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April 5, 2000

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The fifth-ranked (USA TODAY/AVCA and fifth in the Volleyball Magazine Poll) Ohio State (18-3 overall, 10-1 Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball squad continues its season-ending home stand with matches this weekend against Loyola-Chicago (14-9, 4-6) and Ball State (14-10, 6-4). OSU hosts Loyola-Chicago Friday and Ball State Saturday with each match scheduled for 7 p.m. in St. John Arena. Last week Ohio State defeated Rutgers-Newark 3-0 (15-5, 15-8, 15-11) and Quincy 3-0 (15-6, 15-3, 15-11).

OSU FIFTH/FIFTH IN NATIONAL POLLS

In the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 15 Poll released this week, Ohio State was fifth for the third week. The Buckeyes also remained in fifth place for the fifth week in the Volleyball Magazine poll.

OHIO STATE UPDATE

The Buckeyes are running a balanced attack with four players averaging three or more kills per game. Chris Fash (Jr., Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) has a team-leading 5.10 kills per game average with Pieter Olree (So., Reading, Pa./Exeter) at 4.72, Colin McMillan (Sr., Burlington, Wis./Libertyville) 3.74, Rene Esteves (Sr., San Juan, Puerto Rico/San Jose’) 3.52. McMillan is the top percentage hitter at .528 with Esteves second at .508. Running the offense is Angel Aja (Sr., Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/Colegio Marista) with an 18.50 assists per game average. Fash and Olree are tied with a team-high 22 ace serves with 20 from Jose Rivera (Sr., Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan). Defensively, Tom Trantow (Fr., Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) averages 2.10 digs per game and Olree 1.97. Rivera stands at 1.93. At the net McMillan has a team-high 116 blocks (14 solo and 102 assists) for a 1.68 per game average. Esteves is second with 98 (17-81) for a 1.46 average. Ohio State is hitting .394 as a team and averaging 21.47 kills per game. The Buckeyes are averaging 10.50 digs, 3.76 blocks and 1.43 aces per game. OSU opponents are hitting .263 and average 19.07 kills per game. OSU opponents average 8.96 digs, 2.38 blocks and 1.25 aces per game

OSU CAN SECURE SHARE OF MIVA TITLE WITH TWO WINS THIS WEEKEND

Ohio State is within two wins of a share of the MIVA championship. With victories this weekend over Loyola and Ball State the Buckeyes would earn at least a share of the MIVA title. A win over Lewis next week would give OSU the outright championship. The remaining schedule for the top teams follows:

Ohio State (10-1) Indiana-Purdue (8-2) 4- 7 Loyola 4- 5 at Ball State 4- 8 Ball State 4- 8 Clarke 4-16 Lewis 4-14 Quincy 4-15 Loyola

Lewis (8-4) Ball State (6-4) 4-14 at Ball State 4- 5 Indiana-Purdue 4-16 at Ohio State 4- 8 at Ohio State 4-14 Lewis 4-15 Quincy

FASH IMPROVES HITTING PERCENTAGE

In the last two weeks, Chris Fash has improved his season hitting percentage by 52 points. Prior to the trip out west, he was hitting .296 and is now at .348. In the last six matches over the last two weeks he is hitting .402. This includes three matches of .517 or better. Fash hit .517 in the first match against Brigham Young, .522 against Rutgers-Newark and a season-high .565 against Quincy.

AJA TIES FOR FIFTH IN CAREER ACES

An ace serve against Rutgers-Newark has moved Angel Aja into a tie for fifth at 62 on the OSU career list with Jeff Koterba (1995-98).

OSU IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS

In NCAA statistics released last week, Colin McMillan ranked second the country in hitting percentage at .521. Rene Esteves is third at .501. McMillan is tied for seventh in blocking with a 1.71 per game average. Setter Angel Aja is ranked eighth in assists per game with a 17.95 average. As a team Ohio State ranks first in hitting percentage at .389.

HEAD COACH PETE HANSON

In his 16th year at Ohio State, Pete Hanson has put together one of the top men’s volleyball teams in the country. Last season his squad won its fifth Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championship in the last seven years. The 1998 team, ranked second in the country in the latter stages of the season, finished sixth in the USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Poll. They also were honored as the top team in the final regular season Volleyball Magazine Poll. That magazine honored Hanson as the Coach of the Year for his 25-2 season and the MIVA regular-season championship.

