Oct. 12, 2004
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The eighth-ranked Ohio State (16-0 overall, 6-0 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team returns home to host Big Ten matches against Michigan State (6-8, 1-5) and Michigan (14-3, 4-2). The Buckeyes will host the Spartans Friday, Oct. 15 and the Wolverines Saturday, Oct. 16. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. in St. John Arena. Last week Ohio State won road contests at Indiana and Purdue. The Buckeyes defeated the Hoosiers, 3-1 (30-22, 30-20, 27-30, 30-19) and the Boilermakers, 3-0 (30-23, 30-26, 30-24).
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Jim Stone. Ohio State is 16-0 on the season and 6-0 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes are ranked eighth in the latest USA TODAY/CSTV Coaches Poll. OSU extended its winning streak to 16 matches last week with wins at Indiana and Purdue.
OHIO STATE BY THE NUMBERS
For the season, Stacey Gordon (Sr., Oshawa, Ontario) leads the Buckeyes in kills with 372 for a 7.02 per game average. She is also the team leader in aces with 23 (.43 per game) and is hitting a team-high .406. Setter Marisa Main (So., Louisville, Ky.) leads the team in assists 809 (14.98 per game). Defensively, Gordon has a team-high 172 digs (3.25). Ami Stevens (Fr., Centerburg, Ohio) ranks second in digs with 150 (2.78). At the net, Danielle Meyer (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) has a team-high 51 blocks with a solo and 50 assists for a .96 per game average. Meyer is second in kills with 171 for a 3.23 per game average. Ohio State is hitting .332 on the season and is averaging 18.43 kills per game. The Buckeyes average 1.80 aces, 15.04 digs and 2.13 blocks per game. OSU opponents are hitting .191 and average 12.61 kills per game. Opponents are averaging .78 aces, 11.67 digs and 1.85 blocks per game.
A LOOK AT MICHIGAN STATE
The Spartans are coached by Chuck Erbe. Michigan State is 6-8 overall and 1-5 in the Big Ten. The Spartans have lost its last three matches and eight of the last nine. Last week Michigan State lost at Michigan, 3-1 (19-30, 30-24, 29-31, 12-30) and at Illinois, 3-0 (27-30, 22-30, 19-30).
MICHIGAN STATE BY THE NUMBERS
Michigan State’s team leader in kills is Kim Schram with 219 (4.66 per game). At setter, Maggie Griffin has recorded 631 assists for a 12.13 per game average. Schram leads the team with 15 ace serves (.32). Defensively, Marley Bellwood has a team-high 152 digs (3.62) with Schram second with 103 (2.19). At the net Meghan Schoen has a team-high 33 blocks with three solos and 30 assists for a .85 per game average. Schram ranks second with 28 blocks (9-19) for a .60 average. The Spartans are hitting .212 and average 14.94 kills per game. MSU averages 1.44 aces, 13.83 digs and 2.13 blocks per game. Michigan State opponents are hitting .251 and average 14.58 kills per game. Opponents average 1.42 aces, 13.98 digs and 2.08 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE – MICHIGAN STATE SERIES
Ohio State has a 31-24 lead in the series with Michigan State. In Columbus, the Buckeyes have a 16-7 mark against the Spartans. Michigan State won both matches last season. The Spartans won 3-1 (30-25, 30-24, 31-33, 30-22 in East Lansing and 3-1 (30-22, 23-30, 30-26, 32-30) in Columbus.
A LOOK AT MICHIGAN
The Wolverines are coached by Mark Rosen. Michigan has a 14-3 overall record and is 4-2 in the Big Ten. Last week the Wolverines defeated Michigan State, 3-1 (30-19, 24-30, 31-29, 30-12) at home and lost 3-2 (30-28, 22-30, 16-30, 30-26, 12-15) at Illinois.
MICHIGAN BY THE NUMBERS
Michigan’s Jennifer Gandolph leads the team in kills with 192 for a 3.37 per game average. At setter, Lisa Gamalski has 733 assists for an 11.82 per game average. Kate Bruzdzinski has a team-high 26 ace serves (.46 per game). Defensively, Sarah Allen is the team leader in digs with 229, averaging 3.69 per game. At the net, Lyndsay Miller leads the team in blocks with 83. She has nine solos and 74 assists for a 1.36 per game average. Megan Bowman ranks second in blocks with 68 (10-58) and averages 1.19 per game. As a team, Michigan is hitting .258 and averages 16.23 kills per game. The Wolverines average 1.19 aces, 16.53 digs and 2.80 blocks per game. Michigan opponents are hitting .144 and average 13.65 kills per game. UM opponents average .90 aces, 15.90 digs and 2.03 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE – MICHIGAN SERIES
Ohio State has a 39-12 lead in the series with Michigan. In Columbus, the Buckeyes have a 20-3 mark against the Wolverines. Last season, Michigan won 3-0 (37-35, 30-24, 30-24) in Ann Arbor and 3-1 (27-30, 30-21, 30-24, 30-21) in Columbus.
