COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th-ranked Ohio State (9-5 overall, 5-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team travels to Springfield, Mass., to play in the Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic. The Buckeyes will face George Mason (3-6, 1-2 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) at 6 p.m. ET Friday and face either third-ranked (Div. III) Springfield (8-4, 2-2 EIVA) or UC Santa Barbara (6-8, 6-5 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) at 6/8 p.m. ET Saturday.
OHIO STATE LAST WEEK
Ohio State defeated fifth-ranked (Div. III) Carthage, 3-0 (30-23, 30-23, 30-19) in St. John Arena last week.
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 to the weather conditions.
The 13th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 9-5 overall and 5-1 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Buckeyes defeated fifth-ranked (Div. III) Carthage, 3-0 (30-23, 30-23, 30-19) in St. John Arena last week. Leading OSU in points per game is Shawn Sangrey at 4.58. John Klanac ranks second at 3.98 and Kevin Heine is third at 2.97. Sangrey is the team leader in kills per game at 3.79 with Klanac second at 3.52 and Heine third at 2.16. The top percentage hitter on the squad is Heine at .430. Grayson Overman ranks second at .425. Mik Berzins ranks third at .304. At setter, Steven Kehoe has a 13.04 assists per game average. Overman has a team-high .33 aces per game with 14. Kehoe ranks second at .31 with 15 and Sangrey is third at .26 with 10. Defensively,Berzins leads the squad in digs per game with a 2.28 average. Kehoe ranks second at 1.85 with Anthony Hock third at 1.53. Mike Stefani and Hock are tied with a team-high .953 serve reception percentage. Each has handled 162 of 170 attempts. Berzins is third at .944 (302 of 320). At the net, Heine has a team-high 1.25 blocks per game average with four solos and 51 assist blocks. Ranking second is Overman at 1.21 with eight solos and 44 assists. Sangrey ranks third at .89 with six solos and 28 assists. Ohio State is hitting .283 on the season and is averaging 19.40 points, 14.88 kills and 14.02 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.54 aces, 9.75 digs and 2.98 blocks per game and have a .933 serve reception percentage. Buckeye opponents are hitting .226 and average 17.48 points, 13.42 kills and 12.62 assists per game. Opponents average 1.42 aces, 9.04 digs and 2.65 blocks per game and have a .932 serve reception percentage.
The Patriots are coached by Fred Chao. George Mason is 3-6 overall and 1-2 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Patriots lost three home matches last week, falling to Lewis, 3-0 (30-21, 30-21, 30-28), Loyola-Chicago, 3-0 (32-30, 30-27, 30-18) and Springfield, 3-1 (34-32, 26-30, 30-28, 30-26). George Mason will play Thursday at Springfield prior to the Friday match against Ohio State. Andrew Dentler leads the Patriots in points per game with a 5.81 average. Eric Lucas ranks second at 3.76 with Ben Nichols third at 3.28. Dentler has a team-high 5.08 kills per game average. Ranking second at 3.42 is Lucas with Nichols third at 2.38. Joe Norton is the team leader in attack percentage at .355. Nichols ranks second at .214 with Dentler third at .203. At setter, Javier Perez has a 12.97 assists per game average. Piotr Dabrowski has a team-high .40 aces per game average with six. Shaun Sibley ranks second at .24 with six and Lucas is third at .16 with five. Defensively, Luke Maloney has a team-high 2.90 digs per game average. Lucas and Perez are tied for second at 1.58. Max McFarland leads the squad in serve reception percentage at .989 handling 86 of 87 attempts. Maloney ranks second at .981 (265-270) and Lucas is third at .968 (180-186). At the net, Dabrowski has a team-high 1.33 blocks per game average with a solo and 19 assist blocks. Nichols ranks second at 1.12 (5-13) with Dentler third at 1.08 (3-23). George Mason is hitting .212 and averages 19.55 points, 15.61 kills and 14.61 assists per game. The Patriots average 1.29 aces, 10.32 digs and 2.65 blocks per game and have a .970 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .246 and average 18.71 points, 14.81 kills and 14.03 assists per game. Patriot opponents average .74 aces, 11.10 digs and 3.16 blocks per game and have a .944 serve reception percentage.
George Mason has a 25-17 series lead over Ohio State. The Patriots are 17-3 in neutral site matches and 5-3 at George Mason while Ohio State is 11-3 in Columbus. Earlier this season, the Buckeyes defeated George Mason, 3-0 (30-24, 33-31, 31-29) at Ohio State.
