COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 10th-ranked and top-seeded Ohio State (21-7 overall, 11-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team hosts No. 2 seed and 15th-ranked Loyola-Chicago (20-5, 10-2) in the MIVA Tournament Championship match at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes advanced to the championship match with a 3-1 (30-24, 27-30, 30-28, 30-27) semifinal win over fourth seed and 13th-ranked (tie) Ball State (19-11). Loyola-Chicago advanced to the championship match with a 3-0 (30-26, 30-23, 30-18) home win over No. 3 seed Lewis (19-10). The tournament championship winner receives the MIVA automatic bid to the NCAA championship semifinals at Stanford, May 6.
TICKETS FOR OHIO STATE’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH ON SALE
Tickets for the Ohio State MIVA Tournament semifinal match at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 1 may be purchased on line at http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0500448FB97E7E74?artistid=43023&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=204.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Athletic Ticket Office in the Schottenstein Center or may be purchased the night of the match. Doors open at 6 p.m. Groups of 10 or more may purchase tickets in advance for $2 each. Contact Beth Howe at 614-292-0063 for additional information.
FREE VIDEO OF HOME MIVA TOURNAMENT MATCHES AVAILABLE ON BUCKEYE VISION
Ohio State men’s volleyball home matches will be available on the web through “Buckeye Vision” for free for the MIVA Tournament. For more information, check out OhioStateBuckeyes.com or go to: http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/regflow/MoreInfo.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=17300.
KEHOE AND SANGREY HONORED AS ALL-AMERICANS
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its 20th Annual AVCA Division I-II Men’s All-American Teams. Ohio State setter Steven Kehoe and opposite Shawn Sangrey was named to the second team as part of the 20-man team. The awards will be presented at the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship Banquet on the campus of Stanford University on Wednesday, May 5, 2010.
Kehoe, a 6-4 setter for the Buckeyes, is a junior from North Bend, Ohio. A Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Player of the Week winner, he ranks in the top-five nationally in assists (13.49 per game), while also sitting among the country’s finest in aces per game (.36). For his efforts, he earned Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Player of the Year honors and garners his first nod as an AVCA All-American.
Sangrey, a 6-5 right side hitter for the Buckeyes, is a sophomore from Columbia, Pa. A First-Team All-MIVA selection, Sangrey propelled the Buckeyes to the MIVA regular season championship and ranked among the county’s best in both kills (4.77 per game) and aces per game (.37). Sangrey earns his first AVCA All-American distinction.
KEHOE NAMED THE MIVA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Steven Kehoe was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Year by a vote of the league coaches. He directed the Buckeyes to the MIVA regular season championship with an 11-1 league record. His 13.59 assists per game average ranked second in conference play. He ranked seventh in aces (.34) and 12th in digs (1.85) per game. Kehoe was a first team all-conference selection in 2009.
FOUR BUCKEYES NAMED MIVA ALL-CONFERENCE
By a vote of the league coaches, four Ohio State players were named to the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association All-Conference team. Setter Steven Kehoe, outside hitter John Klanac and opposite Shane Sangrey were named to the first team and middle hitter Kevin Heine was a second team selection.
Kehoe’s 13.59 assists per game average ranked second in conference play. He ranked seventh in aces (.34) and 12th in digs (1.85) per game. Kehoe was a first team all-conference selection in 2009.
Klanac ranked fifth in conference statistics in points (4.63) and was fourth in kills (4.21) per game. He averaged 1.26 digs, .46 blocks and .13 aces per game while hitting .329. Klanac had a .961 serve reception percentage handling 124 of 129 attempts. He was a second team all-conference selection in 2009.
Sangrey was the conference statistical champion in points (5.82) and aces (.53) per game. He averaged 4.76 kills per game to rank second in the league. Sangrey averaged 1.53 digs and .91 blocks per game while hitting .281 in league play.
Heine was the conference statistical champion in hitting percentage at .511. His 1.11 blocks per game average ranks 11th in league statistics. Heine averaged 2.84 points, 2.19 kills, .08 aces, and .46 digs per game.
