COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4 seed Ohio State (22-7 overall) men’s volleyball team will face host and top-seeded Stanford (22-6) in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship at 11 p.m. ET Thursday, May 6 at Maples Pavilion. The first semifinal has No. 2 seed Cal State Northridge (23-9) playing Penn State (23-7) at 9 p.m. ET. The Ohio State-Stanford match will be carried live on ESPNU and the Cal State Northridge-Penn State match will be broadcast live by ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN360.com. The semifinal winners will advance to the championship match at 7 p.m. ET Saturday, May 8. That match will be carried live by ESPN2 and ESPN360.com.
BUCKEYES WIN THE MIVA TOURNAMENT, ADVANCE TO NCAA SEMIFINALS
Ohio State’s 3-2 victory over Loyola-Chicago gave the Buckeyes its third consecutive Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament Championship and 13th in the history of the program. The championship gives OSU the MIVA automatic bid to the NCAA Championship semifinals.
SCHOENFELDT, KEHOE, SANGREY AND KLANAC NAMED MIVA ALL-TOURNAMENT
Ohio State had four of the seven players named to the MIVA All-Tournament Championship team. They included Steven Kehoe, Shawn Sangrey, John Klanac and Ted Schoenfeldt. Schoenfeldt was named the Most Outstanding Player of the championship.
OHIO STATE AND THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
The Buckeyes are playing in a third consecutive NCAA championship and the 17th in the history of the program. OSU has a 7-21 record in the championship and has advanced to the champion match in 1977 and 2000.
SCHOENFELDT NAMED THE SPORTS IMPORTS/AVCA DIV. I-II NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK AND MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ted Schoenfeldt has been named the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II National Player of the Week and Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week for his play in the MIVA Tournament. Schoenfeldt recorded a career-high 12 blocks (1-11) in the 3-2 come-from-behind win over 15th-ranked Loyola-Chicago to win the MIVA Tournament and earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Championship semifinals. He added nine kills, hit .412 and had one ace serve and four digs. Trailing 2-1, Schoenfeldt contributed four assist blocks in game four to help tie the match at two games each. In the deciding fifth game he recorded four kills and four assist blocks. OSU’s final three points of the game came from Schoenfeldt kills to secure the victory. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Championship match and named to the all-tournament team. In the MIVA Tournament semifinals against 13th-ranked (tie) Ball State, Schoenfeldt had eight kills while hitting .538. He added one dig and two assist blocks. This marks the second time that Schoenfeldt has won the national honor, winning his first in 2009.
BERZINS NAMED THE MIVA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Mik Berzins has been named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week for his play in the MIVA Tournament. Berzins averaged 2.33 digs per game and had a .985 serve reception percentage in the wins over 13th-ranked (tie) Ball State and 15th-ranked Loyola-Chicago to help Ohio State win the MIVA Tournament and advance to the NCAA Championship semifinals. Berzins had eight digs and one assist against Ball State and handled 29 serve receptions without an error. In the championship match against Loyola-Chicago, he recorded a match-high 13 digs, two assists and had a .974 serve reception percentage handling 37 of 38 receptions. This is the third time Berzins has been honored this season as the MIVA Defensive Player of the Week.
KEHOE AND SANGREY HONORED AS ALL-AMERICANS
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its 20th Annual AVCA Division I-II Men’s All-American Teams. Ohio State setter Steven Kehoe and opposite Shawn Sangrey was named to the second team as part of the 20-man team. The awards will be presented at the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship Banquet on the campus of Stanford University on Wednesday, May 5, 2010.
Kehoe, a 6-4 setter for the Buckeyes, is a junior from North Bend, Ohio. A Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Player of the Week winner, he ranks in the top-five nationally in assists (13.49 per game), while also sitting among the country’s finest in aces per game (.36). For his efforts, he earned Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Player of the Year honors and garners his first nod as an AVCA All-American.
Sangrey, a 6-5 right side hitter for the Buckeyes, is a sophomore from Columbia, Pa. A First-Team All-MIVA selection, Sangrey propelled the Buckeyes to the MIVA regular season championship and ranked among the county’s best in both kills (4.77 per game) and aces per game (.37). Sangrey earns his first AVCA All-American distinction.
