COLUMBUS, Ohio – The ninth-ranked and top-seed Ohio State (23-6 overall, 11-1, Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association regular season champion) men’s volleyball team will host the MIVA Tournament championship match at 7 p.m. Saturday against 12th-ranked and second seed Loyola-Chicago (21-7, 9-3, second) in St. John Arena. The winner receives the MIVA automatic bid to the NCAA Championship semifinals at Penn State Thursday, May 5.
ADMISSION FEE FOR SEMIFINAL MATCH
The admission fee for the MIVA Tournament championship match, April 30, will be $5 for adults and $3 for students.
FREE BUCKEYE VISION AVAILABLE FOR MIVA CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
The April 30 Ohio State MIVA Tournament semifinal match will be available for free on OSU’s Buckeye Vision at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Ninth-ranked Ohio State, coached by Pete Hanson, has a 23-6 overall record and is 11-1 (regular season champion) in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Buckeyes advanced to the championship match of the MIVA Tournament with a 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-18) home victory over Lewis (20-11). Shawn Sangrey leads the team with a 4.55 points per set average. John Klanac ranks second at 3.81 with Kevin Heine third at 2.82. Sangrey has a team-high 3.80 kills per set average. Klanac ranks second at 3.32 with Heine third at 2.29. In attack percentage, Heine, at .487, is the team leader. Grayson Overman ranks second with a .455 percentage and Klanac is third at .343. Setter Steven Kehoe has a 11.44 assists per set average. Sangrey has a team-high .38 aces per set average with 32. Kehoe ranks second at .32 with 32 and Jason Tobkin is third at .27 with 25. Defensively, Mik Berzins is averaging a team-high 1.82 digs per set with 184. Kehoe ranks second at 1.65 with 167 and Sangrey is third at 1.63 with 1.37. Tobkin leads the team with a .955 serve reception percentage handling 426 of 446 attempts. Klanac, at .954, ranks second handling 393 of 412 attempts with Berzins third at .952 handling 630 of 631 attempts. At the net, Overman has a team-high 1.04 blocks per set average with seven solos and 79 assist blocks. Heine ranks second at .94 with six solos and 83 assists. Sangrey, at .70, is third with three solos and 56 assist blocks.
Ohio State is averaging 17.120 points, 13.50 kills and 12.58 assists per set while hitting .343. The Buckeyes average 1.35 aces, 8.85 digs and 2.36 blocks per set and have a .945 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 14.92 points, 11.51 kills and 10.88 assists per set while hitting .232. They average .96 aces, 7.00 digs and 2.45 blocks per set and have a .932 serve reception percentage.
A LOOK AT LOYOLA-CHICAGO
No. 12 Loyola-Chicago is coached by Shane Davis. The Ramblers are 21-7 overall and 9-3 (2nd place) in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. No. 2 seed Loyola-Chicago advanced to the MIVA Tournament championship match with a 3-1 (25-19, 25-21, 22-25, 25-19) home victory over sixth seed Quincy (22-14). Leading Loyola-Chicago in points per set is Mike Bunting at 4.71. Joseph Smalzer ranks second at 3.89 with Eric Daliege third at 2.27. Bunting has a team-high 4.24 kills per set average with Smalzer second at 3.13 and Daliege third at 1.77. In attack percentage, Steve Thompson leads the squad at .473. Daliege ranks second at .400 with Bunting third at .379. At setter, Mike Hutz has a 9.84 assists per set average. In aces per set, Smalzer has a team-high .44 average with 47 aces. Hutz ranks second at .25 (25) with Kyle Exline third at .23 (18). Defensively, Tommy Becker leads the squad with a 1.67 digs (157) per set average. Hutz ranks second at 1.42 (141) and Dainis Berzins is third at 1.39 (118). Smalzer, at .951, is the team leader in serve reception percentage handling 567 of 569 attempts. Berzins and Becker are tied for second at .930. Berzins has handled 317 of 341 attempts with Becker handling 615 of 661. At the net, Thompson has a team-high .83 blocks per set average with eight solos and 67 assist blocks. Daliege ranks second at .81 with 12 solos and 64 assists. Ranking third is Smalzer at .57 with seven solos and 54 assists.
