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April 20, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fifth-ranked (USA TODAY/AVCA, sixth in Volleyball Magazine) Ohio State (20-5 overall, 12-2 Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) faces Ball State [#14, NR] (13-13) at 5:50 p.m. in the MIVA Semifinals on April 23 at Lewis University. The Cardinals advanced from the quarterfinals with a 3-1 (12-15, 17-15, 15-10, 15-13) win over Loyola [#15, NR]. Host Lewis [#7, #5] faces Indiana-Purdue [#6, #7] in the second semifinal match. The two winners return Saturday for the championship match at 7 p.m. The MIVA Tournament Champion wins the Midwest bid to the NCAA Championship Semifinals held at UCLA on May 6 & 8.

Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament

Quarterfinals (#=seeds) April 17 #1 Ohio State had a bye #2 Indiana-Purdue def. Quincy 3-0 (15-12, 15-12, 15-2) #3 Lewis def. #6 Mercyhurst 3-0 (15-7, 15-2, 15-2) #5 Ball State def. #4 Loyola 3-1 (12-15, 17-15, 15-10, 15-13)

Semifinals (at Lewis) April 23 #1 Ohio State vs. #5 Ball State (5:30 p.m.) #2 Indiana-Purdue vs. #3 Lewis (7:30 p.m.)

Championship (at Lewis) April 24 The semifinal winners (7 p.m.)

OHIO STATE UPDATE

The Buckeyes had a quarterfinal bye in the MIVA Tournament last week. The previous week OSU split home matches, defeating LIU-Southampton 15-2, 15-12, 15-4 and then losing to #7 Lewis 15-7, 16-14, 14-16, 13-15, 13-15. The conference defeat put the Buckeyes into a tie for the conference championship with Indiana-Purdue. It marks the second consecutive championship for Ohio State and the fifth in the last seven years. The OSU attack is directed by setter Angel Aja who has a 19.84 assist per game average. He leads the MIVA in assists and is second in the country. The leader in kills for OSU is Rene’ Esteves with 413 and a 4.92 per game average. Colin McMillan is second in kills with 323 (3.89) while Chris Fash is second in kills per game at 4.74 (270 kills). Esteves also has a team high 148 blocks (1.76 pg) with McMillan second with 132 (1.59). Phil Kerewich is the team leader in digs with 154 (2.23 pg) with Aja second with 146 (1.62) and Jose Rivera has a team-high 2.24 digs per game average with 130 digs. Aja has a team high 20 ace serves (.22 pg) with Rivera at 19 (.33 pg). Ohio State averages 22.80 kills, 4.23 blocks, 10.56 digs and 1.17 aces per game. As a team, Ohio State is hitting .357.

BALL STATE UPDATE

The Cardinals are 13-13 overall and have won its last two matches. Jason Fehr is the top hitter on the squad with 479 kills (5.04 per game). Brian Hughes is second in kills with 322 (3.46). Fehr is the team leader in ace serves with 53 (.56). Setter Mike Munday has a 13.73 assist per game average. Mark Lau has 158 total blocks (1.80) to lead the squad with Pat Damm second with 132 (1.48). Lau is the squad’s best percentage hitter at .343. Ball State averages 17.80 kills, 4.01 blocks, 10.84 digs and 1.36 aces per game. As a team, the Cardinals are hitting .273.

OSU AGAINST BALL STATE

The Buckeyes defeated the Cardinals twice this season. OSU won the first meeting in Columbus (Jan. 21) 3-0 (15-12, 15-2, 15-12) and defeated Ball State (Feb. 4) 3-2 (15-11, 13-15, 13-15, 15-11, 15-11) in Muncie. The Cardinals lead the series 64-68 and have a 12-19 margin in the last 10 years. The Buckeyes have won the last four meetings.

INDIANA-PURDUE UPDATE

The Mastodons are 19-3 overall and defeated Quincy last week in the quarterfinals. Hector Soto is the gun for IPFW with 440 kills (6.38 per game). Scott Lane is second with 311 (4.15). Soto is the best percentage hitter on the squad at .386 while Lane has a team high 40 aces (.53). Setter Chris Gisslen averages 15.94 assists per game and is second on the team in aces with 38 (.47). Ryan Perrott has 167 (2.23) digs for a team high and is the top blocker with 93 (1.24). Gisslen, 74 (.93) and Mike Cummings, 74 (1.09) are tied for second on the team in blocks. Indiana-Purdue averages 18.69 kills, 3.06 blocks, 10.68 digs and 1.98 aces per game. As a team, the Mastodons are hitting .360.

OSU AGAINST INDIANA-PURDUE

The teams split the two meetings this season. Indiana-Purdue won 3-2 (15-10, 11-15, 15-10, 13-15, 15-12) in Ft. Wayne (Jan. 29), while Ohio State won 3-0 (16-14, 15-12, 15-11) in Columbus (April 2). The Buckeyes have a 42-27 lead in the series with Indiana-Purdue. In the last 10 years, the Mastodons have a 16-10 margin in matches. OSU has won three of the last four meetings.

LEWIS UPDATE

The Flyers are 23-7 overall and have won three consecutive matches. Victor Rivera is the main weapon for Lewis with 668 kills (6.75 per game). Eduardo Quinones is second in kills with 380 (4.18). Rivera is also the team leader in ace serves with 30 (.30) and in digs with 212 (2.14). Setter Edgardo Deniz averages 17.83 assists per game and is second in ace serves with 27 (.27). Guy Nembhard is the team leader in blocks with 133 (1.40) and Paul Aviles is second with 97 (1.20). Lewis averages 20.85 kills, 3.51 blocks, 10.56 digs and 1.16 aces per game. As a team, the Flyers are hitting .352.

OSU AGAINST LEWIS

The teams split the two meetings this season. Ohio State won 3-1 (15-9, 15-13, 10-15, 15-11) at Lewis (Feb. 27) while the Flyers won 3-2 (7-15, 14-16, 16-14, 15-13, 15-13) in Columbus (April 10). The Flyers have a 7-6 edge in the series and have won three of the last four meetings including the last two matches played at Lewis.

BUCKEYES SHARE MIVA CHAMPIONSHIP

Ohio State won a share of the MIVA championship (with Indiana-Purdue) this season. The Buckeyes have won back-to-back championships and have collected five crowns in the last seven years. This includes an outright championship in 1998 and shared crowns in 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1999. Only Indiana-Purdue with six championships (three outright and three shared) have won more crowns that the Buckeyes in the ’90s.

ESTEVES JOINS 1,000 KILL CLUB

In the Lewis match, Rene’ Esteves had 21 kills and reached 1,001 for his career. He becomes the four Buckeye to surpass the mark with 1,001. He joins Steve Potter (1,602, ’92-95), Jose’ Bengoa (1,378, ’94-97) and Dan Mihacevich (1,228, ’94-97) in the 1,000-plus club.

KEREWICH NEXT IN LINE AT 998 KILLS

With 19 kills against Lewis, Phil Kerewich has 998 career kills and should become the fifth Buckeye to reach the 1,000 kill mark.

KEREWICH – A TRIPLE-DOUBLE

With his 19 kills against Lewis, Phil Kerewich added 12 digs and 12 total blocks (two solo and 10 assists) to score a triple-double in the match. Fifteen times in his career and seven times this season, Kerewich has had double-figure kills and digs but this is his first triple-double. It marked only the second time in his career with double figure blocks. He had 10 (3-7) against Penn State this season and his 12 (2-10) against Lewis is a career high.

RIVERA COLLECTS SEASON HIGHS

Jose Rivera had a team-high 25 kills and hit .429 in the Lewis match. Both represent season highs. His previous season high in kills was 21 at Rutgers-Newark and he had hit .367 against Lewis.

AJA RAISES HIS STANDARDS

With 10 total blocks (1-9) against Lewis, Angel Aja set career highs for assist blocks (9) and total blocks (10). He also had a season high 103 assists against the Flyers. His previous season high for assists was 101, twice, the last coming against Penn State.

OLREE FIRES IT UP

Coming off the bench in both matches two weeks ago, Pieter Olree had a combined 27 kills and hit .488 in the four games he played. Against LIU-Southampton, Olree had 15 kills and hit .571 while against Lewis he had 12 kill and hit .409. Olree is third on the squad in kills per game (4.16).

OHIO STATE MAINTAINS FIFTH IN POLL

This week’s USA TODAY/AVCA poll has the Buckeyes ranked fifth in the country for the second week. OSU is sixth, for the second week, in the Volleyball Magazine poll.

OHIO STATE VS. RANKED TEAMS

The Buckeyes have a 11-5 record against teams ranked in the USA TODAY/AVCA Poll. This includes three wins over Penn State, two each against Ball State, Loyola and Rutgers-Newark and victories over Lewis and Indiana-Purdue. OSU losses have all been to ranked teams. These include twice to Brigham Young and losses to Indiana-Purdue, Pepperdine and Lewis.

OHIO STATE IN THE MIVA STATS

The Buckeyes have three statistical champions in the final MIVA regular season conference statistics. Rene’ Esteves tops the conference in hitting percentage at .507 and in blocks per game at 1.89. Esteves is also fifth in kills per game at 5.04. Setter Angel Aja takes the assists per game honors with an 18.80 average. Colin McMillan is ranked fourth in hitting at .471 and fourth in blocking at 1.52. Buckeye Phil Kerewich is ranked in three of the six categories. He is sixth in hitting at .409, third in digs at 2.19 per game and ninth in aces per game at .35.

