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Aug. 9, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team has been ranked 23rd in the preseason College Sports Television (CSTV)/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll released today by the AVCA. The Buckeyes received 346 points in the poll beginning the season in the same spot they ended the 2005 season. Ohio State was 22-9 overall last year, finishing in a tie for third in the Big Ten Conference with a 14-6 record.

FIVE BIG TEN TEAM RANKED IN THE TOP 25
The Buckeyes are one of five Big Ten teams ranked the preseason poll. Penn State leads the Big Ten contingent at No. 2, followed by No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 16 Purdue and No. 22 Minnesota. Northwestern received votes from the panel of coaches.

FIVE 2006 STARTERS RETURNING
The Buckeyes return five of six starters from the 2005 season. American Volleyball Coaches Association second-team All-American setter Marisa Main (Sr., Louisville, Ky.) and AVCA third-team All-American middle blocker Danielle Meyer (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) top the returning starters that include outside hitters Ami Stevens (Jr., Centerburg, Ohio), Felicia Jones (Sr., Concord, Ontario) and Ashley Kiel (Sr., Allenton, Wis.). Libero starter Brittany Dahms (Jr., Byron, Ill.) rounds out a solid returning group for the Buckeyes. BUCKEYES WELCOME A STRONG FRESHMEN CLASS
A total of seven freshmen will form the Class of 2009 for the Buckeyes. The class includes setter Ashley Hughes (Fr., Carroll, Ohio), outside hitters Heather Royal (Fr., Plano, Texas) and Anna Szerszen (Fr., Conflans Ste Hne, France), middle blockers Meghan Simons (Fr., Carroll, Ohio) and Kristen Dozier (Fr., Sandy Spring, Md.) and liberos/defensive specialists Lindsay Schad (Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) and Michelle Hammond (Fr., Columbus, Ohio).

OHIO STATE OPENS THE SEASON AUG. 26
The Buckeyes open the 2006 season at the Towson Invitational when they face Robert Morris and Houston, Saturday, Aug. 26 and Towson, Sunday, Aug. 27.

CSTV/AVCA 2006 Preseason Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll
Aug. 8, 2006

Rk. School
(First-Place Votes)
Total
Points
2005
Record
2005
Rank
1. Nebraska (14) 1,431 33-2 2
2. Penn State (16) 1,407 31-3 5
3. Washington (16) 1,357 32-1 1
4. Stanford (13) 1,287 26-6 13
5. Florida 1,181 33-3 3
6. Santa Clara 1,115 27-5 4
7. Hawai’i 1,067 27-7 9
8. Texas 1,066 24-5 16
9. Wisconsin 896 26-7 10
10. UCLA 837 20-11 15
11. Tennessee 779 25-9 6
12. Louisville 751 31-3 11
13. Missouri 732 25-5 8
14. Southern California 642 17-11 19
15. Ohio 593 33-3 14
16. Purdue 545 25-9 17
17. California 528 19-11 20
18. Arizona 491 25-6 7
19. Pepperdine 484 19-12 18
20. San Diego 413 23-6 22
21. Notre Dame 411 30-4 12
22. Minnesota 393 25-8 21
23. Ohio State 346 22-9 23
24. Utah 202 23-9 T-25
25. Kansas State 162 21-11 24

Others receiving votes: Brigham Young 74, Long Beach State 64, Colorado 35, UC-Santa Barbara 33, LSU 32, New Mexico State 25, Duke 22, Loyola Marymount 18, Northwestern 14, Texas A&M 11, Maryland 7, Marshall 6, Saint Mary’s (CA) 6, Wichita State 6, Northern Iowa 5, San Francisco 5, Colorado State 4, Virginia 3, Albany 2, Sacramento State 2, Cincinnati 2, Dayton 2, Georgia Tech 2, Western Kentucky 2, College of Charleston 1, South Carolina 1.