COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th-ranked Ohio State (10-6 overall, 5-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team plays three matches in five days this week. The Buckeyes host ninth-ranked Penn State (11-2, 5-0 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, travel to the Hilliard Gates Sports Center to play IPFW (6-7, 2-4 MIVA) in a 7 p.m. Saturday match and return home to host Mt. Olive (4-0, 4-0 Conference Carolinas at 4 p.m. Sunday. The Penn State and Mt. Olive matches will be played in St. John Arena and admission is free. The Wednesday match with the Nittany Lions is Student Appreciation Night. There will be free pizza for students after the game and the first 100 students in the door will receive a free t-shirt. A student raffle will be held for a $100 gift card to Barnes and Noble.
OHIO STATE LAST WEEK
Ohio State defeated George Mason, 3-0 (30-12, 30-16, 30-25) in the semifinals of the Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic and lost 3-0 (34-32, 32-30, 30-17) to UC Santa Barbara in the championship match.
SANGREY AND OVERMAN NAMED THE MIVA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Ohio State men’s volleyball opposite Shawn Sangrey has been named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association offensive player of the week and middle blocker Grayson Overman the defensive player of the week for their play last week.
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. 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, 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. Overman was also named the Ohio State Athlete of the Week for his efforts.
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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.
The 13th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 10-6 overall and 5-1 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Buckeyes defeated George Mason, 3-0 (30-12, 30-16, 30-25) in the semifinals of the Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic and lost 3-0 (34-32, 32-30, 30-17) to UC Santa Barbara in the championship match last week. Leading OSU in points per game is Shawn Sangrey at 4.90. John Klanac ranks second at 4.30 and Kevin Heine is third at 2.98. Sangrey is the team leader in kills per game at 4.07 with Klanac second at 3.71 and Heine third at 2.16. The top percentage hitter on the squad is Heine at .428. Grayson Overman ranks second at .417. Mik Berzins ranks third at .280. At setter, Steven Kehoe has a 13.07 assists per game average. Sangrey has a team-high .32 aces per game with 14. Klanac ranks second at .31 with 15 and Kehoe is third at .30 with 16. Defensively,Berzins leads the squad in digs per game with a 2.26 average. Kehoe ranks second at 1.76 with Anthony Hock third at 1.60. Mike Stefani has a team-high .953 serve reception percentage handling 164 of 172 attempts. Hock ranks second at .953 handling 201 of 211 attempts. Berzins is third at .948 (364 of 384). At the net, Overman has a team-high 1.43 blocks per game average with nine solos and 61 assist blocks. Ranking second is Heine at 1.18 with five solos and 54 assists. Kehoe ranks third at .93 with seven solos and 43 assists. Ohio State is hitting .290 on the season and is averaging 19.76 points, 15.02 kills and 14.11 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.63 aces, 9.70 digs and 3.11 blocks per game and have a .935 serve reception percentage. Buckeye opponents are hitting .229 and average 17.50 points, 13.43 kills and 12.61 assists per game. Opponents average 1.37 aces, 9.07 digs and 2.70 blocks per game and have a .928 serve reception percentage.
The ninth-ranked Nittany Lions are coached by Mark Pavlik. Penn State is 11-2 overall and 5-0 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week, at Princeton, Penn State won 3-0 (30-16, 30-13, 30-25). Leading the squad in points per game is Will Price with a 5.22 average. Joe Sunder ranks second at 4.66 with Max Lipsitz third at 4.31. Price has a team-high 4.46 kills per game average. Sunder ranks second at 3.96 and Lipsitz is third at 3.29. The top percentage hitter on the squad at .517 is Lipsitz. Sunder, at .347, ranks second with Ryan Wolf third at .342. Setter Edgardo Goas has a 13.34 assist per game average. Price has a team-high .50 aces per game average with 23. Sunder, at .30, ranks second with 14 and Wolf is third at .24 with seven. Defensively, Dennis Del Valle has a team-high 3.40 digs per game average. Price ranks second at 1.85 with Goas third at 1.59. Sunder leads the team in serve reception percentage at .980 handling 301 of 307 attempts. Del Valle ranks second at .961 (221-230) and Price, at .935 (200-214), ranks third. At the net, Lipsitz has a 1.64 blocks per game average to lead Penn State. He has eight solos and 66 assist blocks. Goas ranks second at .82 (2-34) with Sunder third at .76 (2-33). For the season, Penn State is hitting .350 and averages 20.82 points, 16.35 kills and 15.09 assists per game. The Nittany Lions average 1.59 aces, 10.67 digs and 2.88 blocks per game and have a .956 serve reception percentage handling 855 of 894 attempts. Nittany Lion opponents are hitting .191 and average 15.85 points, 12.41 kills and 11.80 assists per game. Penn State opponents average .85 aces, 8.13 digs and 2.59 blocks per game and have a .934 serve reception percentage handling 1,025 of 1,098 attempts.
