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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The eighth-ranked (tie) Ohio State (0-2) men’s volleyball team opens the 2011 home schedule with matches against St. Francis (0-0) and George Mason (1-0). The Buckeyes will host the Red Flash of St. Francis at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15 and the Patriots of George Mason at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18. Both matches will be played in St. John Arena and admission is free. Live Stats for home matches will be available at: http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/liveStats/liveStats.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=17300&LIST_SPORT_ID=M_VOLLEYBALL. Buckeye Vision will provide video web streaming of the St. Francis match for a fee at: https://www.nmnathletics.com/PremiumVideo.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=17300. Bigtennetwork.com will provide video web streaming of the George Mason match for a fee at: https://video.bigtennetwork.com/bigtenus/secure/registerform. 

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Eighth-ranked (tie) Ohio State, coached by Pete Hanson, opened the season with a 3-1 (25-20, 25-23, 20-25, 25-21) and a 3-2 (25-16, 19-25, 25-20, 26-28, 16-14) loss at Pepperdine. John Klanac leads the team with a 3.94 points per set average. Shawn Sangrey ranks second at 3.39 with Kevin Heine third at 3.06. Klanac has a team-high 3.33 kills per set average. Heine ranks second at 2.78 with Sangrey third at 2.22. In attack percentage, Heine leads the squad with a .455 percentage. Klanac ranks second at .355 with Mik Berzins third at .269. Setter Seven Kehoe has an 11.10 assists per set average. Sangrey has a team-high .56 aces per set average with five. Klanac ranks second at .44 (4) and Grayson Overman is third at .33 (3). Defensively, Berzins is averaging a team-high 2.00 digs per set with 18. Klanac and Kehoe are tied for second at 1.33 (12). Klanac has a team-high .979 serve reception percentage handling 46 of 47 attempts. Jason Tobkin and Berzins, at .954, are tied for second with each handling 62 of 65 attempts. At the net, Overman has a team-high 1.33 blocks per set average with 11 assist blocks. Sangrey ranks second at 1.11 with a solo and nine assists. Heine, at .56, is third with five assists.

Ohio State is averaging 16.39 points, 12.89 kills and 12.44 assists per set while hitting .265. The Buckeyes average 1.33 aces, 7.56 digs and 2.17 blocks per set and have a .960 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 17.33 points, 13.33 kills and 12.78 assists per set while hitting .353. They average .78 aces, 7.89 digs and 3.22 blocks per set and have a .927 serve reception percentage.

A LOOK AT ST. FRANCIS
St. Francis, coached by Mike Rumbaugh, opens the 2011 season with the Buckeyes. The Red Flash had a 12-15 record last season and finished tied for third at 4-6 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. St. Francis advanced to the semifinals of the EIVA Tournament before losing to Springfield. Two starters return from last season in setter Ryan Williams (12.00 assists per set) and libero John Wappler (2.56 digs per set).

OSU SERIES WITH ST. FRANCIS
Ohio State has a 20-1 series record with St. Francis. The Buckeyes are 13-0 in Columbus and 7-1 in Loretto against the Red Flash. Last season, Ohio State lost 3-1 (30-22, 30-25, 22-30, 30-25) at St. Francis and won 3-1 (30-21, 28-30, 30-23, 30-24) in Columbus.

A LOOK AT GEORGE MASON
George Mason, coached by Fred Chao, opened the season with a 3-1 (25-16, 21-25, 25-17, 25-13) win over Toronto. The Patriots host NJIT Friday, Jan. 14 and Juniata Saturday, Jan. 15. George Mason was 8-19 last season and finished at 4-6 in the EIVA, tied for third. George Mason advanced to the EIVA Tournament semifinals before losing to Princeton. Against Toronto, Eric Lucas scored a team-high 17.5 points with Robert Stoeckinger adding 16.5 and Shaun Sibley 13.5. Lucas had a team-high 16 kills with Stoeckinger adding 15 and Sibley nine. Lucas hit a team-high .344 in the match with Sibley at .316 and Stoeckinger .263. Setter Brandon Joyner recorded 47 assists in the match. Defensively, John Jepson had a match-high 12 digs with Patrick Maloney adding eight and Lucas seven. At the net, Sibley had a team-high eight blocks with a solo and seven assists. Joyner added six assists and Piotr Dabrowski five. George Mason is averaging 17.25 points, 13.00 kills and 12.50 assists per set while hitting .246. The Patriots average .75 aces, 11.25 digs and 3.50 blocks per set. Opponents average 12.75 points, 11.25 kills and 11.00 assists per set while hitting .093. They average .25 aces, 11.50 digs and 1.25 blocks per set.

