May 17, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team will face nine teams that participated in the 2004 NCAA Championship in the 2005 women’s volleyball schedule announced today by head coach Jim Stone. The schedule has OSU playing 15 home matches in St. John Arena including 10 Big Ten Conference contests, two tournaments and a season-opening match against Toledo on Aug. 27.

Home tournament action includes the Sports Imports Classic with the Buckeyes facing Nebraska, Sept. 2 and Long Beach State, Sept. 3. The second home tournament, the Buckeye Classic, has OSU facing Pittsburgh Sept. 16 and either Brigham Young or Duke Sept. 17. Other non-conference matches include a Sept. 6 match at Cleveland State and participating in the Bowling Green Tournament against East Carolina Sept. 9 and Chicago State and Bowling Green Sept. 10.

Ohio State opens Big Ten Conference action with four straight home matches at the end of September. The league schedule includes six teams that played in the 2004 NCAA Championship including Minnesota, Penn State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Purdue. Other NCAA opponents include Nebraska, Pittsburgh and Long Beach State.

2005 Ohio State Women’s Volleyball Roster

August 27 Sat. TOLEDO, 7 p.m.

September SPORTS IMPORTS CLASSIC 2 Fri. Michigan vs. Long Beach State, 5 p.m. NEBRASKA at Ohio State, 7 p.m. 3 Sat. Michigan vs. Nebraska, 5 p.m. LONG BEACH STATE at Ohio State, 7 p.m.

6 Tue. at Cleveland State, 7 p.m.

at Bowling Green Tournament 9 Fri. Ohio State vs. East Carolina, 4:30 p.m. Chicago State at Bowling Green, 7 p.m. 10 Sat. Ohio State vs. Chicago State, 10 a.m. East Carolina at Bowling Green, 12:30 p.m. Chicago State vs. East Carolina, 4 p.m. Ohio State at Bowling Green, 7 p.m.

BUCKEYE CLASSIC 16 Fri. Brigham Young vs. Duke, 5 p.m. PITTSBURGH at Ohio State, 7 p.m. 17 Sat. Consolation Match, 5 p.m. Championship Match, 7 p.m.

23 Fri. *PURDUE, 7 p.m. 24 Sat. *ILLINOIS, 7 p.m. 28 Wed. *PENN STATE, 7 p.m. 30 Fri. *INDIANA, 7 p.m.

October 7 Fri. *at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. 8 Sat. *at Northwestern, 7 p.m. 14 Fri. *MICHIGAN STATE, 7 p.m. 15 Sat. *MICHIGAN, 7 p.m. 21 Fri. *at Minnesota, 7 p.m. 22 Sat. *at Iowa, 7 p.m. 28 Fri. *NORTHWESTERN, 7 p.m. 29 Sat. *WISCONSIN, 7 p.m.

November 2 Wed. *at Penn State, 7 p.m. 5 Sat. *at Indiana, 7 p.m. 11 Fri. *at Illinois, 7 p.m. 12 Sat. *at Purdue, 7 p.m. 18 Fri. *IOWA, 7 p.m. 19 Sat. *MINNESOTA, 7 p.m. 25 Fri. *at Michigan, 7 p.m. 26 Sat. *at Michigan State, 7 p.m.

December 1-4 Thur.-Sun. NCAA 1st & 2nd Round Matches, tba 8-11 Thur.-Sun. NCAA Regionals, tba Omaha, Neb., Park, Pa. Stanford, Calif., College Station, Tx. 15 Thur. NCAA Semifinals, San Antonio, Texas, tba 17 Sat. NCAA Championship, San Antonio, Texas, tba

* Big Ten Conference matches Home matches in CAPS, played in St. John Arena Times listed are local to site All dates and times are subject to change