COLUMBUS, Ohio – The ninth-ranked Ohio State (18-7 overall, 11-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team, the No. 1 seed in the MIVA Tournament, will begin semifinal play at 7:30 Thursday in St. John Arena when the Buckeyes host fourth-seed Loyola-Chicago (17-13). The 5 p.m. semifinal match features second seed Ball State (20-9) playing third seed Lewis (21-9). The two semifinal winners return to St. John Arena at 7 p.m. Saturday to play for the MIVA Tournament Championship and a semifinal berth in the NCAA National Championship, May 1 at UC Irvine.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. A group rate of $2 per ticket is available in advance for groups of 10 or more. Contact the Ohio State Ticket Office at (614) 292-2624 for more information.
The MIVA tournament semifinals and championship match will be available on Buckeye Vision as a web broadcast for a fee. Broadcast information is available at http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com
A LOOK AT OHIOSTATE
The ninth-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. OhioState is 18-7 overall and has an 11-1 record in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association winning the outright MIVA regular season championship. Leading the Buckeyes in points per game is Robbie Klein (Sr.-Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) with a 4.64 average. Brett Versen (5th-Sr., Centerville, Ohio)ranks second at 4.44 with Kevin Heine (So.-Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) third at 2.74. Klein leads the team with a 3.93 kills per game average with Versen averaging 3.70. Jason Tobkin (So.-Fr., Fairfield, Ohio) ranks third at 2.12 per game. Heine is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .478. Ted Schoenfeldt (So., Northbrook, Ill.) ranks second at .445 with Ben Spurlock (Sr.-So., Stow, Ohio) third at .436. Setter Daniel Mathews (Sr., Shorewood, Wis.) is averaging 12.21 assists per game for OhioState. Klein leads the team with 29 ace serves and a .32 per game average. Versen ranks second with 24 aces and a .27 per game average. Mathews is third with 21 (.24). Defensively, Conor Martin (Sr., Avon Lake, Ohio) leads the team with a 2.32 digs per game average. Mathews ranks second at 1.67 with Klein third at 1.47. Conor Martin has a team-high .958 reception percentage handling 640 of 668 attempts. Tobkin ranks second at .957 handling 400 of 418 attempts. Klein ranks third at .955 handling 536 of 561 attempts. At the net, Heine leads the team with a 1.27 blocks per game average with three solos and 67 assist blocks. Spurlock ranks second at 1.10 (9-90) and Mathews is third at 1.09 (14-81). As a team, OhioState is averaging 19.28 points, 14.70 kills and 13.62 assists per game while hitting .281. The Buckeyes average 1.48 aces, 9.62 digs and 3.11 blocks per game. OSU opponents average 17.25 points, 13.36 kills and 12.76 assists per game while hitting .224. Buckeye opponents average 1.18 aces, 9.30 digs and 2.71 blocks per game.
A LOOK AT LOYOLA-CHICAGO
The Ramblers are coached by Shane Davis. Loyola-Chicago has a 17-13 overall record and finished tied for third in the MIVA with a 7-5 record. The Ramblers were seeded fourth in the MIVA Tournament and defeated fifth seed IPFW (12-15), 3-2 (30-27, 28-30, 30-27, 25-30, 20-18) in a quarterfinal match of the tournament in Chicago. Leading the Ramblers in points per game is Ian Anderson with a 4.80 average. Kris Berzins ranks second at 3.84 with Nick Lamoureux third at 3.42. Anderson is the team leader in kills per game at 4.14. Berzins ranks second at 3.40 with Lamoureux third at 2.73. The top percentage hitter on the team is Lamoureux at .392. Michael Morice ranks second at .347 and Berzins is third at .263. At setter, Mike Hutz has a 12.75 assists per game average. Anderson has a team-high 35 aces serves and a .33 aces per game average. Hutz ranks second with 30 ace serves (.27) and George Kamberos is third with 26 (.29). Defensively, Matt Baleiko has a team-high 1.78 digs per game average for the Ramblers. Hutz ranks second at 1.71 with Kamberos third at 1.61. Baleiko has a team-high .965 reception percentage handing 529 of 548 attempts. Kamberos is second at .959 (463-483) and Berzins ranks third at .956 (457-478). At the net, Lamoureux has a team-high .88 blocks per game average with 12 solos and 87 assists. Morice ranks second at .85 (6-71) with Anderson third at .61 (6-59). Loyola-Chicago averages 18.79 points, 15.07 kills and 14.14 assists while hitting .271. The Ramblers average 1.61 aces, 9.11 digs and 2.11 blocks per game. Opponents average 17.28 points, 13.14 kills and 12.44 assists while hitting .254. Rambler opponents average 1.40 aces, 9.43 digs and 2.75 blocks per game.
