April 16, 2002%^$


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%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio – %^$The 13th-ranked Ohio State (18-10 overall) men’s volleyball squad will face Indiana-Purdue (8-15) in St. John Arena at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 20, in a quarterfinal match of the MIVA Tournament. Ohio State is seeded third in the bracket with Indiana-Purdue seeded sixth.%^$

%^$Pieter Olree (Sr., Reading, Pa.) has been selected as the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week. The 6-6 Buckeye had an outstanding weekend as Ohio State went 3-0 in conference matches. Olree had 14 kills and hit .550 in a 3-0 (30-17, 30-23, 30-19) win at Findlay, adding four digs, two assist blocks and an ace serve. In the 3-0 (30-18, 30-21, 30-24) win over Indiana-Purdue, Olree had 18 kills, hit .696 and added three assist blocks, three digs and two aces. Against Mercyhurst, in a 3-0 (30-25, 30-21, 30-21) win, Olree had 24 kills (including 12 kills in 13 attempts in game three), hit .700 and added four digs and an ace serves. For the nine games, Olree averaged 6.22 kills per game on 56 kills and hit .658. He collected 11 digs (1.22 per game), five blocks (.56) and four aces (.22). This marks the fourth time this season Olree has been honored as the MIVA Player of the Week.%^$

%^$The Mastodons, coached by Arnie Ball, are 8-15 overall and 6-10 in the MIVA finishing sixth in the conference. Last week IPFW lost 3-0 (30-18, 30-21, 30-24) at Ohio State and 3-0 (30-18, 30-21, 30-25) at Ball State. Arcangel Ruiz is the team leader in kills with 401 (4.95 per game) with Josh Sanders second with 176 (2.07). Sanders leads the team in hitting percentage at .357. At setter, Dennis Santiago has 966 assists for an 1136 per game average. Rhyen Staley has a team-high 24 aces (.30) for IPFW. Santiago leads the team in digs with 145 (1.71) with Staley second with 116 (1.45). Ruiz is the top blocker with 97 from 18 solo and 79 assists for a 1.20 per game average. Santiago is second with 81 blocks (14-67) for a .95 per game average. Indiana-Purdue averages 13.93 kills per game and is hitting .239. The Mastodons average 1.16 aces, 8.28 digs and 2.45 blocks per game. IPFW opponents average 14.78 kills per game and are hitting .282. The opponents average 1.48 aces, 8.01 digs and 2.84 blocks per game.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes have a 49-28 lead in the series with the Mastodons. Ohio State has won the last seven contests including a 3-0 (30-22, 30-18, 30-28) decision this season in Ft. Wayne and the 3-0 win in Columbus last week. In Columbus, OSU has a 27-8 mark against Indiana-Purdue and has won the last six meetings in St. John Arena.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes, coached by Pete Hanson, are 18-10 overall and finished third in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association with an 11-5 record. Pieter Olree (Sr., Reading, Pa.) is the team leader in kills (568) with a 5.68 per game average. Tom Trantow (Sr., River Forest, Ill.) is second with 324 (3.31) and Ricardo Garcia (So., San Juan, Puerto Rico) is third with 243 (2.76). Trantow is the team leader in aces with 48 (.49 per game) with Olree second with 37 (.37). Brett Hamilton (Fr., Rockville, Maryland) is the team leader in blocking with a 1.20 per game average on one solo and 105 assist blocks. Adam Pedersen (So., Muskego, Wis.) is second at 1.11 (five solos, 87 assists). Pedersen is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .509. Setter Mark Peckham (So., London, Ontario) has 1,316 assists and is averaging 13.43 per game. Defensively, Trantow has a team-high 1.88 digs per game average with 184 digs. Olree is second at 1.49 with 149 digs. The Buckeyes are averaging 16.11 kills per game and are hitting .357. Ohio State averages 1.49 aces, 8.38 digs and 2.75 blocks per game. OSU opponents are averaging 13.46 kills per game and are hitting .239. Opponents average .88 aces, 7.76 digs and 2.48 blocks per game.%^$

