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Oct. 26, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The seventh-ranked Ohio State (19-1 overall, 9-1 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team returns home this week to host Purdue and Indiana in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes will face the Boilermakers at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29 and host the Hoosiers at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 31. Last week Ohio State won at No. 5 Penn State, 3-2 (30-25, 22-30, 30-26, 26-30, 15-11) but lost at No. 24 Illinois, 0-3 (26-30, 22-30, 24-30) ending OSU’s 19-match winning streak.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Jim Stone. Ohio State is 19-1 on the season and 9-1 in the Big Ten, tied with Minnesota for first place. The Buckeyes are ranked seventh in the latest USA TODAY/CSTV Coaches Poll.

OHIO STATE BY THE NUMBERS
For the season, Stacey Gordon leads the Buckeyes in kills with 488 for a 7.18 per game average. She is also the team leader in aces with 30 (.44 per game), in digs with 214 (3.15) and is hitting a team-high .385. Setter Marisa Main (So., Louisville, Ky.) leads the team in assists 1,015 (14.71 per game). Ami Stevens (Fr., Centerburg, Ohio) and Rebecca Kastein (Jr., Mt. Lebanon, Pa.) are tied for second in digs with 185 each. Kastein has a 2.94 per game average and Stevens is 2.68. At the net, Danielle Meyer (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) has a team-high 67 blocks with two solos and 65 assists for a .99 per game average. Meyer is second in kills with 205 for a 3.01 per game average. Ohio State is hitting .323 on the season and is averaging 18.19 kills per game. The Buckeyes average 1.65 aces, 14.77 digs and 2.25 blocks per game. OSU opponents are hitting .209 and average 13.38 kills per game. Opponents are averaging .81 aces, 11.99 digs and 2.07 blocks per game.

A LOOK AT PURDUE
The Boilermakers are coached by Dave Shondell. Purdue has an 11-9 overall record and is 4-6 in the Big Ten. They have lost five of their last six matches. Last week at home, the Boilermakers defeated Iowa, 3-0 (30-16, 30-20, 30-19) and lost to No. 2 Minnesota 0-3 (16-30, 24-30, 24-30).

PURDUE BY THE NUMBERS
Leah Wischmeier is the team leader in kills with 309 for a 4.29 kills per game average. Kim McConaha is second with 301 (4.12). Setter Renata Dargan has 928 assists with a 13.45 per game average. Brittany Dildine has a team-high 23 ace serves (.34). Defensively, Daren Poe leads the team with 251 digs (3.64) with McConaha second at 183 (2.51). At the net, McConaha has 76 total blocks with nine solos and 67 assists for a 1.04 blocks per game average. Elizabeth Jacques is second with 54 blocks (6-48) for a .79 per game average. Purdue is hitting .261 and averages 16.91 kills per game. The Boilermakers average 1.26 aces, 16.05 digs and 2.12 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .236 and average 15.58 kills per game. Purdue opponents average .91 aces, 15.76 digs and 2.27 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – PURDUE SERIES
Ohio State has a 34-29 lead in the series with Purdue. In Columbus, the Buckeyes are 15-9. Last season Ohio State lost at home, 1-3 (30-27, 24-30, 22-30, 20-30) and won at Purdue, 3-1 (30-23, 25-30, 30-22, 30-23). Earlier this season the Buckeyes won 3-0 (30-23, 30-26, 30-24) at Purdue.

A LOOK AT INDIANA
The Hoosiers are coached by Katie Weismiller. Indiana has an 8-13 overall record and is 2-8 in the Big Ten prior to its match at Penn State Friday. The Hoosiers have lost 11 of the last 13 matches but have won two of the last three. Last week Indiana lost at home to No. 2 Minnesota, 0-3 (28-30, 15-30, 22-30) and defeated Iowa, 3-0 (30-23, 30-22, 30-24).

