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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th-ranked Ohio State (8-5 overall, 5-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball returns home to host non-conference opponent fifth-ranked (Div. III) Carthage (10-4, 3-0 Midwest III Volleyball Conference) at 7 p.m. ET Friday in St. John Arena.

OHIO STATE LAST WEEK
Ohio State won a 3-1 (30-20, 30-24, 24-30, 30-28) decision at 15th-ranked Lewis and fell at 12th-ranked Loyola-Chicago, 3-2 (25-30, 34-36, 30-26, 30-27, 14-16).

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OHIO STATE
The 13th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 8-5 overall and 5-1 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Buckeyes won a 3-1 (30-20, 30-24, 24-30, 30-28) decision at 15th-ranked Lewis and fell at 12th-ranked Loyola-Chicago, 3-2 (25-30, 34-36, 30-26, 30-27, 14-16) last week. Leading OSU in points per game is Shawn Sangrey at 4.58. John Klanac ranks second at 3.96 and Kevin Heine is third at 2.96. Sangrey is the team leader in kills per game at 3.78 with Klanac second at 3.50 and Heine third at 2.20. The top percentage hitter on the squad is Heine at .426. Grayson Overman ranks second at .425. Mik Berzins ranks third at .291. At setter, Steven Kehoe has a 13.02 assists per game average. Overman has a team-high .33 aces per game with 14. Kehoe ranks second at .29 with 13 and Sangrey is third at .28 with 10. Defensively,Berzins leads the squad in digs per game with a 2.34 average. Kehoe ranks second at 1.93 with Anthony Hock third at 1.61. Mike Stefani has a team-high .952 serve reception percentage handling 158 of 166 serves. Hock ranks second at .945 (137 of 145) and Berzins is third at .943 (296 of 314). At the net, Overman has a team-high 1.21 blocks per game average with eight solos and 44 assist blocks. Ranking second is Heine at 1.15 with four solos and 43 assists. Kehoe ranks third at .91 with seven solos and 34 assists. Ohio State is hitting .280 on the season and is averaging 19.32 points, 14.89 kills and 14.02 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.49 aces, 9.89 digs and 2.94 blocks per game and have a .932 serve reception percentage. Buckeye opponents are hitting .234 and average 17.69 points, 13.60 kills and 12.82 assists per game. Opponents average 1.44 aces, 9.31 digs and 2.64 blocks per game and have a .934 serve reception percentage.

CARTHAGE
The fifth-ranked (Div. III) Red Men are coached by L.J. Marx. Carthage is 10-4 overall and 3-0 in the Midwest-III Volleyball Conference. Last week the Red Men defeated MSOE, 3-2 (34-32, 30-27, 19-30, 25-30, 15-13) at home. Leading Carthage in points per game is Tom O’Connell with a 4.90 average. Randy Hansen ranks second at 4.35 with Tim Walker third at 2.63. Hansen has a team-high 3.89 kills per game average. O’Connell ranks second at 3.46 with Walker third at 1.91. Walker leads the team in attack percentage at .470. Hanson, at .330, ranks second with O’Connell third at .186. At setter, John Condon has an 11.32 assists per game average. O’Connell leads the squad with a .97 aces (38) per game average. Tyler Frings ranks second at .46 with 13 and Condon is third at .34 with 15. Defensively, Mike Bynon has a team-high 3.21 digs per game average. Hansen ranks second at 1.70 with O’Connell third at 1.31. Hansen leads the team in serve reception percentage at .944 handling 169 of 179 attempts. Eric Ball ranks second at .932 handling 164 of 176 attempts and Bynon is third at .922 handling 213 of 231 attempts. At the net, Fringes has a team-high 1.14 blocks per game average with four solos and 28 assist blocks. Walker ranks second at .93 with 12 solos and 28 assists. Matt Yanz ranks third at .92 with seven solos and 15 assists. Carthage is hitting .276 and averages 17.43 points, 12.88 kills and 11.90 assists per game. The Red Men average 2.20 aces, 10.33 digs and 2.35 blocks per game and have a .931 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .126 and average 13.30 points, 10.51 kills and 8.84 assists per game. Carthage opponents average .96 aces, 7.96 digs and 1.83 blocks per game and have a .880 serve reception percentage.

BUCKEYE-RED MEN SERIES
Ohio State has won the two meetings with Carthage. The Buckeyes won 3-0 (30-19, 32-30, 30-17) in 2006 and defeated the Red Men, 3-1 (30-24, 26-30, 32-30, 30-21) in 2007. Both matches were played in Columbus.

SANGREY RECORDS CAREERHIGHS OF 31.5 POINTS AND 28 KILLS AT LEWIS
Shawn Sangrey recorded career highs of 31.5 points and 28 kills in the win at Lewis. He hit .304 and added a career-high 10 digs, three assist blocks, two ace serves and two assists. At Loyola-Chicago, Sangrey collected three kills and two digs. He has played in 12 matches with nine starts. Sangrey leads the Buckeyes in points (4.58) and kills (3.78) per game. He is averaging .28 aces, 1.33 digs and .89 blocks per game.

KLANAC NETS A CAREER-HIGH 25 POINTS AND 23 KILLS AT LOYOLA-CHICAGO
John Klanac collected career highs of 25 points and 23 kills at Loyola-Chicago match. His previous points high was 21 against George Mason in 2009 and his previous high in kills was 18 in two matches, the last against Grand Canyon. Klanac added seven digs, two assist blocks, an ace serve and one assist against the Ramblers and handled 16 serve receptions without an error. At Lewis, he recorded six kills, two digs and one assist block while handling 14 of 15 serve receptions. Klanac has started in the 12 matches he has played and is averaging 3.96 points, 3.50 kills, .22 aces, 1.02 digs and .40 blocks per game. He has handled 161 of 171 serve reception attempts for a .942 percentage.

