COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 15th-ranked Ohio State (6-6 overall, 3-0 MIVA) men’s volleyball team completes a four-match homestand by hosting Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association matches against 13th-ranked Loyola-Chicago (7-3, 0-2) and 10th-ranked Lewis (10-2, 2-1). Ohio State will face the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers Friday and the Lewis Flyers Saturday in 7 p.m. matches. Last week, Ohio State had back-to-back sweeps of Quincy. OSU won 3-0 (30-22, 30-20, 30-18) Thursday and 3-0 (30-21, 30-18, 30-24) Friday.
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The 15th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 6-6 overall and 3-0 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Buckeyes won two 3-0 home matches last week against Quincy. Leading the Buckeyes in points per game is Robbie Klein with a 4.50 average. Kevin Heine ranks second at 3.19 with Ted Schoenfeldt third at 3.09. Klein is the team leader in kills per game at 3.88. Heine, at 2.46, ranks second and Schoenfeldt is third at 2.46. In attack percentage, Ben Spurlock has a team-high .427 percentage. Heine ranks second at .412 with Steven Kehoe third at .365. At setter,Kehoeis averaging 12.29 assists per game. In aces per game, Schoenfeldt is the team leader at .26 with nine aces. Spurlock ranks second at .25 with six aces and Kehoe is third at .24 with 10 aces. Defensively, Mik Berzins leads the squad with a 2.87 digs per game average. Kehoe ranks second at 2.41 with Shawn Sangrey third at 1.17. Sangrey is the team leader in serve reception percentage at .963. Berzins ranks second at .958 with Klein third at .941. At the net, Heine has a team-high 1.33 blocks per game average with three solos and 49 assists. Kehoe, at .93, ranks second with seven solos and 31 assists. Sangrey is third at .83 with one solo and 28 assists.
As a team, Ohio State is hitting .272 and is averaging 18.95 points, 14.49 kills and 13.73 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.29 aces, 10.00 digs and 3.17 blocks per game while having a .927 serve reception percentage. OSU opponents are hitting .231 and average 18.63 points, 14.78 kills and 13.80 assists per game. They are averaging 1.39 aces, 9.61 digs and 2.46 blocks per game while having a .953 serve reception percentage.
The 14th-ranked Ramblers, coached by Shane Davis, are 7-3 overall and 0-2 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week Loyola-Chicago lost at 12th-ranked Lewis, 3-1 (30-25, 30-23, 27-30, 30-28), defeated top-ranked Penn State, 3-2 (30-24, 25-30, 25-30, 30-27, 15-9) and St. Francis, 3-2 (27-30, 30-27, 30-25, 29-31, 15-12) in home matches. The top scorer for the Ramblers is Mike Bunting with 4.95 points per game. Krisjanis Berzins ranks second at 4.38 with Nick Lamoureux third at 3.45. Bunting is the team leader in kills per game at 4.13. Ranking second is Berzins at 3.90 with Lamoureux third at 2.71. Michael Morice has a team-high .445 attack percentage. Lamoureux ranks second at .443 with Berzins third at .289. At setter, Michael Hutz is averaging 12.63 assists per game. Bunting leads the team in aces per game at .50 with 19 aces. Morice ranks second at .36 with 13 and Lamoureux is third at .36 with 13. Defensively, Tommy Becker is the team leader in digs per game at 2.41. Berzins ranks second at 2.15 and Michael Hutz is third at 1.55. In serve reception percentage, Berzins leads the team at .973. George Kamberos ranks second at .964 with Becker third at .944. At the net, Morice is the team leader in blocks per game at .92 with 33 assists. Lamoureux, at .85, ranks second with two solos and 33 assists. Ranking third is Bunting at .58 with two solos and 20 assists.
As a team, Loyola-Chicago is hitting .298 and is averaging 18.85 points, 14.83 kills and 14.12 assists per game. The Ramblers are averaging 1.95 aces, 8.90 digs and 2.06 blocks per game and have a .954 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .225 and average 15.36 points, 12.09 kills and 11.02 assists per game. Rambler opponents have a .906 serve reception percentage and average .98 aces, 8.79 digs and 2.29 blocks per game.
Ohio State leads the series with Loyola-Chicago, 20-12. In Columbus, the Buckeyes are 13-2 against the Ramblers. Loyola-Chicago is 8-6 in road contests and 2-1 at neutral sites against Ohio State. 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).
The 10th-ranked Flyers, coached by Dan Friend, are 10-2 overall and 2-1 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Flyers play at Penn State Friday. Last week Lewis defeated Loyola-Chicago, 3-1 (30-25, 30-23, 27-30, 30-28), St. Ambrose, 3-1 (30-22, 29-31, 30-17, 30-25) and St. Franics, 3-0 (30-23, 30-27, 30-18) in home matches. Drew Pickering is the team leader in points per game at 4.48. Nathan Klaas ranks second at 4.01 with David Keinhofer third at 2.85. Pickering leads the team in kills per game at 3.83. Ranking second at 3.66 with Keinhofer third at 2.53. Alex Vigansky has a team-high .487 attack percentage. Billy Sahagian ranks second at .385 with Pickering third at .334. At setter, Mike Iandolo has a 12.73 assists per game average. In aces per game, Iandolo leads the team at .35 per game with 13 aces. Andy Frontz ranks second at .19 with five and Pickering is third at .17 with seven. Defensively, Nick Perakes has a team-high 2.62 digs per game average. Klaas ranks second at 1.84 with Pickering third at 1.78. Perakes leads the team in serve reception percentage at .963. Pickering ranks second at .961 with Klaas third at 1.84. At the net, Vigansky and Sahagian lead the team with a .97 blocks per game average. Vigansky has nine solos and 29 assists while Sahagian has nine solos and 19 assists. Pickering ranks third at .66 with 12 solos and 15 assists.
Lewis is hitting .312 for the season and is averaging 19.40 points, 15.70 kills and 14.02 assists per game. The Flyers average 1.15 aces, 10.66 digs and 2.53 blocks per game and has a .955 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 17.35 points, 14.25 kills and 13.50 assists per game while hitting .223. Lewis opponents average .93 aces, 10.27 digs and 2.17 blocks per game and has a .948 serve reception percentage.
Ohio State leads the series with Lewis, 21-11. The Buckeyes are 12-6 in Columbus against the Flyers and 9-5 at Lewis. Ohio State has won the last seven matches against Lewis including two 3-0 victories last season. The Buckeyes won in Columbus (32-30, 30-25, 30-27) and at Lewis (30-27, 30-23, 30-22).
KLEIN NOW SECOND IN OHIO STATE CAREER ACES WITH 110
Robbie Klein recorded four aces in the two Quincy matches last week to move to second on the Ohio State career aces list with 110. He had one ace Thursday and a season-high three Friday against the Hawks. Klein passed Daniel Mathews (2005-08) with 107 and Pieter Olree (1992-02) with 109 to move into second. The Ohio State career leader is Steve Potter (1992-95) with 123. In Thursday’s match, Klein had a match-high 13 kills while hitting .312. He collected three total blocks (two solos and one assist), one dig, an assist and an ace serve. Klein recorded a match-high 16 kills while hitting .355 in the Friday match. He added a dig and three ace serves. A starter in all 12 matches, Klein averages a team-high 4.50 points and 3.88 kills per game. He is averaging .20 aces, 1.00 digs and .71 blocks per game and has a .941 serve reception average.
KLEIN IN CAREER STATISTICS
Robbie Klein is ninth on the Ohio State career kills list with 1,113. Andy Cole (2003-06) ranks eighth on the list with 1,155. Klein ranks 14th in career kills per game with a 3.33 average. In career aces, Klein ranks first at .33 per game and ranks second in ace serves with 110. He needs 14 aces to pass top-ranked Steve Potter (1992-95) with 123. Klein is tied for 19th in digs with 444 with Mark Greaves (2003-06). He needs 10 digs to pass No. 18 Rob Burton (1989-91) with 453. Klein has 1,326.0 career points and ranks eighth. He needs 10 points to pass seventh-ranked Andy Cole (2003-06) with 1,335.0 points.
KLANAC RECORDS A CAREER-HIGH FOUR ACES AGAINST QUINCY THURSDAY
John Klanac produced a career-high four ace serves in the Thursday Quincy match. He recorded a match-high 17 points in the match with 11 kills while hitting .250. Klanac added a career-high four assist blocks and five digs. He handled 10 of 11 serve reception attempts. In the Friday match, Klanac had 13.5 points with 10 kills, two ace serves and two blocks (one solo, one assist). He hit .450 in the match, adding four digs and handled nine serve reception attempts without an error. Klanac has started the six matches he has played. He is averaging 3.88 points, 3.10 kills and is hitting .296. Klanac is averaging .40 aces, 1.35 digs and .65 blocks per game and has a .956 serve reception percentage.
