Nov. 21, 2006
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 19 Ohio State (21-7, Big Ten 11-7) women’s volleyball team closes out the regular season with home matches against Northwestern (14-13, 8-10) and Illinois (15-13, 6-12). The Buckeyes will host the Wildcats Friday and the Illini Saturday in St. John Arena. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. Last week, in road matches, Ohio State won 3-0 victories at Michigan (30-25, 30-22, 30-24) and at Michigan State (30-26, 30-25, 30-13).
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Head coach Jim Stone is in his 25th season with the 19th-ranked Buckeyes. Ohio State has a 21-7 overall record and is 11-7 in the Big Ten. Last week, in road matches, Ohio State won 3-0 victories at Michigan (30-25, 30-22, 30-24) and at Michigan State (30-26, 30-25, 30-13).
Leading Ohio State in kills per game are Anna Szerszen (Fr., Conflans Ste Hne, France) and Danielle Meyer (6-1, Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) with 4.37 averages. Briana McCarthy (Jr., Beaver Dam, Wis.) ranks third at 2.65. OSU’s top percentage hitter is Marisa Main (5-9, Sr., Louisville, Ky.) at .356. Setter Main is averaging 12.76 assists per game. Ami Stevens (Jr., Centerburg, Ohio) is averaging a team-high .34 aces per game with 33. McCarthy ranks second at .30 with 29 and Meyer third at .27 with 26. Defensively, Stevens leads the team with a 3.74 digs per game average. Ashley Kiel (Sr., Allenton, Wis.) ranks second at 2.33 and Main is third at 2.29. 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 .86 with eight solos and 76 assists. As a team, OSU is averaging 16.23 kills and 14.86 assists per game while hitting .280. The Buckeyes average 1.56 aces, 15.04 digs and 2.51 blocks per game. Opponents average 13.43 kills and 12.37 assists per game while hitting .182. OSU opponents average .99 aces, 13.35 digs and 2.53 blocks per game. A LOOK AT NORTHWESTERN
Head coach Keylor Chad is in his seventh season with the Wildcats. Northwestern has a 14-13 overall record and is 8-10 in the Big Ten. Last week the Wildcats defeated Indiana, 3-0 (30-21, 30-16, 30-21) and lost to Purdue, 3-1 (30-32, 30-18, 30-25, 30-24) in home matches.
Lindsay Anderson leads Northwestern in kills per game with a 3.51 average. Courtnie Paulus ranks second at 3.03. The top percentage hitter on the squad is Chelsy Hyser at .289. Setter Stephanie Jurivich is averaging 11.27 assist per game for Northwestern. Anderson has a team-high .38 aces per game average with 38 aces. Paulus ranks second at .34 with 35 aces. Defensively, Kate Nobilio leads the team with a 4.82 digs per game average. Paulus is second at 2.73. At the net, Hyser has a team-high 1.24 blocks per game average with 22 solos and 101 assists. Brittney Aldridge ranks second at 1.16 with 13 solos and 100 assists. Northwestern is averaging 14.60 kills and 13.42 assists per game while hitting .200. The Wildcats average 1.42 aces, 16.00 digs and 2.90 blocks per game. Opponents average 14.49 kills and 13.57 assists per game while hitting .186. Wildcat opponents average 1.48 aces, 16.25 digs and 2.58 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE SERIES VS. NORTHWESTERN
Ohio State has a 40-16 advantage in the series with Northwestern. In matches played in Columbus, the Buckeyes are 19-5. Ohio State won both matches last season, winning 3-2 (25-30, 30-21, 24-30, 30-21, 15-10) at Evanston and 3-1 (31-33, 30-28, 30-25, 30-20) in Columbus. Earlier this season, the Wildcats won 3-2 (30-28, 24-30, 26-30, 30-27, 15-10) in Evanston.
A LOOK AT ILLINOIS
Head coach Don Hardin is in his 11th season with the Illini. Illinois has a 15-13 overall record and is 6-12 in the Big Ten. Last week the Illini lost 3-0 (30-20, 30-24, 30-26) to Purdue and defeated Indiana, 3-1 (20-30, 30-13, 30-17, 30-23) in home matches.
