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April 3, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 14th-ranked Ohio State (16-9, 4-4 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, third place) men’s volleyball team closes out the regular season home schedule with three matches this week. The Buckeyes host 11th-ranked Penn State (15-7) Tuesday at 7 p.m. in a non-conference contest. Ohio State then returns to MIVA league play by hosting Ball State (18-5, 6-4) Friday and Quincy (12-14, 3-7) Saturday at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena. Last week the Buckeyes lost 3-0 (30-25, 30-22, 33-31) to 10th-ranked Loyola at home and 3-0 (30-26, 30-28, 30-24) at 12th-ranked IPFW.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The 14th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 16-9 overall and 4-4 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week the Buckeyes lost 3-0 (30-25, 30-22, 33-31) to 10th-ranked Loyola at home and 3-0 (30-26, 30-28, 30-24) at 12th-ranked IPFW. Leading the Buckeyes in kills per game is Mark Greaves (Sr., Fenton, Mo.) at 3.37. Stuart Katz (5th/Sr., Port Washington, N.Y.) ranks second at 3.03. John Albertson (So./Fr., Ballwin, Mo.) is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .422 with Brett Versen (Jr./So., Centerville, Ohio) second at .335. Setter Daniel Mathews (So., Shorewood, Wis.) is averaging 12.57 assists per game. Robbie Klein (So./Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) has a team-high 21 ace serves (.26 per game) with Mathews second with 14 (.16). Defensively, Katz leads the team in digs per game at 1.92 with Conor Martin (So., Avon Lake, Ohio) second at 1.70. At the net, Albertson leads the team with a 1.43 blocks per game average with seven solos and 100 assists. Ben Spurlock (So./Fr., Stow, Ohio) ranks second at 1.18 with five solos and 34 assists. Ohio State is hitting .285 and averages 15.11 kills and 14.14 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.11 aces, 9.41 digs and 2.95 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .244 and average 14.94 kills and 13.99 assists per game. OSU opponents average .92 aces, 8.74 digs and 2.38 blocks per game.

A LOOK AT PENN STATE
The 11th-ranked Nittany Lions are coached by Mark Pavlik. Penn State is 15-7 overall and 11-1 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association after a 3-1 (28-30, 30-27, 30-25, 30-26) win at Rutgers-Newark and a 3-0 (30-22, 30-22, 30-27) victory at Princeton. Matt Proper is the team leader in kills per game at 4.15. Nate Meerstein ranks second at 2.69. Meerstein is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .491. Setter Luke Murray is averaging 8.62 assists per game while Dan O’Dell has a 10.73 average. Proper has a team-high 26 ace serves (.39 per game) with Murray (.29) and Matt Anderson (.21) tied for second with 13. Defensively, Aaron Smith leads the team with a 2.23 digs per game average with Anderson second at 1.37. At the net, Max Holt has a team-high 1.34 blocks per game average with 12 solos and 82 assist blocks. Meerstein ranks second at 1.13 with 13 solos and 66 assist blocks. Penn State is hitting .332 on the season and averages 15.57 kills and 14.54 assists per game. The Nittany Lions average 1.30 aces, 8.17 digs and 3.28 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .243 and average 14.00 kills and 13.10 assists per game. PSU opponents average 1.06 aces, 7.71 digs and 2.54 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – PENN STATE SERIES
Penn State as a 54-28-1 lead in the series with Ohio State. In Columbus, the Buckeyes have a 15-8 advantage in matches. This marks the fourth time this season that the teams have played. It marks the 10th time that the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions have played four or more times in a single season. OSU has won one of the three matches this season. The Buckeyes won the opening match, played in Hawaii, 3-2 (22-30, 30-24, 30-27, 31-33, 17-15). Penn State won 3-1 (30-19, 25-30, 30-25, 30-27) in Springfield, Mass. and won 3-1 (25-30, 30-25, 30-20, 30-24) at Penn State.

PENN STATE 3, OHIO STATE 1, March 22, 2006
Ohio State (15-7 overall) dropped a 3-1 (25-30, 30-25, 30-20, 30-24) decision at ninth-ranked Penn State (13-6) Wednesday night in Rec Hall. OSU’s Sam Stevens had a team-high 14.5 points in the match with 12 kills, two solo blocks and one assist block. Buckeye Stuart Katz added 14 points with 13 kills and two assist blocks. Penn State’s Matt Proper had a match-high 29.5 points with 24 kills, two ace serves, two solo blocks and three assist blocks. Kevin Wentzel added 14.5 points for the Nittany Lions with 14 kills and an assist block.

From a 4-4 tie in game one, Ohio State used three Nittany Lion errors and an Andy Cole ace serve to open an eight to four lead. With Penn State trailing 11-7, a Matt Anderson kill, a block by Proper and Max Holt and a solo block by Proper cut the OSU lead to one at 11-10. At 12-11, a John Albertson kill and a Penn State error gave OSU a 14-11 lead. The Buckeyes held the lead and reached game point at 29-24 with a triple block by Katz, Daniel Mathews and Albertson. A Penn State block by Proper, Alex Gutor and Holt made it 29-25. OSU closed out the game with an Albertson kill at 30-25. The Buckeyes hit .121 for the game to .088 for Penn State.