HANSON NAMED MIVA CO-COACH OF THE YEAR
Head coach Pete Hanson has been honored as the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Co-Coach of the Year by a vote of the conference coaches. He shares the award with Loyola-Chicago’s Shane Davis. Hanson has won or shared coach of the year honors for four consecutive years. He has been honored 10 times during his 26-year career with the Buckeyes.
BUCKEYES WIN FOURTH CONSECUTIVE MIVA REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP
With the win over Ball State at the end of the regular season and Loyola-Chicago’s loss at Ball State, the Buckeyes won the outright Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association regular season championship for the fourth consecutive year. It is OSU’s 22nd conference crown and is the most all-time in the conference. Ball State ranks second with 21.
OHIO STATE’S WIN STREAK NOW AT 11 MATCHES
Ohio State extended its current win streak to 11 matches with the win over Ball State in the MIVA semifinals. The winning streak in the longest among the three volleyball conferences.
The 10th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 21-7 overall and 11-1 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Buckeyes defeated 13th-ranked (tie) Ball State 3-1 (30-24, 27-30, 30-28, 30-27) Wednesday in a semifinal match of the MIVA Tournament. Leading OSU in points per game is Shawn Sangrey at 5.60. John Klanac ranks second at 4.51 and Ted Schoenfeldt is third at 3.15. Sangrey is the team leader in kills per game at 4.77 with Klanac second at 4.01 and Schoenfeldt third at 2.50. The top percentage hitter on the squad is Kevin Heine at .458. Grayson Overman ranks second at .385 with Schoenfeldt third at .363. At setter, Steven Kehoe has a 13.49 assists per game average. Sangrey has a team-high .37 aces per game with 31. Kehoe ranks second at .36 with 35 and Schoenfeldt is third at .25 with 15. Defensively, Mik Berzins leads the squad in digs per game with a 2.48 average. Kehoe ranks second at 1.81 with Sangrey third at 1.56. Jason Tobkin has a team-high .987 serve reception percentage handling 230 of 233 attempts. Mike Stefani ranks second at .968 (244 of 252) with Mik Berzins third at .960 (651 of 678). At the net, Overman has a team-high 1.30 blocks per game average with 10 solos and 73 assist blocks. Ranking second is Heine at 1.10 with six solos and 83 assists. Heine ranks third at 1.10 with six solos and 83 assists. Ohio State is hitting .304 on the season and is averaging 19.95 points, 15.56 kills and 14.61 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.65 aces, 9.73 digs and 2.74 blocks per game and have a .944 serve reception percentage. Buckeye opponents are hitting .221 and average 17.06 points, 12.93 kills and 12.02 assists per game. Opponents average 1.18 aces, 8.57 digs and 2.95 blocks per game and have a .928 serve reception percentage.
OHIO STATE AND THE MIVA TOURNAMENT
Ohio State is playing in its 37th MIVA Tournament. The Buckeyes have a 52-26 record for all tournament matches. OSU is 10-1 in the quarterfinals, 21-9 in the semifinals and 12-11 in championship matches. The early tournaments (1964-69) were played with pool play matches. Against Loyola-Chicago in the tournament, the Buckeyes are 4-3 winning all three matches played in Columbus. OSU is 1-0 in the quarterfinals, 2-3 in the semifinals and 1-0 in the championship match.
