Press Release courtesy of St. John Athletics.
St. John Arena is set to play host to a pair of Big Ten Conference opponents this weekend when teams from the East Coast stop in. Ohio State welcomes No. 3 Penn State Friday night at 7 p.m. ET before Rutgers rolls in for a Saturday night clash at 8 p.m. ET.
PARKING & PROMOTIONS
Friday, Oct. 6 – Dig Pink | First 250 students receive free Brutus Socks
Saturday, Oct. 7 – Alumni Night | $1 tickets with Football vs. Maryland ticket stub
Parking: Please allow extra time to get to campus and St. John Arena on Saturday with the additional football traffic that will be in the area. | Saturday Parking Map
Friday, Oct. 6 | 7 p.m. ET | Columbus, Ohio | St. John Arena
Ohio State (9-6, 2-2 B1G) vs. No. 3 Penn State (13-1, 3-1 B1G)
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Saturday, Oct. 7 | 8 p.m. ET | Columbus, Ohio | St. John Arena
Ohio State vs. Rutgers (5-11, 0-4 B1G)
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HISTORY WITH THE NITTANY LIONS & SCARLET KNIGHTS
Ohio State trails 47-15 in the all-time series versus Penn State, dating back to 1981. When the two teams battled a season ago, the Buckeyes pulled off a five-set thriller to snap a 19-match losing streak against the Nittany Lions. It was the first time the squad defeated PSU in St. John Arena since 2006.
The Buckeyes lead the series with the Scarlet Knights, 7-1. The teams first met in 1978 and Ohio State has won the last five matches in straight sets. Rutgers’ only triumph in the series was back in 1981.
BUCKEYES IN THE B1G
Hannah Gruensfelder bumped her average to 4.87 digs per set, which is good for the top spot in the league. Taylor Hughes is also representing the Buckeyes with 10.30 assists per set (11th) while Lauren Witte averages 1.13 blocks per set (9th) and has a .359 hitting percentage (13th).
As a team, Ohio State stands fourth in digs per set (15.72) and kills per set (14.23).
CAREER WATCH: TAYLOR HUGHES
Junior setter Taylor Hughes currently ranks eighth in program history with 2,787 assists. Her 43 helpers at Michigan (Sept. 29) got her ahead of Amanda Peterson (‘09-’12), who has 2,755 assists.
CARLSTON APPROACHING 400 WINS
Head coach Geoff Carlston has been in charge of three programs during his 18-year career, having spent the last 10 seasons at the helm for Ohio State. Carlston’s amassed 395 career wins and is on track to check off No. 400 this season.
DIRECTIONS TO ACCESS PARKING
To park in the Gray 1, Gray 2, or Scarlet parking lots:
– Take the Ackerman Road exit off of 315
– Turn eastbound onto Ackerman Road
– Turn southbound onto Fred Taylor Drive
– Turn eastbound onto Borror Drive and follow the direction of parking attendants to park in Gray 1 or 2 (located on west side of Schottenstein Center) or Scarlet lots (located around the Jack Nicklaus Museum)
Please see the attached map – solid red line showing these turn-by-turn instructions to access match day parking, and dotted red line showing the pedestrian route to take from these lots to St. John Arena.