COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th-ranked Ohio State (7-7 overall, 4-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team will go on the road to face Juniata (8-4, 4-3 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association), the second ranked team in Division III. The Buckeyes will play the Eagles at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Kennedy Sports & Recreation Center in Huntingdon, Pa. Last week, Ohio State defeated No. 14 Loyola-Chicago, 3-0 (30-21, 30-27, 30-19) and lost to No. 10 Lewis, 3-1 (30-22, 30-25, 29-31, 31-29) in home matches.
The 13th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 7-7 overall and 4-1 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Buckeyes defeated No. 14 Loyola-Chicago, 3-0 and lost to No. 10 Lewis, 3-1 in home matches. Leading the Buckeyes in points per game is Robbie Klein with a 4.36 average. John Klanac ranks second at 3.63 with Ted Schoenfeldt third at 3.45. Klein is the team leader in kills per game at 3.79. Klanac, at 2.85, ranks second and Schoenfeldt is third at 2.80. In attack percentage, Heine has a team-high .416. Ben Spurlock ranks second at .395 with John Albertson third at .368. At setter,Kehoeis averaging 12.56 assists per game. In aces per game, Klanac is the team leader at .30 with eight aces. Spurlock ranks second at .24 with seven aces and Kehoe is third at .23 with 11 aces. Defensively, Mik Berzins leads the squad with a 2.93 digs per game average. Kehoe ranks second at 2.38 with Klanac third at 1.48. Klanac is the team leader in serve reception percentage at .965. Berzins ranks second at .961 with Shawn Sangrey third at .944. At the net, Albertson has a team-high 1.64 blocks per game average with 10 solos and 31 assists. Heine at 1.29 ranks second with three solos and 51 assists. Kehoe is third at .92 with eight solos and 36 assists.
As a team, Ohio State is hitting .270 and is averaging 19.22 points, 14.75 kills and 13.98 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.19 aces, 10.10 digs and 3.28 blocks per game while having a .933 serve reception percentage. OSU opponents are hitting .225 and average 18.58 points, 14.67 kills and 13.69 assists per game. They are averaging 1.31 aces, 9.62 digs and 2.60 blocks per game while having a .957 serve reception percentage.
The second-ranked (Div. III) Eagles, coached by Jeremy Price, are 8-4 overall and 4-3 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week in home matches Juniata lost to No. 1 (Div. III) Springfield 3-2 (31-29, 30-32, 30-27, 17-30, 15-9) and defeated New York University, 3-0 (30-26, 30-24, 30-19). Leading the Eagles in points per game is Zach Wanner at 5.01. Dan Powers ranks second at 3.40 with Chris Vrooman third at 3.04. Wanner is the team leader in kills per game at 4.31. Ranking second is Powers at 2.76 with Vrooman third at 2.60. The top percentage hitter on the squad is Powers at .484. Evan Halteman ranks second at .388 with Wanner third at .259. Setter Matt Werle is averaging 11.91 assists per game for the Eagles. Powers has a team-high .33 aces per game with 15 aces. Werle ranks second at .31 with 14 and Vrooman is third at .12 with five. Defensively Anthony Damiano leads the team in digs per game with a 3.40 average. Dan Follett ranks second at 1.66 with Werle third at 1.62. In serve reception percentage, Vrooman has a team-high .957. Damiano ranks second at .948 with Follett third at .922. At the net, Powers leads the team with a .98 blocks per game average. He has eight solos and 36 assists. Halterman, at .62, ranks second with four solos and 24 assists. Tied for third at .60 are Wanner (six solos, 21 assists) and Werle (nine solos, 18 assists).
As a team, Juniata is hitting .289 and averages 18.46 points, 14.56 kills and 13.69 assists per game. The Eagles average 1.04 aces, 10.13 digs and 2.14 blocks per game and have a .945 serve reception percentage. Juniata opponents are hitting .237 and average 18.46 points, 14.73 kills and 13.76 assists per game. Eagle opponents have a .954 serve reception percentage and average 1.18 aces, 10.29 digs and 2.54 blocks per game.
Ohio State leads the series with Juniata, 21-1. The Buckeyes are 5-1 in Huntingdon, 14-0 in Columbus and 2-0 at neutral sites. Ohio State has won the last 14 matches in the series including a 3-0 (30-23, 30-24, 30-25) victory earlier this season in Columbus.
SCHOENFELDT POSTS A CAREER-HIGH 25 KILLS AGAINST LEWIS
Ted Schoenfeldt recorded a career-high 25 kills in his start against Lewis. His previous high was 16 this season at St. Francis. Schoenfeldt hit .422 in the Lewis contest adding a season-high seven digs and two assist blocks while handling 33 serve reception attempts without an error. In the Loyola-Chicago match, he came off the bench in two games to record four kills, one dig and six total blocks with a solo and five assists. Playing in 12 matches this season, Schoenfeldt has had 10 starts. He is averaging 3.45 points, 2.80 kills while hitting .314. Schoenfeldt is averaging .22 aces, .98 digs and .76 blocks per game and has a .936 serve reception percentage.
ALBERTSON RECORDS A CAREER-HIGH 12 BLOCKS AGAINST LOYOLA-CHICAGO
John Albertson posted a career-high 12 blocks in the Loyola-Chicago match. He had career highs of three solos and nine assists blocks against the Ramblers. His previous high was 11 in two matches. Albertson added six kills and a dig in the contest. Against Lewis, he posted a season-high 16 kills against the Flyers, hitting .333 and adding two solo and two assist blocks. Albertson has started in the eight matches he has played this season. He is averaging a team-high 1.64 blocks per game while hitting .368. Albertson is averaging 2.24 kills, and 3.34 points per game.
ALBERTSON IN CAREER STATISTICS
John Albertson has 318 career total blocks and ranks 11th for Ohio State. He has 30 solos and 288 assists. He moved past Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 304 (32-272). Albertson needs 20 total blocks to move past No. 10 Layne Dreven (1004-07) with 337 (16-321). In career assist blocks, Albertson ranks ninth with 288 moving past No. 9 Jon Yunker (1993-94) with 286. Ranking No. 8 in career assist blocks is Adam Spitznagle (1993-96) with 315. In career solo blocks, Albertson is tied with Chris Fash (1998-01) for 19th with 30 solos. Adam Pedersen (2001-04) ranks 18th with 31 solos and Craig Geibel (1990-93) and Peckham are tied at 16th with 32. Albertson is fifth in career blocks per game at 1.41.
KLEIN RECORDS A MATCH-HIGH 17 KILLS AGAINST LOYOLA-CHICAGO
Robbie Klein posted a match-high 17 kills in the Loyola-Chicago match. He added two digs and two assist blocks while hitting .448. Against Lewis, Klein had six kills and three digs. Klein has started all 14 matches this season and leads the team in points (4.36) and kills (3.79) per game. He is hitting .231 and averages .19 aces, .96 digs and .65 blocks per game and has a .944 serve reception percentage.
KLEIN IN CAREER STATISTICS
Robbie Klein is ninth on the Ohio State career kills list with 1,136. Andy Cole (2003-06) ranks eighth on the list with 1,155. Klein ranks 14th in career kills per game with a 3.33 average. In career aces, Klein ranks first at .33 per game and ranks second in ace serves with 111. He needs 13 aces to pass top-ranked Steve Potter (1992-95) with 123. Klein is 19th in digs with 449 and has moved past Mark Greaves (2003-06) who he had been tied for 19th with 444. He needs five digs to pass No. 18 Rob Burton (1989-91) with 453. Klein has 1,351.0 career points and has moved to seventh. He passed Andy Cole (2003-06) with 1,335.0 points. Ranking sixth on the career points list in Dan Mihacevich (1994-97) with 1,516.0 points.
KLANAC HAS CAREER HIGHS IN DIGS AND BLOCKS AGAINST LEWIS
John Klanac recorded career highs of nine digs and six total blocks (career-high three solos and three assists) in the Lewis match. His previous high in digs was seven last season against Loyola-Chicago and his previous high in total blocks was four against Quincy this season. Klanac added nine kills in the match while hitting .286. He handled 32 of 33 serve reception attempts against the Flyers. Against Loyola-Chicago, Klanac recorded six kills, four digs and a solo block and handled 18 serve reception attempts without an error. He has started all eight matches he has played this season and is averaging 3.63 points, 2.85 kills, .30 aces, 1.48 digs and .74 blocks per game. Klanac is hitting .283 and has a .965 serve reception percentage.
SPURLOCK EQUALS HIS CAREER-HIGH OF 13 KILLS AGAINST LOYOLA-CHICAGO
Ben Spurlock had 13 kills against Loyola-Chicago to tie his career high set at St. Francis this season. He hit .474 against the Ramblers and added three digs in the match. Against Lewis, Spurlock played in two games collecting two assist blocks, one dig and a kill. He has played in 11 matches this season with seven starts. Spurlock is averaging 2.60 points, 2.10 kills, .24 aces, .45 digs and .52 blocks per game while hitting .395.
HEINE CONTRIBUTES SEVEN POINTS OFF THE BENCH AGAINST LEWIS
Kevin Heine came off the bench against Lewis to produce six kills, two assist blocks and a dig while hitting .385 against the Flyers. He did not play against Loyola-Chicago. Heine has played in 13 matches this season with 11 starts. He is averaging 3.13 points, 2.43 kills, .33 digs and 1.29 blocks per game on the season while hitting a team-high .416.
KEHOE RUNNING THE OFFENSE AT SETTER
Steven Kehoe has been the starting setter in every match this season and is averaging 12.56 assists per game. He had 43 assists against Loyola-Chicago adding an ace serve, seven digs and five total blocks with a solo and four assists. Against Lewis, Kehoe posted 56 assists and added eight digs, one assist block and one kill. He ranks second on the team in digs with a 2.38 per game average.
KEHOE IN CAREER STATISTICS
Steven Kehoe ranks 10th in Ohio State career assists with 688. He needs 12 assists to pass ninth-ranked Dave Hohman (1995-98) with 699.
