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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 10th-ranked and fourth-seed Ohio State (16-10 overall, 9-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Champion) men’s volleyball team will face top-ranked and No. 1 seed UC Irvine (25-5, 19-3 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Champion) at 11 p.m. ET Thursday in the NCAA National Championship semifinals at Smith Fieldhouse on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo Utah. The first semifinal has fifth-ranked and second-seed Penn State (27-3, 12-0 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association champion), the defending national champion, facing fourth-ranked and third-seed Southern California (20-10, 13-9, 5th, MFSF Tournament champion) at 9 p.m. ET. The semifinal winners will play Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

NCAA TELEVISION COVERAGE
The Ohio State-UC Irvine match will be carried live on ESPNU Thursday. It will be shown on ESPN2 on a tape-delay basis on Friday, May 8 at noon ET. The Penn State-Southern California match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPNU. The Saturday championship match will be carried live on ESPN2.

OHIO STATE
The 10th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 16-10 overall and won the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association regular season title with a 9-1 record. Last week the Buckeyes defeated Loyola-Chicago, 3-0 (30-22, 30-19, 30-25) in the semifinals of the MIVA Tournament and won the championship with a 3-0 (30-25, 32-30, 30-19) win over Ball State. Leading the Buckeyes in points per game is Ted Schoenfeldt with a 4.09 average. Robbie Klein ranks second at 3.95 with John Klanac third at 3.56. Schoenfeldt is the team leader in kills per game at 3.46. Klein, at 3.37, ranks second and Klanac is third at 2.92. In attack percentage, Kevin Heine has a team-high .451 average. Ben Spurlock ranks second at .419 with John Albertson third at .418. At setter, Steven Kehoe is averaging 12.72 assists per game. In aces per game, Klanac is the team leader at .24 with 17 aces. Schoenfeldt ranks second at .24 with 20 aces and Klein is third at .22 with 20. Defensively, Mik Berzins leads the squad with a 2.62 digs per game average. Kehoe ranks second at 2.06 with Schoenfeldt third at 1.39. Berzins is the team leader in serve reception percentage at .959. Klein ranks second at .948 with Klanac third at .940. At the net, Albertson has a team-high 1.37 blocks per game average with 18 solos and 71 assists. Heine, at 1.26, ranks second with eight solos and 84 assists. Kehoe is third at .85 with 13 solos and 66 assists.

As a team, Ohio State is hitting .289 and is averaging 19.37 points, 15.08 kills and 14.04 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.17 aces, 9.89 digs and 3.12 blocks per game and have a .933 serve reception percentage. OSU opponents are hitting .238 and average 18.23 points, 14.24 kills and 13.20 assists per game. They are averaging 1.37 aces, 9.16 digs and 2.63 blocks per game and have a .954 serve reception percentage.

UC IRVINE
The top-ranked and top-seeded Anteaters, coach by John Speraw, are 25-5 overall and 19-3 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. UC Irvine lost to Southern California, 3-0 (30-25, 30-25, 30-27) in the semifinals of the MPSF Tournament. Carson Clark is the team leader in points per game at 4.58. Taylor Wilson ranks second at 3.99 with Jordan DuFault third at 3.93. Clark has a team-high 3.94 kills per game average. Wilson ranks second at 3.28 with DuFault third at 3.25. Setter Ryan Ammerman is averaging 12.55 assists per game. Ammerman has a team-high .27 aces per game average with 28. Clark ranks second at .26 and Wilson, third, at .25. Each has 23 aces. Defensively, Brent Asuka has a 2.69 digs per game average to lead the Anteaters. DuFault ranks second at 1.81 with Clark third at 1.31. At the net, Austin D’Amore leads the team with a 1.42 blocks per game average. He has five solo blocks and 104 assists. Kevin Wynne ranks second at 1.34 with eight solo blocks and 127 assists. Ammerman, at 1.03, ranks third with seven solo blocks and 98 assists.

