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April 13, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 11th-ranked Ohio State (19-7, 12-2 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team closes out the regular season with two matches this weekend. OSU will host Findlay (16-12, 6-9) Friday at 7 p.m. and travel to IPFW (10-14, 8-6) Saturday at 7 p.m.

GREAVES HONORED AS AVCA NATIONAL AND MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Mark Greaves (Jr., Fenton, Mo.) 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.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 19-7 overall and 12-2 in the MIVA. The Buckeyes are currently 11th in the USA TODAY/CSTV Top 15 Coaches Poll. Last week the Buckeyes won home games against 14th-ranked Lewis, 3-0 (30-23, 34-32, 30-26) and eighth-ranked Loyola, 3-1 (30-25, 30-26, 24-30, 30-27).

OHIO STATE BY THE NUMBERS
Mark Greaves leads the Buckeyes in points per game at 4.86 with Andy Cole (Jr., Glendale, Wis.) averaging 4.22. Greaves is averaging a team-high 4.37 kills (319) per game with Cole second at 3.74 (254). Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) is hitting a team-high .492 with Scott Spurlock (Sr., Stow, Ohio) second at .398. Setter Daniel Mathews (Fr., Shorewood, Wis.) is averaging 13.10 assists (1,140) per game and is averaging a team-high .32 aces per game with a team-high 28 aces. Greaves is second in aces per game at .21 (15). Mike Wauligman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) leads the team in digs per game with a 1.96 average on 155 digs with libero Conor Martin (Fr., Avon Lake, Ohio) second at 1.76 (144). At the net, Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) has a team-high 1.49 blocks per game average with Spurlock second at 1.08. Dreven has six solos and 124 assists while Spurlock has four solos and 88 assists. The Buckeyes are hitting .330 and averaging 15.79 kills per game. OSU averages 1.26 aces, 9.08 digs and 2.96 blocks per game. Ohio State opponents are hitting .250 and average 14.22 kills per game. Buckeye opponents average .77 aces, 8.16 digs and 2.17 blocks per game.

A LOOK AT FINDLAY
The Oilers are coached by Wick Colchagoff. Findlay has a 16-12 overall record and is 6-9 in the MIVA. Last week the Oilers defeated 14th-ranked Lewis, 3-2 (30-26, 29-31, 34-32, 23-30, 15-13).

FINDLAY BY THE NUMBERS
Oiler C.J. Macias leads the team with a 5.77 points per game average. Jim Dziczkowski is second at 4.07. Macias leads the team with a 5.11 kills per game average with Dziczkowski second at 3.28. David Franklin has a team-high .410 hitting percentage. Setter Chris Keen has a 12.71 assist per game average on 1,284 assists. Dziczkowski has a team-high .43 aces (43) per game average with Macias second at .35 (.35). Defensively, Dan Plotts has a team-high 2.22 digs (218) per game average with Macias ranked second at 1.64 (162). At the net, Franklin leads the team with a 1.30 blocks per game average with 12 solos and 79 assists. Ranking second is Josh Enlow at .90 (11-60). Findlay is hitting .267 as a team and has a 14.43 kills per game average. The Oilers average 1.72 aces, 8.57 digs and 2.63 blocks per game. Findlay opponents are hitting .273 and average 13.47 kills per game. Oiler opponents average 1.07 aces, 9.15 digs and 2.37 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – FINDLAY SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Findlay, 10-2. In Columbus the Buckeye are 4-0 against the Oilers. Findlay’s two wins have come in neutral site, non-conference contests. In January, at Cincinnati Elder High School, the Oilers won a non-conference contest, 3-0 (30-27, 30-29, 30-26). Last month in Findlay, Ohio State defeated the Oilers, 3-0 (30-17, 30-23, 30-22).

