COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (10-14 overall, 1-11 Big Ten) returns to St. John Arena this weekend for matches against Wisconsin (15-9, 5-7) and Northwestern (8-15, 2-10). The Buckeyes will host the Wisconsin Badgers at 7 p.m. Friday and face the Northwestern Wildcats at 8 p.m.Saturday, in a match that will be carried live by the Big Ten Network. Randy Rhinehart (play-by-play) and former Ohio State All-American setter Audrey (DiPronio) Flaugh (color) will call the action. Last week in road matches, the Buckeyes lost 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-18) at No. 20 Purdue and 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-21, 27-25) at No. 17 Illinois.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Head coach Geoff Carlston is in his first season with the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 10-14 overall on the season and 1-11 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes lost 3-0 at No. 20 Purdue and 3-1 at No. 17 Illinois last week.
Leading the active Buckeyes in points per set is Katie Dull at 4.23. Kristen Dozier ranks second at 3.47 with Kelli Barhorst third at 3.38. Dull is the team leader in kills per set at 3.70. Dozier ranks second at 2.93 with Kaila Calhoun third at 1.92. OSU’s top percentage hitter is Dozier at .253. Dull is second at .199 with Barhorst third at .189. At setter, Betsy Hone is averaging 7.81 assists per set with Ashley Hughes having a 7.04 average. Chelsea Noble has a team-high .25 aces per set average with a team-high 20 aces. Honeand Susan Halverson are tied for second at .19 with Hone with 12 aces and Halverson 11. Kelli Barhorst leads the team in blocks per set at 1.09 with 11 solos and 52 assists. Dozier ranks second at .82 with 14 solos and 55 assists with Dull and Allie Schwarzwalder tied for third at .70. Dull has nine solos and 32 assists while Schwarzwalder has nine solos and 40 assists. Leading the team in digs per set at 2.86 is Chelsea Noble. Calhoun ranks second at 2.74 with Susan Halverson third at 2.34. Calhoun has a team-leading .969 serve reception percentage with 450 attempts and 14 errors. Noble ranks second at .952 (646 attempts, 31 errors) with Halverson third at .944 (234 attempts, 13 errors).
Ohio State is averaging 16.51 points, 12.93 kills and 12.11 assists per set and is hitting .203. The Buckeyes average 1.06 aces, 13.18 digs and 2.52 blocks per set and have a .938 serve reception percentage. OSU opponents are averaging 15.41 points, 11.96 kills and 10.90 assists per set and are hitting .189. They are averaging 1.24 aces, 12.38 digs and 2.21 blocks per set and have a .946 serve reception percentage.
A LOOK AT WISCONSIN
Head coach Pete Waite is in his 10th season with the Badgers. Wisconsin has a 15-9 overall record and is 5-7 in the Big Ten. Last week the Badgers stopped a four-match losing streak with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-21) home victory over Northwestern before losing, 3-2 (26-24, 23-25, 27-25, 21-25, 15-7) to Michigan State at home.
Brittney Dolgner leads Wisconsin in points per set with a 3.82 average. Audra Jeffers ranks second at 2.99 with Katherine Dykstra third at 2.47. In kills per game, Dolger has a team-high 3.29 per set average. Jeffers ranks second at 2.39 with Dykstra third at 2.39. Jeffers leads the team with a .309 attack percentage. Morgan Salow ranks second at .263 with Elle Ohlander third at .257. At setter, Nikki Klingsporn has a team-high 6.51 assists per set average with Janelle Gabrielsen at 5.15. Klingsporn has a team-high .24 aces per set average with 21 ace serves. Dolgner ranks second at .21 with 18 aces and Gabrielsen is third at .16 with 14. Defensively, Kim Kuzma has a team-high 4.29 digs per set average. Dolgner ranks second at 2.10 with Gabrielsen third at 1.95. Kuzma leads the team in serve reception percentage at .960 with 28 errors in 708 attempts. Allison Wack ranks second at .945 (26 errors, 470 attempts) with Dolgner third at .928 (29 errors, 404 attempts). At the net, Jeffers has a team-high 1.07 blocks per set average with 11 solos and 84 assists. Ohlander, at .93, ranks second with six solos and 63 assists with Dykstra third at .62 with seven solos and 46 attempts.
Wisconsin averages 17.13 points, 13.70 kills and 12.55 assists per set while hitting .236. The Badgers average .99 aces, 13.18 digs and 2.45 blocks per set and have a .938 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 15.30 points, 11.88 kills and 11.00 assists per set while hitting .184. Badger opponents average 1.22 aces, 12.70 digs and 2.20 blocks per set and have a .951 serve reception percentage.
OHIO STATE – WISCONSIN SERIES
Wisconsin has a 29-28 lead in the series with Ohio State. OSU is 14-11 in matches played in Columbus and each team has won twice at neutral sites. In Madison, the Buckeyes are 12-16. The Badgers have won the last four matches with Ohio State including 3-0 wins last season at Wisconsin (30-17, 30-27, 30-21) and at Ohio State (30-21, 30-19, 30-14). Earlier this season, Wisconsin defeated Ohio State, 3-0 (28-26, 25-16, 25-17) in Madison
A LOOK AT NORTHWESTERN
Head coach Keylor Chan is in his ninth season with the Wildcats. Northwestern has an 8-15 overall record and is 2-10 in the Big Ten prior to their Friday match at Michigan. The Wildcats stopped a four-match losing streak with a 3-0 (25-18, 26-24, 25-23) home win over Michigan State last Saturday. The Wildcats lost 0-3 (20-25, 19-25, 21-25) last Friday at No. 25 Wisconsin.
Chelsey Hyser and Sabel Moffett are co-leaders for Wisconsin in points per set at 3.21. Brittani Gray ranks third at 2.97. Hyser leads the team in kills per set with a 2.65 average. Moffett ranks second at 2.55 with Gray third at 2.48. In attack percentage, Moffett is the team leader at .312. Hyser ranks second .284 with Elyse Glab third at .195. At setter, Glab has a 9.72 assists per set average. In aces per set, three Badgers are co-leaders at .20. They are Gray (16 aces), Madalyn Shalter (13) and Kelly Keporos (11). Defensively, Kate Nobilio leads the team in digs per set with a 4.83 average. Shalter ranks second at 1.88 with Glab third at 1.85. In serve reception percentage, Ariel Baxterbeck has a team-high .960 average with 21 errors in 520 attempts. Nobilio ranks second at .954 (22 errors, 483 attempts) with Keporos third at .952 (10 errors, 208 attempts). At the net, Moffett leads the team with a 1.10 blocks per set average with 20 solos and 78 assists. Hyser ranks second at .90 with 14 solos and 66 assists. Ranking third is Glab at .59 with eight solos and 43 assists.
Northwestern averages 15.92 points, 12.62 kills and 11.38 assists per set while hitting .183. The Wildcats average 1.00 aces, 13.63 digs and 2.30 blocks per set and have a .949 serve reception percentage. Northwestern opponents average 16.44 points, 13.13 kills and 12.20 assists per set while hitting .221. Wildcat opponents average 1.03 aces, 14.27 digs and 2.27 blocks per set and have a .950 serve reception percentage.
OHIO STATE – NORTHWESTERN SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Northwestern, 42-18. The Buckeyes are 20-6 in Columbus, 16-10 at Northwestern and 6-2 at neutral sites. Ohio State fell twice to the Wildcats last season, losing 2-3 (30-28, 22-30, 24-30, 30-26, 13-15) in Columbus and 1-3 (27-30, 30-28, 20-30, 25-30) in Evanston. Earlier this season, Ohio State won, 3-2 (26-24, 26-24, 21-25, 12-25, 15-10) in Evanston.
OHIO STATE HAS THREE MATCHES ON THE BIG TEN NETWORK
Ohio State will have three Big Ten matches telecast live on the Big Ten Network this season. Both Michigan matches and OSU’s home match with Northwestern will be broadcast. The Buckeyes opened the Big Ten Conference season by hosting Michigan Sept. 24, losing 0-3. OSU will face the Wolverines in Ann Arbor at 7 p.m. Nov. 12. The Buckeyes will host Northwestern at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 in St. John Arena as part of a Big Ten Network doubleheader.
HEAD COACH GEOFF CARLSTON
Geoff Carlston is in his first season at Ohio State. He came to Ohio State after spending five years as head coach of Ohio University where he built an outstanding program. His squads played in five NCAA tournaments, reaching regional play in 2005. At Ohio, Carlston guided the Bobcats to five-consecutive Mid American Conference championships with an overall record of 144-22. He had a MAC conference record of 78-2 and was 14-1 in the conference tournament, winning four of five.
Carlston was named the MAC Coach of the Year four times and was twice named the Mideast Region Coach of the Year.
He began collegiate coaching with three years at Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) where he posted a 49-42 record. His career record is 203-78.
DULL HAS DOUBLE-FIGURE KILL MATCHES
Katie Dull posted double-figure kills in both matches last week. She had 14 kills at Purdue adding five digs, a solo block and an assist block. At Illinois Dull had 18 kills, 12 digs, three assist blocks and an assist. She has had double-figure kills in her last four matches to equal her streak of four matches to open the season. In total, she has had 11 double-figure matches this season. Dull has played in 17 matches with 14 starts this season. She is averaging 4.23 points, 3.70 kills, .11 aces, 1.23 digs and .70 blocks per set this season.
DOZIER POSTS A SEASON-HIGH .579 ATTACK PERCENTAGE AT PURDUE
Kristen Dozier hit a season-high .579 at Purdue last week recording 11 kills with no errors in 19 attempts. She added a season-high four digs and an assist block against the Boilermakers. At Illinois, Dozier had 14 kills, a season-high four digs and a solo block against the Illini. A starter in all 24 matches this season, she is averaging 3.47 points, 2.93 kills, .45 digs and .82 blocks per set.
SCHWARZWALDER HAS CAREER HIGHS IN BLOCK AT ILLINOIS
Allie Schwarzwalder collected a career-high nine total blocks at Illinois with a career-high two solo blocks and a career-high seven assist blocks. Her previous high in total blocks was five in two matches. Schwarzwalder added nine kills in the contest to post 14.5 points for her second highest career point total. At Purdue, she recorded six kills and an assist block. Schwarzwalder has played in 22 matches this season and has nine starts. She is averaging 1.66 points, 1.24 kills, .27 digs and .70 blocks per set.
