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Oct. 19, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 20 Ohio State women’s volleyball team travels to East Lansing for a Big Ten match at Michigan State Saturday. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m. ET at Jenison Field House and the match will be streamed live on BTN.com.  The meeting will be only this season between the two squads.

MATCH BASICS
Schedule:

Saturday, October 20
No. 20 Ohio State Buckeyes (14-7, 5-4 Big Ten) at Michigan State Spartans (16-5, 4-5 Big Ten) – 6:30 p.m. ET

Live stats: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Live video: BTN.com
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RECAP: PENN STATE
The Buckeyes hosted No. 1 Penn State Wednesday and fell to the Nittany Lions, 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-22), in St. John Arena.
                Senior Emily Danks led the squad with 10 points, finishing with five kills, four service aces and a solo block. Junior Kaitlyn Leary had a team-best eight kills, while senior Mari Hole totaled six. Junior libero Davionna DiSalvatore had a match-high 17 digs and setter Amanda Peterson totaled 24 assists and nine digs with three block assists.

DOUBLING UP
Seniors Mari Hole and Amanda Peterson are leading the squad in double-double performances this season. Hole has a team-best 10 double-doubles (kills/digs) and has recorded double-digit kills in 20 of Ohio State’s 21 matches. Last season, Hole totaled 32 matches with double-digit kill margins and 21 double-doubles.
                Peterson has totaled five double-doubles (assists/digs) for the Buckeyes with double-digit assists in all matches played. Junior libero Davionna DiSalvatore has led the Buckeye defense all season and has recorded double-digit digs in 18 of 21 matches this season.

CLICK CLICK BOOM
Senior Emily Danks has consistently been one of the top servers in the Big Ten and had been making her way up the Ohio State career service aces list. She entered the season with 180, needing 28 to break Lisa Bettio’s record of 207 set in 1985. Danks picked up the record-tying ace in the middle of set two against Northwestern (10/6) and broke the record in the same set to give the Buckeyes a 25-23 victory.
                With 216 overall, Danks’ career average sits at .46 aces per set over 465 sets played to rank second overall in the category behind Bettio’s .52 average.

MOVIN’ ON UP
Five Buckeyes have found their way into program history, placing themselves on a handful of Ohio State’s career lists.
                Along with her record-setting 216 service aces, senior Emily Danks reached another career milestone earlier this season. In Ohio State’s 3-0 win over Toledo (8/25), she became the 19th Buckeye to record 1,000 kills in a career. Danks is tied for 15th overall with 1,211 kills and is 11th in attacks (3,147) and 18th in attack percentage (.263).
                Danks also ranks 11th in assist blocks (279), 12th in total blocks (315), 13th in total points (1,602.5) and 20th in points per set (3.45).
                Senior Mari Hole is fourth in kills per set (3.98), fifth in points per set (4.48), 14th in digs per set (2.67) and 18th in solo blocks (39), while senior Mariah Booth ninth in blocks per set (.93). Booth is also 17th in solo blocks (40) and 18th in block assists (221) and total blocks (254).
                 Setters Taylor Sherwin and Amanda Peterson rank in both assist categories. Peterson ranks eighth in assists average (8.45) and ninth in total (2,324). Sherwin sits ninth in assists average (8.19) and 13th in total assists (844).

MAKING RANK
Ohio State ranks in the top 10 of six statistical categories among Big Ten schools entering the weekend. The Buckeyes are sixth assists (12.57) and seventh in hitting percentage (.245). The squad is also eighth in blocks (2.18), kills (13.34) and service aces (1.20) and 10th in opponent hitting percentage (.214).
                Individually, Mari Hole ranks sixth in kills per set at 3.92 and eighth in points (4.41). Senior Emily Danks is fourth in aces (.46), while junior Davionna DiSalvatore is seventh in digs (3.77). Senior setter Amanda Peterson is 10th in the conference, averaging 8.44 assists per set.
                Against Big Ten opponents, Hole is fifth in kills (3.91) and seventh in points (4.27). Danks leads the conference in service aces (.55), while DiSalvatore is sixth in digs at 3.91.

SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE
The Michigan State Spartans enter Saturday’s match with a 16-5 overall record and a 4-5 mark in the Big Ten after sweeping Michigan Wednesday, 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-20). The win was MSU’s first in Ann Arbor since 2006.
                Junior Lauren Wicinski leads the Big Ten in three categories entering Saturday’s match. She is averaging a league-best 4.35 kills per set, .56 service aces and 5.21 points per set. Junior Alexis Mathews is third overall with a 1.31 blocks average and has 98 (13s, 85a) on the year. Sophomore Kori Moster is third in the B1G with a 4.48 digs average.
                The Buckeyes lead the series with a 43-27 overall record and have won the last five meetings. Last season, Ohio State captured a 3-1 win in St. John Arena on Oct. 22, 2011.

IN THE POLLS
With a 1-1 finish this past weekend, the Buckeyes slipped a spot to No. 20 on the AVCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll and are currently No. 18 in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Coaches’ Poll prior to the poll’s release Tuesday.
                The Big Ten has six teams ranked in the AVCA poll, including No. 1 Penn State. Nebraska (4), Minnesota (10), Purdue (17), Ohio State (20) and Illinois (25) are also ranked. Michigan and Michigan State are receiving votes.

HEAD COACH Geoff Carlston
Geoff Carlston is in his fifth year as head coach of Ohio State and is the fifth head coach in the 42-year history of the program. Under his direction, the Buckeyes have recorded three 20-win seasons and have reached the NCAA Semifinals twice (2010, 2011). He has coached AVCA All-America honorable mentions Katie Dull, Mari Hole and Emily Danks. Carlston is 96-64 overall at Ohio State and is 39-50 in Big Ten competition.
                Carlston is a 1993 graduate from the University of Minnesota. Prior to Ohio State, he spent five years as head coach of Ohio University where his squads played in five NCAA tournaments and captured five-consecutive MAC titles.

BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
The Ohio State women’s volleyball team was chosen to finish sixth as voted by the Big Ten coaches, the league announced. The Buckeyes return five starters from last year’s squad that finished seventh last season with a 9-11 conference record.
                Defending Big Ten Champion Nebraska was voted as the conference favorite, while Penn State and Purdue were picked to finish second and third, respectively.
                Emily Danks
, a senior from Round Rock, Texas, was selected to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team. Danks enters her final year at Ohio State as a 2011 All-America honorable mention and a 2011 All-Big Ten honorable mention.

UP NEXT
Ohio State kicks off the second half of the Big Ten season next weekend as the team travels to nationally-ranked Nebraska and Iowa, Oct. 26-27. The Buckeyes and Cornhuskers face off at 8 p.m. ET Friday, while Ohio State and the Hawkeyes compete Saturday in another 8 p.m. ET match.