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Feb. 4, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 12th-ranked Ohio State (4-3 overall, 0-1 Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team will play three matches in five days starting Friday. OSU will play at IPFW (3-1, 1-0) at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 in Ft. Wayne, Ind. The Buckeyes then return home to host Clarke (1-2, 0-2) at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7 and Mercyhurst (4-4, 0-2) at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10. In matches last week, Ohio State defeated D’Youville, 3-0 (30-28, 30-13, 30-21) at home and lost at No. 14 Lewis, 3-2 (30-25, 23-30, 30-26, 28-30, 15-12).

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Pete Hanson coaches the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes are 4-3 overall and 0-1 in the MIVA. In matches last week, Ohio State defeated D’Youville, 3-0 (30-28, 30-13, 30-21) at home and lost at No. 14 Lewis, 3-2 (30-25, 23-30, 30-26, 28-30, 15-12). OSU’s top scorer is Andy Cole (So., Glendale, Wis.) with a 4.22 points per game average. Adam Pedersen (Sr., Muskego, Wis.) ranks second at 3.77 with Mark Greaves (So., Fenton, Mo.) third at 3.54. Cole leads the team in kills per game at 3.70. Pedersen ranks second at 3.15 with Mike Wauligman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) third at 2.69. Pedersen is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .529. Scott Spurlock (Jr., Stow, Ohio) is second at .417. Setter Mark Peckham (Sr., London, Ontario, Canada) runs the offense for the Buckeyes and averages 12.97 assists per game. Defensively, libero Dan Meske (Fr., Willow Springs, Ill.) leads the team in digs with a 2.12 per game average. Greaves ranks second at 1.83. At the net, Spurlock has a team-high 1.36 blocks per game average on one solo and 33 assists with Pedersen second at 1.00 (one solo, 12 assists). As a team, the Buckeyes average 18.46 points, 14.69 kills per game and are hitting .291. Ohio State averages .88 aces, 9.35 digs and 2.90 blocks per game. OSU opponents average 18.58 points, 15.08 kills and are hitting .267. Buckeye opponents average .92 aces, 7.81 digs and 2.58 blocks per game. A LOOK AT IPFW
Arnie Ball coaches the Mastodons. IPFW is 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the MIVA. Last week IPFW won 3-1 (37-35, 30-25, 29-31, 31-29) at Lewis to open conference play. Matt Zbyszewski leads the team in points per game at seven. Serdar Sikca ranks second at 2.87 and Mitch Dreisbach third at 2.86. Zbyszewski has a team-high 7.00 kills per game average with Dreisbach ranked second at 2.43. Sikca is the top percentage hitter at .471 with Mike Daiga second at .450. At setter, Dennis Santiago averages 12.93 assists per game. Zbyszewski has a team-high four ace serves for a .27 per game average. Defensively, Issac White has a team-high 2.31 digs per game average with Zbyszewski ranking second at 2.20. At the net, Sikca averages a team-high 1.53 blocks per game with five solos and 18 assists. Ranking second in blocks at 1.40 is Daiga with three solos and 18 assists. IPFW averages 20.4 points and 15.80 kills per game while hitting .293. The Mastodons average 1.00 aces, 10.60 digs and 3.60 blocks per game. Opponent average 20.5 points and 16.27 kills per game while hitting .247. IPFW opponents average 1.40 aces, 9.73 digs and 2.80 blocks per game.

IPFW-OHIO STATE SERIES HISTORY
Ohio State leads the series with IPFW, 52-29. In matches played in Ft. Wayne, the Mastodons have a 17-15 advantage, but Ohio State has won the last four meetings in the Hilliard Gates Center. The Buckeyes won both regular season contests in 2003. OSU won 3-1 (25-30, 30-25, 34-32, 30-26) at home and 3-1 (30-27, 25-30, 30-27, 30-20) at IPFW. The squads played in the MIVA quarterfinals, in Columbus, with the Mastodons earning a 3-2 (30-28, 22-30, 27-30, 30-28, 15-11) victory.

