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Aug. 4, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten women’s volleyball coaches have picked Stacey Gordon (Jr., Oshawa, Ontario) as a unanimous selection to the 2003 Pre-Season All-Big Ten Volleyball Team. She joins Minnesota’s Cassie Busse and Northwestern’s Erika Lange as unanimous selections. Gordon was the Big Ten Player of the Year last season as Ohio State finished fourth (13-7) in conference play. She was the Big Ten leader in kills per game (5.87) and finished seventh in digs (3.18) in conference action. Gordon was a 2002 first-team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American and was later named the Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year.

The Buckeyes were picked to finish sixth by the Big Ten coaches. Minnesota was the unanimous choice to win the conference. The Gophers won the 2002 league title with a 17-3 record. Penn State, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Indiana round out the top-five teams.

Ohio State will open the 2003 season by hosting Ball State at 7 p.m. on Sept. 3.

2003 BIG TEN PRE-SEASON POLL 2002 Conference 2002 Record Finish 1. Minnesota 17-3 1 2. Penn State 14-6 2(tie) 3. Michigan State 11-9 5 4. Wisconsin 14-6 2(tie) 5. Indiana 10-10 6(tie) 6. Ohio State 13-7 4 7. Michigan 10-10 6(tie) 8. Northwestern 10-10 6(tie) 9. Illinois 7-13 9 10. Iowa 2-18 10(tie) 11. Purdue 2-18 10(tie)

2003 PRE-SEASON ALL-BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL TEAM Name School Yr./ Position Hometown Lisa Argabright (2) Illinois Sr./Middle Blocker Louisville, Ky. Christina Archibald Indiana Jr./Outside Belleville, Ill. Erin Moore (2) Michigan Sr./Middle Blocker Tiffin, Ohio Jenny Rood Michigan State Sr./Middle Ada, Mich. Cassie Busse (2) Minnesota Sr./Opposite Prior Lake, Minn. Paula Gentil Minnesota So./Libero Fortaleza Ceara, Brazil Lindsey (Vander Well) Taatjes Minnesota Jr./Setter Prinsburg, Minn. Erika Lange (3) Northwestern Sr./Middle Blocker Orland Park, Ill. Stacey Gordon (2) Ohio State Jr./Outside Hitter Oshawa, Ontario Cara Smith (2) Penn State Sr./Middle Lafayette, Ind. Sam Tortorello Penn State So./Setter Shorewood, Ill. Morgan Shields Wisconsin Sr./Setter Watertown, Wis.

(2) Two-time selection (3) Three-time selection