April 6, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 11th-ranked Ohio State (17-7, 10-2 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team will play host to two nationally ranked teams this week. The Buckeyes face 14th-ranked Lewis (14-12, 8-4) Friday and conference leader and eighth-ranked Loyola (23-1, 13-0) Saturday in St. John Arena. Both matches are scheduled at 7 p.m. and will be web cast on the Ohio State web site for a fee

The Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 17-7 overall and 10-2 in the MIVA. The Buckeyes are currently 11th in the USA TODAY/CSTV Top 15 Coaches Poll. Last week the Buckeyes won a come-from-behind, 3-2 (30-21, 29-31, 26-30, 30-21, 15-10) victory at Ball State in conference play and lost, 1-3 (32-30, 25-30, 20-30, 21-30) at home to third-ranked Penn State.

Mark Greaves leads the Buckeyes in points per game at 4.61 with Andy Cole (Jr., Glendale, Wis.) averaging 4.17. Greaves is averaging a team-high 4.06 kills (268) per game with Cole second at 3.70 (244). Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) is hitting a team-high .486 with Scott Spurlock (Sr., Stow, Ohio) second at .378. Setter Daniel Mathews (Fr., Shorewood, Wis.) is averaging 12.75 assists (1,020) per game and is averaging a team-high .35 aces per game with a team-high 28 aces. Greaves is second in aces per game at .23 (15). Mike Wauligman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) leads the team in digs per game with a 1.92 average on 138 digs with libero Conor Martin (Fr., Avon Lake, Ohio) second at 1.64 (123). At the net, Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) has a team-high 1.51 blocks per game average with Spurlock second at 1.13. Dreven has five solos and 116 assists while Spurlock has four solos and 84 assists. The Buckeyes are hitting .322 and averaging 15.44 kills per game. OSU averages 1.34 aces, 8.80 digs and 3.01 blocks per game. Ohio State opponents are hitting .245 and average 13.99 kills per game. Buckeye opponents average .81 aces, 8.11 digs and 2.16 blocks per game.

The 14th-ranked Flyers are coached by Dan Friend. Lewis has a 14-12 overall record and is 8-4 in the MIVA. Last week in a home non-conference match, the Flyers defeated Carthage, 3-0 (30-28, 30-26, 30-23). The win stopped a three-match losing streak from the previous week.

Flyer Jeff Soler leads the team in points per game with a 4.44 average. Jared Dayton ranks second at 3.91. Leading Lewis in kills per game is Soler with a 3.95 (340) average. Dayton ranks second at 3.42 (304). Setter Brandon Sisk averages 10.22 assists (787) per game for the Flyers. Enrique Escalante leads the team in aces (33) per game with a .35 average. Dayton ranks second at .18 (16). Defensively, J.J. Castellano has a team-high 2.19 digs (195) per game average with Soler second at 1.38 (119). At the net, Greg Pochopien leads the team in blocking with a 1.15 per game average on 14 solos and 86 assists. Escalante ranks second on the team at .90 with 11 solos and 74 assists. On the season, the Flyers are hitting .289 and average 14.83 kills per game. Lewis averages 1.26 aces, 7.58 digs and 2.61 blocks per game. Flyer opponents are hitting .260 and average 13.91 kills per game. Opponents average .98 aces, 7.75 digs and 2.49 blocks per game.

Ohio State leads the series with Lewis, 14-11. In Columbus, the Buckeyes are 8-6 against the Flyers and at Lewis, OSU is 6-5. Earlier this season, in Romeoville, Lewis defeated Ohio State, 3-0 (30-26, 30-19, 30-27).

Ohio State dropped a 0-3 (26-30, 19-30, 27-30) decision at Lewis, hitting only .177 for the match. Mike Wauligman had a team-high 12.5 points with 10 kills (.333), an ace serve and three assist blocks. Flyer Jeff Soler scored a match-high 14 points with 13 kills (.286) and two assist blocks. For the match, Lewis hit .306 to OSU’s .177. The Flyers had a 48-38 advantage in kills while each squad posted two ace serves and gave up 11 service errors. Defensively, Lewis had a 31-27 margin in digs with Flyer J.J. Castellano recording a match-high 11. At the net, Lewis edged Ohio State, eight to 7.5 in team blocks. OSU’s Scott Spurlock had a match-high five assist blocks. Flyer setter Brandon Sisk recorded 37 assists in the match while OSU’s Daniel Mathews had 31.

