COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 14th-ranked Ohio State (8-8 overall, 5-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team travels east this weekend to face George Mason (8-8) and Rutgers-Newark (8-7). Ohio State will face the George Mason Patriots Friday in the George Mason Field House and the Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders Saturday at The Golden Dome in 7 p.m. matches. Last week, Ohio State defeated No. 14 Ball State, 3-2 (30-25, 20-30, 30-21, 26-30, 15-12).
The 14th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 8-8 overall and 5-1 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last Wednesday, the Buckeyes defeated No. 14 Ball State, 3-2 (30-25, 20-30, 30-21, 26-30, 15-12) at home. Leading the Buckeyes in points per game is Robbie Klein with a 4.03 average. Ted Schoenfeldt ranks second at 3.63 with John Klanac third at 3.58. Klein is the team leader in kills per game at 3.48. Schoenfeldt, at 3.00, ranks second and Klanac is third at 2.81. In attack percentage, Heine has a team-high .439. Ben Spurlock ranks second at .414 with John Albertson third at .378. At setter, Steven Kehoe is averaging 12.52 assists per game. In aces per game, Klanac is the team leader at .35 with 13 aces. Schoenfeldt ranks second at .24 with 12 aces and Spurlock is third at .21 with eight aces. Defensively, Mik Berzins leads the squad with a 2.88 digs per game average. Kehoe ranks second at 2.10 with Klanac third at 1.38. Berzins is the team leader in serve reception percentage at .959. Shawn Sangrey ranks second at .950 with Klanac third at .945. At the net, Albertson has a team-high 1.36 blocks per game average with 12 solos and 33 assists. Heine, at 1.29 ranks second with four solos and 58 assists. Kehoe is third at .84 with nine solos and 40 assists.
As a team, Ohio State is hitting .273 and is averaging 18.91 points, 14.67 kills and 13.83 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.17 aces, 9.57 digs and 3.07 blocks per game while having a .931 serve reception percentage. OSU opponents are hitting .239 and average 18.54 points, 14.50 kills and 13.53 assists per game. They are averaging 1.38 aces, 9.22 digs and 2.66 blocks per game while having a .955 serve reception percentage.
The Patriots, coached by Fred Chao, are 8-8 overall and 3-3 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week George Mason lost three matches in California. The Patriots lost 2-3 (26-30, 26-30, 30-26, 30-22, 13-15) at No. 13 UC Santa Barbara, 0-3 (25-30, 28-30, 19-30) at California Baptist and 0-3 (27-30, 22-30, 23-30) at No. 3 Pepperdine. Kyle Gramit is the top scorer for the Patriots with a 5.61 points per game average. Ben Nichols ranks second at 3.70 with Brandon McLaughlin third at 2.86. In kills per game, Gramit is the team leader with a 4.68 average. Nichols ranks second at 3.06 with McLaughlin third at 2.00. Erik Lanham leads the team in attack percentage at .407. Ranking second at .354 is McLaughlin with Gramit third at .243. Setter Ryan Kwiatkowski has a 10.60 assists per game average for George Mason. Gramit leads the team in aces per game at .60 with 34. Luke Maloney ranks second at .35 with 18 and Joe Norton is third at .16 with five. Defensively, Eric Lucas leads the team with a 2.91 digs per game average. Maloney ranks second at 1.55 with Gramit third at 1.28. In serve reception percentage, Gramit has a team-high .969. Eric Lucas ranks second at .967 with Maloney third at .942. At the net, McLaughlin has a team-high 1.49 blocks per game with eight solos and 68 assists. Lance Rogers ranks second at 1.24 with four solos and 32 assists. Ranking third is Lanham at 1.16 with seven solos and 37 assists.
As a team, George Mason is averaging 18.52 points, 13.67 kills and 12.51 points per game while hitting .234. The Patriots average 1.46 aces, 8.86 digs and 3.39 blocks per game while averaging .945 in serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .248 and average 17.96 points, 14.82 kills and 14.02 assists per game. Patriot opponents have a .936 serve reception percentage and average 1.19 aces, 10.30 digs and 1.95 blocks per game.