The Pride is coached by Charlie Sullivan. Third-ranked (Div. III) Springfield is 8-4 overall and 2-2 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week, the Pride won 3-2 (25-30, 18-30, 31-29, 30-28, 15-11) at Rutgers-Newark, 3-0 (30-21, 31-29, 30-21) at New York University and defeated George Mason, 3-1 (34-32, 26-30, 30-28, 30-26) at home. Springfield hosts George Mason Thursday prior to its Friday match against UC Santa Barbara. AJ Nally leads the Pride in points per game with a 3.93 average. Cal Palumbo ranks second at 3.21 with Greg Falcone third at 2.60. Nally has a team-high 3.33 kills per game average with Palumbo second at 2.51 and Jeff Gutmann third at 2.33. Palumbo is hitting .478 to lead the Pride. Falcone ranks second at .270 with Alex Harrison third at .242. At setter, Eric Shoemaker is averaging 12.21 assists per game. Shoemaker has a team-high .48 aces per game average with 20. Falcone ranks second at .19 with eight and Nally, at .14, is third with six. Defensively, Nally has a team-high 2.60 digs per game average. Harrison ranks second at 1.95 with Mike Pelletier third at 1.30. Nally leads the squad in serve reception percentage at .974 handing 225 of 231 attempts. Pelletier ranks second at .938 (211-225) and Harrison is third at .931 (215-231). At the net, Falcone has a team-high 2.05 blocks per game average with 12 solos and 74 assist blocks. Palumbo ranks second at 1.16 (8-42) with Nally third at .84 (4-32). Springfield is hitting .249 and averages 18.84 points, 13.92 kills and 13.16 assists per game. The Pride averages 1.21 aces, 10.63 digs and 3.70 blocks per game and has a .934 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .178 and average 18.10 points, 14.35 kills and 13.21 assists per game. Pride opponents average 1.19 aces, 10.63 digs and 2.57 blocks per game and have a .939 serve reception percentage.
Ohio State has a 12-1 lead in the series with Springfield. The Buckeyes are 3-0 in Springfield, 8-1 at Ohio State and 1-0 in neutral site matches. The squads have twice played in the Volleyball Hall of Fame Classic, a 3-1 (30-27, 23-30, 30-18, 30-18) OSU win in 2004 and a 3-1 (40-42, 30-21, 30-27, 30-25) Buckeye victory in 2006.
UC SANTA BARBARA
The Gauchos are coached by Rick McLaughlin. UC Santa Barbara is 6-8 overall and 6-5 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Last week the Gauchos lost 3-1 (30-28, 30-25, 19-30, 30-24) to UCLA. Santa Barbara plays at Harvard Thursday Feb. 25 and against Springfield Friday Feb. 26 at the Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic. Jeff Menzel leads the team in points per game at 6.19. Cullen Irons ranks second at 4.10 and Scott Slaughter is third at 3.24. Menzel has a team-high 5.52 kills per game average with Irons second at 3.62 with Slaughter third at 2.52. Leading the squad in attack percentage is Slaughter at .436. Ranking second at .296 is Jake Rosener with Menzel third at .260. At setter, Vince Devany has a 13.28 assists per game average. Menzel has a team-high .32 aces per game average with 20. Rosener, at .22, ranks second with 12 and Irons is third at .15 with nine. Defensively, Andy McGuire leads the team with a 2.80 digs per game average. Rosener ranks second at 1.84 with Menzel third at 1.66. Rosener has a team-high .965 serve reception percentage handling 385 of 400 attempts. McGuire, at .955, ranks second handing 399 of 418. Ranking third is Menzel at .938 handing 332 of 354. At the net, Slaughter has a team-high 1.14 blocks per game average with eight solos and 40 assists. Sam Moisenco ranks second at 1.06 (13-43) and Davis is third at .65 (3-32). Santa Barbara is hitting .285 and averages 18.75 points, 15.23 kills and 14.50 assists per game. The Gauchos average .98 aces, 9.31 digs and 2.53 blocks per game and have a .950 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .272 and average 17.94 points, 14.14 kills and 13.41 assists per game. Gaucho opponents average .98 aces, 9.44 digs and 2.70 blocks per game and have a .954 serve reception percentage.
UC Santa Barbara has won all six matches against Ohio State. The Gauchos have won five matches in Santa Barbara and one in Columbus. The squads last played in Santa Barbara in 1992, a 15-9, 15-9, 15-8 Gaucho victory.
MEET THE BUCKEYES
#1 STEVEN KEHOE
Steven Kehoe recorded 40 assists against Carthage. He added two ace serves, two digs and one block assist against the Red Men. Kehoe has started all 14 matches this season and is averaging 13.04 assists per game. He averages 1.22 points, .40 kills, .31 aces, 1.85 digs and .88 blocks per game.
