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Oct. 18, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 20th-ranked Ohio State (12-5 overall, 5-3 Big Ten) women’s volleyball takes to the road this week with matches at No. 12 Minnesota (16-3, 6-2) and Iowa (13-8, 3-5). The Buckeyes face Minnesota Friday in a match that will be delayed televised by Comcast SportsNet Chicago Saturday at 4:30 CT. Dave Loane and former Ohio State All-American Audrey DiPronio Flaugh will call the action. OSU then travels to Iowa City to face the Hawkeyes Saturday. Last week the Buckeyes won home matches against Michigan State, 3-1 (26-30, 30-18, 30-18, 30-14) and Michigan, 3-0 (30-27, 30-27, 32-30).

MAIN NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Setter Marisa Main (Jr., Louisville, Ky.) 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

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 12-5 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes defeated Michigan State, 3-1 and Michigan, 3-0, in home matches last week. Danielle Meyer (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) leads the Buckeyes in kills per game with a 4.95 per game average. Ami Stevens (So., Centerburg, Ohio) ranks second at 3.69. Setter Marisa Main (Jr., Louisville, Ky.) is the top percentage hitter at .357 with Meyer second at .299. Main has a 12.62 assist per game average. Ashley Kiel (Jr., Allenton, Wis.) has a team-high 24 ace serves (.38 per game) with Meyer second with 22 (.34). Defensively, Stevens has a team-high 3.00 digs per game average with Meyer second at 2.34. At the net, Meyer is averaging a team-leading .89 blocks per game with eight solos and 49 assists. Nicole Britenriker (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) ranks second in blocking with a .72 average on four solos and 42 assists. The Buckeyes are averaging 16.83 kills and 15.27 assists and are hitting .256. OSU averages 1.55 aces, 14.64 digs and 1.84 blocks per game. Opponents average 13.48 kills and 11.91 assists and are hitting .220. They average .91 aces, 12.86 digs and 2.62 blocks per game.

A LOOK AT MINNESOTA
The 12th-ranked Gophers are coached by Mike Hebert. Minnesota is 16-3 overall and 6-2 in the Big Ten. Last week the Gophers lost at No. 21 Purdue, 1-3 (30-16, 24-30, 24-30, 17-30) and defeated Illinois, 3-1 (30-27, 30-27, 24-30, 30-21) in road contests. Leading Minnesota in kills per game is Sarah Florian with a 3.45 average. Meredith Nelson ranks second at 3.06. The top percentage hitter for Minnesota is Jessy Jones at .358. Setter Kelly Bowman averages 8.37 assists per game while Rachel Hartmann has a 5.57 per game average. Paula Gentil has a team-high 32 aces serves (.49 per game) with Bowman (.26) and Malama Peniata (.27) recording 17 each. Defensively, Gentil is the team leader in digs per game with a 5.54 average. Peniata ranks second at 2.97 digs per game. At the net, Nelson has a team-high 1.13 blocks per game average with 12 solos and 59 assists. Jones ranks second at 1.12 (11 solos, 61 assists). Minnesota averages 16.17 kills and 14.98 assists per game and is hitting .256. The Gophers average 1.62 aces, 15.71 digs and 3.02 blocks per game. Opponents average 12.25 kills and 11.46 assists per game and are hitting .113. Gopher opponents average 1.02 aces, 14.66 digs and 2.15 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE-MINNESOTA STATE SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Minnesota, 28-26. Of the 24 matches played in Minneapolis, the Gophers have won 14 and Ohio State 10. The squads played three times last season. OSU upset top-ranked Minnesota, 3-1 (30-24, 30-23, 18-30, 30-24) in Columbus and lost, 1-3 (19-30, 30-32, 30-21, 28-30) in the regular season match at Minnesota. The Buckeyes then lost, 2-3 (32-30, 32-34, 30-27, 28-30, 8-15) at Minnesota in the NCAA Regional Championship match.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST MINNESOTA (Dec. 11, 2004)
Ohio State ended an outstanding season with a 3-2 (30-32, 34-32, 27-30, 30-28, 15-8) loss to Minnesota in the Minneapolis Region Championship. OSU’s Stacey Gordon had career-highs of 46.5 points and 44 kills in the match. Buckeye Maya Mapp added 18.5 points with 17 kills while Danielle Meyer added 14 points with 10 kills, an ace serve and six assist blocks. Minnesota’s Erin Martin had a team-high 22 points for the Gophers with a team-high 20 kills and two solo blocks. Minnesota hit .298 for the match to .291 for OSU. Each squad had 87 kills in the match. Minnesota recorded six ace serves in the contest to four for the Buckeyes. Defensively, the Gophers had a 97-93 advantage in digs with Gopher Paula Gentil collecting a match-high 38. OSU’s Rebecca Kastein had a team-high 29, setting a new career high. At the net, each team produced 11 team blocks. OSU’s Meyer recorded a match-high six assist blocks. OSU’s Main had 78 assists in the match while Gophers Bowman (45) and Taatjes (37) handled the setting duties for Minnesota.

