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April 25, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 15th-ranked Ohio State (20-11) men’s volleyball team continues play in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament Thursday with a semifinal match at eighth-ranked and top seed Loyola (22-6) at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Gym. The other semifinal has 10th-ranked and second seed IPFW (21-6) playing 14th-ranked and third seed Ball State (21-6) at 5 p.m. The semifinal winners play Saturday at 4 p.m. CT for the MIVA Tournament Championship and the automatic bid to the NCAA National Semifinals, May 4 at Penn State. Last Saturday, Ohio State defeated fifth seed Quincy (12-17), 3-1 (27-30, 30-22, 30-28, 30-22) in a MIVA Tournament quarterfinal match in St. John Arena.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The 15th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 20-11 overall and 7-5 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, finishing fourth. Last week the Buckeyes won a 3-1 (27-30, 30-22, 30-28, 30-22) victory over Quincy in the MIVA quarterfinals. Leading the Buckeyes in kills per game is Mark Greaves (Sr., Fenton, Mo.) at 3.44. Andy Cole (Sr., Glendale, Wis.) ranks second at 3.10 with Stuart Katz (5th/Sr., Port Washington, N.Y.) third at 2.85. John Albertson (So./Fr., Ballwin, Mo.) is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .394 with Sam Stevens (Sr./Jr., Miami, Fla.) second at .318. Setter Daniel Mathews (So., Shorewood, Wis.) is averaging 12.69 assists per game. Robbie Klein (So./Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) has a team-high 24 ace serves (.26 per game) with Mathews second with 18 (.17). Defensively, Katz leads the team in digs per game at 2.10 with libero Conor Martin (So., Avon Lake, Ohio) second at 1.90. At the net, Albertson leads the team with a 1.42 blocks per game average with nine solos and 127 assists. Ben Spurlock (So./Fr., Stow, Ohio) ranks second at 1.12 with six solos and 40 assists. Ohio State is hitting .289 and averages 15.13 kills and 14.14 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.10 aces, 9.43 digs and 2.94 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .246 and average 14.96 kills and 13.99 assists per game. OSU opponents average 1.00 aces, 8.71 digs and 2.39 blocks per game.

A LOOK AT LOYOLA
The eighth-ranked Ramblers are coached by Shane Davis. Loyola is 22-6 overall and 11-1 in the MIVA, finishing first. The Ramblers had a bye in the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals and has not played since April 14 when they defeated Rutgers-Newark, 3-0 (34-32, 30-19, 30-20) to extend their winning streak to six. Loyola is undefeated at home at 16-0. Chris Kozlarek has a team-high 4.30 kills per game average with Nathan Gustus at 2.97. James Grunst leads the team in hitting percentage at .500 with Corey Kloos second at .462. Setter Brian Guntli has a 13.39 assists per game average. Kozlarek has a team-high 50 ace serves (.56 per game) with Grunst second with 19 (.21). Defensively, Kozlarek leads the team in digs per game with a 2.26 average. Libero John Thuet ranks second at 2.24. At the net, Grunst has a team-high 1.33 blocks per game average with eight solos and 114 assist. Kozlarek ranks second at .87 with six solos and 72 assists. Loyola is hitting .331 for the season and averages 16.34 kills and 14.98 assists per game. The Ramblers average 1.58 aces, 10.14 digs and 2.47 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .209 and average 12.61 kills and 11.85 assists per game. Loyola opponents average .91 aces, 8.77 digs and 2.33 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – LOYOLA SERIES
Ohio State has a 16-10 lead in the series with the Ramblers. Loyola is 6-5 against the Buckeyes at home. The teams have played four times in the MIVA Tournament with each squad winning twice. The Ramblers have a two match winning streak against the Buckeyes, winning 3-0 (30-23, 30-22, 30-23) at Loyola and 3-0 (30-25, 30-22, 33-31) in Columbus.

LOYOLA 3, OHIO STATE 0 (March 31, 2006)
Ohio State (16-8 overall, 4-3 MIVA) 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.

