April 19, 2000

COLUMBUS, OH – %^$The fifth-ranked (USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Poll and fifth in the Volleyball Magazine Poll) Ohio State (21-3 overall, 13-1 Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball squad begins MIVA Tournament play at 2 p.m. against Clarke College (8-18, 0-14) Saturday. OSU, the MIVA regular season champion, is seeded first in the bracket and will host Clarke, the eighth seed. Last week Ohio State ended the regular season with a 15-7, 15-11, 15-7 home win over No. 10 Lewis.%^$


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


%^$The Buckeyes are running a balanced attack with four players averaging three or more kills per game. Chris Fash (Jr., Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) has a team-leading 5.25 kills per game average with Pieter Olree (So., Reading, Pa./Exeter) at 4.84, Colin McMillan (Sr., Burlington, Wis./Libertyville) 3.68, Rene Esteves (Sr., San Juan, Puerto Rico/San Jose’) 3.57. McMillan is the top percentage hitter at .527 with Esteves second at .521. Running the offense is Angel Aja (Sr., Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/Colegio Marista) with an 18.81 assists per game average. Jose Rivera (Sr., Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) has a team-high 25 ace serves with Fash with 23 and Olree 22. Defensively, Tom Trantow (Fr., Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) averages 2.06 digs per game and Olree 2.04. Rivera stands at 2.00. At the net McMillan has a team-high 136 blocks (16 solo and 120 assists) for a 1.74 per game average. Esteves is second with 115 (20-95) for a 1.51 average.%^$

%^$Ohio State is hitting .399 as a team and averaging 21.79 kills per game. The Buckeyes are averaging 10.77 digs, 3.83 blocks and 1.43 aces per game. OSU opponents are hitting .258 and average 18.86 kills per game. OSU opponents average 9.05 digs, 2.30 blocks and 1.15 aces per game%^$


%^$With the win over Lewis, Ohio State (13-1) won the outright MIVA Championship last week. This is the third-consecutive league crown for Ohio State and the sixth in the last eight years.%^$


%^$For the second time this season Chris Fash has been named the MIVA Player of the Week. In a 3-0 win over Lewis, Fash had 23-kill (.563), six digs and five assist blocks in a match that gave Ohio State the MIVA Championship. The 23-kills was his 20th double-figure kill match of the season and his sixth match hitting .500 or better. Fash, in his last seven matches, is hitting .516 and averaging 6.48 kills per game. He was named the MIVA Player of the Week and the AVCA National Player of the Week in late March for his play against Southern California, Pepperdine and Brigham Young.%^$


%^$Ohio State has won its last seven matches and is undefeated at home in nine matches. In the last five matches (all at home), Ohio State has hit .409 or better. In St. John Arena, Ohio State is hitting .430 in the nine matches while the opponents are hitting .237. Individually, Chris Fash has had double-figure kills in the last nine matches with Pieter Olree having a streak of seven matches.%^$


%^$Against Lewis, five OSU starters had double-figure kills in the match. That marked the 10th time this season that the Buckeyes had five starters with double-figure kills. OSU also has had seven matches with four starters with double-digit kills. Individually, Chris Fash has had a team-high in kills in 12 matches with Pieter Olree having the team-high in eight matches and sharing it two other times.%^$


%^$With a .550 hitting percentage and a 1.87 block per game average, Colin McMillan finished first in two of the six statistical categories in the final MIVA Conference statistics. Rene Esteves finished second in hitting (.508) and fifth in blocking (1.56). Setter Angel Aja finished second in assist per game (19.09). Others ranked in the top 10 included Jose Rivera finishing fourth in aces per game (.38), Chris Fash sixth in kills per game (5.16) and 10th in aces per game (.30) and Pieter Olree seventh in kills per game (5.07) and ninth in digs per game (2.18).%^$


%^$Ohio State has won the MIVA Tournament seven times, the last in 1993. Since then, the Buckeyes have lost four times in the semifinals and twice, 1994 and 1999, in the championship match.%^$


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


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

%^$Hanson, in his 16th season, has a career record of 318-208 (.605) and is 304-196 (.608) in his 15-year tenure with the Buckeyes. His squads have won seven MIVA championships and made three NCAA tournament appearances. Hanson has been named the MIVA Coach of the Year four times.%^$


