Nov. 16, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 22nd-ranked Ohio State women's volleyball team (17-12 overall, 7-9 Big Ten) hosts No. 10 Purdue (24-3, 13-3) and Indiana (9-19, 1-15) this weekend in St. John Arena. OSU faces the Purdue Boilermakers at 7 p.m. EST Friday and the Indiana Hoosiers at Noon EST Sunday in St. John Arena. Friday's match will be a Buckeye Vision production available at ohiostatebuckeyes.com for a fee. Sunday's match will be a delayed telecast on the Big Ten Network at 10 p.m. EST that evening. Randy Rhinehart will call the action with Audrey Flaugh providing analysis. Buckeye seniors Kelli Barhorst and Sarah Mignin will be honored.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Coached by Geoff Carlston, the 22nd-ranked Buckeyes are 17-12 overall and 7-9 in the Big Ten Conference. Last week, Ohio State lost 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 25-27, 15-13) at Northwestern and 3-1 (25-18, 24-26, 26-24, 25-17) at No. 7 Illinois.
Leading the Buckeyes in points per set is Mari Hole at 4.49. Emily Danks ranks second at 4.29 with Kelli Barhorst third at 2.78. Hole has a team-high 3.99 kills per set average with Danks second at 3.43 and Kaitlyn Leary third at 2.47. Barhorst is hitting .309 to lead the squad. Danks ranks second in attack percentage at .273 with Mariah Booth third at .258. At setter, Taylor Sherwin is averaging 9.69 assists per set with Amanda Peterson at 8.59. Leading the squad in aces per set is Danks at .46 with 50. Sarah Mignin ranks second at .21 with 23 aces and Hole is third at .18 with 19. Defensively, Mignin has a team-high 4.33 digs per set average. Hole ranks second at 2.74 with Davionna DiSalvatore third at 1.97. At the net, Booth leads the team with a 1.04 blocks per set average with eight solos and 80 assists. Barhorst ranks second at 1.02 with 17 solos and 92 assists with Danks third at .73 with eight solos and 71 assists. In serve reception percentage, Mignin has a .962 serve reception percentage handling 714 of 742 attempts. Hole is second at .960 handling 527 of 549 attempts. Alyssa Winner is third at .958 handling 299 of 310 attempts.
Ohio State is averaging 17.86 points, 14.39 kills and 13.45 assists per set while hitting .240. OSU is averaging 1.08 aces, 15.45 digs and 2.39 blocks per set and has a .954 serve reception percentage. Buckeye opponents average 15.59 points, 12.63 kills and 11.81 assists per set while hitting .203. They average .92 aces, 14.28 digs and 2.04 blocks per set and have a .948 serve reception percentage.
A LOOK AT PURDUE
Coached by Dave Shondell, the tenth-ranked Boilermakers are 24-3 overall and 13-3 in the Big Ten Conference. At home last week, Purdue defeated Iowa, 3-2 (22-25, 22-25, 25-15, 25-15, 15-6) and second-ranked Nebraska, 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-16). Currently the Boilermakers have a nine match winning streak.
Leading the team in points per set is Ariel Turner at 5.45. Tiffany Fisher ranks second at 3.39 with Valerie Nichol third at 2.66. Turner has a team-high 4.82 kills per set average. Fisher ranks second at 2.54 with Nichol third at 2.23. Fisher leads the squad in attack percentage at .402. Kierra Jones ranks second at .325 with Turner third at .247. At setter, Rachel Davis is averaging 10.99 assists per set. Fisher has a team-high .25 aces per set average with 24. Second is Blair Bashen at .22 with 21 and Turner is third at .17 with 16. Defensively, Bashen leads the team in digs per set at 4.04. Turner ranks second at 2.76 with Emily Ehlers third at 2.66. At the net, Jones is averaging a team-high 1.31 blocks per set with ten solos and 96 assist blocks. Fisher, at 1.05, ranks second with 13 solos and 88 assists while Catherine Rebarchak is third at .88 with seven solos and 76 assists. Ehlers is the team leader in serve reception percentage at .972 handling 480 of 494 attempts. Bashen ranks second at .9674 (625 of 646) with Carly Cramer third at .9672 (118 of 122).
Purdue is averaging 17.83 points, 13.81 kills and 12.71 assists per set while hitting .262. The Boilermakers average 1.14 aces, 15.44 digs and 2.88 blocks per set and has a .954 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 13.87 points, 11.57 kills and 10.67 assists per set while hitting .141. Purdue opponents average .81 aces, 13.97 digs and 1.49 blocks per set and have a .947 serve reception percentage.
PURDUE-OHIO STATE SERIES
Ohio State has a 39-38 record in the series with Purdue. OSU is 19-12 in Columbus and 7-6 in neutral site matches. The Boilermakers are 20-13 in West Lafayette. Purdue has won the last four matches against Ohio State including a 3-1 (25-16, 18-25, 25-16, 25-20) decision in West Lafayette earlier this season.
A LOOK AT INDIANA
Coached by Sherry Dunbar, the Hoosiers are 9-19 overall and 1-15 in the Big Ten Conference. At home last week, Indiana lost 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-20) to second-ranked Nebraska and defeated Iowa, 3-2 (21-25, 18-25, 25-18, 25-20, 15-9) to stop a 17-match losing streak.
Leading Indiana in points per set is Kelci Marschall at 3.50. Ranking second is Samantha Thrower at 2.62 with Morgan Leach third at 2.57. Marschall has a team-high 3.10 kills per set average with Ivie Obeime second at 2.10 and Thrower third at 2.09. Mary Chaudoin leads the team in attack percentage at .308. Ranking second at .252 is Thrower with Leach third at .253. At setter, Whitney Grando has an 8.40 assists per set average with Chaudoin at 6.13. Caitlin Cox has a team-high .28 aces per set average with 29. Marschall ranks second at .19 with 20 and Granado is third at .16 with 12. Defensively, Cox has a team-high 4.11 digs per set average. Ranking second is Granado at 2.03 with Caitlin Hansen third at 1.89. At the net, Leach has a team-high .90 blocks per set average with six solos and 88 assists. Thrower ranks second at .84 with four solos and 84 assists while Kristen Seaton is third at .49 with a solo and 33 assists. Hansen leads the team in serve reception percentage at .964 handling 484 of 502 attempts. Ranking second is Cox at .946 (545 of 576) with Hicks third at .958 (438 of 457).
Indiana is averaging 14.97 points, 11.90 kills and 11.06 assists per set while hitting .168. The Hoosiers average 1.16 aces, 13.01 digs and 1.91 blocks per set and has a .939 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 15.43 points, 12.10 kills and 11.12 assists per set while hitting .229. Hoosier opponents average 1.24 aces, 13.26 digs and 2.10 blocks per set and have a .936 serve reception percentage.
INDIANA-OHIO STATE SERIES
Ohio State has a 43-26 lead in the series with Indiana. The Buckeyes are 24-8 in Columbus and 4-2 at neutral site matches. The Hoosiers are 16-15 in Bloomington. Earlier this season, in Bloomington, Ohio State defeated Indiana, 3-1 (25-16, 23-25, 25-12, 26-24).
OHIO STATE RANKED 25TH IN THE AVCA POLL
In the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 poll from Nov. 14, Ohio State was ranked 25th receiving 73 votes. Seven Big Ten squads are ranked in the Top 25 with Nebraska fourth, Illinois seventh, Purdue eighth, Penn State 12th, Minnesota 19th and Michigan 23rd. Michigan State and Wisconsin are listed as receiving votes.
BUCKEYES RANKED 12TH NATIONALLY IN KILLS PER SET
In the NCAA national statistics released through matches of Nov. 13, Ohio State is ranked 12th in kills (14.39) and 11th in assists (13.45) per set. The Buckeyes are ranked 52nd in hitting percentage (.240), 120th in digs (15.45), 64th in blocks (2.39) and 229th in aces (1.08) per set. Individually, Emily Danks ranks 19th in aces per set at .46 and Sarah Mignin is 137th in digs per set at 4.33. Mari Hole is 55th in points (4.49) and 47th in kills (3.99) per set.
