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Nov. 4, 2003

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State (9-11 overall, 3-9 Big Ten) women’s volleyball travels to the state of Indiana to face Purdue (12-11, 5-7) and Indiana (9-14, 2-10). The Buckeyes will face the Purdue Boilermakers at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7 in West Lafayette and play the Indiana Hoosiers at 7 p.m., Saturday. Nov. 8. Last week, Ohio State upset No. 25 Illinois, 3-1 (30-20, 17-30, 30-25, 30-24) and lost to Northwestern, 1-3 (30-21, 20-30, 32-34, 26-30).

Stacey Gordon NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK

The Big Ten Conference announced Monday that Ohio State outside hitter Stacey Gordon (Jr., Oshawa, Ontario) had been named the Big Ten Volleyball Player of the Week. Gordon, a 2002 first team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American and the Big Ten Player of the Year, is being honored for the second time this season and the ninth of her career. In the 3-1 (30-20, 17-30, 30-25, 30-24) upset of No. 25 Illinois, Gordon had a match-high 28 kills while hitting .408. She added nine digs, five ace serves, one assist and one assist block against the Illini. In the 1-3 (30-21, 20-30, 32-34, 26-30) loss to Northwestern, Gordon produced a match-high 32 kills while hitting .324. She added 12 digs and a career-high seven total blocks with two solos and five assists. For the week, Gordon averaged 7.5 kills, 2.6 digs and a block per game while hitting .359. A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Jim Stone coaches the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 9-11 overall and has a 3-9 record in the Big Ten. Last week the Buckeyes upset No. 25 Illinois, 3-1, and lost to Northwestern, 1-3, at home. Ohio State’s top student-athlete is 2002 first team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American Stacey Gordon. Gordon has team highs of 6.45 kills, .40 aces and 3.31 digs per game. Amanda Miller (So., Littleton, Colo.) ranks second in kills at 2.94 with Heather Whalen (Sr., Kalamazoo, Mich.), third at 2.24. Starting at setter is Briana McCarthy (Fr., Beaver Dam, Wis.). She has an 11.05 assist per game average. At the net, D’wan Shackleford (5th-year senior, Newark, Ohio) has a team-high 1.34 blocks per game with seven solos and 71 assists. McCarthy ranks second at .95 (5-69) with Katherine Grant (So., Nashville, Tenn.) third at .92 (2-67). Defensively Whalen ranks second in digs at 2.50 with 195. Anna Tengnas (Fr., Torsaberga, Sweden) ranks third at 2.22 (171) with Rebecca Kastein (So., Mr. Lebanon, Pa.) fourth at 2.21 (172). As a team, Ohio State is hitting .220 and averaging 15.74 kills per game. The Buckeyes average 1.23 aces, 13.26 digs and 2.74 blocks per game. OSU opponents are hitting .213 and average 13.55 kills per game. Opponents average 1.21 aces, 12.18 digs and 3.4 blocks per game.

A LOOK AT PURDUE
Dave Shondell coaches the Boilermakers. Purdue has a12-11 overall record and is 5-7 in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers last week lost road matches at Michigan, 2-3 (30-26, 30-23, 28-30, 15-30, 11-15) and at Michigan State, 1-3 (30-23, 16-30, 30-32, 23-30). Purdue has lost its last six matches. Kim McConaha leads the team in kills per game at 3.73. Leah Wischmeier ranks second at 3.33. Setter Renata Dargan averages 12.08 assist per game. She is the team leader in aces per game at .40 (35). Defensively, Daren Poe has a team-high 3.59 digs per game average with McConaha second at 2.17. At the net, McConaha leads the team with a 1.27 blocks per game average with 12 solos and 93 assists. Second is Katie Dobson at .99 (6-80). Purdue is hitting .234 for the season and averaging 15.70 kills per game. The Boilermakers average 1.47 aces, 13.99 digs and 2.39 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .240 and average 15.70 kills per game. They average 1.12 aces, 14.23 digs and 2.34 blocks per game.

OSU SERIES WITH PURUDE
Ohio State leads the series with Purdue, 32-29. At Purdue, the Boilermakers have a 14-10 record. In Columbus OSU has the advantage, 15-9 and is 7-6 at neutral sites. Earlier this season, Purdue defeated Ohio State, 3-1 (27-30, 30-25, 30-22, 30-20) in Columbus.

