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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The OhioState (12-13 overall, 6-10 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team begins a three-match home stand at 7 p.m.  Friday against Illinois (15-11, 7-9). The Buckeyes then host No. 9 Wisconsin (22-3, 14-2) at 8 p.m. Monday in a match that will be carried live by the Big Ten Network. Both matches will be played in St. John Arena. Last week OhioState lost 3-0 (31-29, 30-24, 30-23) at MichiganState and 3-1 (30-27, 28-30, 30-20, 30-25) at Northwestern in road matches.

 

A LOOK AT OHIOSTATE

Head coach Jim Stone is in his 26th season with the Buckeyes. OhioState is 12-13 overall and 6-10 in the Big Ten. Last week OhioState lost 3-0 (31-29, 30-24, 30-23) at MichiganState and 3-1 (30-27, 28-30, 30-20, 30-25) at Northwestern in road matches.

 

Danielle Meyer (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) leads the Buckeyes in points per game with a 5.11 average. Katie Dull (Fr., Solon, Ohio) ranks second at 3.42 with Briana McCarthy (Sr., Beaver Dam, Wis.) third at 3.27. Meyer leads the team in kills per game at 4.12 with Dull second at 2.97 and Anna Szerszen (So., Conflans Ste Hne, France) third at 2.57. McCarthy is the top percentage hitter on the squad with a .265 average. Kristen Dozier (So., SandySpring, Md.) and Meyer are tied for second at .252. McCarthy, at setter, is averaging 5.19 assists on the season. In her 10 starts at setter, she is averaging 10.60 assists per game. Ashley Hughes (So., Carroll, Ohio) is averaging 8.38 and Betsy Hone (Fr., Celina, Ohio) 7.80 assists per game. McCarthy has produced a team-high 32 ace serves with a .36 per game average. Szerszen (.34), Dull (.20) and Meyer (.20) are tied for second with 18 each. Defensively, Ami Stevens (Sr., Centerburg, Ohio) has a team-high 3.28 digs per game average for the Buckeyes. Meyer and Kaila Calhoun (Fr., Elkhart, Ind.) are tied for second at 2.59. At the net, Meyer leads the team in blocking with a 1.41 per game average with 15 solos and 112 assists. McCarthy ranks second at 1.02 with 17 solos and 75 assists.

 

As a team, OhioState is averaging 18.71 points and 14.42 kills per game and is hitting .200. The Buckeyes average 13.32 assists, 1.42 aces, 15.11 digs and 2.87 blocks per game. Buckeye opponents average 18.88 points, 15.03 kills and are hitting .201. Opponents average 13.86 assists, 1.27 aces, 15.52 digs and 2.58 blocks per game.

 

A LOOK AT ILLINOIS

Head coach Don Hardin is in his 12th season with the Illini. Illinois has a 15-11 overall record and is 7-9 in the Big Ten. Last week, the Illini lost 3-0 (30-14, 30-23, 30-28) at No. 11 Wisconsin and 3-0 (30-19, 30-23, 30-28) to Michigan at home.

 

Leading the Illini in points per game is Laura DeBruler at 5.40. Vicki Brown is second at 3.97. DeBruler has a team-high 4.96 kills per game average with Brown second at 3.29. Brown is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .336 with Stefanie Alde second at .222. Setter Lizzie Bazzetta has an 11.25 assists per game average with Hillary Haen ranked second at 8.26. Bazzetta leads the team in ace serves with 26 (.31 per game). DeBruler (.23) and Johannah Bangert (.24) are tied for second with 24 each. Defensively, Ashley Edinger has a team-high 4.86 digs per game average with DeBruler second at 2.35. At the net, Brown leads the team in blocks per game with a 1.19 per game average with 17 solos and 102 assists. DeBruler ranks second at .41 with 42 assists.

 

Illinois is averaging 19.20 points and 15.50 kills per game and is hitting .218. The Illini average 14.59 assists, 1.28 aces, 15.61 digs and 2.31 blocks per game. Opponents are averaging 17.42 points and 13.34 kills per game and are hitting .188. Illini opponents average 12.32 assists, 1.21 aces, 13.78 digs and 2.87 blocks per game.

 

OHIO STATE – ILLINOIS SERIES

OhioState leads the series, 33-29, with the Illini. The Buckeyes are 14-11 in Columbus. OhioState has won the last two contests with Illinois including a 3-2 (30-26, 30-24, 29-31, 22-30, 17-15) victory at Champaign earlier this season.