SCHOENFELDT COMES OFF THE BENCH FOR A SEASON-HIGH 25 POINTS AT LOYOLA-CHICAGO
Ted Schoenfeldt collected season-highs of 25 points and 22 kills off the bench at Loyola-Chicago. His previous highs this season were 20 points and 15 kills against IPFW. Schoenfeldt added three digs against the Ramblers. He did not play at Lewis. A starter in four matches, Schoenfeldt has played in nine and is averaging 4.21 points, 3.37 kills, .37 aces, 1.37 digs and .84 blocks per game.

HEINE COLLECTS A SEASON-HIGH 16.5 POINTS AT LOYOLA-CHICAGO
Kevin Heine recorded a season-high 16.5 points at Loyola-Chicago with season highs of 13 kills and six (1-5) total blocks. His previous high in points was 13.5 at Ball State. He added two digs and two assists. Heine had five kills, three assist blocks and one dig at Lewis collecting 6.5 points. He has started and played 12 matches this season and is averaging 2.96 points, 2.20 kills and 1.15 blocks per game.

OVERMAN POSTS A CAREER-HIGH 11 BLOCKS AT LOYOLA-CHICAGO
Grayson Overman posted a career-high 11 blocks at Loyola-Chicago with a solo and a career-high 10 assist blocks. His previous high was five in two matches. Overman added five kills, one ace serve and three digs against the Ramblers. At Lewis, he served up a career-high five ace serves adding three kills, one dig and three total blocks (1-2). Overman has started all 13 matches this season and is averaging a team-high 1.21 blocks per game. He is averaging 2.77 points, 1.74 kills, .33 aces and .28 digs per game.

BERZINS POSTS A CAREER-HIGH 15 KILLS/POINTS AT LEWIS
Mik Berzins contributed a career-high 15 kills/points in the Lewis match. His previous high was 12 points/kills against Juniata this season. Berzins added eight digs and two assists while handling 32 of 34 serve reception attempts. At Loyola-Chicago, he had two kills, two digs and two assist blocks while handling 25 of 27 serve reception attempts. Berzins has played in 12 matches with eight starts at outside hitter and four at libero. He is averaging 1.88 points, 1.68 kills and a team-high 2.34 digs per game. Berzins has a .943 serve reception percentage handling 296 of 314 attempts.

KEHOE EQUALS HIS CAREER-HIGH OF THREE ACES
Steven Kehoe equaled his career-high of three ace serves at Lewis. It is the third time he has recorded three aces. Kehoe had 52 assists against the Flyers, adding nine digs, two kills and a solo block. He posted season-highs of 67 assists and 11 digs at Loyola-Chicago adding five assist blocks, two kills and one ace serve. Kehoe, a starter in every match, is averaging 13.02 assists, 1.24 points, .29 aces, 1.93 digs, .42 kills and .91 blocks per game.

STEFANI HAS EIGHT KILLS AND SIX DIGS AT LOYOLA-CHICAGO
Mike Stefani played in three of five games at Loyola-Chicago and recorded eight kills, six digs, two assists and an assist block. He handled 16 serve receptions without an error against the Ramblers. Stefani played in two games at Lewis recording two kills, one dig and one assist block while handling seven serve receptions without an error. He has played in 10 matches and started four. Stefani is averaging 1.74 points, 1.58 kills, 1.13 digs and .26 blocks per game while handling 158 of 166 for a .952 serve reception percentage.

HOCK RECORDS A CAREER-HIGH 17 DIGS AT LOYOLA-CHICAGO
Anthony Hock, with 17 digs against Loyola-Chicago, recorded his career high against the Ramblers. His previous mark was 13 against IPFW and at Lewis. At Loyola-Chicago, Hock had one assist and handled 49 of 53 serve receptions. At Lewis, he had 13 digs, one kill and one assist while handling 20 of 21 serve receptions. Hock has played in 11 matches and has started at libero in five. He is averaging 1.61 digs per game and has a .945 serve reception percentage handling 137 of 145 attempts.

NICK GIBSON NOTES
Nick Gibson has played in eight matches and started twice. He is averaging 1.77 points, 1.54 kills, 1.00 digs and .23 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 eight matches this season for a total of 15 games. As a backrow sub, Kues has recorded two digs and has 32 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
Jason Tobkin has seen action in 10 matches this season. He saw action at Lewis and Loyola-Chicago recording an ace serve in each match.

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 tied for 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 Ohio State has four of the top five servers in the conference. In aces per game, Shawn Sangrey ranks first at .50. Grayson Overman is second at .48 with Steven Kehoe third at .38 and Ted Schoenfeldt fifth at .36. Kevin Heine ranks second in attach percentage at .433 with Ted Schoenfeldt tied for 10th at .333. In kills per game, Sangrey ranks fifth at 4.14 with Schoenfeldt sixth at 4.09 and John Klanac ninth at 3.68. At setter, Kehoe ranks second with a 13.24 assists per game average. In blocks per game, Overman ranks third at 1.29 with Heine tied for eighth at 1.18. Anthony Hock ranks fourth in digs per game with a 3.25 average. Sangrey, with a 5.14 points per game average ranks third with Schoenfeldt fourth at 5.05. In conference team statistics, Ohio State is first in attack percentage at .314. The Buckeyes are third in kills (15.29) and assists (14.38) per game. OSU, with a 1.95 aces per game average ranks first and are fourth in blocks (2.90) and sixth 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 501-279 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 travels to Springfield, Mass for the Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic facing George Mason (3-3) at 6 p.m. ET Friday and either third-ranked (Div. III) Springfield (6-4) or UC Santa Barbara (6-7) in the consolation (6 p.m.) or championship (8 p.m.) match.

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