Aug. 2, 2004
Three Starters Returning
The 2004 Buckeyes have three starters returning from last season. Outside hitters Stacey Gordon and Amanda Miller and setter Briana McCarthy will anchor a Buckeye squad that was 11-17 a year ago. Both Gordon and McCarthy started all 28 matches in 2003 with Miller having 16 starts.
Six Letterwinners Back From 2003
Along with Gordon, Miller and McCarthy, three other letterwinners return for the 2004 campaign. Setter Jackie Schardt played in 26 matches with nine starts. Libero/defensive specialists Rebecca Kastein and Anna Tengnas both played in all 28 matches and had six starts each in the back row. Kastein had 10 starts at libero with Tengnas receiving 18.
Transfer Adds Depth
The Buckeyes have added a transfer from North Carolina State. Middle blocker Maya Mapp was a two-year starter at NC State. She averaged 2.74 points per game while averaging 2.40 kills and .95 blocks per game.
The Freshman Class
The Buckeyes have one of the finest freshman classes in the country this year. Ranked fourth best by Prep Volleyball.com, the class has four of five members hailing from Ohio. The class consists of middle blockers Nicole Britenriker and Danielle Meyer, outside hitters Brandie Molnar, Ami Stevens and Brittany Dahms. Britenriker and Meyer played for the USA Youth National Team to add valuable international experience. Molnar trained with the USA High Performance Training Team while Stevens won the 2003 Ohio High School Athletic Association Division IV Championship. Dahms, who comes from Illinois, has also played at setter. Her club team won the 2003 17-club division national championship.
Big Ten Honors
Stacey Gordon and Briana McCarthy received Big Ten honors last season. Gordon was a unanimous All-Big Ten selection while McCarthy was named to the Big Ten All-Freshmen Team. Gordon also was honored as the Big Ten Player of the Week three times, giving her a conference-high 10-weekly honors for her career.
The American Volleyball Coaches Association Mideast All-Region team included Stacey Gordon for the third consecutive season.
Stacey Gordon was named a second-team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American. She also was honored as a first-team ASICS/Volleyball Magazine All-American.
Big Ten Numbers
In the final Big Ten Conference statistics (conference matches only), Stacey Gordon was ranked in four of the six categories. She was the conference statistical champion in kills per game with a 6.77 average. She ranked sixth in digs (3.56 per game), seventh in service aces (.32 per game) and 14th in hitting percentage (.283). For all matches last season, Gordon set a Big Ten record with a 6.62 kills per game average. Also ranked in conference only statistics was setter Briana McCarthy at eighth in assists per game at 12.43.
Three Named Academic All-Big Ten
Three student-athletes were named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad. These include Stacey Gordon, Amanda Miller and Jackie Schardt.
A total of seven players were honored as Ohio State Student-Athletes. They include Holly Cram, Stacey Gordon, Rebecca Kastein, Amanda Miller, Briana McCarthy, Jackie Schardt and Anna Tengnas.
Buckeyes Face Strong Schedule
Ohio State will be tested by a strong schedule in 2004. The Buckeyes will play nine matches against five opponents ranked in the final 2003 American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll. These include No. 4 Minnesota, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Georgia Tech, No. 15 Illinois and No. 21 Wisconsin. Along with the previously mentioned teams, Ohio State has nine opponents that played in the NCAA Championship in 2003. The additional teams include Dayton, Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern.
In the final NCAA national statistics, Stacey Gordon, with a 6.62 kills per game average, finished ranked second in the country. 2003 senior Aline Pereira finished first at 6.66. Gordon will enter her senior season as the top returning player in the country.
The International Side
Two squad members this year are from outside the United States. Senior outside hitter Stacey Gordon is from Oshawa, Ontario and sophomore libero Anna Tengnas is from Hyltebruk, Sweden.