Three Buckeyes Honored by Big Ten
Nov. 27, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Seniors Mari Hole and Emily Danks and junior Kaitlyn Leary of the nationally-ranked Ohio State women’s volleyball team earned All-Big Ten honors, the league announced Tuesday. Hole was one of eight voted as a unanimous All-Big Ten selection, while Danks and Leary earned All-Big Ten honorable mention.
Hole picked up her second All-Big Ten honor after leading the squad with a 4.36 kills per set average against conference opponents. That mark was second among all Big Ten student-athletes. The outside hitter from Oslo, Norway, was fourth in the league with an average of 4.74 points per set. Hole garnered two Big Ten Player of the Week nods this season and also was named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week in mid-November. Overall, she totaled 31 double-digit kill matches with 17 double-doubles (kills/digs) to lead the Buckeyes.
The All-Big Ten honorable mention honor is the second-consecutive honor for Danks. The opposite was among the league’s best in aces, totaling 29 against Big Ten opponents for a .38 average. The Round Rock, Texas, product finished with a 2.16 kills average and led the team with 62 blocks in conference play. Danks had 16 double-digit kill performances overall, including two double-doubles during the Big Ten season.
Leary earned the first Big Ten honor of her career after having a breakout season for Ohio State. The Parma, Ohio, product finished second on the squad with a 3.20 kills average against league foes, totaling 243 on the year. The outside hitter also finished second in points, average 3.42 per set. Leary totaled 18 double-digit kill matches this season, including 15 against Big Ten competition.
Sophomore defensive specialist Alyssa Winner garnered the team’s Big Ten Sportsmanship award. The Maria Stein, Ohio, native provided defensive assistance for the Buckeyes throughout the season and finished with 47 digs on the year for a .96 average.
The Buckeyes earned an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Tournament and will play Notre Dame at 5 p.m. ET in Lexington, Ky., Friday. The winner will face No. 16 seed Kentucky or East Tennessee State Saturday for a spot in the West Lafayette Regional.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
SETTER OF THE YEAR
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
COACH OF THE YEAR (COACHES AND MEDIA)
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES