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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th-ranked Ohio State (14-7 overall, 6-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team returns to conference action after a 10-day break with a two match series at Quincy (13-12, 2-6). The Buckeyes and Hawks will play in Pepsi Arena at 7 p.m. Friday, April 2 and at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 3.

OHIO STATE LAST MATCHES
The Buckeyes last played two weeks ago winning road matches at sixth-ranked Penn State, 3-1 (30-25, 20-30, 30-27, 30-23) and at George Mason, 3-1 (30-27, 26-30, 30-26, 30-26).

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 14-7 overall and 6-1 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Buckeyes last played two weeks ago winning road matches at sixth-ranked Penn State, 3-1 (30-25, 20-30, 30-27, 30-23) and at George Mason, 3-1 (30-27, 26-30, 30-26, 30-26). Leading OSU in points per game is Shawn Sangrey at 5.16. John Klanac ranks second at 4.33 and Ted Schoenfeldt is third at 3.47. Sangrey is the team leader in kills per game at 4.42 with Klanac second at 3.78 and Schoenfeldt third at 2.78. The top percentage hitter on the squad is Kevin Heine at .444. Grayson Overman ranks second at .385 with Schoenfeldt third at .332. At setter, Steven Kehoe has a 13.15 assists per game average. Kehoe has a team-high .30 aces per game with 22. Sangrey ranks second at .28 with 17 and Schoenfeldt is third at .27 with 10. Defensively, Mik Berzins leads the squad in digs per game with a 2.70 average. Kehoe ranks second at 1.81 with Anthony Hock third at 1.34. Mike Stefani has a team-high .965 serve reception percentage handling 222 of 230 attempts. Berzins ranks second at .958 handling 485 of 506 attempts. 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 1.09 with five solos and 58 assists. Sangrey ranks third at .82 with six solos and 43 assists. Ohio State is hitting .291 on the season and is averaging 19.67 points, 15.32 kills and 14.42 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.56 aces, 9.97 digs and 2.79 blocks per game and have a .944 serve reception percentage. Buckeye opponents are hitting .237 and average 17.41 points, 13.41 kills and 12.59 assists per game. Opponents average 1.18 aces, 8.99 digs and 2.82 blocks per game and have a .930 serve reception percentage.

QUINCY
The Hawks are coached by Hadley Foster. Quincy is 13-12 overall and has a 2-6 record in the MIVA. Last week the Hawks lost 3-0 (30-25, 30-23, 30-28) at Lewis. Earlier this week, Quincy defeated Fontbonne 3-1 (30-27, 27-30, 30-25, 30-20) and 3-0 (30-15, 30-17, 30-19) Monday and Hannibal-LaGrange 3-2 (30-23, 30-24, 17-30, 25-30, 15-10) Tuesday. Peter Coley leads the team in points per game with a 3.89 average. Joseph Sokol ranks second at 3.04 with Joseph Ascher third at 2.94. Coley has a team-high 3.13 kills per game average. Sokol ranks second at 2.58 with Ascher third at 2.44. Leading the squad in attack percentage is Kyle Volstad at .242. Coley ranks second at .216 with Chris Zeidler third at .198. Dan Dresen, at setter, has a 10.32 assists per game average. Coley has a team-high .29 aces per game average with 23. Ascher ranks second at .28 with 21 and Volstad is third at .17 with 12. Defensively, Tanner Wright leads the team with a 3.00 digs per game average. Sokol ranks second at 1.64 with Coley third at 1.55. Zeidler is the team leaders in blocks per game with a 1.27 average. He has 10 solos and 83 assist blocks. Volstad ranks second at .91 (10-54) with Coley third at .82 (9-55). In serve reception percentage, Wright has a team-high .963 handling 607 of 630 attempts. Ranking second at .961 (465-484) is Sokol with Ascher third at .953 (264-277). Quincy is hitting .204 and averages 17.49 points, 13.29 kills and 12.23 assists per game. The Hawks average 1.35 aces, 10.83 digs and 2.85 blocks per game and have a .950 serve reception percentage. Quincy opponents are hitting .209 and average 17.04 points, 13.53 kills and 12.39 assists per game. Hawk opponents average 1.11 aces, 11.51 digs and 2.40 blocks per game and have a .937 serve reception percentage.

BUCKEYE-HAWK SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Quincy, 38-1. The Buckeyes have won 31 consecutive matches over the Hawks including two 3-0 victories last season. Ohio State won 30-22, 30-20, 20-18 and 30-21, 30-18, 30-24 with both matches played in Columbus. Quincy’s lone win came in 1996 with a 3-1 (16-14, 15-11, 13-15, 15-11) decision at home.

MEET THE BUCKEYES

#1 STEVEN KEHOE
Steven Kehoe – Last Matches – Penn State – started – 54 assists, seven digs, four kills, one ace serve and one assist block – George Mason – started – 60 assists, 11 digs, three assist blocks and two kills – his third double-double (assists-digs) of the season – Season – started all 21 matches – averaging 13.15 assists, .30 aces (team leader), 1.81 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.

