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Sept. 21, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State (10-0 overall) women’s volleyball team opens Big Ten Conference play with a road trip to Wisconsin (6-2) and Northwestern (5-5). The Badgers will host 20th-ranked Ohio State Friday, Sept. 24 in the Wisconsin Field House. OSU will then face Northwestern Saturday, Sept. 25 in Welsh-Ryan Arena. Last week the Buckeyes won its own Buckeye Classic with wins over Florida International (3-0), Northeastern (3-1) and Montana State (3-0).

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Jim Stone. Ohio State is 10-0 on the season and ranked 20th in the latest USA TODAY/CSTV Coaches Poll. OSU won the Buckeye Classic last weekend with wins over Florida International, 3-0 (30-15, 30-23, 30-23), Northeastern, 3-1 (29-31, 30-17, 30-22, 30-20) and Montana State, 3-0 (30-19, 30-23, 30-24).

OHIO STATE BY THE NUMBERS
For the season, Stacey Gordon (Sr., Oshawa, Ontario) leads the Buckeyes in kills with 224 for a 7.00 per game average. She is also the team leader in aces with 18 (.56 per game) and is hitting a team-high .447. Setter Marisa Main (So., Louisville, Ky.) leads the team in assists 493 (14.94 per game). Defensively, Rebecca Kastein (Jr., Mt. Lebanon, Pa.) leads the team in digs with 87 for a 2.81 digs per game average. At the net, Danielle Meyer (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) has a team-high 29 blocks with a solo and 28 assists for a .88 per game average. Meyer is second in kills with 113 for a 3.42 per game average

A LOOK AT WISCONSIN
The Badgers are coached by Pete Waite. Wisconsin is 6-2 having won its last four matches including the last three at home. Over last weekend Wisconsin defeated Virginia, 3-0 (30-20, 30-20, 3-21), Marshall, 3-0 (30-13, 30-19, 30-24) and Cincinnati, 3-0 (30-25, 30-25, 30-20.

WISCONSIN BY THE NUMBERS
Sheila Shaw leads Wisconsin with 109 kills for a 3.76 kills per game average. Jackie Simpson has a team-high 370 assists and is averaging 12.76 per game. Aubrey Meierotto has a team-high 10 ace serves for a .34 per game average. Defensively, Jocelyn Wack leads Wisconsin in digs with 115 for a 3.97 per game average. At the net, Shaw has a team-high 40 blocks with two solos and 38 assists and has a 1.38 per game average. The Badgers are hitting .266 and average 14.83 kills per game. Wisconsin averages 13.70 assists, 1.10 aces, 13.77 digs and 3.43 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .198 and average 14.47 kills per game. Badger opponents average 13.43 assists, 1.07 aces, 14.43 digs and 2.08 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – WISCONSIN SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with the Badgers, 25-23, but has lost the last 14 matches. The streak includes two OSU wins that were later forfeited. In Madison, Wisconsin has a 13-11 record over Ohio State and has won the last eight matches played in Madison (including two forfeits). Ohio State’s last victory in Madison was on Oct. 28, 1995, a 3-1 (8-15, 15-7, 15-7, 15-3) win. Last year Ohio State lost 1-3 (15-30, 30-26, 20-30, 22-30) in Madison and 0-3 (25-30, 25-40, 27-30) in Columbus.

A LOOK AT NORTHWESTERN
The Wildcats are coached by Keylor Chan. Northwestern is 5-5 on the season. Last weekend the Wildcats lost two of three matches at home. Northwestern defeated Villanova, 3-0 (30-16, 30-24, 30-23) and lost to Western Kentucky, 1-3 (30-28, 17-30, 29-31, 24-30) and Stanford, 0-3 (17-30, 23-30, 18-30).

NORTHWESTERN BY THE NUMBERS
Julie Purcell leads Northwestern in kills with 112 and a 3.39 kills per game average. Drew Robertson has a team-high 354 assists for a 10.41 average. Robertson, Christie Gardner and Lizzie Carlson share team-high honors for aces with nine each (.26). Defensively, Gardner has a team-high 130 digs and is averaging 3.82 per game. At the net, Brittney Aldridge has a team-high 30 blocks with three solos and 27 assists for a .88 per game average. Northwestern is hitting .181 and averages 15.00 kills per game. The Wildcats average 13.41 assists, 1.38 aces, 14.53 digs and 1.93 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .205 and average 13.91 kills per game. They average 12.38 assists, 1.44 aces, 14.82 digs and 2.25 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – NORTHWESTERN SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Northwestern, 36-15. The Buckeyes have lost the last two matches against Northwestern. OSU was defeated 2-3 (24-30, 30-19, 27-30, 35-33, 12-15) in Evanston and 1-3 (30-21, 20-30, 32-34, 26-30) in Columbus.

