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May 12, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State (21-9 overall, 13-3 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team completed a successful season by making a late-season run to win the MIVA Championship. The Buckeyes moved from fourth place in the conference in the final two weeks to win the championship by defeating Lewis, IPFW, Ball State and Quincy. It marked the 18th league trophy for the Buckeyes and the ninth under head coach Pete Hanson.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE

Pete Hanson coaches the 11th-ranked Buckeyes. Ohio State finished the 2004 season with a 21-9 overall record and was 13-3 in the MIVA regular season, winning the regular season championship. OSU’s top scorer is Andy Cole (So., Glendale, Wis.) with a 4.24 points per game average. Mark Greaves (So., Fenton, Mo.) ranks second at 4.06 with Adam Pedersen (Sr., Muskego, Wis.) third at 3.22. Cole leads the team in kills per game at 3.62 with Greaves second at 3.29 and Mike Wauligman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) third at 2.74. Scott Spurlock (Jr., Stow, Ohio) is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .410. Pedersen ranks second at .409. Setter Mark Peckham (Sr., London, Ontario, Canada) runs the offense for the Buckeyes and has a 13.10 assist per game average. Defensively, Dan Meske (Fr., Willow Springs, Ill.) leads the team in digs per game at 2.04. Peckham ranks second at 1.81 with Graves third at 1.71. At the net, Spurlock has a team-high 1.39 blocks per game average with seven solos and a team-high 131 assist blocks. Pedersen ranks second at 1.21 with eight solos and 79 assists. As a team, Ohio State averaged 19.47 points and 15.39 kills per game and hit .282. The Buckeyes averaged 1.02 aces, 9.87 digs and 3.07 blocks per game. Opponents averaged 18.99 points and 15.00 kills per game and hit .231. OSU opponents averaged 1.20 aces, 8.72 digs and 2.80 blocks per game.

BUCKEYES WIN 18TH MIVA TITLE

With the 3-0 victory over Quincy in the final regular season match, Ohio State won its 18th regular season MIVA championship. It was OSU’s 12th outright title in the 37-year history of the program. The Quincy win also gave the Buckeyes a 20-win season for the 22nd time. The last title for the Buckeyes came in 2000, completing a three-year span when OSU won outright titles in 1998 and 2000 and shares the title in 1999. Ohio State finished in a tie for second in 2001 and was third in 2002 and 2003. It was the ninth championship for head coach Pete Hanson in his 20 years with the Buckeyes.

OHIO STATE HAS FOUR NAMED TO ALL-MIVA SQUADS – HANSON HONORED

Four Ohio State men’s volleyball student-athletes have been named to the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association All-Conference Teams and head coach Pete Hanson has been honored as the MIVA Coach of the Year after the Buckeyes captured the MIVA regular season championship. Ohio State setter Mark Peckham and middle hitter Adam Pedersen were named to the 10-player All-MIVA first team. Buckeye outside hitter Andy Cole and middle hitter Scott Spurlock were named to the second team.

REVIEWING THE 2004 SEASON

Ohio State opened the season with wins at St. Francis (3-0) and at home against Juniata (3-2) and Rutgers-Newark (3-0). The Buckeyes then lost twice (3-0, 3-1) to eventual national champion No. 8 Brigham Young in home matches. After a 3-0 win over D’Youville, OSU dropped conference matches at No. 14 Lewis (3-2) and No. 14 IPFW (3-1) before defeating Clarke, 3-0, and Mercyhurst, 3-0. The Buckeyes defeated Loyola, 3-2, in what would be a key victory. A 3-1 loss to No. 8 UC-Irvine and a 3-1 win over Springfield at the Volleyball Hall of Fame Classic in Springfield, Mass. was followed by OSU’s third conference loss at Ball State, 3-1. The Buckeyes then won six consecutive matches starting with home wins over Findlay, 3-0, and No. 10 Penn State, 3-0. Victories at Quincy, 3-0, home against St. Francis, 3-0, and road wins at Loyola, 3-1, and Clarke, 3-0 completed the streak. Non-conference 3-0 losses against Findlay (played at Tri-Village High School) and at No. 9 Penn State stopped the streak. OSU closed out the regular season with six conference victories. After 3-0 wins at Mercyhurst and Findlay, the Buckeyes defeated No. 11 Lewis, 3-0, No. 13 IPFW, 3-2, #12 Ball State, 3-1, and Quincy, 3-0, in home contests to win the MIVA Championship. The victories over Lewis and IPFW moved the Buckeyes from fourth to a tie for first place. The win over Ball State, then tied with Ohio State for first place, gave OSU a one-match lead over the Cardinals. The win over Quincy secured the MIVA Championship. Seeded first in the MIVA Tournament, OSU defeated Quincy, 3-0 at home in the quarterfinals to give the Buckeyes home court advantage for the championship. In the semifinals, Ohio State lost to Lewis, 3-1, to end the season. Lewis defeated Ball State in the championship match and advanced to the NCAA semifinals.

