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April 11, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 15th-ranked Ohio State (17-11, 5-5 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team closes out the regular season with two road matches this week. The Buckeyes will play Lewis (10-16, 3-7) in Chicago Friday at 7 p.m. CT and play at Quincy (12-15, 3-8) Saturday at 7 p.m. CT. Last week Ohio State dropped two of three home matches losing, 3-2, Tuesday to 11th-ranked Penn State, and 3-0 to Ball State Friday. The Buckeyes then defeated Quincy, 3-0, Saturday.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The 15th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 17-11 overall and 5-5 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week the Buckeyes lost 3-2 (30-24, 30-21, 28-30, 34-36, 15-12) to 11th-ranked Penn State and 3-0 (30-21, 31-29, 30-22) to Ball State. OSU defeated Quincy, 3-0 (30-19, 30-27, 30-27). Leading the Buckeyes in kills per game is Mark Greaves (Sr., Fenton, Mo.) at 3.58. Stuart Katz (5th/Sr., Port Washington, N.Y.) ranks second at 2.87. John Albertson (So./Fr., Ballwin, Mo.) is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .405 with Brett Versen (Jr./So., Centerville, Ohio) second at .311. Setter Daniel Mathews (So., Shorewood, Wis.) is averaging 12.65 assists per game. Robbie Klein (So./Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) has a team-high 22 ace serves (.25 per game) with Mathews second with 17 (.17). Defensively, Katz leads the team in digs per game at 2.01 with libero Conor Martin (So., Avon Lake, Ohio) second at 1.72. At the net, Albertson leads the team with a 1.42 blocks per game average with seven solos and 115 assists. Ben Spurlock (So./Fr., Stow, Ohio) ranks second at 1.15 with six solos and 39 assists. Ohio State is hitting .286 and averages 15.07 kills and 14.11 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.11 aces, 9.18 digs and 2.92 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .253 and average 15.06 kills and 14.04 assists per game. OSU opponents average .98 aces, 8.69 digs and 2.40 blocks per game. A LOOK AT LEWIS
The Flyers are coached by Dan Friend. Lewis has a 10-16 overall record and is 3-7 in the MIVA. They host Loyola Tuesday night. Drew Pickering has a team-high 4.35 kills per game average for Lewis with David Kelnhofer second at 2.86. Alex Vigansky is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .347. At setter Jordan Vidovic has a 12.15 assist per game average. Pickering (.24 per game) and Mykolai Zerebeckyj (.26) share team-high honors with 21 ace serves each. Defensively, Nick Perakes has a team-high 2.58 digs per game average with Pickering second at 1.73. At the net, Vigansky leads the team in blocks per game with a 1.13 average with six solos and 89 assist blocks. Billy Sahagian ranks second at .87 with seven solos and 46 assists. Lewis is hitting .231 and averages 14.34 kills and 13.54 assists per game. The Flyers average 1.21 aces, 8.59 digs and 2.29 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .393 and average 14.69 kills and 13.62 assists per game. Flyer opponents average 1.14 aces, 9.78 digs and 2.68 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – LEWIS SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Lewis, 16-11. The Buckeyes are 6-5 in matches played at Lewis. Last year, OSU lost 3-0 (30-26, 30-19, 30-27) at Lewis and defeated the Flyers, 3-0 (30-23, 34-32, 30-26) in Columbus. Earlier this season Ohio State won, 3-0 (30-25, 30-24, 3-17) in St. John Arena.

OHIO STATE 3, LEWIS 0 (March 25, 2006)
Ohio State (16-7 overall, 4-2 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, 3rd place) defeated Lewis (8-13, 2-5), 3-0 (30-24, 30-25, 30-17) Saturday night in St. John Arena. OSU’s Brett Versen scored a match-high 17.5 points, with Sam Stevens adding 13.5 and John Albertson 11. Versen recorded a career-high 14 kills while hitting .500. He added two ace serves and three assist blocks. Stevens’ had 12 points (.667) and three assist blocks with Albertson adding eight kills (.583) and six assist blocks. David Kelnhofer posted a team-high 15 points for the Flyers with Drew Pickering adding 13.5. Kelnhofer had 15 kills in the match with Pickering recording 13 kills and an assist block.

With game one tied at 11, blocks by Layne Dreven and Stevens and Dreven and Daniel Mathews gave OSU a 13-11 lead. An OSU error made it 13-12. Two Lewis errors and two blocks by Albertson and Mathews opened a 17-12 Buckeye lead, OSU held the lead and at 28-24, two Flyer errors ended the game at 30-24 for Ohio State. The Buckeyes hit .429 in the game to .194 for Lewis.

