April 9, 2002%^$


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%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 12th-ranked Ohio State (15-10 overall, 8-5 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball squad closes out the regular season with three matches this week. OSU travels to Findlay (17-13, 5-10) for a 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 10 contest. The Buckeyes then host Indiana-Purdue (7-14, 5-9) Friday, April 12 and Mercyhurst (5-19, 2-12) Saturday, April 13 to end regular season play. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m.%^$

%^$The Oilers, coached by Wick Colchagoff, are 17-13 overall and 5-10 in the MIVA. Findlay lost twice last week in 3-0 losses to Quincy (30-27, 30-25, 30-20) and Lewis (30-21, 30-26, 30-27). Jeff Overfield is the team leader in kills with 348 (3.78 per game) with Scott Monroe second with 292 (3.11). Steve Yarnell leads the team in hitting percentage at .364. Nick Wolf has 1,136 assists for a 12.35 per game average. Wolf has a team-high 27 aces (.29) with Overfield second with 26 (.28). Defensively, Brent Mullins leads the team with 266 digs (2.66) with Monroe second with 122 (1.30). Yarnell has a team-high 89 blocks with 11 solo and 78 assists for a .98 per game average. Matt Buttermore is second with 80 (20-60) for a .99 average. Findlay averages 13.83 kills per game and is hitting .274. The Oilers average 1.51 aces, 8.32 digs and 2.29 blocks per game. Opponents are averaging 11.68 kills per game and are hitting .234. Findlay opponents average 1.03 aces, 8.31 digs and 2.28 blocks per game.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes have won all three matches with the Oilers. Last year OSU won 3-0 (30-26, 30-16, 30-23) at Findlay. Earlier this season OSU won 3-0 (30-16, 30-22, 30-24) in Columbus.%^$

%^$The Mastodons, coached by Arnie Ball, are 7-14 overall and 5-9 in the MIVA. Last week IPFW defeated Mercyhurst 3-1 (30-28, 30-26, 25-30, 30-14). Arcangel Ruiz is the team leader in kills with 395 (5.06 per game) with Josh Sanders second with 168 (2.13). Sanders leads the team in hitting percentage at .369. At setter, Dennis Santiago has 909 assists for an 11.51 per game average. Rhyen Staley has a team-high 24 aces (.27) for IPFW. Santiago leads the team in digs with 137 (1.73) with Staley second with 111 (1.48). Ruiz is the top blocker with 97 from 18 solo and 79 assists for a 1.24 per game average. Santiago is second with 77 blocks (12-65) for a .97 per game average. Indiana-Purdue averages 14.14 kills per game and is hitting .245. The Mastodons average 1.19 aces, 8.53 digs and 2.53 blocks per game. IPFW opponents average 14.65 kills per game and are hitting .270. The opponents average 1.39 aces, 8.23 digs and 2.84 blocks per game.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes have a 48-28 lead in the series with the Mastodons. Ohio State has won the last six contests including a 3-0 (30-22, 30-18, 30-28) decision this season in Ft. Wayne. In Columbus, OSU has a 26-8 mark against Indiana-Purdue and has won the last five meetings in St. John Arena.%^$

%^$The Lakers, coached by Craig Davic, are 5-19 overall and 2-12 in the MIVA. Mercyhurst lost road matches last week to Indiana-Purdue 3-1 (30-28, 30-26, 25-30, 30-14) and Loyola-Chicago 3-0 (30-22, 30-14, 30-20). Dave Schmidl is the team leader in kills with 250 (3.01 per game) with Austin Siewert second with 222 (2.96). T. J. Wilson is the squad leader in hitting percentage at .329. At setter Jon Samolis has 685 assists for a 9.65 per game average. Samolis leads the team in aces with 19 (.27 per game). Bill VanCise has a team-high 105 digs (1.40 per game) with Alex Laama second with 100 (1.22). Wilson has a team-high 108 blocks on 22 solo and 86 assists for a 1.29 per game average. Schmidl is second with 69 (17-52) for a .83 per game average. Mercyhurst averages 12.12 kills per game and is hitting .229. The Lakers average .87 aces, 6.83 digs and 2.99 blocks per game. Opponents average 15.18 kills per game and are hitting .320. Laker opponents average 1.42 aces, 7.80 digs and 2.67 blocks per game.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes have won all 13 matches against the Lakers. This includes a 3-0 (30-27, 30-23, 30-22) contest played at Mercyhurst earlier this season. OSU has won all six matches played in St. John Arena.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes split a pair of conference matches last week, defeating Quincy 3-1 (30-23, 26-30, 30-21, 30-24) and losing to 11th-ranked Lewis 3-1 (30-32, 30-26, 23-30, 27-30). Pieter Olree (Sr., Reading, Pa.) is the team leader in kills (512) with a 5.63 per game average. Tom Trantow (Sr., River Forest, Ill.) is second with 290 (3.26) and Ricardo Garcia (So., San Juan, Puerto Rico) is third with 219 (2.67). Trantow is the team leader in aces with 39 (.44 per game) with Olree second with 33 (.36). Brett Hamilton (Fr., Rockville, Maryland) is the team leader in blocking with a 1.23 per game average on one solo and 96 assist blocks. Adam Pedersen (So., Muskego, Wis.) is second at 1.11 (4 solos, 80 assists). Pedersen is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .515. Setter Mark Peckham (So., London, Ontario) has 1,194 assists and is averaging 13.27 per game. Defensively, Trantow has a team-high 1.88 digs per game average with 167 digs. Olree is second at 1.52 with 138 digs. The Buckeyes are averaging 15.89 kills per game and are hitting .344. Ohio State averages 1.45 aces, 8.35 digs and 2.76 blocks per game. OSU opponents are averaging 13.91 kills per game and are hitting .251. Opponents average .90 aces, 8.04 digs and 2.55 blocks per game.%^$

