Aug. 8, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team has reported to campus to begin preseason practice for the 2006 season. Fifteen of sixteen players will begin practice on Aug. 9. Outside hitter Anna Szerszen (Fr., Conflans Ste Hne, France) will join the team in September after she represents France in the Women’s Junior European Championships, Aug. 26 to Sept. 3. The Buckeyes return five starting players and the libero from 2006 and welcomes the return of right side hitter Briana McCarthy (Sr./Jr., Beaver Dam, Wis.), a starter in 2004 at setter and in 2005 at outside hitter.

The Buckeyes return five of six starters from the 2005 season. American Volleyball Coaches Association second-team All-American setter Marisa Main (Sr., Louisville, Ky.) and AVCA third-team All-American middle blocker Danielle Meyer (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) top the returning starters that include outside hitters Ami Stevens (Jr., Centerburg, Ohio), Felicia Jones (Sr., Concord, Ontario) and Ashley Kiel (Sr., Allenton, Wis.). Libero starter Brittany Dahms (Jr., Byron, Ill.) rounds out a solid returning group for the Buckeyes. BUCKEYES WELCOME A STRONG FRESHMEN CLASS
A total of seven freshmen will form the Class of 2009 for the Buckeyes. The class includes setter Ashley Hughes (Fr., Carroll, Ohio), outside hitters Heather Royal (Fr., Plano, Texas) and Anna Szerszen (Fr., Conflans Ste Hne, France), middle blockers Meghan Simons (Fr., Carroll, Ohio) and Kristen Dozier (Fr., Sandy Spring, Md.) and liberos/defensive specialists Lindsay Schad (Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) and Michelle Hammond (Fr., Columbus, Ohio). Hughes and Simons were high school teammates at Bloom Carroll High School in Carroll, Ohio

Jim Stone enters his 25th season at Ohio State. He has a 493-270 record with the Buckeyes and is 277-157 in Big Ten play. His squads have won Big Ten Championships in 1989, 1991 and 1994 and finished tied for second in 2004 being named the Big Ten Coach of the Year. He was the 1991 Volleyball Monthly National Coach of the Year and the Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1989, 1991, 1994 and 2004. Under Stone, Ohio State has participated in the NCAA championship in 14 of the last 17 years, advancing to the national semifinals in 1991 and 1994. Stone’s coaching career record includes three years at Wyoming (1979-1981). His 27-year career record is 543-312.