A LOOK AT IOWA
The Hawkeyes are coached by Cindy Fredrick. Iowa has a 13-8 overall record and is 3-5 in the Big Ten. They host No. 3 Penn State Friday prior to playing Ohio State Saturday. Last week the Hawkeyes won 3-0 (30-27, 30-26, 35-33) at Illinois and lost 0-3 (25-30, 23-30, 23-30) at No. 21 Purdue. For Iowa, Catherine Smale leads the team with a 3.68 kills per game average. Stacy Vitali ranks second at 3.24. Vitali is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .291. At setter, Kiley Fister has a 10.42 per game average for the Hawkeyes. Emily Hiza has a team-high 26 ace serves (.29 per game) with Smale, Fister and Tiana Costanzo with 18 each (.23). Defensively, Hiza has a team-high 3.85 digs per game average with Costanzo second at 3.05. At the net, Melanie Meister leads the team with a .99 per game average with 15 solos and 60 assists. Tied for second at .88 per game are Megan Gatens (7 solos, 59 assists) and Vitali (9 solos, 60 assists). Iowa is averaging 14.49 kills and 12.77 assists per game while hitting .202. The Hawkeyes average 1.35 aces, 15.54 digs and 2.21 blocks per game. Hawkeye opponents average 14.88 kills and 13.64 assists per game and are hitting .189. Opponents average 1.31 aces, 17.45 digs and 2.29 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE-IOWA SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Iowa, 41-8. In Iowa City the Buckeyes are 17-4 against the Hawkeyes. The last on-court loss came in 1988. In match last season, OSU won 3-0 (30-24, 30-27, 30-27) in Columbus and 3-0 (30-22, 30-20, 30-18) in Iowa City. The Buckeyes have won the last eight and 31 of the last 34 matches. The 34-match streak was broken by three matches that were forfeits.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST IOWA (Nov. 5, 2004)
Ohio State women’s volleyball team defeated Iowa 3-0 (30-22, 30-20, 30-18) Friday night in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. OSU’s Stacey Gordon scored a team-high 22 points with Ami Stevens adding 12. Gordon produced a match-high 21 kills (.429) and added an ace serve. Stevens had 10 kills (.400), an ace serve and two assist blocks. Iowa’s Stacey Vitali and Carolyn Giese each had 10.5 points for the Hawkeyes. Vitali had 10 kills and an assist block while Giese recorded nine kills, one ace serve and one assist block. Ohio State hit .352 for the match to .185 for Iowa. The Buckeyes had a 56-43 advantage in kills and had a 3-2 margin in ace serves. Iowa gave up six service error to five for Ohio State. Each squad produced 51 digs with Iowa’s Pam Kavadas recording a match-high 22. At the net Ohio State had a 5.5 to 2 edge in team blocks. OSU’s Marisa Main had 34 assists in the match while Iowa’s Justeen Patton recorded 29.

LAST WEEK AGAINST MICHIGAN STATE
No. 19 Ohio State women’s volleyball team defeated Michigan State, 3-1 (26-30, 30-18, 30-18, 30-14) Friday night in St. John Arena. OSU’s Danielle Meyer recorded a match-high 23.5 points for the Buckeyes with Nicole Britenriker adding 17. Meyer had a match-high 19 kills, adding three ace serves and three assist blocks. Britenriker had 14 kills, an ace serve and four assist blocks for the Buckeyes. Michigan State’s Ashley Schatzle had a team-high 13 points for the Spartans with Megan Wallin adding 12.5. Schatzle had a team-high 12 kills with a solo block while Wallin recorded 11 kills and three assist blocks.

