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April 2, 2002

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 12th-ranked Ohio State (14-9 overall, 7-4 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball hosts two conference matches this week. The Buckeyes will face Quincy (14-8, 7-5) at 7 p.m., Friday, April 5 and 11th-ranked Lewis (15-9, 10-2) at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 6 in St. John Arena.

A LOOK AT QUINCY
The Hawks, coached by Tim Koth, are 14-8 overall and 7-5 in the MIVA. Currently fifth in the conference, Quincy has lost its last four matches. Last week the Hawks lost twice at George Mason, 3-0 (30-26, 30-22, 30-28) Friday and 3-1 (30-26, 36-38, 30-22, 30-24) Saturday. Fernando Barretto leads the team in kills per game at 3.68 (265). Paul Johnson is second at 3.06 (220). Barretto is the team leader in hitting percentage at .509. James Milkert has a team-high 33 aces (.42 per game) with Brian Turczynski second with 28 (.39). Milkert has 918 assists on the season for an 11.77 per game average. Jeff Pieschel has a team-high 124 digs (1.63 per game) with Stefan Sjostrom second with 107 (.137). Johnson is the team leader in blocks with 69 on eight solos and 61 assists for a .96 per game average. Barretto is second with 64 blocks (three solos and 61 assists) for a .89 average. Quincy averages 14.50 kills per game and is hitting .302. The Hawks average 1.90 aces, 7.72 digs and 2.26 blocks per game. Opponents average 14.36 kills per game and are hitting .264. Hawk opponents average 1.12 aces, 7.41 digs and 2.33 blocks per game.

THE OHIO STATE – QUINCY SERIES
The Buckeyes have a 20-1 advantage in the series with the Hawks. OSU has won the last 13 matches with Quincy and has won all 12 contest played in St. John Arena. Earlier this season, the Buckeyes won 3-0 (30-22, 30-19, 30-25) at Quincy.

A LOOK AT LEWIS
The Flyers, coached by David Deuser, are 15-9 overall and 10-2 in the MIVA. Lewis, ranked 11th nationally, lost to Loyola-Chicago 3-1 (30-26, 24-30, 32-30, 30-23) last week. The Flyers host Clarke College Thursday prior to playing at Ohio State Saturday. Fabiano Barreto leads the Flyers in kills with 405 (4.82 per game) with Gustavo Meyer second with 223 (4.46). Meyer has a team-high hitting percentage of .450. Jose Martins has recorded 1,128 assists for a 13.43 per game average. Jorge Perez has a team-high 20 aces (.29 per game) with James Elsea having 19 (.23). Defensively, Ryan Stuntz has a team-leading 192 digs (2.29 per game) with Martins second with 117 (1.39). Kevin Miller leads the team in blocks with 93 on 10 solos and 83 assists for a 1.16 per game average. Elsea is second with 75 (19 solos, 56 assists) for a .90 per game average. Lewis is averaging 15.98 kills per game and is hitting .356. The Flyers average 1.28 aces, 8.07 digs and 2.59 blocks per game. Opponents average 14.85 kills per game and are hitting .300. Flyer opponents average 1.41 aces, 6.82 digs and 2.63 blocks per game.

THE OHIO STATE – LEWIS SERIES
Lewis leads the series with Ohio State, 10-8. In matches played in St. John Arena, each team has won five. The Flyers have won the last three matches with the Buckeyes including a 3-2 (30-25, 25-30, 25-30, 30-27, 15-13) victory earlier this season at Lewis.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes split a pair of conference matches last week, defeating Clarke 3-0 (30-15, 30-17, 30-15) at home and losing at Ball State 3-0 (30-15, 30-23, 30-27). Pieter Olree (Sr., Reading, Pa.) is the team leader in kills (458) with a 5.52 per game average. Tom Trantow (Sr., River Forest, Ill.) is second at 3.16 (256) and Ricardo Garcia (So., San Juan, Puerto Rico) is third at 2.69 (199). Trantow is the team leader in aces with 35 (.43 per game) with Olree second with 33 (.40). Brett Hamilton (Fr., Rockville, Maryland) is the team leader in blocking with a 1.25 per game average on one solo and 88 assist blocks. Adam Pedersen (So., Muskego, Wis.) is second at 1.08 (4 solos, 69 assists). Pedersen is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .546. Setter Mark Peckham (So., London, Ontario) has 1,079 assists and is averaging 13.16 per game. Defensively, Trantow has a team-high 1.88 digs per game average with 152 digs. Olree is second at 1.60 with 133 digs. The Buckeyes are averaging 15.76 kills per game and are hitting .351. Ohio State averages 1.43 aces, 8.37 digs and 2.77 blocks per game. OSU opponents are averaging 13.86 kills per game and are hitting .250. Opponents average .90 aces, 7.98 digs and 2.50 blocks per game.

