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Oct. 12, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State (8-5 overall, 2-4 Big Ten, tied for sixth) continues on the road with matches Friday at 24th-ranked Wisconsin (11-5, 4-2, fourth) and Saturday at Purdue (10-5, 2-4, tied for sixth).%^$

The Buckeyes split a pair of road matches last week, losing to top-ranked Penn State 0-3 (5-15, 5-15, 1-15) and defeating Northwestern 3-0 (15-6, 15-5, 15-8).%^$

LOOKING AT THE BUCKEYES%^$

Ohio State, offensively, is led by Rosie Snow who averages 4.21 kills (202) per game. Dana Stearns ranks second in kills at 3.00 (138) per game. Stearns has the top hitting percentage (among the hitters) on the squad at .323. On the serve, Jen Flynn has a team-high 15 aces with setter Katie Virtue at 14 aces. Virtue is averaging 11.62 assists per game. Defensively, Snow has a team-high of 127 digs (2.65), while Suzie Stiling (5-28, .73) has a team-high 33 blocks and Stearns is second (2-29, .67) with 31 total blocks. %^$

As a team Ohio State is hitting .243 and averaging 16.54 kills per game. OSU averages 1.85 blocks, 12.67 digs and 1.44 aces per game. Buckeye opponents are hitting .204 and average 13.31 kills per game. Opponents average 2.29 blocks, 11.13 digs and 1.02 aces per game.%^$

BACK ON THE WINNING TRACT%^$

Ohio State stopped its second two-match losing streak with the win at Northwestern. OSU had lost to Illinois at home and Penn State on the road prior to beating Northwestern. The Buckeyes also had back-to-back road losses at Michigan and Michigan State before defeating Indiana at home.%^$

2-4 BIG TEN START%^$

Ohio State’s 2-4 record in the Big Ten marks the second time this decade OSU has started Big Ten play with a 2-4 mark. The other season was 1998. OSU was 3-3 in both 1996 and 1997, had 6-0 starts in 1991 and 1993 and 5-1 starts in 1990, 1992, 1994 and 1995.%^$

FRESHMEN STARTERS%^$

The Buckeyes have three freshmen in the starting rotation. Katie Virtue runs the offense at setter and is averaging 11.62 assists per game. Shelly Draeger and Suzie Stiling are in the rotation with Draeger averaging 2.69 kills per game and Stiling 2.16 kills per game. The three freshmen have combined for 30 percent of the kills from the starting rotation.%^$

SNOW CONTINUES STREAK%^$

With 12 kills at Penn State and 11 vs. Northwestern, Rosie Snow extended her streak of consecutive matches with double-figure kills to 34. The streak includes the last 21 matches of 1998 and the 13 this season.%^$

SNOW 10TH AND COUNTING%^$

Rosie Snow stands in 10th place on the OSU career kills list with 1,042. She needs eight kills to pass No. 9 Sherri Helman (with 1,049) who played from 1993 to 1996.%^$

SNOW CLOSES IN ON 1,000 DIGS%^$

Rosie Snow had 10 digs on the weekend and now stands 11th in OSU career digs with 983. She needs 17 to become the 11th OSU player to reach career 1,000 career digs.%^$

FLYNN 11TH IN CAREER TOTAL BLOCKS%^$

Jen Flynn had three assist blocks at Northwestern and now has 237 total blocks for her career. That moved her into a tie with Holly O’Leary (1987-90) for 11th on the OSU career list.%^$

STILING HITS CAREER HIGH%^$

Suzie Stiling hit .421 at Northwestern Saturday establishing a career high for the freshman. She had 11 kills (co-match high) with three errors in 19 attempts. Her previous high was .354 (11-3-19) against Illinois. She also had a career-high two ace serves and picked up at team-high four blocks (one solo, three assists) against Northwestern.%^$

A HOMECOMING FOR DRAEGER%^$

Freshman Shelly Draeger will get to see some friends and family this Friday as she returns to Wisconsin to face the Badgers. Draeger, a native of Milwaukee (Wisconsin Luthern H.S.) has started all 13 matches for Ohio State. She is fourth on the team in kills with 121 for a 2.69 per game average.%^$

TV COVERAGE AT WISCONSIN%^$

Ohio State’s match at Wisconsin will be broadcast live by Midwest Sports Channel. Ken Syke and Andrea Nilsen will provide the on-air commentary.%^$

ROAD HEAVY SCHEDULE%^$

Ohio State will play its third road weekend out of four in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes are 1-3 in Big Ten road matches losing to Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State. OSU defeated Northwestern on the road. After this weekend, the Buckeyes will have eight of 12 matches at home.%^$

HEAD COACH JIM STONE%^$

Jim Stone is in his 18th year at Ohio State. He has a 389-174 (.690) record with the Buckeyes and is 220-93 (.703) in Big Ten play. His squads have won Big Ten championships in 1989, 1991 and 1994 and in the last 10 years has only finished below third once. In the championship years, he was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year and in 1991 was the Volleyball Monthly Coach of the Year. For the last 10 years, OSU has participated in the NCAA Championships, advancing to the national semifinals in 1991 and 1994. Stone’s coaching career record includes three years at Wyoming (1979-1981). His 21-year career record is 439-217 (.670).%^$

THE DEAN OF THE BIG TEN COACHES%^$

Head coach Jim Stone begins his 18th-year in the Big Ten at Ohio State. Closest to Stone is Mike Hebert of Minnesota who is entering his 17th season. He spent 14 years at Illinois and the last three at Minnesota.%^$

TELEVISION COVERAGE%^$

The Buckeyes are scheduled for eight televised matches this season. OSU’s Nov. 5 match at Illinois will be carried by ESPN2. Broadcast of the match will be Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. Eastern. Ohio State also will take part in the Fox Sports Chicago Big Ten package. OSU’s match against Michigan Nov. 14 will be broadcast at 5 p.m. Eastern that day.%^$

Ohio State also will have six matches produced by Central Ohio SPORT! Television. The following matches will be broadcasted by tape delay: Temple match Sept. 21 and 22, Illinois Oct. 5 and 6, Iowa Oct. 24 and 26, Penn State Oct. 28 and 29, Michigan State Nov. 13 and 14, Wisconsin Nov. 28 and 29. The matches will be replayed at 7 p.m. on Insight Communications (Ch. 36) and Time Warner (Ch. 24).%^$

NEW LOOK FLOOR AT ST. JOHN ARENA%^$

After 42 years of having a basketball floor painted on the floor of St. John Arena, a new look greets the 1999 season of volleyball. Earlier this year, the floor of St. John Arena was sanded down to removed the basketball court markings. In its place is a painted volleyball court for use by the women’s and men’s teams.%^$

BUCKEYES MAKE THE GRADE%^$

Ohio State had four student-athletes honored by the Big Ten for their academic standing. Angelee Abbring, Jen Flynn, Laura Stalling and Dana Stearns were honored as Academic All-Big Ten selections. In addition, six players were honored as Ohio State Scholar-Athlete Award Winners. Included with the four players listed above were freshmen Erin Baker and Carey Cavanaugh.%^$

NATIONAL TEAM CONNECTION%^$

Former Buckeye Laura Davis (1991-94) continues in volleyball as a member of the United States National team. She plays the libero position, a back-row only player. Davis, a two-time All-American, was the 1994 National Player of the Year. Jenny Jackson (1992-95), a member of the national team for the past several years left the team earlier this year to pursue a career in engineering. Jackson was a 1994 All-American and a three-time All-Big Ten selection.%^$

IN THE PROFESSIONAL RANKS%^$

Two former OSU players, Tricia Stragliotto (1993-95) and Vanessa Wouters (1996-97) are currently playing professionally in Europe. Stragliotto, a 1995 All-American and a three-time All-Big Ten pick is playing in Italy while Wouters, a 1995 All-American and the Big Ten Player of the Year is playing in Germany.%^$

HOLLY O’LEARY ENTERS HALL OF FAME%^$

Former Buckeye Holly O’Leary (1987-90) of Cincinnati, Ohio was inducted into the Ohio State Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 10. A two-time all-American, O’Leary was the 1989 Big Ten Player of the Year and helped OSU win the 1989 Big Ten Championship. She will join former players Mary Ormsby (1977-80), Lisa Bettio (1982-85) and Karen Alsbrooks (1976-79) in the Hall of Fame.%^$

