Dec. 8, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has announced that outside hitter Stacey Gordon (Sr., Oshawa, Ontario) and setter Marisa Main (So., Louisville, Ky.) have been named to the 12-member Mideast All-Region Team. The student-athletes are now eligible to be considered for All-American honors by the AVCA Division I Awards Committee.
The 5-11 Gordon is hitting .359 on the season and is averaging 7.00 kills, .33 aces, 3.71 digs and .54 blocks per game. The Big Ten Player of the Year, she is leading the Buckeyes in kills (763), aces (36) and digs (404). Her 7.00 kills per game average leads the country. Gordon has had double-figure kills in all 32 matches this season with 20-or-more kills in 24 matches. She has had double-figure kills in her last 108 matches and in 121 of 123 career matches. Gordon broke the Ohio State and Big Ten career kills record this season and currently has 2,719. Her 1,532 career digs is an Ohio State record. She was named the Big Ten Player of the Week five times this season and has won the honor 16 times in her career, a record for Big Ten volleyball. Gordon was honored as the AVCA National Player of the Week in matches against Xavier and Georgia Tech. She was named the most valuable player in three tournaments this season. Gordon’s 763 kills this season is three shy of breaking the Ohio State and Big Ten single season record of 765 set by Ohio State’s Vanessa Wouters in 1996. Gordon becomes only the second Ohio State student-athlete to be a four-time AVCA All-Region selection. Buckeye setter Laura Davis (1991-94) was the first OSU player to be so honored.
The 5-9 Main is averaging 14.74 assists per game and recently became the Ohio State single season record holder in assists with 1,621. That record was held by Jen Boleyn in 1996 with 1,599. Her assist per game average ranks her second nationally. An All-Big Ten selection, Main ranks third on the team with 261 digs for a 2.37 per game average and has had 12 matches with double-figure digs. She has 149 kills (1.35 per game) and is hitting .386. Main has 50 (five solos, 45 assists) blocks (.45 per game) on the season. A transfer from Xavier after her freshman season, she had a career-high of 68 assists against Illinois this season. Named to three All-Tournament teams, Main was the Big Ten assist per game conference statistical champion with a 14.68 average.
Ohio State, seeded fifth in the NCAA Championship bracket, is 29-3 on the season and has advanced to the Minneapolis Regional Semifinals at the Sports Pavilion, where they will play 12th-seeded Tennessee (32-2) Friday at 6 p.m. ET. Unseeded Georgia Tech (27-6) faces host and fourth seed Minnesota (30-4) in the second semifinal at 8 p.m. ET. The winners return Saturday at 8 p.m. ET to play for a berth in the National Championship semifinals in Long Beach, Calif. The Regional Championship match will be carried live by College Sports Television (CSTV).