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 COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 11th-ranked Ohio State (13-9 overall, 9-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team closes out the regular season at home against St. Francis (14-12) and seventh-ranked Penn State (23-3). The Buckeyes host the St. Francis Red Flash Friday and the Penn State Nittany Lions Saturday in 7 p.m. matches in St. John Arena. Last week, Ohio State won 3-0 (30-20, 30-19, 30-25) over IPFW at home to win the outright MIVA Championship.

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. The title earns OSU a quarterfinal bye in the MIVA Tournament and the Buckeyes will host the MIVA Tournament semifinals, April 30 (5 & 7:30 p.m.) and championship, May 2 (7 p.m.).

SENIORS TO BE HONORED PRIOR TO SATURDAY’S MATCH AGAINST PENN STATE

Ohio State seniors John Albertson, Robbie Klein and Ben Spurlock will be honored prior to Saturday’s match against Penn State. In their five years with the Buckeyes, the seniors have compiled a 99-41 (.707) overall record and are 51-11 (.823) in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The group has been a part of three MIVA regular season championships and has won two MIVA tournaments. The seniors have produced a 54-13 (.806) home record and have advanced to two NCAA National Championship Semifinal matches.

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OHIO STATE

The 11th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 13-9 overall and 9-1 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week the Buckeyes defeated IPFW at home, 3-0 (30-20, 30-19, 30-25). Leading the Buckeyes in points per game is Ted Schoenfeldt with a 4.02 average. Robbie Klein ranks second at 3.87 with John Klanac third at 3.64. Klein is the team leader in kills per game at 3.37. Schoenfeldt, at 3.36, ranks second and Klanac is third at 2.93. In attack percentage, Kevin Heine and Ben Spurlock are co-team leaders at .437 with John Albertson third at .398. At setter, Steven Kehoe is averaging 12.74 assists per game. In aces per game, Klanac is the team leader at .29 with 17 aces. Schoenfeldt ranks second at .25 with 18 aces and Kehoe is third at .21 with 17. Defensively, Mik Berzins leads the squad with a 2.70 digs per game average. Kehoe ranks second at 2.09 with Klanac third at 1.39. Berzins is the team leader in serve reception percentage at .964. Shawn Sangrey ranks second at .950 with Anthony Hock third at .946. At the net, Albertson has a team-high 1.47 blocks per game average with 17 solos and 64 assists. Heine, at 1.16, ranks second with five solos and 68 assists. Kehoe is third at .86 with 12 solos and 57 assists.

As a team, Ohio State is hitting .286 and is averaging 19.34 points, 15.07 kills and 14.11 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.15 aces, 9.90 digs and 3.11 blocks per game and have a .936 serve reception percentage. OSU opponents are hitting .224 and average 18.24 points, 14.21 kills and 13.21 assists per game. They are averaging 1.30 aces, 9.15 digs and 2.72 blocks per game and have a .955 serve reception percentage.

ST. FRANCIS

The Red Flash, coached by Mike Rumbaugh, are 14-12 overall. Last week St. Francis defeated George Mason, 3-0 (30-28, 30-25, 30-26) at home and won at Princeton, 3-2 (22-30, 30-26, 30-26, 22-30, 15-13). Jordan Varee leads the team in points per game with a 5.86 average. Nick Rivett ranks second at 4.03 with Pete Freyer third at 2.72. Varee leads the team in kills per game with a 5.37 average. Ranking second is Rivett at 3.62 with Freyer third at 1.87. Freyer is the team leader in attack percentage at .378. Varee ranks second at .340 with Patrick McManamon third at .315. At setter, Shane Conley has an 11.79 assist per game average. In digs per game, John Wappler has a team-high 2.18 average. Varee ranks second at 1.74 with Rivett third at 1.64. At the net, Freyer leads the team in blocks per game at 1.07. He has 11 solos and 91 assists. McManamon ranks second at .97 with four solos and 85 assists. Conley ranks third at .73 with six solos and 63 assists.

St. Francis is hitting .272 and averages 17.84 points, 14.32 kills and 13.36 assists per game. The Red Flash average 1.19 aces, 9.19 digs and 2.33 blocks per game. Opponents average 18.26 points, 14.43 kills and 13.49 assists per game. Red Flash opponents average 1.53 aces, 9.49 digs and 2.30 blocks per game.

BUCKEYES-RED FLASH SERIES

Ohio State has won all 18 matches in the series with St. Francis. The Buckeyes are 11-0 in Columbus and 7-0 at St. Francis. Last season, Ohio State won, 3-0 (30-19, 30-25, 30-16) in St. John Arena and 3-1 (31-29, 29-31, 30-28, 32-30) at St. Francis. Earlier this season, OSU won at St. Francis, 3-2 (30-20, 33-31, 28-30, 26-30, 15-12).

PENN STATE

The Nittany Lions, coached by Mark Pavlik, are 23-3 overall prior to a Friday match at Ball State. Last week Penn State won 3-0 road contests at George Mason (30-25, 34-32, 30-19) and Princeton (30-16, 30-19, 30-18). Ryan Sweitzer is the team leader in points per game at 4.19. Will Price ranks second at 4.17 with Max Holt third at 3.99. Seitzer leads the team in kills per game with a 4.47 average. Price ranks second at 3.44 with Max Lipsitz third at .285. In attack percentage, Holt has a team-high .551 percentage. Lipsitz ranks second at .491 with Price third at .363. At setter, Edgardo Goas has a 12.73 assist per game average. Holt leads the team in aces per game at .75. He has a team-high 63 aces. Sweitzer ranks second at .41 with 35 and Price is third at .39 with 33. In digs per game, Dennis Del Valle is the team leader with a 3.16 average. Joe Sunder ranks second at 1.29 with Price third at 1.26. Del Valle has a team-high .974 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 92 assists. Holt ranks second at 1.10 with eight solos and 84 assists. Ranking third at .64 is Price with three solos and 51 assists. Penn State is hitting .391 and averages 20.41 points, 15.47 kills and 14.39 assists per game. The Nittany Lions average 2.07 aces, 9.19 digs and 2.87 blocks per game and have a .953 serve reception percentage. Nittany Lion opponents average 14.86 points, 12.09 kills and 11.34 assists per game while hitting .188. Opponents average .84 aces, 6.74 digs and 1.92 blocks per game and have a .913 serve reception percentage.

BUCKEYE-NITTANY LION SERIES

Penn State leads the series against Ohio State, 61-29-1. Ohio State has a 17-10 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 have won the last five meetings with Ohio State and nine of the last 11.

SCHOENFELDT HAS A TEAM-HIGH 17 POINTS IN THE WIN OVER IPFW

Ted Schoenfeldt recorded a team-high 17 points in the 3-0 victory over IPFW last week. He had 14 kills (.360), two ace serve and two assist blocks against the Mastodons. He added five digs and two assists in the match. Schoenfeldt has had double-figure points in his last four matches and in 13 this season. He has played in 20 matches with 18 starts on the year. Schoenfeldt is averaging a team-high 4.02 points per game and averages 3.36 kills, .25 aces, 1.21 digs and .71 blocks per game.

KLANAC HAS DOUBLE-FIGURE POINTS IN HIS LAST NINE MATCHES

John Klanac posted 13 points against IPFW for his ninth consecutive double-figure points match. He has had double-figure points in 14 of the 16 matches he has played this season. Klanac recorded nine kills (.350), two ace serves and four assist blocks against the Mastodons. He added four digs, two assists and handled 23 serve reception attempts without an error. A starter in all 16 matches he has played, Klanac is averaging 3.64 points, 2.93 kills, 29 aces, 1.39 digs and .71 blocks per game. He has a .941 serve reception percentage handling 319 of 339 attempts.

 KLEIN POSTS 12 POINTS AGAINST THE MASTODONS

Robbie Klein recorded 12 points in the IPFW match last week. He had 11 kills (.320) and a solo block against the Mastodons. Klein added one dig and handled 15 serve reception attempts without an error. A starter in every match (22) this season, he has a team-high 3.37 kills per game average. Klein averages 3.87 points, .16 aces, 1.08 digs and .56 blocks per game. He has a .945 serve reception percentage handling 307 of 325 attempts.

 KLEIN RANKS SEVENTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER KILLS WITH 1,220

Robbie Klein ranks seventh on the Ohio State career kills list with 1,220. Klein needs 55 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 WITH 488

Robbie Klein ranks 16th in career digs with 488. He needs 38 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 1,447.5 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 IS OSU’S TOP BLOCKER

John Albertson,with a 1.47 blocks per game average, is the team leader in blocking. He has a team-high 17 solos and 64 assists blocks on the year. Last week against IPFW, Albertson added four assist blocks to his total. In the match, he had 11 points with nine kills (.667) and four assist blocks. Albertson’s nine kills came on 12 attempts with one error. This season, he has started all 16 matches he has played and is averaging 3.35 points and 2.36 kills per game. In MIVA conference only statistics, Albertson is the conference leader in blocks per game at 1.62.

ALBERTSON IS SIXTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ATTACK PERCENTAGE

John Albertson ranks sixth in career attack percentage at .406. He has 618 kills in 1,095 attempts with 173 errors.

ALBERTSON IS NINTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER TOTAL BLOCKS

John Albertson ranks ninth on the Ohio State career total blocks list with 358. He has 37 solos and 321 assists. He needs seven total blocks to move past eighth-ranked David Frette (1989-91) with 364 (102-262). Albertson ranks sixth in career blocks per game with a 1.40 average.

ALBERTSON RANKS 14TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER SOLO BLOCKS

John Albertson ranks 14th in Ohio State career solo blocks with 37. He needs four solo blocks to pass No. 13 Eduardo Marxuach (1995-97) with 40.