A LOOK AT INDIANA
Katie Weismiller is the coach of the Hoosiers. Indiana has an overall record of 9-14 and is 2-10 in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers dropped 0-3 road decisions at Michigan State (24-30, 23-30, 23-30) and Michigan (32-34, 23-30, 20-30) last week. Indiana has lost its last 10 conference matches. Christina Archibald is the top Indiana hitter with a 4.21 kills per game average. Melissa Brewer ranks second at 3.42. Setter Victoria Zimmerman has a 12.71 assist per game average. The leading server for Indiana is Katie Pollom with 19 aces (.22). Defensively, Beth Heimann leads the team in digs per game at 3.38. Zimmerman ranks second at 2.24. At the net, Brewer has a team-high 1.12 blocks per game average with six solos and 90 assists. Pollom ranks second at .86 (17-56). Indiana is hitting .234 for the season and averages 15.44 kills per game. The Hoosiers average 1.10 aces, 13.16 digs and 2.22 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .247 and average 15.10 kills per game. Hoosier opponents average 1.70 aces, 13.48 digs and 2.21 blocks per game.

OSU SERIES WITH INDIANA
Ohio State has a 32-21 advantage in the series with Indiana. In Bloomington, Indiana is 13-9 against the Buckeyes. In Columbus, Ohio State is 19-6 and is 4-2 in neutral site matches. Earlier this season, Ohio State defeated Indiana, 3-0 (30-24, 30-28, 30-24) in Columbus.

McCARTHY NOW EIGHTH IN OSU CAREER ASSISTS
Briana McCarthy ranks eighth on the OSU career assist list with 862. Her 11.05 assist per game average ranks fifth on the OSU career list. She needs 66 assists to pass No. 7 Danielle Berlein (1987) who has 927 assists. With her 52 assists against Illinois, McCarthy had four kills, five digs, three total blocks (one solo, two assists) and an ace serve. Against Northwestern, she had 54 assists, adding five digs, three kills, two assist blocks and an ace serve. McCarthy has started at setter for the last 18 matches. She was the starting outside hitter for OSU’s first two matches of the season.

MILLER HAS SOLID WEEKEND
Amanda Miller had a solid weekend producing 14 kills against Illinois and Northwestern. She hit .250 against the Illini and added three digs. Against Northwestern, Miller hit .357 adding three digs and an assist block. She ranks second on the team in kills per game with a 2.94 average with 229 kills.

GRANT HAS CAREER BLOCK HIGH
Katherine Grant produced a career-high seven assist blocks against Northwestern last weekend. Previously, she had a high of six assist blocks against Temple and Rice. Grant contributed 11 kills (.350) and two assist blocks against the Illini and added eight kills and an ace serve against Northwestern. She ranks third on the squad in blocks with a .92 per game average with two solos and 67 assists.

SCHARDT FILLS IN AT MIDDLE BLOCKER
Jackie Schardt (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.), a setter, was called upon to start at middle hitter in both matches last week. She had a career-high six kills against the Illini on seven swing, hitting .857. She added two digs and an assist block against Illinois. Schardt added three block assists and a digs against Northwestern. She has had two other starts in the middle this season.

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 2.24 with 175 kills. Defensively, she ranks second in digs per game at 2.50 with 195 digs. Against Illinois Whalen had six kills, adding eight digs and two assists. She had five kills, 14 digs, two assist blocks and two assists in the match against Northwestern. Whalen ranks 16th in the Big Ten Conference statistics with a 2.76 digs per game average.

SHACKLEFORD STATUS UNKNOWN
D’wan Shackleford did not play in either match last week. Her status in for the matches at Purdue and Indiana this week has not been determined. She is OSU’s top blocker with a 1.34 per game average with seven solos and 71 assists. She is averaging 1.19 per game in the conference on 31 assists. Shackleford is 10th in blocking in conference statistics and third overall.

KASTEIN HAS DOUBLE-DIGIT DIGS AGAINST ILLINOIS
Rebecca Kastein has started at the libero position for the last eight matches. Previously, she had been playing as a backrow defensive specialist. Kastein recorded 11 digs against Illinois and five vs. Northwestern from the libero position. Kastein has produced double-figure digs in 10 matches this season.

TENGNAS ACES OUT THE ILLINI
Anna Tengnas, after playing the libero position for the first 12 matches, switched to the role of a defensive specialist. In that position against Illinois, she had a career-high four ace serves, adding five digs and an assist. She added eight digs and another ace in the match against Northwestern. Tengnas ranks third on the team in digs per game at 2.22.

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 a dig against Purdue and added another at Northwestern. In 2001, Cram started 13 of 16 matches for the Ohio State women’s soccer team as a midfielder.

GORDON: 68 CONSECUTIVE DOUBLE-FIGURE KILL MATCHES AND COUNTING
With 28 kills against Illinois and 32 vs. Northwestern, Stacey Gordon now has recorded double-figure kills in her last 68 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 was against Evansville in 2001 when she recorded eight kills. Overall, she has had double-figure kills in 81 of 83 matches in her career and has 60 matches with double-figure digs. Gordon has had 47 matches with 20 or more kills and 10 of those had 30 or more.

