Dec. 3, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University and its women’s volleyball program are set to host NCAA Tournament First & Second Round matches at St. John Arena (Dec. 4-5). The postseason party begins Friday at 4:30 p.m. when American faces Kentucky before the Buckeyes take the court at approximately 7 p.m. to duel with Robert Morris. The opening round victors will then meet up in a Saturday night showdown starting at 5:30 p.m. for the right to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 and Lexington Regional next week.
Saturday, Dec. 5 — 5:30 p.m. ET — Columbus, Ohio (St. John Arena)
Live Stats: GameTracker will be available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and the Ohio State Athletics app
Live Video: BTN2Go or Buckeye Vision (TBD)
HISTORY WITH THE INCOMING FOES
Friday marks the third time since 2001 that Robert Morris has been sent to Columbus for the First Round of the NCAA Tournament to face Ohio State. The Buckeyes swept past The Colonials in back-to-back postseasons (2001-02) and then again in the most recent meeting, a neutral site scuffle in 2006. In three all-time match-ups, Ohio State has out-scored RMU by an average of 12.7 points per set.
If the Buckeyes are able to advance to the Second Round Saturday, a face-to-face with either American or Kentucky awaits. Ohio State’s lone tilt against the AU Eagles came way back in 1981, ending in triumph for the Scarlet & Gray (15-6, 15-5). A potential collision with Big Blue would be the third in the last four postseasons. Ohio State traveled to Lexington in both 2012 and 2014, splitting the pair of Second Round skirmishes. Overall, the Buckeyes have captured seven of 12 matches vs. Kentucky in school history.
Ohio State Women’s Volleyball has won 70 percent of its matches inside St. John Arena all-time. The Buckeyes began competition in the facility in 1986, compiling an overall mark of 308-132 (.700) which includes a 10-3 ledger this season.
This season marks the 12th different year St. John Arena has hosted NCAA postseason competition. The Buckeyes own a 13-3 overall record when playing at home during the NCAA Tournament.
A POSTSEASON REGULAR
Geoff Carlston has led the charge to four `Sweet 16′ showings and 11 NCAA Tournament berths in 13 seasons as a Division-I head coach (Ohio 2003-07; Ohio State 2008-present).
OHIO STATE WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL POSSESSES RARE COMBINATION
Ohio State is one of 13 schools to reach the `Sweet 16′ in at least three of the last five NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournaments dating back to 2010. The group shrivels to just three schools when adding a similar Academic Progress Rate (APR) standard to the filter. The Buckeyes are among only three programs which can boast both advancement to the NCAA Sweet 16 and perfect multi-year APR scores of 1000 three or more times since 2010. Furthermore, no scholarship student-athlete has transferred out of the program since the arrival of head coach Geoff Carlston in 2008. In fact, Coach Carlston has never had a scholarship player transfer out of his program in 15 years as a collegiate head coach.
BUCKEYES HAUL IN ALL-BIG TEN ACCOLADES
Five Buckeyes earned Big Ten recognition this week, highlighted by Taylor Sandbothe’s unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten team by the 14 conference head coaches. Elizabeth Campbell picked up All-Big Ten honorable mention while Audra Appold and Taylor Hughes both claimed a spot on the B1G All-Freshman squad. Emily Ruetter rounded out the OSU honorees as a recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
This marks the 29th consecutive season in which at least one Buckeye has received postseason laurels from the conference office. Thirty-four different OSU players have been tabbed All-Big Ten a total of 74 times since 1983.
Sandbothe has now garnered the league’s attention in three straight seasons after being named to the All-Freshman team in 2013 and All-Big Ten honorable mention last season.
Appold and Hughes become the first Buckeye duo to make the All-Frosh squad in the same year since Suzie Stiling and Katie Virtue did so in 1999.