COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ninth-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball (18-7 overall) setter Daniel Mathews (Sr., Shorewood, Wis.) has been voted the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Year by a vote of the seven league coaches. Buckeye coach Pete Hanson was selected the MIVA Coach of the Year as five Ohio State athletes were named to the MIVA all-conference teams. Joining Mathews on the All-MIVA First Team All-Conference team are outside hitters Robbie Klein (Sr.-Jr, Cincinnati, Ohio) and Brett Versen (5th-Sr., Centerville, Ohio). Buckeyes named to the second team include libero Conor Martin (Sr., Avon Lake, Ohio) and middle hitter Ben Spurlock (Sr.-So., Stow, Ohio)
Mathews guided Ohio State to an 11-1 MIVA record in winning a second consecutive regular-season championship. He averaged 12.13 assists per game in league matches ranking fourth in the conference. Mathews ranked 10th in aces per game at .36, fifth in digs at 1.76 and 10th in blocking at 1.04 per game. He is a three-time first team all-conference selection and was a second team selection and the MIVA Freshman of the Year in 2005. He is the fifth player to be honored twice in the conference as the player of the year. Previous two-time winners include Aldis Berzins (1977-78) from Ohio State, Craig Sherman (1980 at Kellogg Community College, 1981 at Ohio State), Lloy Ball (1993-94) from IPFW, Edwardo Ferraz (1996-97) from Ball State and Victor Rivera (1998-99) from Lewis.
Hanson earns his eighth MIVA Coach of the Year honor after coaching the Buckeyes to the 2008 regular-season championship. Ohio State has won 11 conference championships with Hanson as head coach and has won six MIVA tournament championships in his 24 years with Ohio State.
Klein, a second team all-conference selection in 2007, finished second in kills per game at 3.96 in conference play. He was third in points at 4.54, 12th in aces at .28 and 18th in digs at 1.46 per game. Klein ranked 19th in hitting percentage at .248.
Versen posted a 4.50 points per game average to rank fifth in the conference. He was seventh in kills at 3.66, tied for seventh in aces at .36, 16th in blocks at .84 and 20th in digs at 1.43. Versen ranked 16th in hitting percentage at .264.
Martin, a second team all-conference selection in 2007, finished conference play ranked third in digs per game at 2.59. He had a .963 reception percentage in league play handling 285 of 296 attempts.
Spurlock ranked second in the conference in hitting percentage at .455 and ranked fifth in blocks per game with a 1.24 average.
Ohio State received a quarterfinal bye in the MIVA tournament and will host the tournament semifinals April 24 when the Buckeyes will host the IPFW/Loyola-Chicago quarterfinal winner at 7:30 p.m. in St. John Arena. The semifinal winners advance to the championship match at 7 pm. Saturday, April 26. The tournament champion receives the MIVA automatic bid to the NCAA championship semifinal, May 1 at Cal-Irvine.