Feb. 22, 2005
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 14th-ranked Ohio State (10-4, 3-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball squad returns to play in the MIVA with road contests at No. 12 Loyola (12-1, 6-0) and at Clarke (2-7, 0-5). The Buckeyes face the conference co-leading Ramblers Saturday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. and then face the Crusaders Sunday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 10-4 overall and 3-0 in the MIVA. The Buckeyes are currently ranked 14th in the USA TODAY/CSTV Top 15 Coaches Poll. Last week the Buckeyes lost 0-3 (23-30, 23-30, 29-31) to Rutgers-Newark and 0-3 (24-30, 20-30, 21-30) to No. 5 Penn State at the Golden Dome Classic in Newark, N.J.
OHIO STATE BY THE NUMBERS
Mark Greaves (Jr., Fenton, Mo.) leads the team in points per game at 4.64 with Andy Cole (Jr., Glendale, Wis.) averaging 4.22. Greaves is averaging a team-high 4.05 kills per game with Cole second at 3.86. Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) is hitting a team-high .472 with Cole second at .382. Daniel Mathews (Fr., Shorewood, Wis.) is averaging 12.85 assists per game and is averaging a team-high .33 aces per game. Mike Wauligman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) leads the team in digs per game with a 1.88 average with Mathews second at 1.50. At the net, Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) has a team-high 1.52 blocks per game average with Scott Spurlock (Sr., Stow, Ohio) second at 1.22. Dreven has four solos and 66 assists while Spurlock has four solos and 52 assists. The Buckeyes are hitting .337 and averaging 15.70 kills per game. OSU averages 1.20 aces, 7.98 digs and 3.13 blocks per game. Ohio State opponents are hitting .256 and average 14.17 kills per game. Buckeye opponents average .78 aces, 7.30 digs and 2.01 blocks per game.
A LOOK AT LOYOLA
The 12th-ranked Ramblers are coached by Shane Davis. Loyola is 12-1 overall and 6-0 in the MIVA. The Ramblers have won their last nine matches. Last week Loyola won 3-0 home matches against Mercyhurst (30-21, 32-30, 30-19) and Ball State (30-27, 30-24, 33-31). The Ramblers host Clarke on Tuesday.
LOYOLA BY THE NUMBERS
Prior to Tuesday’s match against Clarke, Scott Green leads the team in points per game with a 4.88 average. Chris Kozlarek ranks second at 4.49. Green averages a team-high 4.16 kills per game with Kozlarek second at 3.64. James Grunst is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .466. At setter, Brian Guntli averages 12.95 assists per game. Kozlarek has a team-high .47 aces per game average with 21 ace serves. Greene ranks second at .44 (20). Defensively, Krystian Krzyzak leads the team in digs per game with a 2.48 average on 109 digs. Greene ranks second at 1.96 (88). At the net, Grunst averages a team-high 1.49 blocks per game with 11 solos and 56 assists. Corey Kloos ranks second at .86 with seven solos and 23 assists. Loyola is hitting .362 and averages 16.04 kills per game. The Ramblers average 1.65 aces, 9.35 digs and 2.61 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .200 and average 12.67 kills per game. Loyola opponents average .78 aces, 7.39 digs and 2.11 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE – LOYOLA SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with the Ramblers, 15-7. In Chicago, the Buckeyes are 5-4. Ohio State won both contests last season with a 3-2 (28-30, 33-31, 30-18, 29-31, 15-12) victory in Columbus and a 3-1 (30-27, 25-30, 30-27, 30-28) win in Chicago.
A LOOK AT CLARKE
The Crusaders are coached by Joe Flecksenstein. Clarke is 2-7 overall and 0-5 in the MIVA. Last week the Crusaders lost 0-3 (20-30, 23-30, 23-30) at Quincy and 1-3 (35-33, 25-30, 22-30, 24-30) at home to Ball State. This week Clarke plays at Loyola Tuesday prior to playing host to Ohio State.
CLARKE BY THE NUMBERS
Prior to Tuesday’s match, Jeff Simundic was leading the Crusaders in points per game is with a 3.29 average. Joe Collier ranks second at 2.95. Collier has a team-high 2.59 kills per game average with Simundic second at 2.58. Simundic leads the team in hitting percentage with a .358 average. At setter, Andy Accacian averages 9.62 assists per game on 231 assists. Tyler Galstad leads the team in ace serves with nine (.41 per game) with Simundic second with eight (.33). Defensively, Collier is the team leader in digs per game at 1.55 (34) with Mickey Bacha second at 1.47 (28). At the net, Galstad averages a team-high .73 blocks per game on three solo and 13 assists. Simundic ranks second at .58 with four solos and 14 assists. As a team, Clarke is hitting .157 and averages 10.79 kills per game. The Crusaders average 1.21 aces, 8.04 digs and 1.79 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .296 and average 14.64 kills per game. Crusader opponents average 1.71 aces, 9.21 digs and 2.77 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE – CLARKE SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with the Crusaders, 16-0. In Dubuque, the Buckeyes are 7-0. Last season Ohio State won 3-0 (30-17, 30-17, 30-25) in Columbus and 3-0 (30-24, 30-18, 35-33) in Dubuque.
