Sep 4, 2013



COLUMBUS, Ohio – While the No. 23 Ohio State women’s volleyball team was busy capturing the NIU Invitational title last weekend, two members of the program reached milestones in their careers Saturday. Head coach Geoff Carlston earned his 300th career win, while senior libero Davionna DiSalvatore recorded her 1000th dig.

Carlston joined the Buckeyes in spring 2008 and came to Columbus with a 193-64 overall mark following five seasons with Ohio University and three at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn. Now in his sixth season with Ohio State and 13th overall, Carlston picked up his 300th in the team’s 3-2 victory over Green Bay, Aug. 31. The Plymouth, Minn., native has a career record of 301-132 for a .695 winning percentage.

Carlston has led the Buckeyes to four-straight seasons with 20 or more wins and four-consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament. The squad has reached the NCAA Second Round all four years, including showings in the Sweet 16 in 2010 and 2011. Ohio State earned its best finish in the Big Ten under Carlston last season, finishing fourth overall.

DiSalvatore entered her senior season ranked 15th at Ohio State with 961 career digs. She became the 15th player in program history to reach the 1000-dig mark in the team’s 3-2 win over Northern Illinois Saturday evening en route to a 29-dig performance for the Buckeyes.

The Palm Harbor, Fla., product had a breakout season in 2012, guiding the Buckeye defense all year. She led the squad with 512 digs on the year for a 4.00 average. Her season total ranked second overall in Ohio State history. DiSalvatore enters the upcoming weekend ranked tied for 14th with 1,023 career digs.

Ohio State returns to St. John Arena Sept. 4 for a 7 p.m. ET exhibition match vs. the Polish professional team, Dabrowa. The Buckeyes then travel to Tallahassee, Fla., for the Four Points by Sheraton Seminole Invitational, Sept. 6-7.