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May. 2, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The ninth-ranked Ohio State (24-7 overall) men’s volleyball team has advanced to the NCAA Championship semifinals at UCLA after winning the MIVA Tournament last week The Buckeyes, seeded fourth in the Championship will face top-seeded Pepperdine (23-2) Thursday at midnight ET. The Ohio State-Pepperdine match will be shown live on ESPNU and on tape delay at 1 p.m. ET Friday on ESPN2. The first semifinal has second seed Penn State (30-3) facing third seed and host UCLA (25-5). The Penn State-UCLA match will be broadcast live by ESPN2 and ESPNU. Thursday’s winners return Saturday to play for the National Championship at 11 p.m. ET. The match will be carried live by ESPN2. The broadcast team includes Beth Mowins with the play-by-play, Heather Cox as the analyst and Mike Hall as the sideline reporter.

MATHEWS NAMED MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Daniel Mathews, a 6-6 freshman setter for 10th-ranked Ohio State (24-7), has been chosen the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week and the American Volleyball Coaches Association/Sports Imports National Player of the Week. Mathews, the MIVA Tournament Most Valuable Player, guided Ohio State to neutral site victories over Ball State, 3-2 (30-25, 26-30, 30-22, 19-30, 15-10) in the tournament semifinals and over IPFW, 3-1 (30-23, 30-18, 27-30, 30-24) in the Tournament Championship match to earn Ohio State’s 14th trip to the NCAA Championship semifinals. Mathews had 57 assists against Ball State, adding seven assist blocks, three kills and an ace serve. In the IPFW match, he had career-highs of seven kills and a .600 (7-1-10) hitting percentage against the Mastodons. He had 51 assists in the match, adding five assist blocks and a digs. His seven kills against IPFW were on setter dumps and helped keep the Mastodons off balance. His kill in game four against the Mastodons at 27-24, started a three-point run for OSU to close out the match. For the two matches, Mathews averaged 12.00 assists and 1.33 blocks per game. This is the second time this season he has been named the MIVA Player of the Week.

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 24-7 on the season. They finished second in the MIVA with a 14-2 record. The Buckeyes are currently ninth in the USA TODAY/CSTV Top 15 Coaches Poll. Last week the Buckeyes won the MIVA Tournament Championship by defeating No. 15 Ball State, 3-2 (30-25, 26-30, 30-22, 19-30, 15-10) in the semifinals and IPFW, 3-1 (40-23, 30-18, 27-30, 30-24) in the championship match hosted by Loyola.

OHIO STATE BY THE NUMBERS
Mark Greaves (Jr., Fenton, Mo.) leads the Buckeyes in points per game at 4.88 with Andy Cole (Jr., Glendale, Wis.) averaging 4.26. Greaves is averaging a team-high 4.34 kills (408) per game with Cole second at 3.77 (309). Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) is hitting a team-high .481 with Scott Spurlock (Sr., Stow, Ohio) second at .397. Setter Daniel Mathews (Fr., Shorewood, Wis.) is averaging 13.06 assists (1,411) per game and is averaging a team-high .30 aces per game with a team-high 32 aces. Greaves is second in aces per game at .22 (21). Mike Wauligman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) leads the team in digs per game with a 1.96 average on 190 digs with libero Conor Martin (Fr., Avon Lake, Ohio) second at 1.86 (192). At the net, Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) has a team-high 1.40 blocks per game average with Spurlock second at 1.20. Dreven has six solos and 138 assists while Spurlock has six solos and 121 assists. The Buckeyes are hitting .326 and average 15.75 kills per game. OSU averages 1.22 aces, 9.22 digs and 3.03 blocks per game. Ohio State opponents are hitting .242 and average 13.97 kills per game. Buckeye opponents average .76 aces, 7.92 digs and 2.27 blocks per game.

A LOOK AT PEPPERDINE
The top-ranked Waves are coached by Marv Dumphy. Pepperdine has a 23-2 overall record and finished first in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with a 20-2 record. The Waves won the MPSF automatic bid to the NCAA Championship by winning the MPSF Tournament. Last week in the Tournament, Pepperdine defeated Cal State Northridge, 3-1 (32-30, 30-28, 28-30, 30-19) in the semifinals and defeated Long Beach State, 3-0 (31-29, 30-21, 30-27) in the championship match.

PEPPERDINE BY THE NUMBERS
Leading Pepperdine in points per game is Sean Rooney at 6.35 (610.0). John Parfitt ranks second at 4.09 (388.5). Rooney has a team-high 5.32 kills (511) per game average with Parfitt second at 3.65 (347). Andy Hein is the top percentage hitter for the Waves at .533 with Rooney second at .395. At setter Jonathan Winder averages 13.56 assists (1,275) per game for Pepperdine. Rooney has a team-high .49 aces (47) per game average with Hein second at .20 (19). Defensively, James Ka leads the team in digs (240) per game with a 2.53 average. John Mayer ranks second at 1.89 (181). At the net, Hein leads the team in blocking with a 1.60 per game average with 12 solos and 142 assists. Tom Hulse ranks second in blocking at 1.35 (11-119). Pepperdine is hitting .360 and averages 16.07 kills per game. The Waves average 1.19 aces, 9.53 digs and 3.56 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .254 and average 15.16 kills per game. Wave opponents average 1.05 aces, 9.64 digs and 1.77 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – PEPPERDINE SERIES
Pepperdine has a 14-4 lead in the series with Ohio State. In NCAA play, each squad has won two matches, all in the semifinals. The last meeting with the waves come in 2000, in the NCAA Championship semifinals at Ft. Wayne, Ind. with Ohio State winning, 3-0 (17-15, 15-9, 15-10).

REVIEWING THE LAST PEPPERDINE MATCH
On May 5, 2000 in the NCAA National Championship semifinals at Ft. Wayne, Ind., Behind a solid team performance, Ohio State swept away the Waves of Pepperdine 3-0 (17-15, 15-9, 15-10) to advance for the second time in school history to the NCAA National Championship match against UCLA. Ohio State had four players with double-figure kills with Chris Fash scoring a team-high 21 with Pieter Olree adding 20. Rene Esteves added 12 and Colin McMillan 11. Jose Rivera had nine kills but added a match-high 14 digs for the Buckeyes. Wave Andre Breuer had a match-high 23 kills for Pepperdine with Keith Barnett adding 20 and Scott Wong 13. Barnett and Erik Koenig added 10 digs each for the Waves. Pepperdine had leads of 3-0 and 11-4 before a Barnett ace serve set game point at 14-9 for Pepperdine. The Buckeyes stopped seven game points while picking up five points off two kills by Olree, one by Rivera and two Wave errors to tie the game at 14. A Wong kill put Pepperdine up 15-14, serving its eighth game point but an Olree kill sided out to Ohio State. A Pepperdine error tied the game at 15 and another error put Ohio State ahead 16-15 serving game point. Three tries later an overpass kill by McMillan gave the Buckeyes the game at 17-15. Game two had four early ties (3, 4, 5, 7) before a block by McMillan and Angel Aja gave Ohio State an 8-7 lead. A Wave error and kills by Fash and Olree put the OSU lead at 11-7. A Pepperdine block by Breuer and Donny Killian cut the OSU margin to 11-8. OSU took the lead to 12-8 on a Wave error, but a solo block by Tim O’Connell put the margin at three at 12-9. Two Pepperdine attack errors gave OSU at 14-9 lead and serving game point. A kill by Killian returned the serve to Pepperdine but a Fash kill set OSU’s second game point and a Wave error ended the game at 15-9. Pepperdine opened a 4-0 lead in game three. The Waves held a 6-3 lead when an Esteves ace serve and a Rivera kill cut the lead to 6-5. A Wong ace serve put the Waves up two points (7-5) but a block by Rivera, McMillan and Fash and a kill by Rivera tied the game at seven. After ties at eight and nine, two Pepperdine errors gave Ohio State an 11-9 lead. A Buckeye error cut the lead to 11-10, but a Wave error returned the margin to two at 12-10. Another Pepperdine error expanded the OSU lead to 13-10. Aja’s kill set game/match point at 14-10. A Buckeye service error returned the serve to Pepperdine but a Wave attack error gave OSU its second match point. A Breuer kill stopped that attempt. A Pepperdine service error gave Ohio State its third match point and a kill by Fash put the match in the record book at 15-10. For the match, Ohio State hit .392 to .271 for Pepperdine. The Waves outblocked the Buckeyes 12.5 to 7.5 and had a seven to two edge in ace serves. Both teams had 40 digs.

A LOOK AT PENN STATE
The second-ranked Nittany Lions are coached by Mark Pavlik. Penn State is 30-3 overall, finishing first in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association with a 12-0 record. The Nittany Lions received the EIVA automatic bid to the NCAA Championship by winning the EIVA Tournament. They defeated Rutgers-Newark, 3-0 (30-24, 30-21, 30-16) in the semifinals and No. 14 George Mason, 3-1 (30-20, 30-19, 30-32, 30-24). Penn State has won its last 14 matches.

PENN STATE BY THE NUMBERS
Leading Penn State in points (567.0) per game is Matt Proper with a 5.06 average. Nate Meerstein ranks second at 3.64 (442.5). Proper has a team-high 4.05 kills (454) per game average with Alex Gutor second at 3.03 (297). Meerstein is the team’s top percentage hitting at .521 with Keith Kowal second at .476. Setter Dan O’Dell averages 12.61 assists (1,349) per game. Proper has a team-high .29 aces (33) per game average with Aaron Smith second at .26 (29). Defensively, Gary Vogel leads the team with a 2.32 digs (272) per game average. Smith ranks second in digs at 1.26 (139). At the net, Keith Kowal has a team-high 1.73 blocks per game average with 12 solos and 178 assists. Meerstein ranks second at 1.41 (14-149) with Proper third at 1.30 (14-132). Penn State is hitting .367 and averages 14.37 kills per game. The Nittany Lions average 1.30 aces, 8.45 digs and 3.91 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .182 and average 13.31 kills per game. Penn State opponents average 1.11 aces, 6.95 digs and 2.14 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – PENN STATE SERIES
Penn State leads the series with Ohio State, 52-27-1. The Nittany Lions have won the last four meetings and eight of the last nine. The squads have played four times in the NCAA Championship. All four were consolation matches with Penn State winning three. The Nittany Lions won all three meetings during the regular season. Penn State won 3-1 (30-20, 22-30, 30-21, 31-29) at home, 3-0 (30-24, 30-20, 30-21) at the Golden Dome Classic and 3-1 (30-32, 30-25, 30-20, 30-21) in Columbus.

