COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State (9-9 overall, 5-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team returns to conference action when the Buckeyes play at Ball State (13-7, 4-3) Friday. The 7:30 p.m. EDT match will be played in the John E. Worthen Arena. Last week, Ohio State lost 3-1 (30-27, 30-24, 29-31, 30-27) at George Mason and won at Rutgers-Newark, 3-0 (30-15, 30-19, 30-20).
The Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 9-9 overall and 5-1 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week the Buckeyes lost to George Mason, 3-1 and defeated Rutgers-Newark, 3-0, in road contests. Leading the Buckeyes in points per game is Robbie Klein with a 3.90 average. Ted Schoenfeldt ranks second at 3.72 with John Klanac third at 3.65. Klein is the team leader in kills per game at 3.38. Schoenfeldt, at 3.07, ranks second and Klanac is third at 2.91. In attack percentage, Ben Spurlock has a team-high .457. Heine ranks second at .436 with John Albertson third at .386. At setter, Steven Kehoe is averaging 12.69 assists per game. In aces per game, Klanac is the team leader at .32 with 14 aces. Schoenfeldt ranks second at .26 with 15 aces and Spurlock (eight aces) and Kehoe (12 aces) are tied for third at .18. Defensively, Mik Berzins leads the squad with a 2.71 digs per game average. Kehoe ranks second at 2.14 with Klanac third at 1.36. Berzins is the team leader in serve reception percentage at .958. Anthony Hock ranks second at .953 with Shawn Sangrey third at .950. At the net, Albertson has a team-high 1.40 blocks per game average with 15 solos and 41 assists. Heine, at 1.22 ranks second with four solos and 58 assists. Kehoe is third at .88 with 11 solos and 46 assists.
As a team, Ohio State is hitting .281 and is averaging 19.19 points, 14.94 kills and 14.05 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.15 aces, 9.75 digs and 3.10 blocks per game while having a .931 serve reception percentage. OSU opponents are hitting .230 and average 18.46 points, 14.29 kills and 13.35 assists per game. They are averaging 1.38 aces, 9.12 digs and 2.78 blocks per game while having a .956 serve reception percentage.
The 14th-ranked Cardinals, coached by Joel Walton, are 13-7 overall and 4-3 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Ball State has won three consecutive matches starting with a 3-0 (30-23, 30-23, 32-30) win at home against Carthage. The Cardinals defeated Rutgers-Newark, 3-1 (30-24, 30-19, 27-30, 30-19) and George Mason, 3-2 (19-30, 32-30, 30-27, 28-30, 15-6) in road contests. Leading Ball State in points per game at 3.90 is Todd Chamberlain. J.D. Gasparovic ranks second at 3.15 with Matt Sprague third at 3.28. In kills per game, Chamberlain is the team leader at 3.34. Sprague ranks second at 2.91 with Marcus Imwalle third at 2.52. Gasparovic has a team-high .494 attack percentage for the Cardinals. Andy Nelson ranks second at .417 with Sprague third at .308. At setter Ethan Pheister has an 11.95 assists per game average. Pheister leads the team in aces per game at .47 with 35 aces. Dominic Spadavecchio ranks second at .34 with 16 and Imwalle is third at .26 with 11. Defensively, Bill Ebel has a team-high 2.81 digs per game average. Sprague ranks second at 1.93 with Chamberlain third at 1.52. In serve reception percentage, Sprague has a team-high .953 percentage. Chamberlain ranks second at .948 with Ebel third at .944. At the net, Gasparovic leads the team with a 1.51 blocks per game average. He has seven solos and 99 assists. Ranking second is Nelson at 1.23 with 10 solos and 71 assists. Pheister ranks third at .99 with four solos and 69 assists.
As a team, Ball State is hitting .290 and averages 19.24 points, 14.60 kills and 13.59 assists per game. The Cardinals average 1.49 aces, 10.55 digs and 3.15 blocks per game and have a .934 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 17.24 points, 13.39 kills and 12.25 assists per game while hitting .196. They average 1.33 aces, 9.11 digs and 2.52 blocks per game and have a .933 serve reception percentage.
