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Dec. 6, 2002

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State (20-10 overall) women’s volleyball team, with four student-athletes with double-figure kills defeated Robert Morris (27-12) 3-0 (30-22, 30-20, 30-16) in a first round match of the NCAA Championship in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes will face Louisville (28-5), a 3-0 (30-24, 30-24, 30-25) winner over Ball State (25-8) at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena. The winner will advance to the Pacific Regional at a site yet to be determined.

OSU’s Stacey Gordon (So., Oshawa, Ontario) had a match-high 13 kills (.400) for the Buckeyes with Stephanie Higgins (Fr., Biggsville, Ill.) adding 12 (.550). OSU’s Suzie Stiling (Sr., Glenview, Ill.) and Shelly Draeger (Sr., Milwaukee, Wis.) contributed 11 kills each, hitting .429 and .438, respectively. Rachel Leitch (So., Prince Frederick, Md.) and Megan Bell (Fr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) had four kills each for Robert Morris.

Ohio State broke a 15-all tie in game one with kills from Draeger and Gordon to open a 17-15 lead. Kallie Wasserman (So., Reisterstown, Md.) cut the lead to 17-16 with a kill, but a Colonial error, a Gordon kill and a Stiling-Katie Virtue (Sr., St. Charles, Ill.) block made it 20-16 as Robert Morris called time out. A Buckeye ace by Anna Andersson (Fr., Angelholm, Sweden) made it 21-16. A Buckeye error made it 21-17, but a Gordon kill and a Stiling ace serve made the lead six at 23-17. OSU held the lead and with a Stiling kill closed the game at 30-22. The Buckeyes hit .333 for the game to .114 for Robert Morris.

Game two saw OSU open a 2-0 lead with a Stiling kill and a Virtue-Stiling block. After errors by both teams (3-1), kills by Draeger, Gordon and Stiling opened a 6-1 Ohio State lead. The Buckeyes held a 10-point lead at 26-16 and won the game on a Colonial error at 30-20. OSU hit .333 for the game to .000 for Robert Morris.

Two errors by Robert Morris and a Gordon kill opened game three with a 3-0 Ohio State lead. After a Leitch kill (3-1), Gordon’s kill made it 4-1 and errors by each team moved the score to 5-2. Two Robert Morris errors and kills by Draeger and Stiling opened a 9-2 Buckeye lead. OSU held a 26-16 lead before a Higgins kill, a Colonial error and two kills by Amanda Miller (Fr., Littleton, Colo.) closed the game at 30-16. Ohio State hit .500 for the game to -.182 for Robert Morris.

For the match, Ohio State hit .377 to -.023 for Robert Morris. OSU had a 54-15-kill margin and a 5-3 advantage in ace serves. The Buckeyes gave up 23 service errors to 12 for the Colonials. Defensively, Ohio State had a 46-33 advantage in digs with OSU’s Rebecca Kastein (Fr., Mt. Lebanon, Pa.) recording a match-high 12. At the net, the Buckeyes enjoyed a 6-4 edge in blocks with OSU’s Virtue and Higgins recording a match-high four assist blocks each. Buckeye setter Katie Virtue had 46 assists in the match to 10 for Darcey Miller (So., Boulder, Colo.).

Volleyball Box Score 2002 Ohio State Women’s Volleyball Robert Morris vs Ohio State (Dec 6, 2002 at Columbus, Ohio)

Robert Morris | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN ## Name GP| K E TA PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE —————————————————————————– 2 Barhorst, Karla….. 3| 3 7 22 -.182| 0| 1 3| 0| 3| 0 2 0| 0 5 Noble, Katie…….. 3| 1 2 10 -.100| 0| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 2 0| 0 6 Leitch, Rachel…… 3| 4 0 13 .308| 0| 0 0| 0| 3| 1 0 0| 0 7 Miller, Darcey…… 3| 1 0 2 .500| 10| 1 3| 0| 5| 0 0 0| 0 10 Bell, Megan……… 3| 4 2 20 .100| 1| 0 1| 2| 7| 0 0 0| 0 17 Dunslow, Cyndi…… 3| 0 0 2 .000| 0| 1 3| 0| 0| 1 0 0| 0 1 Thompson, Darcy….. 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 1| 8| 0 0 0| 0 3 Wasserman, Kallie… 3| 2 3 8 -.125| 1| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0 4 Sector, Julie……. 1| 0 0 5 .000| 0| 0 0| 1| 3| 0 0 0| 0 9 Schenk, Breanne….. 2| 0 2 2-1.000| 0| 0 1| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0 11 Radford, Katie…… 1| 0 0 2 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0 12 Roth, Michelle…… 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0 13 Zureick, Traci…… 3| 0 1 1-1.000| 2| 0 0| 0| 3| 0 0 0| 2 Team……………. | | | | 1| | | —————————————————————————– Totals………….. 3| 15 17 87 -.023| 14| 3 12| 5| 33| 2 4 0| 2

