COLUMBUS, Ohio – The ninth-ranked (tie) Ohio State (20-6 overall, 11-1, Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association regular season champion) men’s volleyball team closes out the regular season with road matches at George Mason (15-9, 7-2 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association-Tait, 2nd place) and St. Francis (10-15, 3-7 EIVA-Tait, 5th place). The Buckeyes will face the George Mason Patriots at 7 p.m. Friday in the RAC (1,550). OSU will play at the St. Francis Red Flash at 5 p.m. Sunday in DeGol Arena (3,500).
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Ninth-ranked (tie) Ohio State, coached by Pete Hanson, has a 20-6 overall record and is 11-1(regular season champion) in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week, in home matches, the Buckeyes defeated Princeton, twice, winning 3-2 (25-17, 25-18, 22-25, 22-25, 15-9) and 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-12). On the road, Ohio State lost, 3-1 (25-21, 18-25, 25-19, 25-9) at 10th-ranked Penn State. Shawn Sangrey leads the team with a 4.45 points per set average. John Klanac ranks second at 3.74 with Kevin Heine third at 2.78. Sangrey has a team-high 3.70 kills per set average. Klanac ranks second at 3.26 with Heine third at 2.26. In attack percentage, Heine, at .475, is the team leader. Grayson Overman ranks second with a .435 percentage and Klanac is third at .339. Setter Seven Kehoe has a 11.27 assists per set average. Sangrey has a team-high .39 aces per set average with 29. Kehoe ranks second at .32 with 29 and Jason Tobkin is third at .27 with 22. Defensively, Mik Berzins is averaging a team-high 1.78 digs per set with 162. Kehoe ranks second at 1.70 (155) with Sangreythird at 1.69 (125).Berzins has a team-high .954 serve reception percentage handling 539 of 565 attempts. Klanac is ranked second at .952 handling 356 of 374 attempts. Ranking third is Tobkin at .950, handling 360 of 379 attempts. At the net, Overman has a team-high 1.03 blocks per set average with six solos and 69 assist blocks. Heine ranks second at .92 with six solos and 72 assists. Sangrey, at .66, is third with three solos and 46 assist blocks.
Ohio State is averaging 17.03 points, 13.32 kills and 12.40 assists per set while hitting .333. The Buckeyes average 1.38 aces, 8.91 digs and 2.33 blocks per set and have a .943 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 15.05 points, 11.56 kills and 10.92 assists per set while hitting .234. They average .99 aces, 7.09 digs and 2.50 blocks per set and have a .931 serve reception percentage.
A LOOK AT GEORGE MASON
George Mason is coached by Fred Chao. The Patriots are 15-9 overall and 7-2 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association-Tait Division (2nd place). Last week, George Mason defeated St. Francis, 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-17). The Patriots host Princeton Friday prior to playing Ohio State Saturday. Mark Jones is the team leader in points per set at 5.10. Eric Lucas ranks second at 3.04 with Shaun Sibley third at 2.42. Jones has a team-high 4.47 kills per set average with Eric Lucas second at 2.61 and Max McFarland third at 2.18. Piotr Dabrowski leads the squad in attack percentage at .446. Sibley, at .390, ranks second with Jones third at .257. Setter Javier Perez is averaging 10.29 assists per set. Jones is the team leader in aces per set at .30 with 24. Eric Lucas, at .15, ranks second with 11 and Dabrowski is third at .10 with eight. Dave Lucas has a team-high 1.92 digs per set average with 121. Jones ranks second at 1.58 with 126 and Eric Lucas is third at 1.54 with 109. In serve reception percentage, McFarland has a team-high .963 handling 257 of 267 attempts. Eric Lucas ranks second at .955 handling 320 of 335 attempts. Third, at .941, is Dave Lucas handling 320 of 340 attempts. At the net, Sibley leads the team with a 1.55 blocks per set average. He has three solo and 90 assist blocks. Brandon Joyner ranks second at 1.05 with four solo and 84 assist blocks. Third at .94 is Dabrowski with five solo and 68 assist blocks.
