Nov. 14, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 19 Ohio State (19-7, Big Ten 9-7) women’s volleyball team makes its final regular season road trip this weekend facing Michigan (20-9, 7-9) Friday and Michigan State (17-9, 8-8) Saturday. The Buckeyes will face the Wolverines in Cliff Keen Arena Friday and play the Spartans Saturday in Jenison Field House Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. Last week, in home matches, Ohio State upset No. 3 Penn State, 3-0 (30-19, 30-26, 30-21) and defeated Iowa, 3-0 (30-25, 30-26, 30-14).
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Head coach Jim Stone is in his 25th season with the 19th-ranked Buckeyes. Ohio State has a 17-7 overall record and is 7-7 in the Big Ten. Last week, in home matches, Ohio State upset No. 3 Penn State, 3-0 (30-19, 30-26, 30-21) and defeated Iowa, 3-0 (30-25, 30-26, 30-14).
Leading Ohio State in kills per game are Anna Szerszen (Fr., Conflans Ste Hne, France) and Danielle Meyer (6-1, Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) with 4.38 averages. Briana McCarthy (Jr., Beaver Dam, Wis.) ranks third at 2.66. OSU’s top percentage hitter is Marisa Main (5-9, Sr., Louisville, Ky.) at .349. Setter Main is averaging 12.68 assists per game. Ami Stevens (Jr., Centerburg, Ohio) is averaging a team-high .36 aces per game with 33. McCarthy ranks second at .32 with 29 and Meyer third at .27 with 25. Defensively, Stevens leads the team with a 3.76 digs per game average. Ashley Kiel (Sr., Allenton, Wis.) and Main are tied for second at 2.24. At the net Kristen Dozier (Fr., Sandy Spring, Md.) has a team-high 1.08 blocks per game average. She has seven solos and 73 assist blocks. Meghan Simons (Fr. Carroll, Ohio) ranks second at .94 with 29 assists with McCarthy third at .82 with six solos and 69 assists. As a team, OSU is averaging 16.16 kills and 14.80 assists per game while hitting .280. The Buckeyes average 1.61 aces, 14.92 digs and 2.44 blocks per game. Opponents average 13.37 kills and 12.29 assists per game while hitting .185. OSU opponents average 1.02 aces, 13.18 digs and 2.46 blocks per game.
A LOOK AT MICHIGAN
Head coach Mark Rosen is in his 8th season with the Wolverines. Michigan is 20-9 overall and 7-9 in the Big Ten. On the road last week, the Wolverines won 3-0 matches at No. 16 Purdue (30-26, 30-28, 30-28) and at Indiana (30-20, 30-21, 30-28).
Katie Bruzdzinski has a team-high 4.60 kills per game for Michigan with Lyndsay Miller second at 3.73. Leading the Wolverines in hitting percentage is Beth Karpiak at .299. Setter Stesha Selsky has a 12.78 assists per game average. Bruzdzinski has a team-leading .45 aces per game with 45 ace serves. Megan Bower ranks second at .23 with 23 aces. Defensively, Selsky leads the team with a 3.70 digs per game average. Bower ranks second at 3.39. At the net, Megan Bowman has a team-high 1.16 blocks per game average with 19 solos and 61 assists. Karpiak ranks second at 1.13 with 21 solos and 92 assists. Michigan is averaging 16.18 kills and 15.03 assists per game while hitting .235. The Wolverines average 1.52 aces, 17.28 digs and 2.56 blocks per game. Opponents average 13.44 kills and 12.49 assists while hitting .157. Michigan opponents average 1.23 aces, 15.55 digs and 2.76 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE SERIES VS. MICHIGAN
Ohio State has a 44-12 lead in the series with Michigan. OSU has won the last five matches in the series and the last two played in Ann Arbor. The Buckeyes are 18-6 at Michigan. Last year, Ohio State won 3-0 decisions in Columbus (30-27, 30-27, 32-30) and in Ann Arbor (30-28, 30-22, 30-24). Earlier this season in Columbus, the Buckeyes won 3-2 (27-30, 30-14, 22-30, 30-26, 15-9).
