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Aug. 29, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 23 Ohio State (3-0) opens its home season by hosting the Buckeye Invitational this weekend. Play begins Friday, Sept. 1 with Ohio State hosting Lehigh (0-3) at 10:30 a.m. Northern Illinois (2-1) then faces Iona (1-2) at 12:30 p.m. Second round action has Northern Illinois playing Lehigh at 5 p.m. with the Buckeyes facing Iona at 7 p.m. Matches continue Saturday with Lehigh and Iona playing at 10 a.m. in the Rec Center. Play concludes Sunday with Northern Illinois playing Ohio State at 2 p.m. Matches Friday and Sunday will be played in St. John Arena.

Last week at the Towson Invitational Ohio State defeated Robert Morris, 3-0 (30-15, 30-20, 30-17, Houston 3-2 (30-32, 30-18, 28-30, 30-15, 15-12) and Towson, 3-1 (28-30, 30-27, 30-27, 30-22) to win the Tournament.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Head coach Jim Stone is in his 25th season with the Buckeyes. Ohio State opened the 2006 season by winning the Towson Invitational with wins over Robert Morris (3-0), Houston (3-2) and Towson (3-1). Leading Ohio State in kills per game is Danielle Meyer (6-1, Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) with a 6.33 average. Ami Stevens (Jr., Centerburg, Ohio) ranks second at 2.75 with Briana McCarthy (Jr., Beaver Dam, Wis.) third at 2.42. OSU’s top percentage hitter is Meghan Simons (Fr., Carroll, Ohio) at .579. McCarthy ranks second at .397. Setter Marisa Main (5-9, Sr., Louisville, Ky.) is averaging 13.92 assists per game. Meyer and McCarthy share team-high honors with five aces apiece. Defensively, libero Lindsay Schad (Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) is averaging a team-high 2.75 digs per game with Stevens second at 2.17. At the net Kristen Dozier (Fr., Sandy Spring, Md.) leads the team with a 1.67 blocks per game average. She has 20 assist blocks. Stevens (two solos, 10 assists), Simons (0-12) and Main (1-11) are tied for second with a 1.00 average. As a team, OSU is averaging 16.75 kills and 15.83 assists per game while hitting .354. The Buckeyes average 1.33 aces, 13.92 digs and 3.21 blocks per game. Opponents average 12.58 kills and 11.92 assists per game while hitting .166. OSU opponents average 1.25 aces, 10.33 digs and 1.88 blocks per game. A LOOK AT LEHIGH
Head coach Amanda Moran is in her third season. The Mountain Hawks are 0-3 after dropping three matches at the Temple Invitational. Lehigh lost to Temple, 3-0 (30-12, 30-18, 30-16), Cleveland State, 3-0 (30-17, 30-15, 30-19) and Iona, 3-0 (24-30, 30-24, 30-16, 30-23). Michelle Schwendenman leads the Mountain Hawks with a 2.00 kills per game average. Brittany Thurston ranks second at 1.50. Sarah Wolfe is the top percentage on the squad at .357. She has a 5.00 assist per game average. Defensively, Cassidy Maumus has a team-high 4.40 digs per game average with Brittany Thurston ranking second at 2.20. At the net, Suzee Richter has a team-high four assist blocks with Mo McReynolds having two. The Mountain Hawks average 9.40 kills and 8.60 assists while hitting .047. Lehigh is averaging .60 assists, 12.00 digs and .40 blocks per game. Opponents average 13.50 kills and 12.00 assists per game while hitting .263. Iona opponents average 3.80 aces, 13.00 digs and 1.30 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE SERIES VS. LEHIGH
Ohio State and Lehigh meet for the first time.

A LOOK AT IONA
Head coach Alan Edwards is in his first year at Iona. The Gaels are 1-3 on the season after playing in the Temple Invitational last weekend. Iona lost, 3-0 (30-16, 30-17, 30-9) to Cleveland State and 3-0 (30-22, 30-15, 30-23) to Temple before defeating Lehigh, 3-1 (24-30, 30-24, 30-16, 30-23). The Gaels host Fairleigh Dickinson Wednesday. Leading Iona in kills per game is Megan Dailey with a 4.30 average. Morgan Young ranks second at 2.30. Young is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .294. Setter Beth Holly is averaging 7.00 assist per game. Defensively Shelby Erb leads the team in digs per game with a 4.50 average. Daily ranks second at 2.00. At the net, Kendall Paulus leads the team with five assists blocks while Katie Brilla has four. Iona is averaging 10.40 kills and 9.20 assists while hitting .124. The Gaels average 1.80 aces, 12.30 digs and .90 blocks per game. Iona opponents average 15.30 kills and 13.30 assists while hitting .259. Opponents average 1.80 aces, 15.80 digs and 1.60 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE SERIES VS. IONA
Ohio State and Lehigh meet for the first time.

