COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fourth-ranked Ohio State (15-2 overall, 8-0, 1st Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team returns to action with four matches in seven days out West. The Buckeyes continue MIVA conference play with two matches at Grand Canyon (8-15, 0-4 MIVA). OSU faces the Antelopes at 4 p.m. MT Sunday, March 20 and at 6 p.m. MT Monday, March 21. Ohio State continues the road trip with non-conference contests at 14th-ranked UC San Diego (7-15, 4-12 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) and sixth-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
Fourth-ranked Ohio State, coached by Pete Hanson, has a 15-2 overall record and is 8-0 (1st place) in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week the Buckeyes defeated Ball State, 3-1 (25-21, 25-18, 15-25, 25-22) in a home match. Shawn Sangrey leads the team with a 5.22 points per set average. John Klanac ranks second at 3.66 with Kevin Heine third at 2.81. Sangrey has a team-high 4.39 kills per set average. Klanac ranks second at 3.14 with Heine third at 2.29. In attack percentage, Heine, at .462, is the team leader. Grayson Overman ranks second with a .432 percentage and Mik Berzins is third at .352. Setter Seven Kehoe has a 12.10 assists per set average. Sangrey has a team-high .47 aces per set average with 23. Kehoe ranks second at .31 with 18 and Klanac is third at .26 with 15. Defensively, Berzins is averaging a team-high 1.83 digs per set with 110. Kehoe ranks second at 1.76 (104) with Sangreythird at 1.71 (84). Anthony Hock has a team-high .980 serve reception percentage handling 145 of 148 attempts. Berzins ranks second at .975 (344 of 353) and Klanac is third at .965 (246 of 255). At the net, Overman has a team-high 1.08 blocks per set average with two solos and 50 assist blocks. Heine ranks second at .91 with five solos and 45 assists. Sangrey, at .69, is third with two solos and 32 assist blocks.
Ohio State is averaging 17.88 points, 14.03 kills and 13.22 assists per set while hitting .348. The Buckeyes average 1.42 aces, 9.00 digs and 2.43 blocks per set and have a .960 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 14.73 points, 11.55 kills and 11.02 assists per set while hitting .238. They average .70 aces, 7.22 digs and 2.47 blocks per set and have a .931 serve reception percentage.
A LOOK AT GRAND CANYON
Grand Canyon is coached by Jeremy Price. The Antelopes have an overall record of 8-15 and are 0-4 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week Grand Canyon lost home matches to IPFW, 3-0 (25-23, 25-12, 25-19) and 3-1 (25-21, 25-19, 22-25, 29-27). Ben Ponnet leads the team with a 3.39 points per set average. Jordon Tarantino ranks second at 2.66 with Taylor Galliano third at 2.59. Ponnet has a team-high 2.81 kills per set average with Tarantino second at 2.10 and Galliano third at 2.01. Galliano leads the team in attack percentage at .350. Tarantino ranks second at .265 with Ben Hunt third at .179. At setter, Keith Smith has an 8.56 assists per set average. Ponnet has a team-leading .31 aces per set average with 27. Jake Wekell, at .25, is second with 10 and Tarantino is third at .16 with 14. Defensively, Trent Bruns has a team-high 2.69 digs (229) per set average. Ponnet ranks second at 1.47 (129) with Hunt third at 1.09 (89). In serve reception percentage, Hunt leads the team at .959 handling 356 of 369 attempts. Bruns, at .931, ranks second (380 of 408) with Ponnet third at .927 (318 of 343). At the net, Galliano leads the team with a .79 blocks per set average with nine solos and 58 assist blocks. Tarantino, at .76 (3-62) ranks second with Smith third at .60 (7-41).
Grand Canyon is averaging 14.68 points, 11.59 kills and 10.86 assists per set while hitting .201. The Antelopes average 1.07 aces, 8.77 digs and 2.02 blocks per set and have a .946 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 15.75 points, 12.55 kills and 11.85 assists per set while hitting .256. Antelope opponents average .94 aces, 9.42 digs and 2.26 blocks per set and have a .934 serve reception percentage.
OSU SERIES WITH GRAND CANYON
Ohio State leads the series with Grand Canyon, 2-0. The 3-0 wins (30-23, 30-16, 30-22) and 30-24, 30-22, 30-25) were played in Columbus last season.
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
Sixth-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 eighth-ranked UCLA March 24. 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).
OHIO STATE WIN STREAK AT 15 MATCHES, 17 AT HOME
Ohio State is currently on a 15-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 RANKED FOURTH IN THE AVCA WEEKLY POLL
Ohio State is ranked fourth in the latest (March 14) American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll. OSU received 193 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 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 FOURTH
The ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Poll of March 15 has Ohio State ranked fourth with 78 points and one first place vote. This is the fourth 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 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 13, Ohio State individual leaders include Steven Kehoe ranked first in assists per set at 12.10 and is 30th in digs at 1.76. Shawn Sangrey is seventh in aces per set at .47, seventh in kills per set at 4.39 and 19th in attack percentage at .326. Grayson Overman is ranked 15th in blocks per set at 1.08. Mik Berzins is ranked 25th in digs per set at 1.83.
