COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 15th-ranked Ohio State (7-8 overall, 4-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team returns to conference play when the Buckeyes host the 14th-ranked Cardinals of Ball State Wednesday at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena. Last week, Ohio State lost at Juniata, 3-2.
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The 15th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 7-8 overall and 4-1 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Buckeyes lost at Division III No. 2 Juniata, 3-2 (28-30, 23-30, 28-30, 30-27, 12-15) last Wednesday. Leading the Buckeyes in points per game is Robbie Klein with a 4.24 average. Ted Schoenfeldt ranks second at 3.67 with John Klanac third at 3.56. Klein is the team leader in kills per game at 3.68. Schoenfeldt, at 3.07, ranks second and Klanac is third at 2.78. In attack percentage, Heine has a team-high .431. Ben Spurlock ranks second at .391 with John Albertson third at .379. At setter, Steven Kehoe is averaging 12.66 assists per game. In aces per game, Klanac is the team leader at .34 with 11 aces. Schoenfeldt ranks second at .22 with 10 aces and Kehoe is third at .21 with 11 aces. Defensively, Mik Berzins leads the squad with a 2.88 digs per game average. Kehoe ranks second at 2.23 with Klanac third at 1.41. Berzins is the team leader in serve reception percentage at .959. Klanac ranks second at .952 with Shawn Sangrey third at .950. At the net, Albertson has a team-high 1.50 blocks per game average with 11 solos and 31 assists. Schoenfeldt at 1.28 ranks second with four solos and 55 assists. Kehoe is third at .85 with eight solos and 37 assists.
As a team, Ohio State is hitting .273 and is averaging 19.11 points, 14.83 kills and 14.04 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.17 aces, 9.92 digs and 3.11 blocks per game while having a .931 serve reception percentage. OSU opponents are hitting .234 and average 18.58 points, 14.58 kills and 13.60 assists per game. They are averaging 1.38 aces, 9.34 digs and 2.61 blocks per game while having a .956 serve reception percentage.
The 14th-ranked Cardinals, coached by Joel Walton, are 10-4 overall and 4-0 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Ball State has won nine consecutive matches, including three last week. The Cardinals won 3-1 (30-20, 30-20, 35-37, 30-19) at Quincy and won at Grand Canyon, 3-1 (30-20, 30-23, 27-30, 30-12) and 3-0 (30-13, 30-19, 30-18). Leading Ball State in points per game at 4.15 is Todd Chamberlain. Eric Schulte ranks second at 3.37 with Marcus Imwalle third at 3.29. Chamberlain is the team leader at 3.49 in kills per game. Ranking second is Schulte at 2.74 with Imwalle third at 2.72. J.D. Gasparovic leads the team in attack percentage at .560. Chamberlain ranks second at .315 with Matt Sprague third at .302. At setter, Ethan Pheister is averaging 12.13 assists per game. Pheister is the team leader in aces per game at .40 with 19. Ranking second at .28 is Imwalle with eight aces. Chamberlain is third at .21 with nine aces. Defensively, Billy Ebel leads the squad in digs per game at 3.06. Sprague ranks second at 1.70 with Schulte third at 1.56. In serve reception percentage, Chamberlain leads the team at .964. Sprague ranks second at .951 with Dominic Spadavecchio third at .936. In blocks per game, Gasparovic is the team leader at 1.67 blocks per game with four solos and 71 assists blocks. Andy Nelson ranks second at 1.35 with five solos and 49 assists with Pheister third at 1.26 with two solos and 57 assists.
As a team, Ball State is hitting .309 and averages 19.65 points, 14.77 kills and 13.75 assists per game. The Cardinals average 1.46 aces, 10.69 digs and 3.42 blocks per game and have a .932 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 16.99 points, 13.35 kills and 12.25 assists per game while hitting .179. They average 1.33 aces, 9.08 digs and 2.30 blocks per game and have a .934 serve reception percentage.