A LOOK AT IPFW
The 10th-ranked Mastodons are coached by Arnie Ball. IPFW is 21-6 overall and 9-3 in the MIVA finishing second. The second seed Mastodons defeated eighth seed Carthage, 3-0 (30-21, 30-24, 30-10) in the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals. The Mastodons have won three straight matches and 19 of their last 20. C.J. Macias leads the team with a 5.53 kills per game with Serdar Sikca second at 2.33. Josh Stewart has a team-high .413 hitting percentage with Sikca second at .393. Setter Colin Lundeen averages 12.00 assists per game. Macias and Brock Ullrich have recorded 38 ace serves each to average .38 per game. Defensively, libero Mike Morici has a team-high 2.35 digs per game with Macias second at 1.96. At the net, Stewart has a team-high 1.55 blocks per game average with seven solos and 129 assists. Sikca ranks second at 1.54 with 30 solos and 121 assists. IPFW is hitting .290 and average 14.47 kills and 13.40 assists per game. The Mastodons average 1.46 aces, 9.84 digs and 3.50 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .210 and average 14.10 kills and 13.31 assists per game. IPFW opponents average 1.09 aces, 9.56 digs and 1.99 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – IPFW SERIES
Ohio State has a 56-32 lead in the series with IPFW. The Buckeyes are 9-3 in neutral site matches with the Mastodons and have won 11 of 14 MIVA Tournament matches. IPFW has a two match winning streak over the Buckeyes, winning 3-2 (23-30, 38-20, 30-25, 30-21, 15-13) in Columbus and 3-0 (30-26, 30-28, 30-24) at Ft. Wayne.

IPFW 3, OHIO STATE 0 (April 1, 2006)
Ohio State (16-9 overall, 4-4 MIVA) 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.

A LOOK AT BALL STATE
The 14th-ranked Cardinals are coached by Joel Walton. Ball State has a 21-6 overall record and is 8-4 in the MIVA, finishing third. Third seed Ball State defeated sixth seed Mercyhurst, 3-0 (30-25, 30-22, 30-21) last week in a MIVA Tournament quarterfinal match. Cardinal Nick Meyer has a team-high 4.58 kills per game average with Patrick Durbin second at 3.22. Matt McCarthy leads the team in hitting percentage at .358 with Zoran Grabovac at .303. Setter Dave Carlson averages 12.55 assists per game. Meyer has a team-high 25 aces serves (.36) with McCarthy (.29) and Carlson (.30) tied for second. Defensively, libero Ian Peckler leads the team with a 2.76 digs per game average with Meyer second at 2.12. At the net, Grabovac leads the team in blocks per game with a 1.30 average. He has six solos and 59 assists. McCarthy ranks second at 1.12 with 14 solos and 76 assists. Ball State is hitting .288 and averages 15.30 kills and 14.18 assists. The Cardinals average 1.85 aces, 11.87 digs and 2.95 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .180 and average 13.13 kills and 12.28 assists per game. Ball State opponents average .85 kills, 10.62 digs and 2.21 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – BALL STATE SERIES
Ohio State holds a 76-74 lead in the series with Ball State. Each team has won 12 matches at neutral sites. The Buckeyes have a 13-11 advantage in MIVA Tournament matches, winning the last four. Earlier this season, OSU won, 3-0 (31-29, 30-22, 30-28) at Ball State while the Cardinals won, 3-0 (30-21, 31-29, 30-22) at Ohio State.

BALL STATE 3, OHIO STATE 0 (April 7, 2006)
Ohio State (16-11 overall, 4-5 MIVA) dropped an 0-3 (21-30, 29-31, 22-30) decision at home against Ball State (19-5, 7-4) Friday night in St. John Arena. OSU’s Mark Greaves scored a team-high 15 points with Sam Stevens adding 14. Greaves had 14 kills and two assist blocks while Stevens recorded 11 kills, three ace serves and an assist block. Ball State’s Nick Meyer produced a match-high 23.5 points with Patrick Durbin adding 17. Meyer had 19 kills, three ace serves, a solo and an assist block with Durbin contributing 13 kills, three ace serves and two assist blocks.

