COLUMBUS, Ohio – The third-ranked (tie) Ohio State (17-2 overall, 10-0, 1st Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team continues a spring break trip this week in California. Ohio State plays non-conference contests at 14th-ranked UC San Diego (7-15, 4-12 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) and fifth-ranked UC Irvine (12-10, 9-7 MPSF). The Buckeyes face the Tritons of UC San Diego at 7 p.m. PT, Thursday, March 24 and the Anteaters of UC Irvine at 6 p.m. PT, Saturday, March 26.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Third-ranked (tie) Ohio State, coached by Pete Hanson, has a 17-2 overall record and is 10-0 (1st place) in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week, the Buckeyes won 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-16 and 15-16, 25-20, 25-16) decisions at Grand Canyon. Shawn Sangrey leads the team with a 5.22 points per set average. John Klanac ranks second at 3.65 with Kevin Heine third at 2.81. Sangrey has a team-high 4.39 kills per set average. Klanac ranks second at 3.11 with Heine third at 2.30. In attack percentage, Heine, at .476, is the team leader. Grayson Overman ranks second with a .454 percentage and Mik Berzins is third at .358. Setter Seven Kehoe has a 11.82 assists per set average. Sangrey has a team-high .47 aces per set average with 23. Kehoe ranks second at .31 with 20 and Klanac is third at .29 with 18. Defensively, Berzins is averaging a team-high 1.85 digs per set with 122. Kehoe ranks second at 1.74 (113) with Sangreythird at 1.71 (84).Berzins has a team-high .969 serve reception percentage handling 277 of 389 attempts. Anthony Hock ranks second at .966 (168 of 174) and Klanac is third at .960 (262 of 273). At the net, Overman has a team-high 1.13 blocks per set average with five solos and 54 assist blocks. Heine ranks second at .90 with six solos and 49 assists. Sangrey, at .69, is third with two solos and 32 assist blocks.
Ohio State is averaging 17.60 points, 13.74 kills and 12.94 assists per set while hitting .354. The Buckeyes average 1.41 aces, 8.94 digs and 2.45 blocks per set and have a .955 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 14.60 points, 11.47 kills and 10.97 assists per set while hitting .225. They average .76 aces, 7.08 digs and 2.37 blocks per set and have a .931 serve reception percentage.
A LOOK AT UC SAN DIEGO
No. 14 UC San Diego is coached by Kevin Ring. The Tritons are 7-15 overall and have a 4-12 record in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Last week, UC San Diego won 3-2 (25-22, 38-26, 20-25, 22-25, 17-15) at 11th-ranked Pepperdine and lost 3-0 (25-23, 28-26, 25-23) to top-ranked Southern California. Carl Eberts leads the Tritons with a 3.51 points per set average. Shane Veiga ranks second at 3.17 with Calvin Ross third at 2.40. Eberts has a team-high 3.10 kills per set average with Veiga second at 2.81 and Joel Davidson third at 2.19. Sebastian Brady leads the team in attack percentage at .421. Ross ranks second at .389 with Eberts third at .228. At setter, Phil Bannan has a 9.71 assists per set average for UC San Diego. Bannan has a team-high .48 aces per set average with 39. Eberts, at .20, ranks second with 16 and Mike Brunsting is third at .13 with six. Defensively, Chase Frishman leads the team with a 1.80 digs per set average with 124. Eberts, at 1.70, ranks second with 139 and Bannan is third at 1.15 with 94. In serve reception percentage, Eberts has a team-high .971 handling 497 of 512 attempts. Frishman ranks second at .957 (330 of 345) with Mike Sierks third at .946 (157 of 166). At the net, Ross leads the team with a .91 blocks per set average with 13 solos and 61 assist blocks. Brady, at .71, ranks second with six solos and 49 assists with Bannan third at .61 with 11 solos and 39 assists.
UC San Diego is averaging 15.63 points, 12.45 kills and 11.78 assists per set while hitting .448. The Tritons average 1.13 aces, 7.95 digs and 2.05 blocks per set and have a .246 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 16.54 points, 12.41 kills and 11.23 assists per set and have a .290 attack percentage. Triton opponents average 1.05 aces, 7.98 digs and 3.08 blocks per set and have a .935 serve reception percentage.
OSU SERIES WITH UC SAN DIEGO
Ohio State is 2-0 in the series with UC San Diego. Both matches were played in Columbus. The last meeting came in 2007 a 3-1 (30-23, 27-30, 30-25, 30-23) Buckeye victory.