SPURLOCK EQUALS OSU MATCH RECORD FOR ASSIST BLOCKS

With a match-high 13-assist blocks at Lewis (Feb. 1, 2004), Scott Spurlock equaled the Ohio State match record for assist blocks. Four other players are tied for the record. Jon Yunker (1993-94) set the record against UC Santa Cruz (March 29, 1993) and Tom Hoff (1992-93) tied it later that season against IPFW (April 24, 1993) in a match played at Ball State. Colin McMillan (1997-2000) equaled the mark twice in matches against Juniata (March 11, 1998) and at IPFW (Jan. 29, 1999). The 13 total blocks tied for sixth for OSU career total blocks. Spurlocks’ double-figure total blocks were one of three times this season he recorded 10 or more total blocks. He produced 10 assist blocks against Ball State (April 16, 2004) and 10 total blocks (one solo, nine assists) against Quincy (April 24, 2004) in the MIVA quarterfinals.

SPURLOCK’S 131 ASSIST BLOCKS RANKS SIXTH IN OSU SEASON RECORDS

Scott Spurlock finished the 2004 season as OSU’s top blocker with 138 total blocks. He had seven solos and 131 assist blocks for a team-high 1.39 blocks per game average. The 131 assists ranks Spurlock sixth on the OSU season record list

GREAVES 36 ACES RANKS SIXTH ON THE OSU SEASON RECORDS LIST

Mark Greaves produced 36 ace serves during the 2004 season to lead Ohio State. His 36 aces ranks seventh on the OSU season record list and he is eighth in aces per game at .35. Greaves had 10 matches with two or more aces including a team-high four aces against Brigham Young (Jan. 23, 2004) and at Ball State (Feb. 27, 2004).

MESKE FINISHES 10TH IN OSU SEASON DIGS WITH 198

Freshman libero Dan Meske posted 198 digs for the 2004 season to average 2.04 assists per game. His 198 digs ranks him 10th on the OSU season record list. Meske started every match this season at libero and had three matches with double-figure digs including a career-high 14 against Lewis (April 30, 2004) in the MIVA semifinals.

PECKHAM’S 1,349 ASSISTS RANKS 12TH ON OSU SEASON RECORDS LIST

With 1,349 assists on the season, Mark Peckham’s 2004 performance ranks 12th on the OSU season records list. He started 29 of 30 matches and played in 103 of 106 games. Peckham averaged 13.10 assists per game in leading Ohio State to the 2004 MIVA regular season championship. He had a season-high 66 assists in the Juniata (Jan. 16, 2004) match.

SPURLOCK’S .410 HITTING PERCENTAGE RANKS 12TH IN THE OSU SEASON RECORDS LIST

Scott Spurlock hit a team-high .410 hitting percentage during the 2004 season to lead the Buckeyes. That number ranks his performance at 12th on the OSU season records list. Spurlock had 207 kills and 50 errors with his 383 attempts this past season. He hit .500 or better in 10 matches and twice hit .667 in matches at St. Francis (Jan. 11, 2004) (8 kills, 0 errors, 12 attempts) and against Juniata (Jan. 16, 2004) (10 kills, 0 errors, 15 attempts).

PEDERSEN RANKED IN THE TOP-10 IN FOUR OSU CAREER CATEGORIES

Adam Pedersen concludes in Ohio State career ranked in the top-10 in four OSU career records. He stands third in career attack percentage for Ohio State at .445. He had 743 kills and 164 errors in 1,300 attempts. Pedersen hit .409 or better in three of his four years. In career blocking, he finishes third in assists blocks with 396, third in total blocks with 427 (31 solos, 396 assists) and seventh in blocks per game at 1.19. Pedersen averaged 1.06 (2003) or better in each of his four seasons.

PECKHAM FINISHES HIS CAREER RANKED THIRD ON OSU CAREER ASSISTS

In his four years at Ohio State, Mark Peckham recorded 4,723 assists and is ranked third on the OSU career assists list. He finished fourth in assists per game at 13.16. His best season was 2002 when he had 1,421 assists while his best season average was 13.63 in 2003. Peckham also finished 12th in OSU career digs with 525. His best single season mark was 186 in 2004.