A LOOK AT MICHIGAN STATE
Head coach Cathy George is in her second season with the Spartans. Michigan State has a 17-9 overall record and an 8-8 mark in the Big Ten Conference. Last week the Spartans won 3-0 (30-20, 30-27, 30-22) at home against Indiana and 3-1 (28-30, 31-29, 30-22, 30-26) at No. 16 Indiana.
Michigan State’s Katie Johnson has a team-high 4.75 kills per game average with Ashley Schatzle second at 4.54. Leading Michigan State in hitting percentage is Jessica Hohl at .338. At setter, Allison Ianni has a 13.11 assists per game average for the Spartans. In aces per game, Miken Trogdon has a team-high .28 average with 25 aces. Melany Rarey ranks second at .24 with 15 aces. Defensively, Nicole Colaluca leads the team in digs per game at 4.66. Torgdon is second at 2.15. At the net, Hohl has a team-high 1.00 blocks per game with eight solos and 80 assists. Ranking second is Vanessa King at .94 with eight solos and 68 assists. Michigan State is averaging 17.02 kills and 15.75 assists while hitting .284. The Spartans average 1.19 aces, 14.39 digs and 2.52 blocks per game. Opponents average 13.75 kills and 12.61 assists and are hitting .211. Spartan opponents average 1.18 aces, 11.44 digs and 2.30 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE SERIES VS. MICHIGAN STATE
Ohio State leads the series with Michigan State, 36-24. The Buckeyes have won the last five matches in the series and the last two in East Lansing, having a 15-13 edge in matches played there. Last season Ohio State won 3-1 (26-30, 30-18, 30-18, 30-14) in Columbus and 3-2 (30-28, 30-22, 29-31, 26-30, 15-9) in East Lansing. Earlier this year, the Buckeyes won at home, 3-0 (30-28, 30-22, 30-20).
MEYER PROVIDES OFFENSE AND DEFENSE IN WINS
Danielle Meyer had 13 kills and five digs against Penn state and 13 kills and six digs against Iowa last week in leading the Buckeyes to two wins. Meyer hit .667 and had five digs, an ace serve and five blocks (1-4) against the Nittany Lions and hit .565, adding three digs and six blocks (3-3) against Iowa last week. Meyer leads Ohio State in points per game at 5.12 and is tied for the team lead in kills per game at 4.38. She is averaging .27 aces, 2.18 digs and .77 blocks per game.
MEYER HAS CAREER-HIGH THREE SOLO BLOCK AGAINST IOWA
Danielle Meyer recorded a career-high three solo blocks in the Iowa match last week. Her previous high was two in five matches. Meyer added three assist blocks in the match for a match-high six blocks. Against Penn State, Meyer tied for match-high honors with five blocks, recording a solo and four assists.
MEYER MOVES TO 10TH IN OSU CAREER KILLS
Danielle Meyer, with 26 kills last week, has moved to 10th on the OSU career kills list with 1,252. She has moved past Kristi Neuman (1983-86) with 1,242 and Rosie Snow (1996-99) with 1,227. Meyer stands 80 kills behind No. 9 Dana Stearns (1997-00) with 1,331.
MEYER NOW 12TH IN OSU CAREER SOLO BLOCKS
Danielle Meyer, with four solo blocks last week, has moved to 12th on the OSU career solo with 38 solos. She has passed Stacey Gordon (2001-04), Audrey DiPronio (1988-90) and Lisa Bettio (1982-85) with 37 and Andrea Pankova (1995-97) with 36. She needs five solo blocks to move to 11th and pass Vanessa Wouters (1996-97) with 42.
MEYER, WITH 1,503.5 POINTS, MOVES TO 11TH IN OSU CAREER POINTS
Danielle Meyer has moved to 11th in OSU career points with 1,503.5. She passed Shelly Draeger (1999-02) with 1,479.5. Meyer needs 88 points to move past No. 10 Kristi Neuman (1983-86) with 1,591.0
MAIN SETS OSU TO BIG WIN
Marisa Main directed Ohio State to an upset of No. 3 Penn State last Wednesday recording 35 assists, six kills, six digs, an ace serve and equaled her career-high of two solos blocks. Against Iowa, she had 44 assists, with nine digs, six kills, an ace serve and an assist block. Main, for the season, is averaging 12.68 assists, 1.49 kills, .45 blocks and 2.24 digs per game.