INDIANA BY THE NUMBERS
Christina Archibald leads the team with 302 kills for a 3.78 per game average. Katie Pollom ranks second with 296 (3.70). Setter Tasha Arsenych has 935 kills for an 11.69 per game average. Christine Nilles has a team-high 25 aces (.33) with Pollom second with 19 (.24). Defensively, Nilles has a team-high 242 digs (3.18) with Archibald second with 187 (2.34). At the net, Mandy Eberle leads the team with 101 blocks from 11 solos and 90 assists for a 1.26 per game average. Pollom ranks second with 82 on 12 solos and 70 assists for a 1.02 per game average. Indiana is hitting .216 and averages 14.68 kills per game. The Hoosiers average 1.27 aces, 14.16 digs and 2.42 blocks per game. IU opponents are hitting .234 and average 15.81 kills per game. They are averaging 1.21 aces, 15.05 digs and 2.24 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – INDIANA SERIES
Ohio State has a 33-22 lead in the series with Indiana. In Columbus, the Buckeyes are 18-7, winning the last three matches in St. John Arena. Last season Ohio State won 3-0 (30-24, 30-28, 30-24) in Columbus and lost 1-3 (29-31, 18-30, 30-14, 20-30) at Indiana. Earlier this season Ohio State won 3-1 (30-22, 30-20, 27-30, 30-19) at Indiana.

REVIEWING THE PENN STATE MATCH
Ohio State defeated No. 5 Penn State, 3-2 (30-25, 22-30, 30-26, 26-30, 15-11) at University Park behind a match-high 39 points from Stacey Gordon with 36 kills, two aces and two assist blocks. Maya Mapp added 17.5 points with 13 kills, a solo block and seven assists and Ami Stevens had 13.5 points with 11 kills, a solo block and three assists. Penn State’s Ashley Pederson had a team-high 23 points with 22 kills and two assist blocks with Kate Price added 21 points on 20 kill and two assist blocks. With the fifth game tied at 11, a Gordon kill put OSU ahead at 12-11. A Marisa Main and Mapp block, a Penn State error and an ace serve by Gordon closed out the game. OSU hit .263 to .254 for Penn State. The Nittany Lions had an 83-80 margin in kills while Ohio State had a six to one advantage in ace serves. The Buckeyes gave up six service errors to five for Penn State. The Nittany Lions had a 78-72 margin in digs while Ohio State out blocked Penn State, 17-13.

REVIEWING THE ILLINOIS MATCH
Ohio State’s19-match winning streak come to an end with a 3-0 (30-26, 30-22, 30-24) loss at No. 24 Illinois. Stacey Gordon had a match-high 25.5 points with 24 kills and an assist block. Her seven digs in the match gives her 1,342 career digs and she becomes Ohio State’s all-time career leader. Maya Mapp added 10 points with nine kill and two assist blocks. Rasa Virsilaite had 21 points for Illinois with 16 kills, three ace serves, a solo block and two assists with Rachel VanMeter added 20.5 points with 19 kills and three assist blocks. The Illini out hit Ohio State, .377 to .248 and had a six to one advantage in ace serves. Illinois gave up five service errors to three for OSU. Defensively, Ohio State had a 33-32 advantage in digs but Illinois out blocked Ohio State 12 to five.

OHIO STATE-INDIANA MATCH MOVED TO OCTOBER 31
Ohio State’s scheduled Oct. 30th match against Indiana has been moved to Sunday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. because of a possible facility conflict.

GORDON AND MAIN NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS LAST WEEK
The NCAA national statistics released last week had Stacey Gordon and Marisa Main leading the country statistically in kills and assists per game, respectively. Gordon was averaging 7.13 kills per game was ranked 12th nationally in hitting percentage at .399. Main had a 14.97 assists per game average. In national team statistics, Ohio State was first in the country in kills per game (18.44) and assists per game (17.03) and was second in hitting percentage (.331).

GORDON SETS OSU CAREER DIGS MARK
With her 23 digs last week against Penn State (16) and Illinois (7), Stacey Gordon has become the Ohio State career leader in digs with 1,342. Last week at Penn State she passed Lisa Vitali (1986-89) with 1,331 and with her seven digs at Illinois became OSU’s all-time career leader passing Leisa Wissler (1988-91) with 1,341. Gordon is the Ohio State career leader in digs per game at 3.31.

