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Oct. 25, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 19th-ranked Ohio State (14-5 overall, 7-3 Big Ten) women’s volleyball returns home this week to host Northwestern (12-8, 3-7) and No. 11 Wisconsin (16-3, 8-2). The Buckeyes face Northwestern Friday and host Wisconsin Saturday in a match that will be delayed telecast Sunday at 1 p.m. ET by ESPN2. Beth Mowins and Cathy Nelson will call the action. Last week the Buckeyes upset No. 12 Minnesota, 3-0 (30-28, 30-26, 30-28) and defeated Iowa, 3-1 (27-30, 30-21, 30-23, 30-27) in road contests. For their play last week OSU setter Marisa Main (Jr., Louisville, Ky.) was named the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I National Player of the Week and the Big Ten Player o fthe Week while middle blocker Nicole Britenriker (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) was honored as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

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 14-5 overall and 7-3 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes won road decisions last week at No. 12 Minnesota (3-0) and at Iowa (3-1). Danielle Meyer (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) leads the Buckeyes in kills per game with a 5.00 per game average. Ami Stevens (So., Centerburg, Ohio) ranks second at 3.63. Setter Marisa Main (Jr., Louisville, Ky.) is the top percentage hitter at .349 with Meyer second at .301. Main has a 12.75 assist per game average. Ashley Kiel (Jr., Allenton, Wis.) has a team-high 27 ace serves (.38 per game) with Meyer second with 23 (.32). Defensively, Stevens has a team-high 2.97 digs per game average with Meyer second at 2.39. At the net, Meyer is averaging a team-leading .99 blocks per game with 10 solos and 60 assists. Nicole Britenriker (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) ranks second in blocking with a .79 average on four solos and 52 assists. The Buckeyes are averaging 17.11 kills and 15.56 assists and are hitting .261. OSU averages 1.48 aces, 14.92 digs and 2.00 blocks per game. Opponents average 13.70 kills and 12.11 assists and are hitting .220. They average .94 aces, 12.87 digs and 2.64 blocks per game.

A LOOK AT NORTHWESTERN
The Wildcats are coached by Keylor Chan. Northwestern is 12-8 overall and is 3-7 in the Big Ten. The Wildcats won at Michigan, 3-0 (31-29, 30-27, 33-31) and lost, 2-3 (30-25, 21-30, 30-23, 19-30, 10-15) at Michigan State last week. Leading Northwestern in kills per game is Lindsay Anderson at 3.66. Cassie McLaughlin ranks second at 2.68. The top percentage hitter for the Wildcats is Brittney Aldridge at .322. At setter, Lauren Greenwood is averaging 7.07 assists per game with Stephanie Jurivich second at 5.27. Anderson leads the team with 27 ace serves (.40 per game) with Courtnie Paulus second with 23 (.34). Defensively, Christie Gardner leads the team in digs per game at 4.74 with Anderson second at 2.54. At the net, Aldridge has a team-high 1.10 blocks per game average with nine solos and 65 assists. Paulus ranks second at .78 with 11 solos and 42 assists. Northwestern averages 15.12 kills and 13.74 assists per game while hitting .227. The Wildcats average 1.53 aces, 14.66 digs and 2.33 blocks per game. Opponents average 14.04 kills and 12.54 assists per game and are hitting .211. Wildcat opponents average 1.31 aces, 13.47 digs and 2.14 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE-NORTHWESTERN SERIES
Ohio State has a 39-15 lead in the series with Northwestern. In Columbus, the Buckeyes are 18-5. Ohio State has won the last three matches against the Wildcats, winning last season in Evanston, 3-0 (30-23, 30-17, 30-25) and in Columbus, 3-2 (30-32, 30-20, 30-20, 30-11). Earlier this season, in Evanston, OSU won 3-2 (25-30, 30-21, 24-30, 30-21, 15-10).

THE LAST TIME AGAINST NORTHWESTERN (Oct. 8, 2005)
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.