CLARKE RECAP
Ohio State used a season-high hitting percentage of .550 to defeat Clarke College 3-0 (30-15, 30-17, 30-15). Pieter Olree had a match-high 11 kills and hit a career-high .917 on 12 attempts. Scott Spurlock recorded a career-high nine kills and hit .750 for a new career high. Clarke’s Joe Gustafson and Cody Chamberlain shared team-high honors for the Crusaders with six kills each. Ohio State hit .550 for the game to -.108 for Clarke. The Buckeyes had a 52-18 advantage in kills. OSU outserved the Crusaders, five to one with Brett Hamilton and Mike Wauligman collecting two aces each. OSU had 17 service errors to six for Clarke. The Buckeyes had a 19-16 advantage in digs with Chamberlain recording a match-high six for Clarke. Ohio State had 11 blocks in the match with none for Clarke. OSU’s Hamilton had a match-high six assist blocks. Ohio State recorded 27 assists for Mark Peckham and 17 for Jon Schultz while Keith Gutierrez and Jason Betke had nine each for Clarke.

BALL STATE RECAP
Ohio State suffered a 3-0 (30-15, 30-23, 30-27) loss to No. 9 Ball State in Muncie, Ind. OSU hit only .156 in the match to .315 for the Cardinals. OSU’s Pieter Olree had a match-high 19 kills for the Buckeyes with Tom Trantow and Adam Pedersen adding seven each. BSU’s Paul Fasshauer scored a team-high 14 kills with Kyle Weindel adding nine and Matthew Denmark eight. For the match, OSU had a 42-40 advantage in kills. The Cardinals scored three aces to two for OSU. Buckeye Trantow and BSU’s Weindel recorded two aces each. Ball State had a 33-30 margin in digs with Josh Zuidema recording a match-high 10 digs. The Cardinals outblocked OSU, 13 to five. Fasshauser had a match-high 10 blocks with one solo and nine assists.

BUCKEYES HIT SEASON-HIGH .550 AGAINST CRUSADERS
Ohio State hit a season-high .550 last week against Clarke. OSU had 52 kills, eight errors in 80 attempts against the Crusaders. OSU’s previous high mark this season was .524 against the New Jersey Institute of Technology with 53 kill, 10 errors in 82 attempts. The .550 ranks as the seventh best team performance in OSU records.

OLREE HAS CAREER HITTING MATCH AGAINST CLARKE
With 11 kills in 12 attempts, Pieter Olree established a new career hitting percentage of .917 against the Crusaders. His previous best was .870 with a 23 of 23 performance against St. Francis earlier this season. In the two games he played against Clarke, Olree added three assist blocks and an ace serve. He had 19 kills (.262) at Ball State and recorded six digs and a solo block. Olree has had double-figure kills in his last 26 matches.

OLREE NOW EIGHTH IN CAREER DIGS
With seven digs last week (one vs. Clarke, six at Ball State), Pieter Olree moved to eighth on the Ohio State career digs list with 544. He passed Phil Kerewich (1996-99) with 543. Olree ranks second in career aces (102) and kills (1,427).

SPURLOCK HAS IMPRESSIVE OUTING
Against Clarke, Scott Spurlock had an impressive outing in recording a career-high nine kills and hitting a career-high .750 with 12 attempts. He recorded five blocks (one solo, four assists) and two digs against the Crusaders.

RANDOLPH GOES SIX-FOR-SIX AGAINST CLARKE
With a career-high six kills against Clarke, Greg Randolph went six-for-six against the Crusaders. A transfer from Tri-State, Randolph has seen action in 18 matches this season.

STRAPKO PRODUCES SIX KILLS AGAINST CRUSADERS
With six kills against Clarke, Matt Strapko set a career high and established a career-high hitting percentage (.500) with six kills in 10 attempts with one error.

OHIO STATE IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
In the national statistics released last week for Division I and II, the Buckeyes had several student-athletes listed. Adam Pedersen leads the country in hitting percentage at .544. Pieter Olree is third in kills per game at 5.49 and tenth in aces per game at .410. Brett Hamilton is tied for 13th in blocking at 1.23 per game. Tom Trantow is seventh in aces per game at .434. Mark Peckham is 10th in assists at 13.18 per game. The Buckeyes rank sixth as a team in hitting percentage at .353.

OSU RANKED 12TH IN USA TODAY/AVCA COACHES POLL
The USA Today/AVCA coaches poll, released Tuesday, has the Buckeyes ranked 12th in the country this week. The Buckeyes are listed under others in the weekly Volleyball Magazine poll.

THE OHIO STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL PROGRAM
This marks the 35th year of men’s intercollegiate volleyball at Ohio State. The Buckeye program has a 742-305-3 (.708) record. In the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, OSU has won the regular season championship 17 times (six of the last nine) and captured nine post-season tournament championships. Ohio State has advanced to the NCAA Championship 13 times and played in the NCAA National Championship match twice.

OLREE WINS GOLD AT WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES
Senior outside hitter Pieter Olree picked up some international experience this past summer as he participated on the USA Volleyball World University Games squad. The United States won the gold medal in the competition, played in China. Along with Olree, former Buckeye Colin McMillan (1997-2000) was a member of the squad.

ST. JOHN ARENA, HOME OF THE BUCKEYES
Historic St. John Arena is the home court for both the men’s and women’s volleyball teams. The facility is also used for gymnastics, wrestling and fencing. The men’s volleyball program has enjoyed great success in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes have a 339-68 (.833) record over the last 34 years. In the four previous seasons, OSU is 46-4 (.920) in the Arena. With a capacity of 13,276, St. John Arena has hosted three NCAA Men’s Championships (1978, 1983, 1997).

BUCKEYE SIGN FOUR PLAYERS FOR THE 2003 SEASON
Ohio State men’s volleyball head coach Pete Hanson has announced the signing of four recruits for the 2003 season. Gio Altamura (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), a 5-10 setter from Mira Coasta High School, led his 18 & under USAV team to the national title in 2001 and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2001 Junior National Championships. He led his high school to an undefeated season and the California Interscholastic Federation Championship in 2001. Altamura plays for the LBC Volleyball Club. Andy Cole (Glendale, Wis.), a 6-6 outside hitter from Nicolet High School, was a member of the 1998 and 1999 USA Volleyball High Performance camp and a member of the 2000 USA Volleyball Youth National training team. He plays for the Northshore Volleyball Club. Layne Dreven (Pittsburgh, Pa.), a 6-8 middle blocker from Mt. Lebanon High School, helped his high school team to a runner-up finish at the 2001 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Volleyball Championship. Dreven plays for the Pittsburgh Renaissance Volleyball Club. Mark Greaves (Fenton, Mo.), a 6-4 outside hitter from Vianney High School, was a member of the 2001 USA Youth National Team. He helped his high school team to a fifth straight state championship in 2001. Greaves plays for the St. Louis High Performance Volleyball Club.

HEAD COACH PETE HANSON
In his 18th year at Ohio State, Pete Hanson has put together one of the top men’s volleyball teams in the country. His squads have won six Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championships in the last nine years and captured two consecutive MIVA Tournament Championships. The 2000 squad advanced to the NCAA Championship match before losing to UCLA. For his team’s efforts, Hanson was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association Coach of the Year. The 1998 team, ranked second in the country in the latter stages of the season, finished sixth in the USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Poll. They also were honored as the top team in the final regular season Volleyball Magazine Poll. That magazine honored Hanson as the Coach of the Year for his 25-2 season and the MIVA regular-season championship.

Hanson has a career record of 357-222 (.617) in 19 seasons and is 343-213 (.617) in his 18-year tenure with the Buckeyes. His squads have won eight MIVA championships and made five NCAA tournament appearances. Hanson has been named the MIVA Coach of the Year five times including the 2000 season.

MIVA SCHEDULE THIS WEEK (*MIVA Conference Matches)

Thursday, Apr. 4 *Clarke at Lewis, 7 p.m.

Friday, Apr. 5 *Ball State at Loyola, 7 p.m. *Mercyhurst at Indiana-Purdue, 7 p.m. *Quincy at Ohio State, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Apr. 6 *Ball State at Clarke, 7 p.m. *Quincy at Findlay, 7 p.m. *Lewis at Ohio State, 7 p.m. *Mercyhurst at Loyola, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Apr. 7 *Lewis at Findlay, 5 p.m.

REMAINING SCHEDULE FOR MIVA CONFERENCE LEADERS

Ball State (11-1) Loyola-Chicago (10-3) April 5 *at Loyola April 5 *Ball State April 6 *at Clarke April 6 *Mercyhurst April 12 *Mercyhurst April 12 *Quincy April 13 *Indiana-Purdue April 13 Rutgers-Newark

Lewis (10-2) Ohio State (7-4) April 4 *Clarke April 5 *Quincy April 6 *at Ohio State April 6 *Lewis April 7 *at Findlay April 10 *at Findlay April 12 Rutgers-Newark April 12 *Indiana-Purdue April 13 *Quincy April 13 *Mercyhurst

UPCOMING FOR OHIO STATE
Ohio State concludes the regular season with three matches next week. The Buckeyes travel to Findlay (17-11, 5-8, 6th) for a 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 10 contest. OSU then finishes the regular season with a 7 p.m., Friday, April 12 match against Indiana-Purdue (6-14, 4-9, 7th) and a 7 p.m. Saturday, April 13 contest against Mercyhurst (5-17, 2-10, 8th).

MIVA TOURNAMENT BEGINS APRIL 20
Conference postseason play will begin April 20 with the four quarterfinal matches hosted by the top four teams in the final MIVA standings. The four winning teams will advance to the MIVA semifinals that will be hosted by the regular season champion, Friday, April 26. The semifinal winners return on Saturday, April 27 for the Tournament Championship and the Midwest bid to the NCAA National Championship semifinal, Thursday, May 2 at Penn State.