REVIEWING THE LAST FINDLAY MATCH
On March 25 Ohio State won at Findlay, 3-0 (30-17, 30-23, 30-22) behind a team-high 19 points from Sam Stevens who had a career-high 16 kills (2 ace serves, 2 assist blocks) and hit a career-high .636 in the match. Andy Cole added 12 points (11 kills, 2 assist blocks) and Layne Dreven had 11.5 (10 kills, 3 assist block) Dreven tied the Ohio State match record for hitting percentage by going 10 for 10 in the match to tie two others for the record. C.J. Macias had a match-high 22 points with 21 kills (.366) for the Oilers. The Buckeyes hit .462 in the match to .195 for Findlay. OSU had a 53-33 advantage in kills and a four to two margin in ace serves. Findlay gave up 12 service errors to nine for OSU. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 27-21 margin in digs with OSU’s Mike Wauligman and Findlay’s Chris Keen sharing match-high honors with eight each. At the net, each squad had six team blocks. Findlay’s David Franklin recorded a match-high five assist blocks. Ohio State Setter Daniel Mathews had 44 assists in the match to 29 for Findlay’s Keen.

A LOOK AT IPFW
The Mastodons are coached by Arnie Ball. IPFW enters this week with a 10-14 overall record and is 8-6 in the MIVA. The Mastodons play at Lewis Wednesday and host Rutgers-Newark Friday prior to hosing Ohio State Saturday. Last week in home matches, IPFW defeated Quincy, 3-0 (30-19, 30-22, 30-24) and lost to Ball State, 3-1 (30-26 30-20, 20-30, 33-31).

IPFW BY THE NUMBERS
Matt Zbyszewski leads the Mastodons with a 5.92 points per game average. Serdar Sikca ranks second at 3.37. Zbyszewski has a team-high 4.97 kills per game average with Sikca second at 2.47. Sikca is the team leader in hitting percentage at .411. Setter Mike Daiga has a 5.61 assist (393) per game average with Mike Randolph averaging 8.22 (600). Zbyszewski is the team leader in aces (41) per game at .44. Randolph is second at .19 (14). Defensively, Zbyszewski has a team-high 2.22 digs (206) per game average with Mike Morici at 2.03 (175). At the net, Sikca leads the team in blocks per game with a 1.34 average. He has 19 solos and 103 assists. Josh Stewart ranks second in blocking at 1.12 with 10 solos and 89 assists. The Mastodons are hitting .261 and average 12.83 kills per game. IPFW averages 1.16 aces, 9.22 digs and 2.80 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .271 and average 15.60 kills per game. Mastodon opponents average 1.42 aces, 10.17 digs and 2.17 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – IPFW SERIES
The Buckeyes lead the series with IPFW, 54-30. In matches played in Ft. Wayne, the Mastodons have an 18-15 advantage. Earlier this season, in Columbus, Ohio State defeated IPFW, 3-0 (30-21, 33-31, 30-21).

REVIEWING THE LAST IPFW MATCH
On March 4 Ohio State men’s volleyball team won a 3-0 (30-21, 33-31, 30-21) decision over IPFW in St. John Arena. OSU’s Mark Greaves had a match-high 17.5 points for the Buckeyes with Andy Cole adding 13. Greaves had a match-high 15 kills, an ace serve and three block assists while Cole produced 11 kills, an ace serve and two block assists. IPFW’s Serdar Sikca scored a team-high 13 points with Matt Zbyszewski adding 11. Sikca had 10 kills, two solo and two assist blocks while Zbyszewski had 10 kills and a solo block. For the match, Ohio State hit .359 to .213 for IPFW. The Buckeyes had a 50-39 margin in kills and a seven to one advantage in ace serves. Each squad gave up 12 service errors. Defensively, Ohio State had a 25-22 edge in digs with OSU’s Conor Martin recording a match-high eight. At the net, the Buckeyes had a 10.5 to five advantage in team blocks. OSU’s Daniel Mathews collected a match-high 44 assists with IPFW’s Mike Randolph recording 32.

REVIEWING THE LEWIS MATCH
Ohio State, behind a career-high 24 kills (24 points) from Mark Greaves defeated 14th-ranked Lewis, 3-0 (30-23, 34-32, 30-26). Greaves hit .556 and collected 11 kills in game two including four of the last five and the final two of the game for the win. Flyer Matt Mueller had a team-high 15.5 points with 15 kills and an assist block. OSU overcame a 20-16 Flyer lead in game two and rallied several times in game three. OSU hit .485 for the match to .293 for Lewis. The Buckeyes had a 60-54 advantage in kill while each squad had one ace serve. OSU gave up 13 service errors to 12 for Lewis. The Buckeyes had a 31-19 margin in digs with OSU’s Conor Martin recording a match-high nine. At the net, Ohio State had a 9.5 to 5.5 advantage in team blocks with OSU’s Layne Dreven collecting a match-high six assists. Buckeye Daniel Mathews had 50 assists in the match to 43 for Tom Mendoza of Lewis.

