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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 10th-ranked (tie) Ohio State (2-2) men’s volleyball team begins conference play in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association at 7 p.m. ET Friday at IPFW (3-1). The match in the Hilliard Gates Sports Center is the first league match for both teams.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Tenth-ranked Ohio State, coached by Pete Hanson, has a 2-2 overall record. Last week the Buckeyes won home matches against St. Francis, 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-19) and George Mason, 3-1 (29-27, 25-21, 20-25, 25-17). Shawn Sangrey leads the team with a 3.85 points per set average. Kevin Heine ranks second at 3.57 with John Klanac third at 3.38. Heine has a team-high 3.00 kills per set average. Klanac ranks second at 2.94 with Sangrey third at 2.77. In attack percentage, Heine leads the squad with a .459 percentage. Grayson Overman ranks second at .426 with Klanac third at .350. Setter Steven Kehoe has an 12.19 assists per set average. Sangrey has a team-high .54 aces per set average with seven. Kehoe ranks second at .31 (5) and Overman is third at .29 (4). Defensively, Mik Berzins is averaging a team-high 1.81 digs per set with 29. Sangrey ranks second at 1.46 (19) with Klanac third at 1.38 (22). Berzins has a team-high .969 serve reception percentage handling 95 of 98 attempts. Klanac ranks second at .964 (81 of 84) and Jason Tobkin his third at .954 (62 of 65). At the net, Sangrey has a team-high 1.00 blocks per set average with a solo and 12 assist blocks. Overman ranks second at .93 with 13 assists. Heine, at .87, is third with four solos and nine assist blocks.

Ohio State is averaging 17.41 points, 13.75 kills and 13.25 assists per set while hitting .331. The Buckeyes average 1.50 aces, 8.12 digs and 2.16 blocks per set and have a .970 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 16.22 points, 13.06 kills and 12.44 assists per set while hitting .323. They average .56 aces, 6.94 digs and 2.59 blocks per set and have a .923 serve reception percentage.

BUCKEYES BEGIN DEFENSE OF MIVA TITLE
Ohio State opens play in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Friday at IPFW looking for its fifth consecutive regular season title. The only team in the MIVA to win five consecutive titles was Ball State from 1964 to 1968.

A LOOK AT IPFW
IPFW, coached by Arnie Ball, is 3-1 overall. Last week the Mastodons split a pair of matches at home with Pacific. IPFW lost 3-1 (25-20, 28-26, 25-27, 25-21) in the first match and won 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-21) in the second. Elon Fyfield has a team-high 4.00 points per set average with Darryl Shank ranking second at 3.82 and Eddie Rivera Marin third at 2.62. Shank leads the team in kills per set at 3.18. Fyfield ranks second at 3.15 with Rivera Marin third at 1.92. At setter, Adam Quinn is averaging a team-high 9.50 assists per set with Dan Mader second at 5.45. Phil Peterson has a team leading .31 aces per set average with four. Quinn, at .25, ranks second with two and Shank is third at .18 with two. Defensively, Shaun Dryden has a team-high 2.40 digs per set average. Rivera Marin ranks second at 2.08 with Shank third at 1.64. Shanks leads the team in serve reception percentage at .984 handling 61 of 62 attempts. Dryden, at .948, ranks second (55 of 58) and Rivera Marin is third at .922 (47 of 51). At the net, Rob Samp has a team-high 1.45 blocks per set with a solo and 15 assists. Peterson, at 1.15, ranks second with 15 assist blocks and Fyfield is third at 1.08 with four solos and 10 assists.

IPFW is averaging 17.23 points, 12.85 kills and 11.69 assists per set while hitting .283. The Mastodons average 1.08 aces, 10.15 digs and 3.31 blocks per set and have a .947 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 13.38 points, 10.92 kills and 9.92 assists per set while hitting .152. IPFW opponents average .92 aces, 9.31 digs and 1.54 blocks per set and have a .948 serve reception percentage.

