April 12, 2000

COLUMBUS, OHIO – %^$The fifth-ranked (USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Poll and fifth in the Volleyball Magazine Poll) Ohio State (20-3 overall, 12-1 Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball squad closes out the regular season next Sunday against No. 10 Lewis (19-9, 8-4) at 2 p.m. in St. John Arena. Last week the Buckeyes defeated Loyola-Chicago 3-0 (15-2, 15-5, 15-2) and Ball State 3-0 (15-6, 15-13, 15-3) to win at least a share of the MIVA Championship.%^$


%^$In the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 15 Poll released this week, Ohio State was fifth for the fourth week. The Buckeyes also remained in fifth place for the sixth week in the Volleyball Magazine poll.%^$


%^$The Buckeyes are running a balanced attack with four players averaging three or more kills per game. Chris Fash (Jr., Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) has a team-leading 5.15 kills per game average with Pieter Olree (So., Reading, Pa./Exeter) at 4.79, Colin McMillan (Sr., Burlington, Wis./Libertyville) 3.69, Rene Esteves (Sr., San Juan, Puerto Rico/San Jose’) 3.56. McMillan is the top percentage hitter at .526 with Esteves second at .525. Running the offense is Angel Aja (Sr., Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/Colegio Marista) with an 18.62 assists per game average. Jose Rivera (Sr., Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) has a team-high 24 ace serves with Fash with 23 and Olree 22. Defensively, Tom Trantow (Fr., Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) averages 2.10 digs per game and Olree 2.01. Rivera stands at 1.99. At the net McMillan has a team-high 130 blocks (15 solo and 115 assists) for a 1.73 per game average. Esteves is second with 108 (18-90) for a 1.48 average.%^$

%^$Ohio State is hitting .397 as a team and averaging 21.56 kills per game. The Buckeyes are averaging 10.73 digs, 3.79 blocks and 1.46 aces per game. OSU opponents are hitting .257 and average 18.76 kills per game. OSU opponents average 9.06 digs, 2.30 blocks and 1.19 aces per game%^$


%^$With the win over Ball State, Ohio State (12-1) won at least a share of the MIVA Championship last week. A win over Lewis next Sunday or a loss by Indiana-Purdue (10-2) against Quincy or Loyola-Chicago would give the Buckeyes an outright championship. This is the third-consecutive league crown for Ohio State and the sixth in the last eight years.%^$


%^$April 11 Loyola at Clarke%^$April 14 Quincy at Indiana-Purdue%^$ Lewis at Ball State%^$April 15 Loyola-Chicago at Indiana-Purdue%^$ Quincy at Ball State%^$April 16 Lewis at Ohio State%^$


%^$Ohio State has won its last six matches and is undefeated at home in eight matches. In the last four matches (all at home), Ohio State has hit .409 or better. In St. John Arena, Ohio State is hitting .431 in the eight matches while the opponents are hitting .229. Individually, Chris Fash has had double-figure kills in the last nine matches with Pieter Olree having a streak of six matches.%^$


%^$With 10 total blocks, Colin McMillan posted his second double-figure block match of the season. He had one solo and nine assists against Ball State. Two of his assists blocks came with Ohio State trailing 13-9 to the Cardinals in a 6-0 run by the Buckeyes with McMillan getting the game winning kill. McMillan hit .800 against Loyola-Chicago Friday night for his 12th .500 or better hitting match of the season.%^$


%^$A 15 kill, seven-block match for Rene Esteves was one of the highlights of the 3-0 win over Loyola-Chicago. Esteves hit .667 (15-1-21) in the match and had one solo and six assist blocks against the Ramblers. Against Ball State the next evening, Esteves hit .900 (9-0-10), collected an ace serve, one dig and three assist blocks. He tied his career-high hitting percentage set earlier this season at Clarke College.%^$


%^$With a combined 68 kills on the weekend, Chris Fash and Pieter Olree provided much of the offense for Ohio State in the wins over Loyola-Chicago and Ball State. Against Loyola, Olree had 15 kills (.303) adding six digs and four assist blocks. Fash had 14 kills (.417), an ace serve, two digs and an assist block. In the Ball State match Fash had a match-high 20 kills (.382), four assists, seven digs and two assist blocks. Olree contributed 19 kills (.378) one assist, nine digs and five assist blocks. Each player had 34 kills (5.67 per game) on the weekend with Olree hitting .343 and adding 15 digs and nine assist blocks. Fash had one ace, nine digs and three assist blocks in the two matches.%^$


%^$Setter Angel Aja did his usual job collecting 58 assists against Loyola-Chicago and 62 against Ball State. In addition he had a match-high 10 digs against the Cardinals in his second double-figure dig match of the season.%^$


%^$In NCAA statistics released this week, Colin McMillan is ranked first in hitting percentage at .526. Rene Esteves is second at .525. Chris Fash is 18th in kills per game at 5.15. McMillan is tied for eighth in blocking with a 1.73 per game average with Esteves tied for 19th at 1.48. Setter Angel Aja is ranked fifth in assists per game with an 18.62 average. As a team Ohio State ranks first in hitting percentage at .397.%^$


%^$In his 16th year at Ohio State, Pete Hanson has put together one of the top men’s volleyball teams in the country. Last season his squad won its fifth Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championship in the last seven years. The 1998 team, ranked second in the country in the latter stages of the season, finished sixth in the USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Poll. They also were honored as the top team in the final regular season Volleyball Magazine Poll. That magazine honored Hanson as the Coach of the Year for his 25-2 season and the MIVA regular-season championship.%^$

%^$Hanson, in his 16th season, has a career record of 317-208 (.604) and is 303-196 (.607) in his 15-year tenure with the Buckeyes. His squads have won seven MIVA championships and made three NCAA tournament appearances. Hanson has been named the MIVA Coach of the Year four times.%^$


%^$The Buckeye-Flyer series is tied at seven matches apiece. In Columbus, each team has won four matches and in Romeoville each squad has three wins. Ohio State has won the last three road meetings. In Columbus, Lewis won the last meeting 3-2, coming back to win the final three games and keeping the Buckeyes from an outright MIVA Championship.%^$


%^$3/ 6/94 H W 3-1 13-15, 15-4, 15-8, 15-11%^$3/ 7/94 H L 2-3 15-12, 7-15, 10-15, 15-10, 11-15%^$2/27/95 H W 3-1 13-15, 15-6, 15-8, 15-2%^$3/31/95 A L 1-3 11-15, 15-10, 10-15, 11-15%^$2/24/96 H W 3-0 15-11, 15-7, 16-14%^$4/ 6/96 A L 2-3 17-16, 15-10, 6-15, 12-15, 13-15%^$MIVA Semifinal at Ohio State%^$4/19/96 H L 1-3 9-15, 15-11, 9-15, 12-15%^$2/ 8/97 H L 2-3 12-15, 12-15, 15-11, 15-11, 11-15%^$3/12/97 A L 1-3 3-15, 15-12, 5-15, 10-15%^$2/ 1/98 A W 3-2 15-13, 15-12, 12-15, 8-15, 15-12%^$4/ 4/98 H W 3-2 15-17, 15-8, 6-15, 15-6, 15-13%^$2/27/99 A W 3-1 15-9, 15-13, 10-15, 15-11%^$4/10/99 H L 2-3 15-7, 16-14, 14-16, 13-15, 13-15%^$2/25/00 A W 3-1 15-5, 15-13, 11-15, 15-11%^$


%^$St. John Arena on the Ohio State campus will be the site of the 2000 Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament. The Buckeyes will host the two semifinal matches April 28 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The tournament championship will be played at 7 p.m. April 29. The four teams advancing to the semifinals will be the winners of quarterfinal matches played on the campus of the top four seeds April 22. The tournament seeding is based on the teams’ finish in the MIVA regular season matches. The top seed would host the eighth seed, the second seed would host the seventh seed, the third seed would host the sixth seed and the fourth seed would host the fifth seed. The tournament champion will receive the automatic Midwest bid to the NCAA Championship semifinals May 4, hosted by Indiana-Purdue.%^$


%^$Two former Ohio State men’s volleyball players have been named to Volleyball Magazine’s NCAA Men’s All Century Team. Outside hitter Aldis Berzins (1975-78) was named to the fourth team and middle blocker Marc Waldie (1974-77) to the fifth team. A total of 37 players were honored%^$


%^$By a vote of the league coaches, Ohio State was picked to finished second this season in the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Indiana-Purdue was the top choice of the coaches with Lewis third, and Ball State fourth. Loyola was picked for fifth with Mercyhurst sixth, Quincy seventh and Clarke eighth.%^$


%^$Ohio State had five players chosen on the 2000 Preseason All-MIVA squad as selected by the coaches of the league. Named to the first team for the Buckeyes were Angel Aja and Rene’ Esteves. Chris Fash was selected to the second team while Colin McMillan and Pieter Olree were tabbed for honorable mention honors.%^$


%^$After 42 years of having basketball lines painted on the floor of St. John Arena, a new look greets the 1999-2000 season of volleyball. Prior to the women’s season last fall, the floor of St. John Arena was sanded down to remove the basketball court markings. In its place is a painted volleyball court for use by the women’s and men’s teams.%^$


%^$Ohio State is the top seed in the MIVA Tournament and will host Clarke College next Saturday in St. John Arena at 2 p.m. in the quarterfinals.%^$

%^$Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Standings%^$


%^$as of April 11 Conference Overall%^$ 1 Ohio State 12- 1 .923 20- 3 .869%^$ 2 Indiana-Purdue 10- 2 .833 17- 7 .708%^$ 3 Lewis 8- 4 .667 19- 9 .678%^$ 4 Ball State 6- 6 .500 15-12 .555%^$ 5 Quincy 5- 7 .416 16- 9 .640%^$ Loyola 5- 7 .415 14-10 .583%^$ 7 Mercyhurst 4-10 .285 15-10 .600%^$ 8 Clarke 0-13 .000 8-17 .320%^$


%^$Hitting Percentage%^$ 1 Colin McMillan, Ohio State .549%^$ 3 Rene Esteves, Ohio State .516%^$


%^$Blocks Per Game%^$ 1 Colin McMillan, Ohio State 1.86%^$ 5 Rene Esteves, Ohio State 1.50%^$


%^$Digs Per Game%^$ 1 Ben Wilson, Loyola-Chicago 2.76%^$ 8 Pieter Olree, Ohio State 2.14%^$ 9 Tom Trantow, Ohio State 2.13%^$


%^$Kills Per Game%^$ 1 Hector Soto, Indiana-Purdue 7.87%^$ 6 Pieter Olree, Ohio State 5.00%^$ 7 Chris Fash, Ohio State 4.98%^$


%^$Aces Per Game%^$ 1 Scott Lane, Indiana-Purdue .56%^$ 4 Jose Rivera, Ohio State .39%^$10 Chris Fash, Ohio State .30%^$


%^$Assists Per Game%^$ 1 Angel Aja, Ohio State 18.78%^$ 2 Chris Gisslen, Indiana-Purdue 18.71%^$



%^$Hitting Percentage%^$ 1 Colin McMillan, Ohio State .526%^$ 2 Rene Esteves, Ohio State .525%^$


%^$Blocks Per Game%^$ 1 Scott Bunker, Brigham Young 2.11%^$ 8 Colin McMillan, Ohio State 1.73%^$19t Rene’ Esteves, Ohio State 1.48%^$


%^$Digs Per Game%^$ 1 Matt Davis, UCLA 3.18%^$


%^$Kills Per Game%^$ 1 Curt Toppel, Stanford 8.71%^$18 Chris Fash, Ohio State 5.15%^$


%^$Service Aces Per Game%^$ 1 Andre Melo, George Mason .600%^$


%^$Assists Per Game%^$ 1 Josh Lukens, Stanford 19.90%^$ 5 Angel Aja, Ohio State 18.62%^$


%^$Team Hitting Percentage%^$ 1 Ohio State .397%^$


%^$USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Poll%^$

%^$April 11, 2000 – No. 13%^$Rank School Total 2000 Last%^$(First Place Votes) Points Record Week%^$ 1 Long Beach State (14) 238 22- 3 2%^$ 2t Pepperdine 213 18- 4 1%^$ 2t Southern California (2) 213 19- 4 3%^$ 4 UCLA 198 23- 4 4%^$ 5 Ohio State 178 20- 3 5%^$ 6 Brigham Young 151 18- 8 7%^$ 7 Hawaii 133 17- 9 6%^$ 8 Indiana-Purdue 124 17- 7 8%^$ 9 Loyola Marymount 123 11- 9 9%^$10 Lewis 108 19- 9 10%^$11 Stanford 79 10-10 11%^$12 Cal State Northridge 61 11-13 12%^$13 Ball State 43 15-12 13%^$14 UC-Santa Barbara 28 10-14 14t%^$15 Penn State 17 15-13 14t%^$

%^$Others receiving votes: Pacific (6), Loyola-Chicago (5), Quincy (2).%^$

%^$Volleyball Magazine Poll%^$

%^$April 10, 2000 – No. 12%^$Rank School 2000 Last%^$ Record Week%^$ 1 UCLA 23-4 2%^$ 3 Long Beach State 22-3 3%^$ 3 Pepperdine 18-4 1%^$ 4 Southern California 19-4 4%^$ 5 Ohio State 20-3 5%^$ 6 Brigham Young 18-8 6%^$ 7 Hawaii 17-9 7%^$ 8 Loyola Marymount 11-9 NR%^$ 9 Indiana-Purdue 17-7 8%^$10 Lewis 19-9 10%^$

%^$Others: Ball State, Cal State Northridge, Loyola Chicago, Stanford, Pacific, Penn State, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara.