August 2, 2022

Title IX: Laura Davis and Stacey Gordon

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Laura Davis and Stacey Gordon are two of the most storied student-athletes among Ohio State women’s volleyball’s rich history.

Davis became the first Buckeye in program history to be named AVCA National Player of the Year, accomplishing that feat during her 1994 senior season and also garnering the title of College Sports Magazine Player of the Year. In 1994, Davis led Ohio State to its second NCAA Final Four appearance in program history – both of which happened during Davis’ collegiate career (1991 and 1994). The Buckeyes posted an astonishing 104-22 record during Davis’ four years on the team.

The two-time AVCA All-American First Team honoree was a four-time AVCA All-Region First Team selection and four-time all-conference honoree. Davis began her Ohio State career by earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1991 and went on to earn Big Ten Player of the Year in 1994. As a senior, she was honored as Ohio State’s Female Athlete of the Year, the Big Ten Women’s Athlete of the Year and received the Honda Sports Award. In the classroom, Davis was named an OSU Scholar Athlete all four years and was twice named Academic All-Big Ten.

Davis’ name is still prevalent throughout the Buckeye records. She graduated as the program’s all-time career assists leader (5,483) and assists per set leader (12.87) and still ranks second in assists and third in assists per set – 28 seasons later. Davis ranks 11th in program history in both career digs (1,239) and digs per set (2.91).

Davis competed in the 1993 and 1995 World University Games as well as the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival. Following her graduation, she spent four years on the United States National Team. Davis was inducted into the OSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.

Gordon followed in Davis’ footsteps as the second Buckeye to be named AVCA National Player of the Year (co), doing so in her senior season in 2004 and also being named ASICS/Volleyball Player of the Year the same season. Gordon began her collegiate career as the 2001 AVCA National Freshman of the Year and the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. She went on to be named Big Ten Player of the Year twice (2002 and 2004) and Ohio State Female Athlete of the year twice (2002 and 2005). She is the only Buckeye to be named Big Ten Player of the Year twice.

The four-time AVCA All-American (two-time first team) earned AVCA All-Region and All-Big Ten First Team honors all four seasons. Gordon also excelled in the classroom as she was a four-time OSU Scholar Athlete, five-time Dean’s List student and was Academic All-Big Ten three times. She was named a District IV Academic All-American in 2004.

Gordon has left her mark on the Ohio State record book, even to this day. She remains the program’s all-time career kills leader with 2,798, leading the pack by nearly 1,000 kills. Gordon is also the program leader in career points (3,094.5), kills per set (6.12), points per set (6.77) and attack attempts (6,051) and ranks in the top-10 in digs (1,572, second), aces (162, fourth), digs per set (3.44, fourth), attack percentage (.301, eighth), aces per set (.35, eighth). She has three of the top-four totals for single-season kills and kills per set, including a program record 842 kills in 2004. That year, Gordon also set the record for kills per set (7.08). Gordon also holds three of the top-four single-season point totals, scoring a record 918.0 points as a senior in 2004.

Gordon continues to hold the Big Ten career records in kills and total attacks and the single-season records in kills (842 in 2004) and kills per set (7.08 in 2004).

Following graduation, Gordon played professional volleyball in Turkey, Spain and Puerto Rico, being named to three all-star teams within her first six seasons. She was a member of the Canadian National Team from 2004-2008. Gordon was inducted into the OSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.

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