COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th-ranked Ohio State (4-4 overall, 1-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team completes a four-match homestand by hosting George Mason (1-0, 0-0 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) and Juniata (1-1, 0-0 EIVA). The Buckeyes will host the George Mason Patriots at 7 p.m. Thursday and the Juniata Eagles at 2 p.m. Sunday. Both matches will be played in St. John Arena and admission is free.
OHIO STATE LAST WEEK
Ohio State hosted conference opponent Grand Canyon in matches Friday and Saturday. The Buckeyes took 3-0 victories in each match, winning 30-23, 30-16, 30-22 Friday and 30-24, 30-22, 30-25 Saturday.
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The 13th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Last week Ohio State hosted conference opponent Grand Canyon in matches Friday and Saturday. The Buckeyes took 3-0 victories in each match, winning 30-23, 30-16, 30-22 Friday and 30-24, 30-22, 30-25 Saturday. Leading OSU in points per game is John Klanac at 4.22. Shawn Sangrey ranks second at 3.83 and Kevin Heine is third at 2.87. Klanac is the team leader in kills per game at 3.67 with Sangrey second at 3.10 and Heine third at 2.04. The top percentage hitter on the squad is Grayson Overman at .444. Heine ranks second at .370 with Mik Berzins third at .314. At setter, Steven Kehoe has a 12.56 assists per game average. Klanac has a team-high .30 aces per game with eight. Sangrey ranks second at .25 with five with Kehoe third at .19 with five. Defensively,Berzins leads the squad in digs per game with a 2.27 average. Kehoe ranks second at 1.93 with Sangrey third at 1.15. Berzins has a team-high .950 serve reception percentage handling 172 of 181 serves. Mike Stefani ranks second at .937 (118 of 126) and Klanac is third at .933 (112 of 120). At the net, Heine has a team-high 1.17 blocks per game average with three solos and 24 assist blocks. Ranking second is Overman at 1.00 with three solos and 22 assists. Kehoe ranks third at .96 with five solos and 21 assists. Ohio State is hitting .259 on the season and is averaging 18.33 points, 14.11 kills and 13.19 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.41 aces, 9.22 digs and 2.81 blocks per game and have a .920 serve reception percentage. Buckeye opponents are hitting .230 and average 17.39 points, 13.22 kills and 12.30 assists per game. Opponents average 1.70 aces, 8.74 digs and 2.46 blocks per game and have a .935 serve reception percentage.
The Patriots are coached by Fred Chao. George Mason is 1-0 on the season with a 3-0 (30-21, 35-33, 30-20) win against Lees-MaRae at home. In the match, Eric Lucas had six points per game in the contest. Joe Norton added 5.17 points and Ben Nichols 5.00. Lucas averaged a team-high six kills per game with Norton at 4.67 and Nichols 4.33. Norton hit a team-high .636 in the match with Piotr Dabrowski at .500 and Lucas at .467. Javier Perez averaged 15.33 assists per game in the match. Nichols, Shaun Sibley and Max McFarland each recorded an ace serve against Lees-McRae. Defensively, Luke Maloney has a team-high 2.67 digs per game average. Norton and Nichols are tied for second at 2.00. Maloney and Norton were perfect in serve reception attempts with 25 and 26 attempts, respectively. Lucas ranks third at .923 handling 12 of 13 attempts. At the net, Shaun Sibley is averaging a team-high 1.67 blocks per game with a solo and four assist blocks. Norton and Dabrowski are tied for second at 1.00 with three assist blocks each. George Mason is hitting .461 and averages 23.00 points, 19.33 kills and 16.67 assists per game. The Patriots average 1.00 aces, 9.33 digs and 2.67 blocks per game and have a .985 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .175 and average 15.00 points, 13.67 kills and 13.00 assists per game. Patriot opponents average .33 aces, 9.67 digs and 1.00 blocks per game and have a .959 serve reception average.
George Mason has a 25-16 lead in the series with Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 10-3 in Columbus, 3-5 at George Mason and 3-17 in neutral site matches. Last season, the Patriots won both meetings, winning 3-2 (18-30, 30-27, 30-24, 25-30, 19-17) in Columbus and 3-1 (30-27, 30-24, 29-31, 30-27) in Fairfax.
The Eagles are coached by Jeremy Price. Juniata is 1-2 on the season. Last week the Eagles defeated Harvard, 3-0 (30-22, 30-23, 30-27) and lost 3-0 (19-30, 27-30, 18-30 at Penn State last Tuesday. Zach Wanner leads the team with a 4.42 points per game average. Evan Halteman ranks second at 4.08 with Chris Vrooman third at 2.92. Wanner has a team-high 3.33 kills per game average. Halteman ranks second at 3.00 with Vrooman third at 2.67. Halteman, with a .364 hitting percentage, leads the team. Ben Wolff ranks second at .333 with Wanner third at .151. Setter Mike Kraft averages 10.50 assists per game. Wanner has a team-high .50 aces per game with three ace serves. Halteman and Dan Follett are tied for second at .17 per game with one each. Defensively, Anthony Damiano has a 2.83 digs per game average to lead the squad. Wanner ranks second at 2.50 with Follett third at 2.00. Damiano has a team-high .980 serve reception percentage handling 39 of 50 attempts. Follett ranks second at .933 (42 of 45) and Vrooman is third at .870 (20 of 23). At the net, Halteman leads the team with a 1.33 blocks per game with three solos and five assist blocks. Wanner and Follett are tied for second at .67. Wanner has three solos and one assist block while Follett has two solos and two assist blocks. Juniata is hitting .185 and averages 15.92 points, 12.00 kills and 11.50 assists per game. The Eagles average .83 aces, 11.33 digs and 3.08 blocks per game and have a .944 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .165 and average 19.08 points, 14.83 kills and 13.33 assists per game. Eagle opponents average 1.17 aces, 10.33 digs and 3.08 blocks per game and have a .965 serve reception percentage.
