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Nov. 12, 2003

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State (10-12 overall, 4-10 Big Ten) women’s volleyball will play host the state of Michigan this weekend with a 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14 contest against Michigan State (17-7, 9-5) and a 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 16 match against Michigan (16-9, 8-6). The Ohio News Network is scheduled to carry the Michigan match live. Arica Robbins will call the play-by-play with Ohio State All-American Audrey DiPronio (Flaugh) providing the color.

Stacey Gordon REPEATS AS 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 for the second week in a row. Gordon, a 2002 first team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American and the Big Ten Player of the Year, is being honored for the third time this season and the tenth time in her career. In Ohio State’s 3-1 (30-23, 25-30, 30-22, 30-23) road win at Purdue, Gordon put up career-highs of 41 kills and 23 digs. She hit .473 for the match, adding an ace serve and two assists. In the match, Gordon twice had double-figure kills in a single game. She had 11 kills in game three, hitting .435 with one error in 23 swings. In game four, Gordon was outstanding with a career-game-high of 17 kills on 22 swings with no errors for a .773 percentage. She has had 15 games with double-digit kills. In the 1-3 (29-31, 18-30, 30-14, 20-30) loss at Indiana, Gordon had 14 kills, adding 11 digs, six ace serves, an assist block and an assist. Her 11th kill against the Hoosiers made her OSU’s career kill leader, finishing the match with 1,806 career kills. She passed former leader Holly O’Leary (1,802). For the weekend, Gordon averaged 6.9 kills and 4.3 digs per game while hitting .374.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Jim Stone coaches the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 10-12 overall and has a 4-10 record in the Big Ten. Last week the Buckeyes won at Purdue, 3-1, and lost at Indiana, 1-3. Ohio State’s top student-athlete is 2002 first team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American Stacey Gordon. Gordon has team highs of 6.49 kills, .44 aces and 3.40 digs per game. Amanda Miller (So., Littleton, Colo.) ranks second in kills at 3.02 with Heather Whalen (Sr., Kalamazoo, Mich.), third at 2.20. Starting at setter is Briana McCarthy (Fr., Beaver Dam, Wis.). She has an 11.10 assist per game average. At the net, D’wan Shackleford (5th-year senior, Newark, Ohio) has a team-high 1.30 blocks per game with seven solos and 76 assists. McCarthy ranks second at .93 (8-72) with Katherine Grant (So., Nashville, Tenn.) third at .92 (4-69). Defensively Whalen ranks second in digs at 2.49. Rebecca Kastein (So., Mr. Lebanon, Pa.) is third at 2.23. As a team, Ohio State is hitting .224 and averaging 15.77 kills per game. The Buckeyes average 1.34 aces, 13.31 digs and 2.63 blocks per game. OSU opponents are hitting .216 and average 13.64 kills per game. Opponents average 1.23 aces, 11.90 digs and 3.08 blocks per game.

A LOOK AT MICHIGAN STATE
Chuck Erbe coaches the Spartans. Michigan State has a 17-7 overall record and is 9-5 in the Big Ten. The Spartans have won their last four matches including 3-2 wins at Michigan (29-31, 30-17, 30-25, 28-30, 15-8) and Wisconsin (30-26, 21-30, 22-30, 30-25, 15-8). Leading the Spartans in kills per game is Kim Schram at 4.76. Ranking second is Jenny Rood at 3.49. Setter Nikki Colson has a 13.58 assist per game average. Rood leads the team in ace serves with 16 (.18 per game). Defensively, Marley Bellwood has a team-high 3.14 digs per game average with Colson second at 2.81. At the net, Rood leads the team in blocking with a 1.08 per game average with 22 solos and 76 assists. Megan Wallin ranks second at .81 (6-54). Michigan State is hitting .273 and averages 16.63 kills per game. The Spartans average .97 aces, 15.07 digs and 2.62 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .218 and average 15.38 kills per game. Spartan opponents average 1.20 aces, 13.55 digs and 2.06 blocks per game.

