Oct. 5, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 25th ranked Ohio State women’s volleyball team (12-5 overall, 2-2 Big Ten) completes a four-match home stand this week with Big Ten Conference matches against No. 1 ranked Illinois (15-0, 4-0) and Northwestern (10-5, 1-3). The Buckeyes host the Illinois Illini at 7 p.m. EDT Friday, Oct 7 and the Northwestern Wildcats at 6 p.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 8. The matches will be played in St. John Arena (13,276). The Illinois match will be delayed broadcast by the Big Ten Network at noon Saturday. Kevin Kuglar will call the action and Kathi Weiskamp will handle the color. The Northwestern match will be available on the web via Buckeye Vision (fee) on ohiostatebuckeyes.com.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Coached by Geoff Carlston, the 25th-ranked Buckeyes are 12-5 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten Conference. Last week in Columbus, OSU defeated 10th-ranked Minnesota, 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 28-26) and lost 3-1 (25-16, 25-20, 21-25, 25-20) to Wisconsin. Leading the Buckeyes in points per set is Mari Hole at 4.77. Emily Danks ranks second at 4.60 with Kelli Barhorst third at 3.02. Hole has a team-high 4.16 kills per set average with Danks second at 3.66 and Kaitlyn Leary third at 2.32. Barhorst is hitting .317 to lead the squad. Danks ranks second in attack percentage at .290 with Mariah Booth third at .236. At setter, Taylor Sherwin is averaging 11.21 assists per set with Amanda Peterson at 8.97. Leading the squad in aces per set is Danks at .56 with 34. Hole ranks second at .26 with 16 aces each and Sarah Mignin is third at .23 with 14. Defensively, Mignin has a team-high 5.08 digs per set average. Hole ranks second at 2.54 with Alyssa Winner third at 1.83. At the net, Barhorst leads the team with a 1.13 blocks per set average with 14 solos and 55 assists. Mariah Booth ranks second at .89 with three solos and 31 assists with Danks third at .70 with four solos and 39 assists. In serve reception percentage, Mignin has a .977 serve reception percentage handling 417 of 427 attempts. Hole is second at .969 handling 283 of 292 attempts. Davionna DiSalvatore ranks third at .954 handling 187 of 196 attempts. Ohio State is averaging 18.53 points, 14.84 kills and 13.77 assists per set while hitting .245. OSU is averaging 1.28 aces, 16.26 digs and 2.42 blocks per set and has a .962 serve reception percentage. Buckeye opponents average 14.70 points, 12.18 kills and 11.57 assists per set while hitting .187. They average .75 aces, 14.89 digs and 1.77 blocks per set and have a .939 serve reception percentage.
A LOOK AT ILLINOIS
Coached by Kevin Hamby, the top-ranked Illini are 15-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten Conference. Last week in home matches, Illinois defeated Indiana, 3-1 (25-15, 21-25, 25-19, 25-14) and 12th-ranked Purdue, 3-1 (26-24, 25-20, 23-25, 25-23). Michelle Bartsch leads the squad with a 4.59 points per set average. Ranking second is Colleen Ward at 3.86 and Erin Johnson third at 3.13. Bartsch is averaging a team-high 4.03 kills per set with Ward second at 3.49 and Johnson third at 2.56. Johnson is hitting a team leading .395. Anna Dorn ranks second at .346 with Liz McMahon third at .284. At setter, Annie Luhrsen is averaging 11.41 assists per set. Jennifer Beltram has a team-high .24 aces per set average with 12. Bartsch ranks second at .22 with 13 and Ward is third at .20 with 12. Defensively, Beltram has a team-leading 4.14 digs per set average. Ranking second is Bartsch at 3.44 with Ward third at 2.81. At the net, Dorn has a team-high 1.15 blocks per set average with two solos and 66 assist blocks. Johnson, at 1.12, ranks second with a solo and 65 assists and Liz McMahon is third at .98 with a solo and 46 assists. Illinois is averaging 17.55 points, 13.93 kills and 12.93 assists per set while hitting .264. The Illini average 1.15 aces, 15.47 digs and 2.47 blocks per set. Opponents average 14.32 points, 11.86 kills and 11.07 assists per set while hitting .160. Illini opponents average .71 aces, 14.61 digs and 1.75 blocks per set.
