Oct. 11, 2005
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 19th-ranked Ohio State (10-5 overall, 3-3 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team returns to St. John Arena this weekend to host Michigan State and Michigan. The Buckeyes will face the Michigan State Spartans Friday and the Michigan Wolverines Saturday in 7 p.m. matches. Last week OSU lost at No. 8 Wisconsin, 0-3 (25-30, 18-30, 20-30) and won 3-2 (25-30, 30-21, 24-30, 30-21, 15-10) at Northwestern.
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 10-5 overall and 3-3 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes lost, 0-3, at No. 8 Wisconsin and won, 3-2, at Northwestern. Danielle Meyer (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) leads the Buckeyes in kills per game with a 4.91 per game average. Ami Stevens (So., Centerburg, Ohio) ranks second at 3.79. Setter Marisa Main (Jr., Louisville, Ky.) is the top percentage hitter at .338 with Meyer second at .301. Main has a 12.37 assist per game average. Ashley Kiel (Jr., Allenton, Wis.) has a team-high 20 ace serves (.35 per game) with Meyer second with 19 (.33). Defensively, Stevens has a team-high 2.96 digs per game average with Meyer second at 2.33. At the net, Meyer is averaging a team-leading .86 blocks per game with seven solos and 42 assists. Nicole Britenriker (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) ranks second in blocking with a .70 average on four solos and 36 assists. The Buckeyes are averaging 16.53 kills and 14.98 assists and are hitting .247. OSU averages 1.53 aces, 14.47 digs and 1.79 blocks per game. Opponents average 13.47 kills and 11.88 assists and are hitting .223. They average .96 aces, 12.91 digs and 2.76 blocks per game.
A LOOK AT MICHIGAN STATE
The Spartans are coached by Cathy George. Michigan State is 9-7 overall and is 2-4 in the Big Ten. The Spartans lost home matches to Purdue, 0-3 (20-30, 27-30, 34-36) and Illinois, 2-3 (30-28, 28-30, 29-31, 32-30, 12-15). Katie Johnson leads the Spartans in kills per game with a 5.47 average. Megan Wallin ranks second at 3.33. Wallin is the top percentage hitter at .245. Setter Mickey Davis has a 13.41 assists per game average for the Spartans. Nicole Colaluca has a team-high 23 ace serves (.37 per game) with Davis second with 15 (.24). Defensively, Colaluca leads Michigan State with a 5.62 digs per game average with Marley Bellwood second at 2.52. At the net, Brooke Langston leads the team in blocks per game with a .75 average with 15 solos and 32 assist blocks. Johnson ranks second at .63 on 19 solos and 20 assist blocks. Michigan State is averaging 16.29 kills and 14.92 assists per game and is hitting .202. The Spartans average 1.38 aces, 15.89 digs and 2.33 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE-MICHIGAN STATE SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Michigan State, 33-24. In Columbus, the Buckeyes are 17-7. Ohio State won both matches last season, winning 3-0 (30-26, 30-23, 30-26) in Columbus and 3-0 (30-24, 30-25, 30-20) in East Lansing.
THE LAST TIME AGAINST MICHIGAN STATE (Nov. 27, 2004)
Behind Stacey Gordon’s 106th consecutive double-figure kill match (match-high 16 kills), the eighth-ranked Ohio State closed out the regular season with a 3-0 (30-24, 30-25, 30-20) sweep of Michigan State. OSU’s Ami Stevens added 14.5 points for OSU with 12 kills, an ace serve and three assist blocks. Michigan’s Kim Schram had a team-high 14.5 points with 13 kills, a solo and an assist block with Meghan Schoen adding 12 points with 10 kill and two ace serves. Ohio State hit .352 for the match to .211 for the Spartans. OSU had a 59-45 advantage in kills while Michigan State had a five to three margin in ace serves. The Spartans gave up six service errors to four for the Buckeyes. Defensively, Ohio State had a 59-46 margin in digs with MSU’s Marley Bellwood recording a match-high 19. At the net, the Spartans had a nine to five advantage in team blocks. MSU’s Brooke Langston recorded a match-high seven blocks with one solo and six assists. Marisa Main had 42 assists for Ohio State adding nine kills and 10 digs in the match while MSU’s Maggie Griffin had 39 assists.
