COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th (tie)-ranked Ohio State (7-4 overall, 4-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team plays at 15th-ranked Lewis (7-1, 2-0 MIVA) and 12th-ranked Loyola-Chicago (6-0, 2-0 MIVA) this weekend. The Buckeyes face the Lewis Flyers at 7 p.m. CT Friday in Neil Carey Arena and the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers at 4 p.m. CT Saturday in Alumni Gym. The Lewis match will be broadcast by Lakeshore Public Television and the Loyola-Chicago match will be available via webcast from the Horizon League on the Loyola-Chicago website.
OHIO STATE LAST WEEK
Ohio State won a 3-0 (30-28, 34-32, 30-23) decision at Ball State on Friday and had its Saturday match against St. Francis cancelled because of the weather.
HANSON RECORDS HIS 500TH VICTORY AT OHIO STATE
Head Coach Pete Hanson won his 500th match at Ohio State in the 3-0 victory at Ball State last week. In his 26 years with the Buckeyes, he has a 500-278 record. His overall collegiate career record, including 14 wins as the women’s coach at Wyoming, is 514-290.
SANGREY NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Shawn Sangrey has been named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week for the 13th-ranked (tied) Ohio State (7-4 overall, 4-0 MIVA) 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).
The 14th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 7-4 overall and 4-0 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Buckeyes extended their winning streak to six matches with a 3-0 (30-28, 34-32, 30-23) decision at Ball State on Friday and had its Saturday match against St. Francis cancelled because of the weather. Leading OSU in points per game is Shawn Sangrey at 4.50. John Klanac ranks second at 4.10 and Kevin Heine is third at 3.08. Sangrey is the team leader in kills per game at 3.62 with Klanac second at 3.58 and Heine third at 2.25. The top percentage hitter on the squad is Grayson Overman at .477. Heine ranks second at .410 with Sangrey third at .346. At setter, Steven Kehoe has a 12.97 assists per game average. Sangrey has a team-high .28 aces per game with eight. Klanac ranks second at .26 with eight with Kehoe third at .25 with nine. Defensively, Mik Berzins leads the squad in digs per game with a 2.55 average. Kehoe ranks second at 1.86 with Sangrey third at 1.24. Berzins has a team-high .945 serve reception percentage handling 239 of 253 serves. Mike Stefani ranks second at .944 (135 of 143) and Klanac is third at .937 (133 of 142). At the net, Heine has a team-high 1.19 blocks per game average with three solos and 35 assist blocks. Ranking second is Overman at 1.12 with six solos and 32 assists. Sangrey ranks third at 1.00 with six solos and 23 assists. Ohio State is hitting .282 on the season and is averaging 19.17 points, 14.72 kills and 13.83 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.44 aces, 9.61 digs and 3.00 blocks per game and have a .930 serve reception percentage. Buckeye opponents are hitting .223 and average 17.64 points, 13.58 kills and 12.69 assists per game. Opponents average 1.50 aces, 9.06 digs and 2.56 blocks per game and have a .936 serve reception percentage.
The 15th-ranked Flyers are coached by Dan Friend. Lewis is 7-1 overall and 2-0 in MIVA play. Last week the Flyers won 3-0 (30-18, 30-27, 39-28) over Quincy at home and won at IPFW, 3-2 (30-26, 26-30, 29-31, 30-24, 15-13). Nathan Klaas leads the squad in points per game with a 5.46 average. Ian Karbiener ranks second at 4.19 with Aaron Flick third at 3.27. Klaas is the team leader in kills per game at 4.58. Karbiener ranks second at 3.78 with Flick third at 2.35. The top percentage hitter on the squad is Flick at .372. Klaas ranks second at .277 with Karbiener third at .265. At setter, Mike Iandolo is averaging 12.41 assists per game. Iandolo has a team-high .26 aces per game with seven. Klaas, at .23, ranks second with six and Karbiener is third at .19 with five. Defensively, Rikki Garma has a team-high 2.82 digs per game with Brian Muesenfechter second at 2.41. Klaas ranks third at 1.69. In serve reception percentage, Klaas leads the team at .990 handling 189 of 191 attempts. Muesenfechter ranks second at .978 (177 of 181) with Garma third at .943 (165 of 175). At the net, Flick has a team-high 1.46 blocks per game average with six solos and 32 assist blocks. Klaas ranks second at 1.23 with two solos and 30 assist blocks with Iandolo third at 1.11 with three solos and 27 assists. Lewis is hitting .272 and averages 20.28 points, 15.43 kills and 14.30 assists per game. The Flyers average 1.13 aces, 11.57 digs and 3.72 blocks per game and has a .964 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .186 and average 15.97 points, 12.80 kills and 11.93 assists per game. Lewis opponents average .73 aces, 10.73 digs and 2.43 blocks per game and have a .951 serve reception percentage.
