Oct. 3, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 19 Ohio State women’s volleyball team travels to No. 21 Illinois and Northwestern this weekend for a pair of Big Ten matches. The Buckeyes and the Fighting Illini face off Friday at 8 p.m. ET in Huff Hall, while the squad takes on the Wildcats at 8 p.m. ET Saturday in Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Friday night’s match will be streamed live on BTN.com and will re-air Monday at 2 p.m. ET on BTN.
Friday, October 5
No. 19 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-5, 2-2) at No. 21 Illinois Fighting Illini (8-6, 2-2) – 8 p.m. ET
Saturday, October 6
Ohio State at Northwestern Wildcats (12-3, 2-2 prior to Friday’s match at Penn State) – 8 p.m. ET
Live stats: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Live video: BTN.com (Friday only)
Live audio: http://goo.gl/rdNHU (Friday) / bit.ly/NUOSUlive (Saturday)
RECAP: MINNESOTA & WISCONSIN
Ohio State hit the road for two Big Ten matches this past weekend. The Buckeyes dropped a close three-set (23-25, 23-25, 22-25) match at No. 10 Minnesota before defeating Wisconsin, 3-1 (25-21, 25-11, 19-25, 25-20), Saturday.
Senior Mari Hole and junior Kaitlyn Leary had solid performances for the Buckeyes offensively. Hole finished with 36 kills for a 5.14 average over seven sets played, while averaging 5.86 points per set. She totaled 13 kills at Minnesota before tallying 23 against the Badgers. Leary tallied 26 kills on the weekend, including a career-best 21 at Wisconsin.
Senior setter Amanda Peterson had a pair of double-doubles, totaling 20 assists and 10 digs vs. the Gophers and 36 assists with 11 digs against the Badgers. Defensively, junior libero Davionna DiSalvatore led the squad with a career-high 25 digs at Wisconsin, while senior Emily Danks and freshman Andrea Kacsits each had five blocks in Saturday’s match.
Seniors Mari Hole and Amanda Peterson are leading the squad in double-double performances this season. Hole has a team-best eight double-doubles and has recorded double-digit kills in all of Ohio State’s 16 matches. Peterson has totaled four double-doubles for the Buckeyes with double-digit assists in all matches played.
Ohio State ranks in the top 10 of five statistical categories among Big Ten schools entering the weekend. The Buckeyes are sixth overall in service aces (1.23) and in assists (12.88). The squad ranks seventh in hitting percentage (.252), eighth in kills (13.58) and ninth in digs (13.65).
Individually, Mari Hole ranks sixth in kills per set at 4.08 and in points at 4.63. Senior Emily Danks is fifth in aces (.40), while junior Davionna DiSalvatore is seventh in digs (3.73). Senior setter Amanda Peterson is ninth in the conference, averaging 8.62 assists per set.
Against Big Ten opponents, Hole is fourth in kills (4.57) and in points (5.07). Danks ranks third in service aces (.43), while DiSalvatore is tied for fourth in digs at 3.93.
MOVIN’ ON UP
Five Buckeyes have found their way into program history, placing themselves on a handful of Ohio State’s career lists.
Senior Emily Danks reached a milestone in her career in Ohio State’s 3-0 win over Toledo (8/25) as she became the 19th Buckeye to record 1,000 kills in a career. Danks is 17th overall with 1,163 kills and is 12th in attacks (3,002) and 15th in attack percentage (.266). The Round Rock, Texas, product enters the weekend with 204 career service aces and needs four more to break Lisa Bettio’s record of 207 set in 1985.
Danks also ranks 11th in assist blocks (262), 13th in total blocks (297), 13th in total points (1,533.0) and 20th in points per set (3.44).
Senior Mari Hole is third in kills per set (4.04), fifth in points per set (4.56) and 11th in digs per set (2.69), while senior Mariah Booth ninth in blocks per set (.92). Setters Taylor Sherwin and Amanda Peterson rank in both assist categories. Peterson ranks eighth in assists average (8.49) and ninth in total (2,207). Sherwin sits ninth in assists average (8.29) and 13th in total assists (771).
The Fighting Illini enter the weekend 8-6 overall and are 2-2 in the Big Ten. The squad is coming off of a 1-1 showing last week, earning a 3-1 win against Indiana before falling in five sets to then-No. 13 Purdue. Illinois hit a season-best .370 against the Boilermakers as redshirt freshman Jocelynn Birks recorded a double-double with 20 kills, 10 digs, and had five blocks.
Birks leads the team in kills with 235 on the season with a 4.20 kill average and 12 service aces. Senior Erin Johnson is ranked 29th nationally with a blocking average of 1.36. Junior Anna Dorn ranks No. 6 nationally with a hitting percentage of .454.
The Illini lead the series, 38-34, over the Buckeyes. Illinois has won the last nine meetings between the two squads, including a 3-1 win at the 2011 NCAA Regional Semifinals in Gainesville, Fla., last December.
The Northwestern Wildcats hold a 12-3 record on the year and are 1-3 in the conference. The Wildcats are coming off a 1-1 weekend with a four-set loss to Purdue and a 3-1 victory over Indiana. Northwestern earned its first Big Ten win against Indiana with a .353 attack percentage. Stephanie Holthus notched 11 kills on 19 attempts for .526 attack percentage to lead the squad.
Holthus is 16th nationally with a 4.45 kill average and has 249 on the year. Setter Madalyn Shalter ranks 17th in the nation with an 11.61 assist average with 650 this season.
The Buckeyes lead the series 48-19 over the Wildcats. The last meeting was November of last season, ending in a five-set loss at Northwestern (22-25, 25-21, 22-25, 27-25, 13-25). Ohio State has won seven of the last eight meetings between the two teams. Northwestern will play No. 1 Penn State Friday before Saturday’s match.
IN THE POLLS
The Buckeyes continue to climb up the AVCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll, moving up three spots to No. 19 overall. The squad is ranked for the first time in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Coaches Poll, coming in at No. 19 as well.
The Big Ten has seven teams ranked in the AVCA poll, including No. 1 Penn State. Nebraska (4), Minnesota (10), Purdue (12), Ohio State (19), Illinois (21) and Michigan State (25) are also ranked. Michigan is receiving votes.
HEAD COACH Geoff Carlston
Geoff Carlston is in his fifth year as head coach of Ohio State and is the fifth head coach in the 42-year history of the program. Under his direction, the Buckeyes have recorded three 20-win seasons and have reached the NCAA Semifinals twice (2010, 2011). He has coached AVCA All-America honorable mentions Katie Dull, Mari Hole and Emily Danks. Carlston is 82-57 overall at Ohio State and is 34-46 in Big Ten competition prior to the 2012 season.
Carlston is a 1993 graduate from the University of Minnesota. Prior to Ohio State, he spent five years as head coach of Ohio University where his squads played in five NCAA tournaments and captured five-consecutive MAC titles.
BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
The Ohio State women’s volleyball team was chosen to finish sixth as voted by the Big Ten coaches, the league announced. The Buckeyes return five starters from last year’s squad that finished seventh last season with a 9-11 conference record.
Defending Big Ten Champion Nebraska was voted as the conference favorite, while Penn State and Purdue were picked to finish second and third, respectively.
Emily Danks, a senior from Round Rock, Texas, was selected to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team. Danks enters her final year at Ohio State as a 2011 All-America honorable mention and a 2011 All-Big Ten honorable mention.
Ohio State returns to St. John Arena for two Big Ten matches, hosting Indiana and nationally-ranked Purdue, Oct. 12-13. Both matches are set for 7 p.m. ET starts and ticket information can be found at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.