A LOOK AT WISCONSIN
The Badgers are coached by Pete Waite. Wisconsin is 16-3 overall and is 8-2 in the Big Ten. Last week the Badgers split a pair of five-game road matches. Wisconsin won 3-2 (26-30, 30-21, 25-30, 30-27, 15-9) at Michigan State and lost 2-3 (24-30, 30-18, 28-30, 30-25, 14-16) at Michigan. Audra Jeffers has a team-high 3.43 kills per game average with Maria Carlini second at 3.37. Leading Wisconsin in hitting percentage is Taylor Reineke at .335. At setter Jackie Simpson is averaging 11.38 assists per game with Katie Lorenzen second at 9.44. Sheila Shaw leads the team in ace serves with 22 (.34). Carlini is second with 18 (.28). Defensively, Jocelyn Wack has a team-high 4.72 digs per game average with Carlini second at 2.88. At the net, Shaw is the team leader in blocks with a 1.69 per game average on 20 solos and 90 assists. Reineke ranks second at 1.66 with nine solos and 99 assists. Wisconsin averages 16.12 kills and 14.89 assists per game while hitting .271. The Badgers average 1.37 aces, 16.15 digs and 3.64 blocks per game. Opponents average 13.62 kills and 12.51 assists while hitting .134. Badger opponents average 1.08 aces, 14.86 digs and 2.13 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE-WISCONSIN SERIES
Ohio State has a 27-24 lead in the series with Wisconsin. In matches played in Columbus, OSU is 13-9. The Buckeyes won both matches last season, winning in Madison, 3-1 (30-20, 23-30, 30-18, 30-24) and in Columbus, 3-0 (30-18, 32-30, 30-23). Earlier this season, in Madison, Wisconsin won 3-0 (30-25, 30-18, 30-20).

THE LAST TIME AGAINST WISCONSIN (Oct. 7, 2005)
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.

MAIN HONORED AS THE SPORTS IMPORTS/AVCA DIVISION I NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK AND BRITENRIKER NAMED THE BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ohio State setter Marisa Main has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week and the Big Ten Player of the Week while middle blocker Nicole Britenriker was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. Main earned her second-consecutive Big Ten Player of the Week honor and her first National Player of the week as she posted back-to-back triple-doubles in wins at No. 12 Minnesota and Iowa last weekend. She had 12 kills, 37 assists and 13 digs in an upset sweep at Minnesota and 10 kills, 60 assists and 10 digs in a 3-1 victory at Iowa. Main, who has now posted three straight triple-doubles, has four this season and seven in her career. Running the offense, Main had three players with double-figure kills at Minnesota and five at Iowa. For the two matches, she had a .858 percentage in her assists with 97 of 113 leading to kills. She was 37 of 45 (.822) against Minnesota and 60 of 68 (.882) at Iowa. Main’s 97 assists on the weekend gives her 2,690 in her two-year career at Ohio State and has moved to sixth on the OSU career list passing Marlene O’Brien (1983-86) with 2,621.

Britenriker earned her first-ever Defensive Player of the Week award and is the first Buckeye to ever earn the Defensive award, which was implemented this season. Last weekend, the OSU sophomore had nine kills, five assist blocks, and career-highs of six assists and 11 digs in a 3-0 upset at Minnesota. The following night, she had 17 kills while hitting a career-high .609 (17 kills, 3 errors, 23 attempts) at Iowa, adding five assists blocks while setting a new career-high of 14 digs. Britenriker also posted her first career double-figure dig matches in back-to-back contests.

For the weekend, Britenriker averaged 3.71 kills and hit at a .413 clip. Her 25 combined digs and 3.57 per game average were both Buckeye team-highs. Her 10 assist blocks on the weekend for a 1.43 per game average was good for second on the squad.