OSU SERIES WITH MICHIGAN STATE
Ohio State leads the series with Michigan State, 31-23. In Columbus, the Buckeyes are 16-6. Earlier this year, OSU lost in East Lansing, 1-3 (25-30, 24-30, 33-31, 22-30). Last season, the squads split matches with Michigan State winning 3-2 (27-30, 30-23, 28-30, 30-26, 15-17) in East Lansing and Ohio State winning 3-1 (30-25, 29-31, 30-17, 30-18) in Columbus.

A LOOK AT MICHIGAN
Mark Rosen is the coach of the Wolverines. Michigan has an overall record of 16-9 and is 8-6 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines lost 2-3 (31-29, 17-30, 25-30, 30-28, 8-15) to Michigan State at home and 1-3 (25-30, 30-23, 26-30, 24-30) at Wisconsin. Erin Moore leads Michigan in kills per game with a 4.37 average. Jennifer Gandolph ranks second at 3.88. At setter Lisa Gamalski has a 12.69 assists per game average. Erin Cobler has a team-high 19 aces (.25). Defensively, Gandolph leads the team in digs with a 3.34 per game average. Sarah Allen ranks second at 2.76. At the net, Megan Bowman has a team-high 1.33 blocks per game average with 10 solos and 96 assists. Moore ranks second at 1.23 (4-112). Michigan is hitting .253 and averages 16.29 kills per game. The Wolverines average 1.09 aces, 14.04 digs and 2.84 blocks per game. Wolverine opponents are hitting .205 and average 14.68 kills per game. They are averaging 1.01 aces, 13.50 digs and 2.31 blocks per game.

OSU SERIES WITH MICHIGAN
Ohio State leads the series with Michigan, 39-11. In Columbus, the Buckeyes are 20-2. Earlier this season, Ohio State lost 0-3 (35-37, 24-30, 24-30) in Ann Arbor. Last season, OSU dropped an 0-3 (21-30, 25-30, 28-30) decision at Michigan and won 3-1 (28-30, 30-20, 30-20, 30-28) in Columbus.

GORDON: 70 CONSECUTIVE DOUBLE-FIGURE KILL MATCHES AND COUNTING
With 41 kills at Purdue and 14 at Indiana, Stacey Gordon now has recorded double-figure kills in her last 70 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 83 of 85 matches in her career and has 61 matches with double-figure digs. Gordon has had 48 matches with 20 or more kills and 11 of those had 30 or more.

GORDON PRODUCES AN OUTSTANDING 17-KILL GAME
Stacey Gordon added two more double-digit kill games last weekend and now has 15 this season. She produced both double-digit kill games at Purdue. She had 11 in game three with one error on 23 attempts (.435). Gordon then produced a career-high 17 kills in game four, hitting .733 in the game on 22 attempts with no errors. Previously she has had 10-kill games against Illinois, Penn State, Minnesota, Purdue, Indiana, Temple and Rice and at Miami. Gordon recorded 11 kills against Iowa, at Illinois and against Cleveland State, 12 at Michigan State and 14 against Northwestern.

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. With 14 against the Hoosiers, Gordon has 1,806 career kills. Gordon’s accomplishment comes in 85 career matches where O’Leary played in 122.

GORDON MOVES TO 12TH IN CAREER ACES
With her six ace serves at Indiana, Stacey Gordon raised her career total to 118 and has moved to 12th on the OSU career leaders list. She moved past Anne Botica (1998-01) with 116. Gordon needs four aces to move past No. 11 Holly O’Leary (1987-90) with 121.

GORDON NOW 12TH IN OSU CAREER DIGS
Stacey Gordon recorded 34 digs (career-high 23 at Purdue and 11 at Indiana) last week and now has 1,034 career digs. Gordon’s 23 digs at Purdue tied her with No. 11 Vicki Wright (1983-86) with 1,023. Her 11 digs at Indiana moved her past Wright and into 11th on the OSU career digs list. Gordon needs 12 digs to pass No. 10 Kristi Neuman (1983-86) with 1,045 and 19 to move past No. 9 Gabriele Jobst (1992-94) with 1,052.