UC Irvine is hitting .320 and averages 20.46 points, 15.48 kills and 14.65 assists per game. The Anteaters average 1.50 aces, 9.75 digs and 3.50 blocks per game. Opponents average 18.13 points, 14.69 kills and 13.99 assists per game and are hitting .234. Anteater opponents average 1.14 aces, 10.31 digs and 2.30 blocks per game.

BUCKEYE- UC IRVINE SERIES
Cal Irvine has a 3-2 lead in the series with Ohio State. At Irvine, each team has two wins and the Anteaters are 1-0 in neutral site matches. The squads last played back-to-back matches in 2008 at Irvine. The Anteaters won 3-0 (30-23, 30-25, 30-13) in the first match and Ohio State won 3-2 (30-25, 23-30, 18-30, 30-24, 15-13) the next day.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
The fourth-ranked and third-seeded Trojans, coached by Bill Ferguson, are 20-10 overall and finished fifth in the Mountain Pacific Sports with a 13-9 record. Last week Southern California defeated UC Irvine, 3-0 (30-25, 30-25, 30-27) in the MPSF Tournament semifinals and won 3-2 (30-23, 30-25, 20-30, 26-30, 21-19) over Pepperdine in the championship match to secure the automatic conference bid. Murphy Troy leads the team with a 5.62 points per game average. Tony Ciarelli ranks second at 4.40 with Austin Zahn third at 3.05. Troy has a team-high 5.00 kills per game average with Ciarelli ranking second at 3.77 and Sean Dennis third at 2.66. The team leader in attack percentage is Austin Zahn at .434. Ranking second at .399 is Hunter Current with Troy third at .308. At setter, Riley McKibbin has a 13.77 assists per game average. Troy has a team-high .38 aces per game average with a team-high 40. Ciarelli ranks second at .25 with 29 and Hunter Current is third at .19 with 20. Defensively, Luke Morris is the team leader in digs per game with a 2.63 average. Dennis ranks second at 2.06 with Riley McKibbin third at 2.04. Morris has a team-high .971 serve reception percentage to lead the squad. Tri Bourne ranks second at .958 with Ciarelli third at .952. At the net, Zahn has a team-high 1.00 blocks per game average with 12 solos and 96 assist blocks. Current, at .95, ranks second and has 11 solos and 92 assists. Dennis ranks third at .74 with six solos and 40 assists.

Southern California is hitting .312 and averages 20.27 points, 16.37 kills and 15.42 assists per game. The Trojans average 1.24 aces, 10.60 digs and 2.67 blocks per game and have a .948 serve reception percentage. USC opponents average 17.66 points, 14.06 kills and 13.38 assists per game while hitting .254. Trojan opponents average 1.15 aces, 9.74 digs and 2.46 blocks per game and have a .946 serve reception percentage.

BUCKEYE-TROJAN SERIES
Southern California leads the series with Ohio State, 17-1. The Trojans are 6-0 at USC and 11-0 at neutral sites. Ohio State won the only meeting in Columbus, a 3-2 (16-14, 6-15, 15-13, 11-15, 15-11) victory in 1997 at the NCAA Preview Tourney. The Trojans have the won the last two meetings including a 3-1 (30-18, 30-28, 25-30, 31-29) victory at the Outrigger Hotels Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii.

