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April 19, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 11th-ranked Ohio State (21-7, 14-2 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team opens play in the MIVA Tournament Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m. by hosting a quarterfinal match against Quincy (9-16, 4-12). The Buckeyes are the second seed in the tournament with Quincy seeded seventh. The winning team advances to the MIVA Tournament semifinals to be hosted by the highest remaining seed after the quarterfinals in the tournament. Loyola (25-2, 15-1) is the top seed and hosts Clarke (3-20, 0-16) Friday. Other Saturday quarterfinal pairings include #3 Ball State (16-14, 10-6) hosting #7 Mercyhurst (10-13, 5-11) and #4 IPFW (11-16, 8-8) hosting #5 Findlay (16-13, 6-10).

MATHEWS NAMED MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 21-7 overall and 14-2 in the MIVA finishing in second place. The Buckeyes are currently 11th in the USA TODAY/CSTV Top 15 Coaches Poll. Last week the Buckeyes defeated Findlay, 3-0 (30-25, 30-22, 30-16) at home and won at IPFW, 3-2 (28-30, 29-31, 31-29, 30-18, 15-11).

OHIO STATE BY THE NUMBERS
Mark Greaves leads the Buckeyes in points per game at 4.94 with Andy Cole (Jr., Glendale, Wis.) averaging 4.19. Greaves is averaging a team-high 4.44 kills (360) 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 .395. Setter Mathews is averaging 13.11 assists (1,245) per game and is averaging a team-high .31 aces per game with a team-high 29 aces. Greaves is second in aces per game at .20 (16). Mike Wauligman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) leads the team in digs per game with a 1.93 average on 162 digs with libero Conor Martin (Fr., Avon Lake, Ohio) second at 1.81 (163). At the net, Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) has a team-high 1.44 blocks per game average with Spurlock second at 1.12. Dreven has six solos and 124 assists while Spurlock has five solos and 99 assists. The Buckeyes are hitting .327 and averaging 15.79 kills per game. OSU averages 1.20 aces, 9.27 digs and 3.02 blocks per game. Ohio State opponents are hitting .241 and average 14.01 kills per game. Buckeye opponents average .76 aces, 8.00 digs and 2.21 blocks per game.

A LOOK AT QUINCY
The Hawks are coached by Niels Pedersen. Quincy is 9-16 overall and 4-12 in the MIVA. They finished eighth in the conference and were seeded seventh for the MIVA Tournament. Last week in home matches, Quincy defeated Lees-McRae, 3-0 (30-26, 30-27, 30-25) and lost, 1-3 (30-27, 22-30, 27-30, 23-30) to Lewis.

QUINCY BY THE NUMBERS
Quincy’s Jon Moreno is the top scorer for the Hawks with a 3.50 points per game average. Joe Caruso ranks second at 2.95 but is unavailable due to an injury. Ed Ryan ranks third at 2.73. Moreno averages a team-high 2.97 kills (178) per game with Caruso second at 2.44 (154) and Ryan third at 2.21 (166). Caruso has a team leading .284 hitting percentage with Ryan second at .279. The Hawks have used three setters this season. Niels Pedersen averages 6.59 assists (461) per game with Eric Wooldridge at 5.61 (258) and Robbie Mendenhall, 4.22 (253). Pedersen has a team-high .30 aces per game with 21 aces. Defensively, Moreno has a team-high 2.43 digs (146) per game with Ryan Ehnert second at 1.92 (142). At the net, John Markendorf averages .80 blocks per game with three solos and 33 assists. Branden Been ranks second at .69 (2-48) with Ryan third at .64 (3-45). Quincy averages 13.08 kills per game and is hitting .211. The Hawks average 1.30 aces, 11.01 digs and 2.05 blocks per game. Quincy opponents average 14.38 kills per game and are hitting .240. Hawk opponents average 1.10 aces, 12.02 digs and 2.48 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – QUINCY SERIES
Ohio State has a 28-1 lead in the series with Quincy. In Columbus, the Buckeyes are 17-0 and 11-1 at Quincy. OSU has won the last 21 meetings with the Hawks. The squads have played twice before in the MIVA Tournament in matches hosted by the Buckeyes. OSU defeated Quincy, 3-0 (15-6, 15-5, 15-6) in 1996 and 3-0 (30-27, 30-23, 30-19) in 2004 in quarterfinal matches of the MIVA Tournament.