GORDON HAS A 14-KILL GAME
Stacey Gordon added two more double-digit kill games last weekend and now has 13 this season. This included her top performance of the season with 14 kills in game three against Northwestern. She hit .333 in the game on 27 attempts with five errors. Gordon also had 10 kills in game three against Illinois while hitting .444 with 18 attempts and two errors. Previously she has had 10-kill games against Penn State, Minnesota, Purdue, Indiana, Temple and Rice and at Miami. Gordon recorded 11 kills against Iowa, at Illinois and against Cleveland State and 12 at Michigan State.

GORDON SECOND IN OSU CAREER KILLS, CLOSING IN ON LEADER
With 60 kills (28 vs. Illinois and 32 vs. Northwestern) last week, Stacey Gordon now has 1,751 career kills for the Buckeyes. She ranks second overall on the OSU career kills list. She now needs 52 kills to move past all-time career leader Holly O’Leary (1987-90) with 1,802.

GORDON TIED FOR 14TH IN CAREER ACES
With five ace serves against Illinois last weekend, Stacey Gordon has moved 13th in career aces for the Buckeyes with 111. Gordon passed Lisa Vitali (1986-89) with 106 and Vanessa Wouters (1996-97) with 109. She needs six to move past No. 12 Anne Botica (1998-01) with 116.

GORDON REACHES 1,000 CAREER DIGS
Stacey Gordon recorded 21 digs (9 vs. Illinois and 12 vs. Northwestern) last week and now has 1,000 career digs for 12th on the OSU list. Gordon needs 24 digs to move past No. 11 Vicki Wright (1983-86) with 1,023. Gordon became only the fifth Buckeye to reach 1,000 kills and digs in a career. The others include: Kristi Neuman (1983-86), 1,242 kills, 1,045 digs; Holly O’Leary (1987-90), 1,802 kills, 1,281 digs; Leisa Wissler (1988-91), 1,428 kills, 1,341 digs and Gabrielle Jobst (1992-94), 1,434 kills, 1.052 digs.

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 6.45, is fifth in aces at .40 and eighth in digs at 3.31. D’wan Shackleford ranks third in blocking with a 1.34 per game average. Briana McCarthy is 10th in assists at 11.05 per game.

GORDON TOPS THE BIG TEN CONFERENCE STATISTICS IN KILLS
After six weeks of Big Ten Conference play, the conference-only statistics have Stacey Gordon leading the Big Ten in kills per game at 6.59. She is 10th in digs at 3.02 per game and tied for 15th in aces (.24). Setter Briana McCarthy ranks ninth in assists per game at 12.17 and is tied for 15th in service aces at .24. D’wan Shackleford stands 10th in blocking at 1.19 with Heather Whalen is 16th in digs per game at 2.76.

GORDON RANKS SECOND IN KILLS IN NCAA RANKINGS
In the NCAA Division I volleyball statistics released last week, Stacey Gordon ranks second in the country in kills per game with a 6.33 average. Kim Willoughby of Hawaii leads the country with a 6.62 average. Gordon’s current average is 6.45 with Willoughby at 6.57.

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 blocks assists also is a team high that was set at Michigan State.

OSU HAS SEASON-HIGH 71 DIGS AGAINST THE WILDCATS
With 71 digs against at Northwestern, Ohio State established a new season high for 2003. OSU’s previous best was 67 against Cleveland State. In that match, three players had double-figure digs (Stacey Gordon-18, Heather Whalen-15 and Anna Tengnas-11).

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.

OSU HAS THREE BIG TEN CONFERENCE TV APPEARANCES
The Big Ten announced its television schedule for women’s volleyball on both ESPN2 and FOX Sports Chicago. Ohio State will play in three of the scheduled 10 matches. OSU will face defending Big Ten champion Minnesota in one of three matches carried by ESPN2. The Saturday, Nov. 29 match in Minneapolis will be shown at 2 p.m. ET, Sunday, Nov. 30. The Buckeyes also will face the Gophers in St. John Arena Friday, Oct. 17 in a FOX Sports Chicago match that will be carried live by FSN Chicago and North and will be shown at 4 p.m. ET, Sunday, Oct. 19. Ohio State’s third match is at Wisconsin, Saturday, Oct. 25. FOX Sports Chicago will carry it at 4 p.m. ET, Sunday, Oct. 26.

NEXT FOR THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State returns home to face the Big Ten opponents from Michigan. The Buckeyes will host Michigan State at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14 and face Michigan at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 16 in St. John Arena.