No. 19 OSU, No. 1 PSU Next Up for IUVB
Oct. 10, 2012
Ohio State enters the match coming off of three-straight Big Ten road wins. The Buckeyes are led by Mari Hole, who is averaging 4.06 kills per set on the season and 4.32 kills per set in Big Ten play. A theme the Hoosiers will see this weekend is great service play from opponents. Ohio State's Emily Danks is second in the Big Ten during conference play with 0.45 aces per set. As a team OSU ranks second on the season in opponent hitting percentage at .194.
Penn State is undefeated in conference action action largely thanks to the play of middle blocker Katie Slay and setter Micha Hancock. Slay leads the Big Ten with 1.39 blocks per set and a hitting percentage of .465. Hancock leads the Big Ten in conference action with 0.50 aces per set and 12.68 assists per set. As a team, the Nittany Lions lead the conference in hitting percentage (.309), opponent hitting percentage (.162), kills (15.41) and assists (14.41) per set and they are second in aces per set (1.32).
Both matches can be heard live on IUHoosiers.com with Greg Murray on the call. Both matches will also be available with subscription on BTN.com as StudentU productions.
DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK
After a year on the bench, the Cherry Valley, Ill., native was anxious to hit the court with her team, and she didn't waste any time. Haverly earned Black Knight Invitational MVP honors after killing 38 balls and leading the Hoosiers to a 3-0 start to the season.
Haverly has 10 double-doubles this season and is sixth in the Big Ten at 4.07 kills per set. She played just one set against Quinnipiac, but still managed enough votes from coaches at the Black Knight Invitational for MVP honors.
She earned All-Tourney honors at the Indiana Invitational, tallying 53 kills on the weekend, including 20 in the win over Cleveland State and 19 in the win over Georgia Tech.
With 242 kills on the season, Haverly sits at 1,151 career kills. In the Georgia Tech match, she became the 15th Hoosier all-time to reach 1000 career kills.
Averaging 4.07 kills per set on the year, Haverly has upped her play in Big Ten competition. She is averaging 4.29 kills per set in Big Ten matches, and her season hitting percentage of .200 has risen to .226 in conference action. In the fourth set against Northwestern, the junior co-captain had nine of the 23 kills she had in the match. She has reached 23 kills in a match three times this season, including 24 against No. 4 Nebraska.
THE PRIDE OF RIVERSIDE
With the loss of four seniors in 2011, Granado stepped up to fill the leadership void during the offseason. The senior from Riverside, Calif., got sick at the very end of the summer and was unable to play during the non-conference schedule however. With 1,942 career assists, Granado ranks eighth in IU history and played a key role in IU's success during the 2010 Sweet Sixteen run in the NCAA Tournament.
MARSCH'LL GET IT DONE
Marschall got the message loud and clear, as she led the Hoosiers in kills with 336 (3.10 per set) during her junior season. She had six double-doubles on the season.
In 2012, Marschall has double digit kills in nine matches and is hitting .242 for the season. She earned All-Black Knight Invitational honors at West Point to start the season and had 27 kills while hitting .384 in IU's wins over Cleveland State and Georgia Tech at the Indiana Invitational.
With 984 kills on her career, Marschall is closing in on 1,000, which would make her the 16th player in IU history to reach that statistical milestone. She and Jordan Haverly would be the first active duo to have 1000+ kills since 2007 for Indiana.
PERFECTION FOR THROWER
In 2012, Thrower will look to play at that dominant level on a more consistent basis. The team leader in blocks in 2011, the senior from Sycamore, Ill., leads the Hoosiers already this season with 86 blocks, including 11 solo blocks. She earned All-Tournament honors at the Indiana Invitational with 22 blocks on the weekend. Thrower's 1.23 blocks per set ranks fifth in the Big Ten this season.
She had nine blocks and nine kills in the Bowling Green match. The senior is hitting .328 on the season, and hit an amazing .487 at the Indiana Invitational.
MORGAN IN THE MIDDLE
Leach earned All-Black Knight Invitational honors with 30 kills and 10 blocks on the weekend. The Champaign, Ill., native got those 30 kills while hitting .551 on the weekend. She averaged 2.73 kills per set and 0.91 blocks per set.
Leach is tied for third on the team averaging 2.26 kills per set this season and is hitting .303.
MEELS ON WHEELS
STRAIGHT OUTTA MUNCIE
Harnish took over as Indiana's Libero midway through the team's match against Illinois, and she has posted double-digit digs in every match since. She had 19 against Northwestern and 20 against No. 4 Nebraska.
GALLAGHER DROPS THE HAMMER
This season she has 570 assists, 112 digs, 23 blocks, 18 kills and seven service aces.
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