April 18, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State outside hitter Pieter Olree (Sr., Reading, Pa.) has been named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Year by a vote of the league coaches. The 6-6 outside hitter was the conference statistical champion in kills per game with a 5.64 per game average. Olree ranked eighth in hitting percentage (.405), 12th in aces per game (.27) and 20th in digs per game (1.43). A four-time MIVA Player of the Week selection, the first team all-conference selection has had double-figure kills in every match this season.

Joining Olree on the all-conference team are Tom Trantow (Jr., River Forest, Ill.) on the second team and Mark Peckham (So., London, Ontario) on the third team. Trantow was the conference champion in service aces with a .54 per game average. He was 13th in hitting percentage (.352), eighth in kills per game (3.59) and eighth in digs per game (1.93). Peckham directed the Buckeye offense and was the conference leader in assists per game at 13.80.

Ohio State (18-10 overall, 11-5 MIVA), ranked 13th nationally, returns to action this weekend in a quarterfinal match of the MIVA Tournament. OSU will host Indiana-Purdue (8-15, 6-10) at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 20.

2002 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Honors

Player of the Year: Pieter Olree, Ohio State, OH, Sr., 6-6, Reading, Pa. Libero of the Year: Tim O’Brien, Loyola-Chicago, L, Sr., 6-5, Glenview, Ill. Freshman of the Year: Dennis Santiago, Indiana-Purdue, S, Fr., 6-3, Bayamon, Puerto Rico Coach of the Year: Gordon Mayforth, Loyola-Chicago

First Team School Pos. El. Hgt. Hometown Pieter Olree + Ohio State OH Sr. 6-6 Reading, Pa. Brad Stoub * Loyola-Chicago OH Sr. 6-4 Palos Park, Ill. Paul Fasshauer ^ Ball State MA Sr. 6-9 Hoffman Estates, Ill. Fabiano Barretto ^ Lewis OPP So. 6-6 Campinas, Brazil Shane Davis ^ % Loyola-Chicago S Jr. 6-4 Denver, Iowa Keith Schunzel + Ball State S So. 6-3 St. Louis, Mo.

Second Team School Pos. El. Hgt. Hometown Angel Ruiz * Indiana-Purdue MH Sr. 6-5 Hamburg, N.Y. Justin Schnor Loyola-Chicago OH Jr. 6-4 Racine, Wis. Jose Martins + Lewis S So. 6-4 Campinas, Brazil Fernando Barretto * Quincy MB Jr. 6-7 Maringa, Brazil Matt Denmark + Ball State MA Jr. 6-8 Edmond, Okla. Tom Trantow Ohio State OH Jr. 6-6 River Forest, Ill.

Third Team School Pos. El. Hgt. Hometown Dan Haas + Loyola-Chicago MH Jr. 6-8 Dubuque, Iowa Kyle Weindel Ball State OPP Jr. 6-8 St. Louis, Mo. Mark Peckham Ohio State S So. 6-5 London, Ontario James Milkert Quincy S Sr. 6-3 Elmhurst, Ill. Victor Bird Lewis OH Fr. 6-5 Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico Jeff Overfield Findlay OH So. 6-5 New Madison, Ohio

^ Indicates 2001 MIVA First Team All-Conference Selection + Indicates 2001 MIVA Second Team All-Conference Selection * Indicates 2001 MIVA Third Team All-Conference Selection % Indicates 2000 MIVA Third Team All-Conference Selection