COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 14th-ranked Ohio State (4-5 overall, 1-0 MIVA) men’s volleyball team will travel this week to University Park, Pa., to face top-ranked Penn State (8-0) Saturday. This is the second of three regular season meetings between the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions. In Hawaii Jan. 9, Penn State defeated Ohio State, 3-0 (30-27, 30-24, 30-19). Last week Ohio State defeated Rutgers-Newark, 3-0 (30-23, 30-24, 30-27) and lost 2-3 (30-18, 27-30, 24-30, 30-25, 17-19) to George Mason in home matches.
The 14th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 4-5 overall and 1-0 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Buckeyes split home matches last week defeating Rutgers-Newark, 3-0, and losing to George Mason, 3-2. Leading the Buckeyes in points per game is Robbie Klein with a 4.27 average. Kevin Heine ranks second at 3.62 with Ted Schoenfeldt third at 3.26. Klein is the team leader in kills per game at 3.72. Heine, at 2.87, ranks second and Schoenfeldt is third at 2.55. In attack percentage, Heine has a team-high .442 percentage. Ben Spurlock ranks second at .416 with Steven Kehoe third at .400. At setter,Kehoeis averaging 12.59 assists per game. In aces per game, Schoenfeldt is the team leader at .28 with eight aces. Kehoe ranks second at .25 with eight and Shawn Sangrey is third at .18 with five. Defensively, Mik Berzins leads the squad with a 3.03 digs per game average. Kehoe ranks second at 2.56 with Klein third at 1.22. Sangrey is the team leader in serve reception percentage at .963. Berzins ranks second at .953 with Klein third at .936. At the net, Heine has a team-high 1.43 blocks per game average with two solos and 41 assists. Sangrey, at .96, ranks second with a solo and 26 assists. Kehoe is third at .91 with six solos and 23 assists.
As a team, Ohio State is hitting .265 and is averaging 19.27 points, 14.94 kills and 14.22 assists per game. The Buckeyes average .94 aces, 10.38 digs and 3.39 blocks per game while having a .938 serve reception percentage. OSU opponents are hitting .238 and average 19.28 points, 15.22 kills and 14.19 assists per game. They are averaging 1.38 aces, 9.97 digs and 2.69 blocks per game while having a .961 serve reception percentage.
The top-ranked Nittany Lions, coached by Mark Pavlik, are 8-0 this season. Last week Penn State won 3-0 (30-21, 30-20, 30-20) at Springfield. They have won their last 20 matches. The Nittany Lions will host Harvard Friday prior to facing Ohio State. Will Price is the team leader in points per game at 4.78. Ryan Sweitzer ranks second at 2.54 with Max Holt third at 3.61. Sweitzer has a team-high 3.96 kills per game average. Price ranks second at 3.89 with Joe Sunder third at 2.30. The top percentage hitter on the squad is Holt at .535. Edgardo Goas ranks second at .531 with Max Lipsitz third at .452. At setter, Goas is averaging 12.39 assists per game. Holt has a team-high 1.00 aces per game with 27. Price, at .52, ranks second with 14 and Sunder third at .35 with eight. Leading the team in digs per game at 2.93 is Dennis Del Valle. Price ranks second at 1.37 with Goas third at 1.32. In serve reception percentage, Sunder has a team-high .983. Del Valle ranks second at .978 with Price third at .977. At the net, Lipsitz leads the team with a 1.15 blocks per game average with three solos and 28 assists. Holt ranks second at 1.07 with two solos and 27 assists with Price third at .70 with a solo and 18 assists.
Penn State is hitting .372 and averages 20.30 points, 15.25 kills and 14.11 assists per game. The Nittany Lions average 2.36 aces, 9.11 digs and 2.70 blocks per game and have a .969 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .195 and average 14.43 points, 11.86 kills and 10.93 assists per game. They are averaging .57 aces, 7.00 digs and 2.00 blocks per game and have a .899 serve reception percentage.
BUCKEYE-NITTANY LION SERIES
Penn State leads the series against Ohio State, 60-29-1. The Nittany Lions are 24-6 in University Park. Penn State is 26-6 in neutral site matches while Ohio State has a 17-10 mark in Columbus. Earlier this season at the Outrigger Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii, Penn State defeated Ohio State, 3-0 (30-27, 30-24, 30-19). The Nittany Lions have won the last four meetings with Ohio State and eight of the last 10.
