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Oct. 19, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State (9-6 overall, 3-5 Big Ten, tied for 5th) begins a four-match home stand with No. 23 Minnesota (16-4, 7-1, tied for 2nd) and Iowa (4-11, 3-5, tied for 5th) this week. OSU faces No. 22 Minnesota Friday and Iowa Saturday. The Buckeyes continue the home stand the following week playing No. 1 Penn State (18-1, 8-0, 1st) Wednesday and Northwestern (2-16, 0-8, 11th) Friday.

The Buckeyes won a five-game decision at No. 24 Wisconsin (14-16, 15-9, 3-15, 15-12, 15-10) last Friday and lost at Purdue (8-15, 8-15, 15-9, 10-15).

LOOKING AT THE BUCKEYES

Ohio State, offensively, is led by Rosie Snow who averages 4.23 kills (241) per game. Dana Stearns ranks second in kills per game at 3.00 (141). Stearns has the top hitting percentage (among the hitters) on the squad at .315. On the serve, Rosie Snow has a team-high 18 aces with Jen Flynn at 16 aces. Setter Katie Virtue is averaging 11.98 assists per game. Defensively, Snow has a team-high of 158 digs (2.77), while Suzie Stiling (6-38, .81) has a team-high 44 blocks and Stearns is second (2-30, .64) with 32 total blocks.

As a team Ohio State is hitting .238 and averaging 16.46 kills per game. OSU averages 1.86 blocks, 13.02 digs and 1.46 aces per game. Buckeye opponents are hitting .217 and average 14.00 kills per game. Opponents average 2.40 blocks, 11.56 digs and 1.05 aces per game.

IOWA MATCH ON DELAYED CABLECAST

Central Ohio SPORT! Television will delay cablecast the Iowa match locally on Insight Communications Ch. 36 and Time Warner Ch. 24. The match will be carried Sunday, Oct. 24 and Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. Randy Rhinehart will call the action with Ohio State men’s volleyball coach Pete Hanson providing the color.

FAMILY FOUR PACK NIGHT FRIDAY

Friday’s Minnesota match is Family Four Pack. Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes and a box of popcorn can be purchased for $16.

FOUR FRESHMEN STARTERS

Ohio State employed its sixth different lineup last weekend against Wisconsin and Purdue. Four freshmen and two seniors took the court each night. Freshmen Katie Virtue, Suzie Stiling, Shelly Draeger and Sue Calligaris started for Ohio State with seniors Rosie Snow and Jen Flynn. Snow, Flynn and Draeger have started all 15 matches this season.

FRESHMEN PRODUCE NUMBERS

The three freshmen hitters combined for 68 of 144 kills on the weekend and hit .298. They accounted for 49 digs, 19 blocks and five ace serves. For the weekend Suzie Stiling had 26 kills, hit .389 and had 10 digs and 11 blocks. Shelly Draeger had 25 kills, hit .169 with 19 digs and three blocks while Sue Calligaris had 17 kills, hit .368 with 20 digs and five blocks.

FLYNN REACHES 1,000 DIGS

Jen Flynn picked up 22 digs on the weekend and moved past the 1,000 career dig mark. She currently has 1,005 digs and is 11th on the OSU career list.

FLYNN NOW 11TH IN TOTAL BLOCKS

With five assist blocks last week, Jen Flynn now has 242 career total blocks and has moved into 11th place on the OSU career list. She moved past Holly O’Leary (1987-90) who has 237 blocks.

SNOW MOVES TO NINTH IN KILLS

Rosie Snow had a combined 39 kills against Wisconsin and Purdue and now stands ninth on the OSU career list with 1,081. Snow passed Sherri Helman (1993-96) who had 1,049.

SNOW’S STREAK CONTINUES

With her 21 kills at Wisconsin and 18 against Purdue, Rosie Snow extended her streak of consecutive double-figure kill matches to 36. She now has 53 career double-figure kill matches.

SNOW SERVES 100TH ACE

With her seventh ace of the weekend, Rosie Snow served up her 100th ace of her career. She had three aces at Wisconsin and then served up four at Purdue, tying her career-high against the Boilermakers. Snow ranks 14th on the OSU career list.

VIRTUE 9TH IN CAREER ASSISTS

Setter Katie Virtue, in her 15th match of her career, has 611 career assists. That moves her into ninth place on the OSU career list passing Erin Hosie (1985-86) with 605.

