COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s volleyball team experienced a successful 2009 spring season, finishing 9-4 overall. The Buckeyes competed in four tournaments: Miami Spring Tournament, Buckeye Spring Bash, Purdue Spring Open and Kent State Spring Open.


“I thought we had a great spring overall,” Geoff Carlston, head women’s volleyball coach, said. “Last year, we were trying to lay foundations as a new coaching staff. This season, we turned the focus on competing and the technical side of the game. We played a tough schedule and it proved to be really productive.”


The Buckeyes opened the spring season at the Miami Spring Tournament on April 4 and finished third. The team lost to Illinois (25-27, 19-25, 26-24) and Miami (21-25, 23-25, 25-22), but defeated Marshall (25-16, 25-22, 25-15).


On April 11, Ohio State hosted the Buckeye Spring Bash that featured six teams. The Buckeyes opened the day with wins over Akron (25-14, 25-14) and Cleveland State (25-10, 27-25), but fell to Pittsburgh (23-25, 20-25) and Michigan (18-25, 18-25).


After the losses to Pittsburgh and Michigan, the Buckeyes rattled off a six-match winning streak to close out the spring season. The team topped Purdue (25-19, 22-25, 26-24, 25-16) and Ball State (25-19, 16-25, 25-18) at the Purdue Spring Open on April 18. In the final tournament, the Buckeyes defeated Kent State (25-9, 25-17, 25-7), Bowling Green (25-21, 25-14), Marshall (25-20, 25-18) and the Kent State Alumni (25-18, 25-16) at the Kent State Spring Open on April 25 to take first.


“The amount of growth in terms of leadership and confidence has been great to watch develop this season,” Carlston said. “I’m very proud of this group and how much they’ve grown as a team. They have come an amazing distance from where we were this time last year.”


The Buckeyes return 11 student-athletes from the 2008 season and will add three, including two Volleyball Magazine Fab-50 recruits, to their roster in the fall.


“I’m really excited with the base we have here and the kids coming in,” Carlston said. “I’m very optimistic about the future of Ohio State volleyball.”


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