Sept. 26, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 22 Ohio State women’s volleyball team faces its first Big Ten road challenge, traveling to No. 10 Minnesota and Wisconsin, Sept. 28-29. The Buckeyes and Gophers face off Friday at 8 p.m. ET in the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis. Ohio State and the Badgers battle Saturday at 8 p.m. ET in the UW Field House in Madison.

Friday night’s match will be broadcast live on BTN. Mike Wolf will provide the play-by-play, while former Buckeye Audrey (DiPronio) Flaugh will be the color analyst.


Friday, September 28
No. 22 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-4, 1-1) at No. 12 Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-2, 2-0) – 8 p.m. ET
Saturday, September 29
No. 22 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers (13-2, 1-1 prior to Friday’s match at Penn State) – 8 p.m. ET

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Iowa and then-No. 3 Nebraska traveled to Columbus to open the Big Ten season, Sept. 21-22. The Buckeyes finished 1-1 on the weekend with a 3-0 set sweep over the Hawkeyes followed by a 3-1 loss to the Huskers Saturday.
                Senior Mari Hole led the Buckeyes offensively, finishing with a 4.00 kills average and notching 14 kills in both matches. She totaled 16 digs over seven sets played and averaged 4.29 points per set. Senior Emily Danks finished with a 2.43 kill average and .317 attack percentage. She had 17 kills, five service aces and 23.5 points on the weekend.  Her .611 attack percentage (11-0-18) against Iowa was a season best.
                Senior setter Amanda Peterson ended with 60 assist for an 8.57 average along with four service aces. Junior Kaitlyn Leary added 16 kills, including 10 vs. Nebraska, for a 2.29 average, while classmate Davionna DiSalvatore totaled double-digit digs in both matches for a total of 21 digs.

Ohio State ranks in the top 10 of four statistical categories among Big Ten schools entering the weekend. The Buckeyes are sixth overall in hitting percentage at .257 and seventh in assists at 12.83. The squad also ranks eighth in kills (13.53) and service aces (1.26).
                Individually, Mari Hole ranks sixth in kills per set at 3.94 and eighth in points at 4.47. Senior Emily Danks is fifth in aces (.43), while junior Davionna DiSalvatore is ninth in digs (3.58). Senior setter Amanda Peterson is ninth in the conference, averaging 8.71 assists per set.
                Against Big Ten opponents, Hole is sixth in kills (4.00) and seventh in points (4.29). Danks leads with a .71 service ace average and Peterson is third in aces at .57.

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 17th overall with 1,152 kills and is 15th in attacks (2,962) and in attack percentage (.26). The Round Rock, Texas, product enters the weekend with 203 career service aces and needs five more to break Lisa Bettio’s record of 207 set in 1985.
                Danks also ranks 12th in assist blocks (257), 14th in total blocks (291), 13th in total points (1,517.5) and 19th in points per set (3.46).
                Senior Mari Hole is fourth in kills per set (3.99), fifth in points per set (4.51) and 11th in digs per set (2.71), while senior Mariah Booth ninth in blocks per set (.93). Setters Taylor Sherwin and Amanda Peterson rank in both assist categories. Sherwin is eighth in assists per set (8.61) and 13th in total assists (749). Peterson ranks ninth in assists average (8.50) and ninth in total (2,151).

The No. 10 Minnesota Golden Gophers hold an 11-2 overall record and are 2-0 in the conference. The Gophers opened the Big Ten season with a three-set sweep of then-No. 20 Illinois and a four-set win at Northwestern. Minnesota totaled 59 kills against Northwestern with 57 assists and three Gophers had double-digit kills in Katherine Harms (19), Ashley Wittman (15) and Tori Dixon (13).
                 Harms leads her team with 200 kills and a .400 percentage along with 118 digs for an average of 2.62. Daly Santana is ranked No. 5 nationally in aces per set with .58 (26). Tori Dixon is ranked No. 1 nationally with a hitting percentage of .508.
                The Gophers lead the series 35-33 over the Buckeyes. The two squads last met in November of last season, ending in a four-set loss for Ohio State (18-25, 19-25, 25-22, 23-25).  

The Buckeyes travel to Wisconsin Saturday to play the Badgers, who hold a 13-2 record on the year and are 1-1 in the conference. The Badgers opened up the Big Ten season with a win at Northwestern (3-1) and loss at Illinois (2-3).
                Alexis Mitchell leads the team in kills with 149, averaging 2.76 per set. Courtney Thomas has 556 assists with a 10.90 average, while Mary Ording has a blocking total of 69 (7s, 62a) and averages 1.28 blocks per set. 
                The Buckeyes and the Badgers are tied 32-32 in the series. The last meeting was November of last season, ending in a four-set win for the Buckeyes (20-25, 25-20, 25-18, and 25-21) in Madison. Wisconsin will play No. 1 Penn State Friday before facing Ohio State.

The Buckeyes moved up a spot in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll and are ranked No. 22 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 Penn State. Nebraska (6), Minnesota (10), Purdue (13), Illinois (21), Ohio State (22) and Michigan State (24) 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.

Ohio State continues its road swing, traveling to Illinois and Northwestern, Oct. 5-6. The Buckeyes and the Fighting Illini square off at 8 p.m. ET in Champaign Friday. Ohio State concludes the weekend with an 8 p.m. ET match vs. the Wildcats in Evanston Saturday.