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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (11-17 overall, 2-14 Big Ten) travels to Iowa (14-14, 6-10) and No. 12 Minnesota (22-6, 12-4) this week for Big Ten matches. The Buckeyes will face the Hawkeyes at 7 p.m. CT Friday in Carver Hawkeye Arena. Ohio State then faces the Golden Gophers at 1 p.m. CT Sunday in the Sports Pavilion. Last week Ohio State lost 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-15) at Michigan and 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-23, 25-21) at home against Michigan State.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL AND THE COMMUNITY KITCHEN, INC. TO HOST A TOY DRIVE NEXT WEEKEND
Women’s volleyball and the Community Kitchen, Inc. will host a toy drive during the final home weekend against Penn State (7 p.m., Nov. 28 and Indiana (7 p.m., Nov. 29). The Buckeyes are asking fans to bring a new toy (for boys and girls between late childhood and early teenager) that can be donated to the Community Kitchen. The women’s volleyball team will wrap all the collected toys and deliver them as a team to the Community Kitchen. The toys will be distributed during the annual Community Kitchen Christmas Eve Party Dec. 24th.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Head coach Geoff Carlston is in his first season with the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 11-17 overall on the season and 2-14 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes lost 3-0 at Michigan and 3-1 at home to Michigan State last week.

Leading the active Buckeyes in points per set is Katie Dull at 4.42. Kristen Dozier ranks second at 3.29 with Kelli Barhorst third at 2.42. Dull is the team leader in kills per set at 3.86. Dozier ranks second at 2.76 with Kaila Calhoun third at 1.82. OSU’s top percentage hitter is Dozier at .231. Dull is second at .207 with Barhorst third at .206. At setter, Betsy Hone is averaging 8.21 assists per set with Ashley Hughes having a 6.52 average. Chelsea Noble has a team-high .24 aces per set average with a team-high 23 aces. Honeand Susan Halverson are tied for second at .16 with 12 aces each. Kelli Barhorst leads the team in blocks per set at 1.11 with 15 solos and 65 assists. Dozier ranks second at .81 with 16 solos and 63 assists with Dull third at .73 with 11 solos and 41 assists. Leading the team in digs per set at 2.94 is Chelsea Noble. Calhoun ranks second at 2.58 with Susan Halverson third at 2.21. Calhoun has a team-leading .970 serve reception percentage with 525 attempts and 16 errors. Noble ranks second at .954 (740 attempts, 34 errors) with Halverson third at .953 (298 attempts, 14 errors).

Ohio State is averaging 16.38 points, 12.84 kills and 12.06 assists per set and is hitting .205. The Buckeyes average 1.01 aces, 13.14 digs and 2.53 blocks per set and have a .942 serve reception percentage. OSU opponents are averaging 15.68 points, 12.30 kills and 11.18 assists per set and are hitting .199. They are averaging 1.16 aces, 12.13 digs and 2.22 blocks per set and have a .949 serve reception percentage.

A LOOK AT IOWA
Head coach Sharon Dingman is in her first season with the Hawkeyes. Iowa has a 14-14 overall record and is 6-10 in the Big Ten Conference. Last week in road contests, Iowa won, 3-2 (25-20, 22-25, 11-25, 25-22, 15-13) at Northwestern and lost, 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-16) at Wisconsin.

Iowa’s leader in points per set average is Catherine Smale at 3.57. Megan Schipper ranks second at 3.55 with Aimee Huffman third at 2.47. Smale has a team-high 3.31 kills per set average with Schipper second at 3.01 and Huffman third at 2.09. Laura Kremer leads the team in attack percentage at .225. Smale ranks second at .213 with Katie Kennedy and Schipper tied for third at .212. At setter, Kiley Fister has an 8.80 assist per set average. In aces per set, Emily Hiza is the team leader at .25 with 25 aces. Schipper ranks second at .24 with 24 aces and Smale is third at .15 with 15 aces. Defensively, Hiza has a team-high 3.76 digs per set average for the Hawkeyes. Smale is second at 2.30 with Schipper third at 2.06. At the net, Kremer leads the team in blocks per set with a .94 average with 14 solos and 80 assist blocks. In serve reception percentage, Schipper has a team-high .960 with 446 attempts and 18 errors. Hiza ranks second at .954 (496-23) and Smale is third at .940 (598-36).

Iowa is averaging 15.46 points, 12.35 kills and 11.34 assists per set and has a .206 attack percentage. The Hawkeyes average 1.07 aces, 13.16 digs and 2.04 blocks per set and have a .946 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 16.26 points, 12.99 kills and 12.16 assists per set and has a .216 attack percentage. Hawkeye opponents average 1.05 aces, 13.84 digs and 2.22 blocks per set and have a .946 serve reception percentage.

OHIO STATE – IOWA SERIES
Ohio State has a 47-9 lead in the series with Iowa. Ohio State has a 20-4 record in Iowa City and is 3-0 in neutral-site matches. In Columbus, the Buckeyes are 24-5. Earlier this season in Columbus, Iowa defeated Ohio State, 3-1 (25-23, 19-25, 25-15, 25-22).

A LOOK AT MINNESOTA
Head coach Dr. Mike Hebert is in his 13th season with the 12th-ranked Golden Gophers. Minnesota has a 22-6 overall record and is 12-4 in the Big Ten Conference. On the road last week, the Golden Gophers won 3-2 (18-25, 25-18, 25-27, 31-29, 19-17) at Wisconsin and 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-12) at Northwestern.

Leading Minnesota in points per set is Lauren Gibbemeyer with a 4.26 average. Brook Dieter ranks second at 4.24 with Kyla Roehrig third at 2.88. Dieter has a team-high 3.61 kills per set average. Gibbemeyer ranks second at 3.27 with Roehrig third at 2.45. Gibbemeyer has a team-high .325 attack percentage. Second is Dieter at .266 with Kelly Schmidt third at .259. At setter, Rachel Hartmann is averaging 10.92 assists per set. Hailey Cowles is the team leader in aces per set at .19 with 19. Hartmann ranks second at .16 with 16 and Dieter is third at .15 with 15. Defensively, Christine Tan has a team-high 5.04 digs per set average. Cowles ranks second at 2.50 with Dieter third at 2.19. At the net, Gibbemeyer is averaging 1.46 blocks per set with 26 solos and 121 assists. Dieter (26 solos, 42 assists) and Kelly Schmidt (six solos, 58 assists) are tied for second at .69. Tan has a team-high .984 serve reception percentage with 554 attempts and nine errors. Pamela Luiz ranks second at .975 with 353 attempts and nine errors. Dieter is third at .968 with 341 attempts with 11 errors.

Minnesota is averaging 17.25 points, 13.40 kills and 12.52 assists per set and has a .233 attack percentage. The Golden Gophers average 1.02 aces, 16.80 digs and 2.83 blocks per set and have a .965 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 15.01 points, 12.61 kills and 11.65 assists per set and have a .159 attack percentage. Golden Gopher opponents average .65 aces, 15.36 digs and 1.74 blocks per set and have a .952 serve reception percentage.

OHIO STATE – MINNESOTA SERIES
Minnesota has a 31-30 advantage in the series with Ohio State. In Minneapolis, Ohio State is 12-15 and the Buckeyes are 2-5 at neutral sites. In Columbus, the Buckeyes are 16-11. Earlier this season in Columbus, Minnesota defeated Ohio State, 3-0 (25-18, 26-24, 25-21).

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 204-81.

DULL AVERAGING A TEAM-HIGH 4.42 POINTS PER SET
Katie Dull is averaging a team-high 4.42 points per set among active players. She is averaging a team-high 3.86 kills per set and averages .11 aces, .73 blocks and 1.27 digs per set. At Michigan, Dull posted 12 points with 10 kills, an ace serve and two assist blocks. She added four digs against the Wolverines. Dull posted 16 points against Michigan State with 13 kills, two solos and two assist blocks. She has recorded double-figure kills in her last eight matches.

