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Sept. 8, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State (4-0 overall) women’s volleyball team continues on the road this week at the Georgia Tech Invitational. The Buckeyes will face Xavier (1-3) Saturday, Sept. 11 and No. 21 Georgia Tech (0-4) Sunday, Sept. 12. Both matches being a 2 p.m. EDT in O’Keefe Gymnasium on the Georgia Tech campus. The Buckeye then return to St. John Arena to host Youngstown State (2-2) Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Jim Stone. Ohio State opened the season with four straight victories. After defeating Dayton, 3-0, in the season opener at home, Ohio State won the Temple Volleyball Classic with a 3-0 win over Temple, and 3-1 victories over North Carolina and Western Michigan.

A LOOK AT XAVIER
The Musketeers are coached by Floyd Deaton. Xavier has a 1-3 record opening with a 3-0 win over Maryland-Baltimore County. The Musketeers lost three matches at the Alabama Tournament, dropping 3-2 decisions to Montana State and the College of Charleston and a 3-0 loss to Alabama. Ohio State has won all four meetings with Xavier. The last meeting came in the 1998 Buckeye Invitational, a 3-0 (15-6, 15-7, 15-4) OSU victory.

A LOOK AT GEORGIA TECH
The Yellow Jackets are coached by Bond Shymansky. Georgia Tech is 0-4 on the season opening two weeks’ ago with a 3-0 loss to Southern California and a 3-1 loss to Colorado State. Last week the Yellow Jackets suffered losses to Purdue (3-1) and Wisconsin (3-2) in Madison, Wis. Ohio State leads the series with Georgia Tech, 1-0. The only meeting came in the 1995 Colorado Invitational, a 3-0 (15-8, 15-7, 15-10) Buckeye victory.

A LOOK AT YOUNGSTOWN STATE
The Penguins are coached by Joe Conroy. Youngstown State is 2-2 on the season. They defeated Holy Cross (3-0) and Siena (3-1) and lost to Radford (2-3) last weekend at Holy Cross. The Penguins lost 3-1 to Duquesne Tuesday at home. They face Niagara, UNC-Wilmington and Chicago State this weekend prior to Tuesday’s match with the Buckeyes. Ohio State leads the series with Youngstown State, 1-0. The lone meeting came in 1974, a 2-0 (15-4, 15-0) win at the OAISW Championship played in Dayton.

OHIO STATE BY THE NUMBERS
For the season, Stacey Gordon (Sr., Oshawa, Ontario) leads the Buckeyes in every statistical category except assists. In the four matches to date she has 100.5 points with 85 kills (6.07 per game), 10 ace serves (.71) and two solo and seven assist blocks (.64). She has a team-high 36 digs (2.57). Setter Marisa Main (So., Louisville, Ky.) leads the team in assists with 190 for a 13.57 per game average. She has equaled Gordon’s 10 ace serves and is tied for second on the squad in digs with 30. Danielle Meyer (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) ranks second on the team in kills with 48 (3.43). Meyer and Maya Mapp (Sr., Washington, D.C.) rank second on the team in blocks with eight each. Meyer has eight assists (.57) while Mapp has two solos and six assist blocks (.62).

REVIEWING THE DAYTON MATCH
Ohio State opened the season with a 3-0 (30-17, 30-16, 30-15) home victory over Dayton. Stacey Gordon recorded a match-high 19.5 points with Ami Stevens (Fr., Centerburg, Ohio) adding 15. Gordon produced a match-high 16 kills while hitting .500 and added a team-high five blocks with two solos and three assists. Stevens had 11 kills, three ace serves and two assist blocks. Flyer Faye Barhorst scored a match-high 9.5 points with six kills and a match-high six blocks (one solo and five assists). Ohio State hit .333 for the match to .086 for Dayton.

REVIEWING THE TEMPLE MATCH
Ohio State defeated Temple, 3-0 (30-21, 30-17, 30-22) in the opening round of the Temple Volleyball Classic. OSU’s Stacey Gordon recorded a match-high 27.5 points with a match-highs of 19 kills and eight ace serves. Her eight aces set an Ohio State match record previously held by Gordon and six others at seven aces. Buckeye Danielle Meyer added 14.5 points with 13 kills and three assist blocks while Maya Mapp had 10.5 points on seven kills, an ace serve and a solo and three assist blocks. Owl Linsey Morningstar had a team-high 8.5 points for Temple with seven kills, one ace serve and one assist block. The Buckeyes hit .354 for the match to .169 for Temple and had a 44-22 advantage in digs.