George Mason has a 24-16 lead in the series with Ohio State. The Patriots are 4-3 in matches played at home and 17-3 in neutral site-matches. The Buckeyes are 10-1 in matches played in Columbus. Ohio State has won eight of the last 11 matches played. Last season, the squads split matches with George Mason winning 3-2 (30-27, 25-30, 33-31, 27-30, 15-13) in Fairfax and the Buckeyes winning, 3-0 (30-21, 30-21, 30-27) in Columbus. Earlier this season, in Columbus, Ohio State lost 3-2 (18-30, 30-27, 30-24, 25-30, 19-17) to the Patriots.
The Scarlet Raiders, coached by Karl France, are 8-7 overall and 5-1 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week Rutgers-Newark defeated NJIT, 3-0 (30-23, 31-29, 30-27) and New York University, 3-0 (30-28, 30-27, 30-27). The Scarlet Raiders host Ball State Friday prior to facing Ohio State Saturday. Nate Stott leads the squad in points per game with a 4.89 average. Kenny Rienecker ranks second at 4.20 with Jon Keller third at 3.19. In kills per game, Stott has a team-high 3.98 average. Rienecker ranks second at 3.66 with Keller third at 2.21. Kenneth Stumbaugh leads the team in attack percentage at .401. Marcin Midura ranks second at .317 with Keller third at .271. At setter, Liran Shapiro has a team-high 12.05 assists per game average. Jeff Zornig ranks second at 7.12. Stott is the team leader in aces per game at .38 with 17. Stumbaugh ranks second at .24 with 11. Ranking third at .21 is Keller with 11. Defensively, Caden Mulligan has a team-high 2.68 digs per game average. Ranking second at 1.73 is Derek Wolfe with Shapiro third at 1.30. At the net, Keller leads the team in blocks per game at 1.40 with seven solos and 66 assists. Stumbaugh ranks second at 1.17 with four solos and 50 assists. Stott ranks third at 1.04 with a solo and 46 assists.
As a team, Rutgers-Newark is hitting .237 and averages 18.84 points, 14.79 kills and 13.90 assists per game. The Scarlet Raiders average 1.17 aces, 9.35 digs and 2.88 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .220 and average 18.13 points, 13.63 kills and 13.00 assists per game. Rutgers-Newark opponents average 1.67 aces, 9.21 digs and 2.83 blocks per game.
BUCKEYE-SCARLET RAIDERS SERIES
Ohio State leads the series 29-13 over Rutgers-Newark. The Buckeyes are 10-6 in Newark and 15-1 in Columbus. The Scarlet Raiders lead 6-4, in neutral-site matches. Ohio State has won the last six meetings with Rutgers-Newark including 3-0 sweeps last season at Newark (30-24, 30-27, 30-20) and in Columbus (30-27, 30-20, 30-28). Earlier this season, in Columbus, Ohio State won, 3-0 (30-23, 30-24, 30-27) over the Scarlet Raiders.
KLANAC LEADS BUCKEYES TO WIN OVER BALL STATE
John Klanac posted a team-high 18.5 points in the 3-2 victory over Ball State last week. He collected 15 kills while hitting .387 and added six digs, two ace serves and two total blocks (one solo and one assist). Klanac handled 30 of 33 serve reception attempts in the match. In the crucial fifth games, he posted kills to set up match point at 14-10 and had the match-winning kill at 15-12. Klanac has started in all 10 matches he has played. He is averaging 3.58 points, 2.81 kills and is hitting .284. Klanac is averaging .35 aces per game with a team-high 13. He is averaging 1.38 digs and .65 blocks per game. He has a .945 serve reception percentage.