SZERSZEN HAS 10-KILL GAME AGAINST PENN STATE
Anna Szerszen scored a team-high 15 kills against Penn State, producing a game-high 10 kills in game three. She added eight digs and an assist block in the upset win. Szerszen had 10 kills, nine digs, an ace serve and an assist block against Iowa. She has started in 18 matches this season and is averaging 4.38 kills, .22 aces, 2.02 digs and .42 blocks per game.
McCARTHY ADDS DEFENSIVE DIGS
Briana McCarthy averaged 2.17 digs per game last weekend against Penn State and Iowa. Against Penn State she had three kills, seven digs and two assist blocks. McCarthy had 11 kills, six digs, an ace serve and an assist blocks in the Iowa match. For the season, she is averaging 2.66 kills, .32 aces, 1.23 digs and .82 blocks per game.
McCARTHY REACHES 11TH IN OSU CAREER TOTAL BLOCKS
Briana McCarthy collected three assists blocks last week to raise her career total blocks to 279 and move to 11th on the OSU career total blocks list. She passed Gabriele Jobst (1991-94) with 277. The three assist blocks moved McCarthy into a tie for ninth in OSU career assist blocks with Sherri Rinker (1984-87).
JONES CONTINUES IN THE MIDDLE
Felicia Jones (Sr., Concord, Ont.), playing in the middle, continues to produce for the Buckeyes. She had four kills, three digs and an assist block against Penn State. Jones added seven kills, two digs, two solo blocks and an assist block. Jones has played in 24 matches with 16 starts, including the last 15 matches. She is averaging 1.76 kills and .77 blocks per game.
JONES SETS CAREER-HIGH IN SOLO BLOCKS
Felicia Jones recorded two solo blocks against Iowa to set her career high. She previously recorded a solo block in five matches. Jones added an assist block in each match last week for four blocks on the week.
STEVENS CONTINUES AT OUTSIDE
Ami Stevens has started at outside hitter in her last four matches after starting at libero in 13 of 14 matches. She had six kills, 10 digs, two ace serves, a solo block and two assist blocks against Penn State. Stevens produced 10 kills, 13 digs, two ace serves and an assist block against Iowa. For the season, she is averaging 1.52 kills, .36 aces and a team-high 3.76 digs per game.
STEVENS REACHES 1,000 DIGS
Ami Stevens, with 23 digs last week, now has 1,003 career digs and becomes the 13th OSU player to surpass 1,000 career digs. She needs 21 digs to move past Vicki Wright (1983-86) with 1,023 to move into 12th on the OSU career list.
KIEL HANDLING THE LIBERO POSITION
Ashley Kiel, playing the libero position, had six digs and two assist blocks against Penn State. She collected 17 digs in the win over Iowa. Kiel has had 10 starts at libero including the last four matches. She is averaging 2.24 digs per game and has 13 aces on the season.
OSU RANKED 19TH IN THE CSTV/AVCA COACHES POLL
The CSTV (College Sports Television/AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) 2006 Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll has Ohio State ranked 19th this week. OSU was ranked 23rd last week and began the season at 23rd. The Buckeyes are one of five Big Ten squads ranked in the CSTV/AVCA Poll. Others include Penn State fifth, Wisconsin 10th, Minnesota 12th and Purdue 23rd.
BUCKEYES HAVE TWO-.500-PLUS HITTING MATCHES
Ohio State hit a .513 percentage against Iona and a .521 against Lehigh. The .521 mark ranks third and the .513 mark ranks fourth on the Ohio State match records list. At the Towson Invitational, the Buckeyes hit .489 against Robert Morris which now ranks seventh.
BUCKEYES HAVE SECOND 0-2 COME-FROM-BEHIND VICTORY IN THREE YEARS
Ohio State’s come-from-behind victory over Wisconsin was the second time in three years that the Buckeyes rallied to win after trailing 0-2 in a match. In 2004 in the NCAA regional semifinals at Minnesota, the Buckeyes lost the first two games, 29-31, 27-30, to Tennessee before winning the next three games, 30-16, 30-26, 15-12 to advance to the regional championship match against Minnesota. Ohio State lost that match, 2-3.
