April 18, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Daniel Mathews, a 6-6 freshman setter for 11th-ranked The Ohio State University (21-7, 14-2 MIVA), has been chosen the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week. Mathews had an outstanding weekend in leading Ohio State to a 3-0 (30-25, 30-22, 30-16) home win over Findlay and a 3-2 (28-30, 29-31, 31-29, 30-18, 15-11) come-from-behind victory at IPFW. Mathews had two kills and 39 assists against the Oilers. Defensively, he shared match-high honors with eight digs and contributed seven total blocks (one solo and six assists) against Findlay. At IPFW, he equaled his career-high of five kills (four times) adding an ace serve and posting 66 assists. He produced seven digs and five assist blocks for the defense. Two of his kills came with OSU down 2-0 in games and tied 29-29 in the third game as he successfully scored kills on two consecutive plays on the second contact to win the game, 31-29. IPFW was serving match point at 29-28 but was stopped by a Stuart Katz kill. Katz, Brett Versen and Sam Stevens came off the bench and played much of the match collecting 35 points (29 kills, a solo block, 10 assist blocks) of OSU’s 99 points. Mathews was exceptional in blending the bench players into the offense and securing the victory for OSU. His combined 105 assists on the weekend gives him 1,245 for his career and has moved him to sixth on the OSU career assist list. Mathews averaged 13.12 assists per game to power the offense and recorded 1.88 digs and 1.50 blocks per game, contributing to OSU’s defensive play.
The Buckeyes open play in the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals against Quincy (9-16, 4-12) Saturday night at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.