COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 14th-ranked Ohio State (1-4 overall) men’s volleyball team returns to the road for a 4 p.m. ET Sunday match at St. Francis (Pa.) (2-0). The Buckeyes and the Red Flash will play the 18th match of the series in DeGol Arena. Last week, in home matches, the Buckeyes lost to No. 4 Stanford, 3-0 (30-28, 30-26, 36-34) and defeated Division III No. 4 Juniata, 3-0 (30-23, 30-24, 30-25).
The 14th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 1-4 overall with a split of home matches last week, falling 3-0 to No. 4 Stanford and defeating Division III No. 4 Juniata, 3-0. Leading the Buckeyes in points per game is Robbie Klein with a 4.38 average. John Klanac ranks second at 4.33 with Kevin Heine third at 3.79. Klein is the team leader in kills per game at 3.75. Klanac, at 3.67, ranks second and Heine is third at 2.93. In attack percentage, Heine has a team-high .375 percentage. Klein ranks second at .208 with Schoenfeldt third at .161. At setter, Steven Kehoe is averaging 12.06 assists per game. In aces per game, Shawn Sangrey is the team leader at .25 with three aces. Jason Tobkin ranks second at .22 with two and Kehoe is third at .19 with three. Defensively, Mik Berzins leads the squad with a 3.00 digs per game average. Kehoe ranks second at 2.12 with Klanac third at 2.00. Tobkin and Sangrey are tied for the team lead in serve reception percentage at .960. Berzins ranks third at .941. At the net, Heine has a team-high 1.64 blocks per game average with a solo and 22 assists. Albertson, at 1.46, ranks second with four solos and 15 assists. Sangrey is third at 1.33 with a solo and 15 assists.
As a team, Ohio State is hitting .219 and is averaging 18.97 points, 14.50 kills and 13.56 assists per game. The Buckeyes average .81 aces, 10.62 digs and 3.66 blocks per game while having a .932 serve reception percentage. OSU opponents are hitting .269 and are averaging 20.50 points, 16.31 kills and 14.94 assists per game. They are averaging 1.62 aces, 11.44 digs and 2.56 blocks per game while having a .965 serve reception percentage.
The Red Flash, coached by Mike Rumbaugh, are 2-0 on the season. St. Francis opened the season with a 3-0 (30-20, 30-28, 30-27) victory over Nazareth and last week defeated New York University, 3-0 (30-20, 30-14, 30-25). The Red Flash host Ball State Saturday prior to facing the Buckeyes Sunday. Jordan Varee leads the team in points per game with a 5.92 average. Pete Freyer ranks second at 3.83 with Nick Rivett third at 3.67. Leading the squad in kills per game is Varee at 5.17. Rivett ranks second at 2.83 with Freyer third at 2.50. In attack percentage, Freyer has a team-high .522. Varee ranks second at .431 with Alex Fortney third at .290. Setter Shane Conley is averaging 11.50 assists per game. Patrick McManamon leads the team in aces per game with a .40 average. Tied for second in aces per game are Fortney, Rivett and Freyer at .33. All four players have two aces this season. Defensively, at 2.00 digs per game, Rivett is the team leader. Varee and Conley are tied for second at 1.83. At the net, Freyer has a team-high 1.83 blocks per game with a solo and 10 assist blocks. McManamon ranks second at 1.40 with a solo and seven assists. Varee ranks third at 1.17 with seven assist blocks.
St. Francis is averaging 19.17 points, 14.00 kills and 13.17 assists per game while hitting .317. The Red Flash average 1.67 aces, 9.00 digs and 3.50 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .176 and average 15.17 points, 10.50 kills and 10.17 assists per game. They are averaging 1.83 aces, 7.17 digs and 2.83 blocks per game.
BUCKEYES-RED FLASH SERIES
Ohio State has won all 17 matches in the series with St. Francis. The Buckeyes are 6-0 at St. Francis and 11-0 in Columbus. Last season, Ohio State won, 3-0 (30-19, 30-25, 30-16) in St. John Arena and 3-1 (31-29, 29-31, 30-28, 32-30) in Loretto.
