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Oct. 18, 2011

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 23rd-ranked Ohio State women’s volleyball team (14-7 overall, 4-4 Big Ten) plays Wednesday at No. 9 Penn State (13-5, 6-2) and hosts Michigan State (15-5, 4-4) Saturday in Big Ten Conference matches. OSU plays the Penn State Nittany Lions at 7 p.m. EDT, Wednesday Oct. 19 in Rec Hall (5,812) and hosts the Michigan State Spartans at 7 p.m. EDT, Saturday, Oct. 22 in St. John Arena (13,276). Both matches will be web streamed on wwwBTN.com for a fee.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Coached by Geoff Carlston, the 23rd-ranked Buckeyes are 14-7 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten Conference. Last week in road matches, OSU defeated Indiana, 3-1 (25-16, 23-25, 25-12, 26-24) and lost 3-1 (25-16, 18-25, 25-16, 25-20) at 11th-ranked Purdue.

Leading the Buckeyes in points per set is Mari Hole at 4.68. Emily Danks ranks second at 4.48 with Kelli Barhorst third at 2.93. Hole has a team-high 4.12 kills per set average with Danks second at 3.57 and Kaitlyn Leary third at 2.35. Barhorst is hitting .326 to lead the squad. Danks ranks second in attack percentage at .288 with Mariah Booth third at .239. At setter, Taylor Sherwin is averaging 11.10 assists per set with Amanda Peterson at 9.67. Leading the squad in aces per set is Danks at .53 with 40. Hole ranks second at .21 with 16 aces and Sarah Mignin is third at .19 with 14. Defensively, Mignin has a team-high 4.64 digs per set average. Hole ranks second at 2.66 with Alyssa Winner third at 2.05. At the net, Barhorst leads the team with a 1.09 blocks per set average with 15 solos and 68 assists. Mariah Booth ranks second at .85 with four solos and 41 assists with Peterson third at .75 with five solos and 33 assists. In serve reception percentage, Hole has a .968 serve reception percentage handling 361 of 373 attempts. Mignin is second at .963 handling 499 of 518 attempts. Winner ranks third at .957 handling 267 of 279 attempts.

Ohio State is averaging 18.27 points, 14.70 kills and 13.68 assists per set while hitting .248. OSU is averaging 1.17 aces, 15.74 digs and 2.40 blocks per set and has a .959 serve reception percentage. Buckeye opponents average 15.00 points, 12.28 kills and 11.51 assists per set while hitting .193. They average .82 aces, 14.38 digs and 1.91 blocks per set and have a .943 serve reception percentage.

A LOOK AT PENN STATE
Coached by Russ Rose, the ninth-ranked Nittany Lions are 13-5 overall and 6-2 in the Big Ten Conference. Last week, in road matches, Penn State won, 3-1 (32-30, 16-25, 25-19, 25-19) at 11th-ranked Purdue and 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-21) at Indiana.

Leading the squad in points per set at 3.78 is Deja McClendon. Ariel Scott ranks second at 3.70 and Katie Slay is third at 2.93. McClendon has a team-high 3.40 kills per set average. Scott ranks second at 3.31 with Slay third at 2.10. Slay leads the squad in attack percentage at .385. Nia Grant ranks third at .309 with McClendon third at .249. Setter Micha Hancock is averaging 9.63 assists per set. Hancock has a team-high .82 aces per set average with 55. Ali Longo ranks second at .27 with 17 with Kristin Carpenter third at .17 with 10. Defensively, Longo leads the team with a 2.71 digs per set average. Hancock, at 2.24, ranks second with Carpenter third at 2.15. At the net, Slay is averaging 1.38 blocks per set to lead the team. She has 15 solos and 79 assist blocks. Nia Grant ranks second at .94 with four solos and 55 assists with Scott third at .66 with two solos and 40 assists.