A kill from Stevens and a Lewis error opened game two with a 2-0 OSU lead. A Drew Pickering kill made it 2-1. A Flyer error and a Dreven-Versen block made it 4-2, OSU. At 10-7, two Versen kills and a Flyer error opened a six-point lead at 13-7. The Buckeyes held a 26-19 lead when a 6-2 Flyer run cut the Buckeye lead to 28-25. An Albertson kill set game point at 29-25. OSU won the game, 30-25, with a Stuart Katz-Albertson-Versen triple block. Ohio State hit .375 for the game to .257 for the Flyers.

Ohio State broke a 3-3 tie in game three with a Dreven kill. Two Flyer errors made it 6-3. Two kills by Mykolai Zerebeckyj and a solo block by OSU’s Mathews made it 7-5, OSU. Three Lewis errors and a Pickering kill made the lead four for OSU at 10-6. The Buckeyes scored the next five points starting with an Albertson kill. Mathews recorded an ace serve followed by a kill from Stevens. Another Mathews’ ace serve and an Albertson kill opened up a 15-6 Ohio State lead. OSU expanded the lead to 29-17 and with a Versen kill won the game, 30-17. The Buckeyes hit .667 in the game to .345 for the Flyers.

Ohio State hit .463 for the match to .260 for Lewis. The Flyers had a 49-46 edge in kills while Ohio State had a four to two edge in ace serves. Lewis gave up 14 service errors to seven for OSU. The Buckeyes had a 22-21 advantage in digs with Flyer Nick Perakes recording a match-high seven. At the net, Ohio State had an 11.5 to two margin in team blocks. OSU’s Albertson had a match-high six assist blocks. Flyer Jordan Vidovic recorded a match-high 47 assists while OSU’s Mathews had 42.

A LOOK AT QUINCY
The Hawks are coached by Niels Pedersen. Quincy is 12-15 overall and 3-8 in the MIVA. The Hawks played at Ohio State last Saturday with the Buckeyes winning, 3-0 (30-19, 30-27, 30-27). Jon Moreno leads the team in kills per game with a 3.56 average. Joe Caruso ranks second at 2.27. Branden Been is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .305. Setter Niels Pedersen has a 10.50 assists per game average. Been has a team-high 30 ace serves (.33 per game) with Ryan Ehnert second with 27 (.36). Defensively, Mike Contee has a team-high 2.58 digs per game average with Moreno and Pedersen tied for second at 2.03. At the net, Been leads the team with a 1.22 blocks per game average with 13 solos and 98 assists. Moreno ranks second at .69 with nine solos and 52 assists. Quincy is hitting .213 and averages 13.86 kills and 12.57 assists per game. The Hawks average 1.52 aces, 11.81 digs and 2.37 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .227 and average 14.03 kills and 13.23 assists per game. Hawk opponents average 1.00 aces, 13.15 digs and 2.38 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – QUINCY SERIES
In the series with Quincy, Ohio State has a 30-1 advantage. OSU has won the last 23 matches with the Hawks. The Buckeyes are 11-1 at Quincy. Last season the OSU 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 MIVA Tournament Quarterfinals, at Ohio State, with the Buckeyes winning, 3-1 (30-19, 26-30, 30-23, 30-27). Last week, in Columbus, Ohio State defeated the Hawks, 3-0 (30-19, 30-27, 30-27).

OHIO STATE 3, QUINCY 0 (April 8, 2006)
Ohio State (17-11 overall, 5-5 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) used the play of the senior class to defeat Quincy (12-15, 3-8), 3-0 (30-19, 30-27, 30-27), Saturday night in St. John Arena. Andy Cole topped the senior trio with a match-high 17.5 points with Stuart Katz adding 17 and Mark Greaves 11. Cole had 14 kills (.520) in the match, adding an ace serve, a solo block and three block assists. Katz contributed 12 kills (.450), three ace serves and four assist blocks while Greaves had 11 kills in the match. Jon Moreno posted a team-high 14.5 points for Quincy with Patrick Reidy adding 10.5. Moreno had 14 kills and an assist block with Reidy adding seven kills, two ace serves and three assist blocks.

Tied at six in game one, Ohio State took the lead with a Cole kill and a Hawk error. A Ryan Ehnert kill cut the lead to 8-7. Another Hawk error and a kill from Cole made it 10-7, OSU. At 12-9, a Moreno kill cut the lead to two at 12-10. A Reidy ace serve made it 12-11. A Hawk error and a Daniel Mathews kill made it 14-11. A Niels Pedersen kill made it 14-12. Kills by Katz and Reidy and an OSU error made the lead one at 15-14. Ohio State would score the next seven points starting with a Layne Dreven kill. A Katz ace serve and a Hawk error made it 18-14. Kills by Cole and Greaves, a second ace serve by Katz and a Hawk error took the lead to 22-14. Ohio State held the lead, winning the game, 30-19, off a Quincy error. The Buckeyes hit .441 for the game to .219 for the Hawks.

Ohio State opened game two with a Katz ace serve and a Cole kill for a 2-0 lead. Pedersen, with a kill, made it 2-1. Buckeye kills from Dreven and Greaves made the lead three at 4-1. Quincy kept the game close and trail by one at 17-16. Back-to-back kills from Katz gave OSU a 19-16 lead. At 24-21, a Branden Been kill cut the lead to two. A Buckeye triple block by Katz, Mathews and John Albertson and a Hawk error made it 26-22, OSU. A Hawk error set game point at 29-25. Kills from Pedersen and Ryan Ehnert stopped two game points cutting the lead to 29-27. The Buckeyes closed out the game with a kill from Greaves at 30-27. Ohio State hit .351 to .308 for Quincy.

With game three tied at seven, kills by Greaves and Albertson and an ace serve from Cole opened a 10-7 Buckeye lead. Ohio State held a 12-10 lead when a Dreven kill, an ace serve by Mathews and a Katz kill gave OSU a five-point lead at 15-10. At 24-20, OSU, two Buckeye errors cut the lead to two at 24-22. A Cole kill and a Hawk error took the lead back to four at 26-22. An OSU error made it 26-23. The Buckeyes’ made it 27-23 with a kill from Greaves. Ehnert cut the lead to three at 27-24 with a kill. Albertson responded with a kill to make it 28-24. Three consecutive kills by Moreno cut the lead to one at 28-27. A Cole kill set match point at 29-27. Ohio State closed out the game with an Albertson kill to win the game, 30-27, and the match, 3-0. The Buckeyes hit .371 in the game to .231 for Quincy.

Ohio State hit .387 for the match while Quincy hit .255. The Buckeyes had a 53-47 edge in kills and a six to three advantage in ace serves. Ohio State gave up 11 service errors to six for the Hawks. Defensively, Quincy had a 37-30 advantage in digs with Mike Contee recording a match-high 14. At the net, the Buckeyes had an 8.5 to 5.5 edge in team blocks. OSU’s Albertson recorded a match-high five assist blocks in the match. Mathews picked up 51 assists in the match while Quincy’s Pedersen had 39.

OSU TO HOST QUINCY IN MIVA QUARTERFINALS, APRIL 22
The MIVA Tournament quarterfinal pairings have been set with one week to go in the regular season. No. 1 seed Loyola, the regular season MIVA Champion receives a quarterfinal bye and will host the semifinals and championship match. No. 2 seed IPFW will host Carthage, who reached the quarterfinals with 3-1 wins over No. 9 seed MSOE and No. 7 seed Clarke. No. 3 seed Ball State will host No. 6 seed Mercyhurst and No. 4 seed Ohio State will host No. 5 seed Quincy. Lewis is not participating in the Tournament. The three quarterfinal winners will advance to the MIVA Tournament semifinals, April 27, 5 & 7:30 p.m. CT, at Loyola. The semifinal winners will advance to the MIVA Tournament Championship match, April 29, at 4 p.m. CT (live on College Sports Television (CSTV)) with that winner receiving the MIVA automatic bid to the NCAA Championship Semifinals, May 4 at Penn State.

16 DIFFERENT STARTING LINEUPS
Ohio State has had 16 different starting lineups in 28 matches this season. Eleven different players have started this season with three players starting at libero. One lineup has been used five times , another three times with the other 14 lineups being used one or two times each. A match-by-match listing is on page six of this release.

GREAVES JOINS 1,000 KILL CLUB
Mark Greaves, with 14 kills against Ball State became the ninth OSU player to reach 1,000 kills in his career. With his 11 against Quincy, he now has 1,017 and has passed Phil Kerewich (1996-99) with 1,016 kills. Greaves began the week with four kills against Penn State in playing just one game. He recorded 14 kills, two assist blocks and a dig against Ball State and had 11 kills and two digs against Quincy. Greaves has played in 10 matches this season, including the last five, and has made nine starts. He is averaging 3.94 points, 3.58 kills, .85 digs and .65 blocks per game.

ALBERTSON CONTINUES BLOCK PARADE
John Albertson picked up five blocks in each match last week to give him 122 total blocks (7-115) on the season for a team-high 1.42 blocks per game average. In conference play, he ranks second in the MIVA with a 1.52 average and is 10th nationally. Albertson had 12 kills and five assist blocks against Penn State and had seven kills, five assist blocks and a dig against Ball State. He contributed eight kills, a dig and five assist blocks in the win over Quincy. Albertson has played in 26 matches and started in 23. He is hitting a team-high .405 while averaging 2.53 kill and 3.33 points per game.

COLE HAS TEAM-HIGH 14 KILLS IN THE VICTORY OVER QUINCY
Andy Cole (Sr., Glendale, Wis.) scored a team-high 14 kills in OSU’s 3-0 win over Quincy last week. He added four total blocks (1-3), two digs and one ace serve while hitting .520. Cole collected five kills, four assist blocks and four digs against Penn State in two games. He has played in 16 matches this season with eight starts. Cole is averaging 3.48 points, 2.81 kills, .97 digs and .81 blocks per game.

STEVENS HAS 11 KILLS AND THREE ACES AGAINST BALL STATE
Sam Stevens had 11 kills, three ace serves, four digs and an assist block against Ball State last week. Off the bench against Penn State, he had nine kills, nine digs and an assist blocks. Stevens has played in 24 matches this season with 15 starts. He is averaging 2.88 points, 2.45 kills, 1.37 digs and is hitting .307.

KATZ PLAYS WHERE NEEDED
Stuart Katz (5th/Sr., Port Washington, N.Y.) has started in 25 of the 27 matches he has played in and added a start at libero last week against Ball State. He collected eight digs against the Cardinals. He recorded two kills, six digs and an assist block against Penn State earlier in the week. In the Quincy match, he had 12 kills, 11 digs, four assist blocks and tied his career-high of three ace serves against the Hawks. Katz equaled his season-high hitting percentage of .450 against Quincy. For the season, he is averaging 3.39 points, 2.87 kills, 2.01 digs and .68 blocks per game.

DREVEN CONTRIBUTES TO QUINCY WIN
Layne Dreven (Sr./Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) contributed seven kills and two assist blocks in the win over Quincy. Earlier in the week, he had a kill, one dig and two assist blocks against Penn State and two kills, two assist blocks and a dig in the Ball State match. Dreven has played in 16 matches this season with 15 starts. He is averaging 2.11 points, 1.70 kills, .80 blocks and is hitting .385.

MATHEWS MOVES TO 22ND IN OSU CAREER ASSIST BLOCKS
Daniel Mathews recorded eight assist blocks last week to give him 180 career assist blocks and move to 22nd on the OSU career list. He passed teammate Mark Greaves with 174. Mathews had four assist blocks and a solo against Penn State, adding four kills, two digs, 57 assists and an ace serve. He had three assist blocks, 38 assists, a kill and three digs in the Ball State match. Mathews produced 51 assists, four digs, two ace serves, a kill and an assist block against Quincy. He has started all 28 matches this season and has a 12.65 assist per game average. He is contributing 1.31 digs, .92 blocks and .85 kills per game. He is ranked 12 nationally in assists per game this week.

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 10. OSU dropped from 14th to 15th this week after a 3-2 loss to No. 11 Penn State and a 3-0 loss to Ball State. OSU closed out the week with a 3-0 win over Quincy. The Buckeyes collected 18 points in the poll. Other MIVA conference teams ranked in the poll are Loyola-Chicago, ninth and IPFW, 12th and Ball State, 14th.

HEAD COACH PETE HANSON
Pete Hanson is in his 23rd season at Ohio State. He has a 431-251 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 PENN STATE MATCH
Ohio State (16-10 overall) dropped a 2-3 (24-30, 21-30, 30-28, 36-34, 12-15) decision to 11th-ranked Penn State Tuesday night in St. John Arena. OSU’s John Albertson scored a team-high 14.5 points for the Buckeyes with Ben Spurlock adding 12. Albertson had a team-high 12 kills and five blocks while Spurlock had nine kills, a solo block and four assist blocks. Penn State’s Matt Proper had a match-high 30.5 points in the contest with Alex Gutor adding 25.5 Proper produced a match-high 29 kills and added three assist blocks. Gutor produced 20 kills, an ace serve, three solo blocks and three assist blocks.