Recent IPFW Series Results 2/17/01 H W 3-1 30-23, 30-28, 23-30, 30-27 3/24/01 A W 3-1 26-30, 30-23, 30-17, 30-27 2/9/02 A W 3-0 30-22, 30-18, 30-28 4/12/02 H W 3-0 30-18, 30-21, 30-24 MIVA Quarterfinal at Ohio State 4/20/02 H W 3-0 30-25, 30-19, 30-28 2/25/03 H W 3-1 25-30, 30-25, 34-32, 30-26 3/8/03 A W 3-1 30-27, 25-30, 30-27, 30-20 MIVA Quarterfinal at Ohio State 4/19/03 H L 2-3 28-30, 30-22, 30-27, 28-30, 11-15

A LOOK AT CLARKE
Joe Fleckenstein coaches the Crusaders. Clarke is 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the MIVA. Clarke plays at Ohio Northern Friday prior to Saturday’s match at Ohio State. Jeff Simundic leads the team in points per game at 3.22 with Cody Chamberlain second at 3.06. Simundic has a team-high 2.67 kills per game average with Chamberlain second at 2.44. Chamberlain is the top percentage hitter on the team at .260. Setters Matt Bledig and Tyler Galstad average 9.86 and 9.33 assists per game, respectively. Simundic (.11) and Bledig (.14) share team-high honors in aces with six each. Defensively, Aaron Herbst has a team-high 1.78 digs per game average with Chamberlain second at 1.67. At the net, Erik Vogt has a team-high .78 blocks per game average with four solos and three assists. Simundic ranks second at .67 with two solos and four assists. As a team, Clarke averages 16.11 points and 12.78 kills per game while hitting .166. The Crusaders average 1.33 aces, 8.00 digs and 2.00 blocks per game. Clarke opponents average 16.33 points and 13.33 kills per game while hitting .241. Opponents average 1.56 aces, 8.44 digs and 1.44 blocks per game.

CLARKE-OHIO STATE SERIES HISTORY
Ohio State has a 14-0 margin in the series with Clarke College. The Buckeyes have won the eight meetings played in Columbus. OSU won 3-0 (30-16, 30-16, 30-23) in Columbus and 3-0 (30-18, 30-19, 30-12) at Clarke last season.

Recent Clarke Series Results 3/23/01 A W 3-0 30-21, 30-24, 30-28 3/2/01 H W 3-0 30-25, 30-16, 30-17 2/16/02 A W 3-0 30-8, 30-24, 30-14 3/27/02 H W 3-0 30-15, 30-17, 30-15 2/7/03 H W 3-0 30-16, 30-16, 30-23 3/1/03 A W 3-0 30-18, 30-19, 30-12

A LOOK AT MERCYHURST
Craig Davic coaches the Lakers. Mercyhurst is an overall record of 4-4 and is 0-2 in the MIVA. Last week Mercyhurst won 3-0 (30-27, 30-15, 30-22) at Medaille College and lost 0-3 matches at Loyola (30-32, 17-30, 26-30) and at Lewis (22-30, 23-30, 23-30). Dave Schmidl leads the team in points per game at 4.43. Austin Siewert ranks second at 3.94 with Justin Waas, third at 3.92. Schmidl has a team-high 3.37 kills per game average with Waas second at 3.24. Siewert is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .459. At setter, Dan Kick handles the setter and averages 10.96 assists per game. Schmidl (.56) and Kick (.60) share team-high ace honors with 15 each. Defensively, Dennis Telaak has a team-high 2.04 digs per game average with Waas ranking second at 1.16. At the net, Siewert leads the team with a 1.19 blocks per game average with five solos and 27 assists. Jim Ax ranks second at .95 with 20 assists. As a team, Mercyhurst averages 18.11 points and 13.07 kills per game while hitting .310. The Lakers average 2.26 aces, 7.67 digs and 2.78 blocks per game. Opponents average 15.50 points and 11.93 kills per game while hitting .287. Mercyhurst opponents average 1.48 aces, 7.00 digs and 2.09 blocks per game.

MERCYHURST-OHIO STATE SERIES HISTORY
Ohio State has a 15-0 advantage in the series with Mercyhurst. The Buckeyes have won all eight matches played in Columbus. Last year, Ohio State won 3-1 (30-25, 30-26, 23-30, 32-30) at Mercyhurst and 3-0 (30-14, 20-16, 30-24) in Columbus.

Recent Mercyhurst Series Results 3/7/01 H W 3-0 30-14, 30-20, 30-20 4/7/01 A W 3-0 30-14, 30-23, 30-23 MIVA Quarterfinal at Ohio State 4/21/01 H W 3-0 30-23, 30-16, 30-17 3/20/02 A W 3-0 30-27, 30-23, 30-22 4/13/02 H W 3-0 30-25, 30-21, 30-21 2/12/03 A W 3-1 30-25, 30-26, 23-30, 32-30 4/1/03 H W 3-0 30-14, 30-16, 30-24

PEDERSEN NOW SIXTH IN CAREER BLOCKS
With an assist block against D’youville and seven total blocks (one solo, six assists) at Lewis, Adam Pedersen has moved to sixth on the Ohio State career total blocks list. He now has 353 total blocks (24 solos, 329 assists) and has moved past Jon Yunker (1993-94) with 347 (61, 286). Pedersen is now 11 total blocks behind No. 5 David Frette (1989-91) with 364 (102-262).