REVIEWING THE INDIANA MATCH
Ohio State, with a combined 57 kills from Stacey Gordon (29), Danielle Meyer (17) and Ami Stevens (11), defeated Indiana, 3-1 (30-22, 30-20, 27-30, 30-19) in Bloomington. Defensively, the Buckeyes had four players record double-figure digs with Brittany Dahms (Fr., Byron, Ill.) and Gordon sharing match-high honors with 14 each and Marisa Main adding 13 and Stevens 12. IU’s Katie Pollom and Christina Archibald each recorded 11 kills to lead the Hoosiers. For the match Ohio State hit .316 to Indiana’s .214. OSU had a 79-49 advantage in kills and a four-three margin in aces. The Buckeyes gave up 13 service errors to eight for Indiana. Defensively Ohio State had a 66-53 margin in digs while Indiana out blocked Ohio State, 11 to three.
REVIEWING THE PURDUE MATCH
Ohio State won its 16th match of the season with a 3-0 (30-23, 30-26, 30-24) victory at Purdue. OSU’s Stacey Gordon scored a match-high 22 kills and added 15 digs. Buckeye Ami Stevens added 11 kills for OSU. Purdue’s Leah Wischmeier scored a team-high 14 kills with Kim McConaha adding 11. For the match, Ohio State hit .441 to Purdue’s .266. The Buckeyes had a 63-54 margin in kills and had a four to two margin in ace serves. Purdue gave up six service errors to four for OSU. Defensively, Ohio State had a 54-35 advantage in digs with Purdue’s Daren Poe recording a match-high 16. OSU’s Brittany Dahms had a career-high 15 for the Buckeyes. At the net, Ohio State had a 6.5 to five advantage in team blocks. OSU’s Briana McCarthy (four assists) and Purdue’s McConaha (one solo, three assists) shared match-high honors with four blocks each. The victory extended OSU’s winning streak this season to 16 matches.
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.
16-0 RECORD IS BEST-EVER START FOR THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State’s 16-0 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 and were 5-0 in conference play before losing.
16-MATCH WINNING STREAK IS THIRD LONGEST IN PROGRAM HISTORY
Ohio State’s 16-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.
OHIO STATE, ONE OF FOUR UNDEFEATED TEAMS
Ohio State, with a 16-0 record, is one of four Division I teams that has yet to lose a match this season. After last week, top-ranked Washington and No. 4 Hawaii are 13-0 with No. 11 Texas, 15-0.
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 6.98 kills per game was ranked 16th nationally in hitting percentage at .407. Main had a 14.89 assists per game average. In national team statistics, Ohio State was first in the country in kills per game (18.15) and assists per game (16.77) and was second in hitting percentage (.327).
GORDON MOVES TO SECOND IN BIG TEN CAREER KILLS WITH 2,328
With 51 kills last weekend (29 at Indiana, 22 at Purdue), Stacey Gordon now has 2,328 career kills and has moved to second in Big Ten career kills for the conference. Gordon moved past No. 3 Jenna Wrobel (1995-98) of Michigan State who has 2,292 and No. 2 Katrien DeDecker (1993-96) of Minnesota who has 2,300. The Big Ten career kills leader is Nicole Branagh (1997-2000) of Minnesota with 2,379. Gordon need 52 kills to become the all-time leader.
GORDON EXTENDS DOUBLE-FIGURE KILLS STREAK TO 92 MATCHES
Stacey Gordon, with 29 kills at Indiana and 22 at Purdue, has extended her streak of double-figure kill matches to 92. She has had 20 or more kills in seven of her last eight matches and 65 in her career. Gordon has had double-figure kills in 105 of her 107 matches in her career.
GORDON NOW THIRD IN OSU CAREER DIGS
With 14 digs at Indiana and 15 at Purdue, Stacey Gordon added 29 digs to her career total that now stands at 1,300. That number moved her to third place on the Ohio State career kills list passing No. 3 Holly O’Leary (1987-90) who has 1,281. Gordon needs 32 digs to pass No. 2 Lisa Vitali (1986-89) with 1,331 and needs 42 to become OSU’s all-time career leader currently held by Leisa Wissler (1988-91) with 1,341.
MAIN NOW NINTH IN OSU CAREER ASSISTS
Marisa Main had 109 assists last weekend recording 58 at Indiana and 51 at Purdue. She now has 809 on the season and has moved to ninth on the OSU career assists list. Main passed Kelly Kessler (1983) with 713. She needs 119 assists to move past No. 8 Danielle Berlein (1987) with 927. Main, a transfer from Xavier, is OSU’s career leader in assists per game with a 14.98 average.