Ohio State opened game one with five straight points off two MSU errors, two Ami Stevens’s kills and her solo block. At 15-12, a Meyer kill and two from Britenriker gave OSU a six-point lead at 18-12. The Spartans scored six of the next seven points to cut the margin to 19-18. At 20-19, two MSU errors and a Britenriker ace serve gave OSU a 23-19 lead. Spartan kills from Jessica Hohl and Schatzle and an OSU error cut the lead to 23-22. At 25-23, Michigan State scored five straight points to lead 29-25. A Meyer kill cut the run but an OSU service error ended the game at 30-26. Michigan State hit .480 for the game to .154 for Ohio State.

With a 5-4 lead in game two, Ohio State scored four consecutive points to take a 9-4 lead with two Meyer kills and two ace serves from Ashley Kiel. With two kills from Katie Johnson, a block by Brooke Langston and two OSU errors, Michigan State tied the game at nine. At 10-all, a Marisa Main (Jr., Louisville, Ky.) kill followed by her solo block gave OSU a 12-10 lead. Leading 16-14, the Buckeyes would out score Michigan State 14-4 to win the game, 30-18, on a Stevens kill. Ohio State hit .485 for the game to .205 for the Spartans

Ohio State took a 2-0 lead in game with on a solo block and kill by Stevens. At 12-8, a Meyer kill and a Stevens’ ace serve along with an MSU error gave Ohio State at 15-8 lead. The Buckeyes continued to expand the lead and won the game with an Amanda Miller at 30-18. OSU hit .344 for the game to .069 for Michigan State.

The Buckeyes scored the first nine points of game four collecting three kills from Stevens, one each from Meyer and Britenriker, an ace serve by Meyer, a solo block from Main and two MSU errors. The Buckeyes continued to build on the lead and held a 15-3 margin. At 23-9, Buckeye kills from Stevens and Britenriker gave Ohio State at 16-point lead at 25-9. At 26-10, two OSU errors and a Johnson kill cut the lead to 26-13. At 27-14, two Meyer kills and a Meyer-Main block ended the game at 30-14. The Buckeyes hit .500 for the game to .029 for Michigan State.

For the match, Ohio State hit .364 to Michigan State’s .181. OSU had a 70-46 margin in kills and a nine to two advantage in ace serves. The Buckeyes gave up nine service errors to eight for the Spartans. Defensively, Ohio State had a 49-45 edge in digs with MSU’s Nicole Colaluca recording a match-high 13. At the net, the Buckeyes had a nine to six advantage in team blocks. OSU’s Britenriker recorded a match-high four assist blocks for the Buckeyes. At setter, Main had 56 assists for Ohio State while Mickey Davis recorded 35 for Michigan State.

LAST WEEK AGAINST MICHIGAN
The 19th-ranked Ohio State (12-5 overall, 5-3 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team rallied from eight down (19-11) in game three to sweep Michigan (9-8, 3-5), 3-0 (30-27, 30-27, 32-30) Saturday night in front of 1,586 fans in St. John Arena. Leading the Buckeyes in points was Danielle Meyer with 21 (18 kills, 1 solo block, 4 assist blocks) with Nicole Britenriker (11 kills, 2 assist blocks) and Marisa Main (11 kills, 2 assist blocks) adding 12 each and Amanda Miller contributing 11.5 (11 kills 1 assist block). Main’s 11 kills combined with 47 assists and 10 digs produced her second triple-double of the season. Michigan’s Katie Bruzdzinski had a team-high 17 points (15 kills, 2 solo blocks) for the Wolverines with Lindsay Miller (9 kills, 2 assist blocks) and Sarah Draves (10 kills) adding 10 points each.

In a close game one that saw neither team take more than a two-point lead until the final play, Michigan overcame an OSU 2-1 lead with a Bruzdzinski kill, and OSU error and a Mara Martin ace serve to take a 4-2 lead. Tied at 16, Buckeye kills from Nicole Britenriker and Miller gave Ohio State an 18-16 lead. With OSU leading 20-18, a Draves kill, a Buckeye error and a Miller kill put Michigan ahead, 22-20. Michigan held a 24-23 lead when kills from Main and Ami Stevens with a Michigan error put Ohio State ahead, 26-24. At 28-26, OSU, a Buckeye error cut the lead to 28-27. A Meyer kill set game point and a Wolverine hitting error ended the game at 30-27. Ohio State hit .409 for the game to .273 for Michigan.

