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Feb. 11, 2003

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State (6-3, MIVA 2-0) men’s volleyball squad continues conference play in the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association when it travels Wednesday to Mercyhurst (2-2, 0-0). The Buckeyes return home at 5:30 p.m. Sunday to host ninth-ranked (tie) Penn State (5-3) in St. John Arena.

ANDY COLE NAMED MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ohio State outside hitter Andy Cole (Fr., Glendale, Wis.) has been selected as the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week. Cole had an outstanding weekend in helping the Buckeyes to wins over Clarke and Findlay. He hit a career-high .737 against the Crusaders on 16 kills and two errors in 19 attempts. He added an ace serve, two digs and five assists blocks in the 30-16, 30-16, 30-23 win over Clarke. Cole started the match with 13 consecutive kills. He hit .706 (12 kills in 17 attempts with no errors) at Findlay the next night in OSU’s 30-22, 30-26, 30-19 win. Cole added six digs and two assists blocks against the Oilers. For the two matches (six games), Cole hit .722 with 28 kills and two errors in 36 attempts. He averaged 4.67 kills, 1.33 digs and 1.17 blocks per game.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Ohio State Buckeyes, coached by Pete Hanson, are 6-3 overall and 2-0 in the MIVA. OSU defeated Clarke 3-0 (30-16, 30-16, 30-23) in Columbus Friday and won 3-0 (30-22, 30-26, 30-19) at Findlay Saturday. Tom Trantow (Sr., River Forest, Ill.) is the leader in kills per game for Ohio State with a 4.69 per game average. Second is Andy Cole (Fr., Glendale, Wis.) at 3.24. Adam Pedersen (Jr., Muskego, Wis.) is the team leader in hitting percentage at .475 with Scott Spurlock (So., Stow, Ohio) at .500. Setter Mark Peckham (Jr., London, Ontario) is averaging 13.09 assists per game. Trantow and Peckham share the team lead in ace serves with 10 each. Defensively, Mark Greaves (Fr., Fenton, Mo.) leads the team in digs with 50 for a 1.61 per game average. Libero Stuart Katz (So., Port Washington, N.Y.) is second with 39 for a 1.39 per game average and is tied with Trantow (1.22). Leading the team in blocking is Pedersen with a 1.19 per game average on three solos and 35 assists. Brett Hamilton (So., Rockville, Md.) is second at 1.11 per game on 31 assists. As a team, Ohio State is averaging 15.12 kills per game and is hitting .340. OSU averages 1.27 aces, 7.58 digs and 2.52 blocks per game. OSU opponents are averaging 12.48 kills per game and are hitting .257. Opponents average 1.06 aces, 6.48 digs and 2.68 blocks per game.

A LOOK AT MERCYHURST
The Mercyhurst Lakers, coached by Craig Davic, have a 2-2 overall record and open MIVA play against Ohio State. Last week the Lakers won at D’Youville 3-1 (30-22, 28-30, 30-22, 30-27). Nate Keegan has a team-high 4.56 kills per game average on 73 kills. Justin Waas is second at 2.92 on 35 kills. Austin Siewert is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .535. Setter Dan Kick has 209 assists for a 12.29 per game average. Kick has a team-high six ace serves (.35 per game) with Keegan second with five (.31). Defensively, Bill VanCise has a team-high 3.00 digs per game average on 51 digs. Dave Schmidl is second at 1.94 (33). At the net, T.J. Wilson leads the team with a 1.71 blocks per game average on 12 solos and 12 assists. Siewert ranks second at 1.59 with six solos and 21 assists. Mercyhurst is averaging 13.88 kills per game and is hitting .374. The Lakers average 1.12 aces, 9.59 digs and 4.29 blocks per game. Opponents average 13.06 kills per game and are hitting .247. Mercyhurst opponents average 1.18 aces, 9.82 digs and 2.53 blocks per game.

THE OHIO STATE -MERCYHURST SERIES
Ohio State has won all 13 matches played against Mercyhurst. The Buckeyes are 6-0 in matches played in Erie, Pa. OSU has not lost a game to the Lakers in the last seven match. Last season, the Buckeyes won 30-27, 30-23, 30-22 at Mercyhurst and 30-25, 30-21, 30-21 at Ohio State.

A LOOK AT PENN STATE
The Nittany Lions, coached by Mark Pavlik, are 5-3 overall and are tied for ninth nationally this week. Penn State defeated Springfield 3-0 (30-28, 30-21, 30-26) and ended a five-match winning streak with a 3-1 (21-30, 30-27, 30-21, 30-27) loss to Lewis in the Penn State Tournament. PSU plays at Indiana-Purdue Saturday. Carlos Guerra is the team leader in kills per game with a 4.26 average with 98 kills. Zeljko Koljesar ranks second at 3.35 (77) and Zach Slenker is third at 3.04 (70). Matt Proper leads the team in hitting percentage at .528. At setter, Dan O’Dell averages 12.77 assists per game on 166 assists. Nate Matthews has a 10.67 average with 224 assists. Guerra is the team leader in aces with 10 (.43) with Slenker second with eight (.35). Defensively Ricky Mattei leads the team in digs with a 2.83 per game average with 68. At the net, Keith Kowal has a team high 1.41 blocks per game average with 38 assist blocks. Guerra (20 assists, .87) and Norman Keil (3 solos, 17 assists, .83) each have 20 blocks on the season. Penn State averages 15.82 kills per game and is hitting .293. The Nittany Lions average 1.46 aces, 8.50 digs and 2.68 blocks per game. Opponents average 13.96 kills per game and are hitting .271. Penn State opponents average 1.21 aces, 6.86 digs and 3.14 blocks per game.

