Wenz Named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention
Nov. 28, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A pair of student-athletes from the Ohio State women’s volleyball team earned Big Ten recognition on Tuesday. Senior Ashley Wenz picked up All-Big Ten honorable mention laurels while classmate Kalisha Goree was a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.

This marks the 31st consecutive season in which at least one Buckeye has garnered postseason honors from the league office. Thirty-six different OSU student-athletes have been tabbed as All-Big Ten selections a total of 77 times since 1983.

The duo helped guide the Buckeyes to three straight NCAA Sweet 16s from 2014-2016. They had a hand in 85 Ohio State victories over the past four seasons, including 42 Big Ten wins.

Wenz had the best showing of her career during her senior campaign. She started 29 of 31 matches in 2017 on her way to 333 kills, 137 digs and 81 blocks. The right side hitter ranked 14th in Big-Ten only matches behind 3.29 kills per set.

Goree was selected for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award; given to student-athletes who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior while holding a good academic standing and demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The defensive specialist played in 107 matches and recorded 343 digs. She also twice earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades.


 

 

Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS

ALL-BIG TEN*

Ali Bastianelli, Jr., MB, ILL

Jordyn Poulter, Jr., S, ILL

Carly Skjodt, Jr., OH, MICH

AUTUMN BAILEY, Sr., OH, MSU

Alyssa Garvelink, Sr., MB, MSU

Alexis Hart, So., OH, MINN

STEPHANIE SAMEDY, Fr., OPP, MINN

SAMANTHA SELIGER-SWENSON, Jr., S, MINN

Annika Albrecht, Sr., OH, NEB

MIKAELA FOECKE, Jr., OH, NEB

KELLY HUNTER, Sr., S, NEB

Symone Abbott, Sr., OH, NU

SIMONE LEE, Sr., OH, PSU

HALEIGH WASHINGTON, Sr., MB, PSU

Kendall White, So., L, PSU

SHERRIDAN ATKINSON, Jr., OPP, PUR

DANIELLE CUTTINO, Sr., OH, PUR

DANA RETTKE, Fr., MB, WIS

Tionna Williams, Jr., MB, WIS

*Additional honorees due to ties

HONORABLE MENTION

Jess Janota, Sr., MB, IOWA

Taylor Louis, Jr., OH, IOWA

Annika Olsen, Sr., L, IOWA

Hailey Murray, Sr., MB, MD

Claire Kieffer-Wright, Sr., MB, MICH

Rachel Minarick, Sr., S, MSU

Holly Toliver, Sr., OPP, MSU

Briana Holman, Sr., MB, NEB

Ashley Wenz, Sr., OH, OSU

Heidi Thelen, Sr., RS, PSU

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Megan Cooney, OH, ILL

STEPHANIE SAMEDY, OPP, MINN

Jazz Sweet, OH, NEB

Lauren Stivrins, MB, NEB

Nia Robinson, OH, NU

Sydney Hilley, S, WIS

DANA RETTKE, MB, WIS

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Simone Lee, PSU

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Haleigh Washington, PSU

SETTER OF THE YEAR

Kelly Hunter, NEB

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Dana Rettke, WIS

COACH OF THE YEAR (COACHES)

John Cook, NEB

COACH OF THE YEAR (MEDIA)

Russ Rose, PSU

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES

Beth Prince, ILL

Jessica Admire, IND

Annika Olsen, IOWA

Liz Twilley, MD

Maddy Abbott, MICH

Abby Monson, MSU

Molly Lohman, MINN

Sydney Townsend, NEB

Gabrielle Hazen, NU

Kalisha Goree, OSU

Carissa Damler, PUR

Lainy Pierce, PSU

Karysa Swackenberg, RU

Lauryn Gillis, WIS