Dec. 1, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team has received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship and will host first and second round matches this week. First round matches have Louisville (27-5) facing Ball State (25-7) at 5 p.m., Fri., Dec. 6 and Ohio State (19-10) playing Robert Morris (27-11) 30 minutes after the completion of the first match. The first round winners return at 7 p.m., Saturday to play for a spot in the Pacific Regional. A copy of the 64-team bracket is available on the web at:

Ohio State was nationally ranked 15th by the NCAA Committee, one of 16 teams ranked in the 64-team bracket. Minnesota (7), Penn State (13) and Wisconsin (14) were also ranked from the Big Ten Conference that had eight teams make the championship. The other conference teams are Michigan State, Michigan, Northwestern and Indiana. The Pac-10 also had eight teams in the bracket.

The Buckeyes ended the regular season 19-10 overall and 13-7 in the Big Ten Conference, finishing fourth. Ohio State suffered a series of injuries during September that resulted in losing the first five Big Ten matches. With several of the injured players back in action, the Buckeyes won 13 of the last 15 conference matches and enters post-season play with an eight-match winning streak. Ohio State, currently ranked 20th in the USA Today/AVCACoaches Poll had 3-0 wins against No. 13 Penn State at home and at No. 6 Minnesota in the last month of the season.

The Buckeyes have participated in 11 of the last 13 NCAA Championships and have a 15-11 (.577) record. OSU has advanced to regional competition eight times, the last in 2001. The Buckeyes advanced to the national semifinals in 1991 and 1994. Last year, Ohio State hosted first and second round matches and defeated Robert Morris 3-0 (30-17, 30-16, 30-13) in the first round and Cincinnati 3-1 (30-16, 22-30, 30-27, 30-20) in the second round. Ohio State lost to host Southern California 0-3 (25-30, 20-30, 27-30) in the regional semifinals.