Jan. 4, 2005
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s volleyball squad opens the 2005 season by hosting St. Francis (Pa.) Sunday, Jan. 9 at 3 p.m. in St. John Arena. The match begins a five-match home stand for Ohio State. The Buckeyes, the defending Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association regular season champions, finished the 2004 season with a 21-9 overall record and was 13-3 in the MIVA.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State was 21-9 overall in 2004 and was the regular season MIVA champion with a 13-3 mark. OSU returns nine letterwinners including four starters from the 2004 squad. Senior returning starters include outside hitter Mike Wauligman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) and middle hitter Scott Spurlock (Sr., Stow, Ohio). Wauligman averaged 2.74 kills and 1.66 digs last season while Spurlock, a second team All-MIVA selection, averaged 2.09 kills and 1.39 blocks per game. Junior returning starters include outside hitters Andy Cole (Jr., Glendale, Wis.) and Mark Greaves (Jr., Fenton, Mo.). Cole, a second team All-MIVA selection, averaged 3.62 kills and 1.43 digs per game while Greaves had a 3.29 kills and 1.71 digs per game average. Libero starter Dan Meske (So., Willow Springs, Ill.) started all 30 matches last season, averaging 2.04 digs per game.
A LOOK AT ST. FRANCIS
The Red Flash are coached by Mike Rumbaugh. St. Francis was 10-16 overall last season and was 2-10 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.
OHIO STATE – ST. FRANCIS SERIES
Ohio State has a 10-0 lead in the series with St. Francis. The Buckeyes are 7-0 in matches played in St. John Arena. Last season OSU won 3-0 (30-18, 30-24, 30-23) at St. Francis and 3-0 (30-22, 30-20, 30-28) at Ohio State.
REVIEWING THE 2004 OHIO STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON
The 2004 season produced Ohio State’s 18th Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championship with a 13-3 league record and finished the year with a 21-9 overall record and a final ranking of 11th in the USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Poll.
The Buckeyes opened the season with a 3-0 win at St. Francis. Following home wins against Juniata (3-2, 15-11 5th) and Rutgers-Newark (3-0), OSU lost back-to-back matches to eighth-ranked Brigham Young, 3-0 and 3-1. The Buckeyes closed out January with a 3-0 home win against D’Youville.
OSU began conference action with road losses at No. 14 Lewis (3-2, 15-12 5th) and at No. 14 IPFW (3-1). The Buckeyes then won league matches at home against Clarke (3-0), Mercyhurst (3-0) and Loyola (3-2 15-12 5th). At the Volleyball Hall of Fame Classic, OSU lost 3-1 to eighth-ranked UC-Irvine and defeated host Springfield, 3-1.
The Buckeyes returned to league action with a 3-1 loss at eighth-ranked Ball State. OSU began a six-match winning streak with a 3-0 win at home against Findlay. OSU then defeated 10th-ranked Penn State, 3-0, in a match carried by College Sports Television (CSTV) and won 3-0 at Quincy. Andy Cole was named the MIVA Player of the Week for his play against Penn State and Quincy. OSU then defeated St. Francis, 3-0, in St. John Arena. Ohio State then won an important 3-1 decision at Loyola and won at Clarke, 3-0. In a non-conference match, the Buckeyes lost a 3-0 neutral site match to Findlay and then fell, 3-0 at No. 9 Penn State.
Ohio State began a seven-match winning streak with 3-0 road victories at Mercyhurst and at Findlay. The Buckeyes closed out the regular season with the final four matches at home. OSU began the home stand with a 3-0 win over 11th-ranked Lewis. The Buckeyes then defeated No. 13 IPFW, 3-2 (15-7 5th). Setter Mark Peckham was named the AVCA National and MIVA Player of the Week for his play against Lewis and IPFW. Tied with 12th-ranked Ball State for first place in the MIVA, the Buckeyes defeated the Cardinals at home, 3-1, to hold the conference lead. With OSU’s 3-0 win over Quincy, the Buckeyes secured the outright MIVA Championship.