MEYER NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
(AUG. 28, 2006) Women’s volleyball Danielle Meyer was selected the Big Ten Player of the Week by the conference office. She was key in Ohio State’s 3-0 season start, winning the Towson Invitational last weekend.
Meyer posted a match high 15 kills while hitting .565 in the 3-0 (30-15, 30-20, 30-17) win over Robert Morris. She added two ace serves, five digs and an assist block in the match. Against Houston, in the 3-2 (30-32, 30-18, 28-30, 30-15, 15-12) win, Meyer had a career-high 30 kills while hitting .283. She added two ace serves, four digs and four assist blocks. In the 3-1 (28-30, 30-27, 30-27, 30-22) victory over Towson, Meyer set a new career-high with 32 kills while hitting .373. She added an ace serve, a season-high 16 digs and two solo blocks in the match. Meyer closed out the Towson match with double-figure kills in game three (12) and four (10).
For the three matches, Meyer averaged 6.42 kills, 7.21 points and 2.08 digs per game while hitting .366. She added five ace serves and seven total blocks with two solo and five assists.
SZERSZEN NAMED CO-BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
(Oct. 23, 2006) Anna Szerszen was named the Co-Big Ten Player of the Week for her play in Ohio State wins over Michigan State and Michigan. She shares the honor with Penn State’s Megan Hodge.
In the 3-2 come-from-behind win over Michigan, Szerszen recorded career highs of 27 kills, two solo blocks and tied her career high of three total blocks. She added 11 digs in the match. Down 2-1 in the match to Michigan, Szerszen had a game-high nine kills in game four while hitting .421. She then had a game-high four kills, hitting .600 in the deciding fifth game. She totaled 17 kills and 18 points against Michigan State prior to the match versus the Wolverines. For the two matches, Szerszen averaged 5.94 points, 5.50 kills, 1.75 digs and hit .278.
THREE NAMED TO BIG TEN PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
Three Ohio State players named to the 12-player 2006 Preseason All-Big Ten Volleyball Team, announced by the conference office. Setter Marisa Main and outside hitter Ami Stevens earned their second-straight preseason selection with middle blocker Danielle Meyer earning her first selection.
Main is a two-time All-Big Ten selection and was named to the 2005 Preseason All-Big Ten Team. Last season, she averaged 12.78 assists, 2.08 kills and 2.30 digs per game while hitting .388 in conference play. Main is a two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association second-team All-American selection.
Stevens was a 2005 Preseason All-Big Ten selection. Last season she averaged 3.44 kills and 2.71 digs while hitting .230 in conference play. She has played for USA Volleyball the last three years as a member of the United States Junior National team in 2004 and 2005 and with the USA National A-2 Team in 2006.
Meyer was a 2005 All-Big Ten selection. She averaged 4.11 kill, 2.48 digs and 1.14 blocks per game while hitting .260 in conference play. Meyer was a 2005 AVCA third-team All-American.
OHIO STATE PICKED TO FINISHED FOURTH IN THE BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
Ohio State, by a vote of the Big Ten conference coaches, was picked to finish fourth in the league by a vote of the conference coaches. The Buckeyes finished in a tie for third with Minnesota in 2005. The Gophers were picked to finish third, with Wisconsin second and three-time defending Big Ten Champion Penn State chosen to repeat.
HEAD COACH Jim Stone
Jim Stone enters his 25th season at Ohio State. He has a 512-275 record with the Buckeyes and is 286-162 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 14 of the last 17 years, advancing to the national semifinals in 1991 and 1994. Stone’s coaching career record includes three years at Wyoming (1979-1981). His 28-year career record is 562-317.
MEET THE BUCKEYES
#1 Meghan Simons (Middle Blocker, 6-3, Fr., Carroll, Ohio) – 2006 played in 11 matches, starting 10 – nine kills against Robert Morris and Houston – hit a career-high .667 (9-1-12) against Houston – season-high five assist blocks at Towson.