THE OHIO STATE -PENN STATE SERIES
Penn State has a 46-26-1 advantage in the series with Ohio State. In Columbus, the Buckeyes have won 14 matches and lost six. The Nittany Lions have won three of the last four matches including a 3-1 (30-28, 31-29, 25-30, 30-26) win in Columbus and a 3-1 (30-21, 24-30, 46-44, 30-24) at Penn State last season.

BUCKEYES HAVE BACK-TO-BACK PLUS-.500 HITTING MATCHES
After hitting a team season-high of .521 at home against Clarke, OSU improved on that by hitting .538 on the road at Findlay. The new season high ranks ninth in OSU match records.

TRANTOW HITS SEASON-HIGH .565 AT FINDLAY
With a match-high 15 kills at Findlay, Tom Trantow had only two errors in 23 attempts for a season-high .565 hitting percentage. His previous best this season was .545 (21-3-33) against St. Francis.

GREAVES HAS CAREER-HIGH 10 DIGS AT FINDLAY
With 10 digs against Findlay, Mark Greaves set a career high against the Oilers. His previous best was nine against George Mason.

HAMILTON HAS SEASON-HIGH SIX BLOCKS AGAINST CRUSADERS
A six assist block performance against Clarke by Brett Hamilton was a season-high. He previously had recorded five in the second Springfield match this season. Hamilton also equaled his season high hitting percentage of .667 against Clarke with seven kills and one error in nine attempts.

SPURLOCK WAS PERFECT AGAINST CLARKE
With eight kills in eight attempts, Scott Spurlock (So., Stow, Ohio) was perfect in his two games against Clarke. The eight kills equaled his season high set in the first match against UC-San Diego.

PECKHAM SCORING ON SERVES
A three ace performance by Mark Peckham was his season-high and equaled his career high set at Lewis in 2001. He has had one or more aces in the last five matches.

KATZ SET CAREER MARK IN DIGS WITH 10 AGAINST CLARKE
Libero Stuart Katz improved his career high in digs with 10 against the Crusaders last Friday. His previous high was nine in the second Springfield match.

PEDERSEN RECORDS SEASON-HIGH SEVEN ASSIST BLOCKS AT FINDLAY
With seven assist blocks at Findlay, Adam Pederson set a season-high against the Oilers. His previous best was six in two matches. He also equaled his season-high in total blocks for the third time.

REVIEWING LAST WEEK
OHIO STATE 3, CLARKE 0
With a match-high 16 kills from Andy Cole, Ohio State defeated Clarke 3-0 (30-16, 30-16, 30-23). Crusader Cody Chamberlain had a team-high seven kills to lead Clarke. OSU’s Cole hit a career-high .737 with two errors in 19 attempts. Buckeye Scott Spurlock played two games hitting 1.000 going eight for eight. For the match, Ohio State hit .521 to .095 for Clarke. The Buckeyes had a 49-24 margin in kills. OSU served up 10 aces in the match to none for Clarke. The Buckeyes had 17 service errors in the contest to 10 for the Crusaders. Defensively, Ohio State had a 17-7 margin in digs with libero Stuart Katz recording a match-high 10. The Buckeyes had a 10 to one advantage in blocking with OSU’s Hamilton collecting a match-high six assists. OSU setter Mark Peckham had 43 assists in the match to 23 for Tyler Galstad. Brett Hamilton had a season-high six assist blocks. Mark Peckham equaled his career-high of three ace serves set at Lewis in 2001.

OHIO STATE 3, FINDLAY 0
Ohio State had three players in double-figure kills in a 3-0 (30-22, 30-26, 30-19) win at Findlay. Tom Trantow had 15, Andy Cole 12 and Adam Pedersen 11 for the Buckeyes. Oiler Jeff Overfield had a team-high 12 for Findlay. In game one, a 30-22 win, Ohio State hit .464 in the game to .304 for Findlay. Game two, a 30-26 Buckeye win, saw OSU hit .600 to the Oilers .556. The Buckeyes hit .500 in the 30-19 game three victory, while Findlay hit .200. For the match, Ohio State hit .538 to the Oilers .328. The Buckeyes produced 52 kills in the match to 32 for the Oilers. Findlay had a five to three margin in ace serves. Oiler Steve Yarnell recorded a match-high two aces for Findlay. The Buckeyes gave up 15 service errors to 13 for Findlay. OSU recorded 30 digs in the match to 17 for Findlay. Buckeye Mark Greaves recorded a match/career-high 10 digs against the Oilers. At the net, Ohio State had an 8.5 to six margin in team blocks. OSU’s Pedersen had a match-high seven assist blocks which equals his season-high. OSU’s Mark Peckham had 48 assists in the match to Oiler Nick Wolf’s 32.

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 343-69 record over the last 35 years. In the five previous seasons, OSU is 57-7 (.891) in the Arena. 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 19th year at Ohio State, Pete Hanson has put together one of the top men’s volleyball teams in the country. His squads have won six Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championships in the last 10 years and captured two of the last three 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 has a career record of 368-227 in 20 seasons and is 354-218 in his 19-year tenure with the Buckeyes. His squads have won eight MIVA championships and made five NCAA tournament appearances. Hanson has been named the MIVA Coach of the Year five times including the 2000 season.

UPCOMING OHIO STATE MATCHES
Ohio State returns to MIVA conference play next week with a Friday match at 11th-ranked Ball State. The Buckeyes then host 13th-ranked Indiana-Purdue the following Tuesday, Feb. 25 in St. John Arena.