George Mason is averaging 16.43 points, 12.73 kills and 11.94 assist per set while hitting .266. The Patriots average .91 aces, 9.09 digs and 2.80 blocks per set and have a .948 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 15.93 points, 12.92 kills and 12.23 assists per set while hitting .242. Patriot opponents average .97 aces, 9.17 digs and 2.05 blocks per set and have a .956 serve reception percentage.
OSU SERIES WITH GEORGE MASON
George Mason has a 25-20 series mark against Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 12-3 in Columbus while the Patriots are 5-4 in Fairfax and 17-4 in neutral site matches. Earlier this season in Columbus, the Buckeyes defeated the Patriots, 3-1 (29-27, 25-21, 20-25, 25-17). OSU has won the last four meetings with George Mason.
A LOOK AT ST. FRANCIS
St. Francis is coached by Mike Rumbaugh. The Red Flash has a 10-15 overall record and is 3-7 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association-Tait Division (5th-place). St. Francis lost 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-17) to George Mason and 3-2 (28-30, 28-26, 25-19, 16-25, 16-14) to Sacred Heart last week. The Red Flash play at IPFW Friday and Ball State Saturday before hosting Ohio State Sunday. Leading St. Francis in points per set is Logan Patterson at 3.76. Colin Sherwin ranks second at 3.25 with John Skarupa third at 2.73. Patterson has a team-high 3.23 kills per set average. Sherwin ranks second at 2.65 with Skarupa third at 2.12. Skarupa leads the squad in attack percentage at .384. Patterson, at .240, ranks second with Adam Roche third at .337. At setter, Ryan Williams has a 10.48 assists per set average. Sherwin has a team-high .24 aces per set average with 12. Skarupa, at .23, ranks second with 16 and Patterson is third at .21 with 18. Defensively, John Wappler has a team-high 2.47 digs per set average with 198. Markus Schulze ranks second at 1.18 with 84 and Sherwin is third at 1.06 with 54. At the net, Roche has a team-high 1.09 blocks per set average with seven solo and 78 assist blocks. Skarupa, at .70, ranks second with five solo and 43 assist blocks. Third, at .69, is Sherwin with three solos and 32 assists.
St. Francis is averaging 14.73 points, 11.63 kills and 11.00 assists per set while hitting .242. The Red Flash average 1.02 aces, 7.18 digs and 2.07 blocks per set. Opponents average 15.31 points, 12.03 kills and 11.41 assists per set while hitting .293. They average 1.14 aces, 7.41 digs and 2.14 blocks per set.
OSU SERIES WITH ST. FRANCIS
Ohio State has a 21-1 series record with St. Francis. The Buckeyes are 14-0 in Columbus and 7-1 in Loretto against the Red Flash. Earlier this season in Columbus, Ohio State defeated St. Francis, 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-19). The Buckeyes have won the last two meetings with the Red Flash.
TOBKIN BREAKS OHIO STATE MATCH RECORD FOR ACES WITH EIGHT
Jason Tobkin, with eight ace serves against Princeton (April 8), broke the Ohio State match record of seven set by Pieter Olree at Pacific in 2001. Tobkin played in four of the five sets against the Tigers and recorded four consecutive aces of his eight in the fifth set.
BUCKEYES OPEN MIVA TOURNAMENT PLAY APRIL 27 IN SEMIFINALS
Ohio State received a quarterfinal bye in the MIVA Tournament by earning the No. 1. The Buckeyes will host a semifinal match, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 27. The opponent will be determined after the quarterfinal matches, April 23.
OSU WINS THE MIVA REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP
With the 3-1 win at 11th-ranked Loyola-Chicago, Ohio State won the outright Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association regular season championship with an 11-1 conference record. Loyola-Chicago (7-2), with two losses to Ohio State, can finish no higher than second in the league with three home conference matches, April 8 vs. Ball State and April 15-16 vs. Grand Canyon left on the schedule
FIVE CONSECUTIVE MIVA REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIPS
With the 2011 conference title, the Buckeyes have now won the MIVA regular season championship for five consecutive years. Only Ball State, from 1964-68, earned five consecutive titles previously. The title gives the Buckeyes a bye in the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals with OSU hosting a semifinal match, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 27.