#2 Brittany Dahms (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-5, Jr., Bryon, Ill.) – 2006 played in two matches – missed the first 10 matches of the season – two digs at Penn State – 2005 played in 29 matches with two starts at defensive specialist and 22 at libero – named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad – 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, Sr., Hyletbruk, Sweden) – 2006 played in 24 matches – season-high 11 digs against Arizona State – 2005 has played in 15 matches with four starts at libero – named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad – 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.
#5 Lindsay Schad (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-4, Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) – 2006 played in seven matches, starting three at libero – double-figure digs against Houston with 12 and Towson with 13.
#6 Danielle Meyer (Middle Blocker/Outside Hitter, 6-1, Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) – 2006 started 26 matches – became the 16th player to reach 1,000 kills against IPFW – has 1,252 career kills, ranking 10th – named the Most Outstanding Player of the Sports Imports Classic – named the Most Valuable Player of the Towson Invitational – named the Big Ten Player of the Week for her play at the Towson Invitational – career-high 32 kills at Towson – season-high 17 digs at Iowa – back-to-back 30-plus kill matches against Houston (30) and Towson (32) – added her third 30-kill match at Iowa – named to the first team of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team – preseason All-Big Ten selection – career-high five aces against Tennessee Tech – double-figure kills in 22 matches, double-figure digs in nine matches – career-high three solo blocks against Iowa 2005 a third-team AVCA All-American – All-Big Ten – a second team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection – named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad – started all 31 matches – ranked fourth in the Big Ten in kills per game at 4.11 – career-high 29 kills at Cleveland State – career-high 31 points at Bowling Green – career-high 19 digs at Indiana – tied her career-high nine blocks at Iowa (1-8) and at Purdue (2-7) – equaled her career-high of four aces at Northwestern – 25 matches with double-figure kills – nine matches with 21 or more kills – 11 matches with double-figure digs – 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/Libero, 6-1, Jr., Centerburg, Ohio) – 2006 played in 26 matches, starting 13 with 13 starts at libero – season-high 14 kills against Iona – double-figure kills in 10 matches – double-figure digs in 17 matches – season-high 26 digs at Iowa and against Wisconsin – 20 or more digs in six matches – equaled her career-high of seven assist blocks at Northwestern – a second team ESPN The Magazine Academic All District selection – preseason All-Big Ten Selection – 2005 a third team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection – started and played in 29 matches – named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad – career-highs of 26 kills at Bowling Green – career-high 28.5 points at Northwestern – season-high .500 (13-0-26) hitting percentage at Michigan – ranked 10th in the Big Ten in kills per game at 3.44 – season-high 22 digs against Brigham Young – double-figure kills in 20 matches – double-figure digs in 15 matches – Ohio State Athlete of the Week for her play at Wisconsin and Northwestern – 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, Sr./Jr., Beaver Dam, Wis.) 2006 played in all 26 matches with 22 starts – career-high 22 kills at Purdue – double-figure kills in 14 matches – season-high 10 digs at Iowa – season-high five assists at Purdue – career-high 25 points at Purdue – 2005 did not play – named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad – 2004 started 26 matches – averaged 1.33 kills, .58 digs and .88 blocks per game – 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, Sr., Concord, Ontario/Southwest Missouri State-West Plains) 2006 played in 24 matches, starting 16 – season-high 12 kills at Northwestern – career-high six assist blocks at Indiana and against Michigan – career-high seven total blocks (1-6) against Michigan – career-high two solo blocks against Iowa – hit a career-high .538 (8-1-13) against Michigan – 2005 played in 25 matches, starting 16 – career-high four digs at Penn State – career-high 13 kills at Illinois and at Michigan State – hit a career-high .421 (9-1-19) at Penn State – career-high 15 points at Michigan State – career-high four blocks (1-3) against Marshall 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 Ashley Hughes (Setter, 5-11, Fr., Carroll, Ohio) – 2006 played in six matches – career-high six assists at Youngstown State – career-high two digs against Lehigh.
#12 Kristen Dozier (Middle Blocker, 6-2, Fr., Sandy Spring, Md.) – 2006 played in 22 matches starting in 21 – career-high 11 kills against Iona – career-high 13 assist blocks against Houston to set an OSU match record for assist blocks and tied the OSU record for total blocks – hit a career-high .750 (10-1-12) against Lehigh – career-high five digs against Houston – career-high three ace serves against Iona – double-figure kills in three matches.