Ohio State leads the series with Lewis, 22-12. The Buckeyes are 9-4 at Lewis and 12-7 at Ohio State. OSU has won eight of the last nine matches against the Flyers. Last season, the Buckeyes lost 3-1 (30-22, 30-25, 29-31, 31-29) in Columbus and won 3-1 (30-24, 19-30, 30-26, 30-23) at Lewis.
The 12th-ranked Ramblers are coached by Shane Davis. Loyola-Chicago is 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the MIVA. The Ramblers host NJIT Friday prior to facing Ohio State Saturday. Previously, Loyola-Chicago defeated St. Francis, 3-0 (30-26, 30-21, 30-21) and upset fifth-ranked Penn State, 3-2 (30-26, 22-30, 24-30, 30-25, 15-7) two weeks ago. Leading the Ramblers in points per game is Mike Bunting at 5.06. Kris Berzins ranks second at 4.05 with Domenic Dewaele third at 3.89. Bunting leads the team in kills per game with a 4.44 average. Dewaele ranks second at 3.36 with Berzins third at 3.25. The top hitter on the squad is Bunting with a .396 average. Ranking second is Berzins at .307 and Dewaele is third at .291. At setter, Mike Hutz has a 13.06 assists per game average. Berzins has a team-high .50 aces per game with 10. George Kamberos ranks second at .33 with four. Hutz and Mike Morice are tied for third at .29 with five each. Defensively, Hutz has a team-high 2.29 digs per game average. Tommy Becker ranks second at 1.82 with Bunting third at 1.67. Bunting leads the team in serve reception percentage at .977 handing 84 of 86 attempts. Becker ranks second at .970 (96 of 99) and Berzins is third at .865 (139 of 144). At the net, Morice leads the squad with a 1.65 blocks per game average with two solos and 26 assist blocks. Matt Adler, at 1.39, ranks second with four solos and 21 assists. Hutz ranks third at 1.00 with two solos and 15 assists. Loyola-Chicago is hitting .324 and averages 19.52 points, 14.52 kills and 13.81 assists per game. The Ramblers average 1.67 aces, 9.62 digs and 3.33 blocks per game and have a. 949 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .213 and average 18.38 points, 15.10 kills and 14.57 assists per game. Rambler opponent average 1.00 aces, 8.90 digs and 2.29 blocks per game and have a .936 serve reception percentage.
Ohio State has a 23-12 margin in the series with Loyola-Chicago. The Ramblers are 8-7 in matches played at Loyola-Chicago while OSU is 15-2 in Columbus. The Ramblers are 2-1 in neutral site matches. Ohio State has won the last six meetings including three last season. The Buckeyes won both regular season matches, 3-0, 30-21, 30-27, 30-19 in Columbus and 30-21, 30-25, 31-29 in Chicago. The squads played in the MIVA Tournament semifinals in Columbus with OSU winning, 3-0 (30-22, 30-19, 30-25).
SANGREY LEADS OSU IN POINTS AND KILLS PER GAME
Shawn Sangrey leads Ohio State in points (4.50) and kills (3.62) per game. He has played in 10 matches and has started seven. Sangrey, for the season, is averaging .28 aces, 1.24 digs and 1.00 blocks per game. Last week he posted match highs of 21.5 points and 15 kills at Ball State adding three ace serves, three digs, two solo blocks and three assist blocks.
OVERMAN IS THE TOP HITTER FOR THE BUCKEYES
Grayson Overman, with a .477 attack percentage, is the top hitter for the Buckeyes. He hit .375 last week at Ball State with four kills and one error in eight attempts. Overman added an ace serve and tied his career high of five total blocks with a solo and four assists. A starter in all 11 matches, he is averaging 2.85 points, 1.97 kills, .24 aces and 1.12 blocks per game.
