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Feb. 24, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State (8-5 overall, 3-2 Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team returns to conference action this week when it travels to conference leader ninth-ranked Ball State (10-2, 4-0) for a 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27 match and then returns home to face Findlay (10-5, 3-4) at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Pete Hanson coaches the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes are 8-5 overall and 3-2 in the MIVA. In matches over the last week, Ohio State lost to UC-Irvine, 3-1 (28-30, 30-27, 20-30, 24-30) in the semifinals of the Volleyball Hall Of Fame-Morgan Classic in Springfield, Mass. The Buckeyes won the consolation match of the Classic by defeating host Springfield, 3-1 (30-27, 23-30, 30-18, 30-18).. OSU’s top scorer is Andy Cole (So., Glendale, Wis.) with a 4.18 points per game average. Mark Greaves (So., Fenton, Mo.) ranks second at 4.02 with Adam Pedersen (Sr., Muskego, Wis.) third at 3.38. Cole leads the team in kills per game at 3.50 with Greaves second at 3.23. Pedersen is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .473 with Scott Spurlock (Jr., Stow, Ohio) second at .419. Setter Mark Peckham (Sr., London, Ontario, Canada) runs the offense for the Buckeyes and averages 12.90 assists per game. Defensively, libero Dan Meske (Fr., Willow Springs, Ill.) leads the team in digs with a 2.06 per game average. Greaves ranks second at 1.64. At the net, Spurlock has a team-high 1.20 blocks per game average on one solo and 54 assists with Pedersen second at 1.00 (2 solos, 30 assist blocks). As a team, the Buckeyes average 18.84 points, 14.94 kills per game and are hitting .289. Ohio State averages 1.14 aces, 9.14 digs and 2.77 blocks per game. OSU opponents average 18.39 points, 14.39 kills and are hitting .245. Buckeye opponents average 1.14 aces, 7.59 digs and 2.87 blocks per game. A LOOK AT BALL STATE
Joel Walton coaches the Cardinals. Ball State is 10-2 overall and 3-0 in the MIVA and are ranked ninth in the national poll. The Cardinals have won four straight including a 3-0 (35-33, 30-20, 30-22) win at IPFW and a 3-1 (26-30, 30-27, 30-19, 30-19) victory at Mercyhurst. Nick Meyer is the team leader in points with a 4.40 per game average. Jary Delgado ranks second at 3.89. Meyer has a team-high 3.65 kills per game average with Delgado second at 3.43. The top percentage hitting on the squad is Andrew Braley at .414. Setter Keith Schunzel has an 11.71 assist per game average. Schunzel (.24) and Meyer (.26) share team-high honors with 11 ace serves each. Defensively, Amitai Sasson averages 1.86 digs per game with Schunzel second at 1.76. At the net, Braley has a team-high 1.07 blocks per game with two solos and 42 assists. Zoran Grabovac is second at 1.05 (3-41) with Schunzel, third (7-39). Ball State averages 18.60 points and 14.56 kills per game and is hitting .279. The Cardinals average 1.16 aces, 9.18 digs and 2.89 blocks per game. BSU opponents average 18.08 points and 14.47 kills per game and are hitting .236. Ball State opponents average 1.04 aces, 8.16 digs and 2.57 blocks per game.

BALL STATE-OHIO STATE SERIES HISTORY
Ball State has a 72-71 lead in the series with Ohio State. The Cardinals have a 29-24 advantage in matches played in Muncie. Last season, OSU won, 3-2 (26-30, 33-31, 30-28, 26-30, 15-11) at Ball State and lost 3-0 (30-28, 30-22, 34-32) in Columbus.

Recent Ball State Series Results 2/ 4/01 A L 1-3 27-30, 26-30, 30-28, 24-30 3/3/101 H W 3-0 30-25, 31-29, 30-22 MIVA Semifinals at Quincy 4/27/01 N W 3-1 30-22, 22-30, 30-19, 30-24 2/23/02 H L 2-3 25-30, 30-28, 30-26, 24-30, 13-15 3/30/02 A L 0-3 15-30, 23-30, 27-30 2/21/03 A W 3-2 26-30, 33-31, 30-28, 26-30, 15-11 4/12/03 H L 0-3 28-30, 22-30, 32-34