A CAREER-HIGH WEEKEND

With a season-high 81 digs against Wisconsin, the Buckeyes put up big individual number against the Badgers. Katie Virtue (12) and Sue Calligaris (15) set career-high marks for digs. Shelly Draeger tied her career-high of 11 digs and Jen Flynn had a season-high 17 digs in the match.

OSU 1-2 AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS

The upset win over Wisconsin marked OSU’s first win this season over a nationally ranked squad. The Badgers were ranked 24th and OSU was unranked. Ohio State is now 1-2 against ranked opponents, losing to No. 20 Michigan (2-3) and to No. 1 Penn State (0-3).

OSU vs. Ranked Opponents 18t OSU at 20 Michigan L 2-3 NR OSU at 1 Penn State L 0-3 NR OSU at 24 Wisconsin W 3-2

FLYNN HITTING A HIGH NOTE

Jen Flynn scored a season-high 18 kills against Wisconsin. That mark equaled her career-high set at Northwestern in 1996. A setter for the previous two years, Flynn moved back to the outside hitting position to allow Katie Virtue to take over the setting position.

STILING SIZZLES

Suzie Stiling had an outstanding weekend of volleyball. Against Wisconsin, Stiling recorded one solo and eight assist blocks in the OSU win. The eight assist blocks and nine total blocks are both career-highs. She came back the next night against Purdue and had a career-high 16 kills and hit a career-high .483 with two errors in 29 attempts. Stiling has recorded double-figure kills in the last three matches and four of the last five.

HEAD COACH JIM STONE

Jim Stone is in his 18th year at Ohio State. He has a 390-175 (.690) record with the Buckeyes and is 221-94 (.702) in Big Ten play. His squads have won Big Ten championships in 1989, 1991 and 1994 and in the last 10 years has only finished below third once. In the championship years, he was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year and in 1991 was the Volleyball Monthly Coach of the Year. For the last 10 years, OSU has participated in the NCAA Championships, advancing to the national semifinals in 1991 and 1994. Stone’s coaching career record includes three years at Wyoming (1979-1981). His 21-year career record is 440-218 (.670).

THE DEAN OF THE BIG TEN COACHES

Head coach Jim Stone begins his 18th-year in the Big Ten at Ohio State. Closest to Stone is Mike Hebert of Minnesota who is entering his 17th season. He spent 14 years at Illinois and the last three at Minnesota.

TELEVISION COVERAGE

The Buckeyes are scheduled for eight televised matches this season. OSU’s Nov. 5 match at Illinois will be carried by ESPN2. Broadcast of the match will be Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. Eastern. Ohio State also will take part in the Fox Sports Chicago Big Ten package. OSU’s match against Michigan Nov. 14 will be broadcast at 5 p.m. Eastern that day.

Ohio State also will have six matches produced by Central Ohio SPORT! Television. The following matches will be broadcasted by tape delay: Temple match Sept. 21 and 22, Illinois Oct. 5 and 6, Iowa Oct. 24 and 26, Penn State Oct. 28 and 29, Michigan State Nov. 13 and 14, Wisconsin Nov. 28 and 29. The matches will be replayed at 7 p.m. on Insight Communications (Ch. 36) and Time Warner (Ch. 24).

NEW LOOK FLOOR AT ST. JOHN ARENA

After 42 years of having a basketball floor painted on the floor of St. John Arena, a new look greets the 1999 season of volleyball. Earlier this year, the floor of St. John Arena was sanded down to removed the basketball court markings. In its place is a painted volleyball court for use by the women’s and men’s teams.

BUCKEYES MAKE THE GRADE

Ohio State had four student-athletes honored by the Big Ten for their academic standing. Angelee Abbring, Jen Flynn, Laura Stalling and Dana Stearns were honored as Academic All-Big Ten selections. In addition, six players were honored as Ohio State Scholar-Athlete Award Winners. Included with the four players listed above were freshmen Erin Baker and Carey Cavanaugh.

NATIONAL TEAM CONNECTION

Former Buckeye Laura Davis (1991-94) continues in volleyball as a member of the United States National team. She plays the libero position, a back-row only player. Davis, a two-time All-American, was the 1994 National Player of the Year. Jenny Jackson (1992-95), a member of the national team for the past several years left the team earlier this year to pursue a career in engineering. Jackson was a 1994 All-American and a three-time All-Big Ten selection.

