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Feb. 8, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 12th-ranked Ohio State (8-2, 1-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball squad returns to St. John Arena for its only home matches in February. The Buckeyes will face MIVA opponents Ball State (5-4, 0-1) and Quincy (3-3, 0-2) this weekend. OSU will host the Ball State Cardinals Friday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. and then face the Quincy Hawks Sunday, Feb. 13 at 3 p.m.

OSU MIVA CONFERENCE WIN STREAKS AT 11 OVERALL AND EIGHT AT HOME
Ohio State enters Friday’s Ball State match with two of three conference winning streaks on the line. The Buckeyes have won their last 11 league matches and have an eight match winning streak in conference matches at home. The 11 match streak includes the last 10 league matches in 2004 and OSU’s win at Merchyhurst. 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. OSU’s home winning streak includes all eight home conference matches last season. Ohio State’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. The Buckeyes have a six match winning streak in road conference matches including the last five road wins in 2004 and OSU’s win at Mercyhurst last week.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 8-2 overall and 1-0 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 defeated Juniata, 3-0 (30-20, 30-27, 30-26) and Mercyhurst, 3-0 (30-24, 30-20, 30-20).

OHIO STATE BY THE NUMBERS
Mark Greaves (Jr., Fenton, Mo.) leads the team in points per game at 4.58 with Andy Cole (Jr., Glendale, Wis.) averaging 3.92. Greaves is averaging a team-high 4.10 kills per game with Cole second at 3.58. Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) is hitting a team-high .459 with Cole second at .395. Daniel Mathews (Fr., Shorewood, Wis.) is averaging 12.15 assist per game and is averaging a team-high .36 aces per game. Mike Wauligman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) leads the team in digs per game with a 1.81 average with Stuart Katz (Sr., Port Washington, N.Y.) second at 1.43. At the net, Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) has a team-high 1.45 blocks per game average with Scott Spurlock (Sr., Stow, Ohio) second at 1.39. Dreven has three solos and 45 assists while Spurlock has seven solos and 39 assists. The Buckeyes are hitting .343 and averaging 15.24 kills per game. OSU averages 1.30 aces, 7.82 digs and 3.18 blocks per game. Ohio State opponents are hitting .243 and average 14.00 kills per game. Buckeye opponents average .73 aces, 7.09 digs and 1.95 blocks per game.

A LOOK AT BALL STATE
The Cardinals are coached by Joel Walton. Ball State is 5-4 overall and 0-1 in MIVA conference play. Last week at the Hall of Fame Classic, Ball State lost at Brigham Young, 0-3 (2-30, 27-30, 23-30) and defeated Springfield, 3-0 (31-29, 30-21, 32-30). The Cardinals then defeated Rutgers-Newark, 3-2 (26-30, 30-22, 30-26, 29-31, 18-16) in Newark.

BALL STATE BY THE NUMBERS
Nick Meyer leads the Cardinals in points per game at 4.96. Luis Castera ranks second at 3.87. Meyer has a team-high 4.07 kills per game average with Castera second at 3.45. Leading Ball State in hitting percentage is Zoran Grabovac at .415. Running the offense is setter Dave Carlson with an 11.95 assist per game average. Evan Berg started the Cardinals three matches last week has a 4.88 assist per game average. He averaged 12.27 assist per game in the three matches last week. Meyer leads the team with a .46 aces (13) per game average with Grabovac (.29) at nine. Defensively, Berg has a team-high 2.25 digs per game with Luis Castera second at 1.77. At the net, Grabovac leads the team with a 1.00 blocks per game average with three solos and 28 assist blocks. Meyer ranks second at .82 (1-22). Ball State is hitting .228 on the season and has a 14.88 kills per game average. The Cardinals average 1.56 aces, 9.91 digs and 2.19 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .233 and have a 13.41 kills per game average. Ball State opponents average 1.06 aces, 8.81 digs and 2.83 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – BALL STATE SERIES
Ball State holds a 73-72 lead in the series with Ohio State. The squads have met every year since 1968. In matches played in Columbus, the Buckeyes have a 37-30 margin over the Cardinals. Last season, Ball State defeated Ohio State 3-1 (30-27, 30-23, 26-30, 31-29) in Munice and Ohio State won 3-1 (30-27, 30-27, 24-30, 30-24) over the Cardinals in Columbus.

A LOOK AT QUINCY
The Hawks are coached by Niels Pedersen. Quincy is 3-3 overall and 0-2 in the MIVA prior to its Friday match at Findlay. The Hawks defeated Carthage 3-0 (30-13, 30-14, 30-21) and lost to IPFW, 2-3 (30-27, 30-28, 16-30, 28-30, 9-15) in home matches last week.

