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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 10th-ranked Ohio State (12-6, 8-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team completes a five-week, seven match road saga with contests at No. 1 Penn State (22-1, 11-1 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) and St. Francis (9-11, 5-6 EIVA). The Buckeyes will face the Penn State Nittany Lions Friday in Rec Hall and travel to DeGol Arena Saturday to play the St. Francis Red Flash.

KLEIN NAMED THE MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Robbie Klein (Sr.-Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) has been named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week for his play last week. Klein had a match-high 20.5 points in the 3-1 (28-30, 30-28, 30-28, 30-26) win at Loyola-Chicago with 17 kills, an ace serve and five assist blocks. He hit .238 adding an assist and seven digs. With the match tied at 1-1 in games and the score tied at 27, a Klein kill gave OSU its first lead of the game at 28-27. The Ramblers tied the game at 28 but back-to-back kills from Klein gave the Buckeyes a 30-28 game three victory. In the 3-0 (30-27, 30-23, 30-22) win at No. 15 Lewis, Klein had 11.5 points with 10 kills, one ace serve and an assist block. He hit .231 for the match, adding an assist and five digs. For the two matches, Klein averaged 4.57 points, 3.86 kills, 1.71 digs and .86 blocks per game. He handled 43 of 46 reception attempts (.935). His play the past week moved him to 13th (from 16th) in OSU career kills with 811. Klein moved to fourth (from fifth) in OSU career aces with 83 and is now 16th (from 18th) in OSU career points with 964.5.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE

The 10th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 12-6 overall and has an 8-1 record in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week in conference road matches, Ohio State defeated No. 15 Lewis, 3-0 (30-27, 30-23, 30-22) and won, 3-1 (28-30, 30-28, 30-28, 30-26) at Loyola-Chicago. Leading the Buckeyes in points per game is Robbie Klein with a 4.39 average. Brett Versen (5th-Sr., Centerville, Ohio) ranks second at 4.36. Klein leads the team with a 3.82 kills per game average with Versen averaging 3.62. Kevin Heine (So.-Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .470. Ben Spurlock (Sr.-So., Stow, Ohio) ranks second at .458. Setter Daniel Mathews (Sr., Shorewood, Wis.) is averaging 11.84 assists per game for Ohio State. Versen has a team-high 20 ace serves and a .31 per game average. Mathews ranks second with 18 (.28) and Klein is third with 14 (.21). Defensively, Conor Martin (Sr., Avon Lake, Ohio) leads the team with a 2.45 digs per game average. Mathews ranks second at 1.55 with Versen third at 1.36. Klein has a team-high .961 reception percentage handling 393 of 409 attempts. Martin ranks second at .959 (487-508) and Jason Tobkin (So.-Fr., Fairfield, Ohio) is third at .954 (209-219). At the net, Heine leads the team with a 1.31 blocks per game average with three solos and 64 assist blocks. Mathews ranks second at 1.12 with eight solos and 64 assist blocks and Spurlock is third at 1.09 with seven solos and 64 assist blocks. As a team, Ohio State is averaging 18.86 points, 14.27 kills and 13.21 assists per game while hitting .281. The Buckeyes average 1.44 aces, 9.18 digs and 3.15 blocks per game. OSU opponents average 17.27 points, 13.41 kills and 12.82 assists per game while hitting .224. Buckeye opponents average 1.14 aces, 9.11 digs and 2.73 blocks per game.

A LOOK AT PENN STATE

The top-ranked Nittany Lions are coached by Mark Pavlik. Penn State has a 22-1 overall record and is 11-1 in the EIVA. The Nittany Lions have won their last four matches including two matches at Long Beach State. Penn State defeated Cal Baptist, 3-0 (30-21, 30-27, 30-26) and posted a 3-2 (30-18, 27-30, 30-28, 29-31, 15-12) victory over then third-ranked Long Beach State. This past Tuesday, the Nittany Lions won at Juniata, 3-0 (30-16, 30-17, 30-20. Leading Penn State in points per game is Matt Anderson at 6.56. Max Holt ranks second at 4.37. Anderson has a team-high 5.72 kills per game average with Ryan Sweitzer second at 3.35 and Holt third at 3.16. Holt is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .554 with Max Lipsitz second at .498. At setter, Luke Perry has a 13.48 per game average in assists. Holt has a team-high 36 ace serves and is averaging .49 per game. Sweitzer ranks second with 27 and a .38 per game average. Anderson is third with 6 aces (.37). Defensively, Dennis Del Valle has a team-high 2.47 digs per game average. Jay Stauffer ranks second at 1.65. In reception percentage, Anderson ranks first at .967 with 326 receptions in 337 attempts. Del Valle ranks second at .962 (376-391) with Stauffer third at .939 (316-326). At the net, Holt leads the team with a 1.30 blocks per game average with nine solo and 86 assist blocks. Lipsitz ranks second at 1.12 with seven solo and 78 assist blocks. Penn State is averaging 20.88 points, 16.14 kills and 15.29 assists per game while hitting .400. The Nittany Lions average 1.71 aces, 8.63 digs and 3.02 blocks per game. Opponents average 15.09 points, 12.28 kills and 11.51 assists per game while hitting .182. Nittany Lion opponents average .86 aces, 6.30 digs and 1.96 blocks per game.

