Nov. 9, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 22nd-ranked Ohio State women’s volleyball team (17-10 overall, 7-7 Big Ten) closes out two weeks on the road with matches at Northwestern (14-11, 5-9) Friday, Nov. 11 and at seventh-ranked Illinois (22-3, 11-3) Saturday, Nov. 12. The Buckeyes face the Northwestern Wildcats at 7 p.m. CST in Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117) in Evanston, Ill. The Buckeyes complete the road trip with a 7 p.m. CST match against the Illinois Illini in Huff All (4,050) in Champaign, Ill. The Northwestern match is scheduled to the streamed at www.BTN.com for a fee.
BOOTH NAMED BIG TEN CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Big Ten Conference announced co-defensive Player of the Week honors in women’s volleyball for Ohio State’s Mariah Booth Nov. 7. She shares the honor with Purdue’s Kierra Jones. In OSU’s 3-1 (20-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-21) victory at Wisconsin, Booth posted season highs of eight block assists and nine total blocks. She added nine kills while hitting .412. She recorded seven assist blocks, one dig and five kills (.188) in the 3-1 (18-25, 19-25, 25-22, 23-25) loss at 15th-ranked Minnesota. For the weekend, Booth averaged 2.0 blocks, 1.75 kills and 2.81 points per set while hitting .303.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Coached by Geoff Carlston, the 22nd-ranked Buckeyes are 17-10 overall and 7-7 in the Big Ten Conference. Last week, Ohio State won 3-1 (20-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-21) at Wisconsin and lost at 15th-ranked Minnesota, 3-1 (18-25, 19-25, 25-22, 23-25).
Leading the Buckeyes in points per set is Mari Hole at 4.46. Emily Danks ranks second at 4.35 with Kelli Barhorst third at 2.80. Hole has a team-high 3.96 kills per set average with Danks second at 3.46 and Kaitlyn Leary third at 2.44. Barhorst is hitting .313 to lead the squad. Danks ranks second in attack percentage at .277 with Mariah Booth third at .239. At setter, Taylor Sherwin is averaging 9.93 assists per set with Amanda Peterson at 8.90. Leading the squad in aces per set is Danks at .48 with 48. Sarah Mignin ranks second at .22 with 22 aces and Hole is third at .18 with 18. Defensively, Mignin has a team-high 4.47 digs per set average. Hole ranks second at 2.75 with Alyssa Winner and Davionna DiSalvatore tied for third at 1.84. At the net, Barhorst leads the team with a 1.06 blocks per set average with 17 solos and 87 assists. Booth ranks second at .99 with six solos and 69 assists with Danks third at .73 with seven solos and 65 assists. In serve reception percentage, Hole has a .964 serve reception percentage handling 504 of 523 attempts. Mignin is second at .963 handling 647 of 672 attempts. Winner is third at .957 with each handling 291 of 304 attempts.
Ohio State is averaging 17.90 points, 14.38 kills and 13.46 assists per set while hitting .240. OSU is averaging 1.11 aces, 15.67 digs and 2.40 blocks per set and has a .957 serve reception percentage. Buckeye opponents average 15.42 points, 12.55 kills and 11.72 assists per set while hitting .196. They average .87 aces, 14.29 digs and 2.01 blocks per set and have a .946 serve reception percentage.
A LOOK AT NORTHWESTERN
Coached by Keylor Chan, the Wildcats are 14-11 overall and 5-9 in the Big Ten Conference. Last week, Northwestern won 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-12) at Indiana and lost 3-0 (17-25, 15-25, 14-25) at 11th-ranked Purdue.
