COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 14th-ranked Ohio State (0-3 overall) men’s volleyball team opens the 2009 home season by hosting No. 4 Stanford (2-1) Friday and Juniata (0-0) Sunday. The Buckeyes face the Cardinal at 7 p.m. Friday and play the Eagles at 2 p.m. Sunday. Both matches will be played in St. John Arena. Last week at the 15th Outrigger Hotels Invitational, Ohio State opened the season with losses to No. 13 Hawaii, 0-3 (27-30, 24-30, 29-31), No. 1 Penn State, 0-3 (27-30, 24-30, 19-30) and No. 7 Southern California, 1-3 (18-30, 28-30, 30-25, 29-31).

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The 14th-ranked Buckeyes, coached by Pete Hanson, have started the season 0-3 after losses to No. 13 Hawaii (0-3), No. 1 Penn State (0-3) and No. 7 Southern California (1-3) at the 15th Outrigger Hotels Invitational. Leading the Buckeyes in points per game is Robbie Klein with a 4.50 average. Ted Schoenfeldt ranks second at 3.40 with Kevin Heine third at 3.25. Klein is the team leader in kills per game at 3.90. Schoenfeldt, at 3.00, ranks second and Heine is third at 2.50. In attack percentage, Heine has a team-high .333 percentage. Albertson ranks second at .293 with Schoenfeldt third at .200. At setter, Steven Kehoe is averaging 11.10 assists per game. In aces per game, Kehoe is the team leader at .30 per game with three aces. Jason Tobkin ranks second at .29 with two and Schoenfeldt is third at .20 with two. Defensively, Mik Berzins leads the squad with a 2.20 digs per game average. Kehoe ranks second at 2.00 with Schoenfeldt third at 1.40. Tobkin is the team leader in serve reception percentage at .958. Klein ranks second at .948 with Berzins third at .902. At the net, Albertson has a team-high 1.80 blocks per game average with three solos and 15 assists. Heine, at 1.50, ranks second with 12 assists with Shawn Sangrey (six assists) and Kehoe (one solo, nine assists) are tied for third.

As a team, Ohio State is hitting .195 and is averaging 17.80 points, 13.40 kills and 12.50 assists per game. The Buckeyes average .90 aces, 8.90 digs and 3.50 blocks per game while having a .917 serve reception percentage. OSU opponents are hitting .311 and are averaging 21.30 points, 16.60 kills and 15.30 assists per game. They are averaging 2.00 aces, 11.30 digs and 2.70 blocks per game while having a .959 serve reception percentage.

The fourth-ranked Cardinal, coached by John Kosty, are 2-1 on the season after finishing second at the Elephant Bar Collegiate Invitational. They play at Pacific Wednesday. Last week Stanford defeated Brigham Young, 3-0 (30-25, 30-24, 30-18) and Long Beach State, 3-1 (28-30, 30-27, 30-20, 30-28) to reach the finals. The Cardinal lost to Cal State Northridge, 3-1 (21-30, 30-20, 30-27, 30-20) in the championship match. Erik Shoji and Kawika Shoji were named to the all-tournament team. In the 3-1 loss to Cal State Northridge, Evan Romero averaged a team-high 4.63 points per game. He had a team-high 18 kills (.317) adding three digs and an assist block while hitting .317. Brad Lawson averaged 4.00 points per game, collecting eight kills, seven digs and a match-high seven blocks (one solo, six assists). Spencer McLachlin averaged 3.88 points per game with 12 kills, three ace serves, six digs and an assist block. Setter Kawika Shoji averaged 6.75 assists per game in the match, adding two kills, an ace serve, three digs and two blocks (1-1). Libero Erik Shoji averaged 4.00 digs per game recording a match-high 16 in the contest.

Stanford hit .212 in the match and averaged 15.50 points, 11.25 kills and 11.00 assists per game. The Cardinal averaged 1.25 aces, 9.75 digs and 3.00 blocks per game. Cal State Northridge hit .324 in the match and averaged 20.75 points, 17.50 kills and 16.00 assists per game. They averaged 1.00 aces, 11.25 digs and 2.25 blocks per game.

Stanford leads the series with Ohio State, 7-1. The Cardinal have won the last six meetings. The squads last played in 1998, at Stanford, a 3-1 (15-9, 15-8, 12-15, 15-13) Cardinal victory. The Buckeyes are 1-2 in matches played in Columbus and 0-5 at Stanford.

The Eagles, coached by Jeremy Price, open their season with the Buckeyes. Juniata was 10-15 in 2008 and 6-6 in the Tait Division of the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association finishing in a three-way tie for third. The Eagles lost in the first round of the EIVA tournament.

Ohio State has a 20-1 lead in the series with Juniata. The Buckeyes have won the last 13 meetings with the Eagles. Last season, in Columbus, Ohio State defeated Juniata, 3-0 (30-22, 30-28, 30-19). The Buckeyes are 5-1 at Juniata, 13-0 in Columbus and 2-0 on neutral courts.

