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April 27, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 10th-ranked Ohio State (22-7 overall) men’s volleyball team continues play in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament Semifinals at 5 p.m. Central Friday at Loyola-Chicago facing 15th-ranked Ball State (17-14). The Buckeyes are the second seed in the tournament with Ball State seeded third. The winning squad advances to the MIVA Tournament Championship match Saturday at 4 p.m. Central at Loyola-Chicago to face the winner of top-seeded Loyola (26-2) against #4 IPFW (12-16) that will be played at 7 p.m. Central Friday. The Saturday championship match will be telecast live by CSTV.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 22-7 on the season. They finished second in the MIVA with a 14-2 record. The Buckeyes are currently 10th in the USA TODAY/CSTV Top 15 Coaches Poll. Last week the Buckeyes defeated seventh seed Quincy, 3-1 (30-19, 25-30, 30-23, 30-17) in a quarterfinal match of the MIVA Tournament.

OHIO STATE BY THE NUMBERS
Mark Greaves (Jr., Fenton, Mo.) leads the Buckeyes in points per game at 4.96 with Andy Cole (Jr., Glendale, Wis.) averaging 4.19. Greaves is averaging a team-high 4.47 kills (380) per game with Cole second at 3.72 (275). Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) is hitting a team-high .476 with Scott Spurlock (Sr., Stow, Ohio) second at .410. Setter Daniel Mathews (Fr., Shorewood, Wis.) is averaging 13.16 assists (1,303) per game and is averaging a team-high .31 aces per game with a team-high 31 aces. Greaves is second in aces per game at .20 (17). Mike Wauligman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) leads the team in digs per game with a 1.95 average on 172 digs with libero Conor Martin (Fr., Avon Lake, Ohio) second at 1.81 (170). At the net, Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) has a team-high 1.43 blocks per game average with Spurlock second at 1.12. Dreven has six solos and 128 assists while Spurlock has six solos and 103 assists. The Buckeyes are hitting .329 and average 15.85 kills per game. OSU averages 1.22 aces, 9.32 digs and 2.98 blocks per game. Ohio State opponents are hitting .242 and average 14.05 kills per game. Buckeye opponents average .78 aces, 8.02 digs and 2.23 blocks per game.

A LOOK AT BALL STATE
The 15th-ranked Cardinals are coached by Joel Walton. Third seeded Ball State has a 17-14 overall record and finished tied for third in the MIVA with a 10-6 mark. The Cardinals advanced to the MIVA Tournament Semifinals with a 3-1 (26-30, 31-29, 30-18, 30-22) home victory over Mercyhurst.

BALL STATE BY THE NUMBERS
Cardinal Nick Meyer averages a team-high 4.88 points per game with Luis Castera second at 3.76. Meyer leads the team in kills (340) per game with a 4.15 average. Castera ranks second at 3.28 (305). Leading the team in hitting percentage is Dave Carlson at .490. Zoran Grabovac, at .351, ranks second. Setter Dave Carlson averages 12.22 assists (1,088) per game for Ball State. Meyer averages .35 aces (29) per game to lead the Cardinals. Carlson ranks second at .27 (24). Defensively, Evan Berg has a team-high 2.56 digs (269) per game average. Ian Peckler at 2.38 (231) ranks second. At the net, Andrew Braley is the team leader in blocks per game at 1.14 with 12 solos and 79 assists. Grabovac ranks second at .98 with 11 solos and 86 assists. Ball State is hitting .238 and averages 15.02 kills per game. The Cardinals average 1.25 aces, 10.72 digs and 2.47 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .229 and average 13.67 kills per game. Cardinal opponents average 1.06 aces, 9.56 digs and 2.96 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – BALL STATE SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Ball State, 74-73. OSU won both meetings this season, winning 3-0 (30-19, 30-21, 30-22) in Columbus and 3-2 (30-21, 29-31, 25-30, 30-21, 15-10) at Ball State. The Buckeyes won the last time the squads played in the MIVA Tournament, a 3-1 (30-22, 22-30, 30-19, 30-24) semifinal victory at Quincy in 2001.

