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Feb. 15, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 12th-ranked Ohio State (10-2, 3-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball squad will face host Rutgers-Newark (4-4) and fifth-ranked Penn State (9-2) at the 26th Annual Golden Dome Classic this weekend in Newark, New Jersey. OSU plays Rutgers-Newark, Friday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. and Penn State Saturday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. Last week the Buckeyes defeated Ball State, 3-0 (30-19, 30-21, 30-22) and Quincy, 3-1 (26-30, 30-16, 30-26, 30-25)

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 10-2 overall and 3-0 in the MIVA. The Buckeyes are currently ranked 12th in the USA TODAY/CSTV Top 15 Coaches Poll and eighth in the Volleyball Magazine Top-10 Poll. Last week the Buckeyes won home matches against Ball State, 3-0 (30-19, 30-21, 30-22) and Quincy, 3-1 (26-30, 30-16, 30-26, 30-25).

OHIO STATE BY THE NUMBERS
Mark Greaves (Jr., Fenton, Mo.) leads the team in points per game at 4.63 with Andy Cole (Jr., Glendale, Wis.) averaging 4.18. Greaves is averaging a team-high 4.05 kills per game with Cole second at 3.79. Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) is hitting a team-high .504 with Cole second at .419. Daniel Mathews (Fr., Shorewood, Wis.) is averaging 12.73 assists per game and is averaging a team-high .38 aces per game. Mike Wauligman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) leads the team in digs per game with a 1.85 average with Mathews second at 1.55. At the net, Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) has a team-high 1.50 blocks per game average with Scott Spurlock (Sr., Stow, Ohio) second at 1.35. Dreven has four solos and 56 assists while Spurlock has four solos and 50 assists. The Buckeyes are hitting .365 and averaging 15.70 kills per game. OSU averages 1.35 aces, 8.27 digs and 3.22 blocks per game. Ohio State opponents are hitting .240 and average 13.90 kills per game. Buckeye opponents average .77 aces, 7.28 digs and 1.86 blocks per game.

A LOOK AT RUTGERS-NEWARK
The Scarlet Raiders are coached by Sean Byron. Rutgers-Newark is 4-4 on the season coming off a pair of matches played at Penn State last weekend. The Scarlet Raiders lost 0-3 (25-30, 22-30, 24-30) to Southern California and defeated Mt. Olive College, 3-0 (30-17, 30-25, 30-24) at Penn State last weekend.

RUTGERS-NEWARK BY THE NUMBERS
Brian Honsberger leads the team in points per game at 4.11 with Eric Honsberger second at 3.71. E. Honsberger has a team-high 3.32 kills per game average with B. Honsberger second at 3.31. Setter Graydon Aimsworth is averaging 12.00 assists per game for Rutgers-Newark. Byron Goff leads the team with five ace serves and has a .17 per game average. Defensively, Goff has a team-leading 60 digs and a 2.07 per game average while Nick Manghelli is second with 44 (1.57). At the net, B. Honsberger averages a team-high 1.16 blocks per game with eight solos and 29 assists with Henry Richardson second at 1.03 on three solos and 29 assists. The Scarlet Raiders are hitting .280 and average 14.24 kills per game. Rutgers-Newark averages .61 aces, 9.21 digs and 2.42 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .291 and average 16.15 kills per game. R-N opponents average 1.12 aces, 10.61 digs and 3.21 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – RUTGERS-NEWARK SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Rutgers-Newark, 23-12. OSU is 8-5 in matches played in Newark and 7-4 in contest against Rutgers-Newark in the Golden Dome Classic. Ohio State has won 11 of the last 12 matches played against the Scarlet Raiders with the only Buckeye loss since 1994, a 3-2 (26-30, 31-29, 24-30, 31-29, 21-19) win in Newark. The Buckeyes, earlier this season, defeated the Scarlet Raiders, in Columbus, 3-1 (24-30, 30-19, 30-25, 30-25).

REVIEWING THE RUTGERS-NEWARK MATCH, Jan. 21, 2005
Trailing 0-1, Ohio State rallied to defeat Rutgers-Newark, 3-1 (24-30, 30-19, 30-25, 30-25) behind 23.5 points from Andy Cole. He had a match-high 22 kills (.531) and three assist blocks. Andrew Pink had a team-high 16.5 points for Rutgers with 15 kills (.367), an ace serve and an assist block. OSU hit .427 for the match to .238 for Rutgers. The Buckeyes had a 74-54 margin in kills while the Raiders had a three to one advantage in ace serves. Ohio State gave up 13 service errors to 10 for Rutgers. Defensively the Buckeyes had a 36 to 23 advantage in digs with OSU’s Stuart Katz and Rutgers’ Bryon Goff recording a match-high 10 each. At the net, Ohio State our blocked Rutgers, 16.5 to eight. Buckeyes Scott Spurlock and Layne Dreven shared match-high honors with seven total blocks each with a solo and six assist blocks. OSU’s Daniel Mathews had a career-high 68 assists while Rutgers’ Graydon Ainsworth had 46.

A LOOK AT PENN STATE
The fifth-ranked Nittany Lions are coached by Marc Pavlik. Penn State is 9-2 overall and have won nine straight matches. Last week at home the Nittany Lions defeated Mt. Olive, 3-0 (30-15, 30-18, 30-18) and Southern California, 3-0 (32-30, 30-27, 30-24).

PENN STATE BY THE NUMBERS
Leading Penn State in points per game is Alex Gutor at 4.52. Matt Proper is second at 4.35 points per game. Gutor has a team-high 3.93 kills per game average with Proper at 3.61. Setter Dan O’Dell is averaging 12.69 assists per game for the Nittany Lions. Gutor leads the team in aces with nine (.21 per game) with Proper second with eight (.18). Defensively, Gary Vogel has a team-high 2.33 dig per game average with Gutor second at 1.19. At the net, Nate Meerstein has a team-leading 1.51 blocks per game average with five solo and 68 assists. Keith Kowal ranks second at 1.34 blocks per game with three solos and 52 assists. As a team, the Nittany Lions are hitting .326 and average 14.74 kills per game. Penn State averages 1.02 aces, 8.30 digs and 3.52 blocks per game. PSU opponents are hitting .211 and average 14.02 kills per game. Opponents average 1.15 aces, 7.76 digs and 2.01 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – PENN STATE SERIES
Penn State leads the series with Ohio State, 50-27-1. In neutral site matches, the Nittany Lions has a 22-6-1 margin while the Buckeyes are 2-1-1 against Penn State in Golden Dome Classic matches. Earlier this season, in Columbus, the Nittany Lions defeated Ohio State, 3-1 (30-20, 22-30, 30-21, 31-29).

REVIEWING THE PENN STATE MATCH, Jan. 29, 2004
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 29-24 lead in game four only to see Penn State score seven 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.

REVIEWING THE BALL STATE MATCH
Ohio State defeated Ball State, 3-0 (30-19, 30-21, 30-22) behind a match-high 15 points from Andy Cole with Mark Greaves adding 14 and Layne Dreven 11. Ball State’s Nick Meyer scored a team-high 13.5 points with Luis Castera adding 10.5. OSU hit .422 to .130 for Ball State. The Buckeyes had a 45-41 advantage in kills and a seven to one margin in ace serves. The Cardinals gave up eight service errors to seven for OSU. Defensively, Ball State had a 25-24 margin with OSU’s Mike Wauligman recording a match-high eight. At the net, OSU had a 15.5 to 3.5 advantage in team blocks with OSU’s Scott Spurlock, Cole and Dreven collecting a match-high six assists each. Buckeye setter Daniel Mathews had 35 assists to BSU’s Evan Berg 36.

REVIEWING THE QUINCY MATCH
Ohio State held off an 1-0 Quincy lead to take a 3-1 (26-30, 30-16, 30-26, 30-25) victory, coach Pete Hanson’s 400th at Ohio State. Andy Cole had a team-high 18 points for OSU with Mark Greaves adding 17.5, Layne Dreven, 16 and Mike Wauligman, 14. Quincy’s Branden Been had a match-high 21 points with Jon Moreno adding 17 and Ed Ryan, 10.5. OSU hit .454 for the match to .299 for the Hawks. The Buckeyes had a 74 to 53 advantage in kills while the Hawks had a six to three margin in ace serves. OSU gave up 18 service errors to 13 for Quincy. The Buckeyes had a 46 to 32 advantage in digs with OSU’s Daniel Mathews and Conor Martin collecting a match-high 12 digs each. The Hawks had a 6.5 to six margin in team blocks with OSU’s Dreven recording a match-high five total blocks with one solo and four assists. Mathews had a match-high 63 assists in the match while Quincy’s Eric Wooldridge had 32 and Niels Pedersen, 19.

HANSON COLLECTS 400TH VICTORY AT OHIO STATE
With a 3-1 win against Quincy last Sunday, Buckeye head coach Pete Hanson won his 400th victory in men’s volleyball at Ohio State. He has a 400-233 record with the Buckeyes. Hanson’s career record, including one season as the Wyoming women’s head coach is 414-245.

MARCH 13 START TIME AGAINST MERCYHURST CHANGED TO 7 P.M.
Ohio State’s home match starting time against Mercyhurst has been changed from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. due to a series of event adjustments needed to allow the men’s ice hockey team has home ice for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association first round playoff games.

GREAVES LEADS THE BUCKEYES IN KILLS PER GAME
Mark Greaves had nine kills against Ball State and 16 in the Quincy match to give him 145 on the season and lead Ohio State with a 4.05 kills per game average. Against the Cardinals, he hit .250 (9-4-20) adding five total blocks (1-4), two ace serves and tying his season-high of five digs. Greaves hit .297 (16-5-37) in the Quincy match adding four digs, an assist block and an ace serve. His 10 ace serves for the season ranks second on the team at .26 per game. Last week Greaves was ranked 16th nationally in kills per game at 4.10 and 19th in points at 4.58.

SPURLOCK HITS A CAREER-HIGH .750 AGAINST QUINCY
Scott Spurlock had nine kills in 12 attempts with no errors for a career-high .750 hitting percentage against Quincy. He added two assists, one dig and one assist block against the Hawks. In the Ball State contest, he hit .455 with six kills in 11 attempts with one error. He added six block assists, one dig and one assist against the Cardinals. Spurlock ranks second on the squad in blocking with a 1.35 per game average with four solos and 50 assists. Last week he was ranked seventh nationally at 1.39 per game.

DREVEN SETS CAREER HIGHS IN KILLS AND PERCENTAGE LAST WEEKEND
Layne Dreven recorded career highs of 13 kills against Quincy and a .727 hitting percentage against Ball State last week. Against the Cardinals, he had eight kills with no errors in 11 attempts. Dreven added six assist blocks, one dig and one assist in the match. In the Quincy match he hit .647 with 13 kills, two errors in 17 attempts, adding a solo and four assist blocks. Dreven’s previous best in kills was 11 at St. Francis and his previous career high percentage was .583 (8-1-12) in the second Springfield match. He is hitting a team-high .504 on the season and has a team-high 1.50 blocks per game average.

MATHEWS SETS CAREER HIGH WITH 12 DIGS AGAINST QUINCY
Daniel Mathews collected a career-high 12 digs against Quincy last week, improving on his previous high of seven against St. Francis. Against the Hawks, he added four kills (.667), 63 assists an ace serve and two assist blocks. In the Ball State match Mathews produced 35 assists, a kill, an ace serve, three digs and five total blocks with a solo and four assists. He is averaging 12.73 assists per game on the season and 13.10 in the MIVA. Last week Mathews was ranked 14th in the country in assists per game at 12.15.

WAULIGMAN HAS SEASON-HIGH 13 KILLS AGAINST QUINCY
Against Quincy, Mike Wauligman had a season-high 13 kills while hitting a season-high .500 (13-2-22) against the Hawks. He added seven digs and a ace serve in the match. Wauligman had four kills (.143), eight digs, one assist block and a season-high two ace serves in the Ball State match. His 15 digs for the weekend, gives him 63 on the season for a team-leading 1.85 digs per game average.

COLE HITS A SEASON-HIGH .611 AGAINST BALL STATE
Andy Cole hit a season-high .611 against Ball State last Friday with 12 kills with one error in 18 attempts. He contributed six assist blocks in the win over the Cardinals. Against Quincy, Cole had a match-high 17 kills while hitting .375 (17-5-32), adding a season-high eight digs, three assists and two assist blocks. He ranks second on the team with 125 kills for a 3.79 kills per game average.

MARTIN PRODUCES A CAREER-HIGH 12 DIGS AGAINST QUINCY
Conor Martin (Fr., Avon Lake, Ohio) produced a career-high 12 digs in the Quincy match. His previous high in digs was nine against St. Francis. He had four digs in the Ball State match, his fifth start at the libero position. Martin has 51 digs on the season, ranking third on the squad with a 1.46 per game average.

COLE NOW 13TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER KILLS
Andy Cole produced a team-high 29 kills last week and has moved to 11th on the OSU career kills list with 821. He posted 12 kills against Ball State and added 17 against Quincy. Cole has moved past Tom Trantow (1999-03) with 807 and David Frette (1989-91) with 8-5. He needs 80 kills to pass No. 10 Jose Rivera (1996-00) with 900 kills.

COLE MOVES TO 16TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER POINTS
Andy Cole moved to 16th on the Ohio State career points list with 940 after recording 15 points against Ball State and 18 against Quincy. He moved past No. 16 Eduardo Marxuach (1995-97) with 922.5 and No. 17 Jeff Koterba (1995-98) with 906.5. Cole needs 15 points to pass No. 15 Tom Trantow (1999-03) with 954 points.

GREAVES MOVES INTO A THREE-WAY TIE FOR 10TH IN OSU CAREER ACES
Mark Greaves served up two ace serves against Ball State and one in the Quincy match to raise his career total to 59 and move into a three-way tie for 10th in OSU career aces. Previously he was tied with Chris Fash (1998-01) and Craig Geibel (1990-93) for 12th with 56. He is now tied with Greg Lehman (1998-01) and Colin McMillan (1997-00) at 59. Greaves needs four aces to pass No. 9 Jeff Koterba (1995-98) with 62.

GREAVES NOW 19TH IN OSU CAREER DIGS
Mark Greaves picked up five digs against Ball State and four against Quincy to raise his career total to 313. That moves him to 19th on the OSU career list passing Matt Wilson (1992-95) with 308. He needs 30 digs to pass No. 18 Chris Fash (1998-01) with 342.

WEEKEND VICTORIES EXTEND WINNING STREAKS
With home conference wins over Ball State and Quincy, Ohio State has extended several winning streaks. The Buckeyes have won its last 13 MIVA regular season conference matches (3 in 2005 and 10 in 2004). The streak includes seven home and six road contests. The Buckeyes last league defeat was a 1-3 (27-30, 23-30, 30-26, 29-31) loss at Ball State on Feb. 27, 2004. Ohio State has won 10 consecutive home MIVA regular season conference matches (2 in 2005 and 8 in 2004). 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. In St. John Arena, the Buckeyes have won the last 18 regular season contests (7 in 2005 and 11 in 2004). OSU’s last regular season home loss was Jan. 24, 2004, a 3-1 (30-23, 30-23, 28-30, 30-25) loss to Brigham Young. Including all matches, the Buckeyes have a seven-match home winning streak, winning all seven home contests this season. OSU last loss in St. John Arena was a 3-1 (26-30, 32-30, 30-22, 30-28) loss to Lewis in the MIVA Semifinals on April 30, 2004.

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 63 points to 71 points in the poll this week. The Buckeyes have held the 12th spot in the poll for the last four week, beginning the season ranked tenth.

OSU REMAINS AT EIGHTH IN VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE MEN’S TOP 10 POLL
Ohio State remained at eighth in the weekly Volleyball Magazine for the second straight week. 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 799-325-3 (.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 return to conference play with matches at Loyola and Clarke next weekend. Ohio State will face Loyola Saturday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. and Clarke Sunday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m.

2005 PLAYER NOTES
#1 Dan Meske (So., Willow Springs, Ill.) – Starting libero in seven matches, playing in 12 – 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 10 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 and two ace serves against at Penn State.

#3 Joerel Morales (So., Caguas, Puerto Rico) – Played in one match – recorded three assists in the first Springfield match.

#4 Daniel Mathews (Fr., Shorewood, Wis.) – Starting setter in 12 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 and at Mercyhurst – career-high 68 assists against Rutgers-Newark – career-high 12 digs against Quincy.

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

#6 Brett Versen (So., Centerville, Ohio) – Played in seven matches – recorded a kill and an ace serve in the second Springfield match – career-high three kills against Ball State.

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

#8 Mark Greaves (Jr., Fenton, Mo.) – Starting outside hitter in 12 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 six digs at Mercyhurst – season-high six assist blocks against Rutgers-Newark.

#9 Sam Stevens (Jr., Miami, Fla.) – Played in 12 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 (Fr., Caguas, Puerto Rico) – Has not played.

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

#12 Andy Cole (Jr., Glendale, Wis.) – Starting outside hitter in 11 matches, did not play in second Springfield match – 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 eight matches including the last four.

#13 Mike Wauligman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) – Starting outside hitter in 10 matches, playing in 12 – recorded his fifth career double-double (10 kills, 10 digs) against St. Francis – season-high of 13 kills against Quincy – 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 12 matches – career-high 11 assist blocks against St. Francis – career-high 13 kills against Quincy – hit a career-high .727 (8-0-11) against Ball State – has had five or more blocks in seven matches this season.

#15 Conor Martin (Fr., Avon Lake, Ohio) – Played in 12 matches with five starts at libero including the last four matches – career-high 12 digs against Quincy – 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.

#18 Tim Steadman (Fr., Las Flores, Calif.) – Played in four matches – recorded a kill against Juniata – served an ace against Findlay – had an assist block at Mercyhurst.