A LOOK AT UC IRVINE
Fifth-ranked UC Irvine is coached by John Speraw. The Anteaters have a 12-10 overall record and a 9-7 mark in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. UC Irvine won 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-19) at 11th-ranked Pepperdine and lost 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 27-25) at top-ranked Southern California last week. The Anteaters play at seventh-ranked UCLA Thursday. Carson Clark leads the team in points per set with a 5.26 average. Cory Yoder ranks second at 3.77 with Jordan DuFault third at 3.07. Clark has a team-high 4.67 kills per set average with Yoder second at 3.36 and DuFault third at 2.67. Yoder is hitting a team leading .407 for the Anteaters. DuFault ranks second at .334 with Clark at .314. At setter, Anthony Spittle is averaging a team-high 11.51 assists per set. Daniel Stork has a 10.67 assists per set average. Clark is the team leader in aces per set at .34 with 28. Scott Kevorken ranks second at 27 with 15 and Jeremy Dejno is third at .25 with 12. Defensively, John Caroompas has a team-high 2.04 digs per set average with 106. DuFault, at 1.75, ranks second with 112 and Spittle is third at 1.54 with 103. At the net, Kevorken leads the squad with a .80 blocks per set average with seven solos and 37 assist blocks. Carroll, at .66, ranks second with two solos and 45 assists. Spittle ranks third at .61 with three solos and 38 assists.
UC Irvine is averaging 17.24 points, 13.95 kills and 12.76 assists per set while hitting .345. The Anteaters average 1.28 aces, 8.80 digs and 2.01 blocks per set. Opponents average 15.53 points, 12.53 kills and 12.01 assists per set while hitting .310. UC Irvine opponents average 1.09 aces, 9.05 digs and 1.91 blocks per set.
OSU SERIES WITH UC IRVINE
UC Irvine leads the series with Ohio State, 4-2. At Irvine, both teams have won two matches. The Anteaters are 2-0 in neutral site matches. In 2008, OSU won the second of two matches at Irvine, 3-2 (30-25, 23-30, 18-30, 30-24, 15-13). The squads last played at Brigham Young in the 2009 NCAA Championship Semifinals with UC Irvine winning, 3-0 (30-25, 30-25, 30-26).
BERZINS NAMED MIVA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK-March 21
Mik Berzins was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week (March 21). Playing outside hitter in the 3-0 win at Grand Canyon, he handled 20 serve receptions without an error with 13 (.650) being converted to kills. Berzins recorded three digs and had two (.667) converted to kills. He added three kills (.286), two ace serves and one assist block in the match. Against the Antelopes, Berzins averaged 1.83 points, 1.00 kills, .67 aces, 1.00 digs and .33 blocks per set while hitting .286. He has been played, where needed this season, with nine starts at libero and nine at outside hitter. In his last nine matches (five at outside hitter and four at libero, Berzins has a .995 serve reception percentage, handling 184 of 185 attempts. This is his second Defensive Player of the Week honor this season.
OHIO STATE WIN STREAK AT 17 MATCHES, 17 AT HOME
Ohio State is currently on a 17-match winning streak. OSU’s last loss came at third-ranked Pepperdine, Jan. 10, a 3-2 (25-16, 19-25, 25-20, 26-28, 16-14) decision. The Buckeyes have won 17 consecutive matches at home over the last two seasons. OSU’s last home loss came on March 3, 2010 in a 3-0 (30-26, 30-27, 30-18) loss to ninth-ranked Penn State.
OHIO STATE TIED FOR THIRD IN THE AVCA WEEKLY POLL
Ohio State is ranked tied for third in the latest (March 21) American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll. OSU received 200 points and one first place vote in the poll and is tied with Brigham Young (14-7). The Buckeyes are the highest ranked team in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. It is the highest Ohio State has been ranked since the end of the 2000 season when they were ranked fourth. Loyola-Chicago is ranked 11th and Lewis 12th in the poll with Ball State receiving votes. Southern California is ranked first in the poll. The Buckeyes opened the season ranked seventh.
ASICS/VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE POLL HAS OSU SECOND
The ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Poll of March 22 has Ohio State ranked second with 85 points. The Buckeyes had been ranked fourth for the last four weeks. Last season, the Buckeyes finished eighth in the poll. Southern California is the top-ranked team with 99 points. The MIVA also has Loyola-Chicago and Lewis receiving votes in the poll.