Kayani Turner leads the team in kills per game with a 4.65 average. Vicki Brown ranks second at 3.69. Brown is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .333. Setter Lizzie Bazzetta is averaging 13.64 assists per game. In aces per game, Ashley Edinger has a team-high .38 average with 37 aces. Meghan Macdonald ranks second at .34 with 30. Defensively, Edinger leads the team with a 4.81 digs per game average with Bazzetta ranking second at 2.40. At the net, Macdonald has a team-high 1.18 blocks per game average with 16 solos and 89 assists. Brown ranks second at 1.12 with 22 solos and 84 assists. Illinois is averaging 16.00 kills and 14.94 assists per game while hitting .219. The Illini average 1.91 aces, 14.61 digs and 2.45 blocks per game. Opponents are averaging 14.21 kills and 12.88 assists per game while hitting .215. Illinois opponents are averaging 1.37 aces, 13.41 digs and 2.61 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE SERIES VS. ILLINOIS
Ohio State has a 31-28 lead in the series with Illinois. The Buckeyes are 13-11 in matches played in Columbus. Last season, Illinois won, 3-2 (27-30, 21-30, 32-30, 30-24, 20-18) in Columbus and Ohio State won, 3-0 (30-24, 30-27, 30-26) at Illinois. Earlier this year, Illinois won, 3-0 (30-20, 30-24, 30-21) in Champaign.
MEYER LEADS TEAM IN POINTS PER GAME
Danielle Meyer has a team-high 5.12 points per game average for the Buckeyes. She has a team-high 424 kills, 26 ace serves, a team-high 13 solo blocks and 67 assists on the season. Meyer had 11 kills, an ace serve and six assist blocks at Michigan. She recorded a match-high 14 kills and four assist blocks at Michigan State. Meyer hit .404 for the weekend while averaging 4.33 kills, 2.33 digs and .67 blocks per game.
SZERSZEN IS CO-LEADER IN KILLS PER GAME
Ana Szerszen is averaging 4.37 kills per game and shares team-high honors with Danielle Meyer. She has started in 20 straight matches since arriving from France in September. Last week she had a team-high 14 kills, an ace serve, nine digs and three total blocks (one solo, two assists) at Michigan. She collected 12 kills, two ace serves, five digs and an assist block at Michigan State. Szerszen is averaging .24 aces, 2.04 digs and .44 blocks per game on the season.
McCARTHY ADVANCES IN CAREER BLOCK TOTALS
Briana McCarthy, with two solos and seven assists has moved up in Ohio State career solo and assist blocks. Her two solos have moved her to 17th on the career list with 35. She passed Kelly Kessler (1982-83) with 34. In career assists blocks, McCarthy is now ninth with 253. She moved out of a tie with Sherri Rinker (1984-87) with 246. Last weekend, McCarthy posted seven kills, a solo block and three assists at Michigan. At Michigan State, she had eight kills, four digs, a solo block and four assists. McCarthy is averaging 2.65 kills, .30 aces, 1.19 digs and .86 blocks per game this season.
MAIN RANKS FOURTH OVERALL IN BIG TEN HITTING
Marisa Main ranks fourth in the overall statistics in hitting percentage in the Big Ten Conference. She is hitting .356 for all matches and is ninth in Big Ten league statistics at .311. Main is averaging 12.76 assists, 1.52 kills, 2.29 digs and .44 blocks per game on the season. In matches last week, she averaged 2.00 kills, 3.00 digs and 13.83 assists while hitting a team-high .440. She had 39 assists, 15 digs, seven kills and an assist block at Michigan while hitting .429. At Michigan State, Main hit .455 and had five kills, 44 assists, three digs and an assist block.
JONES HAS A SOLID WEEKEND
Felicia Jones (Sr., Concord, Ont.) averaged 2.17 kills and 1.17 blocks per game in the matches last weekend. She had seven kills, three digs and three assist blocks at Michigan while hitting. 333. At Michigan State, she posted six kills (.500), two solo and two assist blocks against the Spartans. Her three digs at Michigan equaled her season high set at Penn State and her two solo blocks at Michigan State equaled her career high at Iowa. Jones, who has started 18 matches, is averaging 1.79 kills and .80 blocks per game.
STEVENS NOW 12TH IN OSU CAREER DIGS
Ami Stevens, with 21 digs last weekend, has moved to 12th in Ohio State career digs with 1,024. She passed Vicki Wright (1983-86) with 1,023 digs and needs 22 digs to pass No. 11 Kristi Neuman (1983-86) with 1,045. Stevens ranks second in career digs per game at 2.18. She had 15 digs at Michigan, adding six kills, a solo block and three assists. Stevens had six digs at Michigan State adding seven kills. For the season, she is averaging a team-high 3.74 digs per game and is averaging 1.56 kills, .34 digs and .34 blocks per game. Stevens has a .964 reception percentage and has handled a team-high 923 attempts.
