COLUMBUS, Ohio – The sixth-ranked Ohio State (6-2 overall, 1-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team returns home for a three-match home stand beginning at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday against ninth-ranked (tie) Penn State (7-2, 2-0 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) Nittany Lions and 7 p.m. ET matches against the Quincy (3-3, 0-0 MIVA) Hawks Thursday and Friday. Wednesday’s match with the Nittany Lions will be Military Appreciation Night. The Penn State match will be available for a fee on bigtennetwork.com and a replay will be shown on the Big Ten Network at 10 a.m. ET Thursday, Feb. 10. OSU’s matches against Quincy will be available for a fee at ohiostatebuckeyes.com.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Sixth-ranked Ohio State, coached by Pete Hanson, has a 6-2 overall record and is 1-0 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Playing at Penn State last weekend, the Buckeyes defeated 13th-ranked Cal State Northridge, 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-16) and upset seventh-ranked UC Irvine, 3-2 (25-22, 23-25, 25-21, 20-25, 15-8). Shawn Sangrey leads the team with a 5.02 points per set average. John Klanac ranks second at 3.63 with Kevin Heine third at 2.78. Sangrey has a team-high 4.14 kills per set average. Klanac ranks second at 3.13 with Heine third at 2.30. In attack percentage, Grayson Overman leads the squad with a .481 percentage. Heine ranks second at .436 with Klanac third at .391. Setter Seven Kehoe has an 12.32 assists per set average. Sangrey has a team-high .46 aces per set average with 13. Kehoe and Klanac are tied for second at .34 with seven aces each. Defensively, Mik Berzins is averaging a team-high 1.84 digs per set with 54. Kehoe ranks second at 1.68 (52) with Sangreythird at 1.43 (40). Berzins has a team-high .959 serve reception percentage handling 164 of 171 attempts. Klanac ranks second at .958 (139 of 145) and Jason Tobkin is third at .938 (121 of 129). At the net, Grayson Overman has a team-high 1.08 blocks per set average with 27 assist blocks. Heine ranks second at .83 with four solos and 21 assists. Sangrey, at .79, is third with a solo and 21 assist blocks.
Ohio State is averaging 17.81 points, 14.29 kills and 13.68 assists per set while hitting .369. The Buckeyes average 1.26 aces, 8.77 digs and 2.26 blocks per set and have a .954 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 14.95 points, 11.90 kills and 11.23 assists per set while hitting .287. They average .81 aces, 6.68 digs and 2.24 blocks per set and have a .936 serve reception percentage.
A LOOK AT PENN STATE
Ninth-ranked (tie) Penn State, coached by Mark Pavlik, is 7-2 overall and 2-0 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last weekend, in home matches, the Nittany Lions lost 3-1 (25-21, 25-14, 22-25, 25-17) to seventh-ranked UC Irvine and defeated 13th-ranked Cal State Northridge, 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 26-24). Joe Sunder leads the squad with a 5.98 points per set average. Scott Kegerreis ranks second at 2.81 with Jace Olsen third at 2.33. In kills per set, Sunder has a team-high 5.33 average. Tom Comfort ranks second at 2.60 with Kegerreis third at 2.42. Nick Turko leads the team with a .594 attack percentage. Ranking second at .400 is Sunder with Kegerreis third at .270. At setter, Edgardo Goas has an 11.61 assists per set average. Sunder has a team-high .33 aces per set average with 11. Goas ranks second at .30 with 10 and Olsen, at .24 (8), is third. Defensively, Dennis Del Valle leads the squad with a 2.73 digs per set average with 90. Goas is ranked second at 1.36 (45) with Kegerreis third at 1.04 (25). Del Valle, at .965, leads the team in serve reception percentage handling 166 of 172 attempts. Ranking second at .962 (150 of 156) is Sunder with Olsen third at .940 (235 of 250). At the net, Ian Hendries has a team-high .91 blocks per set average with a solo and 19 assist blocks. Ranking second at .55 (2-10) is Turko with Sunder third at .52 (4-13).
Penn State is averaging 17.24 points, 14.30 kills and 13.21 assists per set while hitting .340. The Nittany Lions average 1.33 aces, 7.88 digs and 1.61 blocks per set and have a .934 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 15.20 points, 11.76 kills and 11.06 assists per set while hitting .318. Nittany Lion opponents average 1.21 aces, 6.58 digs and 2.23 blocks per set and have a .931 serve reception percentage.
OSU SERIES WITH PENN STATE
Penn State has a 64-30-1 advantage in the series with Ohio State. In Columbus, the Buckeyes are 16-12 while Penn State is 25-7 in University Park and 27-7-1 in neutral site matches. Last season, in Hawaii, Penn State defeated Ohio State, 3-1 (30-16, 30-27, 24-30, 30-25) and won 3-0 (30-26, 30-27, 30-18) at Penn State. The Buckeyes, at home, defeated the Nittany Lions, 3-1 (30-25, 20-30, 30-27, 30-23) to stop an eight match losing streak to Penn State.
A LOOK AT QUINCY
Quincy, coached by Hadley Foster, has a 3-3 overall record. Hawk matches against Missouri Baptist and two with Rust were cancelled last week due to weather. Quincy last played Jan. 28 at Hannibal-LaGrange, losing 3-1 (21-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-22). In points per set, Joseph Ascher has a team-high 2.83 average. Joseph Sokol ranks second at 2.82 with Ryan Lehmann and Kyle Volstad are tied for third at 2.70. Ascher leads the team with a 2.54 kills per set average. Sokol ranks second at 2.36 with Lehmann third at 2.32. Volstad leads the team in attack percentage at .479. Steven Battaglia ranks second at .288 with Lehmann third at .212. At setter, Andrew Quanu has a 9.88 assists per set average. Leading the squad in aces per set is Lehmann at .28 with seven. Sokol, at .24 (6) is second with Volstad third at .12 (3). Defensively, Tanner Wright has a team-high 2.48 digs per set average with 62. Lehmann, at 1.48 (37) ranks second with Sokol third at 1.28 (32). Sokol has a team-high .939 serve reception percentage handling 123 of 131 attempts. Wright, at .935 (100 of 107) ranks second with Lehmann third at .922 (106 of 115). At the net, Steven Battaglia has a team-leading .80 blocks per set average with four solos and 16 assist blocks. Quanu, at .56 (4-10) is ranked second with Volstad third at .52 (4-9).
Quincy is averaging 14.30 points, 11.72 kills and 10.68 assists per set while hitting .263. The Hawks average .84 aces, 8.48 digs and 1.74 blocks per set and have a .915 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 14.26 points, 11.12 kills and 11.40 assists per set while hitting .236. Hawk opponents average 1.20 aces, 8.20 digs and 1.94 blocks per set and have a .942 serve reception percentage.
OSU SERIES WITH QUINCY
Ohio State leads the series with Quincy, 40-1. The Buckeyes are 24-0 in matches played in Columbus and 16-1 at Quincy. Last season, at Quincy, OSU won 3-0 (30-17, 30-18, 30-26) and (30-21, 30-28, 30-27) in back-to-back matches. The Buckeyes have won the last 33 matches against the Hawks.
OSU RECORDS FIRST WINS OVER MPSF OPPONENT 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).
OHIO STATE NOW SIXTH IN THE AVCA WEEKLY POLL
Ohio State ranks sixth in the latest (Feb. 7) American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll. OSU received 151 points in the poll and is the highest ranked team in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. It is the highest the Buckeyes have been ranked since the end of the 2000 season when they were ranked fourth. Ball State is ranked 13th and Lewis 14th in the poll with Loyola-Chicago receiving votes. Southern California is ranked first in the poll. The Buckeyes opened the season ranked seventh.
STEVEN KEHOE RANKED FIRST NATIONALLY IN ASSISTS PER SET
In the NCAA national statistics released thru matches of Feb. 6, Steven Kehoe ranks first in assists per set at 12.32. Shawn Sangrey is 10th in aces per set at .46 and 11th in kills per set at 4.14. Grayson Overman ranks 20th in blocks per set at 1.08 and Mik Berzins is 29th in digs per set at 1.84. In attack percentage, John Klanac ranks seventh at .391.