LOYOLA-CHICAGO-OHIO STATE SERIES HISTORY
OhioState leads the series with Loyola-Chicago, 19-12. The Buckeyes are 12-2 against the Ramblers in matches played in St. John Arena. OSU is 6-8 on the road and 1-2 at neutral sites against Loyola-Chicago. Earlier this season, in Columbus, Ohio State won 3-2 (30-26, 27-30, 30-16, 28-30, 15-13) and defeated the Ramblers, 3-1 (28-30, 30-28, 30-28, 30-26) in Chicago
A LOOK AT BALLSTATE
The Cardinals are coached by Joel Walton. BallState has a 20-9 overall record and finished second in the MIVA with a 10-2 record. The Cardinals were seeded second in the MIVA Tournament and defeated seventh seed Quincy (18-25), 3-1 (30-17, 30-17, 27-30, 30-27) in a quarterfinal match of the tournament in Muncie. Leading the Cardinals in points per game is Patrick Durbin with a 4.86 average. Marcus Imwalle ranks second at 3.59 and Todd Chamberlain is third at 3.40. Durbin has a team-high 4.36 kills per game average with Imwalle second at 3.02 and Chamberlain third at 2.89. The top percentage hitter on the team is Matt McCarthy at .437. Durbin ranks second at .313 with J.D. Gasparovic third at .308. At setter, Ethan Pheister has a 12.18 assists per game average. Imwalle has a team-high 24 ace serves and a .28 per game average. Todd Chamberlain is second with 17 (.19) and McCarthy is third at 14 (.14). Defensively, Ian Peckler leads the team with a 3.04 digs per game average. Durbin ranks second at 1.63 with Chamberlain third at 1.47. Peckler has a team-high .970 reception percentage handling 650 of 670 attempts. Chamberlain ranks second at .952 (501-526) and Durbin is third at .950 (626-659). At the net, Gasparovic leads the team with a 1.40 blocks per game average with 15 solos and 107 assists. McCarthy ranks second at 1.19 (18-100) and Pheister is third at .93 (12-81). BallState is averaging 18.86 points, 14.81 kills and 13.75 assists while hitting .257. The Cardinals average .94 aces, 10.61 digs and 2.92 blocks per game. BallState opponents average 18.86 points, 14.78 kills and 13.67 assists per game while hitting .214. Cardinal opponents average 1.15 aces, 9.72 digs and 2.92 blocks per game.
BALL STATE-OHIOSTATE SERIES HISTORY
OhioState leads the series with Ball State, 79-76. The Buckeyes are 41-31 in Columbus while BallState is 13-12 in neutral-site matches. The Cardinals have a 31-26 advantage in matches played at BallState. Earlier this season, at BallState, the Cardinals won, 3-1 (26-30, 30-28, 32-30, 31-29). In Columbus, Ohio State defeated BallState, 3-1 (28-30, 30-27, 30-23, 30-23).