Ohio State has an 81-76 lead in the series with Ball State. Ball State is 32-26 in Muncie and 13-12 in neutral site matches. In Columbus, Ohio State is 43-32. Last season, Ohio State won two of the three matches played. In Muncie, Ball State won 3-1 (26-30, 30-28, 32-30, 31-29) and Ohio State won 3-1 (28-30, 30-27, 30-23, 30-23) in Columbus. The third meeting, in Columbus was in the MIVA Tournament Championship match with Ohio State winning 3-0 (30-19, 30-24, 30-21). Earlier this season, in Columbus, Ohio State won 3-2 (30-25, 20-30, 30-21, 26-30, 15-12).
ALBERTSON EQUALS HIS CAREER HIGH OF 17 KILLS AT GEORGE MASON
John Albertson equaled his career high of 17 kills at George Mason last week. Albertson hit .406 in the match adding seven total blocks (3 solos, 4 assists) and a season-high five digs. His 23 points against the Patriots tied his career high set in 2006 against Juniata. Albertson had six points at Rutgers-Newark with four kills (.444) and four assist blocks. He has started the 12 matches he has played this season and is hitting .386. Albertson is averaging 3.44 points, 2.47 kills and a team-high 1.40 blocks per game.
ALBERTSON IN CAREER STATISTICS
John Albertson has 333 career total blocks and ranks 11th for Ohio State. He has 35 solos and 298 assists. Albertson needs five total blocks to move past No. 10 Layne Dreven (2004-07) with 337 (16-321). In career assist blocks, Albertson ranks ninth with 298. Ranking No. 8 in career assist blocks is Adam Spitznagle (1993-96) with 315. In career solo blocks, Albertson has moved into a tie for 15th with Brandt Kleinschmidt (1991-92). He passed Craig Geibel (1990-93) and Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 32. Albertson needs two solo blocks to pass No. 14 Dan Mihacevich (1994-97) with 36. Albertson is fifth in career blocks per game at 1.38.
KLANAC HAS HIS SEVENTH DOUBLE-FIGURE KILL MATCH AGAINST GEORGE MASON
John Klanac had 15 kills against George Mason for his seventh double-figure kill match of the season. He hit .290 against the Patriots adding five digs, an assist block and one ace serve. Klanac handled 23 of 24 serve reception attempts. At Rutgers-Newark, he recorded a career-high five assist blocks and added nine kills and four digs. Klanac handled five serve reception attempts without an error. Klanac has started in the 12 matches he has played this season and is hitting .286. He is averaging 3.65 points, 2.91 kills, .32 aces, 1.36 digs and .68 blocks per game. Klanac has a .948 serve reception percentage.
SCHOENFELDT HAS A SEASON-HIGH EIGHT DIGS AGAINST GEORGE MASON
Ted Schoenfeldt recorded a season-high eight digs in the George Mason match. His previous high this season with seven in two matches. Schoenfeldt added 14 kills and two assist blocks in the match. His three ace serves against the Patriots tied his career high for the third time. Against Rutgers-Newark, Schoenfeldt recorded eight kills, three digs and a solo block in two games. He has played in 16 matches this season with 14 starts. Schoenfeldt is averaging 3.72 points, 3.07 kills, .26 aces, 1.12 digs and .65 blocks per game.
SPURLOCK HITS .900 AGAINST RUTGERS-NEWARK
Ben Spurlock equaled his career high .900 attack percentage in his start against Rutgers-Newark with nine kills in 10 attempts. He previously hit .900 (9-0-10) against Carthage in 2006. Spurlock added a season-high six assists blocks in the match for his 12 points. Off the bench, against George Mason, he had 10 kills and hit .556. Spurlock added three digs and an assist block in the match. For the season, Spurlock has played in 15 matches with eight starts. He is averaging 2.70 points, 2.23 kills, .18 aces, .48 digs and .57 blocks per game.
KLEIN HITS A CAREER-HIGH .818 AGAINST RUTGERS-NEWARK
Robbie Klein, in the Rutgers-Newark match, had nine kills in 11 attempts for a career-high .818 attack percentage. His previous high was .789 (16-1-19) in 2006 against St. Francis. Klein added four digs, an ace serve and a solo block in the match. He handled 19 of 20 serve reception attempts. At George Mason, Klein posted five kills and five digs against the Patriots and handled 17 serve reception attempts with out an error. He has started all 18 matches this season. Klein is averaging team-highs of 3.90 points and 3.38 kills per game. He is averaging .17 aces, .95 digs and .58 blocks per game and has a .940 serve reception percentage.