STEVEN KEHOE RANKED FIRST NATIONALLY IN ASSISTS PER SET
In the NCAA national statistics released thru matches of March 20, Ohio State top individuals include Steven Kehoe ranked first in assists per set at 11.97 and is 32nd in digs at 1.77. Shawn Sangrey is sixth in aces per set at .47, seventh in kills per set at 4.39 and 23rd in attack percentage at .326. Grayson Overman is ranked 13th in blocks per set at 1.08. Mik Berzins is ranked 28th in digs per set at 1.79.
OSU RANKED FIRST NATIONALLY IN KILLS AND ASSISTS PER SET
In the NCAA national statistics released thru matches of March 20, Ohio State is first in assists (13.08) per set. OSU ranks third in attack percentage at .351 and third in kills per set at 13.89. The Buckeyes are seventh in digs (8.95), ninth in aces (1.41) and 14th (2.41) in blocks per set.
BERZINS TIES OSU MATCH RECORD FOR ATTACK PERCENTAGE
Mik Berzins, in the Feb. 10 Quincy match, tied the Ohio State match record for attack percentage at 1.000 with 13 kills in 13 attempts. He ties three other Buckeyes who were 10 for 10. They include Layne Dreven (March 25, 2005 at Findlay), Colin McMillan (Jan. 10, 1998 vs. Tri-State) and Gary Wrobel (Jan. 13, 1996 vs. Thomas More). Berzins added one assist, four digs, two assists blocks and handled 17 serve receptions without an error in the 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-19) victory over the Hawks.
OSU RECORDS FIRST WINS OVER MPSF OPPONENTS SINCE 2008
Ohio State’s 3-0 win over 13th-ranked Cal State Northridge and seventh-ranked UC Irvine were the first over Mountain Pacific Sports Federation teams since 2008. The Buckeyes had lost nine consecutive matches to the MPSF. Previously, OSU’s last win against the MPSF came on March 1, 2008 at UC Irvine, 3-2 (30-25, 23-30, 18-30, 30-24, 15-13).
SANGREY NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK-March 7
Shawn Sangrey was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week (March 7) for his play in the Buckeye wins over 14th-ranked Lewis and 12th-ranked Loyola-Chicago. It is his third consecutive Offensive Player of the Week award and fourth this season. He collected a match-high 20 kills (.455) in the 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-17) win over Lewis. Sangrey added a career-high 13 digs against the Flyers adding two assist blocks and one assist. In the 3-1 (25-18, 25-17, 21-25, 25-21) win over Loyola-Chicago, he had 13 kills (.290), six digs, two ace serves, a solo and one assist block. For the two matches, he averaged 4.71 kills and 2.71 digs while hitting .375. On the season, Sangrey leads the Buckeyes in points (5.22), kills (4.39) and aces (.47) per set. He is averaging 1.71 digs and .69 blocks per set.
SANGREY NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK-Feb. 28
Shawn Sangrey was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week (Feb. 28) for his play against IPFW and Juniata. He scored a co-match-high 13.5 points in the 3-0 win over IPFW. Sangrey posted 12 kills while hitting .276, adding one ace serve, six digs and one assist block. In the 3-0 win over Juniata, he posted a match-high 21.5 points with 19 kills, one ace serve, one dig and three assist blocks. In the second set against the Eagles, Sangrey recorded 11 of OSU’s 18 kills while hitting .600 (11-2-15). He averaged 5.83 points, 5.17 kills, .33 aces, 1.17 digs and .67 blocks per set while hitting .386 in the two matches. It is his second consecutive Offensive Player of the Week award and third this season.
KEHOE NAMED MIVA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK-Feb. 28
Steven Kehoe was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week (Feb. 28) for his play against IPFW and Juniata. In 3-0 wins over IPFW and Juniata, he averaged a team-high 3.00 digs, 12.17 assists, .67 aces and .50 blocks per set. Against IPFW, Kehoe recorded 34 assists, one ace serve, two assist blocks and a match-high 11 digs against the Mastodons. He posted 39 assists, three ace serves, one assist block and a match-high seven digs against the Eagles. This is the second time Kehoe has earned Defensive player of the Week honors this season.
SANGREY NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK-Feb. 22
Shawn Sangrey was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week (Feb. 22) for his play at Ball State. He helped Ohio State extend their winning streak to 10 matches with a match-high 20 points in the 3-0 win at Ball State. Sangrey recorded a match-high 15 kills, two assist blocks and tied his career-high of four ace serves. He added a match-high nine digs in the contest. In the match, Sangrey averaged 6.67 points, 5.00 kills, 1.33 aces, 3.0 digs and .67 blocks per set while hitting .211. This is the second time this season he has been named the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week.
