18 matches – double-figure digs in 16 matches – USA National experience includes the Junior National Team in 2004 and 2005.
#8 Briana McCarthy (Outside hitter, 6-2, Jr., Beaver Dam, Wis.) 2005 has not played 2004 started 26 matches – averaged 1.33 kills, .58 digs and .88 blocks per game in 2003 started 26 matches at setter and two at outside hitter in – averaged 11.53 assists per game with a career-high 66 assists against Temple.
#9 Felicia Jones (Outside Hitter, 5-11, Jr., Concord, Ontario/Southwest Missouri State-West Plains) 2005 played in 11 matches, starting five – season-high three digs at Cleveland State – season-high seven kills against Long Beach State – hit a season-high .308 against Toledo 2003-04 played two years at Southwest Missouri State-West Plains Junior College – first team American Volleyball Coaches Association Junior College All-American and a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American in 2004 – averaged 4.12 kills, 3.68 digs and .33 blocks per game in 2004 – a second-team AVCA and NJCAA JC All-American – career-highs of 23 kills against Southern Idaho in 2003 and 27 digs against Tennessee in 2004.
#11 Amanda Miller (Outside hitter, 5-11, Sr., Littleton, Colo.) – 2005 played in 13 matches, starting 10 – hit a season-high .348 against Brigham Young – season-high 12 kills against Long Beach State and at Cleveland State 2004 played in 27 matches 2003 had 16 starts.
#13 Marisa Main (Setter, 5-9, Jr., Louisville, Ky./Xavier) – 2005 started all 13 matches – season-high 70 assists against Purdue – season-highs of 14 kills at Cleveland State – career-high 22 digs against Purdue – produced a triple-double (14 kills, 54 assists, 14 digs) at Cleveland State, the fourth of her career – 2005 Preseason All-Big Ten Selection 2004 second-team AVCA All-American – first team AVCA Mideast All-Region – All-Big Ten – started 34 matches in 2004 averaging 14.88 assists, 2.35 digs and .46 blocks per game – career-high 85 assists against Tennessee in the NCAA Regional Semifinals in Minneapolis – Ohio State season assist leader with 1,785 – Big Ten statistical champion at 14.68 assists per game and finished second nationally in NCAA statistics at 14.88 – double-figure digs in 13 matches 2003 played at Xavier University – named to the Atlantic-10 All-Conference and All-Rookie teams.
#14 Caitlin Slevin (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-5, Fr., St. Joseph, Mich.) 2005 has not played / high school team was 2004 and 2005 district champions – honorable mention all-conference in 2005 – also played setter.
#15 Ashley Kiel (Outside Hitter, 5-11, Jr., Allenton, Wis./Northern Michigan) 2005 played in 143 matches, starting 11 – season-high 17 kills against Purdue – season-high 16 digs against Pittsburgh – 2003-04 played two seasons at Division II Northern Michigan – 2004 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference Selection – averaged 2.58 kills, 3.24 digs and 1.10 blocks per game in 2004 – career-high 23 kills at Ashland in 2004 – career-high 26 digs at Hillsdale in 2004 – second team GLIAC All-Conference selection in 2003 – named the 2003 AVCA Great Lakes Region Freshman of the Year – 2003 Great Lakes All-Region honorable mention selection.
#16 Jackie Schardt (Setter, 5-10, Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) 2005 has played in seven matches – season-high 13 assists, two digs and three assist blocks against Chicago State 2004 played in six matches 2003 had nine starts at middle blocker 2002 career-high 62 assists at Michigan State.