Buckeyes Earn Spot IN NCAA Tournament
November 25, 2012 10:30 pm EST
 
The Buckeyes (22-10) will travel to Lexington, Ky., to face Notre Dame (20-9) Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET in the first round of the NCAA Division I Volleyball tournament.  #16 seed Kentucky (20-10) takes on East Tennessee State (23-12) in the first round and the winners of both matches play Saturday at 7:-00 pm.  The winner of that game will advance to the West Lafayette Regional, December 7-8.

This will be the fourth-straight for the Buckeyes. The past two years the Buckeyes have reached the sweet 16. Ohio State is 28-18 overall in NCAA play and has advanced to the Final Four twice ('91, '94).

Ohio State is one of seven Big Ten schools selected to the field of 64. The Buckeyes finished the Big Ten season fourth with a 13-7 record behind nationally-ranked Penn State (No. 1), Nebraska (No. 10) and Minnesota (No. 11). Purdue, Michigan State and Michigan also earned spots in the NCAA tournament.

Final Tune-up Before Season Begins
August 21, 2012 9:30 pm EST
 
The women's volleyball team squared off against themselves in an intra-squad scrimmage tonight as they prepared for the season opener against Houston Friday night in the Sports Import DC Koehl Classic in St John Arena.

The team title is not that important since players switched jerseys between matches but 'officially' the Scarlet squads defeated the Gray 2-1 (25-15, 19-25, 15-12). I am sure there are a couple players in the locker afterwards with bragging rights of being on the winning team all three games.

The returning starters continued to look strong, but all the playing time allowed the newcomers to show their skills as well.  In particular, freshman Katie Mitchell who lead the team with 10 kills and freshman Andrea Kacsits who was clearly a vocal leader on the court.

The arena crowd which was a bit under arena capacity was treated to free pizza after the scrimmage. In planning your sports schedule next year, you might want to remember!

OSU Ranked in Top 25 Pre-Season Poll
August 14, 2012 8:00 am EST
 
The Buckeyes basically start 2012 where they ended 2011.

The women's volleyball team finished ranked 23rd in last season's final poll and the initial AVCA Coaches poll finds them ranked 24th for this year's campaign.  This places them 7th among the Big Ten squads. For a complete list of the Top 25, click here.

Although OSU will miss outgoing seniors Sarah Mignin (LIB) and Kelli Barhorst (MB), the team will return Mari Hole (AVCA All-America Honorable Mention, All-Big Ten), Emily Danks (AVCA All-America Honorable Mention, All-Big Ten Honorable Mention, All-Regional Tournament Team), Mariah Booth, and Amanda Peterson. - Gregg

Palileo Promoted to Assistant Coach
June 11, 2012 9:00 pm EST
 
OSU has announced volunteer assistant coach Andrew Palileo has been promoted to assistant coach of the women's volleyball team.

Prior to becoming volunteer assistant at Ohio State Palileo spent the previous three seasons as head coach at Washington State.

Palileo was the Pac 10 Coach of the Year in 2009 leading WSU to the NCAA tournament. At South Dakota State he was 154-86 (.642) in seven years. The Jackrabbits won the Summit League regular season title for the first time, won the conference tournament volleyball championship for the first time, and made an historic first trip to the NCAA Championship Tournament. Palileo was named the 2007 Summit League Coach of the Year. Under Palileo's direction, the South Dakota State volleyball team reached the NCAA Div. II Regional Final match in 2002, and was the national championship runner-up in 2001.

Originally from Hawaii, Palileo is a graduate of Crown College (St. Bonifacius, Minn.), Palileo received his bachelor of arts degree in missiology in 1991 and a bachelor of arts degree in social science/secondary education in 1995. He went on to earn a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Bethel University (St. Paul, Minn.) in 2000


Women's Volleyball Schedule Released
June 1, 2012 7:15 pm EST
 
The Ohio State women’s volleyball team released its 2012 schedule which includes four tournaments and 13 home matches. The Buckeyes will face 12 teams that competed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, including seven Sweet Sixteen teams.

Ohio State opens the season in the Sports Imports Classic, August 24-25. The Buckeyes are joined by Houston, Oregon and Toledo for the two-day tournament in St John Arena. The squad follows with tournament at Maryland, Western Kentucky and Houston. In the team’s final tournament at Houston, the Buckeyes will play NCAA Elite Eight competitors Florida State and Pepperdine.

The Scarlet and Gray opens Big Ten play at home, hosting Iowa and Nebraska. Ohio State will play nine home and home series in the conference, while playing a single match vs. Michigan State in East Lansing and hosting Michigan in the regular season finale, November 23.

Mens Volleyball: Defending Their Title
April 27, 2012 4:30 pm EST
 
The #8 Ohio State men's volleyball team captured is sixth consecutive MIVA regular-season title with a 3-1 (25-23, 25-23, 23-25, 25-23) victory against conference rival IPFW. The conference title is the team’s 24th overall which is a conference record.
 
Senior Shawn Sangrey notched a match-high 31 kills and added 12 digs for his third consecutive double-double. The match marked the third time this season Sangrey has reached 30 kills and the seventh double-double of the season. Sangrey added three service aces and one block assist for the Buckeyes.
 
The Buckeyes will now host Lewis in the 2012 MIVA Tournament Championship Saturday. The winner will receive the MIVA’s automatic bid into the 2012 NCAA Division I-II Men’s Volleyball Championships held in Los Angeles, May 3-5.

Sangrey was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America First Team. The national recognition is the second of Sangrey’s career as he was named to the second team in 2010. The honor is the 35th in the program’s history and the second straight season a Buckeye has been placed on the first team. Former Buckeye Steven Kehoe earned a spot on the AVCA All-America First Team last season.