BUCKEYE-NITTANY LION SERIES
Penn State leads the series against Ohio State, 63-29-1. Ohio State has a 17-11 mark in Columbus. The Nittany Lions are 25-6 at Penn State and 27-6-1 in neutral site matches. Earlier this season at the Outrigger Hotels Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii, Penn State defeated Ohio State, 3-1 (16-30, 27-30, 30-24, 25-30). Penn State has won the last seven meetings with Ohio State and 11 of the last 13.
The Mastodons are coached by Arnie Ball. IPFW is 6-7 overall and 2-4 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week IPFW lost 3-2 (28-30, 30-32, 30-22, 30-20, 15-6) at Ball State and will host Cardinal Stritch Friday. Darryl Shank leads the team in points per game with a 5.44 average. Elon Fyfield ranks second at 3.73 with Oliver Kook third at 3.39. Shank has a team-high 4.88 kills per game average. Fyfield ranks second at 3.24 with Kook third at 2.62. With a .326 attach percentage, Shank is the top hitter for the Mastodons. Kook ranks second at .320 with Fyfield third at .224. Setter Dan Mader is averaging 13.04 assists per game for IPFW. Shank, at .29 aces per game, leads the squad with 14. Kook ranks second at .25 with 12 and Mader, at .22 with 10, is third. Defensively, Shaun Dryden has a team-high 3.18 digs per game average. Shank ranks second at 1.65 with Fyfield third at 1.31. Dryden leads the team in serve reception percentage at .969 handling 401 of 414 attempts. Ivan Matos ranks second at .949 (243-256) and Shank is third at .945 (291-308). At the net, Corey Frain has a team-high 1.06 blocks per game average. He has two solos and 33 assist blocks. Kook ranks second at .98 (2-45) with Fyfield third at .58 (0-26). As a team, IPFW is hitting .242 and averages 18.63 points, 14.86 kills and 14.28 assists per game. The Mastodons average 1.36 aces, 10.44 digs and 2.41 blocks per game and have a .952 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .264 and average 18.01 points, 13.88 kills and 13.32 assists per game. IPFW opponents average 1.08 aces, 9.98 digs and 3.05 blocks per game and have a .938 serve reception percentage.
Ohio State leads the series with IPFW, 64-33. Each squad has won19 matches in Ft. Wayne with the Buckeyes leading 36-11 in Columbus. Ohio State is 9-3 in neutral site matches. Earlier this season, Ohio State won 3-0 (30-16, 34-32, 30-24) in Columbus. The Buckeyes have won the last five matches against the Mastodons.
The Trojans are coached by Cole Tallman. Mt. Olive is 4-0 overall and 4-0 in Conference Carolinas. Last week, Mt. Olive won 3-1 (30-20, 25-30, 30-22, 30-21) at King College. The Trojans travel to Limestone Thursday and play at Mount St. Joseph Friday and Saturday prior to facing Ohio State Sunday. In statistics for their first three matches, Christaan Rombaut leads the team in points per game with a 5.57 average. Noel Garcia, at 5.00, ranks second with Jose Lanier third at 3.05. Christaan has a team-high 4.40 kills per game average with Garcia second 4.30 and Adam Miracle third at 4.00. Camilo Guerci is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .406. Miracle ranks second at .342 with Garcia third at .333. Setter Alex Hoekstra is averaging 12.70 assists per game. Rombaut and Lanier are co-leaders in aces per game at .90 with nine each. Miracle ranks third at .60 with three. Defensively, Felix Reimundo leads the squad with a 2.00 digs per game average. Hoekstra ranks second at 1.90 with Rombaut third at 1.80. At the net, Lanier has a team-high 1.20 blocks per game average with three solo and nine assist blocks. Camilo Guerci ranks second at 1.10 (2-9) with Rombaut third at .70 (2-5). Mt. Olive is hitting .314 and averages 20.70 points, 15.20 kills and 13.80 assists per game. The Trojans average 3.00 aces, 10.00 digs and 2.70 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .128 and average 14.90 points, 11.70 kills and 10.60 assists per game Trojan opponents average 1.10 aces, 7.70 digs and 2.10 blocks per game.
Ohio State and Mt. Olive are playing for the first time.
MEET THE BUCKEYES
#1 STEVEN KEHOE
Steven Kehoe recorded 39 assists, three kills, two digs and four assist blocks against George Mason. He produced 41 assists, one kill, one ace serve, four digs and four assist blocks in the UC Santa Barbara match. Kehoe has started all 16 matches this season and is averaging 13.07 assists per game. He averages 1.25 points, .43 kills, .30 aces, 1.76 digs and .93 blocks per game.
#2 KEVIN HEINE
Kevin Heine had his seventh double-figure point match of the season against UC Santa Barbara with 10. He had six kills, two ace serves, one dig, one solo block and two assist blocks. Against George Mason, Heine had seven kills, one ace serve, one dig and one assist block while hitting .667 (7-1-9). A starter in 15 matches, he is averaging 2.98 points, 2.16 kills (.428), .18 aces, .36 digs and a team-high 1.18 blocks per game.
#3 ANTHONY HOCK
Anthony Hock, at libero, had seven digs against George Mason and handled 15 serve reception attempts without an error. He had five digs against UC Santa Barbara and handled 24 of 26 serve reception attempts. Heine has started at libero in eight matches, playing in 14. Hock is averaging 1.60 digs per game and has a .953 serve reception percentage handling 201 of 211 attempts.
#4 KYLE LAWRENCE
Kyle Lawrence has not played.
#5 GRAYSON OVERMAN
Grayson Overman recorded an Ohio State match record of 14 assists blocks against George Mason. With his one solo block, he totaled 15 blocks in the match to tie the OSU match record for total blocks. Overman added two kills in the match. In the UC Santa Barbara match, he recorded two kills, one dig and three assist blocks. Overman has started in 15 matches. He is averaging 2.70 points, 1.61 kills, .29 aces, and 1.43 blocks per game while hitting .417. Overman was named the MIVA Defensive Player of the Week in matches against George Mason and UC Santa Barbara.
#6 SHAWN SANGREY
Shawn Sangrey, against George Mason, recorded a career-high four ace serves. His previous best was three against Ball State earlier this season. Sangrey added 14 kills, nine digs and five assist blocks in the match. He had a team-high 21 points against UC Santa Barbara with 21 kills adding five digs. Sangrey has played in 15 matches with 12 starts. He is the team leader in points (4.90) and kills (4.07) per game and averages 1.41 digs, .89 blocks and .32 aces per game while hitting .253. He was named the Feb. 8 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week for his play in the victory at Ball State. Sangrey 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
#7 MIKE STEFANI
Mike Stefani saw limited action last weekend recording a block assist against George Mason and a dig against UC Santa Barbara. Stefani has played in 13 matches with four starts. He is averaging 1.68 points, 1.53 kills, 1.08 digs and .25 blocks per game while hitting .173. He has a .953 serve reception percentage handling 164 of 172 attempts.
#8 JOHN KLANAC
John Klanac equaled his career high of four ace serves in the George Mason match. He had a match-high 22 points with 16 kills (.483), four ace serves, four digs and three blocks (1-2). Klanac had 17.5 points against UC Santa Barbara with 14 kills (.344), two ace serves, three digs and two blocks (1-1). He has played and started in 15 matches and is averaging 4.30 points, 3.71 kills, .31 aces, 1.12 digs and .46 blocks per game while hitting .248. Klanac has a .940 serve reception percentage handling 188 of 200 attempts. He earned all-tournament honors at the Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic for his play against George Mason and UC Santa Barbara.
