April 18, 2006
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 15th-ranked Ohio State (17-11, 5-5 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team begins play in the MIVA Tournament with a quarterfinal match against Quincy (12-16, 3-9) in St. John Arena. Ohio State enters the quarterfinals as the fourth seed while Quincy is the fifth seed. Last week the Buckeyes won 3-0 road matches at Lewis and at Quincy to complete the regular season.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The 15th-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 19-11 overall and 7-5 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week the Buckeyes had 3-0 victories at Lewis (30-24, 30-25, 30-19) and at Quincy (30-23, 34-32, 30-28). Leading the Buckeyes in kills per game is Mark Greaves (Sr., Fenton, Mo.) at 3.48. Andy Cole (Sr., Glendale, Wis.) ranks second at 2.89 with Stuart Katz (5th/Sr., Port Washington, N.Y.) third at 2.84. John Albertson (So./Fr., Ballwin, Mo.) is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .385 with Sam Stevens (Sr./Jr., Miami, Fla.) second at .309. Setter Daniel Mathews (So., Shorewood, Wis.) is averaging 12.63 assists per game. Robbie Klein (So./Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) has a team-high 24 ace serves (.26 per game) with Mathews second with 18 (.17). Defensively, Katz leads the team in digs per game at 2.05 with libero Conor Martin (So., Avon Lake, Ohio) second at 1.85. At the net, Albertson leads the team with a 1.42 blocks per game average with eight solos and 123 assists. Ben Spurlock (So./Fr., Stow, Ohio) ranks second at 1.12 with six solos and 40 assists. Ohio State is hitting .286 and averages 15.06 kills and 14.11 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 1.12 aces, 9.37 digs and 2.95 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .245 and average 14.97 kills and 13.99 assists per game. OSU opponents average 1.00 aces, 8.70 digs and 2.41 blocks per game. A LOOK AT QUINCY
The Hawks are coached by Niels Pedersen. Quincy is 12-18 overall and 3-9 in the MIVA. The Hawks lost at home to Ohio State, 3-0 (30-23, 34-32, 30-28) last Saturday. Jon Moreno leads the team in kills per game with a 3.58 average. Joe Caruso ranks second at 2.31. Branden Been is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .302. Setter Niels Pedersen has a 10.52 assists per game average. Been has a team-high 33 ace serves (.35 per game) with Ryan Ehnert second with 27 (.34). Defensively, Mike Contee has a team-high 2.65 digs per game average with Moreno at 2.02 and Pedersen, 2.01. At the net, Been leads the team with a 1.22 blocks per game average with 13 solos and 102 assists. Moreno ranks second at .70 with 10 solos and 524 assists. Quincy is hitting .211 and averages 13.90 kills and 12.63 assists per game. The Hawks average 1.55 aces, 11.82 digs and 2.39 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .227 and average 14.04 kills and 13.26 assists per game. Hawk opponents average 1.01 aces, 13.20 digs and 2.39 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE – QUINCY SERIES
In the series with Quincy, Ohio State has a 31-1 advantage. OSU has won the last 24 matches with the Hawks. The Buckeyes are 20-0 in Columbus. Last season, OSU defeated Quincy, 3-1 (26-30, 30-16, 30-26, 30-25) in Columbus and 3-0 (31-29, 30-28, 30-23) at Quincy. The squads played a third match in the MIVA Tournament Quarterfinals, at Ohio State, with the Buckeyes winning, 3-1 (30-19, 26-30, 30-23, 30-27). This season, in Columbus, Ohio State defeated the Hawks, 3-0 (30-19, 30-27, 30-27) and at Quincy, 3-0 (30-23, 34-32, 30-28).
OHIO STATE 3, QUINCY 0 (April 15, 2006)
Ohio State (19-11 overall, 7-5 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) closed out the regular season with a 3-0 (30-23, 34-32, 30-28) victory over Quincy (12-16, 3-9) in the Pepsi Arena. Buckeye Andy Cole had a team-high 14 points in the match with 11 kills (.611), two ace serves and two assist blocks. Layne Dreven added 11 points with nine kills (.692) and four assist blocks and Robbie Klein 10.5 points with nine kills (.316) and three assist blocks. Hawk Zach Splitt scored a match-high 15 points with 13 kills, a solo block and two assist blocks. Joe Caruso and Jon Moreno contributed 14 points each with Caruso having 10 kills, two ace serve, a solo block and two assist blocks. Moreno added 12 kills, a solo block and two assist blocks.