PENN STATE
The fifth-ranked and second-seeded Nittany Lions, coached by Mark Pavlik, are 27-3 overall and the regular season Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association champion with a 12-0 mark. Penn State won the EIVA Tournament championship with 3-0 home wins over George Mason (30-19, 30-22, 30-21) and Juniata (30-25, 30-19, 30-21). Will Price is the team leader in points per game at 4.21. Ryan Sweitzer ranks second at 4.17 with Max Holt third at 4.06. Sweitzer leads the team in kills per game with a 3.46 average. Price ranks second at 3.40 with Max Lipsitz third at 2.81. In attack percentage, Holt has a team-high .560 percentage. Lipsitz ranks second at .494 with Price third at .365. At setter, Edgardo Goas has a 12.81 assist per game average. Holt leads the team in aces per game at .81. He has a team-high 78 aces. Price ranks second at .48 with 46 and Sweitzer is third at .38 with 37. In digs per game, Dennis Del Valle is the team leader with a 3.14 average. Price ranks second at 1.34 with Joe Sunder third at 1.30. Del Valle has a team-high .973 serve reception percentage. Price ranks second at .955 with Sunder third at .954. At the net, Lipsitz leads the team with a 1.26 blocks per game average. He has 10 solos and 107 assists. Holt ranks second at 1.05 with nine solos and 101 assists. Ranking third at .80 is Goas with eight solos and 74 assists.

Penn State is hitting .396 and averages 20.59 points, 15.57 kills and 14.47 assists per game. The Nittany Lions average 2.18 aces, 9.25 digs and 2.84 blocks per game and have a .951 serve reception percentage. Nittany Lion opponents average 14.75 points, 11.96 kills and 11.20 assists per game while hitting .185. Opponents average .88 aces, 6.64 digs and 1.95 blocks per game and have a .909 serve reception percentage.

BUCKEYE-NITTANY LION SERIES
Penn State leads the series against Ohio State, 62-29-1. Ohio State has a 17-11 mark in Columbus. The Nittany Lions are 25-6 at Penn State and 26-6 in neutral site matches. Earlier this season at the Outrigger Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii, Penn State defeated Ohio State, 3-0 (30-27, 30-24, 30-19) and at Penn State defeated the Buckeyes, 3-0 (30-20, 30-27, 30-21). The Nittany Lions won, 3-0 (30-21, 30-21, 30-27) in Columbus. Penn State has won the last six meetings with Ohio State and 10 of the last 12.

BUCKEYES WIN THE MIVA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP
Ohio State won a second consecutive MIVA Tournament championship with a 3-0 (30-22, 30-19, 30-25) win over Loyola-Chicago in the semifinals and a 3-0 (30-25, 32-30, 30-19) victory over Ball State in the championship match. OSU’s Kevin Heine was named the most valuable player and along with John Klanac and Ted Schoenfeldt were named to the all-tournament team.

OHIO STATE WINS THE OUTRIGHT MIVA REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP
With the 3-0 victory over IPFW, Ohio State won the outright Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association regular season championship. It is OSU’s third consecutive championship and 21st overall. It marks the 12th title for head coach Pete Hanson.

PETE HANSON NAMED MIVA COACH OF THE YEAR
By a vote of the MIVA conference coaches, Ohio State’s Pete Hanson has been named the 2009 MIVA Coach of the Year. It marks the third consecutive season that Hanson has received the honor. He has won the honor nine times in the following years: 1988, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Hanson coached the Buckeyes to a 9-1 conference record to win the regular season title for the third consecutive year. He has won 12 regular season championships and seven MIVA tournaments.

OHIO STATE HAS SIX NAMED TO THE MIVA ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Ohio State had six players named to the 2009 MIVA all-conference team with three first team selections and three second team selections. Named to the first team were setter Steven Kehoe, outside hitter Robbie Klein and opposite Ted Schoenfeldt. Buckeye second team selections include middle blocker John Albertson, libero Mik Berzins and outside hitter John Klanac.

NINE NAMED TO THE MIVA ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association honored nine Ohio State student-athletes 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. Ohio State selections include John Albertson, Dale Freier, Kevin Heine, Steven Kehoe, Brian Kues, Ted Schoenfeldt, John Tholen, Jason Tobkin and Ryan Versen.