Trailing 10-6 in game two, Michigan scored five consecutive points to take the lead at 11-10. The run began with kills from Draves, Bruzdzinski, Martin and Miller and a Miller-Martin block. At 12-11, Michigan, the Buckeyes scored five straight points with kills from Meyer, Miller and Main and an ace serve from Ashley Kiel to take a 16-12 lead. At 17-14, two kills from Main, one from Meyer and a Main-Britenriker block made it 21-14, OSU. The Buckeyes took the lead to nine at 24-15 with kills from Stevens and Britenriker and a Stevens-Britenriker block. Michigan rallied with a 12-2 run to take a 27-26 lead. A Meyer kill tied the game at 27 and the Buckeyes took a 28-27 lead with a Main kill. A Wolverine error set game point at 29-27. Ohio State won the game, 30-27, with a Meyer-Miller block. Ohio State hit .302 for the game to .192 for Michigan.

After OSU opened game three with a 2-0 lead, Michigan responded with kills from Erin Cobler and Draves and an OSU error to take a 3-2 lead. Leading 8-7, Michigan had a 7-1 run to open a 15-8 lead. The Wolverines expanded the lead to eight at 19-11. With a five-point Buckeye run, Ohio State cut the lead to 19-16 with kills from Kiel, Meyer and Main, a Meyer-Main block and an ace serve from Kiel. A Michigan kill from Cobler and a Miller-Martin block put Michigan ahead, 21-16. A Meyer kill and a UM error made it 21-18. Michigan kills from Martin and Bruzdzinski and two Wolverine errors moved the score to 23-30. Kills from OSU’s Meyer and UM’s Bruzdzinski and two errors on both sides moved the score to 26-23. A Meyer kill made it 26-24 but Michigan kills from Draves and Cobler made the lead four at 28-24. A Meyer kill and a UM error cut the lead to 28-26. Cobler’s kill set game point for Michigan at 29-26. Buckeye kills from Miller and Meyer stopped game points to close the UM lead to 29-28. A Michigan error tied the game at 29. An OSU block from Stevens and Meyer gave OSU match point at 30-29. Michigan’s Miller responded with a kill to tie the game at 30. Main’s kill put OSU at match point at 31-30. A kill from Meyer kill ended the game at 32-30 for a 3-0 Ohio State victory. Ohio State hit .208 for the game to .174 for Michigan.

Ohio State hit .303 for the match to .211 for Michigan. The Buckeyes had a 65-49 advantage in kills and a three to one edge in ace serves. OSU gave up seven service errors to four for Michigan. Defensively, Ohio State had a 63-42 margin in digs with Stevens recording a match-high 17 for the Buckeyes. At the net, Ohio State had a seven to four edge in team blocks with Meyer producing a match-high five total blocks with a solo and four assists. OSU’s Main recorded a match-high 47 assists while Martin had 39 for Michigan

STEVENS DIGS DEFENSE
Ami Stevens produced a match-high 17 digs in the Michigan match last week. She is the OSU team leader in digs per game with a 3.00 average on 165 digs. Stevens added eight kills, three assist blocks and a career-high six assists against the Wolverines. She had 13 kills, six digs and three total blocks (one solo, two assists) against Michigan State. She added an ace serve and three assists against the Spartans. Stevens has had 11 double-figure kills and eight double-figure digs matches this season.

MEYER IS OSU’S TOP SCORER
Danielle Meyer continues to lead Ohio State in points (5.80), kills (4.95) and blocks (.89) per game this season. She had 19 kills, 10 digs, three assist blocks and three ace serves against Michigan State and collected 18 kills, seven digs and five total blocks (1-4) in the Michigan match. Meyer ranks second on the team in digs per game at 2.34 and is third in ace serves with 22. She has had double-figure kills in 15 matches, including the last five and has recorded double-figure digs in six matches.

MILLER HITS A SEASON-HIGH .632 AGAINST MICHIGAN STATE
Amanda Miller hit a season-high .632 against Michigan State last week with 14 kills in 19 attempts with two errors. Her previous best was .350 (8-1-20) at Northwestern. Miller added a dig and an assist block against the Spartans and equaled her season-high of 14.5 points set at Cleveland State. Miller recorded 11 kills, two digs and an assist block against Michigan Saturday. It marked the second time this season that she had back-to-back double-figure kill matches. Previously she had 12 kills against Long Beach State and at Cleveland State.

BRITENRIKER LEADS OSU IN HITTING PERCENTAGE IN CONFERENCE PLAY
Nicole Britenriker hit a career-high .524 against Michigan State and .391 against Michigan to continue to be OSU’s top percentage hitter in league play at .371 which ranks her fifth in the Big Ten. She had 14 kills, four assist blocks, an ace serve and a career-high eight digs against the Spartans producing a career-high 17 points in the match. Against Michigan, Britenriker had 11 kills, seven digs and two assist blocks. For Ohio State, she ranks third in kills per game at 2.56 and is second in blocks at .72. Britenriker has had eight double-figure kill matches this season.