GORDON’S CAREER RANKINGS AT OHIO STATE

1. Kills, 2,444 1. Digs, 1342 1. Kills Per Game, 6.02 1. Digs Per Game, 3.31 1. Attack Attempts, 5,272 17. Solo Blocks, 32 5. Attack Percentage, .297 19. Assist Blocks, 174 5, Ace Serves, 154 20. Total Blocks, 206 4. Aces Per Game, .38 1. Points, 2,717 1. Points Per Game, 6.69

GORDON BECOMES ALL-TIME BIG TEN CAREER KILLS LEADER WITH 2,384
With 31 kills against Michigan, Stacey Gordon became the all-time Big Ten leader in career kills and currently has 2,444. She set the record with her 27th kill against Michigan in the fourth game of the match. Gordon past previous leader, Nicole Branagh (1997-2000) of Minnesota who finished her career with 2,379.

GORDON MOVES TO SIXTH IN NCAA CAREER KILLS
Stacey Gordon has moved to sixth on the Division I career kills list with 2,444, passing Jill McCreary (1987, 89-91) of Akron who has 2,439. Gordon needs 232 kills to pass No. 5 Priscilla Pacheco of Georgia (1991-94) who has 2,675. Gordon’s career kills per game average of 6.02 ranks third on the Division I list behind current leader Sara McFarland of Loyola Marymount (1997-2000) at 6.43 (2,020 kills, 314 games) and No. 2 Svetlana Vtyurina of George Washington (1992-95) at 6.24 (3,043-488).

GORDON EXTENDS DOUBLE-FIGURE KILLS STREAK TO 96 MATCHES
Stacey Gordon, with 36 kills at Penn State and 24 at Illinois, has extended her streak of double-figure kill matches to 96. She has had 20 or more kills in 11 of her last 12 matches and 69 in her career. Gordon has had double-figure kills in 109 of her 111 matches in her career.

MAIN NOW EIGHTH IN OSU CAREER ASSISTS
Marisa Main’s 64 assists at Penn State moved her to eighth on the Ohio State career assist list with 977. Her 38 assists at Illinois now gives her 1,015. Her 64 assists at Penn State moved her past Danielle Berlein (1987) with 927. Main, a transfer from Xavier, is OSU’s career leader in assists per game with a 14.71 average.

MAPP PROVIDES OFFENSE AND DEFENSE IN VICTORY AT PENN STATE
Maya Mapp (Sr., Washington, D.C.), a transfer from North Carolina State, had 13 digs (.435) and a season-high eight blocks (1-7) against Penn State. Her seven assist blocks was a season high and her 13 kills was one short of her season high set against Northeastern. Mapp is hitting .355 overall and has a 2.30 kills per game average. She is second on the team in blocks with 53 for a .80 average. Mapp ranks 10th in Big Ten hitting statistics with a .313 average.

MEYER CONTRIBUTES IN THE MIDDLE
Danielle Meyer along with Maya Mapp provide the Buckeyes with a solid middle attack. Meyer had nine kills (.125) and five assist blocks at Penn State and added eight kills (.375) and three assist blocks at Illinois. Overall she ranks second for the Buckeyes in kills with 205 (3.01) and is the team leader in blocks with 67 (2-65), averaging .99 per game. In Big Ten statistics, Meyer ranks eighth in blocking with a 1.09 per game average with a solo and 37 assists.

STEVENS HAS SOLID MATCH AT PENN STATE
Ami Stevens contributed to the win at Penn State with 11 kills (.310), nine digs and four blocks (1-3). It was her seventh double-figure kill match in the last nine. She had five kills (.125) and five digs at Illinois. On the season she ranks third on the squad with 174 kills (2.52) and is tied for second in digs with 185 (2.68)

KASTEIN RECORDS CAREER-HIGH 19 DIGS AT PENN STATE
Playing the last three game at Penn State at the libero position, Rebecca Kastein (Jr., Mt. Lebanon, Pa.) produced a career-high 19 digs against the Nittany Lions. Her previous best was 18 against North Carolina earlier this season. She added eight digs at Illinois. Kastein is tied for second in digs with Ami Stevens with 185 and is averaging 2.94

DAHMS POSTS A CAREER-HIGH 19 DIGS AGAINST MICHIGAN
Brittany Dahms has contributed to the OSU defense, both as a defensive specialist and in the libero position. She has played in all 20 matches and has started four matches as the libero. Dahms had 13 digs and an ace serve at Penn State and added six digs at Illinois. She has had double-figure digs in six matches including a career-high 19 against Michigan. Dahms has 151 digs on the season for a 2.32 per game average.