A LOOK AT LEWIS
The Flyers are coached by Dan Friend. Lewis has a 21-9 overall record and is 7-5 in the MIVA finishing tied for third. The No. 3 seed in the MIVA Tournament, Lewis defeated sixth-seed Mercyhurst (5-20, 1-11), 3-0 (30-22, 30-22, 30-21) in a MIVA tournament quarterfinal match in Romeoville, Ill. Jared Dayton has a team-high 4.48 points per game average for the Flyers. David Kelnhofer ranks second at 3.57 with Drew Pickering third at 3.43. Dayton leads the squad in kills per game at 3.88. Kelnhofer ranks second at 3.00 with Pickering third at 2.68. In attack percentage, Billy Sahagian has a team-high .409. Alex Vigansky ranks second at .393 with Dayton third at .283. At setter, Mike Iandolo has an 11.74 assists per game average. Iandolo is the team leader in ace serves with 51 and has a .53 per game average. Pickering ranks second with 37 (.40) and Dayton is third with 19 (.20). Defensively, Nick Perakes has a team-high 2.56 digs per game average. Pickering ranks second at 1.57 with Dayton third at 1.46. Leading in reception percentage is Dayton at .969 handling 620 of 640 attempts. Pickering ranks second at .957 (585-583) and Perakes is third at .945 (642-678). At the net, Vigansky has a team-high 1.30 blocks per game average with 20 solos and 105 assists. Sahagian ranks second at 1.16 (13-93) with Iandolo third at .91 (13-74). Lewis is averaging 19.33 points, 14.62 kills and 13.13 assists per game while hitting .286. The Flyers average 1.57 aces, 8.70 digs and 3.14 blocks per game. Lewis opponents average 16.43 points, 13.36 kills and 12.45 assists while hitting .223. Flyer opponents average 1.03 aces, 9.29 digs and 2.05 blocks per game.
LEWIS-OHIO STATE SERIES HISTORY
OhioState has a 21-11 advantage in the series with Lewis. The Buckeyes are 12-6 at home and 9-5 at Lewis. Earlier this season in Columbus, Ohio State won, 3-0 (32-30, 30-25, 30-27) and won at Lewis, 3-0 (30-27, 30-23, 30-22).
OHIO STATE IN THE MIVA TOURNAMENT
OhioState has won the MIVA Tournament 10 times in the history of the program. The Buckeyes have won the championship three times since 2000. OhioState won the 2005 Tournament played at Loyola-Chicago and won in 2001 at Quincy. The Buckeyes last won the tournament at home in 2000. Last season, the host Buckeyes lost to IPFW in the championship match.
BUCKEYES WIN 20TH MIVA TITLE
OhioState won its 20th Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association regular season championship with the three wins last week. It marked OSU’s second straight league title and the third in the last five years. For head coach Pete Hanson, it was his 11th championship in his 24-year career with the Buckeyes.
BUCKEYES RECEIVE MIVA ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS
Setter Daniel Mathews was voted the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Year by a vote of the seven league coaches. Buckeye coach Pete Hansonwas selected the MIVA Coach of the Year as five OhioState athletes were named to the MIVA all-conference teams. Joining Mathews on the All-MIVA First Team All-Conference team are outside hitters Robbie Klein and Brett Versen. Buckeyes named to the second team include libero Conor Martin and middle hitter Ben Spurlock.
Mathews guided OhioState to an 11-1 MIVA record in winning a second consecutive regular-season championship. He averaged 12.13 assists per game in league matches ranking fourth in the conference. Mathews ranked 10th in aces per game at .36, fifth in digs at 1.76 and 10th in blocking at 1.04 per game. He is a three-time first team all-conference selection and was a second team selection and the MIVA Freshman of the Year in 2005. He is the fifth player to be honored twice in the conference as the player of the year. Previous two-time winners include Aldis Berzins (1977-78) from Ohio State, Craig Sherman (1980 at Kellogg Community College, 1981 at Ohio State), Lloy Ball (1993-94) from IPFW, Edwardo Ferraz (1996-97) from Ball State and Victor Rivera (1998-99) from Lewis.
Hanson earns his eighth MIVA Coach of the Year honor after coaching the Buckeyes to the 2008 regular-season championship. OhioState has won 11 conference championships with Hanson as head coach and has won six MIVA tournament championships in his 24 years with OhioState.
Klein, a second team all-conference selection in 2007, finished second in kills per game at 3.96 in conference play. He was third in points at 4.54, 12th in aces at .28 and 18th in digs at 1.46 per game. Klein is ranked 19th in hitting percentage at .248.
Versen posted a 4.50 points per game average to rank fifth in the conference. He was seventh in kills at 3.66, tied for seventh in aces at .36, 16th in blocks at .84 and 20th in digs at 1.43. Versen is ranked 16th in hitting percentage at .264.
Martin, a second team all-conference selection in 2007, finished conference play ranked third in digs per game at 2.59. He had a .963 reception percentage in league play handling 285 of 296 attempts.
Spurlock ranked second in the conference in hitting percentage at .455 and ranked fifth in blocks per game with a 1.24 average.
OHIO STATE HAS 14 PLAYERS NAMED TO THE MIVA ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association has recognized 14 OhioState men’s volleyball players who have been named to the MIVA Academic All-Conference Team. To be eligible, athletes must have achieved at least a career 3.00 grade point average on a 4.0 scale after the completion of the fall semester at their respective institutions. A total of 62 players were honored by the conference.
Four Buckeyes are being honored for the fourth time including John Albertson (Sr.-Jr., Ballwin, Mo.), Conor Martin, Daniel Mathews and Brett Versen. Receiving their second Academic All-Conference honors are Kevin Heine, Mo.), Steven Kehoe (So.-Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio), Brian Kues (So., Cincinnati, Ohio), Ted Schoenfeldt, Jason Tobkin and Ryan Versen (So., Centerville, Ohio). First-year honorees include Dan Brandel (Fr., Loveland, Ohio), Samer ElShafei (Fr., Lisle, Ill.), Blake McCormick (Fr., Dublin, Ohio) and Mark Wimmers (Jr.-So., Cincinnati, Ohio).
KLEIN POWERS OSU TO THE MIVA TITLE
Robbie Klein combined for 60 points in the final three matches of the regular season to secure the MIVA Championship for OhioState. He had 20 points at IPFW with 19 points, one ace serve and eight digs while hitting .237. Klein handled 33 of 36 reception attempts against the Mastodons. He posted a match/season-high 26.5 points against BallState with 23 kills, three ace serves and one assist block. Klein added seven digs, hit .259 and handled 26 reception attempts. Against Mercyhurst, he recorded 13.5 points with 10 kills, two ace serves and three assist blocks. Klein added four digs, hit .286 and handled 10 reception attempts without an error. For his play last week, he was named the MIVA Player of the Week. Klein has recorded double-figure kills in his last 12 matches and 22 for the season. A starter in all 25 matches this season, Klein leads OhioState in points at 4.64, kills at 3.93 and aces per game at .32. He averages 1.47 digs, .66 blocks per game and is hitting .242.
KLEIN NOW 12TH IN OHIOSTATE CAREER KILLS
Robbie Klein, with 52 kills in his last three matches, has moved to 12th on the OhioState career kills list with 921. He has moved past Jose Rivera (1996-00) with 900. Klein need 38 kills to move past No. 11 Mike Terpstra (1990-93) with 958.
KLEIN MOVES TO 12TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER POINTS
Robbie Klein has moved to 12th on the OhioState career points list with 1,101.5. His 60 points in the final three regular season matches moved him past David Frette (1989-91) with 1,066.0. Klein needs five points to move past No. 11 Mike Terpstra (1990-93) with 1,105.0 points.
VERSEN HAS A CAREER-HIGH 12 DIGS AGAINST BALLSTATE
Brett Versen collected a career-high 12 digs against BallState. He had 13 points in the match with 12 kills and two assist blocks. Versen had a team-high 21 points at IPFW with 19 kills and four assist blocks. He added five digs, hit .389 and had a career-high five assists in the match. Against Mercyhurst, Versen collected a match-high 18.5 points with 14 kills, one ace serve and six blocks with a solo and five assists. He added two digs and hit .333 against the Lakers. With double-figure kills in all three matches, Versen has had 20 on the season. He ranks second on the team in points (4.44), kills (3.70) and aces (.27) per game. Klein is averaging 1.40 digs, .82 blocks and is hitting .274
SCHOENFELDT HAS A CAREER-HIGH 14.5 POINTS AT IPFW
Ted Schoenfeldt posted a career-high 14.5 points in the IPFW match. He recorded 12 kills, one solo block, eight digs and three assist blocks while hitting a career-high .632. Schoenfeldt had 14 points against Ball State recording nine kills, a career-high three ace serves, a solo block, two assist blocks and four digs while hitting .350. He completed the week with a career-high seven blocks against Mercyhurst with a solo and six assists. Schoenfeldt had 13 points in the match with nine kills and hit .429. Playing in 18 matches, Schoenfeldt has had nine starts. He is averaging 2.42 points, 1.70 kills, .94 blocks, .80 digs, .20 aces and is hitting .445.