MAIN HAS SECOND TRIPLE-DOUBLE OF THE SEASON-FIFTH OF CAREER
Marisa Main recorded her second triple-double of the season with 11 kills, 47 assists and 10 digs against Michigan. She added two assist blocks against the Wolverines. Earlier this season Main had 14 kills, 54 assists and 14 digs at Cleveland State. Her triple-double against Michigan was the fifth of her career as she produced three as a freshman at Xavier. Main’s first came at Jacksonville with 18 kills, 36 assists and 13 digs. She had 12 kills, 26 assists and 11 digs against Appalachian State and 12 kills, 35 assists and 15 digs against Fordham.

KIEL IS THE TOP SERVER ON THE SQUAD
Ashley Kiel leads the Buckeyes with 24 ace serves for a .38 per game average. She recorded two aces against Michigan State and Michigan last week. Kiel ranks fifth in overall conference statistics with a .38 aces per game average. Against the Spartans she added three kills, 11 digs and an assist block and recorded six kills and seven digs against the Wolverines. For OSU, Kiel ranks third in digs per game at 2.25 and has produced seven double-figure dig matches this season.

DAHMS PLAYING THE LIBERO POSITION
Brittany Dahms had 10 digs in each match last week against Michigan State and Michigan from the libero position. She has had 12 starts at libero this season and has twice started at defensive specialist. Dahms added an ace serve in each match and had two assists against Michigan. For the Buckeyes, she ranks fourth on the squad in digs per game with a 2.21 average with 135 digs.

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 4.27 average with Ami Stevens eighth at 3.57. Nicole Britenriker, in hitting percentage, is ranked fifth at .371 with Marisa Main sixth at .368. Main ranks second in assists per game with a 13.50 average. In service aces per game, Meyer is ranked second at .40 per game with Stevens, eighth at .33. In team statistics, the Buckeyes rank first in kills (17.10) and aces (1.77) per game. OSU is second in hitting percentage (.269) and in assists per game (15.57). Ohio State is ninth in digs (13.90) and 11th in blocks (1.92) per game.

OSU 20TH 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 20th nationally. The Buckeyes received 412 votes. The Buckeyes had 407 points last week. OSU finished the 2004 season with a 30-4 overall record and was ranked sixth in the final 2004 poll. The Buckeyes are one of five Big Ten squads ranked in the top-20 of the poll. Others include Penn State at third, Wisconsin seventh, Minnesota 12th, and Purdue 17th.

HEAD COACH Jim Stone
Jim Stone is in his 24th season at Ohio State. He has a 483-266 record with the Buckeyes and is 268-154 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 533-308.

BUCKEYES HAVE FOUR TELEVISED MATCHES
Ohio State is scheduled to appear in four televised matches this season. The Buckeyes will appear twice in the eight regional broadcasts scheduled by Comcast SportsNet Chicago. OSU will host Purdue Friday, Sept. 23 in a match that will be delayed telecast Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. ET. Ohio State’s Friday, Oct. 21 match at Minnesota will be delayed telecast Saturday, Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m. ET. The Buckeyes have two additional televised matches this season. OSU will host Wisconsin Saturday, Oct. 29 in match with will be delayed telecast by ESPN2 Sunday, Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. ET and will play at Penn State, at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2 in a live CSTV (College Sports Television) broadcast.

MAIN AND STEVENS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
The Big Ten Conference announced that Ohio State setter Marisa Main (Jr., Louisville, Ky.) and outside hitter Ami Stevens (So., Centerburg, Ohio) have been named to the 2005 Preseason All-Big Ten Volleyball Team by a vote of the conference coaches. The Buckeyes were picked to finish fourth in the coaches’ preseason poll. Penn State was picked to finish first with Minnesota second and Wisconsin third.

JOBST AND DIPRONIO JOIN THE OSU ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME
Outside hitter Gabriele Jobst (1991-94) and setter Audrey DiPronio (1988-90) were inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall Of Fame, Friday, Sept. 16 and were honored at halftime of the Ohio State-San Diego State football game on Saturday, Sept. 17. Previous women’s volleyball players in the Hall of Fame include Karen Alsbrook (1977-79), Lisa Bettio (1982-85), Laura Davis (1991-94), Holly O’Leary (1987-90), Mary Ormsby (1977-80) Vanessa Wouters (1996-97) and Leisa Wissler (1988-91).

