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Dec. 20, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball squad finished the 2001 season ranked 12th in the final USA Today/American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll that was released Wednesday. The Buckeyes began the season ranked 16th in the preseason poll and reached ninth for a two week period during the season.

Ohio State closed out the 2001 season with a 27-4 overall record and was 17-3 in the Big Ten Conference, finishing second in the league. OSU’s second place finish was the squad’s best finish since it finished second in 1995.

The Buckeyes received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship and won first and second round matches at home against Robert Morris and Cincinnati. OSU, the 13th seed of the 16 in the bracket, advanced to the Region 2 Regional Semifinals in Los Angeles, Calif., where the Buckeyes ended the season with a loss to the fourth-seed, Southern California.

Numerous conference and national honors were awarded to the Buckeyes this season. Anne Botica, Katie Virtue and Stacey Gordon were named to the All-Big Ten squad with Suzie Stiling, an honorable mention All-Big Ten. Gordon was named to the Big Ten All-Freshmen Team and was honored as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Botica and Gordon were later named to the AVCA Midwest All-Region squad with Gordon being named an AVCA second team All-American. She was also honored as the AVCA National Freshman of the Year.

Senior starters Anne Botica and Erin Baker and defensive specialist Nikki Cisco have concluded their careers with the Buckeyes. Eight players will be available for the 2002 season including returning junior starters Katie Virtue, Suzie Stiling, Shelly Draeger and freshman Stacey Gordon.

USA TODAY/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 FINAL POLL

December 19, 2001

Rk School Total 2001 Last (First-Place Votes) Points Record Poll 1 Stanford (62) 1622 33- 2 3 2 Long Beach State (3) 1560 33- 1 1 3 Nebraska 1495 31- 2 2 4 Arizona 1430 25- 5 4 5 Southern California 1356 25- 4 5 6 Florida 1289 28- 2 7 7 Wisconsin 1123 27- 4 6 8 Pepperdine 1075 23- 4 8 9 UCLA 1038 21- 9 14 10 Colorado State 1030 29- 4 9 11 Texas A&M 1017 26- 6 15 12 Ohio State 954 27- 4 10 13 Hawai’i 870 29- 5 11 14 Pacific 852 28- 8 12 15 Utah 797 25- 7 13 16 Northern Iowa 648 31- 2 16 17 Penn State 563 22- 8 17 18 Kansas State 508 20- 8 18 19 Michigan State 454 21- 8 19 20 Illinois 358 21- 9 20 21 Utah State 236 20-11 22 22 Brigham Young 224 20- 9 21 23 Colorado 199 19-22 23 24 San Jose State 127 25- 8 24 25 Univ. of San Diego 80 22- 9 25

Others receiving points and listed on two or more ballots: North Carolina (49), Santa Clara (41), Minnesota (23), South Carolina (23), Cincinnati (14), UC Santa Barbara (13), Arkansas (12), Notre Dame (10), Louisville (10), Washington State (8), Oregon State (7), Eastern Washington (3).

Four teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 7 combined points