Top-seeded Ohio State opened the MIVA Tournament with a 3-0 home win over eighth-seed Quincy to earn home floor advantage in the Tournament. The victory earned Scott Spurlock MIVA Player of the Week honors. Fifth-seed Lewis ended the season for Ohio State with a 3-1 defeat in the semifinals.
Post-season honors went to four Buckeyes. Named to the ALL-MIVA first-team were Peckham and Adam Pedersen while Cole and Spurlock were second-team selections. Head coach Pete Hanson was named the MIVA Coach of the Year.
Ten Ohio State student-athletes received academic honors. Named Academic All-Big Ten were Cole, Layne Dreven, Ricardo Garcia, Mark Greaves, Stuart Katz, Peckham and Sam Stevens. Ohio State scholar-athletes included the above players and freshman Matt Hankey, Dan Meske and Brett Versen.
With only two starters departing, the Buckeyes should again make an impact in the MIVA.
COLE STANDS 19TH IN OSU CAREER KILLS
Outside hitter Andy Cole ranks 19th in Ohio State career kills with 696 after three years of competition. Cole needs 48 kills to move past No. 18 Adam Pederson (2001-04) who has 743.
GREAVES RANKS 15TH IN OSU CAREER ACES
The top returning server for the Buckeyes, Mark Greaves has 49 ace serve in his two years of play and ranks 15th in the OSU career list. He needs three aces to pass No. 14 Mark Peckham (2001-04) who has 51.
WAULIGMAN IS 18TH IN CAREER DIGS FOR THE BUCKEYES.
With 334 career digs, Mike Wauligman ranks 18th on the Ohio State career digs list. He needs nine digs to pass No. 17 Chris Fash (1998-01) with 342.
SPURLOCK RANKED EIGHTH IN ASSIST AND 11TH IN OSU CAREER BLOCKS
Entering his senior year, Scott Spurlock is ranked eighth in career assist blocks and 11th in total blocks for the Buckeyes. He has 264 assist blocks and 275 total blocks including 11 solos. Spurlock need nine assist blocks to move to seventh on the OSU career list. He would pass No. 7 Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 272. In total blocks, he needs 19 to pass No. 11 Angel Aja (1997-2000) who has 293 (29-264).
BUCKEYE FINISHED 11TH IN 2004 USA TODAY/CSTV COACHES POLL
In the final 2004 USA TODAY/CSTV Coaches Poll, Ohio State was ranked 11th. The Buckeyes began the season ranked 12th and reached ninth in the poll toward the end of the regular season. The 2005 poll will begin later in January.
BUCKEYES FACE FINDLAY AT CINCINNATI ELDER HIGH SCHOOL JAN. 23
Ohio State and Findlay will play a non-conference match Sunday, Jan. 23 at Cincinnati Elder High School. This is the third year of the series which has in-state rivals Ohio State and Findlay playing matches at the high school of a current player. Cincinnati Elder, the high school of OSU’s Mike Wauligman will serve as host to the match this year. The Buckeyes won the first match of the series, 3-0 (30-24, 30-22, 30-18), in 2003 played at Lake High School. Last season Findlay won the match, 3-0 (30-26, 30-27, 30-25) played at Tri-Village High School.
HISTORY OF OHIO STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
The Ohio State men’s volleyball program began in 1968 under head coach Karl Dunlap. In the 37-year history of the program, the Buckeyes have compiled a 789-323-3 (.709) overall record. OSU has won or shared 18 championships in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association and has won nine MIVA Tournament Championships. The Buckeyes have participated in 13 NCAA Championships, the latest in 2001. Ohio State reached the NCAA Championship match in 1977 and 2000.
MIVA ADDS CARTHAGE AND MSOE AS PROVISIONAL MEMBERS
The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association has added Carthage College (Kenosha, Wis.) and the Milwaukee School of Engineering (Milwaukee, Wis.) to the league as provisional members. The Division III schools will not compete for the conference championship in 2005.
UP NEXT FOR OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes continue a season opening five-match home stand with three matches next weekend. OSU returns to action Friday, Jan. 14 by hosting Juniata. The Buckeyes then host Springfield College twice with matches Sunday and Monday, Jan. 16 and 17. All three matches begin at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.