BUCKEYES IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
Seven Buckeyes are nationally ranked in Division I-II statistics released Monday by the NCAA. OSU setter Steven Kehoe ranks ninth in assists per game at 12.72, 33rd in digs at 2.06 and is 67th in blocks per game at .85. Kevin Heine ranks sixth (.451) in hitting percentage and is 18th in blocks per game at 1.26. John Albertson ranks 11th in blocks per game at 1.37 and is 12th in hitting percentage at .418. John Klanac is 60th in kills per game at 2.92 and ranks 44th in hitting percentage at .282. Ted Schoenfeldt is 37th in hitting percentage at .298 and is 32nd in kills per game at 3.46. Libero Mik Berzins is ranked 16th in digs per game at 2.62. Robbie Klein, at 3.37 kills per game, ranks 37th.

As a team, the Buckeyes are sixth nationally in blocks per game at 3.12. Ohio State is 11th in assists at 14.04 and 17th in digs at 9.89 per game. OSU ranks 10th in kills per game at 15.08, eigth in hitting percentage at .289 and is 26th in aces per game at 1.17.

OHIO STATE NOW RANKED 10TH IN BISON/AVCA POLL
Ohio State is now ranked 10th in the Bison/AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll released Monday, April 27. This is the highest OSU has been ranked this season. The Buckeyes had been ranked 11th for the past three weeks.

SCHOENFELDT NAMED THE SPORTS IMPORTS/AVCA NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK AND THE MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK-April 6, 2009
Ted Schoenfeldt was been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II National Player of the Week and the MIVA Player of the Week April 6. He helped Ohio State earn at least a share of the MIVA regular season championship with his play at #15 Loyola Chicago and #11 Lewis.

Schoenfeldt posted a match-high 15.5 points at Loyola-Chicago (30-21, 30-25, 31-29) with a co-match-high 13 kills (.455) and five assist blocks. He added four digs in the match. In the close third game he had four kills and four assist blocks. In the 3-1 (30-24, 19-30, 30-26, 30-23) victory at Lewis, the first home loss of the season for the Flyers, Schoenfeldt recorded a match-high 22 points with a match-high 19 kills (.308), one ace serve and four assist blocks. He tied his career high of 11 digs against Lewis for his first career double-double (kills-digs). Tied at one game each, Schoenfeldt hit .428 in the final two games, hitting .250 (5-2-12) in game three and .667 (7-1-9) in game four. In the two matches, he averaged 5.36 points, 4.57 kills, 2.14 digs and 1.29 blocks per game while hitting .361.

HEINE NAMED THE MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK-May 4, 2009
Kevin Heine was been named the MIVA Player of the Week. He earned MIVA All-Tournament honors and was named the MIVA Tournament Most Valuable Player in helping Ohio State win the MIVA Tournament with 3-0 wins over Loyola-Chicago and Ball State. Against Loyola-Chicago, Heine had six kills while hitting .600 and contributed a match-high six total blocks with one solo and five assists. He recorded seven kills and hit .700 against Ball State and produced a match-high seven total blocks with two solos and five assist blocks. In the two matches, Heine averaged 3.50 points per game while hitting .650. He averaged 2.17 blocks per game for the weekend.

BUCKEYES PICKED TO FINISHED THIRD IN THE MIVA
Ohio State was picked to finished third this season in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association preseason poll. The coaches voted Lewis first and Ball State second. Rounding out the voting was Loyola-Chicago in fourth, IPFW fifth and Quincy sixth. Two Buckeyes, Robbie Klein and Ben Spurlock, were named to the preseason MIVA all-conference team. Joining the Buckeyes on the 10-player team were Mike Iandolo, Nicky Perakes, Drew Pickering and Billy Sahagian of Lewis, Todd Chamberlain and Matt McCarthy of Ball State and Kris Berzins and Nick Lamoureux of Loyola-Chicago.

HEAD COACH PETE HANSON
Pete Hanson is in his 25th season at Ohio State. He has a 493-273 record with the Buckeyes and has 12 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championships, including 2009. Named the MIVA Coach of the Year nine times, including 2009, he was the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2000 when Ohio State 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 seven times including back-to-back appearances in 2000 (runner-up) and 2001 (semifinalist).

MEET THE BUCKEYES
#1 STEVEN KEHOE
2009 MIVA First Team All-Conference … MIVA Academic All-Conference … MIVA statistical champion in league statistics with a 12.75 assists per game average … nationally ranked ninth in assists per game at 12.72 … double-figure digs in five matches … career-high six kills and 69 assists at St. Francis … hit a career-high .833 (5-0-6) attack percentage at Ball State … career-high three ace serves at Loyola-Chicago … career-high 18 digs against George Mason … career-high two solo blocks at St. Francis and in both home and away matches with George Mason … career-high seven total blocks (1-6) against Quincy (2-19) … career-high six assist blocks against Quincy (2-19) … career-high 11.5 points at St. Francis … started all 26 matches … averages 12.72 assists per game … ranks second on the team with a 2.06 digs per game average … fourth on the squad in aces per game at .22 with 20 … ranks third for OSU in blocks per game at .85 with 13 solos and 66 assist blocks … hitting .258 on the season … averages 1.13 points and .42 kills on the season.
Career Rankings: ranks seventh in assists with 1,268 … seventh in assists per game at 9.12.

#2 KEVIN HEINE
MIVA Tournament Most Valuable Player … MIVA Academic All-Conference … named the MIVA Player of the Week for his play in the MIVA Tournament … co-MIVA statistical champion in league statistics with a .500 attach percentage … ranked fifth in MIVA league statistics with a 1.12 blocks per game average … nationally ranked sixth in attack percentage at .451 … double-figure kills in seven matches … career-high 15 kills at St. Francis … career-high .833 (10-0-12) attack percentage at IPFW … equaled career-high of three digs against George Mason and Southern California (in Hawaii) … season-high seven total blocks (1-7) against Quincy (2-19), George Mason (0-7) and Ball State (2-5) … season-high seven assist blocks against George Mason … career-high 17.5 points against Stanford … played in 24 matches with 20 starts … leads the team in attack percentage at .451 … fifth in points (3.10) and fourth in kills (2.40) per game on the squad … ranks second on the team in blocks at 1.26 with eight solos and a team-high 84 assist blocks.

#3 ANTHONY HOCK
Played in 23 matches with four starts at libero … career-high nine digs at Rutgers-Newark … career-high two assists at Ball State … recorded an ace serve at Lewis and at Loyola-Chicago … has 36 digs (.58 per game) on the season … serve reception percentage at .946

#5 JOHN ALBERTSON
2009 MIVA Second Team All-Conference … MIVA Academic All-Conference … MIVA statistical champion in league statistics with a 1.62 blocks per game average … nationally ranked 11th in blocks per game at 1.37 and 12th in attack percentage at .418 … team leader in blocks in 10 matches … career-high 17 kills at George Mason … hit a season-high .706 (13-1-17) against St. Francis … season-high two ace serves against Loyola-Chicago in the MIVA Tournament … season-high five digs at George Mason … career-highs of 12 total blocks (3-9) and nine assist blocks against Loyola-Chicago … equaled his career-high of three solo blocks at George Mason and against Loyola-Chicago … equaled his career-high of 23.0 points at George Mason … a starter in 19 matches … team leader in blocks per game at 1.37 with 18 solos and 71 assist blocks … ranks fourth on the team in points (3.30) and fifth in kills (2.37) per game … third on the squad in attack percentage at .418 … averaged .11 aces and .32 digs per game.
Career Rankings: ranks sixth in attack percentage at .411 … 14th in solo blocks with 38 … sixth in assist blocks with 328 … eighth in total blocks with 366 (38-328) … sixth in blocks per game at 1.38 … 20th in points per game at 3.27.

#6 SHAWN SANGREY
Played in 19 matches with 10 starts … career-high 14 kills against George Mason and Rutgers-Newark … hit a career-high .286 (14-6-28) against Rutgers-Newark … career-high nine digs against Quincy (2-19) … career-high eight total blocks (1-7) against Juniata … career-high seven assist blocks against Juniata … career-high 16.0 points against George Mason and Rutgers-Newark … second on the team in serve reception percentage at .950 … averages 2.14 points and 1.69 kills per game while hitting .086 … averages .63 blocks, .12 aces and .94 digs per game.