In team rankings, Ohio State is first in aces (13.68) and third in kills (14.29) per set. OSU ranks third in attack percentage at .369. The Buckeyes are ninth in digs (8.77), 14th in aces (1.26) and 19th (2.26) in blocks per set.
ASICS/VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE POLL HAS OSU SIXTH
The ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Poll of Feb. 8 has ranked Ohio State ranked sixth with 49 points. Last season, the Buckeyes finished eighth in the poll. Southern California is the top-ranked team with 100 points. Lewis is receiving votes votes in the poll.
STEVEN KEHOE NAMED MIVA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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.
ANTHONY HOCK NAMED MIVA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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.
SHAWN SANGREY NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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 521-284 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 a match and season-high 18 digs against UC Irvine. The 18 digs tied his career high set in 2009 against George Mason. He posted a season-high 61 assists against the Anteaters adding one kill and two assist blocks. In the Cal State Northridge contest, Kehoe posted 39 assists, adding four kills, three digs and three assist blocks. A starter in all eight matches, he is averaging 12.32 assists, 1.68 digs, .48 blocks, .23 aces and .42 kills per set while hitting .294.
KEHOE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Steven Kehoe has 3,076 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 11.10. He is ranked 10th in career aces with 71. Next on the list is ninth-ranked Mark Greaves (2003-06) with 73. Kehoe ranks ninth in aces per set at .26. In digs per set, he is ranked 12th with a 1.65 average.
#2 KEVIN HEINE
Kevin Heine posted seven kills and hit .333 against Cal State Northridge. He added one dig and three assist blocks against the Madadors. Heine recorded six kills and hit .333 in the UC Irvine match adding two digs and two assist blocks. A starter in all eight matches, he is averaging 2.78 points, 2.30 kills, .83 blocks and .30 digs per set while hitting .436.
HEINE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Kevin Heine, with five assists blocks, has moved into a tie for 12th on the Ohio State career list with 264. He moved past David Frette (1989-91) with 262 and is tied with Angel Aja (1997-00). Mark Peckham is 11th on the list with 272. Heine, in total blocks, ranks 15th with 286 with 22 solos and 264 assist blocks. He needs eight total blocks to pass No. 14 Aja with 293 (29-264). Heine is ranked 10th in career blocks per game with a 1.14 average.
#3 ANTHONY HOCK
Anthony Hock was called upon to play outside hitter in the middle of the UC Irvine match. He played in the third set and started the fourth and fifth sets producing a career-high six kills against the Anteaters. He hit .364 in the match adding two ace serves, six digs, one assist block and one assist. Against Cal State Northridge, Hock recorded one ace serve playing as a serving specialist. He has played in all eight matches and has four starts at libero. Hock has six kills, three ace serves and two assists on the season and is averaging 1.21 digs per set and has a .970 serve reception percentage handling 96 of 99 attempts.
#5 GRAYSON OVERMAN
Grayson Overman collected career-highs of 14.5 points and 12 kills in the UC Irvine match. He hit .688 against the Anteaters with 12 kills on 16 attempts with one error. Overman added five assist blocks and one dig in the match. Against Cal State Northridge, he had four kills, four digs and one ace serve while hitting .800 (4-0-5). Playing and starting in seven matches, Overman is averaging 2.62 points, 1.92 kills, .16 aces, .36 digs and a team-high 1.08 blocks per set while hitting a team-high .481.
#6 SHAWN SANGREY
Shawn Sangrey recorded season-highs of 26.5 points and 25 kills in the UC Irvine match while hitting .476. He added eight digs, one ace serve and one assist block and produced 10 kills in the third set. In the Cal State Northridge match, Sangrey had match-highs of 17 points and 15 kills while hitting .476. He added five digs, two assist blocks and one ace serve. Sangrey has played and started seven matches this season and is averaging team-highs of 5.02 points, 4.14 kills and .46 aces per set. He is hitting .310 and averages 1.43 digs and .79 blocks per set.
SANGREY IN OSU CAREER STATS
Shawn Sangrey ranks fourth in Ohio State career aces per set at .31 with 52 aces. He ranks eighth in points per set at 4.41.
#7 MIKE STEFANI
Mike Stefani saw action in two sets against Cal State Northridge and three against UC Irvine. He recorded one dig against Cal State Northridge. Stefani has played in four matches this season recording two digs.
#8 JOHN KLANAC
John Klanac posted season-highs of 24 points and 21 kills against UC Irvine. He hit .439 adding four digs, three assists, one ace serve and three total blocks with a solo and two assists. He played a key role in the fifth set against the Anteaters with five kills. Klanac recorded an assist on a kill by Hock for OSU’s 13 points. His fifth kill of the set was point 14 and his solo block was match point for the Ohio State victory. In the Cal State Northridge match, he recorded 12 points while hitting .450. Klanac added four digs and one assist block against the Madadors. A starter in all eight matches, he ranks second on the team in points (3.63) and kills (3.13) per set. Klanac is averaging .23 aces, 1.29 digs and .48 blocks per set while hitting .391. He has a .958 serve reception percentage handling 139 of 145 attempts.
KLANAC IN OSU CAREER STATS
John Klanac has moved to 17th on the Ohio State career kills list with 773. He moved past Eduardo Marxuach (1995-97) with 745, Jeff Koterba (1995-98) with 755, Rob Burton (1989-91) with 759 and Gary Wrobel (1994-97) with 771. He need 15 kills to pass No. 16 Craig Geibel (1990-93) with 787. Klanac is ranked 19th in kills per set at 3.10 and is 17th in aces per set at .21. He is ranked 20th in points per set at 3.62.
#9 JOHN THOLEN
John Tholen played in one set last week against Cal State Northridge. He also played against St. Francis when he posted four kills and two assist blocks in the contest while hitting .500 while playing in one set.
#12 JASON TOBKIN
Jason Tobkin produced a season-high 10 points in the Cal State Northridge match with seven kills, one ace serve and four assist blocks. He hit .462 against the Matadors adding seven digs and two assists while handling 23 serve reception attempts without an error. Against UC Irvine, Tobkin recorded two assist blocks, one dig and one kill. He handled 25 of 28 serve reception attempts against the Anteaters. A starter in five matches, Tobkin has played in seven and is averaging 1.78 points, 1.52 kills, 1.00 digs and .39 blocks per set while hitting .333. He has a.938 serve reception percentage handling 212 of 129 attempts.
#13 NICK GIBSON
Nick Gibson has played in two matches this season. 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 had his first start of the season against Juniata and produced career-highs of 9.5 points, five assist blocks and seven kills against the Eagles. He hit a career-high .500 in the match on 10 attempts with two errors. Stewart has played in four matches this season and is averaging 1.94 points, 1.62 kills, .12 digs and .62 blocks per set while hitting .588.
#15 MIK BERZINS
Mik Berzins returned to the libero position for the matches against Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine. He recorded six digs and one assist while handling seven of eight serve receptions against Cal State Northridge. Against UC Irvine, Berzins equaled his season-high of 11 digs he recorded at Pepperdine on Jan. 9. He recorded a career-high five assists against the Anteaters and handled 29 of 31 serve reception attempts. Berzins has played in all eight matches this season starting four at outside hitter and four at libero. He is averaging 1.60 points, 1.35 kills, .10 aces, .26 blocks and a team-high 1.84 digs per set while hitting .329. Berzins has a .959 serve reception percentage handling 164 of 171 attempts.
BERZINS OSU CAREER STATS
Mik Berzins, with 17 digs last weekend, has moved to 16th on the Ohio State career digs list with 514. He passed Robbie Klein (2006-09) with 508. He needs 12 digs to move past 15th-ranked Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 525. Berzins is the Ohio State career leader in digs per set with a 2.47 average.
#20 DEREK KUES
Derek Kues saw action in two sets against UC Irvine last week. He has played in seven matches this season and has three digs and one assists. Kues has 29 serve attempts.