REVIEWING THE LOYOLA MATCH
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.

DREVEN TOPS OSU IN HITTING PERCENTAGE AND BLOCKING
Layne Dreven continues to be Ohio State’s top percentage hitter and blocker. He is hitting .492 on the season and averaging 1.49 blocks per game. Against Lewis last week, Dreven had nine kills (.750) adding six assist blocks and a dig. Against Loyola, he posted 11 kills (.435), three total blocks (1-3) and a dig. In MIVA Conference play, Dreven leads the league in hitting percentage at .454 and it tied for first in blocking at 1.51 per game. He ranks third nationally in blocks per game with a 1.49 average and is sixth in hitting percentage at .492.

WAULIGMAN HAS CAREER-HIGH 14 KILLS AGAINST LOYOLA
Mike Wauligman posted a career-high 14 kills against Loyola adding a season-high 13 digs. He hit .312 in the match adding two assist blocks and two assists against the Ramblers. Wauligman’s previous high for kills was 13 against Quincy this season. Against Lewis, he had five kills (.286) adding four digs and four assist blocks. His 17 digs on the weekend gives him 489 for his career and moves him to 13th on the OSU career digs list. He moves past David Frette (1989-91) with 489. In MIVA Conference play, Wauligman ranks eighth in digs per game at 2.16.

GREAVES HAS OUTSTANDING WEEKEND AGAINST LEWIS AND LOYOLA
Mark Greaves had perhaps his best weekend of his career in home matches against Lewis and Loyola. He produced a match-high 24 kills (.556) and had five digs against the Flyers. Against Loyola, Greaves recorded a career-high 27 kills (.488) and added a season-high 14 digs. For the two matches, he averaged 7.29 kills and 2.71 digs per game while hitting .519. In MIVA Conference play, Greaves ranks third in kills (.4.49), ninth in hitting percentage (1.02), 13th in digs (1.97) and 17th in aces (.23). He ranks 12th nationally in kills per game at 4.37 and 16th in points per game at 4.86.

GREAVES MOVES TO 12TH IN OSU CAREER KILLS, 14TH IN KILLS PER GAME AND 15TH IN CAREER POINTS
Mark Greaves’ 51 kill weekend (24 vs. Lewis, 27 vs. Loyola) has moved him from 16th to 12th on the OSU career kills list with 821. Greaves moved past Gary Wrobel (1994-97) with 771, Craig Geibel (1990-93) with 787, David Frette (1989-91) and Tom Trantow (1999-03) with 807. Greaves improved his career-average to 3.38, moving from 16th to 14th on the OSU career list. In career points, he has 969 and has moved from 18th to 15th.

SPURLOCK NOW SIXTH IN OSU CAREER TOTAL BLOCKS
With four assist blocks last weekend, Scott Spurlock has moved to sixth on the OSU career total blocks list with 367. He has 15 solos and 352 assist blocks. Spurlock has moved past David Frette (1989-91) with 364 (102-262). He ranks fourth in assist blocks with 352 and is seventh in block per game with a 1.21 per game average. Spurlock had 12 kills (.625) and two assist blocks against Lewis and recorded seven kills (.600) and two assist blocks against Loyola. In MIVA Conference play, Spurlock ranks third in hitting percentage at .446 and ninth in blocks per game at 1.02.