 

A LOOK AT WISCONSIN

Head coach Pete Waite is in his ninth season for the Badgers. Prior to its Friday match at PennState, ninth-ranked Wisconsin had a 22-3 overall record and a 14-2 Big Ten mark. The Badgers have won three straight matches including home wins over Illinois, 3-0 (30-14, 30-23, 30-28) and Michigan, 3-2 (24-30, 30-27, 27-30, 30-22, 16-14).

 

Leading the Badgers in points per game at 5.25 is Brittney Dolgner. Taylor Reineke ranks second at 3.46. Dolgner leads the team in kills per game at 4.71 with Audra Jeffers second at 2.53. At setter, Jackie Simpson has a 13.11 assists per game average. Jocelyn Wack leads the team in ace serves with 34 (.37 per game). Dolgner ranks second with 20 (.23). Defensively, Jocelyn Wack has a team-high 4.68 digs per game average with Dolgner second at 2.29. Reineke leads the team in blocking with a 1.54 per game average. She has 16 solos and 143 assists. Jeffers ranks second at 1.31 (13-109).

 

Wisconsin is averaging 21.04 points and 16.38 kills per game and is hitting .273. The Badgers are averaging 15.20 assists, 1.42 aces, 15.27 digs and 3.24 blocks per game. Opponents are averaging 16.72 points and 13.69 kills per game and are hitting .168. Badger opponents average 12.62 assists, .77 aces, 13.91 digs and 2.26 blocks per game.

 

OHIO STATE – WISCONSIN SERIES

OhioState has 28-27 lead in the series with Wisconsin. In Columbus, the Buckeyes are 14-10 against the Badgers. Wisconsin has won the last two matches with OhioState including a 3-0 (30-17, 30-27, 30-21) decision earlier this season in Madison.

 

MEYER NAMED TO THE ESPN THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT FIRST TEAM

Danielle Meyer has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 4 first team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). She is now eligible for Academic All-America honors. Meyer was a second-team selection as a sophomore. She was named a first-team selection last season and later was named a second-team Academic All-American.

 

To be nominated for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District consideration, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and must be a sophomore in both athletic and academic standing. All First Team Academic All-District honorees from each of the eight districts advance to the national ballot and are eligible for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors.

 

MEYER MOVES TO SECOND IN OSU CAREER POINTS

Danielle Meyer, with 27 points last week, now has 2,065.5 career points and has moved to second on the OhioState career points list. She moved past Holly O’Leary (1987-90) with 2,064.0. The career leader for the Buckeyes is Stacey Gordon (2001-04) with 3,094.5 points. Meyer had 12 points at MichiganState with nine kills, an ace serve, a solo block and two assists. She added four digs against the Spartans. At Northwestern, Meyer recorded 15 points with 12 kills, a solo block and four assists. She added four digs and a career-high seven assists. Meyer has started all 25 matches and is the team leader in points (5.11), kills (4.12) and blocks (1.41). She is averaging 2.59 digs and has 18 aces this season.

 

SZERSZEN HITS A CAREER-HIGH .553 AT MICHIGANSTATE

Anna Szerszen hit a career-high .553 at MichiganState, recording eight kills in 15 attempts with no errors. Her previous best was .440 (12-1-25) against IPFW in 2006. Szerszen added two digs and an assist block against the Spartans. Against Northwestern she had 11 kills and an assist block. For the season, she has played in 16 matches and has 11 starts. Szerszen is averaging 3.18 points, 2.57 kills, .34 aces, .98 digs and .53 blocks per game.

 

DULL HAS HER 14TH DOUBLE-FIGURE KILL MATCH AT NORTHWESTERN

Katie Dull recorded a team-high 15 kills at Northwestern for her 14th double-figure kill match of the season. She added an ace serve and an assist block and had a team-high 17.5 points in the match. At MichiganState, Dull had eight kills and added two digs. She has started all 25 matches this season and is averaging 3.43 points, 2.97 kills, 1.31 digs and .45 blocks per game.

 

McCARTHY MOVES TO SIXTH IN OSU CAREER TOTAL BLOCKS

Briana McCarthy, with seven total blocks (1-6) last week, has moved to sixth on the OhioState career total blocks list with 391. She has 55 solos and 336 assists. McCarthy moved from ninth passing Jerry Jackson (1992-95) with 389 (67-322), Leisa Wissler (1988-91) with 385 (87-298) and Sherri Rinker (1984-87) with 385 (139-246). McCarthy had five total blocks (1-4) at MichiganState adding 28 assists, five kills and six digs. At Northwestern, she had two assist blocks, eight kills, 40 assists, three ace serves and eight digs. McCarthy has started all 25 matches with 10 starts at setter. She is averaging 3.18 points, 2.31 kills, .36 aces, 2.07 digs and 1.02 blocks per game. In her 10 starts at setter, she is averaging 10.60 assists per game.

