COLUMBUS, Ohio – The seventh-ranked Ohio State (17-4 overall, 10-0, 1st place Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team returns to conference play with contests at No. 11 Loyola-Chicago (17-5, 7-1, 2nd place MIVA) and No. 15 Lewis (15-9, 3-4, 4th place MIVA). The Buckeyes face the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers at 7 p.m. Friday in Alumni Gym. OSU completes the road trip at the Lewis Flyers at 7 p.m. Saturday in Neil Carey Arena.
BUCKEYES PLAYING FOR MIVA CHAMPIONSHIP
Ohio State (10-0 MIVA), with matches at Loyola-Chicago and Lewis this weekend, will be playing for the MIVA regular season championship. An OSU win over Loyola-Chicago (7-1) will give the Buckeyes a fifth consecutive league regular season title.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Seventh-ranked Ohio State, coached by Pete Hanson, has a 17-4 overall record and is 10-0 (1st place) in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week on the road, the Buckeyes lost 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-22, 28-26) at 14th-ranked UC San Diego and 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-18) at fifth-ranked UC Irvine. Shawn Sangrey leads the team with a 4.89 points per set average. John Klanac ranks second at 3.81 with Kevin Heine third at 2.71. Sangrey has a team-high 4.07 kills per set average. Klanac ranks second at 3.29 with Heine third at 2.22. In attack percentage, Grayson Overman, at .464, is the team leader. Heine ranks second with a .451 percentage and Klanac is third at .334. Setter Seven Kehoe has a 11.75 assists per set average. Sangrey has a team-high .47 aces per set average with 26. Kehoe ranks second at .29 with 21 and Klanac is third at .27 with 19. Defensively, Kehoe is averaging a team-high 1.89 digs per set with 136. Mik Berzins ranks second at 1.79 (131) with Sangreythird at 1.71 (94).Berzins has a team-high .966 serve reception percentage handling 428 of 443 attempts. Klanac ranks second at .955 (296 of 310) and Anthony Hock is third at .945 (188 of 199). At the net, Overman has a team-high 1.10 blocks per set average with six solos and 59 assist blocks. Heine ranks second at .84 with six solos and 51 assists. Sangrey, at .65, is third with two solos and 34 assist blocks.
Ohio State is averaging 17.38 points, 13.66 kills and 12.86 assists per set while hitting .343. The Buckeyes average 1.37 aces, 9.30 digs and 2.35 blocks per set and have a .947 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 15.12 points, 11.66 kills and 11.08 assists per set while hitting .233. They average .92 aces, 7.25 digs and 2.54 blocks per set and have a .933 serve reception percentage.
A LOOK AT LOYOLA-CHICAGO
No. 11 Loyola-Chicago is coached by Shane Davis. The Ramblers are 17-5 overall and 7-1 (2nd place) in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week Loyola-Chicago won at No. 11 Lewis, 3-2 (19-25, 25-15, 25-15, 17-25, 15-11) and at IPFW, 3-1 (25-21, 26-24, 23-25, 25-23). Leading Loyola-Chicago in points per set is Mike Bunting at 4.82. Joseph Smalzer ranks second at 3.91 with Eric Daliege third at 2.23. Bunting has a team-high 4.37 kills per set average with Smalzer second at 3.13 and Daliege third at 1.70. In attack percentage, Steve Thompson leads the squad at .451. Bunting ranks second at .405 with Daliege third at .387. At setter, Mike Hutz has a 10.08 assists per set average. In aces per set, Smalzer has a team-high .45 average with 37 aces. Hutz ranks second at .29 (22) with Bunting third at .24 (19). Defensively, Tommy Becker leads the squad with a 1.43 digs (100) per set average. Hutz ranks second at 1.41 (106) and Dainis Berzins is third at 1.36 (83). Peter Jasaitis, at .962, is the team leader in serve reception percentage handling 127 of 132 attempts. Smalzer ranks second at .946 (417 of 441) with Tommy Becker third at .921 (441 of 479). At the net, Daliege has a team-high .85 blocks per set average with 10 solos and 52 assist blocks. Thompson ranks second at .78 with three solos and 48 assists. Ranking third is Smalzer at .59 with five solos and 43 assists.
Loyola-Chicago is averaging 16.31 points, 12.81 kills and 11.89 assists per set while hitting .341. The Ramblers average 1.38 aces, 7.26 digs and 2.13 blocks per set and have a .922 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 15.07 points, 11.55 kills and 10.68 assists per set while hitting .256. Rambler opponents average 1.38 aces, 6.16 digs and 2.15 blocks per set and have a .929 serve reception percentage.
OSU SERIES WITH LOYOLA-CHICAGO
Ohio State has a 26-13 lead in the series with Loyola-Chicago. The Buckeyes are 18-2 in Columbus while the Ramblers are 9-7 in Chicago and 3-1 in neutral site matches. Earlier this season in Columbus, the Buckeyes defeated Loyola-Chicago, 3-1 (25-18, 25-17, 21-25, 25-21. OSU has won nine of the last 10 matches against the Ramblers.
A LOOK AT LEWIS
No. 15 Lewis is coached by Dan Friend. The Flyers are 15-9 overall and 3-4 (4th place) in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week at home, Lewis lost to 12th-ranked Loyola-Chicago, 3-2 (19-25, 25-15, 25-15, 17-25, 15-11) and at George Mason, 3-1 (27-29, 25-23, 25-17, 25-22). The Flyers host Quincy Thursday. Jay Petty leads the Flyers in points per set with a 4.27 average. Ian Karbiener ranks second at 3.37 with Matt Gallik third at 2.77. Petty has a team-high 3.66 kills per set average with Karbiener second at 3.87 and Gallik third at 2.08. Aaron Flick has a team leading attack percentage of .430. Gallik ranks second at .376 with Petty third at .321. At setter, BJ Boldog is averaging 10.56 assists per set. In aces per set, Brian Muesenfechter has a team-high .34 average with 27 aces. Petty ranks second at .27 (22) and Karbiener is third at .23 (18). Defensively, Roberto Torres leads the team with a 2.22 digs (189) per set average. Ranking second is Karbiener at 1.47 (115) with Petty third at 1.40 (115). Muesenfechter has a team-high .969 serve reception percentage handling 471 of 486 attempts. Torres is ranked second at .955 (551 of 577) with Petty third at .948 (381 of 402). At the net, Gallik leads the team with a 1.04 blocks per set average with nine solos and 71 assist blocks. Flick, at .89, ranks second with four solos and 66 assists. Boldog ranks third at .69 with eight solos and 48 assists.
Lewis is averaging 16.43 points, 12.81 kills and 11.80 assists per set while hitting .386. The Flyers average 1.26 aces, 8.04 digs and 2.36 blocks per set and have a .953 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 15.06 points, 12.17 kills and 11.39 assists per set while hitting .256. Flyer opponents average .89 aces, 8.52 digs and 2.01 blocks per set and have a .935 serve reception percentage.
OSU SERIES WITH LEWIS
Ohio State leads the series with the Flyers, 25-12. The Buckeyes are 14-7 in Columbus and 11-5 at Lewis. Earlier this season in Columbus, Ohio State defeated Lewis, 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-17. The Buckeyes have won the last four meetings and 11 of the last 12.
OHIO STATE SEVENTH IN THE AVCA WEEKLY POLL
Ohio State is ranked seventh in the latest (March 28) American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll. OSU received 140 points. The Buckeyes are the highest ranked team in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Loyola-Chicago is ranked 11th and Lewis 15th 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 SIXTH
The ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Poll of March 29 has Ohio State ranked sixth with 44 points. Southern California is the top-ranked team with 100 points. The MIVA also has Loyola-Chicago receiving votes in the poll. Last season, the Buckeyes finished eighth in the poll.
OHIO STATE IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
In the NCAA national statistics released thru matches of March 27, Ohio State top individuals include Steven Kehoe ranked second in assists per set at 11.75 and is 25th in digs at 1.89. Shawn Sangrey is fifth in aces per set at .47, 11th in kills per set at 4.07 and 24th in attack percentage at .316. Grayson Overman is ranked 13th in blocks per set at 1.10 and Mik Berzins is ranked 31th in digs per set at 1.79.
OSU RANKING IN NATIONAL TEAM STATISTICS
In the NCAA national statistics released thru matches of March 27, Ohio State is second in assists at 12.86 per set. OSU ranks third in attack percentage at .343 and fourth in kills per set at 13.66. The Buckeyes are third in digs at 9.30, 10th in aces at 1.37 and 17th in blocks per set at 2.35.
OHIO STATE WIN STREAK ENDS AT 17 MATCHES
Ohio State’s 17-match winning streak ended with a 3-1 loss at UC Sand Diego. 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.
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.
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.
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 532-286 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 back-to-back double-doubles (assists-digs) last week. He had 48 assists and a match-high 13 digs at UC San Diego, adding two assist blocks, one ace serve and one kill. At UC Irvine, Kehoe recorded 30 assists and a match-high 10 digs adding one assist block. Kehoe has started all 21 matches and is averaging 11.75 assists, .29 aces, a team-high 1.89 digs and .54 blocks per set. His 11.75 assists per set average ranks second in the country and is first in assists per set at 11.42 in MIVA conference play.
KEHOE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Steven Kehoe has 3,540 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 85 ace serves ranks him fifth. 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 14th with 541. Kehoe passed Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 525, Dan Mihacevich (1994-97) with 526 and Mike Wauligman (2002-05) with 533. Phil Kerewich (1996-99) ranks 13th with 543. Kehoe is ranked 11th in digs per set with a 1.70 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 had six kills (.118), one ace serve and one assist block in the UC San Diego match. He recorded five kills (.444), one assist, two digs and one assist block at UC Irvine. Heine has played in 20 matches with 19 starts. He is averaging 2.71 points, 2.22 kills and .84 blocks per set while hitting .451.
HEINE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Kevin Heine is 10th in career assist blocks with 294. Ninth on the list is Adam Spitznagle (1993-96) with 315. Heine, in total blocks, is 12th with 318 with 24 solos and 294 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 1.10 average. In career attack percentage, he is ranked fourth at .453.
#3 ANTHONY HOCK
Anthony Hock was the starting libero at UC San Diego posting 11 digs and one assist while handling 15 of 20 serve reception attempts. The 11 digs equals his season high set at IPFW. Hock saw backrow action at UC Irvine. He has played in 20 matches this season with nine starts at libero. Hock is averaging 1.16 digs, .08 aces and has a .945 serve reception percentage handling 188 of 199 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 collected seven kills (.455), three assist blocks, one ace serve and one dig at UC San Diego. He posted five kills (.714), one dig and three total blocks (one solo, two assists) against UC Irvine. Overman has played and started in 19 matches this season and is averaging a team-high 1.10 blocks per set with six solos and 59 assist blocks. Overman is averaging 2.48 points, 1.76 kills, .12 aces and .34 digs per set while hitting a team-high .464.
#6 SHAWN SANGREY
Shawn Sangrey was used as a serving specialist in three of four sets at UC San Diego. He recorded one ace serve and one dig in the match. Sangrey returned to the starting lineup at UC Irvine recording nine kills (.154), nine digs, two assist blocks, two ace serves and one assist. He has played in 17 matches and started in 16. Sangrey leads the team in points (4.89), kills (4.07) and aces (.47) per set. He is averaging 1.71 digs and .65 blocks per set.
SANGREY IN OSU CAREER STATS
Shawn Sangrey is the Ohio State career leader in aces per set at .33 with 65 aces. He is now tied for 11th in aces (65) with Angel Aja (1997-00) and teammate John Klanac. Sangrey ranks eighth in points per set at 4.46 and is eighth in kills per set at 3.74.
#7 MIKE STEFANI
Mike Stefani played in both matches last weekend. In two sets against UC San Diego, he recorded one dig. Stefani played in all three sets at UC Irvine. He has played in 16 matches this season recording five digs, two kills, one assist block and two ace serves.
#8 JOHN KLANAC
John Klanac collected a career-high 24 kills (.415) at UC San Diego adding six digs and one ace serve. He handled 18 of 19 serve receptions in the match. Klanac had 10 kills (.250), five digs and three total blocks (one solo, two assists) at UC Irvine. He handled 16 of 18 serve receptions. A starter in all 21 matches this season, Klanac is averaging 3.81 points, 3.29 kills, .27 aces, 1.31 digs and .44 blocks per set. Klanac has a .955 reception percentage handling 296 of 310 attempts.
KLANAC IN OSU CAREER STATS
John Klanac has moved to 13th on the Ohio State career kills list with 906. He moved past Jose Rivera (1996-00) with 900. Ranking 12th is Mike Terpstra (1990-93) with 958. Klanac is ranked 19th in kills per set at 3.15. He is 14th in aces per set at .23 with 65. He is tied for 11th in aces with Angel Aja (1997-00) and teammate Shawn Sangrey. Klanac, with 1,056.0 points, is now 15th in career points passing Gary Wrobel with 1,037.5 points. Ranking 14th is Jose Rivera (1996-00) with 1,058.5 points. Klanac is ranked 18th in points per set at 3.67.
#9 JOHN THOLEN
John Tholen played in one set in the Sunday match 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 recorded a career-high 12 digs at UC San Diego. He added four kills (.067), two assist blocks and handled six of seven serve receptions. Playing libero at UC Irvine, Tobkin recorded six digs, one assist and handled 10 of 14 serve receptions. Tobkin has played in 20 matches with 14 starts this season and two at libero. Tobkin is averaging 1.80 points, 1.38 kills, .13 aces, 1.37 digs and .51 blocks per set. He has a .942 serve reception percentage handling 243 of 258 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 13 kills (.158) at UC San Diego adding five digs and handling 24 of 27 serve receptions. He posted six kills (.250), one assist and four digs at UC Irvine while handling 27 serve receptions without an error. Berzins has played in all 21 matches this season with 12 starts at outside hitter and nine at libero. He is averaging 1.94 points, 1.64 kills, .11 aces, .34 blocks and 1.79 digs per set. Berzins has a team-high .966 serve reception percentage handling 428 of 443 attempts.
BERZINS OSU CAREER STATS
Mik Berzins has moved to eighth on the Ohio State career digs list with 588. He moved past Mike Terpstra (1990-93) with 584. Daniel Mathews (2005-08), with 595 digs ranks seventh. He is the Ohio State career leader in digs per set with a 2.35 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 last weekend collecting two digs at UC San Diego. Kues has played in 16 matches this season and has two assist and seven digs.
#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.