The eighth-ranked Ramblers are coached by Shane Davis. Loyola is 23-1 overall and 13-0 in the MIVA prior to a Friday match at Mercyhurst. The Ramblers have a 21-match winning streak coming to Columbus. Last week Lewis defeated IPFW, 3-2 (30-26, 22-30, 30-17, 31-33, 15-11) at home and won a 3-1 (30-14, 30-16, 27-30, 30-19) decision at Clarke.

Rambler Scott Green is the team leader in points per game with a 4.94 average. Chris Kozlarek is second at 4.35. Green has a team-high 4.16 kills (354) per game average on the squad with Kozlarek second at 3.64 (309). Corey Kloos is the top percentage hitter for the Ramblers at .497. Setter Brian Guntli has 1,003 assists for a 13.03 per game average. Defensively, Krystian Krzyzak has a team-high 2.66 digs (221) per game average with Green second at 1.79 (152). At the net, James Grunst leads the team in blocking with a 1.54 per game average. He has 17 solos and 114 assists on the season. Ranking second in blocks is Kloos at .90 per game with 13 solos and 58 assists. Loyola for the season is hitting .368 and averages 16.12 kills per game. The Ramblers average 1.49 aces, 9.57 digs and 2.69 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .194 and average 12.81 kills per game. Rambler opponents average .87 aces, 7.78 digs and 1.86 blocks per game.

The Buckeyes have a 15-8 lead in the series with Loyola. Ohio State has a 9-1 mark against the Ramblers in matches played in Columbus while each squad has won five matches at Loyola. The Ramblers have won two of three matches played at neutral sites. Earlier this season, Loyola defeated the Buckeyes, 3-1 (27-30, 30-20, 30-15, 30-26) in Chicago.

Ohio State dropped a 3-1 (27-30, 30-20, 30-15, 30-26) decision to 12th-ranked Loyola in Alumni Gym in Chicago, Ill. Rambler Scott Greene scored a match-high 21 kills (.459) for Loyola with Chris Kozlarek adding 15 (.370) and James Gunst 11 (.474). Ohio State’s Andy Cole scored a team-high 17 kills (.412) with Mark Greaves adding 10. For the match, Loyola hit .395 to .195 for the Buckeyes. The Ramblers had a 65 to 52 margin in kills while Ohio State had a seven to six advantage in ace serves. OSU’s Daniel Mathews tied his career-high of four ace serves for the third time this season. The Buckeyes gave up 15 service errors to 14 for Loyola. The Ramblers had a 45 to 37 margin in digs with Loyola’s Krystian Krzyzak recording a match-high 17. At the net, Loyola had a 12 to five advantage in team blocks. Rambler James Gunst recorded a match-high seven blocks with a solo and six assists. Loyola setter Brian Guntli had a match-high 55 assists to 47 for OSU’s Mathews.

Ohio State rallied after trailing 2-1 to defeat Ball State, 3-2 (30-21, 29-31, 26-30, 30-21, 15-10) in Munice. OSU’s Mark Greaves scored a match-high 22 points with 19 kills, an ace serve and four assist blocks. Layne Dreven contributed 16 points with 11 kills and 10 assist blocks. Luis Castera had a team-high 19 points for Ball State with 18 kills and two assist blocks. OSU hit .265 in the match to .161 for Ball State. The Cardinals had a 72-70 margin in kills while OSU had a 3-2 advantage in ace serves. Ball State gave up 14 service errors to 13 for OSU. Defensively, Ball State had a 71-61 margin in digs with Cardinal Ian Peckler recording 19 digs. At the net, OSU had a 17.5 to eight advantage in team blocks with OSU’s Dreven collecting a match-high 10 assist blocks. BSU setter Dave Carlson had 64 assists in the match to 53 for OSU’s Daniel Mathews.