#13 Marisa Main (Setter, 5-9, Sr., Louisville, Ky./Xavier) – 2006 started all 26 matches – season-high nine kills at Purdue and at Northwestern – season-high 71 assists at Iowa – season-high 18 digs against Michigan – double-figure digs in seven matches – season-high six assist blocks against Houston – honored as the Best Setter in the Sports Imports Classic – preseason All-Big Ten selection – 2005 An AVCA second-team All-American – All-Big Ten – a third team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection – started all 31 matches – named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad – named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week and the Big Ten Player of the Week for her play at No. 12 Wisconsin and at Iowa – named the Big Ten Player of the Week for her play against Michigan State and Michigan – season-high 70 assists against Purdue – season-high of 14 kills at Cleveland State – career-high 22 digs against Purdue – season-high 16 points at Michigan State – has five triple-doubles this season – 14 kills, 54 assists, 14 digs at Cleveland State – 11 kills, 47 assists and 10 digs against Michigan – 12 kills, 37 assists and 13 digs at Minnesota – 10 kills, 60 assists and 10 digs at Iowa – 12 kills, 42 assists and 15 digs against Northwestern- hit a season-high .786 against Michigan – eight matches with double-figure kills and 13 matches with double-figure digs – finished second in hitting percentage in the Big Ten at .398 and was third in assists per game at 12.78 – twice named the Ohio State Athlete of the Week – 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 Anna Szerszen (Outside Hitter, 6-3, Fr., Conflans Ste Hne, France) – 2006 Played and started in 18 matches – career-high 27 kills against Michigan – double-figure kills in 17 matches – career-high .440 hitting percentage against IPFW – career-high 17 digs at Northwestern – has four 20-plus kill matches including 25 at Iowa, 23 at Purdue and 20 against Minnesota – named the Co-Big Ten Player of the Week for her play against Michigan State and Michigan at home – arrived in Columbus, September 8 after playing for France in the European Junior National Championship.
#15 Ashley Kiel (Outside Hitter, 5-11, Sr., Allenton, Wis./Northern Michigan) 2006 played in 26 matches, starting 10 at libero and four as a defensive specialist – season-high 20 digs against Indiana – season-high four ace serves against Iona, part of a string of 18 consecutive points she served in game one – double-figure digs in seven matches – 2005 played in 31 matches, starting 29 and had one start at libero – season-high 17 kills against Purdue – hit a career-high .600 (7-1-10) against Marshall – season-high 20 digs at Indiana – season-high seven total blocks (1-6) at Michigan State – six matches with double-figure kills and 12 matches with double-figure digs 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.
REVIEWING LAST WEEK
OHIO STATE 3, PENN STATE 0
The 23rd ranked Ohio State (18-7, 9-7 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team upset third-ranked Penn State (24-2, 13-2), 3-0 (30-19, 30-26, 30-21) Wednesday night in front of 2,569 fans. OSU’s Danielle Meyer scored a team-high 17 points with Anna Szerszen adding 15.5 and Ami Stevens 10. Meyer had 13 kills, an ace serve, a solo block and four assists in the match. Szerszen recorded a team-high 15 kills and an assist block while Stevens had six kills, two ace serves, a solo block and two assists. Penn State’s Megan Hodge recorded a match-high 19 points for the Nittany Lions with Nicole Fawcett adding 12. Hodge posted a match-high 19 kills while Fawcett had 11 kills and two assist blocks.
Two Penn State errors and an ace serve by Ashley Kiel opened game one giving Ohio State a 3-0 lead. The Nittany Lions closed to within one at 5-4. OSU scored three straight points with a Marisa Main kill, a Szerszen-Felicia Jones block and a second Main kill to lead 8-4. With Penn State trailing 11-6, a Melissa Walbridge kill and an OSU error cut the margin to three at 11-8. The Buckeyes then scored six straight points to take a 17-8 lead. The run contained a Kiel ace serve, a Meyer-Stevens block and a Briana McCarthy kill and three Penn State errors. The Nittany Lions would come no closer than seven points the rest of the game and trailed 27-19 when a McCarthy kill and solo blocks by Main and Meyer ended the game at 30-19. Ohio State hit .208 in the game to .000 for Penn State.