OSU SERIES WITH IPFW
Ohio State has a 64-33 series record with IPFW. The Buckeyes are 20-19 in Ft. Wayne, 35-11 in Columbus and 9-3 at neutral site matches. Ohio State has won the last six matches against the Mastodons including a 3-0 (30-16, 34-32, 30-24) win in Columbus and a 3-2 (30-26, 30-21, 29-31, 24-30, 15-12) victory in Ft. Wayne last season.

PLAYER NOTES:

#1 STEVEN KEHOE
With 95 assists last week, Steven Kehoe has moved to fifth in Ohio State career assists with 2,889. He moved past Chuck Voss (1990-93) with 2,836. Fourth on the list is Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 4,723. Kehoe ranks seventh in assists per set at 11.03. He has moved to 10th in career aces with 69 passing Angel Aja (1997-00) with 65. Next on the list in ninth-ranked Mark Greaves (2003-06) with 73. Kehoe ranks ninth in aces per set at .26. In digs per set, he is ranked 16th with a 1.62 average.

#2 KEVIN HEINE
Kevin Heine has moved to 15th in OSU career total blocks with 274. He has 22 solos and 252 assist blocks. Heine moved past Chris Fash (1998-01) with 273 (30-243). Angel Aja ranks 14th on the list with 293 (29-264). Heine is 15th in career assist blocks and needs two to pass No. 14 Steve Potter (1992-95) with 253. He ranks 10th in blocks per set with a 1.16 average.

#8 JOHN KLANAC
John Klanac is ranked 19th in kills per set at 3.09 and is 18th in aces per set at .21. He is ranked 19th in points per set at 3.60.

#15 MIK BERZINS
Mik Berzins ranks 17th in career digs with 486. He needs 23 digs to pass No. 16 Robbie Klein (2006-09) with 508. Berzins is the Ohio State career leader in digs per set with a 2.52 average.

OHIO STATE RANKED 10TH IN AVCA WEEKLY POLL
Ohio State is ranked 10th in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll. The Buckeyes opened the season ranked seventh. OSU received 145 points in the poll and is the highest ranked team in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Two other MIVA teams are ranked with Ball State at 12th and Loyola-Chicago 14th. Lewis is receiving votes. Southern California is ranked first in the poll.

BUCKEYES PICKED TO WIN MIVA
By a vote of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association coaches, Ohio State has been picked as the preseason favorite to win the conference title. The Buckeyes received 47 votes and six of the seven first place votes. Lewis was second with 39 votes and one first place vote. Loyola-Chicago was third (38 votes), Ball State fourth (29) and IPFW fifth (21) while Grand Canyon and Quincy tied for sixth (11).

FOUR BUCKEYES NAMED TO PRESEASON MIVA ALL-CONFERENCE SQUAD
Ohio State’s Mik Berzins, Steve Kehoe, John Klanac and Shawn Sangrey have been named to the 10-player 2011 MIVA Preseason All-Conference team. Berzins, a 6-1 libero, averaged 2.06 digs per set last season and was a second team all-conference selection. Kehoe, a 6-3 setter, averaged 13.59 assists and 1.85 digs per set in conference play last season and is a two-time first team all-conference selection. He was the 2010 MIVA Player of the Year. Klanac, a 6-4 outside hitter, averaged 4.21 kills and 1.26 digs per set while hitting .329 in conference play. He was a 2010 MIVA first team selection and a second team selection in 2009. Sangrey, a 6-5 opposite, hit .281 in conference play last season while averaging 4.76 kills, 1.53 digs and .91 blocks per set. He was a MIVA first team selection in 2010.

Also named to the team were Mike Bunting and Mike Hutz of Loyola-Chicago, Ian Karbiener and Brian Muesenfechter of Lewis, J.D. Gasparovic of Ball State and Darryl Shank of IPFW.

HEAD COACH PETE HANSON
Pete Hanson is in his 27th season at Ohio State. He has a 517-284 record with the Buckeyes and has won 13 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championships, including 2010. Named the MIVA Coach of the Year 10 times, including last year, 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 nine times including back-to-back appearances in 2000 (runner-up) and 2001 (semifinalist) and three consecutive appearances in 2008,  2009 and 2010 (all semifinals).

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