Nov. 12, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Senior Mari Hole of the No. 15 Ohio State women's volleyball team was named Big Ten Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. The honor is the first of the season for Hole and the second of her career.
Hole led the Buckeyes to a 2-0 finish in Big Ten play last week as the squad defeated Northwestern Wednesday and Illinois Saturday. She totaled 40 kills over nine sets played, averaging 4.44 kills per set. She led the team with 42.5 points for a 4.72 average and had 25 digs for a 2.78 average on the week.
Against Northwestern Wednesday, Hole had a team-high 19 kills and finished with 13 digs to pick up her 14th double-double of the year. She also added a service ace and a solo block in the 3-1 win over the Wildcats.
In the team's 3-2 win over Illinois Saturday, Hole led all student-athletes with 21 kills in the match. She also had 12 digs to tally her team-leading 15th double-double of the season. Her 21 kills marked the seventh time this season she's totaled 20 or more kills in a match. Under Hole's guidance, Ohio State earned its first series sweep of the Illini since 2007.
Hole's performance helped Ohio State reach its fourth-straight 20-win season as the team holds a 20-8 overall record. The Buckeyes are also tied for third in the Big Ten with an 11-5 record.
Up next, 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.