COLUMBUS, Ohio – The ninth-ranked Ohio State (18-5 overall, 11-1, 1st place Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team closes out the regular season home schedule with matches against Princeton (3-15, 1-8 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association-Tait) Friday and Saturday. The Buckeyes face the Princeton Tigers at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena. The Ohio State senior players will be honored at the match Saturday. The Buckeyes return to the road Sunday with a 5 p.m. match at 10th-ranked Penn State (20-5, 10-0 EIVA-Tait). The contest will be carried live by the Big Ten Network.
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.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Ninth-ranked Ohio State, coached by Pete Hanson, has an 18-5 overall record and is 11-1(regular season champion) in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week, on the road, the Buckeyes defeated 11th-ranked Loyola-Chicago, 3-1 (25-20, 25-27, 25-22, 25-20) to win the MIVA championship. OSU dropped a 3-1 (25-27, 25-23, 25-19, 25-21) decision at 15th-ranked Lewis. Shawn Sangrey leads the team with a 4.64 points per set average. John Klanac ranks second at 3.83 with Kevin Heine third at 2.79. Sangrey has a team-high 3.86 kills per set average. Klanac ranks second at 3.32 with Heine third at 2.28. In attack percentage, Heine, at .465, is the team leader. Grayson Overman ranks second with a .446 percentage and Klanac is third at .331. Setter Seven Kehoe has a 11.55 assists per set average. Sangrey has a team-high .44 aces per set average with 28. Kehoe ranks second at .34 with 27 and Klanac is third at .24 with 19. Defensively, Mik Berzins is averaging a team-high 1.83 digs per set with 148. Kehoe ranks second at 1.80 (144) with Sangreythird at 1.70 (107).Berzins has a team-high .962 serve reception percentage handling 484 of 503 attempts. Klanac and Jason Tobkin are tied for second at .948. Klanac has handled 294 of 310 attempts and Tobkin, 327 of 345. At the net, Overman has a team-high 1.03 blocks per set average with six solos and 63 assist blocks. Heine ranks second at .89 with six solos and 62 assists. Sangrey, at .65, is third with two solos and 39 assist blocks.
Ohio State is averaging 17.27 points, 13.53 kills and 12.72 assists per set while hitting .333. The Buckeyes average 1.37 aces, 9.21 digs and 2.36 blocks per set and have a .945 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 15.32 points, 11.74 kills and 11.12 assists per set while hitting .234. They average .96 aces, 7.31 digs and 2.62 blocks per set and have a .933 serve reception percentage.
A LOOK AT PRINCETON
Princeton is coached by Sam Shweisky. The Tigers are 3-15 overall and 1-8 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association-Tait Division. Last week, at home, the Tigers lost 3-2 (19-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-21, 15-6) to Harvard. Jeff Stapleton is the team leader in points per set at 3.28. Michael Dye ranks second at 3.22 with Vincent Tuminelli third at 2.29. Stapleton has a team-high 2.88 kills per set average. Dye ranks second at 2.56 with Tuminelli third at 2.05. Dye is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .241. Keenan McCarty ranks second at .237 with Tuminelli third at .211. At setter, Scott Liljestrom is averaging 8.13 assists per set. Stapleton, at .42 aces per set leads the squad with 28. Dye ranks second at .18 with 12 andMcCartyis third at .15 with 10. Defensively, Tuminelli has a team-high 1.92 digs per set average with 127. Stapleton, at 1.11, ranks second with 73. Davis Waddell is third at .94 with 59. At the net, McCarthy leads the team with a .80 blocks per set average with six solos and 46 assist blocks. Dye, at .76, ranks second with 13 solos and 37 assists. Brad Howard ranks third at .74 with nine solos and 33 assists.
Princeton is averaging 13.89 points, 10.79 kills and 10.27 assists per set while hitting .197. The Tigers average 1.06 aces, 6.89 digs and 2.04 blocks per set. Opponents average 17.33 points, 13.30 kills and 12.21 assists per set while hitting .312. Tiger opponents average 1.27 aces, 7.53 digs and 2.76 blocks per set.
OSU SERIES WITH PRINCETON
Ohio State has won the only meeting with Princeton. The Buckeyes won the contest, 3-1 (16-14, 15-13, 13-15, 15-5). It was played at George Mason.
A LOOK AT PENN STATE
Tenth-ranked Penn State is coached by Mark Pavlik. The Nittany Lions are 20-5 overall and 10-0 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association-Tait Division, winning a 27th conference title. Penn State won the title with a 3-0 (28-26, 25-20, 25-21) home victory over George Mason. Leading the Nittany Lions in points per set is Joe Sunder at 5.32. Tom Comfort ranks second at 3.79 with Jace Olsen third at 2.68. Sunder has a team-high 4.73 kills per set average with Comfort second at 3.30 and Olsen third at 2.19. At setter, Edgardo Goas is averaging 11.17 assists per set. Sunder leads the team in aces per set at .31 with 24. Olsen ranks second at .30 with 24 and Nick Turko is third at .24 with 19. Defensively, Dennis Del Valle has a team-high 2.64 digs per set average with 238. Goas, at 1.19, ranks second with 105 and Sunder is third at 1.17 with 90. Del Valle leads the squad in serve reception percentage at .966. He has handled 490 of 507 attempts. Sunder is ranked second at .946 (336 of 355) with Olsen third (530 of 564). At the net, Ian Hendries is averaging a team-high .89 blocks per set with four solos and 54 assists. At .76, Turko ranks second with seven solos and 53 assists and Goas is third at .59 with 12 solos and 40 assists.
