COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 10th-ranked Ohio State (10-6, 6-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team returns to conference play after a 12-day break to play at No. 15 Lewis (16-6, 5-2) and at Loyola-Chicago (12-9, 5-3). The Buckeyes face the Lewis Flyers Wednesday and the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers Friday in 7 p.m. matches. The Loyola-Chicago match will be available on the web at www.horizonleaguenetwork.tv or http://www.horizonleaguenetwork.tv/live.aspx?ScheduleID=1166. The broadcast is free. The Buckeyes are coming off a 3-1 (28-30, 30-24, 30-23, 30-20) win at Mercyhurst March 6. Their scheduled match on March 8 at 15th-ranked IFPW was postponed because of weather conditions. The match has been rescheduled to April 8. The extended break was scheduled because Ohio State is taking Winter Quarter exams.
IPFW MATCH RESCHEDULED TO TUESDAY, APRIL 8
The Ohio State at IPFW match that was postponed because of the weather has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 8 at 7 p.m. The match was scheduled for March 8 but a 20 inch snowfall in Columbus prevented the Buckeyes from traveling to Ft. Wayne.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The 10th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 10-6 overall and has a 6-1 record in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week, Ohio State won 3-1 (28-30, 30-24, 30-23, 30-20) at Mercyhurst and had their match at 15th-ranked IFPW postponed because of weather conditions. Leading the Buckeyes in points per game is Robbie Klein (Sr.-Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) with a 4.36 average. Brett Versen (5th-Sr., Centerville, Ohio) ranks second at 4.32. Klein leads the team with a 3.81 kills per game average with Versen averaging 3.61. Kevin Heine (So.-Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .470. Ben Spurlock (Sr.-So., Stow, Ohio) ranks second at .468. Setter Daniel Mathews (Sr., Shorewood, Wis.) is averaging 12.04 assists per game for Ohio State. Versen has a team-high 18 ace serves and a .32 per game average. Mathews ranks second with 16 (.28) and Klein is third with 12 (.20). Defensively, Conor Martin (Sr., Avon Lake, Ohio) leads the team with a 2.47 digs per game average. Mathews ranks second at 1.53 with Versen third at 1.37. Klein has a team-high .964 reception percentage handling 350 of 363 attempts. Martin ranks second at .960 (435-453) and John Klanac (So.-Fr., Orchard Park, N.Y.) is third at .952 (177-186). At the net, Heine leads the team with a 1.31 blocks per game average with three solos and 64 assist blocks. Mathews ranks second at 1.12 with seven solos and 57 assist blocks and Spurlock is third at 1.00 with three solos and 55 assist blocks. As a team, Ohio State is averaging 18.68 points, 14.29 kills and 13.25 assists per game while hitting .285. The Buckeyes average 1.36 aces, 9.05 digs and 3.03 blocks per game. OSU opponents average 17.27 points, 13.41 kills and 12.80 assists per game while hitting .230. Buckeye opponents average 1.12 aces, 8.92 digs and 2.75 blocks per game.
A LOOK AT LEWIS
The 15th-ranked Flyers are coached by Dan Friend. Lewis has a 16-6 overall record and is 5-2 in the MIVA holding third place in the league. The Flyers have won five straight matches including four last week. Lewis began the week winning, 3-2 (30-26, 24-30, 30-25, 24-30, 15-12) at No. 15 Loyola-Chicago. The Flyers won home matches against Newburg College, 3-0 (32-30, 30-26, 30-27), Mercyhurst, 3-0 (30-19, 34-32, 30-14) and NJIT, 3-2 (30-23, 26-30, 30-27, 28-30, 15-9). Jared Dayton leads the Flyers with a 4.46 points per game average. David Kelnhofer ranks second at 3.56. Dayton has a team-high 3.81 kills per game average with Kelnhofer second at 2.94. Leading the team in hitting percentage at .405 is Billy Sahagian. Second is Alex Vigansky at .392. Setter Mike Iandolo has a 11.36 assists per game average. Iandolo has a team-high 41 ace serves and averages .57 per game. Drew Pickering ranks second with 33 and has a .46 average. Defensively, Nick Perakes leads the team in digs per game at 2.68 Pickering ranks second at 1.65. Dayton has a team-high .968 reception percentage handling 458 of 473 attempts. Pickering ranks second at .955 (423-443). Vigansky leads the team in blocking with a 1.48 per game average. He has 18 solos and 90 assists. Sahagian ranks second at 1.15 with 11 solos and 74 assists. At a team, Lewis averages 19.49 points, 14.46 kills and 12.94 assists while hitting .389. The Flyers average 1.73 aces, 8.81 digs and 3.31 blocks per game. Opponents average 16.28 points, 13.21 kills and 12.34 assists while hitting .224. Flyer opponents average 1.02 aces, 9.01 digs and 2.04 blocks per game.