Penn State is averaging 17.44 points, 13.04 kills and 11.96 assists per set while hitting .249. The Nittany Lions average 1.75 aces, 13.37 digs and 2.65 blocks per set. Opponents average 13.78 points, 10.82 kills and 10.04 assists per set while hitting .160. Penn State opponents average .96 aces, 12.65 digs and 2.00 blocks per set.

PENN STATE-OHIO STATE SERIES
Penn State leads the series with Ohio State, 36-14. The Buckeyes are 5-18 in University Park, 8-16 in Columbus and 1-2 in neutral site matches. Penn State has won the last eight matches against Ohio State with OSU’s last win coming in 2006, a 3-0 (30-19, 30-26, 30-21) win at home over the third-ranked Nittany Lions. Last season, Penn State won 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-18) in Columbus and 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-21) in University Park.

A LOOK AT MICHIGAN STATE
Coached by Cathy George, the Spartans are 15-5 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten Conference. Last week, in road matches, Michigan State lost 3-2 (25-22, 25-21, 18-25, 23-25, 15-9) at No. 1 Illinois and defeated Northwestern, 3-1 (27-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-20).

Leading the Spartans in points per set is Jenilee Rathje at 4.77. Kyndra Abron ranks second at 4.11 with Alexis Mathews third at 2.46. Rathje has a team-high 4.37 kills per set average with Abron second at 3.62 and Mathews third at 1.78. In attack percentage, Mathews leads the squad at .355. Abron ranks second at .330 with Rathje third at .291. At setter, Kristen Kelsay is averaging 6.61 assists per set with Natalie Emro at 5.10. Carli Weiler leads the team in aces per set at .22 with 15. Kori Moster, at .19, ranks second with 13 and Kelsay is third at .17 with 12. Moster has a team-high 3.37 digs per set average. Weiler ranks second at 2.28 with Becca Zlabis third at 2.00. At the net, Mathews leads the squad with a 1.29 blocks per set average with five solos and 84 assists. Abron ranks second at .86 with eight solos and 51 assists with Emro third at .76 with 10 solos and 37 assists. In serve reception percentage, Moster has a team-high .977 handling 385 of 394 attempts. Zlabis ranks second at .965 handling 255 of 254 with Weiler third at .939 handling 290 of 309 attempts.

Michigan State is averaging 17.97 points, 14.30 kills and 13.26 assists per set while hitting .298. The Spartans average 1.01 aces, 12.61 digs and 2.65 blocks per set and has a .950 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 14.80 points, 12.01 kills and 10.97 assists per set while hitting .192. Spartan opponents average .93 aces, 10.28 digs and 1.86 blocks per set and have a .953 serve reception percentage.

MICHIGAN STATE-OHIO STATE SERIES
Ohio State has a 42-27 advantage in the series with Michigan State. In Columbus, OSU is 22-8 and 18-15 in East Lansing. The Spartans are 4-2 in neutral site matches. The Buckeyes have won the last four meetings with Michigan State. Last year, OSU won 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-18) in Columbus and 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-22) in East Lansing.

OHIO STATE RANKED 23RD IN THE AVCA POLL
In the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 poll from Oct. 17, Ohio State was ranked 23rd receiving 121 votes. Seven Big Ten squads are ranked in the Top 25 with Illinois first, Nebraska fourth, Penn State ninth, Purdue 12th, Minnesota 14th and Michigan 21st.

BUCKEYES RANKED FIFTH NATIONALLY IN KILLS PER SET
In the NCAA national statistics released through matches of Oct. 16, Ohio State is ranked fifth in kills (14.70) and fifth in assists (13.68) per set. The Buckeyes are ranked 38th in hitting percentage (.248), 100th in digs (15.74), 56th in blocks (2.40) and 188th in aces (1.17) per set. Individually, Emily Danks ranks tenth in aces per set at .53 and Sarah Mignin is 82nd in digs per set at 4.64. Mari Hole is 32nd in points (4.68) and 38th in kills (4.12) per set.