KIEL POSTS 20 DIGS AT MICHIGAN
Ashley Kiel equaled her season-high of 20 digs last week at Michigan. She previously has 20 digs against Indiana. Kiel had an ace serve and two digs at Michigan State. She has started 12 times at libero, including the last six matches. Kiel is averaging 2.33 digs on the season and has a .967 reception percentage with 672 attempts.
TENGNAS COLLECTS 10 DIGS AT MICHIGAN STATE
Anna Tengnas (Sr., Hyltebruk, Sweden) collected a team-high 10 digs at Michigan State last week as a defensive specialist. She added an assist in the match. At Michigan, she had four digs and an assist. Tengnas has played in 26 matches with one start. She is averaging 1.12 digs per game on the season and has nine ace serves.
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 19th 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, Minnesota 10th, Wisconsin 11th and Purdue 22nd.
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 514-275 record with the Buckeyes and is 288-162 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 564-317.
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 26 matches, starting at Michigan – season-high 11 digs against Arizona State – had 10 digs as a defensive specialist at Michigan 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 28 matches – became the 16th player to reach 1,000 kills against IPFW – has 1,277 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 24 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 28 matches, starting 15 with 13 starts at libero – season-high 14 kills against Iona – double-figure kills in 10 matches – double-figure digs in 18 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 28 matches with 23 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 26 matches, starting 18 – 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 and at Michigan State – 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 28 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 eight 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 20 matches – career-high 27 kills against Michigan – double-figure kills in 19 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 28 matches, starting 12 at libero and four as a defensive specialist – season-high 20 digs against Indiana and at Michigan – season-high four ace serves against Iona, part of a string of 18 consecutive points she served in game one – double-figure digs in eight 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, MICHIGAN 0
The 19th ranked Ohio State (20-7, 10-7 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team defeated Michigan (20-10, 7-10), 3-0 (30-25, 30-22, 30-24) Friday night in Ann Arbor. OSU’s Anna Szerszen shared match-high honors of 17 points with Michigan’s Lyndsay Miller. Szerszen had 14 kills, one ace serve, a solo block and two assist blocks in the victory. Michigan’s Miller posted 13 kills, an ace serve, two solo blocks and two assist blocks. Buckeye Danielle Meyer added 15 points with 11 kills, an ace serve and six assist blocks. Michigan’s Katie Bruzdzinski contributed 15.5 points with 14 kills and an assist block.
From a 5-5 tie in game one, Michigan with an OSU error and a block by Beth Karpiak took a 7-5 lead. An Ami Stevens kill and a Michigan error tied the game at seven. A Meyer-Stevens block, a kill by Stevens and a Meyer-Marisa Main block gave the Buckeyes a 10-7 lead. At 15-13, OSU, a Bruzdzinski kill and a block by Erin Penn tied the game at 15. Michigan, with a Karpiak kill took a 16-15 lead. After ties at 16 and 17, two Michigan errors and kills by Meyer and Szerszen gave the Buckeyes a 21-17 lead. Michigan cut the lead to one at 21-20 with kills from Veronica Rood and Miller and a Miller solo block. A Michigan error and a Meyer ace serve opened a 23-20 Buckeye lead. OSU reached game point on a Michigan error at 29-24. An OSU error made it 29-25. Meyer ended the game with a kill for a 30-25 victory. Ohio State hit .234 for the game to .184 for Michigan.
From a 2-2 tie, Michigan with a Miller kill, blocks by Bruzdzinski-Karpiak and Karpiak-Penn and a Miller ace serve gave Michigan a 6-2 lead. Trailing, 12-9, a kill and block by Szerszen and a Briana McCarthy kill tied the game at 12. At 15-all, a Main kill, a Michigan error and kills by McCarthy and Szerszen put Ohio State ahead, 19-15. At 27-20, a Felicia Jones-McCarthy block and a Jones kill set game point at 29-20. A Rood kill and an OSU error stopped two game points to make the score, 29-22. A Jones kill closed out the game at 30-22, giving Ohio State a 2-0 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .218 for the game to .056 for the Wolverines.