REVIEWING THE LAST QUINCY MATCH
On March 20, Ohio State overcame a 29-26 Hawk lead in game one and went on to defeat Quincy, 3-0 (31-29, 30-28, 30-23). OSU’s Andy Cole had a team-high 17 points with 15 kills (.375) and four assist blocks while Sam Stevens posted 12.5 points with 11 kills (.259) and three assist blocks. Quincy’s Joe Caruso had a team-high 15.5 points on 11 kills, two ace serves, two solo blocks and an assist block. OSU held off three game points in the opening game winning the game on three consecutive blocks. For the match, Ohio State hit .316 to Quincy’s .184. The Buckeyes had a 54-46 margin in kills while the Hawks had a three to one edge in ace serves. Both squads gave up 11 service errors. OSU posted a 40-35 margin in digs with Mike Wauligman recording a match-high 12. At the net, the Buckeyes had a 14 to 6.5 advantage in team blocks with OSU’s Layne Dreven collecting a match-high 10 on a solo and nine assist blocks. OSU setter Daniel Mathews had 45 assists in the match to 40 for Hawk Eric Wooldridge.

REVIEWING THE FINDLAY MATCH
Ohio State, behind 16 points from Mark Greaves on 15 kills and two assist blocks, defeated Findlay, 3-0 (30-25, 30-22, 30-16). OSU’s Mike Wauligman added 11.5 points and Andy Cole 11 in the match. Wauligman posted nine kills, a solo block and an assist block while Cole had 10 kills and a solo block. Leading the Oilers was Jim Dziczkowski with 10 points from nine kills and two assist blocks. Ohio State hit .371 for the match to .067 for Findlay. OSU had a 47-34 margin in kills while each squad recorded one ace serve. The Oilers gave up 13 service errors to 10 for Ohio State. Defensively, Ohio State had a 33-22 advantage in digs with OSU’s Daniel Mathews and Conor Martin sharing match-high honors with eight each. At the net, the Buckeyes had a 12 to six margin in team blocks. OSU’s Daniel Mathews had a match-high seven with a solo and six assists and produced a match-high 39 assists for the Buckeyes while Chris Keen had 30 for the Oilers.

REVIEWING THE 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 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.

GREAVES HAS CAREER-HIGH 29.5 POINTS AT IPFW
Mark Greaves recorded a career-high 29.5 points in the win at IPFW. He had 26 kills (.292), an ace serve and five assist blocks and added 11 digs against the Mastodons. On Friday against Findlay, he had a match-high 16 points on 15 kills (.480) and two assist blocks, adding seven digs against the Oilers. In the national statistics released this week, Greaves is 12th (4.44) in kills per game and 13th (4.94) in points per game.

VERSEN CONTRIBUTES OFF THE BENCH
Brett Versen (So., Centerville, Ohio) came in off the bench in both matches last weekend. He had five kills (.571), six assist blocks and a dig in the Findlay match and had career-highs of seven kills (1.000) and seven assist blocks at IPFW, adding four digs and an assist against the Mastodons.

KATZ HAS KEY KILL AGAINST IPFW
Stuart Katz’s (Sr., Port Washington, N.Y.) kill at 29-28, IPFW in game three stopped the Mastodons match point and allowed OSU to come back and win the match. He had nine kills (.429) in the three games he played in off the bench, adding six digs and an assist.

STEVENS HAS SOLID GAME AGAINST THE MASTODONS
Sam Stevens (Jr., Miami, Fla.) posted his third double-figure kill match of the season with 13 kills (.250) at IPFW. He added seven digs, a solo block and three assist blocks against the Mastodons. His three assists and four total blocks equal his career highs.

SPURLOCK POSTS NINE BLOCKS AGAINST THE MASTODONS
Scott Spurlock recorded a match-high nine total blocks at IPFW last week with a solo and eight assists. He equaled his season-high in assists and total blocks set at Penn State. Spurlock added six kills (.267), three digs and two assists against the Mastodons. Against Findlay he had three kills (.600), three assist blocks, two assists and a dig.