HEINE POSTS CAREER-HIGHS AGAINST STANFORD
Kevin Heine recorded match highs of 17.5 points and 14 kills against Stanford to new career highs. His previous bests were 16 points and 12 kills against Loyola-Chicago in 2008. Heine hit .423 against the Cardinal and added an assist, one dig and had six total blocks (one solo, five assists) to tie his season high for the third time. In the Juniata match, he had 9.5 points with seven kills and five assists blocks. Heine hit .400 for the match adding one dig. For the season, he is averaging 3.79 points, 2.93 kills and a team-high 1.64 blocks per game. Heine is hitting a team-high .375.
KLEIN TOPS 1,000 CAREER KILLS
Robbie Klein, with 13 kills against Stanford, became the 11th Buckeye to reach 1,000 kills in his career. With his eight kills against Juniata, he now has 1,014 and needs three kills to pass No. 10 Phil Kerewich (1996-99) with 1,016. Against Stanford, Klein hit .233 and recorded six digs, two assist blocks and an assist. He also handled 13 of 15 serve reception attempts. In the Juniata match, Klein hit .333 and had six digs, two assists, an ace serve and three total blocks (1-2). He handled 15 serve reception attempts without an error. For the season, Klein is averaging team highs of 4.38 points and 3.75 kills per game while hitting .208. He is averaging 1.50 digs, .88 blocks and .12 aces per game and has a .933 serve reception percentage.
KLEIN IN CAREER STATISTICS
Robbie Klein is ranked 11th in career points with 1,211.5. He needs eight points to move past No. 10 Phil Kerewich (1996-99) with 1,218.5. Klein is fourth in career ace serves with 104. He needs four to move past No. 3 Daniel Mathews (2005-08) with 107. Klein needs 18 digs to move past No. 19 Mark Greaves (2003-06) with 444. Klein currently has 427.
SANGREY HAS A CAREER-HIGH 12.5 POINTS AGAINST JUNIATA
Shawn Sangrey posted a career-high 12.5 points in the match against Juniata. His previous best was 10 points set against Stanford. Sangrey had seven kills against the Eagles adding four digs, an ace serve and an assist. He collected a career-high eight blocks in the match with a solo and seven assists. In the Stanford match, Sangrey had a career-high eight kills against the Cardinal. He added five digs, two assist blocks and an ace serve. Sangrey handled 18 serve reception attempts without an error. For the season, he is averaging 2.79 points, 1.83 kills, .25 aces, 1.00 digs and 1.33 blocks per game. He has a .960 serve reception percentage.
SPURLOCK HAS 12.5 POINTS IN START AGAINST JUNIATA
Ben Spurlock posted a season-high 12.5 points in his start against Juniata. He had season-highs of nine kills and five assist blocks against the Eagles. He hit .273 and added two digs, an ace serve and an assist. Spurlock, off the bench against Stanford, had six kills, two assist blocks and two digs while hitting .857. For the season, he has played in four matches with two starts. Spurlock is averaging 2.32 points, .64 blocks, 1.91 kills and is hitting .378.
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.
KEHOE EQUALS HIS CAREER HIGH IN DIGS AGAINST STANFORD
Steven Kehoe equaled his career high of 10 digs against Stanford last week. He set his career-high of 10 digs at St. Francis last season. Kehoe had a match-high 48 assists against the Cardinal, adding three assist blocks and two kills in the contest. He recorded a match-high 34 assists against Juniata, adding four digs and three kills against the Eagles. In his five starts this season, Kehoe is averaging 12.06 assists per game. He is averaging 1.31 points, 2.12 digs, .81 blocks, .19 aces and .69 kills 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 now 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 is fifth in career block per game at 1.38.
SCHOENFELDT STARTS AGAINST STANFORD
Ted Schoenfeldt had his third consecutive start against Stanford posting four kills, two digs and an assist block. He handled seven of eight serve reception attempts. He did not play against Juniata. Schoenfeldt has played in four matches with three starts. He is averaging 2.92 points, 2.62 kills, 1.23 digs and .31 blocks per game while hitting .161. He has a .882 serve reception percentage.
