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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (12-18 overall, 3-15 Big Ten) closes out the regular season with home matches against No. 1 Penn State (30-0, 18-0) and Indiana (16-14, 8-10) in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes will host the Nittany Lions at 7 p.m. ET Friday on Parents’ Night and face the Hoosiers at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday where senior Laura Kastein will be recognized. Last week, Ohio State won, 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-22) at Iowa and lost, 3-1 (25-20, 25-12, 18-25, 25-22) at No. 12 Minnesota.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL AND THE COMMUNITY KITCHEN, INC. TO HOST A TOY DRIVE THIS 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., Friday and Indiana (7:30 p.m., Saturday). 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 12-18 overall on the season and 3-15 in the Big Ten. Last week, the Buckeyes won 3-0 at Iowa and lost 3-1 at No. 12 Minnesota.

Leading the active Buckeyes in points per set is Katie Dull at 4.51. Kristen Dozier ranks second at 3.27 with Kelli Barhorst third at 2.48. Dull is the team leader in kills per set at 3.91. Dozier ranks second at 2.72 with Barhorst third at 1.80. OSU’s top percentage hitter is Dozier at .235. Barhorst is second at .212 with Dull third at .203. At setter, Betsy Hone is averaging 8.01 assists per set with Ashley Hughes having a 6.41 average. Chelsea Noble has a team-high .23 aces per set average with a team-high 23 aces. Hughes ranks second at .20 and Susan Halverson is third at .17. Both have 14 ace serves. Barhorst leads the team in blocks per set at 1.10 with 15 solos and 72 assists. Dozier ranks second at .83 with 17 solos and 70 assists with Dull third at .79 with 14 solos and 48 assists. Leading the team in digs per set at 3.09 is Noble. Kaila Calhoun ranks second at 2.61 with Halverson third at 2.15. Calhoun has a team-leading .969 serve reception percentage with 581 attempts and 18 errors. Noble ranks second at .956 (801 attempts, 35 errors) with Halverson third at .949 (311 attempts, 16 errors).

Ohio State is averaging 16.42 points, 12.83 kills and 12.09 assists per set and is hitting .204. The Buckeyes average 1.03 aces, 13.31 digs and 2.56 blocks per set and have a .943 serve reception percentage. OSU opponents are averaging 15.75 points, 12.36 kills and 11.26 assists per set and are hitting .199. They are averaging 1.14 aces, 12.27 digs and 2.24 blocks per set and have a .948 serve reception percentage.

A LOOK AT PENN STATE
Head coach Russ Rose is in his 30th season with the top-ranked Nittany Lions. Penn State has an overall record of 30-0 and is 18-0 in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions have won their last 56 matches overall and have won 43-consecutive Big Ten matches. Penn State, in home matches, defeated Northwestern, 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-11) and Wisconsin, 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-17) last week.

Nicole Fawcett leads the team in points per set at 4.77. Megan Hodge ranks second at 4.35 with Christa Harmotto third at 3.45. Hodge has a team-high 3.93 kills per set average with Fawcett second at 3.92 and Harmotto third at 2.54. Harmotto has a .518 attack percentage to lead the team. Arielle Wilson ranks second at .474 with Blair Brown third at .403. At setter, Alisha Glass has a 12.40 assists per set average for the Nittany Lions. Fawcett leads the team with a .40 aces per set average with 35. Roberta Holehouse ranks second at .32 with 26 and Alyssa D’Errico is third at .20 with 17. Defensively, Holehouse has a team-high 3.27 digs per set average. Hodge ranks second at 2.07 with Fawcett third at 1.91. D’Erricoleads the team in serve reception percentage at .962 with 212 attempts and eight errors. Hodge ranks second at .960 (504 attempts, 20 errors) with Holehouse third at .954 (307 attempts, 14 errors). At the net, Harmotto has a team-high 1.48 blocks per set average with 19 solos and 110 assists. Wilson, at 1.39, ranks second with 11 solos and 114 assists with Glass third at 1.01 with 11 solos and 80 assists.

Penn State is averaging 19.66 points, 15.03 kills and 14.10 assists per set while hitting .399. The Nittany Lions average 1.37 aces, 11.91 digs and 3.26 blocks per set and have a .959 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .072 and average 10.31 points, 8.48 kills and 8.00 assists per set. Penn State opponents average .60 aces, 8.49 digs and 1.23 blocks per set and have a .936 serve reception percentage.

OHIO STATE – PENN STATE SERIES
Penn State has a 31-14 advantage in the series with Penn State. The Nittany Lions are 13-8 in Columbus and 16-4 at Penn State. The Nittany Lions are 2-1 in neutral site matches. The Buckeyes have lost three consecutive matches to Penn State. The last Ohio State victory was Nov. 8, 2006, a 3-0 (30-19, 30-26, 30-21) victory in St. John Arena. The Nittany Lions have won 43 consecutive Big Ten matches since that loss.

