Dec. 2, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Head coach Geoff Carlston of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team announced the signing of two student-athletes for the 2014 season. Outside hitter Luisa Schirmer and right side hitter Ashley Wenz are set to join the Buckeyes next season.
Schirmer, a 6-2 outside hitter from Pittsford, N.Y., is a three-year captain for Pittsford Sutherland High School and has set four school career records, including having over 2,200 kills. The 2013 AVCA Under Armour First Team All-American has been named Monroe County Division III Most Valuable Player for four-consecutive years and was named the New York’s 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year. A member of the VolleyFX club, Schirmer was a member of the 2012 USA Volleyball National Youth team that captured gold at the NORCECA championships in Mexico.
“Luisa is a player that has it all,” Carlston said. “She has been an outside hitter and libero with the USA Youth National program, is a natural leader and is as intelligent a young lady as you will find. She is going to be a tremendous addition to our group next year.”
Recently, Schirmer was ranked No. 32 on PrepVolleyball.com’s Senior Aces list. She was also selected to compete for Team East at the 2013 Under Armour Girls High School All-America Match & Skills Competition, Dec. 20, in Seattle.
Wenz, a 6-3 right side hitter from Springboro, Ohio, is a three-time Greater Western Ohio Conference first team honoree. Ranked No. 69 on the PrepVolleyball Senior Aces list, Wenz is a four-time letterwinner for Springboro High School and has been named to the GWOC All-Conference first team and All-District 15 first team for two straight seasons. The 2013 All-Ohio second team honoree has also exceled in the classroom, earning three scholar-athlete honors over four years. Wenz, a member of the Cincy Classics club, was also among PrepVolleyball’s Top 100 Juniors list in 2012.
“Ashley is a 6-3, long left-hander who is just beginning to scratch the surface of her potential,” Carlston said. “She is one of the best in Ohio and I think she is going to be an exceptional player for our Buckeye program.”