OHIO STATE TIED FOR NINTH IN THE AVCA WEEKLY POLL
Ohio State is ranked tied for ninth in the latest (April 11) American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll. OSU received 104 points and is tied with Penn State (21-5). The Buckeyes are the highest ranked team in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Loyola-Chicago is ranked 12th 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 NINTH
The ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Poll of April 12 has Ohio State ranked ninth with 24 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 April 10, Ohio State top individuals include Steven Kehoe ranked fifth in assists per set at 11.27 is 37th in digs at 1.70. Shawn Sangrey is 12th in aces per set at .39 and 21st in kills per set at 3.70. John Klanac is ranked 15th in hitting percentage at .339. Grayson Overman is ranked 24th in blocks per set at 1.03 and Mik Berzins is ranked 31st in digs per set at 1.78.
OSU RANKING IN NATIONAL TEAM STATISTICS
In the NCAA national statistics released thru matches of April 10, Ohio State is eighth in assists at 12.40 per set, fifth in attack percentage at .333 and sixth in kills per set at 13.32. The Buckeyes are seventh in digs at 8.91, 10th in aces at 1.38 and 14th in blocks per set at 2.33.
OHIO STATE HOME WIN STREAK AT 17 MATCHES
Ohio State has 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.
HEAD COACH PETE HANSON
Pete Hanson is in his 28th season at Ohio State. He has a 535-288 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 collected 39 assists, three kills, two ace serves, four digs and two assist blocks against Princeton on Friday, playing in four sets. He had 32 assists, three digs and equaled his season-high of four blocks (0-4) in Saturday’s Princeton match. At Penn State, Kehoe recorded 31 assists, three kills, four digs and equaled his season high of four blocks (1-3). Kehoe has started all 26 matches and is averaging 11.27 assists, .32 aces, 1.70 digs and .62 blocks per set. His 11.08 assists per set average ranks first in MIVA conference play.
KEHOE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Steven Kehoe has 3,720 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 11.04. His 93 ace serves ranks him fifth. Daniel Mathews (2005-08) is fourth on the list with 107. Kehoe ranks seventh in aces per set at .28. In digs, he has moved to 12th with 560. Kehoe passed Angel Aja (1997-00) with 557. Pieter Olree (1999-02) is ranked 11th with 569. Kehoe is ranked 12th in digs per set with a 1.66 average. With 33 solo blocks, he moved to 17th passing Craig Geibel (1990-93)and Mark Peckham with 32 each. Brandt Kleinschmidt (1991-92) is ranked 16th on the list with 35.
#2 KEVIN HEINE
Kevin Heine played in two sets of the Friday Princeton match and recorded two kills (.333) and two assist blocks. Saturday, against Princeton, he had a match-high 12.5 points against the Tigers with 10 kills (.750) adding one dig and five assist blocks. At Penn State, Heine recorded seven kills (.462), three assist blocks, two digs and one assist. He has played in 25 matches with 24 starts. Heine is averaging 2.78 points, 2.26 kills and .92 blocks per set while hitting a team-high .475.
HEINE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Kevin Heine is tied for ninth in career assist blocks with 315 with Adam Spitznagle (1993-96). Layne Dreven (2003-07), with 321, is ranked eighth. Heine, in total blocks, is 11th with 339 with 24 solos and 315 assist blocks. He passed Drevenwith 337 (16-321) total blocks. Ranking 10th is Jon Yunker (1993-94) with 347 (61-286). Heine is 12th in career blocks per game with a 1.11 average. In career attack percentage, he is ranked fourth at .459.
