Sept. 15, 2004
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State (7-0 overall) women’s volleyball team will host the Buckeye Classic this weekend with Florida International (1-5), Montana State (6-2) and Northeastern (4-4) participating. The round-robin tournament will be played at two facilities. The Friday matches will be played in St. John Arena. Ohio State host Florida International in the first match at 10 a.m. followed by Montana State vs. Northeastern at Noon. Second round play begins at 4:30 p.m. with Florida International playing Montana State and concludes with Ohio State hosting Northeastern at 7 p.m. Saturday’s matches will be played at Centerburg High School in Centerburg, Ohio. Northeastern plays Florida International at 4:30 p.m. with Montana State facing Ohio State at 7 p.m.
GORDON NAMED BIG TEN AND NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ohio State’s Stacey Gordon (Sr., Oshawa, Ontario) earns Big Ten Player of the Week honors after leading the Buckeyes to a 2-0 performance at the Georgia Tech Invitational this past weekend. She was later named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week OSU notched 3-0 victories over Xavier and No. 21 Georgia Tech. Gordon recorded 26 kills (.561), one service ace, four assist blocks and four digs against Xavier and 33 kills (.421), one assist block and nine digs in the sweep of the host Yellow Jackets. Gordon was named the MVP of the tournament after the Buckeyes stopped a 26-match home winning streak for Tech. In the two matches, Gordon recorded 11 or more kills in three games. She scored the winning kill in each game against Georgia Tech and with OSU trailing 28-25 in game three, scored kills for OSU’s 26th, 29th and 30th point to close out the match. Gordon, who set a Big Ten record last season with 6.62 kills per game, ended the past weekend with an even 2,100 kills for her career. The Buckeye senior is now just eight kills away from becoming fifth all-time in Big Ten history (Debbie McDonald, Purdue, 2,108) and 40 shy of Minnesota’s Andrea Gonzalez’s mark of 2,140, which is fourth-best. Gordon recorded 85 kills in the first week of play this season to surpass the 2,000 plateau, becoming one of only seven players in League history to have eclipsed the mark. The Big Ten honor marked the 12th time Gordon has been named the Player of the Week. It was the second time she has been named the National Player of the Week. She was first honored in 2001 as a freshman.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Jim Stone. Ohio State enters the Classic with a 7-0 record. The Buckeyes defeated Xavier 3-0 (30-22, 30-18, 30-22) and No. 21 Georgia Tech 3-0 (30-26, 30-28, 30-28) in Atlanta last weekend and defeated Youngstown State 3-0 (30-11, 30-25, 30-20) Tuesday.
A LOOK AT FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL
The Golden Panthers are coached by Cookie Stevens. Florida International has a 1-5 overall record. Last week the Golden Panthers split a pair of matches to Southeastern La., losing 3-1 (30-26, 26-30, 30-21, 30-27) and winning 3-1 (23-30, 30-22, 30-23, 30-22) This is the first meeting between Florida International and Ohio State.
A LOOK AT NORTHEASTERN
The Huskies are coached by Ken Nichols. Northwestern is 4-4 after a Tuesday victory over Connecticut 3-2 (30-25, 30-32, 26-30, 30-23, 15-12). Last weekend the Huskies defeated Saint Peter’s 3-0 (30-28, 30-12, 30-16) and lost to Texas Christian, 1-3 (27-30, 30-27, 23-30, 28-30). Northeastern leads the series with Ohio State, 2-0. This Huskies won both matches, 2-0. The first was in 1974 at the MAIAW Championship at Western Michigan and the second was in 1975, played at Cleveland State.
A LOOK AT MONTANA STATE
The Bobcats are coached by Miya Malauula. Montana State is 6-2 on the season. The Bobcats won three of four matches at home last weekend in the Holiday Inn Classic. Montana State defeated Dartmouth 3-0 (30-17, 30-19, 30-17), Buffalo 3-0 (30-23, 30-20, 30-17) and Portland 3-1 (28-30, 30-20, 30-21, 30-20). The Bobcats loss was to Boise State 1-3 (30-16, 27-30, 21-30, 27-30). This is the first meeting between Montana State and Ohio State.
OHIO STATE BY THE NUMBERS
For the season, Stacey Gordon leads the Buckeyes in points per game at 8.07 (177.5), kills per game at 7.14 (157) and aces per game at .55 (12). Setter Marisa Main (So., Louisville, Ky.) leads the team in assists with a 14.74 per game average (339). Rebecca Kastein (Jr., Mt. Lebanon, Pa.) has a team-high 2.71 digs per game average (57) while Maya Mapp (Sr., Washington, D.C.) leads the team in blocking with a .82 per game average with four solo and 14 assists.
REVIEWING THE XAVIER MATCH
Ohio State went to 5-0 with a 3-0 victory over Xavier. OSU’s Stacey Gordon had a match-high 26 kills while hitting .561. She added five digs, four assist blocks and an ace serve in the match. Danielle Meyer (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) contributed 14 kills (.522), adding two digs and an assist block. Buckeye Ami Stevens (Fr., Centerburg, Ohio) had nine kills with Maya Mapp five. Libero Rebecca Kastein recorded a match-high 12 digs in the contest. Setter Marisa Main had 51 assists in the match with three digs an assist block. At the net, Mapp produced a match-high six total blocks with a solo and five assists. Ohio State hit .440 for the match to .168 for Xavier. Each squad had three aces while Ohio State had a 37-25 advantage in digs and a 7-6 margin in team blocks.
REVIEWING THE GEORGIA TECH MATCH
Behind a season-high 33-kills from Stacey Gordon, Ohio State defeated No. 21 Georgia Tech 3-0 to capture the Georgia Tech Invitational. Gordon added nine digs and an assist block in the match. Buckeyes Danielle Meyer (.240) and Maya Mapp (.375) added eight kills each with Ami Stevens having five. Setter Marisa Main had 54 assists and added seven digs and a solo block. Defensively, Rebecca Kastein had a match-high 12 digs with Stevens adding 10. Briana McCarthy (So., Beaver Dan, Wis.) contributed a team-high two assist blocks and added four kills. OSU rallied from a Georgia Tech 28-25 lead in the third game with five points coming from a Yellow Jacket error, a Mapp solo block and three kills from Gordon, including the final two of the game. The Buckeyes hit .338 for the game to .309 for Georgia Tech. OSU had a 51-40 margin in digs while the Yellow Jackets had a 6-4 advantage in team blocks.
REVIEWING THE YOUNGSTOWN STATE MATCH
Behind a school record team hitting percentage of .595, Ohio State defeated Youngstown State 3-0 (30-11, 30-25, 30-20). OSU’s Stacey Gordon had a match-high 14.5 points and hit a career-high .857 with 13 kills in 14 attempts with one error. OSU opened game one by hitting .909 with 20 kills in 22 attempts. Buckeyes Danielle Meyer added 12.5 points and Maya Mapp had 10.5. Meyer hit a career-high .727 with nine kills in 11 attempts and one error. Ami Stevens added nine kills while hitting a career-high .615. Her nine kills came in 13 attempts with one error. Stevens also had a match-high eight digs in the match. Setter Marisa Main had 44 assists and added seven digs, five kills and two assist blocks. For the match, Ohio State hit .595 to .128 for Youngstown State. OSU had a 59-26 advantage in kills and a six-three margin in aces. The Buckeyes had a 30-13 advantage in digs and out blocked the Penguins, seven to two.
MEYER, MAIN AND GORDON NAMED TO GEORGIA TECH ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
At the Georgia Tech Invitational last week, OSU’s Danielle Meyer, Marisa Main and Stacey Gordon were named to the All-Tournament Team. Gordon was also named the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Meyer averaged 3.67 kills per game while hitting .375. Main averaged 17.50 assists and 1.67 digs in the two matches. Gordon had an outstanding weekend averaging 9.83 kills while hitting .480. She also averaged 2.33 digs and .83 blocks per game.
GORDON RANKED NO. 1, MAIN NO. 2 IN NATIONAL STATISTICS
The NCAA national statistics released this week have Stacey Gordon ranked first in kills per game at 7.20 and Marisa Main ranked second in assist per game at 14.75. Gordon finished the 2003 season ranked second nationally. In team statistics, Ohio State ranks third in assists per game at 16.36, fourth in kills per game at 17.70 and fourth in hitting percentage at .324.