MATHEWS POSTS CAREER-HIGH 70 ASSISTS AGAINST LOYOLA
Daniel Mathews recorded a career-high 70 assists against Loyola, adding a career-high two solo blocks and tying his career-high of five kills in the contest. His previous best for assists was 68 against Rutgers-Newark. The match marked the third time Mathews has recorded five kills in a match. Against Lewis, he recorded 50 assists, seven digs, four total blocks (1-3) and three kills. Mathews has 1,140 career assists this season and ranks sixth on the OSU career list. He needs 24 assists to pass sixth-ranked Kurt Hofelich (1989) with 1,163. Mathews ranks second in the MIVA league statistics in assists per game with a 13.21 average, 17th in digs with a 1.70 per game average and 16th in blocks with a .87 average. He ranks fifth in the nation in assists per game at 13.10.

KATZ EARNS STARTS AGAINST LEWIS AND LOYOLA
Stuart Katz moved into the starting lineup last week against Lewis and Loyola. He recorded seven kills (.200), five digs and two assist blocks against Lewis and had five kills and three digs against Loyola

COLE PROVIDES SUPPORT OFF THE BENCH AGAINST LOYOLA
Andy Cole had 10 kills and hit .450 in games three and four against Loyola last week. He posted seven kills (.636) in game four to help the Buckeyes secure the victory over the Ramblers. He added four digs, an assist block and an ace serve in the match. Cole ranks second on the squad in kills per game with a 3.74 average. He ranks ninth in MIVA Conference statistics in kills per game with a 3.58 average and is 18th in blocking at .79 per game.

MARTIN AT LIBERO
Conor Martin has started at libero in 19 matches including the last 18. He has 1.76 digs per game average on 144 digs on the season, ranking second in both categories for the Buckeyes. Last week Martin had nine digs and three assists against Lewis and tied his career-high of 12 digs against Loyola. In MIVA Conference statistics, he ranks sixth with a 2.30 digs per game average.

BUCKEYES REMAIN 11TH IN USA TODAY/CSTV COACHES POLL
Ohio State remained 11th in the latest USA TODAY/CSTV Coaches Poll released this week. The Buckeyes have held the 11th spot for two weeks. Ohio State went from 69 points to 91 points in the poll this week. The Buckeyes began the season ranked tenth.

BUCKEYES’ CONFERENCE HOME WINNING STREAK ON THE LINE
Ohio State has won its last 15 consecutive home MIVA regular season conference matches (7 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.

DREVEN NAMED AVCA NATIONAL AND MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK – March 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 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 an 808-330-3 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 will host a MIVA Quarterfinal match Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m. The winner will advance the MIVA Tournament Semifinals hosted by the highest remaining seed in the tournament.

2005 PLAYER NOTES
#1 Dan Meske (So., Willow Springs, Ill.) – Played in 26 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 22 matches, with five 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 three total blocks (1-2) at Ball State.

#3 Joerel Morales (So., Caguas, Puerto Rico) – Played in two 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 26 matches – 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) – 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 to the Golden Dome All-Classic Team.

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

#6 Brett Versen (So., Centerville, Ohio) – Played in 16 matches – recorded career-highs of six kill, three ace serves, four digs, and 10 points against Clarke – career-high of four blocks (career-highs of one solo and three assists) against Mercyhurst – hit a career-high .400 (6-2-10) against the Crusaders.

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

#8 Mark Greaves (Jr., Fenton, Mo.) – Starting outside hitter in 23 matches – 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 – 17 matches with double-figure kills including his last six.

#9 Sam Stevens (Jr., Miami, Fla.) – Played in 26 matches with three starts – season-high 16 kills at Findlay – hit a career-high .636 (16-2-22) at Findlay – recorded three total blocks (one solo and two assists) against St. Francis and at Quincy (0-3) – 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.

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

#11 Scott Spurlock (Sr., Stow, Ohio) – Starting middle hitter in 26 matches – career-high three ace serves against St. Francis – hit a season-high .750 (9-0-12) against Quincy – season-high of 12 kills against Lewis – season-high nine total blocks at Penn State with a season-high eight assist blocks – 10 matches with five or more blocks.

#12 Andy Cole (Jr., Glendale, Wis.) – Starting outside hitter in 23 matches, playing in 24 – 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 13 matches.

#13 Mike Wauligman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) – Starting outside hitter in 24 matches, playing in 26 – 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 26 matches – 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 – 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 26 matches with 19 starts at libero including the last 18 matches – career-high 12 digs against Quincy and against Loyola – had 10 digs 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.