BARHORST HAS A CAREER-HIGH 13 KILLS AGAINST MICHIGAN STATE
Kelli Barhorst posted career highs of 15.5 points and 13 kills against Michigan State last weekend. She added a solo block, three assist blocks and one dig against the Spartans. Barhorst had a kill and three assists blocks at Michigan. She has started all 21 matches she has played in this season and is averaging 2.42 points, 1.74 kills and a team-high 1.11 blocks per set.

SCHWARZWALDER HAS 12 POINTS AGAINST MICHIGAN STATE
Allie Schwarzwalder recorded 12 points in the Michigan State match for her fourth double-figure match of the season. She had 11 kills, two assist blocks and a dig against the Spartans. Schwarzwalder had six points at Michigan with five kills, two assist blocks and two digs. She has played in 26 matches and has started nine times. Schwarzwalder is averaging 1.79 points, 1.38 kills and .69 blocks per set.

DOZIER HAS STARTED EVERY MATCH THIS SEASON
Kristen Dozier has started in all 28 matches this season. She is the only player to start every match. Dozier collected 13 points against Michigan State with 11 kills, a solo block and two assist blocks. She had 4.5 points at Michigan with three kills, a solo block and two assist blocks. On the season, Dozier is averaging 3.29 points, 2.76 kills and .81 blocks per set.

CALHOUN LEADS BUCKEYES IN SERVE RECEPTION PERCENTAGE
Kaila Calhoun is averaging a team-high .970 serve reception percentage with 525 attempts and 16 errors. At Michigan, in two sets, Calhoun handled 11 reception attempts without an error, adding a dig and a kill. She handled 21 reception attempts without an error against Michigan State and added eight digs, four assist blocks and two kills. Calhoun is averaging 2.13 points, 1.82 kills, 2.58 digs and .44 blocks per set for the season.

HONE MAKES 10TH CONSECUTIVE START AT SETTER
Betsy Hone has now started the last 10 matches for the Buckeyes. She posted 16 assists at Michigan adding two kills and nine digs. Against Michigan State, Hone had 46 assists, eight digs, one kill and one assist block. She has played in 25 matches this season and has 17 starts. Hone is averaging 8.21 assists, 1.28 points, .87 kills, .16 aces, 1.79 digs and .47 blocks per set.

NOBLE LEADS OSU IN DIGS PER SET
Chelsea Noble, with a 2.94 digs per set average, is the Ohio State team leader. She has played in 27 matches this season with 11 starts and 16 at libero. Last week, Noble recorded 12 kills in each match. She handled 23 serve reception attempts without an error against Michigan and 22 of 23 against Michigan State. Noble has a .954 serve reception percentage for the season and is averaging 1.11 points, .76 kills, .24 aces and .19 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 AVERAGING 2.21 DIGS PER SET THIS SEASON
Susan Halverson is averaging 2.21 digs per set this season while playing in 28 matches. She has had seven starts at defensive specialist and seven at libero. Last week Halverson started at Michigan recording five digs and handled 15 reception attempts without an error. Against Michigan State, she had eight digs and handled 20 reception attempts without an error. On the season, Halverson has a .953 serve reception percentage with 298 attempts with 14 errors.

PRANG HAS DEFENSIVE START AGAINST MICHIGAN STATE
Lisa Prang had her first start of the season as a defensive specialist against Michigan State. Against the Spartans, she had six digs and handled 17 of 18 reception attempts. Prang has played in six matches this season. She has a .71 digs per set average and has a .957 serve reception percentage with 23 attempts with one error.

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 HAD THREE MATCHES ON THE BIG TEN NETWORK
Ohio State had 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 faced the Wolverines, Nov. 12, in Ann Arbor, losing 3-0. The Buckeyes defeated Northwestern, 3-0, Nov. 8 in St. John Arena as part of a Big Ten Network doubleheader.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Ohio State closes out the regular season with home matches against top-ranked Penn State (28-0, 16-0) and Indiana (14-14, 6-10). The Buckeyes will face the Nittany Lions at 7 p.m. Friday and the Hoosiers at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena.

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