COLUMBUS, Ohio – The ninth-ranked Ohio State (19-7) men’s volleyball team, the No. 1 seed in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament, will face 10th-ranked and second seed Ball State (21-9) at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena 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 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 OHIO STATE
The ninth-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 19-7 overall and has an 11-1 record in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association winning the outright MIVA regular season championship. Ohio State reached the championship match with a 3-0 (30-22, 30-26, 30-27) win over Loyola-Chicago (17-14) in the semifinals. 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 4.40 with Kevin Heine (So.-Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) third at 2.74. Klein leads the team with a 3.95 kills per game average with Versen averaging 3.67. Jason Tobkin (So.-Fr., Fairfield, Ohio) ranks third at 2.09 per game. Heine is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .478. Ted Schoenfeldt (So., Northbrook, Ill.) ranks second at .439 with Ben Spurlock (Sr.-So., Stow, Ohio) third at .434. Setter Daniel Mathews (Sr., Shorewood, Wis.) is averaging 12.14 assists per game for Ohio State. Klein leads the team with 30 ace serves and a .32 per game average. Versen ranks second with 25 aces and a .27 per game average. Mathews is third with 21 (.23). Defensively, Conor Martin (Sr., Avon Lake, Ohio) leads the team with a 2.32 digs per game average. Mathews ranks second at 1.72 with Klein third at 1.49. Tobkin has a team-high .959 reception percentage handling 419 of 437 attempts. Martin is second at .95 handling 657 of 687 attempts. Klein ranks third at .954 handling 554 of 581 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 1.13 (9-96) and Mathews is third at 1.11 (14-86). As a team, Ohio State is averaging 19.28 points, 14.68 kills and 13.59 assists per game while hitting .281. The Buckeyes average 1.47 aces, 9.77 digs and 3.12 blocks per game. OSU opponents average 17.17 points, 13.32 kills and 12.73 assists per game while hitting .220. Buckeye opponents average 1.19 aces, 9.41 digs and 2.66 blocks per game.
A LOOK AT BALL STATE
The 10th-ranked Cardinals are coached by Joel Walton. Ball State has a 21-9 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. In the semifinals, Ball State defeated third-seeded Lewis, 3-1 (30-28, 30-26, 27-30, 31-29) to advance to the championship match. Leading the Cardinals in points per game is Patrick Durbin with a 4.99 average. Marcus Imwalle ranks second at 3.59 and Todd Chamberlain is third at 3.43. Durbin has a team-high 4.48 kills per game average with Imwalle second at 3.02 and Chamberlain third at 2.94. The top percentage hitter on the team is Matt McCarthy at .438. Durbin ranks second at .319 with J.D. Gasparovic third at .300. At setter, Ethan Pheister has a 12.12 assists per game average. Imwalle has a team-high 24 ace serves and a .28 per game average. Todd Chamberlain is second with 17 (.18) and McCarthy is third at 14 (.14). Defensively, Ian Peckler leads the team with a 3.08 digs per game average. Durbin ranks second at 1.68 with Chamberlain third at 1.48. Peckler has a team-high .968 reception percentage handling 672 of 694 attempts. Chamberlain ranks second at .953 (527-553) and Durbin is third at .950 (628-661). At the net, Gasparovic leads the team with a 1.42 blocks per game average with 16 solos and 113 assists. McCarthy ranks second at 1.21 (18-103) and Pheister is third at .91 (12-83). Ball State is averaging 18.97 points, 14.96 kills and 13.90 assists while hitting .260. The Cardinals average .91 aces, 10.69 digs and 3.11 blocks per game. Ball State opponents average 18.92 points, 14.85 kills and 13.73 assists per game while hitting .218. Cardinal opponents average 1.15 aces, 9.73 digs and 2.93 blocks per game.
BALL STATE-OHIO STATE SERIES HISTORY
Ohio State leads the series with Ball State, 79-76. The Buckeyes are 41-31 in Columbus while Ball State is 13-12 in neutral-site matches. The Cardinals have a 31-26 advantage in matches played at Ball State. Earlier this season, at Ball State, the Cardinals won, 3-1 (26-30, 30-28, 32-30, 31-29). In Columbus, Ohio State defeated Ball State, 3-1 (28-30, 30-27, 30-23, 30-23).
OHIO STATE IN THE MIVA TOURNAMENT
Ohio State has won the MIVA Tournament 10 times in the history of the program. The Buckeyes have won the championship three times since 2000. Ohio State 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 AND CARDINALS IN THE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Ohio State and Ball State have combined for 39 appearances in the MIVA tournament championship match. The Buckeyes are 10-6 in the championship match with the Cardinals having a 14-9 record. The two teams have faced off in the championship match 12 times with each squad winning six times. The last meeting came in 1995 with Ball State winning at home, 3-0. The Cardinals have won the last three meetings with the Buckeyes in the tournament championship match with wins in 1988 and 1989. Ohio State defeated Ball State in 1986 and 1987 while the Cardinals won in 1984 and 1985. The Buckeyes claimed four of the first five matches between the squads winning in 1969, 1981, 1982 and 1983. Ball State won the 1965 tournament over an Ohio State club team.
BUCKEYES WIN 20TH MIVA TITLE
Ohio State won its 20th Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association regular season championship with the three wins to close out the regular season. 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.