A LOOK AT MICHIGAN
The Wolverines are coached by Mark Rosen. Michigan is 9-6 overall and 3-3 in the Big Ten. Last week the Wolverines defeated Illinois, 3-0 (30-20, 30-25, 30-19) and lost, 0-3 (20-30, 20-30, 34-36) to Purdue in home matches. They play at No. 4 Penn State Friday. Katie Bruzdzinski leads Michigan with a 3.81 kills per game average with Danielle Pflum second at 3.36. Lyndsay Miller is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .277 and ranks third in kills per game at 3.13. Setter Mara Martin is averaging 12.44 assist per game for the Wolverines. Bruzdzinski leads the team with 21 ace serves (.39 per game) with Megan Knoebel (.23) and Erin Cobler (.19) with 10 each. Defensively, Stesha Selsky has a team-high 5.41 digs per game average with Martin ranked second at 2.52. At the net, Miller has a team-high 1.43 blocks per game average with 16 solos and 61 assists. Megan Bowman, at .93, ranks second with six solos and 44 assist blocks. Michigan is averaging 15.06 kills and 13.94 assists per game and is hitting .247. The Wolverines average 1.26 aces, 16.67 digs and 2.56 blocks per game. Opponents average 15.11 kills and 14.13 assists per game while hitting .190. Wolverine opponents average 1.19 aces, 15.81 digs and 2.53 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE-MICHIGAN SERIES
Ohio State has a 41-12 lead in the series with Michigan. In Columbus the Buckeyes are 21-3 against the Wolverines. Last season OSU won 3-1 (30-22, 28-30, 30-24, 30-23) in Columbus and 3-0 (30-28, 30-24, 30-17) in Ann Arbor.
THE LAST TIME AGAINST MICHIGAN (Nov. 26, 2004)
Ohio State, with 19.5 points from Stacey Gordon, defeated Michigan, 3-0 (30-28, 30-24, 30-17) Friday night in Ann Arbor. Gordon collected a match-high 18 kills, one ace serve and an assist block against the Wolverines. Ami Stevens added 12.5 points with 10 kills, two ace serves and an assist block. Michigan’s Katie Bruzdzinski scored a team-high 15.5 points (14 kills, one ace, one assist block) with Erin Cobler adding 11 (11 kills). Ohio State hit .333 in the match to .205 for Michigan. The Buckeyes had a 55-47 advantage in kills and had a six to one margin in ace serves with Rebecca Kastein recording a match-high three to equal her career high. Michigan gave up five service errors to two for Ohio State. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 57-56 advantage in digs with Michigan’s Stesha Selsky collecting a match-high 21 digs. At the net, the Buckeyes had a seven to six margin in team blocks. Marisa Main posted a match-high 46 assists in the match while UM’s Lisa Gamalski.
LAST WEEK AGAINST WISCONSIN
No. 18 Ohio State women’s volleyball team dropped an 0-3 (25-30, 18-30, 20-30) decision at No. 8 Wisconsin Friday night. OSU’s Danielle Meyer scored a team-high 14 points with Ami Stevens, Nicole Britenriker and Ashley Kiel adding 10 each. Meyer recorded a team-high 12 kills and four assist blocks, Kiel had nine kills and an ace serve, while Stevens and Britenriker had 10 kills each. Wisconsin’s Maria Carlini posted a match-high 16 points with Sheila Shaw recording 14 and Aubrey Meierotto adding 13. Carlini had a team-high 12 kills with an ace serve, two solo blocks and two assist blocks, Shaw added nine kills, a solo block and eight assist blocks while Meierotto had 11 kills, an ace serve and two assist blocks.
With game one tied at six, three consecutive kills from Meierotto opened a 9-6 Badger lead. Wisconsin took the lead to eight at 21-13. OSU was able to reduce the lead to four, several times, the last at 29-25 off a Meyer kill before a Meierotto kill ended the game at 30-25. The Badgers hit .405 for the game to .312 for the Buckeyes.
Game two was tied at four when a kill from Wisconsin’s Carlini and a Taylor Reineke and Jackie Simpson block gave the Badgers a 6-4 lead. At 11-7 Wisconsin, an 11-point badger run opened a 22-7 lead. At 29-18, a Shaw kill ended the game for the Badgers at 30-18. Wisconsin hit .333 for the game to -.023 for OSU.
Wisconsin broke a one-all tie in game three off an OSU error and a Shaw-Audra Jeffers block to take a 3-1 lead. At 26-20, the Badgers scored the final four points of the match, closing out the game with a Meierotto kill for a 30-20 win. Wisconsin hit .371 for the game to .075 for Ohio State.
For the match, Wisconsin hit .374 to .129 for the Buckeyes. The Badgers had a 49-46 margin in kills and a three to one advantage in ace serves. The Buckeyes gave up six service errors to three for Wisconsin. Defensively, the Badgers had a 45-39 edge in digs with Jocelyn Wack recording a match-high 13. At the net, Wisconsin had a 15 to four margin in team blocks with Shaw recording a match-high nine blocks with one solo and eight assists. Simpson had 36 assists for Wisconsin with OSU’s Marisa Main collecting a match-high 39.