KLEIN IN CAREER STATISTICS
Robbie Klein is eighth on the Ohio State career kills list with 1,170. He needs 37 kills to pass No. 7 Colin McMillan (1997-00) with 1,206. Klein ranks 16th in career kills per game with a 3.28 average. In career aces, Klein ranks second at .32 per game and is second in ace serves with 113. He needs 11 aces to pass top-ranked Steve Potter (1992-95) with 123. Klein ranks 18th in career digs with 464. Klein needs seven digs to pass No. 17 Stuart Katz (2003-06) with 470. Klein has 1,391.0 career points and ranks seventh. Ranking sixth on the career points list is Dan Mihacevich (1994-97) with 1,516.0 points. Klein is ranked 13th in points per game at 3.90.
KEHOE POSTS A DOUBLE-DOUBLE AGAINST GEORGE MASON
Steven Kehoe recorded his sixth career double-double in the George Mason match. He recorded 56 assists and 11 digs against the Patriots. Kehoe added two kills, two solo blocks and one assist block in the match. His two solo blocks ties his career high set against George Mason, in Columbus, earlier this season. Kehoe posted 43 assists at Rutgers-Newark and added six digs, five assist blocks, an ace serve and one kill. A starter in all 18 matches this season, he is averaging 12.69 assists per game. Kehoe averaging 1.14 points, .43 kills, .18 aces, 2.14 digs and .88 blocks per game.
KEHOE IN CAREER STATISTICS
Steven Kehoe has 910 career assists for the Buckeyes and now ranks eighth on the Ohio State career assists list. He passed Jon Schultz (2000-02) with 868. Ranking seventh on the list with 1,163 kills is Kurt Hofelich (1989).
HEINE RANKS SECOND IN BLOCKS AND ATTACK PERCENTAGE FOR THE BUCKEYES
Kevin Heine ranks second on the team in blocks per game at 1.22 and is second in attack percentage at .436. He is averaging 3.14 points and 2.47 kills per game on the season. He played in two games at George Mason collecting four kills and two assists. At Rutgers-Newark, Heine played in one game and recorded three kills. He has played in 17 matches this season with 14 starts.
HOCK POSTS A CAREER-HIGH NINE DIGS AT GEORGE MASON
Anthony Hock recorded a career-high nine digs at George Mason last week. His previous high was five against Ball State. Against the Patriots, Hock had one assist and handled 28 of 31 serve reception attempts. At Rutgers-Newark he recorded five digs and one assist and handled 17 serve reception attempts with out an error. Hock has played in 15 matches this season and has started at libero in three. He is averaging .72 digs per game and has a .953 serve reception percentage.
TOBKIN SEES ACTION OFF THE BENCH
Jason Tobkin saw action in two of the four games at George Mason. He recorded two kills and three digs against the Patriots and handled 22 of 25 serve reception attempts. Tobkin played in one game at Rutgers-Newark collecting four kills and an assist block. He handled four serve reception attempts with out an error in the match. Tobkin has played in 13 matches this season and has two starts. He is averaging 1.17 points, .75 kills, .88 digs and .50 blocks per game. Tobkin has a .943 serve reception percentage.
BERZINS SEES FRONT COURT ACTION
Mik Berzins saw front court action in the two matches last week. At George Mason, he recorded an assist block, two digs, one assist and handled seven of eight serve reception attempts. At Rutgers-Newark, Berzins had an assist block, three digs, one assist and handled six serve reception attempts with out an error. He has played in 16 matches this season and has started at libero in 13. He is averaging a team-high 2.71 digs per game and leads the team in serve reception percentage at .958.
BUCKEYES IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
Six Buckeyes are nationally ranked in Division I-II statistics released Monday, March 23 by the NCAA. Kevin Heine ranks eighth (.436) in hitting percentage and is 20th in blocks per game at 1.22. OSU setter Steven Kehoe ranks ninth in assist per game at 12.69, 29th in digs at 2.14 and is 62nd in blocks per game at .88. Libero Mik Berzins ranks 15th in digs per game at 2.71. Ted Schoenfeldt is 41st in hitting percentage at .301 and is 53rd in kills per game at 3.07. Robbie Klein, at 3.38 kills per game, ranks 39th. John Klanac is 32nd in aces per game at .32 and 58th in kills per game at 2.91. He ranks 44th in hitting percentage at .286.
