Mariah Booth & Kaitlyn Leary
Nov. 5, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 15 Ohio State women's volleyball team hosts its second midweek match of the season Wednesday, facing Northwestern at 8 p.m. ET in St. John Arena. The match will be broadcast live on BTN with Mike Wolf providing the play-by-play and Liz Tortorello-Nelson as 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, November 7
No. 15 Ohio State Buckeyes (18-8, 9-5 Big Ten) vs. Northwestern Wildcats (15-10, 4-10 Big Ten)
Live stats: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Live video: BTN
CARLSTON'S 100TH WIN
In his fifth year at Ohio State, head coach Geoff Carlston reached a milestone in his career with the Buckeyes on Friday in the team's 3-1 win over Wisconsin. Carlston became the third coach in program history to reach 100 wins at Ohio State. While with Ohio State, he has guided the Buckeyes to three-straight 20 win seasons and is on pace to pick up the fourth. Carlston has led the team to three NCAA tournaments, including back-to-back NCAA Sweet 16 appearances.
Carlston also needs seven more wins for 300 in his 13-year coaching career. Carlston is 100-65 at Ohio State and 293-129 in his career.
RECAP: WISCONSIN & MINNESOTA
The Buckeyes hosted Wisconsin and No. 10 Minnesota this past weekend in St. John Arena and came away with a 1-1 record. Ohio State topped the Badgers Friday, 3-1 (25-16, 25-15, 23-25, 30-28), but dropped a heartbreaker to Minnesota Sunday, 3-2 (23-25, 21-25, 27-25, 25-13, 15-12).
Senior Mari Hole led all Buckeyes with 41 total kills over nine sets played for a 4.56 average, including a 26-kill performance against Minnesota. Junior Davionna DiSalvatore averaged 6.00 digs per set with 54 total and had 31 digs against the Badgers. Senior setter Amanda Peterson averaged 9.44 assists with 85 overall, including a season-high 48 assists vs. the Gophers.
A trio of Buckeyes had career-best performances this weekend against Wisconsin and Minnesota. In the team's 3-1 win over the Badgers, libero Davionna DiSalvatore totaled 31 digs to set a new career-best. That total was the most by any in the Big Ten this year and the first 30-dig performance of DiSalvatore's career.
In the team's tough loss to Minnesota Sunday, outside hitter Mari Hole totaled 26 kills to tie a career-best set last season. It was her sixth 20-plus kill performance of the season.
Also against Wisconsin, setter Amanda Peterson finished with nine kills for a new career-best total.
BIG TEN STANDINGS
The No. 2 Penn State Nittany Lions have a two-match lead over No. 10 Minnesota with a 13-1 overall record in the Big Ten standings. The Golden Gophers are second in the league at 11-3. No. 9 Nebraska is 10-4 in the conference, while No. 15 Ohio State and No. 21 Purdue are tied for fourth at 9-5.
Nebraska was voted to win the conference by the league coaches prior to the start of the season. Ohio State was chosen to finish sixth.
Ohio State ranks No. 20 in the most recent RPI standings (Oct. 29). Penn State and Nebraska hold the second and third slots, while Minnesota ranks No. 8. Nine teams from the Big Ten are in the Top 50.
Seniors Mari Hole and Amanda Peterson are leading the squad in double-double performances this season. Hole has a team-best 13 double-doubles (kills/digs) and has recorded double-digit kills in 25 of Ohio State's 26 matches. She has had six matches with 20 or more kills. Last season, Hole totaled 32 matches with double-digit kill margins and 21 double-doubles.
Peterson has totaled eight 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 23 of 26 matches this season.
The 2012 senior class of Mariah Booth, Emily Danks, Mari Hole and Amanda Peterson have been an instrumental part in the program's success over the last four years. Booth, Danks and Peterson were all a part of head coach Geoff Carlston's first recruiting class with Hole joining the squad last season.
The quartet has been leaders in their respective positions on the court this season for the Buckeyes. Hole and Danks are the team's key offensive performers with Booth leading the blocking corps. Peterson has paced the Buckeye offense and is among the Big Ten's best in assists. All four will conclude their careers in the Top 20 on a handful of Ohio State career lists.
The Buckeyes seem to love the challenge of playing on the road as the squad is 9-1 this season when competing away from St. John Arena, including a 6-1 record in Big Ten road matches. The team's lone loss this year came at the hands of No. 10 Minnesota (Sept. 28) in three sets.
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 219 overall, Danks' career average sits at .45 aces per set over 485 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 219 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 tied for 12th overall with 1,265 kills, ninth in attacks (3,302) and 17th in attack percentage (.264).
Danks also ranks 11th in assist blocks (293), 12th in total blocks (332), 18th in solo blocks (39), 10th in total points (1,669.5) and 20th in points per set (3.44).
Senior Mari Hole is third in kills per set (4.05), fifth in points per set (4.56), 12th in digs per set (2.68) and 15th in solo blocks (46) Classmate Mariah Booth ranks ninth in blocks per set (.93), 15th in block assists (236) and 18th total blocks (273).
Setters Taylor Sherwin and Amanda Peterson rank in both assist categories. Peterson ranks eighth in both assists average (8.55) and in total (2,515). Sherwin sits ninth in assists average (7.76) and 13th in total assists (900).
The Northwestern Wildcats hold a 15-10 overall record and are 4-10 in Big Ten play. The team is coming off a pair of 3-0 losses to conference foes Indiana (11/2) and Purdue (11/4) in Evanston.
Junior Stephanie Holthus is fifth in the league with a 4.10 kills average and leads the team with 373 kills on the season. She also ranks fifth in points, averaging 4.57 per set. Senior setter Madalyn Shalter is second in the Big Ten with an 11.40 assists average, while sophomore Katie Dutchman is fifth in service aces (.31) and sixth in attack percentage (.373).
Ohio State holds a commanding 49-19 lead in the series history with Northwestern. The Buckeyes have won eight of the last 10 meetings, including a 3-0 (25-13, 25-23, 25-23) win earlier this season at Northwestern (10/6).
IN THE POLLS
The Buckeyes enter the week still ranked No. 15 in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches' Poll released Monday. The team is ranked No. 15 the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Coaches' Poll, but the updated rankings will not be released until Tuesday (11/6).
The Big Ten has five teams ranked in the AVCA poll - Penn State (2), Nebraska (9), Minnesota (10), Ohio State (15) and Purdue (21).
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 100-65 overall at Ohio State and is 43-51 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.
Ohio State returns to St. John Arena Saturday for a 7 p.m. ET match vs. Illinois. Fans attending the game are encouraged to bring two canned goods in exchange for a discounted $2 ticket at the door. For more information, visit OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
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