COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 11th-ranked Ohio State (12-9 overall, 8-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team begins a three-match homestand by hosting IPFW (12-10, 3-3) Friday. The Buckeyes and the Mastodons will play at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena. Last week, Ohio State won 3-0 (30-21, 30-25, 31-29) at No. 15 Loyola-Chicago and 3-1 (30-24, 19-30, 30-26, 30-23) at No. 11 Lewis.
OHIO STATE EARNS AT LEAST A SHARE OF THE MIVA REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP
With the victories over Loyola-Chicago and Lewis, Ohio State has earned at least a share of the 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.The Buckeyes are 8-1 in conference play to second place Lewis at 5-2. An Ohio State win against IPFW Friday would give the Buckeyes the outright title and host of the MIVA Tournament semifinals, April 30 and championship, May 2.
SCHOENFELDT NAMED THE SPORTS IMPORTS/AVCA NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK AND THE MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ted Schoenfeldt has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II National Player of the Week and the MIVA Player of the Week. 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.
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The 11th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 12-9 overall and 8-1 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week the Buckeyes won 3-0 at No. 15 Loyola-Chicago and 3-1 at No. 11 Lewis. Leading the Buckeyes in points per game is Ted Schoenfeldt with a 3.95 average. Robbie Klein ranks second at 3.87 with John Klanac third at 3.61. Klein is the team leader in kills per game at 3.36. Schoenfeldt, at 3.30, ranks second and Klanac is third at 2.93. In attack percentage, Kevin Heine has a team-high .438. Ben Spurlock ranks second at .434 with John Albertson third at .385. At setter, Steven Kehoe is averaging 12.74 assists per game. In aces per game, Klanac is the team leader at .27 with 15 aces. Schoenfeldt ranks second at .23 with 16 aces and Kehoe is third at .21 with 16. Defensively, Mik Berzins leads the squad with a 2.67 digs per game average. Kehoe ranks second at 2.08 with Klanac third at 1.39. Berzins is the team leader in serve reception percentage at .962. Shawn Sangrey ranks second at .950 with Anthony Hock third at .946. At the net, Albertson has a team-high 1.48 blocks per game average with 17 solos and 60 assists. Heine, at 1.20, ranks second with five solos and 67 assists. Kehoe is third at .87 with 11 solos and 56 assists.
As a team, Ohio State is hitting .281 and is averaging 19.25 points, 15.00 kills and 14.09 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.13 aces, 9.84 digs and 3.12 blocks per game while having a .934 serve reception percentage. OSU opponents are hitting .227 and average 18.33 points, 14.25 kills and 13.29 assists per game. They are averaging 1.35 aces, 9.14 digs and 2.73 blocks per game while having a .956 serve reception percentage.
The Mastodons, coached by Arnie Ball, are 12-10 overall and 3-3 in the MIVA. Last week IPFW won two home matches against Quincy, 3-0 (31-29, 31-29, 30-25) and 3-2 (30-25, 19-30, 30-17, 24-30, 15-11). Leading the Mastodons in points per game is Darryl Shank with a 4.61 average. Ben Duckworth ranks second at 4.25 with Oliver Kook third at 3.29. Shank is the team leader in kills per game with a 3.95 average. Duckworth ranks second at 3.31 with Kook third at 2.38. Kook leads the team in attack percentage at .338. Nathaniel Berg, at .231, ranks second and Shark is third at .220. At setter, Dan Mader has a 9.93 assists per game average with Corey Stewart at 8.78. Duckworth leads the team in aces per game with a .64 average and has 48 aces. Kook, at .23, ranks second with 18 and Phil Peterson is third at .23 with 14. Defensively, Duckworth leads the team with a 1.96 digs per game average. Shank, at 1.83, ranks second with Matt Pliske third at 1.82. Leading the squad in serve reception percentage is Duckworth with a .977 average. Pliske ranks second at .975 with Mike Morici third at .971. At the net, Kook has a team-high 1.23 blocks per game average with 10 solos and 85 assists. Ranking second at 1.06 is Berg with seven solos and 67 assists. Shank is third at .88 with five solos and 62 assists.
IPFW averages 17.71 points, 13.49 kills and 12.64 assists per game while hitting .201. The Mastodons average 1.52 aces, 9.35 digs and 2.70 blocks per game and has a .958 serve reception percentage. IPFW opponents average 18.31 points, 14.54 kills and 13.78 assists while hitting .269. Mastodon opponents average .95 aces, 9.93 digs and 2.81 blocks per game and has a .931 serve reception percentage.
SCHOENFELDT PRODUCES HIS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Ted Schoenfeldt had a match-high 19 kills (.308) and tied his career high of 11 digs at Lewis for his first career double-double. He posted a match-high 22 points in the contest with an ace serve and four assist blocks. Schoenfeldt equaled his career high of 11 digs that was set at Loyola-Chicago in 2008. At Loyola-Chicago last week, he recorded a match-high 15.5 points with 13 kills (.455) and five assist blocks. He added four digs in the match. For his play last week, he was named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week and the MIVA Player of the Week. Schoenfeldt has played in 19 matches this season with 17 starts. He is the team leaders in points per game at 3.95 and averages 3.30 kills, .23 aces, 1.19 digs and .71 blocks per game while hitting .306.
HEINE POSTS 14 KILLS AT LEWIS
Kevin Heine had 14 kills at Lewis, one shy of his career high of 15 set at St. Francis earlier this season. He posted 16 points in the match, adding four assist blocks while hitting .476. Heine had 9.5 points in the Loyola-Chicago match with six kills (.500), a solo block and five assist blocks. He has played in 20 matches this season with 16 starts. Heine is hitting a team-high .438 and is averaging 3.09 points, 2.43 kills, and 1.20 blocks per game.
KLANAC HAS DOUBLE-FIGURE POINTS IN BOTH MATCHES LAST WEEK
John Klanac recorded double-figure points in both matches last week. He posted 14.5 points at Loyola-Chicago with a match-high 13 kills (.400) and three assist blocks. He added three digs and handled 21 of 26 serve reception attempts. At Lewis, Klanac had nine kills, an ace serve and two assist blocks. He added eight digs and handled 31 serve reception attempts without an error. Klanac has produced double-figure points in his last eight matches and in 13 of the 15 matches he has played. A started in 15 matches, he is averaging 3.61 points, 2.93 kills, .27 aces, 1.39 digs and .68 blocks per game. Klanac has a .937 serve reception percentage handling 296 of 316 attempts.
KLEIN LEADS THE SQUAD IN KILLS PER GAME
Robbie Klein leads Ohio State in kills per game with a 3.36 average. He has a team-high 255 kills in 76 games. Last week at Loyola-Chicago, Klein had nine kills and an ace serve for his 10 points against the Ramblers. He added seven digs and handled nine serve reception attempts without an error. At Lewis, Klein recorded 11 kills, one ace serve and two assist blocks for 13 points. He added five digs and handed 22 of 23 serve reception attempts. Klein has started all 21 matches this season. He is averaging 3.87 points, 3.36 kills, .17 aces, 1.11 digs and .57 blocks per game. Klein has a .942 serve reception percentage handling 292 of 310 attempts.
KLEIN MOVES TO SEVENTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER KILLS
Robbie Klein has moved to seventh on the Ohio State career kills list with 1,209. He passed Colin McMillan (1997-00) with 1,206. Klein needs 66 kills to pass sixth-ranked Chris Fash (1998-01) with 1,274. Klein ranks 16th in career kills per game with a 3.28 average.
KLEIN RANKS SECOND IN CAREER ACES WITH 115
Robbie Klein ranks second in OSU career aces with 115. He needs nine aces to pass top-ranked Steve Potter (1992-95) with 123. Klein ranks third in career aces per game at .31.
KLEIN RANKS 16TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER DIGS
Robbie Klein ranks 16th in career digs with 487. He needs 39 digs to pass No. 15 Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 525 and would tie 14th-ranked Dan Mihacevich (1994-97) with 526.