REVIEWING THE LAST PENN STATE MATCH
Ohio State dropped a 3-1 (30-32, 30-25, 30-20, 30-21) decision to third-ranked Penn State. OSU’s Andy Cole scored a match-high 20.5 points for the Buckeyes with 19 kills (.244), a solo block and an assist block. Penn State’s Matt Proper had a team-high 19.5 points for the Nittany Lions with 16 kills (.281), an ace serve and five assist blocks. Proper was one of five Penn State players who recorded double-figure points in the match. In game one, Penn State held a four-point lead in the game at 25-21. Kills by Layne Dreven and Mike Wauligman and a Buckeye service error cut the Penn State lead to 26-23. A Cole kill and two Nittany Lion errors tied the game at 26. A Buckeye error and a Proper ace serve made it 28-26. An OSU block from Daniel Mathews and Scott Spurlock and a Cole kill tied the game at 28. A Penn State error and a kill by Dan O’Dell made it 29-all. A Keith Kowal kill set game point at 30-29 for Penn State. A Penn State service error tied the game at 30. An OSU block from Mark Greaves and Spurlock gave OSU a 31-30 lead and serving game point. The Buckeyes won the game, 32-30, with a kill by Greaves. In the game, Ohio State hit .500 to .429 for Penn State. Ohio State held an early 7-4 lead in game two, but straight Penn State points gave the Nittany Lions an 8-7 lead. Tied at 15, two OSU errors, kills by O’Dell, Kowal and Kevin Wentzel and a Kowal-Wentzel block opened a 21-15 Nittany Lion lead. OSU closed to within two at 23-21, but Penn State held the lead, winning the game, 30-25, to tie the match. The Nittany Lions hit .438 in the game to .176 for the Buckeyes. Tied at two in game three, Penn State scored seven consecutive points to open a 9-2 lead. The Nittany Lions expanded the lead to win the game, 30-20. Penn State hit .542 to OSU’s .129. In game four, Penn State never trailed, opening a 2-0 lead and quickly taking the lead to five at 7-2. The Nittany Lions, at 28-21, used a Nate Meerstein kill and a Proper-Kowal block to win the game, 30-21, and win the match, 3-1. Penn State hit .455 in the game to .176 for Ohio State. For the game, Penn State hit .460 to OSU’s .248. The Nittany Lions had a 72-65 margin in kills while Ohio State had a three to two advantage in ace serves. Penn State gave up 11 service errors to nine for the Buckeyes. Defensively, Penn State had a 28-27 margin in digs with OSU’s Greaves recording a match-high eight. At the net, the Nittany Lions had a 17.5 to nine advantage in team blocks. PSU’s Kowal posted a match-high 12 assists in the match. O’Dell recorded 60 assists for Penn State while OSU’s Mathews had 59.

A LOOK AT UCLA
The fourth-ranked Bruins are coached by Al Scates. UCLA has a 25-5 overall record and was 18-4 in the MPSF, finishing second. The Bruins received the at-large bid to the NCAA Championship. UCLA ended the regular season with a 3-2 (30-25, 30-27, 18-30, 22-30, 16-14) loss to Cal State Northridge, at home, in the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals.

UCLA BY THE NUMBERS
Bruin Paul Johnson leads the team in points (520.5) per game at 4.69. Jonathan Acosta ranks second at 3.27 (311.0). Johnson is the team leader in kills (394) per game at 3.55 with Steve Klosterman second at 2.88 (222). Setter Aaron Dodd (59 assists, 9.83 per game) started the Cal State Northridge match after starter Dennis Gonzalez (976, 12.05) was injured in practice. Johnson leads the Bruins in aces (43) per game with a .39 average. Allan Vince ranks second at .32 (33). Defensively, Tony Ker leads the team in digs (241) per game with a 2.41 average. Ranking second in active players is Kris Kraushaar at 1.55 (158) per game. At the net, Johnson has a team-high 1.34 blocks per game average with 18 solos and 131 assists. Ranking second is Vince at .95 with 15 solos and 84 assists. UCLA is hitting .334 and averages 15.57 kills per game. The Bruins average 1.38 aces, 9.42 digs and 2.83 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .246 and average 14.69 kills per game.

OHIO STATE – UCLA SERIES
UCLA has won all 14 meetings with Ohio State. Nine of the matches have been in the NCAA Championships, with eight in the semifinals and one in the Championship match. That match was in 2000 in Ft. Wayne, Ind. with UCLA winning, 3-0 (15-8, 15-10, 17-15). The last meeting was in 2001 at Long Beach State in the Championship semifinal, a 3-1 (30-21, 30-20, 22-30, 30-24) Bruin victory.

REVIEWING THE LAST UCLA MATCH
On May 4, 2001 in the NCAA Championship semifinals at Long Beach State, Ohio State men’s volleyball team pushed the Bruins of UCLA to four games but could not break into the win column. Top-seed UCLA won the first semifinal in the NCAA Championships 3-1 (30-21, 30-20, 22-30, 30-24) over fourth-seed Ohio State. OSU’s Pieter Olree scored a team-high 14 kills with Chris Fash adding 12. Bruin Adam Naeve had a match-high 15 kills for UCLA with Mark Williams adding 13 and Cameron Mount 12. For the match, the Bruins hit .344 to .241 for Ohio State. UCLA had a 62-49 advantage in kills while the Bruins had 20 attack errors to 22 for the Buckeyes. UCLA’s Naeve hit a match-high (10-or-more kills) .652 with 15 kills in 23 attempts with no errors. The Bruins recorded 38 digs to 32 for Ohio State. Buckeye Tom Trantow had a match-high 10 digs with Mark Peckham adding seven. Bruin Nelson had a team-high nine digs with Mount and Adam Schrader adding seven each. UCLA recorded a team total of 59 assists with Nelson recording a match-high 54. OSU’s Peckham had a team-high 41 assists. The Buckeyes had the advantage in ace serves nine to seven. OSU’s Greg Lehman had a match-high five aces with Olree adding three. Williams and Naeve scored two aces each for the Bruins. The Bruins gave up 15 serve error while Ohio State had 18. At the net, Ohio State had nine blocks to six for the Bruins. Adam Pedersen had a match-high five blocks (one solo and four assists) for the Buckeyes with Todd Hill adding four assists. Burnham, for the Bruins, had a team-high four assist blocks.

REVIEWING THE BALL STATE MATCH
Ohio State posted a 3-2 (30-25, 26-30, 30-22, 19-30, 15-10) victory over No. 15 Ball State in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament semifinal at Loyola-Chicago. OSU’s Mark Greaves scored a team-high 22.5 points for the Buckeyes with Andy Cole adding 16.5. Greaves recorded a team-high 18 kills (.265), three ace serves and three assist blocks against the Cardinals. Cole posted 15 kills (.333) and added three assist blocks. Ball State’s Nick Meyer recorded a match-high 25.5 points for the Cardinals with a match-high 23 kills (.390) and five assist blocks. Cardinal Zoran Grabovac had 16.5 points with 11 kills (.500), two ace serves, a solo block and five assist blocks. In game one the score remained close but at 26-25, the Buckeyes scored the next four points including a kill by Greaves and two Cole-Layne Dreven blocks to win, 30-25. The Buckeyes hit .231 in the game to Ball State’s .062. Ball State held an early three-point lead in game two, expanding the lead to six at 22-16. The Buckeyes cut the lead to one at 23-22 but Ball State opened the lead to 29-24 before an Evan Berg kill ended the game at 30-26 and tied the match at one game each. Ball State hit .262 for the game to .244 for Ohio State. Game three saw the Buckeyes hold a three-point lead through much of the game before expanding the lead to six. Ohio State opened a 27-20 lead, going on to win the game, 30-22, to take a 2-1 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .385 for the game to .212 for the Cardinals. Ball State, with a 30-19 win in game four, tied the match at two games each. The Cardinals hit .560 in the game to .233 for Ohio State. Ohio State took an 8-5 lead in game five. The Cardinals cut the lead to two at 12-10. OSU scored the final three points to take the win, 15-10. The Buckeyes hit .357 in the game to .133 for the Cardinals. For the match, Ohio State hit .277 to Ball State’s .245. The Cardinals had a 68 to 65 advantage in kills while Ohio State had a five to three margin in ace serves with OSU’s Greaves posting a season-high three aces for the Buckeyes. Ohio State gave up 17 service errors to 16 for Ball State. Defensively, the Cardinals posted 41 digs in the match to 36 for the Buckeyes. OSU’s Conor Martin recorded a career-high 15 digs in the contest. The Buckeyes had a 16.5 to 12 advantage in team blocks with Buckeye Dreven collecting a match-high nine assist blocks. OSU’s Daniel Mathews and Scott Spurlock added seven assist blocks each. Mathews had a match-high 57 assists in the match while Ball State setter Dave Carlson collected 53.

