Sept. 11, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – It took only three weeks into her collegiate career for freshman Hannah Gruensfelder to set an all-time Ohio State school record and a subsequent co-Big Ten Freshman of the Week distinction following her 38-dig performance on Sunday (Sept. 10) at Notre Dame. Wisconsin’s Dana Rettke is the fellow co-Big Ten Freshman of the Week.
Gruensfelder recorded an astonishing 38 digs Sunday versus the Irish, the most ever by a Buckeye in a four-set contest. Gruensfelder’s digging explosion surpassed the previous four-set mark of 35 digs by Valeria Leon versus Arizona in 2015 and is the second-highest total overall (Julie Chellevold dug 41 balls in a five-set match back in 1990). Her season average expands to 5.03 digs per set, good for the top spot in the entire Big Ten Conference. Ohio State’s 109 team digs total versus Notre Dame also cracked the Top-20 in school history. For the week, Gruensfelder was responsible for 7.43 digs per set. In addition, the Buckeye libero successfully handled 32 error-free service receptions.
This marks the eighth time a Buckeye has earned B1G Freshman of the Week honors since 2009 and Gruensfelder is the fifth different player to do so. Current Buckeye Audra Appold was a three-time honoree in 2015 while recently-graduated Taylor Sandbothe picked up the award twice in 2013.