IN THE PROFESSIONAL RANKS

Two former OSU players, Tricia Stragliotto (1993-95) and Vanessa Wouters (1996-97) are currently playing professionally in Europe. Stragliotto, a 1995 All-American and a three-time All-Big Ten pick is playing in Italy while Wouters, a 1995 All-American and the Big Ten Player of the Year is playing in Germany.

HOLLY O’LEARY ENTERS HALL OF FAME

Former Buckeye Holly O’Leary (1987-90) of Cincinnati, Ohio was inducted into the Ohio State Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 10. A two-time all-American, O’Leary was the 1989 Big Ten Player of the Year and helped OSU win the 1989 Big Ten Championship. She will join former players Mary Ormsby (1977-80), Lisa Bettio (1982-85) and Karen Alsbrooks (1976-79) in the Hall of Fame.

NCAA HISTORY

Ohio State has appeared in 10-consecutive NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes have advanced to the regional level seven times and twice (1991 and 1994) has reached the national semifinals. Overall the Buckeyes have a 13-10 (.565) record in NCAA play. OSU’s trips to the national semifinals included regional championship wins over Nebraska and Long Beach State on their courts.

NEXT UP FOR THE BUCKEYES

Ohio State continues its four-match homestand next week with matches against No. 1 Penn State Wednesday and Northwestern Friday.

A LOOK AT MINNESOTA

The Gophers had a 10-match winning streak ended by Illinois (1-3) last Saturday. The Minnesota attack is paced by Nicole Branagh with 375 kills (5.51 kills per game) and is the team leader in digs with 211 (3.10). Linda Shudlick is the team’s top percentage hitter at .379 with Charnette Fair at .307 and Branagh at .301. Lindsey Berg directs the offense and has 800 assists (13.11) and has a team-high 41 ace serves. Fair has a team-high 89 blocks (1.48) with Linda Shudlick second with 78 (1.20).

Minnesota is hitting .276 with a 16.51 kills per game average. The Gophers average 3.24 blocks, 13.71 digs and 1.93 aces per game. Opponents are hitting .129 and average 11.91 kills per game. They average 2.34 blocks, 11.18 digs and 1.37 aces per game.

THE MINNESOTA SERIES

Ohio State leads the series 24-17. The teams have split matches the last two years with the home team winning at home. The Buckeyes are 13-4 in matches in Columbus and have won 11 of the last 12 played at Ohio State.

Ohio State-Minnesota since 1991 91 W H 3-0 15-5, 15-3, 15-7 91 W A 3-0 15-7, 15-7, 15-12 92 L A 0-3 9-15, 11-15, 12-15 92 W H 3-2 15-5, 15-6, 9-15, 12-15, 15-10 93 W H 3-0 15-5, 15-8, 15-3 93 L A 1-3 11-15, 15-11, 10-15, 5-15 94 W A 3-0 15-9, 15-12, 15-11 94 W H 3-0 17-15, 15-2, 15-6 95 W H 3-0 15-9, 15-6, 15-10 95 W A 3-1 15-4, 15-7, 9-15, 15-9 96 L A 0-3 12-15, 13-15, 11-15 96 L H 1-3 12-15, 15-8, 4-15, 1-15 97 L A 0-3 4-15, 10-15, 12-15 97 W H 3-0 15-13, 15-4, 15-6 98 L A 1-3 3-15, 15-11, 11-15, 11-15 98 W H 3-0 15-11, 15-11, 15-8

A LOOK AT IOWA

Iowa, prior to Friday’s Penn State match, has lost three straight matches. The Hawkeye offense comes from Julie Williams with 244 kills (4.52 kills per game). Williams is the team leader in ace serves with 29 (.54) and in digs with 125 (2.31). Jill Schmidt and Larissa Lopes have split the setting duties with Schmidt averaging 5.40 kills (232) and Lopes 5.43 kills (228) per game. Katie Panhorst has a team high of 51 blocks (.94) with Jamie Lansing second with 39 (.78).

The Hawkeyes are hitting .148 and average 12.59 kills per game. Iowa averages 2.06 blocks, 11.87 digs and 1.56 aces per game. Hawkeye opponents are hitting .235 and average 14.19 kills per game. They average 2.58 blocks, 13.65 digs and 1.33 aces per game.

THE IOWA SERIES

Ohio State has a 33-4 lead in the series with Iowa. The Buckeyes have won the last 22 meetings going back to 1988. OSU is 17-2 at home and has won the last 11 meetings in Columbus.

