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Feb. 18, 2003

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State (7-4, MIVA 3-0) men’s volleyball squad continues conference play in the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association when it travels Friday to 11th-ranked Ball State (8-3, 3-2).

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Ohio State Buckeyes, coached by Pete Hanson, are 7-4 overall and 3-0 in the MIVA. OSU won at Mercyhurst 3-1 (30-25, 30-26, 23-30, 32-30) Wednesday and lost to ninth-ranked Penn State 3-1 (28-30, 30-24, 30-27, 30-25) Sunday in Columbus. Tom Trantow (Sr., River Forest, Ill.) is the leader in kills per game for Ohio State with a 4.75 per game average. Second is Andy Cole (Fr., Glendale, Wis.) at 3.35. Adam Pedersen (Jr., Muskego, Wis.) is the team leader in hitting percentage at .510 with Brett Hamilton (So., Rockville, Md.) second at .392. Setter Mark Peckham (Jr., London, Ontario) is averaging 13.34 assists per game. Trantow is the team leader in digs per game at .28 (11) with Peckham second at .24 (10). Defensively, Libero Stuart Katz (So., Port Washington, N.Y.) leads the team in digs per game at 1.58 (57) with Mark Greaves (Fr., Fenton, Mo.) second at 1.46 (57). Leading the team in blocking is Pedersen with a 1.15 per game average on three solos and 43 assists. Hamilton is second at 1.09 per game on 35 assists. As a team, Ohio State is averaging 15.24 kills per game and is hitting .331. OSU averages 1.12 aces, 7.61 digs and 2.50 blocks per game. OSU opponents are averaging 12.85 kills per game and are hitting .270. Opponents average 1.05 aces, 6.59 digs and 2.74 blocks per game.

A LOOK AT BALL STATE
The Cardinals, coached by Joel Walton, have an 8-3 overall record and are 3-2 in the MIVA. Ball State was ranked 11th in the national poll last week. The Cardinals defeated Findlay 3-1 (30-20, 30-26, 28-30, 30-24) early last week at home and lost at 15th-ranked Loyola-Chicago 3-0 (30-22, 30-20, 30-26). For Ball State, Kyle Weindel is the team leader in kills per game at 3.19 (102) with Josh Zuidema second at 2.94 (100). Matthew Denmark leads the team in hitting percentage at .441. Weindel is the team leader in aces per game at .53 (17) with Jary Delgado second at .31 (11). Setter Keith Schunzel averages 12.44 assists per game on 423 assists. Defensively, Josh Hall has a team-high 1.94 digs per game average (68) with Delgado second at 1.60 (56). At the net, Denmark has a team-high 1.34 blocks per game average on five solos and 34 assists. Schunzel ranks second at .88 with three solos and 27 assists. Ball State averages 14.86 kills per game and is hitting .283. The Cardinals average 1.56 aces, 8.44 digs and 2.75 blocks per game. Opponents average 11.78 kills per game and are hitting .148. Cardinal opponents average .56 aces, 8.33 digs and 2.11 blocks per game.

THE OHIO STATE – BALL STATE SERIES
Ohio State trails Ball State 70-71 in the series between the two rivals. The Cardinals captured both matches last season. Ball State won 3-2 (30-26, 28-30, 26-30, 30-24, 15-13) in Columbus and 3-0 (30-15, 30-23, 30-27) in Muncie. Since 1998, OSU does have a 10-3 advantage in matches played.

OHIO STATE-BALL STATE MATCHES SINCE 2000
1/20/00 A W 3-0 15-7, 16-14, 15-10 4/ 8/00 H W 3-0 15-6, 15-13, 15-3 MIVA Semifinals at Ohio State 4/28/00 H W 3-0 15-9, 15-11, 16-14 2/ 4/01 A L 1-3 27-30, 26-30, 30-28, 24-30 3/3/101 H W 3-0 30-25, 31-29, 30-22 MIVA Semifinals at Quincy 4/27/01 N W 3-1 30-22, 22-30, 30-19, 30-24 2/23/02 H L 2-3 26-30, 30-28, 30-26, 24-30, 13-15 3/30/02 A L 0-3 15-30, 23-30, 27-30

COLE POUNDS A CAREER-HIGH 21 KILLS AGAINST MERCYHURST
After being named the MIVA Player of the Week, Andy Cole produced a career-high 21 kills at Mercyhurst last Wednesday. His previous best was 19 in the second Springfield match. Cole has produced double-figure kills in six matches this season.

TRANTOW HAS 20-20 KILL WEEK
Tom Trantow put together back-to-back 20-kill matches last week. He had 20-kills and hit .353 at Mercyhurst and added 20 kills while hitting .359 against Penn State. He has had 10 matches with double-figure kills this season with five having 20 or more kills. He was ranked sixth in the country last week with a 4.69 per game average. Trantow also recorded eight digs in each match for his season-high. His previous dig high was six in the second Springfield match.

GREAVES POUNDS CAREER-HIGH 16 KILLS AGAINST PENN STATE
A career-high 16 kills by Mark Greaves came out of the 3-1 loss to Penn State Sunday. His previous best was 12 against Concordia. It was his third double-figure kill match of the season.

PEDERSEN IMPROVES ATTACK PERCENTAGE
Adam Pedersen hit .583 (9 kills, 2 errors, 12 attempts) against Mercyhurst and .538 (8-1-13) in match last week. He currently leads the team with a .510 hitting percentage. Nationally, Pedersen was ranked fourth in the country last week (2-12) at .500. He currently ranks third in OSU career hitting percentage at .458.

AT THE NET, PEDERSEN LEADING THE PACK
While putting up good numbers on offense, Adam Pedersen is OSU’s top blocker with a 1.15 per game average on three solos and 43 assist blocks. Last week he was ranked 17th in the country with a 1.19 per game average. In OSU career statistics, Pedersen ranks in a tie for seventh in assist blocks with 262, is ninth in total blocks with 282 and ranks seventh in blocks per game at 1.23.

PECKHAM EQUALS SEASON-HIGHS IN DIGS AND BLOCKS
With nine digs and six total blocks (one solo, five assists), Mark Peckham equaled his season highs. He previously had nine digs in the second Springfield match and recorded six blocks (0-6) against Clarke. At setter, Peckham is averaging 13.34 assists per game with 547 assists. He ranks fourth in OSU career statistics with 2,544 assists. Last week he was ranked fifth in the country with a 13.09 assists per game average.

KATZ DIGS A CAREER-HIGH 15 DIGS AGAINST LAKERS
Libero Stuart Katz recorded a career-high 15 digs last week at Mercyhurst. His previous high was 10 against Clarke. Katz has been OSU’s libero for the last seven matches.

REVIEWING LAST WEEK
OHIO STATE 3, MERCYHURST 0

Ohio State received a combined 41 kills from Andy Cole (21, a career-high) and Tom Trantow (20) in a 3-1 (30-25, 30-26, 23-30, 32-30) victory at Mercyhurst. Laker Nate Keegan had a team-high 17 kills for Mercyhurst with Dave Schmidl adding 15 and Austin Siewert 11. In OSU’s game one 30-25 win, the Buckeyes hit .429 with only four errors to .280 for Mercyhurst. The Buckeyes took a 2-0 lead with a 30-26 win in game two despite being out hit .400 to .250. The Lakers hit .387 in game three to win 30-23 as OSU hit .276. Ohio State survived game four by a 32-30 margin. The Buckeyes out hit Mercyhurst .429 to .400 in the final game. For the match, Mercyhurst out hit Ohio State .371 to .342. OSU had a 66-59 advantage in kills. The Lakers had a three to one advantage in ace serves while the Buckeyes had 13 service errors to 11 for the Lakers. Defensively Ohio State out dug Mercyhurst, 33-25 with OSU’s Stuart Katz recording a career-high 15 digs. At the net, the Lakers had a 22 to 9.5 margin with Mercyhurst’s Schmidl having a match-high nine blocks with three solos and six assists.

PENN STATE 3, OHIO STATE 1
The Ohio State (7-4 overall, 3-0 Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball squad dropped a 3-1 (28-30, 30-24, 30-27, 30-25) decision to ninth-ranked (tie) Penn State (7-3) Sunday evening in St. John Arena. OSU’s Tom Trantow recorded a match-high 20 kills for the Buckeyes with Mark Greaves adding 16. PSU’s Zach Slenker and Keith Kowal shared team-high honors with 15 each for the Nittany Lions with Carlos Guerra adding 13. Penn State hit .272 for the match to .242 for Ohio State. OSU had a 58-56 margin in kills against the Nittany Lions. PSU had a five to three advantage in ace serves with Slenker scoring a match-high three aces. OSU produced 23 service errors to 18 for Penn State. The Nittany Lions had a 31-29 margin in digs with Ricky Mattei (Jr., San Juan, Puerto Rico) recording a match-high 11. Penn State had an 11.5 to 10 advantage in team blocks in the match. Nittany Lion Kowal had a match-high six assists for PSU.

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 369-228 in 20 seasons and is 355-219 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
The Buckeyes return home to face 13th-ranked Indiana-Purdue at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25. OSU then plays at 15th-ranked Loyola-Chicago Friday, Feb. 28 and at Clarke at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 1.