# 7 BEN SPURLOCK
Played in 22 matches with 11 starts … career-high 13 kills against Loyola-Chicago and at St. Francis … hit a career-high .900 (9-0-10) attack percentage at Rutgers-Newark … equaled career-high of two ace serves in both Quincy home matches and against Ball State in the MIVA Tournament … season-high three digs in three matches … season-high six assist blocks at Rutgers-Newark … season-high 14.5 points at St. Francis … season averages of 2.27 points and 1.82 kills per game while hitting .419 … averages .57 blocks, .15 aces and .51 digs per game.

#8 JOHN KLANAC
2009 MIVA Second Team All-Conference … MIVA All-Tournament … 11 matches with double-figure kills … career-high 18 kills against George Mason … hit a career-high .600 (9-0-15) against George Mason … career-high four ace serves against Quincy (2-19) … career-high nine digs against Lewis … career-high three solo blocks against Lewis … career-high five assist blocks at Rutgers-Newark … career-high six total blocks (3-3) against Lewis … career-high 21 points against George Mason … played and started in 20 matches … third on the squad in points (3.56) and kills (2.92) per game … fifth in attack percentage at .282 … team leader in aces per game at .24 with 17 … fourth on the squad in blocks per game at .71 with eight solos and 43 assist blocks … fourth on the team in digs per game at 1.33 … has a .940 serve reception percentage.

#10 BRIAN KUES
Played in 20 matches … season-high nine digs against Quincy (2-20) … recorded an ace serve against Loyola-Chicago and one assist at Hawaii … on the season has 16 digs (.40 per game), one assist and one ace serve.

#11 TED SCHOENFELDT
2009 MIVA First Team All-Conference … MIVA All-Tournament … MIVA Academic All-Conference … ranked third in MIVA conference statistics in points (4.48) and kills (3.78) per game … named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week and the MIVA Player of the Week for his play at Loyola-Chicago and Lewis … 15 matches with double-figure kills … career-high 26 kills at Juniata … career-high attack percentage of .692 (9-0-13) against Rutgers-Newark … equaled his career-high of three ace serves at St. Francis and at George Mason … career-high 12 digs against St. Francis … career-high two solo blocks against Ball State and George Mason … career-high seven total blocks (1-6) at Rutgers-Newark … tied his career-high of six assist blocks against Rutgers-Newark … career-high 27.5 points at Juniata … played in 24 matches with 22 starts … team leader in points (4.09) and kills (3.46) per game … fourth on the squad in attack percentage at .298 … ranks second on the team in aces per game at .24 with a team-high 20 aces … ranks third for OSU in digs per game at 1.39 … ranks fifth in blocking on the team at .71 with eight solos and 52 assist blocks.

#12 JASON TOBKIN
MIVA Academic All-Conference … played in 19 matches with two starts … season-high six kills at Hawaii … season-high five digs at Hawaii … season-high five total blocks (0-5) at Hawaii … season-high five assist blocks at Hawaii … season-high 8.5 points at Hawaii … season averages of .88 points and .56 kills per game … averages .12 aces, .76 digs, 41 blocks per game … has a .946 serve reception percentage.

#13 ROBBIE KLEIN
2009 MIVA First Team All-Conference … 17 matches with double-figure kills … season-high 21 kills at St. Francis … hit a career-high .818 (9-0-11) at Rutgers-Newark … season-high 11 digs at Ball State … season-high five total blocks (1-4) at Rutgers-Newark … equaled career-high of two solo blocks against Quincy (2-19) and against Ball State in the MIVA Tournament … season-high 22.5 points at St. Francis … team leader in kills in eight matches … started all 26 matches … ranks second on the team in points (3.95) and kills (3.37) per game … ranks third in aces per game at .22 with 20 … averages 1.12 digs per game, ranking fifth on the team … has a .948 serve reception percentage.
Career Rankings: ranks seventh in kills with 1,264 … 16th in kills per game at 3.28 … second in aces with 122 … third in aces per game at .32 … 16th in digs with 506 … tied for 20th in solo blocks with 30 … seventh in point with 1,505.0 … 13th in points per game at 3.91.