SPURLOCK HAS A TEAM-HIGH SEVEN BLOCKS AT IPFW
Ben Spurlock collected a match-high seven blocks (one solo and six assists) at IPFW and equaled his career-high of 12 kills in the match. He hit .611 against the Mastodons, adding an ace serve and three digs while recording a career-high 17 points. Spurlock had 13.5 points against Ball State recording 10 kills (.471) an ace serve, a solo block, three assist blocks and five digs against the Cardinals. He had five points with three kills, an ace serve and two assist blocks against Mercyhurst while hitting .429 and recording on dig. Spurlock has played in all 25 matches this season and has 24 starts. He is averaging 2.63 points, 1.89 kills, 1.10 blocks and .20 aces per game while hitting .436.
TOBKIN SPIKES A CAREER-HIGH 16 KILLS AT IPFW
Jason Tobkin posted a career-high 16 kills at IPFW and collected a career-high 17.5 points in the match. He added an ace serve, one assist block and six digs against the Mastodons. Tobkin handled 48 of 53 reception attempts in the match. He had 14.5 points against BallState with 11 kills, two ace serves and three assist blocks. He added a career-high 11 digs and handled 28 of 29 reception attempts. Tobkin recorded nine points against Mercyhurst with eight kills and two assist blocks. He added three digs and handled 22 reception attempts. Tobkin has played in 24 matches with 16 starts. He is averaging 2.63 points, 2.12 kills, .22 aces, 1.21 digs and .55 blocks per game while hitting .164. He has a .957 reception percentage in handling 400 of 418 attempts.
MATHEWS COLLECTS A SEASON-HIGH 12 DIGS AT IPFW
Daniel Mathews recorded a season-high 12 digs at IPFW and had 65 assists in the match. He added two kills, a solo block and four assist blocks in the contest. Mathews posted 55 assists against BallState, adding a kill, seven digs, a solo block and one assist block. Against Mercyhurst, playing in two games, he had 27 assists, adding an ace serve, three digs and a solo block. Mathews has started all 25 matches this season and is averaging 12.21 assist per game. He is averaging 1.29 points, .43 kills, .24 aces, 1.67 digs and 1.09 blocks per game.
MATHEWS MOVES TO 10TH IN OHIOSTATE CAREER DIGS
Daniel Mathews combined for 22 digs in the final three regular season matches to move to 10th on the OhioState career digs list with 568. He moved past Angel Aja (1997-00) with 557. Mathews needs two digs to pass No. 9 Pieter Olree (1999-02) and four to pass No. 8 Steve Potter (1992-95) with 571.
MATHEWS NOW 10TH IN OHIOSTATE CAREER SOLO BLOCKS
Daniel Mathews collected a solo block in each of the final three regular season matches to give him 50 career solo blocks and move him to 10th on the OhioState career solo blocks list. He moved past Tom Hoff (192-93) with 48. Mathews needs seven solo blocks to move past No. 9 Eliot Winer (1990-92) with 56.
CONOR MARTIN RETURNS TO FULL ACTION
Conor Martin, after limited play at IPFW and against BallState returned to full action against Mercyhurst. He posted eight digs and had two assists against the Lakers. He handled 21 of 22 reception attempts. Martin saw limited action in his start at IPFW collecting a dig and handling one of two reception attempts. He saw limited action against BallState picking up two digs. Martin has played in all 25 matches this season with 24 starts at libero. He has a team-high 2.32 digs per game average and has a team-high .958 reception percentage handling 640 of 668 attempts.