KLEIN STANDS SEVENTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER POINTS
Robbie Klein has 1,435.5 career points and ranks seventh on the Ohio State career points list. Ranking sixth on the career points list is Dan Mihacevich (1994-97) with 1,516.0 points. Klein is ranked 13th in points per game at 3.90.
ALBERTSON HIT .481 LAST WEEK
John Albertson hit a combined .481 in the two matches last week. He hit .462 at Loyola-Chicago with seven kills and one error in 13 attempts. He added five assist blocks in the match to total 9.5 points. Albertson hit .500 at Lewis with eight kills and one error in 14 attempts. He recorded an ace serve, one solo block and six assists for 13 points against the Flyers. A starter in the 15 matches he has played, Albertson is the team leader in blocks per game at 1.48. He is averaging 3.33 points and 2.33 kills per game.
ALBERTSON ENTERS AT SIXTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ATTACK PERCENTAGE
John Albertson, with a .404 career attack percentage, has entered the Ohio State career list at sixth. He qualified by passing the minimum 600 kills.
ALBERTSON MOVES TO NINTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER TOTAL BLOCKS
John Albertson has moved to ninth on the Ohio State career total blocks list with 354. He has 37 solos and 317 assists. He had 12 total blocks last week with a solo and 11 assists. Albertson passed Jon Yunker (1993-94) with 347 (61-286). He needs 11 total blocks to move past eighth-ranked David Frette (1989-91) with 364 (102-262). He ranks sixth in career blocks per game with a 1.40 average.
ALBERTSON NOW 14TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER SOLO BLOCKS
John Albertson is now 14th in Ohio State career solo blocks with 37. He moved out of a tie for 14th with Dan Mihacevich (1994-97). Albertson needs four solo blocks to pass No. 13 Eduardo Marxuach (1995-97) with 40.
ALBERTSON MOVES TO EIGHTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSIST BLOCKS
John Albertson moved to eighth in Ohio State career assist blocks with 317 after recording 11 last weekend. He moved past Adam Spitznagle (1993-96) with 315. Albertson needs five assist blocks to move past seventh-ranked Layne Dreven (2004-07) with 321.
KEHOE REACHES 1,000 CAREER KILLS
Steven Kehoe, with 44 kills at Loyola-Chicago, becomes the eighth Buckeye to reach 1,000 career assists. With his 56 assists at Lewis, he now has 1,066 for his career. At Loyola-Chicago, Kehoe posted five digs, two assist blocks, one kill and a career-high three ace serves. He produced six digs, three assist blocks and an ace serve in the Lewis match. A started in all 21 matches this season, Kehoe is averaging 12.74 assists, 1.16 points, .44 kills, .21 aces, 2.08 digs and .87 blocks per game.
KEHOE IS EIGHTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSISTS
Steven Kehoe has 1,066 career assists for the Buckeyes and ranks eighth on the Ohio State career assists list. He needs 98 assists to move past seventh-ranked Kurt Hofelich (1989) with 1,163. After passing 1,000 career kills, Kehoe is now ranked eighth in OSU career assists per game with an 8.67 average.
BERZINS EQUALS HIS CAREER-HIGH OF 17 DIGS AT LEWIS
Mik Berzins tied his career high of 17 digs at Lewis last week. He set his career high at St. Francis earlier this season. Berzins handled 31 serve reception attempts against the Flyers without an error. At Loyola-Chicago, he recorded three digs and an assist while handling 27 serve reception attempts without an error. Berzins has played in 19 matches this season and has started at libero in 15. He leads the team in digs per game with a 2.67 average. He has a team-high .962 serve reception percentage handling 487 of 506 attempts.
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 12.74, 32nd in digs at 2.08 and is 67th in blocks per game at .87. Kevin Heine ranks seventh (.438) in hitting percentage and is 22nd in blocks per game at 1.20. John Albertson ranks fifth in blocks per game at 1.48 and is 17th in hitting percentage at .385. John Klanac is 58th in kills per game at 2.93 and ranks 42nd in hitting percentage at .286. Ted Schoenfeldt is 36th in hitting percentage at .306 and is 45th in kills per game at 3.30. Libero Mik Berzins ranks 15th in digs per game at 2.67. Robbie Klein, at 3.36 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 14.09 and 15th in digs at 9.84 per game. OSU ranks 11th in kills per game at 15.00, 10th in hitting percentage at .281 and is 26th in aces per game at 1.13.
OHIO STATE NOW 11TH IN BISON/AVCA POLL
Ohio State is ranked 11th in the Bison/AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll released Monday. This is the highest OSU has been ranked this season. The Buckeyes were ranked 14th last week.
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 489-272 record with the Buckeyes and has 12 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championships, including 2009. Named the MIVA Coach of the Year eight times, including 2008, 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).
REVIEWING LAST WEEK
#14 Ohio State 3, #15 Loyola-Chicago 0
The 14th-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team picked up a 3-0 (30-21, 30-25, 31-29) victory at No. 15 Loyola-Chicago (12-9, 1-5) in Alumni Gym. OSU’s Ted Schoenfeldt posted a match-high 15.5 points in the match with 13 kills and five assist blocks. John Klanac added 14.5 points with 13 kills and three assist blocks. Leading Loyola-Chicago was Krisjanis Berzins with 11.5 points with 10 kills and three assist blocks. Michael Morice contributed 10 points with five kills, three ace serves, one solo block and two assist blocks.
For the match, Ohio State hit .404 to .204 for Loyola-Chicago. The Buckeyes had a 49-41 margin in kills and a 46-40 advantage in assists. OSU’s Steven Kehoe posted 44 assists in the match with Ramblers Michael Hutz and Kyle Exline recording 24 and 13, respectively. Each squad posted five ace serves with OSU’s Kehoe and Rambler Morice each recording a match-high three. Defensively, both teams collected 23 digs in the contest. Mik Berzins recorded a match-high 11 digs while OSU’s Robbie Klein had a team-high seven for OSU. At the net, Ohio State had an 11 to 5.5 advantage in team blocks. OSU’s Kevin Heine recorded a match-high six blocks with a solo and five assist blocks. John Albertson and Schoenfeldt added five assist blocks each for the Buckeyes.
#14 Ohio State 3, #11 Lewis 1
The 14th-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team picked up a 3-1 (30-24, 19-30, 30-26, 30-23) upset victory at 11th-ranked Lewis (19-6, 5-2) in Neil Carey Arena. The win earned OSU at least a share of the MIVA regular season championship. Ted Schoenfeldt recorded a match-high 22 points with a match-high 19 kills (.308), one ace serve and four assist blocks. Kevin Heine added 16 points for the Buckeyes with 14 kills (.476) and four assist blocks. Flyer Drew Pickering had a team-high 17 points for Lewis with 16 kills and one ace serve. Brian Musenfechter added 16 points with 14 kills and four assist blocks.
In the match, Ohio State hit .221 to .213 for Lewis. The Buckeyes had a 61-59 margin in kills and a 58-54 advantage in assists. OSU’s Steven Kehoe had 56 assists to 43 for Mike Iandolo. OSU had a six-to-one edge in ace serves in the match. The Flyers gave up 15 service errors to 13 for OSU. Defensively, Ohio State enjoyed a 52-43 advantage in digs. OSU’s Mik Berzins posted a match-high 17 digs to tie his career high. Nick Perakes had a team-high 13 digs for the Flyers. At the net, OSU edged the Flyers in team blocks, 11.5 to 11. OSU’s John Albertson posted a match-high seven total blocks with a solo and six assists. Alex Vigansky recorded a team-high five assist blocks for the Flyers.
UPCOMING OHIO STATE MATCHES
The Buckeyes close out the regular season with home matches against St. Francis (13-12) and seventh-ranked Penn State (21-3). The Buckeyes will host the St. Francis Red Flash Friday, April 17 and the Penn State Nittany Lions Saturday, April 18 in 7 p.m. matches in St. John Arena.