#2 KEVIN HEINE
Kevin Heine recorded a season-high eight assist blocks against Carthage. His previous high this season was six against IPFW. Heine added five kills (.500) and four digs in the match. A starter in the 13 matches, he is averaging 2.97 points, 2.16 kills (.430), .14 aces, .36 digs and a team-high 1.25 blocks per game.
#3 ANTHONY HOCK
Anthony Hock, at libero, had two digs against Carthage and handled 25 serve receptions without an error. He has started at libero in six matches, playing in 12. Hock is averaging 1.53 digs per game and has a .953 serve reception percentage handling 162 of 170 attempts.
#4 KYLE LAWRENCE
Kyle Lawrence has not played.
#5 GRAYSON OVERMAN
Grayson Overman did not play in the Carthage match. He had started the 13 previous matches. Overman is averaging 2.77 points, 1.74 kills, .33 aces, and 1.21 blocks per game while hitting .425.
#6 SHAWN SANGREY
Shawn Sangrey collected a co-match-high eight kills in the Carthage match. He added two assist blocks against the Red Men. Sangrey has played in 13 matches with 10 starts. He is the team leader in points (4.58) and kills (3.79) per game and averages 1.26 digs, .89 blocks and .26 aces per game while hitting .238. He was named the Feb. 8 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week for his play in the victory at Ball State.
#7 MIKE STEFANI
Mike Stefani played in two games in the Carthage match. He recorded six kills (.273) and three digs against the Red Men. Stefani has played in 11 matches with four starts. He is averaging 1.82 points, 1.67 kills, 1.15 digs and .24 blocks per game while hitting .174. He has a .953 serve reception percentage handling 162 of 170 attempts.
#8 JOHN KLANAC
John Klanac hit a career-high .667 attack percentage in the Carthage match. He had eight kills in 12 attempts with no errors. His previous best was .600 (9-0-15) against George Mason last season. Klanac added six digs and one block assist while handling nine of 10 serve reception attempts. He has played and started in 13 matches and is averaging 3.98 points, 3.52 kills, .21 aces, 1.12 digs and .40 blocks per game while hitting .221. Klanac has a .939 serve reception percentage handling 170 of 181 attempts.
#9 JOHN THOLEN
John Tholen had his first start of the season at Carthage, playing in two games. He had three kills (.333), one assist, one dig, one solo block and one assist block. Tholen has played in two matches and is averaging 2.40 points, 1.40 kills, 1.40 blocks and .60 digs per game while hitting .545.
#10 BRIAN KUES
Brian Kues has not played.
#11 TED SCHOENFELDT
Ted Schoenfeldt posted a co-match-high of 10.5 points against Carthage. He recorded seven kills, two ace serves, three digs and three assist blocks while hitting .143. Schoenfeldt has five starts and has played in 10 matches. He is averaging 4.31 points, 3.38 kills, .43 aces, 1.38 digs and .90 blocks per game while hitting .275.
#12 JASON TOBKIN
Jason Tobkin played in all three games against Carthage as a back row substitute. He has played in 11 matches this season and has two ace serves and two digs.
#13 NICK GIBSON
Nick Gibson saw limited action (one game) in the Carthage match. He has played in nine matches and has started twice. Gibson is averaging 1.64 points, 1.43 kills, .93 digs and .21 blocks per game while hitting .319. He has a .976 serve reception percentage handling 41 of 42 attempts.
#14 MIKE STEWART
Mike Stewart played in one game against Carthage and recorded an ace serve. He has played in four matches with one start this season. Stewart is averaging 1.92 points, 1.33 kills, .33 aces, .17 digs and .50 blocks per game while hitting .462.
#15 MIK BERZINS
Mik Berzins played in two games off the bench against Carthage and recorded a co-match-high of 10.5 points. He had seven kills (.455), two ace serves, two digs and a career-high three assist blocks. He handled six serve reception attempts without an error. Berzins has played in 13 matches and has eight starts at outside hitter and four at libero. He averages 2.05 points, 1.77 kills, .10 aces, a team-high 2.28 digs and .30 blocks per game while hitting .304. He has a .944 serve reception percentage handling 302 of 320 attempts.
#16 DALE FREIER
Dale Freier has not played.
#17 COLIN KELLY
Colin Kelly has not played.
18 ERIC DATES
Eric Dates has not played.
#19 RHETT CASH
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.
#20 DEREK KUES
Derek Kues has played in eight matches this season for a total of 15 games. As a back row sub, Kues has recorded two digs.
#21 SEAN MARTIN
Sean Martin has played in two matches this season. He saw action against Carthage recording 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 46 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 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 attack 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 is 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 502-279 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 returns to Columbus to host seventh-ranked Penn State (10-2) at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Buckeyes return to conference play at 7 p.m. Saturday at IPFW (6-6) and host Mt. Olive (3-0) at 4 p.m. Sunday.