COLUMBUS, Ohio – The ninth-ranked Ohio State (4-2 overall, 1-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team travels to Penn State to face 13th-ranked Cal State Northridge (2-7, 1-5 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) and seventh-ranked UC Irvine (4-6, 2-4 MPSF) in cross-over matches with the ninth-ranked (tie) Nittany Lions (6-1, 2-0 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association). The Buckeyes face the Cal State Northridge Matadors at 5 p.m. Friday and the UC Irvine Anteaters at 5 p.m. Saturday.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Ninth-ranked Ohio State, coached by Pete Hanson, has a 4-2 overall record and is 1-0 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Buckeyes won 3-1 (25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 25-18) at second-ranked (Div. III) Juniata last Saturday. Shawn Sangrey leads the team with a 4.85 points per set average. John Klanac ranks second at 3.30 with Kevin Heine third at 3.09. Sangrey has a team-high 3.80 kills per set average. Klanac ranks second at 2.78 with Heine third at 2.55. In attack percentage, Heine leads the squad with a .462 percentage. Jason Tobkin ranks second at .422 with Grayson Overman third at .393. Setter Seven Kehoe has an 12.26 assists per set average. Sangrey has a team-high .55 aces per set average with 11. Kehoe is ranked second at .30 with seven ace serves with Klanac third at .26 with six. Defensively, Mik Berzins is averaging a team-high 1.74 digs per set with 40. Klanac ranks second at 1.39 (32) with Anthony Hock third at 1.38 (29). Berzins has a team-high .970 serve reception percentage handling 128 of 132 attempts. Hock ranks second at .965 (83 of 86) and Klanac is third at .949 (111 of 117). At the net, Grayson Overman has a team-high 1.06 blocks per set average with 18 assist blocks. Sangrey ranks second at .95 with a solo and 18 assists. Heine, at .91, is third with four solos and 16 assist blocks.
Ohio State is averaging 17.70 points, 14.00 kills and 13.43 assists per set while hitting .356. The Buckeyes average 1.39 aces, 8.39 digs and 2.30 blocks per set and have a .954 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 15.85 points, 12.48 kills and 11.74 assists per set while hitting .310. They average .83 aces, 6.61 digs and 2.54 blocks per set and have a .930 serve reception percentage.
A LOOK AT CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
No. 13 Cal State Northridge, coached by Jeff Campbell, is 2-7 on the season and has a 1-5 record in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Last week, the Anteaters lost home matches to Pacific, 3-0 (25-16, 31-29, 25-20) and Stanford, 3-0 (25-19, 27-25, 25-22). Leading the Matadors in points per set is Brandon Lebrock with a 3.00 average. Greg Faulkner ranks second at 2.67 with John Baker third at 2.61. Lebrock leads the team in kills per set at 2.50. Drew Staker ranks second at 2.13 with Faulkner third at 2.12. Staker has a team-high .473 attack percentage. Matt Stork, at .389, ranks second with Faulkner third at .356. At setter, Stork is averaging 10.07 assists per set with Jeff Baxter second at 3.77. Lebrock has a team-high .31 aces per set average with 10. Tanner Nua ranks second at .33 with seven and Baker is third at .28 with five. Defensively, Kaleo Baxter leads the squad with a 2.03 digs per set average with 59. Nua ranks second at 1.05 with 22 and Stork is third at 1.04 with 28. Lebrock has a team-high .972 serve reception percentage handling 200 of 216 attempts. Baxter, at .962, ranks second (150 of 156) with Dillon Auxier third at .942 (113 of 120). At the net, Faulkner leads the squad with a .88 blocks per set average. He has three solos and 18 assist blocks. Stork ranks second at .481 with three solos and 10 assists with Nua third at .476 with a solo and nine assist blocks.
