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Jan. 11, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s volleyball squad continues a five-match home stand by hosting three matches next week. The 10th-ranked Buckeyes will face Juniata (0-0), Friday, Jan. 14 and then play two matches against Springfield College (0-0), Sunday and Monday, Jan. 16-17. All three matches begin a 7 p.m. Ohio State opened the 2005 season with a 3-1 (24-30, 30-21, 30-28, 30-21) home victory over St. Francis (Pa.)

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 1-0 on the season defeating St. Francis (Pa.), 3-1 (24-30, 30-21, 30-28, 30-21) in the home opener. The Buckeyes are currently ranked 10th in the USA TODAY/CSTV Top 15 Coaches Poll and eighth in the Volleyball Men’s Top 10 Poll.

OHIO STATE BY THE NUMBERS
Mark Greaves (Jr., Fenton, Mo.) leads the team in points per game at 19.0 with Andy Cole (Jr., Glendale, Wis.) averaging 17.0. Greaves is averaging a team-high 4.50 kills per game with Cole second at 3.75. Daniel Mathews (Fr., Shorewood, Wis.) is averaging 11.0 assist per game and with Scott Spurlock (Sr., Stow, Ohio) share team-high honors for aces per game at .75. Conor Martin (Fr., Avon Lake, Ohio) leads the team in digs per game with a 3.00 average with Mike Wauligman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) second at 2.50. At the net, Mathews and Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) are co-team leaders in blocks per game with a 2.75 per game average. The Buckeyes are hitting .345 and averaging 15.00 kills per game. OSU averages 2.25 aces, 10.50 digs and 4.38 blocks per game. Ohio State opponents are hitting .205 and average 14.75 kills per game. Buckeye opponents average .75 aces, 7.25 digs and 1.50 blocks per game.

A LOOK AT JUNIATA
The Eagles are coached by Ken Shibuya. Juniata was 18-7 overall last season and 7-5 in the EIVA.

OHIO STATE – JUNIATA SERIES
Ohio State has a 16-1 lead in the series with the Eagles. The Buckeyes have won the last nine contests with Juniata and is 10-0 in matches played in Columbus. The teams played last year, in Columbus, with OSU winning 3-2 (23-30, 30-21, 33-35, 30-27, 15-11.

A LOOK AT SPRINGFIELD
The Pride is coached by Charlie Sullivan. Springfield was 7-16 overall last season and was 4-8 in the EIVA.

OHIO STATE – SPRINGFIELD SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Springfield, 7-1. The Buckeyes a 4-1 in matches played in St. John Arena. The loss came in 2003 with the Pride winning 3-2 (27-30, 20-30, 30-28, 31-29, 15-11). Last season OSU defeated Springfield, 3-1 (30-27, 23-30, 30-18, 30-18) at the Volleyball Hall of Fame Classic.

REVIEWING THE ST. FRANCIS MATCH
The Buckeyes opened the 2005 season with a 3-1 (24-30, 30-21, 3-28, 30-21) victory over St. Francis (Pa.). Mark Greaves and Andy Cole lead the team in points with 19 and 17, respectively. Marc Honore of St. Francis had 13.5 points to lead the Red Storm. Freshman setter Daniel Mathews, playing in his first collegiate match, had 44 assists, seven digs, four kills and three ace serves. Mathews and Layne Dreven shared match-high honors with 11 assist blocks each. Mike Wauligman collected a team-high 10 digs as OSU had the advantage in team statistics. The Buckeyes had the advantage in kills (60-59, aces (9-3), digs (42-29) and blocks (17.5-6.0) over St. Francis.

GREAVES TOP SCORER AGAINST ST. FRANCIS
Mark Greaves posted a match-high 19 points against St. Francis Sunday with a match-high 18 kills (.412) and an ace serve. It was his eighth consecutive double-figure kill match. He added four digs in the contest.

COLE OPENS WITH DOUBLE-FIGURE KILL PERFORMANCE
Andy Cole recorded 17 points in the Sunday St. Francis match with 15 kills and four assist blocks. He added two assists and three digs in the match. Cole was a second team Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association selection in 2004.

WAULIGMAN RECORDS DOUBLE-DOUBLE AGAINST ST. FRANCIS
Against St. Francis, Mike Wauligman had 10 kills (.300) and 10 digs to record his fifth double-double (kills-digs) of his career. v DREVEN HAS CAREER-HIGH 11 ASSISTS BLOCKS AGAINST RED STORM
Layne Dreven collected a career-high 11 assist blocks against St. Francis Sunday. His previous best was seven against Quincy last season. Against the Red Storm, he added five kills, two digs and an ace serve in the victory.

MATHEWS BEGINS CAREER AS OSU’S STARTING SETTER
In his first collegiate start, freshman setter Daniel Mathews directed the Buckeyes to a 3-1 victory over St. Francis Sunday. He had 44 assists in the match and added seven digs, four kills and three ace serves. At the net, Mathews recorded 11 assist blocks for the Buckeyes. During high school he was a participant in various USA National Programs.

MARTIN SEES ACTION AT LIBERO
In the St. Francis match, freshman Conor Martin saw his first collegiate action playing libero for the final three games of the match. In the match, he collected nine digs.

COLE STANDS 19TH IN OSU CAREER KILLS
Outside hitter Andy Cole ranks 19th in Ohio State career kills with 711 after three years of competition. Cole needs 33 kills to move past No. 18 Adam Pederson (2001-04) who has 743.

GREAVES RANKS 15TH IN OSU CAREER ACES
The top returning server for the Buckeyes, Mark Greaves has 50 ace serve in his three years of play and ranks 15th in the OSU career list. He needs two aces to pass No. 14 Mark Peckham (2001-04) who has 51.

WAULIGMAN NOW 17TH IN CAREER DIGS FOR THE BUCKEYES.
With 344 career digs, Mike Wauligman is now ranks 17th on the Ohio State career digs list. He passed Chris Fash (1998-01) who has 342. He needs seven digs to pass No. 16 Chuckey Voss (1990-93) with 350.

SPURLOCK RANKED EIGHTH IN ASSIST AND 11TH IN OSU CAREER BLOCKS
Scott Spurlock is ranked eighth in career assist blocks and 11th in total blocks for the Buckeyes. He has 269 assist blocks and 280 total blocks including 11 solos. Spurlock need four assist blocks to move to seventh on the OSU career list. He would pass No. 7 Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 272. In total blocks, he needs 14 to pass No. 11 Angel Aja (1997-2000) who has 293 (29-264).

BUCKEYE RANKED 10TH IN FIRST USA TODAY/CSTV COACHES POLL
In the first USA TODAY/CSTV Coaches Poll, Ohio State was ranked 10th. The Buckeyes were 11th in the final poll of the 2004 season.

OSU NOW EIGHTH IN VOLLEYBALL MEN’S TOP 10 POLL
In the first regular season poll issued by Volleyball Magazine, Ohio State has moved up one spot to eight this week. The Buckeyes were ranked ninth in the preseason poll.

BUCKEYES FACE FINDLAY AT CINCINNATI ELDER HIGH SCHOOL JAN. 23
Ohio State and Findlay will play a non-conference match Sunday, Jan. 23 at Cincinnati Elder High School. This is the third year of the series which has in-state rivals Ohio State and Findlay playing matches at the high school of a current player. Cincinnati Elder, the high school of OSU’s Mike Wauligman will serve as host to the match this year. The Buckeyes won the first match of the series, 3-0 (30-24, 30-22, 30-18), in 2003 played at Lake High School. Last season Findlay won the match, 3-0 (30-26, 30-27, 30-25) played at Tri-Village High School.

HISTORY OF OHIO STATE 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 a 790-323-3 (.709) 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.

MIVA ADDS CARTHAGE AND MSOE AS PROVISIONAL MEMBERS
The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association has added Carthage College (Kenosha, Wis.) and the Milwaukee School of Engineering (Milwaukee, Wis.) to the league as provisional members. The Division III schools will not compete for the conference championship in 2005.

UP NEXT FOR OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes close out a five-match home stand by hosting Rutgers-Newark Friday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena. OSU then faces Findlay in a non-conference match that will be played at Elder High School in Cincinnati Sunday, Jan. 23 at 3 p.m.