OSU SERIES WITH GEORGE MASON
George Mason has a 25-19 series mark against Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 11-3 in Columbus while the Patriots are 5-4 in Fairfax and 17-4 in neutral site matches. OSU won all three meetings last season. The Buckeyes won 3-0 (30-24, 33-31, 31-29) in Columbus, 3-0 (30-12, 30-16, 30-25) at the Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic in Springfield, Mass. and 3-1 (30-27, 26-30, 30-26, 30-26) in Fairfax.

KLANAC OSU’S TOP SCORER AGAINST PEPPERDINE
John Klanac averaged a team-high 3.94 points per game in the two matches against Pepperdine. He averaged 3.33 kills, .44 aces, .33 blocks and 1.33 digs per set against the Waves. He had a team-high .979 serve reception percentage handling 46 of 47 attempts and hit .355. In the Sunday match, Klanac recorded a team-high 18 points with 14 kills (.423) and a career-tying four ace serves. He added one assist and four digs and handled 21 serve reception attempts without an error. In the Monday match against the Waves, Klanac posted 17.5 points with 16 kills (.306) and three assist blocks. He added one assist and eight digs while handling 25 of 26 serve reception attempts.

KLANAC IN OSU CAREER STATS
John Klanac is ranked in several career categories for Ohio State. He is 19th in kills per set at 3.11, 15th in aces per set at .22 and 18th in points per set at 3.63.

SANGREY HAD A TEAM-HIGH 18 POINTS IN SECOND PEPPERDINE MATCH
Shawn Sangrey posted a team-high 18 points in Monday’s 3-2 loss at Pepperdine. He recorded 13 kills (.114), two ace serves and six assist blocks against the Waves. He added six digs in the contest. Sangrey had 12.6 points in the Sunday match with Pepperdine with seven kills (.000), three ace serves, a solo block and three assist blocks. He posted three digs against the Waves. For the season, Sangrey is averaging 3.39 points, 2.22 kills, .56 aces, 1.00 digs and 1.11 blocks per set while hitting .073

HEINE HITTING A TEAM-HIGH .455 IN OPENING MATCHES
Kevin Heine hit a combined .455 in the two matches at Pepperdine. He hit .571 in the first match recording 15 points with 14 kills and two assist blocks. Heine added one dig against the Waves. In the second match he hit .348 collecting 12.5 points with 11 kills and three assist blocks. Heine added one dig and one assist in the match. In the two matches, he averaged 3.06 points, 2.78 kills, .22 digs and .56 blocks per set while hitting .455.

HEINE NOW 17TH IN OSU CAREER TOTAL BLOCKS
Kevin Heine recorded two assist blocks in the first Pepperdine match and three in the second to give him 266 career blocks (18 solos, 248 assists) and moved to 17th on the Ohio State career total blocks list. He moved past three players, Pieter Olree (1999-02), Jose’ Bengoa (1994-97) and Tom Hoff (1992-93) who are tied with 264. Heine needs eight total blocks to move past No. 15 Chris Fash (1998-01) with 273 (30-243) blocks. Heine ranks 16th in career assist blocks with 248 and is 10th in blocks per set at 1.16.

OVERMAN IS THE TOP BLOCKER FOR THE BUCKEYES
Grayson Overman is averaging a team-high 1.22 blocks per set with 11 assist blocks in the two matches against Pepperdine. He had two assist blocks in the Monday match and collected 12 points with nine kills (.389) and two ace serves. Overman added one dig in the match. He had a team-high nine assist blocks in the Monday match and recorded 11.5 points. He had six kills (.000), one ace serve, one assist and one dig against the Waves. In the two matches, Overman averaged 2.61 points, 1.67 kills, .33 aces, .22 digs and 1.22 blocks per set while hitting .226.

TOBKIN PLAYS TWO POSITIONS IN SECOND PEPPERDINE MATCH
Jason Tobkin started both matches at outside hitter against Pepperdine but played the final four sets in Monday’s match at libero. In the Sunday match, he recorded 9.5 points with eight kills (.211), a solo block and one assist block. Tobkin added two digs and two assists while handling 24 of 26 serve reception attempts. Monday he recorded three kills (.167) in the first set and then played libero the rest of the match. He had eight digs, three assists and handled 38 of 39 serve reception attempts. In the two matches, Tobkin averaged 1.39 points, 1.22 kills, 1.11 digs and .22 blocks per set. He hit .200 and had a .954 serve reception percentage handling 62 of 65 attempts.

