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Oct. 26, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State (10-7 overall, 4-6 Big Ten, tied for 6th in the Big Ten) completes a four-match home stand this week with No. 1 Penn State (20-1, 10-0, 1st) Wednesday and Northwestern (2-18, 0-10, 11th) Friday. The Penn State match marks the start of the second round of Big Ten play.%^$

The Buckeyes lost a 5-15, 10-15, 15-11, 15-13, 9-15 decision to No. 23 Minnesota last Friday and came back to defeat Iowa 15-5, 15-1, 15-4 Saturday.%^$%^$PENN STATE ON DELAYED CABLECAST%^$

Central Ohio SPORT! Television will delay cablecast the Penn State match locally on Insight Communications Ch. 36 and Time Warner Ch. 24. The match will be carried Thursday, Oct. 28 and Friday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. Randy Rhinehart will call the action with former Ohio State All-American Audrey (DiPronio) Flaugh providing the color.%^$

FAMILY FOUR PACK NIGHT FRIDAY%^$

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

LOOKING AT THE BUCKEYES%^$

Ohio State, offensively, is led by Rosie Snow who averages 3.98 kills (251) per game. Jen Flynn ranks second with a 2.77 average on 177 kills. Sue Calligaris is the team’s top percentage hitter at .312. On the serve, Flynn has a team-high 21 aces with Snow at 18 aces. SetterKatie Virtue is averaging 12.17 assists per game. Defensively, Snow has a team-high 164 digs (2.60), while Suzie Stiling (7-44, .82) has a team-high 51 blocks and Calligaris is second (2-33, .73) with 35 total blocks. %^$

As a team Ohio State is hitting .240 and averaging 16.26 kills per game. OSU averages 1.92 blocks, 12.88 digs and 1.48 aces per game. Buckeye opponents are hitting .212 and average 13.82 kills per game. Opponents average 2.46 blocks, 11.46 digs and 1.00 aces per game.%^$

VIRTUE “SETS” CAREER HIGH%^$

Against Minnesota, Katie Virtue had a career-high of 69 assists. Her previous high was 67 at Loyola Marymount. She also had a career-high of four assist blocks against the Gophers and tied her career-high of 12 digs previously set against Wisconsin.%^$

VIRTUE NOW 7TH IN CAREER ASSISTS%^$

With a career-high 69 assists against Minnesota and 38 vs. Iowa, Katie Virtue now has 718 career assists. That number moved her to seventh on the OSU career list passing Kelly Kessler (1983) with 713 and Tracy Endecavageh (1989-92) with 618.%^$

BOTICA PRODUCES AGAINST GOPHERS%^$

Coming in off the bench, Anne Botica ripped a career-high 21 kills against Minnesota while hitting .515 for the match. Botica also collected season highs of seven digs and three assist blocks in the match. The next night against Iowa, she had seven kills in 10 swings for a .700 hitting percentage and a new career-high.%^$

FLYNN NOW 10TH IN CAREER DIGS%^$

After collecting 14 digs against Minnesota and six vs. Iowa, Jen Flynn now has 1,025 in her career. She moved into 10th on the Ohio State career digs list over the weekend passing Vicki Wright (1983-86) with 1,023.%^$

FLYNN NOW 10TH IN ASSIST BLOCKS%^$

With three assist blocks on the weekend (two vs. Minnesota, one vs. Iowa), Jen Flynn now has 216 in her career. She moved past Margie Meyers (1984-87) with 215 last week into 10th place on the Ohio State career list.%^$

CALLIGARIS PLAYING WELL%^$

With seven kills (hitting .462), six digs and five assist blocks Sue Calligaris helped Ohio State come back from two games to none against Minnesota last Friday. She earned the start the next night against Iowa (her ninth of the season) and hit .857 on six kills in seven swings and added five digs, two ace serves and one assist block. Calligaris is hitting a team-high .312 for the season and is second on the squad in blocks with 35.%^$

FLYNN SERVES UP ACES VS. IOWA%^$

Jen Flynn served up four ace serves against Iowa, with only one error, in the Buckeye win. That set a season-high for Flynn and was one short of her career-high (five) set in 1996 at Purdue.%^$

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 1-3 against ranked opponents, losing to No. 20 Michigan (2-3), to No. 1 Penn State (0-3) and No. 23 Minnesota (2-3).%^$

%^$OSU vs. Ranked Opponents%^$18t OSU at 20 Michigan L 2-3%^$NR OSU at 1 Penn State L 0-3%^$NR OSU at 24 Wisconsin W 3-2%^$NR OSU vs 23 Minnesota L 2-3%^$

OSU BLOCKS STRONG AGAINST UM%^$

With 23 assist blocks against Minnesota, Ohio State established a new team season high. The previous best team mark was 20 at Wisconsin. The Minnesota total helped Ohio State equal its total blocks mark of 12 for the third time this season. The Buckeyes had 12 total blocks previously this season against Illinois and at Wisconsin.%^$

HEAD COACH JIM STONE%^$

Jim Stone is in his 18th year at Ohio State. He has a 391-176 (.690) record with the Buckeyes and is 222-95 (.700) 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 441-218 (.669).%^$

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 Stallingand 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 begins November with one of two remaining road trips. OSU will play at Illinois next Friday and at Indiana on Saturday.%^$

A LOOK AT THE PLAYERS

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#10 ANGELEE ABBRING%^$

(’99, .273, 0.67 kpg)%^$’99 Played in 5 matches. ’98 Academic All-Big Ten…OSU Scholar-Athlete…18 matches with double-figure kills…4 matches with 20 or more kills…career-high 23 kills twice (Minnesota, Purdue)…mid-season back injury slowed her.%^$

#4 ERIN BAKER%^$

(’98, -.073, .59 kpg, .45 bpg)%^$’99 Has not played. ’98 Career-highs of 5 kills, 4 aces and 5 digs (Minnesota)…career-high 6 assist blocks (Purdue).%^$

#8 ANNE BOTICA%^$

(’99, .262, 1.53kpg, 1.03 dpg)%^$’99 Played in 15 matches…career-high 21 kills against Minnesota…career-high .700 against Iowa. ’98 Career-highs of 14 kills and digs vs. Texas Tech, double-figure digs in 3 of last 5 matches, ending the season with a streak of 3-consecutive double-figure kill matches.%^$

#12 SUE CALLIGARIS%^$

(’99 .312, 1.58 kpg, 1.54 dpg, .73 bpg)%^$’99 Played in 16 matches, starting 9…career-high 10 kills at Purdue…career-high 15 digs at Wisconsin…career-high 6 assist blocks against Boise State and Temple…hit .857 of 6 of 7 kills against Temple.%^$

#13 NIKKI CISCO%^$

(’99, 1.06 dpg)%^$’99 Played in 17 matches…season-high 9 digs against Minnesota. ’98 A third-generation OSU student-athlete…career-high 18 digs (Florida).%^$

#15 SHELLY DRAEGER%^$

(’99, .181, 2.72 kpg, 1.54 dpg, .39 bpg)%^$’99 Started all 17 matches…career-highs of 18 kills at Michigan…11 digs against Loyola Marymount and Wisconsin. ’98 (HS) Wisconsin Player of the Year…first team all-state (’97-’98).%^$

#11 JEN FLYNN%^$

(’99, .239, 2.77 kpg, 2.30 dpg, .42 bpg, .33 acepg)%^$’99 Started all 17 matches…named to All-Tournament team at LMU Furama Volleyball Classic…started both matches at outside hitter…season-high four aces against Minnesota…tied career-high of 18 kills at Wisconsin…season-high 17 digs at Wisconsin…11th OSU player to reach 1,000-plus digs…starting setter for first 2 matches, set half the Michigan match and the entire Michigan State match…preseason All-Big Ten selection at setter. ’98 Academic All-Big Ten, OSU Scholar-Athlete…starting setter but played at outside hitter in several matches…played with the USA World University Games squad during the past summer.%^$