BERZINS PRODUCES A MATCH-HIGH 15 DIGS IN THE LEWIS MATCH
Mik Berzins recorded a match-high 15 digs last week against Lewis. He handled 27 serve reception attempts in the match without an error against the Flyers. Against Loyola-Chicago, Berzins had a match-high eight digs and handled 28 of 29 serve reception attempts against the Ramblers. For the season, he has played in 13 matches with 11 starts at libero. Berzins is averaging a team-high 2.93 digs per game and has a .961 serve reception percentage.
SANGREY HAS HIS 10TH START OF THE SEASON AGAINST LOYOLA-CHICAGO
Shawn Sangrey started against Loyola-Chicago for his 10th start of the season. He recorded three kills and three digs in the two games he played. Against Lewis off the bench, Sangrey played in two games and recorded one kill, one dig and one assist block. He has played in 13 matches this season with 10 starts. Sangrey is averaging 2.58 points, 2.03 kills, .15 aces, 1.15 digs and .77 blocks per game. He has a .957 serve reception percentage for the season.
KUES POSTS HIS FIRST ACE SERVE OF THE SEASON AGAINST LOYOLA-CHICAGO
Brian Kues recorded his first ace serve of the season in the third game of the Loyola-Chicago match. He added a dig in the Lewis match while playing in three of the four games in the back row. Kues has played in 13 matches this season and is averaging .50 digs per game.
BUCKEYES IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
Five Buckeyes are nationally ranked in Division I-II statistics released Monday, March 2 by the NCAA. Kevin Heine ranks 12th (.416) in hitting percentage and is 15th in blocks per game at 1.29. OSU setter Steven Kehoe ranks 11th in assist per game at 12.56 and is 19th in digs at 2.38. Libero Mik Berzins ranks ninth in digs per game at 2.93. Ted Schoenfeldt is 33rd in hitting percentage at. 314 and Robbie Klein, at 3.79 kills per game, ranks 25th.
As a team, the Buckeyes are fifth nationally in blocks per game at 3.28. Ohio State is 13th in assists (13.98) and digs (10.10) per game. OSU ranks 15th in kills per game at 14.75, 15th in hitting percentage at .270 and is 21st in aces per game at 1.19.
OHIO STATE RANKED 13TH IN BISON/AVCA POLL
Ohio State is ranked 13th in the Bison/AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll released Monday. The Buckeyes were ranked 15th 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 484-270 record with the Buckeyes and has 11 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championships, including 2008. 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
#15 Ohio State 3, #14 Loyola-Chicago 0
The 15th-ranked Ohio State (7-6 overall, 4-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team remained undefeated in the MIVA with a 3-0 (30-21, 30-27, 30-19) victory over 14th-ranked Loyola-Chicago (7-4, 0-3) last Friday night in St. John Arena. Ohio State’s Robbie Klein posted a match-high 18 points against the Ramblers with 17 kills and two assist blocks. John Albertson added 13.5 points with six kills and a career-high 12 total blocks (three solos and nine assists). Buckeye Ben Spurlock contributed 13 points with 13 kills. Ramblers Mike Bunting and Krisjanis Berzins each recorded 10 points in the match with Bunting collecting nine kills and two assist blocks and Berzins 10 kills.
For the match, Ohio State hit .333 to .022 for Loyola-Chicago. OSU had a 49-28 advantage in kills and a 46-27 margin in assists. Steven Kehoe posted 43 assists for the Buckeyes while Michael Hutz had 26 for the Ramblers. Loyola-Chicago had a 3-2 edge in ace serves with Rambler Steve Thompson recording a match-high two. OSU gave up 18 service errors to 13 for the Ramblers. Defensively, Ohio State had a 29-23 advantage in digs with OSU’s Mik Berzins recording a match-high eight. At the net, the Buckeyes had a 16-7 margin in team blocks. OSU’s John Albertson posted a match-high 12 total blocks with three solos and nine assists.
#10 Lewis 3, #15 Ohio State 1
The 15th-ranked Ohio State (7-7 overall, 4-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (30-22, 30-25, 29-31, 31-29) decision to 10th-ranked Lewis (11-3, 3-1) last Saturday night in St. John Arena. Ohio State’s Ted Schoenfeldt produced a career-high 26 points in the match with 25 kills and two assist blocks. Flyer Drew Pickering posted a team-high 22.5 points for Lewis with 21 kills and three assist blocks.
Lewis hit .392 for the match to .209 for Ohio State. The Flyers had a 70-65 advantage in kills and a 64-62 edge in assists. Mike Iandolo posted a match-high 60 assists for Lewis with Steven Kehoe recording 56 for the Buckeyes. The Flyers had a 3-2 edge in ace serves while the Buckeyes gave up 13 service errors to eight for the Flyers. Defensively, Ohio State edged Lewis in digs, 46-45. OSU’s Mik Berzins posted a match-high 15 digs in the contest. At the net, the Flyers had a 17-11.5 advantage in team blocks. Flyer Alex Vigansky collected a match-high eight total blocks with a solo and seven assists.
UPCOMING OHIO STATE MATCHES
The Buckeyes return to MIVA conference action at 7 p.m. next Wednesday when the Buckeyes host Ball State (7-4, 3-0) in St. John Arena.