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The top seeded Ohio State (22-3 overall) men’s volleyball squad has advanced to the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament semifinals. They will host fifth seed Ball State (16-14) Friday following the first semifinal between second seed Indiana-Purdue (20-7) and third seed Lewis (21-10) (5:30 p.m.) in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes advanced to the semifinals with a 3-0 (15-3, 15-9, 15-6) quarterfinal win over eighth seed Clarke College (8-19).

OSU FOURTH/FIFTH IN NATIONAL POLLS

In the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 15 Poll released this week, Ohio State was ranked fourth. The Buckeyes were fifth in the final (April 17) regular-season Volleyball Magazine poll.

OHIO STATE UPDATE

The Buckeyes are running a balanced attack with four players averaging three or more kills per game. Chris Fash (Jr., Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) has a team-leading 5.21 kills per game average with Pieter Olree (So., Reading, Pa./Exeter) at 4.80, Colin McMillan (Sr., Burlington, Wis./Libertyville) 3.65, Rene Esteves (Sr., San Juan, Puerto Rico/San Jose’) 3.52. McMillan is the top percentage hitter at .522 with Esteves second at .515. Running the offense is Angel Aja (Sr., Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/Colegio Marista) with an 18.71 assists per game average. Pieter Olree (So., Reading, Pa./Exeter HS) has a team-high 26 ace serves with Jose Rivera (Sr., Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) at 25 and Fash with 23. Defensively, Olree averages 2.03 digs per game with Tom Trantow (Fr., Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) 2.02 and Rivera at 2.00. At the net McMillan has a team-high 145 blocks (17 solo and 128 assists) for a 1.79 per game average. Esteves is second with 115 (20-95) for a 1.46 average.

Ohio State is hitting .402 as a team and averaging 21.67 kills per game. The Buckeyes are averaging 10.65 digs, 3.83 blocks and 1.46 aces per game. OSU opponents are hitting .253 and average 18.57 kills per game. OSU opponents average 9.00 digs, 2.26 blocks and 1.15 aces per game

LEHMAN PRODUCES AGAINST CLARKE

With 12 kills in 18 swings and no errors, Greg Lehman, coming off the bench for two games, hit .667 against Clarke College last weekend. Lehman also had four digs in the match.

MIVA HONORS TO OSU

Angel Aja, Rene Esteves and Colin McMillan were named to the first team All-MIVA squad by a vote of the coaches. Also honored were Chris Fash, second team, and Jose Rivera as an honorable mention selection. Aja also was named the MIVA Player of the Year and Coach Pete Hanson was named the MIVA Coach of the Year.

OSU IN THE MIVA TOURNAMENT

Ohio State has won the MIVA Tournament seven times, the last in 1993. Since then, the Buckeyes have lost four times in the semifinals and twice, 1994 and 1999, in the championship match.

NO HOME COURT ADVANTAGE

Only five host teams in the last 20 years have won the MIVA Tournament. Ball State is the last team to win on its home court back in 1995, a 3-0 win over Ohio State. It is the only team in the last 11 years to win at home. Ball State also won at home in 1988 (3-2 over Ohio State) and in 1985 (3-2 over Ohio State). The only other team to win at home is Ohio State in 1986 (3-1 over Ohio State) and in 1981 (3-0 over Ball State).

HEAD-TO-HEAD

In head-to-head competition, Ohio State has won all six matches against the other semifinalists. Indiana-Purdue is 4-2 while Lewis and Ball State are 1-5.