STEVENS SPENDS THE SUMMER WITH US JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM
Outside hitter Ami Stevens was selected to the 12-player United State Junior National Team that traveled to Turkey to play in the FIVB Junior Women’s U-20 Volleyball World Championship, July 23-28. The squad finished 1-4 in pool play. She had been in training at the United States Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. since July 8. Stevens was also selected to the team in 2004.

MEET THE BUCKEYES
#1 Rebecca Kastein (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-8, Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) – 2005 played in 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 17 matches with two starts at defensive specialist and 12 at libero – season-high 25 digs at Cleveland State 2004 started seven matches at libero and three as a defensive specialist – averaged 2.23 digs per game with a career-high 19 against Michigan – double-figure digs in 10 matches.

#3 Anna Tengnas (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-5, Jr., Hyletbruk, Sweden) – 2005 has played in five matches 2004 played in 16 matches with three starts at libero – averaged 1.43 digs per game in 2004 with a season-high of nine against Dayton and North Carolina.

#4 Megan Blake (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-3, Jr., West Jefferson, Ohio) – 2005 played in one match 2004 did not play – named to the 2005 Buckeye Power Club for strength and conditioning.

#5 Nicole Britenriker (Middle blocker, 5-11, So., Cincinnati, Ohio) – 2005 played in 17 matches with 12 starts – career-high 18 kills against Illinois – career-high .524 hitting percentage against Michigan State – career-high eight digs against Michigan State – career-high seven assist blocks at Northwestern 2004 played in 22 matches with one start – USA National experience includes the Youth National Team in 2001 and 2003 and the Junior National Team in 2004.

#6 Danielle Meyer (Middle Blocker, 6-1, So., Cincinnati, Ohio) – 2005 started all 17 matches – career-high 29 kills at Cleveland State – career-high 31 points and 17 digs at Bowling Green – season-high seven blocks (1-6) at Bowling Green equaled her career-high of four aces at Northwestern – named to the Buckeye Classic All-Tournament Team – named to the Bowling Green Invitational All-Tournament Team 2004 started all 34 matches – averaged 2.91 kills, .75 digs and 1.10 blocks per game – career-high nine blocks against Illinois – USA National experience includes the Youth National Team in 2003.

#7 Ami Stevens (Outside Hitter, 6-1, So., Centerburg, Ohio) – 2005 started and played in 15 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 – 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 13 matches, starting seven – season-high three digs at Cleveland State – season-high seven kills against Long Beach State – hit a season-high .308 against Toledo 2003-04 played two years at Southwest Missouri State-West Plains Junior College – first team American Volleyball Coaches Association Junior College All-American and a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American in 2004 – averaged 4.12 kills, 3.68 digs and .33 blocks per game in 2004 – a second-team AVCA and NJCAA JC All-American – career-highs of 23 kills against Southern Idaho in 2003 and 27 digs against Tennessee in 2004.

#11 Amanda Miller (Outside hitter, 5-11, Sr., Littleton, Colo.) – 2005 played in 17 matches, starting 12 – hit a season-high .632 against Michigan State – season-high 14 kills against Michigan State 2004 played in 27 matches 2003 had 16 starts.

#13 Marisa Main (Setter, 5-9, Jr., Louisville, Ky./Xavier) – 2005 started all 17 matches – season-high 70 assists against Purdue – season-highs of 14 kills at Cleveland State – career-high 22 digs against Purdue – produced a triple-double (14 kills, 54 assists, 14 digs) at Cleveland State – 11 kills, 47 assists and 10 digs against Michigan for her fifth triple-double of her career – hit a season-high .786 against Michigan – named the Big Ten Player of the Week for her play against Michigan State and Michigan – 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 17 matches, starting 15 – season-high 17 kills against Purdue – season-high 16 digs against Pittsburgh – 2003-04 played two seasons at Division II Northern Michigan – 2004 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference Selection – averaged 2.58 kills, 3.24 digs and 1.10 blocks per game in 2004 – career-high 23 kills at Ashland in 2004 – career-high 26 digs at Hillsdale in 2004 – second team GLIAC All-Conference selection in 2003 – named the 2003 AVCA Great Lakes Region Freshman of the Year – 2003 Great Lakes All-Region honorable mention selection.

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