#3 ANTHONY HOCK
Anthony Hock played in both Princeton matches recording four digs in the Friday match. He also saw action at Penn State. Hock has played in 25 matches this season with nine starts at libero. He is averaging .96 digs, .06 aces and has a .946 serve reception percentage handling 210 of 222 attempts.
#4 KYLE LAWRENCE
Kyle Lawrence played in one set of the Friday Princeton match and equaled his career-highs of 13 assists and one dig set against Quincy earlier this season. He has played in four matches this season and is averaging 7.50 assists per set.
#5 GRAYSON OVERMAN
Grayson Overman played in two sets of the Friday Princeton match recording three assist blocks and two kills (.333). He did not play in the Saturday Princeton match. At Penn State, Overman had three kills (.143), three assist blocks and one assist. Overman has played and started in 23 matches this season and is averaging a team-high 1.03 blocks per set with six solos and 69 assist blocks. Overman is averaging 2.28 points, 1.63 kills, .10 aces and .30 digs per set while hitting .435.
#6 SHAWN SANGREY
Shawn Sangrey, playing in four sets of the Friday Princeton match, recorded nine kills (.190), six digs, one ace serve and four total blocks (1-3). Saturday against Princeton, he posted seven kills (.188), five digs and two assist blocks. Sangrey had a team-high 16 points at Penn State with a team-high 15 kills (.296). He added seven digs and two assist blocks against the Nittany Lions. Sangrey has played in 22 matches and started in 21. He leads the team in points (4.45), kills (3.70) and aces (.39) per set. Sangrey is averaging 1.69 digs and .66 blocks per set while hitting .280.
SANGREY IN OSU CAREER STATS
Shawn Sangrey ranks third in aces per set at .31. He is now 11th in aces with 68. Ranking 10th on the list with 73 aces is Mark Greaves (2003-06). Sangrey ranks 20th in points with 938.0 and is tied for 17th in kills with Craig Geibel (1990-93) with 787. Ranking 19th in points is Tom Trantow (1999-03) with 954.0. David Frette (1989-91) is ranked 16th in kills with 805. Sangrey is ranked eighth in points per set at 4.34 and is eighth in kills per set at 3.64.
#7 MIKE STEFANI
Mike Stefani saw action in one set of the Friday Princeton match. He recorded one kill against the Tigers. Stefani has played in 18 matches this season recording six digs, five kills, one assist block and two ace serves.
#8 JOHN KLANAC
John Klanac played in three sets of the Friday Princeton match collecting nine kills (.667), two digs and one assist block while handling two serve receptions without an error. He posted nine kills (.444) Saturday against Princeton adding one dig and three assist blocks while handling six serve receptions without an error. At Penn State, Klanac recorded 10 kills (.261), two digs and one assist block. He handled 21 serve receptions against the Nittany Lions without an error. A starter in all 26 matches this season, he is averaging 3.74 points, 3.26 kills, .22 aces, 1.23 digs and .45 blocks per set. Klanac has a .952 reception percentage handling 356 of 374 attempts.
KLANAC IN OSU CAREER STATS
John Klanac has moved to 12th on the Ohio State career kills list with 963. He past Mike Terpstra (1990-93) with 958. Phil Kerewich (1996-99) ranks 10th with 1,016 kills. Klanac is ranked 19th in kills per set at 3.15. He is 21st in aces per set at .21 with 65. He is tied for 12th in aces with Angel Aja (1997-00). Teammate Shawn Sangrey is 11th with 68. Klanac, with 1,118.0 points, has moved to 12th in career points passing Mike Terpstra (1990-93) with 1,105.0 points. Mark Greaves (2003-06) ranks 11th with 1,220.0. Klanac is ranked 19th in points per set at 3.65.
#9 JOHN THOLEN
John Tholen played in three sets of the Friday match against Princeton and equaled his career-high of eight kills (.462). He added one ace serve against the Tigers. Tholen has played in seven matches with two starts. He is averaging 2.96 points, 2.23 kills, .31 digs and .92 blocks per set.