%^$A 30-kill performance by Pieter Olree helped Ohio State to a 3-1 (30-23, 26-30, 30-21, 30-24) win over Quincy. Tom Trantow added 15 kills and Ricardo Garcia nine for OSU. Daniel Lantz had 15 kills for Quincy with Fernando Barretto adding eight. With the match tied at one game each, Olree had seven kills (.500) in game three and 12 kills (.625) in game four to secure the win. Ohio State hit .292 for the match to .171 for Quincy. OSU enjoyed a 66-45 advantage in kills and outserved the Hawks, nine to five. OSU’s Brett Hamilton and Adam Pedersen each recorded a match and career-high three aces. OSU had a 34-27 advantage in digs with Garcia recording a match-high 10 with Trantow picking up nine. Ohio State edged Quincy in blocks, 12 to 10.5. OSU’s Pedersen had a match-high seven assists with James Milkert had a team-high six for the Hawks with a solo and five assists. OSU’s Mark Peckham recorded 55 assists while Milkert had 39 for Quincy.%^$

%^$Lewis, with a 26-kill performance from Fabiano Barreto, defeated Ohio State 3-1 (32-30, 26-30, 30-23, 30-27). OSU’s Pieter Olree had a team-high 24 kills with Tom Trantow adding 19 and Ricardo Garcia 11. Lewis also received 17 kills from Victor Bird, 12 from James Elsea and 10 by Kevin Miller. OSU held a 29-26 lead in game one and failed to score on two game point attempts allowing Lewis to win 32-30. OSU held a 16-15 lead in game four but could not hold the lead. Lewis hit .343 for the match to .268 for OSU. The Buckeyes had a 72-71 edge in kills and outserved the Flyers, four to two. Lewis had a 43-31 advantage in digs with Ryan Stuntz recording a match-high 16 and OSU’s Mark Lehman 10. The Flyers had a 14 to nine margin in blocks with Miller recording a match-high 10 blocks with one solo and nine assists for Lewis. Lewis setter Jose Martins and OSU’s Mark Peckham each had 60 assists in the match.%^$

%^$With 30 kills against Quincy and 24 in the Lewis match, Pieter Olree raised his career kills total to 1,481 and is within 122 of the Ohio State career record of 1,602 held by Steve Potter (1992-95). Against Quincy, Olree hit .429 and added four digs and four assist blocks. He had 19 kills in the last two games. Olree hit .259 against Lewis and added three assist blocks and a dig. In career statistics, Olree is second in kills per game (4.57) and second in aces with 102.%^$

%^$With 55 assists against Quincy, Mark Peckham has moved to fourth on the Ohio State career assist list. He added 60 assists against Lewis to raise his career total to 1,770. Peckham passed Todd Brooks (1989-92) who had 1,672. Peckham ranks fifth in career assists per game at 12.73. Peckham contributed three assist blocks, three digs and two kills against Clarke and added four assist blocks, six digs and five kills in the Lewis match.%^$

%^$For the fourth time this season, Ohio State has recorded nine aces in a match. OSU scored nine aces last weekend against Quincy. Both Brett Hamilton and Adam Pedersen recorded career highs of three aces in the match while Tom Trantow added a pair. The Buckeyes also had nine aces against Pacific (second match) and at Loyola-Chicago and at Lewis.%^$

%^$Against Lewis, Mark Lehman (Jr., Galena, Ohio) recorded a career-high 10 digs against Lewis. His previous best was eight on three occasions. Lehman is seeing action, recently, in the libero position. He has 63 digs on the season for a .88 per game average.%^$

%^$Tom Trantow continues to improve as he has had double-figure kills in seven of his last nine matches. He had 15 kills (.242) against Quincy, adding nine digs, four assist blocks and two aces. Trantow totaled 19 kills (.314) against Lewis. He added six digs, two assist blocks and two aces.%^$