Cal State Northridge is averaging 14.20 points, 11.44 kills and 10.81 assists per set while hitting .242. The Matadors average 1.06 aces, 6.81 digs and 1.70 blocks per set and has a .944 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 17.06 points, 13.25 kills and 12.59 assists per set while hitting .371. They average 1.09 aces, 7.81 digs and 2.72 blocks per set and have a .936 serve reception percentage.
OSU SERIES WITH CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
The Ohio State – Cal State Northridge series is tied at three matches each. The Matadors are 3-2 in Northridge while Ohio State is 1-0 in neutral site matches. The Buckeyes have won the last two matches between the teams in 1995 (3-0, 15-11, 15-8, 16-14) and 1999 (3-0 (15-9, 15-12, 15-13). Both matches were played in Northridge.
A LOOK AT UC IRVINE
Seventh-ranked UC Irvine, coached by John Speraw, has a 4-6 overall record and is 2-4 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The Anteaters suffered back-to-back 3-0 losses at No. 3 Brigham Young last week, losing 25-22, 25-15, 25-17 and 25-17, 25-22, 25-21. Carson Clark leads the team in points per set with a 5.21 average. Cory Yoder ranks second at 3.84 with Jeremy Dejno third at 2.61. Clark has a team-high 4.64 kills per set average with Yoder second at 3.46 and Dejno third at 2.13. Yoder, at .484, leads the squad in attack percentage. Dan McDonnell ranks second at .393 with Clark third at .324. At setter, Daniel Stork has a team-high 10.67 assists per set average. Anthony Spittle averages 8.57. In aces per set, Clark leads the team at .39 with 14. Denjo ranks second at .32 with 10 and Stork is third at .24 with five. Defensively, John Caroompas has a 2.06 digs per set average to lead the team with 72. Spittle ranks second at 1.67 (35) and Clark is third at 1.28 (46). At the net, Kevin Wynne has a team-high .88 blocks per set average with a solo and 20 assist blocks. Spittle, at .76, ranks second with two solos and 14 assists. Ranking third is McDonnell at .74 with three solos and 17 assists.
UC Irvine is averaging 16.27 points, 13.10 kills and 11.18 assists per set while hitting .346. The Anteaters average 1.13 aces, 7.67 digs and 2.04 blocks per set. Opponents average 15.03 points, 11.77 kills and 11.18 assists per set while hitting .320. They average 1.31 aces, 7.38 digs and 1.95 blocks per set.
OSU SERIES WITH UC IRVINE
UC Irvine has a 4-2 advantage in the series with Ohio State. In Irvine, each squad has won twice and the Anteaters are 2-0 in neutral site matches. The squads split matches at Irvine in 2008 with OSU winning, 3-2 (30-25, 23-30, 18-30, 30-24, 15-13) and Irvine winning, 3-0 (30-23, 30-25, 30-13). The squads last played in 2009, at Brigham Young, in the NCAA Championship semifinals with Irvine winning, 3-0 (30-25, 30-25, 30-26).
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.
OHIO STATE RANKED NINTH IN AVCA WEEKLY POLL
Ohio State ranks ninth in the latest (Jan. 31) American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll. OSU received 99 points in the poll and is the highest ranked team in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Ball State is ranked 14th in the poll with Lewis and Loyola-Chicago 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 Feb. 1 has ranked Ohio State ranked ninth with 23 points. Last season, the Buckeyes finished eighth in the poll. Southern California is the top-ranked team with 100 points. Lewis and IPFW are receiving votes.
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 519-284 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 46 assists against Juniata adding two kills, two ace serves, one assist block and a match-high nine digs. He has started every match this season and is averaging 12.26 assists, .89 points, .35 kills, .30 aces, 1.35 digs and .43 blocks per set while hitting .261.
KEHOE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Steven Kehoe has 2,976 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 11.06. 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 16th with a 1.62 average.
#2 KEVIN HEINE
Kevin Heine hit .500 against Juniata with eight kills in 12 attempts with two errors. He added three assists and two digs in the match for eight points. Heine has started all six matches this season and is averaging 3.09 points, 2.55 kills, .27 digs and .91 blocks per set while hitting a team-high .462.
