Nov. 19, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 14 Ohio State women's volleyball team closes out the regular season this week, traveling to No. 1 Penn State Wednesday and hosting Michigan Friday in St. John Arena. Both matches are slated for 7 p.m. ET.
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Wednesday, November 21
No. 15 Ohio State Buckeyes (22-8, 13-5 Big Ten) vs. No. 1 Penn State Nittany Lions (27-2, 17-1 Big Ten)
Friday, November 23
Ohio State vs. Michigan Wolverines (21-11, 9-9 Big Ten prior to Wed. match vs. Michigan State)
Live stats: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Live video: OhioStateBuckeyes.com (Friday)
Friday's match will be the last home match of the regular season and Ohio State is set to honor its four seniors prior to the match.
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.
RECAP: PURDUE & INDIANA
The Buckeyes traveled to the state of Indiana for a pair of Big Ten road matches last weekend and came away unscathed with a 2-0 record. Ohio State topped then-No. 21 Purdue, 3-0 (25-19, 29-27, 25-11), in West Lafayette Friday. The squad followed with a 3-1 (25-18, 25-21, 26-28, 26-23) victory at Indiana Saturday.
Senior Mari Hole led all Buckeyes with 41 kills on the weekend and a 5.86 kills average over seven sets played. Junior Kaitlyn Leary notched 30 kills and a 4.29 kills average with a .455 attack percentage. Libero Davionna DiSalvatore paced the Buckeye defense with a 3.86 digs average and senior setter Amanda Peterson finished with 72 total kills to average 10.29 per set.
B1G PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior Mari Hole of the No. 14 Ohio State women's volleyball team earned co-Big Ten Player of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. It is the second-consecutive week Hole has been recognized by the conference and it's the third honor of her career. She was also named the AVCA DI National Player of the Week last week.
The Oslo, Norway, product led the Buckeyes to a pair of Big Ten road matches, defeating then-No. 21 Purdue in three sets Friday and earning a 3-1 win at Indiana Saturday. Hole averaged 5.86 kills per set with a .317 attack percentage, while averaging 6.07 points per set on the weekend.
Hole notched her 16th double-double of the season against the Boilermakers, posting 17 kills and 10 digs. She recorded her eighth 20-kill performance of the season Saturday after tallying 24 kills against the Hoosiers. She added seven digs and one block in the match.
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, became the 20th Buckeye to record 1,000 kills in a career Saturday vs. Indiana. Her road to 1,000 was the third-fastest in program history behind former Buckeyes Vanessa Wouters (1996-97) and Stacey Gordon (2001-04). She finished the weekend with 1,021 career kills.
ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON
With its 3-2 win over Illinois (11/10), 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 three more wins for 300 in his 13-year coaching career. Carlston is 105-65 at Ohio State and 297-129 in his career.
The Buckeyes seem to love the challenge of playing on the road as the squad is 11-1 this season when competing away from St. John Arena, including a 8-1 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.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
The Penn State Nittany Lions recently moved back into the No. 1 slot in the latest AVCA poll. The squad is coming off a pair of road victories at Indiana and Purdue. Penn State (27-2, 17-1) topped Indiana Friday in three sets and followed with a 3-1 victory over the Boilermakers Saturday.
Sophomore setter Micha Hancock is among the nation's best in assists and aces heading into the weekend. She ranks fourth in the NCAA with a .54 aces average and is 20th in assists (11.40). Junior middle blocker Katie Slay is sixth nationally with a .429 attack percentage and is 28th in blocking (1.34). Junior Ariel Scott ranks ninth in the Big Ten in kills, averaging 3.69 per set.
Penn State holds a 39-14 lead in the all-time series record with Ohio State. The Nittany Lions swept the Buckeyes in the teams' first meeting of the season, Oct. 17, in Columbus.
Michigan stands at 21-11 overall and are seventh in the Big Ten with a 9-9 record. The Wolverines dropped a pair of 3-1 matches last weekend on the road to Northwestern (11/16) and Illinois (11/17).
Sophomore setter Lexi Dannemiller is third in the B1G with an 11.10 assists average, while junior Jennifer Cross is second in blocks with a 1.28 average. Junior Lexi Erwin is seventh in kills (3.96) and freshman Tiffany Morales is seventh in digs (3.74).
Ohio State has a commanding 47-19 record over the Wolverines dating back to 1974. The two squads last met in the 2011 season finale as the Buckeyes came away with a 3-1 victory over Michigan in Ann Arbor.
BIG TEN STANDINGS
With its win over Indiana Friday, No. 1 Penn State clinched the 2012 Big Ten title. The Nittany Lions stand at 17-1 in the league heading into the final week of the regular season. No. 10 Nebraska, No. 11 Minnesota and No. 14 Ohio State are tied for second at 13-5, while Michigan State is fifth with an 11-7 conference record.
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. 20 in the most recent RPI standings. Penn State holds the No. 2 spot, while Nebraska is No. 5 and Minnesota ranks No. 7. Eight teams from the Big Ten are in the Top 50.
A handful of upperclassmen Buckeyes have set new career-high marks this season. They are listed below:
Emily Danks - 24 kills at Maryland (9/1)
Anna Faul - four solo blocks and 10.5 points vs. Northwestern (11/7)
Davionna DiSalvatore - 31 digs and three aces vs. Wisconsin (11/2)
Mariah Booth - 17 kills vs. Dayton (9/7) and at Houston (9/15)
Kaitlyn Leary - 21 kills at Wisconsin (9/29)
Mari Hole - 26 kills vs. Minnesota (11/4)
Amanda Peterson - nine kills vs. Wisconsin (11/2) / 16 digs at Nebraska (10/26)
Senior Mari Hole is leading the squad in double-double performances this season. Hole has a team-best 16 double-doubles (kills/digs) and has recorded double-digit kills in 29 of Ohio State's 30 matches. She has had eight 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 27 of 30 matches this season.
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 225 overall, Danks' career average sits at .45 aces per set over 501 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. 14 in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches' Poll released Monday. The squad is the No. 14 team in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Coaches' Poll release last week Tuesday
The Big Ten has five teams ranked in the AVCA poll - Penn State (1), Nebraska (10), Minnesota (11), Ohio State (14) and Purdue (22).
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 104-65 overall at Ohio State and is 47-51 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.