ILLINOIS-OHIO STATE SERIES
Illinois has a 35-34 edge in the series with Ohio State. In Columbus, OSU is 15-13 against the Illini while Illinois has a 19-14 advantage in Champaign. The Buckeyes are 5-3 in neutral site matches. Illinois has won the last six contests with OSU. Last season Illinois won 3-0 (25-23, 25-9, 25-22) in Champaign and 3-1 (25-20, 25-17, 17-25, 27-25) in Columbus
A LOOK AT NORTHWESTERN
Coached by Keylor Chan, the Wildcats are 10-5 overall and 1-3 in the Big Ten Conference. Last week at home, Northwestern lost to 12th-ranked Purdue, 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-20) and defeated Indiana, 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-17) to stop a three-match losing streak. Leading the Wildcats in points per set is Stephanie Holthus at 5.18. Katie Dutchman ranks second at 3.27 with Yewande Akanbi third at 2.36. Holthus has a team-high 4.55 kills per set average with Akanbi second at 2.18 and Dutchman third at 2.14. Dutchman is hitting a team-leading .264 with Kathryn Chrystal second at .263 and Holthus, at .251, third. At setter, Madalyn Shalter has an 11.00 assists per set average. In aces per set, Dutchman leads the squad at .43 with 22. Alex Ayers ranks second at .25 with 13 and Julie Chin is third at .24 with 12. Defensively, Chin has a team-high 4.90 digs per set average. Ayers ranks second at 3.00 with Holthus third at 2.90. At the net, Dutchman leads the team with a 1.29 blocks per set average with six solos and 60 assist blocks. Ranking second is Chrystal at 1.04 with four solos and 49 assists. Hannah Crippen is third at .75 with a solo and 37 assists. Northwestern is averaging 17.56 points, 13.47 kills and 12.22 assists per set while hitting .205. The Wildcats average 1.51 aces, 16.29 digs and 2.58 blocks per set. Opponents average 14.40 points, 11.20 kills and 10.55 assists per set while hitting .131. Northwestern opponents average .73 aces, 15.33 digs and 2.48 blocks per set.
NORTHWESTERN-OHIO STATE SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Northwestern, 47-18. The Buckeyes are 23-6 in Columbus, 18-10 in Evanston and 6-2 in neutral site matches. Ohio State has won the last six meetings with the Wildcats. Last season, in Evanston, OSU defeated Northwestern, 3-2 (25-22, 19-25, 23-25, 26-24, 15-11) and won 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 28-26) in Columbus.
OHIO STATE RANKED 25TH IN THE AVCA POLL
In the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 poll from Oct. 3, Ohio State was ranked 25th receiving 103 votes. Seven Big Ten squads are ranked in the Top 25 with Illinois first, Nebraska sixth, Penn State eighth, Purdue 11th, Minnesota 14th and Michigan 18th.
BUCKEYES RANKED SECOND NATIONALLY IN KILLS PER SET
In the NCAA national statistics released through matches of Oct. 2, Ohio State is ranked second in kills (14.84) and third in assists (13.77) per set. The Buckeyes are ranked 45th in hitting percentage (.245), 60th in digs (16.25), 55th in blocks (2.42) and 134th in aces (1.28) per set. Individually, Emily Danks ranks sixth in aces per set at .56 and Sarah Mignin is 33rd in digs per set at 5.08. Mari Hole is 28th in points (4.77) and 34th in kills (4.16) per set.
DANKS MOVES TO SIXTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ACES WITH 151
Emily Danks has 151 career aces and has moved to sixth on the Ohio State career list. She passed Shelly Draeger (1999-02) with 147. Fifth on the list with 157 is Gabriele Jobst (1991-94). Danks ranks second in career aces per set with a .48 average. She ranks 14th in career attack percentage at .271 and is 20th in career points per set at 3.27.