As a team, the Buckeyes are eighth nationally in blocks per game at 3.10. Ohio State is 12th in assists at 14.05 and 14th in digs at 9.75 per game. OSU ranks 11th in kills per game at 14.94, 14th in hitting percentage at .281 and is 21st in aces per game at 1.15.
BUCKEYES PICKED TO FINISHED THIRD IN THE MIVA
Ohio State was picked to finished third this season in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association preseason poll. The coaches voted Lewis first and Ball State second. Rounding out the voting was Loyola-Chicago in fourth, IPFW fifth and Quincy sixth. Two Buckeyes, Robbie Klein and Ben Spurlock, were named to the preseason MIVA all-conference team. Joining the Buckeyes on the 10-player team were Mike Iandolo, Nicky Perakes, Drew Pickering and Billy Sahagian of Lewis, Todd Chamberlain and Matt McCarthy of Ball State and Kris Berzins and Nick Lamoureux of Loyola-Chicago.
HEAD COACH PETE HANSON
Pete Hanson is in his 25th season at Ohio State. He has a 486-272 record with the Buckeyes and has 11 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championships, including 2008. Named the MIVA Coach of the Year eight times, including 2008, he was the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2000 when Ohio State 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 seven times including back-to-back appearances in 2000 (runner-up) and 2001 (semifinalist).
REVIEWING LAST WEEK
#14 Ohio State 1, George Mason 3
The 14th-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (30-27, 30-24, 29-31, 30-27) decision at George Mason Friday. OSU’s John Albertson posted a team-high 23 points with 17 kills, one ace serve, three solo blocks and four assist blocks. Patriot Kyle Gramit had a match-high 30 points for George Mason with 24 kills, three ace serves, a solo block and four assist blocks.
For the match, Ohio State hit .264 to .246 for George Mason. The Buckeyes had a 69-59 advantage in kills and a 63-55 margin in assists. OSU’s Steven Kehoe posted 56 assists to 53 for Ryan Kwiatkowski for the Patriots. George Mason had a 10-5 advantage in ace serves while the Buckeyes gave up 14 service errors to nine for the Patriots. George Mason’s Joe Norton posted a match-high four ace serves in the contest. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 51-42 advantage in digs with OSU’s Steven Kehoe and George Mason’s Eric Lucas sharing match-high honors with 11 digs each. At the net, the Patriots had an 18-10 advantage in team blocks. Brandon McLaughlin had a match-high nine total blocks for the Patriots with three solos and six assists.
#14 Ohio State 3, Rutgers-Newark 0
The 14th-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team defeated Rutgers-Newark (8-9), 3-0 (30-15, 30-19, 30-20) Saturday night in The Golden Dome. Buckeye Ben Spurlock posted a match-high 12 points with nine kills and six assist blocks. He tied his career-high .900 hitting percentage in the match on 10 attempts. For the Scarlet Raiders, Eduardo Hernandez posted a team-high eight points with eight kills.
Ohio State hit .494 for the match to .011 for Rutgers-Newark. The Buckeyes had a 51-29 advantage in kills and a 48-28 margin in assists. OSU’s Steven Kehoe recorded 43 assists to 24 for Liran Shapiro of the Scarlet Raiders. The Buckeyes recorded two ace serves in the match, one each from Kehoe and Robbie Klein while Rutgers-Newark did not record an ace. Ohio State gave up 13 service errors to eight for the Scarlet Raiders. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 28-15 margin in digs. Caden Mulligan had a match-high eight for Rutgers-Newark. At the net, Ohio State had a 13.5 to 8.5 advantage in team blocks. OSU’s Ben Spurlock posted a match-high six assist blocks for the Buckeyes.
UPCOMING OHIO STATE MATCHES
The Buckeyes continue on the road with conference matches at No. 15 Loyola-Chicago and No. 9 Lewis. Ohio State will face the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers Friday, April 3 and the Lewis Flyers, Saturday, April 4 in 7 p.m. matches.