COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 12th-ranked Ohio State (3-4 overall, 1-0 MIVA) men’s volleyball team will host Rutgers-Newark (2-2) and George Mason (2-1) in non-conference matches this week. OSU hosts the Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Knights Thursday and the George Mason Patriots Friday in 7 p.m. matches in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes will play six of the next seven matches at home, where admission is free. Last week, Ohio State, the two-time MIVA defending champion, opened conference play with a 3-0 (30-22, 30-22, 30-21) win at IPFW.
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The 12th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 3-4 overall and 1-0 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Buckeyes opened conference play last week with a 3-0 victory at IPFW. Leading the Buckeyes in points per game is Robbie Klein with a 4.56 average. Kevin Heine ranks second at 3.73 with Ted Schoenfeldt third at 3.17. Klein is the team leader in kills per game at 4.04. Heine, at 3.00, ranks second and Schoenfeldt is third at 2.67. In attack percentage, Heine has a team-high .449 percentage. Ben Spurlock ranks second at .416 with John Albertson third at .347. At setter, Steven Kehoe is averaging 12.71 assists per game. In aces per game, Schoenfeldt is the team leader at .24 with five aces. Kehoe ranks second at .21 with five and Shawn Sangrey is third at .20 with four. Defensively, Mik Berzins leads the squad with a 3.04 digs per game average. Kehoe ranks second at 2.29 with Klein third at 1.33. Sangrey is the team leader in serve reception percentage at .958. Berzins ranks second at .953 with Klein third at .929. At the net, John Albertson has a team-high 1.46 blocks per game average with four solos and 15 assists. Heine, at 1.41, ranks second with a solo and 30 assists. Sangrey is third at 1.05 with a solo and 20 assists.
As a team, Ohio State is hitting .265 and is averaging 19.25 points, 15.04 kills and 14.33 assists per game. The Buckeyes average .88 aces, 10.29 digs and 3.33 blocks per game while having a .941 serve reception percentage. OSU opponents are hitting .258 and average 19.23 points, 15.42 kills and 14.38 assists per game. They are averaging 1.33 aces, 10.38 digs and 2.48 blocks per game while having a .963 serve reception percentage.
The Scarlet Raiders, coached by Karl France, are 2-2 this season. Last week in the Golden Dome Classic, Rutgers-Newark defeated East Stroudsburg, 3-0 (30-25, 30-24, 30-22) and Mt. Olive, 3-0 (30-22, 30-21, 30-23). Leading the team in points per game is Nate Stott with a 4.88 average. Kenny Rienecker ranks second at 3.85 with Jon Keller third at 3.46. Stott has a team-high 4.08 kills per game average. Derek Wolfe ranks second at 2.38 with Rienecker third at 3.23. Rienecker has a team-high .326 attack percentage. Ranking second is Keller at .276 with Wolfe third at .194. At setter, Liran Shapiro is averaging 11.69 assists per game. Keller has a team-high .31 aces per game average with four. Kenneth Stumbaugh ranks second at .29 with two and Stott is third at .17 with two. Defensively, Caden Mulligan is the team leader in digs per game with a 3.15 average. Wolfe, at 2.23, ranks second with Stott third at 1.83. In serve reception percentage, Mulligan leads the team with a .980 average. Wolfe ranks second at .933 with Grant Metheny third at .926. At the net, Keller leads the team with a 1.69 blocks per game average with two solos and 20 assist blocks. Stumbaugh ranks second at 1.29 with nine assists with Stott third at 1.25 with 15 assists.
Rutgers-Newark is hitting .227 and averages 18.85 points, 14.77 kills and 13.54 assists per game. The Scarlet Knights average .85 aces, 10.38 digs and 3.23 blocks per game and have a .930 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .169 and average 17.04 points, 13.00 kills and 12.54 points per game. They average 1.54 aces, 8.92 digs and 2.50 blocks per game while having a .964 serve reception percentage.
Ohio State leads the series 28-13 over Rutgers-Newark. The Buckeyes are 10-6 in Newark and 14-1 in Columbus. The Scarlet-Raiders are 6-4 in neutral-site matches. Ohio State has won the last five meetings with Rutgers-Newark including 3-0 sweeps last season at Newark (30-24, 30-27, 30-20) and in Columbus (30-27, 30-20, 30-28).