REVIEWING THE IPFW MATCH
Ohio State advanced to the NCAA Championship with a 3-1 (30-23, 30-18, 27-30, 30-24) victory over IPFW. The win over IPFW came in the championship match of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament and gives the Buckeyes the automatic bid from the MIVA. Ohio State’s Andy Cole scored a team-high 23 points for the Buckeyes with Mark Greaves adding 14.5. Mastodon Matt Zbyszewski collected a match-high 24 points for IPFW with Serdar Sikca adding 16. Ohio State, with game one tied at three, used a block by Scott Spurlock (Sr., Stow, Ohio) and Cole, and an ace serve and kill from Cole to take a 6-3 lead. At 12-10, a kill by Sikca and a Mike Daiga-Sikca block tied the game at 12. After several more ties the score moved to 19-all. An IPFW error and a Cole kill gave OSU a 21-19 lead. A Buckeye error closed the score to 21-20. A Cole kill and a solo block by Greaves put OSU ahead, 23-20 as IPFW called time out. A triple block by Daniel Mathews, Greaves and Spurlock and an IPFW error made it a five-point lead for OSU at 25-20. A Zbyszewski kill and a Jerrod Quillen ace serve made it 25-22. A Greaves kill and an OSU error moved the score to 26-23. Three consecutive kills from Mike Wauligman set game point at 29-23. Layne Dreven ended the game with a kill for a 30-23 win. Ohio State hit .419 in the game to .103 for IPFW. In game two, OSU broke a 2-2 tie with kills from Dreven, Cole and Greaves to take a 5-2 lead. After a Sikca kill, OSU scored the next four points to open a 9-3 lead. The run began with kills from Cole and Mathews, a Greaves-Spurlock block and a Spurlock kill. The Buckeyes expanded the lead to 10 at 28-18 and with a Spurlock kill reached game point at 29-18. A Cole ace serve ended the game at 30-18. The Buckeyes hit .429 in the game to .125 for the Mastodons. Tied at five in game three, the Buckeyes committed three consecutive errors to give IPFW an 8-5 lead. At 11-8, IPFW, a Zbyszewski kill and a Zbyszewski-Josh Stewart block made it 13-8. At 21-15, three IPFW errors cut the lead to 21-18. Trailing, 24-21, kills by Mathews and Wauligman and a Greaves ace serve tied the game at 24. A Zbyszewski kill and an OSU error put the Mastodons ahead, 26-24. Buckeye kills by Spurlock and Wauligman tied the game at 26. Two Zbyszewski kills and an IPFW error put the Mastodons ahead, 28-27. Jason Hemphill’s kill set game point at 29-27 and a Buckeye error ended the game at 30-27, IPFW. The Mastodons hit .464 for the game to OSU’s .000. In game four, IPFW broke a two-all tie with kills from Hemphill and Brock Ullrich, and a Zbyszewski block to lead, 5-2. Following a Spurlock kill (5-3), kills by Zbyszewski and Ullrich and a Hemphill ace serve gave the Mastodons an 8-3 lead. With IPFW leading 13-9, two kills by Cole, a Sam Stevens-Spurlock block and two IPFW errors gave the Buckeyes a 14-13 lead. Tied at 19, a Cole kill and two from Stevens gave OSU a 22-19 lead. At 27-24, a Mathews kill and a Wauligman solo block set match point at 30-24. With a kill from Cole, OSU won the game, 30-24 and the match, 3-1. The Buckeyes hit .333 in the game to IPFW’s .194. Ohio State had three student-athletes, Dreven, Cole and Mathews, named to the All-Tournament team. Mathews was named the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament. Also named to the team were Sikca and Zbyszewski of IPFW and Krystian Krzyzak of Loyola. For the match, Ohio State hit .303 to .222 for the Mastodons. The Buckeyes had a 67 to 50 margin in kills and had a six to two advantage in aces. The Mastodons gave up 18 service errors to 10 for the Buckeyes. Defensively, Ohio State had a 37-20 margin in digs with Wauligman collecting a match-high 13 for the Buckeyes. At the net, Ohio State had a 15 to 13 edge in team blocks with Buckeye Spurlock collected a season/match-high 11 assist blocks in the contest. Ohio State setter Mathews had 51 assists in the match with IPFW’s Daiga recording 39.

OHIO STATE AND THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Ohio State will be making its 14th appearance in the NCAA Championship at UCLA. The Buckeyes have a 7-18 overall record in the Championship. OSU is 2-11 in semifinal matches and 0-2 in Championship matches. Ohio State is 5-5 in third place matches that are no longer played. In 2000 at Fr. Wayne, Ind., the Buckeyes advanced to the Championship match with a 3-0 (17-15, 15-9, 15-10) over Pepperdine, losing 0-3 (8-15, 10-15, 16-17) to UCLA in the Championship. OSU’s first championship match appearance was in 1977 at UCLA. The Buckeyes defeated Pepperdine, 3-1 (15-10, 5-15, 15-10, 16-14) in the semifinals and lost to Southern California, 1-3 (7-15, 15-9, 10-15, 12-15) in the Championship match.

MATHEWS LEADS THE BUCKEYES TO THE MIVA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP
Daniel Mathews, the MIVA Tournament Most Valuable Player, guided the Buckeyes to the championship and a berth in the NCAA Championship. He averaged 12.00 assists and 1.33 blocks per game in the wins over Ball State and IPFW. Mathews had 57 assists, seven assist blocks, four digs, three kills (.125) and an ace serve against the Cardinals in the semifinals. Against IPFW, he had a career-high seven kills and hit a career-high .600 (7-1-10), adding 51 assists, five assist blocks and a dig. Mathews ranks sixth in OSU career assists with 1,411 and ranks sixth in assist per game at 13.06.

SPURLOCK COLLECTS 18 BLOCKS ON THE WEEKEND
Scott Spurlock averaged 2.00 blocks per game with 18 assist blocks last weekend. He had seven against Ball State and a season-high 11 against IPFW. He had six kills (.214), an ace serve and a digs against the Cardinals and six kills (.267), three digs, two assists and an ace serve against IPFW.

SPURLOCK CLIMBS TO FOURTH IN OSU CAREER TOTAL BLOCKS
With 18 assist blocks last weekend, Scott Spurlock now has 402 total blocks (17 solos and 385 assists) and has moved to fourth on the OSU career total blocks list. He passed Gary Wrobel (1994-97) with 390 (64-326). His 385 assists ranks him fourth in OSU career assist blocks and he is seventh in blocks per game at 1.24.

GREAVES POWERS OSU TO SEMIFINAL VICTORY OVER BALL STATE
Mark Greaves had 22.5 points in OSU’s semifinal victory over Ball State. He had a team-high 18 kills (.265), adding four digs, three assist blocks and a season-high three ace serves. Greaves had 10 kills (.000) and a season-high six total blocks against IPFW. He added four assists, two digs and an ace serve against the Mastodons.