Ohio State lost at home to third-ranked Penn State, 3-1 (30-32, 30-25, 30-20, 30-21) ending a 21-match home regular season winning streak for OSU. Buckeye Andy Cole scored a match-high 20.5 points with 19 kills, a solo block and an assist block while Matt Proper posted 19.5 points for the Nittany Lions with 16 kills, an ace serve and five assist blocks. OSU rallied after trailing, 25-21 in game one to tie the game at 28 before winning, 32-30. Penn State hit .460 for the match to .248 for OSU. The Nittany Lions had a 72-65 margin in kills while OSU had a 3-2 advantage in ace serves. Penn State gave up 11 service errors to nine for OSU. Defensively, Penn State had a 28-27 edge in digs with OSU’s Mark Greaves recording a match-high eight. At the net, the Nittany Lions had a 17.5 to nine margin in team blocks with PSU’s Keith Kowal posting a match-high 12 assist blocks. Penn State setter Dan O’Dell had 60 assists in the match while OSU’s Daniel Mathews recorded 59.

Layne Dreven recorded a match-high 10 assist blocks at Ball State last week, adding 11 kills (.368) and a career-high four digs in the match. His 10 blocks was the third time this season he has had double-figure blocks in a match. He had 11 assists blocks against St. Francis to open the season and posted 10 total blocks (one solo, nine assists) at Quincy recently. Against Penn State, Dreven had nine kills (.615), three assist blocks, two digs and an ace serve against the Nittany Lions.

Mike Wauligman continues to lead Ohio State on defense with a team-high 138 digs, averaging 1.92 per game. He equaled his season-high of 12 digs at Ball State, adding 11 kills (.188) and two assist blocks. Against Penn State, he posted four digs, adding seven kills and three assist blocks. Wauligman has 472 career digs and ranks 14th on the OSU career digs list. He needs two to pass No. 13 David Frette (1989-91) with 473. Wauligman also ranks in career digs per game at 13th with a 1.58 per game average.

Mark Greaves equaled his career-high of 19 kills at Ball State last week. It marked the third time he has posted 19 kills in a match. In 2004 he recorded 19 at Ball State and against Loyola. Greaves hit .279 in the match, recording 11 digs, four assist blocks and an ace serve against the Cardinals. He had 17 kills (.211) and eight digs against Penn State, adding an ace serve and an assist block. His 19 digs on the weekend gives his 361 in his career and moves him to 17th on the OSU career list passing Chuck Voss (1990-93) with 350 and Chris Fash (1998-01) with 342. Greaves needs 21 digs to pass No. 16 Rene’ Esteves (1997-00) with 381.

Mark Greaves had an ace serve in each match last week to give him 64 for his career and move him to a tie for eighth in OSU career aces with Jose Rivera (1996-00). Greaves was previously tied for ninth with Jeff Koterba (1995-98) with 62.

Daniel Mathews recorded 53 assists at Ball State and 59 against Penn State to raise his career total to 1,020. He now ranks seventh in OSU career assists and sixth in assists per game at 12.75. Mathews needs 144 assists to pass Kurt Hofelich (1989) to move to sixth on the career list. At Ball State, Mathews had a career-high 14 digs, adding six assist blocks and tying his career-high of five kills. Against Penn State, he added four assist blocks, three digs and a kill.

Andy Cole collected 11.5 points at Ball State and 20.5 against Penn State to raise his career total to 1,077.5 and move to 10th on the OSU career points list. He passed David Frette (1989-91) with 1,066.0 and Jose Rivera (1996-00) with 1,058.5. Cole contributed 10 kills (.128), seven digs, three assists blocks and three assists at Ball State and had 19 kills (.244), two digs, a solo block and an assist block in the Penn State match. He now has 940 career kills and needs 19 to pass ninth-ranked Mike Terpstra (1990-93) who has 958.

Conor Martin has started at libero in 17 matches including the last 16. He has 1.64 digs per game average on 123 digs on the season, ranking second in both categories for the Buckeyes. Last week he had six digs at Ball State and added four against Penn State.