ALBERTSON TIES FOR SEVENTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSIST BLOCKS

John Albertson is now tied for seventh in Ohio State career assist blocks with 321. He is tied with Layne Dreven (2004-07). Albertson needs six assist blocks to move past sixth-ranked Gary Wrobel (1994-97) with 326.

HEINE IS THE CONFERENCE LEADER IN ATTACK PERCENTAGE AT .500

Kevin Heine is hitting .500 in the MIVA conference only matches to lead the league. He hit .417 last week against IPFW with six kills in 12 attempts with one error. Heine added an assist block, one dig and an assist against the Mastodons. A starter in 17 of the 21 matches he has played, Heine is averaging 3.05 points, 2.41 kills and 1.16 blocks per game. He is hitting a team-high .437.

 KEHOE DIRECTS BUCKEYES TO CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP

Steven Kehoe had 38 assists in the IPFW victory to lead the Buckeyes to the MIVA regular season championship. He added one kill, an ace serve, seven digs and two total blocks (one solo, one assist) against the Mastodons. Kehoe has started all 22 matches this season and is averaging 12.74 assists per game. He averages 1.16 points, .44 kills, .21 aces and .86 blocks per game. He ranks second on the squad in digs per game at 2.09.

KEHOE RANKS EIGHTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSISTS

Steven Kehoe has 1,104 career assists for the Buckeyes and ranks eighth on the Ohio State career assists list. He needs 60 assists to move past seventh-ranked Kurt Hofelich (1989) with 1,163. Kehoe ranks seventh in OSU career assists per game with an 8.76 average.

BERZINS POSTS HIS EIGHTH MATCH WITH DOUBLE-FIGURE DIGS

Mik Berzins had 10 digs against IPFW for his eighth double-figure digs match of the season. He added two assists against the Mastodons and handled 16 serve reception attempts without an error. Berzins has 16 starts at libero in the 20 matches he has played this season. He is the team leader in digs per game with a 2.70 average and has a team-high .964 serve reception percentage handling 503 of 522 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 eighth in assists per game at 12.74, 32nd in digs at 2.09 and is 66th in blocks per game at .86. Kevin Heine ranks fifth (.437) in hitting percentage and is 23rd in blocks per game at 1.16. John Albertson ranks third in blocks per game at 1.47 and is 14th in hitting percentage at .398. John Klanac is 60th in kills per game at 2.93 and ranks 38th in hitting percentage at .290. Ted Schoenfeldt is 32nd in hitting percentage at .309 and is 39th in kills per game at 3.36. Libero Mik Berzins ranks 13th in digs per game at 2.70. Robbie Klein, at 3.37 kills per game, ranks 38th.

As a team, the Buckeyes are seventh nationally in blocks per game at 3.11. Ohio State is 10th in assists at 14.11 and 16th in digs at 9.90 per game. OSU ranks ninth in kills per game at 15.08, eighth in hitting percentage at .286 and is 26th in aces per game at 1.15.

OHIO STATE RANKED 11TH IN BISON/AVCA POLL

Ohio State is ranked 11th for the second consecutive week 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.

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.

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
#11 Ohio State 3, IPFW 0

The 11th-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team, with a 3-0 (30-20, 30-19, 30-25) sweep of IPFW (12-11, 3-4), won the outright MIVA Championship Friday night in St. John Arena. It marks OSU’s third consecutive title and 21st overall for the program. OSU’s Ted Schoenfeldt posted a team-high 17 points with 14 kills (.360) two ace serves and two assist blocks. John Klanac added 13 points with nine kills (.350), two ace serves and four assist blocks. IPFW’s Ben Duckworth scored a match-high 19.5 points for the Mastodons with 18 kills (.270) and three assist blocks. Darryl Shank added 9.5 points with eight kills and three assist blocks.

Ohio State hit .392 for the match to .148 for IPFW. The Buckeyes had a 51-40 advantage in kills and a 44-34 margin in assists. OSU’s Steven Kehoe had a match-high 38 assists. IPFW’s Corey Stewart had 18 assists and Dan Mader added 13. The Buckeyes recorded five ace serves in the contest while IPFW did not score an ace. OSU’s John Klanac and Ted Schoenfeldt shared match-high honors with two aces each. Ohio State gave up 11 service errors to nine for the Mastodons. The Buckeye had a 34-28 advantage in digs against the Mastodons. OSU’s Mik Berzins recorded a match-high 10 digs in the contest. At the net, IPFW edged Ohio State, 8.5 to 7.5 in team blocks. Oliver Kook posted a match-high six assist blocks for the Mastodons while OSU’s Albertson and Klanac recorded four assist blocks each.

UPCOMING OHIO STATE MATCHES

The Buckeyes earned a quarterfinal bye in the MIVA Tournament and will host the tournament semifinals, April 30 (5 & 7:30 p.m.) and the championship, May 2 (7 p.m.) in St. John Arena.

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