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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s volleyball team has been picked to finish third in the 2009 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Preseason Coaches Poll. Lewis was picked as the unanimous choice to win the league. Ohio State won the league in 2008 for a second-consecutive year and won the 2008 MIVA tournament. Last season, the Buckeyes had an 11-1 conference record and were 20-8 overall.

Ohio State had two players, Robbie Klein and Ben Spurlock, named to the 10-player 2009 MIVA preseason all-conference team. Klein was a first-team all-conference selection in 2008 and a second-team selection in 2007. He averaged 4.54 points, 3.96 kills, 1.46 digs and .54 blocks per game while hitting .248. Spurlock was a second team selection in 2008 when he averaged 2.74 points, 1.87 kills, 1.24 blocks and .49 digs per game while hitting .455.

The Buckeyes return to action in exhibition matches at 7 p.m., Jan. 2 and 3 against Waterloo in St. John Arena.

2009 MIVA Preseason Team Ranking

Rank

Team

Points (1st Place Votes)

2008 Conference Finish/Record (Overall Record)

1

Lewis

36 (6)

3rd (tie)/7-5 (21-10)

2

Ball State

26

2nd/10-2 (21-10)

3

Ohio State

25

1st/11-1 (20-8)

4

Loyola-Chicago

21

3rd (tie)/7-5 (17-14)

5

IPFW

12

5th/5-7 (12-15)

6

Quincy

6

6th (tie)/1-11 (18-25)

2009 MIVA All-Conference Preseason Team

Student-Athlete

School

Pos.

Hgt.

Cl.

Hometown

Kris Berzins (2)

Loyola-Chicago

OH

6-1

Jr.

Brinklow, Md.

Todd Chamberlain (2)

Ball State

OA

6-2

Sr.

Loyisville, Ky.

Mike Iandolo (2)

Lewis

S

6-7

Jr.

Orlando, Fla.

Robbie Klein (1,3)

Ohio State

OH

6-3

5th-Sr.

Cincinnati, Ohio

Nick Lamoureux (2)

Loyola-Chicago

MB

6-7

Sr.

Wheaton, Ill.

Matt McCarthy (1)

Ball State

MA

6-7

5th-Sr.

Wheaton, Ill.

Nicky Perakes

Lewis

L

6-1

Sr.

Orlando, Fla.

Drew Pickering (3,4)

Lewis

OH

5-10

Sr.

Wauwatosa, Wis.

Billy Sahagian (2,3)

Lewis

MB

6-7

Sr.

Bartlett, Ill.

Ben Spurlock (2)

Ohio State

MH

6-7

5th-Sr.

Stow, Ohio

1) 2008 1st-team All-MIVA
2) 2008 2nd-team All-MIVA
3) 2007 2nd-team All-MIVA
4) 2006 2nd-team All-MIVA

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