ALBERTSON COLLECTS SIX POINTS IN THE THURSDAY QUINCY MATCH
John Albertson collected six points in the Thursday match against Quincy. He recorded three kills and hit .286 in the match. Albertson added three blocks with a solo and two assists, one ace serve and one dig. Albertson has started in six matches this season. He is averaging 2.83 points and 1.89 kills per game. He is averaging .11 aces, .17 digs and 1.39 blocks per game.
ALBERTSON IN CAREER STATISTICS
John Albertson has 302 career total blocks and ranks 12th. He has 25 solos and 277 assists. He needs three total blocks to move past No. 11 Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 304 (32-272). In career assist blocks, Albertson ranks 10th with 277. He needs 10 assist blocks to move past No. 9 Jon Yunker (1993-94) with 286. Albertson is fifth in career blocks per game at 1.38.
HEINE HAS SEVEN BLOCKS IN THE THURSDAY QUINCY MATCH
Kevin Heine had a season-high seven total blocks in the Thursday Quincy match. He collected a solo block and six assists in the match. Heine added two kills and hit .400 against the Hawks. Friday against Quincy, Heine recorded two kills, two assist blocks and two assists in the match. Heine has played in all 12 matches with 11 starts. He is averaging 3.19 points and 2.46 kills per game while hitting .418. Heine is averaging 1.33 blocks per game.
KEHOE RECORDS A CAREER-HIGH SEVEN BLOCKS THURSDAY AGAINST QUINCY
Steven Kehoe posted career highs of six assist blocks and seven total blocks Thursday against Quincy. He added 35 assists, eight digs and an ace serve against the Hawks. In the Friday match, Kehoe produced 33 assists, six digs, a block assist, an ace serve and two kills. A starter in all 12 matches, he is averaging 12.29 assists and has a team-high 10 ace serves for a .24 per game average. Kehoe is averaging 1.35 points, .56 kills, .93 blocks and 2.41 digs per game.
KEHOE IN CAREER STATISTICS
Steven Kehoe ranks 10th in Ohio State career assists with 589. Ninth on the career list is Dave Hohman (1995-98) with 699.
SCHOENFELDT COLLECTS SEVEN POINTS IN THE FRIDAY QUINCY MATCH
Ted Schoenfeldt recorded eight points in the Friday Quincy match with seven kills and an ace serve. He added five digs and hit .462 against the Hawks. Schoenfeldt handled 10 of 12 serve reception attempts in the match. He did not play in the Thursday match. Schoenfeldt has played in 10 matches this season with nine starts. He is averaging 3.09 points, 2.46 kills, 26 aces, .91 digs and .66 blocks per game. Schoenfeldt has an .898 serve reception percentage.
SPURLOCK CONTRIBUTES 10 POINTS IN THE TWO QUINCY MATCHES
Ben Spurlock contributed five points in each of the Quincy matches last week. He collected three kills and two ace serves against the Hawks on Thursday in one game off the bench. In his start Friday against Quincy, Spurlock had three kills, two ace serves and two digs. He has played in nine matches this season with five starts. Spurlock is averaging 2.48 points, 1.96 kills, .25 aces, .38 digs and .54 blocks per game.
SANGREY RECORDS A CAREER-HIGH NINE DIGS THURSDAY AGAINST QUINCY
Shawn Sangrey posted a career-high nine digs in the Thursday match against Quincy. His previous high was seven against George Mason. He added five digs, one ace serve and two assist blocks in the match. Sangrey handled all 17 serve reception attempts in his start. He saw action in one game in the Friday match, collecting a kill, one dig and handling four serve reception attempts. Sangrey has played in 11 matches this season with nine starts. He is averaging 2.74 points and 2.14 kills per game. Sangrey is averaging .17 aces, 1.17 digs and .83 blocks per game.
BERZINS POSTS NINE DIGS IN THE THURSDAY QUINCY MATCH
Mik Berzins recorded nine digs in the Thursday match against Quincy as the libero. Against the Hawks, he handled 20 serve reception attempts without an error. Berzins did not play in the Friday match. For the season, he has played in 11 matches with nine starts at libero. Berzins is averaging a team-high 2.87 digs per game and has a .958 serve reception percentage.