TOBKIN PLAYS AGAINST STANFORD
Jason Tobkin came off the bench to play in two games against Stanford last week. He recorded two assist blocks and a kill against the Cardinal. He did not play against Juniata. Tobkin has played in four matches this season with two starts. He is averaging 1.67 points, 1.00 kills, 1.11 digs and .89 blocks per game. Tobkin has a .960 serve reception percentage.
BERZINS HAS CAREER HIGH DIGS AGAINST STANFORD AND JUNIATA
Mik Berzins posted a career-high 13 digs in the matches against both Stanford and Juniata last week. His previous high was nine against Southern California. Berzins was perfect in serve reception attempts handling 34 against Stanford and 19 against Juniata. For the season, Berzins has played in all five matches while starting the last four at libero. He is averaging a team-high 3.00 digs per game and has a .941 serve reception percentage.
HOCK SEES HIS FIRST ACTION
Anthony Hock saw his first action of his career last week against Stanford and Juniata. He played in one game against the Cardinal and played in three against the Eagles. He recorded four digs and an assist against Juniata. In his two matches, Hock averaged 1.00 digs per game and handled all five serve reception attempts.
KUES SEES BACK ROW ACTION
Brian Kues played in each game against Stanford and Juniata last weekend as a defensive specialist. He posted a dig against Stanford. Kues has played in all five matches and has one start at libero. He has a .38 digs per game average and a .909 serve reception percentage.
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 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 478-267 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
Stanford 3, Ohio State 0
The 14th-ranked Ohio State (0-4) men’s volleyball team fell, 3-0 (30-28, 30-26, 36-34) to fourth-ranked Stanford (4-1) Friday in St. John Arena. Buckeye Kevin Heine posted a team-high 17.5 points with 14 kills, a solo block and five assist blocks. Robbie Klein contributed 14 points and Shawn Sangrey 10. Klein had 13 kills and two assist blocks while Sangrey had eight kills, an ace serve and two assist blocks. Leading the Cardinal was Evan Romero with a match-high 20 points. He contributed 17 kills, two ace serve and two assist blocks. Spencer McLachlin added 15.5 points and Brad Lawson 10. McLachlin had 14 kills, an ace serve and one assist block while Lawson had nine kills, one ace serve and two assist blocks
In the match, Stanford hit .294 to .287 for Ohio State. The Cardinal had a 57-53 advantage in kills and a 5-1 margin in ace serves. Romero posted a match-high two aces. Stanford gave up 13 service errors to 12 for the Buckeyes. OSU posted 52 assists to 51 for the Cardinal. Kehoe collected a match-high 48 assists while Kawika Shoji had 46 for the Cardinal. Defensively, Ohio State had a 41-38 edge in digs. OSU’s Mik Berzins posted a match-high 13 digs in the contest. At the net, the Buckeyes had a 10-6 margin in team blocks. OSU’s Heine collected a match-high six blocks with a solo and five assists.
Ohio State 3, Juniata 0
The 14th-ranked Ohio State (1-4) men’s volleyball team posted a 3-0 (30-23, 30-24, 30-25) victory over fourth-ranked (Division III) Juniata (0-1) Sunday afternoon in St. John Arena. OSU’s John Klanac scored a career-high 13 points for the Buckeyes with a match-high 11 kills, a solo block and two assist blocks. Eagle Dan Powers had a team-high 12 points with eight kills, two solo blocks and four assist blocks.
Ohio State hit .224 for the match to .115 for Juniata. The Buckeyes had a 45-38 advantage in kills and a 40-35 margin in assists. Steven Kehoe recorded a match-high 34 assists in the contest while Matt Werle had 33 for Juniata. OSU had a 3-1 margin in aces while Juniata recorded 16 service errors to 12 for Ohio State. Defensively, Ohio State had a 40-32 advantage in digs with Juniata’s Anthony Damiano collecting a match-high 18 and OSU’s Mik Berzins recording a team-high 13. At the net, the Buckeyes had a 13.5 to eight margin in team blocks. OSU’s Shawn Sangrey posted a match-high eight blocks with a solo and seven assists.
UPCOMING OHIO STATE MATCHES
The Buckeyes continue on the road with a Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association at IPFW Saturday at 7 p.m, Jan. 31.