Nov. 4, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 12 Ohio State University women’s volleyball program ventures east for a couple road tilts at Maryland and Rutgers on Friday (Nov. 6) and Saturday (Nov. 7), respectively. Ohio State faces the Terrapins at 6:30 p.m. ET while duelling with the Scarlet Knights starting a 7 p.m.
Just eight matches remain in the 2015 regular season as teams across the country compete to sharpen their NCAA Tournament resume.
Friday, Nov. 6 – 6:30 p.m. ET – College Park, Md. (XFINITY Center Pavilion)
#12 Ohio State (19-5, 8-4 Big Ten) at Maryland (12-14, 2-10 Big Ten)
Live Stats: UMTerps.com
Live Video: BTN Plus
HISTORY WITH THE TERRAPINS AND SCARLET KNIGHTS
The Buckeyes welcomed Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten Conference a year ago by winning nine of 10 sets played against the B1G rookies.
Ohio State is 7-1 all-time against the Terrapins, including a 2-0 mark in College Park, four in a row overall and a four-set victory last season in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes last defeat by the hands of Maryland came back in 1997; a loss which was avenged later that season with a sweep at Maryland in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Rutgers fell victim to a pair of lopsided OSU triumphs in 2014. The Buckeyes outscored RU by a combined tally of 150-88, allowing no more than 18 points in each set. Overall, Ohio State has captured the ‘W’ in four of five all-time meetings with the Scarlet Knights.
Ohio State Women’s Volleyball has won 70 percent of its matches inside St. John Arena all-time. The Buckeyes began competition in the facility in 1986, compiling an overall mark of 306-131 (.700) which includes a 8-2 mark this season.
The NCAA began releasing the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) each Monday midseason. Ohio State is slotted No. 6 nationally this week in the rankings which carry substantial weight in determining NCAA Tournament participants and First/Second Round hosts.
THE BIG TEN GAUNTLET
Eight Big Ten programs are ranked in this week’s AVCA Division I Coaches Poll, including top-ranked Penn State, No. 4 Minnesota, No. 8 Nebraska, No. 12 Ohio State, No. 13 Wisconsin, No. 16 Purdue, No. 18 Illinois and No. 25 Michigan. Thirteen of 14 conference schools posted winning percentages above .700 during non-conference action.
Speaking of non-conference foes, Ohio State has also faced No. 17 Florida State (twice) and No. 19 Arizona this season. As of this week’s rankings, just under half of the Buckeyes’ matches will be against schools nationally-ranked or receiving votes (15 of 32 regular season matches).