COLUMBUS, Ohio – It’s a new look for the Ohio State women’s volleyball team as it prepares to take the court in the Covelli Center for the first time this weekend when it hosts the 15th annual Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic Aug. 30-31. The Buckeyes welcome Lehigh, Texas Tech and VCU for the four-team round robin tournament. The 2019 regular season kicks off Friday with four matches and wraps up Saturday with a pair of matches.
|Matches||Date||Time||Live Stats||Live Stream ($)|
|VCU vs. Texas Tech||Friday, Aug. 30||9:30 a.m.||Stats|
|Ohio State vs. Lehigh||Friday, Aug. 30||12 p.m.||Stats||BTN+|
|Lehigh vs. VCU||Friday, Aug. 30||5:30 p.m.||Stats|
|Ohio State vs. Texas Tech||Friday, Aug. 30||8 p.m.||Stats||BTN+|
|Texas Tech vs. Lehigh||Saturday, Aug. 31||2 p.m.||Stats|
|Ohio State vs. VCU||Saturday, Aug. 31||7 p.m.||Stats||BTN+|
Ohio State vs. Lehigh
Ohio State vs. Texas Tech
Ohio State vs. VCU
D.C. KOEHL – A LASTING LEGACY
D.C. Koehl served as the communications director of Buckeye men’s and women’s volleyball for 30 years before passing away in January 2012. While this season marks the 15th annual Sports Imports Classic overall, the yearly home volleyball tournament has been named in honor of Koehl since 2012 as the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic.
In addition to his duties associated with the volleyball programs, Koehl became the go-to guy for football and basketball statistics during his total of 39 years working in the Ohio State Athletics Department. The Columbus native began his Buckeye days as an undergraduate manager for the men’s basketball program, working under Hall of Fame coach Fred Taylor. After graduating from Ohio State with a degree in public recreation in 1973, Koehl hopped on board full-time with the Athletics Communications group. His love for the sport of volleyball extended into a role as the communications director for the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, a league the OSU men’s program has been a member of since its inception in 1961.
HISTORY WITH THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS, RED RAIDERS AND RAMS
The season opener against Lehigh will be the second time the programs have met. The inaugural match took place in 2006, which resulted in a three-set Buckeye win at St. John Arena.
It has been over 20 years since Ohio State and Texas Tech have battled on the court. The Buckeyes secured a 3-2 comeback win over the Red Raiders during the 1998 NCAA First Round and has a 3-1 lead in the all-time series.
VCU will be making its second appearance at the Sports Imports Classic this weekend. The Rams visited Columbus in 2010 and dropped a 3-1 decision to the Buckeyes, who are 2-0 against the program.
WELCOME TO THE COVELLI CENTER
The women’s volleyball team will be the first Buckeyes to compete in the brand new Covelli Center, a 3,700-seat arena that is home to seven varsity sports. The state-of-the-art facility is part of the new Ohio State Athletic District and spans over 100,000 square feet in total, including a locker room and coaching suite designed specifically for women’s volleyball. The program spent 33 years competing in the storied St. John Arena before making the transition to Covelli in 2019.
Ohio State added eight new Buckeyes to the 2019 roster. The incoming class featured six freshmen – Cecilia Rocafort, Kylie Murr, Gabby Gonzales, Reilly MacNeill, Mac Podraza and Jenaisya Moore. The squad also welcomed two transfers, graduate student Abby Julian and senior Elle Sandbothe.