GREAVES MOVES TO 11TH IN OSU CAREER KILLS
With his 28 kills last weekend, Mark Greaves has moved to 11th on the OSU career kills list with 910. He passed Jose Rivera (1996-00) with 900.

COLE STEPS UP WITH 23 POINTS AGAINST IPFW
Andy Cole, with 34 kills on the weekend, was a major factor in OSU’s MIVA Tournament Championship. He had 15 kills (.333), three assist blocks and three digs against Ball State and had a team-high 19 kills (.314), three digs, three ace serves and two assist blocks against IPFW. Cole, who did not play in the MIVA quarterfinal match against Quincy, was named to the MIVA All-Tournament team.

COLE TOPS 1,000 CAREER KILLS
With 34 kills on the weekend, Andy Cole now has 1,005 career kills and becomes the ninth Buckeye to reach the 1,000 mark. In career aces, he now has 50 and has moved to 16th on the OSU career list passing Todd Brooks (1989-92) and Mike Terpstra (1990-93) with 48 each. With his six digs last week, Cole now has 347 career digs and moves to 19th on the OSU career list, passing Chris Fash (1998-01) with 342.

WAULIGMAN AVERAGES TWO DIGS PER GAME FOR THE WEEKEND
Mike Wauligman continued to be solid on defense averaging 2.00 digs per game last weekend. He posted five digs, 10 kills (.208) and three assist blocks against Ball State. In the IPFW match, Wauligman equaled his season-high of 13 digs, adding 10 kills (.250) and a solo block. His 13 digs equaled his season-high set against Loyola.

WAULIGMAN NOW 11TH IN OSU CAREER DIGS
With his 18 digs on the weekend, Mike Wauligman now has 542 career digs and has moved to 11th on the OSU career list. He moved past Dan Mihacevich (1994-97) with 526 and Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 525. Wauligman needs two digs to pass No. 10 Phil Kerewich (1996-99) who has 543.

DREVEN HAS A MATCH-HIGH NINE ASSIST BLOCKS AGAINST BALL STATE
Layne Dreven had a powerful blocking match against Ball State with a match-high nine assist blocks. He added nine kills (.571) and three digs against the Cardinals. He posted 10 kills (.538), a dig and an assist block against IPFW. Dreven hit .556 on the weekend and averaged 1.11 blocks per game. He was named to the MIVA All-Tournament team for his play.

STEVENS COMES OFF THE BENCH TO HELP IN WIN OVER IPFW
Sam Stevens (So., Miami, Fla.), in the IPFW match, came in to serve in the first three games. His tough serving help produce OSU’s final three points in game one, another three points in game two. He entered game four, replacing Mark Greaves and produced five kills (.667), three digs and two assist blocks. He totaled seven digs in the match and added an ace serve.

MARTIN AT LIBERO
Conor Martin has started at libero in 23 matches including the last 22. He has a 1.86 digs per game average on 192 digs on the season, ranking second in both categories for the Buckeyes. Last week Martin had a career-high 15 digs against Ball State and added seven against IPFW.

DREVEN IS MIVA STATISTICAL CHAMPION IN HITTING PERCENTAGE
Layne Dreven finished the MIVA Conference season as the top statistical percentage hitter in the league with a .515 average. He also finished third in blocking with a 1.42 per game average. In statistics for all matches, Dreven ranks 10th in hitting percentage at .476 and is fifth in blocks per game at 1.43. Scott Spurlock was fourth in hitting percentage at .436 and was eighth in blocking at 1.09. Setter Daniel Mathews, with a 13.20 assists per game average finished second in assists and was fourth in aces per game at .36. Mark Greaves finished third in kills per game with a 4.60 average and was ninth in hitting percentage at .352. Libero Conor Martin had a 2.31 digs per game average to finish sixth in the league with Mike Wauligman ninth at 2.08.

BUCKEYES NOW NINTH IN USA TODAY/CSTV COACHES POLL
Ohio State moved to ninth in the latest USA TODAY/CSTV Coaches Poll released this week. The Buckeyes had been in the 10th spot for three last week. Ohio State went from 94 points to 119 points in the poll this week. The Buckeyes began the season ranked tenth.

MATHEWS, DREVEN AND COLE NAMED TO THE MIVA ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Daniel Mathews, Layne Dreven and Andy Cole we named to the MVIA All-Tournament team after winning the MIVA Tournament Championship last weekend. Mathews was named the Most Valuable Player in leading the Buckeyes to the automatic berth in the NCAA Championship.

OSU HAS FOUR NAMED ALL-CONFERENCE, MATHEWS, FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Ohio had four played named to the MIVA All-Conference team. Mark Greaves and Layne Dreven were named to the first team while Andy Cole and Daniel Mathews were second team selections. In addition, Mathews was named the MIVA Freshman of the Year. Loyola’s Scott Greene was selected the Player of the Year and Shane Davis of Loyola was the Coach of the Year.

BUCKEYES’ CONFERENCE HOME WINNING STREAK NOW 16 MATCHES
Ohio State has won its last 16 consecutive home MIVA regular season conference matches (8 in 2005 and 8 in 2004) over the last two years. OSU’s last home conference loss was at the end of the 2003 season, a 0-3 (30-28, 30-22, 34-32) loss to Ball State on April 12, 2003.

