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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th-ranked Ohio State (16-7 overall, 8-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, second place) men’s volleyball team begins a four-match home stand to close out the regular season. The Buckeyes begin by hosting 11th-ranked (tie) Loyola-Chicago (18-3, 10-0, first place) Friday and Lewis (16-8, 5-4, fourth place) Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. EDT in St. John Arena. Admission is free.

OHIO STATE’S LAST MATCHES
The Buckeyes won back-to-back matches at Quincy last weekend. Ohio State won 3-0 (30-17, 30-18, 30-26) Friday and 3-0 (30-21, 30-18, 30-27) Saturday.

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ST. FRANCIS HOME MATCH RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 17
The Feb. 6 home match with St. Francis has been rescheduled to 7 p.m., Saturday April 17. The Feb. 6 match was not played because of the weather conditions.

OHIO STATE
The 13th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 16-7 overall and 8-1 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association and are second in the league standings. The Buckeyes won back-to-back matches at Quincy last weekend. Ohio State won 3-0 (30-17, 30-18, 30-26) Friday and 3-0 (30-21, 30-18, 30-27) Saturday. Leading OSU in points per game is Shawn Sangrey at 5.15. John Klanac ranks second at 4.46 and Ted Schoenfeldt is third at 3.37. Sangrey is the team leader in kills per game at 4.33 with Klanac second at 3.94 and Schoenfeldt third at 2.70. The top percentage hitter on the squad is Kevin Heine at .464. Grayson Overman ranks second at .385 with Schoenfeldt third at .335. At setter, Steven Kehoe has a 13.16 assists per game average. Sangrey has a team-high .33 aces per game with 22. Kehoe ranks second at .30 with 24 and Schoenfeldt is third at .26 with 11. Defensively, Mik Berzins leads the squad in digs per game with a 2.55 average. Kehoe ranks second at 1.87 with Sangrey third at 1.41. Mike Stefani has a team-high .965 serve reception percentage handling 222 of 230 attempts. Berzins ranks second at .955 handling 528 of 553 attempts. Anthony Hock is third at .950 handling 226 of 238 attempts. 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 1.14 with five solos and 68 assists. Sangrey ranks third at .85 with eight solos and 48 assists. Ohio State is hitting .294 on the season and is averaging 19.72 points, 15.30 kills and 14.35 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.59 aces, 10.04 digs and 2.82 blocks per game and have a .943 serve reception percentage. Buckeye opponents are hitting .223 and average 17.02 points, 13.03 kills and 12.19 assists per game. Opponents average 1.19 aces, 8.85 digs and 2.80 blocks per game and have a .929 serve reception percentage.

LOYOLA-CHICAGO
The 11th-ranked (tie) Ramblers are coached by Shane Davis. Loyola-Chicago is 18-3 overall and holds first place with a 10-0 mark in the MIVA. Last week the Ramblers won 3-1 (30-23, 30-23, 23-30, 30-24) and 3-0 (30-22, 30-21, 30-28) matches at Grand Canyon.Leading the Ramblers in points per game is Mike Bunting at 4.88. Domenic Dewaele ranks second at 4.51 with Kris Berzins third at 3.83. Bunting leads the team in kills per game with a 4.23 average. Dewaele ranks second at 4.00 with Berzins third at 3.11. The top hitter on the squad is Mike Morice with a .423 average. Ranking second is Matt Adler at .384 and Dewaele is third at .353. At setter, Mike Hutz has a 13.19 assists per game average. Berzins has a team-high .47 aces per game with 33. Hutz ranks second at .38 with 26. Moriceis third at .28 with 18. Defensively, Tommy Becker has a team-high 2.27 digs per game average. Hutz ranks second at 2.10 with Berzins third at 1.97. Bunting leads the team in serve reception percentage at .959 handing 303 of 316 attempts. Berzins ranks second at .952 (418 of 439) and Becker is third at .950 (438 of 461). At the net, Adler leads the squad with a 1.38 blocks per game average with 11 solos and 69 assist blocks. Morice, at 1.08, ranks second with 10 solos and 59 assists. Hutz ranks third at .85 with eight solos and 50 assists. Loyola-Chicago is hitting .327 and averages 19.69 points, 15.19 kills and 14.43 assists per game. The Ramblers average 1.81 aces, 10.21 digs and 2.69 blocks per game and have a. 942 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .236 and average 17.85 points, 15.19 kills and 13.64 assists per game. Rambler opponent average 1.18 aces, 8.92 digs and 2.29 blocks per game and have a .926 serve reception percentage.

BUCKEYE-RAMBLER SERIES
Ohio State has a 23-13 margin in the series with Loyola-Chicago. Ohio State is 15-2 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).

LEWIS
The Flyers are coached by Dan Friend. Lewis is 16-8 overall and 5-4 in MIVA play. Last week the Flyers defeated IPFW, 3-0 (31-29, 30-24, 31-29 and lost. 3-2 (30-24, 31-29, 28-30, 23-30, 15-13) at home to Ball State Tuesday Nathan Klaas leads the squad in points per game with a 4.10 average. Ian Karbiener ranks second at 3.88 with Matt Gallik third at 3.10. Klaas is the team leader in kills per game at 3.49. Karbiener ranks second at 3.38 with Aaaron Flick third at 2.23. The top percentage hitter on the squad is Gallikat .386. Flick ranks second at .379 with Karbiener third at .233. At setter, Mike Iandolo is averaging 11.65 assists per game. Karbiener has a team-high .25 aces per game with 21. Brian Muesenfechter, at .24, ranks second with 21 and Iandolo is third at .20 with 15. Defensively, Rikki Garma has a team-high 2.56 digs per game with Muesenfechter second at 1.83. Klaas ranks third at 1.64. In serve reception percentage, Muesenfechter leads the team at .965 handling 609 of 631 attempts. Klaas ranks second at .961 (513 of 534) with Garma third at .938 (510 of 544). At the net, Gallik has a team-high 1.48 blocks per game average with 10 solos and 83 assist blocks. Flick ranks second at 1.17 with 17 solos and 81 assist blocks with Iandolo third at 1.16 with 12 solos and 74 assists. Lewis is hitting .257 and averages 19.17 points, 14.53 kills and 13.58 assists per game. The Flyers average 1.17 aces, 10.47 digs and 3.47 blocks per game and have a .946 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .227 and average 18.01 points, 14.26 kills and 13.52 assists per game. Lewis opponents average 1.17 aces, 10.86 digs and 2.58 blocks per game and have a .949 serve reception percentage.

BUCKEYE-FLYER SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Lewis, 23-12. The Buckeyes are 12-7 in Columbus and 10-4 at Lewis. OSU has won nine of the last 10 matches against the Flyers. Earlier this season at Lewis, the Buckeyes came away with a 3-1 (30-20, 30-24, 24-30, 30-28) decision.

MEET THE BUCKEYES

#1 STEVEN KEHOE
Steven Kehoe – Last Week – at Quincy Friday – started, 35 assists, 11 digs, two ace serves and three assist blocks – at Quincy Saturday – started, 45 assists, five digs, one kill and two total blocks (1-1) – Season – started all 23 matches – averaging 13.16 assists, .30 aces (2nd on team), 1.87 digs (2nd on team) and .80 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 – Facts – four double-doubles (assists-digs) this season.

#2 KEVIN HEINE
Kevin Heine – Last Week – at Quincy Friday – started, eight kills, match-high seven assist blocks and a career-high four digs while hitting .538 (8-1-13) – at Quincy Saturday – started, eight kills, one ace serve, one dig and three assist blocks while hitting a season-high .800 (8-0-10) – Season – played and started in 19 matches – hitting a team-high .464, averaging 3.00 points (4th on team), 2.23 kills (4th on team), .16 aces, .44 digs and 1.14 blocks (2nd on team) per game.

#3 ANTHONY HOCK
Anthony Hock – Last Week – at Quincy Friday – played, one dig – at Quincy Saturday – played, career-high two ace serves – Season – played in 19 matches with nine starts at libero – averaging 1.24 digs per game and has a .950 serve reception percentage handling 226 of 238 attempts (3rd on team).

#4 KYLE LAWRENCE
Kyle Lawrence – Last Week – at Quincy Friday – did not play – at Quincy Saturday – did not play – Season – played in two matches recording seven assists against Mt. Olive.

#5 GRAYSON OVERMAN
Grayson Overman – Last Week – at Quincy Friday – did not play – at Quincy Saturday – 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.

#6 SHAWN SANGREY
Shawn Sangrey – Last Week – at Quincy Friday – started, eight kills, match-high three ace serves, seven digs and four total blocks (2-2) – at Quincy Saturday – started, 13 kills, two ace serves, seven digs and three assist blocks – Season – played in 21 matches with 18 starts – averaging 5.15 points (team high), 4.33 kills (team-high), .33 aces, 1.41 digs and .85 blocks per game while hitting .246 – 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 – Facts – double-figure kills in 14 matches this season.

#7 MIKE STEFANI
Mike Stefani – Last Week – at Quincy Friday – did not play – at Quincy Saturday – did not play – Season – played in 17 matches with six starts – averaging 1.77 points, 1.55 kills, 1.15 digs per game and has a team-high .965 serve reception percentage handling 222 of 230 attempts.

#8 JOHN KLANAC
John Klanac – Last Week – at Quincy Friday – started, match-high 16 points with 15 kills, seven digs and two assist blocks while hitting a career-high .722 (15-2-18) – at Quincy Saturday – started, match-high 19.5 points, 19 kills, three digs and one assist block – Season – played and started in 21 matches – averaging 4.36 points (2nd on team), 3.94 kills (2nd on team), .24 aces (4th on team), 1.27 digs and .46 blocks per game while hitting .272 – serve reception percentage of .939 handling 260 of 277 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 16 matches  this season including the last eight he has played.

#9 JOHN THOLEN
John Tholen – Last Week – at Quincy Friday – did not play – at Quincy Saturday – 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.

#10 BRIAN KUES
Brian Kues – Last Week – at Quincy Friday – did not play – at Quincy Saturday – did not play – Season – played in one match.

#11 TED SCHOENFELDT
Ted Schoenfeldt – Last Week – at Quincy Friday – started, six kills, one ace serve, one dig and two total blocks (1-1) – at Quincy Saturday – started, seven kills, six digs and two assist blocks – Season – played in 17 matches with 10 starts – averaging 3.37 points, 2.70 kills, .26 aces, 1.05 digs and .72 blocks per game while hitting .335 – Facts – Has started the last seven matches.

#12 JASON TOBKIN
Jason Tobkin – Last Week – at Quincy Friday – started, two kills, two digs and three total blocks (1-2) while handling 16 serve receptions without an error – at Quincy Saturday – started, four kills, one ace serve and four digs – Season – played in 20 matches with five starts – averaging 1.05 points, .76 kills, .22 aces, .46 digs and .12 blocks per game while hitting .137 – serve reception percentage of .993 handling 137 of 138 attempts.

#13 NICK GIBSON
Nick Gibson – Last Week – at Quincy Friday – did not play – at Quincy Saturday – did not play – 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.

#14 MIKE STEWART
Mike Stewart – Last Week – at Quincy Friday – did not play – at Quincy Saturday – 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 – at Quincy Friday – started at libero, two digs and handled 19 of 22 serve reception attempts – at Quincy Saturday – started at libero, four digs, one assist and handled 20 of 21 serve reception attempts – Season – played in 21 matches with 10 starts and nine at libero – averaging 1.43 points, 1.22 kills, .06 aces, 2.55 digs (team high) and .25 blocks per game while hitting .278 – serve reception percentage of .955 (2nd on team), handling 528 of 553 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 five matches he has played.

#16 DALE FREIER
Dale Freier – Last Week – at Quincy Friday – did not play – at Quincy Saturday – did not play – Season – played in one match, recording a kill against Mt. Olive.

#17 COLIN KELLY
Colin Kelly – has not played.

18 ERIC DATES
Eric Dates – has not played.

#19 RHETT CASH
Rhett Cash – Last Week – at Quincy Friday – did not play – at Quincy Saturday – 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.

#20 DEREK KUES
Derek Kues – Last Week – at Quincy Friday – did not play – at Quincy Saturday – played in two games – Season – played in 15 matches – recorded four digs and one kill.

#21 SEAN MARTIN
Sean Martin – Last Week – at Quincy Friday – did not play – at Quincy Saturday – did not play – Season – played in three matches – recorded one dig.

OHIO STATE RANKED 13TH IN THE AVCA DIVISION I-II POLL
Ohio State is ranked 13th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll this week with 58 points. The Buckeyes were 13th last week and began the season 10th in the preseason poll.

OHIO STATE IN THE MIVA CONFERENCE STATISTICS
In the MIVA conference only statistics, Kevin Heine is the top percentage hitter at .514. Ted Schoenfeldt is 11th at .339 with John Klanac 14th at .295. Shawn Sangrey ranks second in aces per game at .52.  Grayson Overman is fifth at .38 with Steven Kehoe ninth at .31 and Schoenfeldt tied for 12th at .25. Sangrey ranks fourth in kills per game at 4.12 with Klanac fifth at 3.97. Schoenfeldt is 14th at 2.90 and Heine is 19th at 2.39. In points per game, Sangrey ranks third at 5.22 with Klanac fifth at 4.38. Schoenfeldt ranks 12th at 3.60 with Heine 17th at 3.12. Kehoe is ranked second in assists per game at 13.16. Defensively, Anthony Hock ranks fifth in digs per game at 2.52. Kehoe ranks 11th at 2.03 with Mik Berzins 12th at 2.00. In blocks per game, Overman is third at 1.27 with Heine eighth at 1.21 and Sangrey tied for 13th at 1.00. As a team, the Buckeyes rank second in kills (15.22), assists (14.19), aces (1.81) per game and hitting percentage (.304). OSU ranks third in digs (10.72) and blocks (2.86) per game.

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.

HEAD COACH PETE HANSON
Pete Hanson is in his 26th season at Ohio State. He has a 509-281 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).

NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
Ohio State closes out the regular season with home matches against Ball State and St. Francis. The Buckeyes face the Ball State Cardinals Friday and the St. Francis Red Flash Saturday in 7 p.m. EDT matches in St. John Arena.

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