The 15th-ranked Ramblers are coached by Shane Davis. Loyola-Chicago is 20-5 overall and is 10-2 (second place) in the MIVA. Last week Wednesday in their MIVA Tournament semifinal match, the Ramblers defeated Lewis 3-0 (30-26, 30-23, 30-18). Leading the Ramblers in points per game is Mike Bunting at 4.69. Domenic Dewaele ranks second at 4.56 with Kris Berzins third at 3.88. Bunting leads the team in kills per game with a 4.08 average. Dewaele ranks second at 4.06 with Berzins third at 3.13. The top hitter on the squad is Mike Morice with a .428 average. Ranking second is George Kamberos at .377 and Matt Adler is third at .366. At setter, Mike Hutz has a 13.12 assists per game average. Berzins has a team-high .50 aces per game with 41. Hutz ranks second at .34 with 27. Moriceis tied for third at .26 with 20 with Bunting with 19. Defensively, Tommy Becker has a team-high 2.29 digs per game average. Hutz ranks second at 2.10 with Berzins third at 1.94. Kamberos leads the team in serve reception percentage at .972 handing 174 of 179 attempts. Bunting ranks second at .959 (354 of 369) and Berzins is third at .956 (482 of 504). At the net, Adler leads the squad with a 1.37 blocks per game average with 15 solos and 71 assist blocks. Morice, at 1.05, ranks second with 12 solos and 68 assists. Hutz ranks third at .84 with nine solos and 58 assists. Loyola-Chicago is hitting .327 and averages 19.58 points, 15.15 kills and 14.39 assists per game. The Ramblers average 1.76 aces, 10.15 digs and 2.67 blocks per game and have a .944 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .234 and average 17.62 points, 14.13 kills and 13.42 assists per game. Rambler opponents average 1.13 aces, 8.73 digs and 2.36 blocks per game and have a .927 serve reception percentage.
Ohio State has a 24-13 margin in the series with Loyola-Chicago. Ohio State is 16-2 in Columbus while the Ramblers are 9-7 in matches played at Loyola-Chicago. The Ramblers are 2-1 in neutral site matches. Earlier this season in Chicago, Loyola-Chicago defeated Ohio State 3-2 (30-25, 36-34, 26-30, 27-30, 16-14). Ohio State, in Columbus, won 3-0 (30-26, 32-30, 30-24).
OHIO STATE RANKED 10TH IN THE AVCA DIVISION I-II POLL
Ohio State is ranked 10th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll on April 19 with 89 points. The Buckeyes were 11th the previous week and began the season 10th in the preseason poll.
BUCKEYES HAVE 13 PLAYED NAMED TO THE MIVA ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association has recognized 13 Ohio State men’s volleyball players who have been named to the MIVA Academic All-Conference Team. To be eligible, athletes must have achieved at least a 3.00 career grade-point average on a 4.0 scale after the completion of the fall semester at their respective institutions. A total of 75 players were honored by the conference.
The 2010 MIVA Academic All-Conference selections from Ohio State are: Rhett Cash, Dale Freier, Nick Gibson, Kevin Heine, Steven Kehoe, Brian Kues, Derek Kues, Sean Martin, Grayson Overman, Ted Schoenfeldt, Mike Stefani, John Tholen and Jason Tobkin.
KEHOE RECOGNIZED AS AN ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETE BY THE NATIONAL STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING ASSOCIATION
The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) recently awarded men’s volleyball setter Steven Kehoe with its annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year award—recognizing the student athletes dedication to strength training and conditioning.
This year, the NSCA awarded 232 collegiate athletes from 106 schools with this esteemed award. Kehoe was selected by the strength coach Andy Britton, CSCS, who said, “Steven is extremely dedicated and disciplined in the weight room. He leads by example and by pushing himself and his teammates every single day. His tremendous work ethic in the weight room has helped him achieve all his deserved success.”
Robert Jursnick, NSCA’s Executive Director adds, “The advantages of strength training and conditioning cannot be denied in collegiate athletics. These student-athletes attest to this understanding, and are to be applauded for their hard work and dedication.”
The NSCA All-American Athlete of the Year Award program is in its 32nd year, and is made possible by a grant from Power Systems, Inc., a Knoxville, Tennessee fitness product leader.
HEAD COACH PETE HANSON
Pete Hanson is in his 26th season at Ohio State. He has a 514-281 record with the Buckeyes and has won 13 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championships, including 2010. Named the MIVA Coach of the Year 10 times, including 2010, he was the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2000 when Ohio State was the NCAA national championship runner-up. Hanson was also the 1998 Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year. His teams have advanced to the NCAA championships eight times including back-to-back appearances in 2000 (runner-up) and 2001 (semifinalist) and in 2008 and 2009 (semifinals).
