Match Preview: Ohio State vs. Penn State

The Match: Ohio State  (20-9, 8-8 Big Ten) vs. Penn State (23-4, 13-3 Big Ten)

When & Where: November 17, 2010, 7:00 p.m. ET.; Rec Hall

Media Coverage: GameTracker; Big Ten Network – Streaming Video

Match Snapshot

Having clawed their way into a tie for first place in the Big Ten with sweeps last weekend of Wisconsin and #9 Illinois, every one of their last four matches is a must-win for Penn State, and that is certainly true for tonight’s match against Ohio State.  

  • Ohio State

The Buckeyes are a solid team, and as Iowa’s victory over Michigan last weekend proved (or should have proved) to everyone in the Big Ten, on any given night.  So past performances aside, the Nittany Lions would be ill-advised to take Ohio State lightly.  On offense, the Buckeyes are led by  5-10 Sr. OH Katie Dull, who is averaging 4.15 points/set and 3.52 kills/set.    6-1 So. OH Emily Danks is second on the team with 3.22 points/set, and 6-3 Gr. OH Anna Szerszen is third with 2.95 points/set (and 2.51 kps). 6-2 Sr. MB Kelli Barhorst is averaging 2.29 kps, and leads the team with a .332 attack %. , and 5-10 Sr. MB Allie Schwarzwalder’s  .302 attack % is second on the team.  5-10 Sr. S Betsy Hone is averaging 9.64 assists/set. 

On defense, 5-5 Jr. L/DS Sarah Mignon leads the team with 3.50 digs/set, followed by Dull (1.79 digs/set) and Hone (1.54 digs/set).  Allie Schwarzwalde’s  1.26 blocks/set is first on the Buckeyes, followed by 6-3 So. MB Mariah Booth’s 1.08 blocks/set.   

As a team, Ohio State is hitting .264, while holding opponents to a .178 attack %.  

  • Penn State

For Penn State, 6-5 Sr. Opp. Blair Brown leads the team with 3.94 kills per set, followed by 6-1 Fr. OH Deja McClendon (3.39 kps) and 6-3 Sr. MH Arielle Wilson (2.74 kps). 5-6 So. S Kristin Carpenter is averaging 10.98 assists/set.  On defense, 5-9 Sr. L Alyssa D’Errico leads the team with 3.86 digs/set, while  Wilson is averaging 1.19 bps, 6-3 Sr. MH Fatima Balza  averages 1.25 bps, and 6-6 Fr. MH Katie Slay is averaging 1.56 bps.  We’ll be interested in seeing whether Katie Slay plays tonight, and whether 6-5 Fr. OH Ariel Scott continues to improve (whether coincidence or not, the Nittany Lions haven’t lost since she began playing on a regular basis).

For the season, Penn State is hitting .312 as a team, while holding their opponents to a .124 attack %.

Here’s the Buckeye’s 2010 Roster:

Hometown (Prev School)
2   Barhorst, Kelli MB 6-2 Jr. Anna, Ohio (Anna) (Team Atlantis)
10   Booth, Mariah MB 6-3 So. Kennesaw, Ga. (Kennesaw Mountain) (A5)
4   Bowler, Kelsey L/DS 5-6 So. Naperville, Ill. (Naperville North) (Sports Performance)
1   Danks, Emily OH 6-1 So. Round Rock, Texas (Round Rock) (Austin Juniors)
9   DiSalvatore, Davionna L/DS 5-8 Fr. Clearwater, Fla. (Countryside) (Tampa Bay Jrs)
16   Dull, Katie OH 5-10 Sr. Solon, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit) (Akron-Canton Elite)
5   Halverson, Susan L/DS 5-8 Sr. Apple Valley, Minn. (Apple Valley) (Northern Lights)
13   Hone, Betsy S 5-10 Sr. Celina, Ohio (Celina) (Team Atlantis)
11   Leary, Kaitlyn OH 6-1 Fr. Parma, Ohio (Padua Franciscan) (Cleveland Volleyball Company)
7   Mignin, Sarah L/DS 5-5 Jr. Sylvania, Ohio (Northview) (Premier)
8   Otto, Marissa L/DS 5-8 Fr. Cincinnati, Ohio (Mt. Notre Dame) (Cincy Classics)
15   Peterson, Amanda S 6-0 So. Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Glenbard East) (Sports Performance)
3   Schwarzwalder, Allie MB 5-10 Sr. North Royalton, Ohio (North Royalton) (Akron-Canton Elite)
17   Schwarzwalder, Amy OH 6-3 Fr. North Royalton, Ohio (North Royalton) (Maverick)
14   Szerszen, Anna OH 6-3 RGr. Conflans Ste Hne, France (Lyce’e International) (IFVB)

Here’s Penn State’s 2010 Roster:

2010 Team Roster

NumberName PositionEligibilityHeightHometownState/Nation
1Ariel Scott

MHFr.6-5RidgewoodNew Jersey
2 Katie Kabbes OHJr.6-5RaleighNorth Carolina
3Fatima Balza MHSr.6-3MeridaVenezuela
4Jessica Ullrich DSSr.5-8WinfieldIllinois
5Kristin Carpenter S/DSSo.5-6MechanicsvilleVirginia
6Maddie MartinOHFr.6-2TampaFlorida
7Arielle Wilson MHSr.6-3BroadviewIllinois
8Erica Denny
9Blair Brown MH/OppSr. (RS)6-5 Purcellville Virginia
10Marika Racibarskas SSo.6-0ChathamNew Jersey
11Darcy Dorton

12Alyssa D'Errico L/DSSr.5-9ByronNew York
13 Megan Shifflett DS/SJr.5-6Falls ChurchVirginia
14Cathy QuilicoL/DSSr.5-1Thousand OaksCalifornia
15Maggie HardingDSFr.5-6State CollegePennsylvania
16Katie Slay
MHFr.6-6RaleighNorth Carolina
18Deja McClendon

19Krosby Pabst DSFr.5-7Long BeachCalifornia
22Mikinzie MoydellSFr.6-0Parker Colorado
23Ali LongoDSFr.5-6ChatfieldColorado