KUES HAS A START AT LIBERO FRIDAY AGAINST QUINCY
Brian Kues started at libero in the Friday match against Quincy. It was his second start of the season. Kues recorded a season-high nine digs against the Hawks and handled 14 of 16 serve reception attempts. He has played in 11 matches this season with two starts at libero. Kues is averaging .54 digs per game and has a .917 serve reception percentage.
BUCKEYES IN THE
Five Buckeyes are nationally ranked in Division I-II statistics released Monday, Feb. 23 by the NCAA. Kevin Heine ranks eighth (.418) in hitting percentage and is 13th in blocks per game at 1.33. OSU setter Steven Kehoe ranks 12th in assist per game at 12.29 and is 21st in digs at 2.41. Libero Mik Berzins ranks ninth in digs per game at 2.87. Ted Schoenfeldt is 41st in hitting percentage at. 284 and Robbie Klein, at 3.88 kills per game, ranks 21st.
As a team, the Buckeyes are sixth nationally in blocks per game at 3.17. Ohio State is 15th in assists (13.73) and digs (10.00) per game. OSU ranks 18th in kills per game at 14.49, 16th in hitting percentage at .272 and is 16th in aces per game at 1.29.
OHIO STATE RANKED 15TH IN BISON/AVCA POLL
Ohio State is ranked 15th 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 483-269 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 , Quincy 0 (Feb. 19)
The 15th-ranked Ohio State (5-6 overall, 2-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team opened a four-match homestand with a 3-0 (30-22, 30-20, 30-18) win over Quincy (7-12, 0-1) Thursday evening in St. John Arena. Buckeye John Klanac posted a match-high 17 points for Ohio State with 11 kills, a career-high four ace serves and four assist blocks. Hawk Greg Gant had a team-high 8.5 points for Quincy with seven kills, a solo block and one assist block.
Ohio State hit .250 for the match to -.009 for Quincy. The Buckeyes had a 37-31 advantage in kills and in assists. OSU’s Steven Kehoe had 35 assists while Ivan Shirokov posted 25 for Quincy. Ohio State had a 10-2 margin in ace serves with Buckeye Klanac serving up a career-high four. OSU gave up 11 service errors to 10 for the Hawks. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 34-29 edge in digs. Quincy’s Collin Cooper posted a match-high 10 digs for the Hawks. At the net, Ohio State had a 15.5 to 6 margin in team blocks. Buckeyes’ Kehoe and Kevin Heine shared match high honors with seven blocks. Each posted a solo block and six assists.
Ohio State 3, Quincy 0 (Feb. 20)
The 15th-ranked Ohio State (6-6 overall, 3-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team picked up a 3-0 (30-21, 30-18, 30-24) victory over Quincy (7-13, 0-2) Friday night in St. John Arena. OSU’s Robbie Klein posted a match-high 19 points in the contest with 16 kills and three ace serves. Buckeye John Klanac added 13.5 points with 10 kills, two ace serves, a solo block and an assist block. Ben Schulze had a team-high 11 points for Quincy with 10 kills and an ace serve. Peter Coley added 10 points for the Hawks with eight kills and two ace serves.
For the match, Ohio State hit .410 to .149 for Quincy. The Buckeyes had a 41-32 advantage in kills and a 35-30 margin in assists. OSU’s Steven Kehoe recorded a match-high 33 assists with Ivan Shirokov collecting 27 for Quincy. The Buckeyes had a 10-7 edge in ace serves in the contest. OSU’s Klein produced a match-high three ace serves. He now has 110 for his career and has moved to second on the Ohio State career aces list. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 31-22 advantage in digs for the match. Buckeye Brian Kues collected a match-high nine digs. At the net, Ohio State edged Quincy in team blocks, 3-2. OSU’s Kevin Heine (two assist blocks), Klanac (one solo, one assist) and Hawk Robbie Coughlin (two assists) shared match high honors with two total blocks each.
UPCOMING OHIO STATE MATCHES
The Buckeyes step out of conference play to travel to Juniata for a 7 p.m. match Wednesday, March 4. OSU will play six of seven matches on the road over the next 32 days. Ohio State’s only home match during the stretch is against Ball State at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11.