REVIEWING THE NORTH CAROLINA MATCH
In the second round of the Temple Volleyball Classic, Ohio State defeated North Carolina, 3-1 (30-23, 23-30, 30-25, 30-28) behind a 24-point performance by Stacey Gordon on a match-high 22 kills with an ace serve and two assist blocks. Danielle Meyer added 21 points for OSU with 18 kills, two ace serves and two assist blocks. Tar Heel Molly Pyles had a team-high 20.5 points on 19 kills, one ace serve and one assist block. Each squad hit .207 for the match with OSU having a 66-51 advantage in kills

REVIEWING THE WESTERN MICHIGAN MATCH
Ohio State, with a 3-1 (30-27, 30-21, 29-31, 30-21) win over Western Michigan, captured the Temple Volleyball Classic. OSU’s Stacey Gordon and Marisa Main were named to the All-Tournament Team. Gordon had a season-high 29.5 points in the match with 28 kills, one ace serve and one assist block. Main contributed 53 assists in the match adding 12 digs, four ace serves and three kills. Bronco Ashley Schatzle had a team-high 18.5 points for Western Michigan with 17 kills, an ace serve and an assist block. The Buckeyes hit .336 for the match to .193 for the Broncos.

BUCKEYES WIN TEMPLE VOLLEYBALL CLASSIC
With wins over Temple, North Carolina and Western Michigan, Ohio State captured the Temple Volleyball Classic last weekend. OSU’s Stacey Gordon and Marisa Main were named to the All-Tournament Team along with Linsey Morningstar of Temple, Shaylen Jackson of Western Michigan and Katie Wright and Amy Beaver of North Carolina.

GORDON REACHES 2,000 KILLS
With 22 kills against North Carolina, Stacey Gordon surpassed 2,000 career kills. She finished the weekend with 2,041. Gordon becomes the seventh Big Ten player to reach 2,000 kills and currently is sixth on the career kills list for the Big Ten. She needs 68 kills to pass Debbie McDonald (1986-89) of Purdue who ranks fifth with 2,108. The Big Ten career kills leader is Nicole Branagh (1997-2000) of Minnesota with 2,379. With her 53 attempts against Western Michigan, Gordon now has 4,491 career attack attempts and has become the OSU career leader. The previous career record with 4,473 by Holly O’Leary (1987-1990).

GORDON EXTENDS DOUBLE-FIGURE KILLS STREAK TO 80 MATCHES
With double-figure kills in her first four matches this season, Stacey Gordon has extended her streak of double-figure kills to 80 matches over the last four years. Last week she recorded 16 kills against Dayton, 19 against Temple, 22 against North Carolina and 28 against Western Michigan. For her career she has had double-figure kills in 93 of 95 matches with 55 matches of 20 or more. In the fourth game against Western Michigan, she closed out the match with a 10-kill performance, her first double-figure kill game of the season. She had 20 games last season with 10-or-more kills with a career-high of 17 kills in game four at Purdue.

GORDON SETS OHIO STATE MATCH RECORD FOR ACES
With eight ace serves in OSU’s 3-0 win at Temple, Stacey Gordon set an Ohio State match record. Gordon and six others previously held the record at seven aces. They include Gordon (at Minnesota, 2001); Shelly Draeger (Purdue, 2001); Shelly Draeger (Tennessee Tech, 2001); Anne Botica (Illinois State, 2000); Jenny Jackson (Indiana, 1992); Erika Schlitz (vs. Colorado State at Texas A&M, 1988 and Lisa Bettio (Bowling Green, 1983).

GORDON MOVES TO EIGHTH IN CAREER ACES WITH 134
With her eight aces against Temple and one each against North Carolina and Western Michigan, Stacey Gordon now has 134 aces in her career. She has moved to eighth on the OSU career ace list, up from 11th at the beginning of the season. She passes Audrey DiPronio (1988-90) and Leisa Wissler (1988-91) with 133 each and Laura Davis (1991-94) with 138. Gordon needs four aces to pass No. 7 Jenny Jackson (1992-95) who has 137 and need six to pass No. 6 Marlene O’Brien (1983-86) who has 136.

GORDON NOW SEVENTH IN CAREER DIGS WITH 1,164
Stacey Gordon collected a team-high 36 digs in the four matches last week to give her 1,164 career digs. That number moves her to seventh on the Ohio State career digs list passing Jen Flynn (1996-99) who had 1,138. Gordon needs 10 digs to move past No. 6 Julie Chellevold (1988-91) who has 1,173.

GORDON EDGES INTO CAREER ASSIST BLOCKS LIST WITH 148, TIED FOR 20TH
With her seven assist blocks last week, Stacey Gordon now has 148 career assist blocks and has moved into a tie for 20th on the OSU career assist blocks list. She is tied with Brianne Spiers (1995-96, 98-99). Gordon is 20 blocks behind No.19 Shellye Sills (1997-99) who has 168. In total blocks Gordon has 176 (28 solos, 148 assists) and needs six total blocks to move into 20th on the OSU career total blocks list. With six total blocks, she would pass Sills who has 181 (13-168).

MAIN HAS SUCCESSFUL DEBUT WITH THE BUCKEYES
Marisa Main had a successful beginning to her career with Ohio State. A transfer from Xavier, Main has Ohio State at 4-0 and is averaging 13.57 assists per game. Named to the All-Tournament team at the Temple Volleyball Classic last weekend, she equaled her career high of 57 assists against North Carolina.