OHIO STATE IN THE CONFERENCE ONLY STATISTICS
Statistically in Big Ten Conference matches, Stacey Gordon leads the league in kills per game (7.33 per game), is 10th in digs (3.64), fourth in aces (.33) and sixth in hitting percentage (.340). Setter Marisa Main has a conference-high 14.50 assists per game average. Danielle Meyer ranks eighth in blocks per game (1.09) and Maya Mapp is 10th in hitting percentage. As a team, the Buckeyes are ranked first in kills (18.19), assists (16.81) and hitting percentage (.301). Ohio State is second in aces (1.25), fifth in blocking (2.47) and eighth in digs (15.83).

OHIO STATE IN THE OVERALL CONFERENCE STATISTICS
In Big Ten Conference statistics for all matches, Stacey Gordon leads the league in kills (7.18) and aces per game (.44). She is second in hitting percentage at .385. Marisa Main tops the conference in assists per game (14.97). OSU has Maya Mapp second in hitting percentage (.355) and Danielle Meyer 10th (.314). In aces per game, Ami Stevens ranks seventh in aces (.32). In overall team statistics, Ohio State ranks first in hitting percentage (.323), kills (18.19) and assists (16.83). The Buckeyes are second in aces (1.65), eighth in blocking, seventh in blocks (2.25) and eighth in digs (14.77).

BUCKEYES NOW SEVENTH IN THE USA TODAY/CSTV TOP 20 COACHES POLL
The USA TODAY/CSTV Top 25 Coaches Poll released this week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association remained at seventh in the poll. The Buckeyes began the season unranked and entered the poll at 25th the second week of the season. The Buckeyes have moved up in the poll each week as follows: 25, 20, 16, 9, 8, 7 and 7. OSU is one of four Big Ten squads ranked in the top-25. Minnesota is ranked second, Penn State sixth and Illinois 21st. Wisconsin is listed as receiving points. Ohio State was last ranked in the top-10 during the second week of the 2002 season when it was ninth in the poll. The Buckeyes have not been as high as seventh since late November of the 1995 season.

COACH STONE PASSES 500 CAREER VICTORIES AND COUNTING
Ohio State’s win on Sept. 18 against Northeastern marked the 500th career victory for head coach Jim Stone. His career record stands at 510-300. At Ohio State, Stone’s record is 460-258 and he is 255-149 in the Big Ten.

GORDON HONORED AS BIG TEN AND NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Sept. 14)
Stacey Gordon has been named the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I National Player of the Week and the Big Ten Player of the week for leading the Buckeyes to victories over Xavier (Sept. 11) and Georgia Tech (Sept. 12). Gordon averaged 9.8 kills, 2.3 digs, 0.8 blocks and 10.4 points per game while hitting .480 on 98 attacks. She totaled 26 kills on a .561 attack percentage with four blocks and five digs versus Xavier. Gordon hit .421 with 33 kills, nine digs and a block versus then 21st-ranked Georgia Tech. She was named the most valuable player of the Georgia Tech Invitational as Ohio State stopped the host school’s 26-match home win streak. Gordon, who ended the weekend with 2,100 career kills, charted 11 or more kills in three of the six games played last week. This was the second time Gordon has been named the national player and was the 12th time in her career that she has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week.