Leading the Wildcats in points per set is Stephanie Holthus at 4.61. Katie Dutchman ranks second at 3.21 with Yewande Akanbi third at 2.76. Holthus has a team-high 4.04 kills per set average with Akanbi second at 2.51 and Dutchman third at 2.02. Kathryn Chrystal is hitting a team-leading .278 with Dutchman second at .253 and Holthus, at .210, third. At setter, Madalyn Shalter has a 10.35 assists per set average. In aces per set, Dutchman leads the squad at .39 with 35. Shalter (18 aces) and Julie Chin (19 aces) are tied for third at .21. Defensively, Chin has a team-high 4.54 digs per set average. Holthus ranks second at 3.88 with Alex Ayers third at 2.42. At the net, Dutchman leads the team with a 1.45 blocks per set average with 12 solos and 117 assist blocks. Ranking second is Chrystal at 1.07 with nine solos and 86 assists. Hannah Crippen (two solos, 60 assists) and Holthus (nine solos, 53 assists) are tied for third at .70.
Northwestern is averaging 16.63 points, 12.58 kills and 11.44 assists per set while hitting .193. The Wildcats average 1.36 aces, 15.61 digs and 2.69 blocks per set. Opponents average 15.04 points, 12.00 kills and 11.31 assists per set while hitting .155. Northwestern opponents average .81 aces, 15.93 digs and 2.23 blocks per set.
NORTHWESTERN-OHIO STATE SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Northwestern, 48-18. The Buckeyes are 24-6 in Columbus, 18-10 in Evanston and 6-2 in neutral site matches. Ohio State has won the last seven meetings with the Wildcats including a 3-1 (25-19, 18-25, 25-14, 25-20) decision earlier this season in Columbus.
A LOOK AT ILLINOIS
Coached by Kevin Hamby, the seventh-ranked Illini are 22-3 overall and 11-3 in the Big Ten Conference. Last week, Illinois won 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-21) at 11th-ranked Purdue and 3-1 (25-17, 19-25, 25-22, 25-16) at Indiana.
Michelle Bartsch leads the squad with a 4.39 points per set average. Ranking second is Colleen Ward at 4.09 and Erin Johnson third at 2.78. Bartsch is averaging a team-high 3.83 kills per set with Ward second at 3.65 and Johnson third at 2.17. Johnson is hitting a team leading .314. Ward ranks second at .249 with Liz McMahon third at .243. At setter, Annie Luhrsen is averaging 10.97 assists per set. Bartsch has a team-high .23 aces per set average with 23. Tied for second at .20 is Jennifer Beltram with 18 and Ward with 20. Defensively, Beltram has a team-leading 4.16 digs per set average. Ranking second is Bartsch at 3.27 with Ward third at 2.78. At the net, Anna Dorn has a team-high 1.31 blocks per set average with four solos and 124 assist blocks. Johnson, at 1.13, ranks second with four solos and 107 assists and Liz McMahon is third at 1.01 with a solo and 86 assists.
Illinois is averaging 17.26 points, 13.47 kills and 12.58 assists per set while hitting .245. The Illini average 1.13 aces, 15.31 digs and 2.65 blocks per set. Opponents average 15.22 points, 12.33 kills and 11.51 assists per set while hitting .165. Illini opponents average .92 aces, 14.99 digs and 1.98 blocks per set.
ILLINOIS-OHIO STATE SERIES
Illinois has a 36-34 edge in the series with Ohio State. In Columbus, OSU is 15-14 against the Illini while Illinois has a 19-14 advantage in Champaign. The Buckeyes are 5-3 in neutral site matches. Illinois has won the last seven contests with OSU including a 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-22) decision earlier this season in Columbus
OHIO STATE RANKED 22ND IN THE AVCA POLL
In the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 poll from Nov. 7, Ohio State was ranked 22nd receiving 174 votes. Seven Big Ten squads are ranked in the Top 25 with Nebraska second, Illinois seventh, Penn State ninth, Purdue 10th, Minnesota 16th and Michigan 24th. Michigan State is listed as receiving votes.
BUCKEYES RANKED 12TH NATIONALLY IN KILLS PER SET I
n the NCAA national statistics released through matches of Nov. 6, Ohio State is ranked 12th in kills (14.38) and 11th in assists (13.46) per set. The Buckeyes are ranked 54th in hitting percentage (.240), 105th in digs (15.67), 61st in blocks (2.40) and 209th in aces (1.11) per set. Individually, Emily Danks ranks 15th in aces per set at .48 and Sarah Mignin is 115th in digs per set at 4.47. Mari Hole is 60th in points (4.46) and 54th in kills (3.96) per set.
DANKS THIRD IN OHIO STATE CAREER ACES WITH 165
Emily Danks, with three ace serves at Wisconsin and one at Minnesota has moved to third on the Ohio State career aces list with 165. She passed Stacey Gordon (2001-04) with 162. Second on the list is Erika Schlitz (1988-91) with 170. Danks ranks second in career aces per set with a .47 average. She ranks 15th in career attack percentage at .268 and is 20th in career points per set at 3.34.
BARHORST MOVES TO SEVENTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSIST BLOCKS
Kelli Barhorst, with four assist blocks in the Wisconsin and Minnesota matches has moved to seventh in Ohio State career assist blocks with 326. She passed Jenny Jackson (1992-95) with 322. Sixth on the list is Briana McCarthy (2003-04, 05-06) with 343. Barhorst recorded one solo block at Wisconsin and now has 56 in her career for 12th. She moved out of a tie with McCarthy (2003-04, 05-06). Ranking 11th on the list with 62 is Danielle Meyer (2004-07). Barhorst is 10th in OSU career total blocks with 3782 (56 solos, 326 assists). Tied for eighth on the list with 385 is Leisa Wissler (1988-91) (87-298) and Sherri Rinker (1984-87) (139-246). With .93 blocks per set average, Barhorst ranks 10th and is 11th in attack percentage at .281.
BOOTH RANKS SEVENTH IN CAREER BLOCKS PER SET AT .98
Mariah Booth is ranked seventh in career blocks per set at .98. She has 15 solos and 145 assist blocks.
PETERSON 11TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSISTS WITH 1,369
Amanda Peterson has 1,369 career assists and ranks 11th on the Ohio State career assists list. Ranking 10th is Ashley Hughes (2006-09) with 1,392. Peterson is ninth in career assists per set with an 8.05 average. Ranking eighth at 8.62 is Betsy Home (2007-10).
SHERWIN 17TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSISTS WITH 536
Taylor Sherwin ranks 17th in Ohio State career assists with 536. Heather Whalen (2000-03) is ranked 16th with 568. Sherwin ranks sixth in assists per set at 9.93. Ranking fifth is Jen Boleyn (1994-96) at 11.28.
MIGNIN TENTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER DIGS WITH 1,134
Sarah Mignin ranks tenth on the Ohio State career digs list with 1,134. Ninth on the list is Jen Flynn (1996-99) with 1,138. Mignin ranks seventh in career digs per set at 2.97 passing. Sixth on the list is Tricia Stragliotto (1993-95) at 2.99.
#1 DANKS HAS FOURTH DOUBLE-DOUBLE OF THE SEASON
Emily Danks recorded 13 kills (.273) and 11 digs at Minnesota for her fourth double-double of the season. She added two assists, one ace serve, a solo block and three assist blocks against the Gophers. Danks had 15 kills (.175) seven digs, three ace serves and three assist blocks at Wisconsin. A starter in all 27 matches, she is averaging 4.35 points, 3.46 kills, .48 aces, 1.67 digs and .73 blocks per set while hitting .277.
#2 BARHORST IS OSU’S TOP BLOCKER AT 1.06 PER SET
Kelli Barhorst is averaging a team-high 1.06 blocks per set on the season with 17 solos and 87 assists. At Wisconsin, she had a solo and four assist blocks adding two kills (-.091) and three assists. Barhorst recorded four assist blocks at Minnesota adding seven kills (.278). A starter in all 27 matches, she is averaging 2.80 points, 2.15 kills, .57 digs and 1.06 blocks per set while hitting a team-high .313.
#3 SCHWARZWALDER HAS PLAYED IN EIGHT MATCHES
Amy Schwarzwalder has played in eight matches this season seeing action in one set of both the Wisconsin and Minnesota matches. She is averaging .50 points, .40 kills, .30 digs and .20 blocks per set.
#6 WINNER SEES COURT TIME LAST WEEK
Alyssa Winner played in two sets of both matches last weekend. At Wisconsin she handled one serve reception and at Minnesota was perfect with three serve receptions. Winner has played in 25 matches with seven back row starts and two at libero. She is averaging 1.84 digs per set and has a .957 serve reception percentage handling 291 of 304 attempts.
#7 MIGNIN HAS A TEAM-HIGH 4.47 DIGS PER SET AVERAGE
Sarah Mignin has a team-high 4.47 digs per set average for the Buckeyes. Last week at Wisconsin she had 16 digs and two ace serves while handling 26 of 30 serve reception attempts. At Minnesota, Mignin had 16 digs, four assists and one ace serve while handling 33 of 34 serve reception attempts. She has played in all 27 matches with 24 starts at libero and one at defensive specialist. She has a .963 serve reception percentage handling 647 of 672 attempts.
#8 SHERWIN SEEING MORE ACTION
Taylor Sherwin played in two sets at Wisconsin and started set four. She had 27 assists, three digs and one assist block against the Badgers. Sherwin played in all four sets at Minnesota starting the final three against the Gophers. She recorded 30 assists, 13 digs and two assist blocks. Sherwin has played in 19 matches this season with nine starts. She is averaging 9.93 assists, 1.67 digs and .26 blocks per set.
#9 DISALVATORE HAS HER 13TH START AT MINNESOTA
Davionna DiSalvatore started her 13th match of the season at defensive specialist at Minnesota. She also has one start at libero in the 27 matches this season. At Minnesota, DiSalvatore recorded nine digs and one assist while handling eight serve receptions without an error. She had nine digs, one assist, one ace serve and handled 16 of 17 serve receptions at Wisconsin. For the season, DiSalvatore is averaging 1.84 digs per set and has a .953 serve reception percentage handling 327 of 343 attempts.
#10 BOOTH HAS A SEASON-HIGH NINE TOTAL BLOCKS AT WISCONSIN
Mariah Booth, the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week, averaged 2.00 blocks per set last weekend. She produced season-highs of eight assist blocks and nine total blocks at Wisconsin adding nine kills (.412) in the match. Booth had seven assist blocks at Minnesota adding five kills (.188) and one dig against the Gophers. She has played and started in 21 matches this season and is averaging 2.35 points, 1.80 kills and .99 blocks per set while hitting .239.
#11 LEARY POSTS A CAREER-HIGH 15 POINTS AT WISCONSIN
Kaitlyn Leary produced a career-high 15 points at Wisconsin. She recorded 13 kills (.321), four assist blocks, three digs and one assist against the Badgers. At Minnesota, Leary had nine kills (.231), one assist, one dig and one assist block. She has played in 24 matches this season with six starts. Leary is averaging 2.59 points, 2.44 kills, .72 digs and .27 blocks per set while hitting .209.
#12 SEKINGER HAS PLAYED IN 11 MATCHES
Erin Sekinger has played in 11 matches this season with three starts. She did not play in the Wisconsin and Minnesota matches last weekend. Sekinger is averaging 1.75 points, 1.57 kills, .60 digs and .33 blocks per set while hitting .132.
#14 HOLE TOPS DEFENSE IN SERVE RECEPTION
Mari Hole has a team-high .964 serve reception percentage handling 504 of 523 attempts. She was perfect in handling 24 attempts at Wisconsin adding 11 kills (.051), 10 digs, three assist block and two assists. At Minnesota, Hole handled 32 of 35 serve reception attempts and recorded 14 kills (.085), 12 digs and three assist blocks. She has played in all 27 matches with 24 starts. Hole is averaging team-highs of 4.46 points and 3.96 kills per set. She is averaging .18 aces, 2.75 digs and .51 blocks per set while hitting .216.
#15 PETERSON HAS STARTS AT WISCONSIN AND MINNESOTA
Amanda Peterson started in both matches last weekend. She had 21 assists, eight digs, two kills and one assist blocks in two set at Wisconsin and nine assists, two digs and two assist blocks in three sets at Minnesota. Peterson has played in 23 matches with 18 starts. She is averaging 8.90 assists, .82 kills, 1.65 digs and .72 blocks per set.
#18 FAUL SEES ACTION AT MINNESOTA
Anna Faul played in one set at Minnesota. She did not play at Wisconsin. Faul has played in 15 matches with six starts. Faul is averaging 1.02 points, .62 kills, .25 digs and .75 blocks per set while hitting .207
HOLE NAMED THE BIG TEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Big Ten Conference honored Mari Hole as the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Sept. 12. She helped Ohio State win the Rocket Classic in Toledo, Ohio, with 3-1 wins over Penn, Alabama and Toledo and was named the Classic Most Valuable Player. Hole had 12 kills (.385), eight digs and four blocks (one solo and three assists) against Penn. She produced career highs of 25.5 points and 21 kills (.232) against Alabama adding 11 digs, five assist blocks and two ace serves. She reset her career highs for points (31.0) and kills (26, .316) against Toledo adding two ace serves and equaled her career highs of three solo blocks and 14 digs. Hole had set-winning kills in five of nine Buckeye set wins. With the Toledo match tied at one set each, she scored kills for six of OSU’s final seven points in the third set on her way to a 12-kill performance in the set. Hole averaged 5.92 points, 4.92 kills, 2.75 digs and 1.00 blocks per set for the three matches.
MIGNIN NAMED THE BIG TEN CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Big Ten Conference honored Sarah Mignin as the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 12. She helped Ohio State win the Rocket Classic in Toledo, Ohio, with 3-1 wins over Penn, Alabama and Toledo and was named to the Classic All-Tournament Team. Mignin averaged 6.0 digs per set and had a .972 serve reception percentage in the three matches at the Rocket Classic. She recorded 15 digs and tied her career high of three ace serves against Penn while handling 15 serve receptions without an error. Mignin produced a career-high 30 digs against Alabama adding one ace and one kill. She handled 25 of 27 reception attempts against the Crimson Tide. Mignin closed out the weekend with 27 digs against Toledo adding two ace serves and handling 29 reception attempts without an error.
MIGNIN NAMED THE BIG TEN CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Big Ten Conference honored Sarah Mignin as the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 19. She averaged 6.27 digs per set for the three matches and handled 69 serve reception attempts without an error. Mignin tied her career high of 30 digs against Albany and tied her career high of three aces against Maryland. She converted 24 of 69 digs (.348) to kills and had a .406 reception to kills percentage (28 of 69) in the three matches. Mignins play helped hold OSU’s three opponents to a .154 attack percentage. For her play at the Sports Imports Classic, she was named the most outstanding defensive player.
SHERWIN NAMED THE BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
The Big Ten Conference honored Taylor Sherwin as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week Sept. 19. She directed the Buckeye offense to the Sports Imports Classic Championship. Sherwin averaged 14.18 assists and 2.00 digs per set helping OSU to a .304 attack percentage for the three matches. Defensively, she produced a career-high 14 digs in the Albany match, adding a solo and one assist block against the Great Danes.
HEAD COACH Geoff Carlston
Geoff Carlston is in his fourth season at Ohio State. He directed the Buckeyes to the third round of the NCAA Championship finishing with a 24-12 overall record last season. OSU finished sixth in the Big Ten Conference with a 10-10 mark.
Carlston came to Ohio State after spending five years as head coach of Ohio University where he built an outstanding program. His squads played in five NCAA tournaments, reaching regional play in 2005. At Ohio, Carlston guided the Bobcats to five-consecutive Mid American Conference championships with an overall record of 144-22. He had a MAC conference record of 78-2 and was 14-1 in the conference tournament, winning four of five.
Carlston was named the MAC Coach of the Year four times and was twice named the Mideast Region Coach of the Year. He began collegiate coaching with three years at Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) where he posted a 49-42 record. His career record is 271-116.
NEXT WEEK FOR THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State returns home for a three-match home stand. The Buckeyes will host 10th-ranked Purdue (22-3, 11-3) at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, Indiana (8-18, 0-14) at Noon Sunday, Nov. 20 and ninth-ranked Penn State (18-6, 11-3) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23.