Aug. 30, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State (1-0) women’s volleyball team will host No. 1 Nebraska (2-0) and No. 24 Long Beach State (2-0) in weekend matches in the Sports Imports Classic in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes will face Nebraska at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. In the first match of the double header, Michigan (0-1) will face Long Beach State at 5 p.m. In matches Saturday, Michigan plays Nebraska at 5:30 p.m. with Ohio State hosting Long Beach State at 7:30 p.m.

The Buckeyes are coached by Jim Stone, the 2004 Big Ten and the American Volleyball Coaches Association Mideast Region Coach of the Year. Ohio State is 1-0 on the season after a 3-0 (30-22, 30-21, 30-21) win over Toledo in St. John Arena. Against the Rockets, Danielle Meyer (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) averaged 7.33 kills and 2.00 blocks per game while hitting .529. Amanda Miller (Sr., Littleton, Colo.) and Ami Stevens (So., Centerburg, Ohio) averaged 2.33 kills per game. Setter Marisa Main (Jr., Louisville, Ky.) averaged 13.00 assists and 2.00 kills per game. Defensively, Stevens averaged 3.67 digs and Rebecca Kastein (Sr., Mt. Lebanon, Pa.) 3.33. Libero Ashley Kiel (Jr., Allenton, Wis.) had a match-high two ace serves against Toledo.

The Cornhuskers are coached by John Cook. Nebraska is 2-0 on the season after winning the AVCA/NACWAA Showcase. The Cornhuskers defeated No. 4 Hawaii 3-0 (30-23, 30-26,30-21) in the semifinals and No. 3 Stanford 3-0 (30-23, 31-29, 33-31) in the championship match. Christina Houghtelling was named the Most Valuable Player of the Showcase and Melissa Elmer was selected to the All-Tournament Team. Houghtelling leads the team in kills per game with a 4.83 average. Jordan Larson ranks second at 4.00. Dani Busboom (8.33 assists per game) and Maggie Griffin (8.00) split the setting duties. Jennifer Saleaumua averages a team-high 5.17 digs per game with Larson second at 4.00. At the net, Elmer is averaging a team-high 3.00 blocks per game with two solos and 16 assists. Houghtelling ranks second in digs at 1.67 (0-10).

Nebraska has a 5-3 in the series with Ohio State. The Cornhuskers have won the last three meetings with the Buckeyes including a 3-0 (15-8, 15-3, 15-10) victory in the 1998 Buckeye Invitational, Nebraska’s only appearance in St. John Arena. Ohio State’s last win over Nebraska came in the 1991 NCAA Mideast Regional Championship at Nebraska, a 3-1 (15-9, 15-9, 17-16, 15-7) victory.

AGAINST NEBRASKA AIAW Championship at Alabama 12/ 8/78 N W 2-0 15-2, 16-14

Cincinnati Invitational 10/17/80 N W 2-0 15-10, 15-13 11/24/84 A L 0-3 13-15, 10-15, 7-15

Wahine Invitational at Honolulu, Hawaii 9/8/90 N L 1-3 9-15, 15-8, 14-16, 9-15

NCAA Mideast Regional Championship at Nebraska 12/14/91 A W 3-1 9-15, 15-9, 17-16, 15-7

Illini Classic at Illinois 9/12/92 N L 0-3 12-15, 8-15, 2-15

Arby’s Invitational at Nebraska 9/13/97 A L 0-3 5-15, 13-15, 11-15

Buckeye Invitational at Ohio State 9/12/98 H L 0-3 8-15, 3-15, 10-15

NCAA Central Regional Semifinal at Nebraska 12/ 8/00 A V 0-3 9-15, 6-15, 5-15 (Vacated)