KLEIN HAS A TEAM-HIGH 14.5 POINTS AGAINST THE RAMBLERS
Robbie Klein posted a team-high 14.5 points in the MIVA Tournament semifinals Thursday against Loyola-Chicago. He had a team-high 13 kills while hitting .423. He added an ace serve, seven digs, and assist block and handled 18 of 20 reception attempts.
KLEIN NOW 11TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER POINTS
Robbie Klein has moved to 11th on the Ohio State career points list with 1,116.0. He moved past No. 11 Mike Terpstra (1990-93) with 1,105.0 points.
VERSEN HAS EIGHT KILLS AGAINST LOYOLA-CHICAGO
Brett Versen contributed eight kills in the win over the Ramblers. He added two assists, an ace serve, six digs and an assist block in the match.
VERSEN NOW TIED FOR 14TH IN OSU CAREER ACES
Brett Versen, with an ace serve against Loyola-Chicago, has moved into a four-way tie for 14th on the Ohio State career aces list with 59. He is tied with Greg Lehman (1998-01), Colin McMillan (1997-00) and Sam Stevens (2004-07). Versen needs four aces to move past No. 13 Jeff Koterba (1995-98) with 62 and would then tie for 12th with Andy Cole (2003-06) who has 63.
SCHOENFELDT HAS HIS FIFTH CONSECUTIVE DOUBLE-FIGURE POINT MATCH AGAINST THE RAMBLERS
Ted Schoenfeldt had 10.5 points against Loyola-Chicago for his fifth consecutive double-figure points match. He has had double-figure points seven times this season. Schoenfeldt posted eight kills while hitting .375 against the Ramblers. He added an assist, one dig and four total blocks with a solo and three assists in the match.
SPURLOCK HAS A TEAM-HIGH SIX BLOCKS AGAINST LOYOLA-CHICAGO
Ben Spurlock posted a match-high six assist blocks in the match against Loyola-Chicago. He had eight kills against the Ramblers while hitting .400 in the match. Spurlock added an assist, one ace serve and four digs in the contest. His 12 points was his 11th double-figure points match this season.
TOBKIN IS PERFECT IS RECEPTION ATTEMPTS AGAINST THE RAMBLERS
Jason Tobkin handled all 19 serve receptions against Loyola-Chicago last Thursday. He added four kill, two assists, eight digs and three assist blocks in the match.
MATHEWS POSTS A MATCH-HIGH 10 DIGS AGAINST LOYOLA-CHICAGO
Daniel Mathews collected a match-high 10 digs against the Ramblers Thursday night. It was his fourth double-figure dig match of the season. Mathews posted 31 assists against Loyola-Chicago, adding two kills and five assist blocks.
MATHEWS NOW EIGHTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER DIGS
Daniel Mathews had 10 digs in the Loyola-Chicago match and has moved to eighth on the Ohio State career digs list, moving up two spots. He needs seven digs to pass No. 7 Mike Terpstra (1990-93) with 584.
MATHEWS NOW FOURTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER TOTAL BLOCKS
Daniel Mathews added five assist blocks to his career totals and now has 408 career total blocks (50 solos, 358 assists) and has moved to fourth on the Ohio State career total blocks list. He moved past Scott Spurlock (2002-05) with 404 (17-387). Next on the career list is No. 3 Adam Pedersen (2001-04) with 427 (31-396).
CONOR MARTIN CLOSING IN ON THE NO. 2 SPOT IN OSU CAREER DIGS
Conor Martin, with seven digs in the Loyola-Chicago match, has 728 career digs for his time with the Buckeyes. He needs six digs to pass Jose’ Bengoa (1994-97) with 733 digs to move to second in Ohio State career digs.
HEINE MISSES THE LAST FOUR MATCHES FOR THE BUCKEYES
Kevin Heine did not play in the final three regular season matches and the MIVA tournament semifinal 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 Ball State match recording five digs, two assists and handled 23 of 25 reception attempts. Kues saw limited action in two games against Loyola-Chicago.
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 played in two games against Loyola-Chicago and recorded an ace serve in the match.
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 Penn State before returning to play against the Lakers. He played in one game against Mercyhurst, recording two kills.
SEAN MARTIN ASSISTS IN THE BACK ROW
Sean Martin (So.-Fr., Lakewood, Ohio) saw action at IPFW and against Ball State during the final week of the regular season in back row action.
OHIO STATE RANKED NINTH IN THE CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK/AVCA COACHES POLL
Ohio State 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 Ball State 10th and Lewis 14th.
OHIO STATE RANKED SIXTH IN THE MOLTEN/VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE POLL
Ohio State was ranked sixth in the Molten Volleyball Magazine Men’s College Top 10 Poll released April 22. 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 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.
OHIO STATE IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
Ohio State 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, Ohio State 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. Ohio State 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. Ohio State was fifth in digs at 9.50 per game and was sixth in blocking at 2.77 per game.
HEAD COACH PETE HANSON
Pete Hanson is in his 24th season at Ohio State. He has a 476-262 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).
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 Hanson was selected the MIVA Coach of the Year as five Ohio State 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 Ohio State 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. Ohio State has won 11 conference championships with Hanson as head coach and has won six MIVA tournament championships in his 24 years with Ohio State.
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 Ohio State 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, 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 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 Ohio State 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 Ball State, 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 Penn State and St. Francis. Versen had back-to-back matches with 20 or more points last week. In the 3-1 loss at Penn State, 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
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
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.