REVIEWING THE FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL MATCH
Ohio State defeated Florida International, 3-0 (30-25, 30-23, 30-23) in the opening round of the Buckeye Classic. OSU’s Stacey Gordon had a match-high 17 kills and hit .519 in the win. Buckeyes Ami Stevens and Maya Mapp had nine and eight kills, respectively. Anna Dmowska and Ruth Flemig had eight kills each for the Golden Panthers. OSU hit .337 for the match to .051 for FIU. The Buckeyes had a 45-29 margin in kills and had a nine to three advantage in ace serves. Defensively, OSU had a 34-21 advantage in digs and out blocked FIU, 12-5.

REVIEWING THE NORTHEASTERN MATCH
Behind 25 kills and 15 digs from Stacey Gordon, Ohio State defeated Northeastern, 3-1 (29-31, 30-17, 30-22, 30-20) in the second round of the Buckeye Classic. Also in double-figures for OSU was Danielle Meyer with 15 kills and Maya Mapp with 14. Huskie Whitney Turner had a team-high 20 kills for Northeastern with Larissa Adomat adding 10. For the match, Ohio State out hit Northeastern, .302 to .183. OSU had a 76-54 advantage in kills and a 5-4 margin in aces. Defensively, the Huskies had a 72-69 advantage in digs with Kira Batura recording 21 digs and Ashley Adamczyk 20 for Northeastern. At the net, OSU had an 8-4 margin in team blocks.

REVIEWING THE MONTANA STATE MATCH
Ohio State won the Buckeye Classic Championship with a 3-0 (30-19, 30-23, 30-24) victory over Montana State. OSU’s Stacey Gordon had a match-high 25 kills and hit .583 in the Victory. Danielle Meyer and Maya Mapp added 12 kills each for OSU. Bobcat Megan Zanto scored a team-high eight kills for Montana State. OSU out hit Montana State, .402 to .253 and had a 5-1 margin in ace serves. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 41-30 advantage in digs while each team had five team blocks. OSU’s Gordon was named MVP of the Classic with teammates Mapp and Marisa Main named to the All-Tournament Team. Also named to the team were Montana State’s Angela Wiebe, Kim Stonehouse and Kandice Kelly and Northeastern’s Ashley Adamczyk.

BUCKEYES WIN BUCKEYE CLASSIC
With wins over Florida International, Northeastern and Montana State, Ohio State won the Buckeye Classic Championship last weekend. Ohio State’s Stacey Gordon was named the Classic Most Valuable Player while Marisa Main and Maya Mapp were named to the All-Tournament Team. This was OSU’s third tournament championship this season.

COACH STONE REACHES 500TH CAREER VICTORY
Ohio State’s win Friday against Northeastern marked the 500th career victory for head coach Jim Stone. His career record stands at 501-299. At Ohio State, Stone’s record is 451-257.

FOR THIRD TIME OSU ENTERS BIG TEN PLAY UNDEFEATED
With Ohio State’s 10-0 mark entering Big Ten play, this marks the third time the Buckeyes have entered conference play undefeated. The last time was in 2001 when OSU was 8-0 going into league play. The Buckeye went 13-0 before losing. The first time was in 1996 when Ohio State was 11-0 but lost the first two Big Ten matches.

GORDON RANKED NO. 1, MAIN NO. 2 IN NATIONAL STATISTICS LAST WEEK
The NCAA national statistics released last week had Stacey Gordon ranked first in kills per game at 7.20 and Marisa Main ranked second in assist per game at 14.75. Gordon finished the 2003 season ranked second nationally. In team statistics, Ohio State ranked third in assists per game at 16.36, fourth in kills per game at 17.70 and fourth in hitting percentage at .324.

GORDON MOVES TO FOURTH IN BIG TEN CAREER KILLS WITH 2,180
With 67 kills last weekend in the Buckeye Classic, Stacey Gordon now has 2,180 career kills and has moved to fourth in Big Ten career kills for the conference. She passed Andrea Gonzalez of Minnesota (1985-88) who has 2,140 over the weekend. Gordon needs 113 kills to move past No. 3 Jenna Wrobel (1995-98) of Michigan State who has 2,292. The Big Ten career kills leader is Nicole Branagh (1997-2000) of Minnesota with 2,379.

