Dec. 18, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Stacey Gordon (Fr, Oshawa, Ontario), an outside hitter for the Ohio State women’s volleyball team, was honored as the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Freshman of the Year last Friday. The first-ever award was announced at the 21st annual AVCA All-America/Player of the Year banquet at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina. Gordon was also honored as a second team AVCA All-American at the luncheon, one of only two freshmen to be so honored. The selections were made by the AVCA Division I All-American Committee.

Gordon was a major impact for Ohio State this season helping the Buckeyes to a 27-4 overall record. OSU finished second in the Big Ten Conference with a 17-3 mark. OSU received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship and advanced to the regional semifinals. She had a team-high 513 kills for a 4.75 kills per game average ranking 25th in the country. She had a .301 hitting percentage, averaged .35 aces per game (38), 3.06 digs per game (330) and .45 blocks per game (8 solos and 41 assists). Gordon had 29 matches with double-figure kills and 19 with double-figure digs.

Gordon, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, was an All-Big Ten selection and was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. She was honored three times as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was the AVCA/Sports Imports Division I National Player of the Week in matches against Penn State and Purdue. She was named to the AVCA Midwest All-Region Team. That honor qualified her for All-American consideration. Gordon was named to the All-Tournament Team at the NCAA Regional Championship.