Jan. 24, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio – %^$The Ohio State (2-1) men’s volleyball team will play two exhibition matches this weekend against Western Ontario (9-2). The first match is Friday, Jan. 26 in St. John Arena at 7 p.m. The second match will be played at the Genoa Middle School in Westerville, Ohio at 7 p.m. Last week the Buckeyes defeated Juniata 3-0 (30-16, 30-18, 30-22).%^$


%^$The USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 15 Poll, released Jan. 23, has Ohio State ranked 13th nationally. The Buckeyes were tenth in the Volleyball Magazine preseason poll.%^$


%^$Ohio State played the Mustangs in Western Ontario last October in two exhibition matches. OSU won both matches in five games. The matches were played with rally scoring with the first four games to 25 points. The Buckeyes won the first match 3-2 (19-25, 21-25, 25-17, 25-18, 15-11). OSU won the second match 3-2 (25-23, 20-25, 25-21, 22-25, 17-15).%^$


%^$With a career-high nine assist blocks against Juniata, Todd Hill (Sr., Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto H. S.) is providing solid defense for Ohio State. Hill produced eight assist blocks against St. Francis in the opening weekend of the season. He is averaging 2.10 blocks per game on two solo and 19 assists.%^$


%^$Greg Lehman (Sr., Galena, Ohio/Big Walnut H. S.) did not play in the Juniata match. An ankle injury the previous week kept him out of action. He is expected to be available for the Western Ontario exhibition matches.%^$


%^$With Greg Lehman out of action, Tom Trantow (Jr., River Forest, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest H. S.) moved into his position for the Juniata match. Trantow had four kills (.250) and three digs in the match and set career highs in total blocks (7), solo blocks (1) and assist blocks (6). Trantow had started the previous two matches at the libero position.%^$


%^$Joining the block party against Juniata, Chris Fash (Sr., Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) had a career-high eight assist blocks against the Eagles. He had totaled seven assists twice in his career.%^$


%^$The Buckeyes have two pairs of brothers on the squad this season. Greg and Mark Lehman (So. Galena, Ohio/Big Walnut H. S.) have been playing together for OSU since last season. The other brother combination is Chris and Tim Fash (Fr., Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township H. S.).%^$


%^$By a vote of the conference coaches, Ohio State has been picked as the preseason favorite to win the MIVA championship. The teams were ranked as follows: Ohio State, Ball State, Lewis, Quincy, Loyola, Indiana-Purdue, Mercyhurst, Clarke and Findlay.%^$


%^$Chris Fash and Pieter Olree have been selected by a vote of the MIVA coaches to the preseason first team all-conference squad. Greg Lehman was named to the third team.%^$


%^$The 2001 season will bring a new look to men’s collegiate volleyball. Adapting a variation of the international rules, collegiate volleyball will play all rally scoring (point per serve, no sideouts) games this season. The best three of five games will have games one to four to 30 points (25 in international play) with game five to 15. The use of the libero (a designated backrow player) will be expanded to allow a different player to be designated prior to each game. A serve that touches the net and goes into the opponent’s court is a live ball and must be played while balls hit out-of-bounds past the net may be pursued and returned to one’s court and then played over the net.%^$


%^$In his 17th year at Ohio State, Pete Hanson has put together one of the top men’s volleyball teams in the country. Last season his squad won its sixth Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championship in the last eight years. That squad advanced to the NCAA Championship match before losing to UCLA. For his team’s efforts, Hanson was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association Coach of the Year. The 1998 team, ranked second in the country in the latter stages of the season, finished sixth in the USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Poll. They also were honored as the top team in the final regular season Volleyball Magazine Poll. That magazine honored Hanson as the Coach of the Year for his 25-2 season and the MIVA regular-season championship.%^$

%^$Hanson, in his 18th season, has a career record of 324-210 (.607) and is 310-198 (.610) in his 17-year tenure with the Buckeyes. His squads have won eight MIVA championships and made four NCAA tournament appearances. Hanson has been named the MIVA Coach of the Year five times including the 2000 season.%^$


%^$Ohio State travels to Ball State Sunday, Feb. 4 (2 p.m.) to open Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association play.%^$


%^$Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Standings%^$

%^$Jan. 22, 2001%^$ Conference Overall%^$Clarke – 2-0 1.000%^$Loyola-Chicago – 2-0 1.000%^$Quincy – 2-0 1.000%^$Ohio State – 2-1 .667%^$Indiana-Purdue – 1-1 .500%^$Ball State – 1-2 .333%^$Findlay – 1-2 .333%^$Lewis – 1-2 .333%^$Mercyhurst – 0-0 .000%^$


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

%^$Jan. 23, 2001 – No. 2%^$Rank School Total 2000 Last%^$(First Place Votes) Points Record Week%^$ 1 Long Beach State (9) 233 2-0 2%^$ 2 UC-Santa Barbara (6) 216 3-0 3%^$ 3 Southern California 200 2-0 4%^$ 4 Stanford 181 3-0 8%^$ 5 Pepperdine 178 4-1 1%^$ 6 UCLA (1) 177 4-2 5%^$ 7 Hawai’i 144 3-1 6%^$ 8 Brigham Young 142 2-0 7%^$ 9 Penn State 104 1-2 9%^$10 Lewis 80 1-2 10%^$11 Cal State Northridge 68 3-3 11%^$12 Pacific 62 1-0 12%^$13 Ohio State 52 2-1 13%^$14 Concordia College (NY) 27 2-0 15%^$15 Ball State 36 1-2 14%^$

%^$Others receiving votes: UC Irvine (17), Loyola-Chicago (9),%^$Indiana-Purdue (2), Quincy (2).