GORDON EXTENDS DOUBLE-FIGURE KILLS STREAK TO 86 MATCHES
Last week Stacey Gordon extended her streak of double-figure kill matches to 86. At the Buckeye Classic, Gordon produced 17 kills against Florida International and 25 in matches against Northeastern and Montana State. She has had double-figure kills in 99 of her 101 matches in her career.

GORDON MOVES TO SIXTH IN OSU CAREER ACES
With two ace serves in each of the three matches in the Buckeye Classic, Stacey Gordon now has 142 career aces and has moved to sixth on the OSU career list. She passed Jenny Jackson (1992-95) with 137 and Marlene O’Brien (1983-86) with 138 to move into sixth. Gordon needs six aces to pass No. 5 Shelly Draeger (1999-02) who has 147.

GORDON NOW FIFTH IN CAREER DIGS WITH 1,211
With a season-high 15 digs against Northeastern and eight in the matches against Florida International and Montana State, Stacey Gordon added 31 digs to her career total that now stands at 1,211. She has moved into fifth place passing pass Erika Schlitz (1988-91) who has 1,197. Gordon need 29 digs to pass No. 4 Laura Davis (1991-94) who has 1,239.

MAIN DIRECTING BUCKEYES TO BIG NUMBERS
Marisa Main, a transfer from Xavier, has started all 10 matches at setter for the Buckeyes and has OSU at 10-0 on the season. Main is leading the Big Ten with a 14.94 assist per game average and was ranked second the country last week in NCAA statistics. An Atlantic-10 All-Conference selection as a freshman, Main is averaging 2.03 digs and 1.03 kills per game for OSU. She has twice had double-figure digs this season including a season-high 13 against Northeastern. Main has been an All-Tournament selection three times this season including last week’s Buckeye Classic.

MAPP CONTINUES TO IMPACT THE MIDDLE
Maya Mapp (Sr., Washington, D.C.), a transfer from North Carolina State, had double-figure kills in two of the three matches last weekend at the Buckeye Classic. She had a season-high 14 kills against Northeastern and added 12 kills against Montana State. Mapp is third on the team in kills with 80 with a 2.50 per game average. She is hitting .397 on the season and ranks fourth in the Big Ten. Mapp has hit .400 or better in six matches this season. At the net, she is second on the team in total blocks with 26 with four solos and 22 assists and has a .81 per game average. Mapp was an All-Tournament Selection last weekend at the Buckeye Classic.

MEYER ESTABLISHES HERSELF IN THE MIDDLE
The combination of Danielle Meyer and Maya Mapp has given Ohio State a middle attack that can not be overlooked. Meyer ranks second on the squad in kills with 113 and has a 3.42 per game average. She is hitting .362 and ranks seventh in the Big Ten this week. Defensively, Meyer has a team-high 29 blocks with a solo and 28 assists for a team-high .88 blocks per game average. She has had double-figure kills in six matches including OSU’s last two where she had 15 against Northeastern and 12 against Montana State. She also produced a career-high seven assist blocks in OSU’s match against Florida International last weekend.

STEVENS PRODUCING STRONG DEFENSIVE NUMBERS
Ami Stevens (Fr., Centerburg, Ohio) has recorded 83 digs on the season and ranks third on the team with a 2.52 digs per game average. She has had double-figure digs in three of her last five matches including back-to-back matches with 11 digs against Northeastern and Montana State. Stevens is second on the squad in aces with 14, averaging .42 per game. She had a career-high four ace serves last weekend against Florida International. Stevens is fourth on the team in kills with 73 for a 2.21 per game average.

McCARTHY GIVES OSU VERSATILITY ON THE COURT
The starting setter for 26 matches last season, Briana McCarthy (So., Beaver Dan, Wis.) as started all 10 matches this season at outside hitter. With the addition of transfer Marisa Main, McCarthy plays on the outside but gives the Buckeyes a second setter on the court. She has 42 kills on the season for a 1.27 per game average and is hitting .284. McCarthy has served up 11 ace serves (.33 per game) and contributed 23 blocks (1 solo, 22 assists) for the Buckeyes.

KASTEIN PLAYING THE LIBERO ROLE
The starting libero in the last seven matches, Rebecca Kastein leads the team in digs with 87 and has a team-high 2.81 digs per game average. She has had four double-figure dig matches this season including a career-high 18 digs against North Carolina. Offensively, Kastein has five ace serves and a kill this season.

BUCKEYE MOVE TO 20TH IN NATIONAL POLL
The USA TODAY/CSTV Top 25 Coaches Poll released this week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association has moved Ohio State up five positions to 20th. The Buckeyes entered the poll last week ranked 25th. OSU is one of four Big Ten squads ranked in the top-25. Minnesota is ranked 1st, Penn State fourth and Illinois 13th while Michigan and Wisconsin are listed as receiving votes.

