COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (11-15 overall, 2-12 Big Ten) travels to 19th-ranked Michigan (20-6, 8-6) Wednesday for a 7 p.m. match that will be carried live by the Big Ten Network. Brent Stover (play-by-play) and Elizabeth Moreau (color) will call the action. Ohio State then plays host to Michigan State (13-12, 5-9) in a 7 p.m. Saturday match in St. John Arena. Last week in home matches, the Buckeyes lost, 3-1 (25-23, 13-25, 25-19, 26-24) to Wisconsin and defeated Northwestern, 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-17).
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Head coach Geoff Carlston is in his first season with the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 11-15 overall on the season and 2-12 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes lost 3-1 to Wisconsin and defeated Northwestern 3-0 in home matches last week.
Leading the active Buckeyes in points per set is Katie Dull at 4.46. Kristen Dozier ranks second at 3.35 with Kelli Barhorst third at 2.41. Dull is the team leader in kills per set at 3.92. Dozier ranks second at 2.81 with Kaila Calhoun third at 1.91. OSU’s top percentage hitter is Dozier at .244. Dull is second at .214 with Barhorst third at .195. At setter, Betsy Hone is averaging 8.14 assists per set with Ashley Hughes having a 6.91 average. Chelsea Noble has a team-high .26 aces per set average with a team-high 23 aces. Honeand Susan Halverson are tied for second at .17 with Hone with 12 aces and Halverson 11. Kelli Barhorst leads the team in blocks per set at 1.12 with 14 solos and 59 assists. Dozier ranks second at .81 with 14 solos and 60 assists with Dull third at .72 with nine solos and 37 assists. Leading the team in digs per set at 2.90 is Chelsea Noble. Calhoun ranks second at 2.66 with Susan Halverson third at 2.24. Calhoun has a team-leading .968 serve reception percentage with 493 attempts and 16 errors. Noble ranks second at .952 (694 attempts, 33 errors) with Halverson third at .947 (263 attempts, 14 errors).
Ohio State is averaging 16.60 points, 13.00 kills and 12.20 assists per set and is hitting .209. The Buckeyes average 1.05 aces, 13.18 digs and 2.55 blocks per set and have a .940 serve reception percentage. OSU opponents are averaging 15.45 points, 12.04 kills and 10.99 assists per set and are hitting .190. They are averaging 1.20 aces, 12.27 digs and 2.20 blocks per set and have a .947 serve reception percentage.
A LOOK AT MICHIGAN
Head coach Mark Rosen is in his 10th season with the 19th-ranked Wolverines. Michigan has a 20-6 overall record and is 8-6 in the Big Ten. Last week in home matches, the Wolverines defeated Northwestern, 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-18) and Wisconsin, 3-1 (18-25, 28-26, 28-26, 25-19).
Leading Michigan in points per set is Juliana Paz at 3.91. Beth Karpiak ranks second at 3.66 with Megan Bower third at 2.92. Paz has a team-high 3.33 kills per set average with Karpiak second and Alex Hunt third at 2.87. Karpiak leads the team in attack percentage at .360. Hunt ranks second at .286 with Lexi Zimmerman third at .285. Zimmerman, at setter, has an 11.63 assists per set average. In aces per set, Sloane Donhoff and Paz share team-high honors with a .34 average with 31 aces each. Maggie Busch ranks third at .22 with 19. Defensively, Kerry Hance has a team-high 2.85 digs per set average. Donhoff ranks second at 2.80 with Zimmerman third at 2.66. At the net, Karlee Bruck leads the team with a .94 blocks per set average with five solos and 71 assists. Karpiak ranks second at .79 with 14 solos and 58 assists. Ranking third, Bower has a .61 average with five solos and 46 assists. Bower has a team-high .983 serve reception percentage with 236 attempts and four errors. Hance ranks second at .973 with 443 attempts and 12 errors. Ranking third at .959 is Donhoff with 486 attempts and 20 errors.
Michigan is averaging 18.14 points, 14.68 kills and 13.54 assists while hitting .260. The Wolverines average 1.47 aces, 14.40 digs and 1.99 blocks per set and have a .960 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 15.82 points, 12.36 kills and 11.55 assists per set and are hitting .204. Michigan opponents average .77 aces, 13.04 digs and 2.69 blocks per set and have a .932 serve reception percentage.
OHIO STATE – MICHIGAN SERIES
Ohio State has a 45-15 lead in the series with Michigan. The Buckeyes are 19-4 in Ann Arbor and 3-3 in neutral-site matches. In Columbus, Ohio State is 23-5. Ohio State had won six-consecutive matches prior to last season when the Wolverines won 3-0 (30-27, 30-27, 30-28) in Columbus and 3-1 (30-17, 26-30, 30-16, 30-26) in Ann Arbor. Earlier this season in Columbus, Michigan defeated Ohio State, 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-20).