A LOOK AT INDIANA
Head coach Sherry Dunbar is in her second season with the Hoosiers. Indiana has a 16-14 overall record and is 8-10 in the Big Ten. Last week, the Hoosiers won 3-1 home matches against Wisconsin (25-23, 25-19, 17-25, 25-18) and Northwestern (20-25, 27-25, 25-18, 25-20).

Leading the team in points per set is Erica Short at 5.15. Ashley Benson is second at 3.83 with Kelsey Hall third at 2.79. Short is the team leader in kills per set at 4.59. Benson ranks second at 3.01 with Hall third at 2.56. Benson is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .297. Short ranks second at .206 with Taylor Wittmer third at .202. At setter, Mary Chaudoin has a team-high 5.72 assists per set average with Hayley Koetter at 5.44. Koetter has a team-high .24 aces per set with 28. Caitlin Cox ranks second at .19 with 22 and Juli Pierce is third at .18 with 21. Defensively, Cox leads Indiana with a 3.36 digs per set average. Pierce ranks second at 2.70 with Hall third at 2.40. In serve reception percentage, Cox leads the team at .978 and has 627 attempts and 14 errors. Pierce ranks second at .974 (623 attempts, 16 errors) with Short third at .960 (322 attempts, 13 errors). At the net, Benson has a team-high 1.38 blocks per set average with 16 solos and 143 assists. Lexie Woodson ranks second at .80 with two solos and 82 assists. Chaudoin is third at .82 with six solos and 85 assists.

Indiana is averaging 16.64 points, 13.22 kills and 12.41 assists per set while hitting .206. The Hoosiers average .86 aces, 13.54 digs and 2.56 blocks per set and have a .962 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .189 and average 15.92 points, 12.62 kills and 11.81 assists per set. Indiana opponents average .75 aces, 13.02 digs and 2.56 blocks per set and have a .958 serve reception percentage.

OHIO STATE – INDIANA SERIES
Ohio State has a 39-24 lead in the series with Indiana. The Buckeyes have a 22-7 record in Columbus with each team winning 14 times in Bloomington. Ohio State has a 4-2 advantage in neutral-site matches. Last season, Indiana won 3-1 (30-19, 30-18, 25-30, 30-20) in Bloomington with Ohio State winning, 3-1 (30-26, 30-25, 23-30, 33-31) in Columbus.

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 205-82.

DULL HAS BLOCKING CAREER-HIGHS
Katie Dull recorded three career blocking highs last weekend. At Iowa, she posted a career-high three solo blocks and then recorded a career-high seven assist blocks/total blocks at Minnesota. Against the Hawkeyes, Dull had a match-high 19.0 points with 15 kills, an ace serve and three solo blocks and added seven digs. At Minnesota, she had a team-high 19.5 points with 16 kills and seven assist blocks. She added eight digs and an assist. Dull has played in 23 matches with 20 starts. She is averaging a team-high 4.51 points per set and has averages of 3.91 kills, .12 aces, 1.35 digs and .79 blocks per set.

BARHORST HAS NINTH DOUBLE-FIGURE POINTS MATCH OF THE SEASON
Kelli Barhorst posted 13.0 points at Minnesota for her ninth double-figure points match of the season. She recorded nine kills, an ace serve and six assist blocks against the Gophers. Barhorst had 8.5 points at Iowa with eight kills and an assist block. She added three digs in the match. After missing the first seven matches this season, Barhorst has started the last 23 matches and is averaging 2.48 points, 1.80 kills and a team-high 1.10 blocks per set.

DOZIER NOTCHES DOUBLE-FIGURE POINTS AT MINNESOTA
Kristen Dozier had 13.5 points at Minnesota for her 18th double-figure match of the season. She had 11 kills and five assist blocks against the Gophers. At Iowa, Dozier had seven points with five kills, a solo block and two assist blocks. A starter in all 30 matches this season, Dozier is averaging 3.27 points, 2.72 kills and .83 blocks per set.

HUGHES STARTS AT SETTER LAST WEEK
Ashley Hughes started at setter last week against Iowa and Minnesota. She now has 16 starts this season while playing in 26 matches. At Iowa, Hughes had 25 assists and recorded six kills in nine attempts. She added seven digs, two ace serves and two assist blocks. At Minnesota, Hughes started the first three sets and played in the fourth. She recorded 13 assists, three kills, five digs and three ace serves. For the season, Hughes is averaging 6.41 assists, .81 kills, .20 aces, 1.26 digs, .41 blocks and 1.25 points per set.