Buckeye Freshman On Top 50 List
April 4, 2012 10:00 pm EST

Andrea Kacsits and Katie Mitchell, incoming freshmen for the 2012 season, were two among the annual Volleyball Magazine Girls' Fab 50 list. The pair joins current Buckeyes and former VM Fab 50 honorees Emily Danks (2009), Amanda Peterson (2009), Kaitlyn Leary (2010) and Taylor Sherwin (2011) on next year's roster. 

Kacsits, a native of Rockford, Mich., is a 6-4 middle blocker from Rockford High School and Dead Frog Far Out VBC. Kacsits is No. 78 on Prepvolleyball.com's list of Top 100 seniors and was named an Under Armour All-American and a Gatorade Michigan Player of the Year finalist. A member of the 2011 Michigan Class A State Championship team, Kacsits was a four-time All-State selection, two-time team co-captain and a member of the National Honor Society. 

Mitchell, a 6-2 outside hitter from The Woodlands, Texas, was listed No. 42 on Prepvolleyball.com's list of Top 100 seniors and was named a Maxpreps.com and Under Armour All-American. A member of Houston Junior's VBC from College Park High School, Mitchell was a two-time All-State selection and four-time Academic All-District. 

In addition, Kacsits and Mitchell were also named to the Prepvolleyball.com High School Volleyball Academic All-America teams for the performances in the classroom. Mitchell, who holds a 4.77 grade-point average on a 5.0 scale and ranks in the top 10 percent of her class, earned first team honors. Kacsits has a perfect 4.0 GPA and was named third team. 

Spring Schedule Announced
March 29, 2012 8:00 pm EST

There are finally details about the Buckeye spring schedule available. The volleyball team will participate in two tournaments and compete in three matches according to coach Geoff Carlston. 

The Buckeyes travel to Athens to open the spring schedule against Ohio University, March 31st at 6:15. 

Then Ohio State hosts the Spring Fling Tournament in St. John Arena on April 7th. Joining the Buckeyes in the tournament are Pittsburgh, Cleveland State, Kent State, Youngstown State, Wright State and Wheeling Jesuit. Matches begin at 9:00 am and through 4:00 pm. 

OSU will travel to Louisville April 14th for the KIVA Tournament (teams to be announced) and close out the spring schedule in Lexington, Ky. at the University of Kentucky April 21st where they will take on Kentucky and Purdue.  

The women's volleyball finals will be in Louisville this season.

Another Name Added to Freshman Class
March 9, 2012 9:15 pm EST

OSU women's volleyball team added Jillian Bauer to its 2012 roster, Ohio State head coach Geoff Carlston announced. Bauer, a 5-8 defensive specialist from Verona, WI, led Verona Area High School to an outright conference title this season and a berth at the state championships for the first time in school history. The four-time team MVP was named first team All-State this season and was a finalist for the 2011 Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year.

Four Buckeyes Stand Out In Classroom
February 17, 2012 7:30 pm EST

The Big Ten conference announced the Ohio State women's volleyball team had four members on the Academic All-Big Ten. The Buckeyes named were senior Sarah Mignin, juniors Emily Danks and Mari Hole and sophomore Kaitlyn Leary

To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners and carry a cumulative grade-point (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. The four selections move Ohio State's Academic All-Big Ten honorees to 117 in the program's history. The Buckeyes also have had 210 OSU Scholar-Athletes as well as eight Academic All-Americans. 

Buckeyes Sign Three Additional Players For 2012
January 6, 2012 9:00 am EST

The Ohio State women's volleyball team added three recruits for 2012, head coach Geoff Carlston announced. Middle blockers Alex Heyn and Andrea Kacsits and outside hitter Katie Mitchell will join a team that reached the Sweet Sixteen for the second-consecutive season and notched its third-straight season with 20-plus wins. 

As reported from the OSU website:

Heyn, a 6-4 middle blocker from Ashburn, VA., helped lead Stone Bridge High School to the 2010 Virginia State Finals and was named to the 2010 Virginia Northern Region All-Tournament Team. A member of Virginia Elite VBC, Heyn was listed No. 68 on Prepvolleyball.com's list of Top 100 seniors. 
 
Kacsits, a native of Rockford, MI., is a 6-4 middle blocker from Rockford High School and Dead Frog Far Out VBC. Kacsits is No. 78 on Prepvolleyball.com's list of Top 100 seniors and was named an Under Armour All-American and a Gatorade Michigan Player of the Year finalist. A member of the 2011 Michigan Class A State Championship team, Kacsits was a four-time All-State selection, two-time team co-captain and a member of the National Honor Society. 
 
Mitchell, a 6-2 outside hitter from The Woodlands, Texas, was listed No. 42 on Prepvolleyball.com's list of Top 100 seniors and was named a Maxpreps.com and Under Armour All-American. A member of Houston Jr's VBC from College Park High School, Mitchell was a two-time All-State selection and four-time Academic All-District. 

As for the Men's squad, they will open the 2012 season ranked eighth in the first American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll. The Buckeyes are also ranked seventh in Volleyball Magazine Men’s Division I-II Top 10 Poll.  Their season starts tonight at the UC Santa Barbara Invitational. The defending national champions face host UC Santa Barbara tonight at 10:00 am. PST and follow with a 7:00 pm match against either Cal State Northridge or UCLA.  The game against the Gauchos is a rematch of last year's NCAA championship match where Ohio State topped UCSB, 3-2 (20-25, 25-20, 25-19, 22-25, 15-9).

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