BARHORST 13TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER SOLO BLOCKS
Kelli Barhorst is 13th in Ohio State career solo blocks list with 53. Ranking 12th is Briana McCarthy (2003-04, 05-06) with 55. Barhorst has 294 assist blocks and ranks 10th. Ninth on the list with 298 is Leisa Wissler (1988-91). Barhorst is 11th in total blocks with 347. Kristen Dozier is 10th on the list with 350. With .93 blocks per set average, Barhorst ranks ninth and is 11th in attack percentage at .278.
BOOTH RANKS SEVENTH IN CAREER BLOCK PER SET AT .94
Mariah Booth is ranked seventh in career blocks per set at .94. Ranking sixth is Stephanie Higgins (2002) at .98.
PETERSON 11TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSISTS WITH 1,051
Amanda Peterson has 1,051 career assists and ranks 11th on the Ohio State career assist list. Ranking 10th is Ashley Hughes (2006-09) with 1,392. Peterson is ninth in career assists per set with a 7.84 average.
SHERWIN 17TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSISTS WITH 426
Taylor Sherwin ranks 17th in Ohio State career assists with 426. Heather Whalen (2000-03) is ranked 16th with 568. Sherwin ranks sixth in assists per set at 11.21. Ranking fifth is Jen Boleyn (1994-96) at 11.28.
MIGNIN NOW SEVENTH IN CAREER DIGS PER SET AT 2.92
Sarah Mignin has moved to seventh in OSU career digs per set at 2.92. She passed Julie Chellevold (1988-91) at 2.84, Holly O’Leary (1987-90) at 2.85 and Laura Davis (1991-94) at 2.91. Sixth on the list is Tricia Stragliotto (1993-95) at 2.99. Mignin is ranked 14th on the Ohio State career digs list with 1,006. Ranking 13 on the list is Vicki Wright (1983-86) with 1,023.
#1 DANKS HAS 16 CONSECUTIVE DOUBLE-FIGURE POINT MATCHES
Emily Danks recorded 10.5 points against Minnesota and a match-high 16.5 points against Wisconsin to extend her streak of double figure matches to 16. She had seven kills (.300), three ace serves, three digs and one assist block against the Badgers. Danks recorded 14 kills (.220), two assists, two ace serves, eight digs and one assist block in the Wisconsin match. A starter in all 17 matches, she is averaging 4.60 points, 3.66 kills, a team-high .56 aces, 1.66 digs and .70 blocks per set while hitting .290.
#2 BARHORST POSTS SEVEN BLOCKS AGAINST WISCONSIN
Kelli Barhorst posted a match-high seven blocks against Wisconsin with three solos and four assists. She totaled 11 points in the match with six kills (.250) and one dig. Against Wisconsin, Barhorst had nine points with seven kills (.150) and four assist blocks. She has started all 17 matches and is the team leader in blocks per set at 1.13. Barhorst is averaging 3.02 points, 2.31 kill, .59 digs and 1.13 blocks per set while hitting a team-high .317.
#3 SCHWARZWALDER MISSES WEEKEND MATCHES
Amy Schwarzwalder did not play in the matches against Minnesota and Wisconsin. She has seen action in five matches this season. Schwarzwalder is averaging .71 points, .57 kills, .43 digs and .29 blocks per set.
#6 WINNER SEES ACTION AGAINST WISCONSIN
Alyssa Winner played in all four sets against Wisconsin. She recorded three digs and handled 13 of 14 serve receptions. Winner has played in 16 matches with four starts at defensive specialist. She is averaging 1.83 digs per set and has a .953 serve reception average handling 202 of 212 receptions.
#7 MIGNIN RECORDS HER FIFTH 24-PLUS DIG MATCH
Sarah Mignin had 24 digs against Wisconsin for her fifth match this season with 24 or more digs. Against the Badgers, she added three assists and handled 39 serve receptions without an error. Mignin posted 14 digs against Minnesota adding one assist and one ace serve while handling 46 of 47 serve attempts. She has played in all 17 matches with 16 starts at libero. Mignin is averaging a team-high 5.08 digs per set and leads the squad in serve reception percentage at .977 handling 417 of 427 attempts.
