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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 11th-ranked Ohio State (18-7 overall, 10-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, tied for first place) men’s volleyball team closes out regular season play by hosting 15th-ranked Ball State (17-9, 6-4 MIVA, third place) and St. Francis (12-13, 4-6 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association). The Buckeyes face the Ball State Cardinals Friday and the St. Francis Red Flash Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. EDT in St. John Arena. Admission is free.

OHIO STATE’S LAST MATCHES
The Buckeyes defeated 11th-ranked (tie) Loyola-Chicago 3-0 (30-26, 32-30, 30-24) and Lewis 3-0 (32-30, 30-25, 30-21) in home matches.

BUCKEYES PLAY FOR CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP FRIDAY
At least a share of the MIVA regular season championship will be on the line Friday when Ohio State hosts Ball State at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena. An OSU victory over the Cardinals gives the Buckeyes at least a share of the regular season conference championship. Co-leader Loyola-Chicago plays at Ball State Saturday and with a win over the Cardinals would share the league title.

SENIORS SCHOENFELDT AND BRIAN KUES HONORED SATURDAY
Buckeye seniors Ted Schoenfeldt and Brian Kues will be honored Saturday at the St. Francis match for their contributions to the Buckeye program.

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OHIO STATE
The 11th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 18-7 overall and 10-1 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association and are tied for first in the league standings with Loyola-Chicago (18-4, 10-1). The Buckeyes defeated 11th-ranked (tie) Loyola-Chicago 3-0 (30-26, 32-30, 30-24) Friday and Lewis 3-0 (32-30, 30-25, 30-21) Saturday in home matches last week. Leading OSU in points per game is Shawn Sangrey at 5.38. John Klanac ranks second at 4.51 and Ted Schoenfeldt is third at 3.20. Sangrey is the team leader in kills per game at 4.56 with Klanac second at 3.99 and Schoenfeldt third at 2.55. The top percentage hitter on the squad is Kevin Heine at .469. Grayson Overman ranks second at .385 with Schoenfeldt third at .335. At setter, Steven Kehoe has a 13.31 assists per game average. Sangrey has a team-high .36 aces per game with 26. Kehoe ranks second at .29 with 25 and Schoenfeldt is third at .24 with 12. Defensively, Mik Berzins leads the squad in digs per game with a 2.53 average. Kehoe ranks second at 1.84 with Sangrey third at 1.39. Jason Tobkin has a team-high .984 serve reception percentage handling 181 of 184 attempts. Mike Stefani ranks second at .965 (228 of 230) with Mik Berzins third at .955 (578 of 605). At the net, Overman has a team-high 1.30 blocks per game average with 10 solos and 72 assist blocks. Ranking second is Heine at 1.13 with five solos and 74 assists. Sangrey ranks third at .82 with eight solos and 51 assists. Ohio State is hitting .303 on the season and is averaging 19.84 points, 15.42 kills and 14.47 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.59 aces, 9.93 digs and 2.82 blocks per game and have a .941 serve reception percentage. Buckeye opponents are hitting .224 and average 17.11 points, 13.07 kills and 12.22 assists per game. Opponents average 1.22 aces, 8.66 digs and 2.81 blocks per game and have a .930 serve reception percentage.

BALL STATE
The 15th-ranked Cardinals are coached by Joel Walton. Ball State is 17-9 overall and 6-4 in the MIVA (third place). Last week the Cardinals won 3-2 (30-24, 31-29, 28-30, 23-30, 15-13) at Lewis and had 3-0 home wins against King College (30-15, 30-24, 30-19) and St. Francis (35-33, 33-31, 30-25). J.D. Gasparovic has a team-high 3.18 points per game average. Lee Meyer ranks second at 3.25 with Anders Nelson third at 2.99. Jamion Hartley leads the squad with a 3.3 kills per game average. Meyer ranks second at 2.82 with Gasparovic third at 2.29. Leading the team in attack percentage is Gasparovic at .385. Anders Nelson is second at .358 with Meyer third at .236. At setter, Ethan Pheister has an 11.66 assist per game average. Pheister has a team-high .34 aces per game average with 33. Dominic Spadavecchio ranks second at .22 with 20 and Larry Wrather is third at .17 with 14. Defensively, Billy Ebel has a team-high 3.03 digs per game average. Meyer, at 1.79, ranks second and Pheister is third at 1.60. Ebel has a team-high .955 serve reception percentage handling 657 of 688 attempts. Wrather ranks second at .950 (320 of 337) and Spadavecchio is third at .924 (245 of 260). At the net, Gasparovic has a team-high 1.34 blocks per game average with 22 solos and 107 assist blocks. Nelson ranks second at 1.26 with 18 solos and 100 assists with Hartley third at .70 with four solos and 41 assists. Ball State his hitting .232 and averages 18.22 points, 14.05 kills and 13.07 assists per game. The Cardinals average 1.19 aces, 11.00 digs and 3.09 blocks per game and have a .933 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .193 and average 17.62 points, 13.51 kills and 12.57 assists per game. Ball State opponents average 1.37 aces, 10.49 digs and 2.74 blocks per game and have a .945 serve reception percentage.