DANKS THIRD IN OHIO STATE CAREER ACES WITH 167
Emily Danks is third on the Ohio State career aces list with 167. 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 EIGHTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER TOTAL BLOCKS
Kelli Barhorst has moved to eighth in OSU career total blocks with 387 (56 solos, 331 assists). She passed Leisa Wissler (1988-91) (87-298) and Sherri Rinker (1984-87) (139-246) with 385 each. Ranking seventh on the list with 389 is Jenny Jackson (67-322). Barhorst is seventh in career assist blocks with 331. Sixth on the list is Briana McCarthy (2003-04, 05-06) with 343. Barhorst has 56 solo blocks in her career for 12th. Ranking 11th on the list with 62 is Danielle Meyer (2004-07). With .92 blocks per set average, Barhorst ranks 10th and is 11th in attack percentage at .280.
BOOTH SIXTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER BLOCK PER SET AT 1.00
Mariah Booth ranks sixth in career blocks per set at 1.00. She has 17 solos and 156 assist blocks.
PETERSON NOW TENTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSISTS WITH 1,415
Amanda Peterson has 1,415 career assists and has moved to tenth on the Ohio State career assists list. She passed Ashley Hughes (2006-09) with 1,392. Briana McCarthy (2003-04, 06-07) ranks ninth with 1,963 assists. Peterson is ninth in career assists per set with a 7.95 average. Ranking eighth at 8.62 is Betsy Home (2007-10).
SHERWIN MOVES TO 16TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSISTS WITH 601
Taylor Sherwin has moved to 16th in Ohio State career assists with 601. She passed Heather Whalen (2000-03) with 568. Erin Hosie (1985-86) with 605 ranks 15th and Tracy Endecavageh (1989-92) with 618 ranks 14th. Sherwin ranks sixth in assists per set at 9.69. Ranking fifth is Jen Boleyn (1994-96) at 11.28.
MIGNIN NOW NINTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER DIGS WITH 1,159
Sarah Mignin has moved to ninth on the Ohio State career digs list with 1,159. She passed Jen Flynn (1996-99) with 1,138. Ranking eighth with 1,173 is Julie Chellevold (1988-91). Mignin ranks seventh in career digs per set at 2.96 passing. Sixth on the list is Tricia Stragliotto (1993-95) at 2.99.
#1 DANKS HAS DOUBLE FIGURE KILLS IN THE MATCHES LAST WEEK
Emily Danks produced double-figure kills in both matches last week. She had 14 kills (.113) at Northwestern adding six digs, a solo block and five assist blocks. At Illinois, Danks had 13 kills (.480, a season-high), two ace serves, five digs and one assist block. She has had double-figure kills in 23 matches this season including the last five. A starter in 28 of 29 matches, Danks is averaging 4.29 points, 3.43 kills, .46 aces, 1.63 digs and .73 blocks per set while hitting .273.
#2 BARHORST HAS 12 KILLS, HITS .476 AT NORTHWESTERN
Kelli Barhorst recorded 12 kills while hitting .476 at Northwestern. She added one ace serve, one dig and four assist blocks in the match. Barhorst had five kills (.000), a season-high two ace serves, one dig and one assist block at Illinois. A starter in all 29 matches, she is averaging 2.78 points, 2.13 kills, .54 digs and 1.02 blocks per set while hitting a team-high .309.
#3 SCHWARZWALDER HAS PLAYED IN TEN MATCHES
Amy Schwarzwalder played in one set at Northwestern and two at Illinois. She has seen action in 10 matches this season. Schwarzwalder has recorded four kills, three digs and two assist blocks on the season.
#6 WINNER SEES COURT TIME LAST WEEK
Alyssa Winner played in two set at Northwestern collecting one dig and handling six serve receptions without an error. She played in one set at Illinois. Winner has played in 27 matches with seven starts at defensive specialist and two at libero. She is averaging 1.78 digs per set and has a .958 serve reception percentage handling 297 of 310 attempts.
