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Oct. 25, 2011

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 23rd-ranked Ohio State women’s volleyball team (15-8 overall, 5-5 Big Ten) plays host to top-ranked Nebraska (17-1, 10-0) and Iowa (11-12, 0-9) this weekend. The Buckeyes face the Nebraska Cornhuskers at 7 p.m. Friday and the Iowa Hawkeyes at 1 p.m. Sunday in St. John Arena. The OSU-Nebraska match will be web streamed on wwwBTN.com for a fee. The OSU-Iowa match will be available on Buckeye Vision at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com for a fee.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Coached by Geoff Carlston, the 23rd-ranked Buckeyes are 15-8 overall and 5-5 in the Big Ten Conference. Last week, Ohio State lost 3-0 (28-26, 25-18, 25-15) at ninth-ranked Penn State and defeated Michigan State, 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-21) in St. John Arena.
Leading the Buckeyes in points per set is Mari Hole at 4.55. Emily Danks ranks second at 4.44 with Kelli Barhorst third at 2.93. Hole has a team-high 4.01 kills per set average with Danks second at 3.54 and Kaitlyn Leary third at 2.34. Barhorst is hitting .331 to lead the squad. Danks ranks second in attack percentage at .288 with Hole third at .224. At setter, Taylor Sherwin is averaging 10.32 assists per set with Amanda Peterson at 9.24. Leading the squad in aces per set is Danks at .52 with 43. Hole ranks second at .19 with 16 aces and Sarah Mignin is third at .18 with 15. Defensively, Mignin has a team-high 4.57 digs per set average. Hole ranks second at 2.73 with Alyssa Winner third at 1.93. At the net, Barhorst leads the team with a 1.10 blocks per set average with 16 solos and 75 assists. Mariah Booth ranks second at .83 with four solos and 46 assists with Peterson third at .79 with five solos and 41 assists. In serve reception percentage, Hole has a .967 serve reception percentage handling 405 of 419 attempts. Mignin is second at .965 handling 525 of 544 attempts. Winner and Davionna DiSalvatore are tied for third at .956 with each handling 281 of 294 attempts.
Ohio State is averaging 18.00 points, 14.51 kills and 13.47 assists per set while hitting .244. OSU is averaging 1.12 aces, 15.58 digs and 2.37 blocks per set and has a .959 serve reception percentage. Buckeye opponents average 15.25 points, 12.45 kills and 11.63 assists per set while hitting .195. They average .82 aces, 14.36 digs and 1.99 blocks per set and have a .946 serve reception percentage.

A LOOK AT NEBRASKA
Coached by John Cook, the top-ranked Cornhuskers are 17-1 overall and 10-0 in the Big Ten Conference. Currently Nebraska has a 15-match winning streak. Last week, Nebraska won home matches against Iowa, 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-11) and No. 1 Illinois, 3-1 (24-26, 25-18, 25-19, 25-11).
Gina Mancuso leads the squad in points per set at 4.20. Morgan Broekhuis ranks second at 3.83 with Hannah Werth third at 3.15. The team leader in kills per set is Mancuso at 3.64. Broekhuis ranks second at 3.16 with Werth third at 2.71. Brooke Delano has a team-high .353 attack percentage. Mancuso ranks second at .298 with Broekhuis third at .281. At setter, Lauren Cook is averaging 11.06 assists per set. Mancuso is the team leader in aces per set at .22 with 15. Werth ranks second at .15 with 10 and Cook is third at .14 with 10. Defensively, Lara Dykstra leads the squad with a 3.70 digs per set average. Werth, at .284, ranks second with Cook third at 2.83. At the net, Hayley Thramer has a team-high 1.36 blocks per set with six solos and 66 assists. Broekhuis, at 1.04, ranks second with three solos and 69 assists. Ranking third is Delano at .85 with a solo and 57 assists.
Nebraska is averaging 17.22 points, 13.62 kills and 12.71 assists per set while hitting .281. The Cornhuskers average .90 aces, 14.81 digs and 2.70 blocks per set. Opponents average 13.01 points, 10.87 kills and 10.25 assists per set while hitting .129. They average .77 aces, 13.29 digs and 1.37 blocks per set.