LAST WEEK AGAINST NORTHWESTERN
No. 18 Ohio State, behind a career-high 28.5 points from Ami Stevens overcame a 2-1 Northwestern lead for a 3-2 (25-30, 30-21, 24-30, 30-21, 15-10) win Saturday night in Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston. Danielle Meyer added 21 points in OSU’s come-from-behind victory. Stevens had a match-high 25 kills (.422) adding two ace serves and three assist blocks while Meyer had 14 kills (.310), four ace serves, a solo block and four assist blocks. Northwestern’s Lindsay Anderson recorded a team-high 18.5 points with 16 kills, a solo block and three assist blocks while Brittney Aldridge had 14.5 points on 10 kills (.562) and nine assist blocks.
From 3-3 in game one, Northwestern took the lead with a Julie Purcell kill and two OSU errors for a 6-3 Wildcat margin. Northwestern took the lead to as many as nine and saw OSU cut the margin to four several times before an OSU error ended the game at 30-25, Wildcats. Northwestern hit .282 for the game to .114 for Ohio State.
Ohio State broke a three-all tie in game two with three consecutive blocks to open a 6-3 lead. Meyer and Marisa Main had the first block and Stevens and Nicole Britenriker combined for the other two. OSU held a four-point lead at 14-10 before two OSU errors cut the margin to two at 14-12. OSU responded with four quick points from a Stevens’ kill, a Main-Britenriker block, a Meyer ace serve and a Main kill to open an 18-12 lead. OSU held a 28-17 lead before four Northwestern points cut the lead to 28-21. A Britenriker kill set game point at 29-21 and a Meyer solo block closed out the game at 30-21. The Buckeyes hit .167 in the game to -.026 for Northwestern.
Game three featured 13 ties and six lead changes. With the game tied at 16, an Aldridge kill, a service ace by Lauren Greenwood and an Aldridge-Courtnie Paulus block opened a 19-16 Northwestern lead. At 27-24 Wildcats, a Julie Purcell kill, a Paulus-Aldridge block set game point at 29-24. The Wildcats won the game with an Aldridge kill to take a 2-1 lead in the match. Northwestern hit .438 for the game to .278 for Ohio State.
Trailing 2-1 in the match, Ohio State broke a three-all tie with back-to-back kills by Stevens to take a 5-3 lead. Northwestern cut the lead to one at 12-11 with an Anderson kill. The Buckeyes responded with a four-point run beginning with a kill from Britenriker. A Britenriker-Ashley Kiel block, a Main kill and a Wildcat error followed to put Ohio State ahead, 16-11. At 28-21, a Britenriker kill set game point at 29-21. A Northwestern error ended the game, 30-21, to tie the match at two games each. The Buckeyes hit .486 in the game to .118 for the Wildcats.
Ohio State opened game five with an Amanda Miller kill and with her two ace serves took a 3-0 lead. At 8-4, OSU, a Meyer kill and a Rebecca Kastein ace serve gave Ohio State a 10-4 lead. A service ace by OSU’s Meyer set match-point at 14-8. Northwestern, with an Aldridge kill and an OSU error stopped two match points and trailed 14-10. The 25th kill of the match by Stevens ended the game at 15-10 for an OSU 3-2 victory. Ohio State hit .381 in the game to .500 for Northwestern.
For the match, Ohio State hit .288 to .216 for Northwestern. The Buckeyes had a 71-61 margin in kills and a 10-4 advantage in ace serves. Meyer collected a career-tying four ace serves in the match for the Buckeyes. Ohio State gave up nine service errors to seven for Northwestern. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 54-45 margin in digs with OSU’s Brittany Dahms recording a match-high 11. At the net, the Wildcats had a 15 to 12 edge in team blocks. Northwestern’s Aldridge recorded a match-high nine assist blocks for the Wildcats. OSU’s Main recorded 59 assists in the match while Greenwood had 27 and Stephanie Jurivich, 22 for Northwestern.
STEVENS COLLECTS A CAREER-HIGH 28.5 POINTS AT NORTHWESTERN
Ami Stevens posted a career-high 28.5 points in OSU’s 3-2 come-from-behind victory at Northwestern last week. She recorded a match-high 25 kills, adding two aces and three assist blocks in the contest. Stevens hit a season-high .422 (25-6-45) against the Wildcats, adding seven digs and two assists. At Wisconsin, she had 10 kills and six digs against the Badgers. Stevens is second on the team in kills per game at 3.79 and is the team leader in digs with a 2.96 per game average.