Loyola-Chicago is averaging 16.15 points, 12.73 kills and 11.79 assists per set while hitting .317. The Ramblers average 1.35 aces, 7.58 digs and 2.08 blocks per set and have a .926 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 15.14 points, 11.50 kills and 10.64 assists per set while hitting .250. Rambler opponents average 1.34 aces, 6.55 digs and 2.30 blocks per set and have a .930 serve reception percentage.
OSU SERIES WITH LOYOLA-CHICAGO
Ohio State has a 27-13 lead in the series with Loyola-Chicago. The Buckeyes are 18-2 in Columbus while the Ramblers are 9-8 in Chicago and 3-1 in neutral site matches. Earlier this season in Columbus, the Buckeyes defeated Loyola-Chicago, 3-1 (25-18, 25-17, 21-25, 25-21) and 3-1 (25-20, 25-27, 25-22, 25-20) in Chicago. OSU has won 10 of the last 11 matches against the Ramblers.
OHIO STATE 3, LOYOLA-CHICAGO, @OSU, March 5, 2011
The fifth-ranked Ohio State (14-2 overall, 7-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team took sole possession of first place in the MIVA with a 3-1 (25-18, 25-17, 21-25, 25-21) win over 12th-ranked Loyola-Chicago (12-4, 5-1) Saturday night in St. John Arena. Kevin Heine posted a team-high 18 points with a season-high 16 kills (.591) and four assist blocks for the Buckeyes. Shawn Sangrey added 16.5 points with 13 kills (.290), two ace serves, a solo block and one assist block. Leading Loyola-Chicago in points was Joseph Smalzer with a match-high 19 on 16 kills (.353), one ace serve and four assist blocks. Mike Bunting added 17.5 points with 15 kills (.273), one ace serve and three assist blocks for the Ramblers.
The Buckeyes hit .324 for the match to .252 for Loyola-Chicago. OSU had a 53-47 advantage in kills and a 49-46 edge in assists. Kehoe produced a match-high 43 assists to 34 for Rambler Hutz. Ohio State enjoyed an 11-2 margin in aces with Kehoe producing a match-high three. OSU gave up 13 service errors to 12 for the Ramblers. Defensively, Loyola-Chicago had a 34-32 margin in digs. OSU’s Mik Berzins posted a season/match-high 12 with Tommy Becker and Hutz sharing team-high honors with eight each for the Ramblers. At the net, Loyola-Chicago edged the Buckeyes, 10.5 to 10 in team blocks. Daliege had a match-high five assist blocks for the Ramblers while Kehoe, Heine and Overman shared team-high honors with four assist blocks each for the Buckeyes.
OHIO STATE 3, LOYOLA-CHICAGO 1, @LUC, April 1, 2011
The seventh-ranked Ohio State (18-4 overall, 11-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, 1st place) men’s volleyball team earned a fifth consecutive MIVA regular season championship with a 3-1 (25-20, 25-27, 25-22, 25-20) win at 11th-ranked Loyola-Chicago (17-6, 7-2, 2nd) Friday night in Alumni Gym. OSU’s John Klanac recorded a match-high 21.5 points with 19 kills (.325), one solo block and three assist blocks. Shawn Sangrey added 14 points for the Buckeyes with 10 kills (.067), two ace serve and four assist blocks. Rambler Mike Bunting posted a team-high 15.5 points with 13 kills (.088), one solo block and three assist blocks. Eric Daliege added 10.5 points with nine kills (.438) and three assist blocks.
In the match, Ohio State hit .243 to .145 for Loyola-Chicago. The Ramblers had a 45-44 edge in kills while the Buckeyes had a 42-41 margin in assist. OSU’s Kehoe posted a match-high 38 assists while Hutz had 34 for the Ramblers. The Buckeyes had a 9-7 advantage in ace serves with OSU’s Kehoe posting a match-high five. The Ramblers gave up 18 service errors to 16 for OSU. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 33-30 margin in digs. OSU’s Mik Berzins recorded a match-high nine. At the net, Ohio State had a 13.5 to nine margin in team blocks. OSU’s Heine recorded a match-high 10 assist blocks in the match.
OHIO STATE VS. LOYOLA-CHICAGO IN THE MIVA TOURNAMENT
Ohio State is 5-3 against the Ramblers in the MIVA Tournament. The Buckeyes won the only quarterfinal meeting while Loyola-Chicago is 3-2 in semifinal matchups. OSU has won the two meetings in the championship match, winning 3-0 (30-24, 30-20, 30-27) IN 2001 at Quincy and 3-2 (30-28, 25-30, 26-30, 30-20, 15-11) last season in Columbus.
OHIO STATE AND THE MIVA TOURNAMENT
Ohio State has won the last three MIVA Tournaments and has 13 overall. Only Ball State, with 14, has more.
2010 MIVA TOURNAMENT REVIEW
No. 1 seed Ohio State earned a quarterfinal bye in the 2010 MIVA Tournament. In quarterfinal action, #2 Loyola-Chicago defeated #7 Grand Canyon, 3-0 (30-17, 30-10, 30-17), #3 Lewis defeated #6 Quincy, 3-0 (30-16, 30-23, 30-24) and #4 Ball State defeated #5 IPFW, 3-0 (30-28, 30-23, 30-22). In the semifinals, #1 Ohio State defeated #4 Ball State, 3-1 (30-24, 27-30, 30-28, 30-27) and #2 Loyola-Chicago defeated #3 Lewis, 3-0 (30-26, 30-23, 30-18). In the tournament championship match, #1 Ohio State defeated #2 Loyola-Chicago, 3-2 (30-28, 25-30, 26-30, 30-20, 15-11). The MIVA All-Tournament Team included John Klanac, Steven Kehoe and Shawn Sangrey of Ohio State and Mike Hutz, Mike Bunting and Kris Berzins of Loyola-Chicago. Ohio State’s Ted Schoenfeldt was named the MIVA Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
KEHOE NAMED AVCA FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has named Steven Kehoe a first team All-American as part of its 21st Annual AVCA Division I-II Men’s All-America Teams. The awards will be presented at the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship Banquet on the campus of Penn State University on Wednesday, May 4.
An AVCA second team All-American last season, Kehoe is a two-time Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Player of the Year (20010-11) and a three time first team All-MIVA selection (2009-10-11). He ranks fifth in the country in assist per set with an 11.41 average. Kehoe has directed the Buckeye offense to three consecutive MIVA regular season championships and two MIVA Tournament championships.
Kehoe is OSU’s first first team All-American since Daniel Mathews (2005-08) in 2007 and 2008
KEHOE AND HANSON RECEIVE ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS
Steven Kehoe was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Year by a vote of the conference coaches. It marks the second consecutive year he has earned player of the year honors. Joining Kehoe as a MIVA first-team All-Conference selection were Kevin Heine, John Klanac and Shawn Sangrey. OSU head coach Pete Hanson was honored as the MIVA Coach of Year for the fifth consecutive season.
Kehoe was the MIVA statistical champion in conference play with an 11.08 assists per set average. He ranked 12th in digs (1.56) and second in aces (.46) per set. Kehoe averaged 1.15 points, .74 blocks, .38 aces and .36 kills per set. The 2010 Player of the Year, Kehoe is a three-time first-team all-conference selection (2009-10-11).
He is the eighth player in the conference to earn Player of the Year honors twice. Previous double winners include Ohio State’s Aldis Berzins, 1977-78, Craig Sherman, 1980co (Kellogg C.C.) and 1981 (Ohio State), IPFW’s Jay Golsteyn, 1987 & 89, IPFW’s Lloy Ball, 1994-95, Ball State’s Eduardo Ferraz, 1996-97, Lewis’ Victor Rivera, 1998-99 and Ohio State’s Daniel Mathews, 1907-08.
Heine was the top percentage hitter in conference play at .496. He ranked fifth in blocking with a 1.22 blocks per set average. Heine averaged 2.31 kills per set to rank 14th and was 12th in points per set at 2.97. He was a second team All-Conference selection in 2010.