MEET THE BUCKEYES
#1 STEVEN KEHOE
Steven Kehoe – Last Match – Ball State – started, 60 assists, three ace serves, 12 digs and three total blocks (1-2) – Season – started all 28 matches – averaging 13.49 assists, .36 aces (2nd on team), 1.81 digs (2nd on team) and .80 blocks (3rd on team) per game – Honors – Name the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II National Player of the Week and the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week at Penn State March 22 – National Strength and Conditioning Association All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year – MIVA Academic All-Conference – MIVA Player of the Year and first team all-conference – AVCA second team All-American – Facts – five double-doubles (assists-digs) this season.
#2 KEVIN HEINE
Kevin Heine – Last Match – Ball State – started, eight kills and six assist blocks – Season – played and started in 24 matches – hitting a team-high .458, averaging 2.88 points (4th on team), 2.17 kills (4th on team), .12 aces, .41 digs and 1.10 blocks (2nd on team) per game – Honors – MIVA Academic All-Conference – MIVA Conference statistical champion in hitting percentage (.511) MIVA second team All-Conference – Facts – double-figure points in 12 matches and double-figure kill in five this season.
#3 ANTHONY HOCK
Anthony Hock – Last Match – Ball State – played – Season – played in 24 matches with nine starts at libero – averaging .99 digs per game and has a .950 serve reception percentage handling 229 of 241 attempts (4th on team).
#4 KYLE LAWRENCE
Kyle Lawrence – Last Matches – Ball State – did not play – Season – played in two matches recording seven assists against Mt. Olive.
#5 GRAYSON OVERMAN
Grayson Overman – Last Match – Ball State – played, one assist block – Season – played in 20 matches with 19 starts – averaging 1.30 blocks (team-high), 2.45 points, 1.48 kills, .23 aces, .25 digs per game and has a .385 attack percentage (2nd on the team) – Honors – named the MIVA Defensive Player of the Week and the Ohio State Athlete of the Week for his play against George Mason and UC Santa Barbara at the Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic March 1 – MIVA Academic All-Conference – Facts – back-to-back double-figure blocks at Loyola-Chicago (11, 1-10) and against George Mason (15, 1-14).
#6 SHAWN SANGREY
Shawn Sangrey – Last Match – Ball State – started, match-high 29.5 points, match-high 27 kills, one ace serve, six digs and three assist blocks – Season – played in 26 matches with 23 starts – averaging 5.60 points (team high), 4.77 kills (team-high), .37 aces (team high), 1.43 digs (3rd on team) and .80 blocks (3rd on team) per game while hitting .270 – Honors – named MIVA Offensive Player of the Week and the Ohio State Athlete of the Week for his play in the victory at Ball State Feb. 8 – earned all-tournament honors at the Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic for his play against George Mason and UC Santa Barbara and was named the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week Feb. 1 – named the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week for his play in wins over Loyola-Chicago and Lewis April 12 – named the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week for his play in wins over Ball State and St. Francis April 19 – MIVA Conference statistical champion in points (5.82) and aces (.53) per game – MIVA first team All-Conference – American Volleyball Coaches Association second team All-American Facts – double-figure kills in 19 matches this season – eight matches with 20 or more kills this season.
#7 MIKE STEFANI
Mike Stefani – Last Match – Ball State – did not play – Season – played in 20 matches with seven starts – averaging 1.67 points, 1.47 kills, 1.06 digs per game and .968 serve reception percentage (2nd on team) handling 244 of 252 attempts – Honors – MIVA Academic All-Conference.
#8 JOHN KLANAC
John Klanac – Last Match – Ball State – started, 14 kills, one ace serve, eight digs and two assist blocks – Season – played and started in 26 matches – averaging 4.51 points (2nd on team), 4.01 kills (2nd on team), .21 aces, 1.25 digs (4th on team) and .46 blocks per game while hitting .287 – serve reception percentage of .942 handling 342 of 363 attempts – Honors – named to theOutrigger Hotels Invitational All-Tournament Team against Hawaii, Southern California and Penn State – named to the Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic All-Tournament Team against George Mason and UC Santa Barbara – MIVA first team All-Conference – Facts – double-figure kills in 21 matches this season including the last 13 he has played.