 

STEVENS MOVES TO SECOND IN OSU CAREER DIGS

Ami Stevens collected 22 digs last week and has moved to second on the OhioState career digs list with 1,357. She passed Leisa Wissler (1988-91) with 1,341. The OhioState career leader is Stacey Gordon (2001-04) with 1,572. Last week, Stevens had 11 digs in her start at libero at MichiganState. Against Northwestern, she recorded 11 digs at outside hitter, adding seven kills, an assist block and four assists. Stevens has played in all 25 matches this season with nine starts at outside hitter and 15 at libero. She is averaging a team-high 3.28 digs per game.

 

HUNTER HAS HER FIFTH START AT MICHIGANSTATE

Kristi Hunter (Fr., Roblin, Manitoba, Canada) had her fifth start of the season at Michigan State posting six kills and an assist block against the Spartans. She saw limited action at Northwestern playing in one game. Hunter has played in nine matches this season and is averaging 2.24 points, 1.76 kills, .80 digs and .72 blocks per game.

 

CALHOUN HAS HER 11TH DOUBLE-FIGURE DIG MATCH AT NORTHWESTERN

Kaila Calhoun recorded 12 digs at Northwestern for her 11th double-figure dig match of the season. She added three kills and two assist blocks against the Wildcats. At MichiganState, Calhoun had five digs, four assist blocks and three kills. She has played in all 25 matches this season with 17 starts and has been the starting libero in four matches. Calhoun is averaging 1.59 points, 1.09 kills, 2.59 digs and .66 blocks per game.

 

KASTEIN EQUALS HER CAREER-HIGH OF 11 DIGS AT NORTHWESTERN

Laura Kastein recorded 11 digs as the libero at Northwestern to equal her career-high set against Northwestern earlier this season. At MichiganState, she had six digs as a defensive specialist. Kastein has played in 21 matches this season with three starts as a defensive specialist and four at libero. She has 92 digs this season for a 1.39 per game average.

 

CALHOUN NAMED BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Oct. 29

Kaila Calhoun was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for her play in road victories against Iowa (3-0) and No. 22 Minnesota (3-2). She averaged 1.25 blocks and 3.75 digs per game for the weekend and had a .969 reception percentage while holding the two opponents to a combined .084 hitting percentage.

 

In the 30-15, 30-28, 31-29 win at Iowa, Calhoun had a team-high 13 digs, adding a solo block, three kills, an ace serve and an assist. She handled 21 of 22 reception attempts (.955) against the Hawkeyes. The Buckeye defense held Iowa to a .037 hitting percentage.

 

       At Minnesota, in a come-from-behind 24-30, 23-30, 30-27, 31-29, 15-10 win, Calhoun had a team-high 17 digs and tied her career-high of nine assist blocks against the Golden Gophers. She added four kills, a career-high five assists and handled 41 of 42 reception attempts (.976) in the match. The Buckeye defense held Minnesota to a .117 hitting percentage.

 

STEVENS NAMED BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Oct. 8

Ami Stevens (Sr., Centerburg, Ohio) was been named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for her play in home matches against Minnesota and Iowa. Stevens posted a season-high 25 digs in the 3-2 loss to 11th-ranked Minnesota. She added two ace serves and two assists in the match and handled 38 reception attempts without an error. Against Iowa, in a 3-1 victory, Stevens recorded a match-high 19 digs against the Hawkeyes adding an ace serve and an assist. She handled 30 of 32 reception attempts in the match against the Hawkeyes. For the season, Stevens leads OhioState in digs per game with a 3.04 average.

 

Head Coach Jim Stone announces he will retire after the 2007 season

Jim Stone, OhioState women’s volleyball head coach, announced Sept. 10 he will retire effective July 31, 2008.

“I have been coaching every fall for 29 years,” Stone said. “I’ve found every season challenging and fun. I’d like to thank both OhioState and the University of Wyoming for the opportunity to pursue a passion.”

Gene Smith, director of athletics at The Ohio State University, praised the career of Stone.

“Jim has been an ambassador for The Ohio State University and our volleyball program for more than a quarter century,” Smith said. “His record and list of accomplishments overshadow the positive effect he has had on hundreds of young people over the years. He will be missed.”

“I know I will miss coaching good players and I’ve been fortunate to be able to do that,” Stone said.  “Watching players improve and achieve great things is a thrill for which I have no words to describe.”