PENN STATE-OHIO STATE SERIES HISTORY

Penn State has a 57-29-1 lead in the series with Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 6-23 in matches played at Penn State and 16-10 in Columbus. The Nittany Lions are 24-7-1 in neutral site matches. Last season Penn State won 3-1 (30-32, 31-29, 30-27, 30-26) at University Park while Ohio State won 3-2 (20-30, 30-27, 19-30, 30-20, 15-13) in Columbus. Earlier this season in Columbus, Penn State won, 3-0 (30-22, 37-35, 30-24).

A LOOK AT ST. FRANCIS

The Red Flash is coached by Mike Rumbaugh. St. Francis is 9-11 overall and 5-6 in the EIVA. The Red Flash has lost its last five matches including a 3-2 (30-16, 31-29, 22-30, 25-30, 15-13) loss at Juniata and a 3-1 (27-30, 30-25, 30-25, 30-27) defeat at George Mason last week. Jordan Varee has a team-high 4.62 points per game average. Nick Rivett ranks second at 3.95. Varee is the team leader in kills per game at 3.97 with Rivett second at 3.50. Setter Shane Conley is averaging 10.62 assists per game. Varee leads the team in ace serves with 21 and has a .28 per game average. Rivett (.20) and Patrick McManamon (.19) are tied for second with 14. Defensively, Markus Schulze has a team-high 1.90 digs per game average with Rivett second at 1.53. At the net, McManamon leads the team in blocking with a 1.08 per game average with 11 solos and 67 assists. Pete Freyer ranks second at .81 with four solos and 51 assist blocks. St. Francis averages 17.05 points, 13.62 kills and 12.78 assists per game while hitting .259. The Red Flash average 1.10 aces, 8.25 digs and 2.32 blocks per game. St. Francis opponents average 17.52 points, 14.36 kills and 13.31 assists per game while hitting .275. Red Flash opponents average 1.13 aces, 8.75 digs and 2.03 blocks per game.

ST. FRANCIS-OHIO STATE SERIES HISTORY

Ohio State has won all 16 matches against St. Francis. The Buckeyes are 5-0 at Loretto, Pa. and 11-0 in Columbus. Last season Ohio State won 3-0 (30-24, 30-19, 30-21) in Columbus and 3-1 (30-26, 30-27, 24-30, 30-20) at St. Francis. Earlier this season in Columbus, Ohio State won, 3-0 (30-19, 30-25, 30-16).

KLEIN POSTS A MATCH-HIGH 20.5 POINTS AT LOYOLA-CHICAGO

Robbie Klein had a match-high 20.5 points in the win at Loyola Chicago. He had a match-high 17 kills adding an ace serve and a season-high five assist blocks. Klein hit .238 in the match, had seven digs and handled 28 of 31 reception attempts (.903). His six kills in game three helped Ohio State take a 2-1 lead in the match as he scored OSU’s final three points with kills in the 30-28 game. At Lewis, Klein had 11.5 points with 10 kills, an ace serve and an assist block. He added an assist, five digs and handled 15 reception attempts without an error. In his 18 starts this season, Klein leads the team in points (4.39) and kills (3.82) per game. He is averaging .21 aces (14), 1.35 digs and .62 blocks per game while hitting .251. Klein has had double-figure kills in the last five matches and 15 this season.