The Patriots, coached by Fred Chao, are 2-1 on the season. George Mason last played two weeks ago when it lost, 3-2 (30-21, 30-24, 27-30, 24-30, 11-15) to Loyola-Chicago and defeated IPFW, 3-0 (30-23, 30-22, 30-25) in home matches. The Patriots play Friday at Ball State. Kyle Gramit leads the Patriots in points per game with a 5.36 average. Andrew Dentler ranks second at 3.09 with Brandon McLaughlin third at 2.80. Gramit leads the team with a 4.36 kills per game average. Dentler ranks second at 2.18 with McLaughlin third at 2.00. In attack percentage, McLaughlin has a team-high .485. Gramit ranks second at .330 with Dentler third at .185. At setter, Ryan Kwiatkowski is averaging 9.00 assists per game. Gramit is the team leader in aces per game at .55 with six. Dentler ranks second at .36 with four and Kwiatkowski is third at .30 with three. At the net, Erik Lanham leads the team with a 2.00 blocks per game average with three solos and 13 assists. At 1.50, McLaughlin ranks second with a solo block and 14 assists. Luke Maloney is third in blocking at 1.11 with three solos and seven assists. Defensively, Eric Lucas has a team-high 2.73 digs per game average. Tied for second are Dentler and Gramit at 1.27. Maloney leads the team in serve reception percentage at .966. Lucas ranks second at .965 with Gramit third at .899.
George Mason is averaging 20.78 points, 12.18 kills and 11.27 assists per game while hitting .288. The Patriots average 1.55 aces, 4.32 blocks and 8.36 digs per game have has a .926 serve reception percentage. Opponents are hitting .131 and average 15.14 points, 13.00 kills and 12.27 assists per game. Patriot opponents average 1.36 aces, .77 blocks and 9.00 digs per game and have a .935 serve reception percentage.
George Mason has a 23-16 lead in the series with Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 10-2 in matches played in Columbus. The Patriots are 4-3 in matches played at home and 17-3 in neutral site-matches. Ohio State has won eight of the last 10 matches played. Last season, the squads split matches with George Mason winning 3-2 (30-27, 25-30, 33-31, 27-30, 15-13) in Fairfax and the Buckeyes winning, 3-0 (30-21, 30-21, 30-27) in Columbus.
KLEIN LEADS BUCKEYES OVER IPFW
Robbie Klein had a match-high 17 points in the 3-0 victory at IPFW last week. He recorded a match-high 16 kills while hitting a season-high .414 (16-4-29). Klein added four digs, two assist blocks and handled 18 of 19 serve reception attempts. In his seven starts this season, he leads the team in points (4.56) and kills (4.04) per game. Klein is hitting .248 and is averaging .21 aces, 1.33 digs and .71 blocks per game. He has a .929 serve reception percentage handling 117 of 126 attempts.
KLEIN IN CAREER STATISTICS
Robbie Klein, with his 16 kills last week at IPFW, has moved to ninth on the Ohio State career kills list with 1,051. He passed Mark Greaves (2003-06) with 1,043. Andy Cole (2003-06) ranks eighth on the list with 1,155. Klein ranks 15th in career kills per game with a 3.32 average. In career aces, Klein, the OSU career leader in aces per game at .33, ranks fourth in ace serves with 105. He needs three aces to pass third-ranked Daniel Mathews (2005-08) with 107. Klein is ranked 20th in digs with 435. He needs 10 digs to pass 19th-ranked Greaves with 444. Klein’s 17.0 points against the Mastodons gives him 1,251.0 career points and has him ninth on the Buckeye career list. Klein needs 31 points to pass eighth-ranked Chris Fash (1998-01) with 1,281.5.
HEINE HITS A CAREER-HIGH .833 AGAINST THE MASTODONS
Kevin Heine hit a career-high .833 in the IPFW match. He had 10 kills in 12 attempts with no errors. Heine had 12 points in the match adding four block assists, one dig and three assists against the Mastodons. He has played in all seven matches this season with six starts. Heine is averaging 3.73 points, 3.00 kills, 1.41 blocks and .27 digs per game. He has had double-figure kills in three of his last four matches.
SANGREY HAS 10 POINTS AGAINST IPFW
Shawn Sangrey posted 10 points at IPFW for his third double-figure points match in his last four. His eight kills against the Mastodons equaled his career high for the third time while hitting a career-high .235 (8-4-17). Sangrey added four assist blocks, four digs and an assist in the contest and handled nine of 10 serve reception attempts. He has played and started in six matches this season. Sangrey is averaging 2.65 points, 1.90 kills, .20 aces, 1.00 digs and 1.05 blocks per game. He has a .958 serve reception percentage handling 42 of 45 attempts.
SPURLOCK HITS .750 IN THE IPFW MATCH
Ben Spurlock hit .750 against IPFW with six kills in eight attempts with no errors. He equaled his season high of five assist blocks in the match set against Juniata. Spurlock has played in six matches, starting four times. He is averaging 2.55 points, 2.11 kills and .68 blocks per game.
SCHOENFELDT HAS A SEASON-HIGH FIVE ASSIST BLOCKS AGAINST THE MASTODONS
Ted Schoenfeldt recorded a season-high five assist blocks at IPFW last week. His previous high this season was three against Southern California. Schoenfeldt had six kills against IPFW and hit .312 (6-1-16) against the Mastodons. He added three digs and an assist while handling seven-of-eight serve reception attempts. Schoenfeldt has played in six matches this season with five starts. He is averaging 3.17 points, 2.67 kills, 1.14 digs and .52 blocks per game. He has a .933 serve reception percentage handling 42 of 45 attempts.
KEHOE POSTS A MATCH-HIGH 10 DIGS AT IPFW
Steven Kehoe recorded a match-high 10 digs at IPFW for his third double-figure dig match of the season. He added 43 assists in the contest and had four assist blocks and two kills against the Mastodons. The four assist blocks tied his career high for the third time. Kehoe has started every match this season and is averaging 12.71 assists per game. He is averaging 1.52 points, .79 kills, .21 aces, 2.29 digs and .92 blocks per game.
KEHOE IN CAREER STATISTICS
Steven Kehoe ranks 10th in Ohio State career assists with 390. He posted 43 assists last week at IPFW. Ninth on the career list is Dave Hohman (1995-98) with 699.
BERZINS LEADS THE TEAM IN DIGS PER GAME AT 3.04
Mik Berzins had eight digs against IPFW and leads the Buckeyes with a 3.04 digs per game average. He added an assist and handled 15 serve reception attempts without an error against the Mastodons. Berzins has played in all seven matches and has started six at libero. He is averaging a team-high 3.04 digs per game and has a .953 serve reception percentage handling 183 of 192 attempts.
TOBKIN SEES ACTION AGAINST THE MASTODONS
Jason Tobkin saw action in the third game at IPFW recording a kill and three block assists. He has played in six matches this season with two starts. Tobkin is averaging 1.54 points, .92 kills, .92 digs and .92 blocks per game. He has a .961 serve reception percentage handling 49 of 51 attempts.
ALBERTSON HITS A SEASON-HIGH .625 AGAINST STANFORD
John Albertson hit a season-high .625 in the Stanford match. He had five kills in eight swings. Albertson added a solo block against the Cardinal and did not play against Juniata. In his four starts this season, he is averaging 2.65 points, 1.46 blocks, 1.77 kills and is hitting .347.
ALBERTSON IN CAREER STATISTICS
John Albertson, with his solo block against Stanford, now ranks 12th in total blocks with 296. He has 24 solos and 272 assists. Previously he had been tied for 12th with Steve Potter (1992-95) with 295 (42-253). He needs nine total blocks to move past No. 11 Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 304 (32-272). Albertson is currently tied for 10th in assist blocks with Peckham with 272. He needs 15 assist blocks to move past No. 9 Jon Yunker (1993-94) with 286. Albertson is fifth in career block per game at 1.38.
BUCKEYES IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
Six Buckeyes are nationally ranked in Division I-II statistics released Monday by the NCAA. Kevin Heine ranks sixth (.449) in hitting percentage and is 13th in blocks per game at 1.41. OSU setter Steven Kehoe ranks sixth in assist per game at 12.71 and is 28th in digs at 2.29. Libero Mik Berzins ranks eighth in digs per game at 3.04. Shawn Sangrey ranks 48th in blocks per game at 1.05 while Ben Spurlock is 10th in hitting percentage at. 416. Robbie Klein, at 4.04 kills per game, ranks 20th.
As a team, the Buckeyes are sixth in assists per game at 14.33 and blocks per game at 3.33. OSU ranks eighth in kills per game at 15.04 and is 13th in hitting percentage at .265. The Buckeyes rank 11th in digs per game at 10.29.
OHIO STATE RANKED 12TH IN BISON/AVCA POLL
Ohio State was ranked 12th in the Bison/AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll released Monday. The Buckeyes were ranked 13th last week.
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 480-267 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
Ohio State 3, IPFW 0
The 13th-ranked Ohio State (3-4, 1-0 MIVA) men’s volleyball team earned a 3-0 (30-22, 30-22, 30-21) conference victory over IPFW (4-2, 1-1) in Ft. Wayne Saturday night. OSU’s Robbie Klein posted a match-high 17 points with 16 kills and two assist blocks. Ben Duckworth and Phil Peterson shared team-high honors with 10 points each. Duckworth posted 10 kills in the match while Peterson had eight kills and two ace serves.
For the match, Ohio State hit .422 to .068 for the Mastodons. OSU had a 49-36 advantage in kills. OSU’s Steven Kehoe had a match-high 43 assists while Dan Mader had a team-high 22 for IPFW. The Mastodons posted three ace serves to none for the Buckeyes. OSU had 12 service errors to nine for IPFW. Defensively, Ohio State had a 31-25 margin in digs with OSU’s Kehoe posting a match-high 10. At the net, the Buckeyes had a 13.5 to three margin in team blocks. Buckeyes Ben Spurlock and Ted Schoenfeldt shared match-high honors with five assist blocks each.
UPCOMING OHIO STATE MATCHES
The Buckeyes will make their only road trip of the month when they travel to face top-ranked Penn State (7-0) at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 in University Park, Pa.