MEYER HAS CAREER-TYING FOUR ACE SERVES AT NORTHWESTERN
Danielle Meyer recorded four ace serves at Northwestern to tie her career-high for the third time. She had 14 kills (.310), a solo block and four assist blocks for her 21 points in the match. Meyer added seven digs and two assists against the Wildcats. At Wisconsin, she had a team-high 12 kills with four assist blocks and seven digs against the Badgers. Meyer tops the team in kills per game at 4.91 and is the team leader in blocks at .86 per game.
MAIN POSTS THIRD DOUBLE-FIGURE KILL MATCH OF THE SEASON
Marisa Main contributed 10 kills (.261) in OSU’s win at Northwestern. It marks her third double-figure kill match of the season. She added 59 assists, eight digs and three assist blocks against the Wildcats. She produced 39 assists, two digs, an assist block and a kill at Wisconsin. Main is averaging 12.37 assists per game and is third on the team in digs per game at 2.23.
KIEL HAS DOUBLE-FIGURE DIGS (10) AT NORTHWESTERN
Ashley Kiel recorded 10 digs at Northwestern for her sixth double-figure match of the season. She added seven kills and two assist blocks against the Wildcats. In the Wisconsin match, Kiel had nine kills (.273), five digs and an ace serve against the Badgers.
BRITENRIKER RECORDS A CAREER-HIGH SEVEN ASSIST BLOCKS AGAINST THE WILDCATS
Nicole Britenriker recorded a career-high seven assist blocks at Northwestern Saturday. Her previous high was four against Brigham Young this season and against Iowa in 2004. She added seven kills and four digs against the Wildcats. At Wisconsin, her 10 kills (.375) was her sixth match with double-figure kills this season. Britenriker ranks third on the squad in kills at 2.44 and is second in blocks at .70.
KASTEIN MOVES TO 16TH IN CAREER DIGS WITH 915
Rebecca Kastein, with seven digs at Wisconsin and six at Northwestern, has 915 career digs and has moved to 16th on the OSU career list passing Lisa Bettio (1982-85), 911 and Margie Meyers (1984-87), 909. Kastein needs 26 digs to move past No. 15 Tricia Stragliotto (1993-95) with 940. Against Wisconsin, Kastein started at libero collecting seven digs and against Northwestern she played defensive specialist recording six digs, two assists and an ace serve.
DAHMS HAS A MATCH-HIGH 11 DIGS AT NORTHWESTERN
Brittany Dahms, as the starting libero at Northwestern, recorded a match-high 11 digs against the Wildcats. It was her 10th start at libero and her third match of the season with double-figure digs. At Wisconsin, Dahms started at defensive specialist and recorded eight digs and an assist in her second start of the season as a defensive specialist. Dahms is fifth on the squad with a 2.13 digs per game average.
MILLER HITS A SEASON-HIGH .350 AT NORTHWESTERN
Amanda Miller hit a season-high .350 (8-1-20) at Northwestern Saturday. Her previous high was .358 (9-1-23) against Brigham Young. Against the Wildcats, she had eight kills, a season-high three assist blocks, a dig and three ace serves.
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 fourth in kills per game with a 4.22 average with Ami Stevens ninth at 3.74. Nicole Britenriker, in hitting percentage, is ranked sixth at .339. Marisa Main ranks third in assists per game with a 13.13 average. In service aces per game, Stevens and Meyer are tied for fifth at .39 per game. In team statistics, the Buckeyes rank first in aces (1.78 per game). OSU is second in hitting percentage at .248, fourth in kills per game at 16.43 and is tied for fourth in assists per game at 14.96. Ohio State is 10th (13.26) in digs and 11th (1.80) in blocks.
OSU 19TH 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 19th nationally. The Buckeyes received 407 votes. The Buckeyes had 484 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-21 of the poll. Others include Penn State at fourth, Wisconsin eighth, Minnesota ninth, and Purdue 21st.
HEAD COACH Jim Stone
Jim Stone is in his 24th season at Ohio State. He has a 481-266 record with the Buckeyes and is 266-154 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 531-308.
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 15 matches, starting five matches as a defensive specialist and four 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 15 matches with two starts at defensive specialist and 10 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 15 matches with 10 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 – career-high seven assist blocks at Northwestern 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 15 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 equaled her career-high of four aces at Northwestern – 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 13 matches – career-highs of 26 kills at Bowling Green – career-high 28.5 points at Northwestern – season-high .422 (25-6-45) hitting percentage at Northwestern – 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 13 matches, starting seven – 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 15 matches, starting 10 – hit a season-high .350 (8-1-20) at Northwestern – 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 15 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 15 matches, starting 13 – 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 eight 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.