By Kendra Lee, Ohio State Athletic Communications


Hard work, dedication and many devoted hours are necessary when wanting success. Whether it is at a job, school or an athletic endeavor, devotion and hard work helps a person become better at what they do.


OhioState’s Kevin Heine understands what hard work and dedication means. The redshirt sophomore has put in his time to become a better volleyball player and a better overall athlete.


“I came here knowing I was going to redshirt and I took that opportunity to prepare myself for the upcoming years,” Heine said. “I try to work hard every day at practice and work hard every chance I get in the weight room. I think my hard work has been showing and I’m going to be able to succeed because of that.”


That dedication has been showing on the court. Heine is third on the team in total kills with 115 and has a team best .431 hitting percentage. He also leads the team with 59 total blocks. Heine finished his first season fifth on the team in kills (109) and led the squad in hitting percentage (.468).


“I attribute my current success to the hard work in practice and the weight room,” Heine said. “I spend the summers here because I really try to work on things and get better at this sport.


“The coaching staff here has helped me grow and I had a lot of good coaches in St. Louis that helped me get here,” Heine added.


 Not only has Heine been excelling on the court, he also has a hard work mentality towards his endeavors in the classroom. Last season, Heine earned Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association All-Academic and Academic All-Big Ten honors. He was also named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.


“It isn’t easy balancing school and sports,” Heine said. “The main thing is balancing time, scheduling appropriately and planning ahead. Being organized and knowing what assignments I have is important.


“The opportunities that OhioState gives us athletes with SASSO (Student-Athlete Support Services Office) are also very helpful,” Heine added. “I think OhioState gives us every chance to succeed both in athletics and academics.”


Overall, Heine has fully grasped what is needed to be great at the collegiate level. His dedication to the volleyball program and to the classroom has put him on track to experience the success that OhioState has to offer.


OhioState (8-7 overall, 4-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) will host first place BallState (10-4, 4-0) at 7 p.m. Wednesday in St. John Arena