GREAVES RANKS FOURTH IN OSU CAREER ACES PER GAME

Mark Greaves ranks fourth on the OSU career aces per game list with a .29 per game average. He has 49 career aces in 170 games. Greaves had a team-high 36 aces during the 2004 season.

SPURLOCK STANDS SIXTH IN OSU CAREER ATTACK PERCENTAGE

With a career attack percentage of .406, Scott Spurlock ranks sixth on the OSU career attack percentage list. He has 407 kills with 96 errors in 766 attempts. He stands as one of six OSU players to hit .400 or better in their career. Spurlock was the top percentage hitter for OSU during the 2004 season at .410.

COLE STANDS NINTH IN OSU CAREER KILLS PER GAME

Andy Cole’s 3.55 kills per game average ranks him ninth on the Ohio State career kills per game records list. In two seasons Cole has produced 696 kills in 196 games. He was the 2004 OSU team leader in kills per game with a 3.62 average.

PECKHAM HONORED AS STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING ALL-AMERICAN

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) has honored Mark Peckham with its annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year award, recognizing his dedication to strength training and conditioning. NSCA awarded 186 collegiate athletes from 80 schools with this esteemed award.

DREVEN PROVIDES NEEDED DEPTH IN MIDDLE

Layne Dreven (So., Pittsburgh, Pa.) played in 18 matches this season and had four starts. He came in off the bench against Juniata and Rutgers-Newark to help secure wins and had starts against Brigham Young and Quincy twice. He had a career-high nine kills against St. Francis and contributed a career-high seven assist blocks against Quincy in the MIVA quarterfinals. Dreven hit .375 and averaged 1.76 kill and .98 blocks per game this season.

STEVENS SEES ACTION IN ALL 30 MATCHES

Sam Stevens (So., Miami, Fla.) made an appearance in every match this season. He had three starts with two against Brigham Young and against Springfield. Stevens had a career-high 12 kills in the first BYU match while hitting .333. He also contributed eight kills (.312) in a key win at Loyola. He saw extensive back row action and recorded a career-high nine digs at Springfield.

SPURLOCK NAMED MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK, April 27, 2004

Scott Spurlock, a 6-10 junior middle hitter for 10th-ranked Ohio State (21-8), has been chosen the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week. Spurlock had nine kills, hit .571 and added a dig and a match-high 10 total blocks (one solo, nine assists) in Ohio State’s 3-0 (30-27, 30-23, 30-19) victory over Quincy in the MIVA Tournament Quarterfinals. His 10 total blocks is the third time this season that he has recorded 10 or blocks in a match. Spurlock equaled an OSU match record with 13 assist blocks at Lewis (3/1/04) and had 10 assist blocks two weeks ago against Ball State (4/16/04). His nine assist blocks against Quincy gives him 126 this season and moves him from a tie for 10th in OSU season assist blocks to a tie for sixth on the list (tied with David Frette, 1991). Spurlock leads Ohio State in hitting percentage at .419 and is the team leader in blocks per game at 1.40 with seven solos and 126 assists.

PECKHAM NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK, April 13, 2004

Mark Peckham, a 6-5 senior setter for 14th-ranked Ohio State (18-8, 11-3), has been chosen the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week and the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s National Player of the Week. Peckham led the Buckeyes to upsets of 11th-ranked Lewis and 13th-ranked IPFW to move Ohio State into a tie with Ball State atop the MIVA conference standings. He recorded 47 assists (15.7 per game) in the sweep of the Flyers, while directing OSU to a .402 hitting percentage. He also added three digs, one block and a kill. Peckham distributed 54 assists and tallied 11 digs, four blocks and four kills in five attempts (.800) in OSU’s five-game defeat of IPFW. He averaged 12.62 assists, 1.75 digs, 0.62 blocks and guided the Buckeye offense to hit .316 in the two matches.

Andy Cole NAMED MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK, March 9, 2004

Andy Cole, a 6-6 sophomore for 13th-ranked Ohio State has been selected as the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week. In OSU’s 3-0 (30-25, 30-23, 30-28) upset victory over No. 10 Penn State, Cole had a match-high 17.5 points in the match with 15 kills, two ace serves and an assist block. He hit .310 (15 kills, 6 errors, 29 attempts) against the Nittany Lions and added four digs. Cole had a team-high 15.5 points in Ohio State’s 3-0 (32-30, 30-26, 30-25) win at Quincy. He posted 13 kills, one ace serve and three assist blocks in the contest. He hit .321 (13-4-28) against the Hawks and added four digs. In the two matches, Cole produced 33 points for a 5.50 points per game average. He had 28 kills with a 4.67 kills per game average while hitting .316. Cole averaged 1.33 digs, .67 blocks and .50 aces per game.