BERZINS NAMED MIVA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK-Feb. 13
Mik Berzins was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week (Feb. 13). He was the starting libero in the 3-0 win over ninth-ranked Penn State, recording nine digs and handling 15 of 16 serve reception. Berzins was a starting outside hitter in both Quincy matches, both 3-0 Buckeye wins. In Thursday’s match, he tied the OSU match record for attack percentage with 13 kills in 13 attempts. Berzins added four digs, two assist blocks and handled 17 serve receptions without an error. Friday against Quincy, he posted eight kills (.500), five digs and two assist blocks while handling 16 serve receptions without an error. For the three matches, Berzins averaged 2.56 points, 2.33 kills, 2.00 digs and .44 blocks per set while having a .980 serve reception percentage handling 49 of 50 attempts.
KEHOE NAMED MIVA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK-Feb. 7
Steven Kehoe was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week (Feb. 7). Kehoe equaled his career-high of 18 digs in the 3-2 upset of seventh-ranked UC Irvine. He added two assist blocks, one kill and a match/season-high 61 assists against the Anteaters. Kehoe had three digs and three assist blocks in the 3-0 win over 13th-ranked Cal State Northridge adding a season-high four kills and a match-high 39 assists. For the two matches, he averaged a team-high 2.62 digs per set. Kehoe averaged 12.50 assists, .62 kills and .62 blocks per set.
HOCK NAMED MIVA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK-Jan. 24
Anthony Hock was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week (Jan. 24). He averaged 3.00 digs per set and had a .981 serve reception percentage in Buckeye wins over George Mason (3-1) and IPFW (3-0). He recorded 10 digs in the home match against George Mason and handled 36 serve receptions without an error. At IPFW, in the MIVA opener, Hock recorded a season-high 11 digs and handled 15 of 16 serve receptions.
SANGREY NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK-Jan. 24
Shawn Sangrey was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week (Jan. 24). In the 3-1 home win over George Mason, Sangrey had a match-high 19.5 points with a team-high 16 kills (.237), two ace serves, a career-tying 10 digs and three assist blocks. In the MIVA league opener at IPFW, he posted a match and season-high 22 points with a season-high 17 kills while hitting a career-high .571 (17-1-28). Sangrey added a season-high three ace serves, three digs and four assist blocks against the Mastodons. For the two matches, he averaged 5.93 points, 4.71 kills, .71 aces, 1.86 digs and 1.00 blocks per set while hitting .379.
BUCKEYES PICKED TO WIN MIVA
By a vote of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association coaches, Ohio State has been picked as the preseason favorite to win the conference title. The Buckeyes received 47 votes and six of the seven first place votes. Lewis was second with 39 votes and one first place vote. Loyola-Chicago was third (38 votes), Ball State fourth (29) and IPFW fifth (21) while Grand Canyon and Quincy tied for sixth (11).
FOUR BUCKEYES NAMED TO PRESEASON MIVA ALL-CONFERENCE SQUAD
Ohio State’s Mik Berzins, Steve Kehoe, John Klanac and Shawn Sangrey have been named to the 10-player 2011 MIVA Preseason All-Conference team. Berzins, a 6-1 libero, averaged 2.06 digs per set last season and was a second team all-conference selection. Kehoe, a 6-3 setter, averaged 13.59 assists and 1.85 digs per set in conference play last season and is a two-time first team all-conference selection. He was the 2010 MIVA Player of the Year. Klanac, a 6-4 outside hitter, averaged 4.21 kills and 1.26 digs per set while hitting .329 in conference play. He was a 2010 MIVA first team selection and a second team selection in 2009. Sangrey, a 6-5 opposite, hit .281 in conference play last season while averaging 4.76 kills, 1.53 digs and .91 blocks per set. He was a MIVA first team selection in 2010.
Also named to the team were Mike Bunting and Mike Hutz of Loyola-Chicago, Ian Karbiener and Brian Muesenfechter of Lewis, J.D. Gasparovic of Ball State and Darryl Shank of IPFW.
HEAD COACH PETE HANSON
Pete Hanson is in his 28th season at Ohio State. He has a 532-284 record with the Buckeyes and has won 13 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championships, including 2010. Named the MIVA Coach of the Year 10 times, including last year, he was the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2000 when Ohio State 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 nine times including back-to-back appearances in 2000 (runner-up) and 2001 (semifinalist) and three consecutive appearances in 2008, 2009 and 2010 (all semifinals).
#1 STEVEN KEHOE
Steven Kehoe recorded 28 assists, six digs, one ace serve and one assist blocks in the Sunday Grand Canyon match. He posted 26 assists, three digs, one ace serve and one assist block against the Antelopes Monday. Kehoe has started all 19 matches and is averaging 11.82 assists, .31 aces, 1.74 digs and .55 blocks per set. His 11.97 assists per set average leads the country and is first in assists per set at 11.71 in MIVA conference play.
KEHOE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Steven Kehoe has 3,462 career assists and ranks fifth for Ohio State. Fourth on the list is Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 4,723. Kehoe ranks seventh in assists per set at 11.13. His 84 ace serves ranks him fifth. He previously was tied with Dan Mihacevich (1994-97) with 82. Daniel Mathews (2005-08) is fourth on the list with 107. Kehoe ranks seventh in aces per set at .27. In digs, he ranks 17th with 518. Mark Peckham (2001-04) is ranked 16th with 525. Kehoe is ranked 11th in digs per set with a 1.67 average. With 30 solo blocks, he is tied for 20th with Chris Fash (1998-01) and Robbie Klein (2006-09). Adam Pedersen (2001-04) is 19th with 31 solos.
#2 KEVIN HEINE
Kevin Heine hit a career-high .900 (9-0-10) at Grand Canyon Sunday. He added two assists, two digs and two assist blocks. Monday against the Antelopes Heine had five kills (.364), one dig, one solo and two assist blocks. Heine has played in 18 matches with 17 starts. He is averaging 2.81 points, 2.30 kills and .90 blocks per set while hitting a team-high .476.
HEINE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Kevin Heine is 10th in career assist blocks with 292. Ninth on the list is Adam Spitznagle (1993-96) with 315. Heine, in total blocks, is 12th with 316 with 24 solos and 292 assist blocks. Layne Dreven (2003-07) is ranked 11th on the list with 337 (16-321) total blocks. Heine is ranked 12th in career blocks per game with a 1.12 average. In career attack percentage, he is ranked fourth at .458.
#3 ANTHONY HOCK
Anthony Hock was the starting libero in both Grand Canyon matches. Sunday, he posted six digs and handled 12 of 15 serve reception attempts. Hock had five digs Monday and handled 11 serve reception attempts without an error. He has played in 18 matches this season with eight starts at libero. Hock is averaging 1.11 digs, .09 aces and has a .966 serve reception percentage handling 168 of 174 attempts.
#4 KYLE LAWRENCE
Kyle Lawrence played in one set of the Monday match at Grand Canyon recording three assists. He made an appearance against Juniata and recorded one assist. Lawrence played the third set in the first match against Quincy and recorded a career-high 13 assists and one dig in the contest. Lawrence has played in three matches this season.
#5 GRAYSON OVERMAN
Grayson Overman recorded two kills (.500), one dig, one solo block and one assist in one set Sunday against Grand Canyon. He posted eight kills (.727) and six total blocks (career-tying two solo and four assist blocks) Monday against the Antelopes. Overman has played and started in 17 matches this season and is averaging a team-high 1.13 blocks per set with five solos and 54 assist blocks. Overman is averaging 2.50 points, 1.77 kills, .12 aces and .35 digs per set.
#6 SHAWN SANGREY
Shawn Sangrey has not played in the last three matches. He last played March 4-5. Sangrey recorded a career-high 13 digs against Lewis adding a match-high 20 kills (.455). He added two assist blocks and one assist against the Flyers. Against Loyola-Chicago, Sangrey recorded 13 kills (.290), six digs, two ace serves and two blocks (one solo and one assist). He has played and started in 15 matches this season. Sangrey leads the team in points (5.22), kills (4.39) and aces (.47) per set. He is averaging 1.71 digs and .69 blocks per set.
SANGREY IN OSU CAREER STATS
Shawn Sangrey ranks second in Ohio State career aces per set at .32 with 62 aces. He is now tied for 15th in aces (62) with Jeff Koterba (1995-98). Ranking 14th is Andy Cole (2003-06) with 63. Sangrey ranks seventh in points per set at 4.53 and is seventh in kills per set at 3.81.