#7 MIGNIN PLAYING AT DEFENSIVE SPECIALIST
Sarah Mignin started both matches last week at defensive specialist. She recorded 13 digs and two assists while handling 27 of 28 serve receptions. At Illinois, Mignin had 12 kills, one assist and one ace serve while handling 40 of 42 serve receptions. Playing in all 29 matches, she has three starts at defensive specialist and 24 at libero. Mignin is averaging a team-high 4.33 digs per set and is second on the squad in aces with 23 (.21 per set). She has a team-high .962 serve reception percentage handling 714 of 742 attempts.
#8 SHERWIN HAS THE WEEKEND STARTS
Taylor Sherwin started both matches last weekend playing in five sets at Northwestern and three at Illinois. She recorded 56 assists at Northwestern adding 10 digs and one assist block. Sherwin had nine assists and two digs at Illinois. Playing in 21 matches this season, she has started 11 times and is averaging 9.69 assists, 1.65 digs and .24 blocks per set.
#9 DISALVATORE HAS A CAREER-HIGH 18 DIGS AT NORTHWESTERN
Davionna DiSalvatore was the starting libero in both matches last weekend recording a career-high 18 digs at Northwestern and added 12 at Illinois. She handled 47 of 48 serve receptions at Northwestern and added two assists in the contest. At Illinois, DiSalvatore handled 18 of 20 serve receptions. She has played in 29 matches with 13 starts at defensive specialist and three starts at libero.
#10 BOOTH HAS CAREER MATCH AT ILLINOIS
Mariah Booth had career numbers at Illinois recording career highs of 14 kills and 17.5 points against the Illini and hitting a career-high .583 (14-0-24). She added one dig, one solo block and five assist blocks in the match. At Northwestern, Booth had six kills (.158), one dig, one solo block and six assist blocks. She has played and started 23 matches this season and is averaging 2.42 points, 1.85 kills, and a team-high 1.04 blocks per set while hitting .258.
#11 LEARY HAS A CAREER-HIGH 17 KILLS AT NORTHWESTERN
Kaitlyn Leary recorded a career-high 17 kills in the Northwestern match. She added two digs while hitting .174. At Illinois, Leary had eight kills (.136), two digs and two assist blocks. She has played in 26 matches this season and has six starts. Leary is averaging 2.62 points, 2.47 kills, .69 digs and .26 blocks per set while hitting .203.
#12 SEKINGER PLAYS AT ILLINOIS
Erin Sekinger started the Illinois match playing in two sets. She recorded two assist blocks against the Illini. Sekinger has played in 12 matches with four starts. She is averaging 1.67 points, 1.47 kills, .56 digs and .38 blocks per set while hitting .106.
#14 HOLE COLLECTS A CAREER-HIGH 20 DIGS AT NORTHWESTERN
Mari Hole recorded a career-high 20 digs at Northwestern along with 20 kills (.224). She added one ace serve, one solo block and three assist blocks. At Illinois, Hole produced 19 kills (.308), two assists, four digs and one assist block. She has played in 29 matches with 26 starts. Hole is averaging team highs of 4.49 points and 3.99 kills per set. She averages .18 aces, 2.74 digs and .51 blocks per set and has a .960 serve reception percentage handling 517 of 549 attempts.
#15 PETERSON SEES ACTION LAST WEEKEND
Amanda Peterson saw action in four sets of the Northwestern and Illinois matches. She had four assists, one kill, one dig and one assist blocks at Northwestern and recorded 42 assists, one kill and six digs at Illinois. Peterson has played in 25 matches with 18 starts. She is averaging 8.59 assists, .76 kills, 1.58 digs and .66 blocks per set while hitting .294.
#18 FAUL SEES ACTION AT NORTHWESTERN
Anna Faul played in one set at Northwestern. She did not play at Illinois. Faul has played in 16 matches with six starts. Faul is averaging .98 points, .61 kills, .24 digs and .73 blocks per set while hitting .207.
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 shared 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.
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 271-118.
NEXT WEEK FOR THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State closes out the regular season with a 7 p.m. Wednesday home match against No. 12 Penn State (19-7, 12-4) and plays at No. 23 Michigan (18-10, 6-10) at 7 p.m. Friday in Crisler Arena.