#9 JOHN THOLEN
John Tholen – Last Match – Ball State – did not play – Season – played in four matches with two starts – averaging 2.45 points, 1.50 kills, 1.40 blocks, .10 aces and .30 digs per game while hitting .375 – Honors – MIVA Academic All-Conference.
#10 BRIAN KUES
Brian Kues – Last Match – Ball State – played – Season – played in three matches – Honors – MIVA Academic All-Conference.
#11 TED SCHOENFELDT
Ted Schoenfeldt – Last Match – Ball State – started, eight kills, one dig and two assist blocks while hitting .513 – Season – played in 22 matches with 15 starts – averaging 3.15 points (3rd on team), 2.50 kills (3rd on team), .25 aces (3rd on team), .83 digs and .70 blocks per game while hitting .363 (3rd on team) – Honors – MIVA Academic All-Conference – Facts – Has started the last 10 matches – double-figure kills in six matches and double-figure points in nine.
#12 JASON TOBKIN
Jason Tobkin – Last Match – Ball State – started, nine kills, two ace serves, two digs four total blocks (2-2) and handled 42 serve receptions without an error – Season – played in 24 matches with eight starts – averaging 1.35 points, .94 kills, .24 aces (4th on team), .60 digs and .27 blocks per game while hitting .167 – serve reception percentage of .987 (1st on team) handling 230 of 233 attempts – Honors – MIVA Academic All-Conference – Facts – has started eight of the last nine matches.
#13 NICK GIBSON
Nick Gibson – Last Match – Ball State – did not play – Season – played in 14 matches with four starts – averaging 1.91 points, 1.74 kills, .04 aces, .78 digs and .22 blocks per game while hitting .400 – serve reception percentage of .987 handling 78 of 79 attempts – Honors – MIVA Academic All-Conference.
#14 MIKE STEWART
Mike Stewart – Last Match – Ball State – did not play – Season – played in five matches with two starts – averaging 1.83 points, 1.33 kills, .22 aces, .33 digs and .56 blocks per game while hitting .500.
#15 MIK BERZINS
Mik Berzins – Last Match – Ball State – started at libero, eight digs, one assist and handled 29 serve reception attempts without an error – Season – played in 26 matches with 10 starts and 13 at libero – averaging 1.14 points, .98 kills, .05 aces, 2.48 digs (team high) and .20 blocks per game while hitting .278 – serve reception percentage of .960 (3rd on team), handling 651 of 678 attempts – Honors – named the MIVA Defensive Player of the Week for his play against Penn State and at IPFW March 8 and against George Mason March 29 – Facts – has started at libero in the last 10 matches he has played – has eight double-figure dig matches this season.
#16 DALE FREIER
Dale Freier – Last Match – Ball State – did not play – Season – played in one match, recording a kill against Mt. Olive – Honors – MIVA Academic All-Conference.
#17 COLIN KELLY
Colin Kelly – has not played.
18 ERIC DATES
Eric Dates – has not played.
#19 RHETT CASH
Rhett Cash – Last Match – Ball State – did not play – Season – played in six matches with five starts at libero – averaging 1.56 digs per game and has a .947 serve reception percentage handling 108 of 114 attempts – Honors – MIVA Academic All-Conference.
#20 DEREK KUES
Derek Kues – Last Match – Ball State – played – Season – played in 20 matches – recorded four digs and one kill – Honors – MIVA Academic All-Conference.
#21 SEAN MARTIN
Sean Martin – Last Match – Ball State – did not play – Season – played in three matches – recorded one dig – Honors – MIVA Academic All-Conference.