NCAA HISTORY%^$

Ohio State has appeared in 10-consecutive NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes have advanced to the regional level seven times and twice (1991 and 1994) has reached the national semifinals. Overall the Buckeyes have a 13-10 (.565) record in NCAA play. OSU’s trips to the national semifinals included regional championship wins over Nebraska and Long Beach State on their courts.%^$

NEXT UP FOR THE BUCKEYES%^$

Ohio State returns home to begin a four-match homestand. The Buckeyes host Minnesota Friday and Iowa Saturday. The homestand continues the next week with matches against Penn State Wednesday and Northwestern Friday.%^$

A LOOK AT THE BUCKEYES

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#10 ANGELEE ABBRING%^$

(’99, .273, 0.86 kpg)%^$’99 Played in 3 matches…had 2 kills in each match she has played in. ’98 Academic All-Big Ten…OSU Scholar-Athlete…18 matches with double-figure kills…4 matches with 20 or more kills…career-high 23 kills twice (Minnesota, Purdue)…mid-season back injury slowed her.%^$

#4 ERIN BAKER%^$

(’98, -.073, .59 kpg, .45 bpg)%^$’99 Has not played. ’98 Career-highs of 5 kills, 4 aces and 5 digs (Minnesota)…career-high 6 assist blocks (Purdue).%^$

#8 ANNE BOTICA%^$

(’99, .089, 1.05 kpg, .84 dpg)%^$’99 Played in 11 matches…season highs of 7 kills at Michigan and 6 digs vs. Boise State and at Michigan. ’98 Career-highs of 14 kills and digs vs. Texas Tech, double-figure digs in 3 of last 5 matches, ending the season with a streak of 3-consecutive double-figure kill matches.%^$

#12 SUE CALLIGARIS%^$

(’99 .237, 1.52 kpg, 1.45 dpg, .79 bpg)%^$’99 Played in 12 matches, starting 6…career-high 9 kills and 14 digs at Michigan State…career-high 6 assist blocks against Boise State and Temple…hit .857 of 6 of 7 kills against Temple.%^$

#13 NIKKI CISCO%^$

(’99, 1.11 dpg)%^$’99 Played in 13 matches…season-high 6 digs against Indiana. ’98 A third-generation OSU student-athlete…career-high 18 digs (Florida).%^$

#15 SHELLY DRAEGER%^$

(’99, .212, 2.69 kpg, 1.36 dpg, .40 bpg)%^$’99 Started all 13 matches…career-highs of 18 kills at Michigan and 11 digs against Loyola Marymount. ’98 (HS) Wisconsin Player of the Year…first team all-state (’97-’98).%^$

#11 JEN FLYNN%^$

(’99, .265, 2.70 kpg, 2.23 dpg, .40 bpg, .32 acepg)%^$’99 Started all 13 matches…named to All-Tournament team at LMU Furama Volleyball Classic…started both matches at outside hitter…season-high 17 kills against Illinois…starting setter for first 2 matches, set half the Michigan match and the entire Michigan State match…preseason All-Big Ten selection at setter. ’98 Academic All-Big Ten, OSU Scholar-Athlete…starting setter but played at outside hitter in several matches…played with the USA World University Games squad during the past summer.%^$

#6 SABRINA MEYERS%^$

(first season)%^$’99 Has not played…an Honors Program student-athlete. ’98 Has played all positions…all-state selection…squad was 3-time district champion and won regional as a sophomore…club was Maple City.%^$

#1 SHELLYE SILLS%^$

(’99, .250, .50 kpg, .50 bpg)%^$’99 Played in 2 matches…had a kill and a block assist against Temple. ’98 OSU career leader in blocks per game at 1.26…ranked 5th in Big Ten with 1.28 blocks per game…career-high 10 blocks (1-9) equaled against Northwestern.%^$

#2 ROSIE SNOW%^$

(’99, .262, 4.21 kpg, 2.65 dpb, .35 bpg, .23 acepg)%^$’99 Started all 13 matches…has double-figure kills in last 34 matches…season-high 32 kills at Michigan…season-high 19 digs against Illinois…hit .632 at Dayton…has 1,042 career kills. ’98 All-Big Ten selection…Big Ten Player of the Week for wins over Florida and UCLA…ranked 13th nationally with a 5.09 kills per game average.%^$