Klanac was ranked in five categories in conference play. He ranked sixth in kills (3.23), sixth in points (3.77), tied for ninth in aces (.26) and tied for 19th in digs (1.36) per set. Klanac, with an attack percentage of .282, is ranked 14th in conference play. He was a second team All-Conference selection in 2009 and a first team selection in 2010.
A first team selection in 2010, Sangrey ranked second in points per set in conference play with a 4.65 per set average. He ranked third in kills (.385), second in aces (.46) and second in digs (2.04) per set. Sangrey is ranked 17th in attack percentage at .264. He was a first team all-conference selection in 2010.
Hanson coached the Buckeyes to a fifth consecutive conference title with an 11-1 record. He has been named coach of the year 11 times.
OSU HAS 17 PLAYERS NAMED MIVA ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE
The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association has recognized 17 Ohio State men’s volleyball players who have been named MIVA Academic All-Conference. To be eligible, athletes must have achieved at least a 3.00 career grade-point average on a 4.0 scale after the completion of the fall semester at their respective institutions. A total of 83 players were honored by the conference.
The 2011 MIVA Academic All-Conference selections from Ohio State are: Rhett Cash, Dale Freier, Nick Gibson, Kevin Heine, Peter Heinen, Steve Kehoe, Derek Kues, Andrew Lutz, Sean Martin, Grayson Overman, Coleman Palm, Michael Piechowski, Shawn Sangrey, Mike Stefani, John Tholen, Jason Tobkin, and Alex Velez.
TOBKIN BREAKS OHIO STATE MATCH RECORD FOR ACES WITH EIGHT
Jason Tobkin, with eight ace serves against Princeton (April 8), broke the Ohio State match record of seven set by Pieter Olree at Pacific in 2001. Tobkin played in four of the five sets against the Tigers and recorded four consecutive aces of his eight in the fifth set.
OSU WINS THE MIVA REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP
With the 3-1 win at 11th-ranked Loyola-Chicago, Ohio State won the outright Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association regular season championship with an 11-1 conference record.
FIVE CONSECUTIVE MIVA REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIPS
With the 2011 conference title, the Buckeyes have now won the MIVA regular season championship for five consecutive years. Only Ball State, from 1964-68, earned five consecutive titles previously. The title gives the Buckeyes a bye in the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals with OSU hosting a semifinal match, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 27.
OHIO STATE NINTH IN THE AVCA WEEKLY POLL
Ohio State is ninth in the latest (April 25) American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll. OSU received 114 points. The Buckeyes are the highest ranked team in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Loyola-Chicago is ranked 12th, Lewis 13th in the poll. Southern California is ranked first in the poll. The Buckeyes opened the season ranked seventh.
ASICS/VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE POLL HAS OSU SEVENTH
The ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Poll of April 19 has Ohio State ranked seventh with 33 points. Southern California is the top-ranked team with 99 points. The MIVA also has Loyola-Chicago, Lewis and Quincy receiving votes in the poll. This was the final regular season poll. A final poll will be released after the NCAA Championship. Last season, the Buckeyes finished eighth in the poll.
OHIO STATE IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
In the NCAA national statistics released thru matches of April 24, Ohio State top individuals include Steven Kehoe ranked fifth in assists per set at 11.41. Shawn Sangrey is 12th in aces per set at .39 and 19th in kills per set at 3.76. John Klanac is ranked 13th in hitting percentage at .341. Grayson Overman is ranked 20th in blocks per set at 1.04 and Mik Berzins is ranked 29th in digs per set at 1.81.
OSU RANKING IN NATIONAL TEAM STATISTICS
In the NCAA national statistics released thru matches of April 25, Ohio State is seventh in assists at 12.58 per set, fourth in attack percentage at .343 and sixth in kills per set at 13.51. The Buckeyes are seventh in digs at 8.87, 11th in aces at 1.34 and 13th in blocks per set at 2.33.
OHIO STATE HOME WIN STREAK AT 17 MATCHES
Ohio State has won 18 consecutive matches at home over the last two seasons. OSU’s last home loss came on March 3, 2010 in a 3-0 (30-26, 30-27, 30-18) loss to ninth-ranked Penn State.
BERZINS TIES OSU MATCH RECORD FOR ATTACK PERCENTAGE
Mik Berzins, in the Feb. 10 Quincy match, tied the Ohio State match record for attack percentage at 1.000 with 13 kills in 13 attempts. He ties three other Buckeyes who were 10 for 10. They include Layne Dreven (March 25, 2005 at Findlay), Colin McMillan (Jan. 10, 1998 vs. Tri-State) and Gary Wrobel (Jan. 13, 1996 vs. Thomas More). Berzins added one assist, four digs, two assists blocks and handled 17 serve receptions without an error in the 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-19) victory over the Hawks.
HEAD COACH PETE HANSON
Pete Hanson is in his 28th season at Ohio State. He has a 538-288 record with the Buckeyes and has won 14 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championships, including 2010. Named the MIVA Coach of the Year 11 times, including last year, 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 nine times including back-to-back appearances in 2000 (runner-up) and 2001 (semifinalist) and three consecutive appearances in 2008, 2009 and 2010 (all semifinals).
#1 STEVEN KEHOE
Steven Kehoe recorded 48 assists in the Lewis match. He added five digs, two kills, two block assists and one ace serve against the Flyers. Kehoe has started all 29 matches and is averaging 11.44 assists, .32 aces, 1.65 digs and .59 blocks per set. His 11.08 assists per set average ranks first in MIVA conference play.
KEHOE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Steven Kehoe has 3,849 career assists and ranks fifth for Ohio State. Fourth on the list is Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 4,723. Kehoe ranks seventh in assists per set at 11.09. His 96 ace serves ranks him fifth. Daniel Mathews (2005-08) is fourth on the list with 107. Kehoe ranks seventh in aces per set at .28. In digs, he has moved to 10th with 572 passing. Pieter Olree (1999-02) with 569 and Steve Potter (1992-95) with 571. Mike Terpstra (1990-93) is ranked ninth with 584. Kehoe is ranked 12th in digs per set with a 1.65 average. With 33 solo blocks, he is ranked 17th. Brandt Kleinschmidt (1991-92) is ranked 16th on the list with 35.
#2 KEVIN HEINE
Kevin Heine posted 12.5 points in the Lewis match. He recorded 10 kills while hitting .471. Heine added five assist blocks, one dig and one assist against the Flyers. He has played in 28 matches with 27 starts. Heine is averaging 2.82 points, 2.29 kills and .94 blocks per set while hitting a team-high .487.
HEINE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Kevin Heine has moved into a tie for seventh in career assist blocks with 326. He moved past Layne Dreven (2003-07) with 326 and has tied Gary Wrobel (1994-97). Heine, in total blocks, is now 10th with 350 having 24 solos and 326 assist blocks. He moved past Jon Yunker (1993-94) with 347 (61-286). David Frette (1989-91) with 364 (102-262) is ranked ninth. Heine is 12th in career blocks per game with a 1.11 average. In career attack percentage, he is ranked fourth at .463.
#3 ANTHONY HOCK
Anthony Hock saw action against Lewis, recording two digs. He has played in 28 matches this season with nine starts at libero. He is averaging .88 digs, .05 aces and has a .946 serve reception percentage handling 210 of 222 attempts.
#4 KYLE LAWRENCE
Kyle Lawrence played in one set of the Friday Princeton match and equaled his career-highs of 13 assists and one dig set against Quincy earlier this season. He has played in four matches this season and is averaging 7.50 assists per set.
#5 GRAYSON OVERMAN
Grayson Overman recorded four kills while hitting .400 against Lewis. He added four assist blocks, one dig and one assist against the Flyers. Overman has played and started in 26 matches this season and is averaging a team-high 1.04 blocks per set with seven solos and 79 assist blocks. He is averaging 2.31 points, 1.66 kills, .08 aces and .29 digs per set while hitting .455.