#2 KEVIN HEINE
Kevin Heine – Last Matches – Penn State – did not play – George Mason – did not play – Season – played and started in 17 matches – hitting a team-high .444, averaging 2.93 points (4th on team), 2.19 kills (4th on team), .16 aces, .40 digs and 1.09 blocks (3rd on team) per game

#3 ANTHONY HOCK
Anthony Hock – Last Matches – Penn State – play in all four games, 1 dig – George Mason – played in all four games, one ace serve, one dig – Season – played in 17 matches with nine starts at libero – averaging 1.34 digs per game (3rd on team) and has a .950 serve reception percentage handling 226 of 238 attempts.

#4 KYLE LAWRENCE
Kyle Lawrence – Last Matches – Penn State – did not play – George Mason – did not play – Season – played in two matches recording seven assists against Mt. Olive.

#5 GRAYSON OVERMAN
Grayson Overman – Last Matches – Penn State – started, three kills, three blocks (1-2), one assist, one ace serve – George Mason – started (played two games), one assist, one assist block – 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 Matches – Penn State – started, match-high 19 kills, four assist blocks, three digs, two assists and one ace serve – George Mason – started, match-high 23 kills, five digs and one assist – Season – played in 19 matches with 16 starts – averaging 5.16 points (team high), 4.42 kills (team-high), .28 aces, 1.32 digs and .82 blocks per game while hitting .254 – 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 13 matches this season including the last six.

#7 MIKE STEFANI
Mike Stefani – Last Matches – Penn State – played in two games, one kill, one ace serve and one dig – George Mason – played in one game, no stats – 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 Matches – Penn State – started, 16 kills, 12 digs, two assist blocks, one ace serve and one assist – George Mason – started, 20 kills, three digs and one solo block – Season – played and started in 19 matches – averaging 4.33 points (2nd on team), 3.78 kills (2nd on team), .27 aces (4th on team), 1.23 digs and .45 blocks per game while hitting .248 – serve reception percentage of .940 handling 249 of 265 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 14 matches  this season including the last six he has played.

#9 JOHN THOLEN
John Tholen – Last Matches – Penn State – did not play – George Mason – played in two games, one kill, two assists and two assist blocks – 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 Matches – Penn State – did not play – George Mason – did not play – Season – played in one match.

#11 TED SCHOENFELDT
Ted Schoenfeldt – Last Matches – Penn State – started, eight kills and five total blocks (season-high two solo blocks and three assist blocks) – George Mason – started, 13 kills, four digs, two assist blocks and one assist – season-high .500 attack percent (13-2-20) – Season – played in 15 matches with eight starts – averaging 3.47 points, 2.78 kills, .27 aces, 1.03 digs and .73 blocks per game while hitting .332 – Facts – Has started the last three matches.

#12 JASON TOBKIN
Jason Tobkin – Last Matches – Penn State – started, season-high 15 kills, career-high four ace serves, three digs and one assist – George Mason – started, nine kills, season-high seven digs, four ace serves (ties career high), two assist blocks and one assist  – Season – played in 18 matches with three starts – averaging .99 points, .73 kills, .23 aces, .39 digs and .07 blocks per game while hitting .200 – serve reception percentage of .990 handling 97 of 98 attempts.

#13 NICK GIBSON
Nick Gibson – Last Matches – Penn State – did not play – George Mason – 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 Matches – Penn State – did not play – George Mason – 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 Matches – Penn State – libero, 17 digs, one assist and handled 39 serve reception attempts without an error – George Mason – libero, 17 digs, one assist and handled 35 serve reception attempts without an error – Season – played in 19 matches with 10 starts and seven at libero – averaging 1.57 points, 1.34 kills, .07 aces, 2.70 digs (team high) and .28 blocks per game while hitting .278 – serve reception percentage of .958 (2nd on team), handling 485 of 506 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.

#16 DALE FREIER
Dale Freier – Last Matches – Penn State – did not play – George Mason – 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 Matches – Penn State – did not play – George Mason – 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 Matches – Penn State – played two games, no stats – George Mason – played four games, no stats – Season – played in 14 matches – recorded four digs and one kill.

#21 SEAN MARTIN
Sean Martin – Last Matches – Penn State – did not play – George Mason – 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 61 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 .477. Ted Schoenfeldt is eighth at .333 with Mike Berzins 13th at .287 and Shawn Sangrey 18th at .269. Sangrey ranks fifth in aces per game at .42.  Grayson Overman is seventh at .38 with Steven Kehoe eighth at .31, Schoenfeldt tied for 11th at .29 and John Klanac 19th at .21. Sangrey ranks third in kills per game at 4.32 with Klanac eighth at 3.54. Schoenfeldt is 11th at 3.21 and Heine is 18th at 2.32. In points per game, Sangrey ranks third at 5.26 with Klanac ninth at 4.00. Schoenfeldt ranks 10th at 3.96 with Heine 20th at 2.98. Kehoe is ranked second in assists per game at 13.12. Defensively, Anthony Hock ranks fourth in digs per game at 3.25. Berzins ranks seventh at 2.29 with Kehoe 12th at 1.88. In blocks per game, Overman is third at 1.27 with Heine 12th at 1.09. As a team, the Buckeyes rank second in kills (15.23), assists (14.35) and aces (1.77) per game. OSU ranks second in hitting percentage at .298, fourth in digs at 10.69 and third in blocks per game at 2.81.

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 507-281 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 returns home to host conference leader Loyola-Chicago Friday, April 9 and Lewis Saturday, April 10. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. EDT in St. John Arena.

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