COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s volleyball team opens the 2011 season with two matches at Pepperdine, at 5 p.m. PT Sunday, Jan. 9 and 7 p.m. PT Monday at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif. The Buckeyes were 22-8 last season, winning the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association regular season title with an 11-1 record. OSU won the MIVA Tournament to advance to the NCAA Championship, losing to eventual champion Stanford in the national semifinals. Pepperdine was 16-10 last season and finished tied for fourth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The Waves lost in the first round of the MPSF Tournament.
Pepperdine, coached by Marv Dunphy, returns four starters from 2010. Setter Kasey Crider was a 2010 AVCA All-American averaging 14.05 assists and 1.66 digs per game. Outside hitter Corey Riecks, a 2010 All-American averaged 3.89 kills while hitting .381 for the Waves. Middle blocker Tyler Jaynes, a 2010 All-MPSF honorable mention selection averaged 1.52 blocks and 1.89 kills per game while hitting .429. Opposite Maurice Torres, a MPSF All-Freshman Team selection, averaged 3.87 kills, 1.47 digs and .94 blocks per game while hitting .235.
PEPPERDINE – OHIO STATE SERIES
Pepperdine has a 15-4 record in the series against Ohio State. The Waves are 10-2 in Malibu, 1-0 in Columbus and 4-2 in neutral site matches. The squads have played five times in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship with Pepperdine winning three. The last meeting between the teams was in 2005 with Pepperdine winning 3-0 (30-16, 31-29, 30-26) at UCLA in the NCAA Championship semifinals.
2011 OHIO STATE OUTLOOK
Ohio State returns 18 letter winners and six of seven starters from last year’s squad that finished 22-8 overall and won a fourth consecutive Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Championship with an 11-1 record. The Buckeyes won a third consecutive MIVA Tournament title to advance to the NCAA semifinals, losing to eventual champion Stanford. With five fifth-year seniors, including four starters, Ohio State has a solid core of players to begin play this season.
At setter, Steven Kehoe, a 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association and Volleyball Magazine second team All-American, will direct the offense. Backing him will be sophomores Derek Kues and Kyle Lawrence and freshman Peter Heinen. Kehoe started every match last season and is a two-time MIVA All-Conference first team selection. Kues saw action in 22 matches and Lawrence two last season.
Fifth-year senior starters John Klanac and Jason Tobkin return for the 2011 season. Joining them are juniors Anthony Hock and Mik Berzins, sophomores Mike Stefani and Nick Gibson and freshman Scottie Chapel. Klanac, a first team MIVA All-Conference selection started 28 matches last season with Tobkin playing in 26 matches with 10 starts. Hock played in 26 matches, mainly in the back row. Berzins, the returning starter at libero, switches to the outside where he started 10 matches last season. Stefani had seven starts in 2010, playing in 20 matches while Gibson saw action in 15 matches with four starts.
Fifth-year senior Kevin Heine anchors the middle for the Buckeyes. Senior Mike Stewart, red-shirt junior John Tholen, sophomores Grayson Overman and Eric Dates and freshmen Shawn Herron and Coleman Palm round out the position. Heine was a 2010 second team MIVA All-Conference selection. Stewart (five matches) and Tholen (four matches) saw limited action last season. Overman started in 19 of 20 matches last season and had a team-high 1.30 blocks per set average. Dates competed in the preseason matches but did not play during the regular season.
Returning junior starter Shawn Sangrey, a 2010 AVCA and Volleyball Magazine second team All-American, started in 25 of 28 matches last season and averaged a team-high 5.53 points per set. Support will come from red-shirt junior Dale Freier and freshman Andrew Lutz.
Sophomore Rhett Cash saw action in six matches last season. Fifth-year senior Sean Martin played in three matches in 2010. Providing depth will be freshmen Michael Piechowski and Alejandro Velez. Last year’s starter, Mik Berzins, has moved to outside hitter.
Ohio State loses two players from the 2010 squad. Seniors Ted Schoenfeldt, the 2010 MIVA Tournament Most Valuable Player and Brian Kues have departed.
Ohio State plays a challenging schedule this season with six matches against Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponents at neutral or away sites. Eleven of the 28 regular season matches are against teams that were ranked in the final 2010 AVCA Top 15 Poll. This includes two matches at Pepperdine to open the season. Neutral site matches are against UC Irvine and Cal State Northridge and matches at UC San Diego and UC Irvine. Ohio State will face Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association opponents Penn State, St. Francis, George Mason and Juniata in home and home contest. The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association schedule has home and home matches against Ball State, IPFW, Lewis and Loyola-Chicago, two home matches against Quincy and a two-match road trip to Grand Canyon. The challenging schedule should prepare the Buckeyes for the MIVA regular season and tournament championship and hopefully, a trip to the NCAA championship at Penn State.
The Buckeyes return a solid group of players for the 2011 season and have depth at every position. With six of seven starters returning, the Buckeyes should challenge all opponents this season.
REVIEWING THE 2010 SEASON
OHIO STATE ENDS THE 2010 SEASON IN NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINALS
Ohio State, played in its third consecutive and 17 overall NCAA championship, lost 3-0 (30-25, 30-26, 30-17) to eventual national champion Stanford. OSU has a 7-22 record in the championship and has advanced to the champion match in 1977 and 2000.
BUCKEYES WIN THE 2010 MIVA TOURNAMENT, ADVANCE TO NCAA SEMIFINALS
Ohio State’s 3-2 victory over Loyola-Chicago gave the Buckeyes their third consecutive Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament Championship and 13th in the history of the program. The championship gave OSU the MIVA automatic bid to the NCAA Championship semifinals.
SCHOENFELDT, KEHOE, SANGREY AND KLANAC NAMED TO THE 2010 MIVA ALL-TOURNAMENT
Ohio State had four of the seven players named to the MIVA All-Tournament Championship team, included Steven Kehoe, Shawn Sangrey, John Klanac and Ted Schoenfeldt. Schoenfeldt was named the Most Outstanding Player of the championship.
KEHOE AND SANGREY HONORED AS 2010 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 squad. Both were also named Asics/Volleyball Magazine second team All-Americans.
Kehoe, a Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Player of the Week winner, he ranked in the Top 5 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 earned his first nod as an AVCA All-American.
Sangrey, a First Team All-MIVA selection. 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 earned his first AVCA All-American distinction.
KEHOE NAMED THE 2010 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 TO THE 2010 MIVA ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
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 ranked 11th in league statistics. Heine averaged 2.84 points, 2.19 kills, .08 aces, and .46 digs per game.
HANSON NAMED THE 2010 MIVA CO-COACH OF THE YEAR
Head coach Pete Hanson was honored as the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Co-Coach of the Year by a vote of the conference coaches. He shared 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 2010 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association regular season championship for the fourth consecutive year. It was OSU’s 22nd conference crown and is the most all-time in the conference. Ball State ranks second with 21.
BUCKEYES FINISH EIGHTH IN THE 2010ASICS/VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE DIVISION I-II POLL
The final Asics/Volleyball Magazine Division I-II Top 10 Poll had Ohio State finishing eighth.
OHIO STATE FINISHES 10TH IN THE 2010 AVCA DIVISION I-II POLL
Ohio State finished the 2010 season ranked 10th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll on May 10 with 100 points. The Buckeyes began the season 10th in the preseason poll.
OHIO STATE IN THE 2010 NATIONAL STATISTICS
In the final 2010 Division I-II national statistics released by the NCAA, Ohio State had five players nationally ranked. Steven Kehoe was ranked fifth in assists per game at 13.38 and tied for 15th in aces per game at .37. Shawn Sangrey ranks seventh in kills per game at 4.73 and is 18th in aces per game at .36. Kevin Heine ranked 38th in blocks per game at 1.07. In digs per game, Mik Berzins ranked 19th at 2.52 and John Klanac is 23rd in kills per game at 3.96. In team statistics, the Buckeyes ranked in the top-10 in four of six categories. Ohio State was fourth in aces per game at 1.62, eighth in kills per game at 15.40 and ninth in assists per game at 14.50 and in attack percentage at .300. OSU ranked 15th in blocking at 2.77 per game and was 24th in digs per game at 9.74.
HEAD COACH PETE HANSON
Pete Hanson is in his 27th season at Ohio State. He has a 515-282 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 last year, 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 three consecutive appearances in 2008, 2009 and 2010 (all semifinals).