%^$In the national statistics released last week for Division I and II, the Buckeyes had several student-athletes listed. Adam Pedersen leads the country in hitting percentage at .546. Pieter Olree is third in kills per game at 5.52 and eighth in aces per game at .398. Brett Hamilton is 13th in blocking at 1.25 per game. Tom Trantow is fifth in aces per game at .432. Mark Peckham is 11th in assists at 13.16 per game. The Buckeyes rank sixth as a team in hitting percentage at .351.%^$

%^$The USA Today/AVCA coaches poll, released Tuesday, has the Buckeyes ranked 12th in the country this week, tied with Long Beach State (12-16). The Buckeyes are listed under others in the weekly Volleyball Magazine poll.%^$

%^$This marks the 35th year of men’s intercollegiate volleyball at Ohio State. The Buckeye program has a 742-305-3 (.708) record. In the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, OSU has won the regular season championship 17 times (six of the last nine) and captured nine post-season tournament championships. Ohio State has advanced to the NCAA Championship 13 times and played in the NCAA National Championship match twice.%^$

%^$Senior outside hitter Pieter Olree picked up some international experience this past summer as he participated on the USA Volleyball World University Games squad. The United States won the gold medal in the competition, played in China. Along with Olree, former Buckeye Colin McMillan (1997-2000) was a member of the squad.%^$

%^$Historic St. John Arena is the home court for both the men’s and women’s volleyball teams. The facility is also used for gymnastics, wrestling and fencing. The men’s volleyball program has enjoyed great success in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes have a 340-69 (.831) record over the last 34 years. In the four previous seasons, OSU is 46-4 (.920) in the Arena. With a capacity of 13,276, St. John Arena has hosted three NCAA Men’s Championships (1978, 1983, 1997).%^$

%^$Ohio State men’s volleyball head coach Pete Hanson has announced the signing of four recruits for the 2003 season. Gio Altamura (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), a 5-10 setter from Mira Coasta High School, led his 18 & under USAV team to the national title in 2001 and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2001 Junior National Championships. He led his high school to an undefeated season and the California Interscholastic Federation Championship in 2001. Altamura plays for the LBC Volleyball Club. Andy Cole (Glendale, Wis.), a 6-6 outside hitter from Nicolet High School, was a member of the 1998 and 1999 USA Volleyball High Performance camp and a member of the 2000 USA Volleyball Youth National training team. He plays for the Northshore Volleyball Club. Layne Dreven (Pittsburgh, Pa.), a 6-8 middle blocker from Mt. Lebanon High School, helped his high school team to a runner-up finish at the 2001 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Volleyball Championship. Dreven plays for the Pittsburgh Renaissance Volleyball Club. Mark Greaves (Fenton, Mo.), a 6-4 outside hitter from Vianney High School, was a member of the 2001 USA Youth National Team. He helped his high school team to a fifth straight state championship in 2001. Greaves plays for the St. Louis High Performance Volleyball Club.%^$

%^$In his 18th year at Ohio State, Pete Hanson has put together one of the top men’s volleyball teams in the country. His squads have won six Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championships in the last nine years and captured two consecutive MIVA Tournament Championships. The 2000 squad advanced to the NCAA Championship match before losing to UCLA. For his team’s efforts, Hanson was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association Coach of the Year. The 1998 team, ranked second in the country in the latter stages of the season, finished sixth in the USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Poll. They also were honored as the top team in the final regular season Volleyball Magazine Poll. That magazine honored Hanson as the Coach of the Year for his 25-2 season and the MIVA regular-season championship.%^$

%^$Hanson has a career record of 358-223 (.616) in 19 seasons and is 344-214 (.616) in his 18-year tenure with the Buckeyes. His squads have won eight MIVA championships and made five NCAA tournament appearances. Hanson has been named the MIVA Coach of the Year five times including the 2000 season.%^$

%^$ (*MIVA Conference Matches)
%^$Wednesday, Apr. 10
%^$*Ohio State at Findlay, 7 p.m.

%^$Friday, Apr. 12
%^$*Mercyhurst at Ball State, 7 p.m.
%^$*Indiana-Purdue at Ohio State, 7 p.m.
%^$*Quincy at Loyola, 7 p.m.
%^$Rutgers-Newark at Lewis, 7 p.m.

%^$Saturday, Apr. 13
%^$*Indiana-Purdue at Ball State, 7 p.m.
%^$*Quincy at Lewis, 7 p.m.
%^$*Mercyhurst at Ohio State, 7 p.m.
%^$Rutgers-Newark at Loyola, 7 p.m.

%^$Sunday, Apr. 14
%^$Lindenwood at Quincy, 5 p.m.

%^$If Ohio State maintains fourth place in the MIVA, the Buckeyes will host a MIVA quarterfinal match at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 20.%^$

%^$Conference postseason play will begin April 20 with the four quarter final matches hosted by the top four teams in the final MIVA standings. The four winning teams will advance to the MIVA semifinals that will be hosted by the regular season champion, Friday, April 26. The semifinal winners return on Saturday, April 27 for the Tournament Championship and the Midwest bid to the NCAA National Championship semifinal, Thursday, May 2 at Penn State.