MAPP CONTRIBUTING KILLS AND BLOCKS
Maya Mapp (Sr., Washington, D.C.), a transfer from North Carolina State, had seven kills (.278) and an assist block at Indiana and eight kills (.538) and three assist blocks at Purdue last weekend. She ranks fourth on the team in kills with 115 for a 2.25 per game average and is third on the squad in blocks with 38 (five solos, 33 assists), averaging .75 per game. In Big Ten statistics for all matches, Mapp ranks second in the conference in hitting with a .353 average.
MEYER CONTRIBUTES IN THE MIDDLE
A near career-high of 17 kills at Indiana marked the weekend play for Danielle Meyer. She fell one short of her career-high of 18 set against North Carolina. Meyer hit .367 in the match and added a dig and two assist blocks. At Purdue, she had nine kills (.263), a dig and two assist blocks to compete the weekend. Meyer ranks second on the team in kills with 171 and averages 3.23 per game. She leads the team in blocks with 51 (one solo, 50 assists) for a .96 per game average. In Big Ten Conference matches, Meyer ranks seventh in the league with a 1.10 per game average on 22 assists.
STEVENS PROVIDING OFFENSE AND DEFENSE
Ami Stevens produced 22 kills and 20 digs in OSU’s weekend wins. She had 11 kills (.171) and 12 digs at Indiana and added 11 kills (.222), 8 digs and three ace serves at Purdue. Stevens is third on the team in kills (139) with a 2.57 per game average and ranks second in digs (150), averaging 2.78 per game. She has had double-figure kills in her last four matches and double-figure digs in six of the last eight matches. Stevens is second in Big Ten conference matches with a .38 aces per game average with 21 scores.
MCCARTHY RANKS SIXTH IN CONFERENCE HITTING PERCENTAGE
With a .346 hitting percentage in Big Ten Conference matches, Briana McCarthy (So., Beaver Dan, Wis.) is making an impact for the Buckeyes. The starting setter in 2003, she has started all 16 matches this season at outside hitter. Last week McCarthy had eight kills (.500), four assists, three digs and an assist block at Indiana and recorded six kills (.667), two assists, two digs and four assist blocks at Purdue. For the season, she is averaging 1.41 kills, .74 blocks and .59 digs per game. As the second setter on the court, McCarthy has 29 assists on the season.
DAHMS STEPS INTO LIBERO ROLE LAST WEEKEND
Brittany Dahms went from a starting back row specialist in game one against Indiana to the starting libero in the final three games against the Hoosiers and against Purdue last weekend. She recorded a career-high 14 digs against Indiana, adding two assists and an ace serve. Her previous high in digs was 10 at Wisconsin. At Purdue, she improved on her career-high in digs with 15 against the Boilermakers and collected two assists. Dahms has played in every match this season and is averaging 2.04 digs per game with 102 on the year.
OHIO STATE IN THE OVERALL CONFERENCE STATISTICS
In Big Ten Conference statistics for all matches, Stacey Gordon leads the league in kills per game (7.02), is second in aces per game (.43) and hitting percentage (.406) and is 10th in digs (3.25). Marisa Main tops the conference in assists per game (14.98). OSU has Maya Mapp third in hitting percentage (.353) and Danielle Meyer ninth (.336). In aces per game, Ami Stevens ranks third in aces (.41). In overall team statistics, Ohio State ranks first in hitting percentage (.332), kills (18.43) and assists (17.02). The Buckeyes are second in aces (1.80), eighth in blocking (2.13) and seventh in digs (15.04).
OHIO STATE IN THE CONFERENCE ONLY STATISTICS
Statistically in Big Ten Conference matches Stacey Gordon leads the league in kills per game (7.05 per game), is seventh in digs (4.24) and fourth in hitting percentage (.353). Setter Marisa Main has a conference-high 15.05 assists per game average. Danielle Meyer ranks seventh in blocks per game (1.10) and Ami Stevens is second in aces per game (.38). Briana McCarthy is sixth in hitting percentage (.346) and Rebecca Kastein is 10th in digs (3.53). As a team, the Buckeyes are ranked first in kills (18.81), assists (17.29) and hitting percentage (.309). Ohio State is third in aces (1.33), sixth in blocking (2.33) and fourth in digs (17.29).
BUCKEYES NOW EIGHTH 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 has moved Ohio State up one position to eighth. The Buckeyes entered the poll four weeks ago ranked 25th and then moved to 20th the next week. Two weeks ago the Buckeyes moved to 16th and then to ninth after defeating top-ranked Minnesota. OSU is one of four Big Ten squads ranked in the top-25. Minnesota is ranked second, Penn State fifth and Illinois 23rd while Michigan is listed as receiving votes. 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 eighth since the fourth week of the 1996 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 507-299. At Ohio State, Stone’s record is 457-257 and he is 252-148 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.
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.
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.
BUCKEYES SET OSU MATCH RECORD BY HITTING .595 AGAINST YSU
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 will play at Penn State, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20 and then play at Illinois at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23.