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 4.0 Game K E TA Pct 1 9 5 35 .114 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS 2 3 3 19 .000 Robert Morris……. 22 20 16 27-12 3 3 9 33 -.182 Ohio State………. 30 30 30 20-10

Ohio State | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN ## Name GP| K E TA PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE —————————————————————————– 3 Virtue, Katie……. 3| 0 1 3 -.333| 46| 0 1| 0| 8| 0 4 1| 2 5 Higgins, Stephanie.. 3| 12 1 20 .550| 0| 1 3| 0| 2| 0 4 0| 0 8 Andersson, Anna….. 3| 4 1 16 .188| 0| 1 5| 0| 3| 0 0 0| 0 9 Stiling, Suzie…… 3| 11 2 21 .429| 0| 1 3| 0| 4| 0 2 0| 0 10 Gordon, Stacey…… 3| 13 3 25 .400| 0| 1 6| 0| 10| 0 1 0| 0 15 Draeger, Shelly….. 3| 11 4 16 .438| 2| 1 5| 2| 5| 0 1 0| 0 1 Kastein, Rebecca…. 3| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 0| 1| 12| 0 0 0| 0 6 Whalen, Heather….. 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0 11 Miller, Amanda…… 2| 3 2 5 .200| 1| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0 —————————————————————————– Totals………….. 3| 54 14 106 .377| 50| 5 23| 3| 46| 0 12 1| 2

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 6.0 Game K E TA Pct 1 19 5 42 .333 Site: Columbus, Ohio (St. John Arena) 2 19 7 36 .333 Date: Dec 6, 2002 Attend: 571 Time: 1:16 3 16 2 28 .500 Referees: Jack Gallagher, Bill Stevens NCAA First Round Match, Pacific Region

Louisville Sweeps Ball State in NCAA 1st Round
Contact: Nancy Smith

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Bing Sun had 18 kills and a career high three solo blocks to lead the University of Louisville to a three-game sweep of Ball State in the first round of the NCAA volleyball tournament.

Louisville improves to 28-5 with the 30-24, 30-24, 30-25 win and will play the winner of the Ohio State/Robert Morris match at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena. Ball State finishes its season at 25-8.

“The first match is always scary no matter who you draw because there is no margin for error or correction when it is single elimination,” said Leonid Yelin, U of L head coach. “Once you have the first one, you can catch your breath, realize your kids are doing their job and focus on the opponents”

In the first game, both teams came out sharply and didn’t allow the other to get more than one point ahead of the other. Louisville finally got a bit of an edge when the Cardinals went on a 5-1 run to go up 15-10. Bing Sun had four kills during the run. Ball State chipped away at the Cardinal lead and got to within four at 18-14 on a kill by Sarah Obras and drawing a timeout from Yelin.

“We may have been just a little bit jittery with a couple of people out on the floor who hadn’t been to the post-season,” said senior libero Sarah Drury. “But we calmed down and played out game.”

The Cardinals slowly pulled away getting to 25-18 powered by three Anastasia Zaitseva kills, an ace by Stacey Mercer and two Sun kills. Louisville got to game point on a Mercer kill and the win from a cross court kill by Sun. The Cardinals hit .300 with 18 kills on 40 attacks with BSU hitting .170.

“We had good ball control and at this level, that is key,” said Yelin. “Our hitters can swing away when the pass is right to the setter and she can get it to them without scrambling.”

In the second game, U of L jumped out to a 10-5 lead but Ball State cameback to within one with a four-point run when Obras aced U of L. The Cardinals built on their lead to get to 16-11 when BSU had two miscues and head coach Randy Litchfield had to use a timeout. Litchfield’s Cardinals responded and closed the gap to three when Sun hit long. After a U of L time out at 19-16, BSU was able to get within one at 20-19 on an ace by Obras. Louisville reeled off four straight points at 24-19 including two straight block solos by Sun.

