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Jan. 25, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 12th-ranked Ohio State (5-1) men’s volleyball squad takes to the road with matches at St. Francis (Pa.) (1-4) and sixth-ranked Penn State (3-2). The Buckeyes will face the Red Flash at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28. OSU then plays the Nittany Lions at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29. The Penn State match will be broadcast live by College Sports Television (CSTV). Tom Hart and Krista Blunk will call the action.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 5-1 overall. The Buckeyes are currently ranked 12th in the USA TODAY/CSTV Top 15 Coaches Poll. Last week Ohio State defeated Rutgers-Newark, 3-1 (24-30, 30-19, 30-25, 30-25) in Columbus and lost to Findlay, 0-3 (27-30, 19-30, 26-30) in a match played at Elder High School in Cincinnati.

OHIO STATE BY THE NUMBERS
Mark Greaves (Jr., Fenton, Mo.) leads the team in points per game at 4.69 with Andy Cole (Jr., Glendale, Wis.) averaging 4.26. Greaves is averaging a team-high 4.17 kills per game with Cole second at 3.82. Cole is hitting a team-high .441 with Greaves second at .412. Daniel Mathews (Fr., Shorewood, Wis.) is averaging 12.80 assist per game and is averaging a team-high .40 aces per game. Mike Wauligman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) leads the team in digs per game with a 2.00 average with Mathews second at 1.50. At the net, Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) has a team-high 1.75 blocks per game average with Mathews second at 1.40. Dreven has two solos and 33 assists while Mathews has two solos and 26 assists. The Buckeyes are hitting .386 and averaging 15.90 kills per game. OSU averages 1.55 aces, 7.95 digs and 3.40 blocks per game. Ohio State opponents are hitting .245 and average 13.50 kills per game. Buckeye opponents average .75 aces, 5.80 digs and 1.38 blocks per game.

A LOOK AT ST. FRANCIS
The Red Flash are coached by Mike Rumbaugh. St. Francis is 1-4 on the season. They started the season with four losses including a 1-3 (30-24, 21-30, 28-30, 21-30) defeat at Ohio State. The Red Flash won 3-0 (38-36, 30-23, 30-25) at Springfield on Jan. 22. A Jan. 23 match at Sacred Heart was postponed.

ST. FRANCIS BY THE NUMBERS
Red Flash Kelly Brandon leads the team with a 3.62 kills per game average with Jim Fazzini second at 2.55. Marc Honore is the team leader in hitting percentage at .455. Setter Josh Springer averages 10.73 assists per game for St. Francis. Brandon is the team leader in aces per game at .44 with Honore second at .38. Defensively, David Woodward averages 2.13 digs per game with Fazzini second at 1.45. At the net, Honore averages a team-high 1.00 blocks per game with two solos and 14 assists. Brent Way ranks second at .79 (0-11). St. Francis is hitting .248 and averages 14.62 kills per game. The Red Flash averages 1.25 aces, 6.62 digs and 2.03 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .352 and average 15.94 kills per game. They average 1.28 aces, 8.56 digs and 2.69 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – ST. FRANCIS SERIES
Ohio State has an 11-0 lead in the series with St. Francis. OSU is 3-0 in matches played at St. Francis. The Buckeyes are 8-0 in matches played in St. John Arena. Last season OSU won 3-0 (30-18, 30-24, 30-23) at St. Francis and 3-0 (30-22, 30-20, 30-28) at Ohio State. Earlier this season in Columbus, Ohio State defeated St. Francis, 3-1 (24-30, 30-21, 30-28, 30-21).

A LOOK AT PENN STATE
The sixth-ranked Nittany Lions are coached by Mark Pavlik. Penn State is 3-2 on the season with a home Friday night match against Rutgers-Newark prior to playing Ohio State. The Nittany Lions have won three straight matches including a 3-2 (28-30, 21-30, 30-25, 30-23, 25-23) victory at Ball State and a 3-1 (30-19, 30-17, 28-30, 30-24) win at IPFW.

PENN STATE BY THE NUMBERS
Nate Meerstein leads Penn State with a team-high 3.25 kills per game average. Alex Gutor ranks second at 3.32. Meerstein is the team leader in hitting percentage at .466. Setter Dan O’Dell averages 11.82 assists per game for the Nittany Lions. Gutor leads the team in aces per game at .32. Defensively, Gary Vogel has a team-high 2.88 digs per game average with O’Dell second at 1.32. At the net, Meerstein has a team-high 1.54 blocks per game average with four solos and 33 assists. Keith Kowal ranks second at 1.21 (1-28) and Matt Proper is third at 1.08 (0-26). Penn State is hitting .280 and averages 14.08 kills per game. The Nittany Lions average .79 aces, 8.71 digs and 3.21 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .223 and average 14.33 kills per game. They average 1.29 aces, 8.58 digs and 2.19 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – PENN STATE SERIES
Penn State leads the series with the Buckeyes, 49-27-1. In Rec Hall the Nittany Lions are 20-6 over Ohio State. Penn State has won the last four meetings played in Rec Hall. In 2004, the teams split the two matches with Ohio State winning 3-0 (30-25, 30-23, 30-28) at home on CSTV and the Nittany Lions winning 3-0 (30-22, 30-22, 30-23) in Rec Hall.

REVIEWING THE RUTGERS-NEWARK MATCH
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.

REVIEWING THE FINDLAY MATCH
Ohio State dropped a 0-3 (27-30, 19-30, 26-30) decision to Findlay in a match played at Elder High School in Cincinnati. OSU’s Mike Wauligman, an Elder graduate, scored a team-high 13.5 points for OSU with 11 kills (.474) and three assist blocks. Findlay’s C.J. Macias scored a team-high 17 points with 16 kills (.357) and a solo block. Oiler Jim Dziczkowski added 15 points with 14 kills (.435) and an ace serve. Findlay outhit the Buckeyes, .491 to .197 and had a 53-34 margin in kills. The Oilers produced four ace serves to three for OSU but gave up 15 service errors to 10 for the Buckeyes. Defensively, the Oilers had a 19-15 margin in digs and a six to five advantage in team blocks. Findlay setter Chris Keen had 44 assists in the match while OSU’s Daniel Mathews had 28.

GREAVES RECORDS SEASON-HIGH SIX BLOCKS AGAINST RUTGERS-NEWARK
Mark Greaves has six assist blocks against Rutgers-Newark for his season-high last week. He had 13 kills (.320) and added three digs in the match.

COLE HAS BIG MATCH AGAINST RUTGERS-NEWARK
Andy Cole scored a match-high 23.5 points in OSU win over Rutgers-Newark. He had 22 kills, hit .531 and added three assist blocks and seven digs in the win. His points (23.5), kills (22), hitting percentage (.531) and digs (7) were all season highs.

SPURLOCK SETS SEVERAL SEASON HIGHS AGAINST RUTGERS-NEWARK
In the Rutgers-Newark match, Scott Spurlock had several season highs set against the Scarlet Raiders. He had 11 kills, seven total blocks and 15 points in the match, all season highs. Spurlock hit .316 in the match, posting a solo and six assist blocks.

DREVEN HAS SEVEN BLOCKS AGAINST RUTGERS-NEWARK
Layne Dreven recorded a solo and six assist blocks in the Rutgers-Newark match last week. With his five assist blocks against Findlay, he has had five or more blocks in four of the six matches this season. Dreven is OSU’s top blocker with 35 total blocks and a 1.75 per game average on two solos and 33 assists, ranking second in overall statistics in the MIVA.

MATHEWS SETS, DIGS AND BLOCKS
Freshman setter Daniel Mathews is doing more than just setting for the Buckeyes. He has a 12.80 assists per game average ranking second in the MIVA overall statistics and ranks second on the team in digs (1.50) and blocks (1.40) for the Buckeyes. Mathews had a career-high 68 assists against Rutgers-Newark, adding five assist blocks, five digs and four kills. He had 28 assists, five digs, two kills and an ace serve against Findlay.

KATZ PRODUCES A CAREER-HIGH 14 KILLS AGAINST RUTGERS-NEWARK
In his second start of the season, Stuart Katz recorded a career-high 14 kills against Rutgers-Newark and added a season-high eight digs in the contest. He hit .478 in the match adding an ace serve and a solo block and equaled his career-high of 16 points set in the second Springfield match.

COLE JUMPS TO 15TH IN OSU CAREER KILLS
Outside hitter Andy Cole moved up five positions to 15th in Ohio State career kills list with 761. Cole passed No. 15 Rob Burton (1989-91) with 759, No. 16 Jeff Koterba (1995-98) with 755, No. 17 Eduardo Marxuach (1995-97) with 745 and No. 18 Adam Pederson (2001-04) with 743. Cole needs 12 kills to pass No. 14 Gary Wrobel (1994-97) who has 771. Cole also moved to eighth on the OSU career list for kills per game with a 3.57 average.

SPURLOCK NOW SIXTH IN ASSISTS AND TIED FOR NINTH IN OSU CAREER BLOCKS
Scott Spurlock, with seven total blocks (one solo, six assists) against Rutgers-Newark has moved to ninth on the OSU career blocks lists with 300 (13-287). He moved past No. 9 Steve Potter (1992-95) with 295 (42-253) and No. 10 Angel Aja (1997-00) with 293 (29-264). Spurlock need five total blocks to pass No. 8 Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 304 (32-272). In assist blocks Spurlock moved to sixth on the OSU career list with 287. He passed No. 6 Jon Yunker (1993-94) with 286. Spurlock needs 29 total blocks to move past Adam Spitznagle (1993-96) who has 315.

BUCKEYES RANKED 12TH IN USA TODAY/CSTV COACHES POLL
Ohio State fell to 12th in the USA TODAY/CSTV Coaches Poll this week. Ohio State was ranked 11th last 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 794-324-3 (.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 continue on the road next week with matches at Juniata, Friday, Feb. 4 and at Mercyhurst, Saturday, Feb. 5. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m.

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

#2 Stuart Katz – Played in six matches, with starts in the second Springfield match and against Rutgers-Newark – career-high of 14 kills against Rutgers-Newark – hit a career-high .556 in the Springfield start – season-high eight digs against Rutgers-Newark.

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

#4 Daniel Mathews – Starting setter in six 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 six matches – season-highs of 19 points and 18 kills against 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 six 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 six 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 and six assist blocks against Rutgers-Newark

#12 Andy Cole – Starting outside hitter in five 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 five matches, playing in six – 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 – hit .714 (5-0-7) off the bench against Rutgers-Newark adding five digs and an assist block – has 90 serve receptions with an error.

#14 Layne Dreven – Starting middle hitter in six matches – 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) – has had five or more blocks in four matches this season.

#15 Conor Martin – Played in six 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.