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Nov. 25, 2003

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State (10-16 overall, 4-14 Big Ten) women’s volleyball will close out the 2003 season with road matches at Iowa (6-22, 1-17) and 19th-ranked Minnesota (21-9, 14-4). The Buckeyes will face the Hawkeyes at 8 p.m. ET, Friday, Nov. 28 and play the Golden Gophers at 8 p.m. ET, Saturday, Nov. 29. Ohio State’s match with Minnesota will be delayed telecast by ESPN2 at 2 p.m ET, Sunday, Nov. 30. Chris Marlowe will call the play-by-play with Tammy Blackburn providing the color commentary.

Stacey Gordon HAS COVER STORY IN VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE
Ohio State student-athlete, Stacey Gordon, is featured as the cover story in the December issue of Volleyball magazine. The magazine is now available at newsstands. A preview of the story is on the magazine’s website at http://www.volleyballmag.com/.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Jim Stone coaches the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 10-16 overall and has a 4-14 record in the Big Ten. Last week the Buckeyes lost home matches to No. 15 Penn State (3-1) and Wisconsin (3-0). Ohio State’s top student-athlete is 2002 first team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American Stacey Gordon (Jr., Oshawa, Ontario). Gordon has team highs of 6.50 kills, .42 aces and 3.50 digs per game. Amanda Miller (So., Littleton, Colo.) ranks second in kills at 3.23 with Heather Whalen (Sr., Kalamazoo, Mich.), third at 2.21. Starting at setter is Briana McCarthy (Fr., Beaver Dam, Wis.). She has an 11.38 assist per game average. At the net, D’wan Shackleford (5th-year senior, Newark, Ohio) has a team-high 1.23 blocks per game with seven solos and 90 assists. McCarthy ranks second at .96 (15-82) with Katherine Grant (So., Nashville, Tenn.) third at .94 (5-77). Defensively Whalen ranks second in digs at 2.52. As a team, Ohio State is hitting .223 and averaging 15.84 kills per game. The Buckeyes average 1.28 aces, 13.82 digs and 2.59 blocks per game. OSU opponents are hitting .222 and average 13.98 kills per game. Opponents average 1.24 aces, 12.58 digs and 3.10 blocks per game.

A LOOK AT IOWA
Rita Buck-Crockett coaches the Hawkeyes. Iowa has an overall record of 6-22 and is 1-17 in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes lost 0-3 road matches at Michigan (18-30, 24-30, 10-30) and at Michigan State (21-30, 23-30, 23-30) last week. Leading the Iowa attack is Laura Simpson with a 3.87 kills per game average. Carolyn Giese ranks second at 2.94. At setter, Jitka Stehnova averages 9.68 assists per game. She leads the team in ace serves with 18 (.18). Defensively, Tiana Costanzo has a team-high 2.85 digs per game average with Stehnova second at 2.41. At the net, Abby Tjaden leads the team in blocking with a .82 per game average with 11 solos and 56 assists. Giese ranks second at .74 (8-65). As a team, Iowa is hitting .135 and averages 13.60 kills per game. The Hawkeyes average .81 aces, 15.77 digs and 1.95 blocks per game. Iowa opponents are hitting .251 and average 15.94 kills per game. Hawkeye opponents average 1.54 aces, 16.12 digs and 2.94 blocks per game.

OSU SERIES WITH IOWA
Ohio State leads the series with Iowa, 38-8. The Buckeyes are 15-4 in Iowa City, 20-4 in Columbus and 3-0 at neutral sites. Ohio State has on-court wins in the last 31 matches dating back to the 1988 season. In the record book, OSU has won four straight due to the forfeit of matches in 1999 and 2000. Earlier this season, in Columbus, the Buckeyes won, 3-0 (30-28, 30-23, 31-29). The Buckeyes won 3-1 decision last year, winning, 31-29, 32-34, 30-28, 30-17, in Columbus and 27-30, 30-23, 30-19, 30-18, in Iowa City.

