COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 14th-ranked Ohio State (10-9 overall, 6-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team continues conference play with crucial road matches at Loyola-Chicago (12-8, 1-4) and No. 11 Lewis (19-5, 5-1). The Buckeyes will face the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers in the Alumni Gym, Friday and the Lewis Flyers in Neil Carey Arena, Saturday in 7 p.m. CDT matches. The Loyola-Chicago match will broadcast free on the internet at www.horizonleaguenetwork.tv. The Lewis match will be broadcast by Lakeshore Public Television and is available on DirecTV and Dish Network on channel 56. Last week, Ohio State rallied from an 0-2 start at No. 14 Ball State for a 3-2 (27-30, 21-30, 30-26, 30-27, 15-10) victory.
The 14th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 10-9 overall and 6-1 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week the Buckeyes won, 3-2, at No. 14 Ball State. Leading the Buckeyes in points per game is Robbie Klein with a 3.93 average. Ted Schoenfeldt ranks second at 3.79 with John Klanac third at 3.60. Klein is the team leader in kills per game at 3.41. Schoenfeldt, at 3.16, ranks second and Klanac is third at 2.90. In attack percentage, Ben Spurlock has a team-high .434. Heine ranks second at .432 with John Albertson third at .372. At setter, Steven Kehoe is averaging 12.59 assists per game. In aces per game, Klanac is the team leader at .29 with 14 aces. Schoenfeldt ranks second at .24 with 15 aces and Kehoe is third at .17 with 12. Defensively, Mik Berzins leads the squad with a 2.64 digs per game average. Kehoe ranks second at 2.13 with Klanac third at 1.37. Berzins is the team leader in serve reception percentage at .958. Shawn Sangrey ranks second at .950 with Anthony Hock third at .953. At the net, Albertson has a team-high 1.44 blocks per game average with 16 solos and 49 assists. Heine, at 1.17, ranks second with four solos and 58 assists. Kehoe is third at .89 with 11 solos and 51 assists.
As a team, Ohio State is hitting .280 and is averaging 19.13 points, 14.93 kills and 14.01 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.09 aces, 9.76 digs and 3.11 blocks per game while having a .931 serve reception percentage. OSU opponents are hitting .229 and average 18.41 points, 14.24 kills and 13.27 assists per game. They are averaging 1.40 aces, 9.11 digs and 2.77 blocks per game while having a .958 serve reception percentage.
The 15th-ranked Ramblers, coached by Shane Davis, are 12-8 overall and 1-4 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week Loyola-Chicago defeated George Mason, 3-0 (30-27, 30-27, 30-28) and Rutgers-Newark, 3-0 (30-25, 30-24, 30-25) in home matches. Leading the Ramblers in points per game at 4.40 is Krisjanis Berzins. Mike Bunting ranks second at 4.28 with Nick Lamoureux third at 3.40. Berzins leads the team in kills per game with a 3.89 average. Ranking second at 3.53 is Bunting with Lamoureux third at 2.65. Michael Morice is the team leader in attack percentage at .432. Lamoureux ranks second at .419 with Berzins third at .248. At setter, Michael Hutz is averaging 12.21 assists per game. Bunting leads the team with a .43 aces per game average with 31. Lamoureux ranks second at .34 with 26 and Berzins is third at .29 with 22. Defensively, Tommy Becker is the team leader in digs per game with a 2.11 average. Berzins ranks second at 1.88 with Michael Hutz third at 1.68. In serve reception percentage, Matt Baleiko has a team-best .991. Berzins ranks second at .963 with Bunting third at .947. At the net, Morice leads the team with a .97 blocks per game average. He has two solos and 61 assists. Lamoureux ranks second at .79 with three solos and 58 assists. At .57, Bunting ranks third with five solos and 36 assists.
Loyola-Chicago is averaging 18.20 points, 14.18 kills and 13.42 assists per game while hitting .256. The Ramblers average 1.99 aces, 8.76 digs and 2.04 blocks per game and have a .939 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 15.87 points, 11.96 kills and 11.06 assists per game and are hitting .229. Rambler opponents average 1.32 aces, 8.86 digs and 2.59 blocks per game and have a .903 serve reception percentage.
Ohio State leads the series with Loyola-Chicago, 21-12. Loyola-Chicago is 8-6 in road contests and 2-1 at neutral sites against Ohio State. In Columbus, the Buckeyes are 14-2 against the Ramblers. The Buckeyes won all three matches last season, winning 3-2 (30-26, 27-30, 30-16, 28-30, 15-13) in Columbus and 3-1 (28-30, 30-28, 30-28, 30-26) in Chicago. In the MIVA Tournament held in Columbus, Ohio State won, 3-0 (30-22, 30-26, 30-27). In Columbus earlier this season, Ohio State defeated Loyola-Chicago, 3-0 (30-21, 30-27, 30-19).
The 11th-ranked Flyers, coached by Dan Friend, are 19-5 overall and 5-1 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Flyers have won their last seven matches, including three last week. Lewis won 3-0 sweeps over George Mason (31-29, 30-22, 30-23), Quincy (30-23, 30-22, 30-27) and Rutgers-Newark (30-26, 30-26, 30-21). Drew Pickering leads the Flyers in points per game with a 4.99 average. Nathan Klaas ranks second at 4.44 with Billy Sahagian third at 3.47. Pickering is the team leader in kills per game at 4.30. Klaas ranks second at 3.85 with Gustavo Cintron third at 2.91. In attack percentage, Alex Vigansky leads the team with a .422 attack percentage. Sahagian ranks second at .407 with Aaron Flick, at .354, third. At setter Mike Iandolo has a 13.29 assist per game average. Iandolo has a team-high .33 aces per game with 25 aces. Pickering ranks second at .27 with 21 and Brian Musenfechter third at .23 with 12. Defensively, Nick Perakes has a team-high 2.84 digs per game average. Ranking second at 1.94 is Pickering with Klaas third at 1.58. Rikki Garma is the team leader in serve reception percentage at .977. Perakes ranks second at .968 with Musenfechter third at .966. At the net, Sahagian has a team-high 1.25 blocks per game average with 14 solos and 65 assists. Vigansky ranks second at 1.08 with 14 kills and 57 assists. Ranking third at .82 is Klaas with six solos and 58 attempts.
Lewis is hitting .299 on the season and averages 19.80 points, 15.83 kills and 14.48 assists per game. The Flyers average 1.18 aces, 10.40 digs and 2.79 blocks per game and have a .955 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .228 and average 17.74 points, 14.45 kills and 13.70 assists per game. Lewis opponents average .91 aces, 10.59 digs and 2.39 blocks per game and have a .942 serve reception percentage.
Ohio State leads the series with Lewis, 21-12. The Buckeyes are 9-5 at Lewis and 12-7 in Columbus against the Flyers. Last season, the Buckeyes won in Columbus (32-30, 30-25, 30-27) and at Lewis (30-27, 30-23, 30-22). Earlier this season, Lewis snapped a seven match Buckeye winning streak in Columbus with a 3-1 (30-22, 30-25, 29-31, 31-29) victory.
SCHOENFELDT HAS A MATCH-HIGH 23 POINTS AGAINST BALL STATE
Ted Schoenfeldt posted a match-high 23 points at Ball State last week. He recorded a match-high 21 kills (.273) and three total blocks with a solo and two assists. Schoenfeldt added three digs and an assist against the Cardinals. He has played in 17 matches this season with 15 starts. Schoenfeldt is hitting .298 and averages 3.79 points, 3.16 kills, .24 aces, 1.08 digs and .65 blocks per game. He has a .943 serve reception percentage handling 99 of 105 attempts.
KLEIN RECORDS A SEASON-HIGH 11 DIGS FOR A DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Robbie Klein had a season-high 11 digs at Ball State and added 19 kills for his first double-double of the season and the seventh in his career. He hit .273 and added four total blocks with a solo and three assists in the match. Klein handled 23 of 25 serve reception attempts against the Cardinals. A starter in every match this season, he leads the team in points (3.93) and kills (3.41) per game. Klein averages .16 aces, 1.04 digs and .59 blocks per game. Klein has a .939 serve reception percentage handling 261 of 278 attempts.
KLEIN RANKS EIGHTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER KILLS
Robbie Klein ranks eighth on the Ohio State career kills list with 1,189. He needs 18 kills to pass No. 7 Colin McMillan (1997-00) with 1,206. Klein ranks 16th in career kills per game with a 3.28 average.
KLEIN RANKS SECOND IN CAREER ACES AND CAREER ACES PER GAME
Robbie Klein ranks second in OSU career aces per game at .31 and is second in ace serves with 113. He needs 11 aces to pass top-ranked Steve Potter (1992-95) with 123.
KLEIN MOVES TO 16TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER DIGS
Robbie Klein ranks 16th in career digs with 475 after passing Stuart Katz (2003-06) with 470. He needs 51 digs to pass No. 15 Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 525.
KLEIN STANDS SEVENTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER POINTS
Robbie Klein has 1,412.5 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.
KLANAC HAS HIS SIXTH CONSECUTIVE DOUBLE-FIGURE POINTS MATCH AT BALL STATE
John Klanac had 16 points at Ball State for his sixth consecutive double-figure points match and his 11th in the 13 matches he has played in this season. He posted 14 kills (.393) a solo block and two assist blocks for his 16 points. Klanac added seven digs in the match and handled 24 of 27 serve reception attempts. A starter in the 13 matches he has play in this season, he is hitting .393. Klanac averages 3.60 points, 2.90 kills, .29 aces, 1.37 digs and .67 blocks per game. He has a .942 serve reception percentage handling 244 of 259 attempts.
ALBERTSON POSTS A MATCH-HIGH NINE TOTAL BLOCKS AGAINST BALL STATE
John Albertson collected a match-high nine total blocks at Ball State with a solo and eight assists. It is his fifth match this season with seven or more blocks. Albertson added seven kills (.222) and an ace serve against the Cardinals for 13 points. He added two digs and a career-high three assists in the match. Albertson has started the 13 matches he has played this season. He is averaging a team-high 1.44 blocks per game and is hitting .372. Albertson is averaging 3.34 points and 2.36 kills per game.
ALBERTSON NOW 10TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER TOTAL BLOCKS
John Albertson, with nine total blocks at Ball State, has moved to 10th on the Ohio State career total blocks list with 342. He has 36 solos and 306 assists. He passed Layne Dreven (2004-07) with 337 (16-321). Albertson needs six total blocks to move past ninth-ranked Jon Yunker (1993-94) with 347 (61-286). He ranks fifth in career blocks per game with a 1.39 average.
ALBERTSON TIES FOR 14TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER SOLO BLOCKS
John Albertson recorded a solo block at Ball State last week to raise his career total to 36 and move into a tie for 14th with Dan Mihacevich (1994-97). He had been tied with Brandt Kleinschmidt (1991-92) with 35. Albertson needs five solo blocks to pass No. 13 Eduardo Marxuach (1995-97) with 40.
ALBERTSON RANKS NINTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSIST BLOCKS
John Albertson ranks ninth in career assist blocks with 306. He needs nine assist blocks to move past No. 8 Adam Spitznagle (1993-96) with 315.
SPURLOCK HAS NINE POINTS AT BALL STATE
Ben Spurlock posted nine points in the 3-2 win at Ball State. He had seven kills and four assist blocks against the Cardinals. Spurlock added three digs and three assists in the match. A starter in nine of the 16 matches he has played, Spurlock is hitting a team-high .434. He averages 2.61 points, 2.14 kills, .16 aces, .49 digs and .59 blocks per game.
KEHOE RECORDS HIS SIXTH DOUBLE-DOUBLE (ASSISTS-DIGS) OF THE SEASON AT BALL STATE
Steven Kehoe collected 56 assists and 10 digs at Ball State for his sixth double-double of the season and the seventh of his career. He added five kills and five assist blocks while hitting a career-high .833 (5-0-6) against the Cardinals. Kehoe has started all 19 matches this season and is averaging 12.59 assist per game. He ranks second on the squad in digs per game with a 2.13 average. Kehoe is averaging 1.16 points, .47 kills, .17 aces and .89 blocks per game.
KEHOE IN CAREER STATISTICS
Steven Kehoe has 966 career assists for the Buckeyes and ranks eighth on the Ohio State career assists list. Ranking seventh on the OSU career list with 1,163 kills is Kurt Hofelich (1989).
HOCK POSTS SIX DIGS AT BALL STATE
Anthony Hock recorded six digs and two assists in the three games her played in the Ball State match. He handled 20 of 22 serve reception attempts against the Cardinals. A starter at libero in the last four matches, Hock has played in 16 matches this season. He has a .81 digs per game average and a .946 serve reception percentage handling 123 of 130 attempts.
BERZINS COLLECTS SEVEN DIGS OFF THE BENCH AGAINST BALL STATE
Mik Berzins collected seven digs and two assists off the bench in the four games he played in at Ball State. He started at libero in the final three games of the match, Berzins handled 21 of 22 serve reception attempts against the Cardinals. He has played in 17 matches this season and has started at libero in 13. He has a team-high 2.64 digs per game average and leads the team in serve reception percentage at .958 handling 429 of 448 attempts.
BUCKEYES IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
Six Buckeyes are nationally ranked in Division I-II statistics released Monday by the NCAA. Kevin Heine ranks seventh (.432) in hitting percentage and is 22nd in blocks per game at 1.17. OSU setter Steven Kehoe ranks 10th in assists per game at 12.59, 31st in digs at 2.13 and is 61st in blocks per game at .89. Libero Mik Berzins ranks 14th in digs per game at 2.64. Ted Schoenfeldt is 38th in hitting percentage at .298 and is 51st in kills per game at 3.16. Robbie Klein, at 3.41 kills per game, ranks 37th. John Klanac is 58th in kills per game at 2.90 and ranks 42nd in hitting percentage at .295.
As a team, the Buckeyes are sixth nationally in blocks per game at 3.11. Ohio State is 12th in assists at 14.01 and 15th in digs at 9.76 per game. OSU ranks 12th in kills per game at 14.93, 10th in hitting percentage at .280 and is 27th in aces per game at 1.09.
OHIO STATE RANKED 14TH IN BISON/AVCA POLL
Ohio State is ranked 14th in the Bison/AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll released Monday. The Buckeyes were not ranked 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 487-272 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, #14 Ball State 2
The Ohio State men’s volleyball team overcame a 2-0 Ball State (13-8, 4-4) lead for a come-from-behind 3-2 (27-30, 21-30, 30-26, 30-27, 15-10) victory over the 14th-ranked Cardinals Friday night in Worthen Arena in Muncie, Ind. Buckeye Ted Schoenfeldt posted a match-high 23 points in the victory with 21 kills, a solo block and two assist blocks. Robbie Klein added 21.5 points with 19 kills, a solo block and three assist blocks. Ball State’s Todd Chamberlain recorded a team-high 20 points with 17 kills, an ace serve and four assist blocks. Andy Nelson added 18 points for the Cardinals with 13 kills, an ace serve, a solo block and six assist blocks.
Ohio State hit .277 for the game to .214 for Ball State. The Buckeyes had a 74-68 advantage in kills and a 68-61 edge in assists. OSU’s Steven Kehoe and BSU’s Ethan Pheister each recorded 56 assists in the match. The Cardinals had an eight-to-one advantage in ace serves. Pheister posted a match-high four aces for Ball State. OSU gave up 16 service errors to 13 for the Cardinals. Defensively, Ohio State had a 49-45 advantage in digs. Billy Ebel posted a match-high 17 digs for Ball State while OSU’s Klein recorded 11 and Kehoe, 10. Both recorded double-doubles (Klein, 19 kills, 11 digs: Kehoe, 56 assists, 10 digs) in the match. At the net, OSU had a 16.5 to 13 margin in team blocks. OSU’s John Albertson posted a match-high nine total blocks with one solo and eight assists.
UPCOMING OHIO STATE MATCHES
The Buckeyes return home after five road matches in three weeks to face IPFW at 7 p.m., Friday, April 10 in St. John Arena.