HEINE MISSES THE LAST THREE MATCHES FOR THE BUCKEYES
Kevin Heine did not play in the final three regular season matches for the Buckeyes. A starter in 15 of the 17 matches he has played in, he is averaging 2.74 points, 1.96 kills and has a team-high 1.27 blocks per game.
LUHRSEN SEES ACTION AGAINST MERCYHURST
John Luhrsen (So.-Fr., Wheaton, Ill.) had a career-high two digs against Mercyhurst after missing the last four matches. He has played in 14 matches for a total of 22 games. Luhrsen has six digs and a kill on the season.
KLANAC RETURNS TO ACTION AGAINST MERCYHURST
John Klanac (So.-Fr., Orchard Park, N.Y.) missed eight consecutive matches before returning to action against Mercyhurst. He played in three games against the Lakers recording two kills. Klanac has played in 17 matches and has nine starts. He is averaging 2.30 points, 1.89 kills, .20 aces, 1.11 digs and .41 blocks per game. Klanac has a .952 reception percentage handling 178 of 187 attempts.
KUES POSTS A CAREER-HIGH 14 DIGS AT IPFW
Brian Kues collected a career-high 14 digs at IPFW coming off the bench against the Mastodons. He started at libero in game two and played the rest of the match. He added an assist and handled 13 of 15 reception attempts in the match. Kues started at libero in the BallState match recording five digs, two assists and handled 23 of 25 reception attempts. Kues has played in 19 matches this season. He has 24 digs, four assists and has handled 42 of 46 (.913) reception attempts this season.
KEHOE COLLECTS 13 ASSISTS AGAINST MERCYHURST
Steven Kehoe recorded 13 assists in the third game of the Mercyhurst match. He added two digs and an ace serve in the two games he played in. He played at IPFW with no statistics. Kehoe has played in 22 matches this season collecting 85 assists and 19 digs.
ALBERTSON SEES FIRST ACTION SINCE EARLY JANUARY
John Albertson, after missing 22 matches, returned to action against Mercyhurst last week. He started at middle blocker against IPFW and PennState before returning to play against the Lakers. He played in one game against Mercyhurst, recording two kills. In his three matches this season, Albertson averaged 3.81 points, 2.88 kills and 1.62 blocks per game.
SEAN MARTIN ASSISTS IN THE BACK ROW
Sean Martin (So.-Fr., Lakewood, Ohio) saw action at IPFW and against BallState during the final week of the regular season in back row action. Martin has played in 19 matches this season for a total of 37 games. Martin has seven digs and an ace serve on the season.
OHIO STATE IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
OhioState had five players ranked in the April 21 release of the NCAA Division I-II National Statistics Leaders. Kevin Heine is ranked fourth in hitting percentage at .478 with Ben Spurlock ninth at .436. Heine is 14th in blocking at 1.27 per game. Connor Martin has a 2.32 digs per game average and is 17th. Daniel Mathews is ranked seventh in assists per game with an 12.21 average. Robbie Klein ranks 219th in points per game at 4.64 and is 18th in kills per game at .393.
OHIO STATE IN THE MIVA STATISTICS
The Buckeyes are well represented in the final conference-only statistics of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Buckeyes had no individual statistical championship but had several players highly ranked. Robbie Klein finished second in kills per game at 3.96. Brett Versen ranked seventh at 3.66. In attack percentage, Ben Spurlock finished second at .455, just .0005 behind the champion. Ted Schoenfeldt ranked six at .411 with Versen 16th at .264 and Klein 19th at .248. Klein finished third in points per game with a 4.54 average. Versen was fifth at 4.50. In digs per game, Conor Martin was third at 2.59 with Daniel Mathews fifth at 1.76. Klein finished 18th at 1.46 and Versen was 20th at 1.43. At setter, Mathews ranks fourth with a 12.13 assist per game average. In blocking, Spurlock finished fifth with a 1.24 per game average. Schoenfeldt was sixth at 1.14 with Mathews 10th at 1.04 and Versen 16th at .84. Versen finished tied for seventh in aces per game at .36. Schoenfeldt was ninth and Mathews 10th, both at .36. At .28, Klein was 12th and John Klanac finished 15th at .25. As a team, OhioState finished as the conference leader in aces per game at 1.82 and in attack percentage at .283. The Buckeyes finished second in kills at 14.91 and digs at 10.39 per game. OhioState was third in blocking at 3.16 and assists at 13.63 per game. Defensively, the Buckeyes were the conference leader in kills at 12.41 and in attack percentage at .185. OSU finished second in aces at 1.07 and in assists at 11.87 per game. OhioState was fifth in digs at 9.50 per game and was sixth in blocking at 2.77 per game.