SPURLOCK TIES OSU ASSIST BLOCK MATCH RECORD AGAINST LEWIS
Scott Spurlock’s 13 assist blocks against Lewis last weekend tied the Ohio State match record with four others. The record is shared with Colin McMillan (1998 and 1999), Jon Yunker, 1993 and Tom Hoff (1993). Spurlock’s previous best was nine assist blocks. He also scored a season-high 18.5 points in the match with 12 kills and 13 assist blocks.

GREAVES RECORDS CAREER HIGH DIGS AND BLOCKS AGAINST LEWIS
In the Lewis match, Mark Greaves recorded career-highs of 15 digs and 10 assist blocks against the Flyers. His previous high in digs was 10 at Findlay in 2003 and in blocks, six against Brigham Young (Jan. 24). Greaves also produced a season-high 19 points in the match with 12 kills, two aces and 10 assist blocks. His previous best this season came against Juniata with 18.5 points.

WAULIGMAN RETURNS TO FRONT ROW ACTION
After missing two matches and seeing limited back row time in two others, Mike Wauligman returns to the starting lineup against D’Youville. He had eight kills and six against the Spartans and recorded a season-high 14 kills against Lewis adding four digs and a season-high seven assist blocks.

MESKE COLLECTS FIRST KILL AGAINST D’YOUVILLE
With a dig that turned into an overpass, Dan Meske recorded his first career kill against D’Youville. He also had seven digs in the match and recorded nine digs at Lewis. Meske is the OSU team leader in digs per game at 2.12 with 55 digs.

PECKHAM CONTINUES TO LEAD MIVA IN ASSISTS PER GAME
Setter Mark Peckham produced 38 assists against D’Youville and 62 at Lewis for a 12.96 per game average on the season. He ranks first in the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association just ahead of IPFW’s Dennis Santiago at 12.93.

STEVENS COMES OFF THE BENCH AGAINST D’YOUVILLE
With Ohio State trailing 15-14 in game one, Sam Stevens came off the bench to help the Buckeyes to a 3-0 victory over D’Youville. He scored a team-high 10 points in the match with six kills, two ace serves, a solo block and two assist blocks. His two aces was a career-high and his six digs equaled his career-high.

COLE LEADING SQUAD IN POINTS AND KILLS
Andy Cole leads the Buckeyes in both points and kills. On the season, he is averaging 4.24 points (97.5) and 3.70 kills (85) per game. Cole had two kills and seven digs against D’Youville and produced 12 kills, three digs and three total blocks at Lewis.

BUCKEYES SEASON-HIGH 40 ASSIST BLOCKS, RANKS FOURTH ALL-TIME
With season-high 40 assist blocks at Lewis last week, Ohio State recorded the fourth most assist blocks in a match for the Buckeyes. The Buckeye match record is 50 against Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1993. Second best was 47 against Lewis in 1999. The 40 blocks was one short of third place (41) set against Rutgers-Newark (2002) and at Indiana-Purdue (1999).

BUCKEYES RANKED 12TH IN USA TODAY/AVCA POLL
In the USA TODAY/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll released this week, Ohio State was ranked 12th for the third straight week.

ST. JOHN ARENA, HOME OF THE BUCKEYES
Historic St. John Arena is the home court for both the men’s and women’s volleyball teams. The facility is also used for gymnastics, wrestling and fencing. The men’s volleyball program has enjoyed great success in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes have a 354-77 (.821) record over the last 37 years. In the six previous seasons, OSU is 68-15 (.819) in the Arena. With a capacity of 13,276, St. John Arena has hosted three NCAA Men’s Championships (1978, 1983, 1997).

HEAD COACH Pete Hanson
In his 20th year at Ohio State, Pete Hanson has put together one of the top men’s volleyball teams in the country. His squads have won six Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championships in the last 11 years and captured two of the last four MIVA Tournament Championships. The 2000 squad advanced to the NCAA Championship match before losing to UCLA. For his team’s efforts, Hanson was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association Coach of the Year. The 1998 team, ranked second in the country in the latter stages of the season, finished sixth in the USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Poll. They also were honored as the top team in the final regular season Volleyball Magazine Poll. That magazine honored Hanson as the Coach of the Year for his 25-2 season and the MIVA regular-season championship.

Hanson has a career record of 382-239 (.615) in 21 seasons and is 368-230 (.615) in his 20-year tenure with the Buckeyes. His squads have won eight MIVA championships and made five NCAA tournament appearances. Hanson has been named the MIVA Coach of the Year five times including the 2000 season.

NEXT WEEK FOR OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes continue conference action when they host Loyola at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb 14.