COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 15th-ranked Ohio State (4-6 overall, 1-0 MIVA) men’s volleyball team returns home this week to begin a two-week, four-match homestand beginning with two Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association matches against Quincy (7-11, 0-0). The squads will play 7 p.m. ET matches Thursday and Friday. Last week, Ohio State lost at top-ranked Penn State, 3-0 (30-20, 30-27, 30-21).
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The 15th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 4-6 overall and 1-0 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Buckeyes lost at top-ranked Penn State, 3-0 last week. Leading the Buckeyes in points per game is Robbie Klein with a 4.26 average. Kevin Heine ranks second at 3.50 with Ted Schoenfeldt third at 3.12. Klein is the team leader in kills per game at 3.71. Heine, at 2.79, ranks second and Schoenfeldt is third at 2.47. In attack percentage, Heine has a team-high .423 percentage. Ben Spurlock ranks second at .412 with Steven Kehoe third at .383. At setter,Kehoeis averaging 12.46 assists per game. In aces per game, Schoenfeldt is the team leader at .25 with eight aces. Kehoe ranks second at .23 with eight and Shawn Sangrey is third at .16 with five. Defensively, Mik Berzins leads the squad with a 2.86 digs per game average. Kehoe ranks second at 2.43 with Klein third at 1.11. Sangrey is the team leader in serve reception percentage at .956. Berzins ranks second at .955 with Klein third at .940. At the net, John Albertson has a team-high 1.38 blocks per game average with four solos and 18 assists. Heine, at 1.30, ranks second with two solos and 41 assists. Sangrey is third at .87 with one solo and 26 assists.
As a team, Ohio State is hitting .265 and is averaging 18.87 points, 14.74 kills and 14.03 assists per game. The Buckeyes average .94 aces, 9.86 digs and 3.19 blocks per game while having a .939 serve reception percentage. OSU opponents are hitting .258 and average 19.54 points, 15.51 kills and 14.43 assists per game. They are averaging 1.37 aces, 9.80 digs and 2.66 blocks per game while having a .960 serve reception percentage.
The Hawks, coached by Hadley Foster, are 7-11 this season. Last week Quincy was 1-3 in tournament play at Lees-McRae College. The Hawks lost 3-1 (30-32, 32-30, 30-25, 30-23) to Kings College and defeated Missouri Valley, 3-2 (30-24, 19-30, 30-26, 21-30, 15-13). Quincy lost 3-1 (30-22, 26-30, 30-28, 30-25) to Warner Southern and 3-2 (26-30, 30-24, 21-30, 30-28, 16-14) to Lees-McRae. Leading Quincy in points per game is Peter Coley at 3.50. Joseph Sokol ranks second at 2.79 with Joseph Ascher third at 2.60. Coley has a team-high 2.83 kills per game average for the Hawks. Sokol ranks second at 2.47 with Ascher third at 2.20. Kyle Volstad leads the team in attack percentage at .485. Coley, at .268, ranks second and Ryan Lehmann is third at .212. At setter, Ivan Shirokov has a team-high 8.06 assists per game average. Robert Courtney ranks second at 6.42. In aces per game, Lehmann has a team-high .55 per game average with 18. Coughlin ranks second at .26 with 13 and Ben Schulze is third at .30 with seven. Defensively, Matt Bronson leads the team with a 2.53 digs per game average. Schulze ranks second at 2.13 with Tanner Wright third at 2.00. Collin Cooper has a team-high .921 serve reception percentage. Wright ranks second at .877 with Sokol third at .873. At the net, Coley has a team-high .80 blocks per game average with 10 solos and 23 assist blocks. Coughlin ranks second at .78 with 11 solos and 28 assist blocks. Volstad, at .72, ranks third with six solos and 15 assists.
As a team, Quincy is averaging 16.39 points and 12.70 kills per game while hitting .195. The Hawks average 1.45 aces, 10.34 digs and 2.25 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .181 and average 12.21 points and 10.25 kills per game. Hawk opponents average .69 aces, 7.30 digs and 1.27 blocks per game.
Ohio State leads the series with Quincy, 36-1. In Columbus, the Buckeyes are 22-0 and at Quincy, 14-1. OSU has won the last 29 matches in the series. Last season both matches were played at Quincy. Ohio State won both in 3-0 sweeps, (30-23, 30-14, 30-19 and 30-19, 30-28, 30-17).
KLEIN COLLECTS A TEAM-HIGH 12.5 POINTS AT PENN STATE
Robbie Klein recorded a team-high 12.5 points at Penn State last Saturday. He had 11 kills, one ace serve and one assist block while hitting .364. He handled 12 serve reception attempts without an error. Klein has started all 12 matches this season and is hitting .223. He is averaging team highs of 4.26 points and 3.71 kills per game. Klein is averaging .11 aces, 1.11 digs and .74 blocks per game. He has a .940 serve reception percentage.
KLEIN IN CAREER STATISTICS
Robbie Klein is ninth on the Ohio State career kills list with 1,084. 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 ranks second at .32 per game and ranks fourth in ace serves with 106. He needs two 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. Klein has 1,290.5 career points and has moved to eighth on the Buckeye career list passing Chris Fash (1998-01) with 1,281.5. Seventh on the list is Andy Cole (2003-06) with 1,335.0 points.
ALBERTSON HITS A SEASON-HIGH .636 AT PENN STATE
John Albertson hit a season-high .636 at Penn State. His previous season high was .625 (5-0-8) against Stanford. Albertson missed the last five matches prior to Penn State. He posted a season-high eight kills against the Nittany Lions, adding an ace serve and three assists blocks for 10.5 points. Albertson has started the five matches he has played. He is averaging 2.81 points, 1.94 kills, and a team-high 1.38 blocks per game. He is hitting .400 on the season.
ALBERTSON IN CAREER STATISTICS
John Albertson added three assist blocks to his career totals and ranks 12th in total blocks with 299. He has 24 solos and 275 assists. He needs six total blocks to move past No. 11 Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 304 (32-272). In assist blocks, Albertson moved out of a tie for 10th with Peckham (272) in assist blocks with 275. He needs 12 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 COLLECTS SEVEN POINTS AT PENN STATE
Kevin Heine recorded seven points at Penn State with six kills and an ace serve. On the season, he has played in all 10 matches with nine starts. Heine is averaging 3.50 points, 2.79 kills and 1.30 blocks per game. He is hitting .423 on the season.
SCHOENFELDT ADDS 5.5 POINTS AT PENN STATE
Ted Schoenfeldt had 5.5 points in the Penn State match. He recorded five kills and one assist block against the Nittany Lions. Schoenfeldt has played in nine matches this season with eight starts. He is averaging 3.12 points, 2.47 kills, .25 aces, .84 digs and .72 blocks per game while hitting .271.
KLANAC HAS FOUR STARTS ON THE SEASON
John Klanac started his fourth match of the season, recording three kills and five digs at Penn State. In serve reception attempts, he handled 26 of 28. Klanac is averaging 3.36 points, 2.93 kills, .14 aces, 1.29 digs and .50 blocks per game this season. He has a .958 serve reception percentage.
KEHOE HAS 33 ASSISTS AT PENN STATE
Steven Kehoe recorded 33 assists at Penn State last week. He added three digs, one kill and an assist block. Kehoe has started all 10 matches this season at setter. He is averaging 12.46 assists per game. Kehoe is averaging 1.34 points, .60 kills, .23 aces, 2.43 digs and .86 blocks per game while hitting.383.
KEHOE IN CAREER STATISTICS
Steven Kehoe ranks 10th in Ohio State career assists with 521. Ninth on the career list is Dave Hohman (1995-98) with 699.
BERZINS TOPS TEAM IN SERVE RECEPTION ATTEMPTS
Mik Berzins is the team leader in serve reception attempts with 287. He has a serve reception percentage of .955. Berzins had three digs and an assist at Penn State and handled 30 of 31 serve reception attempts. Berzins has played in all 10 matches this season and started the last nine at libero. He has a team-high 2.86 digs per game average on the season.
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. He played in one game at Penn State recording a kill. Spurlock did not play against Rutgers-Newark and George Mason. He has played in seven matches this season with four starts. Spurlock is averaging 2.47 points, 2.05 kills and .65 blocks per game. He is hitting .412.
SANGREY HAS EIGHT STARTS ON THE SEASON
Shawn Sangrey has started eight of nine matches he has played for the Buckeyes. Off the bench at Penn State, he had three kills and a dig. On the season, Sangrey is averaging 2.84 points, 2.23 kills, .16 aces, 1.00 digs and .87 blocks per game. He has a .956 serve reception percentage.
BUCKEYES IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
Five Buckeyes are nationally ranked in Division I-II statistics released Monday, Feb. 16 by the NCAA. Kevin Heine ranks eighth (.423) in hitting percentage and is 14th in blocks per game at 1.30. OSU setter Steven Kehoe ranks 11th in assist per game at 12.46 and is 22nd in digs at 2.43. Libero Mik Berzins ranks eighth in digs per game at 2.86. Ted Schoenfeldt is 46th in hitting percentage at. 271 and Robbie Klein, at 3.71 kills per game, ranks 26th.
As a team, the Buckeyes are sixth nationally in blocks per game at 3.19. Ohio State is 11th in assists (14.03) and 14th in digs (9.86) per game. OSU ranks 13th in kills per game at 14.74, 17th in hitting percentage at .265 and is 33rd in aces per game at .94.
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 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 481-269 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
Penn State 3, Ohio State 0
The 14th-ranked Ohio State (4-6 overall) men’s volleyball team fell, 3-0 (20-30, 27-30, 21-30) to top-ranked Penn State (10-0) last Saturday night in Rec Hall. Buckeye Robbie Klein posted a team-high 12.5 points in the match with 11 kills, an ace serve and an assist block. Will Price recorded a match-high 15.5 points for the Nittany Lions with 15 kills and an assist block.
In the match, Penn State hit .529 to .264 for the Buckeyes. The Nittany Lions had a 56-38 margin in kills and a 51-36 advantage in assists. Penn State’s Edgardo Goas posted a match-high 47 assists. The Nittany Lions had a four-to-three edge in ace serves with Ryan Sweitzer posting a match-high three. Ohio State gave up 14 service errors to 13 for the Nittany Lions. Penn State enjoyed a 24-13 margin in digs with Dennis Del Valle posting a match-high eight. At the net, the Nittany Lions had a seven-to-three margin in team blocks. John Albertson (three assists), Max Lipsitz (one solo and two assists) and Max Holt (one solo and two assists) shared match-high honors with three total blocks each.
UPCOMING OHIO STATE MATCHES
The Buckeyes complete a four-match home stand by hosting Loyola-Chicago and Lewis in Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association contests. Ohio State faces the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers Friday, Feb. 27 and the Lewis Flyers Saturday, Feb. 28 in 7 p.m. ET matches in St. John Arena. Admission is free.