Hanson, in his 16th season, has a career record of 315-208 (.602) and is 301-196 (.606) in his 15-year tenure with the Buckeyes. His squads have won seven MIVA championships and made three NCAA tournament appearances. Hanson has been named the MIVA Coach of the Year four times.

THE LOYOLA SERIES

The Buckeyes have a 9-2 lead in the series with the Ramblers. OSU has won all five meetings in Columbus. They are 4-1 in matches at Chicago and 0-1 on neutral courts. Earlier this season Loyola defeated OSU 3-2 in Chicago.

MATCH-BY-MATCH AGAINST LOYOLA

2/23/96 H W 3-1 13-15, 15-8, 15-10, 15-10 4/ 4/96 A W 3-1 15-6, 15-10, 13-15, 15-8 2/15/97 A W 3-2 12-15, 15-2, 15-9, 12-15, 15-11 4/ 3/97 H W 3-0 15-8, 15-8, 15-6 MIVA Quarterfinal at Ohio State 4/12/97 H W 3-2 17-16, 15-11, 11-15, 14-16, 15-12 1/31/98 A W 3-1 7-15, 15-12, 15-13, 15-5 4/ 3/98 H W 3-0 17-15, 15-6, 15-7 MIVA Semifinal at Ball State 4/17/98 N L 1-3 14-16, 17-16, 13-15, 14-16 2/ 6/99 H W 3-0 15-9, 15-13, 15-10 3/27/99 A W 3-0 15-10, 15-11, 15-13 2/ 5/00 A L 2-3 15-9, 12-15, 15-17, 15-10, 15-8

THE BALL STATE SERIES

The Cardinals lead the series 68-66 over Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 33-28 in Columbus, 23-27 in Muncie and 10-13 at neutral sites. OSU has won the last six meetings including a 3-0 victory earlier this season at Ball State.

MATCH-BY-MATCH AGAINST BALL STATE

(matches in the last six years) 1/28/95 H W 3-1 15-7, 15-11, 12-15, 15-11 2/ 9/95 A L 0-3 5-15, 5-15, 7-15 At George Mason Invitational 4/ 7/95 N L 2-3 16-14, 13-15, 15-11, 8-15, 13-15 MIVA Championship at Ball State 4/22/95 A L 0-3 5-15, 16-17, 9-15 2/28/96 H W 3-1 15-13, 15-7, 6-15, 15-12 3/28/96 A L 0-3 6-15, 10-15, 9-15 2/25/97 A L 1-3 15-9, 14-16, 2-15, 8-15 4/ 9/97 H L 0-3 9-15, 11-15, 13-15 MIVA Semifinals at Indiana-Purdue 4/18/97 N L 0-3 6-15, 14-16, 6-15 2/14/98 H W 3-0 15-8, 15-8, 15-7 4/ 1/98 A W 3-0 15-10, 15-6, 15-12 1/21/99 H W 3-0 15-12, 15-2, 15-12 2/ 4/99 A W 3-2 15-11, 13-15, 13-15, 15-11, 15-11 MIVA Semifinals at Lewis 4/23/99 N W 3-2 15-17, 6-15, 15-6, 15-10, 15-12 1/20/00 A W 3-0 15-7, 16-14, 15-10

OSU TO HOST MIVA TOURNAMENT

St. John Arena on the Ohio State campus will be the site of the 2000 Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament. The Buckeyes will host the two semifinal matches April 28 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The tournament championship will be played April 29 at 7 p.m. The four teams advancing to the semifinals will be the winners of quarterfinal matches played on the campus of the top four seeds April 22. The tournament seeding is based on the teams’ finish in the MIVA regular season matches. The top seed would host the eighth seed, the second seed would host the seventh seed, the third seed would host the sixth seed and the fourth seed would host the fifth seed. The tournament champion will receive the automatic Midwest bid to the NCAA Championship semifinals May 4, hosted by Indiana-Purdue.

BERZINS AND WALDIE NAMED TO VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE ALL-CENTURY TEAMS

Two former Ohio State men’s volleyball players have been named to Volleyball Magazine’s NCAA Men’s All Century Team. Outside hitter Aldis Berzins (1975-78) was named to the fourth team and middle blocker Marc Waldie (1974-77) to the fifth team. A total of 37 players were honored

BUCKEYES PICKED FOR 2ND IN MIVA

By a vote of the league coaches, Ohio State was picked to finished second this season in the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Indiana-Purdue was the top choice of the coaches with Lewis third, and Ball State fourth. Loyola was picked for fifth with Mercyhurst sixth, Quincy seventh and Clarke eighth.

