Nov. 1, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 22 Ohio State University women’s volleyball team plays host to No. 3 Wisconsin Wednesday (Nov. 2) evening live on the Big Ten Network at 8 p.m. ET. The Buckeyes then jaunt to Bloomington, Ind., for a Saturday (Nov. 5) showdown with the Hoosiers of Indiana University.
Wednesday, Nov. 2 — 8 p.m. ET — Columbus, Ohio (St. John Arena)
#22 Ohio State (15-9, 5-7 B1G) vs. #3 Wisconsin (18-3, 10-2 Big Ten)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Television: Big Ten Network (watch online)
Taylor Sandbothe – REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
Taylor Sandbothe needs three blocks to set the all-time career blocks record in Ohio State history. She enters the week with 515 rejections and the potential of breaking a record which has stood for a quarter of a century. The current high mark is 517 by Dawn McDougall from 1988-91.
Sandbothe’s assault on the OSU Record Books includes a Top-20 standing in eight additional categories. The complete list includes: 515 total blocks (2nd), 102 solo blocks (2nd), 1.14 blocks/set (2nd), 413 block assists (3rd), .306 attack percentage (6th), 1,708.5 points (11th), 1,329 kills (12th), 2.996 attack attempts (15th) and 3.78 points/set (16th).
*Complete `Career Records Watch’ can be found on Page 7 on the match notes posted above.
HISTORY WITH THE BADGERS
Wisconsin owns a 39-35 advantage in the tightly-contested all-time series between two storied programs. The Badgers came out on top earlier this season with a win in Madison on Sept. 23 while the Buckeyes lead 17-16 in 33 meetings inside St. John Arena.
Valeria León – OHIO STATE’S ALL-TIME DIGS QUEEN
With her first dig of the night against Michigan State on Oct. 22, Valeria León took sole possession of the Ohio State school record for career digs. Her 1,573rd dig set the new all-time mark and she enters this week with 1,623 to her name. The Buckeye libero also has control of the best digs per set average in school history, putting up 3.48 per set since arriving at Ohio State in 2013.
Ohio State sits at No. 22 in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll. The Buckeyes are one of seven Big Ten teams ranked in the Top-25 while Illinois, Purdue and Iowa are all receiving votes as well. The Big Ten Conference combined for an overall non-conference record of 122-36 (.772). Ohio State has been nationally ranked for 36 consecutive weeks, a streak dating back to Oct. 13, 2014.
Wednesday night marks the 300th match for Ohio State under the leadership of head coach Geoff Carlston. The Carlston-led Buckeyes have accumulated an overall record of 186-113 (.622) since his arrival in 2008. He needs just five more wins to surpass Sue Collins (1973-79) for the second most wins in program history.
In addition, Ohio State has racked up 974 victories overall since 1971 with an all-time winning percentage of .640 (974-548). That mark includes a 314-133 (.702)( ledger inside St. John Arena.
ANOTHER RANKED FOE DOWNED BY OSU
The Buckeyes swept by 11th-ranked Michigan State on Oct. 22, representing Ohio State’s third victory over a Top-25 team in 2016. Then-No. 16 Texas A&M and top-ranked Nebraska also fell victim to Buckeye wins.
SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE
Valeria León has been named one of 30 candidates nationwide for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as a Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The 30 women’s volleyball candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the season.
NATIONAL TELEVISION EXPOSURE
Wednesday’s match vs. Wisconsin is one of at least a half dozen Buckeye matches broadcast on national television this season. In addition to the ESPN2 broadcast in Ann Arbor earlier this season, Ohio State is also being featured on Big Ten Network a minimum of five times.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION – #OSUWVBtribe
Social media users are encouraged to join the Ohio State Women’s Volleyball conversation by utilizing the #OSUWVBtribe hashtag. Hear directly from members of the program weekly at OhioStateBuckeyes.com with a video series titled “#OSUWVBtribe Talk.”
COLUMBUS — THE CITY THAT CROWNS CHAMPIONS
The 2016 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship will be held in Nationwide Arena. The NCAA Semifinals are contested on Dec. 15, followed two days later by the crowning of a national champion on Saturday, Dec. 17, in front of a national television audience on ESPN. Tickets are ON SALE NOW! In addition, volleyball fans can also look forward to the 2017 NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship which is also being hosted in Ohio’s capital city (St. John Arena — May 4-6, 2017).