Nov. 7, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 23 Ohio State (17-7, Big Ten 7-7) women’s volleyball team completes a four-match home stand this week by hosting No. 3 Penn State (24-1, 13-1) and Iowa (13-13, 2-12). The Buckeyes face the Nittany Lions Wednesday and the Hawkeyes Friday in 7 p.m. matches in St. John Arena. Last week Ohio State, in home matches, defeated Indiana, 3-0 (30-20, 30-19, 30-20) and No. 14 Purdue, 3-0 (30-18, 31-29, 31-29).
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Head coach Jim Stone is in his 25th season with the 23rd-ranked Buckeyes. Ohio State has a 17-7 overall record and is 7-7 in the Big Ten. Last week Ohio State, in home matches, defeated Indiana, 3-0 (30-20, 30-19, 30-20) and No. 14 Purdue, 3-0 (30-18, 31-29, 31-29).
Leading Ohio State in kills per game is Anna Szerszen (Fr., Conflans Ste Hne, France) with a 4.40 average. Danielle Meyer (6-1, Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) ranks second at 4.39 with Briana McCarthy (Jr., Beaver Dam, Wis.) third at 2.69. OSU’s top percentage hitter is Marisa Main (5-9, Sr., Louisville, Ky.) at .344. Setter Main is averaging 12.65 assists per game. Ami Stevens (Jr., Centerburg, Ohio) is averaging a team-high .34 aces per game with 29. McCarthy ranks second at .33 with 28 and Meyer third at .28 with 24. Defensively, Stevens leads the team with a 3.76 digs per game average. Meyer ranks second at 2.24 with Main third at 2.22. At the net Kristen Dozier (Fr., Sandy Spring, Md.) has a team-high 1.08 blocks per game average. She has seven solos and 73 assist blocks. Meghan Simons (Fr. Carroll, Ohio) ranks second at .94 with 29 assists with McCarthy third at .84 with six solos and 66 assists. As a team, OSU is averaging 16.08 kills and 14.73 assists per game while hitting .276. The Buckeyes average 1.58 aces, 14.63 digs and 2.40 blocks per game. Opponents average 13.33 kills and 12.22 assists per game while hitting .189. OSU opponents average 1.06 aces, 13.12 digs and 2.47 blocks per game. A LOOK AT PENN STATE
Head coach Russ Rose is in his 28th season with the third-ranked Nittany Lions. Penn State is 24-1 overall and 13-1 in the Big Ten. Last week, at home, the Nittany Lions won 3-0 victories over No. 14 Purdue (30-13, 30-15, 30-22) and Indiana (30-18, 30-15, 30-17).
Megan Hodge leads Penn State with a 4.72 kills per game average. Nicole Fawcett ranks second at 3.24 and Christa Harmotto third at 3.00. Harmotto is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .425. At setter, Alisha Glass is averaging 12.16 assists per game. Hodge has a team-high .39 aces per game with 32 ace serves. Ashley Fidler ranks second at .26 with 16. Defensively, Kate Price leads the team in digs per game with a 2.36 average. Hodge ranks second at 2.59. In blocks per game, Harmotto has a team-high 1.59 per game average with 13 solos and 114 assists. Melissa Walbridge ranks second at 1.58 with 18 solos and 133 assists while Glass is third at 1.09 with four solos and 85 assists. Penn State is averaging 16.58 kills and 15.23 assists per game and has a .321 hitting percentage. The Nittany Lions average 1.90 aces, 15.14 digs and 3.61 blocks per game. Opponents average 11.86 kills and 11.34 assists while hitting .111. Penn State opponents average 1.02 aces, 12.82 digs and 1.92 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE SERIES VS. PENN STATE
Penn State leads the series with Ohio State, 28-13. The Nittany Lions are 12-7 in matches played in Columbus. Penn State has won the last four matches against the Buckeyes. This includes 3-0 wins last season at Columbus (30-18, 30-24, 30-24) and at Penn State (31-29, 30-9, 30-26). Earlier this season, the Nittany Lions won 3-0 (30-21, 31-29, 30-16) at Penn State.