With regards to his future plans, Stone is keeping his options open.

“I am not going to rule out coaching again, but right now I would like to step away to work on some volleyball-related projects that I’m excited about.”

 

BUCKEYES TO MAKE FIVE APPEARANCES ON THE BIG TEN NETWORK, ONE ON ESPN2

The Big Ten Network will carry five OhioState women’s volleyball matches live this season. The first was Oct. 5 against Minnesota at 6 p.m. Two other home matches will be broadcast by the Network. They include OhioState’s match against Wisconsin that has been moved from Saturday, Nov. 17 to Monday Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. The following Wednesday, Nov. 21, will have Ohio State playing Penn State on the Network at 8 p.m. Buckeye road contests on the Network included at Penn State on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. and at Minnesota, Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. Ohio State was also featured on one of three Big Ten matches to be carried by ESPN2. OhioState’s match at Wisconsin on Friday, Oct. 19 was broadcast on Sunday, Oct. 21 at noon.

 

MEYER A UNANIMOUS CHOICE FOR THE 2007 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM

Middle blocker Danielle Meyer was one of three unanimous selections to the 2007 Preseason All-Big Ten team. Meyer is a two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association third-team All-American and a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection. This is the second time she has earned preseason honors. PennState and Wisconsin each placed three players on the team while Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, OhioState and Purdue had one player each on the team.

 

Meyer, a 2006 ESPN The Magazine Second-Team Academic All-American, averaged 4.26 kills 1.96 digs and .85 blocks per game last season while hitting .301. She started all 32 matches in 2006, the first 22 at outside hitter and the last 10 at middle blocker.

 

OHIOSTATE PICKED TO FINISH FOURTH IN THE BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL

The Buckeyes, by a vote of the Big Ten Conference coaches, were tabbed to finish fourth in the league. Four-time defending Big Ten champion PennState was picked to finish first with Wisconsin second and Minnesota third. Following OhioState, Purdue was ranked fifth, Michigan sixth, Michigan State seventh, Illinois eighth, Northwestern ninth, Iowa 10th and Indiana 11th.

 

HEAD COACH JIM STONE 

Jim Stone enters his 26th season at OhioState. He has a 530-291 record with the Buckeyes and is 296-174 in Big Ten play. His squads have won Big Ten Championships in 1989, 1991 and 1994 and finished tied for second in 2004 before being named the Big Ten Coach of the Year. He was the 1991 Volleyball Monthly National Coach of the Year and the Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1989, 1991, 1994 and 2004. Under Stone, OhioState has participated in the NCAA championship in 15 of the last 18 years, advancing to the national semifinals in 1991 and 1994. Stone’s coaching career record includes three years at Wyoming (1979-1981). His 29-year career record is 580-333.

 

OHIO STATE WINS THE ACTIVE ANKLE CHALLENGE

The Buckeyes won three matches at the Active Ankle Challenge in Muncie, Ind. OSU opened play with a 3-0 (30-24, 30-22, 30-19) win over Southeast Missouri State. BallState, with a 3-2 (26-30, 30-23, 30-24, 25-30, 15-13) victory over Maine completed the first round. The Buckeyes started the second round with a 3-0 (30-12, 30-19, 30-19) win over Maine. SouthwestMissouriState defeated BallState, 3-2 (30-22, 30-23, 23-30, 27-30, 15-13) to complete the second round. SouthwestMissouriState started round three with a 3-0 (30-22, 30-24, 30-20) win over Maine. The Buckeyes won the Challenge with a 3-0 (30-21, 30-28, 30-23) victory over BallState. OhioState’s Danielle Meyer was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament with teammates Ami Stevens and Briana McCarthy selected to the All-Tournament Team. Also named to the team were Brenna Schlader and Molly Davis from SoutheastMissouriState, Lindsay Allman from Maine and Alyssa Rio from BallState.

 

MEYER AND DOZIER EARN ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS AT THE SPORTS IMPORTS CLASSIC 

Danielle Meyer was named the Best Attacker and Kristen Dozier the Best Blocker at the 2007 Sports Imports Classic. Other all-tournament members included USC’s Asia Kaczor as the Most Valuable Player and Taylor Carico as the Best Setter. Oregon’s Heather Meyers was named the Best Server and Katie Swoboda, the Best Libero. Southern California (2-0) won the Classic with a 3-2 win over OhioState (0-2) and a 3-0 victory over Purdue (1-1). Oregon (1-1) lost to Purdue, 3-1 and defeated OhioState, 3-0.

