Aug. 17, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team had three players named to the 12-player 2006 Preseason All-Big Ten Volleyball Team, announced today by the conference office. Setter Marisa Main (Sr., Louisville, Ky.) and outside hitter Ami Stevens (Jr., Centerburg, Ohio) earned their second-straight preseason selection with middle blocker Danielle Meyer (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) earning her first selection. Ohio State, Penn State and Minnesota each placed three players on the team. The Buckeyes, by a vote of the Big Ten conference coaches, was tabbed to finish fourth in the league. Three-time defending Big Ten champion Penn State was picked to finish first with Wisconsin second and Minnesota third.

Main is a two-time All-Big Ten selection and was named to the 2005 Preseason All-Big Ten Team. Last season, she averaged 12.78 assists, 2.08 kills and 2.30 digs per game while hitting .388 in conference play. Main is a two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association second-team All-American selection.

Stevens was a 2005 Preseason All-Big Ten selection. Last season she averaged 3.44 kills and 2.71 digs while hitting .230 in conference play. She has played for USA Volleyball the last three years as a member of the United States Junior National team in 2004 and 2005 and with the USA National A-2 Team in 2006.

Meyer was a 2005 All-Big Ten selection. She averaged 4.11 kill, 2.48 digs and 1.14 blocks per game while hitting .260 in conference play. Meyer was a 2005 AVCA third-team All-American.

The 2006 Big Ten Preseason Poll and All-Big Ten Team are listed below:

2006 Big Ten Preseason Poll 2005 Big Ten 2005 Big Ten Record Finish 1. Penn State 20-0 1st 2. Wisconsin 15-5 2nd 3. Minnesota 14-6 3rd-tie 4. Ohio State 14-6 3rd-tie 5. Purdue 12-8 4th 6. Northwestern 10-10 6th 7. Michigan State 5-15 9th 8. Michigan 7-13 7th-tie 9. Illinois 7-13 7th-tie 10. Iowa 4-16 10th 11. Indiana 2-18 11th

2006 Preseason All-Big Ten Volleyball Team Name School Yr. Position Katie Johnson Michigan State Jr. Outside Hitter Kelly Bowman (2) Minnesota Sr. Setter Jessy Jones Minnesota Jr. Middle Blocker Meredith Nelson (2) Minnesota Sr. Middle Blocker Marisa Main (2) Ohio State Sr. Setter Danielle Meyer Ohio State Jr. Middle Blocker Ami Stevens (2) Ohio State Jr. Outside Hitter Nicole Fawcett * Penn State So. Outside Hitter Christa Harmotto * Penn State So. Middle Blocker Melissa Walbridge Penn State Jr. Middle Blocker Stephanie Lynch Purdue So. Middle Blocker Audra Jeffers Wisconsin So. Outside Hitter

* Unanimous selection (2) Two-time selection