On a clear day, you can see Columbus.
When: Wednesday — 11-27-13 (7:00 p.m. ET)
Where: Columbus, OH, St. John Arena
The Buzz on Ohio State: Ohio State (17-13, 5-13 B1G) is coming off of a much-needed 3-0 win over Northwestern — making the Buckeyes 3-3 in their last six B1G matches (after losing eight consecutive B1G matches before that).
Among the key players for Ohio State have been 6-1 Sr. OH Kaitlyn Leary, who leads the B1G in kills/set (4.88) and points/set (5.20), 6-2 Fr. MB Taylor Sandbothe (2.49 kill/set, 1.04 blocks/set), 6-3 Jr. OH Erin Sekinger (2.06 kills/set, but a .127 attack %), 6-2 So. OH Katie Mitchell (1.03 kills/set, .186 attack %), 5-8 Sr. DS Julianne Mandolfo and 5-8 Sr. DS Davionna DiSalvatore. Sandbothe was the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for last week’s efforts — second of the season (both in the past three weeks).
Penn State assistant coach Steve Aird on Ohio State: When Penn State played Ohio State in October, here’s what Steve Aird had to say: “Typical Big Ten Team — really, really skilled, well-coached. They have an exceptional outside hitter in Leary, who’s been tearing the conference up, so she’ll get our attention. But if you spend too much time on her, they have other very physical kids who can cause you problems. So she’ll get our attention. I’m sure she’ll be aware that we’re going to be around the ball, and we just have to make sure we make plays. We’re going to try to stay with our systems as best we can and play hard. It’s nice to be at home.” We don’t see any reason Steve would change his opinion — we’ll double down, on his behalf.
The Buzz on Penn State: Penn State (26-2, 17-1 B1G) is ranked #2 in the latest AVCA poll (the Nittany Lions are 13-2 record this season in matches against ranked opponents). After last week’s home wins over Northwestern and Illinois, 5-11 Jr. setter Micha Hancock was named Big Ten Setter of the Week (her fourth setter of the week award this season — 10 in her career). Hancock has directed Penn State’s attack to a .314 overall attack % — good for 3rd in the nation and 1st the B1G. 6-6 Sr. MH Katie Slay is hitting .405, which ranks #22 in Division 1 and leads the B1G. 6-2 Jr. MH Nia Grant’s .397 attack % is 26th in Division 1 and #3 in the B1G) . 6-4 Sr. RS/Opp Ariel Scott is averaging 3.17 kills/set to lead Penn State, 0.87 blocks/set, and 0.87 digs/set.
Bottom line: We’re going to make a wild guess: the Ohio State players are going to care . . . a lot . . . about taking down #2-ranked Penn State. They are going to wager everything all the time in the match. Penn State should win — they have better players, and more of them — but if they play soft, they could lose.
Differential Equations (Stat Joust: Penn State vs. Ohio State)
Stat Joust - Penn State @ Ohio State: Attack (11-25-13)
Stat Joust - Penn State @ Ohio State: Serving (11-25-13)
Stat Joust - Penn State @ Ohio State: Blocking (11-25-13)
Penn State 2013 Team Roster
|1||Scott, Ariel||RS||4/Sr.||6-4||Ridgewood||New Jersey|
|2||Caraway, Lara||DS||2/So.||5-4||Evans City||Pennsylvania|
|3||Pierce, Kendall||DS||2/So.||5-6||Eden||New York|
|4||Gonzalez, Dominique||DS||3/Jr.||5-6||San Antonio||Texas|
|8||Denny, Erica||MH||3/Jr. (RS)||6-5||Centennial||Colorado|
|9||Prieto Cerame, Paulina||OH||1/Fr. (RS)||6-2||Miami||Florida|
|10||Muller, Carley||DS||1/Fr.||5-7||Manhattan Beach||California|
|14||Whitney, Aiyana||OH||2/So. (RS)||6-5||Ridgewood||New Jersey|
|15||Harding, Maggie||DS||4/Sr.||5-6||State College||Pennsylvania|
|16||Slay, Katie||MH||4/Sr.||6-6||Raleigh||North Carolina|
|24||Broerman, Laura||DS||1/Fr.||5-4||Colorado Springs||Colorado|
|33||Fuller, Lacey||DS||3/Jr.||5-6||San Diego||California|
Ohio State Roster