BUCKEYE-CARDINAL SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Ball State, 84-76. Ohio State is 44-31 in Columbus while Ball State is 32-28 in Muncie. The Cardinals have a 13-12 margin in neutral site matches. Ohio State has won the last six matches in the series. Earlier this season at Ball State, the Buckeyes won, 3-0 (30-28, 34-32, 30-23.

ST. FRANCIS
The Red Flash is coached by Mike Rumbaugh. St. Francis is 12-13 overall and 4-6 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week the Red Flash won 3-2 (30-27, 26-30, 30-28, 23-30, 15-11) at IPFW and lost 3-0 (35-33, 33-31, 30-25) at Ball State. Jordan Varee has a team-high 5.83 points per game average. Nick Rivett ranks second at 4.07 with Pete Freyer third at 3.34. Varee leads the team with a 4.97 kills per game average. Rivett ranks second at 3.49 with Freyer third at 2.61. Freyer has a team-high .444 attack percentage with Varee second at .307 and Patrick McManamon third at .290. Setter Ryan Williams has an 12.18 assists per game average. Varee leads the team in aces per game at .44 with 42. Rivett ranks second at .27 with 27 and Tyler Mattera is third at .16 with 11. Defensively, John Wappler has a team-high 2.47 digs per game average. Varee ranks second at 1.74 with Rivett, at 1.74, third. Wappler leads the team in serve reception percentage at .965 handling 576 of 597 attempts. Rivett ranks second at .959 (495 of 515) and Mattera is third at .948 (422 of 445). At the net, McManamonand Freyer are co-leaders with a 1.12 blocks per game average. McManamon has eight solos and 84 assist blocks while Freyer has 17 solos and 84 assists. Ranking third is Varee at .78 with six solos and 47 assists. St. Francis is hitting .266 and averages 18.11 points, 14.35 kills and 13.40 assists per game. The Red Flash average 1.25 aces, 10.87 digs and 2.51 blocks per game and have a .946 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .270 and average 18.47 points, 14.91 kills and 14.04 assists per game. Red Flash opponents average 1.20 aces, 11.12 digs and 2.36 blocks per game and have a .943 serve reception percentage.

BUCKEYE-RED FLASH SERIES
Ohio State has a 19-1 margin in the series against St. Francis. The Buckeyes are 12-0 in Columbus and 7-1 in Loretto. Earlier this season at St. Francis, the Red Flash defeated Ohio State, 3-1 (30-22, 30-25, 22-30, 30-25).

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).

BUCKEYES HAVE 12 PLAYED NAMED TO THE MIVA ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association has recognized 12 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 74 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, John Tholen and Jason Tobkin.

OHIO STATE RANKED 11TH IN THE AVCA DIVISION I-II POLL
Ohio State is ranked 11th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll this week with 85 points. The Buckeyes were 13th last week and began the season 10th in the preseason poll.

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 511-281 record with the Buckeyes and has won 12 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championships, including 2009. Named the MIVA Coach of the Year nine times, including 2009, 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 Week – vs. Loyola-Chicago – started, 46 assists, one ace serve, two digs and two assist blocks – vs. Lewis – started, 45 assists, four kill, six digs and two solo blocks – Season – started all 25 matches – averaging 13.31 assists, .29 aces (2nd on team), 1.84 digs (2nd on team) and .79 blocks (4th 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 – Facts – four double-doubles (assists-digs) this season.

#2 KEVIN HEINE
Kevin Heine – Last Week – vs. Loyola-Chicago – started, six kill, two digs and five assist blocks – vs. Lewis – started, four kills, one dig and one assist block – Season – played and started in 21 matches – hitting a team-high .469, averaging 2.93 points (4th on team), 2.19 kills (4th on team), .14 aces, .44 digs and 1.13 blocks (2nd on team) per game – Honors – MIVA Academic All-Conference – Facts – double-figure points in 10 matches this season.

#3 ANTHONY HOCK
Anthony Hock – Last Week – vs. Loyola-Chicago – played – vs. Lewis – played, two ace serves and one dig – Season – played in 21 matches with nine starts at libero – averaging 1.14 digs per game and has a .950 serve reception percentage handling 226 of 238 attempts (4th on team).

#4 KYLE LAWRENCE
Kyle Lawrence – Last Week – vs. Loyola-Chicago – did not play – vs. Lewis – started, four kills, one dig and one assist block – Season – played in two matches recording seven assists against Mt. Olive.