ALBERTSON COLLECTS A TEAM-HIGH 16 KILLS AGAINST BALL STATE
John Albertson recorded a team-high 16 kills in the Ball State match and tied his career high set against Lewis earlier this season. He had 18 points including a solo block and two assists and added two digs in the contest. Albertson has started all 10 matches he has played in this season. He is averaging 3.29 points and 2.36 kills per game while hitting .378. Albertson is averaging a team-high 1.36 blocks per game with a team-high 12 solo blocks and 33 assists.
ALBERTSON IN CAREER STATISTICS
John Albertson has 322 career total blocks and ranks 11th for Ohio State. He has 32 solos and 290 assists. Albertson needs 16 total blocks to move past No. 10 Layne Dreven (2004-07) with 337 (16-321). In career assist blocks, Albertson ranks ninth with 290. Ranking No. 8 in career assist blocks is Adam Spitznagle (1993-96) with 315. In career solo blocks, Albertson has moved into a tie for 16th with Craig Geibel (1990-93) and Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 32. He moved past Adam Pedersen (2001-04) with 31. He needs four solos to move past No. 15 Brandt Kleinschmidt (1991-92) with 35 to tie No. 14 Dan Mihacevich (1994-97) with 36. Albertson is fifth in career blocks per game at 1.38.
SCHOENFELDT HAS HIS THIRD CONSECUTIVE DOUBLE-FIGURE KILL MATCH
Ted Schoenfeldt produced 12 kills in the Ball State match for his third consecutive double-figure match. He has six double-figure kill matches for the season. Schoenfeldt recorded 16 points in the match with two ace serves and two solo blocks. He equaled his career high in solo blocks set against George Mason this season. Schoenfeldt equaled his career high of seven digs against the Cardinals that he set against Lewis this season. He has played in 14 matches this season with 12 starts. Schoenfeldt is averaging 3.63 points per game, ranking second on the team. He is averaging 3.00 kills per game while hitting .316. Schoenfeldt averages .24 aces, 1.04 digs and .67 blocks per game. He has a .942 serve reception percentage.
SPURLOCK COMES OFF THE BENCH FOR 13.5 POINTS AGAINST THE CARDINALS
Ben Spurlock contributed 13.5 points off the bench in the Ball State match. He produced 11 kills in the match and hit .588. Spurlock added two digs, two total blocks (one solo, one assist), an ace serve and an assist against the Cardinals. He came off the bench in game two and started the final three games. Spurlock came up big in game three with five kills in seven swings to help OSU to a 2-1 lead in the match. He has played in 13 matches this season and has had seven starts. Spurlock is averaging 2.54 points and 2.08 kills per game while hitting .414 to rank second on the team. He is averaging .21 aces, .45 digs and .47 blocks per game.
KLEIN IS THE TEAM LEADER IN POINTS AND KILLS PER GAME
Robbie Klein continues to lead the Buckeyes in points (4.03) and kills (3.48) per game this season. He is averaging .17 aces, .90 digs and .62 blocks per game and has a .935 serve reception percentage. A starter in all 16 matches this season, Klein had nine points in the Ball State match with seven kills, a solo block and two assist blocks. He added two digs and handled 14 of 15 serve reception attempts.
KLEIN IN CAREER STATISTICS
Robbie Klein is eighth on the Ohio State career kills list with 1,156. He moved past Andy Cole (2003-06) with 1,155. He needs 51 kills to pass No. 7 Colin McMillan (1997-00) with 1,206. Klein ranks 16th in career kills per game with a 3.29 average. In career aces, Klein ranks second at .32 per game and ranks second in ace serves with 112. He needs 12 aces to pass top-ranked Steve Potter (1992-95) with 123. Klein has moved to 18th in career digs with 455. He had been tied with Rob Burton (1989-91) with 453. Klein needs 16 digs to pass No. 17 Stuart Katz (2003-06) with 470. Klein has 1,375.0 career points and ranks seventh. Ranking sixth on the career points list is Dan Mihacevich (1994-97) with 1,516.0 points. Klein ranks 13th in points per game at 3.92.
HEINE RANKS SECOND IN BLOCKS PER GAME AT 1.29
Kevin Heine ranks second on the team in blocks per game with a 1.29 average. He has four solos and 58 assist blocks on the season. Heine has played in 15 matches this season and started in 13. He is averaging 3.19 points and 2.48 kills per game while hitting a team-high .439. Last week against Ball State, Heine played in two games and recorded 5.5 points. He had four kills in five swings (.800) and added three assists blocks and one assist.
KEHOE GUIDES THE OFFENSE TO VICTORY OVER BALL STATE
Steven Kehoe posted 55 assists in the 3-2 victory over Ball State last week. He added four digs, a solo block and three assist blocks in the match against the Cardinals. Kehoe guided the Buckeyes to a .268 hitting percentage in the match, well above the .179 season average for Ball State. A starter in all 16 matches this season, he is averaging 12.52 assists per game. Kehoe is averaging 1.12 points, .43 kills, .19 aces and .84 blocks per game. He ranks second on the team in digs per game at 2.10.
KEHOE IN CAREER STATISTICS
Steven Kehoe has 811 career assists for the Buckeyes and ranks ninth on the Ohio State career assists list. He needs 58 assists to pass No. 8 Jon Schultz (2000-02) with 868.
HOCK HAS HIS FIRST START AT LIBERO
Anthony Hock had his first start at libero in the 3-2 victory over Ball State. He produced a career-high five digs in the match and had one assist. His previous high in digs was four against Juniata this season. Hock handled 41 of 43 serve reception attempts for a .953 percentage. He has played in 13 matches this season and has totaled 14 digs (.44) and two assists (.06). Hock has a .966 serve reception percentage.
BUCKEYES IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
Five Buckeyes are nationally ranked in Division I-II statistics released Monday, March 16 by the NCAA. Kevin Heine ranks ninth (.439) in hitting percentage and is 13th in blocks per game at 1.29. OSU setter Steven Kehoe ranks 11th in assist per game at 12.52, 31st in digs at 2.10 and is 65th in blocks per game at .84. Libero Mik Berzins ranks eighth in digs per game at 2.88. Ted Schoenfeldt is 40th in hitting percentage at .316 and is 53rd in kills per game at 3.00. Robbie Klein, at 3.48 kills per game, ranks 35th.
As a team, the Buckeyes are eighth nationally in blocks per game at 3.07. Ohio State is 13th in assists at 13.83 and 18th in digs at 9.57 per game. OSU ranks 16th in kills per game at 14.67, 17th in hitting percentage at .273 and is 22nd in aces per game at 1.17.
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 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 485-271 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 Ball State 2
The 15th-ranked Ohio State (8-8 overall, 5-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team went the distance in defeating 14th-ranked Ball State (10-5, 4-1), 3-2 (30-25, 20-30, 30-21, 26-30, 15-12) last Wednesday night in St. John Arena. OSU’s John Klanac posted a team-high 18.5 points in the match with 15 kills, two ace serves, a solo block and one assist block. Todd Chamberlain recorded a match-high 25.5 points for Ball State collecting a match-high 22 kills, a solo block and five assist blocks.
For the match, Ball State out hit Ohio State, .306 to .268. The Cardinals had a 68-65 advantage in kills and a 64-58 edge in assists. Ethan Pheister posted a match-high 57 assists for the Cardinals with OSU’s Steven Kehoe recording 55. Ball State edged Ohio State in ace serves, 7-6. Pheister recorded a match-high five aces for the Cardinals. Ball State gave up 22 service errors to 12 for Ohio State. The Cardinals had a 40-29 margin in digs. Sharing match-high honors for Ball State was Pheister, Chamberlain and Matt Sprague. At the net, the Cardinals held a 16-13 advantage in team blocks. D.J. Gasparovic posted a match-high nine blocks for Ball State with a solo and eight assists.
UPCOMING OHIO STATE MATCHES
The Buckeyes return to conference play when they travel to Ball State (10-7, 4-3) for a 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27th match.