HONE SHOWS OFFENSE AGAINST ILLINOIS
Betsy Hone had a career-high nine kills at Illinois while hitting a career-high .529 in the contest. She added 43 assists, seven digs and two assist blocks in the match to set a career-high of 10 points in the event. At Purdue, Hone posted 25 assists and four digs against the Boilermakers. She has played in 21 matches this season and has 13 starts including the last six. Hone is averaging 7.81 assists, 1.31 points, .85 kills, .19 aces, 1.56 digs and .48 blocks per set.
BARHORST HAS 17 CONSECUTIVE STARTS
Kelli Barhorst has started in all 17 matches she has played in this season. She had four kills, two digs, one solo block and one assist block at Purdue and added three kills and three assist blocks at Illinois. Barhorst is averaging 2.38 points, 1.71 kills and a team-high 1.09 blocks per set this season.
CALHOUN HAS 12TH DOUBLE-FIGURE DIG MATCH OF THE SEASON AT ILLINOIS
Kaila Calhoun posted 11 digs at Illinois for her 12th double-figure match of the season. She added three kills against the Illini and handled 14 serve reception attempts without an error. At Purdue, Calhoun had five kills, five digs, an assist and handled 15 of 16 serve reception attempts in the match. She has played in 23 matches this season with 22 starts and one match at libero. Calhoun, for the season, is averaging 2.24 points, 1.92 kills, 2.74 digs and .41 blocks per set and has a .969 serve reception percentage with 14 errors in 450 attempts.
HUGHES HAS 12 ASSISTS AT PURDUE
Ashley Hughes posted 12 assists off the bench at Purdue and added one kill. She posted a kill, one dig and an assist block at Illinois. Hughes has played in 21 matches and has made 14 starts. Hughes is averaging 7.04 assists, 1.23 points, .81 kills, 1.28 digs and .46 blocks per set for the season.
NOBLE POSTS A CAREER-HIGH 23 DIGS AT ILLINOIS
Chelsea Noble recorded a career-high 23 digs in the Illinois match. Her previous Ohio State career high was 20 earlier this season at Northwestern and her collegiate career high was 22 against Duke in 2006 when she was playing at Tennessee. Noble added an Ohio State career-high six assists against the Illini and handled 42 of 43 serve reception attempts. In the Purdue match, she had six digs, an assist and an ace serve and handled 31 of 33 serve reception attempts. Noble has played in 23 matches this season with 11 starts at outside hitter and 12 at libero. She is averaging a team-high 2.86 digs, 1.25 points, .88 kills, a team-high .25 aces and .22 blocks per set. She has a .952 serve reception percentage with 31 errors in 646 attempts.
HALVERSON HAS DEFENSIVE START AGAINST PURDUE
Susan Halverson had her fourth start as a defensive specialist at Purdue last week. She also has seven starts at libero in the 24 matches she has played. Halverson played in two sets against the Boilermakers recording two digs and handling nine of 10 serve reception attempts. She played in two sets at Illinois and collected five digs, an ace serve and handled 11 of 13 serve reception attempts. Halverson is third on the squad in aces with 11. She is averaging 2.34 digs per set on the season and has a .944 serve reception percentage with 13 errors in 234 attempts.
MIGNIN HAS SECOND START AT DEFENSIVE SPECIALIST
Sarah Mignin had her second start at defensive specialist at Illinois last week. She collected 10 digs, an assist and handled 16 serve reception attempts without an error against the Illini. She played in all three sets at Purdue from the bench and recorded two digs and handled six of seven serve reception attempts in the match. Mignin has played in 16 matches this season and has a 1.77 digs per set average. She has a .909 serve reception percentage with nine errors in 99 attempts.
MOHR JOINS SQUAD
Jill Mohr, a 5-10 outside hitter from Mentor, Ohio, has joined the team. A sophomore, she is a member of the Ohio State rowing team. Named the Ohio State Novice of the Year, Mohr competed on the 2007-08 novice team. She attended LaSalle University for one semester, playing middle hitter in 15 matches. At Lake Catholic High School, Mohr won letters in volleyball and basketball. She was the volleyball team’s MVP in 2006 leading the squad to the district championship. A first-team all-conference selection, Mohr was the recipient of the United States Army National Scholar Athlete Award.
HOYING JOINS SQUAD
Betsy Hoying, a 5-11 outside hitter from Celina, Ohio, has joined the team. A sophomore, she played for the Ohio State women’s volleyball club team as a freshman. Hoying was an all-Ohio selection as a senior at St. Henry High School. Her team won the 2004 Division IV State Championship. Hoying was an all-tournament selection at the 2004 Junior Olympics.
Ohio State will travel to 20th-ranked Michigan (18-6, 6-6) Wednesday for a 7 p.m. match that will be carried live on the Big Ten Network. The Buckeyes then return home to host Michigan State (12-11, 4-8) at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena.