April 24, 2002%^$


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%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 12th-ranked Ohio State (19-10 overall) men’s volleyball squad will face ninth-ranked Loyola-Chicago (23-5) in the MIVA Tournament Semifinals, hosted by Ball State, at 5 p.m., Friday, April 26. eighth-ranked Ball State (21-7) hosts 10th-ranked Lewis (11-19) in the second semifinal at 7:30 p.m. The semifinal winners return at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 28 to play for the MIVA Tournament Championship and a berth in the NCAA National Semifinals, May 2, at Penn State. Ohio State advanced to the semifinals with a 3-0 (30-25, 30-19, 30-28) win over Indiana-Purdue last Saturday in a quarterfinal match.%^$

%^$Ohio State has won the MIVA Tournament the last two years. Last season, the Buckeyes defeated Mercyhurst 3-0 in the quarterfinals, Ball State 3-1 in the semifinals and won the championship with a 3-0 win over Loyola-Chicago. OSU’s Pieter Olree (Sr., Reading, Pa.) was named the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament. In the 2000 season, Ohio State defeated Clarke 3-0 in the quarterfinals, Ball State 3-0 in the semifinals and Indiana-Purdue 3-0 for the championship.%^$

%^$The Ramblers, coached by Gordon Mayforth, are 23-5 overall and ranked ninth in the country. Loyola-Chicago defeated Findlay 3-0 (30-19, 30-14, 30-16) in the MIVA quarter finals. Brad Stoub leads the team in kills per game with a 4.76 average (352 kills). Justin Schnor is second at 3.72 (365). Dan Haas is the team leader in hitting percentage at .478. Shane Davis runs the offense and averages 12.77 assists per game (1,200). Stoub has a team-high 33 aces (.45 per game) with Schnor second at .31 (30). Defensively, Tim O’Brien has 197 digs (2.14 per game) with Davis second with 181 (1.93). Haas has a team-high 111 blocks (13 solos and 98 assists) for a 1.25 per game average. Shawn Schroeder is second with 92 blocks (15-77) for a 1.03 average. Loyola-Chicago is hitting .328 and averaging 15.25 kills per game. The Ramblers average 1.59 aces, 9.52 digs and 2.74 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .249 and average 14.86 kills per game. Rambler opponents average 1.14 aces, 9.16 digs and 1.89 blocks per game.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes have a 13-4 lead in the series with Loyola-Chicago. Each team won at home this year. Loyola won 3-2 (22-30, 22-30, 30-25, 30-28, 15-11) in Chicago and Ohio State won 3-1 (30-24, 20-30, 30-25, 30-28) in Columbus. The team have played three times in the MIVA Tournament. OSU won 3-0 in the 1997 quarterfinals, lost 3-1 in the 1998 semifinals and won the MIVA Tournament championship 3-0 in 2001.%^$

%^$The Cardinals, coached by Joel Walton, are 21-7 and ranked eighth in the country. Ball State defeated Mercyhurst 3-1 (30-20, 30-21, 29-31, 30-19) in the quarterfinals. Kyle Weindel is the team leader in kills per game at 3.90 (320 kills). Jary Delgado is second at 3.20 (144). Paul Fasshauer leads the team in hitting percentage at .533. Keith Schunzel quarterbacks the squad and averages 13.54 assists per game (1,368). Doug Market averages .23 aces per game (14) to lead the team. Weindel is second at .22 (18). Defensively, Josh Hall averages 2.07 digs per game (147) with Market second at 1.97 (.118). Fasshauer has a team-high 106 blocks (10 solo and 96 assists) for a 1.26 per game average. Matt Denmark is second with 86 (14-72) and averages 1.18 per game. Ball State is hitting .340 and averages 16.23 kills per game. The Cardinals average 1.06 aces, 9.65 digs and 3.11 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .188 and average 13.30 kills per game. Cardinal opponents average .64 aces, 7.78 digs and 2.47 blocks per game.%^$

%^$Ball State has a 71-70 lead in the series with Ohio State. The Cardinals won both matches played this season. Ball State won 3-2 (30-26, 28-30, 26-30, 30-24, 15-13) in Columbus and 3-0 (30-15, 30-23, 30-27) in Muncie. Ohio State has won the last three meetings in the MIVA Tournament. OSU won 3-0 in the 1999 semifinals, 3-0 in the 2000 semifinals and 3-1 in the 2001 semifinals.%^$

%^$The Flyers, coached by Dave Deuser, are 11-19 overall and ranked 10th nationally. Lewis defeated Quincy 3-0 (30-22, 30-20, 20-23) in the quarterfinals. Fabiano Barreto is the team leader in kills per game at 4.84 (489 kills). Victor Bird is second on the active player list at 3.21 (308). James Elsea is the top percentage hitter at .438. Jose Martins runs the offense and averages 13.44 assists per game (1,344). Jorge Perez has a team-high 25 aces (.29 per game) with Elsea second at .23 (23). Defensively, Ryan Stuntz averages 2.47 digs per game (249) with Martins second at 1.43 (143). Kevin Miller has a team-high 129 blocks (17 solo, 112 assists) for a 1.32 per game average. Elsea is second with 91 (22-69) with a .91 per game average. Lewis is hitting .359 and averages 16.13 kills per game. The Flyers average 1.35 aces, 8.31 digs and 2.68 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .274 and average 14.36 kills per game. Flyer opponents average 1.36 aces, 6.72 digs and 2.50 blocks per game.%^$

%^$The Flyers have an 11-8 lead in the series with Ohio State. Lewis won both contests this season, a 3-2 (30-25, 25-30, 25-30, 30-27, 15-13) win in Romeoville and a 3-1 (32-30, 26-30, 30-23, 30-27) win in Columbus. In the only meeting in the MIVA Tournament, Lewis defeated Ohio State 3-1 in the 1996 semifinals.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes, coached by Pete Hanson, are 19-10 overall and are ranked 12th nationally. OSU defeated Indiana-Purdue 3-0 (30-25, 30-19, 30-28) in the quarterfinals. Pieter Olree is the team leader in kills (583) with a 5.66 per game average. Tom Trantow (Sr., River Forest, Ill.) is second with 332 (3.29) and Ricardo Garcia (So., San Juan, Puerto Rico) is third with 249 (2.74). Trantow is the team leader in aces with 49 (.49 per game) with Olree second with 40 (.39). Brett Hamilton (Fr., Rockville, Maryland) is the team leader in blocking with a 1.24 per game average on one solo and 112 assist blocks. Adam Pedersen (So., Muskego, Wis.) is second at 1.08 (five solos, 88 assists). Pedersen is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .509. Setter Mark Peckham (So., London, Ontario) has 1,352 assists and is averaging 13.39 per game. Defensively, Trantow has a team-high 1.86 digs per game average with 188 digs. Garcia is second at 1.54 (140) with Olree third at 1.50 with 154 digs. The Buckeyes are averaging 16.03 kills per game and are hitting .355. Ohio State averages 1.52 aces, 8.35 digs and 2.76 blocks per game. OSU opponents are averaging 13.42 kills per game and are hitting .237. Opponents average .87 aces, 7.71 digs and 2.49 blocks per game.%^$

%^$Ohio State defeated Indiana-Purdue 3-0 (30-25, 30-19, 30-28) in a quarterfinal match of the MIVA Tournament. OSU’s Pieter Olree and IPFW’s Angel Ruiz shared match-high honors with 15 kills each. Tom Trantow and Adam Pedersen added eight kills each for Ohio State while Mitch Dreisbach had eight and Josh Sanders, six, for Indiana-Purdue. Olree’s 15 kills in the match gives him 583 on the season and sets a new single season record for Ohio State. The previous match was 568 held by Steve Potter in 1994. Tied at 22 in game one, OSU went on to take the game. The Buckeyes held a 25-24 lead in game three going on to win 30-28. Ohio State hit .282 for the game to .178 for Indiana-Purdue. OSU had a 40-37 advantage in kills and an eight to one margin in aces. Olree had a match-high three aces for the match. The Buckeyes had a 22-18 advantage in digs with Ricardo Garcia recording a match-high seven. Ohio State edged the Mastodons in blocks, 9.5 to eight with OSU’s Brett Hamilton contributing a match-high seven assist blocks. The win advances Ohio State to the MIVA Tournament semifinals where they will face Loyola-Chicago.%^$

%^$By a vote of the conference coaches, OSU’s Pieter Olree was named the MIVA Player of the Year. Olree, a first team all-conference selection, was joined by Tom Trantow who was honored on the second team and Mark Peckham on the third team.%^$

%^$With his first kill against Indiana-Purdue, Pieter Olree broke Ohio State’s single season record for kills. He pushed the record to 583 with his 15 kills against the Mastodons. The previous record holder was Steve Potter with 568 in 1994.%^$

%^$Pieter Olree has closed to within 51 kills of the Ohio State career record of 1,602 held by Potter (1992-95). Olree currently has 1,552.%^$

%^$With two aces against Mercyhurst, Tom Trantow broke the Ohio State season record for ace serves. Trantow currently has 49 aces this year. The previous record was 47 held by Steve Potter in 1995%^$

%^$Pieter Olree, Tom Trantow, Mark Peckham and Adam Pedersen all won individual statistical championships in the final MIVA conference statistics. Olree topped the league in kills per game at .563. Tom Trantow finished first in aces per game at .54. Peckham finished first in assists per game at 18.80. Pedersen won the hitting percentage championship with a .513 mark. Olree was also eighth in hitting (.405), 12th in aces (.27) and 20th in digs (1.43). Trantow is eighth in digs (1.93), eighth in kills ((3.59) and 13th in hitting (.352). Pedersen is ninth in blocks (1.02) with Brett Hamilton second at 1.27. Ricardo Garcia ranks eighth in kills (2.83) and 13th in digs (1.63). As a team, Ohio State was first in conference statistics in kills per game at 16.49. OSU was second in hitting (.352) and assists (15.11). The Buckeyes finished third in aces (1.51) and digs (8.68) and was fifth in blocks (2.77)%^$

%^$In the national statistics released last week for Division I and II, the Buckeyes had several student-athletes listed. Adam Pedersen is second in the country in hitting percentage at .509. Pieter Olree is third in kills per game at 5.68 and tied for 17th in aces per game at .370. Brett Hamilton is tied for 15th in blocking at 1.20 per game. Tom Trantow is fifth in aces per game at .490. Mark Peckham is 11th in assists at 13.43 per game. The Buckeyes rank fifth as a team in hitting percentage at .357.%^$

%^$The USA Today/AVCA coaches poll, released Tuesday, has the Buckeyes ranked 13th in the country this week. The Buckeyes are listed under others in the weekly Volleyball Magazine poll.%^$

%^$This marks the 35th year of men’s intercollegiate volleyball at Ohio State. The Buckeye program has a 747-306-3 (.709) record. In the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, OSU has won the regular season championship 17 times (six of the last 10) and captured nine post-season tournament championships. Ohio State has advanced to the NCAA Championship 13 times and played in the NCAA National Championship match twice.%^$

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

%^$Historic St. John Arena is the home court for both the men’s and women’s volleyball teams. The facility is also used for gymnastics, wrestling and fencing. The men’s volleyball program has enjoyed great success in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes have a 343-69 (.833) record over the last 34 years. In the four previous seasons, OSU is 46-4 (.920) in the Arena. With a capacity of 13,276, St. John Arena has hosted three NCAA Men’s Championships (1978, 1983, 1997).%^$

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

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

%^$Hanson has a career record of 361-223 (.618) in 19 seasons and is 347-214 (.619) 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.