QUINCY BY THE NUMBERS
Leading the Hawks prior to Friday’s match at Findlay in points per game is Jon Moreno with a 3.76 per game average. Joe Caruso is second at 3.58. Moreno leads the team in kills per game with a 3.14 average with Caruso second at 3.05. Ed Ryan is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .402. At setter, Niels Pedersen has 122 assists for a 6.10 per game average. Robbie Mendenhall has 87 assists (6.21) and Eric Wooldridge 77 (5.92). Defensively, Moreno leads the team in digs with a 2.67 per game average. Ryan Ehnert ranks second at 2.38 with Matt Lawrence third at 2.22. At the net, Caruso has a team-high .84 blocks per game average with 16 assist blocks. Ryan ranks second at .65 with two solos and 11 assists. Quincy is hitting .274 and has a 14.64 kills per game average. The Hawks average 1.36 aces, 12.77 digs and 2.30 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .202 and average 12.82 kills per game. Quincy opponents average .95 aces, 12.50 digs and 2.07 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – QUINCY SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Quincy, 26-1. The Buckeyes have won 19 consecutive matches against the Hawks since a 3-1 OSU loss at Quincy in 1996. Ohio State has won at 16 matches played at Ohio State. The squads played three times last season. In regular season action, OSU defeated Quincy 3-0 (32-30, 30-26, 30-25) at Quincy and won 3-0 (30-26, 30-24, 30-20) at Ohio State. The teams then played in the MIVA Tournament Quarterfinals in Columbus with OSU winning, 3-0 (30-27, 30-23, 30-19).

REVIEWING THE JUNIATA MATCH
Ohio State defeated Juniata, 3-0 (30-20, 30-27, 30-26) behind a match-high 15.5 points from Mark Greaves. Layne Dreven added 14.5 points and Andy Cole, 11.5 for the Buckeyes. Matt Fritz had 14.5 points for Juniata with Matt Springer adding 13.5. OSU hit .402 for the match to .209 for Juniata. The Buckeyes had a 50-43 advantage in kills while the Eagles had a four to three advantage in ace serves. Juniata gave up 12 service errors to 10 for OSU. Defensively, the Eagles had a 20-18 margin in digs with OSU’s Cole recording a match-high six digs and Conor Martin adding five. At the net, OSU had a 12 to 3.5 advantage in team blocks. Dreven collected a match-high six blocks (1-5) for the Buckeyes with Daniel Mathews and Scott Spurlock adding five each (1-4). Setter Ricky Ziegler had 40 assists with OSU’s Mathews recording 39.

REVIEWING THE MERCYHURST MATCH
Ohio State opened conference play with a 3-0 (30-24, 30-20, 30-20) win at Mercyhurst. Scott Spurlock had a team-high 11.5 points for OSU with seven kills (.333), three solo and three assist blocks. Andy Cole added nine points with eight kills (.190) and two assist blocks. Dave Schmidl recorded a match-high 12 points with 12 kills (.074) for Mercyhurst. Ohio State hit .351 for the match to .152 for the Lakers. Mercyhurst had a 39-24 margin in kills while OSU served five aces to none for the Lakers. Daniel Mathews had a match-high three aces with Mark Greaves adding two. Mercyhurst gave up 17 service errors to 11 for OSU. Defensively, the Lakers had a 30-25 advantage in digs with Dennis Telaak collecting a match-high 14. OSU’s Mark Greaves and Mike Wauligman had a team-high seven digs each. At the net, OSU had a nine to four margin in team blocks. OSU’s Spurlock had a match-high six total blocks with three solo and three assist blocks. Laker Tom Roberts had a match-high 26 assists while OSU’s Mathews recorded 23.

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 HAS SEASON-HIGH SEVEN DIGS AT MERCYHURST
Mark Greaves, against Mercyhurst, had seven digs for his season high. His previous best was five against Juniata. Greaves added six kills (.250), an assist block and two ace serves against the Lakers. His two ace serves equals his season high set against Juniata. In the match at Juniata, Greaves had a team-high 14 kills (.476), adding an ace serve and an assist block. He leads OSU with a 4.10 kills per game average on 127 kills.

SPURLOCK POSTS CAREER-HIGH THREE SOLO BLOCKS AT MERCYHURST
Scott Spurlock recorded a career-high three solo blocks at Mercyhurst Saturday, adding seven kills (.333), a dig and three assist blocks for a team-high 11.5 points in the match. He posted six kills (.857), a dig, a solo block and four assist blocks at Juniata Friday. Spurlock ranks second on the team in blocks per game with a 1.39 average on seven solos and 39 assists. He has had five or more blocks in six matches this season.

DREVEN EQUALS CAREER-HIGH 14.5 POINTS AT JUNIATA
Layne Dreven, at Juniata, equaled his career-high of 14.5 points against the Eagles. He set his career-high at St. Francis this season. At Juniata, he had 10 kills (.533), an ace serve, a solo block and five assists. The next night at Mercyhurst, Dreven had six kills (1.000) with no errors and added two assist blocks for seven points. He is OSU’s top blocker with a 1.45 per game average with three solos and 45 assist blocks.

