COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fourth-ranked Ohio State (14-2 overall, 7-0, 1st Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team completes a five match home stand at 7 p.m. Friday by hosting conference rival Ball State (10-6, 3-3, 4th) in St. John Arena. Admission is free. The match will be carried live at bigtennetwork.com for a fee. It will be shown on the Big Ten Network at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 15.
MARCH MADNESS DRAWING
All you have to do is come to any of the March Men’s Volleyball games (March 11) and register to win. The more matches you come to, the more chances you have to win a $100 gift card to Target. By registering for the Target gift card, you are automatically entered to the nightly drawing for a $100 gift card to the Official Ohio State Team Shop. Winners of the Team Shop gift card will be drawn during the 2nd intermission of each match. The winner of the $100 gift card to Target will be announced during the 2nd intermission of the March 11th game. Winner must be present to win.
LIVE STATS AND BUCKEYE VISION WEB STREAMING AVAILABLE
Live Stats for home matches will be available at: http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/liveStats/liveStats.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=17300&LIST_SPORT_ID=M_VOLLEYBALL. Bigtennetwork.com will provide video web streaming of the Ball State match for a fee at: https://video.bigtennetwork.com/bigtenus/secure/registerform. The match is scheduled for replay on the Big Ten Network at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 15.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Fourth-ranked Ohio State, coached by Pete Hanson, has a 14-2 overall record and is 7-0 (1st place) in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week, in home matches, the Buckeyes defeated 14th-ranked Lewis, 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-17) and 12th-ranked Loyola-Chicago, 3-1 (25-18, 25-17, 21-25, 25-21). Shawn Sangrey leads the team with a 5.22 points per set average. John Klanac ranks second at 3.74 with Kevin Heine third at 2.81. Sangrey has a team-high 4.39 kills per set average. Klanac ranks second at 3.19 with Heine third at 2.31. In attack percentage, Heine, at .482, is the team leader. Grayson Overman ranks second with a .450 percentage and Mik Berzins is third at .362. Setter Seven Kehoe has a 12.33 assists per set average. Sangrey has a team-high .47 aces per set average with 23. Kehoe ranks second at .31 with 17 and Klanac is third at .28 with 15. Defensively, Berzins is averaging a team-high 1.88 digs per set with 105. Kehoe ranks second at 1.75 (96) with Sangreythird at 1.71 (84). Anthony Hock has a team-high .977 serve reception percentage handling 127 of 130 attempts. Berzins ranks second at .975 (316 of 324) and Klanac is third at .966 (226 of 234). At the net, Grayson Overman has a team-high 1.05 blocks per set average with one solo and 45 assist blocks. Heine ranks second at .88 with four solos and 41 assists. Sangrey, at .69, is third with two solos and 32 assist blocks.
Ohio State is averaging 18.07 points, 14.20 kills and 13.43 assists per set while hitting .360. The Buckeyes average 1.50 aces, 9.00 digs and 2.38 blocks per set and have a .961 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 14.50 points, 11.43 kills and 10.89 assists per set while hitting .244. They average .68 aces, 6.98 digs and 2.39 blocks per set and have a .927 serve reception percentage.
A LOOK AT BALL STATE
Ball State is coached by Joel Walton. The Cardinals are 10-6 overall and have a 3-3 (4th place) record in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week, in home matches, Ball State defeated George Mason, 3-1 (25-20, 25-27, 25-11, 25-17) and Sacred Hear, 3-2 (23-25, 25-13, 20-25, 25-14, 16-14). Leading the Cardinals in points per set is Larry Wrather at 3.29. Anders Nelson ranks second at 3.06 with Greg Herceg third at 3.03. Wrather has a team-high 2.72 kills per set average with Herceg second at 2.40 and Nelson is third at 2.05. Nelson leads the team in attack percentage at .410. Dominic Spadavecchio ranks second at .228 with Wrather third at .204. Graham McIlvaine has a team-high 9.95 assists per set average with Dan Wichmann second at 9.55. In aces per set, Herceg is the team leader at .29 with 14. Spadavecchio ranks second at .26 with 14 and Wrather is third at .19 with 8. Defensively, Tommy Rouse has a team-high 2.47 digs per set average with 143. At 1.41 digs per set, McIlvaine (55) ranks second with Wrather third at 1.35 (58). In serve reception percentage, Rouse and Spadavecchio are co-leaders at .958. Rouse has handled 317 of 331 attempts and Spadavecchio handled 274 of 286. Ranking third at .950 is Wrather, handling 209 of 220 attempts. At the net, Nelson leads the squad with a 1.45 blocks per set average. He has 21 solos and 63 assist blocks. J.D. Gasparovic ranks second at 1.19 with seven solos and 56 assists. Ranking third is Wrather at .63 with six solos and 21 assists.