A LOOK AT IOWA
Head coach Cindy Fredrick is in her third season with the Hawkeyes. Iowa is 13-13 overall and 2-12 in the Big Ten. Last week the Hawkeyes lost 1-3 home matches to Illinois (30-19, 28-30, 29-31, 37-39) and Northwestern (30-32, 26-30, 30-26, 25-30).
Catherine Smale leads the Hawkeyes in kills per game with a 3.45 average. Melanie Meister ranks second at 2.81. Meister leads Iowa in hitting percentage at .296. Setter Kiley Fister is averaging 11.05 assists per game. In aces per game, Fister has a team-high .28 average with 27 aces. Smale ranks second at .20 with 19. Defensively, Emily Hiza has a team-high 4.72 digs per game average. Smale ranks second at 3.35. At the net, Meister leads the team in blocks per game with a 1.14 average with 16 solos and 92 assists. Jen Barcus ranks second at 1.07 with 15 solos and 88 assists. Iowa averages 14.41 kills and 13.11 assists per game and is hitting .196. The Hawkeyes average 1.32 aces, 17.15 digs and 2.35 blocks per game. Opponents average 15.94 kills and 15.31 assists while hitting .205. Iowa opponents average 1.31 aces, 19.18 digs and 2.19 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE SERIES VS. IOWA
Ohio State leads the series with Iowa, 44-8. In Columbus, the Buckeyes are 22-4. Ohio State has won the last 11 matches with Iowa including the last five played in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes won 3-1 (27-30, 30-21, 30-23, 30-27) at Iowa and 3-0 (30-23, 30-25, 30-27) in Columbus last season. Earlier this year, the Buckeyes won 3-1 (25-30, 30-25, 30-24, 30-26) at Iowa.
MAIN RANKS FOURTH IN BIG TEN OVERALL HITTING
Marisa Main is ranked fourth in Big Ten overall statistics in hitting percentage at .344. Last week against Indiana, she hit .667, adding 49 assists, five digs and two assist blocks. She hit .182 against Purdue, adding 37 assists, 13 digs, an ace serve and an assist block. For the season, Main is averaging 1.45 kills, 12.65 assists, 2.22 digs and .44 blocks per game.
MAIN EQUALS HER SEASON HIGH HITTING PERCENTAGE
Marisa Main hit .667 against Indiana with eight kills in 12 attempts and no errors to equal her season high. She previously hit .667 (8-0-12) against Northern Illinois.
SZERSZEN HAS TWO GAME WINNING KILLS AGAINST PURDUE
Anna Szerszen produced two game winning kills against Purdue to win games one and three of the match. She had 15 kills, 11 digs, an ace serve, a solo block and two assist blocks against Purdue. Szerszen had eight kills, six digs and an ace serve against Indiana. The eight kills stopped a 14-match string of double-figure kills. She is the team leaders in kills per game at 4.40 and is averaging .22 aces, 1.93 digs and .43 blocks per game.
MEYER MOVES TO 12TH IN OSU CAREER KILLS
Danielle Meyer had 25 kills last week to raise her career kills total to 1,226 and has moved to 12th on the OSU career list. She passed Tricia Stragliotto (1993-95) with 1,211 and Shelly Draeger (1999-02) with 1,215. She needs two kills to pass No. 11 Rosie Snow (1996-99) with 1,227. Meyer had 16 kills, two solos blocks and four assist blocks against Indiana and added nine kills and two assist blocks against Purdue. She leads the team in points per game at 5.07 and is averaging 4.39 kills, .28 aces, 2.24 digs and .69 blocks per game.
MEYER NOW EIGHTH IN OSU CAREER TOTAL BLOCKS
Danielle Meyer had eight total blocks (two solos, six assists) last week and now has 304 total blocks (34-270) and has moved to eighth on the OSU career total blocks list. She passed Kristi Neuman (1983-86) with 301 (79-222).
