Oct. 31, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 15 Ohio State women’s volleyball team returns to St. John Arena this weekend, hosting Big Ten rivals Wisconsin and No. 10 Minnesota. The Buckeyes and Badgers square off Friday at 7 p.m. ET and Ohio State’s match vs. the Golden Gophers is set for Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

Sunday’s match was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was changed to avoid conflict with the 3:30 p.m. ET Ohio State football game vs. Illinois.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets are available on  However, those attending Saturday’s football game can redeem that ticket for a $2 general admission ticket Sunday vs. Minnesota.

Ohio State students are free with valid Buck-ID. Group tickets (10 or more) are also available starting at $2 each when purchased in advance. For more information, contact Ohio State Ticket Sales at 614-292-0043 or at


Friday, November 2
No. 15 Ohio State Buckeyes (17-7, 8-4 Big Ten) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (16-9, 4-8 Big Ten)
Sunday, November 4
Ohio State vs. No. 10 Minnesota Golden Gophers (19-4, 10-2 Big Ten prior to Friday night’s match vs. Penn State)

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The battle for the top spot in the Big Ten has started to get interesting now that the second half of the conference season is in full swing. With the loss to Nebraska Sunday, No. 3 Penn State only holds a one-game lead over the No. 4 Cornhuskers and No. 10 Minnesota with an 11-1 league record. Nebraska and Minnesota are 10-2 overall vs. Big Ten opponents. Fifteenth-ranked Ohio State is fourth at 8-4, while No. 22 Purdue is fifth at 7-5.
                Nebraska was voted to win the conference by the league coaches prior to the start of the season. Ohio State was chosen to finish sixth.

Ohio State ranks No. 20 in the most recent RPI standings with a 17-7 overall record. Penn State and Nebraska hold the second and third slots, while Minnesota ranks No. 8. Nine teams from the Big Ten are in the Top 50.

The Buckeyes had a solid weekend on the road last week, picking up a pair of wins over No. 4 Nebraska and Iowa. Ohio State earned its first win over the Cornhuskers since 1991 with a 3-1 (25-22, 26-24, 19-25, 25-23) victory in Lincoln. The loss was Nebraska’s first at home in Big Ten play and only its second in three season. The Buckeyes closed out the weekend with a 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-12) victory in Iowa City Saturday.
                Senior Mari Hole totaled 34 kills on the weekend with 20 coming against the Huskers. She averaged 4.86 kills and 5.43 points per set over seven sets played. Junior Kaitlyn Leary put together a pair of solid performances offensively and finished the weekend with a 4.00 kills average. Senior setter Amanda Peterson totaled 92 assists and had double-digit digs in both matches.

For her performances at Nebraska and Iowa, senior Amanda Peterson was named the Big Ten Setter of the Week, the league office announce Monday. The honor is the first of Peterson’s career.
                In the team’s win over the Huskers, Peterson totaled 46 assists to guide Ohio State to a .250 attack percentage against a team that was second in the Big Ten in opponent attack percentage (.180). She also tied a career-high with 16 digs to notch her sixth double-double of the year. Peterson chipped in two kills, a service ace and a block assist in the win.
                Against Iowa Saturday, Peterson paced the Ohio State offense with 46 assists to a .348 hitting percentage. She also picked up her seventh double-double this season with 11 digs. In addition, Peterson totaled five kills on seven attempts with one error for a .571 hitting percentage.
                Overall, Peterson finished with a 13.14 assists per set average and finished second on the team with a 3.86 digs average.

Seniors Mari Hole and Amanda Peterson are leading the squad in double-double performances this season. Hole has a team-best 11 double-doubles (kills/digs) and has recorded double-digit kills in 23 of Ohio State’s 24 matches. She has had five matches with 20 or more kills. Last season, Hole totaled 32 matches with double-digit kill margins and 21 double-doubles.
                Peterson has totaled seven double-doubles (assists/digs) for the Buckeyes with double-digit assists in all matches played. Junior libero Davionna DiSalvatore has led the Buckeye defense all season and has recorded double-digit digs in 21 of 24 matches this season.

The 2012 senior class of Mariah Booth, Emily Danks, Mari Hole and Amanda Peterson have been an instrumental part in the program’s success over the last four years. Booth, Danks and Peterson were all a part of head coach Geoff Carlston’s first recruiting class with Hole joining the squad last season.
                The quartet has been leaders in their respective positions on the court this season for the Buckeyes. Hole and Danks are the team’s key offensive performers with Booth leading the blocking corps. Peterson has paced the Buckeye offense and is among the Big Ten’s best in assists. All four will conclude their careers in the Top 20 on a handful of Ohio State career lists.