Ohio State-Iowa since 1991 91 W H 3-0 15-4, 15-3, 15-13 91 W A 3-0 15-0, 15-9, 15-8 92 W A 3-1 7-15, 15-3, 15-7, 15-8 92 W H 3-0 15-5, 15-9, 15-3 93 W H 3-0 15-3, 15-8, 15-2 93 W A 3-0 15-12, 15-2, 15-8 94 W A 3-1 13-15, 15-9, 15-2, 15-10 94 W H 3-1 15-11, 15-4, 16-18, 15-9 95 W* H 66-35 24-5, 25-21 (OT), 17-9 95 W A 4-0 15-11, 15-11, 15-10 96 W H 3-0 15-4, 16-14, 17-15 96 W A 3-1 12-15, 15-12, 15-13, 15-10 97 W A 3-0 15-2, 15-11, 15-13 97 W H 3-1 15-4, 15-7, 10-15, 15-12 98 W H 3-0 15-7, 15-2, 15-5 98 W A 3-0 15-8, 15-9, 15-8

*Big Ten experimental TV format

COMPARING THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS (all matches) MIN OSU IOWA Record 16-4 9-6 4-11 Games 68 57 54 Hitting % .276 .238 .148 Kills pg 16.51 16.46 12.59 Assist pg 14.84 15.05 10.81 Aces pg 1.93 1.46 1.56 Digs pg 13.71 13.02 11.87 Blocks pg 3.24 1,86 2.06 USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Poll Oct. 18, 1999 – Poll #7 Rank School Record (First-Place Votes) 1 Penn State (43) 18-1 2 Hawai’i (17) 16-0 3 Pacific 17-1 4 Florida 17-2 5 Long Beach State 15-2 6 UCLA 17-1 7 Stanford 13-2 8 Brigham Young 13-2 9 UC Santa Barbara 15-3 10 Texas 13-3 11 Pepperdine 14-2 12 Kansas State 14-2 13 Nebraska 14-4 14 Clemson 18-1 15 Colorado State 17-1 16 Texas A&M 14-4 17 Southern California 11-5 18 Arizona 12-5 19 Northern Iowa 19-0 20 Illinois 11-3 21 Colorado 11-6 22 Arkansas 16-4 23 Minnesota 16-4 24 Univ. San Diego 14-3 25 North Carolina 17-3 Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Poll Oct. 18, 1999, Week 8 Rank School Record 1 Penn State 18-1 2 Hawai’i 16-0 3 Pacific 17-1 4 Florida 17-2 5 UCLA 17-1 6 Long Beach State 15-2 7 Stanford 13-2 8 Kansas State 14-2 9 Nebraska 14-4 10 UC Santa Barbara 15-3 11 Texas 13-3 12 Brigham Young 13-2 13 Pepperdine 14-2 14 Colorado State 17-1 15 Arizona 12-5 16 Clemson 18-1 17 Texas A&M 14-4 18 Southern California 11-5 19 Northern Iowa 20-0 20 Cal Poly SLO 14-4 OHIO STATE IN THE POLLS Record AVCA VB Mag. Preseason 0-0 17 16 Sept. 6 1-0 14 15 Sept. 13 3-1 18 15 Sept. 20 6-1 18t 15 Sept. 27 6-3 25 NR Oct. 4 7-4 NR NR Oct. 11 8-5 NR NR Oct. 18 9-6 NR NR BIG TEN STANDINGS (Oct. 18) Conf. All 1 Penn State 8-0 18-1 2 Minnesota 7-1 16-4 Illinois 7-1 11-3 4 Wisconsin 4-4 11-7 5 Indiana 3-5 12-5 Michigan State 3-5 13-7 Michigan 3-5 11-6 Purdue 3-5 11-6 Ohio State 3-5 9-6 Iowa 3-5 4-11 11 Northwestern 0-8 2-16 Matches This Week 20 Wisconsin at Purdue 22 Indiana at Michigan Illinois at Michigan State Iowa at Penn State Minnesota at Ohio State Northwestern at Purdue 23 Illinois at Michigan Indiana at Michigan State Iowa at Ohio State Minnesota at Penn State Northwestern at Wisconsin BIG TEN INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS (Conference Matches) as of Oct. 18 Hitting 1 Lauren Cacciamani, Penn State .448 2 Betsy Spicer, Illinois .391 3 Linda Shudlick, Minnesota .346 4 Katie Schumacher, Penn State .340 19 Dana Stearns, Ohio State .260 Kills 1 Nicole Branagh, Minnesota 6.30 2 Aneska Arosarena, Purdue 6.07 3 Julie Williams, Iowa 5.10 4 Sarah Gustin, Michigan State 4.76 7 Rosie Snow, Ohio State 4.27 Assists 1 Lindsey Berg, Minnesota 15.52 2 Taryn Catlin, Purdue 14.24 3 Vicki Basil, Michigan State 13.00 4 Shannon Melka, Michigan 12.85 8 Katie Virtue, Ohio State 10.73 Blocks 1 Charnette Fair, Minnesota 2.00 2 Lauren Cacciamani, Penn State 1.56 3 Angela Morley, Michigan State 1.50 4 Joanna Fielder, Michgian 1.48 5 Stephanie Hagen, Minnesota 1.41 Aces 1 Lindsey Berg, Minnesota .71 2 Julie Williams, Iowa .66 3 Leilani Schlottfeldt, Penn State .42 4 Erin Hartley, Michigan State .41 5 Dawn Peterson, Iowa .39 Digs 1 Nicole Kacor, Michigan 4.22 2 Nicole Branagh, Minnesota 4.00 3 Yvonne Wichert, Minnesota 3.67 4 Erin Byrd, Wisconsin 3.57 10 Rosie Snow, Ohio State 3.06 BIG TEN TEAMSTATISTICAL LEADERS Team Hitting 1 Penn State .357 2 Illinois .294 6 Ohio State .205 Team Kills 1 Minnesota 18.07 2 Purdue 17.79 6 Ohio State 15.45 Team Assists 1 Minnesota 16.78 2 Purdue 16.17 5 Ohio State 14.15 Team Blocks 1 Minnesota 3.98 2 Penn State 3.61 11 Ohio State 1.82 Team Aces 1 Iowa 1.69 2 Minnesota 1.67 8 Ohio State 1.24 Team Digs 1 Michigan 16.76 2 Minnesota 15.93 9 Ohio State 12.76 BIG TEN INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS (all matches) as of Oct. 18 Hitting 1 Lauren Cacciamani, Penn State .410 2 Betsy Spicer, Illinois .396 3 Jessica Sanborn, Michigan State .385 4 Linda Shudlick, Minnesota .379 7 Dana Stearns, Ohio State .315 Kills 1 Nicole Branagh, Minnesota 5.51 2 Aneska Arosarena, Purdue 5.25 3 Julie Williams, Iowa 4.52 4 Lauren Cacciamani, Penn State 4.46 5 Rosie Snow, Ohio State 4.23 Assists 1 Taryn Catlin, Purdue 13.72 2 Lindsey Berg, Minnesota 13.11 3 Shannon Melka, Michigan 12.52 4 Melissa Beitz, Illinois 12.38 6 Katie Virtue, Ohio State 11.98 Blocks 1 Sherisa Livingston, Wisconsin 1.53 2 Charnette Fair, Minnesota 1.48 3 Lauren Cacciamani, Penn State 1.42 4 Angela Morley, Michigan State 1.38 5 Betsy Spicer, Illinois 1.26 Aces 1 Lindsey Berg, Minnesota .67 2 Julie Williams, Iowa .54 3 Erin Heimann, Indiana .47 4 Erin Hartley, Michigan State .46 5 Lisa Axel, Minnesota .41 Digs 1 Nicole Kacor, Michigan 3.83 2 Alija Pittenger, Michigan 3.46 3 Amanda Rome, Penn State 3.34 4 Jennifer Zagorski, Northwestern 3.23 10 Rosie Snow, Ohio State 2.77

BIG TEN TEAM STATISTICAL LEADERS Team Hitting 1 Penn State .334 2 Michigan St. .285 6 Ohio State .238 Team Kills 1 Purdue 18.03 2 Indiana 17.02 4 Ohio State 16.46 Team Assists 1 Purdue 16.54 2 Ohio State 15.05 3 Indiana 14.98 Team Blocks 1 Penn State 3.31 2 Minnesota 3.24 10 Ohio State 1.86 Team Aces 1 Wisconsin 2.94 2 Minnesota 1.93 8 Ohio State 1.46 Team Digs 1 Michigan 16.05 2 Penn State 15.23 9 Ohio State 13.02