After seven ties to open game one, Ball State used a four-point run, at 12-12, to take a 16-12 lead. The run contained three Ohio State errors and a Durbin ace serve. The Cardinals held the lead and won the game, 30-21 with a Durbin kill. Ball State hit .609 in the game to .379 for Ohio State.

Ohio State broke a 1-1 tie with a five-point run to take a 6-1 lead. The run began with a John Albertson-Daniel Mathews block. Kills by Albertson and Brett Versen were followed by a Ball State error and another Albertson-Mathews’ block. The Cardinals cut the lead and trailed, 27-25, before back-to-back kills from Meyer tied the game at 27. Ball State took a 28-27 lead with a block by Matt McCarthy and Evan Berg. OSU tied the game at 28 with a kill from Stevens. Meyer set game point with a kill at 29-28. Greaves, with a kill, tied the game at 29. A McCarthy kill set Ball State’s second game point at 30-29. The Cardinals won the game, 31-29, off an OSU error to lead the match, 2-0. Each squad hit .300 for the game.

An OSU ace serve by Stevens and a Versen-Layne Dreven block gave the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead in game three. An OSU error made it 2-1 but a Versen kill and a Ball State error opened a 4-1 Buckeye lead. Ball State kills by Durbin and Berg and an OSU error tied the game at four. Tied at five, a Berg-McCarthy block and a solo block by McCarthy gave Ball State a 7-5 lead. The Cardinals built up a lead and held an eight-point lead at 28-20. A Robbie Klein kill and an Albertson-Greaves block cut the Ball State lead to six at 28-22. A Berg kill set match point at 29-22 and Ball State closed out the game with a McCarthy kill to take the game, 30-22, and the match, 3-0. The Cardinals hit .343 for the game to .065 for Ohio State.

For the match, Ball State hit .398 to .244 for Ohio State. The Cardinals had a 49-44 edge in kills and an eight to three advantage in ace serves. Ball State gave up 10 service errors to seven for the Buckeyes. Defensively, Ohio State had a 21-18 advantage in digs with OSU’s Stuart Katz recording a match-high eight. At the net, Ball State edged Ohio State in team blocks, 8.5 to 8. Cardinal McCarthy collected a match-high six blocks with a solo and five assists. BSU setter Dave Carlson had 39 assists in the match to 38 for OSU’s Mathews.

COLE NAMED MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK (April 25, 2006)
Andy Cole has been chosen the MIVA Shondell/Dunlap Division Player of the Week. Cole scored a team-high 21.5 points in OSU’s 3-1 (27-30, 30-22, 30-28, 30-22) victory over Quincy in the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals. Cole had a team-high 20 kills while hitting .444, adding three digs and three assist blocks. With the match tied at one game each, Cole had five kills in seven swings (.714) to help OSU to a 30-28 game three win. His 20 kills and 21.5 points in the match were season highs for Cole. Over the season, Cole has not played in 12 matches and saw limited action in seven others. He has made four consecutive starts for the Buckeyes producing a four-match winning streak for Ohio State. In the last four matches, Cole has averaged 5.08 points, 4.15 kills, 1.38 digs, 1.00 blocks and is hitting .450.

17 DIFFERENT STARTING LINEUPS
Ohio State has had 17 different starting lineups in 31 matches this season. Eleven different players have started this season with three players starting at libero. Two lineups have been used four and five times each with the other 14 lineups being used one or two times each. A match-by-match listing is on page six of this release.

COLE POSTS SEASON-HIGHS AGAINST QUINCY
Andy Cole had 21.5 points and 20 kills for season highs against Quincy. He hit .444 in the match, adding three digs and three assist blocks. Cole has played in only 19 matches this season, starting 11. He is averaging 3.81 points, 3.10 kills, 1.12 digs and .83 blocks per game while hitting .288. Cole was named the MIVA Player o f the Week for his play against Quincy.