Robbie Klein was named to the Outrigger Hotels Invitational All-Tournament team for his play last weekend in Hawaii. He posted double-figure kills in all three matches including a season-high 18 against Southern California. He had 10 kills at Hawaii and 11 against Penn State. He posted a season-high six digs against Southern California and a season-high four total blocks against Hawaii (0-4) and Southern California (1-3). Including last season, Klein has recorded double-figure kills in his last 18 matches and has 58 in his career. In starting all three matches last week, he is averaging team highs of 4.50 points and 3.90 kills per game. Klein is averaging 1.20 digs and .90 blocks per game. He handled 55 of 58 serve reception attempts for a .948 percentage.

Robbie Klein, with 39 kills last weekend, has moved to 11th on the Ohio State career kills list with 993. He passed Mike Terpstra (1990-93) with 958. He needs 24 kills to pass No. 10 Phil Kerewich (1996-99) with 1,016. In ace serves, Klein ranks fourth with 103. He needs five aces to pass No. 3 Daniel Mathews (2005-08) with 107. Klein is the OSU career leader in aces per game at .34. His 12 digs in Hawaii have moved him to 20th on the career digs list with 415. He passed Andy Cole (2003-06) with 410. Klein needs 30 digs to pass No. 19 Mark Greaves (2003-06) with 444. He ranks 11th in career points with 1,186.5 and needs 34 points to pass No. 10 Greaves with 1,220.0. Klein ranks 13th in career points per game at 3.91.

Ted Schoenfeldt equaled his career-high of 13 kills against Penn State. He set his career high last season against Rutgers-Newark. Schoenfeldt added five digs and an ace serve against the Nittany Lions. He had 12 kills, six digs, three assist blocks and an ace serve against Southern California. Schoenfeldt started two of the three matches in Hawaii and is averaging 3.40 points, 3.00 kills, 1.40 digs and .40 blocks per game.

John Albertson posted a team-high 1.80 blocks per game average in the three matches in Hawaii. He had nine blocks (2-7) at Hawaii, two assist blocks against Penn State and seven blocks (1-6) against Southern California. Albertson contributed a season-high seven kills and a dig at Hawaii. He had six kills and a dig against Penn State and had five kills against Southern California. A starter in all three matches, Albertson is averaging 2.85 points, 1.80 kills and 1.80 blocks per game.

John Albertson, with 18 assist blocks in Hawaii, has moved from 13th to a tie for 10th in Ohio State career assist blocks with 272. He has tied Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 272. Albertson needs 15 assist blocks to pass No. 9 Jon Yunker (1993-94) with 286. In total blocks, Albertson has moved into a tie for 12th with 295 (23 solos, 272 assists). He has tied Steve Potter (1992-95) (42-253). Albertson needs 10 total blocks to move pass No. 11 Peckham with 204 (32-272). Albertson ranks fifth in career blocks per game with a 1.40 average.

Kevin Heine posted nine kills and six assist blocks in his starts at Hawaii and against Southern California. He added three digs and hit .438 (9-2-16) against the Trojans. Heine had two kills off the bench in the Penn State match. For the weekend, he averaged 3.25 points, 2.50 kills and 1.50 blocks per game.

Steven Kehoe had his first start at setter last weekend in Hawaii. He posted a career-high 45 assists against Southern California and had 33 at Hawaii and against Penn State. Kehoe had a career-high five blocks (1-4) at Hawaii adding five digs and two kills in the match. He contributed a career-high two ace serves against Penn State, adding six digs, a kill and an assist block. Kehoe added nine digs, four assist blocks, an ace serve and a career-high three kills against Southern California. In his three starts, he averaged 11.10 assists, 1.45 points, 2.00 digs, 1.00 blocks, .30 aces and .60 kills per game.

Jason Tobkin collected season highs of six kills, five digs and five assist blocks in the Hawaii match last weekend. Against Penn State, he had four digs, two kills and an assist block. He recorded an ace serve in limited play against Southern California. Tobkin started two of three matches in Hawaii and averaged 1.86 points, 1.14 kills, 1.29 digs and .86 blocks per game. He handled 46 of 48 serve reception attempts for a .958 percentage.

Shawn Sangrey played and started in two matches last weekend in Hawaii. He had three assist blocks, an ace serve and a kill in two games against Hawaii. He had a season-high six kills against Southern California, adding three assist blocks and three digs. In the two matches, Sangrey is averaging 1.83 points, 1.17 kills, .50 digs and 1.00 blocks per game. He handled 27 of 29 serve reception attempts for a .931 percentage.

Ben Spurlock played in two matches last weekend in Hawaii. He had three kills off the bench at Hawaii and had three kills in his start against Penn State. He is averaging 1.20 points and 1.20 kills on the season.

Mik Berzins played in three matches, starting twice in Hawaii. He had seven digs and two assists at Hawaii and handled 15 of 16 serve reception attempts. Berzins had six digs and two assists against Penn State and handled 23 of 27 reception attempts. Against Southern California, he posted a career-high nine digs and added an assist. He handled 36 of 39 reception attempts against the Trojans. In the three matches, Berzins averaged a team-high 2.20 digs per game and had a .902 serve reception percentage.

Ohio State is ranked 14th in the Bison/AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll released Monday. The Buckeyes were tied for 10th in the preseason poll.

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.

Pete Hanson is in his 25th season at Ohio State. He has a 477-266 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).

15th Outrigger Hotels Invitational
Hawaii 3, Ohio State 0
Tenth-ranked (tie) Ohio State (0-1) fell to No. 13 Hawaii (1-0), 3-0 (27-30, 24-30, 29-31) in the opening round of the 15th Outrigger Hotels Invitational Thursday in the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu. Buckeye John Albertson scored a team-high 12.5 points for Ohio State with seven kills, two solo blocks and seven assist blocks. Teammates Kevin Heine and Robbie Klein added 12 points each in the opening match of the 2009 season. For Hawaii, Joshua Walker posted a match-high 18.5 points with 17 kills, an ace serve and an assist block. Steven Hunt contributed 15.5 points with 13 kills, an ace serve, a solo block and an assist block.

In the match, Hawaii hit .240 to .142 for Ohio State. The Rainbows had a 46-43 advantage in kills and a 3-1 margin in ace serves. The Buckeyes gave up 15 service errors to 14 for Hawaii. The Rainbows edged Ohio State, 41-39 in assists. Sean Carney posted a match-high 28 assists for Hawaii while Ohio State’s Steven Kehoe recorded 33. Defensively, Hawaii had a 39-28 advantage in digs. Hunt posted a match-high 10 digs for Hawaii with Ohio State’s Mik Berzins collecting a team-high seven. At the net, the Buckeyes had an 18 to 11.5 margin in team blocks. OSU’s Albertson recorded a match-high nine blocks with two solos and seven assists.

Penn State 3, Ohio State 0
Tenth-ranked (tie) Ohio State (0-2) dropped a 3-0 (30-27, 30-24, 30-19) decision to No. 1 Penn State (2-0) in the second round of the 15th Outrigger Hotels Invitational Friday in Honolulu. Ohio State’s Ted Schoenfeldt collected a team-high 14 points for the Buckeyes with 13 kills and an ace serve. Robbie Klein added 11.5 points with 11 kills and an assist block. Penn State’s Will Price posted a match-high 15.5 points with 12 kills, two ace serves, a solo block and an assist block. Max Lipsitz added 14 points with 12 kills, a solo block and two assist blocks.

Penn State hit .422 for the match to .219 for Ohio State. The Nittany Lions had a 50-38 advantage in kills and an 8-4 margin in ace serves. PSU’s Max Holt had a match-high three ace serves. The Nittany Lions gave up 16 service errors to 14 for the Buckeyes. PSU collected 47 assists to 36 for Ohio State. Edgardo Goas had a match-high 45 assists while OSU’s Steven Kehoe had 33. Defensively, the Nittany Lions had a 35-25 advantage in digs with Nittany Lion Dennis Del Valle recording a match-high 10. At the net, Penn State enjoyed an eight to 2.5 margin in team blocks. Lipsitz (one solo, two assists) and Holt (three assists) shared match-high honors with three blocks each.

Southern California 3, Ohio State 1
Tenth-ranked (tie) Ohio State (0-3) lost a close 3-1 (30-18, 30-28, 25-30, 31-29) decision to No. 7 Southern California (2-1), losing two of three games by two points. The match completes OSU’s play in the 15th Outriggers Hotels Invitational in Honolulu. Buckeye Robbie Klein posted a team-high 21.5 points for Ohio State with 18 kills, an ace serve, a solo block and three assist blocks. Ted Schoenfeldt added 14.5 points for OSU with 12 kills, an ace serve and three assist blocks. Trojan Murphy Troy recorded a match-high 29.5 points with 26 kills, three ace serves and an assist block. Sean Dennis and Tony Ciarelli added 18.5 points each in the contest. Dennis had 18 kills and an assist block while Ciarelli contributed 12 kills, five ace serves, a solo block and an assist block.

Southern California hit .293 for the match to .224 for Ohio State. The Trojans had a 70-53 margin in kills and a 9-4 margin in ace serves. Ciarelli had a match-high five ace serves for the Trojans. USC gave up 20 service errors to 11 for the Buckeyes. Southern California had a 65-50 edge in assists. Riley McKibbin recorded a match-high 59 assists with OSU’s Steven Kehoe collecting 45. Defensively, the Trojans had a 39-36 margin in digs. Ciarelli posted a match-high 10 digs in the contest. At the net, Ohio State had a 14.5 to 7.5 advantage in team blocks. OSU’s John Albertson recorded a match-high seven total blocks with a solo and six assists

Outrigger Hotels Invitational All-Tournament Team
Dennis Del Valle,
Penn State; Edgardo Goas, Penn State; Max Holt, Penn State, Robbie Klein, Ohio State; Max Lipsitz, Penn State; Joshua Walker, Hawai`i;Most Outstanding Player: Murphy Troy, USC.

The Buckeyes will travel to Loretto, Pa., Sunday, Jan. 25, to play St. Francis at 4 p.m. ET.