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Feb. 1, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 12th-ranked Ohio State (6-2, 0-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball squad continues on the road with matches at Juniata (2-3) and Mercyhurst (4-1, 3-1) this weekend. The Buckeyes face the Juniata Eagles Friday, Feb. 4 and open their Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association season at the Mercyhurst Lakers, Saturday, Feb. 5. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. Ohio State begins MIVA play as the defending conference champions.

BUCKEYES BEGIN DEFENSE OF MIVA CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY
Saturday’s match at Mercyhurst begins conference play for the defending MIVA Champions, Ohio State. The Buckeyes were 13-3 in league play last season winning the final 10 conference matches to secure their 18th league title. OSU has a six-match road winning streak in conference play.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 6-2 overall. The Buckeyes are currently ranked 12th in the USA TODAY/CSTV Top 15 Coaches Poll. Last week Ohio State won 3-0 (30-23, 30-24, 30-27) at St. Francis and lost 1-3 (20-30, 30-22, 21-30, 29-31) at No. 6 Penn State.

OHIO STATE BY THE NUMBERS
Mark Greaves (Jr., Fenton, Mo.) leads the team in points per game at 4.72 with Andy Cole (Jr., Glendale, Wis.) averaging 4.05. Greaves is averaging a team-high 4.28 kills per game with Cole second at 3.70. Cole is hitting a team-high .420 with Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) second at .409. Daniel Mathews (Fr., Shorewood, Wis.) is averaging 12.56 assist per game and is averaging a team-high .30 aces per game. Mike Wauligman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) leads the team in digs per game with a 1.86 average with Stuart Katz (Sr., Port Washington, N.Y.) second at 1.58. At the net, Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) has a team-high 1.48 blocks per game average with Scott Spurlock (Sr., Stow, Ohio) second at 1.30. Dreven has two solos and 38 assists while Spurlock has three solos and 32 assists. The Buckeyes are hitting .336 and averaging 15.52 kills per game. OSU averages 1.30 aces, 7.96 digs and 3.11 blocks per game. Ohio State opponents are hitting .258 and average 14.07 kills per game. Buckeye opponents average .74 aces, 6.81 digs and 2.11 blocks per game. A LOOK AT JUNIATA
The Eagles are coached by Ken Shibuya. Juniata is 2-3 on the season, splitting a pair of matches last week. The Eagles defeated D’Youville, 3-0 (30-28, 30-18, 30-28) and lost to Rutgers-Newark 2-3 (28-30, 31-29, 28-30, 30-24, 15-13) in home matches.

JUNIATA BY THE NUMBERS
Leading the Eagles in points per game is Glenn DeHaven with a 4.36 average. Nathanael Ocasio is second at 3.59. DeHaven is the team leader in kills per game at 4.06 with Ocasio second at 3.25. Cordt Withum leads the team in hitting percentage at .573. Setter Ricky Ziegler is averaging 14.95 assists per game for Juniata. He has a team-high four ace serves for a .21 per game average. Defensively, Tim Cole has a team-high 3.13 digs per game average with DeHaven second at 1.28. At the net, Jeremy Barndt has a team high .67 blocks per game average with 12 assists blocks. Ranking second is Withum at .53 with two solos and eight assist blocks. Juniata is hitting .359 and has a 16.89 kills per game average. The Eagles average 1.11 aces, 8.21 digs and 1.53 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .322 and have a 14.00 kills per game average. Eagle opponents average 1.32 aces, 7.63 digs and 2.08 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – JUNIATA SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Juniata, 17-1. The Buckeyes have won the last 10 meetings against the Eagles. OSU is 4-1 at Juniata having won the last three matches played in Huntingdon. The 3-2 (10-15, 15-5, 5-15, 15-6, 15-12) loss was in 1993. Earlier this season Ohio State defeated Juniata, 3-0 (30-24, 30-21, 30-22) in Columbus.

A LOOK AT MERCYHURST
The Lakers are coached by Ryan Patton. Mercyhurst is 4-1 overall and is 3-1 in the MIVA. The Lakers are coming off a 1-3 (22-30, 30-25, 22-30, 29-31) loss to Lewis after winning their first four matches of the season.

MERCYHURST BY THE NUMBERS
Leading the Lakers in points per game is Austin Siewert at 4.53. Dave Schmidl is second at 4.31. Schmidl is the team leader in kills per game at 3.81 with Siewert and Justin Waas second at 3.12. Schmidl leads the team in hitting percentage at .477. Setter Dan Kick averages 12.25 assists per game for the Lakers. Defensively, Dennis Telaak is the team leader in digs with a 3.50 per game average. At the net, Siewert has a team-high 1.56 blocks per game average with eight solos and 17 assists. Kick is second at 1.25 with six solos and 14 assists. Mercyhurst is hitting .435 and averages 15.50 kills per game. The Lakers average 1.44 aces, 11.75 digs and 3.66 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .317 and average 10.94 kills per game. Laker opponents average .75 aces, 8.00 digs and 1.50 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – MERCYHURST SERIES
Ohio State has won all 17 matches with Mercyhurst. This includes eight matches played at Mercyhurst. Last season the Buckeyes won 3-0 (30-20, 30-24, 30-25) in Columbus and defeated the Lakers, 3-0 (30-24, 30-26, 30-28) in Erie.

REVIEWING THE ST. FRANCIS MATCH
Layne Dreven produced 14.5 points and Mark Greaves added 14 in OSU’s 3-0 (30-23, 30-24, 30-27) win at St. Francis. Dreven had a career-high 11 kills (.529) and added two ace serves and three assist blocks while Greaves had 14 kills (.214) for the Buckeyes. Marc Honore had 15.5 points for St. Francis with 11 kills (.556), two solo and five assist blocks. Ohio State hit .315 for the match to .309 for St. Francis. Each squad had 45 kills with OSU having a two to one margin in ace serves. St. Francis gave up 16 service errors to 10 for OSU. Defensively, the Red Flash had a 31 to 20 advantage in digs with Kelly Brandon and Jim Fazzini sharing match-high honors with six each for St. Francis. At the net, the Red Flash had a 10 to four margin in team blocks with Honore recording a match-high seven (2-5). St. Francis setter Josh Springer had 40 assists for the Red Flash while OSU’s Daniel Mathews recorded 38.

REVIEWING THE PENN STATE MATCH
Ohio State dropped a 3-1 (30-20, 22-30, 30-21, 31-29) decision at No. 6 Penn State. OSU’s Mark Greaves had a team-high 19.5 points with Mike Wauligman adding 13.5 and Stuart Katz, 12. Greaves had a team-high 18 kills (.216), an ace serve and an assist blocks. Wauligman contributed 11 kills (.069) and five assist blocks while Katz had 11 kills (.120) and two assist blocks. For Penn State, Matt Proper had a match-high 25.5 points with 22 kills (.341), an ace serve, a solo and three assist blocks. Alex Gutor contributed 25 points for the Nittany Lions with a match-high 23 kill (.298) and four assist blocks. Trailing 2-1 in the match, Ohio State held a 29-25 lead in game four only to see Penn State score six straight points to take the game, 31-29. The Nittany Lions hit .279 for the match to .141 for Ohio State. Penn State had a 65 to 56 advantage in kills and had a four to two margin in ace serves. The Nittany Lions gave up 16 service errors to seven for OSU. Defensively, Penn State had a 37-36 margin in digs with OSU’s Katz recording a match-high 13. At the net, Penn State had a 19.5 to 12 margin in team blocks. OSU’s Scott Spurlock had a match-high nine blocks with a solo and eight assists. PSU’s Dan O’Dell had 50 assists while Daniel Mathews recorded 45 for Ohio State.

GREAVES EQUALS HIS SEASON-HIGH OF 18 KILLS AT PENN STATE
Mark Greaves, in the Penn State match, equaled his season high of 18 kills (.216) against the Nittany Lions. His 19.5 points in the match, including an ace serve and an assist block, equaled his season high set against Juniata. In the St. Francis match, Greaves had 14 kills (.214) and two digs against the Red Flash.

SPURLOCK SETS SEASON HIGH TOTAL BLOCKS AGAINST PENN STATE
Scott Spurlock had a season-high nine blocks against Penn State. He recorded a solo and a season-high eight assist blocks against the Nittany Lions. Spurlock’s previous best this season in blocks was against Rutgers-Newark with a solo and six assist blocks for seven total blocks. He added two kills (.000), a dig and an assist in the match. In the St. Francis match, Spurlock had five kills (.444), a dig and an assist block.

DREVEN LEADS OSU TO VICTORY OVER ST. FRANCIS
Layne Dreven produced a career-high 14.5 points against St. Francis last week. He posted a career-high 11 kills and two ace serves in the match. Dreven hit .529 (11-2-17) in the match, adding three assist blocks and a dig against the Red Flash. Against Penn State he added seven kills (.312) and two assist blocks.

MATHEWS ADDS SIX BLOCKS ON THE WEEKEND
Daniel Mathews recorded six total blocks last week to give him 34 (three solos, 31 assists) on the season for a 1.26 per game average that ranks him third on the squad. He had three assist blocks against St. Francis, adding 38 assists, three digs, three assist blocks and a kill against the Red Flash. Against Penn State, Mathews had a solo and two assist blocks against the Nittany Lions. He recorded 45 assists, six digs and a kill.

KATZ RECORDS 11 KILLS AND 13 DIGS OFF THE BENCH AGAINST PENN STATE
Stuart Katz came off the bench against Penn State to record 11 kills (.120) and a season-high 13 digs against the Nittany Lions. It was his third double-figure kill match of the season. Against St. Francis, Katz had five kills and three digs in his third start of the season.

WAULIGMAN EQUALS HIS SEASON-HIGH KILLS AGAINST PENN STATE
Mike Wauligman equaled his season-high of 11 kills in the Penn State match. He previously had 11 against Findlay. He added seven digs and a season-high five assist blocks against the Nittany Lions. Wauligman recorded two kills, two digs and an assist block against St. Francis.

COLE NEARS 14TH IN OSU CAREER KILLS
Andy Cole is currently ranked 15th on the OSU career kills list with 770. He had five kills at St. Francis and four at Penn State last week. He needs 2 kills to pass No. 14 Gary Wrobel (1994-97) who has 771. Cole also moved to 18th in OSU career points with 883.5. He passed Rob Burton (1989-91) with 878.5. He needs 24 points to pass No. 17 Jeff Koterba (1995-98) with 906.5.

SPURLOCK MOVES TO EIGHTH IN OSU CAREER TOTAL BLOCKS WITH 310
Scott Spurlock, with 10 total blocks has moved to eighth on the OSU career total blocks list with 310 (14 solos, 296 assists). Last week he had one assist block at St. Francis and a solo and eight assists at Penn State. Spurlock pass Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 304 (32-272). In assist blocks Spurlock is sixth on the OSU career list with 296.

BUCKEYES RANKED 12TH IN USA TODAY/CSTV COACHES POLL
Ohio State remained at 12th in the latest USA TODAY/CSTV Coaches Poll. Ohio State moved from 53 points to 64 points in the poll this week. The Buckeyes were 11th in the final poll of the 2004 season.

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 795-325-3 (.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 return home to play their only home matches in the month of February against MIVA league members Ball State (3-3, 0-1 MIVA) and Quincy (2-2, 0-1 MIVA). OSU will face the Ball State Cardinals at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11 and the Quincy Hawks at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13. The Quincy match video will be carried live on the web.

2005 PLAYER NOTES
#1 Dan Meske – Starting libero in seven matches, playing in eight – served an ace against St. Francis – recorded an overpass kill in the second Springfield match, adding a season-high five digs.

#2 Stuart Katz – Played in seven matches, with three starts – career-high of 14 kills against Rutgers-Newark – hit a career-high .556 in the second Springfield match – season-high 13 digs against at Penn State.

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

#4 Daniel Mathews – Starting setter in eight 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 against Juniata – career-high 68 assists against Rutgers-Newark

#5 John Albertson – Has not played –

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

#7 Ben Spurlock – Has not played –

#8 Mark Greaves – Starting outside hitter in eight matches – equaled his season-high 19.5 points at Penn State, previously against Juniata – equaled his season-high of 18 kills at Penn State, previously at St. Francis – hit a career-high .680 against Juniata with 17 kills, no errors in 25 attempts – season-high five digs against Juniata – season-high six assist blocks against Rutgers-Newark.

#9 Sam Stevens – Played in eight matches – season-high five kills in the first Springfield match – had four kills in the second Springfield match – 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 in eight matches – career-high three ace serves against St. Francis – hit a season-high .727 (8-0-11) in the first Springfield match – season-high of 11 kills against Rutgers-Newark – season-high nine total blocks at Penn State with a season-high eight assist blocks.

#12 Andy Cole – Starting outside hitter in seven matches, did not play in second Springfield match – season-highs of 22 kills, .531 hitting percentage and seven digs against Rutgers-Newark – season-high five assist blocks in the first Springfield match.

#13 Mike Wauligman – Starting outside hitter in six matches, playing in eight – recorded his fifth career double-double (10 kills, 10 digs) against St. Francis – season-highs of 11 kills, a 474 hitting percentage and three assist blocks against Findlay – equaled his career-high of 11 kills at Penn State – 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.

#14 Layne Dreven – Starting middle hitter in eight matches – career-high 11 assist blocks against St. Francis – season-high 11 kills at St. Francis – hit a career-high .583 (8-1-12) in the second Springfield match – has had five or more blocks in four matches this season.

#15 Conor Martin – Played in eight matches with a start at libero against Rutgers-Newark – played libero in three games against St. Francis recording nine digs.

#16 Robert Klein – Has not played –

#17 Matt Hankey – Played in one match.

#18 Timothy Steadman – Played in three matches – recorded a kill against Juniata – served an ace against Findlay.