A LOOK AT FINDLAY
Wick Colchagoff coaches the Oilers. Findlay has an overall record of 10-5 and is 3-4 in the MIVA. The Oilers had a five-match winning streak broken last week with 0-3 losses at Indiana-Purdue (27-30, 26-30, 26-30) and at Lewis (23-30, 20-30, 16-30). Prior to the Oiler’s Friday home match against Loyola, the team’s top scorer is Jim Dziczkowski with a 4.81 points per game average. Jeff Overfield ranks second at 4.12. Dziczkowski has a team-high 4.18 kills per game average with Overfield second at 3.47. David Franklin is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .382. At setter, Chris Brewer has a 10.15 assist per game average. Dziczkowski has a team-high 18 (.37) ace serves with Chris Keen second with 14 (.34). Defensively, Scott Monroe leads the team with a 2.96 digs per game average. Keen ranks second at 2.02. At the net, Matthew Buttermore has a team-high 1.12 blocks per game average with nine solos and 48 assists. Franklin ranks second at .98 (9-32). Findlay is averaging 18.39 points and 14.39 kills per game and is hitting .234. The Oilers average 1.55 aces, 10.59 digs and 2.45 blocks per game. Opponents average 15.78 points and 12.18 kills per game and are hitting .191. Findlay opponents average 1.12 aces, 9.61 digs and 2.49 blocks per game.

FINDLAY-OHIO STATE SERIES HISTORY
Ohio State has won all seven matches with Findlay. OSU has three wins in Columbus, three in Findlay and one win played at a high school last year. Last season, OSU won 3-0 (32-30, 30-22, 30-22) in Columbus, 3-0 (30-22, 30-26, 30-19) in Findlay and 3-0 (30-24, 30-22, 30-18) in a match played at Lake High School.

Recent Findlay Series Results 4/ 6/01 A W 3-0 30-26, 30-16, 30-23 4/15/01 H W 3-0 30-16, 30-18, 30-22 2/ 8/02 H W 3-0 30-16, 30-22, 30-24 4/10/02 A W 3-0 30-17, 30-23, 30-19 2/ 8/03 A W 3-0 30-22, 30-26, 30-19 3/12/03 H W 3-0 32-30, 30-22, 30-22 Played at Lake High School 3/26/03 N W 3-0 30-24, 30-22, 30-18

BUCKEYES FALL TO UC-IRVINE
Ohio State lost a 3-1 (30-28, 27-30, 30-20, 30-24) decision to UC-Irvine in the semifinals of the Volleyball Hall of Fame-Morgan Classic in Springfield, Mass. OSU’s Andy Cole had a team-high 18 points with 16 kills, one ace serve and two assist blocks for the Buckeyes. Mark Greaves added 16 points with 14 kills, and four assist blocks. UC-Irvine top scorer was Jimmy Pelzel with 23.5 points with 20 kills, an ace serve and five assist blocks. Matt Webber added 23 points with 15 kills, six ace serves and four assist blocks. OSU out hit UC-Irvine, .325 to .295, but the Anteaters had a 67-60 margin in kills. UC-Irvine had a 12.5 to nine advantage in team blocks.

OHIO STATE DEFEATS SPRINGFIELD
In the consolation match of the Volleyball Hall of Fame-Morgan Classic, Ohio State defeated host Springfield, 3-1 (30-27, 23-30, 30-18, 30-18). Mark Greaves and Andy Cole shared team-high honors with 18 points each for the Buckeyes. Greaves collected 16 kills with one solo and two assist blocks while Cole had 12 kills, four ace serves and four assist blocks. Springfield’s Brandon Mueller recorded a match-high 23.5 points with 22 kills, an ace serve and an assist block. OSU setter Mark Peckham had 55 assists in the match and recorded a career-high 10 assist blocks (3 solos, 7 assists) against the Pride. The Buckeyes hit .397 to Springfield’s .197. OSU had a 64-53 advantage in kills and out blocked the Pride, 17.5 to eight.

PEDERSEN RECEIVES ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS
Adam Pedersen was named to the Volleyball Hall of Fame-Morgan Classic All-Tournament Team for his play against UC-Irvine and Springfield. Against UC-Irvine, Pedersen had seven kills, hit .385 (7-2-13) and added two digs. In the Springfield match, he had 11 kills, hit .600 (11-2-15) and added eight assist blocks and three digs.

PEDERSEN HOLDS FIFTH IN OSU CAREER TOTAL BLOCKS
With his eight assist blocks against Springfield, Adam Pedersen now has 372 career total blocks (25 solos and 347 assists) and stands in fifth place for the Buckeyes. He had been tied for fifth is David Frette (1989-91) with 364. Pedersen needs eight blocks to pass Adam Spitznagle (1993-96) who holds fourth on the list.

