Aug 16, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 23 Ohio State women’s volleyball team has a full week of practice under its belt and the youthful team is only two weeks away from its first match of the season.

“The first week of practice went very well,” senior Davionna DiSalvatore said. “The team has come together wonderfully and is putting in full effort in every drill. We are very excited for the upcoming season and are working hard to get better every day.”

The 2013 squad features three seniors, four juniors, two sophomores and four freshmen. Senior Julianne Mandolfo was recently selected as team captain and with classmates Kaitlyn Leary and DiSalvatore; the group brings a wealth of experience to the young group.

The preseason kicked off Aug. 8 and two-a-days began the next day bright and early. The Buckeyes enjoyed some quality team-building time this past weekend, spending two full days in Hocking Hills. Along with practice, the team went horseback riding, made s’mores, was treated to a home-cooked meal by DiSalvatore herself and even went on a scavenger hunt in Cedar Falls.

The squad’s four freshmen have quickly adjusted to demands of being a Division I athlete and are thriving.

“The first week of practice has been great,” freshman setter Maggie Heim said. “It has been full of learning, a lot of playing and more learning. As a setter, I’ve been working really hard at picking up on my hitter’s tendencies and getting a lot of feedback. This senior class has been great and has shown us how to push through the tiredness and enjoy every moment.”

Two-a-days continue until the Wednesday, Aug. 21, when classes start up again. The Buckeyes will host their Scarlet and Gray scrimmage on Aug. 24 in St. John Arena at 1 p.m. ET and the event is free to the public.