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Oct. 6, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The ninth-ranked Ohio State (14-0 overall, 4-0 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team returns to the road for Big Ten contests at Indiana (6-9, 0-4) and Purdue (10-4, 3-1). The first place Buckeyes face the Hoosiers at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8 in Bloomington and the Boilermakers at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9 in West Lafayette. Ohio State remained undefeated after upsetting No. 1 Minnesota, 3-1 (30-23, 30-24, 18-30, 30-24) and defeating Iowa, 3-0 (30-24, 30-27, 30-27) last week.

GORDON NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Big Ten Conference office announced that Ohio State’s Stacey Gordon (Sr., Oshawa, Ontario) 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 game 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, 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. Her play has been key in OSU’s 14-0 overall start and has guided Ohio State to first place (4-0) in the Big Ten Conference. The 14-0 mark is OSU’s best start in school history and is the third longest winning streak in the history of the program.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Jim Stone. Ohio State is 14-0 on the season and 4-0 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes are ranked 16th in the latest USA TODAY/CSTV Coaches Poll. OSU extended its winning streak to 14 matches with wins over Minnesota and Iowa last week.

OHIO STATE BY THE NUMBERS
For the season, Stacey Gordon leads the Buckeyes in kills with 321 for a 6.98 per game average. She is also the team leader in aces with 21 (.46 per game) and is hitting a team-high .407. Setter Marisa Main (So., Louisville, Ky.) leads the team in assists 700 (14.89 per game). Defensively, Gordon has a team-high 143 digs (3.11). Rebecca Kastein (Jr., Mt. Lebanon, Pa.) ranks second in digs with 140 (3.11). At the net, Danielle Meyer (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) has a team-high 47 blocks with a solo and 46 assists for a 1.02 per game average. Meyer is second in kills with 145 for a 3.15 per game average. Ohio State is hitting .327 on the season and is averaging 18.15 kills per game. The Buckeyes average 1.89 aces, 14.72 digs and 2.24 blocks per game. OSU opponents are hitting .183 and average 12.30 kills per game. Opponents are averaging .79 aces, 11.53 digs and 1.79 blocks per game.

A LOOK AT INDIANA
The Hoosiers are coached by Katie Weismiller. Indiana is 6-9 overall and is 0-4 in the Big Ten. They have lost seven straight matches including road losses last week against Michigan State, 0-3 (27-30, 27-30, 20-30) and Michigan, 2-3 (30-25, 20-30, 30-22, 23-30, 13-15).

INDIANA BY THE NUMBERS
Indiana’s Katie Pollom leads the team with 234 kills and a 4.11 kills per game average. Christina Archibald ranks second with 222 (3.89). Tasha Arsenych has 707 assists for a 12.40 per game average. Christine Nilles has a team-high 14 ace serves (.25) with Pollom and Lauren Ditteon tied for second with 12 each (.21). Defensively, Nilles has a team-high 161 digs (2.88) with Lindsey Cochrane second with 134 (3.62). At the net, Mandy Eberle leads the team with 77 total blocks with eight solos and 69 assists for a 1.35 per game average. Pollom ranks second with 49 (7-42) with a .86 per game average. Indiana is hitting .241 and averages 15.53 kills per game. The Hoosiers average 1.23 aces, 13.65 digs and 2.33 blocks per game. IU opponents are hitting .235 and average 15.70 kills per game. Hoosier opponents average 1.23 aces, 14.05 digs and 2.10 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – INDIANA SERIES
Ohio State has a 32-22 lead in the series with Indiana. The Hoosiers have a 13-10 margin in matches played in Bloomington. OSU has lost the last two matches played at Indiana, a 1-3 (28-30, 25-30, 31-29, 21-30) defeat in 2002 and a 1-3 (29-31, 18-30, 30-14, 20-30) loss in 2003. The Buckeyes did win at home last season, a 3-0 (30-24, 30-28, 30-24) decision.

A LOOK AT PURDUE
The Boilermakers are coached by Dave Shondell. Purdue is 10-4 overall and is 3-1 in the Big Ten. On the road last week, Purdue lost a 1-3 (23-30, 34-32, 29-31, 26-30) decision at Michigan and won 3-2 (30-26, 26-30, 28-30, 30-21, 15-6) at Michigan State.

PURDUE BY THE NUMBERS
Purdue’s Leah Wischmeier leads the team with 238 kills for a 4.49 kills per game average. Kim McConaha ranks second with 224 (4.23). Renata Dargan has 670 assists on the season for a 13.67 per game average. Brittany Dildine has a team-high 20 ace serves and averages .40 per game. Defensively, Daren Poe has a team-high 180 assists for a 3.60 per game average. Anne Mastandrea ranks second with 152 (3.04). At the net, McConaha has a team-high 51 blocks with six solos and 45 assists for a .96 per game average. Elizabeth Jacques is second with 39. She has four solos and 35 assists for a .80 per game average. Purdue is hitting .291 and averages 17.20 kills per game. The Boilermakers average 1.39 aces, 15.80 digs and 2.09 blocks per game. IU opponents are hitting .236 and average 15.24 kills per game. Purdue opponents average .85 aces, 14.81 digs and 2.05 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – PURDUE SERIES
Ohio State has a 33-29 advantage in the series with Purdue. The Boilermakers are 14-11 in matches played in West Lafayette but Ohio State has won the last four contests at Purdue. Last season the Buckeyes won 3-1 (30-23, 25-30, 30-22, 30-23) in West Lafayette but lost 1-3 (30-27, 24-30, 22-30, 20-30) in Columbus.