MEYER TIES FOR 16TH IN OSU CAREER SOLO BLOCKS
Danielle Meyer had two solo blocks against Indiana to give her 34 career solo blocks and move into a tie for 16th on the OSU career list. She is tied with Kelly Kessler (1982-83). She moved past Dana Stearns (1997-00) and teammate Briana McCarthy, each having 33.
MEYER HITS A SEASON-HIGH .714 AGAINST INDIANA
Danielle Meyer hit a season-high .714 against Indiana with 16 kills with one error in 21 attempts. Her previous best this season was .565 (15-2-23) against Robert Morris.
McCARTHY MOVES UP IN OSU CAREER ASSISTS AND TOTAL BLOCKS
Briana McCarthy has moved to 10th in OSU career assist blocks (243) and 12th in total blocks (276 (33-243)) with her seven blocks (one solo, six assists) last week. In assist blocks, McCarthy has moved to 10th, passing Jen Flynn (1996-99) with 242. In total blocks, she has moved to 12th, passing Flynn with 274 (32-242).
McCARTHY TIES FOR 18TH IN OSU CAREER SOLO BLOCKS
Briana McCarthy recorded a solo block against Indiana last week and now has 33 career solo blocks and has tied for 18th on the OSU career list. She is tied with Dana Stearns (1997-00).
JONES CONTRIBUTES TO GAME POINT RALLY
Felicia Jones (Sr., Concord, Ont.), in the second game against Purdue with Ohio State trailing 29-26 had a kill to stop the first game point and then assisted on a block with Briana McCarthy to stop the second game point as the Buckeyes scored five straight points to win the game Jones has 14 starts on the season including the last 13 matches. She produced eight kills, a dig, one solo block and two assist blocks against Indiana. Against Purdue, she had four kills and three assist blocks. 31-29. Jones is averaging 1.75 kills and .78 blocks per game while hitting .252 on the season.
STEVENS RETURNS TO THE OUTSIDE
Ami Stevens had played the libero position in 13 of the last 14 matches, but switched to outside hitter for the Indiana and Purdue matches. She had 13 kills and 13 digs against Indiana, adding an ace serve and an assist block while hitting .522 (13-1-23). Against Purdue, Stevens had 10 kills and seven digs while hitting .500 (10-0-20). Her back-to-back kills won game two against the Boilermakers helping Ohio State overcome a 29-26 Purdue lead for a 31-29 win. She also played 48 reception attempts without an error handling 15 against Indiana and 33 against Purdue. She has started 11 matches and had 13 starts at libero. Stevens is averaging 1.44 kills, .34 aces while hitting .308. She is the team leader in digs per game at 3.76.
KIEL STARTS AT LIBERO
Ashley Kiel, with Ami Stevens back at outside hitter, played the libero position in both matches last week. She had a season-high 20 digs against Indiana, adding a service ace and three assists in the match while playing 38 reception attempts without an error. Against Purdue, she had seven digs and two assists while handling 25 of 26 reception attempts against the Boilermakers. Kiel has played in all 24 matches this season, making four starts and starting at libero in eight matches. She is averaging 2.13 digs per game and has 11 ace serves. Kiel has a .964 reception percentage with 18 errors in 498 attempts.
OSU RANKED 23RD IN THE CSTV/AVCA COACHES POLL
The CSTV (College Sports Television/AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) 2006 Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll has Ohio State ranked 23rd this week. OSU was ranked 25th last week and began the season at 23rd. The Buckeyes are one of five Big Ten squads ranked in the CSTV/AVCA Poll. Others include Penn State third, Wisconsin 10th, Minnesota 13th and Purdue 16th.
BUCKEYES HAVE TWO-.500-PLUS HITTING MATCHES
Ohio State hit a .513 percentage against Iona and a .521 against Lehigh. The .521 mark ranks third and the .513 mark ranks fourth on the Ohio State match records list. At the Towson Invitational, the Buckeyes hit .489 against Robert Morris which now ranks seventh.