LAST WEEK AGAINST MINNESOTA
The 20th-ranked Ohio State women’s volleyball team upset No. 12 Minnesota, 3-0 (30-28, 30-26, 30-28) Friday night in the Minnesota Sports Pavilion. The Buckeyes had five players reach double-figure points in the match with Danielle Meyer leading the squad with 17.5. Setter Marisa Main, with her second consecutive triple-double (12 kills, 37 assists, 13 digs), had 14 points, Nicole Britenriker and Amanda Miller with 11.5 each and Ami Stevens , 10. Meyer had a match-high 15 kills, a solo block and three assists with Main recording 12 kills, a solo block and two assists. Britenriker had nine kills and five assist blocks, Miller contributed 11 kills and an assist block and Stevens had nine kills and two assist blocks. For Minnesota, Sarah Florian and Jessy Jones recorded 14 points each with Meredith Nelson with 11.5. Florian had 12 kills, an ace serve and a solo block with Jones collecting 12 kills and four assist blocks. Nelson produced nine kills, a solo block and an assist block.

In game one, Minnesota held an 18-15 lead when a Gopher error and two kills from Stevens tied the game at 18. A Britenriker kill and a Minnesota block by Jessica Byrnes and Jones tied the game at 19. The Buckeyes then scored four straight points with kills from Ashley Kiel, Miller and Meyer and a Gopher error to open a 23-19 lead. At 26-22, Ohio State, a Buckeye error and a Florian ace serve cut the lead to 26-24. A kill from Stevens and a Buckeye error moved the score to 27-25. Minnesota kills from Jones and Kelly Bowman tied the game at 27. The Buckeyes took a 28-27 lead with a kill from Stevens but a Gopher kill from Meghan Cumpston tied the game at 28. Ohio State reached game point at 29-28 with a kill from Stevens. The Buckeyes won the game, 30-28, with a Miller kill. The Buckeyes hit .208 in the game to .128 for Minnesota.

Minnesota, in game two, held an 11-10 lead when a four-point run by Ohio State opened a 14-11 Buckeye lead. The run began with kills from Kiel and Miller, a Kiel ace serve and a Meyer kill. At 23-20, Ohio State expanded the lead to 27-20 with a Main kill, a Gopher error, and kills from Main and Stevens. Minnesota, at 28-21, with kills from Florian and Nelson cut the lead to 28-23. Britenriker, with a kill, set game point at 29-23 with a kill. A Florian kill, a Bowman-Nelson block and a Cumpston kill stopped three Ohio State game points to make the score, 29-26. The Buckeyes won game two, 30-26 with a Britenriker-Kiel block. Ohio State hit .362 in the game to .333 for Minnesota.

Minnesota took an early lead in game three, building a five-point lead at 19-14 with a Jones kill. With a Britenriker kill, a Britenriker-Stevens block and a Gopher error, OSU cut the lead to 19-17. At 21-19, A Britenriker-Kiel block and a Meyer kill tied the game at 21. Kills by Minnesota’s Jones and OSU’s Meyer tied the game at 22. The Buckeyes took a 25-22 lead with a three-point run starting with a Meyer solo block, a Gopher error and a Meyer-Miller block. Minnesota kills by Kyla Roehig and Bowman cut the Ohio State lead to 25-24. The Buckeyes, with a Meyer kill and a Minnesota error returned the lead to three at 27-24. Kills by Florian and Main made it 28-25. Minnesota with three straight points tied the game at 28. The run started with a Nelson solo block and two Ohio State errors. A Buckeye block by Britenriker and Main set match point at 29-28. OSU’s Britenriker ended the match with a kill for a 30-28 game three win to complete the sweep. Ohio State hit .204 for the game to Minnesota’s .163.

Ohio State hit .257 for the match to .202 for Minnesota. The Buckeyes enjoyed a 60-49 margin in kills while each team had two ace serves. OSU gave up seven service errors to three for Minnesota. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 54-50 edge in digs with Minnesota’s Paula Gentil recording a match-high 15. At the net, the Buckeyes out blocked the Gophers, 10 to nine with OSU’s Britenriker recording a match-high five assist blocks. Minnesota’s Bowman had a match-high 40 assists in the match while OSU’s Main recorded 37.