Scott Spurlock had six assist blocks at Ball State and added four against Penn State to give him 363 total blocks (15 solos and 348 assists) in his career. He currently is ranked seventh in OSU career total blocks and needs two blocks to pass No. 6 David Frette (1989-91) with 364 (102-262). Spurlock is currently fourth in OSU career assist blocks with 348 and ranks seventh in career blocks per game at 1.22. At Ball State, he had seven kills (.316), a dig and two assists and recorded 10 kills (.471) and an ace serve against Penn State.

Ohio State has won its last 13 consecutive home MIVA regular season conference matches (5 in 2005 and 8 in 2004) over the last two years. OSU’s last home conference loss was at the end of the 2003 season, a 0-3 (30-28, 30-22, 34-32) loss to Ball State on April 12, 2003.

Daniel Mathews was named to the Golden Dome Classic team for his play last week against Rutgers-Newark and Penn State. He had 47 assists against the Scarlet Raiders, adding four digs, two kills and two assist blocks. In the Penn State match he had 35 assists, three digs, three total blocks (1-2) and a kill. Mathews averaged 13.67 assists per game on the weekend.

Ohio State moved into 11th in the latest USA TODAY/CSTV Coaches Poll released this week. The Buckeyes were 12th last week. Ohio State went from 52 points to 69 points in the poll this week. The Buckeyes began the season ranked tenth.

Layne Dreven (Pittsburgh, Pa.), a 6-8 junior middle blocker for 12th-ranked The Ohio State University (16-6, 9-2 MIVA), has been chosen the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Player of the Week and the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week. Dreven produced a school-record tying hitting percentage as the Buckeyes swept Findlay on March 25. He contributed a perfect hitting performance of 10 kills on 10 attacks as Ohio State defeated Findlay 30-17, 30-23, 30-22. Dreven added three block assists and two digs in the victory. He averaged 3.83 points, 3.33 kills, 1.00 blocks and 0.67 digs per game for the match and week. His performance equals hitting percentages previously reached by former Buckeyes Colin McMillan in 1998 against Tri-State and Gary Wrobel versus Thomas More in 1996. Dreven averages 3.19 points, 2.23 kills, 1.52 blocks and 0.24 digs per game while hitting a team-best .489 for the season. An Ohio State student-athlete has earned the national honor seven times.

Mark Greaves NAMED MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK – March 7, 2005
Mark Greaves (Jr., Fenton, Mo.) has been selected as the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week. Greaves averaged 4.90 points per game while hitting .405 in 3-0 MIVA league wins over Clarke (30-11, 30-21, 30-22) and IPFW (30-21, 33-31, 30-21) last week. He had six kills, five digs and an ace serve in the Clarke match while playing in just two games. Against IPFW, he had a match-high 17.5 points with a match-high 15 kills, three assist blocks and an ace serve. He hit .480 in the match and added six digs. For the two matches, Greaves hit .405 and averaged 4.20 kills per game. He posted 11 digs (2.20 per game), three assist blocks (.60) and two ace serves (.40) for the week. His play help extend Ohio State’s 20-match regular season home winning streak and its 12-match conference home winning streak.

The Ohio State men’s volleyball program began in 1968 under head coach Karl Dunlap. In the 38-year history of the program, the Buckeyes have compiled an 806-330-3 overall record. OSU has won or shared 18 championships in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association and has won nine MIVA Tournament Championships. The Buckeyes have participated in 13 NCAA Championships, the latest in 2001. Ohio State reached the NCAA Championship match in 1977 and 2000.

The Buckeyes close out the regular season by hosting Findlay Friday and playing at IPFW Saturday. Starting time is 7 p.m. both nights.

#1 Dan Meske (So., Willow Springs, Ill.) – Played in 24 matches with seven starts at libero – career-high two ace serves against Ball State – recorded an overpass kill in the second Springfield match, adding a season-high five digs.

#2 Stuart Katz (Sr., Port Washington, N.Y.) – Played in 20 matches, with three starts – career-high of 14 kills against Rutgers-Newark – hit a career-high .700 (7-0-10) against Clarke – season-high 13 digs and two ace serves against at Penn State – career-high three total blocks (1-2) at Ball State.

#3 Joerel Morales (So., Caguas, Puerto Rico) – Played in two matches – recorded a season-high six assists against Clarke and equaled his career-high of two digs against the Crusaders.

#4 Daniel Mathews (Fr., Shorewood, Wis.) – Starting setter in 24 matches – named the Ohio State Athlete of the Week for his play against St. Francis (44 assists, 11 assists blocks, seven digs, four kills and three ace serves) – recorded a career-high four aces, four times, against Juniata, at Mercyhurst, at Loyola and at Clarke – career-high 68 assists against Rutgers-Newark – career-high 14 digs against at Ball State – named to the Golden Dome All-Classic Team.

#5 John Albertson (Fr., Manchester, Mo.) – Has not played.

#6 Brett Versen (So., Centerville, Ohio) – Played in 16 matches – recorded career-highs of six kill, three ace serves, four digs, and 10 points against Clarke – career-high of four blocks (career-highs of one solo and three assists) against Mercyhurst – hit a career-high .400 (6-2-10) against the Crusaders.

#7 Ben Spurlock (Fr., Stow, Ohio) – Has not played

#8 Mark Greaves (Jr., Fenton, Mo.) – Starting outside hitter in 21 matches – did not play in the matches at Lewis, Quincy and Findlay – career-high 22 points at Ball State with a career-tying 19 kills – hit a career-high .680 against Juniata with 17 kills, no errors in 25 attempts – season-high 11 digs at Ball State – season-high six assist blocks against Rutgers-Newark – named the MIVA Player of the Week in home matches against Clarke and IPFW – 15 matches with double-figure kills.

#9 Sam Stevens (Jr., Miami, Fla.) – Played in 24 matches with three starts – season-high 16 kills at Findlay – hit a career-high .636 (16-2-22) at Findlay – recorded three total blocks (one solo and two assists) against St. Francis and at Quincy (0-3) – season-high nine digs at Quincy – career-high three aces against Clarke – posted a career-high six assists at Quincy.

#10 Carlos Ramirez (Fr., Caguas, Puerto Rico) – Has not played –

#11 Scott Spurlock (Sr., Stow, Ohio) – Starting middle hitter in 24 matches – career-high three ace serves against St. Francis – hit a season-high .750 (9-0-12) against Quincy – season-high of 11 kills against Rutgers-Newark – season-high nine total blocks at Penn State with a season-high eight assist blocks – nine matches with five or more blocks.

#12 Andy Cole (Jr., Glendale, Wis.) – Starting outside hitter in 23 matches, did not play in second Springfield match – season-high of 22 kills against Rutgers-Newark – season-high six assist blocks against Ball State – hit a season-high .611 (12-1-18) against Ball State – season-high eight digs against Quincy – double-figure kills in 13 matches.

#13 Mike Wauligman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) – Starting outside hitter in 22 matches, playing in 24 – recorded his seventh career double-double (11 kills and season-tying 12 digs) at Ball State – season-high of 13 kills against Quincy – hit a season-best .500 (13-2-22) against Quincy – hit .714 (5-0-7) off the bench against Rutgers-Newark adding five digs and an assist block – season-high five assist blocks at Penn State – equaled his career-high of two ace serves against Ball State.

#14 Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) – Starting middle hitter in 24 matches – career-high 11 assist blocks against St. Francis – career-high 13 kills against Quincy – had 10 total blocks (one solo, nine assists) at Quincy and 10 assist blocks at Ball State – hit an OSU match record/career-high 1.000 (10-0-10) at Findlay – career-high three aces against Clarke – has had five or more blocks in 12 matches this season – named the Ohio State Male Athlete of the Week, twice, for his play in home wins over Ball State and Quincy and at Findlay – named the AVCA National and the MIVA Player of the Week in the win over Findlay.

#15 Conor Martin (Fr., Avon Lake, Ohio) – Played in 24 matches with 17 starts at libero including the last 16 matches – career-high 12 digs against Quincy – had 10 digs at Loyola – played libero in three games against St. Francis recording nine digs.

#16 Robert Klein (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) – Has not played –

#17 Matthew Hankey (So., Naperville, Ill.) – Played in two matches.