Aug. 23, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team opens the 41st season of play at the West Virginia Mountaineer Invitational Friday, Aug. 26. The Buckeyes, 24-12 last season, face Valparaiso (27-8 in 2010) at 10:30 a.m. to open the Invitational. OSU next plays New Hampshire (20-17) at 5 p.m. Ohio State continues play Saturday against Towson (16-15) at 2:30 p.m. and closes out play at 7:30 p.m. against host West Virginia (15-15). The three-day invitational is being played in the WVU Coliseum (14,000) in Morgantown, W. Va.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Coached by Geoff Carlston, the Buckeyes were 24-12 overall last season and finished sixth in the Big Ten Conference. OSU earned an at-large bid to the NCAA championship and defeated Lipscomb in the first round and Dayton in the second round before falling to Stanford in the third round. The Buckeyes return two starters, outside hitter Emily Danks and middle blocker Kelli Barhorst, along with libero Sarah Mignin from the 2010 season.
A LOOK AT VALPARIASO
Coached by Carin Avery, the Crusaders were 27-8 overall last season and finished fourth in the Horizon League. They have three returning starters and their libero and return 11 letterwinners. Top returning players include libero Taylor Root, setter Jenny Pokorny and outside hitters Katie Britton and Sarah Dooms.
A LOOK AT NEW HAMPSHIRE
Coached by Jill Hirschinger, the Wildcats were 20-17 overall last season and finished fifth in the American East Conference. Top returnees include outside hitters Amy Keding and Destiny Tolliver.
A LOOK AT TOWSON
Coached by Bruce Atkinson, the Tigers were 16-15 overall last season and finished eighth in the Colonial Athletic Association. Towson returns seven players from last year’s squad including setter Susan Gansor and outside hitter Katy Buck.
A LOOK AT WEST VIRGINIA
Coached by Jill Kramer, the Mountaineers were 15-15 overall last season and finished tied for ninth in the Big East. West Virginia has four starters returning with nine letterwinners back for the 2011 season. Top returnees include setter Kari Post and outside hitters Michelle Kopecky, Serinna Russo and Kylie Armbruster.
OHIO STATE RANKED 21ST IN THE AVCA PRESEASON POLL
In the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 preseason poll from Aug. 15, Ohio State was ranked 21st receiving 256 votes. Seven Big Ten squads are ranked in the Top 25 with Penn State first, Nebraska fifth, Illinois eighth, Minnesota 12th, Purdue 13th and Michigan tied for 24th. Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Northwestern received votes.
BUCKEYES RANKED 20TH IN VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE PRESEASON POLL
In the preseason Volleyball Magazine preseason poll, Ohio State was ranked 20th with 17 points. The Buckeyes are one of six Big Ten squads ranked in the Top 20 with two other conference schools receiving votes.
DANKS 13TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ACES WITH 116
Emily Danks begins the 2011 season with 116 aces and is 13th on the Ohio State career list. Ranking 12th on the list is Holly O’Leary (1987-90) with 121. Danks ranks second in career aces per set with a .47 average. She ranks 16th in career attack percentage at .266.
BARHORST 13TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSIST BLOCKS
Kelli Barhorst has 239 assist blocks and is 13th on the Ohio State career list. She needs four assist blocks to pass No. 12 Jen Flynn (1996-99) with 242. Barhorst ranks 16th in solo blocks with 39, 13th in total blocks with 278, 13th in blocks per set at .89 and is 14th in attack percentage at .270.
PETERSON 12TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSISTS
Amanda Peterson has 728 career assists and ranks 12th on the Ohio State career assist list. Danielle Berlein (1987), with 927 assists, ranks 11th. Peterson is ninth in career assists per set with a 7.43 average.
HEAD COACH Geoff Carlston
Geoff Carlston is in his fourth season at Ohio State. He directed the Buckeyes to the third round of the NCAA Championship finishing with a 24-12 overall record last season. OSU finished sixth in the Big Ten Conference with a 10-10 mark. Carlston came to Ohio State after spending five years as head coach of Ohio University where he built an outstanding program. His squads played in five NCAA tournaments, reaching regional play in 2005. At Ohio, Carlston guided the Bobcats to five-consecutive Mid American Conference championships with an overall record of 144-22. He had a MAC conference record of 78-2 and was 14-1 in the conference tournament, winning four of five. Carlston was named the MAC Coach of the Year four times and was twice named the Mideast Region Coach of the Year. He began collegiate coaching with three years at Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) where he posted a 49-42 record. His career record is 254-106.