The Buckeyes seem to love the challenge of playing on the road as the squad is 9-1 this season when competing away from St. John Arena, including a 6-1 record in Big Ten road matches. The team’s lone loss this year came at the hands of No. 10 Minnesota (Sept. 28) in three sets.
                Only No. 2 Oregon, No. 11 Florida State and No. 19 Western Kentucky (teams Ohio State faced in the early season) have records on the road equal or slightly better.

In his fifth year at Ohio State, head coach Geoff Carlston needs one more win for 100 overall with the Buckeyes. He also needs eight more wins for 300 in his 13-year coaching career. Carlston is 99-64 at Ohio State and 292-128 in his career.

Senior Emily Danks has consistently been one of the top servers in the Big Ten and had been making her way up the Ohio State career service aces list. She entered the season with 180, needing 28 to break Lisa Bettio’s record of 207 set in 1985. Danks picked up the record-tying ace in the middle of set two against Northwestern (10/6) and broke the record in the same set to give the Buckeyes a 25-23 victory.
                With 218 overall, Danks’ career average sits at .46 aces per set over 469 sets played to rank second overall in the category behind Bettio’s .52 average.

Five Buckeyes have found their way into program history, placing themselves on a handful of Ohio State’s career lists.
               Along with her record-setting 218 service aces, senior Emily Danks reached another career milestone earlier this season. In Ohio State’s 3-0 win over Toledo (8/25), she became the 19th Buckeye to record 1,000 kills in a career. Danks is tied for 12th overall with 1,242 kills, ninth in attacks (3,234) and 17th in attack percentage (.264).
                Danks also ranks 11th in assist blocks (288), 12th in total blocks (327), 18th in solo blocks (39), 12th in total points (1,643.0) and 20th in points per set (3.45).
                Senior Mari Hole is fourth in kills per set (4.00), fifth in points per set (4.53), 12th in digs per set (2.69) and 167th in solo blocks (43) Classmate Mariah Booth ranks ninth in blocks per set (.94), 16th in block assists (229) and 18th total blocks (266).
                Setters Taylor Sherwin and Amanda Peterson rank in both assist categories. Peterson ranks eighth in both assists average (8.53) and in total (2,430). Sherwin sits ninth in assists average (8.14) and 13th in total assists (887).

The Wisconsin Badgers travel to St. John Arena Friday and are 16-9 overall and 4-8 in the Big Ten. The team is coming of a 1-1 weekend with a 3-1 win over Illinois and a 3-2 loss to Northwestern.
                Junior libero Annemarie Hickey ranks first in the Big Ten with a 4.68 dig average, while senior middle blocker Alexis Mitchell is tenth overall in the conference with a .321 hitting percentage. Sophomore setter Courtney Thomas has a 10.54 assist average and is fifth overall in the B1G.
                The Buckeyes hold a slight lead over the Badgers, 33-32, in the series. The two teams met earlier this season, ending in a 3-1 (25-21, 25-11, 19-25, and 25-20) win for the Buckeyes in Madison.

The No. 10 Minnesota Golden Gophers are 19-4 overall and 10-2 in the conference.  The team is coming off a 2-0 weekend with a pair of three-set sweeps against Northwestern and Illinois.
                Junior middle blocker Tori Dixon is ranked in the conference in two categories, having a .443 hitting percentage (1) and averaging .27 service aces (10). Katherine Harms lead the team in the win against the Illini Sunday with a double-double that included 17 kills and 12 digs. Harms has a total of 356 kills on the year for a .337 percentage.
                The Buckeyes trail 33-36 in the series against the Gophers. The two squads met earlier this season in Minneapolis with the Gophers taking a 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, and 25-22) win over Ohio State. Minnesota will play No.2 Penn State Friday before traveling to St. John Arena.

With the big win at Nebraska Friday, the Buckeyes moved up five spots to No. 15 in both the AVCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll and the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Coaches’ Poll.
                The Big Ten has five teams ranked in the AVCA poll – Penn State (3), Nebraska (4), Minnesota (10), Ohio State (15) and Purdue (22).

HEAD COACH Geoff Carlston
Geoff Carlston is in his fifth year as head coach of Ohio State and is the fifth head coach in the 42-year history of the program. Under his direction, the Buckeyes have recorded three 20-win seasons and have reached the NCAA Semifinals twice (2010, 2011). He has coached AVCA All-America honorable mentions Katie Dull, Mari Hole and Emily Danks. Carlston is 99-64 overall at Ohio State and is 42-50 in Big Ten competition.
                Carlston is a 1993 graduate from the University of Minnesota. Prior to Ohio State, he spent five years as head coach of Ohio University where his squads played in five NCAA tournaments and captured five-consecutive MAC titles.

The Buckeyes continue their homestand, hosting Northwestern and Illinois next week. Ohio State and the Wildcats are set to play Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. ET on BTN in St. John Arena. The team’s match vs. Illinois is Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. ET in St. John Arena. For ticket information, visit