#6 SHAWN SANGREY
Shawn Sangrey posted a match-high 22.5 points in the Lewis match. He had a match-high 18 kills while hitting .250. Sangrey added a season-high seven assist blocks, three digs and one ace serve against the Flyers. Sangrey has played in 25 matches and started in 24. He leads the team in points (4.55), kills (3.80) and aces (.38) per set. Sangrey is averaging 1.63 digs and .70 blocks (3-56) per set while hitting .288.
SANGREY IN OSU CAREER STATS
Shawn Sangrey ranks fourth in aces per set at .31. He is 11th in aces with 71. Ranking 10th on the list with 73 aces is Mark Greaves (2003-06). Sangrey is ranked 18th in points with 991.0. Ranking 17th is Adam Pedersen (2001-04) with 999.0 points. Sangrey is now ranked eighth in points per set at 4.38. In career kills, he is 15th with 832. Ranked 14th is Jose Rivera (1996-00) with 900. Sangrey is eighth in kills per set at 3.68.
#7 MIKE STEFANI
Mike Stefani played in one set at George Mason to serve. Stefani has played in 19 matches this season recording six digs, five kills, one assist block and two ace serves.
#8 JOHN KLANAC
John Klanac contributed 14.5 points in the Lewis match. He recorded 11 kills while hitting .389. Klanac added a season-high nine digs along with two ace serves, one solo and one assist block against the Flyers while handling 19 serve receptions without an error. A starter in all 29 matches this season, he is averaging 3.81 points, 3.32 kills, .21 aces, 1.26 digs and .47 blocks per set. Klanac has a .954 reception percentage handling 393 of 412 attempts.
KLANAC IN OSU CAREER STATS
John Klanac is ranked 12th on the Ohio State career kills list with 1,001. He is the 12th Buckeye player to reach 1,000 kills. Phil Kerewich (1996-99) is ranked 10th with 1,016 kills. Klanac is ranked 19th in kills per set at 3.17. He is 21st in aces per set at .21 with 67. He ranks 12th in aces passing Angel Aja (1997-00) with 65. Teammate Shawn Sangrey is 11th with 71. Klanac, with 1,162.0 points, ranks 12th. Mark Greaves (2003-06) is ranked 11th with 1,220.0. Klanac is ranked 19th in points per set at 3.68.
#9 JOHN THOLEN
John Tholen played in three sets of the Friday match against Princeton and equaled his career-high of eight kills (.462). He added one ace serve against the Tigers. Tholen has played in seven matches with two starts. He is averaging 2.96 points, 2.23 kills, .31 digs and .92 blocks per set.
#12 JASON TOBKIN
Jason Tobkin recorded eight kills against Lewis while hitting .500. He added five digs, two ace serves, a solo block and one assist block. Tobkin handled 27 serve receptions without an error against the Flyers. Tobkin has played in 28 matches with 22 starts this season and two at libero. He is averaging 2.02 points, 1.46 kills, .27 aces, 1.46 digs and .51 blocks per set. Tobkin has a .955 serve reception percentage handling 426 of 446 attempts.
TOBKIN IN OSU CAREER STATS
Jason Tobkin,with 60 ace serves, has moved to 18th in career aces. He moved past Sam Stevens (2004-07), Greg Lehman (1998-01) and Colin McMillan (1997-00) with 59 each. With 61 aces, Brett Versen (2005-08) is ranked 17th. In aces per set, Tobkin is ranked 15th at .22.
#13 NICK GIBSON
Nick Gibson played in two sets of the Friday Princeton match recording a season-high seven kills (.143). He added one ace serve and one dig against the Tigers. Gibson has played in seven matches this season. He is averaging 1.72 points, 1.22 kills, .22 aces, .22 digs and .44 blocks per set.
#14 MIKE STEWART
Mike Stewart played in three sets of the Friday Princeton match collecting six kills (.625), one dig, one assist block and one assist. He started Saturday against Princeton recording seven kills (.667), four assist blocks and one dig. Stewart has played in eight matches with three starts. He is averaging 2.33 points, 2.00 kills, .28 digs and .67 blocks per set while hitting .646.