A LOOK AT MICHIGAN STATE
Head coach Cathy George is in her third season with the Spartans. Michigan State has a 13-12 overall record and is 5-9 in the Big Ten. The Spartans lost to No. 1 Penn State, 3-0 (25-20, 25-11, 25-18) and defeated Indiana, 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 24-26, 25-15) in home matches last week.
Jenilee Rathje has a team-high 4.38 points per set average. Vanessa King ranks second at 3.69 with Becca Zlabis third at 2.64. Rathje leads the team in kills per game at 3.93. King is second at 2.91 with Zlabis third at 2.34. King leads the team in attack percentage at .352. Natalie Emro is second at .266 with Mischelle Nelson third at .262. At setter, Emro has a 10.43 assists per set average. In aces per set, Allyson Karaba has a .21 average with 20 aces. Emro ranks third at .20 with 19 and Zlabis is third at .11 with 10. Defensively, Karaba has a team-high 4.30 digs per set average. Carli Weiler ranks second at 2.09 with Zlabis third at 1.80. At the net, King is averaging a team-high 1.22 blocks per set with 13 solos and 98 assists. Emro, at .67, ranks second with six solos and 57 assists with Vineece Verdun third at .62 with five solos and 36 assists. In serve reception percentage, Zlabis leads the team at .980 with 612 attempts and 12 errors. Heather McDaniel ranks second at .968 with 222 attempts and seven errors. Ranking third at .976 is Karaba with 584 attempts and 14 errors.
Michigan State is averaging 16.61 points, 13.50 kills and 12.49 assists per set and is hitting .216. The Spartans average .91 aces, 12.97 digs and 2.19 blocks per set and have a .969 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 15.65 points, 12.64 kills and 11.55 assists per set and are hitting .224. Michigan State opponents average .63 aces, 11.96 digs and 2.38 blocks per set and have a .954 serve reception percentage.
OHIO STATE – MICHIGAN STATE SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Michigan State, 38-26. In Columbus, the Buckeyes are 20-7 and trail, 2-4, in neutral site matches. Ohio State a 16-15 advantage in matches played in East Lansing. The Buckeyes had won seven-consecutive matches prior to a 3-0 (31-29, 30-24, 30-23) loss at East Lansing last year. Earlier last season, Ohio State won, 3-0 (30-21, 30-22, 31-29), in Columbus. Earlier this season Michigan State defeated Ohio State, 3-1 (25-22, 25-20, 23-25, 25-23) in East Lansing.
OHIO STATE HAS THREE MATCHES ON THE BIG TEN NETWORK
Ohio State will have three Big Ten matches telecast live on the Big Ten Network this season. Both Michigan matches and OSU’s home match with Northwestern will be broadcast. The Buckeyes opened the Big Ten Conference season by hosting Michigan Sept. 24, losing 0-3. OSU will face the Wolverines in Ann Arbor at 7 p.m. Nov. 12. The Buckeyes defeated Northwestern, 3-0, Nov. 8 in St. John Arena as part of a Big Ten Network doubleheader.
HEAD COACH GEOFF CARLSTON
Geoff Carlston is in his first season at Ohio State. He came to Ohio State after spending five years as head coach of Ohio University where he built an outstanding program. His squads played in five NCAA tournaments, reaching regional play in 2005. At Ohio, Carlston guided the Bobcats to five-consecutive Mid American Conference championships with an overall record of 144-22. He had a MAC conference record of 78-2 and was 14-1 in the conference tournament, winning four of five.
Carlston was named the MAC Coach of the Year four times and was twice named the Mideast Region Coach of the Year.
He began collegiate coaching with three years at Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) where he posted a 49-42 record. His career record is 204-79.
DULL HAS AN OUTSTANDING WEEKEND
Katie Dull posted back-to-back 20-plus point matches last weekend. She recorded 24.5 points against Wisconsin posting 22 kills, a solo block and three assist blocks against the Badgers. Dull added eight digs in the contest. Against Northwestern, Dull collected 20 points with 18 kills, an ace serve and two assist blocks. She added seven digs and two assists against the Wildcats. Dull has played in 19 matches this season with 16 starts. She is averaging team highs of 4.46 points and 3.92 kills per set. She is averaging .11 aces, 1.33 digs and .72 assists per set. Dull has recorded double-figure kills in her last six matches and 13 for the season.
BARHORST COLLECTS 10 TOTAL BLOCKS ON THE WEEKEND
Kelli Barhorst produced a combined 10 total blocks last weekend recording six against Wisconsin and four against Northwestern. Against the Badgers, she had a solo and five assists blocks, adding eight kills and a dig for 11.5 points. Barhorst had two solo blocks and two assists against Northwestern, adding four kills in the match for seven points. Her two solo blocks equaled her career high set at Kent State earlier this season. Barhorst has played and started in the last 19 matches. She is averaging 2.41 points, 1.71 kills and a team-high 1.12 blocks per set.
