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%^$11. Northwestern 13%^$