COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 14th-ranked Ohio State (6-4 overall, 3-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team returns to conference play at Ball State (6-1, 1-1 MIVA) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Worthen Arena. The Buckeyes then return home to host St. Francis (6-3, 0-1 EIVA) at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena and admission is free.
OHIO STATE LAST WEEK
Ohio State extended its winning streak to five matches with 3-0 home wins over George Mason (30-24, 33-31, 31-29) and Juniata (30-18, 30-25, 30-26) last weekend.
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The 14th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 6-4 overall and 3-0 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Buckeyes extended their winning streak to five matches with 3-0 home wins over George Mason (30-24, 33-31, 31-29) and Juniata (30-18, 30-25, 30-26) last weekend. Leading OSU in points per game is John Klanac at 4.23. Shawn Sangrey ranks second at 4.19 and Kevin Heine is third at 2.93. Klanac is the team leader in kills per game at 3.70 with Sangrey second at 3.46 and Heine third at 2.14. The top percentage hitter on the squad is Grayson Overman at .485. Heine ranks second at .405 with Mik Berzins third at .329. At setter, Steven Kehoe has a 13.06 assists per game average. Klanac has a team-high .27 aces per game with eight. Kehoe ranks second at .24 with eight with Overman third at .23 with seven. Defensively,Berzins leads the squad in digs per game with a 2.61 average. Kehoe ranks second at 1.94 with Sangrey third at 1.27. Berzins has a team-high .940 serve reception percentage handling 218 of 232 serves. Mike Stefani ranks second at .937 (118 of 126) and Klanac is third at .935 (119 of 138). At the net, Heine has a team-high 1.21 blocks per game average with three solos and 32 assist blocks. Ranking second is Overman at 1.06 with five solos and 28 assists. Kehoe ranks third at .97 with six solos and 26assists. Ohio State is hitting .282 on the season and is averaging 18.98 points, 14.73 kills and 13.85 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.33 aces, 9.76 digs and 2.92 blocks per game and have a .923 serve reception percentage. Buckeye opponents are hitting .220 and average 17.55 points, 13.42 kills and 12.55 assists per game. Opponents average 1.64 aces, 9.09 digs and 2.48 blocks per game and have a .940 serve reception percentage.
The Cardinals are coached by Joel Walton. Ball State is 6-1 overall and 1-1 in MIVA play. Last week the Cardinals defeated George Mason, 3-1 (30-23, 31-33, 30-19, 31-29) and Rutgers-Newark, 3-2 (30-26, 29-31, 30-21, 25-30, 15-8) in home matches. Jamion Hartley has a team-high 4.09 points per game average. Lee Meyer ranks second at 3.32 with J.D. Gasparovic third at 3.17. Hartley leads the squad with a 3.45 kills per game average. Meyer ranks second at 2.96 with Gasparovic third at 2.38. Leading the team in attack percentage is Gasparovic at .385. Anders Nelson is second at .336 with Meyer third at .258. At setter, Ethan Pheister has an 11.96 assist per game average. Pheister has a team-high .50 aces per game average with 13. Larry Wrather ranks second at .25 with six and Dominic Spadavecchio is third at .19 with five. Defensively, Billy Ebel has a team-high 3.56 digs per game average. Meyer, at 2.36, ranks second and Eric Schulte is third at 1.40. Ebel has a team-high .949 serve reception percentage handling 150 of 158 attempts. Spadavecchio ranks second at .944 (67 of 71) and Meyer is third at .897 (105 of 117). At the net, Nelson has a team-high 1.62 blocks per game average with four solos and 38 assist blocks. Gasparovic ranks second at 1.12 with five solos and 22 assists with Hartley third at .91 with two solos and 18 assists. Ball State his hitting .236 and averages 19.48 points, 14.58 kills and 13.31 assists per game. The Cardinals average 1.62 aces, 11.31 digs and 3.29 blocks per game and have a .920 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .166 and average 17.02 points, 13.23 kills and 12.46 assists per game. Ball State opponents average 1.42 aces, 11.12 digs and 2.37 blocks per game and have a .922 serve reception percentage.
Ohio State leads the series with Ball State, 83-76. Ball State is 33-26 in Muncie while Ohio State is 44-31 in Columbus. The Cardinals have a 13-12 margin in neutral site matches. Ohio State has won the last five matches in the series including three last season. In 3-2 regular season victories, OSU won 30-25, 20-30, 30-21, 26-30, 15-12 in Columbus and 27-30, 21-30, 30-26, 30-27, 15-10 in Muncie. The squads played in Columbus for the MIVA championship with the Buckeyes winning, 3-0 (30-25, 32-30, 30-19).