REVIEWING THE LAST BALL STATE MATCH
On April 1, Ohio State rallied after trailing 2-1 to defeat Ball State, 3-2 (30-21, 29-31, 26-30, 30-21, 15-10) in Munice. OSU’s Mark Greaves scored a match-high 22 points with 19 kills, an ace serve and four assist blocks. Layne Dreven contributed 16 points with 11 kills and 10 assist blocks. Luis Castera had a team-high 19 points for Ball State with 18 kills and two assist blocks. OSU hit .265 in the match to .161 for Ball State. The Cardinals had a 72-70 margin in kills while OSU had a 3-2 advantage in ace serves. Ball State gave up 14 service errors to 13 for OSU. Defensively, Ball State had a 71-61 margin in digs with Cardinal Ian Peckler recording 19 digs. At the net, OSU had a 17.5 to eight advantage in team blocks with OSU’s Dreven collecting a match-high 10 assist blocks. BSU setter Dave Carlson had 64 assists in the match to 53 for OSU’s Daniel Mathews.

A LOOK AT LOYOLA
The ninth-ranked Ramblers are coached by Shane Davis. Top-seeded Loyola has a 26-2 overall record and won the MIVA regular season championship with a 15-1 mark. The Ramblers advanced to the MIVA Tournament semifinals with a 3-0 (30-16, 30-22, 30-23) home win over Clarke.

LOYOLA BY THE NUMBERS
Rambler Scott Greene leads the team in points per game with a 4.70 average. Chris Kozlarek ranks second at 4.49. Greene has a team-high 3.95 kills per game average with Kozlarek second at 3.73. Leading the team in hitting percentage at .485 is James Grunst. Corey Kloos ranks second at .484. At setter, Brian Guntli averages 13.24 assists per game on 1,218 assists. Green has a team-high .42 aces (42) per game average with Kozlarek second at .35 (35). Defensively, Krystian Krzyzak has a team-high 2.63 digs (258) per game average with Greene second at 1.87 (187). At the net, Grunst leads the team in blocks per game with a 1.54 average with 19 solos and 135 assists. Kloos is second in blocking at .90 with 15 solos and 70 assists. Loyola is hitting .361 and averages 16.20 kills per game. The Ramblers average 1.43 aces, 9.92 digs and 2.72 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .200 and average 13.17 kills per game. Rambler opponents average .88 aces, 8.41 digs and 1.87 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – LOYOLA SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Loyola, 16-8. The squads split their conference matches this season with Loyola winning at home, 3-1 (27-30, 30-20, 30-15, 30-26) and Ohio State winning in Columbus, 3-1 (30-25, 30-26, 24-30, 30-27). The two teams last played in the MIVA Tournament in 2002 with Loyola winning, 3-2 (30-24, 30-25, 25-30, 22-30, 16-14) in a semifinal match played at Ball State.

REVIEWING THE LAST LOYOLA MATCH
On April 9, Ohio State defeated Loyola, 3-1 (30-25, 30-26, 24-30, 30-27) to end the Ramblers 21-match winning streak. OSU’s Mark Greaves had a career-high 27 points on a career-high 27 kills. Loyola’s Corey Kloos had a team-high 20 points with 17 kills, an ace serve, a solo block and an assist block. For the match, the Buckeyes hit .352 to Loyola’s .304. OSU had a 79-64 advantage in kills and a two to one margin in ace serves. Each squad had 12 service errors. Defensively, Ohio State had a 55-42 margin in digs with Greaves recording a match-high 14 for OSU with Mike Wauligman adding 13 and Conor Martin 12. At the net, Loyola had an 11 to seven advantage in team blocks. Ramblers’ James Grunst and Chris Kozlarek shared match-high honors in blocks with six each. Grunst had a solo and five assists while Kozlarek collected two solos and four assists. OSU setter Daniel Mathews recorded a career-high 70 assists in the match to 56 for Loyola’s Brian Guntli.

A LOOK AT IPFW
The fourth-seeded Mastodons are coached by Arnie Ball. IPFW has a 12-16 overall record this season and was 8-8 in the MIVA, finishing in fifth place.. The Mastodons advanced to the MIVA Tournament semifinals with a 3-2 (30-21, 24-30, 22-30, 30-22, 16-14) home victory over Findlay.

IPFW BY THE NUMBERS
The Mastodons top scorer is Matt Zbyszewski with a 5.97 points per game average with Serdar Sikca second at 3.48. Leading the team in kills per game at 5.02 is Zbyszewski. Sikca ranks second at 2.54. Sikca leads the team in hitting percentage at .421. Ranking second is Josh Stewart at .346. At setter, Mike Randolph averages 8.76 assists (753) per game with Mike Daiga averaging 5.28 (428). In ace serves, Zbyszewski leads the team with a .42 average on 46 aces. Randolph (.19) and Brock Ullrich (.16) have 16 aces each. Defensively, Zbyszewski has a team-high 2.06 digs (227) per game average with Mike Morici second at 1.95 (195). At the net, Sikca leads the team in blocks per game at 1.44. He has 25 solos and 131 assist blocks. Stewart ranks second at 1.15 with 10 solos and 108 assists. IPFW is averaging 12.85 kills per game and is hitting .260. The Mastodons average 1.12 aces, 8.90 digs and 2.96 blocks per game. Opponents are averaging 15.54 kills per game and has a .268 hitting percentage. Mastodon opponents average 1.42 aces, 10.15 digs and 2.21 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – IPFW SERIES
Ohio State has a 55-30 lead in the series with IPFW. The Buckeyes won both matches this season, winning 3-0 (30-21, 33-31, 30-21) in Columbus and 3-2 (28-30, 29-31, 31-29, 30-18, 15-11) in Columbus. The teams last played in the MIVA Tournament in 2003 with IPFW winning 3-2 (30-28, 22-30, 27-30, 30-28, 15-11) in a quarterfinal match at Ohio State.

REVIEWING THE LAST IPFW MATCH
Ohio State defeated IPFW, 3-2 (28-30, 29-31, 31-29, 30-18, 15-11) in a come-from-behind effort that saw IPFW up 2-0 and serving match point at 29-28 in game three. A Stuart Katz kill stopped the game point and two setter dumps by Daniel Mathews gave OSU a 31-29 win in the game. OSU’s Mark Greaves had a team-high 29.5 points with 26 kills, an ace serve and five assist blocks while IPFW’s Matt Zbyszewski had 32.5 points with 30 kills and five assist blocks. The Buckeye victory came in part from the bench play of Katz (nine points), Brett Versen (10.5 points) and Sam Stevens (15.5 points). OSU hit .268 for the match to .191 for IPFW. The Buckeyes had a 79-60 margin in kills while the Mastodons had a four to three advantage in ace serves. Defensively, OSU had a 58-28 margin in digs with Greaves and Conor Martin sharing match-high honors with 11 digs each. At the net, OSU had a 17 to 14.5 edge in team blocks with Buckeye Scott Spurlock collecting a match-high nine total blocks with on solo and eight assists. OSU setter Mathews had 66 assists in the match and was named the MIVA Player of the Week for his play. IPFW setter Mike Randolph had 52 assists for the Mastodons.

REVIEWING THE QUINCY MATCH
Ohio State defeated Quincy, 3-1 (30-19, 26-30, 30-23, 30-27) in a quarterfinal match of the MIVA Tournament. OSU’s Mark Greaves had a match-high 22 points and Scott Spurlock contributed a career-high 20 points for the Buckeyes. Greaves had a match-high 20 kills (.342) with an ace serve and two assists blocks. Spurlock equaled his career-high of 15 kills (.636), adding two ace serves, a solo block and four assist blocks in the contest. Quincy’s Branden Been posted a team-high 16 points for the Hawks with Jon Moreno adding 14.5. Been had a team-high 14 kills (.500) and four assist blocks. Moreno contributed 13 kills (.296) and three assist blocks. For the match, Ohio State hit .374 to Quincy’s .277. The Buckeyes had a 69-60 advantage in kills and had a seven to five edge in ace serves. Quincy gave up 12 service errors to 10 for OSU. Defensively, Ohio State had a 42-34 margin in digs with Mike Wauligman recorded a match-high 10 for the Buckeyes. At the net, Quincy posted an 11 to nine advantage in team blocks. John Markendorf had a match-high six assist blocks for Quincy while Spurlock had a team-high five total blocks (1 solo, four assists) for Ohio State. Buckeye setter Daniel Mathews had a match-high 58 assists while Niels Pedersen posted 51 assists for Quincy.

REVIEWING THE 2004 MIVA TOURNAMENT
Fifth-seeded Lewis defeated second-seeded Ball State, 3-2 to win the 2004 MIVA Tournament hosted by Ohio State. In the quarterfinals (hosted by the higher seed), top-seed Ohio State defeated Quincy, 3-0, #5 Lewis defeated #4 IPFW, 3-1, #3 Loyola defeated #6 Mercyhurst, 3-0 and #2 Ball State defeated #7 Findlay, 3-0. In semifinal play, #5 Lewis defeated #1 Ohio State, 3-1 and #2 Ball State defeated #3 Loyola, 3-0. Named to the MIVA All-Tournament team were Andy Cole of Ohio State, Mike Alesch of Loyola, Jary Delgado and Keith Schunzel of Ball State, Jared Dayton and Ryan Stuntz of Lewis. Jeff Soler of Lewis was named the MIVA Tournament Most Valuable Player.

OHIO STATE IN THE MIVA TOURNAMENT
Ohio State has won the MIVA Tournament eight times, second to Ball State with 14 tournament championships. IPFW and Lewis have won three each with Kellogg Community College winning once. The 2003 Tournament championship by Lewis was later forfeited. The Buckeyes last won the Tournament in 2000 and 2001.

SPURLOCK RECORDS A CAREER-HIGH 20 POINTS AGAINST QUINCY
Scott Spurlock produced a career-high 20 points against Quincy last week. He had 15 kills, two ace serves, a solo block and four assists for his points and added two digs and an assist against the Hawks. Spurlock’s 15 kills tied his career-high of 15 set against IPFW in 2003. His previous best in points was 19.5 in the IPFW match. Against Quincy, he hit .636 with only one error in his 22 swings. His five total blocks in the match has moved into sole possession of fifth place on the OSU career total blocks list with 384 (17 solos, 367 assists). He had been tied for fifth with Adam Spitznagle (1993-96) at 379 (63-315). Spurlock now needs seven total blocks to pass No. 4 Gary Wrobel (1994-97) with 390 (64-326).

GREAVES HAS MATCH-HIGH 22 POINTS AGAINST QUINCY
Mark Greaves had a match-high 22 points in the Quincy match with a match-high 20 kills (.342), an ace serve and two assist blocks. He added six digs and an assist against the Hawks. His 20 kills marked the ninth consecutive match with double figure kills and the fourth match in the last five that he has had 20 or more kills in a match. His ace serve in the match gives him 66 career aces and moves him into solo possession of seventh place on the OSU career aces list. Greaves had been tied for seventh with Angel Aja (1997-00) with 65. In the NCAA national statistics, Greaves is ranked 12 kills kills per game at 4.47 and is 13th in points at 4.97 per game.

MATHEWS MOVES TO FOURTH IN CAREER ASSISTS PER GAME
Daniel Mathews, with 58 assists against Quincy, improved his career assist per game average to 13.16 and has moved to fourth on the OSU career list. He has moved past Chuck Voss (1990-92) AT 13.13 and Mark Peckham (2000-04) at 13.16. Mathews has 1,303 career assists on the season and ranks sixth on the OSU career list. Against Quincy, he added eight digs, three kills, two assist blocks, and two ace serves. In the NCAA national statistics released this week, Mathews ranks sixth with a 13.16 assists per game average.

KATZ HAS THE START AGAINST QUINCY
Stuart Katz’s (Sr., Port Washington, N.Y.) started in his sixth match of the season against Quincy last week. He recorded 15 points in the contest with 12 kills (.259), an ace serve and four assist blocks against the Hawks. His four assist blocks established new career highs in assist blocks and total blocks. His previous best in assist blocks was two in five matches and his previous best in total blocks was three (1-2) at Ball State earlier this season. Katz also recorded seven digs in the match against the Hawks.

WAULIGMAN PRODUCES DOUBLE-DOUBLE AGAINST QUINCY
Mike Wauligman produced his fifth double-double of the season against Quincy with his 12 kills (.269) and 10 digs. He also contributed four assists against the Hawks. Wauligman leads the team in digs with 172 and digs per game at 1.95.

DREVEN LEADS SQUAD IN HITTING PERCENTAGE AND BLOCKS PER GAME
Layne Dreven had six kill (.455) four assist blocks and an ace serve against Quincy last week. On the season, he is hitting .476 and is averaging 1.43 blocks per game to lead the Buckeyes. Dreven has 205 kills and averages 2.18 per game. He has a team-high 128 assist blocks and with six solo blocks has a team leading 134 total blocks on the season.

MARTIN AT LIBERO
Conor Martin has started at libero in 22 matches including the last 21. He has a 1.81 digs per game average on 170 digs on the season, ranking second in both categories for the Buckeyes. Last week Martin had seven digs against Quincy.

DREVEN IS MIVA STATISTICAL CHAMPION IN HITTING PERCENTAGE
Layne Dreven finished the MIVA Conference season as the top statistical percentage hitter in the league with a .515 average. He also finished third in blocking with a 1.42 per game average. In statistics for all matches, Dreven ranks 10th in hitting percentage at .476 and is fifth in blocks per game at 1.43. Scott Spurlock was fourth in hitting percentage at .436 and was eighth in blocking at 1.09. Setter Daniel Mathews, with a 13.20 assists per game average finished second in assists and was fourth in aces per game at .36. Mark Greaves finished third in kills per game with a 4.60 average and was ninth in hitting percentage at .352. Libero Conor Martin had a 2.31 digs per game average to finish sixth in the league with Mike Wauligman ninth at 2.08.

BUCKEYES REMAIN 10TH IN USA TODAY/CSTV COACHES POLL
Ohio State moved to 10th in the latest USA TODAY/CSTV Coaches Poll released this week. The Buckeyes had been in the 11th spot for three weeks. Ohio State went from 87 points to 94 points in the poll this week. The Buckeyes began the season ranked tenth.

OSU HAS FOUR NAMED ALL-CONFERENCE, MATHEWS, FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Ohio had four played named to the MIVA All-Conference team. Mark Greaves and Layne Dreven were named to the first team while Andy Cole and Daniel Mathews were second team selections. In addition, Mathews was named the MIVA Freshman of the Year. Loyola’s Scott Greene was selected the Player of the Year and Shane Davis of Loyola was the Coach of the Year. BUCKEYES’ CONFERENCE HOME WINNING STREAK NOW 16 MATCHES
Ohio State has won its last 16 consecutive home MIVA regular season conference matches (8 in 2005 and 8 in 2004) over the last two years. OSU’s last home conference loss was at the end of the 2003 season, a 0-3 (30-28, 30-22, 34-32) loss to Ball State on April 12, 2003.

MATHEWS NAMED TO GOLDEN DOME CLASSIC TEAM
Daniel Mathews was named to the Golden Dome Classic team for his play last week against Rutgers-Newark and Penn State. He had 47 assists against the Scarlet Raiders, adding four digs, two kills and two assist blocks. In the Penn State match he had 35 assists, three digs, three total blocks (1-2) and a kill. Mathews averaged 13.67 assists per game on the weekend.

MATHEWS NAMED MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK – April 18, 2005
Daniel Mathews (Fr., Shorewood, Wis.) had an outstanding weekend in leading Ohio State to a 3-0 (30-25, 30-22, 30-16) home win over Findlay and a 3-2 (28-30, 29-31, 31-29, 30-18, 15-11) come-from-behind victory at IPFW. Mathews had two kills and 39 assists against the Oilers. Defensively, he shared match-high honors with eight digs and contributed seven total blocks (one solo and six assists) against Findlay. At IPFW, he equaled his career-high of five kills (four times) adding an ace serve and posting 66 assists. He produced seven digs and five assist blocks for the defense. Two of his kills came with OSU down 2-0 in games and tied 29-29 in the third game as he successfully scored kills on two consecutive plays on the second contact to win the game, 31-29. IPFW was serving match point at 29-28 but was stopped by a Stuart Katz kill. Katz, Brett Versen and Sam Stevens came off the bench and played much of the match collecting 35 points (29 kills, a solo block, 10 assist blocks) of OSU’s 99 points. Mathews was exceptional in blending the bench players into the offense and securing the victory for OSU. His combined 105 assists on the weekend gives him 1,245 for his career and has moved him to sixth on the OSU career assist list. Mathews averaged 13.12 assists per game to power the offense and recorded 1.88 digs and 1.50 blocks per game, contributing to OSU’s defensive play.