#15 MIK BERZINS
Mik Berzins, at libero against Lewis, recorded eight digs and handled 21 of 22 serve receptions. Berzins has played in all 29 matches this season with 12 starts at outside hitter and 17 at libero. He is averaging 1.48 points, 1.27 kills, .08 aces, .25 blocks and a team-high 1.82 digs per set. Berzins has a .952 serve reception percentage handling 601 of 631 attempts.
BERZINS OSU CAREER STATS
Mik Berzins, with 641 career digs has moved to fourth for the Buckeyes. He moved past Tom Trantow (2000-03) with 639. Ranking third is Jose’ Bengoa with 733. Berzins is the Ohio State career leader in digs per set with a 2.31 average.
#17 MICHAEL PIECHOWSKI
Michael Piechowski played libero in the final two sets of the Friday match against Quincy. He recorded two digs and handled 10 of 11 serve reception attempts. This was his first match for the Buckeyes.
#19 RHETT CASH
Rhett Cash, in his first action of the season, started at libero in the Friday match against Quincy. He played the first set recording two digs and handling 11 of 12 serve reception attempts.
#20 DEREK KUES
Derek Kues saw action in three sets against Lewis. Kues has played in 23 matches this season and has two assists and nine digs.
#21 SEAN MARTIN
Sean Martin played in four sets of the Friday Princeton match. Saturday against Princeton, he recorded his third ace serve of his career against the Tigers. Martin played in one set at Penn State. He has played in 10 matches this season and has recorded three digs and two ace serves.
KLANAC NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK-April 4
John Klanac was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week (April 4) for his play in a win over 11th-ranked Loyola-Chicago and a loss at 15th-ranked Lewis. In the 3-1 win at Loyola-Chicago, Klanac recorded a match-high 21.5 points. He posted a match-high 19 kills, while hitting .325. Klanac added four total blocks (one solo, three assists) and five digs. He handled seven of 11 serve receptions. The Buckeye victory gave Ohio State a fifth consecutive Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championship. Klanac, in the 3-1 loss to 15th-ranked Lewis, recorded 10 kills (.273), six digs and three assist blocks. He handled 20 serve receptions without an error. In the two matches, Klanac averaged 3.94 points, 3.62 kills, 1.38 digs and .50 blocks per set while hitting .306. He handled 31 of 35 serve receptions for a .886 percentage.
BERZINS NAMED MIVA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK-March 21
Mik Berzins was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week (March 21). Playing outside hitter in the 3-0 win at Grand Canyon, he handled 20 serve receptions without an error with 13 (.650) being converted to kills. Berzins recorded three digs and had two (.667) converted to kills. He added three kills (.286), two ace serves and one assist block in the match. Against the Antelopes, Berzins averaged 1.83 points, 1.00 kills, .67 aces, 1.00 digs and .33 blocks per set while hitting .286. He has been played, where needed this season, with nine starts at libero and nine at outside hitter. In his last nine matches (five at outside hitter and four at libero, Berzins has a .995 serve reception percentage, handling 184 of 185 attempts. This is his second Defensive Player of the Week honor this season.
SANGREY NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK-March 7
Shawn Sangrey was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week (March 7) for his play in the Buckeye wins over 14th-ranked Lewis and 12th-ranked Loyola-Chicago. It is his third consecutive Offensive Player of the Week award and fourth this season. He collected a match-high 20 kills (.455) in the 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-17) win over Lewis. Sangrey added a career-high 13 digs against the Flyers adding two assist blocks and one assist. In the 3-1 (25-18, 25-17, 21-25, 25-21) win over Loyola-Chicago, he had 13 kills (.290), six digs, two ace serves, a solo and one assist block. For the two matches, he averaged 4.71 kills and 2.71 digs while hitting .375. On the season, Sangrey leads the Buckeyes in points (5.22), kills (4.39) and aces (.47) per set. He is averaging 1.71 digs and .69 blocks per set.