Ball State is averaging 16.25 points, 12.05 kills and 11.25 assists per set while hitting .262. The Cardinals average 1.14 aces, 9.12 digs and 3.07 blocks per set and have a .945 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 15.41 points, 12.17 kills and 11.39 assists per set while hitting .188. Ball State opponents average 1.00 aces, 8.83 digs and 2.24 blocks per set and have a .944 serve reception percentage.
OSU SERIES WITH BALL STATE
Ohio State leads the series with Ball State, 87-76. Ohio State is 46-31 in matches played in Columbus. Ball State is 32-29 in Muncie and 13-12 in neutral site matches. The Buckeyes have won the last nine matches with the Cardinals, including a 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 28-26) win in Muncie earlier this season.
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.
OHIO STATE WIN STREAK AT 14 MATCHES, 16 AT HOME
Ohio State is currently on a 14-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 16 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 MOVES TO FOURTH IN THE AVCA WEEKLY POLL
Ohio State moved to fourth in the latest (March 7) American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll. OSU received 185 points and one first place vote in the poll. 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 12th and Lewis 14th 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 FOURTH
The ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Poll of March 1 has Ohio State ranked fourth with 76 points and one first place vote. This is the third consecutive week OSU has been ranked fourth. 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 receiving votes in the poll.
STEVEN KEHOE RANKED FIRST NATIONALLY IN ASSISTS PER SET
In the NCAA national statistics released thru matches of March 6, Steven Kehoe ranks first in assists per set at 12.33 and is 30th in digs at 1.75. Shawn Sangrey is eighth in aces per set at .47 and sixth in kills per set at 4.39. Grayson Overman is ranked 18th in blocks per set at 1.05. In attack percentage, John Klanac ranks 19th at .332. Mike Berzins is ranked 22nd in digs per set at 1.88.
OSU RANKED FIRST NATIONALLY IN KILLS AND ASSISTS PER SET
In the NCAA national statistics released thru matches of March 6, Ohio State is first in kills (14.20) and assists (13.43) per set. OSU ranks second in attack percentage at .360. The Buckeyes are sixth in digs (9.00), eighth in aces (1.50) and 16th (2.38) 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-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 529-284 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 posted 44 assists, five digs, three kills (.400) and two assist blocks in the Lewis match. He recorded 43 assists, four kills (.667), four digs, four assist blocks and three ace serves against Loyola-Chicago. His three aces equaled his season high for the third time this season and his nine points in the match are a season-high. Kehoe has started all 16 matches and is averaging 12.33 assists, .31 aces, 1.75 digs and .56 blocks per set.
KEHOE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Steven Kehoe has 3,372 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 11.20. His 81 ace serves ranks sixth for the Buckeyes. Fifth on the list is Dan Mihacevich (1994-97) with 82. Kehoe ranks seventh in aces per set at .27. In digs, he ranks 18th with 501. Robbie Klein is 17th on the list with 508. Kehoe is ranked 12th in digs per set with a 1.66 average.
#2 KEVIN HEINE
Kevin Heine recorded six kills (.429), three assist blocks and two digs in the Lewis match. He posted a career-high 16 kills while hitting a season-high .591 against Loyola-Chicago. Heine added four assist blocks and one assist against the Ramblers. Heine has played in 15 matches with 14 starts. He is averaging 2.81 points, 2.31 kills and .88 blocks per set while hitting a team-high .482.
HEINE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Kevin Heine is 11th in career assist blocks with 284. Jon Yunker is 10th on the list with 286. Heine, in total blocks, has moved to 12th with 306 with 22 solos and 284 assist blocks. He moved past Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 304 (32-272). Layne Dreven (1003-07) ranks 11th on the list with 337 (16-321) total blocks. Heine is ranked 12th in career blocks per game with a 1.12 average.
#3 ANTHONY HOCK
Anthony Hock saw action in all three sets against Lewis. He collected an assist and handled four receptions attempts without an error in the Loyola-Chicago match. Hock started at libero in the fourth set against the Ramblers and collected three digs. He has played in 15 matches this season with five starts at libero. Hock is averaging .91 digs, .11 aces and has a team-high .977 serve reception percentage handling 123 of 130 attempts.
#4 KYLE LAWRENCE
Kyle Lawrence made an appearance against Juniata and recorded one assist. He 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 two matches this season.
