Game Day: Penn State @ Ohio State

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On a clear day, you can see Columbus.

When: Wednesday — 11-27-13 (7:00 p.m. ET)

Where: Columbus, OH, St. John Arena

Media: Video Stream: CBSsports.com All Access ($); CBSsports.com’s GameTracker

Beatrice_the_Honey_Bee_(7836716730)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.

Beatrice_the_Honey_Bee_(7836716730) 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)

TeamSPKillsKills/SetAtt
Err
TAHit
Pct.
Penn State
98138214.103853171.314
Ohio State112150413.436683977.210
Opponents
Penn State

98104010.616033223.136
Opponents
Ohio State
112134412.006003823.195
Differential
Penn State

98342.349-218-52.178
Differential
Ohio State
1121601.4368154.015

Stat Joust - Penn State @ Ohio State: Serving (11-25-13)

TeamSPSASA/SetSESE/SetDifferential
SA/Set
minus
SE/Set
Penn State
981331.362092.13-0.77
Ohio State1121171.042262.02-0.98
Opponents
Penn State

98400.411741.78-1.37
Opponents
Ohio State
1121211.082131.90-0.82

Stat Joust - Penn State @ Ohio State: Blocking (11-25-13)

TeamSPBlock
Solo
Block
Asst.
Total
Blk.
Blks/
Set
Blk
Err
Penn State9881440301.03.0755
Ohio State11275314232.02.0742
Opponents
Penn State
9830252156.01.5953
Opponents
Ohio State
11266433282.52.5258
Differential
Penn State
9851188145.01.482
Differential
Ohio State
1129-119-50.5-0.45-16

Team Rosters

 

Penn State 2013 Team Roster

NumberName PositionYear/ClassHeightHometownState/Nation
1Scott, Ariel

RS4/Sr.6-4RidgewoodNew Jersey
2Caraway, LaraDS2/So.5-4Evans CityPennsylvania
3Pierce, KendallDS2/So.5-6EdenNew York
4Gonzalez, DominiqueDS3/Jr.5-6San AntonioTexas
6Martin, MaddieOH4/Sr.6-2TampaFlorida
7Grant, NiaOH3/Jr.6-2WarrenOhio
8Denny, Erica
MH3/Jr. (RS)6-5CentennialColorado
9Prieto Cerame, PaulinaOH1/Fr. (RS)6-2MiamiFlorida
10Muller, CarleyDS1/Fr.5-7Manhattan BeachCalifornia
12Hancock, MichaS3/Jr.5-11EdmondOklahoma
13Krause, TaylorDS/S1/Fr.5-6AllentownPennsylvania
14Whitney, AiyanaOH2/So. (RS)6-5RidgewoodNew Jersey
15Harding, MaggieDS4/Sr.5-6State CollegePennsylvania
16Slay, Katie
MH4/Sr.6-6RaleighNorth Carolina
17Courtney, Megan
S/OH2/So.6-2DaytonOhio
18McClendon, Deja

OH4/Sr.6-1LouisvilleKentucky
23Robertson, KellyMB1/Fr.6-0AllentownPennsylvania
24Broerman, LauraDS1/Fr.5-4Colorado Springs Colorado
33Fuller, LaceyDS3/Jr.5-6San DiegoCalifornia

Ohio State Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown (Prev School)
3 Davionna DiSalvatore Libero/Defensive Specialist 5-8 SR Palm Harbor, Fla. (Countryside)
2 Anna Faul Middle Blocker 6-3 JR Parker, Colo. (Chaparral)
13 Maggie Heim Setter 6-0 FR Omaha, Neb. (Omaha Marian)
4 Andrea Kacsits Middle Blocker 6-4 SO Rockford, Mich. (Rockford)
9 Valeria León Defensive Specialist 5-6 FR Ponce, Puerto Rico (Colegio Sagrado Corazón De Jesús)
11 Kaitlyn Leary Outside Hitter 6-1 SR Parma, Ohio (Padua Franciscan)
5 Julianne Mandolfo Defensive Specialist 5-8 SR Omaha, Neb. (Creighton)
17 Katie Mitchell Outside Hitter 6-2 SO The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands College Park)
1 Kylie Randall Outside Hitter 6-2 FR Tomball, Texas (Magnolia)
10 Taylor Sandbothe Middle Blocker 6-2 FR Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit West)
12 Erin Sekinger Outside Hitter 6-3 JR Columbus, Ohio (Bishop Ready)
8 Taylor Sherwin Setter 6-0 JR Orlando, Fla. (Lake Highland Preparatory)
6 Alyssa Winner Defensive Specialist 5-10 JR Maria Stein, Ohio (Marion Local)