REVIEWING THE MINNESOTA MATCH
Ohio State, behind 39 points from Stacey Gordon, upset No. 1 Minnesota, 3-1 (30-24, 30-23, 18-30, 30-24). Gordon had a match-high 36 kills with two ace serves and two assist blocks and hit .368. She added 12 digs, two assist blocks and two assists. Ami Stevens had 16.5 points with 14 kills (.375), two aces and an assist block with Danielle Meyer adding 10.5 points with nine kills and three assist blocks. Minnesota’s Erin Martin scored a team-high 19 kills with an assist block. Trisha Bratford had 16 points with 14 kills and two solo blocks and added Kelly Bowman added 13 with 12 kills and two assist blocks. Minnesota out hit Ohio State, .284 to .281 with the Buckeyes having a 73-60 advantage in kills. OSU had a nine to one margin in ace serves but had 10 service errors to five for the Gophers. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 61-52 margin in digs with OSU’s Rebecca Kastein recording a team-high 17. Minnesota’s Paula Gentil had a match-high 24. At the net, Minnesota had a seven to 5.5 advantage in team blocks. UM’s Meredith Nelson had a match-high four assist blocks. OSU’s Marisa Main had a match/career-high 65 assists in the match while Bowman and Lindsey Taatjes each recorded 27. OSU’s Gordon had double-figure kills in three of the four games. She had 10 kills in game one and 11 in games two and four.

REVIEWING THE IOWA MATCH
Ohio State won its 14th consecutive match with a 3-0 (30-24, 30-27, 30-27) victory over Iowa. Ohio State’s Stacey Gordon scored a match-high 15.5 points with 14 kills, one solo and one assist block. Ami Stevens had 13 points with 12 kills and an ace serve with Nicole Britenriker adding 11 with nine kills and four assist blocks. Iowa’s Carolyn Giese scored a team-high 14.5 points with 12 kills and five assist blocks with Stacy Vitali adding 12 points with nine kills and six assist blocks. Ohio State hit .246 in the match to .151 for Iowa. The Buckeyes had a 57-41 advantage in kills with each team recording one ace serve. The Hawkeyes gave up 11 service aces to eight for Ohio State. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 57-49 margin in digs with OSU’s Gordon recording a team-high 16. Iowa’s Pam Kavadas had a match-high 24 digs. At the net, the Hawkeyes had a 10.5-8 margin in team blocks. Iowa’s Vitali had a match-high six assist blocks. Buckeye Marisa Main had a match-high 45 assists in the match while Hawkeye Justeen Patton had 31.

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.

14-0 RECORD IS BEST-EVER START FOR THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State’s 14-0 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.

14-MATCH WINNING STREAK IS THIRD LONGEST IN PROGRAM HISTORY
Ohio State’s 14-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.

GORDON AND MAIN NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS THIS WEEK
The NCAA national statistics released this week has Stacey Gordon and Marisa Main leading the country statistically in kills and assists per game, respectively. Gordon is averaging 6.98 kills per game is ranked 16th nationally in hitting percentage at .407. Main has a 14.89 assists per game average. In national team statistics, Ohio State leads the country in kills per game (18.15) and assists per game (16.77) and is second in hitting percentage (.327).

GORDON FOURTH IN BIG TEN CAREER KILLS WITH 2,277
With 50 kills last weekend (36 vs. Minnesota and 14 vs. Iowa), Stacey Gordon now has 2,277 career kills and is fourth in Big Ten career kills for the conference. Gordon needs 16 kills to move past No. 3 Jenna Wrobel (1995-98) of Michigan State who has 2,292. She needs 24 kills to move past 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 103 kills to become the all-time leader.

GORDON EXTENDS DOUBLE-FIGURE KILLS STREAK TO 88 MATCHES
Stacey Gordon, with 36 kills against Minnesota and 14 against Iowa, has extended her streak of double-figure kill matches to 90. She has had 20 or more kills in her last six matches and 63 in her career. Gordon has had double-figure kills in 103 of her 105 matches in her career.

GORDON NEARING THIRD IN OSU CAREER DIGS
With 12 digs against Minnesota and 16 against Iowa, Stacey Gordon added 28 digs to her career total that now stands at 1,271. Gordon needs 11 digs to move past No. 3 Holly O’Leary (1987-90) who has 1,281..

MAIN HAS CAREER HIGH 65 ASSISTS IN MINNESOTA VICTORY
In Ohio State’s upset over Minnesota, setter Marisa Main played a key role in the match. She had a career-high 65 assists against the Gophers adding seven digs, three assist blocks, three kills and an ace serve. Main produced 45 assists the next night against Iowa, adding five digs, three assist blocks and three kills. An Atlantic-10 All-Conference selection during her freshman season at Xavier, she leads the Big Ten Conference in assists with a 14.79 per game average and currently leads the nation with a 14.89 per game average overall.

BRITENRIKER RETURNING TO FORM
After missing nine of the first 10 matches this season, Nicole Britenriker returned to action in wins over Wisconsin and Northwestern two weeks ago. Last week against Minnesota, she continued to play more as she had three kills, a dig and an assist block against the Gophers. Against Iowa, Britenriker recorded career highs of nine kills and four assist blocks.

MAPP RANKS SECOND IN TEAM BLOCKING
Maya Mapp (Sr., Washington, D.C.), a transfer from North Carolina State, contributed four kills, three digs and an assist block against Minnesota. She had seven kills (.500) against Iowa, adding two assist blocks and a dig against the Hawkeyes. Mapp is averaging 2.27 kills per game on the season and has 34 blocks this season. Her five solos and 29 assist blocks gives her a .77 per game average ranks second on the squad.

MEYER CONTRIBUTES IN THE MIDDLE
With nine kills against Minnesota and seven in the Iowa match, Danielle Meyer continues to rank second on the squad in kills per game with a 3.15 average. She has 145 kills and is hitting .338. Meyer hit .222 against the Gophers and added three assist blocks and a digs. Against Iowa Meyer hit .267 and had three digs. She leads the team in blocks with 47 from a solo and 46 assists and is averaging 1.02 blocks per game overall and 1.38 (0-18) in Big Ten play.

STEVENS PLAYS BIG IN WEEKEND WINS
Ami Stevens had an outstanding weekend against Minnesota and Iowa. She had a career-high 14 kills (.375) against the Gophers adding two ace serves, an assist block and tying her career high of 14 digs. Against Iowa, Stevens had 12 kills (.250), nine digs and an ace serve. Stevens ranks third on the team in kills with 117, averaging 2.49 per game. She is also third in digs with 130, averaging 2.77 per game.

KASTEIN PLAYING THE LIBERO ROLE
The starting libero in the last 11 matches, Rebecca Kastein is second on the team in digs with 140 and shares a team-high 3.11 digs per game average with Stacey Gordon. Last week she had 17 digs, two ace serves and two assists against Minnesota and 11 digs against Iowa. On the season, Kastein has had double-figure digs in eight matches with a career-high 18 against North Carolina.

DAHMS PLAYING A BACK COURT ROLE
Brittany Dahms (Fr., Byron, Ill.) has seen action in every match this season. Last weekend, playing as a back row specialist, she had five digs and two ace serves against Minnesota and contributed eight digs against Iowa. Dahms has 73 digs on the season for a 1.70 per game average.

OHIO STATE IN THE OVERALL CONFERENCE STATISTICS
In Big Ten Conference statistics for all matches, Stacey Gordon leads the league in kills per game (6.98) and aces per game (.46) and is second in hitting percentage (.407). Marisa Main tops the conference in assists per game (14.89). OSU has Maya Mapp sixth in hitting percentage (.347) and Danielle Meyer eighth (.338). In aces per game, Ami Stevens is ranked seventh (.38) while Meyer is 10th in blocks per game (1.02). In overall team statistics, Ohio State ranks first in hitting percentage (.327), kills (18.15) and assists (16.77). The Buckeyes are second in aces (1.89), seventh in blocking (2.24) and sixth in digs (14.72).

OHIO STATE IN THE CONFERENCE ONLY STATISTICS
Statistically in Big Ten Conference matches Stacey Gordon leads the league in kills per game (6.93), is seventh in digs (4.29) and 10th in hitting percentage (.329). Setter Marisa Main has a conference-high 14.79 assists per game average. Danielle Meyer ranks fifth in blocks per game (1.38) and is seventh in aces per game (.31). As a team, the Buckeyes are ranked first in kills (18.07) and assists (16.57). Ohio State is second in hitting percentage (.280), third in aces (1.43), fourth in blocking (2.82) and fifth in digs (17.36).

BUCKEYES MOVE TO NINTH 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 seven positions to ninth. The Buckeyes entered the poll three weeks ago ranked 25th and then moved to 20th the next week. Last week the Buckeyes moved to 16th. OSU is one of four Big Ten squads ranked in the top-25. Minnesota is ranked third, Penn State sixth and Illinois 24th while Michigan, Purdue and Wisconsin are 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

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 505-299. At Ohio State, Stone’s record is 455-257 and he is 250-148 in the Big Ten.

GORDON HONORED AS BIG TEN AND NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK (9-14)
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.

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 returns home to face the state of Michigan. The Buckeyes will host Michigan State at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15 and face Michigan at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16.