Ohio State leads the series with Juniata, 22-2. The Buckeyes are 14-0 in Columbus, 6-2 in Huntingdon, Pa. and 2-0 in neutral site matches. Two weeks ago, in Huntingdon, Ohio State defeated the Eagles, 3-0 (30-26, 30-21, 30-28. Last season, Ohio State won 3-0 (30-23, 30-25, 30-25) in Columbus and lost 3-2 (28-30, 30-23, 30-28, 27-30, 15-12) in Huntingdon to snap a 14-match OSU winning streak against the Eagles.
KLANAC EQUALS CAREER HIGH OF 18 KILLS SATURDAY
John Klanac scored a match-high 18 kills Saturday against Grand Canyon to equal his career high set against George Mason in 2009. He added a shared match high of nine digs and handled nine serve reception attempts without an error in the match. Klanac had 10 kills in Friday’s match adding an ace serve and one dig and handled 12 serve reception attempts without an error. A starter in all eight matches, he is the team leader in points (4.22) and kills (3.67) per game. Klanac is averaging .30 aces, 1.11 digs and .41 blocks per game and has a .933 serve reception percentage handling 112 of 120 attempts.
SANGREY COLLECTS A MATCH-HIGH 15 POINTS FRIDAY
Shawn Sangrey posted a match-high 15 points in Friday’s match against Grand Canyon. He had 12 kills, one ace serve and four assist blocks in the match while hitting .400 and recording six digs. Sangrey played in one game Saturday recording an ace serve in the match. He has played in seven matches this season with four starts. Sangrey is averaging 3.83 points, 3.10 kills, .25 aces, 1.15 digs and .85 blocks per game.
KEHOE POSTS FIVE BLOCKS FRIDAY
Steven Kehoe recorded a solo and four assist blocks in the Friday match against Grand Canyon to share match-high honors. He added 40 assists and five digs in the match and tied his career high of three ace serves. Kehoe had 39 assists in Saturday’s match adding five digs and one assist block. A starter in all eight matches this season, he is averaging 12.56 assists, .19 aces, 1.93 digs and .96 blocks per game
HEINE SEES LIMITED TIME AGAINST GCU
Kevin Heine played in two games Friday against Grand Canyon recording three kills one dig and two assist blocks. He did not play Saturday. Heine has started in seven matches this season and is averaging 2.87 points, 2.04 kill, .17 aces and 1.17 blocks per game.
SCHOENFELDT COLLECTS A SEASON-HIGH NINE DIGS SATURDAY
Ted Schoenfeldt posted a shared match-high nine digs Saturday against Grand Canyon. He recorded 10.5 points in the match with eight kills, one ace serve, one solo block and one assist block. Schoenfeldt did not play in Friday’s match. He has started in four of the seven matches and is averaging 4.23 points, 3.23 kills, .54 aces, 1.77 digs and .77 blocks per game.
OVERMAN HITS A COMBINED .842 FOR THE WEEKEND.
Grayson Overman hit a combined .842 for the two matches against Grand Canyon. He had eight kills in nine swings (.889) Friday adding one assist, two digs and a career-tying five assist blocks. Saturday Overman recorded nine kills in 10 swings with one error to hit .800. He added two assists and one assist blocks in the contest. A starter in all eight matches, Overman is hitting a team-high .444. He is averaging 2.64 points, 1.92 kills, .16 aces, .28 digs and 1.00 blocks per game.
BERZINS HAS HIS THIRD START AT OUTSIDE HITTER
Mik Berzins started at outside hitter Friday against Grand Canyon and collected five kills, one assist, one ace serve, two digs and one assist block. He handled 18 serve reception attempts without an error. Berzins did not play in the Saturday match. Berzins has played in seven matches this season with four starts at libero and three at outside hitter. He is averaging .95 points, .82 kills, a team-high 2.27 digs and has a .950 serve reception percentage handling 172 of 181 attempts.
CASH STARTS AT LIBERO AGAINST GRAND CANYON
Rhett Cash started at libero in both matches against Grand Canyon. He had three digs and handled 16 serve reception attempts without an error in Friday’s match. Cash had three digs Saturday and handled 20 of 21 serve reception attempts. He has two starts at libero and has played in three matches this season. Cash is averaging 1.11 digs per game and has a .915 serve reception percentage handling 54 of 59 attempts.
GIBSON HAS START SATURDAY AGAINST GRAND CANYON
Nick Gibson started Saturday against Grand Canyon recording eight kills while hitting .353. He added three digs, one ace serve and handled 15 of 16 serve reception attempts. Gibson played in one game Friday collecting two kills (.500), one dig and handling two serve reception attempts without an error. He has played in five matches with one start. Gibson is averaging 1.50 points, 1.38 kills, .50 digs per game and has a .952 serve reception percentage handling 20 of 21 attempts.
STEWART STARTS AGAINST GRAND CANYON SATURDAY
Mike Stewart saw his first action of the season Friday and started Saturday against Grand Canyon. He played in one game Friday and recorded three kills (.500), one dig and two assist blocks. In his start Saturday Stewart had five kills (.500) one ace serve and one assist block. He has played in two matches this season and is averaging 2.62 points, 2.00 kills and .75 blocks per game.
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 42 points. The Buckeyes were ranked 13th 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 497-278 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 to conference play at Ball State at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Buckeyes then host St. Francis at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena.