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Jan. 19, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 11th-ranked Ohio State (4-0) men’s volleyball squad completes a five-match home stand by hosting Rutgers-Newark (0-0) Friday at 7 p.m. OSU then travels to Elder High School in Cincinnati Sunday at 3 p.m., to face Findlay (4-0) in a non-conference match. The match continues a series between Ohio State and Findlay to take a match to an Ohio high school that a current player, OSU’s Mike Wauligman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio), graduated.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 4-0 overall. The Buckeyes are currently ranked 11th 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 5.04 with Andy Cole (Jr., Glendale, Wis.) averaging 4.40. Greaves is averaging a team-high 4.58 kills per game with Cole second at 3.80. Daniel Mathews (Fr., Shorewood, Wis.) is averaging 12.31 assist per game and is averaging a team-high .54 aces per game. Mike Wauligman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) leads the team in digs per game with a 2.20 average with Mathews second at 1.54. At the net, Mathews and Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) are co-team leaders in blocks per game with a 1.77 per game average. Mathews has two solos and 21 assists while Dreven has a solo and 22 assists. The Buckeyes are hitting .411 and averaging 16.15 kills per game. OSU averages 2.08 aces, 8.31 digs and 3.58 blocks per game. Ohio State opponents are hitting .213 and average 12.54 kills per game. Buckeye opponents average .62 aces, 5.69 digs and 1.04 blocks per game.

A LOOK AT RUTGERS-NEWARK
The Scarlet Raiders are coached by Sean Byron. Rutgers was 16-11 overall last season and was 9-3 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.

OHIO STATE – RUTGERS-NEWARK SERIES
Ohio State has a 22-12 lead in the series with the Scarlet Raiders. In Columbus, the Buckeyes are 10-1 and have won the last six meetings in St. John Arena. At Rutgers, OSU is 8-5 while the Scarlet Knights are 6-4 on neutral sites. The squads played last season (Jan. 18), in Columbus, a 3-0 (32-30, 32-30, 30-27) Buckeye victory.

A LOOK AT FINDLAY
The Oilers are coached by Wick Colchagoff. Findlay is 4-0 this season coming off the Nickel City Invitational Championship. They opened the season with a 3-0 (30-20, 30-22, 30-26) win over Newman. At the Invitational, Findlay defeated D’Youville 3-0 (30-26, 30-23, 30-27), Rivier 3-0 (30-27, 30-21, 30-24) and Medaille 3-0 (30-28, 30-23, 30-22).

OHIO STATE – FINDLAY SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with 9-1 record. The Buckeyes have won the four matches at Findlay and the four at Columbus. The teams have split the two neutral site matches. OSU’s 0-3 (26-30, 27-30, 25-30) loss was last season at Tri Village High School in New Madison, Ohio. OSU won 3-0 (35-33, 31-29, 34-32) in St. John Arena and 3-0 (30-20, 30-26, 30-25) at Findlay in 2004.

FINDLAY BY THE NUMBERS
C.J. Macias averages a team-high 5.83 points per game with Jim Dziczkowski second at 4.92. Macias averages a team-high 4.75 kills per game with Dziczkowski second at 3.83. At setter, Chris Keen averages 14.00 assists per game and has a team-high 1.83 digs per game average. Macias leads the team with a .67 aces per game with Dziczkowski second at .58. At the net, Josh Enlow averages a team-high 2.17 blocks per game with four solos and 22 assists. David Franklin is second in blocking at 1.11 with a solo and nine assists. Findlay is hitting .397 and averages 17.33 kills per game. The Oilers average 2.58 aces, 8.25 digs and 3.71 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .127 and average 10.17 kills per game. Findlay opponents average .92 aces, 8.83 digs and 2.12 blocks per game.

BUCKEYES FACE FINDLAY AT CINCINNATI ELDER HIGH SCHOOL JAN. 23
Ohio State and Findlay will play a non-conference match at 3 p.m., 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.

REVIEWING THE JUNIATA MATCH
Mark Greaves scored a match-high 19.5 points in leading OSU to a 3-0 (30-24, 30-21, 30-22) win over Juniata. Greaves had a match-high 17 kills and hit a career-high .680. He added five digs, two aces and an assist block. Andy Cole contributed 12.5 points for the Buckeyes with 12 kills (.450) and an assist block. Setter Daniel Mathews recorded 45 assists, three blocks (one solo and two assists) and a career-high four ace serves. Juniata’s Cordt Withum had a team-high 11 points with 11 kills. OSU hit .488 for the match to .338 for Juniata. The Buckeyes had a 51-40 margin in kills and a nine to one advantage in ace serves. The Eagles gave up 16 service errors to 13 for OSU. Defensively, OSU had a 23-17 advantage in digs and a seven to one margin in team blocks.

REVIEWING THE SUNDAY SPRINGFIELD MATCH
Ohio State defeated Springfield College, 3-0 (30-19, 30-22, 30-20) Sunday. OSU’s Andy Cole had a team-high 14.5 points in the match with 11 kills (.471), five assist blocks and an ace serve. Scott Spurlock contributed 12 points in the match with eight kills (.727), six assist blocks and an ace serve. Buckeye Layne Dreven added six blocks with a solo and five assists, adding five kills (.714) against the Pride. Springfield’s Ricky Albano had a match-high 15 points against OSU with 13 kills (.207), two assist blocks and an ace serve. The Buckeyes hit .437 in the match to .093 for Springfield. OSU had a 45-29 margin in kills and a four to two advantage in ace serves. The Pride gave up 15 service errors to 10 for the Buckeyes. Defensively, OSU had a 20-10 margin in digs and a 12 to 3.5 advantage in team blocks.

REVIEWING THE MONDAY SPRINGFIELD MATCH
Ohio State completed the sweep of Springfield with a 3-0 (30-27, 30-21, 30-16) win Monday night. OSU’s Stuart Katz had a match-high 16 points in his first start of the season. Katz had 12 kills (.556), three ace serves and two assist blocks. Mark Greaves added 13.5 points with 12 kills (.500), a solo and an assist block. Springfield’s Brandon Mueller had a team-high 10.5 points for the Pride with 10 kills (.368) and an assist block. OSU setter Daniel Mathews recorded a match-high six blocks (one solo, five assists), adding 38 assists and three kills. For the match, Ohio State outhit Springfield, .404 to .213. The Buckeyes had a 54-35 margin in kills and a five to two advantage in ace serves. OSU gave up 12 service errors to nine for the Pride. Defensively, Ohio State had a 23-18 margin in digs and outblocked Springfield, 10 to three.

GREAVES HITS CAREER-HIGH .680 AGAINST JUNIATA
Mark Greaves hit a career-high .680 last week against Juniata. He had 17 kills with no errors in 25 attempts. His previous best was .600 (18-3-25) at Findlay in 2004. Greaves scored a match-high 19.5 points adding two aces, an assist block and five digs against the Eagles.

COLE HITS A SEASON-HIGH .471 IN SUNDAY’S SPRINGFIELD MATCH
Andy Cole hit a season-high .471 in Sunday’s Springfield match. He had a team-high 11 kills with three errors in 17 attempts against the Pride. He added five assist blocks, three digs and an ace serve in scoring a team-high 14.5 points in the match.

DREVEN’S .583 HITTING, A CAREER-HIGH IN MONDAY’S SPRINGFIELD MATCH
Layne Dreven hit a career-high .583 in Monday’s Springfield match. He had eight kills with one error in 12 attempts against the Pride. He added three assists blocks to total 9.5 points in the match. His eight kills is his season high for the Buckeyes.

FRESHMAN MATHEWS DIRECTING THE OFFENSE
Freshman setter Daniel Mathews has Ohio State out to a 4-0 record this season. He is averaging 12.31 assists per game and ranks second in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Besides running the offense, Mathews is contributing to both the offense and defense. He has a team-high seven ace serves this season and ranks second on the squad in digs with 20 for a 1.54 per game average. Mathews is tied for the team lead in blocks per game at 1.77 with middle hitter Layne Dreven. He has two solos and 21 assists.

KATZ LEADS OSU TO SECOND SPRINGFIELD VICTORY
In his first start of the season, Stuart Katz (Sr., Port Washington, N.Y.) had a match-high 16 points in the Monday match against Springfield. He recorded 12 kills, hit .556, and added three ace serves, two assist blocks and two digs. His 12 kills equaled his career high set in 2004 against Juniata. His .556 (12-2-18) hitting mark is his career high. His previous best was .350 (10-3-20) at Clarke in 2004.