#6 SABRINA MEYERS%^$

(first season)%^$’99 Has not played…an Honors Program student-athlete. ’98 Has played all positions…all-state selection…squad was 3-time district champion and won regional as a sophomore…club was Maple City.%^$

#1 SHELLYE SILLS%^$

(’99, .250, .20 kpg, .40 bpg)%^$’99 Played in 5 matches…had a kill and a block assist against Temple. ’98 OSU career leader in blocks per game at 1.26…ranked 5th in Big Ten with 1.28 blocks per game…career-high 10 blocks (1-9) equaled against Northwestern.%^$

#2 ROSIE SNOW%^$

(’99, .250, 3.98 kpg, 2.60 dpg, .37 bpg, .29 acepg)%^$’99 Started all 17 matches…double-figure kill streak of 36 matches ended against Minnesota…season-high 32 kills at Michigan…season-high 19 digs against Illinois…hit .632 at Dayton…has 1,091 career kills. ’98 All-Big Ten selection…Big Ten Player of the Week for wins over Florida and UCLA…ranked 13th nationally with a 5.09 kills per game average.%^$

#5 BRIANNE SPIERS%^$

(’99, 1.25 dpg)%^$’99 Played in 8 matches…knee injury against Michigan ended her season…season-high 8 digs at Michigan. ’98 Played in 14 matches including first 6 then missed 14 with a stress fracture of her cervix…career-high 15 kills against Florida in Hawaii…hitting a career-high .650 in that match…was limited to back row play after missed matches until the last 3…fifth-year senior after missing ’97 because of two operations.%^$

#14 LAURA STALLING%^$

(’98, .287, 1.03 kpg, 1.24 bpg)%^$’99 Played in one match…high-ankle sprain in practice has caused her to miss the first 9 matches of the season. ’98 Academic All-Big Ten…OSU Scholar-Athlete…career-highs of 7 kills (Indiana) and 7 assist blocks (Michigan).%^$

#7 DANA STEARNS%^$

(’99, .295, 2.75 kpg, 1.49 dpg, .62 bpg)%^$’99 Played in every match, starting 14…season-highs of 18 kills and 10 digs against Houston and Michigan…season-high .588 (13-3-17) at Pittsburgh. ’98 Academic All-Big Ten…OSU Scholar-Athlete…Big Ten Player of the Week against Indiana and Northwestern …career-high 24 kills (Purdue, Texas Tech).%^$

#9 SUZIE STILING%^$

(’99, .202, 2.31 kpg, .85 dpg, .82 bpg)%^$’99 Played in all 17 matches, starting ten…career-high of 16 kills at Purdue while hitting a career-high .483 (16-2-29)…career-high 6 digs at Akron…career-high 8 assist blocks at Wisconsin. ’98 (HS) honorable mention all-state…conference and team MVP…club was Sports Performance.%^$

#3 KATIE VIRTUE%^$

(’99, .236, .68 kpg, 12.17 astpg, 1.73 dpg, .36 bpg)%^$’99 Played in all 17 matches, starting 14…career-high 69 assists against Minnesota…career-high of 12 digs at Wisconsin and against Minnesota…had 4 aces against Houston. ’98 (HS) state champions…’97 conference player of the year…Chicago Tribune first team all-state…club was Sports Performance…member of ’98 USA Junior National Team that won gold medal at NORCECA Championships in Mexico.%^$

COMPARING THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS%^$

(all matches) PS OSU NOR%^$Record 20-1 10-7 2-18%^$Games 71 65 73%^$Hitting % .333 .240 .170%^$Kills pg 15.25 16.26 13.30%^$Assist pg 13.89 14.89 12.01%^$Aces pg 1.48 1.48 1.36%^$Digs pg 14.92 12.88 12.77%^$Blocks pg 3.26 1.92 1.86%^$