In a close game one with Penn State leading, 23-21, kills from Nate Meerstein and Gutor made it 25-21 Nittany Lions. At 27-23, a Max Holt kill and one by Albertson made it 28-24. Proper, with consecutive kills ended the game at 30-24, Penn State. The Nittany Lions hit .308 for the game to .152 for the Buckeyes.

Tied at three in game two, Penn State took a 6-3 lead off two OSU errors and a Kevin Wentzel kill. Penn State built up a lead in the game, winning 30-21, with a Holt ace serve. Penn State hit .276 for the game to .036 for Ohio State. Game three had 10 ties and six lead changes in the contest. The Buckeyes held the early lead but by no more than two points. With Ohio State leading, 18-17, three Buckeye errors gave Penn State a 20-18 lead. At 23-21, a Nittany Lion error and a Daniel Mathews kill tied the game at 23. At 24-all, a Penn State error and back-to-back kills by Spurlock gave OSU a 27-24. An OSU service error made it 27-25. A Proper kill cut the lead to one at 27-26. Service errors by both team moved the score to 28-27. A kill by Sam Stevens set the Ohio State game point at 29-27. A Buckeye error made it 29-28. Ohio State won the game, 30-28, off a Penn State service error, cutting the Nittany Lion match lead to 2-1. Penn State hit .357 for the game to .312 for Ohio State.

In a marathon game four that saw 31 ties and 10 lead changes, Penn State reached match point at 29-28 with a Gutor kill. A Spurlock-Robbie Klein block made it 29-29. Proper set match point two with a kill at 30-29. OSU tied the game at 30 with a Spurlock kill. Penn State reached its third match point with a Meerstein kill at 31-30. Albertson’s kill tied the game at 31. Gutor set up Penn State’s fourth match point with a kill at 32-31. A Nittany Lion error tied the game at 32. Ohio State took a 33-32 lead with a Klein kill and had a first game point. Proper tied the game at 33 with a kill. A kill by Stevens gave OSU a 34-33 lead and serving game point two. A Gutor kill tied the game at 34. A Nittany Lion service error gave Ohio State a 35-34 lead and serving game point three. The Buckeyes won the game, 36-34 on a Mathews-Spurlock block to tie the match at two games each. Ohio State hit .467 in the game to .375 for Penn State.

Ohio State trailed game five, 8-6, but with a kill and ace serve from Mathews, tied the game at eight. A Buckeye error and a Gutor kill gave Penn State a 10-8 lead. At 12-10, PSU, kills from Proper and Wentzel set match point for Penn State at 14-10. A kill from Stevens stopped the first match point at 14-11. A Spurlock-Mathews block stopped a second match point at 14-12. A kill by Meerstein closed out the game at 15-12 for Penn State to win the match, 3-2. The Nittany Lions hit .462 for the game to .308 for Ohio State.

For the match, Penn State hit .342 to .250 for Ohio State. The Nittany Lions had an 80 to 65 advantage in kills and a five to three edge in ace serves. The Nittany Lions gave up 25 service errors to 17 for the Buckeyes. Defensively, Penn State had a 36-30 edge in digs with PSU’s Gutor recording a match-high 11. At the net, Penn State had a 15 to 13.5 advantage in team blocks. Gutor produced a match-high six total blocks with three solos and three assists. PSU setter Luke Murray had 62 assists with Dan O’Dell adding 10. OSU’s Mathews’ recorded 57 assists in the match.

REVIEWING THE BALL STATE MATCH
Ohio State (16-11 overall, 4-5 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) 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.

2006 PLAYER NOTES
#1 Dan Meske (Jr., Willow Springs, Ill.) -Played in 28 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 27 matches, starting 25 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 .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 13 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 28 matches – ranked 12th-nationally last week in assists per game at 12.57 – 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 2,706 – 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 26 matches, starting 23 – nationally ranked 10th in blocking (1.43 per game) and 15th in hitting percentage (.422) 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 nine 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 28 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 – 2005 Played in 19 matches.

#7 Ben Spurlock (So./Fr., Stow, Ohio) – Played in 16 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 10 matches with nine 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 five 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 24 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 16 matches, starting eight – 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 – double-figure kills in three matches – 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 28 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 16 matches, starting 15 – 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 23 matches, starting 19 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 22 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.