HEINE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Kevin Heine ranks 14th in OSU career assist blocks with 259. He needs four assist blocks to move past No. 13 David Frette (1989-91) with 262. He ranks 15th in career total blocks with 22 solos and 259 assists. Ranking 14th (293) on the list is Angel Aja (1997-00) with 29 solos and 264 assists. Heine is ranked 10th in career blocks per game with a 1.16 average.
#3 ANTHONY HOCK
Anthony Hock has seen action in all six matches this season and has started at libero in the last four. Against Juniata, he had four digs and one assist while handling 15 of 17 serve reception attempts. For the season, Hock is averaging 1.38 digs per set and has a .965 serve reception percentage handling 83 of 86 attempts.
#5 GRAYSON OVERMAN
Grayson Overman is averaging 2.65 points, 1.88 kills, .24 aces, .41 digs and a team-high 1.06 blocks per set while hitting .393. He has started in the five matches he has played. Overman did not play in the Juniata match.
#6 SHAWN SANGREY
Shawn Sangrey recorded season-highs of 23 kills and 25 points in the Juniata match. He hit .326 against the Eagles and recorded one ace serve, five digs and two assist blocks. Sangrey has played and started in five matches this season and is the team leader in points (4.85), kills (3.80) and aces (.55) per set. He is averaging 1.35 digs and .95 blocks per set while hitting .263. Sangrey has recorded double-figure points in all five matches this season.
SANGREY IN OSU CAREER STATS
Shawn Sangrey ranks fourth in Ohio State career aces per set at .31 with 50 aces. He ranks ninth in points per set at 4.26.
#7 MIKE STEFANI
Mike Stefani has seen action in two matches this season, playing in four sets. He recorded on dig against St. Francis and has five serve attempts this season.
#8 JOHN KLANAC
John Klanac hit .500 at Juniata with six kills in 12 attempts with no errors. He added two assists, one ace serve, two digs and three total blocks with a solo and two assists. Klanac handled 19 of 21 serve reception attempts against the Eagles. In his six starts this season, he ranks second on the team in points per set at 3.30. Klanac is averaging 2.78 kills, .26 aces, 1.39 digs and .48 blocks per set while hitting .366. He has a .949 serve reception percentage handling 111 of 117 attempts.
KLANAC IN OSU CAREER STATS
John Klanac is ranked 19th in kills per set at 3.07 and is 17th in aces per set at .22. He is ranked 19th in points per set at 3.59.
#9 JOHN THOLEN
John Tholen has seen action in one match this season against St. Francis. He posted four kills and two assist blocks in the contest while hitting .500 while playing in one set.
#12 JASON TOBKIN
Jason Tobkin hit a season-high .750 against Juniata recording seven kills in eight attempts with one error. He added three digs against the Eagles and handled 11 of 13 serve reception attempts. Tobkin has played in five matches this season with three starts. He is averaging 1.81 points, 1.69 kills, .94 digs and .19 blocks per set while hitting .422. He has a .936 serve reception percentage handling 73 of 78 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 recorded three kills and three digs against Juniata while handling 13 of 14 serve reception attempts. He has started the last four matches at outside hitter and was the starting libero in the first two matches of the season. Berzins leads the team in digs per set with a 1.74 average. He is averaging 2.15 points, 1.83 kills, .13 aces and .35 blocks per set while hitting .329. Berzins has a team leading .970 serve reception percentage handling 128 of 132 attempts.
BERZINS OSU CAREER STATS
Mik Berzins is ranked 17th in career digs with 497. He needs 12 digs to pass No. 16 Robbie Klein (2006-09) with 508. Berzins is the Ohio State career leader in digs per set with a 2.48 average.
#20 DEREK KUES
Derek Kues saw action in the back row in all four sets against Juniata. He recorded one assist and had five serve attempts against the Eagles. Kues has played in all six matches this season recording three digs and one assist.