BERZINS CONTINUES TO START AT OUTSIDE HITTER
Mik Berzins started his sixth match at outside hitter against Ball State. He posted eight kills, one ace serve and six digs against the Cardinals. Berzins recorded a career-high three blocks in the match with a solo and two assist blocks. He handled 21 serve reception attempts without an error. Berzins has played in 10 matches with six starts at outside hitter and four at libero. He leads Ohio State in digs per game at 2.55 and has a team-high .945 serve reception percentage handling 239 of 253 attempts. Berzins is averaging 1.73 points and 1.52 kills per game.
HEINE POSTS SEASON HIGH POINTS AND KILLS AT BALL STATE
Kevin Heine recorded a season-high 13.5 points and tied his season high of 10 kills at Ball State last week. He hit .444 and added two ace serves and three assist blocks. Heine has started in the 10 matches he has played and is the team leader in blocks per game at 1.19. He is averaging 3.08 points, 2.25 kills, .19 aces and .28 digs per game.
KEHOE DIRECTS BUCKEYES TO SIX CONSECUTIVE VICTORIES
Steven Kehoe, at setter, has directed the Buckeyes to six consecutive victories including a 3-0 win at Ball State last Friday. Against the Cardinals, he had 36 assists, two kills, one ace serve, three digs and three assist blocks. Kehoe, a starter in all 11 matches, is averaging 12.97 assists per game and ranks second in digs on the squad with a 1.86 per game average. He is averaging 1.24 points, .42 kills, .25 aces and .97 blocks per game.
HOCK PLAYS LIBERO AT BALL STATE
Anthony Hock was the starter at libero in the Ball State match for his third start of the season. He recorded nine digs and tied his career high of two assists while handling 22 serve reception attempts without an error. Hock has played in nine matches this season and is averaging .96 digs per game and has a .958 serve reception percentage handling 68 of 71 attempts.
STEFANI COMES OFF THE BENCH AT BALL STATE
Mike Stefani came off the bench at Ball State to record five kills and three digs against the Cardinals. He handled 17 serve reception attempts in the match without an error. Stefani has played in eight matches this season with four starts. He is averaging 1.65 points, 1.50 kills and 1.08 digs per game and has a .944 serve reception percentage handling 135 of 143 attempts.
KLANAC SEES LIMITED ACTION AT BALL STATE
John Klanac saw limited action in the first game at Ball State. He did not play the previous week against Juniata. Klanac has played and started in 10 matches this season and is averaging 4.10 points, 3.58 kills, .26 aces, .42 blocks and 1.03 digs per game. He has a .937 serve reception percentage handling 133 of 142 attempts.
TED SCHOENFELDT NOTES
Ted Schoenfeldt has played in eight matches this season with four starts. He is averaging 3.39 points, 3.00 kills, .50 aces, 1.64 digs and .71 blocks per game. He recorded season highs of 20 points and 15 kills against IPFW.
NICK GIBSON NOTES
Nick Gibson has played in seven matches and started twice. He is averaging 1.92 points, 1.67 kills, 1.08 digs and .25 blocks per game and has a .976 serve reception percentage handling 41 of 42 attempts. Gibson posted career highs of 11 points, nine kills and nine digs in his start against Juniata.
MIKE STEWART NOTES
Nick Gibson has played in three matches and has one start. He is averaging 2.10 points, 1.60 kills and .60 blocks per game. Stewart posted career highs of 6.5 points and five kills in his start against Grand Canyon.
JOHN THOLEN NOTES
John Tholen has played in one match this season against Penn State in Hawaii. He collected 7.5 points with four kills, one ace serve and five assist blocks, all career highs against the Nittany Lions.
DEREK KUES NOTES
Derek Kues has played in six matches this season for a total of 12 games. As a backrow sub, Kues has recorded one dig and has 21 serve attempts.
RHETT CASH NOTES
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. Cash posted career highs of eight digs and two assists against Juniata in Columbus.
SEAN MARTIN NOTES
Sean Martin has played in two games against Grand Canyon. He recorded one dig and had three serve attempts against the Antelopes.
Jason Tobkin has seen action in eight matches this season. He collected two digs in the first match against Grand Canyon and has had 19 serve attempts this season.
OHIO STATE TIED FOR 13TH IN THE AVCA DIVISION I-II POLL
Ohio State is tied for 13th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll this week with 42 points. The Buckeyes were ranked 14th last week and began the season 10th in the 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 500-278 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 next week to host Division III Carthage in a 7 p.m. Friday match.