The Ohio State University men’s volleyball team (4-8, 0-2 MIVA) return to action in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association this weekend (Feb. 15-16, traveling to face Lindenwood University (4-9, 0-3 MIVA) and Quincy University (4-8, 0-2 MIVA) on Friday and Saturday night, respectively. Both league games are set for 8 p.m. ET starts with free online video streams and live scoring available.
HISTORY WITH THE LIONS AND HAWKS
The Buckeyes own a sizable advantage in the all-time series against both Lindenwood and Quincy. Ohio State has taken all 12 meetings with the Lions, dropping just a half dozen sets in the series which started in 2013. Ohio State last lost to the Hawks in 2012 and have won 57 of 59 clashes overall. During the current 13-match winning streak, the Buckeyes have surrendered only four sets to Quincy.
WHO’S THE NEW GUY(S)?
As injuries have ravaged the Buckeye roster early this season, a large contingency of fresh faces have been called on to provide a heavy work load. A total of seven first-year Buckeyes (five freshmen, two sophomore transfers) have seen significant action thus far and have produced 39% of the team’s assists (187), 33% of the blocks (47), 23% of the kills (116), 21% of the digs (72) and 21% of the aces (12).
BUCKEYES ON THE BIG TEN NETWORK
Ohio State Men’s Volleyball hosts conference foe Loyola Chicago on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live to a national audience on the Big Ten Network. The contest was originally schedule for the day prior.
No active player in D I-II NCAA Men’s Volleyball has played in more matches or has a higher career hitting percentage than Blake Leeson. The fifth-year Buckeye senior has logged 109 matches and is attacking .458 for his career. He also ranks third among active players with 344 blocks, just 10 stuffs back from UC Irvine’s Scott Stadick and his 354 rejections entering the week.
HALL OF FAME HANSON
Pete Hanson will be among a group of 25 volleyball legends and stars of the sport who will be inducted into the USA Volleyball Hall of Fame as presented at the Dorothy C. Boyce Banquet on May 22 in Columbus, Ohio.
Enshrinement is nothing new for the Ohio State head coach, previously inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame (2017) and American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame (2015).