SANGREY REPEATS AS THE MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – April 19
Shawn Sangrey been named the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week and the fourth time this season. Shawn Sangrey averaged 6.79 points, 5.68 kills and 1.86 digs per game in the 3-0 (30-26, 30-26, 30-19) win over 15th-ranked Ball State and the 3-1 (30-21, 28-30, 30-23, 30-24) win over St. Francis. The Ball State win earned OSU a share of the MIVA Championship and later the outright title for the fourth consecutive year. Sangrey had a match-high 20 points against Ball State with 17 kills, an ace serve and three total blocks. He had 10 kills in the first game and with Ball State leading, 25-24, he tied the game at 25 with a kill. A Cardinal error made it 26-25 OSU. Sangrey scored the final four points for OSU with a solo block and three consecutive kills to win the game, 30-25. Against St. Francis, he had a match-high 27.5 points with 24 kills, three ace serves and an assist block. In the final conference statistics, Sangrey finishes as the conference leader in points (5.82) and aces (.53) per game and ranks second in kills per game at 4.76.
SANGREY NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – April 12
Shawn Sangrey was named the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season. Sangrey averaged 7.92 points, 7.00 kills, 1.17 digs and .50 blocks per game in 3-0 victories over then 11th-ranked Loyola-Chicago (30-26, 32-30, 30-24) and Lewis (32-30, 30-25, 30-21). Against Loyola-Chicago, Sangrey recorded a match-high 17 kills while hitting .314. He added one ace serve, five digs and three assist blocks. Sangrey was key in game two (32-30) scoring OSU’s last three points on kills. The Buckeyes win stopped the Ramblers undefeated streak (10 matches) in conference play and blocked their bid for the outright conference championship. In the Lewis match, he posted a match-high 25 kills while hitting .500. Sangrey added a match-high three ace serves and two digs in the contest. He had double-figure kills (10) in game two where he produced 12 (2 aces) of OSU’s 22 points in the game. The win over the Flyers moved Ohio State into a first-place tie with Loyola-Chicago with one match left for each team (Ball State at OSU Friday, Loyola-Chicago at Ball State Saturday).
BERZINS NAMED MIVA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – March 29
Mik Berzins was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week for his play last week in the 3-1 (30-27, 26-30, 30-26, 30-26) road victory at George Mason. Berzins recorded a match-high 17 digs and handled 35 serve reception attempts without an error against the Patriots. Of his 17 digs, six were converted to kills (.353) and 14 of his 35 reception attempts (.400) produced kills for the Buckeyes. For the match, Berzins averaged 4.25 digs per game. This is the second player of the week (March 8) honor for Berzins this season.
KEHOE NAMED SPORTS IMPORTS/AVCA DIVISION I-II NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK AND MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – March 22
Steven Kehoe was named the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II National Player of the Week and the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week for his play last week in the 3-1 (30-25, 20-30, 30-27, 30-23) road victory at sixth-ranked Penn State. He directed the Buckeye offense to a .283 attack percentage, well above the .220 season average for Penn State opponents. Kehoe recorded 54 assists (13.50 per game) in the contest adding seven digs, four kills and one assist block. The victory was OSU’s first in the last nine matches against Penn State, including two losses earlier this season (3-1 in Hawaii and 3-0 in Columbus). Kehoe directed a balanced offense that produced 19 kills from Shawn Sangrey, 16 from John Klanac and 15 from Jason Tobkin. The Ohio State victory was the first Penn State loss in Rec Hall since the end of the 2006 season. The win stopped a home winning streak of 51 matches for Penn State.
BERZINS NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – March 8
Mik Berzins was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week for his play against Penn State and at IPFW. Berzins, in the 3-2 (30-26, 30-21, 29-31, 24-30, 15-12) win at IPFW, recorded a match and career-high 26 digs. His 26 digs were the third best match performance in OSU history. In his fifth start at libero and the first since mid-January, Berzins handled 29 of 30 serve reception attempts with 21 (.677) being converted to kills. He had nine of OSU’s 15 digs in the deciding fifth game to help OSU to the conference victory. After starting eight of his last nine matches at outside hitter, Berzins saw limited action in game two in the back row against Penn State as a server. He started at libero in game three recording four digs and handling 17 serve reception attempts without an error. For the two matches, Berzins averaged 4.29 digs per game and had a .979 serve reception percentage handling 47 of 48 attempts.
