Sept. 12, 2012

Ohio State Notes

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 21 Ohio State women’s volleyball team faces tough competition at the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup in Houston, Sept. 14-15. The Buckeyes open the tournament against No. 18 Pepperdine Friday and follow with matches Saturday vs. No. 11 Florida State and host Houston.

Teams: No. 21 Ohio State (8-1), No. 11 Florida State (6-1), No. 18 Pepperdine (6-2), Houston (1-6)

Friday, September 14
Florida State vs. Pepperdine – 12:30 p.m. ET
Ohio State vs. Pepperdine – 5:30 p.m. ET
Houston vs. Florida State – 8 p.m. ET
Saturday, September 15
Houston vs. Pepperdine – 12:30 p.m. ET
Florida State vs. Ohio State – 2:30 p.m. ET
Ohio State vs. Houston – 8:30 p.m. ET


Ohio State captured its second tournament title this past weekend, winning the WKU Tournament in Bowling Green, Ky., Sept. 7-8. The Buckeyes started the weekend right, earning a 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 21-25, 15-12) upset over then-No. 10 Dayton Friday morning. The team followed with a pair of 3-1 wins to secure the tournament crown, defeating Seton Hall Friday afternoon and host Western Kentucky Saturday.
                Senior Mari Hole was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, while junior Kaitlyn Leary joined her on the All-Tournament team. Hole averaged 4.00 kills per set, including 21 kills in the team’s win over the Flyers. Senior Mariah Booth had a solid weekend at the net, totaling 37 kills over 13 sets played for a 2.85 average. Her 17 kills in the team’s win over Dayton was a career-best.

Ohio State ranks in the top 10 of four statistical categories among Big Ten schools. The Buckeyes are fifth overall in hitting percentage at .285, while they rank sixth in assists (13.11), seventh in blocks (2.37) and eighth in kills (13.89).
                Individually, Mari Hole ranks fifth in kills per set at 4.14 and eighth in points at 4.71. Senior setter Amanda Peterson is ninth in the conference, averaging 8.57 assists per set.

Five Buckeyes have found their way into program history, placing themselves on a handful of Ohio State’s career lists.
                Senior Emily Danks reached a milestone in her career in Ohio State’s 3-0 win over Toledo (8/25) as she became the 19th Buckeye to record 1,000 kills in a career. Danks is 18th overall with 1,104 kills and is 18th in attacks (2,830) and 15th in attack percentage (.269). The Round Rock, Texas, product needs 18 more service aces to break Lisa Bettio’s record of 207 set in 1985.
                Danks also ranks 12th in assist blocks (251), 14th in total blocks (284), 14th in total points (1,451.5) and 18th in points per set (3.45).
                Senior Mari Hole is third in kills per set (4.04) and 11th in digs per set (2.732), while senior Mariah Booth seventh in blocks per set (.96). Setters Taylor Sherwin and Amanda Peterson rank in both assist categories. Sherwin is sixth in assists per set (9.27) and 13th in total assists (723). Peterson ranks ninth in assists average (8.47) and ninth in total (1,990).

The Pepperdine Waves travel to Houston ranked No. 18 with a 6-2 record. Following a season-opening win over Ohio, the squad earned three-set sweep of then-No. 7 Illinois before falling to Dayton. Junior Jazmine Orozco, who transferred from Illinois, leads her team with 96 kills and a 3.43 average. Senior Victoria Adelhelm has a team-best 34 blocks (2s, 32a) with a 1.21 average and is second on the squad averaging 2.46 kills per set.
                Pepperdine and the Buckeyes are tied in the series history, 1-1. The two teams last met in 1991 with Ohio State coming away victorious, 3-1 (15-8, 8-15, 15-12, 15-9).

Entering the weekend ranked No. 11 in both the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine polls, Florida State has a 6-1 overall mark with its only loss coming this past Friday to rival Miami, 3-1.
                The Seminoles boast a well-rounded offense and are led by three attackers in Fatma Yildirim, Elise Walch and Olivera Medic. Yildirim has a team-best 2.70 kills average, while Medic and Walch average 2.50 and 2.29, respectively. Ashley Neff leads the team defensively, totaling 43 blocks this year for a 1.72 average.
                Ohio State and Florida State have met just once, coming in 1981. The Buckeyes captured a 2-0 win over the Seminoles in a match that was played at Central Florida.

Saturday’s meeting between Ohio State and Houston will be the second of the early season. The Buckeyes topped the Cougars in Ohio State’s season-opener, 3-0, at the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic (8/24). Overall, Houston holds a 7-2 series lead over the Buckeyes.
                The Cougars are 1-6 on the season, having earned a 3-1 victory over Lipscomb on Sept. 1. Katie Norris has a team-high 108 kills for a 4.00 average, while Chandace Tryon is second with 90 and a 3.33 average. Tryon leads the squad with 23 total blocks, while setter Abby Simmons is averaging 9.63 assists per set.

After big wins over ranked Dayton, IUPUI and Western Kentucky last weekend, the Buckeyes earned a spot back in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll and are ranked No. 21 overall. The squad is receiving votes in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Coaches Poll.
                The Big Ten has seven teams ranked in the AVCA poll, including No. 1 Nebraska and No. 4 Penn State. Minnesota (10), Purdue (14), Michigan (22) and Illinois (23) are also ranked.

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.
                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.

Ohio State opens the 2012 Big Ten schedule at home, hosting Iowa and No. 1 Nebraska. The Buckeyes face the Hawkeyes in a 7 p.m. ET match, Sept. 21, and follow with another 7 p.m. match vs. the Huskers, Sept. 22. Both contests will be played in St. John Arena.