GORDON SELECTED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
By a vote of the conference coaches, Stacey Gordon was a unanimous selection to the 2004 Preseason All-Big Ten Team for the third consecutive season. Gordon, a three-time Big Ten all-conference selection was on of three student-athletes that were a unanimous choice by the conference coaches. The others were Kim Schram of Michigan State and Sam Tortorello of Penn State.

BUCKEYES PICKED SIXTH IN THE BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
In the 2004 coach’s preseason poll, Ohio State was picked to finish in a tie for sixth with Michigan by the Big Ten coaches. Minnesota was tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the conference. Penn State was picked for second with Wisconsin third.

BUCKEYES OPEN SEASON WITH THREE FRESHMEN IN THE STARTING LINEUP
Ohio State opened up the 2004 season with a starting lineup of three freshmen (Nicole Britenriker (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio), Danielle Meyer, Ami Stevens), two sophomores (Briana McCarthy and Marisa Main) and a senior (Stacey Gordon). This marks the second time in six years that the Buckeyes had three freshmen in the starting lineup. In 1992, Suzie Stiling, Sue Calligaris and Shelly Dreager started in the opening match of the season. The 2004 lineup is the second youngest lineup for OSU. The youngest lineup came in 1992 when four sophomores (Laura Davis, Sara Daniel, Carrie Leonard and Gabriele Jobst) and two freshmen (Ashley Mullis, Kristine Jensen) started the season.

STEVENS IS GOLDEN FROM USA JUNIOR NATIONAL PLAY
Outside hitter Ami Stevens, prior to preseason practice, was a member of the USA Junior National Team that won gold at the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) Junior Continental Championships played recently in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A two-time all-state selection, her high school squad won the 2003 state championship, finished runner-up in 2000 and 2001 and reached the state semifinals in 2002.

BUCKEYES SET OSU MATCH RECORD BY HITTING .595 AGAINST YSU
Ohio State, with a .595 hitting percentage against Youngstown State, broke the previous Ohio State match record. The previous mark was .531 set against Northern Illinois in 1994. OSU had 62 kills in 98 attempts with 10 errors. Against Youngstown State, the Buckeyes had 59 kills in 84 attempts with nine errors. OSU started the match against YSU by hitting .909 in game one on 20 kills in 22 attempts with no errors.

GORDON HIT .857 AGAINST YOUNGSTOWN STATE, RANKING SECOND ALL-TIME
After being named the Big Ten and American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Week, Stacey Gordon continued to impress as she hit .857 against Youngstown State for the second best match hitting percentage in Ohio State history. She had 13 kills in 14 attempts with one error. That mark ranks behind Jenny Jackson’s (1992-95) .900 (9-0-10) set at Cincinnati in 1992.

GORDON SETS OHIO STATE MATCH RECORD FOR ACES
With eight ace serves in OSU’s 3-0 win at Temple, Stacey Gordon set an Ohio State match record. Gordon and six others previously held the record at seven aces. They include Gordon (at Minnesota, 2001); Shelly Draeger (Purdue, 2001); Shelly Draeger (Tennessee Tech, 2001); Anne Botica (Illinois State, 2000); Jenny Jackson (Indiana, 1992); Erika Schlitz (vs. Colorado State at Texas A&M, 1988 and Lisa Bettio (Bowling Green, 1983).

BUCKEYES HOST MINNESOTA ON FOX SPORTS CHICAGO
Ohio State’s home match against Minnesota on Friday, Oct. 1 will be broadcast by FOX Sports Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. ET. The match is one of 11 conference matches that will be carried by FOX Sports Chicago (8) or ESPN2 (3) this season.

VANESSA WOUTERS IS INDUCTED INTO OSU ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME
Outside hitter Vanessa Wouters was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall Of Fame, Friday, Sept. 10. Wouters played two years (1996-97) for the Buckeyes. A first-team All-American as a junior, Wouters also was the Big Ten Player of the Year and the Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year. For her career at Ohio State, she averaged 5.75 kills and 2.45 digs per game. She holds the Ohio State match record for kills (45) and points (50) and the Buckeye season record for kills (765) and points (867.5). 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) and Leisa Wissler (1988-91).

UP NEXT FOR OHIO STATE
Ohio State returns home to face Big Ten opponents Minnesota and Iowa. The Buckeyes will host the Golden Gophers at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1 in a match that will be delayed telecast by Fox Sports Net Chicago Sunday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. ET. OSU will then play the Hawkeyes at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2. Both matches will be played in St. John Arena.