#5 GRAYSON OVERMAN
Grayson Overman – Last Week – vs. Loyola-Chicago – did not play – vs. Lewis – did not play– Season – played and started in 19 matches – averaging 1.30 blocks (team-high), 2.48 points, 1.51 kills, .24 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 Week – vs. Loyola-Chicago – started, match-high 17 kills, one ace serve, five digs and three assist blocks – vs. Lewis – started, match-high 25 kills, three ace serves and two digs – Season – played in 23 matches with 20 starts – averaging 5.38 points (team high), 4.56 kills (team-high), .36 aces (team high), 1.39 digs and .82 blocks per game while hitting .264 – 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 win over Loyola-Chicago and Lewis April 12 – Facts – double-figure kills in 16 matches this season – six matches with 20 or more kills this season.

#7 MIKE STEFANI
Mike Stefani – Last Week – vs. Loyola-Chicago – did not play – vs. Lewis – played – Season – played in 18 matches with six starts – averaging 1.69 points, 1.49 kills, 1.10 digs per game and .965 serve reception percentage handling 222 of 230 attempts.

#8 JOHN KLANAC
John Klanac – Last Week – vs. Loyola-Chicago – started, 13 kills, one dig, tied a career-high three solo blocks and handled 11 of 12 (.923) serve reception attempts – vs. Lewis – started, 14 kills, four digs, one assist blocks and handled 11 serve reception attempts without an error – Season – played and started in 23 matches – averaging 4.51 points (2nd on team), 3.99 kills (2nd on team), .22 aces, 1.24 digs and .47 blocks per game while hitting .283 – serve reception percentage of .940 handling 283 of 301 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 – Facts – double-figure kills in 18 matches  this season including the last 10 he has played.

#9 JOHN THOLEN
John Tholen – Last Week – vs. Loyola-Chicago – did not play – vs. Lewis – 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 Week – vs. Loyola-Chicago – did not play – vs. Lewis – did not play – Season – played in one match – Honors – MIVA Academic All-Conference.

#11 TED SCHOENFELDT
Ted Schoenfeldt – Last Week – vs. Loyola-Chicago – started, seven kills, one dig and three assist blocks – vs. Lewis – started, two kills, one ace serve and one assist block – Season – played in 19 matches with 12 starts – averaging 3.20 points, 2.55 kills, .24 aces, .94 digs and .71 blocks per game while hitting .335  Honors – MIVA Academic All-Conference – Facts – Has started the last seven matches.

#12 JASON TOBKIN
Jason Tobkin – Last Week – vs. Loyola-Chicago – started, four kills, one ace serve, four digs, five total blocks (1-4) and handled 21 of 23 (.920) serve reception attempts – vs. Lewis – started, six kills, eight digs, two blocks (1-1) and 21 serve reception attempts without an error – Season – played in 22 matches with seven starts – averaging 1.21 points, .86 kills, .21 aces, .62 digs and .23 blocks per game while hitting .171 – serve reception percentage of .984 handling 181 of 184 attempts – Honors – MIVA Academic All-Conference – Facts – has started the last seven matches.

#13 NICK GIBSON
Nick Gibson – Last Week – vs. Loyola-Chicago – did not play – vs. Lewis – started, two kills, one ace serve and one assist block – Season – played in 13 matches with three starts – averaging 2.10 points, 1.90 kills, .05 aces, .75 digs and .25 blocks per game while hitting .431 – serve reception percentage of .984 handling 60 of 61 attempts – Honors – MIVA Academic All-Conference.

#14 MIKE STEWART
Mike Stewart – Last Week – vs. Loyola-Chicago – did not play – vs. Lewis – 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 Week – vs. Loyola-Chicago – started at libero, four digs and handled 25 of 26 (.963) serve reception attempts – vs. Lewis – started at libero, 10 digs, two assists and handled 23 of 24 (.960) serve reception attempts – Season – played in 23 matches with 10 starts and 10 at libero – averaging 1.21 points, 1.12 kills, .05 aces, 2.53 digs (team high) and .23 blocks per game while hitting .278 – serve reception percentage of .955 (3rd on team), handling 578 of 605 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 seven matches he has played – has eight double-figure dig matches this season.

#16 DALE FREIER
Dale Freier – Last Week – vs. Loyola-Chicago – did not play – vs. Lewis – 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 Week – vs. Loyola-Chicago – did not play – vs. Lewis – 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 Week – vs. Loyola-Chicago – played – vs. Lewis – played – Season – played in 17 matches – recorded four digs and one kill – Honors – MIVA Academic All-Conference.

#21 SEAN MARTIN
Sean Martin – Last Week – vs. Loyola-Chicago – did not play – vs. Lewis – did not play – Season – played in three matches – recorded one dig – Honors – MIVA Academic All-Conference.

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.

NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
Ohio State enters the MIVA Tournament.

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