SANGREY NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK-Feb. 28
Shawn Sangrey was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week (Feb. 28) for his play against IPFW and Juniata. He scored a co-match-high 13.5 points in the 3-0 win over IPFW. Sangrey posted 12 kills while hitting .276, adding one ace serve, six digs and one assist block. In the 3-0 win over Juniata, he posted a match-high 21.5 points with 19 kills, one ace serve, one dig and three assist blocks. In the second set against the Eagles, Sangrey recorded 11 of OSU’s 18 kills while hitting .600 (11-2-15). He averaged 5.83 points, 5.17 kills, .33 aces, 1.17 digs and .67 blocks per set while hitting .386 in the two matches. It is his second consecutive Offensive Player of the Week award and third this season.
KEHOE NAMED MIVA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK-Feb. 28
Steven Kehoe was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week (Feb. 28) for his play against IPFW and Juniata. In 3-0 wins over IPFW and Juniata, he averaged a team-high 3.00 digs, 12.17 assists, .67 aces and .50 blocks per set. Against IPFW, Kehoe recorded 34 assists, one ace serve, two assist blocks and a match-high 11 digs against the Mastodons. He posted 39 assists, three ace serves, one assist block and a match-high seven digs against the Eagles. This is the second time Kehoe has earned Defensive player of the Week honors this season.
SANGREY NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK-Feb. 22
Shawn Sangrey was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week (Feb. 22) for his play at Ball State. He helped Ohio State extend their winning streak to 10 matches with a match-high 20 points in the 3-0 win at Ball State. Sangrey recorded a match-high 15 kills, two assist blocks and tied his career-high of four ace serves. He added a match-high nine digs in the contest. In the match, Sangrey averaged 6.67 points, 5.00 kills, 1.33 aces, 3.0 digs and .67 blocks per set while hitting .211. This is the second time this season he has been named the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week.
BERZINS NAMED MIVA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK-Feb. 13
Mik Berzins was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week (Feb. 13). He was the starting libero in the 3-0 win over ninth-ranked Penn State, recording nine digs and handling 15 of 16 serve reception. Berzins was a starting outside hitter in both Quincy matches, both 3-0 Buckeye wins. In Thursday’s match, he tied the OSU match record for attack percentage with 13 kills in 13 attempts. Berzins added four digs, two assist blocks and handled 17 serve receptions without an error. Friday against Quincy, he posted eight kills (.500), five digs and two assist blocks while handling 16 serve receptions without an error. For the three matches, Berzins averaged 2.56 points, 2.33 kills, 2.00 digs and .44 blocks per set while having a .980 serve reception percentage handling 49 of 50 attempts.
KEHOE NAMED MIVA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK-Feb. 7
Steven Kehoe was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week (Feb. 7). Kehoe equaled his career-high of 18 digs in the 3-2 upset of seventh-ranked UC Irvine. He added two assist blocks, one kill and a match/season-high 61 assists against the Anteaters. Kehoe had three digs and three assist blocks in the 3-0 win over 13th-ranked Cal State Northridge adding a season-high four kills and a match-high 39 assists. For the two matches, he averaged a team-high 2.62 digs per set. Kehoe averaged 12.50 assists, .62 kills and .62 blocks per set.
HOCK NAMED MIVA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK-Jan. 24
Anthony Hock was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week (Jan. 24). He averaged 3.00 digs per set and had a .981 serve reception percentage in Buckeye wins over George Mason (3-1) and IPFW (3-0). He recorded 10 digs in the home match against George Mason and handled 36 serve receptions without an error. At IPFW, in the MIVA opener, Hock recorded a season-high 11 digs and handled 15 of 16 serve receptions.
SANGREY NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK-Jan. 24
Shawn Sangrey was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week (Jan. 24). In the 3-1 home win over George Mason, Sangrey had a match-high 19.5 points with a team-high 16 kills (.237), two ace serves, a career-tying 10 digs and three assist blocks. In the MIVA league opener at IPFW, he posted a match and season-high 22 points with a season-high 17 kills while hitting a career-high .571 (17-1-28). Sangrey added a season-high three ace serves, three digs and four assist blocks against the Mastodons. For the two matches, he averaged 5.93 points, 4.71 kills, .71 aces, 1.86 digs and 1.00 blocks per set while hitting .379.