%^$Ohio State defeated Findlay, 3-0 (30-17, 30-23, 30-19) in a Wednesday night match at Houdeshell Court. Pieter Olree had a match-high 14 kills for Ohio State with Tom Trantow adding nine and Ricardo Garcia eight. Jeff Overfield had a team-high seven kills for Findlay with Scott Warren adding six. OSU opened game one with a 4-0 run. Findlay closed to 8-7 but the Buckeyes used a 7-0 run to open the game, winning 30-17. Findlay held a 12-6 lead in game two. OSU tied the game at 15 going on to win 30-23. The Oilers held an early 4-3 lead in game three but OSU won 30-19. The Buckeyes hit .412 for the game to .012 for Findlay. OSU had a 48-24 margin in kills and outserved the Oilers 3-2. The Buckeyes had a 31-18 advantage in digs while Brent Mullins had a match-high seven digs for the Oilers. Each team had nine team blocks with Steve Yarnell collecting a match-high six blocks on two solos and four assists. OSU Adam Pedersen had a team-high five blocks with a solo and four assists. OSU’s Mark Peckham had 40 assists while Findlay’s Nick Wolf had 21.%^$

%^$Ohio State, with a season-high .573 hitting percentage, defeated Indiana-Purdue 3-0 (30-18, 30-21, 30-24). Pieter Olree had a match-high 18 kills and Tom Trantow added 12. The trio of Mitch Dreisbach, Nick Belman and Arcangel Ruiz had six kills each for the Mastodons. Behind career-high hitting percentages by Trantow (.588) and Ricardo Garcia (9 kills, .643) overcame an early Indiana-Purdue lead in game one to win easily. The Mastodons hit .471 for the first game but combined for a .034 hitting percentage in the final two games. Ohio State’s .573 mark ranks as the fifth-highest in OSU history. IPFW hit .132 for the match. The Buckeyes had a 51-29 advantage in kills. OSU had a season-high 11 aces in the match to three for the Mastodons. OSU’s Trantow recorded a career-high five aces in the match. The Buckeyes had an 18-13 advantage in digs and outblocked Indiana-Purdue, nine to two with OSU’s Brett Hamilton collecting a match-high six assist blocks. Mark Peckham, OSU’s setter had 44 assists in the match with IPFW’s Dennis Santiago recording 25.%^$

%^$Ohio State closed out the regular season with a 3-0 (30-25, 30-21, 30-21) over Mercyhurst. OSU’s Pieter Olree scored a match-high 24 kills (.700) with Tom Trantow adding 13 (.409) and Mike Wauligman 10 (.615). Laker Dave Schmidl had a team-high 11 kills (.261) with Alex Laama (.235) and Bill VanCise (.000) five kills each. After a five-point win in game one, the Buckeyes held the Lakers to .077 hitting in the final two games for the win. Ohio State hit above .500 for the second match in a row with a .515 percentage. Mercyhurst hit .156 for the game. The Buckeyes had a 66-26 advantage in kills and out served the Lakers three to one. OSU’s Trantow had a match-high two aces. Ohio State had a 29 to 13 margin in blocks in the match with Trantow recording a match-high eight. OSU edged the Lakers, six to five in blocks with OSU’s Trantow and Scott Spurlock collecting three assists block each with Laker T. J. Laker recording a solo block and two assists for Mercyhurst.%^$

%^$With a .573 hitting percentage against Indiana-Purdue, the Buckeyes recorded the fifth best team mark in the history of the program. OSU had 51 kills against the Mastodons with eight errors in 75 attempts. The Buckeyes followed that mark with a .515 hitting percentage the next night against Mercyhurst with 66 kills, 15 errors in 99 attempts. With OSU’s .412 percentage at Findlay earlier in the week, OSU hit .498 for the three matches.%^$

