Oct. 7, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With averages of 6.88 kills and 3.50 digs from her matches against Michigan State and Michigan last weekend, the Big Ten Conference has named sophomore outside hitter Stacey Gordon (Oshawa, Ontario) the Big Ten Player of the Week. Despite losses to No. 22 Michigan State (3-2) and Michigan (3-0), Gordon produced outstanding numbers in both matches. She had a career-high 36 kills against Michigan State while hitting .316. Gordon added a match-high 17 digs, two assist blocks and an ace serve in the five game loss. At Michigan, she had a match-high 19 kills (.250), adding 11 digs, one assist block and an ace serve. For the two matches, Gordon averaged 6.88 kills per game and hit .293 for the weekend. She averaged 3.50 digs and added three assist blocks and two aces.
Her 36-kill performance at Michigan State ranks third (four-way tie) in OSU match records. She is tied with Anne Botica, at Iowa (11-24-01), Rosie Snow, Purdue (10-31-98) and Vanessa Wouters, at Notre Dame (12-8-96. Wouters has OSU’s top two matches with 45 kills at Iowa (11-22-96) and 39 kills against Penn State (10-16-96). Gordon tied the MSU’s Jenison Field House kills record with Michigan State’s Veronica Morales vs. Penn State (11-5-94).
Gordon continued her consecutive streak of double-figure kill matches with the 36 kills at Michigan State and 19 at Michigan. She now has recorded double-figure kills in her last 29 matches. For her career, Gordon has double-figure kills in 42 of 44 matches and has 17 matches with 20 or more kills. Defensively, Gordon has 28 matches with double-figure digs in her career and recorded a season-high 20 digs against Miami (Ohio). She has had 27 double-doubles (kills-digs) in her career. She is currently averaging 6.10 kills and 3.53 digs per game for the season and has a 6.24 kills and 2.82 digs per game average in conference play. Gordon was ranked fourth in the nation last week in kills (5.95) per game.
As freshmen, Gordon was honored as the Big Ten Player of the week three times and once as the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Week.
Ohio State (6-7 overall, 0-4 Big Ten), ranked 24th in the current American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll returns to action this weekend when it hosts No. 15 Wisconsin (11-4, 202) Fri., Oct. 11 and Northwestern (10-6, 3-1) Sat., Oct. 12 in St. John Arena. Both matches are set to start at 7 p.m.