REVIEWING THE RUTGERS-NEWARK MATCH
Ohio State fell 0-3 (23-30, 23-30, 29-31) at Rutgers-Newark in the first day of the Golden Dome Classic. OSU’s Mark Greaves had a team-high 12 points with Andy Cole adding 11. R-N’s Brian Honsberger had a team-high 20.5 points for the Scarlet Raiders with Eric Honsberger adding 15. For the match, Rutgers-Newark hit .408 to Ohio State’s .213. The Buckeyes had a 53-52 edge in kills while Rutgers-Newark had a two to one advantage in ace serves. OSU gave up six service errors to five for the Scarlet Raiders. Defensively, Ohio State had a 22-21 margin in digs with OSU’s Mike Wauligman collecting a match-high nine. At the net, Rutgers-Newark enjoyed a seven to 6.5 margin in team blocks. Scarlet Raider Henry Richardson recorded a match-high five blocks with a solo and four assists. OSU’s Daniel Mathews had 47 assists in the match with Graydon Ainsworth recording 48 for the Scarlet Raiders.
REVIEWING THE PENN STATE MATCH
Ohio State men’s volleyball team fell to fifth-ranked Penn State, 0-3 (24-30, 20-30, 21-30) Saturday night at the Golden Dome Classic in Newark, New Jersey. OSU’s Mark Greaves scored a team-high 16.5 points for the Buckeyes with Layne Dreven adding 10. Penn State’s Matt Proper had a match-high 18.5 points with Alex Gutor adding 10. Penn State hit .329 in the match to .137 for the Buckeyes. The Nittany Lions had a 44 to 41 margin in kills and served up three aces to zero for Ohio State. The Buckeyes gave up 12 service errors to five for Penn State. Defensively, the Nittany Lions had a 24 to 14 margin in digs with PSU’s O’Dell and Gary Vogel sharing match-high honors with six each. At the net, the Nittany Lions had an 11 to 8.5 advantage in team blocks. OSU’s Dreven produced a match-high six assist blocks with Greaves adding five. PSU setter O’Dell collected 38 assists in the match with OSU’s Daniel Mathews recording 35. Mathews was named to the Golden Dome Classic Team. Included on the team were Brian Honsberger and Eric Honsberger from Rutgers-Newark, Keith Kowal and Proper of Penn State and Mike Daiga and Matt Zbyszewski of IPFW.
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 AVERAGES 4.0 KILLS PER GAME LAST WEEKEND
Mark Greaves had kills last week with 10 at Rutgers-Newark and 14 against Penn State to average 4.0 per game. Against the Scarlet Raiders, Greaves hit .235 for the match adding three digs, two assist blocks and an ace serve. In the Penn State match, he hit .296 and collected five assist blocks and two digs. Greaves leads the Buckeyes with a 4.65 points and a 4.05 kills per game average. In the national statistics release this week, he ranks 14th in kills per game (4.05) and 18th in points per game (4.65).
MATHEWS NAMED TO GOLDEN DOME CLASSIC TEAM
Daniel Mathews was named to the Golden Dome Classic team for his play last week against Rutgers-Newark and Penn State. He had 47 assists against the Scarlet Raiders, adding four digs, two kills and two assist blocks. In the Penn State match he had 35 assists, three digs, three total blocks (1-2) and a kill. Mathews averaged 13.67 assists per game on the weekend and has a 12.85 average for the season. He ranks seventh nationally this week with a 12.85 average.
DREVEN LEADS THE COUNTRY IN BLOCK PER GAME
With a 1.52 blocks per game average, Layne Dreven leads the country this week in blocks per game. He recorded four assists at Rutgers-Newark and six against Penn State to average 1.67 blocks per game last week. On the season, Dreven has four solos and 66 assists. He added five kills and a dig against the Scarlet Raiders and collected seven kills against the Nittany Lions. Dreven is 10th nationally in hitting percentage at .472 and ranks third on the team with a 2.09 kills per game average.
WAULIGMAN BUILDS DEFENSIVE NUMBERS
With a team-high 12 digs last weekend, Mike Wauligman continues to lead Ohio State in digs per game at 1.88. He has collected 75 digs this season. He had nine digs at Rutgers-Newark, adding seven kills and an assist block. Against Penn State, he had three digs and six kills.
