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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s volleyball setter Steven Kehoe was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Year by a vote of the conference coaches. It marks the second consecutive year he has earned player of the year honors. Joining Kehoe as a MIVA first-team All-Conference selection were Kevin Heine, John Klanac and Shawn Sangrey. OSU head coach Pete Hanson was honored as the MIVA Coach of Year for the fifth consecutive season.

Kehoe was the MIVA statistical champion in conference play with an 11.08 assists per set average. He ranked 12th in digs (1.56) and second in aces (.46) per set. Kehoe averaged 1.15 points, .74 blocks, .38 aces and .36 kills per set. The 2010 Player of the Year, Kehoe is a three-time first-team all-conference selection (2009-10-11).

He is the eighth player in the conference to earn Player of the Year honors twice. Previous double winners include Ohio State’s Aldis Berzins, 1977-78, Craig Sherman, 1980co (Kellogg C.C.) and 1981 (Ohio State), IPFW’s Jay Golsteyn, 1987 & 89, IPFW’s Lloy Ball, 1994-95, Ball State’s Eduardo Ferraz, 1996-97, Lewis’ Victor Rivera, 1998-99 and Ohio State’s Daniel Mathews, 2007-08.

Heine was the top percentage hitter in conference play at .496. He ranked fifth in blocking with a 1.22 blocks per set average. Heine averaged 2.31 kills per set to rank 14th and was 12th in points per set at 2.97. He was a second team All-Conference selection in 2010.

Klanac was ranked in five categories in conference play. He ranked sixth in kills (3.23), sixth in points (3.77), tied for ninth in aces (.26) and tied for 19th in digs (1.36) per set. Klanac, with an attack percentage of .282, is ranked 14th in conference play. He was a second team All-Conference selection in 2009 and a first team selection in 2010.

A first team selection in 2010, Sangrey ranked second in points per set in conference play with a 4.65 per set average. He ranked third in kills (.385), second in aces (.46) and second in digs (2.04) per set. Sangrey is ranked 17th in attack percentage at .264. He was a first team all-conference selection in 2010.

Hanson coached the Buckeyes to a fifth consecutive conference title with an 11-1 record. He has been named coach of the year 11 times.

The MIVA Tournament opens this weekend with three quarterfinal matches. Top seeded Ohio State received a bye in the quarterfinals. Friday, No. 5 seed IPFW plays at #4 seed Lewis. Saturday No. 7 seed Grand Canyon is at No. 2 seed Loyola-Chicago and No. 6 seed Quincy plays at No. 3 seed Ball State. The winners advance to the semifinals Wednesday, April 27. Ohio State will host one semifinal playing the winner of IFPW and Lewis. The other two quarterfinal winners will play at the site of the higher remaining seed. The tournament championship match will be played Saturday, April 30. The highest remaining seed will host the match.          

2011 MIDWESTERN INTERCOLLEGIATE VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

2011 MIVA First Team All-Conference (listed alphabetical)

Athlete

School

Pos.

Ht.

Yr.

Hometown

Trent Bruns (7)

Grand Canyon

*L

6-0

So.

Mission Viejo, Calif.

Mike Bunting (2, 4, 6)

Loyola-Chicago

OH

6-4

Jr.

Wyomissing, Pa.

Kevin Heine (7)

Ohio State

MB

6-5

5th-Sr.

St. Louis, Mo.

Steven Kehoe (3, 5, 6)

Ohio State

S

6-3

5th-Sr.

North Bend, Ohio

John Klanac (4, 6)

Ohio State

OH

6-5

5th-Sr.

Orchard Park, N.Y.

Anders Nelson (7)

Ball State

MA

6-9

5th-Sr.

St. Croix Falls, Wis.

Jay Petty

Lewis

OH

6-6

RS-So.

Downers Grove, Ill.

Tommy Rouse

Ball State

*L

5-8

RS-Fr.

Carmel, Ind.

Shawn Sangrey (6)

Ohio State

OPP

6-5

Jr.

Columbia, Pa.

Darryl Shank (4, 6)

IPFW

OH

6-5

Sr.

London, Ont.

Joseph Smalzer

Loyola-Chicago

OPP

6-8

RS-Fr.

Palos Heights, Ill.

*Two liberos on the first team due to a tie in the voting

2011 MIVA Second Team All-Conference (listed alphabetical)

Athlete

School

Pos.

Ht.

Yr.

Hometown

BJ Boldog

Lewis

S

6-4

RS-Fr.

Palatine, Ill.

Aaron Flick

Lewis

MB

6-8

RS-Jr.

North Ridgeville, Ohio

Corey Frain

IPFW

MB

6-5

Jr.

Elwood, Ill.

Matt Gallik (7)

Lewis

MB

6-6

RS-Jr.

Evergreen Park, Ill.

J.D. Gasparovic (1, 3, 6)

Ball State

MA

6-7

Sr.

St. Louis, Mo.

Mike Hutz (6)

Loyola-Chicago

S

6-3

RS-Sr.

Whitefish Bay, Wis.

Eddie Rivera

IPFW

OH

6-2

Fr.

Carolinas, P. R.

Kyle Volstad

Quincy

MH

6-5

Sr.

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Larry Wrather

Ball State

OA

5-11

So.

Lake Bluff, Ill.

2011 MIVA Player of the Year: Steven Kehoe, Ohio State
2011 MIVA Freshman of the Year: Joseph Smalzer, Loyola-Chicago
2011 MIVA Coach of the Year: Pete Hanson, Ohio State

1 Indicates 2008 MIVA Freshman of the Year
2 Indicates 2009 MIVA Freshman of the Year
3 Indicates 2009 MIVA First Team All-Conference Selection
4 Indicates 2009 MIVA Second Team All-Conference Selection
5 Indicates 2010 MIVA Player of the Year
6 Indicates 2010 MIVA First Team All-Conference Selection
7 Indicates 2010 MIVA Second Team All-Conference Selection

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