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Feb. 11, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State (6-4 overall, 2-2 Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team will complete a three-match home stand this weekend by hosting Loyola (7-2, 2-0) Saturday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena. Admission is free. The Ramblers will play at Ball State (6-2, 0-0) Friday prior to the match at Ohio State. Last week Ohio State dropped a 3-1 (33-35, 20-30, 32-30, 25-30) decision at No. 14 IPFW and won home matches against Clarke, 3-0 (30-17, 30-17, 30-25) and Mercyhurst, 3-0 (30-20, 30-24, 30-25).

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Pete Hanson coaches the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes are 6-4 overall and 2-2 in the MIVA. In matches over the last week, Ohio State dropped a 3-1 (33-35, 20-30, 32-30, 25-30) decision at No. 14 IPFW and won home matches against Clarke, 3-0 (30-17, 30-17, 30-25) and Mercyhurst, 3-0 (30-20, 30-24, 30-25). OSU’s top scorer is Andy Cole (So., Glendale, Wis.) with a 4.13 points per game average. Mark Greaves (So., Fenton, Mo.) ranks second at 3.94 with Adam Pedersen (Sr., Muskego, Wis.) third at 3.32. Cole leads the team in kills per game at 3.68 with Greaves second at 3.03. Scott Spurlock (Jr., Stow, Ohio) is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .426 with Pedersen second at .418. Setter Mark Peckham (Sr., London, Ontario, Canada) runs the offense for the Buckeyes and averages 13.00 assists per game. Defensively, libero Dan Meske (Fr., Willow Springs, Ill.) leads the team in digs with a 2.06 per game average. Greaves ranks second at 1.65. At the net, Spurlock has a team-high 1.21 blocks per game average on one solo and 39 assists with Greaves second at .79 (27 assist blocks). As a team, the Buckeyes average 18.69 points, 15.03 kills per game and are hitting .281. Ohio State averages 1.08 aces, 9.11 digs and 2.58 blocks per game. OSU opponents average 18.17 points, 14.28 kills and are hitting .248. Buckeye opponents average .97 aces, 7.83 digs and 2.92 blocks per game. A LOOK AT LOYOLA
Shane Davis coaches the Ramblers. Loyola is 6-3 overall and is one of three teams (IPFW and Quincy) at 2-0 in the MIVA. They will play at Ball State Friday prior to the match with the Buckeyes. Last week the Ramblers defeated George Mason 3-1 (30-19, 30-13, 25-30, 30-24) and lost at Rutgers-Newark, 1-3 (27-30, 24-30, 30-24, 27-30) in the Golden Dome Classic. Shawn Schroeder is the team leader in points per game at 4.73. Mike Alesch ranks second at 4.59 with James Grunst third at 3.89. Schroeder has a team-high 3.87 kills per game average with Alesch second at 3.84. Grunst is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .411. Running the offense is Brian Guntli with a 12.28 assist per game average. Chris Kozlarek leads the team in ace serves with 22 (.69). Defensively, Krystian Krzyzak has a team-high 1.79 digs per game average with Kozlarek second at 1.28. At the net, Grunst leads the team in blocking with a 1.10 per game average on seven solos and 27 assist blocks. Schroeder ranks second at 1.03 with five solos and 27 assists. Loyola is averaging 20.30 points per game, is hitting .313 and averages 15.31 kills per game. The Ramblers average 2.59 aces, 6.56 digs and 2.39 blocks per game. Opponents average 15.41 points and 11.72 kills per game while hitting .212. Loyola opponents average 1.06 aces, 6.56 digs and 2.62 blocks per game.

LOYOLA-OHIO STATE SERIES HISTORY
Ohio State has a 13-7 lead in the series with Loyola. In Columbus, the Buckeyes have won nine of ten meetings. The Ramblers have won the last three contests including a 3-0 (30-27, 30-24, 30-25) win in Chicago and a 3-2 (25-30, 30-22, 23-30, 30-26, 15-13) win in Columbus.

OHIO STATE DEFEATS MERCYHURST
A strong performance by Mark Greaves helped the Buckeyes to a 3-0 (30-20, 30-24, 30-25) win over Mercyhurst Tuesday. Greaves had a match-high 18.5 points, recording 16 kills (.321), two ace serves and an assist block. Mike Wauligman added 9.5 points and Andy Cole nine against the Lakers. Each had nine kills with Wauligman adding an assist block. Setter Mark Peckham had 41 assists in the match and was the top blocker with a solo block and three assists. Laker Dave Schmidl had a team-high 14.5 points for Mercyhurst with 12 kills, an ace serve, a solo block and an assist block.

OHIO STATE SWEEPS CLARKE
With 15 points from Mark Greaves and 14 from Ricardo Garcia, Ohio State swept Clarke Saturday night in St. John Arena. Garcia, playing in games two and three, produced a match-high 13 kills. The Buckeyes won games one and two, 30-17. OSU closed out the match with a 30-25 win in game three. The Buckeyes played 12 student-athletes in the match with only three starters playing the entire match.

BUCKEYES DROP 3-1 DECISION AT IPFW
Ohio State lost 3-1 at IPFW last Friday. Buckeye Andy Cole scored a team-high 22 points with Mark Greaves added 15.5. Matt Zbyszewski scored a match-high 34.5 points for IPFW. The Buckeyes had several game point chances in the first game, but fell 35-33. OSU dropped game two 30-20, but held on in game three to win 32-30. IPFW won the match with a 30-25 game four win. The Mastodons hit .298 for the game to .133 for the Buckeyes. IPFW controlled the match with 29 team blocks with Mike Daiga collecting a match-high 13 with three solos and 10 assists.

PECKHAM ADDS TO DEFENSE
In the last three matches, setter Mark Peckham has added defense to his offensive sets. He produced the same number of digs (19) that libero Dan Meske had in the last three contests. Peckham also had three solo blocks and five assists and contributed nine kills (.643) and three ace serves last week.

GREAVES IS TEAM POINTS LEADER
With 134.5 points in the first 10 matches, Mark Greaves is the team leader in points. He has contributed 103 kills, 18 ace serves and 27 block assists for his points. He ranks second on the squad in points per game at 3.96 to Andy Cole who is at 4.15.

COLE HAS TEAM-HIGH KILLS PER GAME AVERAGE
Averaging 3.68 kills per game, Andy Cole is OSU’s team leader in that category. He has a team-high 114 kills in 31 games while hitting .285.

SPURLOCK IS TOP BLOCKER
At the net, Scott Spurlock is averaging a team-high 1.21 blocks per game. He has recorded a solo and 39 assist blocks on the season. Spurlock produced a career-high 13 assist blocks earlier this season at Lewis. That effort equaled the Ohio State match record with four others. Sharing the record twice is Colin McMillan (1998 and 1999), Jon Yunker (1993) and Tom Hoff (1993).

GARCIA NETS SEASON-HIGH HITTING PCT.
With a .429 hitting percentage against Clarke, Ricardo Garcia set a new season high against the Crusaders. He had 13 kills, four errors in 21 attempts while playing in just two games. His previous best this season was .333 (7-2-15) against D’Youville.

UNDERWOOD SEES ACTION AGAINST CLARKE
In the third game against Clarke, Ryan Underwood saw his first offensive action of the season. He contributed three kills, hitting .400 and added an ace serve and one assist block.

GREAVES EQUALS CAREER HITTING PERCENTAGE
Against Clarke, Mark Greaves hit .429 to equal his career high. He had 12 kills with three errors in 21 attempts against the Crusaders. That equaled his .429 against Concordia in 2003. Greaves had 11 kills and six digs Friday against IPFW. He had three ace serves against the Mastodons and added two against Clarke and Mercyhurst and has a team-high 18 aces (.53).

DREVEN COLLECTS SIX KILLS AGAINST CLARKE
Layne Dreven produced a career-high six kills against the Crusaders Saturday. He hit .750 in the match on eight attempts with no errors. Dreven added two assist blocks and two digs in the match. Against Mercyhurst, he had four kills, hit .667 and added two assist blocks. In the last three matches (five games), Dreven is hitting .714 with 10 kills in 14 attempts with no errors.

OHIO STATE IN THE NCAA STATISTICS
Based on national statistics released, Feb. 6, Scott Spurlock ranks 20th in the country in hitting percentage at .417. He is also tied for fifth in blocking at 1.36. Mark Greaves ranks ninth in ace serves per game at .458. Dan Meske is 18th nationally in digs per game at 2.12. Mark Peckham stands seventh in assists at 12.96 per game.

GREAVES HAS RARE TRIPLE-DOUBLE AT LEWIS
With 12 kills, 15 digs and 10 assist blocks at Lewis, Mark Greaves recorded the first triple-double (kills-digs-blocks) of the season. Only two others have been reported since 2001, both with assists.

BUCKEYES SEASON-HIGH 40 ASSIST BLOCKS, RANKS FOURTH ALL-TIME
With season-high 40 assist blocks at Lewis, Ohio State recorded the fourth most assist blocks in a match for the Buckeyes. The Buckeye match record is 50 against Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1993. Second best was 47 against Lewis in 1999. The 40 blocks was one short of third place (41) set against Rutgers-Newark (2002) and at Indiana-Purdue (1999).

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 357-77 (.823) record over the last 37 years. In the lost nine seasons, OSU is 97-23 (.808) 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 20th 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 11 years and captured two of the last four 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 384-240 (.615) in 21 seasons and is 370-231 (.616) in his 20-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.

NEXT WEEK FOR OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes will play in the Hall of Fame Classic next weekend in Springfield, Mass. Ohio State will face UC-Irvine at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20. OSU will then play on Saturday, Feb. 21 against either Springfield or Penn State.

MIVA UPCOMING MATCHES

Friday, February 13
*Mercyhurst at Findlay, 6 p.m.
*Clarke at IPFW, 7 p.m.
*Loyola at Ball State, 7 p.m.
Moody Bible Institute at Findlay, 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 14
*Loyola at Ohio State, 7 p.m.
*Lewis at IPFW, 7 p.m.
*Clarke at Ball State, 7 p.m.
Milwaukee School of Engineering at Findlay, 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 15
Quincy at George Mason, 7 p.m.

Monday, February 16
Quincy at George Mason, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, February 18
D’Youville at Mercyhurst, 7 p.m.
St. Ambrose University at Clarke, 7:30 p.m.

*MIVA Conference Matches