BUCKEYES HAVE SECOND 0-2 COME-FROM-BEHIND VICTORY IN THREE YEARS
Ohio State’s come-from-behind victory over Wisconsin was the second time in three years that the Buckeyes rallied to win after trailing 0-2 in a match. In 2004 in the NCAA regional semifinals at Minnesota, the Buckeyes lost the first two games, 29-31, 27-30, to Tennessee before winning the next three games, 30-16, 30-26, 15-12 to advance to the regional championship match against Minnesota. Ohio State lost that match, 2-3.
MEYER NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
(AUG. 28, 2006) Women’s volleyball Danielle Meyer was selected the Big Ten Player of the Week by the conference office. She was key in Ohio State’s 3-0 season start, winning the Towson Invitational last weekend.
Meyer posted a match high 15 kills while hitting .565 in the 3-0 (30-15, 30-20, 30-17) win over Robert Morris. She added two ace serves, five digs and an assist block in the match. Against Houston, in the 3-2 (30-32, 30-18, 28-30, 30-15, 15-12) win, Meyer had a career-high 30 kills while hitting .283. She added two ace serves, four digs and four assist blocks. In the 3-1 (28-30, 30-27, 30-27, 30-22) victory over Towson, Meyer set a new career-high with 32 kills while hitting .373. She added an ace serve, a season-high 16 digs and two solo blocks in the match. Meyer closed out the Towson match with double-figure kills in game three (12) and four (10).
For the three matches, Meyer averaged 6.42 kills, 7.21 points and 2.08 digs per game while hitting .366. She added five ace serves and seven total blocks with two solo and five assists.
SZERSZEN NAMED CO-BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
(Oct. 23, 2006) Anna Szerszen was named the Co-Big Ten Player of the Week for her play in Ohio State wins over Michigan State and Michigan. She shares the honor with Penn State’s Megan Hodge. In the 3-2 come-from-behind win over Michigan, Szerszen recorded career highs of 27 kills, two solo blocks and tied her career high of three total blocks. She added 11 digs in the match. Down 2-1 in the match to Michigan, Szerszen had a game-high nine kills in game four while hitting .421. She then had a game-high four kills, hitting .600 in the deciding fifth game. She totaled 17 kills and 18 points against Michigan State prior to the match versus the Wolverines. For the two matches, Szerszen averaged 5.94 points, 5.50 kills, 1.75 digs and hit .278.
THREE NAMED TO BIG TEN PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
Three Ohio State players named to the 12-player 2006 Preseason All-Big Ten Volleyball Team, announced by the conference office. Setter Marisa Main and outside hitter Ami Stevens earned their second-straight preseason selection with middle blocker Danielle Meyer earning her first selection.
Main is a two-time All-Big Ten selection and was named to the 2005 Preseason All-Big Ten Team. Last season, she averaged 12.78 assists, 2.08 kills and 2.30 digs per game while hitting .388 in conference play. Main is a two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association second-team All-American selection.
Stevens was a 2005 Preseason All-Big Ten selection. Last season she averaged 3.44 kills and 2.71 digs while hitting .230 in conference play. She has played for USA Volleyball the last three years as a member of the United States Junior National team in 2004 and 2005 and with the USA National A-2 Team in 2006.
Meyer was a 2005 All-Big Ten selection. She averaged 4.11 kill, 2.48 digs and 1.14 blocks per game while hitting .260 in conference play. Meyer was a 2005 AVCA third-team All-American.
OHIO STATE PICKED TO FINISHED FOURTH IN THE BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
Ohio State, by a vote of the Big Ten conference coaches, was picked to finish fourth in the league by a vote of the conference coaches. The Buckeyes finished in a tie for third with Minnesota in 2005. The Gophers were picked to finish third, with Wisconsin second and three-time defending Big Ten Champion Penn State chosen to repeat.
HEAD COACH Jim Stone
Jim Stone enters his 25th season at Ohio State. He has a 510-275 record with the Buckeyes and is 284-162 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 14 of the last 17 years, advancing to the national semifinals in 1991 and 1994. Stone’s coaching career record includes three years at Wyoming (1979-1981). His 28-year career record is 560-317.
