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Feb. 4, 2003

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State (4-3, MIVA 0-0) men’s volleyball squad begins conference play in the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association when the Buckeyes host eighth-ranked (Div. III) Clarke College (2-3, 0-3) at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7. OSU then travels to Findlay (6-3, 1-3) to continue league play at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Ohio State Buckeyes, coached by Pete Hanson, have an overall record of 4-3. OSU split a pair of matches against Springfield College at home last weekend. OSU defeated the Pride 3-0 (30-20, 30-21, 30-23) Saturday night and lost to Springfield 3-2 (27-30, 20-30, 30-28, 31-29, 15-11). Tom Trantow (Sr., River Forest, Ill.) is the leader in kills per game for Ohio State with a 4.85 per game average. Second is Andy Cole (Fr., Glendale, Wis.) at 2.87 and Mike Wauligman (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) is third at 2.43. Adam Pedersen (Jr., Muskego, Wis.) is the team leader in hitting percentage at .475 with Scott Spurlock (So., Stow, Ohio) at .471. Setter Mark Peckham (Jr., London, Ontario) is averaging 12.63 assists per game. Trantow has a team-high seven aces with Peckham second with six. Defensively, Mark Greaves (Fr., Fenton, Mo.) leads the team in digs with 39. Trantow is second with 37. Leading the team in blocking is Pedersen with a 1.15 per game average on three solos and 18 assists. Brett Hamilton (So., Rockville, Md.) is second at .96 per game on 22 assists. As a team, Ohio State is averaging 14.74 kills per game and is hitting .304. OSU averages 1.07 aces, 7.52 digs and 2.39 blocks per game. OSU opponents are averaging 13.19 kills per game and are hitting .264. Opponents average 1.11 aces, 7.04 digs and 3.02 blocks per game. A LOOK AT CLARKE COLLEGE
The Clarke Crusaders, coached by Joe Fleckenstein, are 2-3 overall and 0-3 in the MIVA. Clarke has lost the last three matches. On the road last week the Crusaders lost to Ball State 0-3 (18-30, 20-30, 18-30) and to Quincy 0-3 (17-30, 21-30, 29-31). Erik Vogt is the team leader in kills per game at 2.11. Cody Chamberlain is second at 2.07 with Nik Butenhoff third at 2.00. Vogt is the top percentage hitter at .333. Jason Betke is the leading setter on the team with a 8.71 assist per game average. Betke and Matt Bledig lead the team in ace serves with five each. Curtis Madson has a team-high 34 digs for a 2.62 per game average. Tyler Albright leads the squad in blocking with a .92 blocks per game with two solos and 10 assists. Clarke averages 10.53 kills per game and is hitting .088. The Crusaders average 1.47 aces, 9.47 digs and 1.83 blocks per game. Opponents are averaging 12.07 kills per game and are hitting .175. Crusader opponents average 2.67 aces, 9.67 digs and 1.93 blocks per game.

THE OHIO STATE -CLARKE SERIES
Ohio State has won all 12 contests with the Crusaders. The Buckeyes are 7-0 in matches played in St. John Arena. In 2002, Ohio State won 3-0 (30-8, 30-24, 30-14) in Dubuque and 3-0 (30-15, 30-17, 30-15) in Columbus.

Clarke College, 12-0 2/20/98 A W 3-0 15-3, 15-11, 15-12 3/13/98 H W 3-0 15-9, 15-8, 15-7 MIVA Quarterfinal at Ohio State 4/11/98 H W 3-0 15-2, 15-4, 15-4 3/12/99 H W 3-0 15-2, 15-4, 15-5 3/26/99 A W 3-0 15-1, 15-1, 15-10 2/ 4/00 A W 3-0 15-4, 15-3, 15-8 3/ 3/00 H W 3-0 15-7, 15-4, 15-9 MIVA Quarterfinal at Ohio State 4/22/00 H W 3-0 15-3, 15-9, 15-6 3/23/01 A W 3-0 30-21, 30-24, 30-28 3/ 2/01 H W 3-0 30-25, 30-16, 30-17 2/16/02 A W 3-0 30-8, 30-24, 30-14 3/27/02 H W 3-0 30-15, 30-17, 30-15

A LOOK AT FINDLAY
The Findlay Oilers, coached by Wick Colchagoff, are 6-3 overall and 1-3 in the MIVA. The Oilers lost two of three matches last week. Findlay lost at Quincy 3-1 (30-16, 28-30, 30-28, 30-28). The Oilers then defeated Moody Bible College 3-0 (30-24, 30-22, 30-24) at Loyola and lost to Loyola 3-0 (30-19, 31-29, 30-28). Jeff Overfield is the team leader in kills per game at 3.83. Jim Dziczkowski ranks second at 3.50. Steve Yarnell is the top hitter on the squad at .442. Nick Wolf is the top setter with 269 assists for a 12.23 per game average. Chris Brewer has 93 assists for a 13.29 average. Brent Mullins tops the squad in digs with 72 for a 2.88 per game average. At the net, Josh Noblet averages .92 blocks per game on four solos and 19 assists as does Yarnell with four solos and 18 assists. Findlay is averaging 14.62 kills per game and is hitting .280. The Oilers average 2.79 aces, 10.59 digs and 2.47 blocks per game. Opponents average 11.31 kills per game and are hitting .215. Oiler opponents average 1.28 aces, 8.97 digs and 2.38 blocks per game.

THE OHIO STATE -FINDLAY SERIES
Ohio State has won all four contests with Findlay. The Buckeyes are 2-0 in matches played in Findlay. Last season OSU won 3-0 (30-16, 30-22, 30-24) in Columbus and 3-0 (30-17, 30-23, 30-19) in Findlay.

Findlay, 4-0 4/ 6/01 A W 3-0 30-26, 30-16, 30-23 4/15/01 H W 3-0 30-16, 30-18, 30-22 2/ 8/02 H W 3-0 30-16, 30-22, 30-24 4/10/02 A W 3-0 30-17, 30-23, 30-19 HAMILTON HITS SEASON HIGH
With a .667 hitting percentage in the first Springfield match, Brett Hamilton had his best performance of the season. He had eight kills with no errors in 12 attempts. On Sunday he had a season-high 10 kills against the Pride and a season-high five assists blocks.

PEDERSEN EQUALS CAREER HITTING PERCENTAGE
In the first Springfield match, Adam Pedersen equaled his career-high percentage of .846 with a career-high 12 kills with one error in 13 attempts. He previously hit .846 (11-0-13) at Lewis in 2001. Pedersen also equaled his season highs of six assist blocks and seven total blocks in the second Springfield match.

COLE HAS OUTSTANDING MATCH
In OSU’s second match against Springfield, Andy Cole had career-highs of 19 kills, five total blocks (0-5) and hit .268. His previous high for kills was 15 against George Mason.

KATZ HAS DIGS CAREER HIGH AGAINST THE PRIDE
With his third game at the libero position, Stuart Katz recorded a career-high nine digs in Sunday’s match against Springfield. His previous high was seven against St. Francis.

TRANTOW CONTINUES TO POUND
With eight consecutive double-figure kill matches, Tom Trantow is OSU’s go-to player. He had 16 kills and hit .429 in Saturday’s Springfield match and came back the next night with 23 kills (.390) to equal his previous season-high set against George Mason.

PECKHAM HAS SEASON-HIGH OF 62 ASSISTS
In the Sunday Springfield match, Mark Peckham had a season-high 62 assists against the Pride. He also produced two aces serves in each of the matches this weekend.

REVIEWING LAST WEEK
Match #1 – OHIO STATE 3, SPRINGFIELD 0

With a match-high 16 kills from Tom Trantow and 12 from Adam Pedersen, Ohio State defeated Springfield 3-0 (30-20, 30-21, 30-23) Saturday in St. John Arena. Springfield’s Greg Lardo had a team-high 12 kills for the Pride. Ohio State hit a season-high .418 for the match to .155 for Springfield. The Buckeyes produced a 54-29 kill margin. OSU recorded five ace serves to one for Springfield. OSU’s Trantow and Mark Peckham had two aces each. The Buckeyes had 15 service errors to 13 for the Pride. Ohio State had a 23-13 margin in digs with OSU’s Mark Greaves and Stuart Katz producing a match high six digs. At the net, Springfield out blocked Ohio State, 10.5 to five. Pride’s Lardo and Peter Fillat and OSU’s Pedersen shared match-high honors with four assist blocks each. Buckeye setter Peckham had 42 assists in the match to 15 for Springfield’s Tucker Short. Hamilton hit .667 against Springfield for his season high. He had eight kills with no errors in 12 attempts. Pedersen hit .846 against Springfield to equal his career-high set at Lewis in 2001. He had 12 kills, one error in 13 attempts

Match #2 – SPRINGFIELD 3, OHIO STATE 2
Ohio State could not hold a 2-0 lead over Springfield and lost 3-2 (27-30, 20-30, 30-28, 31-29, 15-11). Springfield’s Greg Lardo scored a match-high 25 kills for the Pride with Brandon Mueller adding 14. OSU’s Tom Trantow had 23 kills with Andy Cole adding a career-high 19. After leading 2-0, OSU held a 28-27 lead in game three before the Pride scored the final three points. Game four was tied at 29 before Springfield tied the match at 2-all with a 31-29 win. The Pride took a 6-1 lead in game five and held the lead for a 15-11 win. For the match, OSU out hit Springfield, .248 to .212. The Buckeyes had a 68-61 kill margin and collected six ace serves in the match to one for Springfield. Mark Peckham had a match-high two aces for OSU. The Buckeyes gave up 26 service errors to 21 for the Pride. Springfield edged OSU in digs, 42-41. Eduardo Stawinski had a match-high 10 digs. OSU had a 13-12 margin in team blocks in the match. The Pride’s Jacob Voorhies (0-7) and OSU’s Adam Pedersen (1-7) shared match-high honors with seven total blocks each. Ohio State’s Peckham had 62 assists in the match to 50 for the Pride’s Tucker Short.

ST. JOHN ARENA, HOME OF THE BUCKEYES
Historic St. John Arena is the home court for both the men’s and women’s volleyball teams. The facility is also used for gymnastics, wrestling and fencing. The men’s volleyball program has enjoyed great success in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes have a 343-69 record over the last 35 years. In the five previous seasons, OSU is 57-7 (.891) in the Arena. With a capacity of 13,276, St. John Arena has hosted three NCAA Men’s Championships (1978, 1983, 1997).

HEAD COACH PETE HANSON
In his 19th year at Ohio State, Pete Hanson has put together one of the top men’s volleyball teams in the country. His squads have won six Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championships in the last 10 years and captured two of the last three MIVA Tournament Championships. The 2000 squad advanced to the NCAA Championship match before losing to UCLA. For his team’s efforts, Hanson was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association Coach of the Year. 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 has a career record of 365-227 in 20 seasons and is 351-218 in his 19-year tenure with the Buckeyes. His squads have won eight MIVA championships and made five NCAA tournament appearances. Hanson has been named the MIVA Coach of the Year five times including the 2000 season.

UPCOMING OHIO STATE MATCHES
Ohio State travels to Mercyhurst for a 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12 MIVA conference match next week. The Buckeyes then return home for a non-conference match against eighth-ranked Penn State at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16.