BUCKEYE SET OSU MATCH RECORD BY HITTING .595 AGAINST YSU
Ohio State, with a .595 hitting percentage against Youngstown State, broke the previous Ohio State match record. The previous mark was .531 set against Northern Illinois in 1994. OSU had 62 kills in 98 attempts with 10 errors. Against Youngstown State, the Buckeyes had 59 kills in 84 attempts with nine errors. OSU started the match against YSU by hitting .909 in game one on 20 kills in 22 attempts with no errors.
GORDON MOVES TO FIFTH IN BIG TEN CAREER KILLS WITH 2,113
With her 13 kills against Youngstown State, Stacey Gordon now has 2,113 career kills. She moved to fifth on the Big Ten career kills list passing Debbie McDonald (1986-89) of Purdue who has 2,108. Gordon needs 28 kills to pass No. 4 Andrea Gonzalez of Minnesota (1985-88) who has 2,140. The Big Ten career kills leader is Nicole Branagh (1997-2000) of Minnesota with 2,379.
GORDON EXTENDS DOUBLE-FIGURE KILLS STREAK TO 83 MATCHES
With double-figure kills against Xavier (26), Georgia Tech (33), and Youngstown State (13), Stacey Gordon has extended her streak of double-figure kill matches to 83. She has had double-figure kills in 96 of her 98 matches in her career.
GORDON NOW SIXTH IN CAREER DIGS WITH 1,180
Stacey Gordon recorded 16 digs in the three matches last week to raise her career total to 1,180. That number moves her to sixth on the Ohio State career digs list passing Julie Chellevold (1988-91) who has 1,173. Gordon needs 18 digs to pass No. 5 Erika Schlitz (1988-91) who has 1,197.
GORDON 20TH IN ASSIST AND TOTAL CAREER BLOCKS
With six assist blocks last week, Stacey Gordon now has 154 assist blocks and 182 total blocks (28-154) in her career. She now ranks 20th in OSU career assist blocks and in total blocks. She need 15 assist blocks to pass No. 19 Shellye Sills (1997-99) with 168 and is 25 total blocks from passing Lisa Vitali (1986-89) and Laura Davis (1991-94) who are tied at 18th with 206.
GORDON HITS .857 AGAINST YOUNGSTOWN STATE
After being named the Big Ten and national player of the week, Stacey Gordon continues to impress as she hit .857 Tuesday night against Youngstown State for the second best match hitting percentage for the Buckeyes. She had 13 kills in 14 attempts with one error. That mark ranks behind Jenny Jackson’s (1992-95) .900 (9-0-10) set at Cincinnati in 1992.
MAIN DIRECTING THE OFFENSE
Marisa Main has taken charge of the Buckeye offense and has OSU at 7-0 on the season. She has a 14.74 assist per game average that ranks first in the Big Ten and second nationally. She is fourth on the squad in digs with 47 for a 2.04 per game average and ranks second in aces with 10 for a .43 per game average. Main is a transfer from Xavier who was named to the Atlantic-10 All-Conference squad as a freshman.
MAPP HAS IMPACT AT THE NET
Maya Mapp, a transfer from North Carolina State, leads Ohio State in total blocks with 18 on four solos and 14 assists for a .82 per game average. Mapp had a season-high six total blocks against Xavier last week with a solo and five assist blocks. She is also helping to balance the offense as she is averaging 2.09 kills per game on the season and is hitting .337. She equaled her season-high of nine kills against Youngstown State while hitting .667 (9-1-12) which equaled her season high.
KASTEIN LEADING OHIO STATE IN DIGS
Starting at libero in all three matches last week, Rebecca Kastein is OSU’s leader in digs this season with 57. She has a team-high 2.71 digs per game average. Kastein had 12 digs in matches against Xavier and Georgia Tech last weekend. Earlier this season she had a career-high 18 digs against North Carolina.
MEYER HITS CAREER-HIGH .727 AGAINST YOUNGSTOWN STATE
After being named to the Georgia Tech Invitational All-Tournament Team, Danielle Meyer continued to improve as she hit a career-high .727 against Youngstown State Tuesday. She had nine kills in 11 attempts with one error. That improved on her previous best of .522 (14-2-23) against Xavier last week.