FIVE SELECTED FOR MIVA HONORS

Ohio State had five players chosen on the 2000 Preseason All-MIVA squad as selected by the coaches of the league. Named to the first team for the Buckeyes were Angel Aja and Rene’ Esteves. Chris Fash was selected to the second team while Colin McMillan and Pieter Olree were tabbed for honorable mention honors.

NEW LOOK FLOOR AT ST. JOHN ARENA

After 42 years of having basketball lines painted on the floor of St. John Arena, a new look greets the 1999-2000 season of volleyball. Prior to the women’s season last fall, the floor of St. John Arena was sanded down to remove the basketball court markings. In its place is a painted volleyball court for use by the women’s and men’s teams.

UPCOMING MATCHES

OSU hosts Lewis at 2 p.m. next Sunday.

Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Standings

as of April 4 Conference Overall 1 Ohio State 10- 1 .909 18- 3 .857 2 Indiana-Purdue 8- 2 .800 15- 7 .681 3 Lewis 8- 4 .667 18- 8 .692 4 Ball State 6- 4 .571 14-10 .583 5 Quincy 5- 7 .416 15- 9 .625 6 Loyola 4- 6 .400 14- 9 .608 7 Mercyhurst 3- 9 .250 14- 9 .608 8 Clarke 0-11 .000 8-15 .347

MIVA STATISTICAL LEADERS (4/4)

Hitting Percentage 1 Colin McMillan, Ohio State .556 3 Rene Esteves, Ohio State .479

Blocks Per Game 1 Colin McMillan, Ohio State 1.78 8 Rene Esteves, Ohio State 1.47

Digs Per Game 1 Panos Eracleous, Ind.-Purdue 2.84 6 Tom Trantow, Ohio State 2.13 9 Pieter Olree, Ohio State 2.08

Kills Per Game 1 Hector Soto, Indiana-Purdue 7.97 7 Colin McMillan, Ohio State 4.91 8 Pieter Olree, Ohio State 4.89 9 Chris Fash, Ohio State 4.85

Aces Per Game 1 Rob Steinkuehler, Quincy .53 8 Chris Fash, Ohio State .35 9 Jose Rivera, Ohio State .34

Assists Per Game 1 Chris Gisslen, Indiana-Purdue 18.67 2 Angel Aja, Ohio State 18.57

NCAA STATISTICAL LEADERS (3/29)

Hitting Percentage 1 Paul Aviles, Lewis .524 2 Colin McMillan, Ohio State .521 3 Rene Esteves, Ohio State .501

Blocks Per Game 1 Seth Burnham, UCLA 2.29 7t Colin McMillan, Ohio State 1.71

Digs Per Game 1 Matt Davis, UCLA 3.38

Kills Per Game 1 Curt Toppel, Stanford 8.58

Service Aces Per Game 1 Brandon Taliaferro, UCLA .677

Assists Per Game 1 Josh Lukens, Stanford 20.83 8 Angel Aja, Ohio State 17.95

Team Hitting Percentage 1 Ohio State .389 USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Poll

April 4, 2000 – No. 12 Rank School Total 2000 Last (First Place Votes) Points Record Week 1 Pepperdine (12) 236 18-3 2 2 Long Beach State (4) 221 20-3 1 3 Southern California 204 18-4 3 4 UCLA 202 22-3 4 5 Ohio State 177 18-3 5 6 Hawaii 158 16-8 6 7 Brigham Young 146 16-8 7 8 Indiana-Purdue 121 15-7 9t 9 Loyola Marymount 101 9-9 8 10 Lewis 99 18-8 9t 11 Stanford 79 9-10 13 12 Cal State Northridge 67 9-13 11 13 Ball State 42 14-10 12 14t UC-Santa Barbara 22 9-11 NR 14t Penn State 22 12-13 14

Others receiving votes: Pacific (17), Loyola-Chicago (6).

Volleyball Magazine Poll

April 3, 2000 – No. 11 Rank School 2000 Last Record Week 1 Pepperdine 19-3 2 2 UCLA 22-3 3 3 Long Beach State 20-3 1 4 Southern California 18-4 4 5 Ohio State 18-3 5 6 Brigham Young 16-8 6 7 Hawaii 15-8 7 8 Indiana-Purdue 15-7 10 9 Stanford 9-10 NR 10 Lewis 18-8 NR

Others: Ball State, Cal State Northridge, Loyola Chicago, Loyola Marymount, Pacific, Penn States, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara.