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The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (13-2) faces two Big Ten teams at home this weekend.
Among the 331 Division I teams, the Buckeyes fall just short of the top 25.
Competition in the Big Ten is fierce, as seven of the top 25 teams are Big Ten schools.
The team faces Wisconsin on Friday at St. John Arena. Wisconsin (5-6) is struggling at the start of its season.
The Iowa Hawkeyes (9-5) make their trip to St. John Arena Saturday.
Both Wisconsin and Iowa are ranked ouside of the top 25, and Iowa recently beat the Badgers 3-1.
“Wisconsin is a much bigger team, but Iowa is playing well and their win over Wisconsin gave them confidence,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said.
The team has been anticipating these two Big Ten matchups. Carlston recognizes that early in the season each team is still getting into its own rhythm.
The Buckeyes’ goal this week has been to focus on themselves instead of what the other team is bringing to the floor.
“We just need to find our offensive balance and outplay them on the defensive side of the game,” Carlston said.
Power players this year are outside hitter junior Katie Dull and middle blocker senior Kristen Dozier.
Both matches are set for 7 p.m. at St. John Arena.