LAST WEEK AGAINST IOWA
No. 20 Ohio State overcame a 1-0 Iowa lead to defeat the Hawkeyes, 3-1 (27-30, 30-21, 30-23, 30-27) Saturday night in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Buckeye Danielle Meyer scored a match-high 29 points for Ohio State with Nicole Britenriker adding 19.5. Meyer collected a match-high 23 kills, adding an ace serve and a career-tying nine total blocks (one solo, eight assists) while Britenriker had 17 kills and five assist blocks for the Buckeyes. Buckeye setter Marisa Main produced her third consecutive triple-double match with 10 kills, 60 assists and 10 digs in the match. Iowa’s Stacy Vitali recorded a team-high 25.5 points with 22 kills, an ace serve and five assist blocks. Catherine Smale contributed 16.5 points with 16 kills and an assist block for the Hawkeyes.

Game one was close early and saw 14 ties with the last coming at 20. Iowa, with a kill by Vitali and an ace serve from Jacqueline Huguelet, took a 22-20 lead. The Hawkeyes built a five-point lead at 26-21. At 28-24, Iowa, two kills from Main and one by Ami Stevens cut the Hawkeye lead to one at 28-27. Iowa responded with a Smale kill and won the game with a Kiley Fister-Melanie Meister block, 30-27. Ohio State hit .410 in the game to .282 for Iowa.

Tied at five in game two, Ohio State took the lead with an Ashley Kiel kill. At 7-6, a Meyer kill, a Meyer-Stevens block and a kill from Stevens gave the Buckeyes a 10-6 lead. Ohio State expanded the lead and won the game, 30-21, with a Meyer kill. The Buckeyes hit .312 for the game to .162 for Iowa.

Iowa broke a three-all tie in game three with a Vitali-Meister block and a Vitali ace serve for a 5-3 Hawkeye lead. Iowa built a four-point lead at 10-6 but Ohio State, trailing 15-11, tied the game with two Britenriker kills, one from Amanda Miller and a block by Kiel and Britenriker. A Buckeye error gave Iowa a 16-15 lead but the Buckeyes scored five consecutive points to open a 20-16 lead. The run began with a Miller kill and an Iowa error. Two kills from Meyer and a Jackie Schardt ace serve completed the run. Ohio State held the lead and won, 30-23 with a Britenriker kill. Ohio State hit .311 in the game to .171 for Iowa.

Ohio State, in game four, overcame a 4-2 Iowa lead with kills from Britenriker and Meyer to tie the game. Another Meyer kill and a Hawkeye error put the Buckeyes ahead, 6-4. Ohio State held a 16-12 lead but twice Iowa cut that margin to one at 19-18 and 21-20. Kills by Meyer and Main expanded the lead to 23-20. A Smale kill made it 23-21 but two Britenriker kills and a kill and ace serve from Meyer took the lead to six at 27-21. Ohio State reached match point at 29-23 with a Britenriker-Stevens block. The Hawkeyes responded with four straight points off kills by Megan Gatens, Vitali and Smale and an OSU error to cut the Buckeye lead to 29-27. A kill from Britenriker ended the game at 30-27, OSU, to give the Buckeyes a 3-1 victory in the match. Ohio State hit .297 in the game to Iowa’s .350.

The Buckeyes hit .333 in the match to .242 for Iowa. OSU had a 78-61 edge in kills while Iowa produced a seven to four advantage in ace serves. The Hawkeyes gave up nine service errors to five for Ohio State. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 68-41 advantage in digs with Britenriker and Meyer collecting a match-high 14 digs each for Ohio State. At the net, the Buckeyes had a 14-11 margin in team blocks. OSU’s Meyer recorded a match-high nine total blocks with a solo and eight assists. Ohio State’s Main collected 60 assists in the match while Fister recorded 45 for Iowa.

MAIN CONTINUES TRIPLE-DOUBLE STREAK
Marisa Main, for the third consecutive match produced a triple-double in leading the Buckeyes to victories. Her play earned Main her second consecutive Big Ten Player of the Week award. She posted 12 kills, 37 assists and 13 digs in OSU’s upset at No. 12 Minnesota and came back the next night with 10 kills, 60 assists and 10 digs at Iowa. It marked her third consecutive triple-double after recording 11 kills, 47 assists and 10 digs against Michigan the week before. She now has four triple-doubles on the season and with three during her freshman year at Xavier has seven in her career. On the weekend, Main also contributed a solo and two assist blocks at Minnesota and five assist blocks at Iowa.

MAIN MOVES TO SIXTH IN OSU CAREER ASSISTS
Marisa Main, with 37 assists at Minnesota and 60 at Iowa, now has 2,690 career assists in her two seasons with the Buckeyes. She has moved to sixth on the Ohio State career assist list passing Marlene O’Brien (1983-86) with 2,621. Main needs 524 assists to pass No. 5 Jen Flynn (1996-99) with 3,213.

BRITENRIKER PRODUCES A TEAM-HIGH 25 DIGS LAST WEEK
Nicole Britenriker added another level to her play last week as she produced a team-high 25 digs in the matches against Minnesota and Iowa. For her efforts, she was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. Britenriker had a career-high 11 digs at Minnesota and added nine kills, five assist blocks and a career-high six assists. In the Iowa match, she established a new career-high of 14 digs against the Hawkeyes while recording 17 kills and hitting a career-high .609. Britenriker had five assist blocks against Iowa. For the weekend, she averaged 3.57 digs and 1.43 blocks per game adding 3.71 digs per game while hitting .413.

STEVENS COMBINES OFFENSIVE KILLS AND DEFENSIVE DIGS
Ami Stevens is providing the Buckeyes with both offensive kills and defensive digs. She ranks second on the squad in kills at 3.63 and leads OSU in digs at 2.97 per game. Last week at Minnesota she had nine kills, eight digs and two assist blocks and recorded 13 kills, 11 digs and three assist blocks at Iowa. Despite not recording an ace serve last week, she has 15 on the season, ranking third on the squad.

MEYER NOW 19TH IN OSU CAREER ASSIST BLOCKS WITH 181
Danielle Meyer collected 11 assist blocks last weekend to raise her career total to 181 and moved to 19th on the Ohio State career assist blocks list. She moved past Briana McCarthy (2003-) and Lisa Vitali (1985-89) with 177 each. At Minnesota, Meyer recorded a solo block and three assists with a match-high 15 kills and six digs. Meyer recorded a season-high eight assist blocks and tied her career-high of nine total blocks (1-8) against Iowa. She added a match-high 23 kills, an ace serve and 14 assists. Meyer leads the Buckeyes in kills (5.00) and blocks per game (.99).

MILLER HAS FOUR CONSECUTIVE DOUBLE-FIGURE KILL MATCHES
Amanda Miller has produced double-figure kills in her last four matches. Last week she recorded 11 kills at Minnesota, adding two digs and an assist block. At Iowa, she had 11 kills, two assist blocks and equaled her career-high of eight digs against the Hawkeyes. She previously had eight at Cleveland State earlier this season.

KIEL SERVING UP ACE SERVES
Ashley Kiel leads Ohio State in ace serves with 27 and has a team-high .38 aces per game average. She had two ace serves at Minnesota, adding three kills, seven digs and three assist blocks. Kiel recorded an ace serve at Iowa, adding three kills, six digs and three assist blocks. Her three assist blocks in both games is her season-high and equals her season-high total blocks set previously against Long Beach State and Indiana.

DAHMS PLAYING THE LIBERO POSITION
Brittany Dahms has now started at libero 14 times this season and has twice started at defensive specialist. She produced six digs and two assists at Minnesota and had four digs and a kill at Iowa. Dahms has 145 digs on the season for a 2.13 digs per game average. She is one of five Buckeyes that are averaging 2.13 or more digs per game.