A LOOK AT MINNESOTA
Mike Hebert is the coach of the Golden Gophers. Minnesota has an overall record of 21-9 and is 14-4 in the Big Ten. Last week the Gophers won 3-0 road wins at Michigan State (30-20, 30-26, 30-23) and at Michigan (30-26, 30-26, 30-20). Leading Minnesota in kills per game is Cassie Busse at 4.69. Trisha Bratford ranks second at 3.84 with Erin Martin third at 3.57. At setter, Lindsey Taatjes has a 13.05 assists per game average. Busse is the team leader in ace serves with 49 (.47 per game). Defensively, Paula Gentil has a team best 4.90 digs per game average with Taatjes second at 2.86. At the net, Meredith Nelson has a team-high 1.25 blocks per game average with 11 solos and 121 assists. Busse ranks second at .83 (19-67). As a team, Minnesota is hitting .245 and averages 16.56 kills per game. The Gophers average 1.16 aces, 16.76 digs and 2.91 blocks per game. Minnesota opponents are hitting .181 and average 14.10 kills per game. Gopher opponents average 1.16 aces, 14.86 digs and 2.28 blocks per game.

OSU SERIES WITH MINNESOTA
Ohio State leads the series with Minnesota, 26-22. The Buckeyes trail in matches played in Minneapolis, 9-11. OSU is 15-6 in Columbus, while Minnesota is 5-2 at neutral sites. Earlier this season, in Columbus, Minnesota won 3-2 (20-30, 30-17, 29-31, 30-24, 15-9). Last season the Buckeyes lost 3-2 (24-30, 30-22, 28-30, 30-24, 15-6) in Minneapolis and won 3-0 (30-23, 30-28, 30-25) in Columbus.

GORDON: 74 CONSECUTIVE DOUBLE-FIGURE KILL MATCHES AND COUNTING
With 30 kills against Penn State and 11 against Wisconsin, Stacey Gordon now has recorded double-figure kills in her last 74 matches. The streak began against Minnesota in 2001 and could have been longer but for the previous match against Iowa where she did not play in the front row due to an injury. She only played in the back row against the Hawkeyes, collecting 10 digs. She had double-figure kills in the previous seven matches. Gordon’s only match without double-figure kills, when playing in the front row, was against Evansville in 2001 when she recorded eight kills. Overall, she has had double-figure kills in 87 of 89 matches in her career and has 65 matches with double-figure digs. Gordon has had 52 matches with 20 or more kills and 13 of those had 30 or more.

GORDON ADDS A DOUBLE-DIGIT KILL GAME AGAINST PENN STATE
Stacey Gordon added a double-digit kill game last weekend against Penn State and now has 18 this season. She produced 13 kills in game four against Penn State, hitting .296 with five errors in 27 attempts. Previously she has had 10-kill games against Michigan, Illinois, Penn State, Minnesota, Purdue, Indiana, Temple, Rice and Miami. Gordon recorded 11 kills against Michigan State, at Purdue (game 3), against Iowa, at Illinois and against Cleveland State, 12 at Michigan State and 14 against Northwestern. Her top game was 17 at Purdue (game 4).

GORDON BECOMES OSU CAREER LEADER IN KILLS
With her 11th kill at Indiana, Stacey Gordon passed Holly O’Leary (1987-90) (1,802) in career kills to become Ohio State’s all-time leader. Gordon’s accomplishment came in 85 career matches where O’Leary played in 122. Currently Gordon has 1,905 career kills.

GORDON STANDS EIGHTH IN ALL-TIME CAREER KILLS IN THE BIG TEN
Stacey Gordon with 1,905 career kills ranks eighth, all-time, in career kills in the Big Ten. Seventh place is held by Wisconsin’s Sherisa Livingston (1998-01) with 1,912. The Big Ten leader in career kills is Minnesota’s Nicole Branagh (1997-00) with 2,379.

GORDON NOW 11TH IN CAREER ACES
With an ace serve against Wisconsin, Stacey Gordon moved into 11th on the OSU career ace list with 122. She had been tied for 11th with Holly O’Leary (1987-90). Gordon needs seven aces to move past No. 10 Laura Davis (1991-94) with 128.

GORDON MOVES TO EIGHTH IN OSU CAREER DIGS
Stacey Gordon recorded 26 digs (16 vs. Penn State and 10 vs. Wisconsin) last week and now has 1,096 career digs. She now stands eighth on the OSU career list. Gordon moved past Carrie Leonard (1991-94) with 1,077. She now needs 43 digs to pass No. 7 Jen Flynn (1996-99) with 1,138.

MILLER HAS CAREER-HIGH 21 KILLS AGAINST PENN STATE
Amanda Miller recorded a career-high 21 kills Wednesday against Penn State. Her previous high was 20 against Ball State earlier this season. Miller hit .267 for the match, adding three digs and an assist block against the Nittany Lions. She had 12 digs (.333), four digs and an assist block against Wisconsin. Miller has had double-figure kills in her last eight matches.

TENGNAS DIGS HER WAY TO A CAREER-HIGH 22 DIGS AGAINST PENN STATE
Libero Anna Tengnas had an outstanding defensive performance against Penn State. The freshman had a career-high 22 digs against the Nittany Lions. Her previous best was 17 against Rice and Michigan State. Tengnas had 10 digs against Wisconsin and now has 10 double-figure digs match of the season.

MCCARTHY GETS DEFENSIVE WITH A CAREER-HIGHS OF FOUR SOLO BLOCKS AND 18 DIGS AGAINST PENN STATE
Setter Briana McCarthy runs the Buckeye offense, but makes an impact on the defense. Against Penn State she had career-highs of four solo blocks and 18 digs. Her previous high for solo blocks was three set last Sunday against Michigan. Her previous high in digs was 10 against Cleveland State. McCarthy had six total blocks in the match, adding three kills, two ace serves and 50 assists. She had 33 assists, five digs, four kills and an assist block against Wisconsin.

WHALEN HAS A CAREER-HIGH 19 DIGS AGAINST PENN STATE
For the 11th time this season, Heather Whalen had double-figure digs in a match. This time, her 19 digs against Penn State was a career-high. Her previous best was 18 at Illinois in 2002. Whalen contributed eight kills and nine assists against the Nittany Lions.

WHALEN CLOSES OUT HOME CAREER WITH A CAREER-HIGH .650 HITTING PERCENTAGE
Playing in her final home match, Heather Whalen hit a career-high .650 against Wisconsin with 13 kills and no errors in 20 attempts. Her previous best was .636 (7-0-11) at Penn State in 2000. Whalen added six digs, five assists, two assist blocks and an ace serve against the Badgers.

GRANT HAS SIX BLOCKS AGAINST MICHIGAN STATE
Katherine Grant produced six total blocks (one solo, five assists) against Michigan State last week. She added four kills and three digs. She recorded four kills and three assist blocks against Michigan. Grant ranks third on the team in blocks with a .94 per game average. She has five solos and 77 assists on the season.

SCHARDT SEES ACTION AT MIDDLE BLOCKER
Setter Jackie Schardt (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) has seen action at middle blocker this season in several matches. She has had eight starts at that position this season. She started at Illinois, vs. Minnesota, vs. Illinois and vs. Northwestern for D’wan Shackleford and at Purdue and Indiana and against Penn State and Wisconsin for Katherine Grant. Schardt had two kills and two digs against Penn State and three kills, an ace serve and a solo block against Wisconsin.

SETTER WHALEN ATTACKS AT OUTSIDE HITTER
After starting the first two matches at setter, Heather Whalen switched to outside hitter and ranks third for the Buckeyes in kills per game at 2.21 with 223 kills. Defensively, she ranks second in digs per game at 2.52 with 255 digs.