STEVENS CONTRIBUTES OFF THE BENCH
Sam Stevens (Sr./Jr., Miami, Fla.) had 15 points off the bench Saturday against Quincy. He had 14 kills while hitting .444. He added four digs and two assist blocks. Stevens has played in 27 matches with 15 starts. He is averaging 2.76 points, 2.36 kills and 1.27 digs while hitting .318.

ALBERTSON HAS 11 CONSECUTIVE KILLS AGAINST QUINCY
John Albertson recorded 11 consecutive kills at the beginning of the match against Quincy. He finished the match with two errors in 14 swings for a .643 hitting percentage. He added three digs and five total blocks with a solo and four assists. Albertson, the MIVA Freshman of the Year has played in 29 matches this season with 26 starts. He is averaging 3.28 points, 2.48 kills and a team-high 1.42 blocks per game. Albertson is OSU’s top percentage hitter at .394.

DREVEN HAS DOUBLE-FIGURE POINTS AGAINST THE HAWKS
Layne Dreven (Sr./Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) collected seven kills, an ace serve and five assist blocks for 10.5 points against Quincy. It was his second consecutive match with double figure points as he recorded 11 at Quincy the week before. Dreven has played in 19 matches this season with 18 starts. He is averaging 2.30 points, 1.80 kills and .95 blocks per game while hitting .401.

KATZ HAS DOUBLE-DOUBLE AGAINST QUINCY
Stuart Katz had 12 kills and 13 digs against Quincy for his third double-double of the season. He hit .320 against the Hawks, adding an ace serve and two block assists. Katz has played in all 30 matches with 28 starts and handled the libero duties in one match. He is averaging 3.36 points, 2.85 kills, 2.10 digs and .67 blocks per game while hitting .251.

GREAVES MAKES HIS SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE START
Mark Greaves has started the last seven matches for Ohio State. He has missed 18 matches this season, playing in 13 with 12 starts. Against Quincy Saturday, Greaves had two kills, one dig and an assist block in limited action in game one. For the season, he is averaging 3.78 points, 3.44 kills while hitting .210. He has had double-figure kills in four of the last seven matches.

MATHEWS NOW FOURTH IN OSU CAREER ASSISTS
Daniel Mathews had 57 assists against Quincy Saturday to give him 2,837 career assists and move to fourth on the OSU career list. He passes Chuck Voss (1990-93) with 2,836. Mark Peckham (2001-04) is third in career assists with 4,723. Against Quincy, Mathews added six digs, two assist blocks and two kills. He is the only player to start all 31 matches this season and is averaging 12.69 assists per game. The first team All-MIVA Conference selection averages 1.33 digs, .89 blocks, .83 kills per game.

MARTIN HAS FOURTH DOUBLE-FIGURE DIG MATCH AGAINST QUINCY
Conor Martin recorded 12 digs against Quincy Saturday for his fourth double-figure dig match of the season. He had 12 digs the previous week at Quincy to end the regular season. Martin has played in 26 matches this season and has 22 starts at libero. He is averaging 1.90 digs per game with 156 this season.

ALBERTSON AND MATHEWS RECEIVE ALL-MIVA HONORS
Ohio State’s John Albertson and Daniel Mathews have been named to the 2006 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association All-Conference first team. Albertson was also honored as the MIVA Freshman of the Year. Albertson, in conference statistics, ranks second in blocks per game at 1.51, 18th in kills at 2.35, 15th in points at 3.22 and sixth in hitting percentage at .364. Mathews ranks third in assists per game at 13.11 in conference statistics. In league matches he averaged 1.37 digs, 1.05 blocks and .26 aces per game. In 2005, he was a MIVA second team All-Conference selection, the MIVA Freshman of the Year and was named the 2005 MIVA Tournament Most Valuable Player.