#15 MIK BERZINS
2009 MIVA Second Team All-Conference … ranked second in MIVA league statistics with a 2.85 digs per game average … nationally ranked 16th in digs per game at 2.62 … nine matches with double-figure digs … career-high 17 digs at Lewis and at St. Francis … career-high three assists at Juniata … career-high one assist block at Rutgers-Newark and at George Mason … played in 24 matches with 20 starts at libero … averaged a team-high 2.62 digs per game … team leader in serve reception percentage at .959.

REVIEWING LAST WEEK
OHIO STATE 3, LOYOLA-CHICAGO 0
The 10th-ranked and top-seeded Ohio State men’s volleyball team hit a season-high .547 in a 3-0 (30-22, 30-19, 30-25) sweep of fourth-seeded and 13th-ranked Loyola-Chicago (17-10) Thursday night in the MIVA semifinals held in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes advance to the championship match in St. John Arena at 7 p.m. Saturday against third-seeded Ball State (18-9), after the Cardinals upset second-seeded and 12th-ranked Lewis, 3-2 (27-30, 21-30, 30-25, 30-29, 15-12) in the first semifinal. OSU’s John Klanac posted a match-high 15 points with 14 kills (.500) and two assist blocks. Ted Schoenfeldt added 13.5 points with 11 kills (.550) and five assist blocks and Robbie Klein contributed 12 points with eight kills (.583), three ace serves and two assist blocks. Loyola-Chicago’s Kris Berzins collected a team-high 13 points with 12 kills (.333) and one ace serve. George Kamberos added 12 points with eight kills (.158) and four ace serves.

For the match, Ohio State hit .547 to .167 for Loyola-Chicago. The Buckeyes had a 45-36 margin in kills and a 40-33 edge in assists. OSU’s Steven Kehoe recorded a match-high 33 assists while Kyle Exline posted 20 and Michael Hutz, 11 for the Ramblers. Loyola-Chicago had a 12-7 margin in ace serves. Kamberos posted a match-high four for the Ramblers. Loyola-Chicago gave up 16 service errors to 13 for the Buckeyes. Defensively, Ohio State had a 28-24 advantage in digs with OSU’s Mike Berzins posting a match-high 12. At the net, the Buckeyes enjoyed a 10.5 to 1.5 margin in team blocks. OSU’s Kevin Heine had a match-high six total blocks with a solo and five assists. Schoenfeldt contributed five assist blocks for the Buckeyes.

OHIO STATE 3, BALL STATE 0
The 10th-ranked and top-seeded Ohio State men’s volleyball team won the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament with a 3-0 (30-25, 32-30, 30-19) sweep of third seeded Ball State (18-10) Saturday night in St. John Arena. The victory advances the Buckeyes to the NCAA National Semifinals, May 7, in Provo, Utah. Semifinal pairings will be announced Sunday between 1:30 and 2 p.m. on ESPNews. OSU’s Robbie Klein posted a match-high 13.5 points for the Buckeyes with 10 kills, two solo blocks and three assist blocks. Ted Schoenfeldt added 12 points with 11 kills and two assist blocks and Kevin Heine posted 11.5 points with seven kills, two solo blocks and five assist blocks. Ball State’s Todd Chamberlain had a team-high 12 points for the Cardinals with 11 kills and two assist blocks. Andy Nelson contributed nine points with eight kills and two assist blocks.

