Sept. 19, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 23 Ohio State women's volleyball team kicks off the competitive Big Ten season this weekend hosting Iowa Friday and No. 3 Nebraska Saturday. Both matches are set for 7 p.m. ET and will be played in St. John Arena.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Ohio State students are free with valid Buck-ID. Group tickets (10 or more) are also available to purchase in advance. For more information, contact Ohio State Ticket Sales at 614-292-0043 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Live streaming will be available for both matches for a small fee. Friday's match vs. Iowa will be streamed live on BTN.com and will re-air on BTN Monday at 4:30 p.m. ET. Saturday's match vs. Nebraska will be streamed live on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Friday, September 21
No. 23 Ohio State Buckeyes (9-3) vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (8-5) - 7 p.m. ET
Saturday, September 22
No. 23 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. No. 3 Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-1 prior to Wednesday's match at Penn State) - 7 p.m. ET
Live stats: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Live video: BTN.com (Friday) / OhioStateBuckeyes.com (Saturday)
RECAP: FLO HYMAN COLLEGIATE CUP
Ohio State traveled to Houston for the competitive Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup and came away with a 1-2 record on the weekend. The Buckeyes opened with a 3-0 loss to then-No. 18 Pepperdine and followed with a 3-1 loss to then-No. 11 Florida State. Ohio State rebounded to close out the tournament with a 3-1 win over host Houston Saturday night.
Senior Mariah Booth led the Buckeyes offensively, finishing with a 2.73 kill average and a .519 attack percentage. She set a career-best vs. Houston with a .895 attack percentage with 17 kills on 19 attempts. Booth was named to the All-Tournament team for her efforts.
Senior Emily Danks had 31 kills on the weekend and totaled nine service aces, including four against Houston. Classmate Mari Hole had a team-high 36 kills over 11 sets played, while setter Amanda Peterson averaged 9.18 assists per set. Libero Davionna DiSalvatore set a career-high vs. the Cougars, notching 24 digs in the four-set match. She totaled 43 overall for a 4.30 digs average.
Ohio State ranks in the top 10 of six statistical categories among Big Ten schools. The Buckeyes are sixth overall in hitting percentage at .270 and assists at 13.02. The squad also ranks eighth in kills (13.74), ninth in aces (1.24) and tenth in blocks (2.26) and digs (13.57).
Individually, Mari Hole ranks eighth in kills per set at 3.93 and in points at 4.50. Senior Emily Danks is seventh in aces (.39), while junior Davionna DiSalvatore is seventh in digs (3.67). Senior setter Amanda Peterson is ninth in the conference, averaging 8.73 assists per set.
MOVIN' ON UP
Five Buckeyes have found their way into program history, placing themselves on a handful of Ohio State's career lists.
Senior Emily Danks reached a milestone in her career in Ohio State's 3-0 win over Toledo (8/25) as she became the 19th Buckeye to record 1,000 kills in a career. Danks is 18th overall with 1,135 kills and is 16th in attacks (2,921) and 15th in attack percentage (.267). The Round Rock, Texas, product needs nine more service aces to break Lisa Bettio's record of 207 set in 1985.
Danks also ranks 12th in assist blocks (256), 14th in total blocks (289), 13th in total points (1,494.0) and 19th in points per set (3.46).
Senior Mari Hole is fourth in kills per set (3.99), fifth in points per set (4.52) and 11th in digs per set (2.73), while senior Mariah Booth seventh in blocks per set (.96). Setters Taylor Sherwin and Amanda Peterson rank in both assist categories. Sherwin is sixth in assists per set (8.87) and 13th in total assists (745). Peterson ranks ninth in assists average (8.50) and ninth in total (2,091).
The Iowa Hawkeyes come to Columbus with an 8-5 record after going 1-2 this past weekend. The Hawkeyes traveled to Milwaukee for the Marquette Invitational and lost 3-1 to Pacific before topping Milwaukee, 3-2. The squad finished with a three-set loss to Marquette to conclude the invite.
Head coach Sharon Dingman is in her fifth season with the Hawkeyes. The team's leading scorer Alex Lovell has 182 kills on the season with a .204 percentage and is averaging 3.37 kills per set. Junior Nikki Daily leads the team in assists with 518 and sophomore Alessandra Dietz boasts 43 blocks (4s, 39a) on the season.
The Buckeyes hold a 54-9 record against the Hawkeyes with Ohio State winning the last seven matches, including a pair of 3-1 victories last season.
The No. 3 Nebraska Cornhuskers have an 8-1 record leading up to their match vs. No. 4 Penn State Wednesday night. The team's lone loss came this past weekend at Iowa State, 3-1 (23-25, 22-25, 25-20, 21-25). The loss dropped the Huskers from No. 1 in the rankings.
Senior Gina Manuso leads the team with 112 kills for a .264 percentage, while classmate Hannah Werth has 104 kills with a .368 percentage and 105 digs on the season. Blocking tandem of Meghan Haggerty and Hayley Thramer has a combined total of 58 blocks (4s, 50a), while setter Lauren Cook averages 11.29 assists per set.
Nebraska leads the all-time series with an 8-3 record over the Buckeyes. The two squads last met in October of last season, ending in a four-set loss for the Buckeyes (25-19, 22-25, 19-25, and 17-25).
IN THE POLLS
The Buckeyes dropped two spots in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches' Poll and are ranked No. 23 overall. The squad is receiving votes in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Coaches Poll.
The Big Ten has seven teams ranked in the AVCA poll, including No. 3 Nebraska and No. 4 Penn State. Minnesota (12), Purdue (17), Illinois (20), Ohio State (23) and Michigan State (25) are also ranked. Michigan and Northwestern are receiving votes.
HEAD COACH Geoff Carlston
Geoff Carlston is in his fifth year as head coach of Ohio State and is the fifth head coach in the 42-year history of the program. Under his direction, the Buckeyes have recorded three 20-win seasons and have reached the NCAA Semifinals twice (2010, 2011). He has coached AVCA All-America honorable mentions Katie Dull, Mari Hole and Emily Danks. Carlston is 82-57 overall at Ohio State and is 34-46 in Big Ten competition.
Carlston is a 1993 graduate from the University of Minnesota. Prior to Ohio State, he spent five years as head coach of Ohio University where his squads played in five NCAA tournaments and captured five-consecutive MAC titles.
BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
The Ohio State women's volleyball team was chosen to finish sixth as voted by the Big Ten coaches, the league announced. The Buckeyes return five starters from last year's squad that finished seventh last season with a 9-11 conference record.
Defending Big Ten Champion Nebraska was voted as the conference favorite, while Penn State and Purdue were picked to finish second and third, respectively.
Emily Danks, a senior from Round Rock, Texas, was selected to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team. Danks enters her final year at Ohio State as a 2011 All-America honorable mention and a 2011 All-Big Ten honorable mention.
The Buckeyes take to the road for the first time in Big Ten play, traveling to No. 12 Minnesota and Wisconsin. Ohio State faces the Gophers Friday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. ET in Minneapolis. The Buckeyes and the Badgers square off Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. ET in Madison.