With the score tied 6-6 in game two, a Buckeye error and Penn State blocks by Alisha Glass-Christa Harmotto and Fawcett-Harmotto gave Penn State a 9-6 lead. Trailing 10-7, Ohio State used three Szerszen kills and two from Stevens to take a 12-10 lead. At 15-13, OSU, a 5-1 Penn State run put the Nittany Lions ahead, 18-16 with three Hodge kills, one kill from Glass and a Glass-Harmotto block. Buckeye kills from Main and McCarthy and a Penn State error gave OSU a 19-18 lead. Nittany Lion kills from Harmotto and Hodge gave Penn State a 20-19 lead. Three Penn State errors put Ohio State ahead, 22-20. A Fawcett kill and an OSU error tied the game at 22. A kill from Jones and a Penn State error made it 24-22, OSU. Two Penn State errors and Nittany Lion kills from Walbridge and Hodge put the score at 26-24, Buckeyes. Ohio State took the lead to 28-24 with kills from Szerszen and Main. A Hodge kill made it 28-25. Meyer set game point with a kill at 29-25. Another Hodge kill stopped the game point at 29-26. The Buckeyes closed out the game with a kill from Main for a 30-26 win to lead the match, 2-0. Ohio State hit .240 for the game to .207 for Penn State.
Game three started with eight ties to reach 9-9. Ohio State took an 11-9 lead with two Szerszen kills. Glass countered with a kill to make it 11-10. A Penn State error, a Meyer-McCarthy block and a Meyer kill gave the Buckeyes a 14-10 lead. A solo block by Fawcett made it 14-11. A Szerszen kill took the lead to 15-11. Penn State, with two kills by Hodge and one from Walbridge, trailed by one at 15-14. Two Penn State errors, Buckeye kills from Meyer and Stevens and a Stevens’ ace serve opened a six-point lead for Ohio State at 20-14. At 21-15, a Cassy Salyer-Harmotto block and a Hodge kill cut the Ohio State lead to four at 21-17. The Buckeyes, with two Szerszen kills, a Main ace serve and a Penn State error took an eight-point lead at 25-17. A Hodge kill cut the margin to 25-18. Two Szerszen kills and errors by both teams made it 28-19. A Buckeye error made the lead eight at 28-20. A kill from Stevens set match point at 29-20. Fawcett, with a kill, stopped the match point at 29-21. Meyer ended the game with a kill for a 30-21 game win and a 3-0 victory for the Buckeyes. Ohio State hit .429 in the game to .244. OSU’s Szerszen had 10 of OSU’s 19 kills in the game.
Ohio State hit .294 for the match to .161 for Penn State. The Buckeyes had a 47-45 edge in kills and a six to zero margin in ace serves. The Nittany Lions gave up 11 service errors to three for Ohio State. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 54-37 advantage in digs while Penn State’s Hodge had a match-high 13. At the net, the Buckeye had a nine to 7.5 edge in team blocking. OSU’s Meyer (one solo, four assists) and Penn State’s Harmotto (five assists) shared match-high honors the five blocks each. Penn State’s Glass recorded a match-high 38 assists in the match while OSU’s Main recorded 35.
OHIO STATE 3, IOWA 0
The 23rd ranked Ohio State (19-7, 9-7 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team, with four players having double-figure points in the contest, defeated Iowa (13-14, 2-13), 3-0 (30-25, 30-26, 30-14) Friday night in St. John Arena. OSU’s Danielle Meyer scored a match-high 17.5 points in the match with 13 kills, three solo blocks and three assists, with Ami Stevens and Briana McCarthy adding 12.5 each. Stevens had 10 kill, two ace serves and an assist block while McCarthy added 11 kills, an ace serve and an assist block. OSU’s Anna Szerszen contributed 11.5 points with 10 kills, an ace serve and an assist block. Iowa’s Jen Barcus had a team-high 14 points for the Hawkeyes with 11 kills, a solo block and four assist blocks.