CALHOUN TOPS BUCKEYES IN SERVE RECEPTION PERCENTAGE
Kaila Calhoun leads Ohio State in serve reception percentage with a .969 average. She has 581 attempts with 18 errors. At Iowa, Calhoun handled 13 of 14 reception attempts, adding five digs, four kills, a solo block and an assist block to record 5.5 points. She handled 41 of 42 reception attempts at Minnesota, recording five points with four kills, two assist blocks and 16 digs. Calhoun has started 28 matches this season and played libero in one other. She is averaging 2.09 points, 1.77 kills, .45 blocks and 2.61 digs per set.

HONE SEES ACTION OFF THE BENCH
Betsy Hone played in two of three sets at Iowa. She recorded six assists and two digs against the Hawkeyes. Hone played in all four sets at Minnesota and started the fourth. She recorded 27 assists, nine digs, five kills, a solo block and two assists. Hone has played in 27 matches this season and has 17 starts. For the season, she is averaging 8.01 assists, .87 kills, .15 aces, 1.79 digs and .48 blocks per set.

HALVERSON STARTS AT DEFENSIVE SPECIALIST
Susan Havlerson, as a defensive specialist, started the matches at Iowa and Minnesota last weekend. She had seven digs at Iowa adding two assists and two ace serves. Halverson also handled five reception attempts without an error. At Minnesota, she posted four digs and handled four of six reception attempts. Halverson has played in all 30 matches this season and has nine starts and seven at libero. Halverson is averaging .17 aces and 2.15 digs per set. She has a .949 serve reception percentage with 311 attempts and 16 errors.

NOBLE AVERAGED 5.14 DIGS PER SET LAST WEEKEND
Chelsea Noble averaged 5.14 digs per set in the two matches last weekend. She produced a match-high 19 digs at Iowa and added three assists. Noble handled 35 of 36 reception attempts against the Hawkeyes. Noble had a match-high 17 digs at Minnesota, adding five assists. She handled all 24 reception attempts against the Gophers. Noble has played in 29 matches this season and has 11 starts at outside hitter and 18 starts at libero. She is averaging a team-high 3.09 digs per set and has a .956 reception percentage with 801 attempts with 35 errors. She is averaging 1.03 points, .70 kills, .23 aces and .18 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.

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.

BUCKEYES SIGNS THREE FOR 2009 INCLUDING TWO TOP 40 RECRUITS
Geoff Carlston, Ohio State head women’s volleyball coach, announced the signing of three recruits to National Letters of Intent. Outside hitter Emily Danks, setter Amanda Peterson and middle hitter Mariah Booth will join the Buckeyes for the 2009 season.

Danks, a Prepvolleyball.com Top 15 recruit, is a 6-foot, 1-inch right-side hitter from Round Rock, Texas. She led the Round Rock High School Lady Dragons to a school record 39-6 overall record and regional runner-ups in her senior season. Danks was also a member of the Austin Junior club team that won the 2008 Junior Olympics national championship in July. She was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts.

“Emily was one of the most highly recruited players in the country and she fell in love with our team and the vision for Ohio State volleyball,” Carlston said. “She is tall, athletic and very quick for her size. Her foot speed is impressive and may come from the fact she was an elite level tap dancer not so long ago.

“She will be a great leader for our team right away and will add depth to our outside and right side positions” Carlston added.

Peterson, a Prepvolleyball.com Top 40 recruit, is a 6-foot setter from Glenbard East High School in Glen Ellyn, Ill. In her senior season, Peterson finished with 233 assists, 352 kills, 73 blocks and 37 aces to lead her team to a regional title. She is a four-year letter winner and a three-time All DuPage Valley Conference selection. Peterson aided her Sport Performance club team to the JVDA 17 Open championship this past summer.

“Amanda comes to us as one of the top rated setters in the nation,” Carlston said. “She is fearless, is a tremendous leader and fits in perfectly with the offense we will be moving toward in the coming year. I have rarely seen a player in all my years of coaching that has the work ethic of Amanda.

“In the classroom, Amanda is an incredible student and is enrolled in AP classes,” Carlston added. “She also can solve the Rubik’s Cube in under a minute and carries it in her backpack wherever she goes.”

Booth, a 6-foot, 3-inch middle hitter, hails from Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, Ga. She rounded out her senior season with 374 kills, 41 aces and 62 blocks and helped lead her team to its back-to-back Area 5AAAAA championships. Booth, an All-State selection, had 19 kills and 14 digs in the championship game. She also is in her second year as a member of the A5 club team.

“Mariah is an awesome athlete with long arms and a tremendous upside,” Carlston said. “We are excited to get her in our gym surrounded by our team where she is going to improve quickly. With her size, Mariah will add much needed depth as a middle and right side attacker.”

Ohio State (12-18, 3-15 Big Ten) closes out the regular season with home matches against top-ranked Penn State (30-0, 18-0) Friday and Indiana (16-14, 8-10) Saturday in 7 p.m. matches in St. John Arena.

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.

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