 

MEET THE BUCKEYES

#1 Laura Kastein (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-7, Jr., Marysville, Ohio) 2007 (Junior Season) Played in 21 matches, starting as a defensive specialist three times and four at libero … career-high 11 digs in both Northwestern matches … career-high two ace serves at Purdue. 2006 (Sophomore Season at Duquesne) Played in 32 matches … starting libero … team season-highs of 36 aces and 531 digs … ranked sixth in the Atlantic-10 in digs per game at 4.43 … was seventh in the A-10 conference statistics at 4.06 digs per game … career-high five ace serves against Louisiana-Lafayette … career-high 32 digs at Fordham … double-figure digs in 25 matches … eight matches with 20 or more digs. 2005 (Freshman Season at Duquesne) Played in 26 matches with four starts for coach Steve Opperman … starting libero … team season-highs of 26 aces and 325 digs … season-high 24 digs at Robert Morris … double-figure digs in 20 matches … ranked eighth at 3.65 digs per game in Atlantic-10 statistics … starting setter in the final three matches of the season … career-high 37 assists at Rhode Island … season-high three aces in five matches.

 

#3 Allie Schwarzwalder (Outside Hitter, 5-11, Fr., North Royalton, Ohio) 2007 (Freshman Season) Has not played. USA Volleyball Member of 2006 USA Volleyball Junior National A2 Team. North Royalton High School  Played middle hitter for four years … coached by Heidi Balicki in 2003-04 and by Kristen Hubbell in 2005-06 … Pioneer All-Conference in 2005 and 2006 … Pioneer Conference MVP in 2006 … first-team All-District as a senior and District MVP … second-team All-District as a junior … third-team All-State as a senior … named the North Royalton Offensive Player of the Year as a junior … All-Academic Team as a senior.

 

#4 Kaila Calhoun (Outside Hitter, 5-10, Fr., Elkhart, Ind.) 2007 (Freshman Season) Played in 25 matches starting in 17 as an outside hitter and four at libero … career-high 19 digs against Minnesota … career-high nine kills against Indiana … double-figure digs in 10 matches … career highs of nine assist blocks and 10 total blocks (1-9) at Illinois … equaled her career high of nine assist blocks at Minnesota … career-high 12.5 points at Illinois … named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and the Ohio State Athlete of the Week for her play at Iowa and Minnesota. Concord High School Participated in volleyball, basketball and track … volleyball coach was Jim Routhier … first team all-conference in volleyball as a junior and senior … second team as a sophomore and honorable mention as a freshman … first team all-state as a senior and second team as a junior … Best Offensive and Best Attacker Awards as a senior and junior … Best Attacker award as a sophomore … broke the school record for blocks as a junior … an Indiana All-Star team selection as a junior and senior … first team all-conference in basketball as a junior … Best Offensive and Best Rebounding Awards as a freshman and sophomore … team MVP in track as a junior … broke school long jump record as a senior … a Scholar Athlete and a member of the National Honor Society.

 

#5 Susan Halverson (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-7, Fr., Apple Valley, Minn.) 2007 (Freshman Season) Played in 11 matches with one start … career-high five digs at Minnesota … recorded an ace serve against Youngstown State and Michigan. Apple Valley High School Played libero for four years for coach Walt Weaver … three-time all-conference selection … all-state as a senior … honorable mention all-state as a junior … team captain as a senior … team MVP as a senior … named Miss Defensive Apple Valley three times … first-team All-Metro as a senior … set school single season dig record of 536 in 2006 … named to the Honor Roll four times … three-time All Lake Conference Student-Athlete … Academic All-State as a junior and senior.

 

#6 Danielle Meyer (Middle Blocker/Outside Hitter, 6-1, Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) – USA National Program A member of the USA Youth National Team … played on the USA Youth National Team that competed in the 2003 World Championships in Poland.