SANGREY POSTS BACK-TO-BACK 16 POINT MATCHES
Shawn Sangrey recorded a career-high 16 points in both matches last week. He had a career-high 14 kills against Rutgers-Newark while hitting a career-high .286. Sangrey added an ace serve, three digs and two assist blocks in the match. Against George Mason, he equaled his career high of 14 kills adding four assist blocks and a career-high seven digs. Sangrey handled 12 serve reception attempts without an error against Rutgers-Newark and 25 of 26 against George Mason. A starter in the eight matches he has played, Sangrey is averaging 3.04 points, 2.36 kills, .18 aces, 1.07 digs and .96 blocks per game. He is hitting .103 and has a .963 serve reception percentage.
KLANAC HAS A CAREER-HIGH 21 POINTS AGAINST GEORGE MASON
John Klanac posted a career-high 21 points in the George Mason match. He recorded a career-high 18 kills in the match, adding two ace serves, three digs and two assist blocks. In the Rutgers-Newark contest, Klanac hit a career-high .600 with nine kills and no errors in 15 attempts. He added four digs and two assist blocks. Klanac had five serve reception attempts with no errors against Rutgers-Newark and handled 25 of 26 in the George Mason match. He has played and started in three matches this season and is averaging 4.00 points, 3.45 kills, .18 aces, 1.18 digs and .64 blocks per game. Klanac has a .977 serve reception percentage for the season.
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 has missed the last five matches.
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.
SCHOENFELDT HITS A CAREER-HIGH .692 AGAINST RUTGERS-NEWARK
Ted Schoenfeldt had nine kills with no errors in 13 attempts to record a career-high .692 attack percentage against Rutgers-Newark. He equaled his career high of seven blocks in the match with a solo and six assists. Schoenfeldt added three digs and two ace serves in the contest. Against George Mason, he had nine kills while hitting .500. Schoenfeldt added an ace serve and four total blocks with a career-high two solos and two assists. A starter in seven of the eight matches he has played in, Schoenfeldt is averaging 3.26 points, 2.55 kills, .28 aces, .93 digs and .76 blocks per game. He has a .913 serve reception percentage on the season.
KLEIN HAS A SEASON-BEST FIVE BLOCKS AGAINST RUTGERS-NEWARK
Robbie Klein had a season-high five blocks in the Rutgers-Newark match. He had a solo block and four assists in the contest. Klein added one dig and six kills in the match and handled 15 of 16 serve reception attempts. Against George Mason, he recorded 16 kills, six digs and three total blocks (1-2). Klein had 14 serve reception attempts without an error against the Patriots. A starter in all nine matches this season, Klein leads the Buckeyes in points (4.27) and kills (3.72) per game. He is averaging 1.22 digs and .78 blocks per game and has a .936 serve reception percentage.
KLEIN IN CAREER STATISTICS
Robbie Klein is ninth on the Ohio State career kills list with 1,073. Andy Cole (2003-06) ranks eighth on the list with 1,155. Klein ranks 15th in career kills per game with a 3.30 average. In career aces, Klein, the ranks second at .32 per game and 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 442. He needs three digs to pass 19th-ranked Mark Greaves with 444. He has 1,278.0 career points and ranks ninth on the Buckeye career list. Klein needs four points to pass eighth-ranked Chris Fash (1998-01) with 1,281.5.
SPURLOCK HAS A CAREER-HIGH 13 KILLS AT ST. FRANCIS
Ben Spurlock recorded a career-high 13 kills in the St. Francis Match. He added two digs, one ace serve and one assist block in the contest. The next week at IPFW, he hit .750 with six kills in eight swings and added five assist blocks. Spurlock did not play against Rutgers-Newark and George Mason. He has played in six matches this season with four starts. Spurlock is averaging 2.55 points, 2.11 kills and .68 blocks per game.
HEINE POSTS A SEASON-HIGH SEVEN BLOCKS AGAINST GEORGE MASON
Kevin Heine recorded a season-high seven assist blocks in the George Mason match. He added 12 kills and three digs in the match. Against Rutgers-Newark, he hit .667 with eight kills in 12 attempts with no errors. Heine added five total blocks (1-4) and two digs in the contest. He has eight starts this season and has played in every match. Heine is averaging a team-high 1.43 blocks per game and is hitting a team-high .442. He is averaging 3.62 points and 2.87 kills per game.
KEHOE RECORDS A CAREER-HIGH 18 DIGS AGAINST GEORGE MASON
Steven Kehoe posted a career-high 18 digs in the George Mason match. His previous high was 11 at St. Francis. Kehoe had 60 assists in the match, adding one kill, two ace serves, two solo blocks and an assist block. Against Rutgers-Newark, he had 38 assists, nine digs, one ace serve, a solo block and three assist blocks. Kehoe has started all nine matches this season and has a 12.59 assists per game average. He is averaging 1.42 points, .62 kills, .25 aces, 2.56 digs and .91 blocks per game.
