No. 13 Buckeyes Travel to Buffalo for Blue and White Classic
Sept. 19, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 13 Ohio State women's volleyball team closes out non-conference play this weekend, traveling to Buffalo, N.Y., for the Blue and White Classic, Sept. 20-21. The Buckeyes face Maryland Eastern Shore Friday and then take on Valparaiso and host Buffalo Saturday.
Live stats and live streaming are available for all Blue and White Classic matches and can be found at www.BuffaloBulls.com.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Ohio State students are free with a valid Buck-ID. Tickets are available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and group tickets (10 or more) are also available starting at $2 when purchased in advance. For more information, contact Ohio State Tick Sales at 1-800-GOBUCKS or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPORTS IMPORTS DC KOEHL CLASSIC RECAP
The Buckeyes began the two-day tournament Friday with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-22) sweep of IUPUI. On Saturday, Ohio State topped SEMO in four (25-12, 20-25, 25-19, 25-13) and followed with a 3-1 (25-10, 21-25, 25-23, 25-13) win over Xavier Saturday night.
Junior Taylor Sherwin was named the tournament's most outstanding player, leading the Buckeyes in assists with 138 and adding 33 digs. Sophomore Andrea Kacsits was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts where she racked up 19 kills, six (1s, 5a) blocks and finished with a solid .439 attack percentage. Senior Davionna DiSalvatore lead the squad in digs with 42 and freshman Valeria León chipped in 41. Senior Kaitlyn Leary totaled 61 kills with a 5.55 average, while freshman Taylor Sandbothe totaled a team-best 10 (3s, 7a) blocks.
BEST START IN SEVEN YEARS
The Buckeyes are the only undefeated team remaining in the Big Ten. The squad is one of 12 teams still undefeated in all of NCAA Division I.
After defeating a pair of Top 20 teams in Western Kentucky and Florida State on the same day Sept. 6, the squad jumped 10 spots in the AVCA poll to No. 13 and is ranked in that spot this week. Ohio State was ranked as high as No. 14 in 2012, coming at the end of the season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sherwin has guided the Buckeyes to a perfect 9-0 start to the season and led the team to the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic tournament title this weekend in Columbus. The junior was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after recording a pair of double-doubles and finishing with a 12.55 assists average over 11 sets played.
In the three-set win over IUPUI Friday night, Sherwin notched a 44 assists and added 12 digs for her first double-double on the year. Against Southeast Missouri Saturday afternoon, Sherwin led the match with 48 assists and added a season-best 13 digs in the 3-1 win. She closed out the weekend with 46 assists and eight digs in the 3-1 victory over in-state rival Xavier Saturday night to seal the tournament title.
IN THE POLLS
The squad is also ranked No. 13 in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 poll this week.
Overall, the Buckeye defense has limited their opponents to a .145 attack percentage and put forth an outstanding effort this past weekend at the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic. Ohio State forced its opponents into 70 errors, finishing with an opponent hitting percentage of .084 over 11 sets played.
UMES is a young squad, returning only one senior in Jingqiao Li. The libero leads the team in digs with 128 and a 4.27 average. Freshman Sonia Rosales leads in assists with 133, while classmate Haley Robinson leads in blocks with 26 (2s, 24a). Sophomore Ashley Smith leads the squad in kills with 63.
The Buckeyes lead the series between the Hawks 1-0. The first meeting was at the 2009 Tribe Invitational in Williamsburg, Va., with Ohio State winning in three sets (25-15, 25-16, 25-18).
Tied in kills with 97 apiece are senior Sarah Dooms and redshirt junior Kelsey Victor, while junior Morgan Beil is close behind at 94. Sophomore Kelsey Berrington has 250 assists and senior Ellen Vanden Berg leads in blocks with 45 (5s, 40a). Freshmen Morganne Longoria leads in digs with 177 with Dooms close behind with 160.
Ohio State leads the 1-0 series between the Crusaders. The teams' first meeting was in 2011 at the West Virginia Mountaineer Invitational at West Virginia. The Buckeyes came away with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-22) win.
The Bulls are led offensively by sophomore Tahleia Bishop with 114 kills and senior Dani Reinert with an assist average of 6.53. The defense is led by sophomore Amber Hatchett with 52 (5s, 47a) blocks and senior Kelly Svoboda with 190 digs.
This will be the first meeting between the two squads.
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.