COLE RANKS TIED FOR 18TH NATIONALLY IN KILLS PER GAME
With a 3.86 kills per game average on the season, Andy Cole is tied for 18th in the national statistics released this week. Cole posted a team-high 11 kills (.227) last week at Rutgers-Newark and added three kills, a dig and an assist block against Penn State.
SPURLOCK NATIONALLY RANKED IN BLOCKING
Scott Spurlock is ranked tied for 17th in blocks per game at 1.22 in the latest national statistics released this week. He has four solos and 52 assists on the season. Spurlock posted a single assist block in each match last week. He had nine kills (.294) and two digs at Rutgers-Newark and had five kills (.167) against Penn State. Spurlock ranks second on the team in blocks and fourth in kills per game at 1.96.
STEVENS COLLECTS SECOND-HIGH SIX KILLS AGAINST RUTGERS-NEWARK
With six kills against Rutgers-Newark, Sam Stevens (Jr., Miami, Fla.) set his season high against the Scarlet Raiders. He hit .667 with just nine attempts and on errors. Stevens added two assist blocks and two digs in the contest. He had four kills and two digs in the Penn State match.
COLE NOW 15TH IN OHIO STATE CAREER POINTS
Andy Cole has moved past Tom Trantow (1999-03) in career points to move to 15th on the OSU career list. He now has 954.5 points passing Trantow with 954.0. Cole needs two points to pass No. 14 Craig Geibel (199-93) with 956.
GREAVES MOVES TO 21ST IN OSU CAREER POINTS
With 28.5 points on the weekend, Mark Graves has moved to 21st on the Ohio State career points list with 818.5. He moved past Jon Yunker (1993-94) with 811.0. Greaves needs 22 points to pass No. 20 Tom Hoff (1992-93) with 840.0 points.
GREAVES NOW 10TH IN OSU CAREER ACES
With an ace serve against Rutgers-Newark, Mark Greaves has move to 10th on the Ohio State career ace list with 60. He previously was tied with Greg Lehman (1998-01) and Colin McMillan (1997-00) at 59. Greaves needs three aces to pass No. 9 Jeff Koterba (1995-98) with 62.
SPURLOCK MOVES TO FIFTH IN OSU CAREER ASSIST BLOCKS
With an assist block against Rutgers-Newark and Penn State, Scott Spurlock now has 316 in his career and has moved to fifth on the Ohio State career assist blocks list with 316. He passed Adam Spitznagle (1993-96) with 315. Spurlock needs 11 assist blocks to move past No. 4 Gary Wrobel (1994-97) with 326). He stands eighth in total blocks with 331 (15-316) and seventh in blocks per game at 1.25.
BUCKEYE CONFERENCE ROAD WINNING STREAK ON THE LINE
Ohio State enters the Loyola and Clarke matches with win in 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. In other current streaks, 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 14TH IN USA TODAY/CSTV COACHES POLL
Ohio State fell to 14th in the latest USA TODAY/CSTV Coaches Poll. Ohio State moved from 71 points to 36 points in the poll this week. The Buckeyes had held the 12th spot in the poll for the last four weeks, beginning the season ranked tenth.
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 799-327-3 (.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 begin a three-match home stand by hosting Clarke Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. and IPFW Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m. Ohio State closes out their home March schedule by hosting Mercyhurst, Sunday, March 13 at 7 p.m.
2005 PLAYER NOTES
#1 Dan Meske (So., Willow Springs, Ill.) – Starting libero in seven matches, playing in 14 – 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 12 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 14 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 – named to the Golden Dome All-Classic Team.
#5 John Albertson (Fr., Manchester, Mo.) – Has not played –
#6 Brett Versen (So., Centerville, Ohio) – Played in eight matches – recorded a kill and an ace serve in the second Springfield match – career-high three kills against Ball State – career-high 2.5 points at Rutgers-Newark with two kills and an assist block.
#7 Ben Spurlock (Fr., Stow, Ohio) – Has not played –
#8 Mark Greaves (Jr., Fenton, Mo.) – Starting outside hitter in 14 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 14 matches – season-high six kills at Rutgers-Newark – 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 14 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 13 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 12 matches, playing in 14 – 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 14 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 – named the Ohio State Male Athlete of the Week for his play in home wins over Ball State and Quincy – has had five or more blocks in eight matches this season.
#15 Conor Martin (Fr., Avon Lake, Ohio) – Played in 14 matches with seven 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 Matt Hankey (So., Naperville, Ill.) – Played in two matches.
#18 Timothy 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.