BERZINS SWITCHES FROM LIBERO TO OUTSIDE
Mik Berzins started both Pepperdine matches at libero but switched to outside hitter for the final four sets of the second match. He recorded 11 digs and one assist in the Sunday match and handled 32 of 34 serve reception attempts. Monday, Berzins recorded 11 points with 10 kills (.269) and two assist blocks. He added two assists and seven digs while handling 30 of 31 serve reception attempts. In the two matches, Berzins averaged 1.22 points, 1.11 kills, a team-high 2.00 digs and .22 blocks per set while hitting .269. He handled 62 of 65 serve reception attempts.

BERZINS NOW 17TH IN OSU CAREER DIGS
Mik Berzins, with 18 digs in the Pepperdine matches, has moved to 17th on the Ohio State career digs list with 475. He had a match-high 11 digs Sunday and seven on Monday against the Waves. Berzins passed Stuart Katz (2003-06) with 470 and David Frette (1989-91) with 473 and needs 34 digs to pass No. 16 Robbie Klein (2006-09) with 508.

KEHOE RUNS THE OFFENSE
Steven Kehoe, in the two Pepperdine matches, averaged 11.11 assists per set in running the offense. He had a match-high 51 assists in the Sunday match adding two kills (.250) and three digs against the Waves. In the Monday match, Kehoe had a match-high 49 assists with two kills (.250), a team-high nine digs and three assist blocks. For the two matches, he averaged .81 points, .44 kills, 11.11 assists, 1.33 digs and .33 blocks per set while hitting .250.

KEHOE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Steven Kehoe is ranked sixth in Ohio State career assists with 2,794. He needs 43 assists to pass No. 5 Chuck Voss (1990-93) with 2,836. Kehoe ranks seventh in assists per set at 10.96. He is tied for 11th in career aces with 64 and needs to pass No. 10 Angel Aja (1997-00) with 65.  Kehoe ranks ninth in aces per set at .25. In digs per set, he is ranked 12th with a 1.64 average.

OHIO STATE RANKED TIED FOR EIGHTH IN AVCA PRESEASON POLL
Ohio State is tied for eighth in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll. The Buckeyes opened the season ranked seventh. OSU received 126 points in the poll and is the highest ranked team in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Buckeyes are tied with UCLA. Three other MIVA teams are ranked with Loyola-Chicago at 13th, Ball State at 14th and Lewis 15th. Southern California is ranked first in the poll. OSU will face seven of the 15 ranked teams in the poll, playing 13 matches against them.

ASICS/VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE OPENING POLL HAS OSU SEVENTH
The ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Poll has ranked Ohio State seventh in their opening poll with 40 points. Last season, the Buckeyes finished eighth in the poll. Southern California is the top-ranked team with 97 points followed by Pepperdine (83), Brigham Young (83), Stanford (63) and UC Santa Barbara (52). The second five include UC Irvine (48), Ohio State (40), Hawaii (34), UCLA (24) and Penn State (23). Long Beach State also received votes.

BUCKEYES PICKED TO WIN MIVA
By a vote of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association coaches, Ohio State has been picked as the preseason favorite to win the conference title. The Buckeyes received 47 votes and six of the seven first place votes. Lewis was second with 39 votes and one first place vote. Loyola-Chicago was third (38 votes), Ball State fourth (29) and IPFW fifth (21) while Grand Canyon and Quincy tied for sixth (11).

FOUR BUCKEYES NAMED TO PRESEASON MIVA ALL-CONFERENCE SQUAD
Ohio State’s Mik Berzins, Steve Kehoe, John Klanac and Shawn Sangrey have been named to the 10-player 2011 MIVA Preseason All-Conference team. Berzins, a 6-1 libero, averaged 2.06 digs per set last season and was a second team all-conference selection. Kehoe, a 6-3 setter, averaged 13.59 assists and 1.85 digs per set in conference play last season and is a two-time first team all-conference selection. He was the 2010 MIVA Player of the Year. Klanac, a 6-4 outside hitter, averaged 4.21 kills and 1.26 digs per set while hitting .329 in conference play. He was a 2010 MIVA first team selection and a second team selection in 2009. Sangrey, a 6-5 opposite, hit .281 in conference play last season while averaging 4.76 kills, 1.53 digs and .91 blocks per set. He was a MIVA first team selection in 2010.

Also named to the team were Mike Bunting and Mike Hutz of Loyola-Chicago, Ian Karbiener and Brian Muesenfechter of Lewis, J.D. Gasparovic of Ball State and Darryl Shank of IPFW.

HEAD COACH PETE HANSON
Pete Hanson is in his 27th season at Ohio State. He has a 515-284 record with the Buckeyes and has won 13 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championships, including 2010. Named the MIVA Coach of the Year 10 times, including last year, 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 nine times including back-to-back appearances in 2000 (runner-up) and 2001 (semifinalist) and three consecutive appearances in 2008,  2009 and 2010 (all semifinals).

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