#5 GRAYSON OVERMAN
Grayson Overman had six kills (.429), three assist blocks and two digs against Lewis. He recorded five kills (.417), four assist blocks, two digs and one ace serve in the Loyola-Chicago match. Overman has played and started in 14 matches this season and is averaging a team-high 1.05 blocks per set with one solo and 45 assist blocks. Overman is averaging 2.35 points, 1.68 kills, .14 aces and .36 digs per set.
#6 SHAWN SANGREY
Shawn 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). Sangrey has played and started in 15 matches this season. He 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 14th in aces with Jeff Koterba (1995-98). Ranking 13th 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 recorded his second ace of the season in the Lewis match and saw action against Loyola-Chicago. He has played in 11 matches this season recording four digs, one kill and two ace serves.
#8 JOHN KLANAC
John Klanac collected 11 kills (.200), three digs, three assist blocks and one ace serve in the Lewis match. He handled 13 serve receptions without an error against the Flyers. Against Loyola-Chicago, Klanac posted six kills (.000), two assists, one ace serve, one dig and one assist blocks. He handled 11 of 12 serve reception attempts against the Ramblers. A starter in all 16 matches this season, Klanac is averaging 3.74 points, 3.19 kills, .28 aces, 1.26 digs and .47 blocks per set. Klanac has a .966 reception percentage handling 226 of 234 attempts.
KLANAC IN OSU CAREER STATS
John Klanac is 14th on the Ohio State career kills list with 845. At 13th with 900 kills is Jose Rivera (1996-00). Klanac is ranked 20th in kills per set at 3.12 and is 14th in aces per set at .23 with 61. He is tied for 16th in aces with Brett Versen (2005-08) with 61. Teammate Shawn Sangrey and Jeff Koterba (1995-98), with 62 aces, are tied for 14th on the list. Klanac is 17th in career points with 987.0 and needs 13 points to move past No. 16 Adam Peterson (2001-04) with 999.0. Klanac is ranked 19th in points per set at 3.64.
#9 JOHN THOLEN
John Tholen saw action in one set against Juniata recording a kill and one assist block. He started in both of the Quincy matches. In the Thursday match against Quincy Tholen posted a career-high 11 points with career-highs of eight kills and three solo blocks. He added three digs in the contest. On Friday against Quincy he had six kills, one dig and equaled his career-high of five blocks with a solo and four assist blocks. Tholen has played in five matches with two starts. He is averaging 2.94 points, 2.11 kills, .44 digs and 1.22 blocks per set.
#12 JASON TOBKIN
Jason Tobkin collected five kills (.385), five digs and one assist block in the Lewis match. He handled 17 serve receptions without an error against the Flyers. Tobkin recorded six kills (.150), three digs, three assist blocks, two ace serves and one assist in the Loyola-Chicago match. He handled 19 of 20 serve reception attempts. Tobkin has played in 15 matches with 10 starts this season and one at libero. Tobkin is averaging 1.97 points, 1.48 kills, .17 aces, 1.22 digs and .54 blocks per set. He has a .957 serve reception percentage handling 225 of 235 attempts.
#13 NICK GIBSON
Nick Gibson has played in three matches this season. He posted his first kill of the season against Juniata for set point in the first set. He had a dig and one assist block in the first Pepperdine match and recorded an ace serve against St. Francis.
#14 MIKE STEWART
Mike Stewart played and started against Quincy in the second match. He recorded a career-high nine kills and hit a career-high .750 on 12 attempts with no errors. Stewart added one dig and one assist block in the match. He has seen action in five matches with two starts this season. Stewart is averaging 2.27 points, 2.00 kills, .18 digs and .55 blocks per set.
#15 MIK BERZINS
Mik Berzins, at libero recorded six digs and handled 18 serve receptions without an error against Lewis. Against Loyola-Chicago, he started at libero for the first three set and played the fourth set at outside hitter. Berzins recorded a season-high 12 digs against the Ramblers and handled 33 serve receptions without an error. He added three kills (.286), one assist block, one ace serve and one assist in the match. He has played in all 16 matches this season with seven starts at outside hitter and nine at libero. Berzins is averaging 1.65 points, 1.38 kills, .09 aces, .34 blocks and a team-high 1.88 digs per set. Berzins has a .975 serve reception percentage handling 316 of 324 attempts.
BERZINS OSU CAREER STATS
Mik Berzins has moved to 11th on the Ohio State career digs list with 562. He passed Angel Aja (1997-00) with 557. Berzins needs 8 digs to pass No. 10 Pieter Olree (1999-02) with 569. He is the Ohio State career leader in digs per set with a 2.41 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 has played in 12 matches this season and has one assist and three 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 has played in four matches this season and has recorded three digs and one ace serve. He played in three set against Loyola-Chicago recording a dig and one ace serve.