ELEVEN BUCKEYES NAMED TO MIVA ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association has announced the 2006 All-Academic Team which has 11 Buckeyes. They include John Albertson, Andy Cole, Layne Dreven, Mark Greaves, Matthew Hankey, Stuart Katz, Conor Martin, Daniel Mathews, Dan Meske, Tyler Stevens and Brett Versen. A total of 87 players from the conference were named to the All-Academic Team

BUCKEYES RANKED 15TH IN 2006 CSTV/AVCA COACHES POLL
Ohio State is ranked 15th in the CSTV/AVCA Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll released April 24. OSU remained 15th for the week after a 3-0 win over Quincy. The Buckeyes collected 21 points in the poll. Other MIVA conference teams ranked in the poll are Loyola-Chicago, eighth and IPFW, 10th and Ball State, 14th.

HEAD COACH Pete Hanson
Pete Hanson is in his 23rd season at Ohio State. He has a 434-250 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).

KATZ NAMED VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
Stuart Katz has been named the Volleyball Magazine Scholar Athlete of the Month in the May, 2006 issue of the magazine. A marketing and logistics major, Katz is a three-time All-Academic Big Ten Conference selection and a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

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.

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.

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 QUINCY MATCH
Ohio State (20-11 overall) men’s volleyball team has advanced to the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament Semifinals with a 3-1 (27-30, 30-22, 30-28, 30-22) quarterfinal victory over fifth-seed Quincy (12-19) Saturday night in St. John Arena. The fourth-seeded and defending Tournament Champion Buckeyes will face host and top seed Loyola (22-6) Thursday at 7:30 p.m. CT in Alumni Gym. Second seed IPFW (21-6) faces third seed Ball State (21-5) in the first semifinal at 5 p.m. CT. OSU’s Andy Cole scored 21.5 points with Sam Stevens contributing 15 off the bench in the victory. Cole had a team-high 20 kills, adding three assist blocks while Stevens recorded 14 kills and two assist blocks. Quincy’s Jon Moreno had a match-high 22.5 points with 20 kills, a solo block and three assists. Zach Splitt added 13 points with 11 kills, an ace serve and two assist blocks.

Ohio State held the early lead in game one and held a 20-16 lead before three Buckeye errors and a Niels Pedersen kill tied the game at 20. At 22-all, kills by Moreno and Pedersen and a Moreno-Branden Been block gave Quincy a 25-22 lead. At 29-27, Quincy, an Ohio State service error ended the game at 30-27 for the Hawks. Quincy hit .405 in the game to .235 for Ohio State.

In game two, Quincy had a 10-7 lead before a Cole kill, a Hawk error and a Sam Stevens-Layne Dreven block tied the game at 10. With the game tied at 14, a Stuart Katz kill, a John Albertson-Katz block and two Hawk errors gave Ohio State an 18-14 lead. OSU expanded the lead, winning the game, 30-22, on a Hawk error. Ohio State hit .400 to .162 for Quincy.

Tied at 13 in game three, a five-point Buckeye run opened an 18-13 lead. The run began with two Hawk errors and an Albertson kill. Another Hawk error and an ace serve by Dreven completed the run. At 20-15, OSU, two Moreno kills and a Buckeye error cut the lead to 20-19. At 21-20, a Moreno kill tied the game at 21. A kill from Cole and a Hawk error made it 23-21. At 24-22, a Joe Caruso kill and a Pedersen ace serve tied the game at 24. OSU took a 25-24 lead with a Cole kill. A Splitt kill tied the game at 25. Quincy took a 26-25 lead with a Caruso kill. Katz, with a kill, tied the game at 26. A Moreno kill gave the Hawks a 27-26 lead. Katz responded with a kill to tie the game at 27. OSU took a 28-27 lead with a kill from Stevens. Quincy tied the game at 28 with a Been kill. An Albertson kill set game point for Ohio State at 29-28. The Buckeyes won the game, 30-28, with a Stevens-Dreven block to take a 2-1 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .484 for the game to .290 for Quincy.

Two kills from Stevens and one from Cole opened a 3-0 OSU lead in game four. The Buckeyes continued to build on the lead and won the game, 30-22 on a Dreven kill. OSU hit .415 for the game to .222 for Quincy.

For the match, Ohio State hit .382 to .273 for Quincy. The Buckeyes had a 68-59 advantage in kills while Quincy had a four to two edge in ace serves. OSU gave up 17 service errors to 16 for Quincy. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 44-36 margin in digs with OSU’s Katz recording a match-high 13 with Conor Martin adding 12. Mike Contee for Quincy had a team-high 11. At the net, OSU enjoyed a 10.5 to 6.5 advantage in team blocks. OSU’s Dreven and Albertson shared match-high honors with five total blocks each. Dreven had five assist blocks while Albertson collected a solo block and four assists. For Quincy, Moreno had a team-high four blocks with a solo and three assists. OSU setter Daniel Mathews had 57 assists in the match while Pedersen had 29 assists and Eric Wooldridge added 27 for Quincy.

2006 PLAYER NOTES
#1 Dan Meske (Jr., Willow Springs, Ill.) -Played in 31 matches, starting at libero in eight matches – career-high three ace serves at Loyola – season-high of nine digs at Clarke – season-high three assists against Penn State – named to the MIVA All-Academic Team. 2005 Played in 32 matches with seven starts at libero.

#2 Stuart Katz (5th/Sr., Port Washington, N.Y.) – Played in 31 matches, starting 28 plus one match at libero – career-high 28 kills in the Penn State match at the Outrigger Invitational – played libero against Ball State, recording eight digs – 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 .5830 at Lewis – 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 13 matches – named to the MIVA All-Academic Team. 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 31 matches – ranked 10th-nationally in assists per game at 12.63 – 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 fourth in OSU career assists with 2,837 – two matches with double-figure digs – a first-team All-MIVA selection – Named the MIVA Player of the Week in home victory over Mercyhurst – named to the MIVA All-Academic Team. 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 29 matches, starting 26 – nationally ranked 10th in blocking at 1.42 per game – 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 nine matches – a first-team All-MIVA selection and the MIVA Freshman of the Year – 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 – named to the MIVA All-Academic Team. 2005 Redshirt, did not play.

#6 Brett Versen (Jr./So., Centerville, Ohio) – Played in 30 matches and started 18 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 four matches – named to the All-Tournament Team of the Volleyball Hall of Fame-Morgan Classic – named to the MIVA All-Academic Team. 2005 Played in 19 matches.

#7 Ben Spurlock (So./Fr., Stow, Ohio) – Played in 17 matches, starting three – 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 13 matches with 12 starts – season-high 17 kills at IPFW – hit a season-high .500 (12-3-18) at Lewis – season high five digs against Loyola – season-high four assist blocks at and at IPFW Loyola – double-figure kills in five matches – named to the MIVA All-Academic Team. 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 27 matches, starting 15 – 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, at IPFW and against Ball State – double-figure kills in 10 matches – 2005 Played in 32 matches with three starts.

#12 Andy Cole (Sr., Glendale, Wis.) – Played in 19 matches, starting 11 – season-highs 20 kills against Quincy in MIVA quarterfinals – season-high four assist blocks at Clarke – recorded four total blocks five times this season – season-high 10 digs at Quincy – hit a season-high .667 in second Penn State match – season-high two ace serves at Springfield – double-figure kills in five matches – named the MIVA Player of the Week in the win over Quincy in the MIVA quarterfinals – named to the MIVA All-Academic Team. 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 31 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 19 matches, starting 18 – 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 – named to the MIVA All-Academic Team. 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 26 matches, starting 22 matches at libero – season-high 14 digs in the second Penn State match – double-figure digs in four matches – named to the All-Tournament Team of the Volleyball Hall of Fame-Morgan Classic – named to the MIVA All-Academic Team. 2005 Played in 33 matches with 25 starts at libero including the last 24 matches.

#16 Matthew Hankey (Jr./So., Naperville, Ill.) – Played in 24 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 – named to the MIVA All-Academic Team. 2005 Played in three matches.