Meet #1 Emily Danks

Right Side/Outside Hitter, 6-1, Sophomore from Round Rock, Texas

2009 (Freshman Season) Played in 35 matches with 26 starts … career-high 16 kills at Marquette … double-figure kills in seven matches … career-high .714 (10-0-14) attack percentage against Bowling Green … career-high four ace serves against Rider and Maryland-Eastern Shore … career-high six digs at Colorado State and against Cincinnati … career-high five assist blocks at Michigan … career-high 18 points at Marquette … named to the Sports Imports Classic All-Tournament Team … named the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week for her play against Bowling Green, Cleveland State and Xavier … named the Ohio State Athlete of the Week for her play against Western Michigan, Milwaukee and Marquette.

Round Rock High School Played four years for Diane Watson … three-time all-district (2006-08) … 2008 district most valuable player … 2008 all-state … regional finalist in 2006 and 2008 … regional semifinalist in 2007 … 2007 Northside ISD Tournament best hitter … 2008 Northside ISD most valuable Player … 2008 Pearland Invitational All-Tournament Team … four-time academic all-district (2005-08) … 2009 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50.

Austin Juniors Club Coached by Glen Lietzke … 2008 17-open national champions and named to the all-tournament team.

Personal Full name is Emily Fair Danks … nickname is EM … daughter of John and Renee Danks … has two brothers playing professional baseball, John and Jordan …  enjoys watching baseball … community activities include “Swingers”, the Round Rock Junior Women’s Club (community service organization) and Hill Country Bible Church Youth Group … selected Ohio State because: “I love the big school, big city and big school spirit. I love the volleyball program, coaches and team.”

Favorite candy: Sweetarts

Superhero quality you would want: Be able to fly

Why did you start playing volleyball?: I had always been a dancer but my parents made me try volleyball in the seventh grade (thanks Mom and Dad!)

Quote that describes you. Or… a favorite quote: “Be yourself because those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter.”

Chocolate or vanilla?: Chocolate

Where do you want to be in 10 years?: Anywhere as long as I’m happy and doing something I love.

A place you’ve always wanted to visit: Australia

Lucky number: 11

All-time favorite movie: Mean Girls

The women’s volleyball team will play an intersquad match at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24 in St. John Arena. Admission is free. The Scarlet & Gray match is the final warmup before the season begins later in the week.

An informal question and answer session will be held immediately after the Scarlet & Gray match. Following “VOLLEYRULES”, an autograph session will be held.

The Buckeyes will open the 2010 season by hosting Virginia Commonwealth at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 27 in the Sports Imports Classic. Play continues Saturday with OSU hosting Western Michigan at 11 a.m. and Pittsburgh at 7 p.m.