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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team has released its 2011 schedule that includes 13 home matches. The Buckeyes will play 17 matches against teams that competed in the 2010 NCAA Tournament and 14 matches against teams that were in the final 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I Coaches Top-25 Poll.

Ohio State will play in four tournaments, opening the season at the West Virginia Mountaineer Invitational Aug. 26-28, playing Valparaiso, New Hampshire, Towson and West Virginia. The Buckeyes continue tournament play at the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic, Sept. 1-4 facing Hawaii, UCLA and Long Beach State. At the Toledo Rocket Classic, Sept. 9-10, Ohio State faces Penn, Alabama and Toledo. OSU closes out the preconference schedule by hosting the Sports Imports Classic, Sept. 16-17 against Akron, Albany and Maryland.

The Buckeyes begin Big Ten Conference play with road contests at Iowa Sept. 23 and Nebraska Sept. 24. OSU begins home conference play Sept. 30 against Minnesota. With the addition of Nebraska to the conference, the Buckeyes will play nine Big Ten opponents in home and home contests and will play single matches against Michigan State in Columbus Oct. 22 and close out the regular season Nov. 25 at Michigan.

Head coach Geoff Carlston enters his fourth season with Ohio State. The Buckeyes return three starters from last year’s team that finished 24-12 overall and was 10-10 (6th place) in the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State was an at-large selection to the NCAA Championship last season defeating Lipscomb, 3-1, in the first round and Dayton, 3-2, in the second round before losing, 3-1, to Stanford in the regional semifinals. Starting seniors Kelli Barhorst and Sarah Mignin and junior Emily Danks will anchor the 2011 squad. Returning squad members include juniors Mariah Booth, Kelsey Bowler and Amanda Peterson, sophomores Davionna DiSalvatore, Kaitlyn Leary, Marissa Otto and Amy Schwarzwalder. UCLA transfer junior Mari Hole and incoming freshmen Anna Faul, Erin Sekinger and Taylor Sherwin complete the squad.

2011 Ohio State Women’s Volleyball Schedule

    West Virginia Mountaineer Invitational  
Aug. 26 Fri. Vs. Valparaiso 10:30 a.m.
    Vs. New Hampshire 5 p.m.
Aug. 27 Sat. Vs. Towson 2:30 p.m.
    At West Virginia 7:30 p.m.
    Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball
Classic, Honolulu, Hawaii
 
Sept. 1 Thurs. At Hawaii 7 p.m.
Sept. 2 Fri. Vs. UCLA 5 p.m.
Sept. 4 Sun. Vs. Long Beach State 3 p.m.
    Rocket Classic, Toledo, Ohio  
Sept. 9 Fri. Vs. Penn 5 p.m.
Sept. 10 Sat. Vs. Alabama Noon
    At Toledo 7 p.m.
    Sports Imports Classic, Columbus, Ohio  
Sept. 16 Fri. Akron vs. Albany Noon
    ALBANY 5 p.m.
    Maryland vs. Akron 7 p.m.
Sept. 17 Sat. AKRON 11 a.m.
    Albany vs. Maryland 1 p.m.
    MARYLAND 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 Fri. *At Iowa 7 p.m.
Sept. 24 Sat. *At Nebraska 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 Fri. *MINNESOTA 7 p.m.
Oct. 1# Sat. *WISCONSIN 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 Fri. *ILLINOIS 7 p.m.
Oct. 8 Sat. *NORTHWESTERN 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 Fri. *At Indiana 7 p.m.
Oct. 15 Sat. *At Purdue 7 p.m.
Oct. 19 Wed. *At Penn State 7 p.m.
Oct. 22 Sat. *MICHIGAN STATE 7 p.m.
Oct. 28 Fri. *NEBRASKA 7 p.m.
Oct. 30 Sun. *IOWA 1 p.m.
Nov. 4 Fri. *At Wisconsin 7 p.m.
Nov. 5 Sat. *At Minnesota 7 p.m.
Nov. 11 Fri. *At Northwestern 7 p.m.
Nov. 12 Sat. *At Illinois 7 p.m.
Nov. 18 Fri. *PURDUE 7 p.m.
Nov. 19# Sat. *INDIANA 7 p.m.
Nov. 23 Wed. *PENN STATE 7 p.m.
Nov. 25 Fri. *At Michigan 7 p.m.
Dec. 1-4 Thur.-Sun. NCAA 1st & 2nd Rounds (1) TBA
Dec. 9-10 Fri-Sat. NCAA Regionals (2) TBA
Dec. 15 Thurs. NCAA National Semifinals (3) TBA
Dec. 17 Sat. NCAA National Championship (3) TBA

#Date and time subject to home football starting time
Match times local to site
Home matches in BOLD CAPS, played in St. John Arena
*Big Ten Conference match
(1) Campus sites to be determined
(2) Regional Sites: Lexington, Kentucky, Gainesville, Florida, Honolulu, Hawaii, Minneapolis, Minnesota
(3) San Antonio, Texas