Feb. 23, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's volleyball team held its annual end of the season banquet Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Ohio State University Golf Course. Junior outside hitter Emily Danks was voted the team's Most Valuable Player and the team honored its two seniors - Kelli Barhorst and Sarah Mignin.
"It was a great way to send off our two seniors," head coach Geoff Carlston said. "Kelli and Sarah certainly knew how much they impacted their teammates after hearing their speeches."
Ohio State finished 18th nationally in the Volleyball Magazine poll and 23rd in the final AVCA Coaches' poll. The Buckeyes concluded the season with a 21-15 record, reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the second-consecutive season and notched their third-straight season with 20-plus wins.
"Kelli and Sarah will graduate knowing that they were a big part of turning the program around from a 3-17 team in the Big Ten to one that finished with back-to-back Sweet Sixteen appearances," Carlston added.
Barhorst was awarded the Team Heart Award for the second-straight season. The honor goes to the student-athlete who shows the most heart day in and day out for the program and is voted on by members of the team. Barhorst concluded her four years as one of the program's top blockers, finishing sixth in Ohio State history in both career assist blocks (345) and career total blocks (403).
Earning her second-consecutive Radster Award was Mignin. The award goes to the best back row player on the squad. Mignin finished her career with 1,262 digs and broke the program's single season digs record with 566 this past season. She concluded her four years at Ohio State with a 3.01 digs per set average and her season average of 4.22 tied a program best.
Mignin also earned the earned the squad's Academic Excellence Award, finishing with the team's highest individual GPA for the fall. For her efforts in the classroom, Mignin tallied her third Academic All-Big Ten honor in December.
Danks, a 6-1 junior from Round Rock, Texas, concluded the year with 453 total kills for a 3.36 kills per set average. Those marks were second-best on the squad. Danks was second overall in the Big Ten with a .47 aces per set average and with a total of 63. Her career total of 180 is second all time in Ohio State history. Danks was named AVCA Honorable Mention All-America, AVCA All-Region and All-Big Ten Honorable Mention for her efforts on the court.
Junior Mariah Booth and sophomore Kaitlyn Leary both earned Most Improved Player honors. Booth finished the season averaging 1.86 kills per set and led the squad with 118 total blocks for a 1.05 blocks per set average. Leary was third on the team with a 2.34 kills per set average and saw playing time is all but three Buckeye matches.
Receiving the Coaches Award was sophomore Davionna DiSalvatore. The defensive specialist saw playing time in the back row in all 36 matches this past season. She finished third on the team with a 2.08 digs per set average, totaling 272 on the year.