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Oct. 7, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State Women’s Volleyball, receiving votes in this week’s AVCA national poll, opens the doors to St. John Arena this week for a pair of matches versus top-25 squads. The Buckeyes (11-5, 2-2) will do battle with No. 15 Illinois (11-4, 3-1) Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ET and host No. 24 Northwestern (13-2, 3-1) Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. ET in front of a national audience watching live on the Big Ten Network.

WEEKLY BASICS
Wednesday, Oct. 8 – 7 p.m. ET
Ohio State (11-5, 2-2) vs. #15 Illinois (11-4, 3-1)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Live Video ($): BTN Plus

Saturday, Oct. 11 – 6:30 p.m. ET
Ohio State vs. #24 Northwestern (13-2, 3-1)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Television: Big Ten Network and BTN2Go

PARKING ADVISORY
Fans should allow extra time for travel and parking for Wednesday evening’s match vs. Illinois. Student and public traffic could be heavy approaching match time, plan your travels to St. John Arena accordingly.

Saturday will be very busy around the Athletics campus as well. Take a look at this Oct. 11 Parking Map for more information.

BIG TEN’s BEST LAST WEEK
The Big Ten Conference recognized a pair of Ohio State women’s volleyball players on Monday (Oct. 6) for their efforts over the weekend in guiding OSU to road wins at Iowa and No. 8 Nebraska. Elizabeth Campbell was tabbed the Big Ten Player of the Week while Taylor Sherwin collected her third career Big Ten Setter of the Week honor.

Campbell performed on both sides of the net, averaging 4.38 kills and 3.62 digs per set while swinging at a .308 clip; all team highs. Her 23 kills are the most by any opponent against the Huskers this season. Sherwin tallied 95 assists (11.88/set) over the weekend, evenly distributing the ball to four different OSU attackers with 17 or more kills. She did more than just assist, however, providing 2.75 digs per set, including 19 in Lincoln.

ROAD WARRIORS END WITH EXCLAMATION POINT
Ohio State concluded a 10-match road stretch by walking out of two opposing Big Ten gyms with victories, including a dramatic five-setter over Nebraska. The Buckeyes went 7-3 during the extended furlough from St. John Arena. Following a 3-0 sweep at Iowa, Ohio State came back the next night and silenced a crowd of more than 8,000 in Lincoln. The drama came to a crescendo when OSU stared a 14-11 fifth-set deficit and three match points in the face. Ohio State ripped off the next five points on the strength of Katie Mitchell’s superb service to lock in the program’s second straight win at Nebraska (3-3 all-time in Lincoln). Ohio State’s 77 kills that night are the most by any Big Ten team this season (OSU’s 74 vs. Syracuse are the second most).

WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Ohio State defended its home turf admirably Sept. 5-7, laying claim to the 9th Annual Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic trophy. The Buckeyes defeated Auburn, Florida Gulf Coast and Southern Illinois to take ownership of the hardware. Luisa Schirmer was voted the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player while Elizabeth Campbell and Taylor Sandbothe joined her on the all-tournament team.

THE BIG TEN GAUNTLET
Seven Big Ten teams are ranked in this week’s AVCA Division I Coaches Poll, including No. 4 Penn State, No. 6 Wisconsin, No. 8 Nebraska, No.14 Purdue, No. 15 Illinois, No. 23 Minnesota and No. 24 Northwestern. In addition, Ohio State is receiving votes.

THE GREAT WALL OF SANDBOTHE
Taylor Sandbothe ranks third in the Big Ten Conference with 1.40 blocks per set, trailing only the Trapp sisters from Minnesota. Her blocking rate is amongst the nation’s elite as well, ranking 25th in all of Division-I volleyball. The Buckeye can also be found in the conference statistical rankings for points/set (3.93; 9th) and attacking percentage (.328; 15th).

DOUBLING UP
Freshman Luisa Schirmer and setter Taylor are contributing on both sides of the net, evidenced by their team-high four double-doubles each this season. Schirmer has tallied hers with 10 or more kills and digs while Sherwin has done in the assists and digs category. Elizabeth Campbell (2) and Erin Sekinger (1) have each chipped in a double-double or two as well.

HAVE YOURSELF A DAY
Saturday, Sept. 20 was one to remember for Katie Mitchell and Erin Sekinger. Not only did the Buckeyes clinch the Miami Invitational title with a pair of wins, but both Buckeyes racked up statistical totals that rank tops in the Big Ten thus far this season. Sekinger pounded 22 kills vs. IUPUI, the most in a three set match by a B1G player, and Mitchell came back in the night cap with 27 points versus the RedHawks (tied for the most in a four-setter by at B1G player this season). Setter Taylor Sherwin guided the offensive attack, earning Most Outstanding Player honors for the tournament as both Mitchell and Sekinger joined her on the all-tournament team.