#5 BRIANNE SPIERS%^$

(’99, 1.25 dpg)%^$’99 Played in 8 matches…knee injury against Michigan ended her season…season-high 8 digs at Michigan. ’98 Played in 14 matches including first 6 then missed 14 with a stress fracture of her cervix…career-high 15 kills against Florida in Hawaii…hitting a career-high .650 in that match…was limited to back row play after missed matches until the last 3…fifth-year senior after missing ’97 because of two operations.%^$

#14 LAURA STALLING%^$

(’98, .287, 1.03 kpg, 1.24 bpg)%^$’99 Has not played, a high-ankle sprain in practice has caused her to miss the first 9 matches of the season. ’98 Academic All-Big Ten…OSU Scholar-Athlete…career-highs of 7 kills (Indiana) and 7 assist blocks (Michigan).%^$

#7 DANA STEARNS%^$

(’99, .323, 3.00 kpg, 1.54 dpg, .67 bpg)%^$’99 Started all 13 matches…season-highs of 18 kills and 10 digs against Houston and Michigan…season-high .588 (13-3-17) at Pittsburgh. ’98 Academic All-Big Ten…OSU Scholar-Athlete…Big Ten Player of the Week against Indiana and Northwestern…career-high 24 kills (Purdue, Texas Tech).%^$

#9 SUZIE STILING%^$

(’99, .139, 2.16 kpg, .91 dpg, .73 bpg)%^$’99 Played in all 13 matches, starting 6…career-high of 13 kills at Akron and Loyola Marymount…career-high 6 digs at Akron…career-high 6 assist blocks against Illinois. ’98 (HS) honorable mention all-state…conference and team MVP…club was Sports Performance.%^$

#3 KATIE VIRTUE%^$

(’99, .300, .81 kpg, 11.62 astpg, 1.64 dpg, .33 bpg)%^$’99 Played in all 13 matches, starting 10…career-high 67 assists against Loyola Marymount…career-high of 11 digs in the Loyola and Houston matches…had 4 aces against Houston. ’98 (HS) state champions…’97 conference player of the year…Chicago Tribune first team all-state…club was Sports Performance…member of ’98 USA Junior National Team that won gold medal at NORCECA Championships in Mexico.%^$

THE UPCOMING OPPONENTS

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A LOOK AT WISCONSIN%^$

Wisconsin (11-5 overall, 4-2 Big Ten) is coming off a 0-3 loss at Illinois. They had defeated Indiana 3-0 the prior night. The Badgers are led on offense by Jenny Maastricht who has 197 kills (3.65 per game). Allyson Ross is second in kills with 137 (2.63). Kelly Kennedy is the top percentage hitter at .310. Running the offense is Lizzy Fitzgerald who has 340 assists (9.19). Ross is the team leader in aces with 17 with Maastricht second with 16. Defensively, Erin Byrd has a team-high 152 digs (2.87) while the leading blockers are Maastricht with 69 (1.28) on six solos and 63 assists and Sherisa Livingston with 62 (1.63) (6-56).%^$

Team totals show Wisconsin hitting .220 as a team and averaging 14.89 kills per game. The Badgers average 3.10 blocks, 14.65 digs and 1.94 aces per game. UW opponents are hitting .179 and average 14.50 kills per game. They average 2.20 blocks, 14.76 digs and 1.50 aces per game.%^$

THE WISCONSIN SERIES%^$

Ohio State leads the series 25-13. The Badgers have won six of the last eight meetings including the last four. In Madison, Ohio State has won 11 of 18 matches, but has lost the last three meetings.%^$

%^$Ohio State-Wisconsin since 1991%^$91 W H 3-0 15-7, 15-4, 15-11%^$91 W A 3-0 15-13, 16-14, 15-7%^$92 L A 1-3 15-6, 9-15, 11-15, 11-15%^$92 W H 3-2 15-6, 15-13, 14-16, 13-15, 18-16%^$93 W A 3-0 15-8, 15-5, 15-4%^$93 W H 3-0 15-6, 15-12, 15-8%^$94 W A 3-0 15-6, 15-7, 15-5%^$94 W H 3-0 15-4, 15-5, 15-2%^$95 L H 2-3 15-9, 15-4, 11-15, 10-15, 12-15%^$95 W A 3-1 8-15, 15-5, 15-7, 15-3%^$96 L A 0-3 7-15, 11-15, 7-15%^$96 W H 3-0 15-3, 15-8, 15-7%^$97 L A 1-3 15-11, 2-15, 4-15, 9-15%^$97 L H 1-3 15-1, 3-15, 4-15, 3-15%^$

