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COLUMBUS, Ohio – With three conference victories in five days last week, the ninth-ranked Ohio State (18-7 overall, 11-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team won their second consecutive regular season MIVA Championship. It is the 20th league title for the Buckeyes. The title gives the Buckeyes the No. 1 seed in the upcoming MIVA Tournament, a quarterfinal bye in the Tournament and has Ohio State hosting the semifinals (April 24) and championship (April 26) matches in St. John Arena. 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/LiveEvents.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=17300.

Ohio State moved into contention for the title with a 3-2 (27-30, 30-26, 30-26, 22-30, 15-13) win at IPFW last Tuesday in a rescheduled match. The Buckeyes then closed out the regular season with home victories over eighth-ranked Ball State, 3-1 (28-30, 30-27, 30-23, 30-23) Thursday and Mercyhurst, 3-0 (30-18, 30-24, 30-24) Saturday. The win over co-conference leader Ball State gave the Buckeyes no less that a tie for the MIVA Championship. Ohio State’s win over Mercyhurst gave the Buckeyes the outright title.

The Buckeyes will next play in the MIVA Tournament semifinals at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24 against the winner of the Friday quarterfinal match between IPFW (12-14, 5-7) and Loyola-Chicago (16-13, 7-5). The semifinal winners play at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26 for the MIVA Tounament Championship and the automatic conference bid to the NCAA Championship semifinals, May 1 at Cal-Irvine.

KLEIN NAMED THE MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Robbie Klein (Sr.-Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) has 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. His 10 kills was his 12th consecutive double figure kill match of the season and he has had 22 on the season. His combined 60 points for the three matches has moved him to 12th on the Ohio State career points list with 1,101.5.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE

The ninth-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State 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 with a 4.44 average. Klein leads the team with a 3.93 kills per game average with Versen averaging 3.70. Kevin Heine (So.-Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) 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 Ohio State. 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. Martin has a team-high .958 reception percentage handling 640 of 668 attempts. Jason Tobkin (So.-Fr., Fairfield, Ohio) 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 with nine solos and 90 assist blocks and Mathews is third at 1.09 with 14 solos and 81 assist blocks. As a team, Ohio State 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.

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 ranks 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 ranks 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.

BUCKEYES WIN 20TH MIVA TITLE

Ohio State 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.

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, 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 Ohio State. 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 Ball State 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 Ohio State 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 OHIO STATE CAREER KILLS

Robbie Klein, with 52 kills last week in the three matches, has moved to 12th on the Ohio State 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 moved to 12th on the Ohio State 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 CARER-HIGH 12 DIGS AGAINST BALL STATE

Brett Versen collected a career-high 12 digs against Ball State. 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 Ball State 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 Ball State, 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 OHIO STATE CAREER DIGS

Daniel Mathews collected 22 digs last week to move to 10th on the Ohio State 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 OHIO STATE 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 Ohio State 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 Ball State 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 Ball State 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 (So.-Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) did not play in the final three regular season matches last week. 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, .220aces, 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 handling 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 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 Penn State before returning to play against the Lakers. He played in one game against Mercyhurst, recording two kills. In his three matches, 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 Ball State last week 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

Ohio State had five players ranked in the April 14 release of the NCAA Division I-II National Statistics Leaders. Kevin Heine is ranked fourth in hitting percentage at .478 with Ben Spurlock eighth at .436. Heine is 15th in blocking at 1.27 per game. Connor Martin has a 2.32 digs per game average and is 16th. Daniel Mathews is ranked eighth in assists per game with an 12.21 average. Robbie Klein ranks 20th in points per game at 4.64 and is tied for 19th 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.

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 14. This is the second 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 15th.

OHIO STATE RANKED SEVENTH IN THE MOLTEN/VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE POLL

Ohio State was ranked seventh in the Molten Volleyball Magazine Men’s College Top 10 Poll released April 15. 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 ninth. 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.

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).

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.

HEAD COACH PETE HANSON

Pete Hanson is in his 24th season at Ohio State. 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).

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 continues next week with Ohio State hosting the semifinals Thursday and the championship match Saturday in St. John Arena. The 5 p.m. semifinal match will have the winner of #2 seed Ball State and #7 Quincy playing the winner between #3 Lewis and #6 Mercyhurst. Ohio State, the #1 seed, will play the winner between #4 Loyola-Chicago and #5 IPFW at 7:30 p.m. The semifinal winners play at 7 p.m. Saturday with the winner advancing to the NCAA National Semifinals, May 1 at Cal Irvine.

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