Oct. 15, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 20 Ohio State women's volleyball team is set to take on the nation's top-ranked team Penn State Wednesday in St. John Arena. The 8 p.m. ET match will be broadcast live on BTN.
Mike Wolf will provide the play-by-play and Liz Tortorello-Nelson will be the color analyst.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets are available on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Ohio State students are free with valid Buck-ID. Group tickets (10 or more) are also available starting at $2 each when purchased in advance. For more information, contact Ohio State Ticket Sales at 614-292-0043 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, October 17
No. 20 Ohio State Buckeyes (14-6, 5-3) vs. No. 1 Penn State Nittany Lions (18-1, 8-0) - 8 p.m. ET
Live stats: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Live video: BTN
SCARLET OUT ST. JOHN ARENA
The Ohio State women's volleyball team is asking its fans to help "Scarlet Out St. John Arena" Wednesday vs. Penn State. Dress in scarlet to show your pride for the team and have a chance for some TV time!
RECAP: INDIANA & PURDUE
The Buckeyes finished this past weekend with a 1-1 record at home in St. John Arena. Ohio State rallied to defeat Indiana, 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-12, 25-17), but dropped a 3-1 (19-25, 15-25, 25-20, 23-25) match to No. 17 Purdue.
Senior Mari Hole had a pair of double-doubles for the Buckeyes, tallying 15 kills and 15 digs vs. the Hoosiers and 13 kills and 10 digs against the Boilermakers. Classmate Emily Danks totaled 33.5 points over eight sets played, including 18 kills Friday and four service aces Saturday. Senior Mariah Booth averaged 1.71 blocks on the weekend with seven (1s, 6a) against the Boilermakers. Junior libero Davionna DiSalvatore upped her season digs average after notching 12 and 19 digs, respectively, for a 3.88 average.
Seniors Mari Hole and Amanda Peterson are leading the squad in double-double performances this season. Hole has a team-best 10 double-doubles (kills/digs) and has recorded double-digit kills in all of Ohio State's 20 matches. Last season, Hole totaled 32 matches with double-digit kill margins and 21 double-doubles.
Peterson has totaled five double-doubles (assists/digs) for the Buckeyes with double-digit assists in all matches played. Junior libero Davionna DiSalvatore has led the Buckeye defense all season and has recorded double-digit digs in 17 of 20 matches this season.
CLICK CLICK BOOM
Senior Emily Danks has consistently been one of the top servers in the Big Ten and had been making her way up the Ohio State career service aces list. She entered the season with 180, needing 28 to break Lisa Bettio's record of 207 set in 1985. Danks picked up the record-tying ace in the middle of set two against Northwestern (10/6) and broke the record in the same set to give the Buckeyes a 25-23 victory.
With 212 overall, Danks' career average sits at .46 aces per set over 462 sets played to rank second overall in the category behind Bettio's .52 average.
MOVIN' ON UP
Five Buckeyes have found their way into program history, placing themselves on a handful of Ohio State's career lists.
Along with her record-setting 212 service aces, senior Emily Danks reached another career milestone earlier this season. In Ohio State's 3-0 win over Toledo (8/25), she became the 19th Buckeye to record 1,000 kills in a career. Danks is 16th overall with 1,206 kills and is 11th in attacks (3,127) and 17th in attack percentage (.264).
Danks also ranks 11th in assist blocks (275), 12th in total blocks (314), 13th in total points (1,592.5) and 20th in points per set (3.45).
Senior Mari Hole is third in kills per set (4.01), fifth in points per set (4.51), 14th in digs per set (2.67) and 17th in solo blocks (38), while senior Mariah Booth ninth in blocks per set (.93). Booth is also 18th in block assists (218) and total blocks (251).
Setters Taylor Sherwin and Amanda Peterson rank in both assist categories. Peterson ranks eighth in assists average (8.46) and ninth in total (2,300). Sherwin sits ninth in assists average (8.26) and 13th in total assists (843).
Ohio State ranks in the top 10 of four statistical categories among Big Ten schools entering the week. The Buckeyes are sixth assists (12.68) and in kills per set (13.49. The squad ranks seventh in hitting percentage (.249) and eighth in blocks (2.20).
Individually, Mari Hole ranks sixth in kills per set at 4.00 and in points (4.47). Senior Emily Danks is fourth in aces (.42), while junior Davionna DiSalvatore is seventh in digs (3.69). Senior setter Amanda Peterson is 10th in the conference, averaging 8.46 assists per set.
Against Big Ten opponents, Hole is fourth in kills (4.10) and sixth in points (4.43). Danks ranks tied for second in service aces (.47), while DiSalvatore is sixth in digs at 3.73.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
The Penn State Nittany Lions enter the weekend as the top-ranked team nationally, having an 18-1 overall mark and an 8-0 record in the Big Ten. The squad picked up a pair of victories at home last weekend, defeating Purdue (3-0) and Indiana (3-1).
Sophomore setter Micha Hancock ranks third nationally in aces per set (.58) and 12th in assists (11.61). Junior Katie Slay is fourth in the nation with a .452 hitting percentage and is second in the Big Ten with a 1.35 (6s, 79a) blocks per set average. Junior Ariel Scott leads the squad with 240 kills and a 3.64 average, while libero Dominique Gonzalez is averaging 3.30 digs per set.
The Nittany Lions hold a 38-14 record over the Buckeyes and have won the last 14 of 15 meetings, including 10-straight matches.
IN THE POLLS
With a 1-1 finish this past weekend, the Buckeyes slipped a spot to No. 20 on the AVCA Top 25 Coaches' Poll and are currently No. 18 in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Coaches' Poll prior to the poll's release Tuesday.
The Big Ten has six teams ranked in the AVCA poll, including No. 1 Penn State. Nebraska (4), Minnesota (10), Purdue (17), Ohio State (20) and Illinois (25) are also ranked. Michigan and Michigan State 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 96-63 overall at Ohio State and is 39-49 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.
Ohio State takes to the road again, traveling to Michigan State for a Saturday night match, Oct. 20. The Buckeyes and the Spartans face off at 6:30 p.m. ET in East Lansing.