Game three saw 10 ties early, the last coming with a Main kill to tie the game at 12. Four Michigan errors gave Ohio State a 16-12 lead. Leading by five at 23-18, two Bruzdzinski kill cut the lead to 23-20. A Jones-McCarthy block and a Bruzdzinski kill moved the score to 24-21. A McCarthy kill and a Michigan error gave OSU a five point lead at 26-21. A block by Karpiak and Penn and an OSU error cut the Buckeye lead to three at 26-23. A McCarthy solo block and two assist blocks by Meyer and Stevens set match point at 29-23. A Michigan block by Rood and Karpiak stopped the match point at 29-24. The Buckeyes closed out the game with a kill from Stevens to win the game at 30-24 and the match, 3-0. Ohio State hit .163 in the game to .091 for Michigan.
The Buckeyes hit .205 for the match to .108 for the Wolverines. Ohio State had a 52-45 advantage in kills and a two to one edge in ace serves. The Buckeyes gave up four service errors to three for Michigan. Defensively, the Wolverines had a 71-69 advantage in digs with Michigan’s Megan Bower recording a match-high 22 digs with OSU’s Ashley Kiehl collecting a team-high 20. At the net, Michigan had a 13-12 margin in team blocks. Karpiak of the Wolverines recorded a team-high seven blocks with two solos and five assists while Meyer posted six assist blocks for OSU. Each setter, OSU’s Main and Michigan’s Stesha Selsky, recorded 39 assists each.
OHIO STATE 3, MICHIGAN STATE 0
The 19th ranked Ohio State (21-7, 11-7 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team defeated Michigan State (17-11, 8-10), 3-0 (30-26, 30-25, 30-13) Saturday night in East Lansing. Buckeye Danielle Meyer scored a match-high 16 points for Ohio State with a match-high 14 kills and four assist blocks. Michigan State’s Katie Johnson had a team-high 13 points for the Spartans with 12 kills and a solo block.
Game one saw three early ties, the coming at 11-all. Buckeye kills from Meyer and Anna Szerszen gave Ohio State a 13-11 lead. A Vanessa King kill cut the lead to 13-12. At 18-16, OSU, a Spartan error and a Meyer kill gave OSU a 20-16 lead. Michigan State would close to within one several times, the last at 23-22 with an Ashley Schatzle kill. A Marisa Main kill and a Spartan error gave OSU a 25-22 lead. A Buckeye error made it 25-23. An OSU kill by Ami Stevens and a Felicia Jones-Briana McCarthy block took the lead to four at 27-23. Two Michigan State errors set game point at 29-23. Michigan State, with kills from Schatzle and Johnson and a Buckeye error cut the lead to three at 29-26. A kill by Stevens ended the game at 30-26 for the Buckeyes. Ohio State hit .368 to .314 for Michigan State.
Ohio State opened game two with a McCarthy solo block and a Spartan error for a 2-0 lead. The Buckeyes took the lead to four points (12-8) but the Spartans cut into the lead and with a King block tied the game at 17. A Michigan State error and a McCarthy-Jones block gave OSU a 19-17 lead. A kill and ace serve by Allison Ianni tied the game at 19. The Spartans, with a Johnson kill took a 20-19 lead but Ohio State responded with a kill by Stevens to tie the game at 20. Ohio State took a 24-20 lead off a Spartan error, a McCarthy-Meyer block, an Ashley Kiel ace serve and a second McCarthy-Meyer block. At 26-22, kills by Meyer and Szerszen gave the Buckeyes a 28-22 lead. The Spartans, with a Buckeye error and a Miken Trogdon ace serve, cut the lead to three at 28-25. Szerszen, with a kill, set game point at 29-25. OSU won game two, 30-25, with a Main kill to lead the match, 2-0. Ohio State hit .321 for the game to .162 for the Spartans.
Tied at one in game three, the Buckeyes score the next four points to open a 5-1 lead. The run began with two McCarthy kills. A Spartan error and an ace serve from Szerszen completed the run. The Buckeyes, with a Main kill took the lead to 27-12. An OSU error made it 27-13. Jones, with two consecutive kills set match point at 29-13. Ohio State won the match, 3-0, with a Szerszen kill to win the game, 30-13. Ohio State hit .517 for the game to .031 for the Spartans.
For the match, the Buckeyes hit .400, holding the Spartans to .173. Ohio State had a 52-41 advantage in kills and a 3-2 edge in ace serves. Michigan State gave up nine service errors to four for OSU. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 32-24 margin in digs with OSU’s Anna Tengnas recording a match-high 10. At the net, Ohio State had a nine to eight edge in team blocks. OSU’s McCarthy and MSU’s King each recorded five total blocks. McCarthy had a solo and four assists while King had two solos and three assists. Main contributed 44 assists in the match to 33 for Ianni.