Penn State is averaging 17.27 point, 13.91 kills and 12.77 assists per set while hitting .327. The Nittany Lions average 1.36 aces, 7.98 digs and 2.01 blocks per set and have a .943 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 15.23 points, 11.96 kills and 11.37 assists per set while hitting .282. Nittany Lion opponents average 1.03 aces, 7.22 digs and 2.24 blocks per set and have a .932 serve reception percentage.
OSU SERIES WITH PENN STATE
Penn State has a 64-31-1 advantage in the series with Ohio State. Penn State is 25-7 in University Park and 27-7-1 in neutral site matches. In Columbus, the Buckeyes are 16-12. Earlier this season (Feb. 9), in Columbus, Ohio State defeated Penn State, 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-20). The Buckeyes have back-to-back wins against the Nittany Lions including a 3-1 (30-25, 20-230, 30-27, 30-23) win at Rec Hall last season.
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.
OHIO STATE NINTH IN THE AVCA WEEKLY POLL
Ohio State is ranked ninth in the latest (April 4) American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll. OSU received 119 points. The Buckeyes are the highest ranked team in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Loyola-Chicago is ranked 12th and Lewis 14th 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 April 5 has Ohio State ranked sixth with 40 points. Southern California is the top-ranked team with 100 points. The MIVA also has Loyola-Chicago and Lewis 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 3, Ohio State top individuals include Steven Kehoe ranked third in assists per set at 11.55 and he is 31st in digs at 1.80. Shawn Sangrey is seventh in aces per set at .44 and 14th in kills per set at 3.86. John Klanac is ranked 19th in hitting percentage at .331. Grayson Overman is ranked 19th in blocks per set at 1.03 and Mik Berzins is ranked 27th in digs per set at 1.83.
OSU RANKING IN NATIONAL TEAM STATISTICS
In the NCAA national statistics released thru matches of April 3, Ohio State is fifth in assists at 12.72 per set, fifth in attack percentage at .333 and fifth in kills per set at 13.53. The Buckeyes are sixth in digs at 9.21, ninth in aces at 1.37 and 15th in blocks per set at 2.36.
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 533-287 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 produced a career-high five ace serves at Loyola-Chicago. His previous best was four in two matches. Kehoe equaled his season high of four total blocks with a solo and three assists against the Ramblers. He added 38 assists, one kill and five digs in the contest. At Lewis, Kehoe recorded 40 assists, three digs, two kills, one ace serve and three total blocks (1-2). Kehoe has started all 23 matches and is averaging 11.55 assists, .34 aces, 1.80 digs and .57 blocks per set. His 11.55 assists per set average ranks third in the country and is first in assists per set at 11.08 in MIVA conference play.
KEHOE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Steven Kehoe has 3,618 career assists and ranks fifth for Ohio State. Fourth on the list is Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 4,723. Kehoe ranks seventh in assists per set at 11.10. His 91 ace serves ranks him fifth. Daniel Mathews (2005-08) is fourth on the list with 107. Kehoe ranks sixth in aces per set at .28. In digs, he has moved to 13th with 549. Kehoe passed Phil Kerewich (1996-99) with 543. Angel Aja (1997-00) is ranked 12th with 557. Kehoe is ranked 11th in digs per set with a 1.68 average. With 32 solo blocks, he is now tied for 17th with Craig Gibel (1990-93)and Mark Peckham. He passed Adam Pedersen (2001-04) with 31 solos. Brandt Kleinschmidt (1991-92) is ranked 16th on the list with 35.
#2 KEVIN HEINE
Kevin Heine equaled his career high of 10 assist blocks at Loyola-Chicago. He set his career high in 2008 at UC Irvine. Heine added seven kills (.385), two digs and one assist in the match. At Lewis, he posted a team-high 15 kills while hitting .722 (15-2-18). Heine added one assist block and two assists against the Flyers. Heine has played in 22 matches with 21 starts. He is averaging 2.79 points, 2.28 kills and .89 blocks per set while hitting a team-high .465.
HEINE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Kevin Heine is 10th in career assist blocks with 305. Ninth on the list is Adam Spitznagle (1993-96) with 315. Heine, in total blocks, is 12th with 329 with 24 solos and 305 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 1.11 average. In career attack percentage, he is ranked fourth at .456.
#3 ANTHONY HOCK
Anthony Hock played in the backrow in both matches last weekend. He recorded one dig at Loyola-Chicago and two at Lewis. Hock has played in 22 matches this season with nine starts at libero. He is averaging 1.07 digs, .07 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 hit .571 at Loyola-Chicago with four kills in seven attempts. He added one assist block against the Ramblers. Overman had six kills (.188) at Lewis adding three assist blocks, two digs and one assist against the Flyers. Overman has played and started in 21 matches this season and is averaging a team-high 1.03 blocks per set with six solos and 63 assist blocks. Overman is averaging 2.37 points, 1.70 kills, .10 aces and .33 digs per set while hitting .446.
#6 SHAWN SANGREY
Shawn Sangrey recorded 10 kills (.067) at Loyola-Chicago adding seven digs, four assist blocks, two ace serves and one assist. At Lewis, he produced nine kills (.034), six digs, one solo block and one assist block. Sangrey has played in 19 matches and started in 18. Sangrey leads the team in points (4.64), kills (3.86) and aces (.44) per set. He is averaging 1.70 digs and .65 blocks per set while hitting .286.
SANGREY IN OSU CAREER STATS
Shawn Sangrey is the Ohio State career leader in aces per set at .33 with 67 aces. He is now 11th in aces (67) after passing Angel Aja (1997-00) and teammate John Klanac with 65 each. Ranking 10th on the list with 73 aces is Mark Greaves (2003-06). Sangrey ranks eighth in points per set at 4.40 and is eighth in kills per set at 3.69.
#7 MIKE STEFANI
Mike Stefani did not play at Loyola-Chicago. He played in two sets at Lewis recorded a season-high two kills (.250) and added one dig. He has played in 17 matches this season recording six digs, four kills, one assist block and two ace serves.
#8 JOHN KLANAC
John Klanac produced a match-high 21.5 points at Loyola-Chicago. He recorded a match-high 19 kills (.325) and added five digs and four total blocks (1-3). Klanac handled seven of 11 serve reception attempts against the Ramblers. At Lewis, he had 10 kills (.273), six digs and three assists while handling 20 serve reception attempts without an error. Klanac was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week for his play. A starter in all 23 matches this season, he is averaging 3.83 points, 3.32 kills, .24 aces, 1.32 digs and .44 blocks per set. Klanac has a .948 reception percentage handling 327 of 345 attempts.
KLANAC IN OSU CAREER STATS
John Klanac is 13th on the Ohio State career kills list with 935. Ranking 12th is Mike Terpstra (1990-93) with 958. Klanac is ranked 19th in kills per set at 3.16. He is 16th in aces per set at .22 with 65. He is tied for 12th in aces with Angel Aja (1997-00). Teammate Shawn Sangrey is 11th with 67. Klanac, with 1,087.5 points, has moved to 13th in career points passing Jose Rivera (1996-00) with 1,058.5 points and David Frette (1989-91) with 1,066.0. At 12th, with 1,105.0 points, is Mike Terpstra (1990-93). 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 had three kills (.000), four digs, two ace serves, two assist blocks and one assist against the Ramblers. He handled 21 of 22 serve reception attempts in the match. Tobkin had eight kills (.125), six digs, two assist blocks and one ace serve at Lewis. He handled 29 serve receptions without an error against the Flyers. Tobkin has played in 22 matches with 16 starts this season and two at libero. He is averaging 1.82 points, 1.38 kills, .15 aces, 1.35 digs and .51 blocks per set. Tobkin has a .948 serve reception percentage handling 294 of 310 attempts.
#13 NICK GIBSON
Nick Gibson played in one set in the Lewis match collecting two kills (.000) and a solo block. Gibson has played in six matches this season. He has four kills, one ace serve, one dig, one solo block 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, as the starting libero, had a match-high nine digs at Loyola-Chicago adding one assist. He handled 31 of 32 serve reception attempts against the Ramblers. At Lewis, Berzins had a match-high eight digs adding one kill and three assists. He handled 25 of 28 serve reception attempts against the Flyers. Berzins has played in all 23 matches this season with 12 starts at outside hitter and 11 at libero. He is averaging 1.76 points, 1.49 kills, .10 aces, .31 blocks and a team-high 1.83 digs per set. Berzins has a team-high .962 serve reception percentage handling 484 of 519 attempts.
BERZINS OSU CAREER STATS
Mik Berzins has moved to fifth on the Ohio State career digs list with 605. He moved past Daniel Mathews (2005-08), with 595 digs, Adam Spitznagle (1993-96) with 595 and Jose Rivera (1996-00) with 599. Fourth on the list with 639 digs is Tom Trantow (2000-03). He is the Ohio State career leader in digs per set with a 2.34 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 as a serving specialist against Loyola-Chicago and Lewis. Kues has played in 18 matches this season and has two assists and seven digs.
#21 SEAN MARTIN
Sean Martin played in two sets of the Loyola-Chicago match as a serving specialist. He has played in seven matches this season and has recorded three digs and one ace serve.