MEET THE BUCKEYES
#1 Meghan Simons (Middle Blocker, 6-3, Fr., Carroll, Ohio) – 2006 played in 11 matches, starting 10 – nine kills against Robert Morris and Houston – hit a career-high .667 (9-1-12) against Houston – season-high five assist blocks at Towson.
#2 Brittany Dahms (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-5, Jr., Bryon, Ill.) – 2006 played in two matches – missed the first 10 matches of the season – two digs at Penn State – 2005 played in 29 matches with two starts at defensive specialist and 22 at libero – named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad – 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, Sr., Hyletbruk, Sweden) – 2006 played in 22 matches – season-high 11 digs against Arizona State – 2005 has played in 15 matches with four starts at libero – named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad – 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.
#5 Lindsay Schad (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-4, Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) – 2006 played in seven matches, starting three at libero – double-figure digs against Houston with 12 and Towson with 13.
#6 Danielle Meyer (Middle Blocker/Outside Hitter, 6-1, Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) – 2006 started 24 matches – became the 16th player to reach 1,000 kills against IPFW – has 1,226 career kills, ranking 14th – named the Most Outstanding Player of the Sports Imports Classic – named the Most Valuable Player of the Towson Invitational – named the Big Ten Player of the Week for her play at the Towson Invitational – career-high 32 kills at Towson – season-high 17 digs at Iowa – back-to-back 30-plus kill matches against Houston (30) and Towson (32) – added her third 30-kill match at Iowa – preseason All-Big Ten selection – career-high five aces against Tennessee Tech – double-figure kills in 20 matches, double-figure digs in nine matches 2005 a third-team AVCA All-American – All-Big Ten – a second team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection – named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad – started all 31 matches – ranked fourth in the Big Ten in kills per game at 4.11 – career-high 29 kills at Cleveland State – career-high 31 points at Bowling Green – career-high 19 digs at Indiana – tied her career-high nine blocks at Iowa (1-8) and at Purdue (2-7) – equaled her career-high of four aces at Northwestern – 25 matches with double-figure kills – nine matches with 21 or more kills – 11 matches with double-figure digs – 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/Libero, 6-1, Jr., Centerburg, Ohio) – 2006 played in 24 matches, starting 11 with 13 starts at libero – season-high 14 kills against Iona – double-figure kills in nine matches – double-figure digs in 15 matches – season-high 26 digs at Iowa and against Wisconsin – 20 or more digs in six matches – equaled her career-high of seven assist blocks at Northwestern – preseason All-Big Ten Selection – 2005 a third team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection – started and played in 29 matches – named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad – career-highs of 26 kills at Bowling Green – career-high 28.5 points at Northwestern – season-high .500 (13-0-26) hitting percentage at Michigan – ranked 10th in the Big Ten in kills per game at 3.44 – season-high 22 digs against Brigham Young – double-figure kills in 20 matches – double-figure digs in 15 matches – 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, Sr./Jr., Beaver Dam, Wis.) 2006 played in all 24 matches with 20 starts – career-high 22 kills at Purdue – double-figure kills in 13 matches – season-high 10 digs at Iowa – season-high five assists at Purdue – career-high 25 points at Purdue – 2005 did not play – named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad – 2004 started 26 matches – averaged 1.33 kills, .58 digs and .88 blocks per game – 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, Sr., Concord, Ontario/Southwest Missouri State-West Plains) 2006 played in 22 matches, starting 14 – season-high 12 kills at Northwestern – career-high six assist blocks at Indiana and against Michigan – career-high seven total blocks (1-6) against Michigan – hit a career-high .538 (8-1-13) against Michigan – 2005 played in 25 matches, starting 16 – career-high four digs at Penn State – career-high 13 kills at Illinois and at Michigan State – hit a career-high .421 (9-1-19) at Penn State – career-high 15 points at Michigan State – career-high four blocks (1-3) against Marshall 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 Ashley Hughes (Setter, 5-11, Fr., Carroll, Ohio) – 2006 played in five matches – career-high six assists at Youngstown State – career-high two digs against Lehigh.