#8 SHERWIN MISSES THE LAST THREE MATCHES
Taylor Sherwin has not been available the last three matches. She has seen action in 12 matches and started eight. Sherwin is averaging 11.21 assists and 1.63 digs per set.
#9 DISALVATORE STARTING IN THE BACK ROW
Davionna DiSalvatore has started the last five matches as a defensive specialist. She had six digs and one assist against Minnesota and handled two serve receptions without an error. Against Wisconsin, DiSalvatore had three digs and handled four of five serve receptions. She has played in all 17 matches with nine starts in the back row. DiSalvatore is averaging 1.81 digs per set and has a .954 serve reception percentage in handling 187 of 196 attempts.
#10 BOOTH RECORDS 10 POINTS AGAINST MINNESOTA
Mariah Booth posted 10 points against Minnesota with nine kills (.500) and two assist blocks. She added a dig against the Gophers. Against Wisconsin, Booth had seven points with five kills (.053), a solo block and two assist blocks. She has started in the 11 matches she has played in and is averaging 2.36 points, 1.87 kills, and .89 blocks per set while hitting .236.
#11 LEARY RECORDS SIX DIGS AGAINST WISCONSIN FOR CAREER HIGH
Kaitlyn Leary posted six digs against Wisconsin for her career high. Her previous high was five against New Hampshire. Leary had 7.5 points against the Badgers with seven kills (.263) and one assist block. Against Wisconsin, Leary had 11.5 points with 11 kills (.300) and one assist block. She added one dig and handled eight of nine serve receptions. Leary has played in 14 matches with four starts. She is averaging 2.45 points, 2.32 kills, .68 digs and .22 blocks per set while hitting .178. Leary has a .951 serve reception percentage handling 58 of 61 serves.
#12 SEKINGER SAW ACTION AGAINST MINNESOTA
Erin Sekinger played in one set of the Minnesota match. She has played in eight matches with three starts. Sekinger is averaging 1.90 points, 1.69 kills, .58 digs and .38 blocks per set while hitting .136.
#14 HOLE HAS A DOUBLE-DOUBLE IN THE MINNESOTA WIN
Mari Hole recorded 16 kills (.467) and 11 digs for her sixth double-double of the season in the victory over Minnesota. She had 17 points against the Gophers adding one assist and one ace serve while handling six of seven serve receptions. Against Wisconsin, Hole had 12 points with 11 kills (.000) and two assist blocks. She added three assists and nine digs against the Badgers while handling 20 of 21 serve receptions. Hole has started 14 matches while playing in all 17. She is averaging team-highs of 4.77 points and 4.16 kills per set. Hole is averaging .26 aces, 2.54 digs and .56 blocks per set and has a .969 serve reception percentage handling 283 of 292 attempts.
#15 PETERSON’S 10 DIGS AGAINST WISCONSIN TIES CAREER HIGH
Amanda Peterson tied her career high of 10 digs in the Wisconsin match. She set her high at Nebraska. Peterson had 40 assists, four kills (.364), a solo block and two assist blocks against the Badgers. She had 41 assists, five digs, four kills (.800), four assist blocks and one ace serve in the Minnesota match. Her play for the weekend earned her Ohio State Athlete of the Week honors. Peterson has played in 13 matches with nine starts. She is averaging 8.97 assists, .94 kills, 1.75 digs and .72 blocks per set while hitting .316.
#18 FAUL MISSES WEEKEND MATCHES
Anna Faul did not play in the matches against Minnesota and Wisconsin. She has played in 10 matches with six starts this season. Faul is averaging 1.20 points, .74 kills, .30 digs and .89 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 266-111.
NEXT WEEK FOR THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State returns to the road next weekend with matches at Indiana (8-8, 0-4) and 11th-ranked Purdue (14-1, 3-1). The Buckeyes face the Hoosiers at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14 and play the Boilermakers at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15. Both matches will be available for a fee at BTN.com