Benson to train with national team

Indiana University announced today that volleyball All-American Ashley Benson, a Bloomington North grad and daughter of former basketball great Kent Benson, has been invited to spend the next three months training with the USA Women’s Volleyball National team coaching staff. That staff includes assistant coach Karch Kiraly of Olympic and beach volleyball fame.

Training begins Jan. 17 and this puts Benson in position to be in the mix for the national team with the next Olympics coming up in 2012 in London.

After taking off the spring semester to train, she will return to Bloomington for summer classes before completing her degree during the fall semester. She could continue working with the national team after that or begin a professional career overseas. Michigan’s Frey, Maryland’s Brattan up for IU O-Line job’s Tom Dienhart is reporting that two coaches from recently deposed staffs are up under consideration for Indiana’s offensive line coach position. Michigan offensive line coach Greg Frey — looking for work after Wolverines coach Rich Rodriguez’s firing was announced Wednesday — and Maryland offensive line coach Tom Brattan — presumably unemployed thanks to the ouster of Ralph Friedgen, are both reported to be up for the job.

The 37-year-old Frey has been with Michigan for three seasons after joining Rodriguez’s staff at West Virginia in 2007, the final season before that staff moved. From 2000-06, Frey was part of the start-up at South Florida.

The 60-year-old Brattan has been with Maryland for the past 10 years. Before that, he was at Stanford for two years and Northwestern for seven years. He did not cross paths with Indiana coach Kevin Wilson at that time. Brattan also spent eight years at William & Mary and nine seasons as a high school coach in Virginia and Delaware.

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The team celebrates a made Will Sheehey 3-pointer on Tuesday against Minnesota. Chris Howell | Herald-Times


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IU women beaten by Buckeyes

Quick update on the Indiana women’s team, which entered the night in a three-way tie for first in the Big Ten at 2-0.

The Hoosiers suffered their first loss of the conference season Wednesday as No. 20 Ohio State evened its league mark at 1-1. The Buckeyes used a pair of big runs to win this game, pulling away with a 16-4 run to close the first half and take a 32-19 lead at the half, then after IU got within 10 with 7:36 remaining, a 13-0 run shut the door. The final margin was 85-67.

Whitney Lindsay had a career-high 20 points for IU, Jori Davis scored 21 and Georgie Jones pulled down 14 rebounds, but Ohio State shot 47.6 percent from the field with Jantel Lavender posting 22 points and 22 rebounds.

On film: the Gophers’ key run

One key stretch defined last night’s game, a 3-minute time span in which Minnesota took a 51-49 deficit and made it a 59-51 lead that it would not relinquish.

I went back to watch that period of the game, and a few plays stood out as particularly ineffective for Indiana.

At the end of a possession where Indiana has defended decently well, Minnesota’s Al Nolen ends up with the ball on the win against Maurice Creek. An obvious mismatch, given Creek’s health. That Nolen got past Creek was to be expected, making help defense so important. It never came.


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Indiana’s Bobby Capobianco contends with Minnesota’s Rodney Williams for a rebound on Tuesday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times



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