STEVENS NOTCHES TWO CAREER HIGHS LAST WEEK
With a 10 dig performance against Georgia Tech and a .615 hitting percentage against Youngstown State last week, Ami Stevens set two career marks. Her previous dig high was nine against Temple her previous high in hitting was .273 against Dayton.
GORDON SELECTED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
By a vote of the conference coaches, Stacey Gordon was a unanimous selection to the 2004 Preseason All-Big Ten Team for the third consecutive season. Gordon, a three-time Big Ten all-conference selection was on of three student-athletes that were a unanimous choice by the conference coaches. The others were Kim Schram of Michigan State and Sam Tortorello of Penn State.
BUCKEYES PICKED SIXTH IN THE BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL.
In the 2004 coach’s preseason poll, Ohio State was picked to finish in a tie for sixth with Michigan by the Big Ten coaches. Minnesota was tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the conference. Penn State was picked for second with Wisconsin third.
BUCKEYES OPEN SEASON WITH THREE FRESHMEN IN THE STARTING LINEUP
Ohio State opened up the 2004 season with a starting lineup of three freshmen (Nicole Britenriker (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio), Danielle Meyer, Ami Stevens), two sophomores (Briana McCarthy and Marisa Main) and a senior (Stacey Gordon). This marks the second time in six years that the Buckeyes had three freshmen in the starting lineup. In 1992, Suzie Stiling, Sue Calligaris and Shelly Dreager started in the opening match of the season. The 2004 lineup is the second youngest lineup for OSU. The youngest lineup came in 1992 when four sophomores (Laura Davis, Sara Daniel, Carrie Leonard, Gabriele Jobst) and two freshmen (Ashley Mullis, Kristine Jensen) started the season.
STEVENS IS GOLDEN FROM USA JUNIOR NATIONAL PLAY
Outside hitter Ami Stevens, prior to preseason practice, was a member of the USA Junior National Team that won gold at the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) Junior Continental Championships played recently in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A two-time all-state selection, her high school squad won the 2003 state championship, finished runner-up in 2000 and 2001 and reached the state semifinals in 2002.
GORDON SETS OHIO STATE MATCH RECORD FOR ACES
With eight ace serves in OSU’s 3-0 win at Temple, Stacey Gordon set an Ohio State match record. Gordon and six others previously held the record at seven aces. They include Gordon (at Minnesota, 2001); Shelly Draeger (Purdue, 2001); Shelly Draeger (Tennessee Tech, 2001); Anne Botica (Illinois State, 2000); Jenny Jackson (Indiana, 1992); Erika Schlitz (vs. Colorado State at Texas A&M, 1988 and Lisa Bettio (Bowling Green, 1983).
BUCKEYES HOST MINNESOTA ON FOX SPORTS CHICAGO
Ohio State’s home match against Minnesota on Friday, Oct. 1 will be broadcast by FOX Sports Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. The match is one of 11 conference matches that will be carried by FOX Sports Chicago (8) or ESPN2 (3) this season.
VANESSA WOUTERS IS INDUCTED INTO OSU ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME
Outside hitter Vanessa Wouters was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall Of Fame, Friday, Sept. 10. Wouters played two years (1996-97) for the Buckeyes. A first-team All-American as a junior, Wouters also was the Big Ten Player of the Year and the Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year. For her career at Ohio State, she averaged 5.75 kills and 2.45 digs per game. She holds the Ohio State match record for kills (45) and points (50) and the Buckeye season record for kills (765) and points (867.5). Previous women’s volleyball players in the Hall of Fame include Karen Alsbrook (1977-79), Lisa Bettio (1982-85), Laura Davis (1991-94), Holly O’Leary (1987-90), Mary Ormsby (1977-80) and Leisa Wissler (1988-91).
UP NEXT FOR OHIO STATE
Ohio State begins Big Ten Conference play with road matches at Wisconsin and Northwestern. The Buckeyes face the Badgers at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24 in Madison, Wisc. OSU then plays the Wildcats at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25 in Evanston, Ill.