A LOOK AT PURDUE%^$

Purdue (10-5, 2-4) lost at Illinois 0-3 and at Indiana 1-3 last weekend. The Boilermakers top hitter is Aneska Arosarena with 291 kills (5.20 per game). Purdue’s top percentage hitter is Connie Paul at .313. Taryn Catlin quarterbacks the offense and has 740 assists (13.70). Arosarena is the team leader in ace serves with 21 with Julie Doud having 20. Defensively, Arosarena has a team-high 164 digs (2.93) while Sarah Emke and Paul are one-two in blocks. Emke has a team high 54 (1.00) blocks on six solo and 48 assists with Paul, second with 53 (.95) on three solo and 50 assists.%^$

Purdue, as a team, is hitting .254 and averages 17.64 kills per game. The Boilermakers average 2.39 blocks, 14.20 digs and 1.64 aces per game. Purdue opponents are hitting .214 and average 15.62 kills per game. They average 2.37 blocks, 14.00 digs and 1.80 aces per game.%^$

THE PURDUE SERIES%^$

Ohio State has a 28-24 lead in the series with Purdue. The Buckeyes have won the last 10 matches and 17 of the last 18. In West Lafayette, Purdue leads the series 12-8 and won the first 11 matches played at Purdue. Ohio State has won eight of the last nine, including the last five.%^$

%^$Ohio State-Purdue since 1991%^$91 W A 3-0 15-11, 15-6, 15-5%^$91 W H 3-1 15-7, 12-15, 15-12, 15-6%^$92 W A 3-0 15-13, 15-13, 15-10%^$92 W H 3-0 15-11, 15-13, 17-15%^$93 W H 3-0 15-13, 15-4, 15-1%^$93 L A 2-3 15-9, 14-16, 15-6, 4-15, 13-15%^$94 W H 3-0 15-2, 15-2, 15-6%^$94 W A 3-0 15-9, 15-11, 15-7%^$95 W A 3-0 15-11, 15-10, 15-7%^$95 W H 3-0 15-5, 15-13, 15-9%^$96 W H 3-0 15-0, 15-12, 15-8%^$96 W A 3-0 15-7, 15-13, 15-7%^$97 W H 3-2 15-10, 12-15, 15-12, 10-15, 15-13%^$97 W H 3-0 15-7, 15-12, 15-6%^$98 W A 3-0 16-14, 15-12, 18-16%^$98 W H 3-1 15-13, 10-15, 17-15, 15-5%^$ %^$

COMPARING THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS%^$

(all matches) WIS OSU PUR%^$Record 11-5 8-5 10-5%^$Games 54 48 56%^$Hitting % .220 .243 .254%^$Kills pg 14.99 16.54 17.64%^$Assist pg 13.06 15.17 16.09%^$Aces pg 1.94 1.44 1.64%^$Digs pg 14.65 12.67 14.20%^$Blocks pg 3.10 1.85 2.39%^$ %^$

BIG TEN STANDINGS

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(Oct. 11) Conf. All%^$ 1 Penn State 6-0 16-1%^$ Minnesota 6-0 15-3%^$ 3 Illinois 5-1 9-3%^$ 4 Wisconsin 4-2 11-5%^$ 5 Iowa 3-3 4-9%^$ 6 Indiana 2-4 11-4%^$ Purdue 2-4 10-5%^$ Michigan 2-4 10-5%^$ Ohio State 2-4 8-5%^$10 Michigan State 1-5 11-7%^$11 Northwestern 0-6 2-14%^$ %^$

Matches This Week%^$13 Michigan at Michigan State%^$15 Illinois at Iowa%^$ Indiana at Minnesota%^$ Michigan State at Northwestern%^$ Ohio State at Wisconsin%^$ Penn State at Purdue%^$16 Illinois at Minnesota%^$ Indiana at Iowa%^$ Michigan at Northwestern%^$ Ohio State at Purdue%^$ Penn State at Wisconsin%^$ %^$