#12 JASON TOBKIN
Jason Tobkin played in four sets of the Friday Princeton match recording nine kills (.571) and an Ohio State match record of eight ace serves. He added seven digs, one assist block and handled 28 serve receptions without an error. Saturday against Princeton, Tobkin collected five kills (.250), eight digs, two ace serves and two assist blocks while handling 20 serve receptions without an error. At Penn State, he posted three kills, seven digs, one ace serve and two assist blocks while handling 18 of 21 serve receptions. Tobkin has played in 25 matches with 19 starts this season and two at libero. He is averaging 1.95 points, 1.40 kills, .27 aces, 1.44 digs and .50 blocks per set. Tobkin has a .950 serve reception percentage handling 360 of 379 attempts.
TOBKIN IN OSU CAREER STATS
Jason Tobkin,with 59 ace serves, has moved into a tie for 18th in career aces with Sam Stevens (2004-07), Greg Lehman (1998-01) and Colin McMillan (1997-00). With 61 aces, Brett Versen (2005-08) is ranked 17th. In aces per set, Tobkin is ranked 15th at .22.
#13 NICK GIBSON
Nick Gibson played in two sets of the Friday Princeton match recording a season-high seven kills (.143). He added one ace serve and one dig against the Tigers. Gibson has played in seven matches this season. He is averaging 1.72 points, 1.22 kills, .22 aces, .22 digs and .44 blocks per set.
#14 MIKE STEWART
Mike Stewart played in three sets of the Friday Princeton match collecting six kills (.625), one dig, one assist block and one assist. He started Saturday against Princeton recording seven kills (.667), four assist blocks and one dig. Stewart has played in eight matches with three starts. He is averaging 2.33 points, 2.00 kills, .28 digs and .67 blocks per set while hitting .646.
#15 MIK BERZINS
Mik Berzins started at libero Friday against Princeton and switched to outside hitter. He recorded seven kills (.308) and six digs against the Tigers while handling 17 of 18 serve reception attempts. Saturday, against Princeton, Berzins had five digs and one assist while handling 16 serve reception attempts without an error. At Penn State, he posted three digs and one assist while handling 22 of 28 serve reception attempts. Berzins has played in all 26 matches this season with 12 starts at outside hitter and 14 at libero. He is averaging 1.64 points, 1.41 kills, .09 aces, .27 blocks and a team-high 1.78 digs per set. Berzins has a team-high .954 serve reception percentage handling 539 of 565 attempts.
BERZINS OSU CAREER STATS
Mik Berzins is ranked fifth on the Ohio State career digs list with 619. Fourth on the list with 639 digs is Tom Trantow (2000-03). Berzins is the Ohio State career leader in digs per set with a 2.31 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 three sets of the Friday Princeton match recording one dig. He saw action in one set at Penn State. Kues has played in 20 matches this season and has two assists and eight digs.
#21 SEAN MARTIN
Sean Martin played in four sets of the Friday Princeton match. Saturday against Princeton, he recorded his third ace serve of his career against the Tigers. Martin played in one set at Penn State. He has played in 10 matches this season and has recorded three digs and two ace serves.
KLANAC NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK-April 4
John Klanac was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week (April 4) for his play in a win over 11th-ranked Loyola-Chicago and a loss at 15th-ranked Lewis. In the 3-1 win at Loyola-Chicago, Klanac recorded a match-high 21.5 points. He posted a match-high 19 kills, while hitting .325. Klanac added four total blocks (one solo, three assists) and five digs. He handled seven of 11 serve receptions. The Buckeye victory gave Ohio State a fifth consecutive Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championship. Klanac, in the 3-1 loss to 15th-ranked Lewis, recorded 10 kills (.273), six digs and three assist blocks. He handled 20 serve receptions without an error. In the two matches, Klanac averaged 3.94 points, 3.62 kills, 1.38 digs and .50 blocks per set while hitting .306. He handled 31 of 35 serve receptions for a .886 percentage.
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.