July 15, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State, by a vote of the Big Ten coaches, was chosen fourth (tied with Michigan State) in the 1999 Big Ten preseason poll. The Buckeyes who finished tied for fifth last season (9-11) return all six starters from last season and 10 of 11 letterwinners. OSU was 17-14 overall in 1998 and ended the season ranked 24th in the USA TODAY/American Volleyball Coaches Association Coaches Poll.

Two Ohio State student-athletes were named to the preseason All-Big Ten Volleyball Team. Senior setter Jen Flynn (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and junior middle blocker Dana Stearns (Bexley, Ohio) were included in the 12-player squad.

Ohio State opens the season on Sept. 1 at Dayton and opens the home season with an exhibition match against the United States Volleyball League traveling team on Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. in St. John Arena.

1999 Pre-Season All-Big Ten Volleyball Team
(as voted by Conference coaches)

NAME SCHOOL POS. Nicole Branagh Minnesota* OH Bonnie Bremner Penn State* S Lauren Cacciamani Penn State* MB Jen Flynn Ohio State S/OH Sherisa Livingston Wisconsin MB Kelly Kennedy Wisconsin MB Erin Hartley Michigan State OH Melissa Beitz Illinois S Tracey Marshall Illinois OH Ryann Connors Indiana OH Dana Stearns Ohio State MB Carrie Schonveld Penn State OH * unanimous selection

1999 Big Ten Pre-Season Volleyball Poll
(as voted by Conference coaches)

SCHOOL (first-place votes) POINTS 1. Penn State (11) 121 2. Wisconsin 107 3. Illinois 95 4. Michigan State 85 Ohio State 85 6. Minnesota 61 7. Indiana 56 8. Iowa 38 9. Purdue 37 10. Michigan 28 11. Northwestern 13