SHACKLEFORD TOPS OSU IN BLOCKING
D’wan Shackleford a four-year basketball player for Ohio State, is a starting middle blocker for the women’s volleyball team. Despite not having played volleyball since her sophomore year in high school, she leads Ohio State in blocks per game with a 1.23 average overall and 1.06 in conference play. Last week Shackleford had three kills, two digs, two assist blocks and an ace serve against Penn State and picked up four assist blocks, four kills and an ace serve against Wisconsin.

KASTEIN AT DEFENSIVE SPECIALIST
Rebecca Kastein (So., Mt. Lebanon, Pa.) has played the defensive specialist position for the last four matches. Previously, she had played the libero position for 10 matches. She opened the season at defensive specialist for 12 matches. Kastein has started in the back row in six matches. Last week she produced nine digs against Penn State and 10 against Wisconsin. Kastein has had 12 matches this season with double-figure digs.

TENGNAS HANDLES THE LIBERO DUTIES
Anna Tengnas (Fr., Torsaberga, Sweden) has played the libero position in the last four matches. She started the season at libero for the first 12 matches and then played defensive specialist the next 10 matches. Last weekend against Penn State, Tengnas had a career-high 22 digs against Penn State and added 10 against Wisconsin. She has produced nine matches with double-figure digs.

CRAM SERVING UP ACES
OSU’s Holly Cram (So., La Mirada, Calif.), playing as a back row server, collected a career-high two ace serves against Indiana. She also picked up digs against Purdue, at Northwestern and at Indiana. Cram has seen action in 10 matches this season. In 2001, Cram started 13 of 16 matches for the Ohio State women’s soccer team as a midfielder.

GORDON LEADS BIG TEN OVERALL STATISTICS IN KILLS PER GAME
In the overall statistics released by the Big Ten Conference this week, Stacey Gordon leads the conference in kills per game at 6.50, is fourth in aces at .42, 20th in hitting percentage at .276 and sixth in digs at 3.50. D’wan Shackleford ranks seventh in blocking with a 1.23 per game average. Briana McCarthy is 10th in assists at 11.38 per game.

GORDON TOPS THE BIG TEN CONFERENCE STATISTICS IN KILLS
After nine weeks of Big Ten Conference play, the conference-only statistics have Stacey Gordon leading the Big Ten in kills per game at 6.62. She is sixth in digs at 3.41 per game, sixth in aces (.32) and 12th in hitting percentage (.279). Setter Briana McCarthy ranks eighth in assists per game at 12.28. D’wan Shackleford stands 11th in blocking at 1.06 with Heather Whalen is 15th in digs per game at 2.71.

GORDON RANKS THIRD IN KILLS IN NCAA RANKINGS
In the NCAA Division I volleyball statistics released last week, Stacey Gordon ranks third in the country in kills per game with a 6.55 average. Kim Willoughby of Hawaii ranks second with a 6.60 average and George Mason’s Aline Pereira is the national leader at 6.61.

OHIO STATE EQUALS SEASON-HIGH BLOCK MARK AGAINST MINNESOTA
The Buckeye, with 16 team blocks against Minnesota, equaled their season-high set at Northwestern. In both matches, OSU recorded three solos and 26 assists. The 26 block assists also is a team high that was set at Michigan State.

OSU HAS SEASON-HIGH 91 DIGS AGAINST THE NITTANY LIONS
With 91 digs against Penn State, Ohio State established a new season high for 2003. OSU’s previous best was 71 at Northwestern. In the Penn State match, four players had double-figure digs (Anna Tengnas-22, Heather Whalen-19, Briana McCarthy 18 and Stacey Gordon-16).

BUCKEYES RECORD SEASON-HIGH HITTING PERCENTAGE AGAINST INDIANA
Ohio State hit a season-high .443 against Indiana last weekend. The Buckeyes recorded 64 kills with 13 errors in 115 attempts. Previously, the best mark for Ohio State was .309 (71-24-152) against Ball State.