NEBRASKA-OHIO STATE SERIES
Nebraska leads the series with Ohio State, 7-3. The Cornhuskers are 3-0 in Columbus, 3-1 in Lincoln, and are tied in neutral site matches at 2-2. Nebraska has won the last six matches against the Buckeyes including a match in 2000 that was later vacated by the Buckeyes. Ohio State last defeated Nebraska in 1991, in Lincoln at the Devaney Center, 3-1 (9-15, 15-9, 17-16, 15-7) in the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship. Earlier this season, Nebraska defeated Ohio State, 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-11, 25-16) in Lincoln.

A LOOK AT IOWA
Coached by Sharon Dingman, the Hawkeyes are 11-12 overall and 1-9 in the Big Ten Conference. Iowa has lost its last five matches. Last week, the Hawkeyes lost 3-0 decisions at fourth-ranked Nebraska (25-14, 25-14, 25-11) and at Northwestern (25-16, 25-11, 25-18).
Alex Lovell leads the team with a 2.96 points per set average. Megan Eskew ranks second at 2.71 with Tiffany Nilges third at 2.45. In kills per set, Lovell has a team-high 2.66 average. Eskew ranks second at 2.37 with Nilges third at 2.19. Mallory Husz leads the squad in attack percentage at .238. At .205, Nilges is second with Lovell third at .149. At setter, Nikki Dailey has a 9.29 assists per set average. Daily is the team leader in aces per set at .31 with 26. Eskew ranks second at .24 with 20 and Bethany Yeager is third at .14 with 12. Defensively, Yeager has a team-high 4.33 digs per set average. Eskew, at 3.00, ranks second with Dailey third at 2.34. At the net, Husz has a team-high .97 blocks per set average with 11 solos and 54 assists. At .39, Lowell ranks second with eight solos and 22 assists with Nilges third at .32 with 22 assists.
Iowa is averaging 14.47 points, 11.55 kills and 10.69 assists per set while hitting .163. The Hawkeyes average 1.16 aces, 15.06 digs and 1.76 blocks per set. Opponents are averaging 15.89 points, 12.57 kills and 11.99 assists per set while hitting .204. Iowa opponents average 1.22 aces, 15.78 digs and 2.10 blocks per set.

IOWA-OHIO STATE SERIES
Ohio State has a 53-9 record in the series with Iowa. OSU is 27-5 in Columbus, 23-4 in Iowa City and 3-0 in neutral site matches. The Buckeyes have won the last six matches with the Hawkeyes and 20 of the last 21. Earlier this season, Ohio State won, 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-18) at Iowa City.

OHIO STATE AGAINST THE NO. 1 TEAM
Since 1992, Ohio State has faced the American Volleyball Coaches Association top-ranked team in 15 matches. One loss was later vacated. The Buckeyes are 1-13 against the No. 1 team with the lone victory coming in 2004 (Oct. 1) in a 3-1 (30-24, 30-23, 18-30, 30-24) win over Minnesota in St. John Arena. In No. 1 matches, Ohio State has lost to Penn State nine times and once each to UCLA, Stanford, Illinois and Nebraska. A second loss to Nebraska was later vacated. (complete listing of matches against No. 1 located on page 7)

OHIO STATE RANKED 23RD IN THE AVCA POLL
In the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 poll from Oct. 24, Ohio State was ranked 23rd receiving 153 votes. Seven Big Ten squads are ranked in the Top 25 with Nebraska first, Illinois third, Penn State eighth, Purdue 11th, Minnesota 15th and Michigan 22nd. Michigan State is listed as receiving votes.