Ohio State has an 80-76 lead in the series with Ball State. The Buckeyes are 42-31 in Columbus while Ball State is 32-26 in Muncie and 13-12 in neutral site matches. Last season, Ohio State won two of the three matches played. In Muncie, Ball State won 3-1 (26-30, 30-28, 32-30, 31-29) and Ohio State won, 3-1 (28-30, 30-27, 30-23, 30-23) in Columbus. The third meeting, in Columbus was in the MIVA Tournament Championship match with Ohio State winning, 3-0 (30-19, 30-24, 30-21).
SCHOENFELDT POSTS A CAREER-HIGH 27.5 POINTS AT JUNIATA
Ted Schoenfeldt posted a career-high 27.5 points at Juniata last week with a career-high 26 kills, one ace serve and an assist block. His previous highs in points (26.0) and kills (25) were set the previous week against Lewis. Schoenfeldt added six digs and an assist in the match and hit .395. For the season, he has played in 13 matches with 11 starts. Schoenfeldt ranks second on the team in points (3.67) and kills (3.07) per game. He is averaging .22 aces, 1.00 digs and .70 blocks per game. Schoenfeldt is hitting .326 and has a .942 serve reception percentage.
HEINE HAS A MATCH-HIGH FIVE BLOCKS AT JUNIATA
Kevin Heine recorded a match-high five blocks in the Juniata match with a solo and four assist blocks. He totaled 16.0 points in the contest, recording 13 kills while hitting .579. Heine has played in 14 matches this season and has started 12. He is averaging 3.21 points, 2.50 kills, .30 digs and 1.28 blocks per game. He is hitting a team-high .431.
KLANAC HAS HIS SEVENTH DOUBLE-FIGURE POINTS MATCH OF THE SEASON
John Klanac recorded 16.0 points at Juniata for his seventh double-figure points match of the season. He recorded 12 kills in the match, adding five digs, two assist blocks and three ace serves. Klanac handled 22 of 25 serve reception attempts against the Eagles. Klanac has started all nine matches he has played. He is averaging 3.56 points, 2.78 kills, .34 aces, 1.41 digs and .69 blocks per game. Klanac is hitting .269 and has a .952 serve reception percentage.
KLEIN LEADS THE BUCKEYES IN POINTS AND KILLS PER GAME
Robbie Klein is the Ohio State team leader in points and kills per game. He is averaging 4.24 points and 3.68 kills per game this season. At Juniata, he recorded 15 points with 13 kills, an ace serve and two assist blocks. He added four digs and handled 17 of 20 serve reception attempts. Klein has started all 15 matches this season. He is averaging .19 aces, .94 digs and .62 blocks per game. He is hitting .230 and has a .935 serve reception percentage.
KLEIN IN CAREER STATISTICS
Robbie Klein is ninth on the Ohio State career kills list with 1,149. Andy Cole (2003-06) ranks eighth on the list with 1,155. Klein ranks 15th in career kills per game with a 3.32 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 is tied for 19th in career digs with Rob Burton (1989-91) with 453. Klein needs 18 digs to pass No. 17 Stuart Katz (2003-06) with 470. Klein has 1,366.0 career points and ranks seventh. Ranking sixth on the career points list in Dan Mihacevich (1994-97) with 1,516.0 points.
ALBERTSON TIES FOR 19TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER SOLO BLOCKS
John Albertson recorded a solo block at Juniata to give him 31 in his career and moves him into a tied for 18th in Ohio State career solo blocks. He has tied Adam Pedersen (2001-04). Albertson had been tied for 19th with Chris Fash (1998-01) with 30. Against Juniata, Albertson recorded six kills, a season-high three digs and hit .500 against the Eagles. He has played and started in nine matches this season. Albertson is averaging 3.23 points, 2.21 kills and a team-high 1.50 blocks per game. He is hitting .379 for the season.
ALBERTSON IN CAREER STATISTICS
John Albertson has 319 career total blocks and ranks 11th for Ohio State. He has 31 solos and 288 assists. Albertson needs 19 total blocks to move past No. 10 Layne Dreven (1004-07) with 337 (16-321). In career assist blocks, Albertson ranks ninth with 288. Ranking No. 8 in career assist blocks is Adam Spitznagle (1993-96) with 315. In career solo blocks, Albertson is tied with Adam Pedersen (2001-04) for 18th with 31. Craig Geibel (1990-93) and Peckham are tied at 16th with 32. Albertson is fifth in career blocks per game at 1.39.