BUCKEYES IN THE NCAA STATS

Buckeye setter Angel Aja is ranked second in the country in assists per game with a 19.84 per game average based on national statistics released last week. In addition to Aja, four other player are nationally ranked. Rene’ Esteves is second in hitting percentage (.481) and tied for fourth in blocks per game (1.76). Colin McMillan is sixth in hitting percentage (.465) and 12th in blocks per game (1.59). Jose Rivera is tied for 12th in digs (2.24) and Phil Kerewich is 14th in digs (2.23). As a team, the Buckeyes are ranked fourth in team hitting percentage at .357.

HEAD COACH PETE HANSON

In his 15th year at Ohio State, Pete Hanson has put together one of the top men’s volleyball teams in the country. Ranked second in the country in the latter stages of the 1998 season, his squad finished sixth in the USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Poll. They were also honored as the top team in the final 1998 regular season Volleyball Magazine Poll. That magazine honored Hanson as the Coach of the Year for his 25-2 season and MIVA regular season championship.

Hanson has a 16-year career record of 296-204 (.592) and is 282-192 (.595) 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 four times including last season.

UPCOMING MATCHES

Wins over Ball State and against the winner of the Lewis – Indiana-Purdue match with advance Ohio State to the semifinals of the NCAA Championship, May 6 at UCLA.

CAREER STATISTICAL LEADERS

Kills 1 1,602 Steve Potter, 1992-95 2 1,378 Jose’ Bengoa, 1994-97 3 1,228 Dan Mihacevich, 1994-97 4 1,001 Rene’ Esteves, 1997-99 5 998 Phil Kerewich, 1996-99 6 958 Mike Terpstra, 1990-93

Attack Percentage 1 .471 Colin McMillan, 1997-99 2 .465 Rene’ Esteves, 1997-99 3 .428 Eduardo Marxuach, 1995-97 4 .399 Jay Eastman, 1991-94 5 .394 Gary Wrobel, 1994-97

Assists 1 6,528 Adam Spitznagle, 1993-96 2 4,893 Angel Aja, 1997-99 3 2,836 Chuck Voss, 1990-93 4 1,672 Todd Brooks, 1989-92 5 1,163 Kurt Hofelich, 1989

Solo Blocks 1 102 David Frette, 1989-91 2 70 Rene’ Esteves, 1997-99 3 64 Adam Spitznagle, 1993-96 64 Gary Wrobel, 1994-97 5 61 Jon Yunker, 1993-94 6 58 Jose’ Bengoa, 1994-96 – 57 Colin McMillan, 1997-99 – 55 Phil Kerewich, 1996-99

Assist Blocks 1 326 Gary Wrobel, 1994-97 2 315 Adam Spitznagle, 1993-96 3 309 Colin McMillan, 1997-99 4 306 Rene’ Esteves, 1997-99 5 286 Yon Yunker, 1993-94

Total Blocks 1 390 Gary Wrobel, 1994-97 2 379 Adam Spitznagle, 1993-96 3 376 Rene’ Esteves, 1997-99 4 366 Colin McMillan, 1997-99 5 354 David Frette, 1989-91 6 347 Jon Yunker, 1993-94

1999 MIVA Standings Apr. 20, 1999 Conference Overall 1 Indiana-Purdue 12-2 21-3 Ohio State 12-1 20-5 3 Lewis 10-4 23-7 4 Loyola 8-6 19-9 Ball State 8-6 13-13 6 Mercyhurst 4-10 14-12 7 Quincy 2-12 7-13 8 Clarke 0-14 12-14 1999 USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Top 15 Poll April 19, 1999 Rank School Total 1999 Last (First Place Votes) Points Record Week 1 Brigham Young (16) 240 25-1 1 2 Long Beach State 223 20-2 2 3 UCLA 202 20-6 3 4 Pepperdine 199 20-4 4 5 Ohio State 176 20-5 5 6 Indiana-Purdue 155 21-3 6 7 Lewis 137 23-7 7t 8 Hawaii 134 18-9 7t 9 Southern California 101 15-10 10 10 UC Irvine 95 14-10 9 11 Loyola Marymount 89 10-11 11 12 Pacific 69 14-10 12 13 Penn State 44 20-12 14 14 Ball State 30 13-13 NR 15 Loyola (Chi.) 16 19-9 13 1999 Volleyball Magazine Top 10 Poll April 19, 1999 Rank School 1999 Last Record Week 1 Brigham Young 25-1 1 2 Long Beach State 20-2 2 3 UCLA 20-6 3 4 Pepperdine 20-4 4 5 Lewis 23-7 5 6 Ohio State 20-5 6 7 Indiana-Purdue 21-3 7 8 Hawaii 18-9 8 9 Southern California 15-10 9 10 UC Irvine 14-10 10 Ohio State in the Weekly Polls USA TODAY VB Mag. Preseason Not Released 5 Jan. 19 6 8 Jan. 25 6 8 Feb. 2 8 8 Feb. 8 8 9 Feb. 15 8 8 Feb. 22 6 7 Mar. 1 4 7 Mar. 8 4 5 Mar. 15 4 4 Mar. 22 4 4 Mar. 29 4 6 Apr. 6 4 5 Apr. 13 5 6 Apr. 20 5 6