SCHWARZWALDER CONTRIBUTES OFF THE BENCH
Allie Schwarzwalder does not start but provides the Buckeyes with additional offense. She had 10 points against Wisconsin with eight kills, a solo block and two assists. Schwarzwalder had six points against Northwestern with five kills, hitting .417 (5-0-12) and two assist blocks. She has played in 24 matches and has started nine times. Schwarzwalder is averaging 1.71 points, 1.30 kills and .70 blocks per set.
CALHOUN LEADS THE BUCKEYES IN SERVE RECEPTION PERCENTAGE
Kaila Calhoun leads Ohio State in serve reception percentage at .968. She has had 793 attempts with 16 errors. Calhoun had 19 reception attempts with two errors against Wisconsin. She added five kills, seven digs and four total blocks with a solo and three assists. Calhoun handled all 22 of her reception attempts against Northwestern. She added seven kills, five digs and two assists against the Wildcats. Calhoun has played in 25 matches with season with 24 starts and one at libero. She is averaging 2.22 points, 1.91 kills, 2.66 digs and .43 blocks per set.
DOZIER PLAYS ACROSS THE NET
Kristen Dozier has played both middle and outside hitter for Ohio State this season. Most recently, she has returned to the middle for the Buckeyes. Against Wisconsin, Dozier had 7.5 points with six kills and three assist blocks, adding two digs. She had six points against Northwestern with four kills, an ace serve and two assist blocks. Dozier has played and started in all 26 matches this season. She is averaging 3.35 points, 2.81 kills, and .81 blocks per set.
HONE SETS AND ADDS OFFENSE AND DEFENSE
Betsy Hone has started at setter in the last eight matches for the Buckeyes. She is adding both offense and defense for the Buckeyes. Hone had 42 assists against Wisconsin adding four kills in the match. She posted 12 digs to equal her career high set against Northwestern in 2007. Hone added four assist blocks against the Badgers to equal her career high for the fourth time. Against Northwestern, Hone produced 36 assists and had seven kills in seven attempts. She added 10 digs and an assist block against the Wildcats. Hone has played in 23 matches with 15 starts at setter. She is averaging 8.14 assists, 1.36 points, .91 kills, .17 aces, 1.72 digs and .51 blocks per set.
NOBLE LEADS OSU IN DIGS PER SET
Chelsea Noble is Ohio State’s team leader in digs per set with a 2.90 average. Last week against Wisconsin, she had 15 digs, four assists and two ace serves while handling 23 of 24 reception attempts. Noble had eight digs against Northwestern, adding an ace serve and an assist while handling 23 of 24 reception attempts. She has played in 25 matches this season with 11 starts and 14 at libero. She is averaging a team-high 2.90 digs per set and is averaging 1.18 points, .80 kills, .26 aces, 2.90 digs and .21 blocks per set.
NOBLE NAMED SECOND TEAM ESPN THE MAGAZINE ALL-DISTRICT
Chelsea Noble has been named to the second team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced. A physical education major, Noble is in her first season with the Buckeyes after sitting out last season after transferring from Tennessee.
HALVERSON STARTS AS A DEFENSIVE SPECIALIST
Susan Halverson had starts at defensive specialist last week against Wisconsin and Northwestern. Against Wisconsin, she had seven digs and three assists and handled 24 of 25 reception attempts. Halverson recorded three digs, two assists and handled four reception attempts against Northwestern. She has played in all 26 matches this season with six starts at defensive specialist and seven at libero. Halverson is averaging 2.24 digs and .17 aces per set and has a .947 serve reception percentage with 263 attempts and 14 errors.
MOHR JOINS SQUAD
Jill Mohr, a 5-10 outside hitter from Mentor, Ohio, has joined the team. A sophomore, she is a member of the Ohio State rowing team. Named the Ohio State Novice of the Year, Mohr competed on the 2007-08 novice team. She attended LaSalle University for one semester, playing middle hitter in 15 matches. At Lake Catholic High School, Mohr won letters in volleyball and basketball. She was the volleyball team’s MVP in 2006 leading the squad to the district championship. A first-team all-conference selection, Mohr was the recipient of the United States Army National Scholar Athlete Award.
HOYING JOINS SQUAD
Betsy Hoying, a 5-11 outside hitter from Celina, Ohio, has joined the team. A sophomore, she played for the Ohio State women’s volleyball club team as a freshman. Hoying was an all-Ohio selection as a senior at St. Henry High School. Her team won the 2004 Division IV State Championship. Hoying was an all-tournament selection at the 2004 Junior Olympics.
Ohio State makes its final road trip of the regular season with matches at Iowa (131-13, 5-9) and 17th-ranked Minnesota (20-6, 10-4). The Buckeyes face the Hawkeyes at 7 p.m. Friday in Carver Hawkeye Arena. Ohio State then faces Minnesota at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Sports Pavilion.