SPURLOCK CONTRIBUTES SEVEN KILLS OFF THE BENCH AT JUNIATA
Ben Spurlock contributed seven kills off the bench at the Juniata match. He added two digs, an assist block, one assist and hit .357 for the match. Spurlock has played in 12 matches this season with seven starts. He is averaging 2.44 points, 2.00 kills, .21 aces, .44 digs and .47 blocks per game. Spurlock has a .391 attack percentage this season.
KEHOE NOW NINTH IN OHIO STATE CAREER ASSISTS
Steven Kehoe recorded 68 assists at Juniata to raise his career total to 756. He has moved to ninth on the Ohio State career assist list passing Dave Hohman (1995-98) with 699. Kehoe added four digs, one kill and one assist block in the match. He has started all 15 matches this season and is averaging 12.66 assists per game. He is averaging 1.18 points, .47 kills, .21 aces, 2.23 digs and .85 blocks per game and is hitting .286.
BERZINS HAS HIS SIXTH DOUBLE-FIGURE DIG MATCH AT JUNIATA
Mik Berzins posted a match-high 12 digs at Juniata for his sixth double-figure dig match of the season. He added a career-high three assists in the match and handled 45 of 48 serve reception attempts against the Eagles. Berzins has played in 14 matches this season and has started at libero in 13. He leads the team in digs per game with a 2.88 average. Berzins has a .959 serve reception percentage.
BUCKEYES IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
Five Buckeyes are nationally ranked in Division I-II statistics released Monday, March 9 by the NCAA. Kevin Heine ranks seventh (.431) in hitting percentage and is 14th in blocks per game at 1.28. OSU setter Steven Kehoe ranks tenth in assist per game at 12.66 and is 25th in digs at 2.23. Libero Mik Berzins ranks ninth in digs per game at 2.88. Ted Schoenfeldt is 27th in hitting percentage at .326 and Robbie Klein, at 3.68 kills per game, ranks 29th.
As a team, the Buckeyes are seventh nationally in blocks per game at 3.11. Ohio State is 12th in assists at 14.04 and 14th in digs at 9.92 per game. OSU ranks 14th in kills per game at 14.83, 15th in hitting percentage at .273 and is 20th in aces per game at 1.17.
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 13th 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 484-271 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
#2 (Div. III) Juniata 3, #13 Ohio State 2
The 13th-ranked Ohio State (7-8 overall, 4-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team dropped a 3-2 (28-30, 30-23, 30-28, 27-30, 15-12) decision at Juniata (9-4) Wednesday at the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center. The Buckeyes trailed, 2-1 before coming back to win game four and send the match to a fifth game. Ohio State’s Ted Schoenfeldt posted a career-high 27.5 points for the Buckeyes with a career-high 26 kills, one ace serve and an assist block. Zach Wanner recorded a team-high 25.0 points for Juniata with 19 kills, four ace serves, a solo block and two assist blocks.
For the match, Juniata hit .338 to .307 for the Buckeyes. Ohio State had a 78-69 advantage in kills and a 73-64 margin in assists. OSU’s Steven Kehoe recorded a match-high 68 assists with Matt Werle recording 60 for Juniata. The Eagles had a 10-5 advantage in ace serves with Wanner collecting a match-high four for Juniata. Ohio State gave up 19 service errors to 17 for Juniata. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 41-33 margin in digs. OSU’s Mik Berzins posted a match-high 12 digs in the contest. At the net, the Eagles recorded 13.5 team blocks to 7.5 for Ohio State. Juniata’s Werle (three solos, two assist blocks) and OSU’s Kevin Heine (one solo, four assist blocks) shared match high honors with five blocks each.
UPCOMING OHIO STATE MATCHES
The Buckeyes return to the road to face George Mason Friday, March 20 and Rutgers-Newark Saturday, March 21 in 7 p.m. matches.