“With Jennifer (Craven) breaking her finger, we tried to step up so she would have to set as little as possible,” said Sun.

Litchfield had to use his remaining timeout to try to salvage the run. U of L outscored BSU 6-4 down the stretch for the 30-24 win. U of L hitting cooled to .220 but blocking came through. U of L had a 6-1 blocking edge at the break.

In the third game, Ball State used a six-point run to take a two-point lead at 10-8 after U of L was called for four hits. Yelin called timeout and U of L tied at 12, 13, 14, 16, 18 before they scored four unanswered points and forced a BSU timeout. U of L scored the next two points and Litchfield elected to utilize his remaining timeout trailing 22-18. Ball State wouldn’t give up, actually outscoring U of L 6-4 down the stretch but the Cardinals’ lead was sufficient as U of L edged the MAC champion 30-25.

Volleyball Box Score 2002 Ohio State Women’s Volleyball Ball State vs Louisville (Dec 6, 2002 at Columbus, Ohio)

Ball State | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN ## Name GP| K E TA PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE —————————————————————————– 3 Obras, Sarah…….. 3| 7 5 30 .067| 3| 2 1| 0| 12| 0 0 0| 0 8 Westhof, Kristin…. 3| 6 2 17 .235| 0| 0 2| 0| 0| 0 1 0| 0 10 Foster, Jenna……. 3| 2 4 12 -.167| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0 11 Butts, Katie…….. 3| 10 6 39 .103| 1| 0 1| 0| 5| 0 0 0| 1 13 Baldwin, Stacie….. 3| 6 0 9 .667| 19| 0 1| 0| 8| 0 0 0| 2 16 Allen, Nikki…….. 3| 11 4 20 .350| 0| 0 1| 0| 1| 0 1 0| 0 1 Fancher, Meredith… 3| 0 0 1 .000| 1| 0 1| 0| 9| 0 0 0| 0 5 Keller, Stephanie… 2| 1 0 1 1.000| 3| 0 0| 2| 12| 0 0 0| 0 6 Gilbert, Lauren….. 3| 1 0 3 .333| 14| 0 0| 0| 3| 0 1 0| 1 14 Oliver, Melissa….. 3| 0 0 1 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 1 0| 0 TEAM……………. | | | | 1| | | —————————————————————————– Totals………….. 3| 44 21 133 .173| 41| 2 7| 3| 51| 0 4 0| 4

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 2.0 Game K E TA Pct 1 15 7 47 .170 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS 2 13 9 40 .100 Ball State………. 24 24 25 25-8 3 16 5 46 .239 Louisville………. 30 30 30 28-5

Louisville | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN ## Name GP| K E TA PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE —————————————————————————– 1 Flynn, Benny…….. 3| 7 0 12 .583| 1| 0 1| 0| 2| 0 5 0| 0 3 Mercer, Stacey…… 3| 10 3 23 .304| 0| 1 2| 0| 3| 0 0 0| 0 5 Ustymenko, Lena….. 3| 7 4 22 .136| 0| 1 1| 1| 6| 0 0 0| 0 7 Sun, Bing……….. 3| 18 5 39 .333| 1| 0 2| 0| 5| 3 2 0| 1 9 Zaitseva, Anastasia. 3| 9 4 23 .217| 1| 0 1| 0| 8| 0 2 0| 0 12 Craven, Jennifer…. 3| 3 1 7 .286| 41| 0 0| 0| 9| 0 1 0| 2 2 Drury, Sarah…….. 3| 0 0 1 .000| 3| 0 0| 0| 23| 0 0 0| 0 8 Hoffman, Jennifer… 3| 1 1 3 .000| 4| 1 0| 0| 2| 0 0 1| 0 13 Cogan, Candace…… 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0 Team……………. | | | | 1| | | —————————————————————————– Totals………….. 3| 55 18 130 .285| 51| 3 7| 2| 58| 3 10 1| 3

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 8.0 Game K E TA Pct 1 18 6 40 .300 Site: Columbus, Ohio (St. John Arena) 2 15 6 41 .220 Date: Dec 6, 2002 Attend: 571 Time: 1:28 3 22 6 49 .327 Referees: Marty Prochko, Bill Stevens NCAA First Round Match, Pacific Region