KEHOE NAMED THE MIVA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Steven Kehoe was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Year by a vote of the league coaches. He directed the Buckeyes to the MIVA regular season championship with an 11-1 league record. His 13.59 assists per game average ranked second in conference play. He ranked seventh in aces (.34) and 12th in digs (1.85) per game. Kehoe was a first team all-conference selection in 2009.
FOUR BUCKEYES NAMED MIVA ALL-CONFERENCE
By a vote of the league coaches, four Ohio State players were named to the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association All-Conference team. Setter Steven Kehoe, outside hitter John Klanac and opposite Shane Sangrey were named to the first team and middle hitter Kevin Heine was a second team selection.
Kehoe’s 13.59 assists per game average ranked second in conference play. He ranked seventh in aces (.34) and 12th in digs (1.85) per game. Kehoe was a first team all-conference selection in 2009.
Klanac ranked fifth in conference statistics in points (4.63) and was fourth in kills (4.21) per game. He averaged 1.26 digs, .46 blocks and .13 aces per game while hitting .329. Klanac had a .961 serve reception percentage handling 124 of 129 attempts. He was a second team all-conference selection in 2009.
Sangrey was the conference statistical champion in points (5.82) and aces (.53) per game. He averaged 4.76 kills per game to rank second in the league. Sangrey averaged 1.53 digs and .91 blocks per game while hitting .281 in league play.
Heine was the conference statistical champion in hitting percentage at .511. His 1.11 blocks per game average ranks 11th in league statistics. Heine averaged 2.84 points, 2.19 kills, .08 aces, and .46 digs per game.
HANSON NAMED MIVA CO-COACH OF THE YEAR
Head coach Pete Hanson has been honored as the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Co-Coach of the Year by a vote of the conference coaches. He shares the award with Loyola-Chicago’s Shane Davis. Hanson has won or shared coach of the year honors for four consecutive years. He has been honored 10 times during his 26-year career with the Buckeyes.
BUCKEYES WIN FOURTH CONSECUTIVE MIVA REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP
With the win over Ball State at the end of the regular season and Loyola-Chicago’s loss at Ball State, the Buckeyes won the outright Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association regular season championship for the fourth consecutive year. It is OSU’s 22nd conference crown and is the most all-time in the conference. Ball State ranks second with 21.
OHIO STATE’S WIN STREAK NOW AT 12 MATCHES
Ohio State extended its current win streak to 12 matches with the win over Loyola-Chicago in the MIVA Tournament Championship match. The winning streak in the longest among the three volleyball conferences.
The 10th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 22-7 overall and 11-1 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Buckeyes won the MIVA Tournament with a 3-2 (30-28, 25-30, 26-30, 30-20, 15-11) home victory over 15th-ranked Loyola-Chicago and are seeded fourth in the NCAA Championship semifinals. Leading OSU in points per game is Shawn Sangrey at 5.58. John Klanac ranks second at 4.48 and Ted Schoenfeldt is third at 3.16. Sangrey is the team leader in kills per game at 4.75 with Klanac second at 4.00 and Schoenfeldt third at 2.45. The top percentage hitter on the squad is Kevin Heine at .439. Schoenfeldt ranks second at .365 with Klanac third at .280. At setter, Steven Kehoe has a 13.40 assists per game average. Sangrey has a team-high .38 aces per game with 33. Kehoe ranks second at .37 with 37 and Schoenfeldt is third at .25 with 16. Defensively, Mik Berzins leads the squad in digs per game with a 2.48 average. Kehoe ranks second at 1.79 with Sangrey third at 1.41. Jason Tobkin has a team-high .977 serve reception percentage handling 259 of 265 attempts. Mik Berzins ranks second at .961 (688 of 716) with Anthony Hock third at .951 (233 of 245). At the net, Heine is the top blocker at 1.07 blocks per game with six solos and 86 assists. Schoenfeldt ranks second at .83 with seven solos and 47 assists with Sangrey third at .81 with nine solos and 62 assists. Ohio State is hitting .303 on the season and is averaging 19.85 points, 15.44 kills and 14.52 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.63 aces, 9.67 digs and 2.78 blocks per game and have a .943 serve reception percentage. Buckeye opponents are hitting .221 and average 17.05 points, 12.92 kills and 12.02 assists per game. Opponents average 1.20 aces, 8.51 digs and 2.93 blocks per game and have a .928 serve reception percentage.
The top-ranked Cardinal are coached by John Kosty. Stanford is 22-6 overall and 16-6 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Last week the Cardinal, in home matches, defeated Hawaii 3-0 (30-24, 30-28, 33-31) in the semifinals and Cal State Northridge 3-0 (30-24, 30-28, 30-17) in the championship match of the MPSF Tournament and earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Championship. Leading the Cardinal in points per game is Brad Lawson at 5.53. Evan Romero ranks second at 5.32 with Spencer McLachlin third at 3.23. Lawson has a team-high 4.84 kills per game average. Romero ranks second at 4.60 with McLachlin third at 2.80. Garrett Werner is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .444. Lawson ranks second at .376 with Gus Ellis third at .371. At setter, Kawika Shoji has a 13.78 assists per game average. Lawson has a team-high .36 aces per game average with 36. Romero ranks second at .32 with 32 and Kawaika Shoji is third at .31 with 31. Defensively, Erik Shoji leads the team with a 3.40 digs per game average. Kawika Shoji ranks second at 2.46 with McLachlin third at 1.58. In serve reception percentage, Erik Shoji has a team-high .977 handling 632 of 647 attempts. McLachlin ranks second at .970 (491 of 506) and Lawson is third at .967 (755 of 783). At the net, Werner leads the squad with a 1.17 blocks per game average. He has nine solos and 102 assist blocks. Ellis, at 1.15 ranks second with 28 solos and 85 assists. Ranking third at .73 is Romero with seven solos and 66 assists. Stanford is hitting .352 as a team and averages 20.33 points, 16.32 kills and 15.62 assists per game. The Cardinal average 1.32 aces, 11.35 digs and 2.70 blocks per game and have a .966 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .259 and average 18.73 points, 15.63 kills and 14.88 assists per game. Cardinal opponents average .71 aces, 10.36 digs and 2.38 blocks per game and have a .947 serve reception percentage.
Stanford leads the series with Ohio State, 8-1. The Cardinal have won eight consecutive matches against the Buckeyes including five played at Stanford. The squads last played in 2009, in Columbus, a 3-0 (30-28, 30-26, 36-34) Cardinal victory.
The 12th-ranked Nittany Lions are coached by Mark Pavlik. Penn State is 23-7 overall and 10-0 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Nittany Lions defeated Springfield 3-0 (30-21, 30-21, 30-27) in the semifinals and Princeton 3-0 (30-28, 30-27, 30-13) in the championship match of the EIVA Tournament and earned the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Championship. Leading the squad in points per game is Will Price with a 5.19 average. Joe Sunder ranks second at 4.49 with Max Lipsitz third at 4.49. Price has a team-high 4.48 kills per game average. Sunder ranks second at 3.87 and Lipsitz is third at 3.63. The top percentage hitter on the squad at .526 is Lipsitz. Sunder, at .311, ranks second with Pricethird at .300. Setter Edgardo Goas has a 13.75 assists per game average. Price has a team-high .43 aces per game average with 45. Sunder, at .24, ranks second with 25 and Goas is third at .18 with 19. Defensively, Dennis Del Valle has a team-high 3.47 digs per game average. Price ranks second at 1.88 with Goas third at 1.79. Sunder leads the team in serve reception percentage at .974 handling 738 of 758 attempts. Del Valle ranks second at .962 (556-578) and Ryan Wolf, at .938 (289-308), ranks third. At the net, Lipsitz has a 1.39 blocks per game average to lead Penn State. He has 16 solos and 129 assist blocks. Goas is ranked second at .86 (10-79) with Sunder third at .72 (6-70). For the season, Penn State is hitting .329 and averages 20.47 points, 16.42 kills and 15.35 assists per game. The Nittany Lions average 1.32 aces, 11.37 digs and 2.73 blocks per game and have a .956 serve reception percentage. Nittany Lion opponents are hitting .228 and average 17.45 points, 13.87 kills and 13.15 assists per game. Penn State opponents average .91 aces, 9.22 digs and 2.73 blocks per game and have a .945 serve reception percentage.
BUCKEYE-NITTANY LION SERIES
Penn State leads the series against Ohio State, 64-30-1. Ohio State has an 18-12 mark in Columbus. The Nittany Lions are 25-6 at Penn State and 27-6-1 in neutral site matches. Earlier this season at the Outrigger Hotels Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii, Penn State defeated Ohio State, 3-1 (16-30, 27-30, 30-24, 25-30). The Nittany Lions won, 3-0 (30-26, 30-27, 30-18) in Columbus. The Buckeyes won at Penn State, 3-1 (30-25, 20-30, 30-27, 30-23) in University Park. Penn State has won the last eight of the last nine meetings with Ohio State and 12 of the last 15.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
Third-ranked Cal State Northridge is coached by Jeff Campbell. The Matadors are 23-9 overall and finished tied for second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with a 15-7 mark. Last week in the MPSF Tournament, the Matadors defeated Brigham Young, 3-2 (26-30, 30-25, 28-30, 30-16, 1512) in the semifinals and lost to Stanford, 3-0 (30-24, 30-28, 30-17) in the championship match. Cal State Northridge enters the championship as the No. 3 seed earning the at-large bid. Leading the Matadors in points per game is Kevin McKniff at 3.93. Jacek Ratajczak ranks second at 3.89 and Theo Edwards is third at 3.87. Edwards is the team leader in kills per game at 3.37. Ratajczak is second at 3.12 with McKniff third at 2.99. The top percentage hitter on the squad at .480 is McKniff. Ratajczak ranks second at .460 with John Baker third at .223. At setter, Matt Stork is averaging 13.28 assists per game. McKniff has a team-high .34 aces per game with 40. Tanner Nua ranks second at .29 with 24 with Stork, at .18, third with 22. Defensively, Ali’i Keohohou has a team-high 2.63 digs per game average. Mike Gaudino ranks second at 2.35 with Stork third at 1.74. Gaudino is the team leader with a .972 serve reception percentage handling 1,191 of 1,225 attempts. Keohohou ranks second at .953 (753 of 790) with Edwards third at .912 (394 of 432). At the net, McKniff leads the team with a 1.10 blocks per game average with 12 solos and 119 assists. Ratajczak ranks second at 1.09 with 10 solos and 120 assists. Gaudino, at .86, ranks third with 16 solos and 87 assists. Cal State Northridge is hitting .290 and averages 19.49 points, 15.36 kills and 14.39 assists per game. The Matadors average 1.31 aces, 10.55 digs and 2.82 blocks per game and have a .949 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .246 and average 18.54 points, 14.55 kills and 13.67 assists per game. Matador opponents average 1.12 aces, 10.69 digs and 2.88 blocks per game and have a .942 serve reception percentage.
The series record between Ohio State and Cal State Northridge is tied at 3-3. The Buckeyes are 2-3 at Northridge and 1-0 at neutral sites. Ohio State won the last two meetings, the last coming in 1999, a 3-0 (15-9, 15-12, 15-13) OSU win at Northridge.
OHIO STATE RANKED 10TH IN THE AVCA DIVISION I-II POLL
Ohio State is ranked 10th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll on April 19 with 89 points. The Buckeyes were 11th the previous week and began the season 10th in the preseason poll.
BUCKEYES HAVE 13 PLAYED NAMED TO THE MIVA ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association has recognized 13 Ohio State men’s volleyball players who have been named to the MIVA Academic All-Conference Team. To be eligible, athletes must have achieved at least a 3.00 career grade-point average on a 4.0 scale after the completion of the fall semester at their respective institutions. A total of 75 players were honored by the conference.
The 2010 MIVA Academic All-Conference selections from Ohio State are: Rhett Cash, Dale Freier, Nick Gibson, Kevin Heine, Steven Kehoe, Brian Kues, Derek Kues, Sean Martin, Grayson Overman, Ted Schoenfeldt, Mike Stefani, John Tholen and Jason Tobkin.
KEHOE RECOGNIZED AS AN ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETE BY THE NATIONAL STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING ASSOCIATION
The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) recently awarded men’s volleyball setter Steven Kehoe with its annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year award—recognizing the student athletes dedication to strength training and conditioning.
This year, the NSCA awarded 232 collegiate athletes from 106 schools with this esteemed award. Kehoe was selected by the strength coach Andy Britton, CSCS, who said, “Steven is extremely dedicated and disciplined in the weight room. He leads by example and by pushing himself and his teammates every single day. His tremendous work ethic in the weight room has helped him achieve all his deserved success.”
Robert Jursnick, NSCA’s Executive Director adds, “The advantages of strength training and conditioning cannot be denied in collegiate athletics. These student-athletes attest to this understanding, and are to be applauded for their hard work and dedication.”
The NSCA All-American Athlete of the Year Award program is in its 32nd year, and is made possible by a grant from Power Systems, Inc., a Knoxville, Tennessee fitness product leader.
HEAD COACH PETE HANSON
Pete Hanson is in his 26th season at Ohio State. He has a 515-281 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 2010, 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 in 2008 and 2009 (semifinals).
SANGREY REPEATS AS THE MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – April 19
Shawn Sangrey been named the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week and the fourth time this season. Shawn Sangrey averaged 6.79 points, 5.68 kills and 1.86 digs per game in the 3-0 (30-26, 30-26, 30-19) win over 15th-ranked Ball State and the 3-1 (30-21, 28-30, 30-23, 30-24) win over St. Francis. The Ball State win earned OSU a share of the MIVA Championship and later the outright title for the fourth consecutive year. Sangrey had a match-high 20 points against Ball State with 17 kills, an ace serve and three total blocks. He had 10 kills in the first game and with Ball State leading, 25-24, he tied the game at 25 with a kill. A Cardinal error made it 26-25 OSU. Sangrey scored the final four points for OSU with a solo block and three consecutive kills to win the game, 30-25. Against St. Francis, he had a match-high 27.5 points with 24 kills, three ace serves and an assist block. In the final conference statistics, Sangrey finishes as the conference leader in points (5.82) and aces (.53) per game and ranks second in kills per game at 4.76.
SANGREY NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – April 12
Shawn Sangrey was named the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season. Sangrey averaged 7.92 points, 7.00 kills, 1.17 digs and .50 blocks per game in 3-0 victories over then 11th-ranked Loyola-Chicago (30-26, 32-30, 30-24) and Lewis (32-30, 30-25, 30-21). Against Loyola-Chicago, Sangrey recorded a match-high 17 kills while hitting .314. He added one ace serve, five digs and three assist blocks. Sangrey was key in game two (32-30) scoring OSU’s last three points on kills. The Buckeyes win stopped the Ramblers undefeated streak (10 matches) in conference play and blocked their bid for the outright conference championship. In the Lewis match, he posted a match-high 25 kills while hitting .500. Sangrey added a match-high three ace serves and two digs in the contest. He had double-figure kills (10) in game two where he produced 12 (2 aces) of OSU’s 22 points in the game. The win over the Flyers moved Ohio State into a first-place tie with Loyola-Chicago with one match left for each team (Ball State at OSU Friday, Loyola-Chicago at Ball State Saturday).
BERZINS NAMED MIVA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – March 29
Mik Berzins was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week for his play last week in the 3-1 (30-27, 26-30, 30-26, 30-26) road victory at George Mason. Berzins recorded a match-high 17 digs and handled 35 serve reception attempts without an error against the Patriots. Of his 17 digs, six were converted to kills (.353) and 14 of his 35 reception attempts (.400) produced kills for the Buckeyes. For the match, Berzins averaged 4.25 digs per game. This is the second player of the week (March 8) honor for Berzins this season.
KEHOE NAMED SPORTS IMPORTS/AVCA DIVISION I-II NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK AND MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – March 22
Steven Kehoe was named the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II National Player of the Week and the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week for his play last week in the 3-1 (30-25, 20-30, 30-27, 30-23) road victory at sixth-ranked Penn State. He directed the Buckeye offense to a .283 attack percentage, well above the .220 season average for Penn State opponents. Kehoe recorded 54 assists (13.50 per game) in the contest adding seven digs, four kills and one assist block. The victory was OSU’s first in the last nine matches against Penn State, including two losses earlier this season (3-1 in Hawaii and 3-0 in Columbus). Kehoe directed a balanced offense that produced 19 kills from Shawn Sangrey, 16 from John Klanac and 15 from Jason Tobkin. The Ohio State victory was the first Penn State loss in Rec Hall since the end of the 2006 season. The win stopped a home winning streak of 51 matches for Penn State.
BERZINS NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – March 8
Mik Berzins was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week for his play against Penn State and at IPFW. Berzins, in the 3-2 (30-26, 30-21, 29-31, 24-30, 15-12) win at IPFW, recorded a match and career-high 26 digs. His 26 digs were the third best match performance in OSU history. In his fifth start at libero and the first since mid-January, Berzins handled 29 of 30 serve reception attempts with 21 (.677) being converted to kills. He had nine of OSU’s 15 digs in the deciding fifth game to help OSU to the conference victory. After starting eight of his last nine matches at outside hitter, Berzins saw limited action in game two in the back row against Penn State as a server. He started at libero in game three recording four digs and handling 17 serve reception attempts without an error. For the two matches, Berzins averaged 4.29 digs per game and had a .979 serve reception percentage handling 47 of 48 attempts.
SANGREY NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – March 1
Shawn Sangrey was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week for his play in the Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic. Sangrey, in the 3-0 (30-12, 30-16, 30-25) victory over George Mason, in the semifinals of the Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic in Springfield, Mass. Sangrey posted a career-high four ace serves against the Patriots and totaled 20.5 points in the match. He added 14 kills while hitting .360, nine digs and five assist blocks. Sangrey had a team-high 21 points in the 3-0 (34-32, 32-30, 30-17) loss to UC Santa Barbara in the championship match with 21 kills (.295) and five digs. For his play, he was named to the Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic All-Tournament Team. Sangrey averaged 6.92 points, 5.83 kills, .67 aces, 2.33 digs and .83 blocks per game while hitting .319. This is the second time this season Sangrey has been honored as the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week.
OVERMAN NAMED MIVA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – March 1
Grayson Overman has been named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week for his play in the Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic. Overman, in the win over George Mason, recorded an OSU match record 14 block assists against the Patriots. The previous record of 13 was held by Scott Spurlock (at Lewis, 2/1/04), Colin McMillan (at IPFW, 1/29/99 and Juniata, 3/11/98), Jon Yunker, UC Santa Cruz, 3/29/93) and Tom Hoff (vs. IPFW at Ball State, 4/24/93). He tied the Buckeye match record for total blocks with 15 (1-14) and now shares the mark with Rene’ Esteves (at Lewis, 2/27/99), David Frette (at Ball State, 4/10/91) and Tom Hoff (vs. IPFW at Ball State, 4/24/93). He added two kills and one assist against the Patriots. This is the second double-figure block match by Overman. He recorded 11 total blocks at Loyola-Chicago with a solo and 10 assist blocks. In the 3-0 (34-32, 32-30, 30-17) loss to UC Santa Barbara in the championship match, Overman had three assist blocks, two kills, one dig and one assist. In the two matches, he averaged 3.00 blocks, 2.25 points, .67 kills while hitting .300.
SANGREY NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Feb. 8
Shawn Sangrey was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week for the Ohio State men’s volleyball team. He had match-highs of 21.5 points and 15 kills in the 3-0 (30-28, 34-32, 30-23) win at Ball State to keep OSU undefeated (4-0) in conference play. Sangrey hit .367 (15-4-30) and had a career-high three ace serves in the match. He had three digs and equaled his career high of two solo blocks against the Cardinals. Sangrey had five total blocks including three assists. With game one tied at 28, his kill for point 29 and a block with Kevin Heine won the game at 30-28. In the 34-32 game two, Sangrey hit .600 (7-1-10) and added two ace serves, a solo block and two assist blocks. In his last three matches, he has recorded double-figure points and kills and he is the team leader in points (4.50) and kills (3.62).