BUCKEYES RANKED NINTH NATIONALLY IN KILLS PER SET
In the NCAA national statistics released through matches of Oct. 23, Ohio State is ranked ninth in kills (14.51) and eighth in assists (13.47) per set. The Buckeyes are ranked 45th in hitting percentage (.244), 112th in digs (15.58), 62nd in blocks (2.37) and 218th in aces (1.12) per set. Individually, Emily Danks ranks ninth in aces per set at .52 and Sarah Mignin is 91st in digs per set at 4.57. Mari Hole is 49th in points (4.68) and kills (4.12) per set.

DANKS SIXTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ACES WITH 156
Emily Danks has 160 career aces and is now fourth on the Ohio State career list. She passed Kristi Neuman (1983-86) with 159. Danks ranks second in career aces per set with a .48 average. She ranks 14th in career attack percentage at .272 and is 20th in career points per set at 3.32.

BARHORST TIES FOR 12TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER SOLO BLOCKS
Kelli Barhorst has tied for 12th in Ohio State career solo blocks with 55. She has tied Briana McCarthy (2003-04, 05-06). Ranking 11th on the list with 62 is Danielle Myer (2004-07). Barhorst has 314 career assist blocks and ranks eighth. Seventh on the list with 322 is Jenny Jackson (1992-95). Barhorst is 10th in OSU career total blocks with 369 (55 solos, 314 assists). Tied for eighth on the list with 385 is Leisa Wissler (1988-91) (87-298) and Sherri Rinker (1984-87) (139-246). With .93 blocks per set average, Barhorst ranks ninth and is 11th in attack percentage at .284.

BOOTH RANKS TENTH IN CAREER BLOCK PER SET AT .92
Mariah Booth is ranked tenth in career blocks per set at .92. She has 13 solos and 122 assist blocks.

PETERSON 11TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSISTS WITH 1,221
Amanda Peterson has 1,264 career assists and ranks 11th on the Ohio State career assists list. Ranking 10th is Ashley Hughes (2006-09) with 1,392. Peterson is ninth in career assists per set with an 8.10 average. Ranking eighth at 8.62 is Betsy Home (2007-10).

SHERWIN 17TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSISTS WITH 454
Taylor Sherwin ranks 17th in Ohio State career assists with 454. Heather Whalen (2000-03) is ranked 16th with 568. Sherwin ranks sixth in assists per set at 11.32. Ranking fifth is Jen Boleyn (1994-96) at 11.28.

MIGNIN MOVES TO 11TH IN CAREER DIGS WITH 1,071
Sarah Mignin has moved to 11th on the Ohio State career digs list with 1,071. She passed Kristi Neuman (1983-86) with 1,045 with Gabriele Jobst (1992-94) with 1,052. Mignin has moved to seventh in career digs per set at 2.93 passing Laura Davis (1991-94) at 2.91. Sixth on the list is Tricia Stragliotto (1993-95) at 2.99.

#1 DANKS HAS DOUBLE-FIGURE KILL WEEKEND
Emily Danks recorded double-figure kills in both matches last weekend. She had 10 kills (.400) at Penn State and 13 (.225) against Michigan State. Danks added two digs, one assist block, one ace serve and one assist against the Nittany Lions and three assist blocks, five digs, two ace serves and one assist against the Spartans. A starter in all 23 matches, she is averaging 4.44 points, 3.54 kills, .52 aces, 1.52 digs and .70 blocks per set while hitting .288.

#2 BARHORST HAS A TEAM-HIGH SIX BLOCKS AGAINST MICHIGAN STATE
Kelli Barhorst posted a team-high six blocks against Michigan State with a solo and five assists. She added 11 kills (.500), two digs and one assist against the Spartans. At Penn State, Barhorst had five kills (.214), one dig and two assist blocks against the Nittany Lions. She has started all 23 matches and is averaging 2.93 points, 2.27 kills, .54 digs and 1.10 blocks per set while hitting .331.

#3 SCHWARZWALDER HAS PLAYED IN SIX MATCHES
Amy Schwarzwalder has played in six matches this season but did not see action at Penn State or against Michigan State. She is averaging .62 points, .50 kills, .38 digs and .25 blocks per set.

#6 WINNER PLAYS AS A DEFENSIVE SPECIALIST
Alyssa Winner played in two sets of each match last week. She handled 11 serve receptions without an error at Penn State and three of four against Michigan State. Winner has played in 22 matches with seven starts at defensive specialist and one at libero. She is averaging 1.93 digs per set and has a .956 serve reception percentage handling 281 of 294 attempts.

#7 MIGNIN HAS 23 DIGS AGAINST MICHIGAN STATE
Sarah Mignin collected 23 digs against Michigan State for her seventh 20-plus dig match of the season. She handled 16 serve receptions without an error against the Spartans at the libero position. At Penn State, Mignin had four digs and handled 10 serve receptions without an error as a defensive specialist. A starter at libero for 20 matches and one at defensive specialist, she has played in all 23 matches. Mignin is averaging a team-high 4.57 digs per set and has a .965 serve reception percentage handling 525 of 544 attempts.

#8 SHERWIN STARTS AT PENN STATE
Taylor Sherwin started at Penn State recording 11 assists and four digs. Against Michigan State, she collected 10 assists against the Spartans. Sherwin has played in 15 matches with nine starts and is averaging 10.32 assists and 1.52 digs per set.

#9 DISALVATORE PLAYING DEFENSE
Davionna DiSalvatore was the starting libero at Penn State recording six digs and two assists while handling 22 of 24 serve reception attempts. Against Michigan State, as the starter at defensive specialist, she recorded eight digs and two assists and handled 27 serve receptions without an error. DiSalvatore has played in all 23 matches with 11 starts at defensive specialist and one at libero. She is averaging 1.77 digs and has a .956 serve reception percentage handling 281 of 294 attempts.

#10 BOOTH HAS 15 STARTS IN THE MIDDLE
Mariah Booth has started in the middle in all 15 of her matches. She collected three assist blocks at Penn State and two assist blocks and six kills (.176) against Michigan State. For the season, she is averaging 2.17 points, 1.70 kills, and .83 blocks per set while hitting .215.

#11 LEARY OFF THE BENCH
Kaitlyn Leary played in both matches last weekend coming in off the bench. She had eight kills (.238) and one dig at Penn State while handling six of seven serve receptions. Leary recorded eight kills (.103), one assist and five digs against Michigan State. A starter in four matches, she has played in 20 and is averaging 2.46 points, 2.34 kills, .71 digs and .21 blocks per set while hitting .186.

#12 SEKINGER PLAYS AGAINST MICHIGAN STATE
Erin Sekinger played in one set in the Michigan State match scoring one kill. She did not play at Penn State. Sekinger has played in 10 matches with three starts. She is averaging 1.81 points, 1.62 kills, .59 digs and .34 block per set while hitting .133.

#14 HOLE HAS A MATCH-HIGH 14 POINTS AT PENN STATE
Mari Hole recorded at match-high 13 kills (.320) and added two assist blocks for a match-high 14 points at Penn State. She added two assists, 11 digs and handled 14 serve receptions without an error against the Nittany Lions. It was her 14th double-double (kills-digs) of the season. Against Michigan State, Hole recorded seven kills, 14 digs, two assists and one assist block while handling 30 of 32 serve receptions. She has played in 23 matches with 20 starts. Hole is averaging a team-high 4.55 points and 4.01 kills per set. She is averaging .19 aces, 2.73 digs and .53 blocks per set while hitting .224. Hole leads the squad in serve reception percentage at .967 handling 405 of 419 attempts.

#15 PETERSON SHARING TIME WITH SHERWIN
Amanda Peterson did not start against Penn State but shared playing time with Taylor Sherwin. Peterson had 16 assists, three block assists, two digs and one kill against the Nittany Lions. She started against Michigan State and collected 27 assists, nine digs, five assist blocks and four kills. The five blocks equaled her career high. Peterson has played in 19 matches with 14 starts. She is averaging 9.24 assists, 1.42 points, .88 kills, 1.66 digs and .83 blocks per set while hitting .324.