DANKS SIXTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ACES WITH 156
Emily Danks has 156 career aces and is sixth on the Ohio State career list. Fifth on the list with 157 is Gabriele Jobst (1991-94) with Kristi Neuman (1983-86) fourth with 159. Danks ranks second in career aces per set with a .49 average. She ranks 15th in career attack percentage at .269 and is 20th in career points per set at 3.28.

BARHORST NOW EIGHTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSIST BLOCKS
Kelli Barhorst has 307 career assist blocks and now ranks eighth. She passed Leisa Wissler (1988-91) with 298 and Kristen Dozier (2006-09) with 301. Seventh on the list with 322 is Jenny Jackson (1992-95). Barhorst is 10th in OSU career total blocks with 361 (54 solos, 307 assists). Tied for eighth on the list with 385 is Wissler (87-298) and Sherri Rinker (1984-87) (139-246). Barhorst ranks 13th in Ohio State career solo blocks with 54. Ranking 12th is Briana McCarthy (2003-04, 05-06) with 55. With .93 blocks per set average, Barhorst ranks ninth and is 11th in attack percentage at .282.

BOOTH RANKS 12TH IN CAREER BLOCK PER SET AT .92
Mariah Booth is ranked tenth in career blocks per set at .92. She has 13 solos and 117 assist blocks.

PETERSON 11TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSISTS WITH 1,221
Amanda Peterson has 1,221 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 8.19 average. Ranking eighth at 8.62 is Betsy Home (1007-10).

SHERWIN 17TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSISTS WITH 433
Taylor Sherwin ranks 17th in Ohio State career assists with 433. Heather Whalen (2000-03) is ranked 16th with 568. Sherwin ranks sixth in assists per set at 11.10. Ranking fifth is Jen Boleyn (1994-96) at 11.28.

MIGNIN MOVES TO 13TH IN CAREER DIGS WITH 1,044
Sarah Mignin has moved to 13th on the Ohio State career digs list with 1,044. She passed Vicki Wright (1083-86) with 1,023. Ranking 12th on the list is Kristi Neuman(1983-86) with 1,045 with Gabriele Jobst (1992-94) 11th with 1,052. Mignin is eighth in career digs per set at 2.91.

#1 DANKS HAS A CAREER-HIGH 26.5 POINTS AT INDIANA
Emily Danks recorded a career-high 26.5 points at Indiana with 21 kills (.475), one ace serve, one solo block and seven assist blocks. Her seven assist blocks and eight total blocks were season highs as was her .475 attack percentage. Against Purdue, Danks had seven kills (.133), seven digs and two assist blocks. A starter in all 21 matches, she is averaging 4.48 points, 3.57 kills, 1.47 digs, .71 blocks per set and a team-high .53 blocks per set while hitting .288.

#2 BARHORST COLLECTS A MATCH-HIGH NINE BLOCKS AT INDIANA
Kelli Barhorst posted a match-high nine total blocks in the Indiana match with a solo and eight assists. The eight assist blocks is her season high. She added four kills (.077) and two digs in the match. Against Purdue, Barhorst had 13.5 points with 13 kills (.400) and one assist block. She added two digs against the Boilermakers. Barhorst has started all 21 matches this season and is averaging 2.93 points, 2.26 kills, .55 digs and a team-high 1.09 blocks per set while hitting a team-high .326.

#3 SCHWARZWALDER PLAYS IN THE PURDUE MATCH
Amy Schwarzwalder played in one set against Purdue. She has seen action in six matches this season. Schwarzwalder is averaging .62 points, .50 kills, .38 digs and .25 blocks per set.

#6 WINNER PLAYS AT DEFENSIVE SPECIALIST
Alyssa Winner started both matches last week at defensive specialist. At Indiana, she played in two sets recording four digs and handling nine of 10 serve receptions. Winner played in three sets at Purdue recording an assist and six digs while handling 21 of 22 serve receptions. She has played in 20 matches this season with seven starts at defensive specialist and two starts at libero. Winner is averaging 2.05 digs per set and has a .957 serve reception percentage handling 267 of 279 attempts.