LEWIS-OHIO STATE SERIES HISTORY
Ohio State has a 20-11 advantage in the series with Lewis. The Buckeyes are 12-6 at home and 8-5 at Lewis. Ohio State has won the last six matches against the Flyers. Last season, the Buckeyes won 3-0 (30-28, 30-25, 30-27) in Columbus and won 3-2 (31-29, 28-30, 30-26, 24-30, 15-12) at Lewis. Earlier this season in Columbus, Ohio State won, 3-0 (32-30, 30-25, 30-27).
A LOOK AT LOYOLA-CHICAGO
The Ramblers are coached by Shane Davis. Loyola-Chicago has a 12-9 overall record and is 5-3 in the MIVA in fourth place. The Ramblers lost at home to Lewis, 3-2 (30-26, 24-30, 30-25, 24-30, 15-12), defeated NJIT, 3-1 (30-20, 28-30, 30-28, 30-27) and won 3-0 (30-22, 30-17, 30-14) against Mercyhurst last week. Leading the team in points per game is Ian Anderson at 5.34. Kris Berzins ranks second at 4.05. Anderson has a team-high 4.59 kills per game average with Berzins second at 3.58. Nick Lamoureux has a team-high .405 hitting percentage with Michael Morice second at .341. At setter, Mike Hutz has a 12.74 assists per game average. Anderson has a team-high 29 ace serves, averaging .38 per game. Hutz ranks second at 28 with a .36 average. Defensively, Hutz leads the team with a 1.81 digs per game average. Berzins ranks second at 1.50. In reception percentage, Matt Baleiko has a team-high .971 average handing 303 of 312 attempts. George Kamberos ranks second at .952 (278-292). At the net, Lamoureux leads the team in blocking with a .96 average. He has eight solos and 67 assists. Michael Morice ranks second at .80 with three solos and 42 assists. As a team, the Ramblers average 19.21 points, 15.21 kills and 14.29 assists while hitting .276. Loyola-Chicago averages 1.77 aces, 9.01 digs and 2.24 blocks per game. Opponents average 17.24 points, 13.18 kills and 12.49 assists while hitting .255. Rambler opponents average 1.40 aces, 9.33 digs and 2.67 blocks per game.
LOYOLA-CHICAGO-OHIO STATE SERIES HISTORY
Ohio State leads the series with Loyola-Chicago, 18-12. OSU is 5-8 on the road and 1-2 at neutral sites against Loyola-Chicago. The Buckeyes are 12-2 against the Ramblers in matches played in St. John Arena. Last year, Ohio State won in Columbus, 3-0 (30-17, 30-21, 31-29) and lost 3-1 (30-27, 25-30, 30-26, 30-15) in Chicago. Earlier this season, in Columbus, Ohio State won 3-2 (30-26, 27-30, 30-16, 28-30, 15-13).
HEINE HAS A TEAM-HIGH 14.5 POINTS AT MERCYHURST
Kevin Heine recorded a team-high 14.5 points in the win at Mercyhurst. He had 10 kills, two ace serves and five assist blocks in the match while hitting .471. The 10 kills was his third double-figure kill match of the season. With two ace serves, Heine equaled his career high set against Loyola-Chicago earlier this season. He has played in 15 matches this season with 14 starts. Heine is OSU’s top blocker with a 1.31 blocks per game average. He is averaging 2.69 points, 1.90 kills and .10 aces per game while hitting a team-high .470.