SANGREY NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – March 1
Shawn Sangrey was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week for his play in the Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic. Sangrey, in the 3-0 (30-12, 30-16, 30-25) victory over George Mason, in the semifinals of the Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic in Springfield, Mass. Sangrey posted a career-high four ace serves against the Patriots and totaled 20.5 points in the match. He added 14 kills while hitting .360, nine digs and five assist blocks. Sangrey had a team-high 21 points in the 3-0 (34-32, 32-30, 30-17) loss to UC Santa Barbara in the championship match with 21 kills (.295) and five digs. For his play, he was named to the Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic All-Tournament Team. Sangrey averaged 6.92 points, 5.83 kills, .67 aces, 2.33 digs and .83 blocks per game while hitting .319. This is the second time this season Sangrey has been honored as the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week.
OVERMAN NAMED MIVA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – March 1
Grayson Overman has been named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week for his play in the Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic. Overman, in the win over George Mason, recorded an OSU match record 14 block assists against the Patriots. The previous record of 13 was held by Scott Spurlock (at Lewis, 2/1/04), Colin McMillan (at IPFW, 1/29/99 and Juniata, 3/11/98), Jon Yunker, UC Santa Cruz, 3/29/93) and Tom Hoff (vs. IPFW at Ball State, 4/24/93). He tied the Buckeye match record for total blocks with 15 (1-14) and now shares the mark with Rene’ Esteves (at Lewis, 2/27/99), David Frette (at Ball State, 4/10/91) and Tom Hoff (vs. IPFW at Ball State, 4/24/93). He added two kills and one assist against the Patriots. This is the second double-figure block match by Overman. He recorded 11 total blocks at Loyola-Chicago with a solo and 10 assist blocks. In the 3-0 (34-32, 32-30, 30-17) loss to UC Santa Barbara in the championship match, Overman had three assist blocks, two kills, one dig and one assist. In the two matches, he averaged 3.00 blocks, 2.25 points, .67 kills while hitting .300.
SANGREY NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Feb. 8
Shawn Sangrey was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week for the Ohio State men’s volleyball team. He had match-highs of 21.5 points and 15 kills in the 3-0 (30-28, 34-32, 30-23) win at Ball State to keep OSU undefeated (4-0) in conference play. Sangrey hit .367 (15-4-30) and had a career-high three ace serves in the match. He had three digs and equaled his career high of two solo blocks against the Cardinals. Sangrey had five total blocks including three assists. With game one tied at 28, his kill for point 29 and a block with Kevin Heine won the game at 30-28. In the 34-32 game two, Sangrey hit .600 (7-1-10) and added two ace serves, a solo block and two assist blocks. In his last three matches, he has recorded double-figure points and kills and he is the team leader in points (4.50) and kills (3.62).
OHIO STATE THE PRESEASON FAVORITE IN THE MIVA
The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association announced Ohio State has been picked as the preseason favorite by a vote of the league coaches. The Buckeyes, three-time defending MIVA regular season champions and two-time defending MIVA tournament champions, edge Ball State by one vote. Ohio State had four first place votes to three for the Cardinals. Lewis was picked to finish third, Loyola-Chicago fourth and IPFW fifth. First-year member Grand Canyon was picked to finish sixth and Quincy seventh to round out the voting.
OHIO STATE HAS THREE PLAYERS NAMED TO THE MIVA PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Three Buckeyes, Kevin Heine, Steve Kehoe and John Klanac, were named to the 10-player MIVA Preseason All-Conference Team. Also named to the team were Ball State’s Billy Ebel, J.D. Gasparovic and Ethan Pheister. Mike Iandolo and Nathan Klaas of Lewis, Darryl Shank of IPFW and Kris Berzins of Loyola Chicago complete the team.
Heine, a 6-5 red-shirt senior middle hitter, averaged 1.92 kills and 1.12 blocks per game in conference play last season. Kehoe, a 6-4 setter, was a 2009 MIVA first team All-Conference selection. The red-shirt senior averaged 12.75 assists, 1.97 digs and .94 blocks per game. Klanac, a 6-6 outside hitter, was a 2009 MIVA second-team All-conference selection. The red-shirt senior averaged 2.91 kills, 1.52 digs and .82 blocks per game.