BIG TEN INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS (Conference Matches)%^$as of Oct. 11%^$

Hitting%^$ 1 Lauren Cacciamani, Penn State .438%^$ 2 Charnette Fair, Minnesota .364%^$ 3 Linda Shudlick, Minnesota .354%^$ 4 Betsy Spicer, Illinois .350%^$ 5 Dana Stearns, Ohio State .271%^$ %^$

Kills%^$ 1 Nicole Branagh, Minnesota 6.31%^$ 2 Aneska Arosarena, Purdue 7.07%^$ 3 Julie Williams, Iowa 5.23%^$ 4 Sarah Gustin, Michigan State 4.87%^$ 5 Rosie Snow, Ohio State 4.25%^$ %^$

Assists%^$ 1 Lindsey Berg, Minnesota 16.31%^$ 2 Taryn Catlin, Purdue 14.36%^$ 3 Shannon Melka, Michigan 13.00%^$ 4 Vicki Basil, Michigan State 12.31%^$ 5 Bonnie Bremner, Penn State 12.14%^$ %^$

Blocks%^$ 1 Charnette Fair, Minnesota 2.17%^$ 2 Lauren Cacciamani, Penn State 1.75%^$ 3 Linda Shudlick, Minnesota 1.53%^$ 4 Stephanie Hagen, Minnesota 1.53%^$ 5 Angela Morley, Michigan State 1.52%^$ %^$

Aces%^$ 1 Lindsey Berg, Minnesota .85%^$ 2 Julie Williams, Iowa .73%^$ 3 Lisa Axel, Minnesota .47%^$ 4 Laura Gardner, Indiana .47%^$ 5 Erin Hartley, Michigan State .43%^$ %^$

Digs%^$ 1 Nicole Branagh, Minnesota 4.26%^$ 2 Yvonne Wichert, Minnesota 4.00%^$ 3 Nicole Kacor, Michigan 3.85%^$ 4 Erin Byrd, Wisconsin 3.68%^$10 Rosie Snow, Ohio State 2.92%^$ %^$

BIG TEN TEAM STATISTICAL LEADERS%^$ %^$

Team Hitting%^$ 1 Penn State .339%^$ 2 Minnesota .305%^$ 7 Ohio State .202%^$ %^$

Team Kills%^$ 1 Minnesota 18.32%^$ 3 Purdue 18.23%^$ 6 Ohio State 15.25%^$ %^$

Team Assists%^$ 1 Minnesota 17.05%^$ 2 Purdue 16.41%^$ 6 Ohio State 14.04%^$ %^$

Team Blocks%^$ 1 Minnesota 4.16%^$ 2 Penn State 3.95%^$11 Ohio State 1.79%^$ %^$

Team Aces%^$ 1 Minnesota 1.04%^$ 2 Indiana 1.81%^$ 6 Ohio State 1.13%^$ %^$

Team Digs%^$ 1 Minnesota 16.47%^$ 2 Wisconsin 16.15%^$ 9 Ohio State 11.96%^$ %^$

BIG TEN INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS (all matches)%^$as of Oct. 11%^$ %^$

Hitting%^$ 1 Lauren Cacciamani, Penn State .404%^$ 2 Linda Shudlick, Minnesota .384%^$ 3 Jessica Sanborn, Michigan State .379%^$ 4 Betsy Spicer, Illinois .378%^$ 8 Dana Stearns, Ohio State .323%^$ %^$

Kills%^$ 1 Nicole Branagh, Minnesota 5.45%^$ 2 Aneska Arosarena, Purdue 5.20%^$ 3 Lauren Cacciamani, Penn State 4.57%^$ 4 Julie Williams, Iowa 4.49%^$ 6 Rosie Snow, Ohio State 4.21%^$ %^$

Assists%^$ 1 Taryn Catlin, Purdue 14.02%^$ 2 Christie Landry, Michigan State 12.68%^$ 3 Lindsey Berg, Minnesota 12.64%^$ 4 Shannon Melka, Michigan 12.32%^$ 7 Katie Virtue, Ohio State 13.58 %^$ %^$

