Oct. 10, 2012
The Last Meeting
November 20, 2011
Hoosiers Fall at No. 25 Ohio State, 3-0
Indiana Volleyball (9-21, 1-17) fell to 25th-ranked Ohio State (18-13, 8-10). The Hoosiers fell in three sets (7-25, 17-25, 19-25). IU got seven kills and two blocks from freshman Morgan Leach.
The Last Meeting
November 18, 2011
University Park, Pa.
Indiana Falls to No. 12 Penn State, 3-0
Indiana Volleyball (9-20, 1-16) fell in three sets to 12th-ranked Penn State (20-7, 13-4). The Hoosiers were competitive throughout, but the Huskers attack proved to be too potent (14-25, 23-25, 12-25). IU got eight kills from Kristen Seaton in the match.
The Hoosiers hit the road for the second time in Big Ten play this weekend, visiting No. 19 Ohio State (13-5, 4-2) on Friday night and No. 1 Penn State (16-1, 6-0) on Saturday night. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. ET first serves.
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
Junior Jordan Haverly is coming off a redshirt season, which was brought about by an ACL tear in the Spring of 2011. Haverly was an honorable mention All-Big Ten performer in 2010, helping IU to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament.
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
Indiana Volleyball's California Girl made her first appearance on the court in 2012 at Michigan, coming off the bench midway through set number one. Her impact was felt immediately, as the Hoosiers outscored the Wolverines over the next 75 points by a 47-28 margin, including a win in the second set.
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
Senior Kelci Marschall was third on the IU team in kills in 2010, so naturally, it was expected that with the loss of Ashley Benson to graduation and Jordan Haverly to injury, Marschall might have some extra work in 2011.
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
Junior middle blocker Samantha Thrower had big shoes to fill in 2011, trying to replace Ashley Benson, who did things no one in IU history had ever done. Well, against Buffalo, Thrower did something Benson nor any Big Ten player in history had done. She had 15 kills on 15 swings, breaking a Big Ten record and tying the national record for hitting percentage as well.
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
A breakout player for the Hoosiers in 2011, Morgan Leach picked up right where she left off in the first weekend of her sophomore campaign.
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
Amelia Anderson is no longer just the up-and-coming freshman off the bench for IU. At the Hoosier Classic, she got the first three starts of her career and she took advantage. On the weekend, she hit .466 with 34 kills. She also added four digs and five blocks en route to All-Hoosier Classic honors. The Lake in the Hills, Ill., native is averaging 2.00 kills per set this season.
STRAIGHT OUTTA MUNCIE
Courtney Harnish is no stranger to big-time volleyball, coming from state of Indiana powerhouse Muncie Burris, and she has shown that the big stage isn't intimidating her as a freshman in the Big Ten.
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
There was no learning curve for Katie Gallagher, she was thrown right to the wolves, and she not only survived but thrived in her first weekend of collegiate play. The freshman setter earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors after the first weekend of the season. She is fourth in the Big Ten on the season in assists per set at 10.96.
This season she has 570 assists, 112 digs, 23 blocks, 18 kills and seven service aces.
ALWAYS IN THE KNOW
Hoosier fans can follow their volleyball team like never before by logging on to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube all season long. Indiana can be followed on Twitter (twitter.com/IUVolleyball) and Facebook (facebook.com/IUVolleyball). In addition, a live audio or video broadcast of all matches can be found at IUHoosiers.com. Greg Murray is in his first season as the voice of IU Volleyball.
Junior Jade Henderson gives you an inside look at the Indiana Volleyball program in her weekly Youtube blog, Just Jade. The weekly video blog is posted on Monday's and gives viewers a glimpse at the life of an Indiana student-athlete.
INSIDE IU VOLLEYBALL
Need more IU Volleyball in your life? Check out "Inside IU Volleyball with Sherry Dunbar," a weekly show aired every Wednesday throughout the season. The Voice of IU Volleyball Greg Murray will serve as host and catch up with Coach Dunbar and players each week to get a closer look at exactly what's going on in the world of Hoosier Volleyball.