Ohio State trailed, 14-11, in game two when kills by Stevens, Cole and Katz tied the game at 14. Penn State took the lead with a Gutor kill at 15-14. A Gutor-Nate Meerstein block and a Gutor kill opened a 17-14 Penn State lead. Trailing, 20-17, a Penn State error and a Stevens’ kill cut the Nittany Lion lead to one at 20-19. Two kills by Proper, one from Kevin Wentzel and an OSU error gave Penn State a 24-19 lead. A Proper solo block closed out the game at 30-25 for Penn State. The Nittany Lions hit .485 in the game to .387 for the Buckeyes.

With game three tied at 14, the Nittany Lions scored six consecutive points to open a 20-14 lead. The run had three OSU errors, two ace serves by Proper and a Meerstein kill. Penn State won the game on a Buckeye service error at 30-20. The Nittany Lions hit .350 to OSU’s .103.

Game four saw Penn State break a 1-1 tie with a Proper kill and three consecutive blocks to open a 5-1 lead. The blocking blitz began with a Holt solo block. Assist blocks by Wentzel-Holt and Holt-Proper completed the run. OSU trailed the rest of the game with the game ending with a Gutor kill at 30-24. Penn State hit .361 in the game to .094 for Ohio State.

For the match, Penn State hit .317 to OSU’s .176. The Nittany Lions had a 63-54 advantage in kills and a five to four edge in ace serves. The Nittany Lions gave up 16 service errors to 15 for the Buckeyes. Defensively, Penn State had a 36-29 margin in digs. PSU’s Gutor had a match-high 10 digs. At the net, the Nittany Lions enjoyed an 18.5 to 11.5 margin in team blocks. Penn State’s Luke Murray and Holt shared match-high honors with seven blocks each with two solos and five assist blocks. Murray posted a match-high 60 assists while OSU’s Mathews had 51.

A LOOK AT BALL STATE
The Cardinals are coached by Joel Walton. Ball State has an overall record of 18-5 and is 6-4 in the MIVA. The Cardinals have won three straight matches including 3-0 wins over Central State (30-7, 30-7, 30-12) and Lewis (30-24, 30-24, 30-26) in home matches. Leading Ball State in kills per game is Nick Meyer at 4.44. Patrick Durbin ranks second at 3.21. Matt McCarthy leads the squad in hitting percentage at .349. Setter Dave Carlson has a 12.58 assists per game average. Defensively, Ian Peckler has a team-high 3.08 digs per game average. Evan Berg at 2.18 ranks second. At the net, Zoran Grabovac leads the team with a 1.42 blocks per game average with five solos and 52 assist blocks. McCarthy ranks second at 1.07 with 11 solos and 64 assist blocks. Ball State is hitting .283 and averages 15.35 kills and 14.19 assists per game. The Cardinals average 1.81 aces, 12.28 digs and 2.98 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .172 and average 12.95 kills and 12.15 assists per game. Opponents average .91 aces, 10.89 digs and 2.29 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – BALL STATE SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Ball State, 76-73. In matches played in Columbus, the Buckeyes are 38-30. Ohio State has won the last five meetings with the Cardinals including a 3-0 (31-29, 30-22, 30-28) win at Ball State earlier this season. Last season, OSU won 3-0 (30-19, 30-21, 30-22) in Columbus and 3-2 (30-21, 29-31, 26-30, 30-21, 15-10) at Ball State. The third match last season was in the MIVA Tournament semifinals, held at Loyola, with the Buckeyes winning, 3-2 (30-25, 26-30, 30-22, 19-30, 15-10).

OHIO STATE 3, BALL STATE 0, Feb. 25, 2006
Ohio State (12-4 overall, 2-2 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) upset 10th-ranked Ball State (13-2, 4-2), 3-0 (31-29, 30-22, 30-28) in Muncie, Saturday night in front of 1,572 fans. OSU’s Robbie Klein scored a match-high 14.5 points for the Buckeyes with John Albertson adding 12 and Andy Cole (Sr., Glendale, Wis.) 11. Klein had 12 kills, two ace serves and an assists. Albertson contributed eight kills, an ace serve and six assist blocks while Cole had nine kills and four assist blocks. Ball State’s Patrick Durbin scored a team-high 14 points with 14 kills and Nick Meyer added 10.5 points with nine kills, a solo block and an assist block.

Ohio State took an early 5-3 lead in game one off two Ball State errors. A Durbin kill cut the lead to 5-4. A Cole kill and a Cole-Albertson block gave the Buckeyes a 7-4 lead. At 10-8, OSU, a Buckeye error and a Zoran Grabovac kill tied the game at 10. The score moved to 19-all before a kill from Stuart Katz and an ace serve by Klein gave OSU a 21-19 lead. Ball State responded with a Meyer kill, a Grabovac-Dave Carlson block and a Durbin kill to take a 22-21 lead. From a 27-25 Cardinal lead, the Buckeyes tied the game at 28 with a kill from Cole and a Cole-Layne Dreven block. An ace serve from Matthew Hankey gave OSU a 28-27 lead. Ball State tied the game at 28 with a Matt McCarthy kill. Ohio State reached game point at 29-28 with a kill by Cole. A Buckeye error tied the game at 29. The Buckeyes earned their second game point with a kill from Klein at 30-29. A Katz-Dreven block ended the game at 31-29 for Ohio State. The Cardinals hit .204 while Ohio State hit .171.

In game two, with the score tied at 10, an Albertson ace serve and a Cardinal error gave Ohio State a 12-10 lead. An Evan Berg kill would cut the Buckeye lead to 12-11, but a Dreven kill and a Klein-Dreven block would expand the lead to 14-11. OSU would then out score the Cardinals, 13-8 to lead, 27-19. A Klein kill would take the OSU lead to nine at 28-19. An OSU error made it 28-20. Errors by both teams moved the score to a Buckeye game point at 29-21. Ball State stopped the first game point with a Todd Chamberlain kill at 29-22. The Buckeyes closed out the game with a Klein kill at 30-22 to take a 2-0 lead. Ohio State hit .375 for the game to .077 for Ball State.

Tied at one each in game three, Ohio State scored five consecutive points to open a 6-1 lead. The run began with Buckeye kills from Albertson and Klein. Three consecutive Cardinal errors made it 6-1. Ball State kills from Carlson and Meyer and errors from both teams made it 7-4. A Cardinal error, a Klein ace serve and a Katz-Dreven block expanded the Buckeye lead to 10-4. Ohio State would expand the lead to eight at 24-16 before three Buckeye errors cut the lead to five at 24-19. The Buckeyes made it 25-19 with a kill from Albertson. Cardinal kills from Durbin and Grabovac and an OSU error cut the Buckeye lead to three at 25-22. Kills from Klein and Grabovac moved the score to 26-23. A Cole kill and a Ball State error made it 28-23. Ball State, with kills from Berg and Meyer, a Berg-McCarthy block and an OSU error cut the Buckeye lead to one at 28-27. Ohio State reached match point with a Klein kill at 29-27. Ball State stopped the match point with a Berg kill at 29-28. The Buckeyes closed out the match with a Klein kill to win the game, 30-28, taking the match, 3-0. Ohio State hit .114 in the game to .021 for Ball State.

Ohio State hit .213 for the match to .103 for Ball State. The Cardinals had a 48-41 advantage in kills while the Buckeyes had a five-to-two edge in ace serves. Each squad recorded 10 service errors. Defensively, Ball State had a 41-39 margin in digs with OSU’s Katz recording a match-high 11 digs. BSU’s Berg had a team-high 10 digs. At the net, Ohio State enjoyed a 13 to six advantage in team blocks. OSU’s Dreven recorded a match-high seven assist blocks with Buckeye Albertson adding six. Cardinal setter Carlson recorded 42 assists in the match with OSU’s Mathews collecting 39.

A LOOK AT QUINCY
The Hawks are coached by Niels Pedersen. Quincy is 12-14 overall and 3-7 in the MIVA. The Hawks play at Central State Saturday at noon prior to the Ohio State match. Last week Quincy won 3-0 (30-14, 30-28, 30-16) at Clarke and lost 3-1 (20-30, 30-23, 30-20, 30-24) at home to Ball State to stop a five match Hawk winning streak. Jon Moreno leads the team in kills per game with a 3.52 average. Joe Caruso ranks second at 2.31. Branden Been is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .302. Setter Niels Pedersen has a 10.42 assists per game average. Been has a team-high 30 ace serves (.34 per game) with Ryan Ehnert second with 27 (.38). Defensively, Mike Contee has a team-high 2.50 digs per game average with Moreno second at 2.06. At the net, Been leads the team with a 1.22 blocks per game average with 13 solos and 94 assists. Moreno ranks second at .70 with nine solos and 51 assists. Quincy is hitting .211 and averages 13.80 kills and 12.53 assists per game. The Hawks average 1.54 aces, 11.79 digs and 2.38 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .222 and average 13.91 kills and 13.10 assists per game. Hawk opponents average .97 aces, 13.25 digs and 2.37 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – QUINCY SERIES
In the series with Quincy, Ohio State has a 29-1 advantage. OSU has won the last 22 matches with the Hawks and has won all 18 matches played at Ohio State. Last season the Buckeyes won 3-1 (26-30, 30-16, 30-26, 30-25) in Columbus and 3-0 (31-29, 30-28, 30-23) at Quincy. The squads played a third match in the MVIA Tournament Quarterfinals, at Ohio State, with the Buckeyes winning, 3-1 (30-19, 26-30, 30-23, 30-27).

OHIO STATE 3, QUINCY 1, April 23, 2005
The 11th-ranked Ohio State (22-7 overall) men’s volleyball team advanced to the MIVA Tournament semifinals with a 3-1 (30-19, 26-30, 30-23, 30-27) win over Quincy (9-17) Saturday night in a tournament quarterfinal match played in St. John Arena. OSU’s Mark Greaves had a match-high 22 points and Scott Spurlock contributed a career-high 20 points for the Buckeyes. Greaves had a match-high 20 kills (.342) with an ace serve and two assists blocks. Spurlock equaled his career-high of 15 kills (.636), adding two ace serves, a solo block and four assist blocks in the contest. Quincy’s Branden Been posted a team-high 16 points for the Hawks with Jon Moreno adding 14.5. Been had a team-high 14 kills (.500) and four assist blocks. Moreno contributed 13 kills (.296) and three assist blocks.

From a three-all tie, a kill by Spurlock followed by his ace serve put OSU ahead, 5-3, in game one. At 5-4, a Mike Wauligman kill and two Quincy errors gave OSU an 8-4 lead. At 15-12, OSU scored the next five points to open a 20-12 lead. The run began with a Stuart Katz -Layne Dreven block. Greaves scored with a kill and a second Katz-Dreven block made it 18-12. A Dreven-Greaves block followed and with a Quincy error gave OSU a 20-12 lead. The Buckeyes closed out the game with a Katz kill for a 30-19 win. OSU hit .500 for the game to .192 for the Hawks.

In game two, Ohio State held a slim lead at 14-13 before a Ryan Ehnert kill, an OSU error and a Hawk block by Ed Ryan and Been gave Quincy a 16-14 lead. The Hawks held the lead and with a John Markendorf kill won the game, 30-26. Quincy hit .306 in the game to .293 for OSU.

Quincy took a 1-0 lead off an OSU error in game three. A Greaves kill, a Spurlock-Greaves block and two Hawk errors opened a 4-1 Ohio State lead. At 20-17, a Katz kill and a Katz-Spurlock block put the Buckeyes ahead by five at 22-17. Quincy, off two OSU errors, closed to 22-19 but two Spurlock kills, a Katz ace serve and two Hawk errors opened a 27-19 OSU lead. At 29-20, Quincy held off three match points with an OSU error, a kill by Niels Pedersen and a solo block by Mike Mocchi to cut the Buckeye lead to 29-23. A kill from Layne Dreven ended the game at 30-23 for OSU. The Buckeyes hit .351 for the game to .303 for Quincy.

The Hawks again took a 1-0 lead off a Buckeye error in game four. The Buckeyes with two kills from Greaves, an ace serve from Dreven and a Hawk error took a 4-1 lead. After an OSU error, kills by Greaves and Wauligman gave the Buckeyes a 6-2 lead. Hawk kills from Markendorf and Been cut the lead to 6-4. Kills from Katz and Greaves and a Spurlock-Mathews block made it 9-4, OSU. Quincy cut the lead to three at 14-11 before a Hawk error and kills from Wauligman and Greaves took the lead to 17-11. Quincy then outscored the Buckeyes, 7-2, to cut the lead to 19-18. A Dreven kill and a Hawk error put OSU ahead, 21-18. At 26-22, a Been kill and an Ehnert ace serve cut the lead to 26-24. Two Hawk errors and a Brett Versen kill gave Ohio State match point at 29-24. Back-to-back Hawk kills by Moreno and an OSU error stopped three match points to trim the lead to 29-27. Quincy’s next serve was into the net to end the game at 30-27. Ohio State hit .407 in the game to .286 for the Hawks.

For the match, Ohio State hit .374 to Quincy’s .277. The Buckeyes had a 69-60 advantage in kills and had a seven to five edge in ace serves. Quincy gave up 12 service errors to 10 for OSU. Defensively, Ohio State had a 42-34 margin in digs with Wauligman recorded a match-high 10 for the Buckeyes. At the net, Quincy posted an 11 to nine advantage in team blocks. Markendorf had a match-high six assist blocks for Quincy while Spurlock had a team-high five total blocks (1 solo, four assists) for Ohio State. Buckeye setter Mathews had a match-high 58 assists while Pedersen posted 51 assists for Quincy.

14 DIFFERENT STARTING LINEUPS
Ohio State has had 14 different starting lineups in 25 matches this season. Eleven different players have started this season with an additional two players starting at libero. One lineup has been used five times with the other 13 lineups being used one or two times each. A match-by-match listing is on page six of this release.

ALBERTSON BLOCKS AWAY
John Albertson collected 13 assist blocks last weekend to average 2.13 blocks per game in the Loyola and IPFW matches. He had seven assist blocks against the Ramblers, adding a team-high 15 kills while hitting .571. He added an ace serve and a dig to total a match-high 19.5 points in the match. At IPFW, Albertson had six assist blocks, adding six kills (.308) and an ace serve for 10 points. He leads the team in blocking with a 1.43 per game average with seven solos and 100 assist blocks. Albertson ranks second on the team in points per game at 3.36 and is averaging 2.55 kills per game while hitting a team-high .422. He has played in 23 matches with 20 starts. Last week, Albertson ranked 10th in blocking (1.36 per game) and 15th in hitting percentage (.416) in the national statistics.

GREAVES RETURNS TO THE LINEUP
Mark Greaves, after missing the last 10 matches, returned to action, off the bench against Loyola. He produced eight kills and a season-high five digs in the match. Greaves started at IPFW, scoring a team-high 19 points with a season-high 17 kills, adding four assist blocks and four digs. He has only played in seven matches (six starts) this season for a total of 19 games. Greaves is averaging 3.37 kills per game on the season.

DREVEN NOW 16TH IN OSU CAREER ASSIST BLOCKS
Layne Dreven (Sr./Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) had three assist blocks last weekend to give him 208 career assist blocks to move to 16th on the Ohio State career assist blocks list. He passed Jose Bengoa (1994-97) with 206. Dreven is 20th in career total blocks with 216 with eight solos and 208 assists and needs two total blocks to move past No. 19 Todd Hill (1998-01) with 217 (20-197). He needs two assist blocks to move past No. 15 Eduardo Marxuach (1995-97) with 209 assist blocks. Dreven had five kills and an assist blocks against Loyola and six kills, three digs and two assist blocks at IPFW. He has started 12 of the 13 matches he has played in this season. Dreven is hitting .408 on the season and averaging 1.74 kills and .79 blocks per game.

MATHEWS MOVES UP IN CAREER BLOCKS
Daniel Mathews collected 10 total blocks (three solos, seven assists) last weekend and has moved into a tie for 22nd in OSU career assist blocks with 172 and is 22nd in career total blocks with 197 (25 solos, 172 assists). In career assist blocks, he is tied with teammate Mark Greaves with 172. In total blocks, Mathews moved past Dan Mihacevich (1994-97) with 196 (36-160). Last week against Loyola, Mathews had a solo block and three assists. He added four digs, one ace serve, one kill and 35 assists against the Ramblers. At IPFW, he posted two solo blocks and four assists against the Mastodons. Mathews added four digs, one kill and 37 assists in the match. He has started every match this season and is averaging 12.57 assists per game. He is averaging 1.38 digs and .93 blocks per game.

MESKE HANDLING THE LIBERO DUTIES
Dan Meske (Jr., Willow Springs, Ill.) started at libero in the Loyola and IPFW matches. He has had seven starts a libero, including the last four matches. He had two digs against Loyola and passed nine of 10 service receptions. At IPFW, he collected eight digs and passed 29 of 31 service receptions. Meske has played in 15 matches this season and is averaging .62 digs per game.

BUCKEYES RANKED 14TH IN 2006 CSTV/AVCA COACHES POLL
Ohio State is ranked 14th in the CSTV/AVCA Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll released April 3. OSU dropped from 13th to 14th this week after 3-0 losses to No. 10 Loyola and IPFW. The Buckeyes collected 39 points in the poll. Other MIVA conference teams ranked in the poll are Loyola-Chicago, ninth and IPFW, 12th. Ball State is listed as receiving votes.

HEAD COACH Pete Hanson
Pete Hanson is in his 23rd season at Ohio State. He has a 430-249 record with the Buckeyes and has nine Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Championships including 2004. Named the MIVA Coach of the Year six times, including last season, he was the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2000 when OSU was the NCAA National Championship runner-up. Hanson was also the 1998 Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year. His teams have advanced to the NCAA Championships six times including back-to-back appearances in 2000 (runner-up) and 2001 (semifinalist).

BUCKEYES FINISH 1-1 AT THE HALL OF FAME-MORGAN CLASSIC
Ohio State went 1-1 at the Volleyball Hall of Fame-Morgan Classic last week. OSU fell to Penn State, 1-3 to open the Classic and Springfield College lost to Stanford, 3-2 in Friday matches. Saturday saw Penn State win, 3-0 over Stanford and the Buckeyes defeat host Springfield College, 3-1. Named to the All-Tournament Team from Ohio State were Conor Martin and Brett Versen.

OHIO STATE FINISHES SECOND AT OUTRIGGER INVITATIONAL
Ohio State was 2-1 at the Outrigger Invitational as was Hawaii and UCLA. Hawaii won the championship with a higher winning percentage in the three-way tie. The Buckeyes finished second over UCLA because of Ohio State’s 3-0 win over the Bruins. Penn State finished fourth. OSU’s Katz was named to the All-Tournament Team.

MATHEWS NAMED MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK (March 14, 2006)
Daniel Mathews was chosen the MIVA Shondell/Dunlap Division Player of the Week for his play against Mercyhurst. He directed the Buckeye offense to a 3-0 win over Mercyhurst and played a key role in OSU’s game two comeback after trailing 29-23. Mathews posted 44 assists in 82 attempts for a .537 assist percentage as Ohio State hit .402 in the match. He added two digs, a kill, an ace serve and a solo block in the match. Trailing 29-24 in game two, Mathews’ serve was return back over the net for an overpass kill. His next serve fell in on the Mercyhurst side of the court for an ace. His serving helped the Buckeyes reach 29-all in the game, going on to win, 33-31. For the match, he averaged 14.67 assists per game.

ALBERTSON NAMED SPORTS IMPORTS/AVCA NATIONAL DIVISION I-II AND MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK (March 6, 2006)
John Albertson was chosen the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men’s National and the MIVA Player of the Week. He paced the Buckeyes to wins over two nationally ranked NCAA Division III schools in top-ranked Juniata and fifth-ranked Carthage. Albertson hit .714 for the two matches with averages of 4.31 points, 3.50 kills, 1.50 blocks and 0.62 digs per game. He tallied a double-double of 17 kills and 11 blocks along with a career-high 23 points to help Ohio State rally from a 0-2 deficit to defeat Juniata on March 3. Albertson hit .727 against the Eagles on 22 swings. He charted 11 kills with a .692 attack percentage in a sweep of Carthage on March 5. Albertson increased his season averages to 3.09 points, 2.36 kills, 1.30 blocks and 0.30 digs per game with a .398 attack percentage.

KATZ NAMED MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Jan. 23, 2006)
Stuart Katz was chosen the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, Shondell/Dunlap Division Player of the Week for his play in the Outrigger Invitational. The Buckeyes were 2-1, finishing second, defeating fifth-ranked UCLA, 3-0 (30-27, 32-30, 30-28) and 11th-ranked Penn State, 3-2 (22-30, 30-24, 30-27, 31-33, 17-15) while losing to seventh-ranked Hawaii, 0-3 (19-30, 22-30, 21-30). Katz had 13 kills (.267) in OSU’s first-ever victory over UCLA, adding four digs, three assist blocks and an ace serve. Against Hawaii, he had 10 kills (.185), adding five digs, two assist blocks and an ace serve. Katz recorded a career-high 28 kills (.400) against Penn State, adding five digs and three assist blocks. For the three matches, Katz averaged 4.64 kills, 1.27 digs and .73 blocks per game while hitting .308. He was named to the Outrigger Invitational All-Tournament Team for his play.

OHIO STATE TABBED AS PRESEASON MIVA FAVORITE
Ohio State has been selected the preseason favorite to win the 2006 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Championship. The voting was done by the conference coaches representing Ball State, IPFW, Lewis, Loyola, Mercyhurst, Ohio State and Quincy who comprise the A-League of the Conference. The Buckeyes finished first in the voting by the conference coaches, receiving five first-place votes. IPFW was ranked second and Loyola third with each receiving a first-place vote. Ball State was picked fourth, Quincy fifth, Lewis sixth and Mercyhurst seventh. Ohio State finished second last season in the regular season and went on to win the MIVA Tournament. Loyola won the regular season championship in 2005.

FOUR BUCKEYES NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
The coaches also selected the 2006 Pre-Season MIVA All-Conference Team. Ohio State had four players named to the team while Ball State, IPFW and Loyola had two players each. Ohio State’s Layne Dreven, Mark Greaves, Conor Martin and Daniel Mathews were named to the team with Ball State adding Nick Meyer and Evan Berg. Also named to the team were IPFW’s Serdar Sikca and C.J. Macias and Loyola’s Chris Kozlarek and James Grunst.

REVIEWING THE LOYOLA MATCH
Ohio State (16-8 overall, 4-3 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) lost, 3-0 (30-25, 30-22, 33-31), to 10th-ranked Loyola (18-6, 8-1) in St. John Arena Friday night. OSU’s John Albertson posted a team-high 19.5 points in the match with 15 kills (.571), an ace serve and seven assist blocks. Loyola’s Chris Kozlarek had a team-high 18 points for the Ramblers with 16 kills (.355) and four assist blocks.

Loyola took a 3-0 lead to open game one off two Ohio State errors and a Kozlarek-Joe Guntli block. The Ramblers took the lead to six at 10-4 with a Joe Guntli kill. Trailing, 17-13, two ace serves by Brett Versen cut the Rambler lead to two at 17-15. Loyola expanded the lead to four at 21-17 before two kills by Albertson and a Rambler error cut the lead to one at 21-20. A Loyola error tied the game at 21. Rambler kills from James Grunst and Kozlarek and two OSU errors opened up a 25-21 Rambler lead. Loyola closed out the game at 30-25 with kills from Joe Guntli and Brian Guntli. The Ramblers hit .333 for the game to .091 for Ohio State.

In game two, Ohio State tied the game at three with an Albertson kill. A Joe Guntli kill, an OSU error and a Kozlarek kill put Loyola ahead, 6-3. The Buckeyes would close to within one point several times, the last at 9-8 off a Mark Greaves kill, but four OSU errors and a Rambler block by Grunst and Joe Guntli opened up a 14-8 Rambler lead. Loyola took the lead to nine at 29-20 from an OSU error. An Andy Cole kill and a Daniel Mathews-Layne Dreven block cut the lead to 29-22. The Ramblers ended the game with a Corey Kloos kill, winning 30-22. Loyola hit .370 for the game to .031 for Ohio State.

From a 2-2 tie in game three, an OSU error and a Kloos kill gave Loyola a 4-2 lead. A Kozlarek kill opened a five-point lead for Loyola at 18-13. An Albertson kill, a Mathews’ ace serve and a Rambler error cut the lead to two at 18-16. At 21-19, A Versen ace serve made it a 21-20 Loyola lead. Leading 24-23, A Kloos kill and a Buckeye error opened a 26-23 Rambler lead. A Loyola error and an OSU block by Albertson and Versen made it 26-25. A Buckeye error made it 27-25. An Albertson kill cut the lead to one at 27-26. Grunst, with a kill made the lead two at 28-26 for Loyola. OSU kills by Albertson and Dreven tied the game at 28. A Joe Guntli kill set match point for Loyola at 29-28. OSU tied the game at 29 with a kill from Greaves. A Robbie Klein kill gave Ohio State a 30-29 lead and serving game point. An OSU service error tied the game at 30. A Buckeye error made it 31-30, Loyola serving its second match point. A Rambler service error tied the game at 31. Loyola had its third match point at 32-31 with a kill from Kloos. The Ramblers won the game at 33-31 from an OSU error to take the match, 3-0. Loyola hit .163 in the game to .156 for the Buckeyes.

For the match, Loyola hit .272 to .093 for Ohio State. The Ramblers had a 48-38 advantage in kill while the Buckeyes had a five to two edge in ace serves. Loyola gave up 13 service errors to 11 for Ohio State. Versen equaled his career-high with three aces in the match. Defensively, Ohio State had a 25-22 edge in digs with OSU’s Stuart Katz recording a match-high eight. At the net, the Buckeyes had a nine to 7.5 advantage in team blocks. OSU’s Albertson recorded a match-high seven assist blocks. Loyola setter Brian Guntli had a match-high 42 assists in the match while OSU’s Mathews’ recorded 35.

REVIEWING THE IPFW MATCH
Ohio State (16-9 overall, 4-4 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) fell, 3-0 (30-26, 30-28, 30-24), at No. 12 IPFW Saturday night at the Gates Sports Center. OSU’s Mark Greaves recorded a team-high 19 points in the match with a season-high 17 kills, adding four assist blocks. IPFW’s C.J. Macias scored a match-high 24 points with 18 kills, three ace serves and six assist blocks.

Ohio State opened game one with kills from Stuart Katz and Greaves for a 2-0 lead. A Macias kill and his ace serve tied the game at two. The Mastodons took a 3-2 lead on a Serdar Sikca-Brock Ullrich block and kills from Sikca and Colin Lundeen. IPFW held the lead and Ohio State never came closer than two points the rest of the game. With IPFW leading, 27-24, a Greaves kill cut the lead to 27-25. An Ullrich kill made it 28-25. Service errors by both team moved the score to 29-26 with IPFW serving game point. A Lundeen-Josh Stewart block ended the game at 30-26. IPFW hit .308 in the match to .250 for OSU.

The Buckeyes opened game two with the first six points of the game. A Greaves-John Albertson block and a kill by Greaves made it 2-0. An ace serve by Sam Stevens and another Greaves-Albertson block forced an IPFW time out at 4-0. A Mastodon error and a third Greaves-Albertson block completed the run at 6-0. The Buckeyes took the lead to seven several times but IPFW slowly reduced the margin. IPFW cut the lead to one at 24-23 on an OSU error. A Robbie Klein -Daniel Mathews block made it 25-23. A Buckeye error made the lead one at 25-24. IPFW tied the game at 25 off a Buckeye error. Tied at 27, two kills from Macias gave IPFW a 29-27 lead. Greaves stopped the game point at 29-28. Macias ended the game with a kill at 30-28, giving the Mastodons a 2-0 lead in the match. IPFW hit .174 for the game to .174 for Ohio State.

Game three opened with two assist blocks from Macias and Sikca for a 2-0 IPFW lead. The Mastodons would hold the lead the entire game expanding the lead to seven at 18-11. At 23-18, IPFW, two Mastodon errors cut the lead to three at 23-20. Macias reached match point at 29-23 with a kill. An Albertson kill held off the match point at 29-24. Macias closed out the game with a kill at 30-24, for a 3-0 Mastodon victory. IPFW hit .400 in the match to .125 for the Buckeyes.

IPFW hit .278 for the match to .178 for Ohio State. The Mastodons had a 52-45 edge in kills while each team recorded four ace serves. Each squad gave up seven service errors. Defensively, IPFW had a 35-29 advantage in digs with Mike Morici picking a match-high nine digs. At the net, the Buckeyes had a 13.5 to 12 edge in team blocks. OSU’s Mathews (two solos, four assists) and Albertson (six assists) joined IPFW’s Macias (six assist blocks) and Stewart (six assist blocks) in sharing match-high honors. Mastodon setter Lundeen recorded 45 assists in the match with OSU’s Mathews picking up 37.

2006 PLAYER NOTES
#1 Dan Meske (Jr., Willow Springs, Ill.) -Played in 25 matches, starting at libero in seven matches – career-high three ace serves at Loyola – season-high of nine digs at Clarke – season-high three assists against Penn State – 2005 Played in 32 matches with seven starts at libero.

#2 Stuart Katz (5th/Sr., Port Washington, N.Y.) – Played in 24 matches, starting 23 – career-high 28 kills in the Penn State match at the Outrigger Invitational – named the MIVA Player of the Week for his play at the Outrigger Invitational and the Ohio State Athlete of the Week – career-high eight total blocks against Juniata – season-high .450 against D’Youville – career-high 16 digs against Juniata – named the Ohio State Athlete of the Week in wins over Rutgers-Newark and UC-San Diego, twice – double-figure kills in nine matches – 2005 Played in 28 matches, with six starts.

#3 Joerel Morales (Jr., Caguas, Puerto Rico) – Played in six matches – season-high seven assists against D’Youville – career-high three digs at Clarke- 2005 Played in three matches.