OHIO STATE IN THE BIG TEN CONFERENCE STATISTICS
Four Buckeyes are ranked in the conference only Big Ten statistics released by the Big Ten Conference. Danielle Meyer ranks third in kills per game with a 5.00 average with Ami Stevens 10th at 3.49. Nicole Britenriker, in hitting percentage, is ranked fifth at .380 with Marisa Main eighth at .349. Main ranks second in assists per game with a 13.57 average. In service aces per game, Meyer is tied for third at .35 per game. In team statistics, the Buckeyes rank first in kills (17.59), assists (16.08) and aces (1.59) per game. OSU is second in hitting percentage (.275). Ohio State is eighth in digs (14.57) and 10th in blocks (2.20) per game.

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 499 points. The Buckeyes had 412 points last week and were ranked 20th. 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-20 of the poll. Others include Penn State at third, Wisconsin 11th, Purdue 16th and Minnesota 18th.

HEAD COACH Jim Stone
Jim Stone is in his 24th season at Ohio State. He has a 485-266 record with the Buckeyes and is 270-154 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 535-308.

Marisa Main NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK, Oct. 17, 2004
Setter Marisa Main was named the Big Ten Volleyball Player of the Week by the Big Ten Conference office Monday. She directed the Buckeye offense to a 3-1 (26-30, 30-18, 30-18, 30-14) win over Michigan State Friday and a 3-0 (30-27, 30-27, 32-30) victory over Michigan Saturday in home matches.

Main had seven kills and 56 assists against Michigan State Friday. She added an ace serve, three digs and equaled her season-high of four total blocks (one solo and three assists) against the Spartans. She produced her second triple-double of the season against Michigan with 11 kills, 47 assists and 10 digs. She added two assists against the Wolverines and hit a season-high .786 with 11 kills in 14 attempts with no errors. Main previously recorded a triple-double this season at Cleveland State when she had 14 kills, 54 assists and 14 digs against the Vikings. She also had three as a freshman at Xavier.

For the two matches, Main was the Buckeyes’ top hitter at .500 (18-3-30) and totaled 103 assists for an average of 14.71 per game. She ran a balanced offense for Ohio State by having four players with double-figure kills against both Michigan and Michigan State.

In Big Ten Conference statistics for league matches, Main ranks second in assists per game at 13.50 and is sixth in hitting percentage at .368

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 17 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 19 matches with two starts at defensive specialist and 14 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 six 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 19 matches with 14 starts – career-high 18 kills against Illinois – career-high .609 hitting percentage at Iowa – career-high 14 digs against Iowa – career-high seven assist blocks at Northwestern – nine matches with double-figure kills and two double-figure dig matches – named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for her play at No. 12 Wisconsin and at Iowa 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 19 matches – career-high 29 kills at Cleveland State – career-high 31 points and 17 digs at Bowling Green – tied her career-high nine blocks (1-8) at Iowa – equaled her career-high of four aces at Northwestern – 17 matches with double-figure kills including the last seven – eight matches with 22 or more kills – seven 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, 6-1, So., Centerburg, Ohio) – 2005 started and played in 17 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 – double-figure kills in 12 matches – double-figure digs in eight 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, 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 14 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 19 matches, starting 14 – hit a season-high .632 against Michigan State – season-high 14 kills against Michigan State – career-high eight digs at Iowa and against Cleveland State – double-figure kills in six matches including the last four 2004 played in 27 matches 2003 had 16 starts.

#13 Marisa Main (Setter, 5-9, Jr., Louisville, Ky./Xavier) – 2005 started all 19 matches – 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-highs of 14 kills at Cleveland State – career-high 22 digs against Purdue – has four 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 – hit a season-high .786 against Michigan – six matches with double-figure kills and seven matches with double-figure digs – 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 19 matches, starting 17 – season-high 17 kills against Purdue – season-high 16 digs against Pittsburgh – six matches with double-figure digs and seven 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.

#16 Jackie Schardt (Setter, 5-10, Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) 2005 has played in 11 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.