Sept. 19, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13 Ohio State women’s volleyball team closes out non-conference play this weekend, traveling to Buffalo, N.Y., for the Blue and White Classic, Sept. 20-21. The Buckeyes face Maryland Eastern Shore Friday and then take on Valparaiso and host Buffalo Saturday.
Live stats and live streaming are available for all Blue and White Classic matches and can be found at www.BuffaloBulls.com.
Teams: No. 13 Ohio State, Maryland Eastern Shore, Valparaiso, Buffalo
Friday, Sept. 20
Ohio State vs. UMES – 4:30 p.m.
Valparaiso vs. Buffalo – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 14
Ohio State vs. Valparaiso – 11 a.m.
UMES vs. Buffalo – 1:30 p.m.
Valparaiso vs. UMES – 4:30 p.m.
Ohio State vs. Buffalo – 7 p.m.
Ohio State kicks off the Big Ten season hosting nationally-ranked rivals Michigan and Michigan State in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes and the Wolverines face off Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. ET on BTN. Ohio State will close out the weekend against the Spartans Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. ET.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Ohio State students are free with a valid Buck-ID. Tickets are available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and group tickets (10 or more) are also available starting at $2 when purchased in advance. For more information, contact Ohio State Tick Sales at 1-800-GOBUCKS or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPORTS IMPORTS DC KOEHL CLASSIC RECAP
The No.13 Ohio State women’s volleyball team captured another tournament title last weekend, hosting the Sports Import DC Koehl Classic in St John Arena, Sept 13-14. The tournament featured Ohio State, IUPUI, Southeast Missouri and Xavier.
The Buckeyes began the two-day tournament Friday with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-22) sweep of IUPUI. On Saturday, Ohio State topped SEMO in four (25-12, 20-25, 25-19, 25-13) and followed with a 3-1 (25-10, 21-25, 25-23, 25-13) win over Xavier Saturday night.
Junior Taylor Sherwin was named the tournament’s most outstanding player, leading the Buckeyes in assists with 138 and adding 33 digs. Sophomore Andrea Kacsits was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts where she racked up 19 kills, six (1s, 5a) blocks and finished with a solid .439 attack percentage. Senior Davionna DiSalvatore lead the squad in digs with 42 and freshman Valeria León chipped in 41. Senior Kaitlyn Leary totaled 61 kills with a 5.55 average, while freshman Taylor Sandbothe totaled a team-best 10 (3s, 7a) blocks.
BEST START IN SEVEN YEARS
Ohio State stands at 9-0 in the early season, earning its best start since the 2006 season that saw the Buckeyes reaching the NCAA regional semifinals. The start is also the best under six-year head coach Geoff Carlston.
The Buckeyes are the only undefeated team remaining in the Big Ten. The squad is one of 12 teams still undefeated in all of NCAA Division I.
After defeating a pair of Top 20 teams in Western Kentucky and Florida State on the same day Sept. 6, the squad jumped 10 spots in the AVCA poll to No. 13 and is ranked in that spot this week. Ohio State was ranked as high as No. 14 in 2012, coming at the end of the season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Taylor Sherwin of the No. 13 Ohio State women’s volleyball team was named the Big Ten Setter of the Week, the league announced Monday. The nod is the second honor of the season for the Orlando product.
Sherwin has guided the Buckeyes to a perfect 9-0 start to the season and led the team to the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic tournament title this weekend in Columbus. The junior was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after recording a pair of double-doubles and finishing with a 12.55 assists average over 11 sets played.
In the three-set win over IUPUI Friday night, Sherwin notched a 44 assists and added 12 digs for her first double-double on the year. Against Southeast Missouri Saturday afternoon, Sherwin led the match with 48 assists and added a season-best 13 digs in the 3-1 win. She closed out the weekend with 46 assists and eight digs in the 3-1 victory over in-state rival Xavier Saturday night to seal the tournament title.
IN THE POLLS
Ohio State holds on to the No. 13 spot in the latest AVCA Division I Coaches Poll. The Buckeyes are one of eight Big Ten schools ranked in the weekly poll – Penn State (1), Minnesota (9), Michigan (10), Nebraska (12), Ohio State (13), Michigan State (14), Illinois (16) and Purdue (21).
The squad is also ranked No. 13 in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 poll this week.
Senior Kaitlyn Leary and junior Taylor Sherwin are among the nation’s best in their respective positions. Leary, a 6-1 outside hitter, ranks first in the NCAA with a 5.53 kills average and is second overall with 199 kills on the season. Leary also ranks fourth in points per set with 5.82. Sherwin, a 6-0 setter, is fourth overall with a 12.31 assists average.
The Buckeye back row is among the best in the Big Ten and is averaging 15.47 digs per set. The duo of seniors Davionna DiSalvatore and Julianne Mandolfo have each reached the 100-dig plateau this season with DiSalvatore leading the team at 139 and a 3.86 average. Mandolfo has 101 and classmate Kaitlyn Leary isn’t too far behind at 92 on the year.
Overall, the Buckeye defense has limited their opponents to a .145 attack percentage and put forth an outstanding effort this past weekend at the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic. Ohio State forced its opponents into 70 errors, finishing with an opponent hitting percentage of .084 over 11 sets played.
The Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks are 1-8 on the season. The Hawks went 1-2 last weekend at the Spartan Invite in Norfolk, Va. Charlotte swept the Hawks 3-0, but UMES came back to top Bethune-Cookman in straight sets before dropping to Norfolk State 3-0.
UMES is a young squad, returning only one senior in Jingqiao Li. The libero leads the team in digs with 128 and a 4.27 average. Freshman Sonia Rosales leads in assists with 133, while classmate Haley Robinson leads in blocks with 26 (2s, 24a). Sophomore Ashley Smith leads the squad in kills with 63.
The Buckeyes lead the series between the Hawks 1-0. The first meeting was at the 2009 Tribe Invitational in Williamsburg, Va., with Ohio State winning in three sets (25-15, 25-16, 25-18).
The Valparaiso Crusaders are 10-1 on the season and rounded out the weekend with a 2-1 mark at the Evansville Tournament in Evansville, Ind. Valparaiso dropped its first match of the year to Memphis, 3-0, before back-to-back 3-1 wins over SIU Edwardsville and Evansville.
Tied in kills with 97 apiece are senior Sarah Dooms and redshirt junior Kelsey Victor, while junior Morgan Beil is close behind at 94. Sophomore Kelsey Berrington has 250 assists and senior Ellen Vanden Berg leads in blocks with 45 (5s, 40a). Freshmen Morganne Longoria leads in digs with 177 with Dooms close behind with 160.
Ohio State leads the 1-0 series between the Crusaders. The teams’ first meeting was in 2011 at the West Virginia Mountaineer Invitational at West Virginia. The Buckeyes came away with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-22) win.
The Buffalo Bulls hold a 10-0 record on the season, joining the Buckeyes among the 12 undefeated teams remaining in Division I. The Bulls are coming off a solid weekend at the Georgia State Tournament, where they topped Davidson in four and swept both Central Florida and Georgia State. Buffalo traveled to Canisius Tuesday and picked up a 3-0 win for its 10th victory of the season.
The Bulls are led offensively by sophomore Tahleia Bishop with 114 kills and senior Dani Reinert with an assist average of 6.53. The defense is led by sophomore Amber Hatchett with 52 (5s, 47a) blocks and senior Kelly Svoboda with 190 digs.
This will be the first meeting between the two squads.
CAREER MILESTONES REACHED
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.
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.
Senior Kaitlyn Leary spent a portion of her summer with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Senior A2 program in Dallas, June 25-July 3. Alongside 47 other student-athletes from around the country, Leary trained for six days before competing against other A2 program teams and the top four Premier Volleyball League (PVL) teams in a tournament.
The U.S. Senior A2 contingent was divided into four equal teams before entering pool play. After being chosen to rep Team White, Leary found herself in position to compete with some familiar faces; most notably former Minnesota head coach Mike Hebert. A total of five Big Ten players were selected to play for Hebert.
Putting Big Ten rivalries aside, Leary and her teammates from Team White advanced to the championship match of the WNTA2 Tournament to take on Team Gold. Played at the Dallas Convention Center, Team White took down Team Gold 24-26, 25-12, 25-23, 25-21. In the match, Leary contributed seven points on seven kills.