Career Ranks second in points with 2,065.5 … third in points per game at 4.76 … third in kills with 1,705 … fourth in kills per game at 3.92 … eighth in hitting percentage at .283 … 10th in solo blocks with 57 … second in assist blocks with 411 … second in total blocks with 468 (57-411) … fourth in blocks per game at 1.08 … career-high seven assists at Northwestern. 2007 (Senior Season) Started 25 matches … first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District … recorded a triple-double at Illinois with 27 kills, 17 digs and 12 blocks (1-11) … season high of 27 kills against Iowa and at Illinois … season-high 34.5 points at Illinois … season-high 19 digs against Indiana … career-high 12 total blocks (1-11) and 11 assist blocks at Illinois … double-figure kills in 20 matches … named the Ohio State Athlete of the Week for her play at Wisconsin and Illinois … named the Ohio State Athlete of the Week for her play against Northwestern and Michigan State … named the Ohio State Athlete of the Week for her play at the Active Ankle Challenge … Most Valuable Player of the Active Ankle Challenge … named the Best Attacker at the Sports Imports Classic. 2006 (Junior Season) ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American second team … first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District … Academic All-Big Ten … Ohio State Scholar-Athlete … American Volleyball Coaches Association third team All-American … Asics/Volleyball Magazine honorable mention All-American … AVCA All-Region first team … All-Big Ten … started all 32 matches, the first 22 at outside hitter and the last 10 at middle blocker … Most Outstanding Player of the Sports Imports Classic … Most Valuable Player of the Towson Invitational … Big Ten Player of the Week for her play at the Towson Invitational … career-high 32 kills at Towson … season-high 17 digs at Iowa … career-high five aces against Tennessee Tech … double-figure kills in 28 matches … double-figure digs in nine matches … career-high three solo blocks against Iowa … Buckeye Power Club member. 2005 (Sophomore Season) Third-team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American … All-Big Ten … a second team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection … Ohio State Scholar-Athlete … named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad … started all 31 matches … ranked fourth in the Big Ten in kills per game at 4.11 … season-high 29 kills at Cleveland State … season-high 31 points at Bowling Green … career-high 19 digs at Indiana … tied her career-high nine blocks at Iowa (1-8) and at Purdue (2-7) … season-high of four aces at Northwestern … 25 matches with double-figure kills … nine matches with 21 or more kills … 11 matches with double-figure digs … named to the Buckeye Classic All-Tournament Team … named to the Bowling Green Invitational All-Tournament Team. 2004 (Freshman Season) Started in 34 matches … Ohio State Scholar-Athlete … season-high 18 kills against North Carolina … career-high nine assist blocks against Illinois … hit a career-high .727 (9-1-11) against Youngstown State … season-high four ace serves at Wisconsin … season-high seven digs against Dayton … season-high two solo blocks against Northwestern and vs. Tennessee … named to the All-Tournament Team at the Georgia Tech Invitational … double-figure kills in 16 matches … five or more blocks in 13 matches.

 

#7 Ami Stevens (Libero, 6-1, Sr., Centerburg, Ohio) – USA Volleyball A member of the 2006 USA National A-2 Team, named to the All-Tournament Team at the U.S. Open Championship in New Orleans … member of the United States Junior National Team in 2004 and 2005. Career Ranks 20th in kills with 956 … 19th in hitting percentage at .235 … tied for 19th in aces with 102 … ranks 19th in aces per game at .24 … second in digs with 1,357 … ranks second in digs per game at 3.19 … 21st in points with 1,140.5. 2007 (Senior Season) Played in 25 matches … started 15 matches at libero and nine at outside hitter … named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after matches against Minnesota and Iowa … season-high of 12 kills (.579) at Illinois State … equaled career-high of 27 digs against Indiana … named to the Active Ankle Challenge All-Tournament Team. 2006 (Junior Season) Second team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection … Academic All-Big Ten … Ohio State Scholar-Athlete … played in 32 matches, starting 18 with 14 starts at libero … season-high 14 kills against Iona … double-figure kills in 12 matches … hit a career-high .667 (14-0-21) against Iona … double-figure digs in 19 matches … 20 or more digs in six matches … equaled her career-high of seven assist blocks at Northwestern … pre-season All-Big Ten selection … All-Tournament Team at Towson Invitational. 2005 (Sophomore Season) A third team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection … started and played in 29 matches … Ohio State Scholar-Athlete … Academic All-Big Ten … career-high 26 kills at Bowling Green … career-high 28.5 points at Northwestern – season-high .500 (13-0-26) hitting percentage at Michigan … ranked 10th in the Big Ten in kills per game at 3.44 … season-high 22 digs against Brigham Young … double-figure kills in 20 matches … double-figure digs in 15 matches … Ohio State Athlete of the Week for her play at Wisconsin and Northwestern … 2005 Preseason All-Big Ten Selection … named to the Buckeye Classic All-Tournament Team … named to the Bowling Green Invitational All-Tournament Team. 2004 (Freshman Season) Started in 34 matches … named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team … Ohio State Scholar-Athlete … season-high of 17 kills against Northwestern and vs. Tennessee in the NCAA Regional semifinals … career-high four ace serves against Florida International … career-high 27 digs against Tennessee … hit a season-high .615 (9-1-13) against Youngstown State … double-figure kills in 18 matches … double-figure digs in 18 matches.

 

#8 Briana McCarthy (Outside hitter, 6-2, 5th-year/Sr., Beaver Dam, Wis.) Career Ranks seventh in hitting percentage at .287 … eighth in assists with 1,810 … 11th in assists per game at 4.20 … 11th in solo blocks with 55 … sixth in assist blocks with 336 … sixth in total blocks with 391 (55-336) … 10th in blocks per game at .91 … 20th in points with 1,145.0. 2007 (5th year/Senior eligibility) Started 25 matches with 15 starts at outside hitter and 10 at setter … recorded her first triple-double at Minnesota with 10 kills, 39 assists and 10 digs … double-figure kills in nine matches with a season-high 15 kills against Southeast Missouri State and at Illinois State … season-high 17 digs against Purdue … career-high 10 assist blocks at Illinois … season-high 61 assists against Iowa and Purdue … named to the Active Ankle Challenge All-Tournament Team. 2006 (Senior Season/Junior Eligibility) Academic All-Big Ten … Ohio State Scholar-Athlete … played in all 32 matches with 26 starts … career-high 22 kills at Purdue … hit a career-high .700 (7-0-10) against IPFW … double-figure kills in 17 matches … season-high 10 digs at Iowa … season-high five assists at Purdue … career-high 25 points at Purdue 2005 (Junior Season) Did not play … Ohio State Scholar-Athlete … Academic All-Big Ten. 2004 (Sophomore Season) Academic All-Big Ten … Ohio State Scholar-Athlete … played in 34 matches, started in 26 … career-high five ace serves against Northwestern … hit a season-high .500 (8-1-14) at Indiana and against Ohio (5-0-10) … season-high of 11 kills at Minnesota … season-high five digs at Northwestern … season-high seven assist blocks against Illinois … equaled her career-high of four solo blocks against Northwestern and against Tennessee … equaled her career-high of eight total blocks (1-7) at Illinois. 2003 (Freshman Season) Ohio State Scholar-Athlete … started all 28 matches … first two starts were at outside hitter … started at setter the next 26 matches … career-high 66 assists against Rice … season-high nine kills against Purdue while hitting a season-high .643 (9-0-14) … season-high three aces against Indiana … career-high 18 digs against Penn State … recorded four solos blocks against Penn State for her career high … career-high eight assist blocks against Bowling Green … season-high 12.5 points against Rice … double-figure digs in two matches.

 

#10 Kristi Hunter (Middle Blocker, 5-10, Fr., Roblin, Manitoba, Canada) 2007 (Freshman Season) Played in nine matches with five starts … career-high 13 kills against Indiana … career-highs of six digs and six assist blocks at Illinois … hit a career-high .368 (9-2-19) at Iowa … career-high two solo blocks against Indiana. Goose Lake High School Played volleyball and participated in track … played four years of volleyball for Jarrett Newton as an outside hitter (three years) and then as a middle blocker her senior season … a four-year All-Star … team won the bronze medal in the “AA” Provincial Volleyball Championships in 2003, 05 and 06 … team captain as a senior … named Athlete of the Year as a sophomore and junior … named to the Winnipeg Sun’s Top Ten … nominated for the Mike Burchuk Award (who best exemplifies volleyball, leadership, and scholastic achievements) … named the Jostens High School Female Athlete of the Year for Manitoba … JV basketball Provincial Champions as a freshman (All-Star) and sophomore (MVP) … basketball Provincial Finalists as a junior (All-Star) … Provincial high jump champion as a sophomore and junior … a member of the Student Council … Secretary for the Manitoba Charolais Youth Association … Student Council … Honor Roll.

 

#11 Ashley Hughes (Setter, 5-11, So., Carroll, Ohio) 2007 (Sophomore Season) Played in 10 matches with five starts … had a career-high 52 assists against Southern California … career-high five assist blocks, five kills and 14 digs against Southern California. 2006 (Freshman Season) Played in seven matches … Ohio State Scholar-Athlete … career-high six assists at Youngstown State … career-high two digs against Lehigh.

 

#12 Kristen Dozier (Middle Blocker, 6-2, So., Sandy Spring, Md.) 2007 (Sophomore Season) Played in 19 matches with 13 starts … season-high 10 kills at Ball State … hit a combined .575 for the three Active Ankle Challenge matches … hit a career-high .800 (8-0-10) against Maine … season-high eight assist blocks against Southern California … season-high 11 points against USC … named the Best Blocker at the Sports Imports Classic. 2006 (Freshman Season) Played in 22 matches, starting 21 … career-high 11 kills against Iona … career-high 13 assist blocks against Houston to set an OSU match record for assist blocks and tied the OSU record for total blocks in a match … hit a career-high .750 (10-1-12) against Lehigh … career-high five digs against Houston … career-high three aces against Iona … career-high 15.5 points against Houston … double-figure kills in three matches.