Ohio State kills from McCarthy and Szerszen opened game one for the Buckeyes. A Megan Schipper kill made it 2-1. Two kills from Meyer and a Meyer-Szerszen block opened a 5-1 OSU lead. At 15-9, a Meyer kill and an Iowa error gave OSU an eight point lead at 17-9. Hawkeye kills from Alicia Johnson, a solo block from Barcus and an OSU error trimmed the lead to five at 17-12. Leading 22-17, a Stevens kill and an Iowa error made it 24-17. An OSU error, two Catherine Smale kills and one from Kiley Fister cut the lead to three at 24-21. Leading 27-24, Ohio State with kills from Stevens and McCarthy reached game point at 29-24. A Barcus kill stopped the game point at 29-25. Ohio State won the game with a McCarthy kill at 30-25. The Buckeyes hit .340 for the game to .214 for Iowa.
Tied at two in game two, Buckeye kills from Szerszen and Stevens gave Ohio State a 4-2 lead. Iowa, with a Smale kill, a Melanie Meister ace serve and a Barcus kill took a 5-4 lead. A Meyer kill and an Iowa error returned the lead to OSU at 6-5. An Iowa block by Barcus and Smale tied the game at six. Tied at nine, a Schipper kill put Iowa ahead, 10-9. OSU tied the game with a McCarthy kill at 10 and took a 12-10 lead with a Szerszen-Meyer block and a Szerszen kill. A Schipper kill made it 12-11. Two Iowa errors put OSU ahead, 14-11. Hawkeye kills by Smale and Barcus and an OSU error tied the game at 14. A kill from Stevens and an Iowa error made it 16-14, OSU. A Barcus kill cut the margin to 16-15. OSU took an 18-15 lead with kills from Stevens and Felicia Jones. Iowa cut the lead to 18-17 with a Smale kill and a Stacy Vitali-Barcus block. The squad exchanged points to reach 21-20, OSU. Buckeye kills from Meyer and Szerszen and a Meyer solo block gave Ohio State a 24-21 lead. At 26-23, a McCarthy kill and a Hawkeye error made it 28-23. A Schipper kill cut the lead to four at 28-24. A Szerszen kill set game point at 29-24. Iowa stopped two game points with a Meister kill and an OSU error to cut the lead to 29-26. A Hawkeye error ended the game, giving Ohio State a 30-26 win and a 2-0 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .447 for the game to .244 for Iowa.
Tied at one in game three, an Iowa error, a Meyer kill and her solo block gave Ohio State a 4-1 lead. At 8-5, OSU, two Szerszen kill and a Marisa Main ace serve put Ohio State ahead, 11-5. An OSU error made it 11-6. A Jones kill and a Hawkeye error took the lead to 13-6. Iowa responded with a Meister kill and a Meister-Laura Kremer block to cut the lead to five at 13-8. A Stevens’ kill and errors by both teams made it 15-9. Two Iowa errors, a Meyer-Stevens block, a Meyer solo block and her kill and a Stevens’ kill took the Ohio State lead to 21-9. An OSU error stopped the run at 21-10. A Main kill and a Stevens’ ace serve made it 23-10. A Buckeye error made it 23-11. Kills by Meyer and Jones made it 25-11. A Barcus kill and an OSU error made it 25-13. A Jones kill and a Hawkeye error moved the score to 26-14. A Jones-McCarthy block and an Iowa error put the lead at 28-14. A Szerszen ace serve set match point at 29-14. A solo block from Jones ended the game at 30-14, OSU, for a 3-0 match victory for the Buckeyes. Ohio State hit .333 for the game to -.067 for Iowa.
Ohio State hit .372 for the match to .129 for Iowa. The Buckeyes had a 57-39 advantage in kills and a six to three margin in ace serves. OSU gave up eight service errors to three for Iowa. Defensively, Ohio State had a 61-48 advantage in digs with Iowa’s Smale recording a match-high 19 and OSU’s Ashley Kiel a team-high 17. At the net, the Buckeyes had a nine to seven edge in team blocks. OSU’s Meyer collected a match-high six blocks with a career-high three solo blocks and three assists. Iowa’s Barcus recorded five blocks with a solo and four assists. OSU’s Main posted 44 assists in the match to 27 for Iowa’s Fister.