Oct. 10, 2012

Ohio State Notes

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 19 Ohio State women’s volleyball team returns to St. John Arena for two Big Ten Matches, Oct. 12-13. The Buckeyes host Indiana Friday and No. 17 Purdue Saturday with both matches starting at 7 p.m. ET.

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Both matches will be streamed live on Friday night’s match is set to re-air at 4 p.m. ET Oct. 15 on BTN, while Saturday’s match will re-air Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. ET.


Friday, October 12
No. 19 Ohio State Buckeyes (13-5, 4-2) vs. Indiana Hoosiers (8-10, 0-6) – 7 p.m. ET
Saturday, October 13
Ohio State vs. No. 17 Purdue Boilermakers (13-4, 4-2 prior to Friday’s match at Penn State) – 7 p.m. ET

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Friday night’s match vs. Indiana marks the team’s “Go Pink” match, honoring Breast Cancer Awareness. The first 500 fans will receive pink pom-poms and team will wear pink accents to go with their jerseys.

Ohio State took to the road for the second-straight week and faced then-No. 21 Illinois and Northwestern. The Buckeyes snapped a nine-match losing skid to the Illini Friday with a come-from-behind victory in five sets (16-25, 27-25, 25-21, 25-15, 15-12). The squad followed with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-23, 25-23) win over the Wildcats Saturday.
                Senior Mari Hole had 31 kills over eight sets played for a 3.88 average and 33 total points. Classmate Emily Danks had a record-breaking weekend, setting a new Ohio State career aces record after having four on the weekend. She also totaled 16 kills and a team-high 12 blocks.
                Junior Kaitlyn Leary notched 14 kills vs. the Illini to go along with eight against the Wildcats for a 2.75 kills average. Defensively, junior Julianne Mandolfo and Davionna DiSalvatore averaged 3.75 and 3.25 digs, respectively. Middle blockers Anna Faul and Andrea Kacsits totaled 11 and nine blocks, respectively, for the Buckeyes.

Senior Emily Danks has consistently been one of the top servers in the Big Ten and has been making her way up the Ohio State career service aces list. She entered this past weekend with 204 in her career, needing four more to break Lisa Bettio’s record of 207 set in 1985. After having two vs. the Illini Friday, Danks picked up the record-tying ace in the middle of set two against Northwestern. She broke the record in the same set to give the Buckeyes a 25-23 victory.
                With 208 overall, Danks’ career average sits at .46 aces per set over 454 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 208 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 17th overall with 1,179 kills and is 12th in attacks (3,051) and 17th in attack percentage (.265).
                Danks also ranks 11th in assist blocks (274), 12th in total blocks (309), 13th in total points (1,559.0) and 20th in points per set (3.43).
                Senior Mari Hole is third in kills per set (4.03), fifth in points per set (4.54), 14th in digs per set (2.65) and 17th in solo blocks (38), while senior Mariah Booth ninth in blocks per set (.91). Setters Taylor Sherwin and Amanda Peterson rank in both assist categories. Peterson ranks eighth in assists average (8.50) and ninth in total (2,278). Sherwin sits ninth in assists average (8.17) and 13th in total assists (784).

Seniors Mari Hole and Amanda Peterson are leading the squad in double-double performances this season. Hole has a team-best eight double-doubles and has recorded double-digit kills in all of Ohio State’s 18 matches. Peterson has totaled four double-doubles for the Buckeyes with double-digit assists in all matches played.

Ohio State ranks in the top 10 of five statistical categories among Big Ten schools entering the weekend. The Buckeyes are sixth assists (12.81) and seventh in hitting percentage (.258) and kills (13.53). The squad also ranks eighth in aces (1.22) and blocks (2.18).
                Individually, Mari Hole ranks seventh in kills per set at 4.06 and sixth in points (4.57). Senior Emily Danks is fourth in aces (.41), while junior Davionna DiSalvatore is seventh in digs (3.67). Senior setter Amanda Peterson is 10th in the conference, averaging 8.65 assists per set.
                Against Big Ten opponents, Hole is fourth in kills (4.32) and fifth in points (4.73). Danks ranks second in service aces (.45), while DiSalvatore is seventh in digs at 3.68.

The Indiana Hoosiers stand at 8-10 overall and 0-6 in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers lost a pair of matches at home last weekend, falling 3-1 to Iowa and 3-2 to nationally-ranked Nebraska.
                Hoosier Jordan Haverly leads the squad with 281 kills for a 4.07 average and is second overall with a .45 block average (3s, 28a). Junior Samantha Thrower has a team-best 1.23 block average with 86 total on the season.
                Ohio State leads the series history with a 44-26 overall record. The Buckeyes captured a 3-1 win over the Hoosiers on the road last October and followed with a 3-0 victory at home in November.

The Purdue Boilermakers enter Columbus as the 17th-ranked team nationally with a 13-4 record and are 4-2 in the conference. The team is on a two-match losing skid, dropping a pair of three-set matches to Nebraska and Iowa this past weekend.
                Senior Ariel Turner is among the nation’s best in points and kills, ranking 24th in points (4.93) and 25th in kills (4.27). Sophomore Kiki Jones is 44th nationally with a .371 hitting percentage.
                The series is locked at 39-39 with Purdue winning the last five matches and 10 of the last 12.

The Buckeyes hold on to the No. 19 spot on the AVCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll and have moved up to No. 18 in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Coaches Poll.
                The Big Ten has seven teams ranked in the AVCA poll, including No. 1 Penn State. Nebraska (3), Minnesota (10), Purdue (17), Ohio State (18), Illinois (22) and Michigan State (25) are also ranked. Michigan is receiving votes.

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 82-57 overall at Ohio State and is 34-46 in Big Ten competition prior to the 2012 season.
                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 Ohio State women’s volleyball team was chosen to finish sixth as voted by the Big Ten coaches, the league announced. The Buckeyes return five starters from last year’s squad that finished seventh last season with a 9-11 conference record.
                Defending Big Ten Champion Nebraska was voted as the conference favorite, while Penn State and Purdue were picked to finish second and third, respectively.
                Emily Danks
, a senior from Round Rock, Texas, was selected to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team. Danks enters her final year at Ohio State as a 2011 All-America honorable mention and a 2011 All-Big Ten honorable mention.

The Buckeyes host No. 1 Penn State in a Wednesday night match, Oct. 17, in St. John Arena. The Big Ten showdown will be broadcast live on BTN beginning at 8 p.m. ET.