COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th-ranked Ohio State (2-4 overall, 1-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team returns to conference play by hosting first-year member Grand Canyon (1-5, 0-0) in 7 p.m. matches Friday and Saturday in St. John Arena.
OHIO STATE LAST WEEK
Ohio State opened conference play with a 3-0 (30-16, 34-32, 30-24) home victory over IPFW. The Buckeyes then lost at St. Francis, 3-1 (30-22, 30-25, 22-30, 30-25) and won at Juniata, 3-0 (30-26, 30-21, 30-28).
VIDEO OF HOME MATCHES AVAILABLE ON BUCKEYE VISION
Ohio State men’s volleyball home matches will be available on the web through “Buckeye Vision” for a fee. Get unlimited access to live and on-demand Ohio State video and audio (when available) in the “Buckeye Vision” on a month-by-month basis for $9.95 per month. Monthly subscriptions are set to automatically renew every 30 days until you visit the Manage Packages link in your profile and cancel your subscription. For more information, check out OhioStateBuckeyes.com or go to: http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/regflow/MoreInfo.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=17300.
The 13th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Last week Ohio State opened MIVA conference play with a 3-0 (30-16, 34-32, 30-24) home victory over IPFW. The Buckeyes then lost at St. Francis, 3-1 (30-22, 30-25, 22-30, 30-25) and won at Juniata, 3-0 (30-26, 30-21, 30-28). Leading OSU in points per game is John Klanac at 4.05. Shawn Sangrey ranks second at 3.78 and Kevin Heine is third at 2.95. Klanac is the team leader in kills per game at 3.38 with Sangrey second at 3.12 and Heine third at 2.10. The top percentage hitter on the squad is Heine at .365. Grayson Overman ranks second at .323. At setter, Steven Kehoe has a 12.38 assists per game average. Klanac has a team-high .33 aces per game with seven. Overman ranks second at .21 with four with Heine third at .19 with four. Defensively, Mik Berzins leads the squad in digs per game with a 2.53 average. Kehoe ranks second at 2.00 with Mike Stefani third at 1.19. Berzins has a team-high .945 serve reception percentage handling 154 of 163 serves. Stefani ranks second at .937 (118 of 126) and Klanac is third at .919 (91 of 99). At the net, Heine has a team-high 1.19 blocks per game average with three solos and 22 assist blocks. Ranking second is Overman at 1.00 with three solos and 16 assists. Kehoe ranks third at .95 with four solos and 16 assists. Ohio State is hitting .224 on the season and is averaging 18.14 points, 13.81 kills, 13.00 assists and 1.33 aces per game. The Buckeyes average 9.29 digs and 3.00 blocks per game and have a .912 serve reception percentage. Buckeye opponents are hitting .239 and average 18.12 points, 13.52 kills, 12.52 assists and 2.00 aces per game. Opponents average 9.62 digs and 2.60 blocks per game and have a .936 serve reception percentage.
The Antelopes are coached by Chad Speer. Grand Canyon is 1-5 overall and plays at Ball State Thursday in its first Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association match. Last week the Antelopes split matches at home against Johnson and Wales (Colo.) winning 3-0 (30-23, 30-23, 30-19) and falling 0-3 (20-30, 27-30, 24-30). Brock Hutchins has a team-high 4.89 points per game average. Chris Lockwood ranks second at 3.17 with Robbie Brannick third at 2.57. Hutchins leads the team in kills per game with a 4.50 average. Nick Jensen, at 2.50, ranks second with Brannick and Lockwood tied for third at 2.13. Connor Dougherty has a team-high .424 attack percentage. Lockwood ranks second at .358 with Hutchins third at .227. At setter, Brad Moore is averaging 10.83 assists per game. Lockwood (.40 per game) and Moore (.33) share team-high honors with six ace serves each. Hutchins (.22) ranks third with four aces. Defensively, Trent Bruns leads the squad with a 3.28 digs per game average. Hutchins ranks second at 1.61 with Taylor Griffin third at 1.50. Hutchins has a team-high .937 serve reception percentage handling 89 of 95 attempts. Bruns ranks second at .888 handling 79 of 89 attempts. At the net, Lockwood is averaging a team-high 1.00 blocks per game. He has four solos and 11 assist blocks. Brannick ranks second at .73 with two solos and nine assists. Grand Canyon is hitting .217 and averages 16.42 points, 13.11 kills and 11.39 assists per game. The Antelopes average 1.22 aces, 8.56 digs, 2.08 blocks per game and has an .878 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .321 and average 18.44 points, 14.28 kills and 13.11 assists per game. Grand Canyon opponents average 1.89 aces, 10.67 digs, 2.28 blocks per game and have a .908 serve reception percentage.
This is the first meeting for Ohio State and Grand Canyon.
KLANAC TOPS BUCKEYES IN POINTS PER GAME
John Klanac has a team-high 4.05 points per game average and is averaging a team-high 3.38 kills per game. He posted double-figure points in all three matches last week. Klanac had 17.5 points against IPFW with 13 kills, two ace serves, a solo block and three assist blocks. He added six digs against the Mastodons. At St. Francis, he had 13 points with 12 kills and one ace serve. Klanac added three digs against the Red Flash. He contributed 11 points with eight kills, one ace serve, one solo block and two assist blocks at Juniata. Klanac has a team-high seven ace serves and averages .95 digs and .52 blocks per game and has a .919 serve reception percentage handling 91 of 99 serves.
