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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University women’s volleyball program is one of 16 schools remaining in contention for the 2015 NCAA Championship and is headed to Lexington, Ky., to face Washington at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday (Dec. 11). A win over the No. 5 overall seed Huskies would advance the 12th-seeded Buckeyes in to the `Elite Eight’ and a Saturday showdown with either No. 4 Nebraska or No. 13 BYU at 4 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 12 — 4 p.m. ET — Lexington, Ky. (Memorial Coliseum)
Ohio State/Washington winner vs. BYU/Nebraska winner
Live Stats: GameTracker (link to be added after match-up is determined)
Live Video: ESPNU (WatchESPN)
HISTORY WITH THE HUSKIES
Friday marks the fifth all-time meeting between Ohio State and Washington. The previous four contests have been split with each school winning a pair, including another NCAA Regional Semifinal match-up in the most recent clash in 2006.
CAMPBELL AND SANDBOTHE REPEAT AS ALL-REGION HONOREES
Elizabeth Campbell and Taylor Sandbothe were named to the AVCA’s All-Northeast Region Team earlier this week after each earned the same recognition in 2015. As members of the 14-person All-Region squad, both Buckeyes are also now eligible for potential All-America status.
SWEET 16 FREQUENCY PLACES BUCKEYES IN LIMITED COMPANY
Ohio State blew through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament last week, claiming a spot in the `Sweet 16′ for the fourth time since 2010. The Buckeyes are one of just 11 schools nationally which have done so four or more times in the last six seasons.
DOMINATING FIRST WEEKEND
In back-to-back sweeps to open postseason play, Ohio State out-scored Robert Morris and Amerian by a combined 59 points (nearly 10 points per set). The Buckeyes never trailed at any point during the second round triumph over American.
Ohio State’s NCAA Tournament-leading 2.50 service aces per set helped keep the opposition off balance and led to postseason-best numbers of .051 attacking percentage against and 6.83 kills/set against. Taylor Hughes contributed 1.17 aces/set, the highest mark of any individual in the country. Taylor Sandbothe’s 1.83 blocks/set are tied for 7th nationally during the postseason.
THE BIG TEN FLEXES ITS MUSCLE
The Big Ten Conference placed an NCAA-best nine schools in the NCAA Tournament, including five hosts during the opening weekend as Top-16 seeds. All five hosting schools and Illinois advanced to the `Sweet 16′ as 37.5 percent of the remaining contention is made up of B1G squads. Just seven Pac-12 teams and five representing the Big 12 were selected for the postseason.
Thirteen of 14 B1G schools posted winning percentages above .700 during non-conference action.
A POSTSEASON REGULAR
Geoff Carlston has led the charge to five `Sweet 16′ showings and 11 NCAA Tournament berths in 13 seasons as a Division-I head coach (Ohio 2003-07; Ohio State 2008-present).
Buckeye classmates, Valeria León and Taylor Sandbothe, are putting up all-time numbers this season ranked among the best in school history. León’s 4.35 digs per set is the highest rate ever by a Buckeye with a considerable cushion over second-best (4.22 digs/set by Julie Chellevold – 1991; and Sarah Mignin – 2011). She is chasing the digs total record as well, entering the weekend ranked second with 548 and just 18 digs shy of the top spot held by Mignin’s 566 (2011). Meanwhile, Sandbothe is attacking .371 (4th) and her blocking numbers have cracked the top-5 as well. A complete `Seascon Records Watch’ can be found on page 10 of the match notes.
The two aforementioned Buckeyes, and several of their teammates, are also assaulting the career record books. Check out the `Career Records Watch’ on page 9 of the match notes.
BUCKEYES HAUL IN ALL-BIG TEN ACCOLADES
Five Buckeyes earned Big Ten recognition last week, highlighted by Taylor Sandbothe’s unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten team by the 14 conference head coaches. Elizabeth Campbell picked up All-Big Ten honorable mention while Audra Appold and Taylor Hughes both claimed a spot on the B1G All-Freshman squad. Emily Ruetter rounded out the OSU honorees as a recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
This marks the 29th consecutive season in which at least one Buckeye has received postseason laurels from the conference office. Thirty-four different OSU players have been tabbed All-Big Ten a total of 74 times since 1983.
Sandbothe has now garnered the league’s attention in three straight seasons after being named to the All-Freshman team in 2013 and All-Big Ten honorable mention last season.
Appold and Hughes become the first Buckeye duo to make the All-Frosh squad in the same year since Suzie Stiling and Katie Virtue did so in 1999.
Ohio State Women’s Volleyball has won 70 percent of its matches inside St. John Arena all-time. The Buckeyes began competition in the facility in 1986, compiling an overall mark of 310-132 (.701) which included a 12-3 ledger this season.
This season marked the 12th different year St. John Arena has hosted NCAA postseason competition. The Buckeyes own a 15-3 overall record when playing at home during the NCAA Tournament.
INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES TO REMEMBER
Audra Appold’s 29 kills in an OSU victory at Iowa (Nov. 18) are the the most by a Buckeye since Kaitlyn Leary put away 31 at Michigan on Nov. 2, 2013 and most by a freshman in over a decade when Stacey Gordon terminated 30 kills at Purdue on Nov. 3, 2001.
Taylor Sandbothe terrorized the Fighting Illini throughout Ohio State’s four-set triumph on Nov. 11. In addition to 19 kills, Sandbothe stuffed Illinois 11 times. Her career-high 11 blocks are the sixth-highest total by a Buckeye in school history and the third-best mark against a conference foe. The last Buckeye to reach 11 blocks in a match was Mariah Booth back in 2010 against Kennesaw State.
The two largest dig totals by a Buckeye since rally scoring was instituted in 2001 have come this season by way of Valeria León. She originally set the mark Sept. 5 by digging 32 balls in a five-set victory over No. 14 Florida State. León then promptly broke her own record with 35 digs in a four-set triumph over No. 13 Arizona (Sept. 12). The 35-dig collection is the most ever in a four-set match by a Buckeye and ranks second overall in school history. León’s 32 digs vs. the Seminoles rank fifth all-time.