The Red Flash is coached by Mike Rumbaugh. St. Francis is 6-3 overall and 0-1 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week the Red Flash lost at Lewis, 3-1 (30-28, 28-30, 30-25, 30-28) and at Loyola-Chicago, 3-0 (30-26, 30-21, 30-21). They host Juniata Friday prior to playing the Buckeyes. Jordan Varee has a team-high 4.19 points per game average. Nick Rivett ranks second at 3.74 with Pete Freyer third at 3.17. Varee leads the team with a 4.23 kills per game average. Rivett ranks second at 2.97 with Freyer third at 2.56. Freyer has a team-high .478 attack percentage with Varee second at .259 and Rivett third at .255. Setter Ryan Williams has an 11.58 assists per game average. Varee leads the team in aces per game at .65 with 20. Rivett ranks second at .39 with 17 and Williams is third at .18 with six. Defensively, John Wappler has a team-high 2.08 digs per game average. Varee and Seth Katich are tied for second at 1.84. Wappler leads the team in serve reception percentage at .951 handling 155 of 163 attempts. Rivett ranks second at .943 (166 of 176) and Alex Fortney is third at .913 (199 of 218). At the net, Patrick McManamon leads the team with a 1.22 blocks per game average with three solos and 19 assist blocks. Freyer ranks second at .93 with eight solos and 17 assists. Ranking third is Rivett at .67 with three solos and 19 assists. St. Francis is hitting .259 and averages 17.63 points, 13.76 kills and 12.79 assists per game. The Red Flash average 1.47 aces, 10.47 digs and 2.40 blocks per game and have a .934 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .253 and average 18.04 points, 14.32 kill and 13.29 assists per game. Red Flash opponents average 1.38 aces, 10.65 digs and 2.34 blocks per game and have a .933 serve reception percentage.
BUCKEYE-RED FLASH SERIES
Ohio State has a 19-1 margin in the series against St. Francis. The Buckeyes are 12-0 in Columbus and 7-1 in Loretto. Earlier this season at St. Francis, the Red Flash defeated Ohio State, 3-1 (30-22, 30-25, 22-30, 30-25).
SANGREY HAS AN OUTSTANDING WEEKEND
Shawn Sangrey put together an outstanding weekend against George Mason and Juniata. He had a team-high 13.5 points against George Mason with 10 kills, two solo blocks and three assist blocks. Sangrey recorded four digs in the match. Against Juniata, he posted a match-high 19 points with 18 kills and two assist blocks. He added six digs against the Eagles. Sangrey ranks second on the squad in points (4.19) and kills (3.46) per game. He is averaging 1.27 digs and .92 blocks per game. Sangrey has started in six matches and played in nine.
OVERMAN HAS BACK-TO-BACK DOUBLE-FIGURE POINT MATCHES
Grayson Overman recorded double-figure points in both matches last week. He had 12 points against George Mason with six kills, three ace serves, two solo blocks and two assist blocks. Overman added 11 points against Juniata with nine kills and four assist blocks. He has started all 10 matches this season and is averaging 2.87 points, 2.03 kills, .23 aces and 1.06 blocks per game.
BERZINS HAS A CAREER-HIGH 12 KILLS AGAINST JUNIATA
Mik Berzins recorded a career-high 12 kills in the Juniata match. His previous high was 10 against IPFW. Berzins added 13 digs and handled 27 of 30 serve receptions against the Eagles. Against George Mason, he had nine kills, one assist block and 10 digs while handling 19 of 21 serve receptions. Berzins has started at outside hitter in five matches and played libero in four others. He is averaging 1.52 points, 1.39 kills and a team-high 2.61 digs per game. Berzins has a .940 serve reception percentage in handling 218 of 232 attempts.
HEINE HITS A SEASON-HIGH .667 AGAINST JUNIATA
Kevin Heine hit a season-high .667 against Juniata with eight kills in 12 attempts and no errors. He added two digs and three block assists in the contest. Heine had seven kills, a season-high three digs and five assist blocks against George Mason. A starter in the nine matches he has played, Heine is averaging 2.93 points, 2.14 kills and a team-high 1.31 blocks per game.
KLANAC GETS EIGHTH CONSECUTIVE DOUBLE-FIGURE POINTS MATCH AGAINST GEORGE MASON
John Klanac recorded 13 points against George Mason for his eighth-consecutive match with double-figure points. He had 12 kills and two assist blocks against the Patriots, adding two digs and handled 17 of 18 serve reception attempts. Klanac did not play in the Juniata match. A starter in the nine matches he has played, Klanac is the team leader in points (4.23) and kills (3.70) per game. He is averaging .27 aces, 1.07 digs and .43 blocks per game and has a .935 serve reception percentage handling 129 of 138 attempts.
KEHOE MOVES TO SIXTH IN OSU CAREER ASSISTS
Steven Kehoe, with 41 assists against George Mason, has moved to sixth on the Ohio State career assist list. He added 51 assists against Juniata and now has 1,734. Kehoe passed Todd Brooks (1989-92) with 1,672. Ranking fifth on the list is Chuck Voss (1990-93) with 2,836. Kehoe added two kills, one ace serve, seven digs, one solo block and two assist blocks in the George Mason match. He posted three kills, two ace serves, five digs and three assist blocks against Juniata. Kehoe has started all 10 matches this season and is averaging 13.06 assists, .24 aces, 1.94 digs and .97 blocks per game.
GIBSON STARTS AGAINST JUNIATA
Nick Gibson had his second start of the season against Juniata and posted a career-high 11 points in the contest. He had career highs of nine kills, a solo block and two assist blocks against the Eagles. Gibson recorded a career-high nine digs and handled 21 serve receptions without an error. Against George Mason, he played in one game. Playing in seven matches this season, Gibson has started two. He is averaging 1.92 points, 1.67 kills, 1.08 digs and .75 blocks per game. Gibson has a .976 serve reception percentage handling 41 of 42 attempts.
CASH POSTS A CAREER-HIGH EIGHT DIGS AGAINST JUNIATA
Rhett Cash recorded a career-high eight digs in the Juniata match. His previous high was four at St. Francis this season. Cash had two assists and handled 17 serve receptions without an error against the Eagles. Against George Mason, he had three digs and handled 21 of 22 serve reception attempts. Playing in five matches with four starts at libero, Cash is averaging 1.40 digs per game and has a .939 serve reception percentage handling 92 of 98 attempts.
OHIO STATE RANKED 14TH IN THE AVCA DIVISION I-II POLL
Ohio State is ranked 14th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll this week with 42 points. The Buckeyes were ranked 13th last week and began the season 10th in the preseason poll.
OHIO STATE THE PRESEASON FAVORITE IN THE MIVA
The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association announced Ohio State has been picked as the preseason favorite by a vote of the league coaches. The Buckeyes, three-time defending MIVA regular season champions and two-time defending MIVA tournament champions, edge Ball State by one vote. Ohio State had four first place votes to three for the Cardinals. Lewis was picked to finish third, Loyola-Chicago fourth and IPFW fifth. First-year member Grand Canyon was picked to finish sixth and Quincy seventh to round out the voting.
OHIO STATE HAS THREE PLAYERS NAMED TO THE MIVA PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Three Buckeyes, Kevin Heine, Steve Kehoe and John Klanac, were named to the 10-player MIVA Preseason All-Conference Team. Also named to the team were Ball State’s Billy Ebel, J.D. Gasparovic and Ethan Pheister. Mike Iandolo and Nathan Klaas of Lewis, Darryl Shank of IPFW and Kris Berzins of Loyola Chicago complete the team.
Heine, a 6-5 red-shirt senior middle hitter, averaged 1.92 kills and 1.12 blocks per game in conference play last season. Kehoe, a 6-4 setter, was a 2009 MIVA first team All-Conference selection. The red-shirt senior averaged 12.75 assists, 1.97 digs and .94 blocks per game. Klanac, a 6-6 outside hitter, was a 2009 MIVA second-team All-conference selection. The red-shirt senior averaged 2.91 kills, 1.52 digs and .82 blocks per game.
HEAD COACH PETE HANSON
Pete Hanson is in his 26th season at Ohio State. He has a 499-278 record with the Buckeyes and has won 12 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championships, including 2009. Named the MIVA Coach of the Year nine times, including 2009, 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 eight times including back-to-back appearances in 2000 (runner-up) and 2001 (semifinalist) and in 2008 and 2009 (semifinals).
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
Ohio State returns to conference play at 7 p.m. CT Friday at Lewis (5-1, 0-0) and at 4 p.m. CT Saturday at 12th-ranked Loyola-Chicago (6-0, 2-0).