BUCKEYES OPEN SEASON WITH THREE FRESHMEN IN THE STARTING LINEUP
Ohio State opened up the 2004 season with a starting lineup of three freshmen (Nicole Britenriker (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio), Danielle Meyer, Ami Stevens), two sophomores (Briana McCarthy (So., Beaver Dam, Wis.), Marisa Main) and a senior (Stacey Gordon). This marks the second time in six years that the Buckeyes had three freshmen in the starting lineup. In 1992, Suzie Stiling, Sue Calligaris and Shelly Dreager started in the opening match of the season. The 2004 lineup is the second youngest lineup for OSU. The youngest lineup came in 1992 when four sophomores (Laura Davis, Sara Daniel, Carrie Leonard, Gabriele Jobst) and two freshmen (Ashley Mullis, Kristine Jensen) started the season.

KASTEIN SETS CAREER DIGS MARK AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA
Starting the third and four games against North Carolina in the libero position, Rebecca Kastein (Jr., Mt. Lebanon, Pa.) had a career-high 18 digs against the Tar Heels. Her previous best was 16 against Purdue in 2002. Kastein had two digs in the first two games as a defensive specialist. She then started at libero in game three and produced 11 digs. She added five digs in game four for her career mark of 18. For the four matches last week, Kastein collected 30 digs in 12 games for a 2.50 per game average.

McCARTHY HAS CAREER-HIGH FOUR ACES AGAINST DAYTON
In the season opener, Briana McCarthy recorded a career-high four ace serves against the Flyers. Her previous high was three against Indiana in 2003. McCarthy started all four matches last week, but at outside hitter, where she began the 2003 season before moving to setter for the final 26 matches. Named to the Big Ten All-Freshmen team last season, McCarthy opened the 2004 season recording 21 kills while hitting .279.

MEYER PRODUCES IN THE MIDDLE
Ranking second on the team in kills per game at 3.43, Danielle Meyer is producing in the middle for the Buckeyes. She hit .337 for the four matches last week and had eight assist blocks. She had a career-high 18 kills against North Carolina and added 13 kills in the matches against Temple and Western Michigan.

GORDON SELECTED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
By a vote of the conference coaches, Stacey Gordon was a unanimous selection to the 2004 Preseason All-Big Ten Team for the third consecutive season. Gordon, a three-time Big Ten all-conference selection was on of three student-athletes that were a unanimous choice by the conference coaches. The others were Kim Schram of Michigan State and Sam Tortorello of Penn State.

BUCKEYES PICKED SIXTH IN THE BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
In the 2004 coach’s preseason poll, Ohio State was picked to finish in a tie for sixth with Michigan by the Big Ten coaches. Minnesota was tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the conference. Penn State was picked for second with Wisconsin third.

STEVENS IS GOLDEN FROM USA JUNIOR NATIONAL PLAY
Outside hitter Ami Stevens, prior to preseason practice, was a member of the USA Junior National Team that won gold at the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) Junior Continental Championships played recently in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A two-time all-state selection, her high school squad won the 2003 state championship, finished runner-up in 2000 and 2001 and reached the state semifinals in 2002.

OHIO STATE HOSTS THE BUCKEYE CLASSIC AT TWO SITES
Florida International, Northeastern and Montana State will come to Columbus to play in the Buckeye Classic, Sept. 17-18. Two rounds of the Classic will be played Friday in St. John Arena. The final round will be played at Centerburg High School.

BUCKEYES HOST MINNESOTA ON FOX SPORTS CHICAGO
Ohio State’s home match against Minnesota on Friday, Oct. 1 will be broadcast by FOX Sports Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. The match is one of 11 conference matches that will be carried by FOX Sports Chicago (8) or ESPN2 (3) this season.

VANESSA WOUTERS TO BE INDUCTED INTO OSU ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME
Outside hitter Vanessa Wouters will be inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall Of Fame, Friday, Sept. 10. Wouters played two years (1996-97) for the Buckeyes. A first-team All-American as a junior, Wouters also was the Big Ten Player of the Year and the Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year. For her career at Ohio State, she averaged 5.75 kills and 2.45 digs per game. She holds the Ohio State match record for kills (45) and points (50) and the Buckeye season record for kills (765) and points (867.5). Previous women’s volleyball players in the Hall of Fame include Karen Alsbrook (1977-79), Lisa Bettio (1982-85), Laura Davis (1991-94), Holly O’Leary (1987-90), Mary Ormsby (1977-80) and Leisa Wissler (1988-91).

UP NEXT FOR OHIO STATE
After two weeks on the road, Ohio State will return to Ohio for four matches next week. The Buckeyes will host Youngstown State at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14 and then host Florida International, Northeastern and Montana State in the Buckeye Classic. OSU will host Florida International at 10 a.m. and Northeastern at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17. The final round of the Classic will be played at Centerberg High School with OSU playing Montana State at 7 p.m.