MATHEWS NAMED TO GOLDEN DOME CLASSIC TEAM
Daniel Mathews was named to the Golden Dome Classic team for his play last week against Rutgers-Newark and Penn State. He had 47 assists against the Scarlet Raiders, adding four digs, two kills and two assist blocks. In the Penn State match he had 35 assists, three digs, three total blocks (1-2) and a kill. Mathews averaged 13.67 assists per game on the weekend.

MATHEWS NAMED MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK – April 18, 2005
Daniel Mathews (Fr., Shorewood, Wis.) had an outstanding weekend in leading Ohio State to a 3-0 (30-25, 30-22, 30-16) home win over Findlay and a 3-2 (28-30, 29-31, 31-29, 30-18, 15-11) come-from-behind victory at IPFW. Mathews had two kills and 39 assists against the Oilers. Defensively, he shared match-high honors with eight digs and contributed seven total blocks (one solo and six assists) against Findlay. At IPFW, he equaled his career-high of five kills (four times) adding an ace serve and posting 66 assists. He produced seven digs and five assist blocks for the defense. Two of his kills came with OSU down 2-0 in games and tied 29-29 in the third game as he successfully scored kills on two consecutive plays on the second contact to win the game, 31-29. IPFW was serving match point at 29-28 but was stopped by a Stuart Katz kill. Katz, Brett Versen and Sam Stevens came off the bench and played much of the match collecting 35 points (29 kills, a solo block, 10 assist blocks) of OSU’s 99 points. Mathews was exceptional in blending the bench players into the offense and securing the victory for OSU. His combined 105 assists on the weekend gives him 1,245 for his career and has moved him to sixth on the OSU career assist list. Mathews averaged 13.12 assists per game to power the offense and recorded 1.88 digs and 1.50 blocks per game, contributing to OSU’s defensive play.

GREAVES NAMED AVCA NATIONAL AND MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK – April 11, 2005
Mark Greaves an outside hitter has been chosen the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s National Player of the Week and the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week. Greaves paced the Buckeyes to wins over 14th-ranked Lewis and eighth-ranked Loyola-Chicago last week. He posted averages of 7.29 points, 7.29 kills and 2.71 digs per game while hitting .519 on 77 attacks. Greaves had back-to-back nights of career-high kills. He started with 24 kills on a .556 attack percentage versus Lewis on April 8. He added five digs and 31 errorless service receptions in the three-game victory. Greaves turned in 11 of his 24 kills in the second game. He sparked the Buckeyes to a four-game win over Loyola-Chicago on April 9 as Ohio State snapped the Ramblers’ 21-match win streak. Greaves produced a new career-high 27 kills in the match on a .488 attack percentage. He added a season-high 14 digs, three assists and 26 errorless service receptions in the victory. Greaves hits .339 for the season with per game averages of 4.86 points, 4.37 kills and 1.44 digs per game.

DREVEN NAMED AVCA NATIONAL AND MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Mar 28, 2005
Layne Dreven, a 6-8 junior middle blocker for 12th-ranked The Ohio State University (16-6, 9-2 MIVA), has been chosen the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Player of the Week and the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week. Dreven produced a school-record tying hitting percentage as the Buckeyes swept Findlay on March 25. He contributed a perfect hitting performance of 10 kills on 10 attacks as Ohio State defeated Findlay 30-17, 30-23, 30-22. Dreven added three block assists and two digs in the victory. He averaged 3.83 points, 3.33 kills, 1.00 blocks and 0.67 digs per game for the match and week. His performance equals hitting percentages previously reached by former Buckeyes Colin McMillan in 1998 against Tri-State and Gary Wrobel versus Thomas More in 1996. Dreven averages 3.19 points, 2.23 kills, 1.52 blocks and 0.24 digs per game while hitting a team-best .489 for the season. An Ohio State student-athlete has earned the national honor seven times.

Mark Greaves NAMED MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK – March 7, 2005
Mark Greaves has been selected as the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week. Greaves averaged 4.90 points per game while hitting .405 in 3-0 MIVA league wins over Clarke (30-11, 30-21, 30-22) and IPFW (30-21, 33-31, 30-21) last week. He had six kills, five digs and an ace serve in the Clarke match while playing in just two games. Against IPFW, he had a match-high 17.5 points with a match-high 15 kills, three assist blocks and an ace serve. He hit .480 in the match and added six digs. For the two matches, Greaves hit .405 and averaged 4.20 kills per game. He posted 11 digs (2.20 per game), three assist blocks (.60) and two ace serves (.40) for the week. His play help extend Ohio State’s 20-match regular season home winning streak and its 12-match conference home winning streak.

HISTORY OF OSU MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
The Ohio State men’s volleyball program began in 1968 under head coach Karl Dunlap. In the 38-year history of the program, the Buckeyes have compiled an 813-330-3 overall record. OSU has won or shared 18 championships in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association and has won nine MIVA Tournament Championships. The Buckeyes have participated in 13 NCAA Championships, the latest in 2001. Ohio State reached the NCAA Championship match in 1977 and 2000.

2005 PLAYER NOTES
#1 Dan Meske (So., Willow Springs, Ill.) – Played in 31 matches with seven starts at libero – career-high two ace serves against Ball State – recorded an overpass kill in the second Springfield match, adding a season-high five digs.