#18 FAUL SEES ACTION AT PENN STATE
Anna Faul played in one set at Penn State. She did not play against Michigan State. She has played in 13 matches with six starts. Faul is averaging 1.08 points, .67 kills, .27 digs and .80 blocks per set while hitting .207

HOLE NAMED THE BIG TEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Big Ten Conference honored Mari Hole as the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Sept. 12. She helped Ohio State win the Rocket Classic in Toledo, Ohio, with 3-1 wins over Penn, Alabama and Toledo and was named the Classic Most Valuable Player. Hole had 12 kills (.385), eight digs and four blocks (one solo and three assists) against Penn. She produced career highs of 25.5 points and 21 kills (.232) against Alabama adding 11 digs, five assist blocks and two ace serves. She reset her career highs for points (31.0) and kills (26, .316) against Toledo adding two ace serves and equaled her career highs of three solo blocks and 14 digs. Hole had set-winning kills in five of nine Buckeye set wins. With the Toledo match tied at one set each, she scored kills for six of OSU’s final seven points in the third set on her way to a 12-kill performance in the set. Hole averaged 5.92 points, 4.92 kills, 2.75 digs and 1.00 blocks per set for the three matches.

MIGNIN NAMED THE BIG TEN CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Big Ten Conference honored Sarah Mignin as the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 12. She helped Ohio State win the Rocket Classic in Toledo, Ohio, with 3-1 wins over Penn, Alabama and Toledo and was named to the Classic All-Tournament Team. Mignin averaged 6.0 digs per set and had a .972 serve reception percentage in the three matches at the Rocket Classic. She recorded 15 digs and tied her career high of three ace serves against Penn while handling 15 serve receptions without an error. Mignin produced a career-high 30 digs against Alabama adding one ace and one kill. She handled 25 of 27 reception attempts against the Crimson Tide. Mignin closed out the weekend with 27 digs against Toledo adding two ace serves and handling 29 reception attempts without an error.

MIGNIN NAMED THE BIG TEN CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Big Ten Conference honored Sarah Mignin as the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 19. She averaged 6.27 digs per set for the three matches and handled 69 serve reception attempts without an error. Mignin tied her career high of 30 digs against Albany and tied her career high of three aces against Maryland. She converted 24 of 69 digs (.348) to kills and had a .406 reception to kills percentage (28 of 69) in the three matches. Mignins play helped hold OSU’s three opponents to a .154 attack percentage. For her play at the Sports Imports Classic, she was named the most outstanding defensive player.

SHERWIN NAMED THE BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
The Big Ten Conference honored Taylor Sherwin as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week Sept. 19. She directed the Buckeye offense to the Sports Imports Classic Championship. Sherwin averaged 14.18 assists and 2.00 digs per set helping OSU to a .304 attack percentage for the three matches. Defensively, she produced a career-high 14 digs in the Albany match, adding a solo and one assist block against the Great Danes.

HEAD COACH Geoff Carlston
Geoff Carlston is in his fourth season at Ohio State. He directed the Buckeyes to the third round of the NCAA Championship finishing with a 24-12 overall record last season. OSU finished sixth in the Big Ten Conference with a 10-10 mark.
Carlston came to Ohio State after spending five years as head coach of Ohio University where he built an outstanding program. His squads played in five NCAA tournaments, reaching regional play in 2005. At Ohio, Carlston guided the Bobcats to five-consecutive Mid American Conference championships with an overall record of 144-22. He had a MAC conference record of 78-2 and was 14-1 in the conference tournament, winning four of five.
Carlston was named the MAC Coach of the Year four times and was twice named the Mideast Region Coach of the Year.
He began collegiate coaching with three years at Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) where he posted a 49-42 record. His career record is 269-114.

NEXT WEEK FOR THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State begins two weeks of road contests next week starting with matches at Wisconsin (13-9, 5-5) Friday and 15th-ranked Minnesota (12-7, 5-5) Saturday.

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