#9 JOHN THOLEN
John Tholen had his first start of the season against Carthage, playing in two games. He had three kills (.333), one assist, one dig, one solo block and one assist block. Tholen has played in two matches and is averaging 2.40 points, 1.40 kills, 1.40 blocks and .60 digs per game while hitting .545.
#10 BRIAN KUES
Brian Kues has not played.
#11 TED SCHOENFELDT
Ted Schoenfeldt posted a co-match-high 10.5 points against Carthage. He recorded seven kills, two ace serves, three digs and three assist blocks while hitting .143. Schoenfeldt has five starts and has played in 10 matches. He is averaging 4.31 points, 3.38 kills, .43 aces, 1.38 digs and .90 blocks per game while hitting .275.
#12 JASON TOBKIN
Jason Tobkin saw limited action against George Mason and UC Santa Barbara as a back row substitute. He has played in 13 matches this season and has two ace serves and two digs.
#13 NICK GIBSON
Nick Gibson played against UC Santa Barbara in the back row in one game. He has played in 10 matches and has started twice. Gibson is averaging 1.53 points, 1.33 kills, .87 digs and .20 blocks per game while hitting .319. He has a .976 serve reception percentage handling 41 of 42 attempts.
#14 MIKE STEWART
Mike Stewart played in one game against Carthage and recorded an ace serve. He has played in four matches with one start this season. Stewart is averaging 1.92 points, 1.33 kills, .33 aces, .17 digs and .50 blocks per game while hitting .462.
#15 MIK BERZINS
Mik Berzins equaled his career high of three assist blocks/total blocks in the George Mason match. He added five kills and nine digs against the Patriots. Berzins had six kills, four digs and two assist blocks against UC Santa Barbara. In serve receptions, he handled 22 of 23 against George Mason and 40 of 41 against UC Santa Barbara. Berzins has played in 15 matches and has 10 starts at outside hitter and four at libero. He averages 2.08 points, 1.78 kills, .09 aces, a team-high 2.26 digs and .37 blocks per game while hitting .280. He has a .948 serve reception percentage handling 364 of 384 attempts.
#16 DALE FREIER
Dale Freier has not played.
#17 COLIN KELLY
Colin Kelly has not played.
18 ERIC DATES
Eric Dates has not played.
#19 RHETT CASH
Rhett Cash has played in five matches and has four starts at libero. He is averaging 1.40 digs per game and has a .939 serve reception percentage handling 92 of 98 attempts.
#20 DEREK KUES
Derek Kues saw backrow action against George Mason and UC Santa Barbara last week. He has played in 10 matches this season for a total of 23 games. As a back row sub, Kues has recorded two digs.
#21 SEAN MARTIN
Sean Martin has played in two matches this season. He saw action against Carthage recording 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 46 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 .433. Ted Schoenfeldt is tied for 10th at .333. OSU has three of the top five servers in the conference with Shawn Sangrey ranking second at .50, Grayson Overman third at .48 and Steven Kehoe fifth at .38. Sangrey ranks fourth in kills per game at 4.14 with Schoenfeldt fifth at 4.09 and John Klanac ninth at 3.68. In points per game, Sangrey ranks third at 5.14 with Schoenfeldt fifth at 5.05 and Klanac tied for ninth at 4.11. Kehoe is ranked second in assists per game at 13.24. Defensively, Anthony Hock ranks fourth in digs per game at 3.25. Kehoe ranks ninth at 2.05. In blocks per game, Overman is tied for fourth at 1.29. Heine, at 1.18, is sixth and Schoenfeldt is tied for 12th at 1.00. As a team, the Buckeyes rank first in attack percentage (.314), kills (15.29) and aces (1.95) per game. The Buckeyes are second in assists (14.38), fourth in blocks (2.90) and fifth in digs (10.29) per game.
SANGREY NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Feb. 8
Shawn Sangrey has been 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 503-280 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 returns to action Sunday, March 21 at seventh-ranked Penn State (10-2) at 4 p.m. The match will be carried live by the Big Ten Network. The Buckeyes complete the road trip with a 7 p.m. match Monday, March 22 at George Mason (3-6).