COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th-ranked Ohio State (2-4 overall, 0-0 MIVA) men’s volleyball team opens conference play in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association at IPFW (3-1, 0-0) at 7 p.m. ET Saturday in the Hilliard Gates Sports Center. Last week, at St. Francis (Pa.), Ohio State defeated the Red Flash, 3-2 (30-20, 33-31, 28-30, 26-30, 15-12).
BUCKEYES OPEN DEFENSE OF THEIR MIVA TITLE
Ohio State begins defense of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championship this weekend at IPFW. The Buckeyes have won the league the last two years and have won or tied for the title 20 times.
The 13th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 2-4 overall after a 3-2 victory at St. Francis last Saturday. Leading the Buckeyes in points per game is Robbie Klein with a 4.40 average. Kevin Heine ranks second at 3.68 with Ted Schoenfeldt third at 3.22. Klein is the team leader in kills per game at 3.86. Heine, at 2.95, ranks second and Schoenfeldt is third at 2.78. In attack percentage, Heine has a team-high .406 percentage. Ben Spurlock ranks second at .377 with John Albertson third at .347. At setter, Steven Kehoe is averaging 12.48 assists per game. In aces per game, Schoenfeldt is the team leader at .28 with five aces. Kehoe ranks second at .24 with five and is tied with Shawn Sangrey at .24 with four. Defensively, Mik Berzins leads the squad with a 3.10 digs per game average. Kehoe ranks second at 2.14 with Klein third at 1.33. Sangrey is the team leader in serve reception percentage at .967. Jason Tobkin ranks second at .961 with Berzins third at .949. At the net, John Albertson has a team-high 1.46 blocks per game average with four solos and 15 assists. Heine, at 1.42, ranks second with a solo and 26 assists. Sangrey is third at 1.00 with a solo and 16 assists.
As a team, Ohio State is hitting .245 and is averaging 19.02 points, 14.86 kills and 14.05 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.00 aces, 10.29 digs and 3.17 blocks per game while having a .940 serve reception percentage. OSU opponents are hitting .285 and average 19.98 points, 15.90 kills and 14.71 assists per game. They are averaging 1.38 aces, 10.67 digs and 2.69 blocks per game while having a .957 serve reception percentage.
The Mastodons, coached by Arnie Ball, are 3-1 on the season. Last week, IPFW won 3-0 (30-27, 30-23, 30-27) at Rutgers-Newark and lost, 0-3 (23-30, 22-30, 25-30) at No. 15 George Mason. The Mastodons will host No. 14 (tie) Loyola-Chicago (3-0, 0-0) Friday prior to facing Ohio State. Leading the Mastodons in points per game is Ben Duckworth with a 5.38 average. Darryl Shank ranks second at 3.88 with Oliver Kook third at 3.58. Duckworth has a team-high 4.00 kills per game average. Ranking second is Shank at 3.58 with Kook third at 2.67. Kook has a team-high .393 attack percentage. Duckworth is second at .222 with Shank third at .181. At setter, Dan Mader is averaging a team-high 9.62 assists per game. Corey Stewart ranks second at 8.89. In aces per game, Duckworth is averaging 1.08 aces per game with 13. Eric Hardek is second at 1.00 with four and Ivan Matos, third at .38 with three. At the net, Kook leads the team with a 1.25 blocks per game with three solos and 12 assists. Nathaniel Berg ranks second at 1.00 with one solo and 10 assists. Ranking third at .89 is Corey Stewart with eight assists. Defensively, Matt Pliske has a team-high 1.77 digs per game average. Duckworth ranks second at 1.58 with Shank third at 1.33. Pliske leads the team with a .984 serve reception percentage. Shank ranks second at .966 with Jonathan Meyer third at .962.
For the season, IPFW is hitting .200 and is averaging 13.21 kills, 12.43 assists and 18.04 points per game. The Mastodons average 2.14 aces, 7.71 digs and 2.68 blocks per game and have a .957 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .209 and average 12.71 kills, 12.29 assists and 15.96 blocks per game. IPFW opponents average .93 aces, 8.14 digs and 2.32 blocks per game while averaging a .903 serve reception percentage.
Ohio State leads the series with IPFW, 61-33. The Mastodons have a 19-18 edge in matches played in Ft. Wayne. Ohio State is 34-11 in Columbus and 9-3 at neutral sites. Last season, Ohio State won two five-game decisions over IPFW. In Columbus, Ohio State won 3-2 (25-30, 30-28, 25-30, 30-21, 15-6) and won 3-2 (27-30, 30-26, 30-26, 22-30, 15-13) in Ft. Wayne.
KLEIN HAS A SEASON-HIGH 21 KILLS AT ST. FRANCIS
Robbie Klein had season highs of 21 kills and 22.5 points at St. Francis Saturday. He added four digs, an assist block, an ace serve and an assist against the Red Flash while hitting .268. A starter in every match this season, Klein is averaging team highs of 4.40 points and 3.86 kills per game. He is averaging 1.33 digs, .71 blocks and .14 aces per game while hitting .222. Klein has scored double-figure points in all six matches and has double-figure kills in five of the six.
KLEIN IN CAREER STATISTICS
Robbie Klein, with his 21 kills last week, has moved to 10th on the Ohio State career kills list with 1,035. He passed Phil Kerewich (1996-99) with 1,016. Klein needs nine kills to pass ninth-ranked Mark Greaves (2003-06) with 1,043. Klein ranks 16th in career kills per game with a 3.30 average. In career aces, Klein, the OSU career leader in aces per game at .33, ranks fourth in ace serves with 105. He needs three aces to pass third-ranked Daniel Mathews (2005-08) with 107. Klein is ranked 20th in digs with 431. He needs 14 digs to pass 19th-ranked Greaves with 444. Klein’s 22.5 points against the Red Flash gives him 1,234.0 career points and has moved him to ninth on the Buckeye career list. He passed 10th-ranked Greaves with 1,211.5 and ninth-ranked Kerewich with 1,218.5. Klein needs 48 points to pass eighth-ranked Chris Fash (1998-01) with 1,281.5.
SCHOENFELDT POSTS CAREER-HIGHS IN POINTS AND KILLS
Ted Schoenfeldt, posted career highs of 16 kills and 20 points at St. Francis Saturday. He equaled his career-high of three ace serves against the Red Flash. Schoenfeldt added five digs, two assist blocks and an assist while hitting .323 in the match. He handled 20 serve reception attempts without an error against St. Francis. On the season, Schoenfeldt has played in five matches with four starts. He is averaging 3.22 points, 2.78 kills, 1.17 digs, .33 blocks and .28 aces per game while hitting .203. Schoenfeldt has a .946 serve reception percentage.
HEINE COLLECTS A CAREER-HIGH 15 KILLS AT ST. FRANCIS
Kevin Heine recorded a career-high 15 kills in the St. Francis match. His previous high was 14 against Stanford earlier this season. Heine hit a team-high .500 in the match and added four assist blocks and a career-high three assists. He has played in all six matches this season with five starts. Heine is averaging 3.68 points, 2.95 kills, 1.42 blocks and .26 digs per game while hitting a team-high .406.
SPURLOCK HAS A CAREER-HIGH 13 KILLS AGAINST THE RED FLASH
Ben Spurlock posted a career-high 13 kills against St. Francis last week. His previous best was 12 in three matches. Spurlock had a season-high 14.5 points in the contest, adding two digs, one assist block, one ace serve and hit .375. He has played in five matches this season with three starts including the last two matches. Spurlock is averaging 2.50 points, 2.12 kills, .12 aces and .50 blocks per game. He is hitting .377.
KEHOE HAS A SOLID OUTING AGAINST ST. FRANCIS
Steven Kehoe had a solid performance in the victory at St. Francis. He set six career highs and tied two others. Kehoe posted career highs of six kills, 69 assists, 11 digs, two solo blocks and 11.5 points while hitting a career-high .667. He tied his career highs of two ace serves and five total blocks against the Red Flash. A starter in every match this season, Kehoe is averaging 12.48 assists, 1.55 points, .81 kills, .24 aces, 2.14 digs and .86 blocks per game while hitting .531.
KEHOE IN CAREER STATISTICS
Steven Kehoe ranks 10th in Ohio State career assists with 347. He posted a career-high 69 assists last week at St. Francis. Ninth on the career list is Dave Hohman (1995-98) with 699.
SANGREY EQUALS HIS CAREER HIGH OF EIGHT KILLS AGAINST ST. FRANCIS
Shawn Sangrey posted eight kills against St. Francis to equal his career high set against Stanford earlier this season. He added four digs, an ace serve, an assist block and two assists while hitting .143 against the Red Flash. He handled 11 serve reception attempts without an error in the match. Sangrey has played in five of the six matches, starting each. He is averaging 2.53 points, 1.76 kills, .24 aces, .94 digs and 1.00 blocks per game while hitting .056. He has a .967 serve reception percentage for the season.
BERZINS COLLECTS A CAREER-HIGH 17 DIGS AGAINST ST. FRANCIS
Mik Berzins posted a career-high 17 digs last week at St. Francis. His previous high was 13 in two matches. He also recorded two assists to equal his career-high for the third time. Against the Red Flash, Berzins handled 41 of 42 serve reception attempts. For the season, he has played in all six matches and has started the last five at libero. Berzins is averaging a team-high 3.10 digs per game and has a .949 serve reception percentage.
TOBKIN SEES ACTION AT ST. FRANCIS
Jason Tobkin played in two games at St. Francis last week. He recorded a kill and a dig against the Red Flash. Tobkin has played in five matches with two starts. He is averaging 1.4 points, .91 kills, .18 aces, 1.00 digs and .73 blocks per game. He has a .961 serve reception percentage.
HOCK PLAYING IN THE BACK ROW
Anthony Hock played in all five games in the St. Francis match. He recorded two digs in the contest. Hock has played in the last three matches and has six digs (.67 per game) on the season.
KUES PLAYING AS A DEFENSIVE SPECIALIST
Brian Kues, played in four games against St. Francis, and handled eight reception attempts without an error. He has played in every match this season, starting once at libero. Kues has recorded five digs on the season (.29 per game) and has handled 18 of 19 serve reception attempts for a .947 percentage.
KLANAC POSTS CAREER HIGHS AGAINST JUNIATA
John Klanac, in his first action of the season, had a career-high 13 points in his start against Juniata. He tied his career high of 11 kills against the Eagles for the third time. Klanac added six digs, an assist and three total blocks (1-2) while handling 12 serve reception attempts without an error. His season averages are 4.33 points, 3.67 kills, 2.00 digs and 1.00 blocks per game.
ALBERTSON HITS A SEASON-HIGH .625 AGAINST STANFORD
John Albertson hit a season-high .625 in the Stanford match. He had five kills in eight swings. Albertson added a solo block against the Cardinal and did not play against Juniata. In his four starts this season, he is averaging 2.65 points, 1.46 blocks, 1.77 kills and is hitting .347.
ALBERTSON IN CAREER STATISTICS
John Albertson, with his solo block against Stanford, now ranks 12th in total blocks with 296. He has 24 solos and 272 assists. Previously he had been tied for 12th with Steve Potter (1992-95) with 295 (42-253). He needs nine total blocks to move past No. 11 Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 304 (32-272). Albertson is currently tied for 10th in assist blocks with Peckham with 272. He needs 15 assist blocks to move past No. 9 Jon Yunker (1993-94) with 286. Albertson is fifth in career block per game at 1.38.
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 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 479-267 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
Ohio State 3, St. Francis 2
The 14th-ranked Ohio State (2-4) men’s volleyball team held off a late St. Francis (3-1) rally to win, 3-2 (30-20, 33-31, 28-30, 26-30, 15-12) Sunday afternoon in DeGol Arena. Ohio State’s Robbie Klein posted a team-high 22.5 points for the Buckeyes. He had a team-high 21 kills, an ace serve and one assist block. Klein was one of five Buckeyes to score double-figure points in the match. Jordan Varee scored a match-high 28.5 points for St. Francis with 26 kills, an ace serve and three assist blocks.
Ohio State hit .338 for the match to .349 for St. Francis. The Buckeyes had an 80-73 margin in kills and a 78-70 advantage in assists. OSU’s Steven Kehoe posted a match-high 69 assists while Shane Conley had 64 for St. Francis. The Buckeyes had an 8-3 edge in ace serves with OSU’s Ted Schoenfeldt serving a match-high three. The Red Flash gave up 22 service errors to 19 for OSU. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 46-41 edge in digs. OSU’s Mik Berzins posted a match-high 17 digs. At the net, St. Francis enjoyed a 15.5 to eight margin in team blocks. Patrick McManamon posted a match-high nine assist blocks for the Red Flash while OSU’s Kehoe had a team-high five with two solos and three assist blocks.
UPCOMING OHIO STATE MATCHES
The Buckeyes return home to face Rutgers-Newark, Thursday, Feb. 5 and George Mason, Friday, Feb. 6 in 7 p.m. matches in St. John Arena.