#7 MIKE STEFANI
Mike Stefani played in both matches at Grand Canyon. He posted a kill while playing in two sets in the Sunday match. Monday against the Antelopes, Stefani recorded an assist block playing in three sets. He has played in 14 matches this season recording four digs, two kills, one assist block and two ace serves.
#8 JOHN KLANAC
John Klanac hit a career-high .800 (8-0-10) in Monday’s match at Grand Canyon. He added five digs, two ace serves and one assist block in the contest while handling 11 serve receptions without an error. Sunday he recorded nine kills (.350), four digs, one ace serve and one solo block against the Antelopes and handled five of seven serve reception attempts. A starter in all 19 matches this season, Klanac is averaging 3.65 points, 3.11 kills, .29 aces, 1.26 digs and .44 blocks per set. Klanac has a .960 reception percentage handling 262 of 273 attempts.
KLANAC IN OSU CAREER STATS
John Klanac is 14th on the Ohio State career kills list with 872. At 13th with 900 kills is Jose Rivera (1996-00). Klanac is ranked 20th in kills per set at 3.10 and is 14th in aces per set at .23 with 64. He is tied for 12th in aces with Jose Rivera (1996-00) with 64. Angel Aja (1997-00), with 65, ranks 11th on the list. Klanac, with 1,019.0 points, is now 16th in career points passing Adam Peterson (2001-04) with 999.0. Gary Wrobel ranks 15th with 1,037.5 points. Klanac is ranked 20th in points per set at 3.63.
#9 JOHN THOLEN
John Tholen played in one set Sunday against Grand Canyon. He recorded two kills (.667) and one assist block in the match. Tholen has played in six matches with two starts. He is averaging 2.95 points, 2.10 kills, .40 digs and 1.20 blocks per set.
#12 JASON TOBKIN
Jason Tobkin collected six kills (.214), one dig and one assist block at Grand Canyon Sunday. Monday against the Antelopes, he had two kills (.000), three digs and two assist blocks. Tobkin has played in 18 matches with 13 starts this season and one at libero. Tobkin is averaging 1.94 points, 1.48 kills, .14 aces, 1.21 digs and .54 blocks per set. He has a .958 serve reception percentage handling 227 of 237 attempts.
#13 NICK GIBSON
Nick Gibson played in one set of the Monday Grand Canyon match. He recorded one assist block. Gibson has played in five matches this season. He has two kills, one ace serve, one dig and three assist blocks.
#14 MIKE STEWART
Mike Stewart played in one set of the Sunday Grand Canyon match. He posted a kill (.500), one dig and one assist block in the match. He has seen action in six matches with two starts this season. Stewart is averaging 2.21 points, 1.92 kills, .25 digs and .58 blocks per set.
#15 MIK BERZINS
Mik Berzins recorded three kills (.286), three digs, two ace serves and one assist block in the Sunday Grand Canyon match. He handled 20 serve receptions in the contest without an error. Monday against the Antelopes, Berzins had a team-high nine kills (.467) adding one ace serve, one assist block and a match-high nine digs. He handled 13 of 16 serve reception attempts. Berzins has played in all 19 matches this season with 10 starts at outside hitter and nine at libero. He is averaging 1.86 points, 1.53 kills, .12 aces, .38 blocks and a team-high 1.85 digs per set. Berzins has a team-high .969 serve reception percentage handling 377 of 389 attempts.
BERZINS OSU CAREER STATS
Mik Berzins has moved to ninth on the Ohio State career digs list with 579. He moved past Pieter Olree (1999-02) with 569 and Steve Potter (1992-95) with 571. Mike Terpstra (1990-93) ranks eighth with 584. He is the Ohio State career leader in digs per set with a 2.38 average.
#17 MICHAEL PIECHOWSKI
Michael Piechowski played libero in the final two sets of the Friday match against Quincy. He recorded two digs and handled 10 of 11 serve reception attempts. This was his first match for the Buckeyes.
#19 RHETT CASH
Rhett Cash, in his first action of the season, started at libero in the Friday match against Quincy. He played the first set recording two digs and handling 11 of 12 serve reception attempts.
#20 DEREK KUES
Derek Kues played in both matches at Grand Canyon. He posted an assist in the match Monday. Kues has played in 14 matches this season and has two assist and five digs. He played in two sets against Lewis and recorded two digs. Kues saw action in one set against Loyola-Chicago.
#21 SEAN MARTIN
Sean Martin saw action in two sets Sunday at Grand Canyon. He has played in six matches this season and has recorded three digs and one ace serve.