McCARTHY MOVES TO SEVENTH IN OSU CAREER ASSISTS
Briana McCarthy, with 93 assists last weekend (60 at Purdue, 33 at Indiana), has moved to seventh on the Ohio State career assist list with 955. She passed Danielle Berlein (1987) with 927. McCarthy added six kills (.364), nine digs and five total blocks (two solos and three assists). Her two solo blocks equals her career high set against Indiana. Against Indiana, she equaled her career-high of eight kills against the Hoosiers. Her career high was set against Rice. She added two digs, a solo blocks and an ace serve.

MILLER CONTRIBUTES TO THE WIN AT PURDUE
Amanda Miller had an outstanding match at Purdue with 18 kills (.556), four digs and an assist block. She produced 13 kills and four digs at Indiana. Miller ranks second on the team in kills per game with a 3.02 average.

GRANT BETTERS CAREER SOLO HIGH
Katherine Grant set a career-high at Indiana with two solo blocks in the match. Her previous high had been on in two matches. She added two assist blocks against the Hoosiers and had nine kills (.333).

SCHARDT RETURNS TO MIDDLE BLOCKER
Jackie Schardt (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.), a setter, started at middle blocker in both matches last weekend. At Purdue, she had a kill, three digs and an assist block. In the match at Indiana, Schardt had a kill, a dig and equaled her career-high in aces with three. This was her third match with three aces, the last was at Michigan State in 2002.

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 2.20 with 189 kills. Defensively, she ranks second in digs per game at 2.49 with 214 digs. At Purdue, Whalen had 12 digs, eight kills, seven assists and two assist blocks. At Indiana, she added seven digs, six kills, four assists, an ace serve and an assist block.

SHACKLEFORD RETURNS TO LINEUP
D’wan Shackleford returned to the starting lineup last weekend at Purdue and at Indiana. She had five assist blocks, an ace serve and a kill against the Boilermakers. She contributed two kills against the Hoosiers. Shackleford leads the team in blocking with a 1.30 per game average on seven solos and 76 assists.

KASTEIN HAS DOUBLE-DIGIT DIGS AT INDIANA
Rebecca Kastein has started at the libero position for the last 10 matches. Previously, she had been playing as a backrow defensive specialist. Kastein recorded 14 digs at Indiana. She had six digs at Purdue. The 14 digs was one short of her season-high of 15 set against Iowa. Kastein has produced double-figure digs in 11 matches this season.

TENGNAS ACES OUT THE PURDUE
Anna Tengnas, after playing the libero position for the first 12 matches, switched to the role of a defensive specialist. At Purdue, she had seven digs, three assists and equaled her career-high of 4 aces against the Boilermakers. She set her career-high against Illinois. Tengnas contributed six digs the next night against Indiana.

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 played in her eighth match of the year, at Indiana, recording one dig. 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 6.49, is third in aces at .44, 19th in hitting percentage at .280 and eighth in digs at 3.40. D’wan Shackleford ranks third in blocking with a 1.30 per game average. Briana McCarthy is 10th in assists at 11.10 per game.

GORDON TOPS THE BIG TEN CONFERENCE STATISTICS IN KILLS
After seven weeks of Big Ten Conference play, the conference-only statistics have Stacey Gordon leading the Big Ten in kills per game at 6.63. She is seventh in digs at 3.20 per game, sixth in aces (.33) and 13th in hitting percentage (.286). Setter Briana McCarthy ranks eighth in assists per game at 12.09 and is 15th in service aces at .24. D’wan Shackleford stands ninth in blocking at 1.12 with Heather Whalen is 16th in digs per game at 2.70. Anna Tengnas ranks 19th in aces per game at .22.

GORDON RANKS SECOND IN KILLS IN NCAA RANKINGS
In the NCAA Division I volleyball statistics released this week, Stacey Gordon ranks second in the country in kills per game with a 6.49 average. Kim Willoughby of Hawaii leads the country with a 6.58 average.

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 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 will complete the regular season home schedule with matches against No. 17 Penn State (22-4, 11-3) and No. 28 Wisconsin (18-7, 10-4). The Buckeyes will face the Nittany Lions at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19 and host the Badgers at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21. The Penn State match will be delayed telecast by the Ohio News Network. The match will be shown at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22.