A LOOK AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS
Head coach Ray Gooden is in his fifth season. The Huskies are 2-1 after defeating Eastern Kentucky, 3-2 (34-32, 31-33, 30-20, 19-30, 15-13) and Western Illinois, 3-0 (30-22, 30-26, 30-19 and losing to St. Louis, 3-1 (15-30, 30-28, 30-24, 30-25) at the NIU/Comfort Inn and Suites Invitational. Northern Illinois face Illinois State Tuesday prior to coming to Columbus. Leading the Husking in kills per game is Kate McCullagh at 4.75 with Meagan Schoenrock second at 3.83. The top percentage hitter for the Huskies is Amy Ward at .353. Setter Mandi Caputo is averaging 13.25 assists per game. Defensively, Gina Guide leads the team with a 4.83 digs per game average with Caputo second at 3.58. At the net, McCullagh has a team-high 1.08 blocks per game with three solos and 10 assists. Irene Johnson ranks second in blocks at .67 with a solo and seven assists. Northern Illinois is averaging 15.67 kills and 14.25 assists per game while hitting .260. The Huskies average 1.42 assists, 16.17 digs and 1.83 blocks per game. Opponents average 15.25 kills and 13.58 assists while hitting .213. Huskie opponents average 1.08 aces, 13.50 digs and 1.50 blocks per game.

The coaching staff has a strong Buckeye connection with head coach Gooden a 1994 OSU graduate and played for the men’s volleyball team. Assistant coach Kirstine Jensen is a 1997 OSU graduate and played for the women’s volleyball squad.

OHIO STATE SERIES VS. NORTHERN ILLINOIS
Ohio State leads the series with Northern Illinois, 7-2. The Buckeyes have won the last seven meetings after losing the first two matches in 1973. The last meeting came in 1996 at the Huskie Autumn Tournament, a 3-0 (15-10, 15-7, 15-7) Buckeye victory. OSU has won the last the last 17 games over the last seven matches.

MEYER NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Danielle Meyer was named the Big Ten Player of the Week by the conference office for her play 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 win over Robert Morris. She added two ace serves, five digs and an assist block in the match. Against Houston, in the 3-2 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 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.

DOZIER SETS AND TIES OSU MATCH BLOCK RECORDS
In her second match with the Buckeyes, Kristen Dozier collected 13 assist blocks in the 3-2 victory over Houston to set one OSU match record and tie another. Her 13 assist blocks set the Ohio State match record for assist blocks previously held by Margie Meyers with 11 in 1987 against Michigan State. Dozier also tied the OSU match record for totals blocks set by Jenny Collins (7-6) in 1984 at Miami (OH). For the three matches, Dozier collected 20 assist blocks to average 1.67 per game. She had two against Robert Morris and five at Towson.

BUCKEYES START THREE FRESHMEN
Ohio State opened the 2006 season with three freshmen in the starting rotation. Middle blockers Kristen Dozier and Meghan Simons and libero Lindsay Schad started all three matches last weekend. Dozier averaged 1.67 blocks in the three matches while Simons hit a team-high .579, averaging 2.08 kills and 1.00 blocks per game. Schad played the backrow averaging a team-high 2.75 digs per game and handled 78 reception attempts.

OSU RANKED 23RD IN PRESEASON CSTV/AVCA COACHES POLL
The CSTV (College Sports Television/AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) 2006 Preseason Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll has Ohio State ranked 23rd. OSU finished the 2005 season ranked 23rd. The Buckeyes are one of five Big Ten squads ranked in the CSTV/AVCA Poll. Others include Penn State second, Wisconsin ninth, Purdue 16th and Minnesota 22nd. Additionally, Northwestern was listed as receiving votes.

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 (Sr., Louisville, Ky.) and outside hitter Ami Stevens (Jr., Centerburg, Ohio) earned their second-straight preseason selection with middle blocker Danielle Meyer (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) 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.

OSU HAS THREE TELEVISED MATCHES
Ohio State will have three matches televised as part of a 14-match lineup announced by the Big Ten Conference Thursday. The Buckeyes will appear in two national and one regional cable telecasts. OSU’s television schedule will open with a live telecast at Penn State, Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. ET on College Sports Television (CSTV). The Buckeyes will then appear in the first of three Big Ten-ESPN2 matches at Purdue, Friday, Sept. 29. The Purdue match will be shown, Sunday, Oct. 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET. Ohio State’s third televised match will be at Minnesota, Friday, Oct. 27 on Comcast SportsNet Chicago (CSN Chicago). The Minnesota match will be broadcast Saturday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. ET.

The Big Ten Conference will have six national and eight regional televised matches this season. CSTV and ESPN will have three matches each and CSN Chicago with broadcast eight contests including a wildcard match the final weekend of the season.

For more than a decade, the Big Ten has been a leader in collegiate volleyball television exposure. The conference enters its 12th-consecutive year of partnership with ESPN2 in which at least three matches will be telecast.

HEAD COACH JIM STONE
Jim Stone enters his 25th season at Ohio State. He has a 496-270 record with the Buckeyes and is 277-157 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 27-year career record is 546-312.

MEET THE BUCKEYES
#1 Meghan Simons (Middle Blocker, 6-3, Fr., Carroll, Ohio) – 2006 started three matches – nine kills against Robert Morris and Houston – hit a career-high .667 (9-1-12) against Houston –

#2 Brittany Dahms (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-5, Jr., Bryon, Ill.) – 2006 has not played – 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 three matches – season-high eight digs against Houston – 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.

#4 Megan Blake (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-3, Sr., West Jefferson, Ohio) – 2006 has not played – 2005 played in one match 2004 did not play – named to the 2005 Buckeye Power Club for strength and conditioning.

#5 Lindsay Schad (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-4, Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) – 2006 started at libero in three matches – double-figure digs against Houston (12) and Towson (13)

#6 Danielle Meyer (Outside Hitter, 6-1, Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) – 2006 started three matches – 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 16 digs at Towson – back-to-back 30-plus kill matches against Houston (30) and Towson (32) – preseason All-Big Ten selection – 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, 6-1, Jr., Centerburg, Ohio) – 2006 started three matches – double-figure kills in all three matches including a season-high 13 against Robert Morris – season-high 17 digs against Houston – 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 started all three matches – season-high 12 kills and eight digs against Towson – 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 two matches – 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 has not played

#12 Kristen Dozier (Middle Blocker, 6-2, Fr., Sandy Spring, Md.) – 2006 started three matches – season-high eight kills against Houston – career-high 13 assist blocks against Houston to set an OSU match record for assist blocks and tie the OSU record for total blocks

#13 Marisa Main (Setter, 5-9, Sr., Louisville, Ky./Xavier) – 2006 started all three matches – season-high eight kills against Houston – season-hgih 62 assists against Houston – season-high 12 digs at Towson – season-high six assist blocks against Houston – 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 Not available until early September due to playing for France in the European Junior National Championship.

#15 Ashley Kiel (Outside Hitter, 5-11, Sr., Allenton, Wis./Northern Michigan) 2006 played in three matches – season-high seven digs at Towson – 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.

#16 Michelle Hammond (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-9, Fr., Columbus, Ohio) – 2006 played in two matches – recorded a kill against Houston

REVIEWING LAST WEEK
OHIO STATE 3, ROBERT MORRIS 0
The 23rd ranked Ohio State (1-0) women’s volleyball team opened the season with a 3-0 (30-15, 30-20, 30-17) win over Robert Morris (0-1) in the first round of the Towson University Invitational Saturday afternoon. OSU’s Danielle Meyer (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) scored a match-high 17.5 points with Ami Stevens (Jr., Centerburg, Ohio) adding 15. Meyer had a match-high 15 kills, two ace serves and an assist block while Stevens had 13 kill and two aces. Janette Schneider scored a team-high 9.5 points for Robert Morris with Haley Schroeder adding eight. Schneider recorded five kill, one ace serve, three solo and one assist block in the match with Schroeder adding eight kills. The Buckeyes hit .489 for the match with five of the six starters hitting .500 or better. That hitting percentage ranks fifth all-time for Ohio State.

Ohio State broke a four-all tie in game one behind a five-point scoring run. A Briana McCarthy (Sr./Jr., Beaver Dam, Wis.) kill and ace serve started the run. A Tiger error was followed by kills from Kristen Dozier (Fr., Sandy Spring, Md.) and Stevens to open a 9-4 lead. At 9-5, OSU scored the next seven points to take a 16-5 lead. Kills from Stevens and Meyer opened the run. A Robert Morris error made it 12-5. Two kills from Meyer, one from Marisa Main (Sr., Louisville, Ky.) and an ace serve from Stevens completed the run. The Buckeyes held the lead and reached game point at 29-14 with a Meyer-Meghan Simons (Fr., Carroll, Ohio) block. At 29-15, a McCarthy kill ended the game at 30-15. Ohio State hit .655 for the game to .360 for Robert Morris.

