Buckeyes Host Annual Banquet
March 7, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's volleyball team held its annual end of the season banquet Saturday, March 1, at the Ohio State University Golf Club. Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary was named the team's Most Outstanding Player and all three seniors were honored at the banquet - Leary, Davionna DiSalvatore and Julianne Mandolfo.
The Buckeyes finished the season 18-14 overall and 6-14 in Big Ten play for 10th in league standings. The squad opened the season with a 13-0 record, concluding their non-conference schedule with a perfect 12-0 mark. The youthful Buckeyes defeated five nationally-ranked teams throughout the year and finished with a 7-5 mark in home matches.
Leary was awarded the team's Most Outstanding Player after leading the team with 577 kills and a 4.85 average. Her average and kill total ranked first in the Big Ten. The AVCA All-America honorable mention finished second in the league with a 5.16 points-per-set average. For her efforts on the season, Leary was awarded Big Ten honorable mention. The Parma, Ohio, product totaled 29 double-digit kill performances in 32 matches played, including 15 matches with 20 or more kills. She also finished with 15 double-doubles (kills/digs) on the season.
Earning the team's Radster Award was senior libero Julianne Mandolfo. The award went to the best back row player on the squad. The Omaha, Neb., native led the team with a 3.41 digs average on the season with a team-high 406 over 119 sets played. Mandolfo totaled double-digit digs in 20 matches this year and had three 20+ dig performances, including 26 against Illinois. She also finished first on the squad with 22 service aces.
Leary finished her career on five Ohio State career lists - 12th in kills (1,215), 13th in kills per set (3.21), 12th in attempts (3,143) and 20th in points (1,299.0) and points per set (3.44). DiSalvatore concluded her four years with 1,297 digs to rank fifth all-time in Ohio State history and her 2.58 digs average is 16th overall. Mandolfo's 2.61 digs average ranks 15th.
Freshmen duo Taylor Sandbothe and Kylie Randall were honored for their efforts at this year's banquet. Sandbothe was named Most Offensive Player, while Randall earned Most Improved Player. Sandbothe finished second on the team with a 2.50 kills average and 295 overall. She led the Buckeye blockers with a 1.02 average and that mark ranks fifth all-time on Ohio State's career list. Sandbothe was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team.
Randall concluded the season with 181 kills for a 2.23 average. She had 12 matches with double-digit kills, including a season-best 18 at Northern Illinois.
Receiving the Team Heart Award was sophomore Andrea Kacsits, while classmate Katie Mitchell was presented with the Coaches Award. Kacsits was second on the team with a .71 blocking average and Mitchell finished the season with a 1.05 kills average.