#2 Stuart Katz (Sr., Port Washington, N.Y.) – Played in 27 matches, with six starts – career-high of 14 kills against Rutgers-Newark – hit a career-high .700 (7-0-10) against Clarke – season-high 13 digs and at Penn State – season-high two ace serves at Penn State and against Lewis – career-high four assist blocks against Quincy in the MIVA quarterfinals and added 12 kills in a starting role.

#3 Joerel Morales (So., Caguas, Puerto Rico) – Played in three matches – recorded a season-high six assists against Clarke and equaled his career-high of two digs against the Crusaders.

#4 Daniel Mathews (Fr., Shorewood, Wis.) – Starting setter in 31 matches – named the Most Valuable Player of the MIVA Tournament – named the MIVA Freshman of the Year and a second-team All-MIVA selection – named the Ohio State Athlete of the Week for his play against St. Francis (44 assists, 11 assists blocks, seven digs, four kills and three ace serves) – career-high seven kills against IPFW in the MIVA Tournament championship – recorded a career-high four aces, four times, against Juniata, at Mercyhurst, at Loyola and at Clarke – career-high 70 assists against Loyola – career-high 14 digs against at Ball State – named the MIVA Player of the Week in wins against Findlay and at IPFW – named to the Golden Dome All-Classic Team.

#5 John Albertson (Fr., Manchester, Mo.) – Has not played.

#6 Brett Versen (So., Centerville, Ohio) – Played in 19 matches – recorded career-highs of seven kills (1.000) and seven assist blocks at IPFW – hit a career-high .400 (6-2-10) against the Crusaders – contributed in wins against Findlay and at IPFW from off the bench..

#7 Ben Spurlock (Fr., Stow, Ohio) – Has not played

#8 Mark Greaves (Jr., Fenton, Mo.) – Starting outside hitter in 28 matches – named a first-team All-MIVA selection – did not play in the matches at Lewis, Quincy and Findlay – career-high 27 kill against Loyola – hit a career-high .680 against Juniata with 17 kills, no errors in 25 attempts – season-high 14 digs against Loyola – season-high six assist blocks against Rutgers-Newark – season-high six (1-5) total blocks against IPFW in the MIVA Tournament – named the MIVA Player of the Week in home matches against Clarke and IPFW – named the Sports Import/AVCA National Player of the Week and the MIVA Player of the Week in home matches against Lewis and Loyola and honored as the Ohio State Athlete of the Week – 22 matches with double-figure kills including his last 11.

#9 Sam Stevens (Jr., Miami, Fla.) – Played in 31 matches with three starts – season-high 16 kills at Findlay – hit a career-high .636 (16-2-22) at Findlay – recorded four total blocks (one solo and three assists) at IPFW – season-high nine digs at Quincy – career-high three aces against Clarke – posted a career-high six assists at Quincy – recorded a key ace serve in both the Lewis and Loyola home matches – had 13 kills at IPFW to help in the 3-2 come-from-behind victory..

#10 Carlos Ramirez (Fr., Caguas, Puerto Rico) – Has not played –

#11 Scott Spurlock (Sr., Stow, Ohio) – Starting middle hitter in 31 matches – named a second-team All-MIVA selection – career-high three ace serves against St. Francis – hit a season-high .750 (9-0-12) against Quincy – equaled his career-high of 15 kills against Quincy in the MIVA quarterfinals – season-high 11 assist blocks against IPFW in the MIVA Tournament – 15 matches with five or more blocks.

#12 Andy Cole (Jr., Glendale, Wis.) – Starting outside hitter in 27 matches, playing in 28 – season-high of 22 kills against Rutgers-Newark – season-high six assist blocks against Ball State – hit a season-high .611 (12-1-18) against Ball State – season-high eight digs against Quincy – double-figure kills in 20 matches including the last nine.

#13 Mike Wauligman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) – Starting outside hitter in 29 matches, playing in 31 – career-high 14 kills against Loyola – season-high 13 digs against Loyola and against IPFW in the MIVA Tournament – hit a season-best .500 (13-2-22) against Quincy – hit .714 (5-0-7) off the bench against Rutgers-Newark adding five digs and an assist block – season-high five assist blocks at Penn State – equaled his career-high of two ace serves against Ball State.

#14 Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) – Starting middle hitter in 31 matches – named to the MIVA All-Tournament team – named a first-team All-MIVA selection – career-high 11 assist blocks against St. Francis – career-high 13 kills against Quincy – had 10 total blocks (one solo, nine assists) at Quincy, 10 assist blocks at Ball State and 11 assist blocks against IPFW in the MIVA Tournament – hit an OSU match record/career-high 1.000 (10-0-10) at Findlay – career-high three aces against Clarke – has had five or more blocks in 13 matches this season – MIVA Conference statistical champion in hitting percentage at .515 – named the Ohio State Male Athlete of the Week, twice, for his play in home wins over Ball State and Quincy and at Findlay – named the AVCA National and the MIVA Player of the Week in the win over Findlay.

#15 Conor Martin (Fr., Avon Lake, Ohio) – Played in 31 matches with 24 starts at libero including the last 23 matches – career-high 15 digs against Ball State in the MIVA Tournament semifinals – has five matches with double-figure dig – scored an overpass kill at Loyola – career-high three assists against Lewis.

#16 Robert Klein (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) – Has not played.

#17 Matthew Hankey (So., Naperville, Ill.) – Played in three matches.