#12 Kristen Dozier (Middle Blocker, 6-2, Fr., Sandy Spring, Md.) – 2006 played in 22 matches starting in 21 – career-high 11 kills against Iona – career-high 13 assist blocks against Houston to set an OSU match record for assist blocks and tied the OSU record for total blocks – hit a career-high .750 (10-1-12) against Lehigh – career-high five digs against Houston – career-high three ace serves against Iona – double-figure kills in three matches.
#13 Marisa Main (Setter, 5-9, Sr., Louisville, Ky./Xavier) – 2006 started all 24 matches – season-high nine kills at Purdue and at Northwestern – season-high 71 assists at Iowa – season-high 18 digs against Michigan – double-figure digs in seven matches – season-high six assist blocks against Houston – honored as the Best Setter in the Sports Imports Classic – preseason All-Big Ten selection – 2005 An AVCA second-team All-American – All-Big Ten – a third team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection – started all 31 matches – named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad – named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week and the Big Ten Player of the Week for her play at No. 12 Wisconsin and at Iowa – named the Big Ten Player of the Week for her play against Michigan State and Michigan – season-high 70 assists against Purdue – season-high of 14 kills at Cleveland State – career-high 22 digs against Purdue – season-high 16 points at Michigan State – has five triple-doubles this season – 14 kills, 54 assists, 14 digs at Cleveland State – 11 kills, 47 assists and 10 digs against Michigan – 12 kills, 37 assists and 13 digs at Minnesota – 10 kills, 60 assists and 10 digs at Iowa – 12 kills, 42 assists and 15 digs against Northwestern- hit a season-high .786 against Michigan – eight matches with double-figure kills and 13 matches with double-figure digs – finished second in hitting percentage in the Big Ten at .398 and was third in assists per game at 12.78 – twice named the Ohio State Athlete of the Week – 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 Anna Szerszen (Outside Hitter, 6-3, Fr., Conflans Ste Hne, France) – 2006 Played and started in 16 matches – career-high 27 kills against Michigan – double-figure kills in 15 matches – career-high .440 hitting percentage against IPFW – career-high 17 digs at Northwestern – has four 20-plus kill matches including 25 at Iowa, 23 at Purdue and 20 against Minnesota – named the Co-Big Ten Player of the Week for her play against Michigan State and Michigan at home – arrived in Columbus, September 8 after playing for France in the European Junior National Championship.
#15 Ashley Kiel (Outside Hitter, 5-11, Sr., Allenton, Wis./Northern Michigan) 2006 played in 24 matches, starting eight at libero and four as a defensive specialist – season-high 20 digs against Indiana – season-high four ace serves against Iona, part of a string of 18 consecutive points she served in game one – double-figure digs in six matches – 2005 played in 31 matches, starting 29 and had one start at libero – season-high 17 kills against Purdue – hit a career-high .600 (7-1-10) against Marshall – season-high 20 digs at Indiana – season-high seven total blocks (1-6) at Michigan State – six matches with double-figure kills and 12 matches with double-figure digs 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.
REVIEWING LAST WEEK
OHIO STATE 3, INDIANA 0
The 25th ranked Ohio State (16-7, 6-7 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team won a 3-0 (30-20, 30-19, 30-20) victory over Indiana (10-15, 1-12) Friday night in St. John Arena. OSU’s Danielle Meyer scored a match-high 20 points for the Buckeyes while Indiana’s Erica Short posted a team-high 16.5. Meyer recorded a match-high 16 kills with two solo blocks and four assist blocks. Short recorded a team-high 13 kills, adding three solo blocks and an assist block.
