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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team begins the 2010 season by hosting the Sports Imports Classic this weekend. The Buckeyes open play at 7 p.m. Friday against Virginia Commonwealth. The Classic continues Saturday with a slate of three matches. At 11 a.m., Ohio State hosts Western Michigan. Pittsburgh plays Western Michigan at 3 p.m. and Ohio State at 7 p.m. All matches will be played in St. John Arena. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students per match.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes have 11 letter winners returning from 2009 including four starters: middle blocker Kelli Barhorst and outside hitters Emily Danks, Anna Szerszen and Katie Dull. The Buckeyes finished the 2009 season with a 25-10 overall record and tied for fourth in the Big Ten Conference with a 12-8 record.

VIDEO OF HOME MATCHES AVAILABLE ON BUCKEYE VISION
Ohio State women’s volleyball home matches will be available (subject to Big Ten Network coverage) on the web through “Buckeye Vision” for a fee. Get unlimited access to live and on-demand Ohio State video and audio (when available) in the “Buckeye Vision” on a month-by-month basis for $9.95 per month. Monthly subscriptions are set to automatically renew every 30 days until you visit the Manage Packages link in your profile and cancel your subscription. For more information, check out OhioStateBuckeyes.com or go to: http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/regflow/MoreInfo.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=17300

LIVESTATS OF HOME MATCHES AVAILABLE ON OHIOSTATEBUCKEYES.COM
Livestats for Ohio State home matches are available at ohiostatebuckeyes.com. The direct page link is: http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/liveStats/liveStats.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=17300

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH QUICK FACTS
Location: Richmond, Va.
Nickname: Rams
Colors: Black & Gold
Volleyball Coach: James Finley
2009 Record: 27-9, 12-2 Colonial Athletic Association, 1st
Website: vcuathletics.com
Series Record: Ohio State leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Sept. 25, 1976 at the Eastern Kentucky Invitational. OSU 2-0 (15-5, 15-2) 

WESTERN MICHIGAN QUICK FACTS
Location : Kalamazoo, Mich.
Nickname: Broncos
Colors: Brown & Gold
Volleyball Coach: Colleen Munson
2009 Record: 24-11, 13-3, Mid-American Conference-West, 1st
Website: wmubroncos.com
Series Record: Western Michigan leads 4-3
Last Meeting:  Sept. 12, 2009 at Panther Invitational, Milwaukee, Wis.
OSU won 3-2, 25-18, 25-19, 23-25, 16-25, 15-11

PITTSBURGH QUICK FACTS
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Nickname: Panthers
Colors: Vegas Gold and Navy
Volleyball Coach: Toby Rens
2009 Record: 20-11, 12-2 Big East,  2nd-tie
Website: pittsburghpanthers.com
Series Record:Ohio State leads 13-8
Last Meeting:  Sept. 16, 2005 at the Ohio State Buckeye Classic
OSU won 3-1, 30-19, 30-24, 31-33, 30-28

SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Season tickets for the 2010 women’s volleyball season are now on sale at the Ohio State Ticket Office. Season ticket prices are $52 for adults and $26 for youth (ages seven to 18 with youth six and under free) for the 13 home matches. The season ticket price saves one dollar per match off the single ticket price of $5 for adults and $3 for youth. The family pack season ticket, good for two adult and two youth season tickets is $150. Ohio State students get in free with their valid Buck-ID.

Fans who purchase adult and youth season tickets or the Family Pack season ticket will be invited to a preseason open practice, meet the team and locker room tour Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Scarlet and Gray match. It also provides a 50 percent discount on Lil’ Spikers membership (open to youth ages 5-12).

To purchase season tickets, fans can call Beth Howe with the ticket office sales staff at 614-292-0063 or visit OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Single match tickets and group tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 2. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $2 each. Tickets must be purchased in advance as the group discount is not offered the day of the match. Please note that a service fee may apply to all tickets.

BUCKEYES HAVE THREE BIG TEN NETWORK APPEARANCES
The Big Ten Network will have three Ohio State matches shown live this season. Buckeye home matches against Minnesota (Oct. 16, 6 p.m.) and Penn State (Oct 20, 7 p.m.) and OSU’s road match at Michigan (Nov. 6, 6 p.m.) are part of the conference broadcast schedule. 

BIG TEN COACHES PICK OHIO STATE TO FINISH FOURTH
By a vote of the Big Ten coaches, Ohio State has been picked to finish fourth in the 2010 season. The Buckeyes finished tied for fourth last season. Six-time defending champion Penn State was picked to finish first, Illinois season and Minnesota third. Rounding out the top six is Michigan fifth and Michigan State sixth.

KATIE DULL IS NAMED TO THE 2010 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
Senior outside hitter Katie Dull was a unanimous selection to the 2010 preseason All-Big Ten team by a vote of the Big Ten coaches. Joining Dull on the team is Johannah Bangert, Michelle Bartsch, Laura DeBruler and Hillary Haen of Illinois; Ashley Benson of Indiana; Alex Hunt and Lexi Zimmerman of Michigan; Kyndra Abron of Michigan State; Lauren Gibbemeyer, Tabitha Love and Hailey Cowles of Minnesota; Sabel Moffett of Northwestern and Blair Brown, Alyssa D’Errico and Arielle Wilson of Penn State.

OHIO STATE RECEIVES VOTES IN THE AVCA PRESEASON POLL
In the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 preseason poll, Ohio State received 120 votes and is three slots out of the Top 25. Four Big Ten squads are ranked in the Top 25 with Penn State first, Illinois and Minnesota tied for sixth and Michigan ranked 12th.

HEAD COACH GEOFF CARLSTON
Geoff Carlston is in his third season at Ohio State. He directed the Buckeyes to a fourth place tie (12-8) in the Big Ten in 2009 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship finishing with a 25-10 overall record.

Carlston came to Ohio State after spending five years as head coach of Ohio University where he built an outstanding program. His squads played in five NCAA tournaments, reaching regional play in 2005. At Ohio, Carlston guided the Bobcats to five-consecutive Mid American Conference championships with an overall record of 144-22. He had a MAC conference record of 78-2 and was 14-1 in the conference tournament, winning four of five. 

Carlston was named the MAC Coach of the Year four times and was twice named the Mideast Region Coach of the Year.

He began collegiate coaching with three years at Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) where he posted a 49-42 record. His career record is 230-94.

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