Dec. 17, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has announced today that outside hitter Stacey Gordon (Sr., Oshawa, Ontario) has been named Co-National Player of the Year with Stanford’s Ogonna Nnamani. The announcement was made at the AVCA All-America/Player of the Year Banquet at the Long Beach (Calif.) Westin Hotel.

The 5-11 Gordon hit .359 this season and averaged 7.08 kills, .32 aces, 3.73 digs and .55 blocks per game. The 2004 Big Ten Player of the Year, she was the team leader for the Buckeyes in kills (842), aces (38) and digs (444). Her 7.08 kills per game average leads the country. Gordon, named to the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Second Team, has had double-figure kills in all 34 matches this season with 20-or-more kills in 26 matches including a career-high 44 against Minnesota in the NCAA Championship Regional Finals, earning her Regional All-Tournament Honors. An Academic All-Big Ten selection, she has had double-figure kills in her last 110 matches and in 123 of 125 career matches. Gordon broke the Ohio State and Big Ten career kills record this season and finished her career with 2,798. That ranks her third all-time on the NCAA Division I career kills list. In the NCAA Championship Regional Semifinal match against Tennessee, Gordon broke the Ohio State and Big Ten single season kills record, finishing the season with 842 kills. Her 1,572 career digs is an Ohio State record. Against Temple, Gordon set the Ohio State record for aces in a match with eight and against Youngstown State had the second best Ohio State match hitting percentage of .857 (13 kills-1 error-14 attempts). She was named the Big Ten Player of the Week five times this season and has won the honor 16 times in her career, a record for Big Ten volleyball. Gordon was honored as the AVCA National Player of the Week in matches against Xavier and Georgia Tech. She was named to the All-Tournament teams in the Temple Classic (no MVP named), Georgia Tech Invitational (MVP) and Buckeye Classic (MVP) this season. A 2004 AVCA first-team All-American, Gordon becomes the only four-time AVCA All-American selection for Ohio State. She was a first-team selection in 2002 and earned second-team honors in 2001 and 2003. Gordon was the AVCA National Freshman of the Year in 2001.

For the season, Ohio State finished 30-4 overall and 17-3 in the Big Ten Conference, an outstanding season, after being 11-17 overall and 5-15 in conference player in 2003. This season the Buckeyes finished tied for second in the Big Ten and advanced in the NCAA Championship to the Minneapolis Regional Championship match.

Gordon becomes Ohio State’s second AVCA National Player of the Year. In 1994, setter Laura Davis (Wheaton, Ill.) won the honor after leading Ohio State to the Big Ten Championship and advancing to the NCAA Championship Regional Semifinals.