OHIO STATE RANKED NINTH IN THE CBSCOLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK/AVCA COACHES POLL
OhioState is ranked ninth in the CBS College Sports Network/AVCA Division I-II Men’s Top 15 Coaches Poll released April 21. This is the third straight week OSU has been ninth in the poll. 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 BallState 10th and Lewis 14th.
OHIO STATE RANKED SIXTH IN THE MOLTEN/VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE POLL
OhioState was ranked seventh in the Molten Volleyball Magazine Men’s College Top 10 Poll released April 22. OhioState 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 BallState is ranked tied for eighth. The poll is conducted by Volleyball Magazine and voted on by members of the national men’s volleyball media.The final poll will be released May 6.
HEAD COACH PETE HANSON
Pete Hansonis in his 24th season at OhioState. He has a 475-262 record with the Buckeyes and has 11 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Championships. 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).
KLEIN NAMED THE MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK – April 14
Robbie Klein was been named the MIVA Player of the Week for his play in wins at IPFW and at home against No. 8 Ball State and Mercyhurst. Klein helped OhioState to three conference wins in five days in winning the outright MIVA Championship. In the rescheduled match at IPFW, OSU won 3-2 to stay in the hunt for the title. Klein posted 20 points against the Mastodons, recording 19 kills while hitting .237.He added eight digs, one ace serve, two assists and handled 33 of 36 reception attempts. Tied at 11 in the fifth game, Klein had kills for three of OSU’s final four points including the match winner (fourth point was an IPFW error). Against then-8th-ranked BallState, Klein’s match-high 26.5 points helped OSU secure at least a share of the MIVA Championship in the 3-1 victory. He recorded 23 kills in the match while hitting .259. Klein added seven digs, one assist block, three ace serves, one assist and handled 26 reception attempts without an error. His 26.5 points is his season high. Behind, 1-0 in the match, Klein scored the final three points on kills in game two to win, 30-27, and tie the match at one game each. Klein had 13.5 points in the 3-0 win over Mercyhurst to secure the outright MIVA Championship. He recorded 10 kills while hitting .286. Klein added four digs, three assist blocks, two ace serves and handled 10 reception attempts.
VERSEN NAMED MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK – March 31
Brett Versen was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week for his play against top-ranked PennState and St. Francis. Versen had back-to-back matches with 20 or more points last week. In the 3-1 loss at PennState, he had a team-high 20 points recording 15 kills, three ace serves, a solo block and two assist blocks. He added four digs while hitting .375. Versen had 23 points in the 3-1 win at St. Francis. He had a co-match-high 21 kills adding four assist blocks and eight digs while hitting .289. For the two matches, Versen averaged 5.38 points, 4.50 kills, 1.50 digs, .88 blocks and .38 aces per game while hitting .325. This is the second time this season Versen has been named the player of the week.
KLEIN NAMED THE MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK – March 25
Robbie Klein was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week for his play against Loyola-Chicago and No. 15 Lewis. 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).
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.
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.
OHIO STATE PICKED SECOND IN THE 2008 MIVA PRESEASON POLL
OhioState, 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 BallState 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
OhioState 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
The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament champion will advance to the NCAA National Championship at Cal Irvine. Semifinal matches will be played May 1 and the championship match, May 3.