No. 13 Ohio State Hosts Annual Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic
Sept. 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 13 Ohio State women's volleyball team officially opens its home schedule this weekend, hosting the annual Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic, Sept. 13-14. The Buckeyes welcome IUPUI, Southeast Missouri and Xavier to St. John Arena for the two-day tournament.
The St. John Arena ticket office will be open for both matches Friday and one ticket is good for both matches. The ticket office will then be open at the start of the tournament Saturday morning and one ticket is needed per person for the entire day.
Ohio State's match vs. IUPUI Friday will be streamed live on BTN.com. The broadcast is scheduled to re-air on BTN Monday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. ET. Ohio State's matches on Saturday will be streamed live at OhioStateBuckeyes.com through Buckeye Vision. Subscriptions can be purchased by clicking HERE. Please note, fans' Buckeye Vision subscription information also can be used to log on to the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN) for Ohio State content only.
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SPORTS IMPORTS DC KOEHL CLASSIC
SEMINOLE INVITATIONAL RECAP
Ohio State opened Friday with a 3-2 (23-25, 27-25, 21-25, 25-20, 15-11) win over then-No. 16 Western Kentucky and followed with a 3-1 (27-29, 26-24, 25-14, 25-20) victory over then-No. 15 Florida State. The squad rounded out the weekend with a 3-0 (25-15, 28-26, 26-24) sweep of Florida Gulf Coast.
Senior Kaitlyn Leary was named the tournament's most valuable player, racking up a team-best 69 kills for a 5.75 average. Freshmen duo of Taylor Sandbothe and Kylie Randall totaled 33 kills apiece, while junior Anna Faul totaled 13 (2s, 11a) blocks. Sophomore Andrea Kacsits chipped in with 12 blocks (2s, 10a) on the weekend. Senior Davionna DiSalvatore led the team with 35 digs and junior Taylor Sherwin had 147 assists. Sherwin and Sandbothe joined Leary on the all-tournament team.
BEST START IN SEVEN YEARS
After defeating a pair of Top 20 teams in Western Kentucky and Florida State on the same day last weekend, the squad jumped 10 spots in the AVCA poll and is currently ranked No. 13 overall. Ohio State was ranked as high as No. 14 in 2012, coming at the end of the season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Leary guided the Buckeyes to the Four Points by Sheraton Seminole Invitational title that included wins over Top 20 opponents on the same day. She finished the weekend with 69 kills over 12 sets played for a 5.75 average. For her efforts, Leary was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
In the team's opening match Friday afternoon, Leary totaled her second double-double of the season with 20 kills and 10 digs against then-No. 16 Western Kentucky. She chipped in a career-best five block assists in the 3-2 win. Later that evening, Leary guided the Buckeyes to a 3-1 win over tournament host and then-No. 15 Florida State. She finished with a career-high 27 kills in the victory and added eight digs for the Buckeyes.
Leary closed out the tournament with 22 kills in Ohio State's sweep of Florida Gulf Coast Saturday afternoon.
IN THE POLLS
The squad is also ranked No. 13 in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 poll this week.
The Jaguars returned three seniors to the squad this year, including being outside hitter Moriah Fair. She currently leads the team in kills with 134 and a 4.06 average. Redshirt senior Kortni Wright and freshman Logan Walling have 20 blocks a piece.
The Buckeyes lead the series between the Jaguars, 1-0. Ohio State topped IUPUI last season at the WKU Invitational, 3-1 (25-9, 22-25, 26-24, 25-16).
SCOUTING SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
The Redhawks returned four veteran seniors to the squad this year. Senior outside hitter Colleen Yarber leads the team in kills with 35, while classmate libero Berkley Idel leads in digs with 58. Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Masterson has a team-best 17 (6s, 11a) blocks.
The Buckeyes lead the series between the Redhawks, 1-0, with their first meeting in 2007 at the Active Ankle Challenge in Muncie, Ind. The Buckeyes topped SEMO in three sets (30-24, 30-22, 30-17).
Freshman Abbey Bessler has a team-best 79 kills on the year, while senior Sarah Brown has 70 for the Muskateers. Redshirt sophomore Lauren Metzger leads the team in digs with 88, while redshirt junior Alex Blair leads in blocks with 22 (2s, 20a).
Ohio State leads the series between the Musketeers with a 6-1 record. The last meeting between the two squads came in 2009 where the Buckeyes recorded a 3-0 sweep (27-25, 25-18, 25-6).
CAREER MILESTONES REACHED
Carlston joined the Buckeyes in spring 2008 and came to Columbus with a 193-64 overall mark following five seasons with Ohio University and three at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn. Now in his sixth season with Ohio State and 13th overall, Carlston picked up his 300th in the team's 3-2 victory over Green Bay, Aug. 31. The Plymouth, Minn., native has a career record of 301-132 for a .695 winning percentage.
DiSalvatore entered her senior season ranked 15th at Ohio State with 961 career digs. She became the 15th player in program history to reach the 1000-dig mark in the team's 3-2 win over Northern Illinois Saturday evening en route to a 29-dig performance for the Buckeyes.
The Palm Harbor, Fla., product had a breakout season in 2012, guiding the Buckeye defense all year. She led the squad with 512 digs on the year for a 4.00 average. Her season total ranked second overall in Ohio State history. DiSalvatore enters the upcoming weekend ranked tied for 14th with 1,023 career digs.
The U.S. Senior A2 contingent was divided into four equal teams before entering pool play. After being chosen to rep Team White, Leary found herself in position to compete with some familiar faces; most notably former Minnesota head coach Mike Hebert. A total of five Big Ten players were selected to play for Hebert.
Putting Big Ten rivalries aside, Leary and her teammates from Team White advanced to the championship match of the WNTA2 Tournament to take on Team Gold. Played at the Dallas Convention Center, Team White took down Team Gold 24-26, 25-12, 25-23, 25-21. In the match, Leary contributed seven points on seven kills.