GREAVES NAMED AVCA NATIONAL AND MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK – April 11, 2005
Mark Greaves an outside hitter has been chosen the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s National Player of the Week and the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week. Greaves paced the Buckeyes to wins over 14th-ranked Lewis and eighth-ranked Loyola-Chicago last week. He posted averages of 7.29 points, 7.29 kills and 2.71 digs per game while hitting .519 on 77 attacks. Greaves had back-to-back nights of career-high kills. He started with 24 kills on a .556 attack percentage versus Lewis on April 8. He added five digs and 31 errorless service receptions in the three-game victory. Greaves turned in 11 of his 24 kills in the second game. He sparked the Buckeyes to a four-game win over Loyola-Chicago on April 9 as Ohio State snapped the Ramblers’ 21-match win streak. Greaves produced a new career-high 27 kills in the match on a .488 attack percentage. He added a season-high 14 digs, three assists and 26 errorless service receptions in the victory. Greaves hits .339 for the season with per game averages of 4.86 points, 4.37 kills and 1.44 digs per game.

DREVEN NAMED AVCA NATIONAL AND MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Mar 28, 2005
Layne Dreven, a 6-8 junior middle blocker for 12th-ranked The Ohio State University (16-6, 9-2 MIVA), has been chosen the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Player of the Week and the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week. Dreven produced a school-record tying hitting percentage as the Buckeyes swept Findlay on March 25. He contributed a perfect hitting performance of 10 kills on 10 attacks as Ohio State defeated Findlay 30-17, 30-23, 30-22. Dreven added three block assists and two digs in the victory. He averaged 3.83 points, 3.33 kills, 1.00 blocks and 0.67 digs per game for the match and week. His performance equals hitting percentages previously reached by former Buckeyes Colin McMillan in 1998 against Tri-State and Gary Wrobel versus Thomas More in 1996. Dreven averages 3.19 points, 2.23 kills, 1.52 blocks and 0.24 digs per game while hitting a team-best .489 for the season. An Ohio State student-athlete has earned the national honor seven times.

Mark Greaves NAMED MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK – March 7, 2005
Mark Greaves has been selected as the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week. Greaves averaged 4.90 points per game while hitting .405 in 3-0 MIVA league wins over Clarke (30-11, 30-21, 30-22) and IPFW (30-21, 33-31, 30-21) last week. He had six kills, five digs and an ace serve in the Clarke match while playing in just two games. Against IPFW, he had a match-high 17.5 points with a match-high 15 kills, three assist blocks and an ace serve. He hit .480 in the match and added six digs. For the two matches, Greaves hit .405 and averaged 4.20 kills per game. He posted 11 digs (2.20 per game), three assist blocks (.60) and two ace serves (.40) for the week. His play help extend Ohio State’s 20-match regular season home winning streak and its 12-match conference home winning streak.

HISTORY OF OSU MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
The Ohio State men’s volleyball program began in 1968 under head coach Karl Dunlap. In the 38-year history of the program, the Buckeyes have compiled an 811-330-3 overall record. OSU has won or shared 18 championships in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association and has won nine MIVA Tournament Championships. The Buckeyes have participated in 13 NCAA Championships, the latest in 2001. Ohio State reached the NCAA Championship match in 1977 and 2000.

UP NEXT FOR OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes, with two wins this week would earn the MIVA automatic bid to the NCAA Championship semifinals, May 5 at UCLA.

2005 PLAYER NOTES
#1 Dan Meske (So., Willow Springs, Ill.) – Played in 29 matches with seven starts at libero – career-high two ace serves against Ball State – recorded an overpass kill in the second Springfield match, adding a season-high five digs.

#2 Stuart Katz (Sr., Port Washington, N.Y.) – Played in 25 matches, with six starts – career-high of 14 kills against Rutgers-Newark – hit a career-high .700 (7-0-10) against Clarke – season-high 13 digs and at Penn State – season-high two ace serves at Penn State and against Lewis – career-high four assist blocks against Quincy in the MIVA quarterfinals.

#3 Joerel Morales (So., Caguas, Puerto Rico) – Played in three matches – recorded a season-high six assists against Clarke and equaled his career-high of two digs against the Crusaders.

#4 Daniel Mathews (Fr., Shorewood, Wis.) – Starting setter in 29 matches – named the MIVA Freshman of the Year and a second-team All-MIVA selection – named the Ohio State Athlete of the Week for his play against St. Francis (44 assists, 11 assists blocks, seven digs, four kills and three ace serves) – career-high five kills in four matches – recorded a career-high four aces, four times, against Juniata, at Mercyhurst, at Loyola and at Clarke – career-high 70 assists against Loyola – career-high 14 digs against at Ball State – named the MIVA Player of the Week in wins against Findlay and at IPFW – named to the Golden Dome All-Classic Team.

#5 John Albertson (Fr., Manchester, Mo.) – Has not played.

#6 Brett Versen (So., Centerville, Ohio) – Played in 19 matches – recorded career-highs of seven kills (1.000) and seven assist blocks at IPFW – hit a career-high .400 (6-2-10) against the Crusaders – contributed in wins against Findlay and at IPFW from off the bench..

#7 Ben Spurlock (Fr., Stow, Ohio) – Has not played

#8 Mark Greaves (Jr., Fenton, Mo.) – Starting outside hitter in 26 matches – named a first-team All-MIVA selection – did not play in the matches at Lewis, Quincy and Findlay – career-high 27 kill against Loyola – hit a career-high .680 against Juniata with 17 kills, no errors in 25 attempts – season-high 14 digs against Loyola – season-high six assist blocks against Rutgers-Newark – named the MIVA Player of the Week in home matches against Clarke and IPFW – named the Sports Import/AVCA National Player of the Week and the MIVA Player of the Week in home matches against Lewis and Loyola and honored as the Ohio State Athlete of the Week – 20 matches with double-figure kills including his last nine.

#9 Sam Stevens (Jr., Miami, Fla.) – Played in 29 matches with three starts – season-high 16 kills at Findlay – hit a career-high .636 (16-2-22) at Findlay – recorded four total blocks (one solo and three assists) at IPFW – season-high nine digs at Quincy – career-high three aces against Clarke – posted a career-high six assists at Quincy – recorded a key ace serve in both the Lewis and Loyola home matches – had 13 kills at IPFW to help in the 3-2 come-from-behind victory..

#10 Carlos Ramirez (Fr., Caguas, Puerto Rico) – Has not played –

#11 Scott Spurlock (Sr., Stow, Ohio) – Starting middle hitter in 29 matches – named a second-team All-MIVA selection – career-high three ace serves against St. Francis – hit a season-high .750 (9-0-12) against Quincy – equaled his career-high of 15 kills against Quincy in the MIVA quarterfinals – season-high nine total blocks at Penn State and at IPFW with a season-high eight assist blocks – 13 matches with five or more blocks.

#12 Andy Cole (Jr., Glendale, Wis.) – Starting outside hitter in 25 matches, playing in 26 – season-high of 22 kills against Rutgers-Newark – season-high six assist blocks against Ball State – hit a season-high .611 (12-1-18) against Ball State – season-high eight digs against Quincy – double-figure kills in 18 matches including the last seven.

#13 Mike Wauligman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) – Starting outside hitter in 27 matches, playing in 29 – career-high 14 kills against Loyola – season-high 13 digs against Loyola – hit a season-best .500 (13-2-22) against Quincy – hit .714 (5-0-7) off the bench against Rutgers-Newark adding five digs and an assist block – season-high five assist blocks at Penn State – equaled his career-high of two ace serves against Ball State.

#14 Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) – Starting middle hitter in 29 matches – named a first-team All-MIVA selection – career-high 11 assist blocks against St. Francis – career-high 13 kills against Quincy – had 10 total blocks (one solo, nine assists) at Quincy and 10 assist blocks at Ball State – hit an OSU match record/career-high 1.000 (10-0-10) at Findlay – career-high three aces against Clarke – has had five or more blocks in 12 matches this season – MIVA Conference statistical champion in hitting percentage at .515 – named the Ohio State Male Athlete of the Week, twice, for his play in home wins over Ball State and Quincy and at Findlay – named the AVCA National and the MIVA Player of the Week in the win over Findlay.

#15 Conor Martin (Fr., Avon Lake, Ohio) – Played in 29 matches with 22 starts at libero including the last 21 matches – career-high 12 digs against Quincy and against Loyola – had 11 digs at IPFW and 10 at Loyola – played libero in three games against St. Francis recording nine digs.

#16 Robert Klein (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) – Has not played.

#17 Matthew Hankey (So., Naperville, Ill.) – Played in two matches.