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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 11th (tied)-ranked Ohio State (0-3 overall) men’s volleyball team begins its Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association schedule by hosting IPFW (2-0) at 7 p.m. Friday in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes continue play at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Francis (0-0) and at 6 p.m. Monday at Juniata (0-0).

OHIO STATE LAST WEEK
Ohio State played in the Outrigger Hotels Invitational last week in Honolulu, Hawaii dropping three matches. The Buckeyes opened the season with a 3-0 (30-20, 30-20, 30-26) loss to 12th-ranked Hawaii. OSU then fell to top-ranked Southern California, 3-1 (20-30, 30-26, 30-25, 30-14) and closed out play in Hawaii with a 3-1 (30-16, 30-27, 24-30, 30-25)  loss to fifth-ranked Penn State. OSU’s John Klanac earned all-tournament honors for his play.

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OHIO STATE
The 11th (tied)-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State started the season with a 3-0 (30-20, 30-20, 30-26) loss at No. 12 Hawaii in the Outrigger Hotels Invitational. OSU lost 3-1 decisions to No. 1 Southern California (20-30, 30-26, 30-25, 30-14) and No. 5 Penn State (30-16, 30-27, 24-30, 30-25). Leading OSU in points per game is John Klanac at 3.95. Shawn Sangrey ranks second at 3.90 and Ted Schoenfeldt is third at 3.60. Klanac is the team leader in kills per game at 3.45 with Sangrey second at 3.30 and Schoenfeldt third at 2.60. The top percentage hitter on the squad is Kevin Heine at .300. Steven Kehoe ranks second at .273. At setter, Kehoe has an 11.36 assists per game average. Schoenfeldt (.60 per game), Klanac (.27) and Heine (.27) share team-high honors with three ace serves each. Defensively, Mik Berzins leads the squad in digs per game with a 2.82 average. Kehoe ranks second at 1.73 with Mike Stefani third at 1.27. Berzins has a team-high .945 serve reception percentage handling 104 of 110 serves. Klanac ranks second at .944 (51 of 54) and Stefani is third at .909 (80 of 88). At the net, Heine has a team-high 1.18 blocks per game average with a solo and 12 assist blocks. Ranking second is Kehoe at 1.09 with two solos and 10 assists. Grayson Overman ranks third at 1.00 with nine assists. Ohio State is hitting .181 on the season and is averaging 17.18 points, 13.0 kills, 12.27 assists and 1.27 aces per game. The Buckeyes average 8.36 digs and 2.91 blocks per game and has a .904 serve reception percentage. Buckeye opponents are hitting .280 and average 19.45 points, 14.09 kills, 12.90 assists and 2.36 aces per game. Opponents average 10.91 digs and 3.00 blocks per game and have a .932 serve reception percentage.

IPFW
The Mastodons are coached by Arnie Ball. IPFW is 2-0 on the season with 3-0 (30-24, 30-21, 30-27 and 30-23, 30-16, 30-27) wins at home over NJIT. Ivan Matos leads the team with a 5.62 points per game average. Elon Fyfield ranks second at 4.58 with Oliver Kook third at 4.20. Matos has a team-high .475 kills per game average. Fyfield ranks second at 4.00 with Darryl Shank and Kook tied for third at 3.60. Kook has a team-high .615 hitting percentage. Shank ranks second at .378 with Matos third at .314. At setter, Dan Mader is averaging 18.00 assists per game. Mader has a team-high three ace serves (.60 per game). Matos (.50) and Rob Samp (.50) each have two ace serves. Defensively, Shaun Dryden has a team-high 3.33 digs per game average. Shank ranks second at 2.20. Dryden is perfect in 43 serve receptions. Shank has handled 40 of 41 attempts for a .976 percentage. At the net, Corey Frain has a team-high 2.00 blocks per game with four assist blocks. Samp rank second at 1.75 with a solo and six assist blocks. IPFW is hitting .375 and averages 22.83 points, 18.0 kills and 17.83 assists and 1.67 aces per game. The Mastodons average 10.33 digs and 3.17 blocks per game and has a .992 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .157 and average 14.33 points, 12.17 kills, 11.83 assists and .17 aces per game. IPFW opponents average 9.67 digs and 2.00 blocks per game and has a .932 serve reception percentage.

BUCKEYE-MASTODON SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with IPFW, 63-33. The Buckeyes are 35-11 in Columbus, 19-19 in Ft. Wayne and 9-3 in neutral site matches. Last season Ohio State won 3-0 (30-22, 30-22, 30-21) at Ft. Wayne and 3-0 (30-20, 30-19, 30-25) in Columbus. The Buckeyes have won the last four matches against the Mastodons.

ST. FRANCIS
The Red Flash are coached by Mike Rumbaugh. St. Francis was 15-15 overall last season and finished third in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tait Division with a 7-5 record. Prior to hosting the Buckeyes, the Red Flash will host New York University Jan. 12, play at Penn State Jan. 15 and host Sacred Heart Jan. 16.

BUCKEYE-RED FLASH SERIES
Ohio State has won all 19 matches against St. Francis. The streak includes seven matches in Loretto, Pa. and 12 in Columbus. Last season, the Buckeyes won 3-2 (30-20, 33-31, 28-30, 26-30, 15-12) in Loretto and 3-1 (30-16, 23-30, 30-28, 32-30) in Columbus.

JUNIATA
The Eagles are coached by Jeremy Price. Juniata had a 18-8 overall record in 2009 and was 6-4 in the Tait Division of the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, finishing second. The Eagles have 12 letterwinners returning including five starters. Last season Juniata won the Molton Division III Championship and was runnerup in the EIVA Tournament. The Eagles open their season by hosting the Buckeyes.

BUCKEYE-EAGLE SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Juniata, 21-2. The Buckeyes are 5-2 in Huntingdon, Pa., 14-0 in Columbus and 2-0 in neutral site matches. Last season, Ohio State won 3-0 (30-23, 30-25, 30-25) in Columbus and lost 3-2 (28-30, 30-23, 30-28, 27-30, 15-12) in Huntingdon to snap a 14-match OSU winning streak against the Eagles.

KLANAC NAMED ALL-TOURNAMENT IN HAWAII
John Klanac was named to the Outrigger Hotels Invitational All-Tournament team for his play last week in Hawaii. In the three matches, he averaged 3.95 points and 3.45 kills for the Buckeyes, both team highs. Klanac averaged .91 digs and .36 blocks per game and recorded three ace serves. He posted eight kills, two digs, a solo block and one assist block in the match against Hawaii. Against Southern California, Klanac had 14 kills, two ace serves, eight digs and two assist blocks. He posted a season-high 16 kills and one ace serve in the Penn State match. Klanac has a .944 serve reception percentage handling 51 of 54 attempts.

SANGREY POSTS A MATCH-HIGH 23.5 POINTS AGAINST SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Shawn Sangrey recorded a match-high 23.5 points in the Southern California match with 19 kills, one ace serve, two digs and seven assist blocks. He had 11 kills, three digs and an assist block against Hawaii and three kills, one ace serve and two digs against Penn State. For the weekend, Sangrey averaged 3.90 points, 3.30 kills, .70 digs and .80 blocks per game.

KEHOE EQUALS HIS CAREER-HIGH IN ASSIST BLOCKS
Steven Kehoe posted six assist blocks against Penn State to equal his career high set against Quincy in 2009. He added 46 assists, four digs, one kill and an ace serve against the Nittany Lions. Against Hawaii, Kehoe had 35 assists, three kills, six digs and two assist blocks. He recorded 44 assists, one kill, two solo blocks, two assists blocks and a team-high nine digs against Southern California.

HEINE HAS DOUBLE-FIGURE POINTS AGAINST SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND PENN STATE
Kevin Heine recorded double figure points against Southern California (11.5) and Penn State (10.0). He now has 19 career double-figure point matches. Heine had five kills, three ace serves, a solo block and five assist blocks against Southern California. In the Penn State match, he had eight kills, one dig and four assist blocks. Heine had six kills and three assist blocks at Hawaii. For the weekend, he averaged 2.64 points, 1.73 kills, .27 aces, and 1.18 blocks per game.

STEFANI STARTS AS A FRESHMAN AT OUTSIDE HITTER
Mike Stefani, as a freshmen, started all three matches at Hawaii. He had five kills, one dig and two assist blocks in the Hawaii match. Stefani recorded six kills, three digs and one assist block against Southern California and had a career-high 11 points in the Penn State match with nine kills, one ace serve and two assist blocks. He produced a career-high 10 digs against the Nittany Lions. In the three matches, Stefani had a .909 serve reception percentage handling 80 of 88 serves.

SCHOENFELDT HAS A TEAM-HIGH 18 POINTS AGAINST PENN STATE
Ted Schoenfeldt came off the bench against Penn State to record a team-high 18 points against the Nittany Lions. He had 13 kills, three ace serves and four assist blocks in the match. Schoenfeldt saw limited backrow action against Hawaii and Southern California. He is averaging 3.60 points, 2.60 kills, .60 aces, 1.00 digs and .80 blocks per game this season.

MIDDLE BLOCKER OVERMAN STARTS AS A FRESHMAN
Middle blocker Grayson Overman started all three matches in Hawaii for the Buckeyes. He collected six kills and two assist blocks at Hawaii and four kills, one dig and five assist blocks against Southern California. Overman played in two of four games against Penn State collecting one dig and two assist blocks. He is averaging 1.61 points, 1.11 kills and 1.00 blocks per game.

BERZINS HANDLING THE LIBERO DUTIES
Mik Berzins started at libero in all three matches last week. He is averaging a team-high 2.82 digs per game and has a .945 serve reception percentage handling 104 of 110 attempts. Berzins recorded nine digs at Hawaii, seven against Southern California and a season-high 15 in the Penn State match.

OHIO STATE TIED FOR 11TH IN THE AVCA DIVISION I-II POLL
Ohio State is ranked tied for 11th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll this week with 65 points. The Buckeyes were ranked 10th in the 2010 preseason poll.

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.

HEAD COACH PETE HANSON
Pete Hanson is in his 26th season at Ohio State. He has a 493-277 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).

NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
Ohio State closes out the month of January with four home matches. The Buckeyes host first-year MIVA member Grand Canyon in 7 p.m. matches Jan. 22 and 23. OSU closes out January hosting George Mason at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 and Juniata at 2 p.m. Jan. 31.

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