May. 2, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s volleyball Daniel Mathews (Fr., Shorewood, Wis.), a 6-6 setter for 10th-ranked Ohio State (24-7), has been chosen the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week and the American Volleyball Coaches Association/Sports Imports National Player of the Week. Mathews, the MIVA Tournament Most Valuable Player, guided Ohio State to neutral site victories over Ball State, 3-2 (30-25, 26-30, 30-22, 19-30, 15-10) in the tournament semifinals and over IPFW, 3-1 (30-23, 30-18, 27-30, 30-24) in the Tournament Championship match to earn Ohio State’s 14th trip to the NCAA Championship semifinals. Mathews had 57 assists against Ball State, adding seven assist blocks, three kills and an ace serve. In the IPFW match, he had career-highs of seven kills and a .600 (7-1-10) hitting percentage against the Mastodons. He had 51 assists in the match, adding five assist blocks and a digs. His seven kills against IPFW were on setter dumps and helped keep the Mastodons off balance. His kill in game four against the Mastodons at 27-24, started a three-point run for OSU to close out the match. For the two matches, Mathews averaged 12.00 assists and 1.33 blocks per game. This is the second time this season he has been named the MIVA Player of the Week.
Ohio State departs Tuesday morning for the NCAA Championship, hosted by UCLA. The 10th-ranked Buckeyes will face top-ranked Pepperdine (23-2) Thursday at 12 p.m. ET in Pauley Pavilion in the semifinals. The first semifinal at 10 p.m. ET has second-ranked Penn State (30-3) facing fourth-ranked and host UCLA (25-5). The Ohio State-Pepperdine match will be telecast live by ESPNU and will be show on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. ET, Friday, May 6.