Blocks%^$ 1 Sherisa Livingston, Wisconsin 1.63%^$ 2 Lauren Cacciamani, Penn State 1.47%^$ 3 Charnette Fair, Minnesota 1.46%^$ 4 Angela Morley, Michigan State 1.38%^$ 5 Annie Maxwell, Michigan 1.29%^$ %^$

Aces%^$ 1 Lindsey Berg, Minnesota .70%^$ 2 Julie Williams, Iowa .55%^$ 3 Erin Hartley, Michigan State .48%^$ 4 Lisa Axel, Minnesota .46%^$ 5 Erin Heimann, Indiana .44%^$ %^$

Digs%^$ 1 Nicole Kacor, Michigan 3.63%^$ 2 Amanda Rome, Penn State 3.36%^$ 3 Alija Pittenger, Michigan 3.29%^$ 4 Jennifer Zagorski, Northwestern 3.09%^$10 Rosie Snow, Ohio State 2.65%^$ %^$

BIG TEN TEAM STATISTICAL LEADERS%^$ %^$

Team Hitting%^$ 1 Penn State .326%^$ 2 Michigan St. .283%^$ 6 Ohio State .243%^$ %^$

Team Kills%^$ 1 Purdue 18.24%^$ 2 Indiana 17.12%^$ 3 Ohio State 16.54%^$ %^$

Team Assists%^$ 1 Purdue 16.69%^$ 2 Ohio State 15.17%^$ 3 Indiana 15.15%^$ %^$

Team Blocks%^$ 1 Penn State 3.39%^$ 2 Minnesota 3.19%^$10 Ohio State 1.85%^$ %^$

Team Aces%^$ 1 Wisconsin 3.28%^$ 2 Minnesota 2.02%^$ 8 Ohio State 1.44%^$ %^$

Team Digs%^$ 1 Michigan 15.62%^$ 2 Penn State 15.05%^$ 9 Ohio State 12.67%^$ %^$

OHIO STATE IN THE POLLS%^$ Record AVCA VB Mag.%^$Preseason 0-0 17 16%^$Sept. 6 1-0 14 15%^$Sept. 13 3-1 18 15%^$Sept. 20 6-1 18t 15%^$Sept. 27 6-3 25 NR%^$Oct. 4 7-4 NR NR%^$Oct. 11 8-5 NR NR%^$ %^$

USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Poll%^$ %^$

Oct. 11, 1999 – Poll #6%^$Rank School Record%^$ (First-Place Votes)%^$ 1 Penn State (41) 16-1%^$ 2 Hawai’i (19) 15-0%^$ 3 Pacific 15-1%^$ 4 Florida 15-2%^$ 5 Long Beach State 13-2%^$ 6 UCLA 14-1%^$ 7 Stanford 12-2%^$ 8 Brigham Young 12-2%^$ 9 UC Santa Barbara 13-3%^$10 Texas 11-3%^$11 Pepperdine 12-2%^$12 Nebraska 12-4%^$13 Kansas State 12-2%^$14 Colorado State 16-0%^$15 Clemson 16-1%^$16 Texas A&M 13-3%^$17 Southern California 9-4%^$18 Arizona 11-4%^$19 Northern Iowa 18-0%^$20 Colorado 10-5%^$21 Arkansas 14-4%^$22 Minnesota 15-3%^$23 Illinois 9-3%^$24 Wisconsin 11-5%^$25 Univ. San Diego 12-3%^$ %^$

Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Poll%^$ %^$

Oct. 11, 1999, Week 7%^$Rank School Record%^$ 1 Penn State 16-1%^$ 2 Hawai’i 15-0%^$ 3 Pacific 15-1%^$ 4 Florida 15-2%^$ 5 UCLA 14-1%^$ 6 Long Beach State 13-2%^$ 7 Stanford 12-2%^$ 8 Colorado State 16-0%^$ 9 Kansas State 12-2%^$10 Nebraska 12-4%^$11 UC Santa Barbara 13-3%^$12 Texas 11-3%^$13 Brigham Young 12-2%^$14 Pepperdine 12-2%^$15 Arizona 11-4%^$16 Clemson 16-1%^$17 Texas A&M 13-3%^$18 Southern California 9-4%^$19 Northern Iowa 18-0%^$20 Cal Poly SLO 12-4%^$%^$