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. 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.

COLE HAS DOUBLE-FIGURE KILLS IN WEEKEND MATCHES
Andy Cole had 10 kills (.364) against Findlay and 11 (.094) at IPFW for back-to-back double-figure kill matches last weekend. He has had double-figure kills in his last seven matches and 18 times this season. Cole added a solo block, two digs and three assists against Findlay and six digs, two assist blocks and an assist at IPFW.

MARTIN AT LIBERO
Conor Martin has started at libero in 21 matches including the last 20. He has 1.81 digs per game average on 163 digs on the season, ranking second in both categories for the Buckeyes. Last week Martin eight digs against Findlay and posted 11 digs and an assist at IPFW.

COLE MOVES TO NINTH IN OSU CAREER KILLS AND POINTS
Andy Cole recorded 21 kills and 23 total points last weekend and has moved up in both OSU career categories. He moved to ninth in career kills with 971 passing Mike Terpstra (1990-93) with 958. Cole needs 46 kills to pass No. 8 Phil Kerewich (1996-99) with 1,016 kills. In total points, Cole is now ninth with 1,112.0. He passed Terpstra with 1,105.0. Cole needs 106 points to pass No. 8 Kerewich with 1,218.5.

MATHEWS NOW SIXTH IN OSU CAREER ASSISTS
Daniel Mathews, with 39 assists against Findlay and 66 at IPFW, now has 1,245 career assists and has moved to sixth on the OSU career assist list passing Kurt Hofelich (1989) with 1,163. Mathews also ranks sixth in OSU career assists per game at 13.11.

GREAVES MOVES TO NINTH IN OSU CAREER ACE SERVES
Mark Greaves recorded an ace serve in game three against IPFW and now has 65 career ace serves. That ace has moved him into a tie for seventh on the OSU career aces list with Angel Aja (1997-00). Greaves had previously been tied for eighth with Jose Rivera (1996-00) with 64. He needs 11 aces to pass Tom Trantow (2000-03) and Jose’ Bengoa (1994-97) who are tied for fifth with 75.

MATHEWS MOVES TO 16TH IN OSU CAREER DIGS
Mark Greaves had 18 digs last weekend with seven against Findlay and 11 at IPFW to move to 16th on the Ohio State career digs list with 398. He passed Rene’ Esteves (1997-00) with 381. Greaves needs 56 digs to move past No. 15 Rob Burton (1989-91) with 453.

SPURLOCK TIES FOR FIFTH IN OSU CAREER TOTAL BLOCKS
Scott Spurlock has moved into a tie for fifth on the OSU career total blocks list with 379. He has 16 solos and 363 assists in his career. He is now tied with Adam Spitznagle (1993-96) who has 64 solos and 315 assists). Spurlock needs 12 total blocks to pass No. 4 Gary Wrobel (1994-97) with 390 (64-326). Spurlock ranks fourth in career blocks with 363 and is seventh in career blocks per game with a 1.21 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 three weeks. Ohio State went from 91 points to 87 points in the poll this week. The Buckeyes began the season ranked tenth.

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.

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 810-330-3 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 a victory over Quincy in the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals, would advance to the semifinals Friday, April 29 at the highest remaining seed where the Buckeyes will play the winner of the Ball State-Mercyhurst match. The Loyola-Clarke winner will play the IPFW-Findlay in the other semifinal. The semifinal winners will play Saturday at 5 p.m. Eastern for the automatic bid to the NCAA Championship semifinals on May 5 at UCLA.

2005 PLAYER NOTES
#1 Dan Meske (So., Willow Springs, Ill.) – Played in 28 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 24 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 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 28 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) – 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 18 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 25 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 and honored as the Ohio State Athlete of the Week – 19 matches with double-figure kills including his last eight.

#9 Sam Stevens (Jr., Miami, Fla.) – Played in 28 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 28 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 and at IPFW with a season-high eight assist blocks – 12 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 26 matches, playing in 28 – 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 28 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 – 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 28 matches with 21 starts at libero including the last 20 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.