Feb. 15, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team held its annual end of the season banquet Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Ohio State University Golf Course. Senior outside hitter Mari Hole was named the team’s Most Outstanding Player and all four seniors were honored at the banquet – Hole, Emily Danks, Amanda Peterson and Mariah Booth.
The Buckeyes finished the season with a 23-11 overall record and finished fourth in the Big Ten at 13-7 for their best finish since 2009. The squad notched its fourth-consecutive season with 20 or more wins under head coach Geoff Carlston and the 27th season in the program’s 42-year history. Ohio State concluded the year ranked No. 22 in the final AVCA Coaches’ poll after earning its fourth-straight selection to the NCAA Tournament.
Hole was awarded the team’s Most Outstanding Player after leading the team with a 4.22 kills average and totaled 544 overall. The AVCA All-America third team honoree had a team-best 4.67 points per set average over 129 sets played. Hole earned Big Ten First Team honors after finishing fourth overall in the league in kills and fifth in points. She totaled 18 double-doubles and 33 double-digit kill performances for the Buckeyes.
Hole and Danks capped their careers at Ohio State among some of the best in the program’s history. Danks ranks 12th in career kills (1,313) and set the program’s career record in service aces, finishing with 230 overall. Danks is also ranked in seven other categories, including seventh in points (1,741.5) and 11th in total blocks (354). Hole ranks 19th in kills (1,078), fifth in points per set (4.60) and third in kills per set (4.11).
Junior Kaitlyn Leary was awarded as the team’s Most Improved Player. The Parma, Ohio, product finished second on the squad with 359 kills and averaged 2.90 per set. Her 385.5 points on the year was third overall and she averaged 3.11 points per set. Leary totaled 20 matches with 10 or more kills, including a career-best 21 kills at Wisconsin (9/29). For her efforts, Leary was named an All-Big Ten honorable mention.
Earning the team’s Radster Award was junior libero Davionna DiSalvatore. The award went to the best back row player on the squad. The Clearwater, Fla., native led the team with 512 total digs and averaged 4.00 per set. DiSalvatore finished with 31 double-digit dig performances on the season, including a career-high 31 digs against Wisconsin (11/2).
Receiving the Team Heart Award was sophomore Alyssa Winner, while classmate Anna Faul was presented with the Coaches Award. Freshman Katie Mitchell earned the squad’s Academic Excellence Award for finishing with the team’s highest individual grade-point average for the fall.