Aug. 30, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – St. John Arena hosts the 13th annual Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic Sept. 1-2, welcoming in Lipscomb, Missouri State and Oakland for a four-team round robin competition. Two matches are slated Friday before four contests spanned throughout Saturday.
WEEK ONE REVIEW
Ohio State | W, 3-0 over UTRGV | W, 3-1 over Saint Louis | L, 1-3 to No. 10 BYU
Lipscomb | W, 3-0 over East Tennessee State | L, 0-3 to Wichita State | W, 3-1 over No. 24 Arizona
Missouri State | W, 3-2 over Appalachian State | L, 1-3 to No. 8 Kansas | W, 3-2 over North Carolina State
Oakland | W, 3-1 over Eastern Michigan | L, 2-3 to Butler | W, 3-0 over Stony Brook | W, 3-1 over Robert Morris
D.C. KOEHL – A LASTING LEGACY
D.C. Koehl served as the communications director of Buckeye men’s and women’s volleyball for 30 years before passing away in January 2012. While this season marks the 12th annual Sports Imports Classic overall, the yearly home volleyball tournament has been named in honor of Koehl since 2012 as the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic.
In addition to his duties associated with the volleyball programs, Koehl became the go-to guy for football and basketball statistics during his total of 39 years working in the Ohio State Athletics Department. The Columbus native began his Buckeye days as an undergraduate manager for the men’s basketball program, working under Hall of Fame coach Fred Taylor. After graduating from Ohio State with a degree in public recreation in 1973, Koehl hopped on board full-time with the Athletics Communications group. His love for the sport of volleyball extended into a role as the communications director for the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, a league the OSU men’s program has been a member of since its inception in 1961.
HISTORY WITH THE BEARS, BISON AND GOLDEN GRIZZLIES
Ohio State has faced all three of this weekend’s opponents at least once in the last three seasons, including two meetings with Missouri State in 2016. The Buckeyes knocked off Lipscomb in the NCAA Tournament’s opening round in both 2010 and 2014 before doing the same to Missouri State a year ago. While Ohio State leads the all-time series versus the Bison, 2-0, its the Bears that hold a 4-3 upper hand overall against the Scarlet & Gray.
Oakland welcomed the Buckeyes to the 2015 Golden Grizzlies Invitational, a tournament win for Ohio State which included a four-set victory over Oakland.
FRESHMEN MAKE IMMEDIATE IMPACT
Hannah Gruensfelder and Lauren Witte earned all-tournament honors last week at the BYU Invitational, recognized for their stellar collegiate debuts. Witte excelled on both sides of the net with set averages of 1.27 blocks and 2.27 kills while attacking .460. Gruensfelder put on a defensive show in Provo, posting 4.73 digs per set. She recorded no less than 11 digs any contest and blew up for a whopping 27 digs versus No. 10 BYU in the event’s championship match.
BUCKEYES IN THE TOP-25
The Big Ten is once again all over the American Volleyball Coaches Association Coaches Poll, placing eight schools in the Top-25 this week. Ohio State comes in at No. 20 and has been a staple in the AVCA’s final Coaches Poll in recent years and beyond:
OSU is one of only nine schools to appear in the final poll at least six times since 2010.
OSU is also one of only nine teams to finish the last three seasons ranked in the Top-25.
OSU has finished the year nationally-ranked Top-25 by the AVCA in 22 of 35 seasons, 10th most in the country.