COLUMBUS, Ohio – OhioState men’s volleyball setter Daniel Mathews (Sr., Shorewood, Wis.) was named the MIVA Player of the Week for his play in directing the OhioState offense to 3-0 victories over Loyola-Chicago and BallState in the MIVA Tournament. Mathews helped secure the tournament championship and the MIVA automatic bid to the NCAA National Championship semifinals. His efforts were rewarded by being named the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament. In the 30-22, 30-26, 30-27 win over Loyola-Chicago, Mathews had 31 assists, adding a match-high 10 digs, five assist blocks and two kills. OhioState hit .290 in the match. Mathews had 41 assists in the 30-19, 30-24, 30-21 win over BallState in the championship match. He added nine digs, four block assists and three kills while directing the Buckeyes to a .364 hitting percentage. In the two matches, Mathews averaged 12.00 assist per game and posted a team-high 3.17 digs per game. He averaged 1.50 blocks per game. His nine assist blocks on the week gives him 412 career total blocks (50 solos, 362 assists) and has moved him to fourth on the Ohio State career total blocks list. Mathews is a two-time Most Valuable Player of the MIVA Tournament, receiving the honor in 2005. The last time a player repeated the honor was BallState’s Eduardo Ferraz in 1995 and 1997.
OhioState will play in the NCAA Championship semifinals, Thursday, at the BrenEventsCenter on the UC Irvine campus. The fourth-seeded Buckeyes will face No. 1 seed PennState (28-1) at 9 p.m. ET. The second semifinal has #2 Pepperdine (16-10) facing #3 Long BeachState (23-7) at 11 p.m. ET. Both matches will be broadcast live by ESPN2, ESPNU and on ESPN360.com. The semifinal winners play at 7 p.m. ET Saturday with the match carried live by ESPN2 and on ESPN360.com.