%^$With hitting percentages of .643 for Ricardo Garcia and .588 for Tom Trantow against Indiana-Purdue, both student-athletes set career hitting percentages against the Mastodons. Garcia had nine kills in 14 attempts to improve on his previous best of .500 (9-2-14) against New Jersey Institute of Technology and Trantow had 12 kills, two errors in 17 attempts to better his.526 (12-2-19) against Rutgers-Newark.%^$

%^$A career-high five ace serve performance against Indiana-Purdue by Tom Trantow was another highlight in the match against the Mastodons. Trantow’s previous best had been four aces in two matches. He served up four of the five aces in game one, including three consecutive aces late in the game. Trantow, the team leader in aces, has 48 on the year and averages .49 per game.%^$

%^$With his two aces against Mercyhurst, Tom Trantow has broken the Ohio State season record for ace serves with 48. The record was 47 held by Steve Potter in 1995.%^$

%^$With his 24th kill against Mercyhurst, Pieter Olree raised his season kill total to 568 and tied the Ohio State single season record for kills. Olree has equaled the 568 kills recorded by Steve Potter in 1994.%^$

%^$With 56 kills in his last three matches, Pieter Olree has raised his career kill total to 1,537 and is within 66 kills of the OSU career record of 1,602, held by Steve Potter (1992-95). Last week Olree had 14 kills at Findlay, 18 against Indiana-Purdue and 24 against Mercyhurst. Olree also moved to seventh in OSU career digs with 560. He had 11 digs in the three matches last week. He passed Angel Aja (1997-00), with 557, for seventh place.%^$

%^$A 10-kill performance by Mike Wauligman against Mercyhurst was a career-high. He also hit .615 for the match to establish a new career high. His previous highs were six kills, in two matches, the last against Clarke, and .385 (6-1-13)%^$

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

%^$In the national statistics released last week for Division I and II, the Buckeyes had several student-athletes listed. Adam Pedersen is second in the country in hitting percentage at .515. Pieter Olree is third in kills per game at 5.63 and 19th in aces per game at .363. Brett Hamilton is 16th in blocking at 1.23 per game. Tom Trantow is sixth in aces per game at .438. Mark Peckham is 13th in assists at 13.27 per game. The Buckeyes rank eighth as a team in hitting percentage at .344.%^$

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

%^$This marks the 35th year of men’s intercollegiate volleyball at Ohio State. The Buckeye program has a 746-306-3 (.709) record. In the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, OSU has won the regular season championship 17 times (six of the last nine) and captured nine post-season tournament championships. Ohio State has advanced to the NCAA Championship 13 times and played in the NCAA National Championship match twice.%^$

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

%^$Historic St. John Arena is the home court for both the men’s and women’s volleyball teams. The facility is also used for gymnastics, wrestling and fencing. The men’s volleyball program has enjoyed great success in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes have a 342-69 (.832) record over the last 34 years. In the four previous seasons, OSU is 46-4 (.920) in the Arena. With a capacity of 13,276, St. John Arena has hosted three NCAA Men’s Championships (1978, 1983, 1997).%^$

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

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

%^$Hanson has a career record of 361-223 (.618) in 19 seasons and is 347-214 (.619) in his 18-year tenure with the Buckeyes. His squads have won eight MIVA championships and made five NCAA tournament appearances. Hanson has been named the MIVA Coach of the Year five times including the 2000 season.%^$

%^$Friday, April 19
%^$#7 Findlay at #2 Loyola-Chicago, 7 p.m.
%^$#5 Quincy at #4 Lewis, 7 p.m.

%^$Saturday, Apr. 20
%^$#8 Mercyhurst at #1 Ball State, 7 p.m.
%^$#6 Indiana-Purdue at #3 Ohio State, 7 p.m.

%^$(semifinal and championship hosted by highest remaining quarterfinal seed)
%^$Friday, April 26 #

%^$Saturday, April 27 #

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