Ohio State used a McCarthy ace serve and a Main solo block to break a two-all tie to take a 4-2 lead. At 8-6, OSU, a Meyer kill and a Tiger error gave OSU a 10-6 lead. At 14-11, back-to-back kills from Dozier opened a five-point lead at 16-11. The Buckeyes continued to build the lead and with a Tiger error reached game point at 29-19. A Schroeder kill stopped the first game point (29-20), but a Simons’ kill ended the game at 30-20, giving the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .444 in the game to .133 for Robert Morris.

The Buckeyes opened game three with kills from Simons, McCarthy and a Meyer ace serve for a 3-0 lead. Robert Morris would cut the lead to one at 3-2 and 4-3, but kill from Stevens and Meyer opened a 6-3 lead. At 8-5, a Meyer kill and a Main-Simons block expanded the lead to five at 10-5. OSU continued to build the lead and closed out the match with a McCarthy ace for a 30-17 game three win, taking the match, 3-0. The Buckeyes hit .375 for the game to -.133 for Robert Morris.

For the match, Ohio State hit .489 to .106 for Robert Morris. The Buckeyes had a 52-28 advantage in kills and a nine to two margin in ace serves. OSU’s McCarthy collected a match-high three aces. The Buckeyes gave up nine service errors to seven for the Tigers. Defensively, Ohio State had a 32-22 advantage in digs with Buckeye Lindsay Schad (Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) picking up a match-high eight. At the net, the Buckeyes had a seven to four edge in team blocks. OSU’s Main and Robert Morris’ Schneider shared match-high honors with four each. Main collected a solo and three assists while Schneider had three solos and one assist block.

OHIO STATE 3, HOUSTON 2
The 23rd ranked Ohio State (2-0) women’s volleyball team overcame a 2-1 Houston (1-1) lead to rally for a 3-2 (30-32, 30-18, 28-30, 30-15, 15-12) victory in the second round of the Towson Invitational Saturday night. Buckeye Danielle Meyer (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) recorded career-highs of 34 points and 30 kills in the match with Kristen Dozier (Fr., Sandy Spring, Md.) adding 15.5 points. Meyer collected 30 kills, two ace serves and four assist blocks while Dozier had eight kills, an ace serve and an OSU match record of 13 assist blocks. Houston’s Justine Farmer had a team-high 21 points for the Cougars with Kelly McAnelly adding 17. Farmer had 19 kills, an ace serve and two assist blocks while McAnelly had 17 kills in the match.

Ohio State held an early 10-8 lead with a kill by Dozier and an ace serve from Briana McCarthy (Sr./Jr., Beaver Dam, Wis.). Houston tied the game at 12 with a Kinsey Cave ace serve and with a Cave ace and a Becca Sartori kill took a 14-12 lead. The Cougars held a five-point lead at 26-21. At 28-24, Houston, the Buckeyes scored four straight points to tie the game at 28. At 30-30, a block by Sartori and a Farmer kill ended the game at 32-30, Houston. The Cougars hit .359 for the game to .227 for OSU.

Game two saw the Buckeyes break a three-all tie with a Meyer ace serve. With an Ami Stevens (Jr., Centerburg, Ohio) solo block and two Cougar errors opened a 7-3 Ohio State lead. The Buckeyes expanded the lead, winning the game with a Dozier-Stevens block at 30-18 tying the match at one-all. The Buckeyes hit .552 in the game to .091 for Houston.

Houston held the early lead in game three at 11-7. Three Houston errors and a Dozier-Marisa Main (Sr., Louisville, Ky.) tied the game at 11. The Buckeyes took the lead to three several times but an OSU error tied the game at 27. At 28-all, a Sartori kill and an OSU error ended the game at 30-28, Houston, giving the Cougars a 2-1 lead in the match. Houston hit .351 for the game to .321 for the Buckeyes.

Tied at 8-all, Ohio State used a Meyer kill, two Houston errors and a Meyer-Meghan Simons (Fr., Carroll, Ohio) block to open a 12-8 Buckeye lead. Ohio State expanded the lead 27-15 lead. A kill by Stevens and two from Meyer closed out the game for a 30-15 OSU win, tying the match at two games each. The Buckeyes hit .593 for the game to .057 for Houston.

Ohio State broke a four-all tie in the fifth game with a Dozier kill and a Dozier-Main block for a 6-4 lead. At 8-6, two Meyer kills opened a four-point lead for OSU at 10-6. At 14-10, a McAnelly kill cut the margin to three at 14-11. A Buckeye error made it 14-12. Ohio State won the game, 15-12 with a McCarthy-Dozier block to win the game, 3-2. The Buckeyes hit .179 to .036 for Houston.