KLEIN AVANCES TO 13TH IN OSU CAREER KILLS WITH 811

Robbie Klein, with 27 combined kills last week, has moved to 13th on the Ohio State career kills list with 811. He posted 10 kills at Lewis and a match-high 17 at Loyola-Chicago in the matches last week. Klein moved past Craig Geibel (1990-93) with 787 kills, David Frette (1989-91) with 805 and Tom Trantow (1999-03) with 807. He needs 90 kills to move past No. 12 Jose Rivera (1996-00) with 900.

KLEIN NOW 16TH ON THE OSU CAREER POINTS LIST WITH 964.5

Robbie Klein recorded 32 combined points in the matches at Lewis (11.5) and at Loyola-Chicago (20.5) last week to give him 964.5 career points and move him to 16th on the Ohio State career points list. He moved past Tom Trantow (1999-03) with 954.0 points and Craig Geibel (1990-93) with 956.0. Klein needs 35 points to move past No. 15 Adam Pedersen (2001-04) with 999.0.

KLEIN MOVES TO FOURTH IN OSU CAREER ACES WITH 83

Robbie Klein served an ace serve in each match last week against Lewis and Loyola-Chicago to give him 83 career ace serves and move him to fourth on the Ohio State career aces list. He moved past Dan Mihacevich (1994-97) with 82. Klein’s teammate Daniel Mathews ranks third on the career list with 104.

MATHEWS SETS A SOLID MATCH AGAINST LOYOLA-CHICAGO

Daniel Mathews had an eighty percent success rate in assists at Loyola-Chicago. He posted 43 assists in 54 attempts in directing the Buckeyes to the victory. He added three kills, nine digs and seven total blocks with a solo and six assist blocks in the match. Mathews had 29 assists at Lewis adding three kills, two ace serves, three digs and one assist block against the Flyers. He has started all 18 matches this season and is averaging 11.84 assists per game. Mathews is averaging 1.31 points, .41 kills, .28 aces, 1.55 digs and 1.12 blocks per game.

MATHEWS NOW SIXTH IN OSU CAREER TOTAL BLOCKS WITH 380

Daniel Mathews has moved to sixth on the Ohio State career total blocks list with 380. He has 44 solos and 336 assist blocks. Mathews moved past Adam Spitznagle (1993-96) with 379 (64-315) total blocks. Mathews needs 11 total blocks to move past No. 5 Gary Wrobel (1994-97) with 390 (64-326).

SPURLOCK RECORDS A CAREER-HIGH 10 BLOCKS AT LOYOLA-CHICAGO

Ben Spurlock recorded a career-high 10 total blocks at Loyola-Chicago with a career-high four solo blocks and added six assists. He added four kills and two ace serves in the contest. At Lewis, Spurlock hit .700 with seven kills in 10 attempts, adding two assists, one dig and three assist blocks. Starting all 18 matches this season, he ranks third on the squad in blocks per game at 1.09 with seven solo and 64 assist blocks. Spurlock averages 2.57 points, 1.83 kills, .14 aces and .34 digs per game. He is second on the squad in hitting percentage at .458.

SCHOENFELDT HAS SEVERAL CAREER HIGHS IN THE LOYOLA-CHICAGO MATCH

Ted Schoenfeldt (So., Northbrook, Ill.), in his second start of his career, posted career highs of 13 points, nine kills, two assists and 11 digs in the Loyola-Chicago match. He equaled his career high of two aces against the Ramblers while hitting .538. At Lewis, Schoenfeldt contributed six points with two kills, an ace serve and five blocks with a solo block and four assists. He has played in 11 matches this season and is averaging 1.52 points, .79 kills, .29 aces, .92 digs, .79 blocks and is hitting .300.

TOBKIN HAS A MATCH-HIGH 15.5 POINTS AT LEWIS

Jason Tobkin had a match-high 15.5 points in the Lewis match. He had 11 kills, a career-high three ace serves and three assist blocks against the Flyers while hitting a career-high .556. Tobkin handled 22 reception attempts without an error against Lewis. At Loyola-Chicago, he had 8.5 points with seven kills, a solo block and an assist block. He added three assists, five digs and handled 17 of 18 reception attempts. Tobkin has played in 17 matches this season and started nine. He has started the last four matches. Tobkin is averaging 2.46 points, 1.96 kills, .17 aces, 1.00 digs and .62 blocks per game while hitting .175. He is third in reception percentage at .954 handling 209 of 219 attempts.

VERSEN COLLECTS DOUBLE-FIGURE KILLS IN LAST WEEK’S MATCHES

Brett Versen had 10 kills at Lewis and 16 at Loyola-Chicago to give him 14 matches this season with double-figure kills. Against the Flyers, he added three assists, one ace serve, three digs and four total blocks with a solo and three assists. Versen had an ace serve, six digs and three blocks with a solo and two assists in the Loyola-Chicago match. In the 18 starts this season, Versen is averaging 4.36 points and 3.62 kills for the Buckeyes, ranking second on the team. He is the team leader in ace serves with 20, averaging .31 aces per game. Versen is averaging 1.36 digs and .73 blocks per game.

MARTIN LEADS THE BUCKEYES IN DIGS PER GAME

Conor Martin leads Ohio State in digs per game with a 2.45 average. He has a team-high 162 digs on the season in 18 starts at libero. Martin had eight digs and an assist in the Lewis match and handled 16 of 18 reception attempts. At Loyola-Chicago he had eight digs and three assists and handled 36 of 37 reception attempts. For the season, Martin ranks second on the team in reception percentage at .959 handling 487 of 508 attempts.

HEINE MISSES THE LEWIS AND LOYOLA-CHICAGO MATCHES

Kevin Heine missed both matches last week at Lewis and Loyola-Chicago after 14 consecutive starts. He has played in 15 matches this season, leading the Buckeyes in blocking with a 1.31 per game average with three solos and 64 assists. Heine is averaging 2.69 points, 1.90 kills, .10 aces and .20 digs per game. He is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .470. Heine has had three matches with double-figure kills including a career-high 13 against Loyola-Chicago. He posted a career-high 10 assist blocks in the second match at Cal-Irvine.

KLANAC MISSES THE LEWIS AND LOYOLA-CHICAGO MATCHES

John Klanac (So.-Fr., Orchard Park, N.Y.) was not available for the Loyola-Chicago and Lewis matches last week. He has played in 16 matches this season and has nine starts. Klanac is averaging 2.41 points, 1.98 kills, .22 aces, 1.20 digs and .44 blocks per game while hitting .132. He has had four matches with double-figure kills with a career-high of 11 against St. Francis and in the second match at Quincy.

IPFW MATCH RESCHEDULED TO TUESDAY, APRIL 8

The Ohio State at IPFW match that was postponed because of the weather has been rescheduled to7 p.m., Tuesday, April 8. The match was scheduled for March 8 but a 20-inch snowfall in Columbus prevented the Buckeyes from traveling to Ft. Wayne.

OHIO STATE IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS

Ohio State has four players ranked in the March 24th release of the NCAA Division I-II National Statistics Leaders. Kevin Heine is ranked fifth in hitting percentage at .470 with Ben Spurlock sixth at .458. Heine is tied for 13th in blocking at 1.31 per game. Connor Martin has a 2.45 digs per game average and is 16th. Daniel Mathews is ranked 10th in assists per game with an 11.84 average.

OHIO STATE IN THE MIVA STATISTICS

The Buckeyes are well represented in the conference only statistics of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Conor Martin ranks second in digs per game at 2.79 with Daniel Mathews ranked 10th at 1.68 and Robbie Klein, 20th at 1.41. Brett Versen is fourth in the conference in aces per game at .47. Mathews is tied for fifth at .44 with John Klanac 11th at .29, Kevin Heine 15th at .24 and Klein 20th at .21. In blocks per game, Ben Spurlock ranks third in the league at 1.30 with Mathews sixth at 1.15. Heine is tied for 10th at 1.00 with Versen 17th at .78. Mathews is fourth in the league in assists per game at 11.74. Versen ranks fifth in points per game at 4.55 with Klein sixth at 4.38. In kills per game, Klein ranks fifth at 3.82 with Versen sixth at 3.62. Heine is OSU’s top percentage hitter at .434, ranking fourth. Spurlock ranks fifth at .430, Versen is 17th at .260 and Klein is 18th at .245. As a team, Ohio State ranks second in blocks at 3.31, aces at 1.94 and digs at 10.09 per game. The Buckeyes rank fourth in hitting percentage at .274 and are third in assists at 13.15 and kills at 14.47 per game. Defensively, Ohio State is first in hitting percentage at .175, kills at 12.26 per game and assists at 11.68 per game. The Buckeyes rank second in aces at .91 per game, fourth in digs at 9.32 and sixth in blocks at 2.78 per game.

OHIO STATE RANKED 10TH IN THE CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK/AVCA COACHES POLL

Ohio State is ranked 10th in the CBS College Sports Network/AVCA Division I-II Men’s Top 15 Coaches Poll released March 24. OSU was ranked 10th in the poll last week. The Buckeyes began the season ranked 10th in the preseason poll and have been as high as seventh. Other MIVA conference teams ranked in the poll are Ball State seventh and Lewis 15th.

OHIO STATE RANKED 10TH IN THE VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE POLL

Ohio State is ranked 10th in the Volleyball Magazine Men’s College Top 10 Poll released March 11. Ohio State began the 2008 season unranked in the Top 10, but had received votes. The Buckeyes have been as high as fifth in the poll. MIVA opponent Ball State is ranked seventh. The poll is conducted by Volleyball Magazine and voted on by members of the national men’s volleyball media.

VERSEN NAMED THE MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Feb. 5

Brett Versen was named the MIVA Player of the Week as he played a key role in conference home victories over Lewis 3-0 (32-30, 30-25, 30-27) and No. 14 Loyola-Chicago 3-2 (30-26, 27-30, 30-16, 28-30, 15-13) to keep the seventh-ranked, 6-1 Buckeyes undefeated in league play at 5-0.

Versen had a career-high 24.5 points in the win over Lewis, tying his career high of 20 kills and adding a season-high nine digs. He hit .368 in the match, added three ace serves, a solo block and an assist block. He then produced 24 points in the victory over then No. 14-Loyola-Chicago, recording 19 kills while hitting .417. He tied his career high of four ace serves while adding three digs and two assist blocks. Versen had three kills and an ace serve in the fifth game against the Ramblers and had the match-winning kill for the victory.

MATHEWS NAMED THE MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK – March 11

Daniel Mathews was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week for his play last week. He recorded his second double-double of the season and eighth of his career with 43 assists and a season-high 11 digs in the 3-1 (28-30, 30-24, 30-23, 30-20) win at Mercyhurst. Mathews added four total blocks (one solo and three assists), two ace serves and a kill in the match. His previous dig high this season was nine in two matches.

HEAD COACH PETE HANSON

Pete Hanson is in his 24th season at Ohio State. He has a 467-261 record with the Buckeyes and has 10 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Championships, including 2007. Named the MIVA Coach of the Year seven times, including 2007, he was the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2000 when OSU was the NCAA National Championship runner-up. Hanson was also the 1998 Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year. His teams have advanced to the NCAA Championships six times including back-to-back appearances in 2000 (runner-up) and 2001 (semifinalist).

OHIO STATE PICKED SECOND IN THE 2008 MIVA PRESEASON POLL

Ohio State, the 2007 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association regular season champion, has been picked to finish second in the conference by a vote of the league coaches. The Buckeyes received 40 points and three first-place votes. IPFW, the 2007 MIVA Tournament Champion and NCAA Tournament finalist was picked to finish first receiving 44 points and four first-place votes. Lewis was picked to finish third (34 points), Loyola-Chicago fourth (33) and Ball State fifth (24). Rounding out the voting was Quincy at sixth (13) and Mercyhurst at seventh (8).

MATHEWS AND KLEIN NAMED TO 2008 MIVA PRESEASON TEAM

Ohio State had two players named to the 2008 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Preseason All-Conference Team. The selections, voted by the league coaches, were setter Daniel Mathews and outside hitter Robbie Klein.

Mathews, a 2007 American Volleyball Coaches Association first team All-American and a two-time first team All-MIVA selection averaged 12.53 assists per game last season in conference play. He averaged .79 blocks, .91 digs, .42 aces and .63 kills per game while hitting .308.

Klein was a second team All-MIVA selection last season. He averaged 3.28 kills, .19 assists, .33 aces, 1.37 digs and .72 blocks per game while hitting .307.

Also named to the team were middle attacker Matt McCarthy and libero Ian Peckler of Ball State, outside hitters C. J. Macias and Brock Ulrich and middle hitter Josh Stewart of IPFW, opposite Ian Anderson and outside hitter Joe Guntli of Loyola-Chicago and outside hitter Jared Dayton of Lewis.

THE UPCOMING SCHEDULE

After playing eight road matches over the last five weeks, Ohio State returns home for non-conference matches Friday, April 4 against No. 11 George Mason and Saturday, April 5 against Rutgers-Newark.

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