Ohio State hit .224 for the match to .054 for Ball State. The Buckeyes had a 42-38 advantage in kills and a 38-35 margin in assists. OSU’s Steven Kehoe posted a match-high 35 assists while BSU’s Ethan Pheister recorded 31. Ohio State had a two-to-one edge in ace serves with Ben Spurlock scoring both for the Buckeyes. OSU gave up 16 service errors to 15 for the Cardinals. Defensively, Ohio State had a 37-36 edge in digs. Ball State’s Billy Ebel posted a match-high 14 with OSU’s Schoenfeldt recording a team-high 10. At the net, the Buckeyes had a 14.5-6 advantage in team blocks. Kevin Heine posted a match-high seven total blocks for OSU with two solos and five assists.

Named to the MIVA All-Tournament team from Ball State were Ebel, Chamberlain and Nelson. Ohio State’s John Klanac and Schoenfeldt were named to the team as was Heine who was honored as the most valuable player.

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OHIO STATE AGAINST THE FIELD

UC IRVINE RESULTS
UC Irvine, 2-3 (Away 2-2, Neutral 0-1)
3/19/89 A W 3-2 15-6, 6-15, 15-6, 1-15, 15-12
3/25/92 A L 0-3 10-15, 9-15, 8-15
Volleyball Hall of Fame Classic, Springfield, Mass.
2/20/04 N L 1-3 28-30, 30-27, 20-30, 24-30
2/29/08 A L 0-3 23-30, 25-30, 13-30
3/ 1/08 A W 3-2 30-25, 23-30, 18-30, 30-24, 15-13

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RESULTS SINCE 1987
Southern California, 1-17 (Home 1-0, Away 0-6, Neutral 0-11)
3/22/87 A L 1-3 0-15, 8-15, 15-4, 10-15
3/24/88 A L 0-3 10-15, 8-15, 2-15
Ft. Wayne Invitational at Indiana-Purdue
1/20/89 N L 0-3 12-15, 6-15, 10-15
3/22/89 A L 0-3 7-15, 6-15, 12-15
Ft. Wayne Invitational at Indiana-Purdue
1/26/90 N L 1-3 11-15, 15-10, 5-15, 7-15
3/21/90 A L 0-3 7-15, 7-15, 14-16
Indiana-Purdue Invitational
1/31/92 N L 0-3 11-15, 3-15, 13-15
NCAA Preview Tourney at Ohio State
1/24/97 H W 3-2 16-14, 6-15, 15-13, 11-15, 15-11
3/21/00 A L 2-3 15-11, 11-15, 15-7, 6-15, 15-17
Outrigger Hotels Invitational, Honolulu, Hawaii
1/10/09 N L 1-3 18-30, 28-30, 30-25, 29-31

PENN STATE RESULTS SINCE 2006
Penn State, 29-62-1 (Home 17-11, Away 6-25, Neutral 6-26-1)
Outrigger Invitational, Honolulu, HI
1/20/06 N W 3-2 22-30, 30-24, 30-27, 31-33, 17-15
2/10/06 N L 1-3 19-30, 30-25, 25-30, 27-30
3/22/06 A L 1-3 30-25, 25-30, 20-30, 24-30
4/ 4/06 H L 2-3 24-30, 21-30, 30-28, 36-34, 12-15
2/ 1/07 A L 1-3 32-30, 29-31, 27-30, 26-30
4/ 4/07 H W 3-2 20-30, 30-27, 19-30, 30-20, 15-13
1/19/08 H L 0-3 22-30, 35-37, 24-30
3/28/08 A L 1-3 23-30, 30-27, 20-30, 19-30
NCAA Championship Semifinal at UC Irvine
3/ 1/08 N L 1-3 21-30, 30-26, 22-30, 17-30
Outrigger Hotels Invitational, Honolulu, Hawaii
1/ 9/09 N L 0-3 27-30, 24-30, 19-30
2/14/09 A L 0-3 20-30, 27-30, 21-30
4/18/09 H L 0-3 21-30, 21-30, 27-30