Nov. 8, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 15 Ohio State women's volleyball team concludes its four-match homestand Saturday, hosting Big Ten rival Illinois in St. John Arena. The match is set to start at 7 p.m. ET and fans are encouraged to bring two canned goods for Operation Feed. Those who bring will receive a discounted ticket at the door.
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.
The match 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. A large number of matches streamed will also be televised on delay via Student U.
Saturday, November 10
No. 15 Ohio State Buckeyes (19-8, 10-5 Big Ten) vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (11-13, 5-9 Big Ten prior to Thursday's match at Penn State)
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The No. 15 Ohio State women's volleyball team held on for a 3-1 (25-17, 25-27, 25-23, 25-20) win over Northwestern Wednesday night in St. John Arena.
Senior Mari Hole notched her 14th double-double of the year, having a team-best 19 kills with 13 digs. Hole added a service ace and a solo block in the win. Senior Mariah Booth and junior Kaitlyn Leary each had 10 kills for Ohio State, while sophomore Anna Faul and senior Emily Danks had five apiece.
Defensively, the Buckeyes finished with 15 team blocks highlighted by Faul's seven. The Parker, Colo., product totaled a career-best four solo blocks with three block assists. Booth, Danks and senior Amanda Peterson had four each, while Leary added two solo blocks in the win. Juniors Davionna DiSalvatore and Julianne Mandolfo notched 20 and 11 digs, respectively.
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 Nov. 2 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 six more wins for 300 in his 13-year coaching career. Carlston is 101-65 at Ohio State and 294-129 in his career.
A trio of Buckeyes had career-best performances last 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, 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 is fourth at 10-5 and No. 21 Purdue is fifth (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. 23 in the most recent RPI standings. Penn State and Nebraska hold the third and fourth slots, while Minnesota ranks No. 6. 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 14 double-doubles (kills/digs) and has recorded double-digit kills in 26 of Ohio State's 27 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 24 of 27 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 222 overall, Danks' career average sits at .45 aces per set over 489 sets played to rank second overall in the category behind Bettio's .52 average.
The Illinois Fighting Illini stand at 11-13 overall and 5-9 in the Big Ten prior to their match at Penn State Thursday night. The squad finished 1-1 last week at home, falling to Purdue in five sets (10/29) and defeating Indiana, 3-1, Saturday.
Freshman Jocelynn Birks ranks sixth in the Big Ten with a 4.03 kills average and has a team-high 395 on the year. Birks is also sixth in points per set at 4.52. Senior setter Annie Luhrsen is sixth in the league with a 10.37 assists average, while junior Jennifer Beltran is sixth in digs at 4.03. Senior Erin Johnson is averaging 1.21 blocks per set and sophomore Anna Dorn is fifth in the B1G with a .380 attack percentage.
The Illini lead the overall series, 38-35, and have dominated the series as of late. The Buckeyes, however, snapped a nine-match losing skid to Illinois earlier this year, defeating the Illini in five sets in Champaign (10/5).
IN THE POLLS
The Buckeyes enter the week still ranked No. 15 in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches' Poll released Monday, but are the No. 14 team in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Coaches' Poll.
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 101-65 overall at Ohio State and is 44-51 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 travels to the state of Indiana for a pair of Big Ten road matches. The Buckeyes face Purdue in West Lafayette at 7 p.m. ET, Nov. 16. Ohio State closes out the weekend with another 7 p.m. ET match vs. Indiana, Nov. 17.