BUCKEYES FINISH 11TH IN FINAL USA TODAY/AVCA NATIONAL POLL

In the final USA TODAY/American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll Ohio State finished 11th. The Buckeye began the season ranked 12th for three weeks before dropping to 15th and then was listed 16th for three weeks. Ohio State returned to the poll at 15th on May 2. OSU then was ranked 13th the next four weeks. After dropping to 14th for one week the Buckeyes jumped to 11th. Ohio State moved up to 10th after winning the MIVA Championship and then ninth after advancing to the MIVA semifinals. The Buckeyes fell to 11th following their loss in the semifinals and remained at 11th in the final poll.

BUCKEYES AND MIVA CONFERENCE STATISTICS

In the final Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association conference only statistics, Mark Peckham ranks third in assists with a 13.12 per game average. Scott Spurlock ranks second in blocking at 1.48 with Adam Pedersen fourth with a 1.41 per game average. Mark Greaves is ninth in aces per game at .38. In digs per game, Peckham ranks fifth with a 2.11 per game average. Dan Meske is seventh at 2.00 with Mike Wauligman, 13th, at 1.78 and Greaves 20th at 1.57. Greaves leads OSU in points per game, ranking 11th with a 4.13 average. Andy Cole ranks 13th at 3.90 with Wauligman 17th at 3.45 and Pedersen 18th at 3.35. In kills per game, Greaves ranks 10th at 3.36 with Cole, 11th at 3.32. Wauligman ranks 15th at 3.00 and Pedersen is 20th at 2.52. In hitting percentage, Pedersen is fifth at .436 with Spurlock, ninth at .393 and Greaves 18th at .299.

OHIO STATE IN THE NCAA STATISTICS

Based on final 2004 NCAA Division I-II statistical leaders release, May 4, Mark Peckham is ranked seventh in assists per game at 13.10. Scott Spurlock is tied for ninth in blocks per game with a 1.39 average and Mark Greaves is tied for 16th nationally in aces per game at .353. The final rankings do not include the NCAA Championship semifinals or championship match.

GREAVES HAS RARE TRIPLE-DOUBLE AT LEWIS

With 12 kills, 15 digs and 10 assist blocks at Lewis, Mark Greaves recorded the only triple-double (kills-digs-blocks) of the season. Only two others have been reported since 2001, both with assists.

BUCKEYES HIT SEASON-HIGH .461 AGAINST QUINCY

In the Quincy match, Ohio State hit .461 for a season high. OSU had 52 kills with 11 errors on 89 attempts. OSU’s previous best this season was .420 (79-19-143) against Juniata.

BUCKEYES SEASON-HIGH 40 ASSIST BLOCKS, RANKS FOURTH ALL-TIME

With season-high 40 assist blocks at Lewis, Ohio State recorded the fourth most assist blocks in a match for the Buckeyes. The Buckeye match record is 50 against Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1993. Second best was 47 against Lewis in 1999. The 40 blocks was one short of third place (41) set against Rutgers-Newark (2002) and at Indiana-Purdue (1999).

ST. JOHN ARENA, HOME OF THE BUCKEYES

Historic St. John Arena is the home court for both the men’s and women’s volleyball teams. The facility is also used for gymnastics, wrestling and fencing. The men’s volleyball program has enjoyed great success in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes have a 366-78 (.824) record over the last 37 years. With a capacity of 13,276, St. John Arena has hosted three NCAA Men’s Championships (1978, 1983, 1997).

HEAD COACH Pete Hanson

In his 20th year at Ohio State, Pete Hanson has put together one of the top men’s volleyball teams in the country. His squads have won seven Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championships in the last 12 years and captured two of the last five MIVA Tournament Championships. The 2000 squad advanced to the NCAA Championship match before losing to UCLA. For his team’s efforts, Hanson was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association Coach of the Year. 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 directed Ohio State to his ninth MIVA Championship in 2004 and was named the MIVA Coach of the Year for his efforts.

Hanson has a career record of 399-245 (.620) in 21 seasons and is 385-236 (.620) in his 20-year tenure with the Buckeyes. His squads have won nine MIVA championships and made five NCAA tournament appearances. Hanson has been named the MIVA Coach of the Year six times including the 2004 season.