Nov. 15, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 15 Ohio State women’s volleyball team travels to the state of Indiana for a pair of Big Ten matches this weekend. The Buckeyes face No. 21 Purdue Friday at 7 p.m. ET and then take Indiana Saturday in another 7 p.m. ET match.
Friday, November 16
No. 15 Ohio State Buckeyes (20-8, 11-5 Big Ten) vs. No. 21 Purdue Boilermakers (19-8, 10-6 Big Ten)
Saturday, November 17
Ohio State vs. Indiana Hoosiers (12-16, 4-12 Big Ten prior to match vs. Penn State)
Live stats: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Live video: BTN.com (both matches)
The No. 15 Ohio State women's volleyball team earned its fourth-straight 20-win season with a 3-2 (25-23, 16-25, 25-23, 16-25, 17-15) win over Illinois Saturday night in St. John Arena. The win marked the first time since 2007 the Buckeyes have swept the series with the Illini.
Senior Mari Hole picked up her 15th double-double of the season, finishing with 21 kills and 12 digs to guide Ohio State in the win. Her 21 kills was her seventh match this season with 20 or more. Junior Kaitlyn Leary totaled 17 kills, while senior Emily Danks had eight.
The Buckeyes totaled 16.0 blocks to tie a season-high this year. Sophomore Anna Faul tied a career-best with eight kills on one solo and seven block assists. Leary set a career-high with three solo blocks in the win. Danks had six block assists, while freshman Andrea Kacsits had five. Juniors Davionna DiSalvatore and Julianne Mandolfo had 14 and 12 digs, respectively.
NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior Mari Hole put together a pair of stellar performances last week and for her efforts, she was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week as well as the Big Ten Player of the Week. The national recognition is the first for Hole and the seventh in program history.
Hole helped lead the Buckeyes to a pair of Big Ten victories, recording her 14th and 15 double-doubles of the season.
Against Northwestern Wednesday, Hole totaled 19 kills and hit .395 with 13 digs in the 3-1 win. In the five-set victory over Illinois Saturday, the Oslo, Norway, product tallied 21 kills with five coming in the fifth set including the match-winning point.
Her 21 kills against the Illini marked the seventh time this season she's had 20 or more kills in a match. Hole is among the league's best in kills, averaging 4.13 per set to rank fourth. She is also fourth in points per set at 4.60.
ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON
With its 3-2 win over Illinois Saturday, Ohio State notched its fourth-straight season with 20 or more wins under head coach Geoff Carlston and the 27th season with 20+ wins in the program’s 42-year history.
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 four-straight 20 win seasons and has led the team to three NCAA tournaments, including back-to-back NCAA Sweet 16 appearances.
Carlston also needs five more wins for 300 in his 13-year coaching career. Carlston is 102-65 at Ohio State and 295-129 in his career.
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 then-No. 10 Minnesota (Sept. 28) in three sets.
Senior Mari Hole has had two outstanding seasons with Ohio State, leading the Buckeye offense both this season and last. The Oslo, Norway, product, who transferred from UCLA last year, is 20 kills away from 1,000 in her Ohio State career. The 2011 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention totaled 534 kills last season and has 446 this year for a total of 980. Hole’s race to 1,000 is the third-fastest in program history, behind former Buckeyes Vanessa Wouters (1996-97) and Stacey Gordon (2001-04).
The No.21 Purdue Boilermakers have a 19-8 overall record and are 10-6 in the B1G. The squad is coming of a 1-1 week, with a 3-0 sweep against Iowa and a 3-2 loss to No. 9 Nebraska. The Boilermakers swept the Hawkeyes, outhitting them .340 to .118. The loss against Nebraska did not come without a fight as Purdue battled the Huskers back and forth with a 15-10 loss in the fifth set.
Senior outside hitter Ariel Turner is second in the conference in two categories with a 4.28 kill average and a 4.92 points average. Sophomore middle blocker Kierra Jones is sixth with a .381 hitting average and junior Carly Cramer is fourth in digs with a 4.19 average.
The Boilermakers broke the 39-39 tie earlier this season with a 3-1 (25-19, 25-15, 20-25, 25-23) win over the Buckeyes and now have a one-match lead in the series history. Purdue has won the last six meetings.
The Indiana Hoosiers stand 12-16 overall and 4-12 in the Big Ten. The team finished last week 1-1, falling in four sets to Nebraska before sweeping Iowa, 3-0.
Junior outside hitter Jordan Haverly is sixth in the conference with a 3.94 kill average and freshman setter Katie Gallagher is seventh in assists with a 10.29 average.
Ohio State leads the overall series 45-24 and has won six of the last seven meetings, including a 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-12, 25-17) win earlier this season at home. The Hoosier will play No. 2 Penn State Friday before taking on the Buckeyes.
BIG TEN STANDINGS
The No. 2 Penn State Nittany Lions have a three-match lead over No. 9 Nebraska with four matches remaining in the regular season at 15-1. The Huskers enter the weekend 12-4 in the league. No. 14 Minnesota and No. 15 Ohio State are tied for third at 11-5, while No. 21 Purdue is fifth at 10-6.
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 second and fourth slots, while Minnesota ranks No. 8. Nine teams from the Big Ten are in the Top 50.
A trio of Buckeyes had career-best performances against Wisconsin and Minnesota, Nov. 2-3. 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.
Senior Mari Hole is leading the squad in double-double performances this season. Hole has a team-best 15 double-doubles (kills/digs) and has recorded double-digit kills in 27 of Ohio State’s 28 matches. She has had seven matches with 20 or more kills. Last season, Hole totaled 32 matches with double-digit kill margins and 21 double-doubles.
Senior setter Amanda 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 25 of 28 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.
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 223 overall, Danks’ career average sits at .45 aces per set over 494 sets played to rank second overall in the category behind Bettio’s .52 average.
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 (14), 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 102-65 overall at Ohio State and is 45-51 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.
The Buckeyes close out the 2012 regular season next week, traveling to No. 2 Penn State and hosting Michigan. Ohio State and the Nittany Lions face off Wednesday, Nov. 21, in State College at 7 p.m. ET. The Buckeyes then host the Wolverines Friday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. ET in St. John Arena. Ohio State’s match vs. Michigan will also serve as senior night for the team’s four seniors. Ticket information can be found at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.