A LOOK AT PENN STATE%^$The Nittany Lions have won 20-consecutive matches and are perfect (10-0) in the Big Ten. Lauren Cacciamani provides the offense with a 4.39 kill per game average and is hitting a team-high .405. She also is the top blocker with a 1.37 average. Carrie Schonveld leads the team in ace serves with 27. Bonnie Bremner runs the offense and has a 11.97 assist per game mark. Defensively, Amanda Rome averages a team-high 3.23 digs per game.%^$

Penn State is hitting .333 as a team and averages 15.25 kills per game. They average 3.26 blocks, 14.92 digs and 1.48 aces per game. Nittany Lion opponents are hitting .121 and average 12.52 kills per game. Opponents average 1.73 blocks, 13.15 digs and .70 aces per game.%^$

THE PENN STATE SERIES%^$Penn State leads the series 18-9. The Nittany Lions currently have a seven-match winning streak. In Columbus, Penn State has won seven of 12 matches including the last two. The Buckeyes are one of three teams that have won nine or more matches against Penn State. The others included Nebraska with nine wins and four losses and Pittsburgh with 16 wins and 27 losses.%^$

Ohio State-Penn State since 1991

%^$91 W A 3-2 12-15, 6-15, 17-16, 15-5, 18-16%^$91 W H 3-0 15-13, 15-9, 15-7%^$91 W N 3-2 13-15, 15-9, 11-15, 15-5, 15-11%^$92 L H 0-3 16-18, 8-15, 13-15%^$92 L A 0-3 8-15, 8-15, 11-15%^$93 L A 0-3 7-15, 12-15, 2-15%^$93 W H 3-2 12-15, 12-15, 15-2, 18-16, 17-15%^$94 W A 3-1 18-16, 15-9, 15-17, 15-13%^$94 W H 3-1 15-9, 15-3, 4-15, 15-9%^$95 W H *41-36 12-8, 11-7, 18-21 (OT)%^$95 W A 3-0 15-5, 16-14, 15-13%^$96 W H *3-2 8-17, 10-11, 14-10, 17-10, 17-15%^$96 L A 1-3 15-6, 4-15, 12-15, 5-15%^$97 L H 0-3 1-15, 8-15, 6-15%^$97 L A 0-3 7-15, 4-15, 13-15%^$97 L A 0-3 4-15, 4-15, 10-15%^$98 L A 0-3 1-15, 3-15, 3-15%^$98 L H 0-3 5-15, 9-15, 9-15%^$99 L A 0-3 5-15, 5-15, 1-15%^$*Big Ten experimental TV format%^$

No. 1 PENN STATE 3, OHIO STATE 0%^$Penn State was near perfect in a 15-5, 15-5, 15-1 win over Ohio State. OSU’s Rosie Snow had a team-high 12 kills for her 33rd consecutive double-figure kill match with Jenn Flynn adding nine. PSU’s Carrie Schonveld had a match-high 14 kills with Katie Schumacher adding nine. Lauren Cacciamani had a match-high seven assist blocks with seven kills%^$

The Nittany Lions 69th consecutive home win saw Penn State hit .494 with only four errors. The Nittany Lions had 13 blocks to OSU’s none and had the only ace in the match.%^$

%^$Match 12 – Oct. 6, 1999%^$

Rec Hall, University Park, Pa.%^$#1 Penn State def. Ohio State 3-0%^$

Ohio State 5 5 1%^$Penn State 15 15 15%^$

Ohio State (7-5 overall, 1-4 Big Ten)%^$ GP K Pct. SA DG BS BA%^$Rosie Snow 3 12 .240 0 7 0 0%^$Katie Virtue 3 0 -.500 0 8 0 0%^$Dana Stearns 3 6 .417 0 2 0 0%^$Suzie Stiling 3 6 .143 0 3 0 0%^$Jen Flynn 3 9 .034 0 8 0 0%^$Shelly Draeger 3 5 -.048 0 5 0 0%^$Anne Botica 1 0 -.500 0 0 0 0%^$Sue Calligaris 2 0 .000 0 0 0 0%^$Nikki Cisco 2 0 .000 0 1 0 0%^$Totals 38 .093 0 34 0 0%^$

Penn State (15-1 overall, 5-0 Big Ten)%^$ GP K Pct. SA DG BS BA%^$Lauren Cacciamani 3 7 .318 0 5 0 7%^$Bonnie Bremner 3 5 .714 0 2 0 3%^$Mishka Levy 3 6 .444 0 1 0 2%^$Carrie Schonveld 3 14 .520 1 8 2 2%^$Katie Schumacher 3 9 .615 0 3 0 3%^$Amanda Rome 3 3 .429 0 8 0 2%^$Nadia Edwards 1 1 1.000 0 0 0 2%^$Hilary Sexton 2 1 1.000 0 0 0 1%^$Solena Quick 1 0 .000 0 2 0 0%^$Leilani Schlottfeldt 3 0 .000 0 1 0 0%^$Kalna Miller 3 0 .000 0 6 0 0%^$Totals 46 .494 1 36 2 22%^$

Assists: Ohio State 37 (Virtue 37)%^$ Penn State 45 (Bremner 37)%^$Total Blocks: Ohio State 0, Penn State 13%^$Attendance: 2,002 Length of Match: 0:58%^$

A LOOK AT NORTHWESTERN%^$The Wildcats top hitter is Carmen Burbach with a 2.78 kills per game average. Kitty Owen is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .227. Jennifer Zagorski leads the team in ace serves with 25 while setterKelli Meyer averages 10.14 assists per game. Defensively, Zagorski is the team leader in digs with a 3.33 per game average and Owen is the top blocker with a .88 average.%^$

Northwestern is hitting .170 and averages 13.30 kills per game. They average 1.86 blocks, 12.77 digs and 1.36 aces per game. Wildcat opponents are hitting .244 and average 15.51 kills per game. Opponents average 2.54 blocks, 15.04 digs and 1.82 aces per game.%^$

THE NORTHWESTERN SERIES%^$Ohio State has a 33-9 series lead. OSU lost at Northwestern last season stopping an 18-match winning streak against the Wildcats. The Buckeyes have a 15-2 mark in matches played in Columbus and have won the last 14 at home.%^$

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Ohio State-Northwestern since 1991%^$91 W H 3-0 15-4, 15-8, 15-8%^$91 W A 3-0 15-10, 15-7, 15-10%^$92 W H 3-1 10-15, 15-4, 15-12, 15-4%^$92 W A 3-1 10-15, 15-5, 15-5, 15-10%^$93 W A 3-0 15-11, 15-8, 15-6%^$93 W H 3-0 15-4, 15-4, 15-4%^$94 W A 3-0 15-8, 15-4, 15-2%^$94 W H 3-0 15-10, 15-3, 15-5%^$95 W A 3-0 15-5, 15-9, 15-9%^$95 W H 3-0 15-9, 15-12, 15-2%^$96 W A* 3-1 12-14, 23-9, 22-11, 17-7%^$96 W H 3-0 15-3, 15-3, 15-6%^$97 W H 3-0 15-9, 15-13, 15-6%^$97 W A 3-0 15-11, 15-5, 15-3%^$98 L A 1-3 12-15, 16-14, 10-15, 7-15%^$98 W H 3-0 15-5, 15-2, 15-9%^$99 W A 3-0 15-6, 15-5, 15-8%^$

OHIO STATE 3, NORTHWESTERN 0%^$Ohio State’s Rosie Snow and Suzie Stiling had 11 kills each in a 15-6, 15-5, 15-8 win over Northwestern. Stiling hit a career-high .421 in the match with only three errors in 19 attempts. She also had a career-high two ace serves and a match-high four blocks (1-3). NU’s Carmen Burbach scored a team-high five kills for the Wildcats. Despite Northwestern leads in each game, the Buckeyes needed only 67 minutes to collect the win.%^$

OSU hit .260 for the match to NU’s .080. The Buckeyes had a nine to six advantage in blocks and a 35-27 edge in digs. Ohio State had seven ace serves in the match while Northwestern did not score on a single serve.%^$