OSU RANKED FIRST NATIONALLY IN KILLS AND ASSISTS PER SET
In the NCAA national statistics released thru matches of March 13, Ohio State is first in kills (14.03) and assists (13.22) per set. OSU ranks third in attack percentage at .348. The Buckeyes are seventh in digs (9.00), ninth in aces (1.42) and 13th (2.43) 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 530-284 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 36 assists against Ball State adding eight digs, one ace serve, one kill and three total blocks with a solo and two assists. He has started all 17 matches and is averaging 12.10 assists, .31 aces, 1.76 digs and .58 blocks per set. Kehoe’s 12.10 assists per set average leads the country and is first in assists per set at 12.00 in MIVA conference play.
KEHOE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Steven Kehoe has 3,408 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 11.17. His 82 ace serves ranks him tied for fifth on the list with Dan Mihacevich (1994-97). Daniel Mathews (2005-08) is fourth on the list with 107. Kehoe ranks seventh in aces per set at .27. In digs, he has moved to 17th with 509 passing Robbie Klein (2006-09) with 508. Mark Peckham (2001-04) ranks 16th with 525. Kehoe is ranked 11th in digs per set with a 1.67 average. With 30 solo blocks, he has moved into a tie 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 recorded eight kills (.235) and five total blocks against Ball State for 11 points. He recorded a solo and four assist blocks against the Cardinals. Heine has played in 16 matches with 15 starts. He is averaging 2.81 points, 2.29 kills and .91 blocks per set while hitting a team-high .462.
HEINE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Kevin Heine has moved to 10th in career assist blocks with 288. He moved past Jon Yunker (1993-94) with 286. Ninth on the list is Adam Spitznagle (1993-96) with 315. Heine, in total blocks, is 12th with 311 with 23 solos and 288 assist blocks. Layne Dreven (2003-07) ranks 11th on the list with 337 (16-321) total blocks. Heine is ranked 12th in career blocks per game with a 1.13 average. In career attack percentage, he is ranked fourth at .455.
#3 ANTHONY HOCK
Anthony Hock was the starting libero in the Ball State match. He posted a team-high nine digs and handled 18 serve reception attempts without an error against the Cardinals. He has played in 16 matches this season with six starts at libero. Hock is averaging 1.02 digs, .10 aces and has a team-high .980 serve reception percentage handling 145 of 148 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 collected a team-high six blocks in the Ball State match with a solo and five assist blocks. He added eight kills (.316), one dig and one assist against the Cardinals. Overman has played and started in 15 matches this season and is averaging a team-high 1.08 blocks per set with two solos and 50 assist blocks. Overman is averaging 2.40 points, 1.71 kills, .12 aces and .35 digs per set.
#6 SHAWN SANGREY
Shawn Sangrey did not play against Ball State last week. During the previous week, he recorded a career-high 13 digs against Lewis adding a match-high 20 kills (.455). Sangrey added two assist blocks and one assist against the Flyers. Against Loyola-Chicago, he 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 played in three sets of the Ball State match. Against Lewis, he recorded his second ace of the season and saw action against Loyola-Chicago. He has played in 12 matches this season recording four digs, one kill and two ace serves.
#8 JOHN KLANAC
John Klanac collected 10 kills (.111) in the Ball State match adding five digs, one assist block and one assist. He handled 20 of 21 serve reception attempts against the Cardinals. A starter in all 17 matches this season, Klanac is averaging 3.66 points, 3.14 kills, .26 aces, 1.26 digs and .46 blocks per set. Klanac has a .965 reception percentage handling 246 of 255 attempts.
KLANAC IN OSU CAREER STATS
John Klanac is 14th on the Ohio State career kills list with 855. At 13th with 900 kills is Jose Rivera (1996-00). Klanac is ranked 19th in kills per set at 3.11 and is 14th in aces per set at .22 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 997.5 and needs 3 points to move past No. 16 Adam Peterson (2001-04) with 999.0. Klanac is ranked 19th in points per set at 3.63.
#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 posted seven kills (.100) in the Ball State match adding eight digs, one solo block and one assist block. His eight digs equaled his season high set at Pepperdine (Jan. 10). Tobkin has played in 16 matches with 11 starts this season and one at libero. Tobkin is averaging 1.98 points, 1.50 kills, .16 aces, 1.28 digs and .54 blocks per set. He has a .958 serve reception percentage handling 227 of 237 attempts.
#13 NICK GIBSON
Nick Gibson has played in four matches this season. He recorded a kill and one assist block in the third set of the Ball State match. Gibson 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 posted a match-high 14 points as a starting outside hitter in the Ball State match. He recorded a team-high 12 kills (.300) adding five digs, four assist blocks and one assist against the Cardinals. Berzins four assist blocks equaled his career high set at Ball State earlier this season. He handled 28 of 29 serve reception attempts in the match. Berzins has played in all 17 matches this season with eight starts at outside hitter and nine at libero. He is averaging 1.77 points, 1.48 kills, .08 aces, .38 blocks and a team-high 1.83 digs per set. Berzins has a .975 serve reception percentage handling 344 of 353 attempts.
BERZINS OSU CAREER STATS
Mik Berzins is ranked 11th on the Ohio State career digs list with 567. Berzins needs three digs to pass No. 10 Pieter Olree (1999-02) with 569. He is the Ohio State career leader in digs per set with a 2.39 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 saw action in three sets against Ball State. He has played in five matches this season and has recorded three digs and one ace serve. He played in three sets against Loyola-Chicago recording a dig and one ace serve.