SPURLOCK POSTS 11 KILLS AT MERCYHURST
Ben Spurlock recorded his third double-figure kill match of the season with 11 at Mercyhurst. He hit .533 against the Lakers and added four assist blocks in the match. A starter in all 16 matches this season, Spurlock ranks second on the team in hitting percentage at .468 and is third in blocking with a 1.00 per game average. He has three solos and 55 assist blocks. He is averaging 2.51 points, 1.86 kills and .12 aces per game.
KLEIN HAS HIS THIRD CONSECUTIVE DOUBLE-FIGURE KILL MATCH AT MERCYHURST
Robbie Klein had 11 kills at Mercyhurst for his third consecutive double-figure kill match. He has posted double-figure kills in 13 of 16 matches this season. Klein had 13.5 points against the Lakers, recording three digs, a solo block and three assist blocks in the match. He handled 18 reception attempts without an error against the Lakers. Klein has started all 16 matches this season and is the team leader in points (4.36) and kills (3.81) per game. He is averaging 1.31 digs, .20 aces and .59 blocks per game while hitting .253. Klein is the team leader in reception percentage at .964 handling 350 of 363 attempts. He has posted double-figure points in 15 of the 16 matches this season.
KLEIN NOW RANKS 18TH IN OSU CAREER POINTS
Robbie Klein has moved to 18th on the Ohio State career points list with 932.5. He passed Eduardo Marxuach (1995-97) with 922.5. He needs 22 points to pass No. 17 Tom Trantow (1999-03) with 954.0. Klein needs four kills to move into 15th on the OSU career kills list. He currently has 784 and would pass Craig Geibel (1990-93) with 787. Klein ranks 17th in kills per game at 3.14, 16th in points per game at 3.73 and is 22nd in hitting percentage at .257. He ranks second in career aces per game at .324 and is fifth in aces with 81.
KLANAC PLAYS OFF THE BENCH AGAINST THE LAKERS
John Klanac came off the bench against Mercyhurst to equal his career high in points with 12.5. He previously recorded 12.5 points against St. Francis and in the second match at Quincy. Klanac had 10 kills against the Lakers while hitting .238. He equaled his career high of two ace serves in the match, added two digs and an assist block. Klanac has played in all 16 matches this season and has started nine. He is averaging 2.41 points, 1.98 kills, .22 aces, 1.20 digs and .44 blocks per game. He ranks third on the team in reception percentage at .952 handling 177 of 186 attempts. Klanac has recorded four double-figure kill matches this season.
MATHEWS HAS A DOUBLE-DOUBLE AGAINST THE LAKERS
Daniel Mathews recorded his second double-double of the season at Mercyhurst with 43 assists and 11 digs and was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week. His previous double-double was against IPFW with 68 assists and 11 total blocks (one solo and 10 assists). His 11 digs are a season high, his previous being nine in two matches. Mathews added two aces and four total blocks (one solo, three assists) in the match. A starter in all 16 matches, he is averaging 12.04 assists per game. Mathews is second on the squad in blocks (1.12), digs (1.53) and aces (.28) per game. He is averaging 1.25 points, .35 kills and is hitting .208.
MATHEWS NOW 11TH IN OSU CAREER SOLO BLOCKS
Daniel Mathews has moved into solo possession of 11th place on the Ohio State career solo blocks list with 43. His solo block at Mercyhurst moved him out of a tie with Steve Potter (1993-95) for 11th. Mathews needs six solo blocks to pass No. 10 Tom Hoff (1992-93) with 48.
MATHEWS NOW FIFTH IN OSU CAREER ASSIST BLOCKS
Daniel Mathews has moved into sole possession of fifth place on the Ohio State career assist blocks list with 329. His three assist blocks at Mercyhurst moved him out of a tie with Gary Wrobel (1994-97) for fifth. Mathews is 58 assist blocks behind No. 4 Scott Spurlock (2002-05) with 387. Mathews is ranked seventh in OSU career total blocks with 372 (43 solos, 329 assists). He needs eight total blocks to move past No. 6 Adam Spitznagle with 379 (64-315). Mathews ranks 13th in career blocks per game with a .99 average and is 15th in career digs with 510. He ranks third in career assists with 4,811 and is sixth in career assists per game at 12.83.