KEHOE IN CAREER STATISTICS
Steven Kehoe ranks 10th in Ohio State career assists with 488. He posted 38 assists against Rutgers-Newark and 60 against George Mason last week in home matches. Ninth on the career list is Dave Hohman (1995-98) with 699.
BERZINS POSTS HIS FOURTH DOUBLE-FIGURE DIG MATCH OF THE SEASON
Mik Berzins had 16 digs against George Mason for his fourth double-figure dig match of the season. He added an assist in the contest and handled 36 of 37 serve reception attempts. In the Rutgers-Newark match, Berzins had eight digs and two assists and handled 25 of 27 serve reception attempts. He has played in every match this season and has started the last eight. Berzins is averaging a team-high 3.03 digs per game and has a .953 serve reception percentage.
BUCKEYES IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
Five Buckeyes are nationally ranked in Division I-II statistics released Monday by the NCAA. Kevin Heine ranks ninth (.442) in hitting percentage and is ninth in blocks per game at 1.43. OSU setter Steven Kehoe ranks 10th in assists per game at 12.59 and is 20th in digs at 2.56. Libero Mik Berzins ranks seventh in digs per game at 3.03. Ted Schoenfeldt is 20th in hitting percentage at .282 and Robbie Klein, at 3.72 kills per game, ranks 27th.
As a team, the Buckeyes are fifth nationally in blocks per game at 3.39. Ohio State is eighth in assists (14.22) and digs (10.38) per game. OSU ranks 10th in kills per game at 14.94, 18th in hitting percentage at .265 and is 33rd in aces per game at .94.
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 12th 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 481-268 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, Rutgers-Newark 0
The 12th-ranked Ohio State (4-4 overall) men’s volleyball team opened a two-match home stand with a 3-0 (30-23, 30-24, 30-27) victory over Rutgers-Newark (2-3) in St. John Arena. OSU’s Shawn Sangrey posted a career-high 16 points in the contest, collecting a career-high 14 kills, one ace serve and two assist blocks. Scarlet Raider Nate Stott had a team-high 16 points for Rutgers-Newark with 11 kills, three ace serves and four assist blocks.
For the match, the Buckeyes hit .363 to .157 for Rutgers-Newark. Ohio State had a 46-44 edge in kills and a 45-42 margin in assists. OSU’s Steven Kehoe posted a match-high 37 assists while Liran Shapiro had 37 for the Scarlet Raiders. Rutgers-Newark had a 6-to-4 edge in ace serves with Stott recording a match-high three. The Scarlet Raiders gave up 12 service errors to seven for the Buckeyes. Defensively, Ohio State had a 31-21 advantage in digs. OSU’s Kehoe posted a match-high nine. At the net, the Buckeyes had a 14.5 to eight margin in team blocks. OSU’s Ted Schoenfeldt recorded a match-high seven blocks with a solo and six assists.
George Mason 3, Ohio State 2
The 12th-ranked Ohio State (4-5 overall) men’s volleyball team, down 2-1, rallied to send the match to a fifth game but fell short as George Mason (4-1) came away with a 3-2 (18-30, 30-27, 30-24, 24-30, 19-17) victory in St. John Arena. OSU’s John Klanac posted a career-high 21 points in the match with 18 kills, two ace serves and two assist blocks for the Buckeyes. Patriot Kyle Gramit posted a match-high 24.5 points in the match with 21 kills, three ace serves and an assist block.
In the match, Ohio State out hit George Mason, .213 to .191. The Patriots had a 73-71 edge in kills. OSU’s Steven Kehoe posted 60 assists in the match to 58 for GMU’s Ryan Kwiatkowski. The Patriots had a 6-5 margin in ace serves with Kyle Gramit posting a match-high three. The Patriots gave up 12 service errors to seven for OSU. The Buckeyes had a 54-49 advantage in digs with OSU’s Kehoe and Patriot Eric Lucas sharing match-high honors with 18 each. At the net, George Mason had an 18.5 to 14 advantage in team blocks. Erik Lanham recorded a match-high eight blocks for George Mason with three solos and five assists.
UPCOMING OHIO STATE MATCHES
The Buckeyes return home next week to start a four-match home stand. Ohio State returns to conference play in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association with two matches against Quincy (5-8). The teams will play at 7 p.m. Thursday Feb. 19 and Friday Feb. 20 in St. John Arena.