Ohio State vs. Ball State 1-20 at Ball State, Ohio State 3-0 15-7, (16-14, 15-10) 4- 8 at Ohio State, Ohio State 3-0 15-6, (15-13, 15-3)

Ohio State vs. Indiana-Purdue 1-22 at Ohio State, Ohio State 3-2 (15-6, 9-15, 15-17, 15-10, 15-8) 3- 4 at Indiana-Purdue, Ohio State 3-0 (16-14, 17-15, 15-12)

Ohio State vs. Lewis 2-25 at Lewis, Ohio State 3-1 (15-5, 15-13, 11-15, 15-11) 4-16 at Ohio State, Ohio State 3-0 (15-7, 15-11, 15-7)

Indiana-Purdue vs. Lewis 3- 1 at Lewis, Indiana-Purdue 3-2 (15-17, 15-13, 15-6, 7-15, 15-8) 3-31 at Indiana-Purdue, Indiana-Purdue 3-1 (11-15, 15-12, 15-12, 15-9)

Indiana-Purdue vs. Ball State 2-25 at Indiana-Purdue, Indiana-Purdue 3-1 (9-15, 15-8, 15-7, 15-2) 4- 5 at Ball State, Indiana-Purdue 3-0 (15-9, 15-12, 15-13)

Lewis vs. Ball State 1-28 at Lewis, Ball State 3-2 (15-13, 9-15, 15-10, 12-15, 16-14) 4-14 at Ball State, Lewis 3-1 (17-15, 16-17, 15-6, 15-8)

OSU IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS

In NCAA statistics released this week, Colin McMillan is ranked first in hitting percentage at .522. Rene Esteves is second at .515. McMillan is seventh in blocking with a 1.79 per game average. Setter Angel Aja is ranked fifth in assists per game with an 18.71 average. As a team Ohio State ranks first in hitting percentage at .402.

HEAD COACH PETE HANSON

In his 16th year at Ohio State, Pete Hanson has put together one of the top men’s volleyball teams in the country. Last season his squad won its fifth Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championship in the last seven years. 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, in his 16th season, has a career record of 319-208 (.605) and is 305-196 (.609) in his 15-year tenure with the Buckeyes. His squads have won seven MIVA championships and made three NCAA tournament appearances. Hanson has been named the MIVA Coach of the Year five times including the 2000 season.

THE BALL STATE SERIES

The Buckeyes trail in the series with Ball State 67-68. In Columbus, the Buckeyes have a 34-28 record. The teams have played 17 times in the MIVA Tournament. In four semifinal meetings, each squad has won twice. Ball State has won seven of 13 championship matches.

THE INDIANA-PURDUE SERIES

The Buckeyes lead the series with Indiana-Purdue, 44-28. In Columbus, Ohio State is 24-8. The teams have met 10 times in the MIVA Tournament. In four championship meetings, each team has won twice. OSU won all six semifinal matches.

THE LEWIS SERIES

The Buckeyes have an 8-7 lead in the series with Lewis. Ohio State has won five of nine matches played in Columbus. The squads have only played once in the MIVA Tournament with Lewis winning the semifinal match.

UPCOMING MATCHES

The winner of the MIVA Tournament will advance to the NCAA Championship semifinals, May 4 in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association

Standings as of April 22 Conference Overall 1 Ohio State 13- 1 .929 22- 3 .880 2 Indiana-Purdue 12- 2 .857 20- 7 .741 3 Lewis 9- 5 .643 21-10 .677 4 Quincy 6- 8 .429 17-11 .607 Loyola 6- 8 .429 16-12 .571 Ball State 6- 8 .429 16-14 .533 7 Mercyhurst 4-10 .285 15-11 .577 8 Clarke 0-14 .000 8-19 .296

USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Poll

April 25, 2000 – No. 15 Rank School Total 2000 Last (First Place Votes) Points Record Week 1 Southern California (14) 238 22- 4 1 2 Pepperdine (2) 225 21- 4 2 3 UCLA 207 25- 5 4 4 Ohio State 190 22- 3 5 5 Long Beach State 175 23- 5 3 6 Loyola Marymount 146 12-11 9 7 Brigham Young 140 18- 9 6 8 Hawaii 129 19-10 7 9 Indiana-Purdue 126 20- 7 8 10 Lewis 102 21-10 10 11 Stanford 78 10-13 11 12 Cal State Northridge 46 12-14 12 13 Ball State 44 16-14 14 14 UC-Santa Barbara 36 12-12 13 15 Penn State 17 18-13 15

Others receiving votes: Loyola-Chicago (9), Quincy (7), Pacific (5).