SCHOENFELDT HAS CAREER MATCH AT MERCYHURST
Ted Schoenfeldt (So., Northbrook, Ill.) saw extensive action off the bench in the Mercyhurst match. He produced career highs of nine points, six kills, seven digs and a solo block against the Lakers. Schoenfeldt equaled his career high of two ace serves and hit a career-high .625 in the match. He has played in nine matches this season.
TOBKIN HAS HIS SEVENTH START OF THE SEASON
Jason Tobkin (So.-Fr., Fairfield, Ohio) started his seventh match of the season at Mercyhurst. He recorded four kills, four digs, three assist blocks, one ace serve and one assist. Tobkin handled 20 reception attempts against the Lakers without an error. In the 15 matches he has played in, Tobkin is averaging 2.29 points, 1.85 kills, .12 aces, .95 digs and .60 blocks per game. He has a .950 reception percentage handling 170 of 179 attempts.
VERSEN TOPS OSU IN ACES WITH 18
Brett Versen has a team-high 18 ace serves this season and a team-high .32 aces per game average. He did not record an ace in the Mercyhurst match, but had six kills, two digs and an assist block against the Lakers. Versen has started all 16 matches this season and ranks second in points (4.32) and kills (3.61) per game and is third in digs with a 1.37 per game average. He is averaging .70 blocks per game and is hitting .288.
MARTIN LEADS OSU IN DIGS
Conor Martin has a team-high 146 digs this season at the libero position and is the team leader in digs per game at 2.47. He had five digs at Mercyhurst, adding one assist and handling 24 of 25 reception attempts. The starter at libero in all 16 matches this season, Martin ranks second on the team in reception percentage at .960 handling 435 of 453 attempts. In career digs, he ranks third with 665 and is seventh in digs per game at 1.96.
OHIO STATE IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
Ohio State has four players ranked in the March 17th release of the NCAA Division I-II National Statistics Leaders. Kevin Heine is ranked sixth in hitting percentage at .470 with Ben Spurlock seventh at .468. Heine is tied for 12th in blocking at 1.31 per game. Connor Martin has a 2.47 digs per game average and is tied for 14th. Daniel Mathews is ranked eighth in assists per game with a 12.04 average. As a team, Ohio State has the ninth-best hitting percentage in the country at .285.
OHIO STATE IN THE MIVA STATISTICS
The Buckeyes are well represented in the conference only statistics of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Conor Martin ranks second in digs per game at 2.93 with Daniel Mathews ranked tenth at 1.67. Brett Versen is tied for 19th at 1.40. Versen is third in the conference in aces per game at .52. Mathews ranks sixth at .48 with John Klanac 11th at .29 and Kevin Heine 16th at .24. In blocks per game, Ben Spurlock ranks fifth in the league at 1.15 with Mathews sixth at 1.15. Heine is tied for eighth at 1.00 with Versen 17th at .72. Mathews is third in the league in assists per game at 12.311. Versen ranks fourth in points per game at 4.52 with Klein seventh at 4.33. In kills per game, Klein ranks fourth at 3.81 with Versen seventh at 3.60. Spurlock is OSU’s top percentage hitter at .443, ranking third. Heine ranks fifth at .434, Versen is 15th at .298 and Klein is 19th at .248. As a team, Ohio State ranks second in blocks at 3.09, aces at 1.89 and digs at 10.04 per game. The Buckeyes rank third in hitting percentage at .281 and is third in assists at 13.22 and kills at 14.56 per game. Defensively, Ohio State is first in hitting percentage at .174, kills at 11.96 per game and assists at 11.33 per game. The Buckeyes rank second in aces at .81 per game, third in digs at 8.96 and sixth in blocks at 2.83 per game.