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Match 13 – Oct. 9, 1999%^$

Welch-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Ill.%^$Ohio State 3, Northwestern 0%^$

Ohio State 15 15 15%^$Northwestern 6 5 8%^$

Ohio State (8-5 overall, 2-4 Big Ten)%^$ GP K Pct. SA DG BS BA%^$Rosie Snow 3 11 .273 1 3 0 2%^$Katie Virtue 3 1 .000 0 10 0 1%^$Dana Stearns 2 4 .375 1 3 0 2%^$Suzie Stiling 3 11 .421 2 3 1 3%^$Jen Flynn 2 7 .150 3 7 2 1%^$Shelly Draeger 3 5 .200 0 3 0 2%^$Angelee Abbring 2 2 .333 0 0 0 0%^$Sue Calligaris 2 2 .167 0 1 0 1%^$Nikki Cisco 3 0 .000 0 5 0 0%^$Totals 43 .260 7 35 3 12%^$

Northwestern (2-14 overall, 0-6 Big Ten)%^$ GP K Pct. SA DG BS BA%^$Kelli Meyer 3 4 .571 0 3 0 1%^$Jennifer Higgins 2 0 -.500 0 0 0 0%^$Carmen Burbach 3 5 .050 0 10 0 1%^$Jennifer Zagorski 3 4 .100 0 7 1 1%^$Sarah Ballog 3 2 -.182 0 3 0 2%^$Leah Ackerman 3 4 .091 0 4 0 3%^$Adriana Ruhl 3 4 .500 0 0 0 0%^$Kitty Owen 3 3 .000 0 0 0 2%^$Cassie McKnight 2 0 .000 0 0 0 0%^$Jill Fantozzi 2 0 -1.000 0 0 0 0%^$Jennifer Armson 1 0 .000 0 0 0 0%^$Totals 26 .080 0 27 1 10%^$

Assists: Ohio State 41 (Virtue 37)%^$ Northwestern 24 (Meyer 21)%^$Total Blocks: Ohio State 9, Northwestern 6%^$Attendance: 387 Length of Match: 1:07%^$

BIG TEN STANDINGS%^$

(Oct. 25) Conf. All%^$ 1 Penn State 10-0 20-1%^$ 2 Minnesota 8-2 17-5%^$ Illinois 8-2 12-4%^$ 4 Wisconsin 6-4 13-7%^$ 5 Michigan State 5-5 15-7%^$ 6 Indiana 4-6 13-6%^$ Purdue 4-6 12-7%^$ Ohio State 4-6 10-7%^$ 9 Michigan 3-7 11-8%^$ Iowa 3-7 4-13%^$11 Northwestern 0-10 2-18%^$

Matches This Week%^$27 Penn State at Ohio State%^$29 Illinois at Wisconsin%^$ Indiana at Purdue%^$ Michigan at Iowa%^$ Michigan State at Minnesota%^$ Northwestern at Ohio State%^$30 Illinois at Purdue%^$ Indiana at Wisconsin%^$ Michigan State at Iowa%^$ Michigan at Minnesota%^$ Northwestern at Penn State%^$ %^$OHIO STATE IN THE POLLS%^$ 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%^$Oct. 25 10-7 NR NR%^$ %^$

USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Poll%^$

Oct. 25, 1999 – Poll #8%^$

Rank School Record%^$ (First-Place Votes)%^$ 1 Penn State (56) 20-1%^$ 2 Stanford (3) 17-2%^$ 3 Hawai’i 17-1%^$ 4 Florida 19-2%^$ 5 Pacific 19-2%^$ 6 Long Beach State 17-2%^$ 7 UCLA (1) 19-1%^$ 8 UC Santa Barbara 18-3%^$ 9 Texas 15-3%^$10 Pepperdine 16-2 %^$11 Brigham Young 15-3%^$12 Colorado State 19-1%^$13 Nebraska 15-5%^$14 Clemson 18-1%^$15 Kansas State 15-3%^$16 Texas A&M 16-4%^$17 Southern California 13-5%^$18 Northern Iowa 21-0%^$19 Arizona 12-7%^$20 Colorado 12-7%^$21 Arkansas 18-4%^$22 Minnesota 17-5%^$23 Illinois 12-4 %^$24 Univ. San Diego 16-3%^$25 North Carolina 18-4%^$%^$Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Poll%^$