COLE STANDS 19TH IN OSU CAREER KILLS
Outside hitter Andy Cole ranks 19th in Ohio State career kills with 734. Cole needs 10 kills to move past No. 18 Adam Pederson (2001-04) who has 743.

GREAVES MOVES TO 14TH IN OSU CAREER ACES
With two aces against Juniata, Mark Greaves has 52 career ace serves and has moved to 14th on the OSU career list. He moved pass Mark Peckham (2001-04) who has 51. Greaves needs five aces to pass Chris Fash (1998-01) and Craig Geibel (1990-93) who are tied for 12th with 56.

WAULIGMAN REACHES 16TH IN CAREER DIGS FOR THE BUCKEYES.
With 12 digs last week, Mike Wauligman now has 356 career digs and has moved to 16th on the Ohio State career digs list. He moved past Chuck Voss (1990-93) with 350. Wauligman need 26 digs to pass No. 15 Rene’ Esteves (1997-00) with 381.

SPURLOCK NOW SEVENTH IN ASSISTS AND TIED FOR 10TH IN OSU CAREER BLOCKS
Scott Spurlock, with 12 assist blocks last week has moved to seventh on the OSU career list with 281. He passed Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 272. His 13 total blocks (one solo, 12 assists) gives him 293 (12-281) total blocks and has moved him into a tie for 10th on the OSU career list with Angel Aja (1997-2000) (29-264). Spurlock need three total blocks to pass No. 9 Steve Potter (1992-95) with 295 (42-253).

BUCKEYES RANKED 11TH IN USA TODAY/CSTV COACHES POLL
Despite winning three matches last week, Ohio State fell to 11th in the USA TODAY/CSTV Coaches Poll this week. Ohio State was ranked 10th last week. The Buckeyes were 11th in the final poll of the 2004 season.

OSU EIGHTH IN VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE MEN’S TOP 10 POLL
Ohio State continues to hold the eighth spot in the weekly Volleyball Magazine poll. The Buckeyes were ranked ninth in the preseason poll.

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 793-323-3 (.710) 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 take to the road to face St. Francis (Pa.) and Penn State. OSU will play at St. Francis Friday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. They will then face No. 7 Penn State Saturday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. The Penn State match will be broadcast live by College Sports Television (CSTV).

2005 PLAYER NOTES
#1 Dan Meske – Starting libero – served an ace against St. Francis – recorded an overpass kill in the second Springfield match, adding five digs.

#2 Stuart Katz – Played in four matches, starting in the second Springfield match – equaled his career-high of 12 kills and hit a career-high .556 in the start.

#3 Joerel Morales – Played in one match – recorded three assists in the first Springfield match.

#4 Daniel Mathews – Starting setter – posted 44 assists, 11 assists blocks, seven digs, four kills and three ace serves against St. Francis – named the Ohio State Athlete of the Week for his play against St. Francis -recorded a career-high four aces against Juniata.

#5 John Albertson – Has not played –

#6 Brett Versen – Played in three matches – recorded a kill and ace serve in the second Springfield match.

#7 Ben Spurlock – Has not played –

#8 Mark Greaves – Starting outside hitter – 19 points with 18 kills and an ace serve against St. Francis – hit a career-high .680 against Juniata with 17 kills, no errors in 25 attempts.

#9 Sam Stevens – Played in four matches – season-high five kills in the first Springfield match – had four kills in the second – recorded three digs and three total blocks (one solo and two assists) against St. Francis.

#10 Carlos Ramirez – Has not played –

#11 Scott Spurlock – Starting middle hitter – career-high three ace serves against St. Francis – season-highs of eight kills and six assist blocks in the first Springfield match, hitting a career-high .727 (8-0-11).

#12 Andy Cole – Starting outside hitter – season-high 15 kills against St. Francis – hit a season-high .471 in the first Springfield match, adding a season-high five assist blocks.

#13 Mike Wauligman – Starting outside hitter – recorded his fifth career double-double (10 kills, 10 digs) against St. Francis.

#14 Layne Dreven – Starting middle hitter – career-high 11 assist blocks against St. Francis – season-high eight kills in second Springfield match while hitting a career-high .583 (8-1-12).

#15 Conor Martin – Played in four matches – played libero in three games against St. Francis recording nine digs.

#16 Robert Klein – Has not played –

#17 Matthew Hankey – Played in one match.

#18 Tim Steadman – Played in two matches – recorded a kill against Juniata