SANGREY HAS DOUBLE-FIGURE POINTS OFF THE BENCH AGAINST ST. FRANCIS AND JUNIATA
Shawn Sangrey came off the bench at St. Francis and Juniata to record double-figure points in both matches. He recorded 10.5 points at St. Francis with nine kills, one ace serve and one assist block. He added four digs in the match. At Juniata, Sangrey had 11 points with eight kills, a career-high two solo blocks and two assist blocks. He added six digs in the contest. Sangrey did not play against IPFW. He has played in five matches this season with three starts. Sangrey is averaging 3.78 points, 3.12 kills, 1.06 digs and .81 blocks per game.
KEHOE HAS A SEASON-HIGH 10 DIGS AGAINST IPFW
Steven Kehoe recorded a season-high 10 digs against IPFW and with his 44 assists had his first double-double of the season. He added a kill, one solo block and two assist blocks in the match. At St. Francis, Kehoe recorded a season-high 48 assists adding eight digs and three assist blocks. He had 43 assists at Juniata, adding two kills, one ace serve, five digs, a solo block and one assist block. Kehoe has started all six matches and is averaging 12.38 assists per game. He is averaging 2.00 digs and .95 blocks per game.
HEINE LEADS OSU IN BLOCKS PER GAME
Kevin Heine leads the squad with a 1.19 blocks per game average with three solos and 22 assist blocks. He had a season-high six assist blocks against IPFW adding six kills and a dig for his nine points. Heine had three assist blocks at St. Francis adding nine kills and one ace serve for 11.5 points in the match. At Juniata, he equaled his career-high of two solo blocks and added one assist. Heine had a season-high 10 kills against the Eagles to total 12.5 points in the match. For the season, he is averaging 2.95 points, 2.10 kills and 1.19 blocks per game.
STEFANI CONTRIBUTES NINE POINTS AT JUNIATA
Mike Stefani recorded nine points at Juniata with nine kills while hitting a season-high .211 (9-5-19). He added four digs and handled 24 serve reception attempts without an error. At St. Francis, Stefani had 5.5 points with five kills and one assist block. He added seven digs and handled 14 serve reception attempts without an error. Stefani played against IPFW as a back row server. He has played in all six matches this season with four starts. Stefani is averaging 1.81 points, 1.62 kills and 1.19 digs per game and has a .937 serve reception percentage handling 118 of 126 attempts.
SCHOENFELDT COLLECTS A SEASON-HIGH 20 POINTS AGAINST IPFW
Ted Schoenfeldt posted a season-high 20 points against IPFW with a season-high 15 kills, a career-tying three ace serves, one solo block and two assist blocks. He hit a season-high .429 (15-3-28) against the Mastodons and added four digs. Schoenfeldt saw limited action at St. Francis with two kills, two digs and one assist block and at Juniata with four kills and three digs. He has played in all six matches this season with three starts. Schoenfeldt is averaging 4.45 points, 3.40 kills, .60 aces, 1.40 digs and .80 blocks per game.
OVERMAN RECORDS A CAREER-HIGH 11 KILLS AT ST. FRANCIS
Grayson Overman recorded a career-high 11 kills at St. Francis while hitting a career-high .846 (11-0-13). He added four assist blocks and one dig to total a career-high 13 points. Overman had nine kills, one ace serve, a career-high two solo blocks and two assist blocks for his second 13 point game. He began the weekend with 5.5 points against IPFW with a kill, a career-high three ace serves, a solo block and one assist block. Overman has started all six matches this season and is averaging 2.42 points, 1.63 kills, .21 aces and 1.00 blocks per game.
BERZINS TAKES A SWING AT OUTSIDE HITTER
Mik Berzins started at outside hitter against IFPW and recorded career-highs of 11 points and 10 kills in the match. He hit a career-high .500 (10-2-16) adding four digs and a solo block. He handled 16 of 17 serve reception attempts. At St. Francis, he started at outside hitter collecting three kills, two digs and an assist block in two games. He handled 11 of 12 serve reception attempts. Berzins started at libero at Juniata posting 11 digs and handling 23 of 24 serve reception attempts. Playing in all six matches this season, he has started two matches at outside hitter and four at libero. Berzins is averaging 2.63 digs per game and has a .945 serve reception percentage handling 154 of 163 attempts.
CASH HAS FIRST ACTION OF THE SEASON
Rhett Cash played libero in the final three games at St. Francis for his first action of the season. He recorded four digs and handled 18 of 22 serve reception attempts.
HOCK HAS STARTS AT LIBERO AGAINST IPFW AND AT ST. FRANCIS
Anthony Hock started at libero against IPFW posting a career-high 13 digs against the Mastodons. He handled 35 serve reception attempts without an error and had one assist. Hock started at St. Francis at libero playing in one game. He recorded one dig and handled nine of 12 serve reception attempts. Hock has played in five matches this season and is averaging 1.00 digs per game. He has a .939 serve reception percentage handling 46 of 49 attempts.
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 40 points. The Buckeyes were ranked tied for 11th 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 495-278 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 completes a four-match home stand by hosting George Mason and Juniata. The Buckeyes face George Mason at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 and host Juniata at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 31.