Tied at one in game one, two Indiana errors and a Buckeye block by Briana McCarthy and Meyer gave OSU a 4-1 lead. A Short kill made it 4-2. A second McCarthy-Meyer block and one from Meyer and Marisa Main along with an Indiana kill by Annie Moddrell made it 6-3. Two Meyer kills and an ace serve by Ami Stevens gave the Buckeyes a 9-4 lead. Leading 17-11, a Hoosier error and three Meyer kills opened a 10-point Ohio State lead at 21-11. At 28-20, a Meyer kill set game point at 29-20 and with a McCarthy solo block, Ohio State won the game, 30-20. The Buckeyes hit .450 for the game to .163 for Indiana.
The Buckeyes opened game two with two kills from Stevens and one by Felicia Jones to lead 3-0. A McCarthy kill and three Ohio State errors cut the Buckeye lead to 4-3. Ohio State, with a five point run, took the score to 9-3. The run began with a kill and solo block by Meyer, a Meyer-Main block and two kills by Stevens. At 12-5, four OSU errors cut the lead to 12-9. At 13-10, two McCarthy kills and a Stevens-Jones block opened a 16-10 Buckeye lead. At 23-17, OSU kills from Jones and Stevens made it 25-17. A Gabrielle Allison kill made it 25-18. An Indiana error, kills from McCarthy and Stevens and an Ashley Kiel ace serve took the lead to 11 at 29-18. A Moddrell kill stopped the Buckeye game point at 29-19. A McCarthy kill ended the game at 30-19, Ohio State, for a 2-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .389 for the game to .100 for Indiana.
Tied at five in game three, a four-point Buckeye run opened a 9-5 Ohio State lead. Kills by Stevens and Main started the run, followed by an Indiana error and a second Main kill. At 11-6, OSU, a Buckeye error, a Short solo block and an Allison kill cut the lead to two at 11-9. At 12-10, a Jones kill, an Indiana error and a kill by Short made it 14-11, OSU. At 18-15, kills by Jones and Stevens and a McCarthy-Jones block made it 21-15. Emily Zulauf, with a kill, cut the lead to 21-16. A Stevens kill and a kill and solo block by McCarthy made it 24-16. An OSU error and a Short solo block cut the margin to 24-18. A McCarthy kill and an OSU error moved the score to 25-19. Meyer, with two kills, and Main with one took the lead to 28-19. A Short kill stopped the run at 28-20. Meyer set match point with a kill at 29-20. Stevens closed out the match with a kill for a 30-20 game three win, and secure a 3-0 victory for Ohio State in the match. The Buckeyes hit .409 in the game to .200 for Indiana.
Ohio State hit .417 for the match to .157 for Indiana. The Buckeyes had a 66-33 advantage in kills and a 3-0 margin in ace serves. The Buckeyes gave up four service errors to three for Indiana. Defensively, Ohio State had a 55-31 edge in digs with OSU’s Kiel recording a match-high 20. At the net, Ohio State had a 10-6 margin in team blocks. Meyer, for Ohio State, recorded a match-high six blocks with two solos and four assists. OSU setter Main had a match-high 49 assists in the contest. Indiana’s Allison Regas posted 16 assists and Caitlin Watts had 12.
OHIO STATE 3, PURDUE 0
The 25th ranked Ohio State (17-7, 7-7 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team used a match-high 18 points from Anna Szerszen to upset No. 14 Purdue (19-6, 9-5), 3-0 (30-18, 31-29, 31-29) Saturday night in St. John Arena. Szerszen produced a match-high 15 kills, adding an ace serve, a solo block and two block assists in the match. Purdue’s Carrie Gurnell and Stephanie Lynch shared team-high point honors with 11.5 each. Gurnell had 11 kills and an assist block while Lynch recorded 10 kills, a solo block and one assist block.
From a 3-3 tie in game one, a Purdue kill by Lindsay Shondell and an OSU error gave the Boilermakers a 5-3 lead. A kill by Felicia Jones and a Purdue error tied the game at five. At seven-all, a Briana McCarthy kill and two Purdue errors gave the Buckeyes a 10-7 lead. At 13-10, OSU, two kills from Szerszen, one from Danielle Meyer and a Purdue error opened a 17-10 Ohio State lead. Leading, 22-15, a Buckeye block from Meyer and McCarthy and two McCarthy ace serves gave Ohio State a 25-15 lead. Purdue kills by Lynch and Gurnell made it 25-17. Two Purdue errors, a Marisa Main kill and a Main-Meyer block set game point at 29-17. A Lynch kill stopped the first game point at 29-18. A Szerszen kill ended the game at 30-18 to give Ohio State a 1-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .273 for the game to .108 for Purdue.
