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Feb. 24, 2003

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State (8-4, 4-0 Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball squad continues conference play when it hosts 15th-ranked Indiana-Purdue (6-3, 3-1) at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25. The Buckeyes then return to the road to face 14th-ranked Loyola-Chicago (8-3, 5-1) at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28 and at Clarke College (4-9, 0-8) at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 1.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Ohio State Buckeyes, coached by Pete Hanson, are 8-4 overall and 4-0 in the MIVA. OSU upset 12th-ranked Ball State, in Muncie, last Friday, by a 3-2 (26-30, 33-31, 30-28, 26-30, 15-11) score. Tom Trantow (Sr., River Forest, Ill.) is the leader in kills per game for Ohio State with a 4.62 per game average. Second is Andy Cole (Fr., Glendale, Wis.) at 3.29. Adam Pedersen (Jr., Muskego, Wis.) is the team leader in hitting percentage at .525. Setter Mark Peckham (Jr., London, Ontario) is averaging 13.20 assists per game. Peckham has a team-high 29 aces (.24) with Trantow at 25 (.24). Defensively, libero Stuart Katz (So., Port Washington, N.Y.) leads the team in digs per game at 1.56 (64) with Mark Greaves (Fr., Fenton, Mo.) second at 1.43 (63). Trantow is third at 1.38 (62) with Peckham fourth at 1.35 (62). Leading the team in blocking is Pedersen with a 1.13 per game average on three solos and 48 assists. Hamilton is second at 1.05 per game on 35 assists. As a team, Ohio State is averaging 15.20 kills per game and is hitting .323. OSU averages 1.11 aces, 7.70 digs and 2.45 blocks per game. OSU opponents are averaging 13.22 kills per game and are hitting .271. Opponents average 1.04 aces, 6.91 digs and 2.70 blocks per game. A LOOK AT INDIANA-PURDUE
The 15th-ranked Mastodons, coached by Arnie Ball, have a 6-3 overall record and are 3-1 in the MIVA. Last week Indiana-Purdue defeated Mercyhurst 3-0 (30-19, 34-32, 35-33) and lost to 14th-ranked Loyola 3-1 (30-24, 30-25, 24-30, 30-27). Matt Zbyszewski is the team leader in kills per game with a 4.60 (138) kills per game average with Jeff Ptak second at 4.38 (92). Zbyszewski is also the team leader in hitting percentage at .405. At setter, Dennis Santiago has a 12.47 assists (399) per game average. Santiago also leads the team in aces with 16 (.50) and defensively leads the team with a 2.09 digs (67) per game average. At the net, Serdar Sikca has a team-high 1.64 blocks per game average on two solos and 44 assists. Arcangel Ruiz is second with a 1.12 per game average with six solos and 30 assists. Indiana-Purdue averages 15.00 kills per game and is hitting .288. The Mastodons average 1.66 aces, 7.66 digs and 3.17 blocks per game. IPFW opponents average 13.19 kills per game and is hitting .227. Opponents average .62 aces, 6.75 digs and 2.64 blocks per game.

THE OHIO STATE – INDIANA-PURDUE SERIES
Ohio State holds a 50-28 margin in the series with Indiana-Purdue. The Buckeyes won both contests last season. OSU won 3-0 (30-22, 30-18, 30-28) in Fort Wayne, and 3-0 (30-18, 30-21, 30-24) in Columbus.

A LOOK AT LOYOLA-CHICAGO
The 14th-ranked Ramblers, coached by Tim O’Brien, have an overall record of 8-3 and are 5-1 in the MIVA. Loyola won road matches last week at Findlay 3-0 (30-22, 30-21, 30-28) and at 15th-ranked Indiana-Purdue 3-1 (30-24, 30-25, 24-30, 30-27). Justin Schnor leads the team in kills (179) per game with a 4.84 average. Shawn Schroeder ranks second at 3.00 (114). Schroeder is the top hitter on the team at .521. At setter, Shane Davis averages 12.67 assists (494) per game. Schnor is the top server on the squad with a .43 aces (16) per game average. Defensively, Krystian Krzyzak leads the team in digs (72) per game at 1.89 with Dan Kellum second at 1.56 (61). Defensively Schroeder is the top blocker on the squad with a 1.08 blocks per game average with seven solos and 34 assists. Second is Dan Haas at .82 (5-27). Loyola averages 16.08 kills per game and is hitting .289. The Ramblers average 1.21 aces, 8.51 digs and 2.21 blocks per game. Loyola opponents average 14.44 kills per game and is hitting .266. Rambler opponents average 1.18 aces, 7.54 digs and 1.79 blocks per game.

THE OHIO STATE – LOYOLA-CHICAGO SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Loyola, 13-5. The Buckeyes lost to the Ramblers, 3-2 (22-30, 22-30, 30-25, 30-28, 15-11) in Chicago and defeated Loyola 3-1 (30-24, 20-30, 30-25, 30-28). OSU closed out the 2002 season with a 3-2 (30-24, 30-25, 25-30, 22-30, 16-14) loss to Loyola in the MIVA Tournament Semifinals at Ball State.

A LOOK AT CLARKE
The Crusaders, coached by Joe Fleckenstein, have a 4-9 overall record and are 0-8 in the MIVA. They will host St. Ambrose on Tuesday this week. Clarke lost at home to Quincy 3-2 (22-30, 30-22, 28-30, 30-26, 15-10) last week. Cody Chamberlain leads the team in kills (103) per game with a 3.12 per game average. Erik Vogt is second at 2.25 (54). Vogt is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .221. At setter, Tyler Galstad averages 9.42 assists (245) per game. Matt Bledig is the top server on the squad with eight aces (.30 per game). Defensively, Curtis Madson leads the team in digs with a 2.33 digs (77) per game average. Chamberlain is second at 1.88 (62). At the net, Tyler Albright is the top blocker on the squad with a .85 blocks per game average with two solos and 20 assists. Second is Galstad at .77 (3-17). Clarke averages 9.20 kills per game and is hitting .120. The Crusaders average .98 aces, 7.49 digs and 1.44 blocks per game. Opponents average 11.42 kills per game and are hitting .249. Clarke opponents average 1.84 aces, 8.11 digs and 2.22 blocks per game.

THE OHIO STATE – CLARKE SERIES
Ohio State has won all 13 matches with the Crusaders. Earlier this season in Columbus, OSU defeated Clarke, 3-0 (30-16, 30-16, 30-23). Last season in Dubuque, OSU won 3-0 (30-8, 30-24, 30-14) and 3-0 (30-15, 30-17, 30-15) in Columbus.

TRANTOW MOVES TO 10TH IN OSU CAREER DIGS
With seven digs at Ball State, Tom Trantow has moved to 10th on the OSU career kills list with 528. He moved past Dan Mihacevich (1994-97) with 526. Nationally, Trantow was ranked sixth in the country at 4.75 kills per game last week. He is currently at 4.62.

GREAVES HAS A CAREER-HIGH 17 KILLS AT BALL STATE
Mark Greaves had an outstanding match at Ball State scoring a career-high 17 kills against the Cardinals. His previous high was 16 against Penn State. Greaves finished strong against the Cardinals, recording six of OSU’s 10 kills in the fifth game.

PEDERSEN NOW SIXTH IN OSU CAREER ASSIST BLOCKS
A five assist block performance at Ball State by Adam Pedersen has moved him to sixth on the OSU career assist block list with 267. He moved from a tie with David Frette (1989-91) with 262 and passed Angel Aja (1997-00) with 264. He stands ninth in total blocks with 287 (20-267) and needs seven blocks to pass Aja (293) into eighth place. Pedersen is currently hitting .525 and was ranked third in the country last week at .510.

SPURLOCK PROVIDES OFFENSE OFF THE BENCH
Coming off the bench against Ball State, Scott Spurlock equaled his season-high of eight kills against the Cardinals. Previously Spurlock recorded eight kills at UC-San Diego and against Clarke College.

PECKHAM MAKES A DEFENSIVE STAND WITH A CAREER-HIGH 13 DIGS
With a career-high 13 digs against the Cardinals, Mark Peckham added a little extra defense in OSU’s win over Ball State. His previous high was 11 against Loyola-Chicago in 2002. Peckham also had a season-high six kills, hitting .750 (8 attempts) in the match. Last week he was ranked fifth in the country in assists per game at 13.34. He is currently averaging 13.20.

REVIEWING LAST WEEK
OHIO STATE 3, NO. 12 BALL STATE 2

Ohio State traveled to Muncie, Ind. and upset 12th-ranked Ball State 3-2 (26-30, 33-31, 30-28, 26-30, 15-11). Tom Trantow had a team-high 18 kills against the Cardinals with Mark Greaves adding a career-high 17. BSU’s Kyle Weindel scored a match-high 21 kills for the Cardinals with Josh Zuidema adding 16. OSU tied the match at 1-1 by breaking a 31-31 tie in game two with a Scott Spurlock kill and a block by Greaves and Adam Pedersen. Spurlock kills gave OSU the final two points in the 30-28 game three win. The Cardinals broke a 17-all tied in game four to win 30-26. OSU out scored Ball State five to one after a 10-all tie to win game five, 15-11. Ball State out hit Ohio State, .275 to .265 and had an 81-74 advantage in kills. Each squad recorded five ace serves while Ball State gave up 13 service errors to 10 for the OSU. The Cardinals had a 48-42 margin in digs in the contest. BSU’s Keith Schunzel had a match-high 16 digs for the Cardinals with OSU’s Mark Peckham have a team-high 13 digs. Ball State had an 11.5 to 10 advantage in team blocks. Cardinal Matthew Denmark collected a match-high six blocks with a solo and five assist blocks. OSU’s Pedersen had a team-high five assist blocks for the Buckeyes. BSU setter Schunzel collected a match-high 68 assists while OSU’s Peckham had 60.

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 370-228 in 20 seasons and is 356-219 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
The Buckeyes continue on the road with a MIVA match at 15th-ranked Indiana-Purdue Saturday, Feb. 8.