The 49ers are coached by Brian Gimmillaro. Long Beach State is 2-0 on the season after winning the Mizuno Invitational. The 49ers defeated Long Island 3-0 (30-25, 30-13, 30-27) and Sacramento State 3-2 (19-30, 30-24, 24-30, 30-24, 15-11). Quincy Verdin leads Long Beach State with a 4.00 kills per game average. Alexis Crimes ranks second at 3.50. Crimes is the top percentage hitter at .364. Setter Nicole Vargas is averaging 11.43 assists per game. Libero Heather Laudato has a team-high three ace serves on the season and is averaging a team-high 4.50 digs per game. Ali Daley ranks second at 3.62. At the net, Crimes leads the team with a 2.62 blocks per game average with three solos and 18 assists. Mariko Crum ranks second in blocks at 1.62 with 13 assists.

The series between the Buckeyes and the 49ers is tied at 2-2. Ohio State won the last two meetings with Long Beach State, both coming in 1994. OSU defeated the 49ers, 3-1 (4-15, 15-9, 15-10, 15-9) at the Long Beach State Invitational and won 3-1 (15-5, 14-16, 15-9, 15-5) in the NCAA Northwest Regional Championship match at Long Beach State. The 49ers have never played in Columbus.

AGAINST LONG BEACH STATE Brigham Young Invitational 9/28/79 N L 0-2 5-15, 10-15

NCAA Northwest Regional Semifinal at Long Beach State 12/10/93 A L 1-3 7-15, 9-15, 15-13, 12-15

Long Beach State Invitational 9/3/94 A W 3-1 4-15, 15-9, 15-10, 15-9

NCAA NWRegional Championship @Long Beach State 12/10/94 A W 3-1 15-5, 14-16, 15-9, 15-5

Behind a career-high 26.5 points from Danielle Meyer, 12th-ranked Ohio State (1-0) defeated Toledo (1-1), 3-0 (30-22, 30-21, 30-21) to open the 2005 season. Meyer recorded a career-high 22 kills while hitting .529. She added an ace serve, a solo block and five assist blocks and collected five digs in the contest. Amanda Miller added 9.5 points and Marisa Main eight for the Buckeyes. Kate Bean recorded 10.5 points for the Rockets with Kelsey Culver and Chelsey Poquette adding 7.5 each.

Tied at nine in game one, the Buckeyes had a six to one point run to open a 15-10 lead. A kill by Main, an ace by Meyer and a Toledo error made it 12-9. A Culver kill cut the margin to 12-10 but kills from Miller and Ami Stevens and a Rocket error made it 15-10. A Felicia Jones (Jr., Concord, Ont.) kill ended the game at 30-22, OSU. Ohio State hit .343 for the game to .103 for Toledo.

The Buckeyes broke a three-all tie in game two with two Toledo errors and a Rebecca Kastein ace serve. At 7-5, Ohio State, a five point run opened a 12-5 lead for the Buckeyes. The run included a block by Main and Meyer and four Rocket errors. With OSU leading 29-19, two Toledo points cut the lead to 29-21 but a Jones kill closed the game at 30-21. The Buckeyes hit .429 for the game to .057 for Toledo.

Tied at seven in game three, a Poquette kill and a Culver solo block gave Toledo a 9-7 lead. Toledo held the lead until three Rocket errors put OSU ahead, 19-18. A Buckeye error tied the game at 19. A Rocket error and Buckeye kills from Jones and Meyer gave OSU a 22-19 lead. A Main-Nicole Britenriker (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) block set match point at 29-21 and a Rocket error ended the game at 30-21. Ohio State hit .429 for the game to -.065 for the Rockets. For the match, Ohio State hit .398 to .038 for Toledo.

The Buckeyes had a 52-28 advantage in kills and a five-four margin in ace serves. The Buckeyes gave up 10 service errors to eight for Toledo. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 42-26 advantage in digs with Stevens recording a match-high 11 for OSU and Kastein adding 10. Toledo’s Lora Sarich had a team-high 10 digs for the Rockets. At the net, the Buckeyes enjoyed a 10 to four margin in team blocks. OSU’s Meyer posted a match-high six blocks with a solo and five assists. Main contributed four assist blocks and added a match-high 39 assists.