Oct. 25, 1999, Week 9%^$Rank School Record%^$ 1 Penn State 20-1%^$ 2 Stanford 17-2%^$ 3 Florida 19-2%^$ 4 UCLA 19-1%^$ 5 Long Beach State 17-2%^$ 6 Hawai’i 17-1%^$ 7 Pacific 19-2%^$ 8 UC Santa Barbara 18-3%^$ 9 Texas 15-3%^$10 Colorado State 19-1%^$11 Nebraska 15-5 %^$12 Brigham Young 15-3%^$13 Pepperdine 16-2%^$14 Kansas State 15-3 %^$15 Clemson 18-1%^$16 Texas A&M 16-4%^$17 Southern California 13-5%^$18 Northern Iowa 21-0%^$19 Cal Poly SLO 16-4 %^$20 Arizona 12-7%^$ %^$

BIG TEN INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS (Conference Matches)%^$as of Oct. 25%^$

Hitting%^$ 1 Lauren Cacciamani, Penn State .433%^$ 2 Betsy Spicer, Illinois .382%^$ 3 Stephanie Magen, Minnesota .335%^$ 4 Amanda Rome, Penn State .333%^$20 Dana Stearns, Ohio State .260%^$

Kills%^$ 1 Nicole Branagh, Minnesota 6.71%^$ 2 Aneska Arosarena, Purdue 5.50%^$ 3 Sarah Gustin, Michigan State 4.75%^$ 4 Julie Williams, Iowa 4.66%^$ 8 Rosie Snow, Ohio State 3.87%^$

Assists%^$ 1 Lindsey Berg, Minnesota 14.55%^$ 2 Taryn Catlin, Purdue 13.76%^$ 3 Vicki Basil, Michigan State 13.62%^$ 4 Shannon Melka, Michigan 12.76%^$ 8 Katie Virtue, Ohio State 11.29%^$

Blocks%^$ 1 Charnette Fair, Minnesota 1.82%^$ 2 Angela Morley, Michigan State 1.79%^$ 3 Stephanie Hagen, Minnesota 1.49%^$ 4 Lauren Cacciamani, Penn State 1.42%^$ 5 Sherisa Livingston 1.39%^$

Aces%^$ 1 Lindsey Berg, Minnesota .59%^$ 2 Julie Williams, Iowa .54%^$ 3 Erin Hartley, Michigan State .39%^$ 4 Leilani Schlottfeldt, Penn State .38%^$10 Jen Flynn, Ohio State .32%^$

Digs%^$ 1 Nicole Kacor, Michigan 4.26%^$ 2 Nicole Branagh, Minnesota 3.71%^$ 3 Erin Byrd, Wisconsin 3.37%^$ 4 Alija Pittenger, Michigan 3.36%^$ 5 Jennifer Zagorski, Northwestern 3.36%^$ %^$

BIG TEN TEAM STATISTICAL LEADERS%^$

Team Hitting%^$ 1 Penn State .350%^$ 2 Illinois .280%^$ 4 Ohio State .214%^$

Team Kills%^$ 1 Minnesota 17.20%^$ 2 Purdue 16.89%^$ 6 Ohio State 15.34%^$

Team Assists%^$ 1 Minnesota 16.03%^$ 2 Purdue 15.47%^$ 5 Ohio State 14.07%^$

Team Blocks%^$ 1 Minnesota 3.98%^$ 2 Penn State 3.61%^$ 11 Ohio State 1.82%^$

Team Aces%^$ 1 Indiana 1.69%^$ 2 Iowa 1.46%^$ 8 Ohio State 1.32%^$

Team Digs%^$ 1 Michigan 16.28%^$ 2 Minnesota 15.31%^$ 10 Ohio State 12.59%^$