GORDON HONORED AS THE BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Oct. 4)
Stacey Gordon earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors after leading the Buckeyes to conference wins over No. 1 Minnesota and Iowa. This is the 13th career Player of the Week honor for Gordon and the second this season. Gordon had a season-high 36 kills in a 3-1 (30-24, 30-23, 18-30, 30-24) upset of No. 1 Minnesota Friday night in St. John Arena. She averaged nine kills per game in the match while hitting .368. It was her 16th match with 30 or more kills in her career. Gordon produced double-figure kills in three of the four games against the Gophers. She had 10 kills in game one and 11 in games two and four. Gordon opened the match with her first three kills of the night and ended the match by scoring Ohio State’s final four points with kills. In Saturday’s 3-0 (30-24, 30-27, victory over Iowa, Gordon recorded 14 kills to extend her streak of consecutive matches with double-figure kills to 90. For her career, she has had double-figure kills in 103 of 105 matches. Her 12 digs against Minnesota and 16 versus Iowa gives her four consecutive matches with double-figure digs and now has seven double-figure dig matches this season. Gordon has recorded double-figure digs in 74 career matches with 72 matches with double-figure kills and digs in her career.

GORDON HONORED AS THE BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Oct. 18)
Stacey Gordon earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors after leading the Buckeyes to conference wins over Michigan State and Michigan. This is the 14th career Player of the Week honor for Gordon and the third this season. Gordon averaged 8.0 kills per game in two matches this past weekend and recorded her 2,380th career kill, which set the all-time Big Ten mark. The Buckeye senior had 25 kills in three games against Michigan State and 31 in a four-game match versus Michigan. Her record-breaking kill came on her 27th kill against the Wolverines, which gave OSU a 13-12 lead in game four. Gordon, who passed the mark of 2,379 set by Minnesota’s Nicole Branagh (1997-2000), ended the weekend with 2,384 career kills. Her current total moves her to seventh on the NCAA Division I career kills list. She stands 56 kills behind No. 6 Jill McCreary (1987, 89-91) of Akron who has 2,439. Gordon has a 5.99 career kills per game average which ranks third in the NCAA Division I career kills per game list. With double-figure kills in both matches, she also extended her streak of consecutive double-figure kill streak to 94 matches. Gordon averaged 9.0 points per game collecting 56 kills, four ace serves, two solo blocks and two assist blocks. She now has 2,652.5 career points (2,384 kills, 151 aces, 32 solo blocks, 171 assist blocks), has a 6.66 career points-per-game average and is now OSU’s career points-per-game leader. Her total passed Vanessa Wouters’ mark of 6.62 ppg set from 1996-97.

19-0 RECORD IS BEST-EVER START FOR THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State’s 19-0 start this season ranks as the best-ever start in the history of the program. The previous best start was in 2001 when the Buckeyes began the season with a 13-0 overall record. The 19-match winning streak stands as the third longest in the history of Ohio State volleyball. The Buckeyes two longest streaks came in 1991 with 27 wins and 1994 with 21 wins. Those streaks resulted in Big Ten championships and ended in losses at the NCAA National Semifinal.

OSU VICTORY OVER NO. 1 MINNESOTA, A FIRST FOR THE BUCKEYES
The Ohio State victory over No. 1 Minnesota on Oct. 1 was the first time that the Buckeyes had defeated a top-ranked team. OSU had lost to the No. 1 team eight times prior to the win over the Gophers. Those losses included UCLA in 1990, Stanford in 1993, Florida in 1996, Penn State in 1997 and 1998 and twice in 1999 and Nebraska in 2000.

GORDON APPEARS IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED ‘FACES IN THE CROWD’
Ohio State’s Stacey Gordon was featured in the ‘Faces In The Crowd’ page in Sports Illustrated at the beginning of October.

GORDON MONITORS SPORTS ILLUSTRATED ON CAMPUS POP QUIZ
Stacey Gordon made her second appearance in a Sports Illustrated publication when SI took a photo of her for a feature pop quiz in their On Campus magazine for Oct. 21.