Based on the AVCA weekly national rankings, Ohio State has played nine teams ranked at No. 1. The Buckeyes have won only one encounter against a top-ranked team when No. 16 OSU defeated Minnesota, 3-1 in St. John Arena last season. Against ranked teams, Ohio State is 59-120 (.324) and when Ohio State is ranked is 303-95 (.761).

Ohio State vs. No. 1 Teams
1990 UCLA 3, #11 Ohio State 1, at Hawaii
1993 Stanford 3, #13 Ohio State 1, at Michigan
1996 Florida 3, #12 Ohio State 2, at Florida
1997 Penn State 3, #21 Ohio State 0, at Ohio State
1998 Penn State 3, #14 Ohio State 0, at Penn State
1999 Penn State 3, Ohio State 0, at Penn State
1999 Penn State 3, Ohio State 1, at Ohio State
2000 Nebraska 3, #15 Ohio State 1, at Nebraska
2004 #16 Ohio State 3, Minnesota 1, at Ohio State

With career-highs of 26.5 points and 22 kills, Danielle Meyer had an outstanding opening match for the sophomore middle blocker. Her previous high for kills was 18 and for points, 21, both coming against North Carolina. Meyer hit .521 against the Rockets adding six total blocks (one solo and five assists), five digs and an ace serve.

Ami Stevens recorded a match-high 11 digs last Saturday against Toledo. She added seven kills (.385), an assist block and three assists in the match. Stevens handled 29 serve receptions against the Rockets without an error.

All-Americans Laura Davis and Stacey Gordon will be honored prior to Friday’s Ohio State-Nebraska match (7 p.m.) as their All-American banners will be put on display in St. John Arena. Davis played from 1991 to 1994. She was a two-time All-American (93, 94) and was the 1994 AVCA National Player of the Year. Gordon played from 2001 to 2004. She is Ohio State’s only four-time All-American, a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year and the 2004 AVCA Co-National Player of the Year and the Asics/Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year.

Ohio State volleyball All-American Stacey Gordon will be honored at the third quarter break of the Ohio State-Miami football game as the 2004 Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year. Gordon was named ASICS/Volleyball Magazine 2004 National Player of the Year as well as the 2004 American Volleyball Coaches Association Co-National Player of the Year while leading her team to a 30-4 record and a sixth-place national ranking. She took home many national honors, including AVCA first team All-America, ASICS/Volleyball Magazine first team All-America, AVCA National Player of the Week and CoSIDA Academic All-District second team. She was the Big Ten Player of the Year and a first team all-conference selection. Gordon, Ohio State women’s volleyball’s only four-time All-American, set the NCAA record for kills per game with 7.08 in 2004. She also is a four-time All-Big Ten selection and holds Big Ten records for kills in a season and career kills. Gordon set the school record for career digs and is third all-time on the NCAA Division I career kills list. She is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and was a Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor finalist. Gordon also was named Ohio State Female Athlete of the year for 2002-03.

Ohio State is scheduled to appear in four televised matches this season. The Buckeyes will appear twice in the eight regional broadcasts scheduled by Comcast SportsNet Chicago. OSU will host Purdue Friday, Sept. 23 in a match that will be delayed telecast Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. ET. Ohio State’s Friday, Oct. 21 match at Minnesota will be delayed telecast Saturday, Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m. ET. The Buckeyes have two additional televised matches this season. OSU will host Wisconsin Saturday, Oct. 29 in match with will be delayed telecast by ESPN2 Sunday, Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. ET and will play at Penn State, at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2 in a live CSTV (College Sports Television) broadcast.

The CSTV (College Sports Television/AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Division I Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll released this week by the AVCA has Ohio State ranked 12th nationally. The Buckeyes received 728 votes in the preseason poll. OSU finished the 2004 season with a 30-4 overall record and was ranked sixth in the final 2004 poll. The Buckeyes are one of four Big Ten squads ranked in the top-12 of the preseason poll. Others include Penn State at fifth, Minnesota sixth and Wisconsin 10th.

Ohio State’s Buckeye Classic featuring Brigham Young, Duke and Pittsburgh will begin play in St. John Arena on Friday, Sept. 16 with Brigham Young playing Duke at 5 p.m. and Ohio State hosting Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. The Saturday, Sept. 17 consolation match at 5 p.m. and the championship match a 7 p.m. will be played at Centerburg High School in Centerburg, Ohio. The change is necessary because the Ohio State-San Diego State football game has been moved to 3:30 p.m. and will be telecast by ABC-TV.

The Big Ten Conference announced that Ohio State setter Marisa Main (Jr., Louisville, Ky.) and outside hitter Ami Stevens (So., Centerburg, Ohio) have been named to the 2005 Preseason All-Big Ten Volleyball Team by a vote of the conference coaches. The Buckeyes were picked to finish fourth in the coaches’ preseason poll. Penn State was picked to finish first with Minnesota second and Wisconsin third.

Jim Stone is in his 24th season at Ohio State. He has a 472-261 record with the Buckeyes and is 263-151 in Big Ten play. His squads have won Big Ten Championships in 1989, 1991 and 1994 and finished tied for second in 2004 being named the Big Ten Coach of the Year. He was the 1991 Volleyball Monthly National Coach of the Year and the Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1989, 1991, 1994 and 2004. Under Stone, Ohio State has participated in the NCAA championship in 13 of the last 16 years, advancing to the national semifinals in 1991 and 1994. Stone’s coaching career record includes three years at Wyoming (1979-1981). His 26-year career record is 522-303.

Outside hitter Gabriele Jobst (1991-94) and setter Audrey DiPronio (1988-90) will be inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall Of Fame, Friday, Sept. 16 and will be honored at halftime of the Ohio State-San Diego State football game on Saturday, Sept. 17. Previous women’s volleyball players in the Hall of Fame include Karen Alsbrook (1977-79), Lisa Bettio (1982-85), Laura Davis (1991-94), Holly O’Leary (1987-90), Mary Ormsby (1977-80) Vanessa Wouters (1996-97) and Leisa Wissler (1988-91).

Outside hitter Ami Stevens was selected to the 12-player United State Junior National Team that traveled to Turkey to play in the FIVB Junior Women’s U-20 Volleyball World Championship, July 23-28. The squad finished 1-4 in pool play. She had been in training at the United States Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. since July 8. Stevens was also selected to the team in 2004.

#1 Rebecca Kastein (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-8, Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) – 2005–season-high 10 digs against Toledo / started 22 matches at libero and three at defensive specialist in 2004 – averaged 3.27 digs per game with 18 matches with double-figure digs – career-high 29 digs at Minnesota in the NCAA Regional Championship match.

#2 Brittany Dahms (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-5, So., Bryon, Ill.) – 2005– recorded a dig against Toledo / started seven matches at libero and three as a defensive specialist – averaged 2.23 digs per game with a career-high 19 against Michigan – double-figure digs in 10 matches.

#3 Anna Tengnas (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-5, Jr., Hyletbruk, Sweden) – 2005– has not played / played in 16 matches with three starts at libero in 2004 – averaged 1.43 digs per game in 2004 with a season-high of nine against Dayton and North Carolina.

#4 Megan Blake (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-3, Jr., West Jefferson, Ohio) – 2005– has not played / did not play in 2004 – named to the 2005 Buckeye Power Club for strength and conditioning.

#5 Nicole Britenriker (Middle blocker, 5-11, So., Cincinnati, Ohio) – 2005– five kills (.571) and three blocks against Toledo / played in 22 matches with one start in 2004 – USA National experience includes the Youth National Team in 2001 and 2003 and the Junior National Team in 2004.

#6 Danielle Meyer (Middle Blocker, 6-1, So., Cincinnati, Ohio) – 2005– career-high 22 kills against Toledo, adding six blocks and five digs / started all 34 matches – averaged 2.91 kills, .75 digs and 1.10 blocks per game – career-high nine blocks against Illinois – USA National experience includes the Youth National Team in 2003.

#7 Ami Stevens (Outside Hitter, 6-1, So., Centerburg, Ohio) – 2005– match-high 11 digs, adding seven kills against Toledo – 2005 Preseason All-Big Ten Selection / started all 34 matches – named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team – averaged 2.78 kills, 3.02 digs and .43 blocks per game – career-high 17 kills against Northwestern and vs. Tennessee in the NCAA Regional Semifinals – career-high 27 digs vs. Tennessee – double-figure kills in 18 matches – double-figure digs in 16 matches – USA National experience includes the Junior National Team in 2004 and 2005.

#8 Briana McCarthy (Outside hitter, 6-2, Jr., Beaver Dam, Wis.) 2005– has not played / started 26 matches in 2004 – averaged 1.33 kills, .58 digs and .88 blocks per game in 2004 – started 26 matches at setter and two at outside hitter in 2003 – averaged 11.53 assists per game in 2003 with a career-high 66 assists against Temple.

#9 Felicia Jones (Outside Hitter, 5-11, Jr., Concord, Ontario/Southwest Missouri State-West Plains) 2005– five kills (.308) against Toledo / played two years at Southwest Missouri State-West Plains Junior College – first team American Volleyball Coaches Association Junior College All-American and a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American in 2004 – averaged 4.12 kills, 3.68 digs and .33 blocks per game in 2004 – a second-team AVCA and NJCAA JC All-American – career-highs of 23 kills against Southern Idaho in 2003 and 27 digs against Tennessee in 2004.

#11 Amanda Miller (Outside hitter, 5-11, Sr., Littleton, Colo.) – 2005– seven kills, five digs and two blocks against Toledo / played in 27 matches in 2004 – had 16 starts in 2003.

#13 Marisa Main (Setter, 5-9, Jr., Louisville, Ky./Xavier) – 2005– 39 assists, six kills, four digs and four blocks against Toledo – 2005 Preseason All-Big Ten Selection / 2004 second-team AVCA All-American – first team AVCA Mideast All-Region – All-Big Ten – started 34 matches in 2004 averaging 14.88 assists, 2.35 digs and .46 blocks per game – career-high 85 assists against Tennessee in the NCAA Regional Semifinals in Minneapolis – Ohio State season assist leader with 1,785 – Big Ten statistical champion at 14.68 assists per game and finished second nationally in NCAA statistics at 14.88 – double-figure digs in 13 matches – played at Xavier University in 2003 – named to the Atlantic-10 All-Conference and All-Rookie teams.

#14 Caitlin Slevin (Libero/Defensive Specialist, 5-5, Fr., St. Joseph, Mich.) 2005– has not played / high school team was 2004 and 2005 district champions – honorable mention all-conference in 2005 – also played setter.

#15 Ashley Kiel (Outside Hitter, 5-11, Jr., Allenton, Wis./Northern Michigan) 2005– three digs, two ace serves and four assists against Toledo playing the libero position / played two seasons at Division II Northern Michigan – 2004 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference Selection – averaged 2.58 kills, 3.24 digs and 1.10 blocks per game in 2004 – career-high 23 kills at Ashland in 2004 – career-high 26 digs at Hillsdale in 2004 – second team GLIAC All-Conference selection in 2003 – named the 2003 AVCA Great Lakes Region Freshman of the Year – 2003 Great Lakes All-Region honorable mention selection.

#16 Jackie Schardt (Setter, 5-10, Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) 2005– has not played / played in six matches in 2004 – had nine starts at middle blocker in 2003 – career-high 62 assists at Michigan State in 2002.