#7 MIGNIN RECORDS A MATCH-HIGH 23 DIGS AT PURDUE
Sarah Mignin collected a match-high 23 digs in the Purdue match. She handled 27 of 30 serve receptions against the Boilermakers. Mignin had seven digs and four assists at Indiana while handling 22 of 23 serve receptions. A starter at libero in 19 matches, she has played in all 21. Mignin is averaging a team-high 4.64 digs per set and has a .963 serve reception percentage handling 499 of 518 attempts.

#8 SHERWIN PLAYS AT PURDUE
Taylor Sherwin played in one set at Purdue recording seven assists, one ace serve and one dig. She did not play at Indiana. Sherwin had missed the last six matches. She has played in 13 matches this season and started eight. Sherwin is averaging 11.10 assists and 1.62 digs per set.

#9 DISALVATORE PLAYS AT INDIANA AND PURDUE
Davionna DiSalvatore played in three sets at Indiana recording seven digs and one assist while handling nine serve receptions without an error. At Purdue, she collected three digs and handled eight serve receptions without an error. DiSalvatore has played in all 21 matches with 10 starts at defensive specialist. She is averaging 1.75 digs per set and has a .955 serve reception percentage handling 232 of 243 attempts.

#10 BOOTH HAS A SEASON-HIGH SIX ASSIST BLOCKS AT PURDUE
Mariah Booth posted a season and match-high six assist blocks against Purdue. She added seven kills (.267) and one dig in the match. At Indiana, Booth recorded four digs, four kills (.167), one assist and two digs. She has started and played in 15 matches this season averaging 2.29 points, 1.81 kills and .85 blocks per set while hitting .239.

#11 LEARY HAS 11 KILLS AT PURDUE
Kaitlyn Leary posted 11 kills (.125) in the Purdue match adding three digs and one assist block. She collected nine kills (.412) at Indiana adding two digs and two assist blocks. Leary has played in 18 matches with four starts. She is averaging 2.48 points, 2.35 kills, .69 digs and .24 blocks per set while hitting .190.

#12 SEKINGER HAS PLAYED IN NINE MATCHES
Erin Sekinger has played in nine matches with three starts this season but saw no action at Indiana or Purdue. She is averaging 1.84 points, 1.64 kills, .61 digs and .36 blocks per set while hitting .127.

#14 HOLE HAS DOUBLE-DOUBLE AT INDIANA
Mari Hole recorded a double-double at Indiana with 16 kills (.483) and 13 digs. She added three assists in the match and handled 21 serve receptions without an error. At Purdue, Hole produced a team-high 16.5 points with 15 kills (.125), a solo block and one assist block. She added eight digs and handled 22 of 24 serve receptions against the Boilermakers. Hole has played in 21 matches with 18 starts. She leads the team in points (4.68) and kills (4.12) per set. Hole is averaging .21 aces, 2.66 digs and .54 blocks per set while hitting .235. She has a .968 serve reception percentage handling 361 of 373 attempts.

#15 PETERSON HAS A SEASON-HIGH 9.5 POINTS AT INDIANA
Amanda Peterson posted a season-high 9.5 points at Indiana with seven kills (.667), one solo block and three assist blocks. She added 49 assists and two digs against the Hoosiers. Peterson recorded 42 assists at Purdue adding one ace serve, one dig and three assist blocks. Peterson has played in 17 matches with 13 starts. She is averaging 9.67 assists, 1.44 points, .90 kills, 1.67 digs and .75 blocks per set while hitting .298.

#18 FAUL SEES ACTION AT PURDUE
Anna Faul played in one set in the Purdue match and did not play at Indiana. Faul has played in 12 matches with six starts this season. She is averaging 1.12 points, .69 kills, .28 digs and .83 blocks per set while hitting .211.

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 267-112.

NEXT WEEK FOR THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State plays home matches next week on Friday and Sunday. The Buckeyes host fifth-ranked Nebraska (13-1, 6-0) at 7 p.m. Friday and Iowa (11-8, 1-5) at 1 p.m. Sunday in St. John Arena.

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