Game two saw 10 early ties to reach 11-all. Two OSU errors gave Purdue a 13-11 lead. A Szerszen kill cut the margin to 13-12. Purdue kills by Gurnell and Lynch and two OSU errors opened a 17-12 Boilermaker lead. Two Szerszen kills and a Jones-McCarthy block cut the Purdue lead to two at 17-15. Three consecutive kills from Lynch took the lead to five at 20-15. At 22-17, Buckeye kills from Meyer and Stevens, a McCarthy ace serve and a Purdue error cut the lead to one at 22-21. Two Buckeye errors and a Samantha Mader kill put Purdue up by four at 25-21. At 27-23, a Purdue error, a Main ace serve and a Szerszen kill made it a one-point game at 27-26. Purdue, with a Lynch kill and an OSU error reached game point at 29-26. The Buckeyes then held off three game points to tie it at 29. A Jones kill, a Jones-McCarthy block and a Szerszen ace serve tied the game at 29. OSU’s Stevens, with two consecutive kills, won the game for Ohio State at 31-29, to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .312 for the game to .302 for Purdue.
Ohio State, with kills from Meyer and Stevens, and a Purdue error started game three with a 3-0 lead. A Buckeye error and a Sam Gray ace serve made it 3-2, OSU. Buckeye kills from Stevens, Main and Szerszen made it 6-2. Kills from Szerszen and Mader made it 7-3. Two Gurnell kills made it 7-5. At 10-7, OSU, a Danita Merlau kill, a Merlau-Elizabeth Jacques block and a Buckeye error tied the game at 10. A Stevens kill made it 11-10, OSU. A Merlau kill, an OSU error and a Gray ace serve put Purdue ahead, 13-11. A Buckeye kill from Stevens and Purdue kills by Merlau and Gurnell made it 15-12. OSU kills from Meyer and Main and a Jacques solo block cut the Purdue lead to two at 16-14. Two kills from Gurnell made it 18-14. A Kristen Dozier -Szerszen block and two Purdue errors cut the lead to one at 18-17. A Gurnell kill made it 19-17 Purdue. Ohio State tied the game at 19 with kills from McCarthy and Stevens. An OSU error gave Purdue a 20-19 lead. A Stevens’ kill tied the game at 20. Two Purdue errors gave Ohio State a 22-20 lead. Kills from Jacques and Meyer made it 23-21. A Merlau solo block and a Gurnell kill tied the game at 23. Tied at 25, a Szerszen kill and a Boilermaker error gave Ohio State a 27-25 lead. Errors by both teams made it 28-26. Merlau, with two kills tied the game at 28. Ohio State, with a McCarthy kill, had match point at 29-28. Jacques, with a kill, stopped the match point to tie the game at 29. A kill from Stevens made it 30-29 for OSU’s second match point. The Buckeyes, with a Szerszen kill, won the game, 31-29, to win the match 3-0. Ohio State hit .356 for the game to .196 for Purdue.
Ohio State hit .318 for the match to .206 for Purdue. The Boilermakers had a 50-49 edge in kills while Ohio State had a five-to-two advantage in ace serves with McCarthy recording a match-high three for the Buckeyes. Purdue gave up 12 service errors to four for the Buckeyes. On defense, Ohio State had a 45-44 edge in digs with Purdue’s Brittany Dildine recording a match-high 16. At the net, the Buckeyes had a seven-to-five margin in team blocks. Buckeyes’ McCarthy and Jones had three assists each with Szerszen recording a solo and two assists to share match-high honors. At setter, Purdue’s Gray had a match-high 42 assists with OSU’s Main collecting 37.