OHIO STATE RANKED 10TH IN THE CSTV/AVCA COACHES POLL
Ohio State is ranked 10th in the CSTV/AVCA Division I-II Men’s Top 15 Coaches released March 17. OSU was ranked 11th in the poll last week. The Buckeyes began the season ranked 10th in the preseason poll and have been as high as seventh. Other MIVA conference teams ranked in the poll are Ball State seventh and Lewis 15th. Loyola-Chicago received votes in the poll.
OHIO STATE RANKED 10TH IN THE VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE POLL
Ohio State is ranked 10th in the Volleyball Magazine Men’s College Top 10 Poll released March 11. Ohio State began the 2008 season unranked in the Top 10, but had received votes. The Buckeyes have been as high as fifth in the poll. MIVA opponent Ball State is ranked seventh. The poll is conducted by Volleyball Magazine and voted on by members of the national men’s volleyball media.
VERSEN NAMED THE MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Feb. 5
Brett Versen was named the MIVA Player of the Week as he played a key role in conference home victories over Lewis 3-0 (32-30, 30-25, 30-27) and No. 14 Loyola-Chicago 3-2 (30-26, 27-30, 30-16, 28-30, 15-13) to keep the seventh-ranked, 6-1 Buckeyes undefeated in league play at 5-0.
Versen had a career-high 24.5 points in the win over Lewis, tying his career high of 20 kills and adding a season-high nine digs. He hit .368 in the match, added three ace serves, a solo block and an assist block. He then produced 24 points in the victory over then No. 14-Loyola-Chicago, recording 19 kills while hitting .417. He tied his career high of four ace serves while adding three digs and two assist blocks. Versen had three kills and an ace serve in the fifth game against the Ramblers and had the match-winning kill for the victory.
MATHEWS NAMED THE MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK – March 11
Daniel Mathews was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week for his play last week. He recorded his second double-double of the season and eighth of his career with 43 assists and a season-high 11 digs in the 3-1 (28-30, 30-24, 30-23, 30-20) win at Mercyhurst. Mathews added four total blocks (one solo and three assists), two ace serves and a kill in the match. His previous dig high this season was nine in two matches.
HEAD COACH PETE HANSON
Pete Hanson is in his 24th season at Ohio State. He has a 467-261 record with the Buckeyes and has 10 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Championships, including 2007. Named the MIVA Coach of the Year seven times, including 2007, he was the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2000 when OSU was the NCAA National Championship runner-up. Hanson was also the 1998 Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year. His teams have advanced to the NCAA Championships six times including back-to-back appearances in 2000 (runner-up) and 2001 (semifinalist).
OHIO STATE PICKED SECOND IN THE 2008 MIVA PRESEASON POLL
Ohio State, the 2007 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association regular season champion, has been picked to finish second in the conference by a vote of the league coaches. The Buckeyes received 40 points and three first-place votes. IPFW, the 2007 MIVA Tournament Champion and NCAA Tournament finalist was picked to finish first receiving 44 points and four first-place votes. Lewis was picked to finish third (34 points), Loyola-Chicago fourth (33) and Ball State fifth (24). Rounding out the voting was Quincy at sixth (13) and Mercyhurst at seventh (8).
MATHEWS AND KLEIN NAMED TO 2008 MIVA PRESEASON TEAM
Ohio State had two players named to the 2008 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Preseason All-Conference Team. The selections, voted by the league coaches, were setter Daniel Mathews and outside hitter Robbie Klein.
Mathews, a 2007 American Volleyball Coaches Association first team All-American and a two-time first team All-MIVA selection averaged 12.53 assists per game last season in conference play. He averaged .79 blocks, .91 digs, .42 aces and .63 kills per game while hitting .308.
Klein was a second team All-MIVA selection last season. He averaged 3.28 kills, .19 assists, .33 aces, 1.37 digs and .72 blocks per game while hitting .307.
Also named to the team were middle attacker Matt McCarthy and libero Ian Peckler of Ball State, outside hitters C. J. Macias and Brock Ulrich and middle hitter Josh Stewart of IPFW, opposite Ian Anderson and outside hitter Joe Guntli of Loyola-Chicago and outside hitter Jared Dayton of Lewis.
THE UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Ohio State continues on the road with non-conference matches at second-ranked Penn State Friday, March 28 and at St. Francis Saturday, March 29.