%^$The Buckeyes have won all seven meetings with the Crusaders. OSU is 4-0 in matches played in Columbus. This is the second MIVA Tournament quarterfinal meeting between the two schools.%^$


%^$2/20/98 A W 3-0 15-3, 15-11, 15-12%^$3/13/98 H W 3-0 15-9, 15-8, 15-7%^$MIVA Quarterfinal at Ohio State%^$4/11/98 H W 3-0 15-2, 15-4, 15-4%^$3/12/99 H W 3-0 15-2, 15-4, 15-5%^$3/26/99 A W 3-0 15-1, 15-1, 15-10%^$2/ 4/00 A W 3-0 15-4, 15-3, 15-8%^$3/ 3/00 H W 3-0 15-7, 15-4, 15-9%^$


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


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


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


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


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


%^$With a win over Clarke, Ohio State will advance to the MIVA Tournament Semifinals next Friday.%^$

%^$Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association%^$

%^$As of April 17 Conference Overall%^$1 Ohio State 12- 1 .929 21- 3 .875%^$2 Indiana-Purdue 12- 2 .857 19- 7 .731%^$3 Lewis 9- 5 .643 20-10 .667%^$4 Ball State 6- 8 .429 15-14 .517%^$ Quincy 6- 8 .429 17-10 .630%^$ Loyola 6- 8 .429 16-11 .593%^$7 Mercyhurst 4-10 .285 15-10 .600%^$8 Clarke 0-13 .000 8-17 .320%^$


%^$Hitting Percentage%^$ 1 Colin McMillan, Ohio State .550%^$ 3 Rene Esteves, Ohio State .508%^$

%^$Blocks Per Game%^$ 1 Colin McMillan, Ohio State 1.87%^$ 5 Rene Esteves, Ohio State 1.56%^$


%^$Digs Per Game%^$ 1 Ben Wilson, Loyola-Chicago 2.74%^$ 9 Pieter Olree, Ohio State 2.18%^$


%^$Kills Per Game%^$ 1 Hector Soto, Indiana-Purdue 8.07%^$ 6 Chris Fash, Ohio State 5.16%^$ 7 Pieter Olree, Ohio State 5.07%^$


%^$Aces Per Game%^$ 1 Scott Lane, Indiana-Purdue .55%^$ 4 Jose Rivera, Ohio State .38%^$


%^$Assists Per Game%^$ 1 Chris Gisslen, Indiana-Purdue 19.27%^$ 2 Angel Aja, Ohio State 19.09%^$



%^$Hitting Percentage%^$ 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%^$

%^$April 18, 2000 – No. 14%^$Rank School Total 2000 Last%^$(First Place Votes) Points Record Week%^$ 1 Southern California (10) 231 21- 4 2t%^$ 2 Pepperdine (3) 221 20- 4 2t%^$ 3 Long Beach State (3) 218 23- 4 1%^$ 4 UCLA 191 24- 5 4%^$ 5 Ohio State 179 21- 3 5%^$ 6 Brigham Young 154 18- 8 6%^$ 7 Hawaii 143 19- 9 7%^$ 8 Indiana-Purdue 125 19- 7 8%^$ 9 Loyola Marymount 112 11-11 9%^$10 Lewis 104 20-10 10%^$11 Stanford 64 10-12 11%^$12 Cal State Northridge 61 12-14 12%^$13 UC-Santa Barbara 56 11-13 14%^$14 Ball State 20 15-14 13%^$15 Penn State 18 17-13 15%^$

%^$Others receiving votes: Quincy (9), Pacific (7), Loyola-Chicago (7).%^$%^$Volleyball Magazine Poll%^$

%^$April 17, 2000 – No. 13%^$Rank School 2000 Last%^$ Record Week%^$ 1 Southern California 21- 4 4%^$ 2 Pepperdine 20- 4 3%^$ 3 Long Beach State 23- 4 2%^$ 4 UCLA 24- 5 1%^$ 5 Ohio State 21- 3 5%^$ 6 Brigham Young 18- 8 6%^$ 7 Hawaii 19- 9 7%^$ 8 Indiana-Purdue 19- 7 9%^$ 9 Loyola Marymount 11-11 8%^$10 Lewis 19-10 10%^$

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