#4 Daniel Mathews (So.., Shorewood, Wis.) – Started 25 matches – ranked 14th-nationally last week in assists per game at 12.61 – career-high eight kills against St. Francis and D’Youville – hit a career-high .700 (8-1-10) against St. Francis – season-high 10 digs in first UC-San Diego match and against George Mason – equaled his career-high of 70 assists against IPFW, set at Loyola in 2005 – ranks fifth in OSU career assists with 2,560 – two matches with double-figure digs – Named the MIVA Player of the Week in home victory over Mercyhurst. 2005 Starting setter in 32 matches – named the Most Valuable Player of the MIVA Tournament – named the MIVA Freshman of the Year and a second-team All-MIVA selection – named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week and MIVA Player of the week for wins over Ball State (semifinals) and IPFW (championship) in the MIVA Tournament – named the MIVA Player of the Week in wins against Findlay and at IPFW – named to the Golden Dome All-Classic Team.

#5 John Albertson (So./Fr., Ballwin, Mo.) – Played in 23 matches, starting 20 – nationally ranked 10th in blocking (1.36 per game) and 15th in hitting percentage (.416) last week – career-highs of 17 kills, four digs and 11 total blocks against Juniata – hit a career-high .727 against Juniata – career-high 10 assist blocks in the second match against UC-San Diego and against Juniata – double-figure kills in eight matches – named to the Active Ankle Classic All-Tournament Team at Long Beach State – named the MIVA and the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II National Player of the Week for his play against Juniata and Carthage – 2005 Redshirt, did not play.

#6 Brett Versen (Jr./So., Centerville, Ohio) – Played in 25 matches and started 17 matches – career-high 14 kills, 17.5 points against Lewis – career-high three ace serves against Loyola – hit a career-high .500 (6-1-10) against St. Francis, at Mercyhurst (8-2-12) and against Lewis (14-2-24) – season-high of five assist blocks in five matches – had seven kills in eight swings (875) against Carthage – double-figure kills in three matches – named to the All-Tournament Team of the Volleyball Hall of Fame-Morgan Classic – 2005 Played in 19 matches.

#7 Ben Spurlock (So./Fr., Stow, Ohio) – Played in 14 matches, starting four – career-high of nine kills in the first UC-San Diego match, at Springfield and against Carthage – career-high five assist blocks against D’Youville, Carthage and Penn State in the Outrigger Invitational – career-high .900 (9-0-10) hitting percentage against Carthage, tying for seventh best OSU match performance – had seven kills in seven swings at Long Beach State – 2005 Redshirt, did not play.

#8 Mark Greaves (Sr., Fenton, Mo.) – Played in seven matches with six starts – season-high 17 kills at IPFW – season high five digs against Loyola – season-high four assist blocks at and at IPFW Loyola – double-figure kills in three matches- 2005 Starting outside hitter in 29 matches – named an American Volleyball Coaches Association second team All-American – named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team – named a first-team All-MIVA selection – named the MIVA Player of the Week in home matches against Clarke and IPFW – named the Sports Import/AVCA National Player of the Week and the MIVA Player of the Week in home matches against Lewis and Loyola.

#9 Sam Stevens (Sr./Jr., Miami, Fla.) – Played in 21 matches, starting 14 – season-high 19 kills against IPFW – hit a career-high .667 (12-0-18) against Lewis – career-high 10 digs against Penn State in the Outrigger Invitational and against IPFW – tied his career-high of three ace serves against D’Youville and at IPFW – double-figure kills in nine matches – 2005 Played in 32 matches with three starts.

#12 Andy Cole (Sr., Glendale, Wis.) – Played in 14 matches, starting six – season-highs of 16 kills and four assist blocks at Clarke – had four assist blocks at Ball State – season-high seven digs at Ball State – hit a season-high .667 in second Penn State match – season-high two ace serves at Springfield – 2005 Starting outside hitter in 28 matches, playing in 29 – named to the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association All-Tournament Team.

#13 Robbie Klein (So./Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) – Played in 25 matches, started 18 – career-high of 21 kills against IPFW – hit a career-high .789 (16-1-19) against St. Francis – career-high four total blocks (1-3) against Carthage – career-high 14 digs against Penn State in the Outrigger Invitational – career-high three ace serves against Brigham Young – double-figure kills in 12 matches.

#14 Layne Dreven (Sr./Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) – Played in 13 matches, starting 12 – season-high 11 kills against Juniata – season-high seven assist blocks at Ball State – hit a season-high .800 (8-0-10) against Mercyhurst – double-figure kills in two matches – 2005 Starting middle hitter in 32 matches – named to the MIVA All-Tournament team – named a first-team All-MIVA selection – named the AVCA National and the MIVA Player of the Week in the win over Findlay.

#15 Conor Martin (So., Avon Lake, Ohio) – Played in 21 matches, starting 17 matches at libero – season-high 14 digs in the second Penn State match – named to the All-Tournament Team of the Volleyball Hall of Fame-Morgan Classic – 2005 Played in 33 matches with 25 starts at libero including the last 24 matches.

#16 Matthew Hankey (Jr./So., Naperville, Ill.) – Played in 21 matches, starting six – career-highs of 12 kills against D’Youville – hit a career-high .364 (12-4-22) against D’Youville – career-high three ace serves against Mercyhurst – career-high 12 digs against Juniata – career-high five assist blocks in second UC-San Diego match and against Mercyhurst – double-figure kills in four matches 2005 Played in three matches.