For the match, Ohio State hit .359 to .169 for Houston. The Buckeyes had a 77-63 margin in kills while Houston outserved Ohio State, eight to five. The Cougars gave up 15 service errors to nine for the Buckeyes. Defensively, OSU had a 65-48 advantage in digs with Stevens recording a match-high 17 for the Buckeyes. At the net, Ohio State produced an 18 to four advantage in team blocks with OSU’s Dozier collecting a match-high 13 assist blocks. Her 13 assist blocks sets an OSU match record previously held by Margie Meyers with 11 at Michigan State in 1987. Her 13 total blocks equals the Buckeye match record held by Jenny Collins (7 solos, 6 assists) set at Miami (OH) in 1984. OSU’s Main posted 62 assists in the match while Houston’s Kelsey King had 55.

OHIO STATE 3, TOWSON 1
The 23rd ranked Ohio State (3-0) women’s volleyball team won the Towson University Invitational Sunday with a 3-1 victory over Towson (1-2), 3-1 (28-30, 30-27, 30-27, 30-22). OSU’s Danielle Meyer (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) scored a match/career-high 35 points with Ami Stevens (Jr., Centerburg, Ohio) adding 14. Meyer had a match-high 32 kills, one ace serve and two solos blocks while Stevens recorded 10 kill, a solo block and six assists. Towson’s Maddie Haseltine scored a team-high 33 points for the Tigers with Ally Perko adding 13.5. Haseltine recorded a team-high 28 kills, adding four ace serves and two assist blocks with Perko collecting 11 kill, one ace serve and three assist blocks.

Ohio State broke an eight-all tie with a seven-one point run to open a 15-9 lead. Towson slowly cut the lead, tying the game at 24 with a Valerie Chromy, Christina Grempler and Perko block. Tied at 25, a Kimberly Snider kill, an OSU error and a Grempler-Snider block gave the Tigers a 28-25 lead. Kills from Stevens and Grempler made it 29-26. Buckeye kills from Meyer and Marisa Main (Sr., Louisville, Ky.) cut the lead to one at 29-28. Haseltine ended the game with a kill for a 30-28 Towson win. The Tigers hit .257 for the game to .244 for OSU.

After Towson opened game two with a 2-0 lead, Ohio State tied the game at eight with a Kristen Dozier (Fr., Sandy Spring, Md.)-Stevens block. Tied at eight, a Tiger error and a Dozier kill gave OSU a 10-8 lead. Trailing 25-22, Towson tied the game at 25 with a Hazeltine kill. Tied at 27, a Meyer kill and a Towson error set game point at 29-27. Meyer ended the game with a kill for a 30-27 OSU win to tie the game at one each.

Towson took a quick 4-0 lead in game three. The Buckeyes kept the score close and with a Meghan Simons (Fr., Carroll, Ohio)-Briana McCarthy (Sr./Jr., Beaver Dam, Wis.) block tied the game at 15. The squads exchanged points to a 24-24 tie. A Tiger error and a Meyer kill gave OSU a 26-24 lead. At 28-26, a Simons’ kill set game point at 29-26. A Towson kill by Haseltine made it 29-27. Meyer closed out the game with a kill for a 30-27 win to take a 2-1 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .302 for the game to .225 for Towson. OSU’s Meyer scored 12 kills in the game.

Game four saw Ohio State break a 1-1 tie with a kill and block by Meyer and an ace serve from Dozier for a 4-1 lead. The Buckeyes continued to expand the lead taking an eight-point lead at 17-9. OSU, with a 28-22 lead, reached match point with a Meyer kill. Meyer closed out the match with her 31st kill of the match and 10th of the game for a 30-22 win for a 3-1 victory. The Buckeyes hit .400 for the game to .196 for Towson.

In the match, Ohio State hit .275 to .193 for Towson. The Buckeyes had a 72-60 edge in kills while the Tigers had a five to two advantage in ace serves. Towson gave up 13 service errors to ten for the Buckeyes. Defensively, Ohio State had a 70-54 advantage in digs with OSU’s Meyer recording a match-high 16. At the net, the Tigers had a 14.5 to 13.5 edge in team blocks with Tiger Grempler recording a match-high nine blocks (two solo and seven assists). OSU’s Main collected 61 assists while Kimberly Snider had 50.

Ohio State placed Stevens, Simons and Meyer on the All-Tournament team with Meyer named the Most Valuable Player. Also named to the team were Towson’s Snider and Grempler and Houston’s Justine Farmer and Becca Sartori.