PECKHAM HELPS OUT AT THE NET
With a career-high 10 total blocks against Springfield, setter Mark Peckham added a little defense to his game. He had career-highs of three solos and seven assists in the match and added five digs. Offensively, he contributed four kills, two ace serves and added 55 assists. Against UC-Irvine, he equaled his career-high of 13 digs and added three blocks (2-1). On the offensive side, he had three kills and 49 assists.

GREAVES HAS SOLID WEEKEND
With 14 kills against UC-Irvine and 16 vs. Springfield, Mark Greaves had another solid weekend of play. He hit .226 (14-7-31) against the Anteaters, adding four digs and four assist blocks. In the Springfield match, he hit .367 (16-5-30) and picked up six digs and three total blocks (1-2).

COLE SERVES UP A CAREER-HIGH
With four ace serves at Springfield, Andy Cole improved his career-high over his three aces against Loyola earlier this season. Cole added 12 kills, hit 348 (12-4-23) and added six digs and four assist blocks. He had a team-high 16 kills against UC-Irvine while hitting .294 (16-6-34). Cole added an ace serve and two assist blocks in the contest.

SPURLOCK TOP BLOCKER ON THE SQUAD
With a season average of 1.20 blocks per game, Scott Spurlock is the top blocker for the Buckeyes. He has recorded a solo and 54 assist blocks on the season. Spurlock produced a career-high 13 assist blocks earlier this season at Lewis. That effort equaled the Ohio State match record with four others. Sharing the record twice is Colin McMillan (1998 and 1999), Jon Yunker (1993) and Tom Hoff (1993).

WAULIGMAN TAKES A REST AT LIBERO
After 11 kills, hitting .381 (11-3-21) and adding four digs against UC-Irvine, Mike Wauligman was slated to take a rest against Springfield. Instead he played games three and four as the libero in the Buckeye win. He only accounted for one dig in the match but handled 13 serve receptions without an error.

OHIO STATE IN THE NCAA STATISTICS
Based on national statistics released, Feb. 20, Mark Greaves ranks seventh in ace serves per game at .487. Dan Meske is 16th nationally in digs per game at 2.12 and Mark Peckham stands 10th in assists at 12.88 per game.

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

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

ST. JOHN ARENA, HOME OF THE BUCKEYES
Historic St. John Arena is the home court for both the men’s and women’s volleyball teams. The facility is also used for gymnastics, wrestling and fencing. The men’s volleyball program has enjoyed great success in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes have a 358-77 (.823) record over the last 37 years. With a capacity of 13,276, St. John Arena has hosted three NCAA Men’s Championships (1978, 1983, 1997).

HEAD COACH Pete Hanson
In his 20th year at Ohio State, Pete Hanson has put together one of the top men’s volleyball teams in the country. His squads have won six Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championships in the last 11 years and captured two of the last four MIVA Tournament Championships. The 2000 squad advanced to the NCAA Championship match before losing to UCLA. For his team’s efforts, Hanson was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association Coach of the Year. The 1998 team, ranked second in the country in the latter stages of the season, finished sixth in the USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Poll. They also were honored as the top team in the final regular season Volleyball Magazine Poll. That magazine honored Hanson as the Coach of the Year for his 25-2 season and the MIVA regular-season championship.

Hanson has a career record of 386-241 (.616) in 21 seasons and is 372-232 (.616) in his 20-year tenure with the Buckeyes. His squads have won eight MIVA championships and made five NCAA tournament appearances. Hanson has been named the MIVA Coach of the Year five times including the 2000 season.

NEXT WEEK FOR OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes continue at home next Wednesday when Penn State comes to town for a 7 p.m. match that will be delayed telecast by College Sport Television, Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. ET. Ohio State closes out the week with a road trip to Quincy for a 7 p.m., Saturday match.

MIVA UPCOMING MATCHES

Tuesday, February 24
*Lewis at Loyola Chicago, 7 p.m.

Friday, February 27
*Ohio State at Ball State, 7 p.m.
*Quincy at IPFW, 7 p.m.
*Loyola Chicago at Findlay, 7 p.m.
*Mercyhurst at Clarke, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 28
*Mercyhurst at Clarke, 11 a.m.
*Findlay at Ohio State, 7 p.m.
*Quincy at Ball State, 7 p.m.
*Loyola at IPFW, 7 p.m.
Mercyhurst vs. Cardinal Stritch Univ., 1 p.m. (at Clarke College)
Cardinal Stritch Univ. at Clarke, 3 p.m.

Monday, March 1
Lewis at Southern California, 7 p.m.

*MIVA Conference Matches