 

#13 Betsy Hone (Setter, 5-10, Fr., Celina, Ohio) USA Volleyball USA Volleyball High Performance Program … USA Volleyball Junior National A2 Team. 2007 (Freshman Season) Played in 17 matches with 11 starts at setter and two at libero … career-high 51 assists against Southeast Missouri State … career-high 12 digs against Northwestern … career-high five kills against Northwestern … career-high four assist blocks against Pacific. Celina High School Played volleyball and basketball and participated in track … volleyball coach was Nikki Etzler in 2003-05 and DeDe Stoner in 2006 … three-time first-team Western Buckeye League (WBL) All-Conference … WBL special mention as a freshman … three-time first-team District 8 selection … honorable mention District 8 selection as a freshman … first-team All-State as a senior, second-team as a junior and honorable mention as a sophomore … WBL first-team All-Conference in basketball as a sophomore and junior … honorable mention Northwest District as a sophomore and junior … honorable mention All-State as a junior … WBL first-team All-Conference as a freshman in track for high jump … named to the Volleyball Magazine “Fab 50” … Honor Roll … Who’s Who Among High School Students

 

#14 Anna Szerszen (Outside Hitter, 6-3, Fr., Conflans Ste Hne, France) French National Team Selected to the National Team in 2003 … in Summer of 2004 played in 8 Nations Tournament in Italy … in December 2004, named the best player’ of the International Tournament in Spain … January of 2005 played in qualification tournament for the European Championship … Summer of 2005 played in international tournaments in Poland, Holland, Belgium (8 Nations Tournament) and in Italy (European Youth Olympic Festival) … Played with the National Team during the 2007 Summer. 2007 (Sophomore Season) Played in 16 matches with 11 starts … hit a career-high .553 at Northwestern … season-high 15 kills against Iowa and Purdue … season-high three aces against Maine and Iowa … season-high 10 digs against Minnesota … returned to campus from the French National Team in time to see action at the Active Ankle Challenge. 2006 (Freshman Season) Started 25 matches … named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team … Ohio State Scholar-Athlete … career-high 27 kills against Michigan … double-figure kills in 24 matches … four-20 plus kill matches including 25 at Iowa, 23 at Purdue and 20 against Minnesota … career-high .440 (12-1-25) hitting percentage against IPFW … career-high 17 digs at Northwestern … four double-figure dig matches … career-high 29.5 points against Michigan … named the Co-Big Ten Player of the Week for her play against Michigan State and Michigan in home matches … missed the first eight matches of the season, arriving at Ohio State Sept. 8 after playing for France in the European Junior National Championships.

 

#15 Carly Syms (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-7, Fr., Elyria, Ohio) 2007 (Freshman Season) Played in five matches … career-high five digs and an ace serve against SoutheastMissouriState. Magnificat High School Played four years at outside hitter and defensive specialist … JV coach as a freshman was Mary French … coached by Brigid Kennedy as a sophomore and Mike Cannon for the junior and senior seasons … three-time District Champions … three-time Regional Semifinalist … Coaches Award in 2006 … Yearbook Sports Editor as a junior and Co-Executive Editor as a senior … received High Honors for four years.

 

#16 Katie Dull (Outside Hitter, 5-11, Fr., Solon, Ohio) 2007 (Freshman Season) Started in 25 matches … career-high 20 kills against Purdue … career-highs three aces and 14 digs against Youngstown State … career-high five assist blocks at Illinois … named the Ohio State Athlete of the Week for her play against Youngstown State … career-high .583 (8-1-12) hitting percentage against Maine. USA Volleyball Selected to the 2007 U.S. Women’s Junior National Training Team. Walsh Jesuit High School Played volleyball and basketball … three-year volleyball starter for coach Missy Christ … state runner-up as a junior and senior … three-time first-team All-District … two-time first-team All-Ohio as a junior and senior … Prepvolleyball High School All-American as a junior and senior … named to the Volleyball Magazine “Fab 50” … Mizuno/Volleyball Magazine first-team All-American as a senior … American Volleyball Coaches Association Senior All-American … Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior … played basketball as a freshman and sophomore … team won the Division II State Championship in 2005 … four-year Scholar-Athlete and Honor Roll.

 

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