MATHEWS ADDS TWO WINS AS STARTING SETTER
Daniel Mathews recorded 39 assists at Juniata and 23 at Mercyhurst as Ohio State took its season record to 8-2. He is averaging 12.15 assists per game with 401. Against Juniata, Mathews added three kills (.333), an ace serve, two digs and five total blocks (1-4) in the match. At Mercyhurst he had a kill (.333), three ace serves and a dig against the Lakers. His five blocks at Juniata was the fourth time this season he has had five or more blocks in a match.

WAULIGMAN LEADS BUCKEYE IN DIGS
Mike Wauligman had seven digs at Mercyhust and added three at Juniata for a team-high 49 on the season for the Buckeyes. He has a 1.81 digs per game average. He contributed six kills (.133) and three assist blocks at Juniata and added four kills (.444) and two assist blocks at Mercyhurst. Wauligman ranks fourth on the squad in kills per game with a 2.33 average.

COLE HAS 11 KILLS AGAINST MERCYHURST
Andy Cole had 11 kills (.450) at Mercyhurst adding six digs and an assist block in the match. He added eight kills (.190), three digs and two assist blocks Friday at Juniata. Cole is averaging 3.58 kills per game, ranking second on the squad and is the top outside hitter in hitting percentage at .395 on the season.

MARTIN HANDLES THE LIBERO DUTIES AGAINST JUNIATA AND MERCYHURST
Conor Martin (Fr., Avon Lake, Ohio) started at libero last weekend in the matches at Juniata and Mercyhurst. He had five digs at Juniata and added six against Mercyhurst to give him 34 on the season. He is averaging 1.21 digs for OSU and now has started in three matches this season.

COLE NOW 13TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER KILLS
Andy Cole, with 19 kills last weekend has moved to 13th on the Ohio State career kills list with 789. He had 11 kills at Juniata and added eight at Mercyhurst. Cole moved past No. 13 Craig Geibel (1990-93) with 787 and No. 14 Gary Wrobel (1994-97) with 771 last weekend. He needs 17 kills to move past No. 12 David Frette (1989-91) with 805.

GREAVES MOVES INTO A THREE-WAY TIE FOR 12TH IN OSU CAREER ACES.
Mark Greaves, with an ace serve at Juniata and two at Mercyhurst, now has 56 in his career and has moved into a three-way tie for 12th on the OSU career list. He is tied with Chris Fash (1998-01) and Craig Geibel (1990-93). Greaves needs four aces to pass Greg Lehman (1998-01) and Colin McMillan (1997-00) with 59 each and currently tied for 10th. He has also moved to 20th in OSU career digs with 305, with his seven digs at Mercyhurst, passing McMillan with 298.

WAULIGMAN NOW 15TH IN OSU CAREER DIGS
Mike Wauligman, with 10 digs on the weekend (3 at Juniata, 7 at Mercyhurst), has moved to 15th on the OSU career digs list with 383. He passed No. 15 Rene’ Esteves (1997-00) with 381. He stands 70 digs behind No. 14 Rob Burton (1989-91) with 453.

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 63 points in the poll this week. The Buckeyes began the season ranked tenth.

OSU MOVES TO EIGHTH IN VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE MEN’S TOP 10 POLL
Ohio State moved up to eighth in the weekly Volleyball Magazine poll after two weeks at ninth. 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 797-325-3 (.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 will play next week at the Golden Dome Classic in Rutgers, New Jersey. OSU will play host Rutgers-Newark at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 18 while IPFW will face Penn State at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 19, Ohio State will play Penn State at 5 p.m. with IPFW facing Rutgers-Newark at 7 p.m.

2005 PLAYER NOTES

#1 Dan Meske – Starting libero in seven matches, playing in 10 – served an ace against St. Francis and Penn State – recorded an overpass kill in the second Springfield match, adding a season-high five digs.

#2 Stuart Katz – Played in nine 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 – Played in one match – recorded three assists in the first Springfield match.

#4 Daniel Mathews – Starting setter in 10 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 six 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 10 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 seven digs at Mercyhurst – season-high six assist blocks against Rutgers-Newark.

#9 Sam Stevens – Played in 10 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 10 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 – career-high three solo blocks at Mercyhurst.

#12 Andy Cole – Starting outside hitter in nine 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 eight matches, playing in 10 – 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 10 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 five matches this season.

#15 Conor Martin – Played in 10 matches with three starts at libero (Rutgers-Newark, at Juniata, at Mercyhurst) – 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 four matches – recorded a kill against Juniata – served an ace against Findlay – had an assist block at Mercyhurst.