BUCKEYES OPEN SEASON WITH THREE FRESHMEN IN THE STARTING LINEUP
Ohio State opened up the 2004 season with a starting lineup of three freshmen (Nicole Britenriker (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio), Danielle Meyer, Ami Stevens), two sophomores (Briana McCarthy and Marisa Main) and a senior (Stacey Gordon). This marks the second time in six years that the Buckeyes had three freshmen in the starting lineup. In 1992, Suzie Stiling, Sue Calligaris and Shelly Dreager started in the opening match of the season. The 2004 lineup is the second youngest lineup for OSU. The youngest lineup came in 1992 when four sophomores (Laura Davis, Sara Daniel, Carrie Leonard and Gabriele Jobst) and two freshmen (Ashley Mullis, Kristine Jensen) started the season.

STEVENS IS GOLDEN FROM USA JUNIOR NATIONAL PLAY
Outside hitter Ami Stevens, prior to preseason practice, was a member of the USA Junior National Team that won gold at the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) Junior Continental Championships played recently in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A two-time all-state selection, her high school squad won the 2003 state championship, finished runner-up in 2000 and 2001 and reached the state semifinals in 2002.

OSU SETS MATCH RECORD BY HITTING .595 AGAINST YOUNGSTOWN STATE
Ohio State, with a .595 hitting percentage against Youngstown State, broke the previous Ohio State match record. The previous mark was .531 set against Northern Illinois in 1994. OSU had 62 kills in 98 attempts with 10 errors. Against Youngstown State, the Buckeyes had 59 kills in 84 attempts with nine errors. OSU started the match against YSU by hitting .909 in game one on 20 kills in 22 attempts with no errors.

GORDON HITS .857 AGAINST YOUNGSTOWN STATE, RANKS SECOND ALL-TIME
After being named the Big Ten and American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Week, Stacey Gordon continued to impress as she hit .857 against Youngstown State for the second best match hitting percentage in Ohio State history. She had 13 kills in 14 attempts with one error. That mark ranks behind Jenny Jackson’s (1992-95) .900 (9-0-10) set at Cincinnati in 1992.

GORDON SETS OHIO STATE MATCH RECORD FOR ACES
With eight ace serves in OSU’s 3-0 win at Temple, Stacey Gordon set an Ohio State match record. Gordon and six others previously held the record at seven aces. They include Gordon (at Minnesota, 2001); Shelly Draeger (Purdue, 2001); Shelly Draeger (Tennessee Tech, 2001); Anne Botica (Illinois State, 2000); Jenny Jackson (Indiana, 1992); Erika Schlitz (vs. Colorado State at Texas A&M, 1988 and Lisa Bettio (Bowling Green, 1983).

GORDON SELECTED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
By a vote of the conference coaches, Stacey Gordon was a unanimous selection to the 2004 Preseason All-Big Ten Team for the third consecutive season. Gordon, a three-time Big Ten all-conference selection was on of three student-athletes that were a unanimous choice by the conference coaches. The others were Kim Schram of Michigan State and Sam Tortorello of Penn State.

BUCKEYES PICKED SIXTH IN THE BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
In the 2004 coach’s preseason poll, Ohio State was picked to finish in a tie for sixth with Michigan by the Big Ten coaches. Minnesota was tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the conference. Penn State was picked for second with Wisconsin third.

VANESSA WOUTERS IS INDUCTED INTO OSU ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME
Outside hitter Vanessa Wouters was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall Of Fame, Friday, Sept. 10. Wouters played two years (1996-97) for the Buckeyes. A first-team All-American as a junior, Wouters also was the Big Ten Player of the Year and the Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year. For her career at Ohio State, she averaged 5.75 kills and 2.45 digs per game. She holds the Ohio State match record for kills (45) and points (50) and the Buckeye season record for kills (765) and points (867.5). Previous women’s volleyball players in the Hall of Fame include Karen Alsbrook (1977-79), Lisa Bettio (1982-85), Laura Davis (1991-94), Holly O’Leary (1987-90), Mary Ormsby (1977-80) and Leisa Wissler (1988-91).

UP NEXT FOR OHIO STATE
Ohio State takes to the road next week with road matches at Iowa and No. 2 Minnesota. The Buckeyes face the Hawkeyes Friday, Nov. 5 and the Golden Gophers Saturday, Nov. 6. Both matches are scheduled for 8 p.m. eastern.