A kill by Cole, a Dreven-Mark Greaves block and a Quincy error gave Ohio State a 3-0 lead in game one. The Hawks closed to within one at 6-5 and 7-6 but kills from Dreven and Cole made it 9-6. The Buckeyes would hold the lead and at 28-23, two Cole kills ended the game at 30-23. Ohio State hit .448 in the game to .250 for Quincy.
Game two saw 10 lead changes and 18 ties between the teams. A Hawk service error set game point for the Buckeyes at 29-25. Quincy scored the next four points to tie the game at 29. A Caruso kill started the run, followed by an OSU error. A Niels Pedersen ace serve and a solo block by Splitt completed the run. A Quincy service error made hit 30-29, with OSU serving game point five. A Splitt kill tied the game at 30. The Hawks took a 31-30 lead with a Caruso solo block and served game point. A John Albertson kill tied the game at 31. The Buckeyes took a 32-31 lead with an Albertson-Cole block and had their sixth game point. An OSU service error tied the game at 32. Ohio State went ahead, 33-32, with a Klein-Albertson block, serving game point seven. The Buckeyes closed out the game with a Klein kill to win, 34-32, and take a 2-0 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .100 for the game to .060 for the Hawks.
Trailing 2-1, a Cole kill tied game three at two. A Cole ace serve, a Hawk error, a Dreven-Kelin block and another Hawk error opened a 6-2 Ohio State lead. The Buckeyes held a six-point lead at 15-9, but Quincy rallied and tied the game at 17 with a Caruso kill. The Buckeyes built another lead to five at 25-20. At 27-22, a Ryan Ehnert kill and a Hawk error moved the score to 28-23. A Cole kill set the Ohio State match point at 29-23. A Buckeye service error made it 29-24. Two OSU hitting errors and a Splitt kill cut the Buckeye lead to 29-27 as Ohio State called time out. Another Buckeye error cut the OSU lead to one at 29-28. On OSU’s sixth match point, a Hawk service error ended the game at 30-28, OSU, for a 3-0 Buckeye win. Quincy hit .184 in the game to .175 for Ohio State.
Ohio State hit .220 for the match to .153 for Quincy. The Hawks had a 45-43 edge in kills and a seven to four advantage in ace serves. The Hawks gave up 19 service errors to 11 for the Buckeyes. Defensively, Ohio State had a 44-37 margin in digs with Hawk Mike Contee recording a match-high 14 digs with OSU’s Conor Martin collecting 12 and Cole 10. At the net, the Hawks had a 9.5 to 8 edge in team blocks. Hawk Branden Been shared match-high honors with four assist blocks. OSU’s Dreven had four assist blocks and Albertson collected a solo and three assist blocks. Ohio State’s Daniel Mathews had a match-high 37 assists for the Buckeyes with Quincy’s Pedersen collecting 33.
MIVA TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINALS SATURDAY
The MIVA Tournament begins this Saturday with the three quarterfinal matches. No. 1 seed Loyola, the regular season MIVA Champion receives a quarterfinal bye and will host the semifinals and championship match. No. 2 seed IPFW will host Carthage, who reached the quarterfinals with 3-1 wins over No. 9 seed MSOE and No. 7 seed Clarke. No. 3 seed Ball State will host No. 6 seed Mercyhurst and No. 4 seed Ohio State will host No. 5 seed Quincy. Lewis is not participating in the Tournament. The three quarterfinal winners will advance to the MIVA Tournament semifinals, April 27, 5 & 7:30 p.m. CT, at Loyola. The semifinal winners will advance to the MIVA Tournament Championship match, April 29, at 4 p.m. CT (live on College Sports Television (CSTV)) with that winner receiving the MIVA automatic bid to the NCAA Championship Semifinals, May 4 at Penn State. Ohio State is the defending MIVA Tournament Champion.
16 DIFFERENT STARTING LINEUPS
Ohio State has had 16 different starting lineups in 30 matches this season. Eleven different players have started this season with three players starting at libero. Two lineups have been used five times each with the other 14 lineups being used one or two times each. A match-by-match listing is on page six of this release.
COLE HAS SOLID WEEKEND
Andy Cole (Sr., Glendale, Wis.) was the team leader in points in both matches last weekend. He had 13 points at Lewis with nine kills, two ace serves, four assists blocks and three digs. He added 14 points at Quincy with a team-high 11 kills, two ace serves, two assist blocks and 10 digs. Cole hit .611 against the Hawks with no errors in 18 swings.
COLE MOVES UP IN OSU CAREER STATS
Andy Cole moved up in several categories in the OSU career statistics last week. His 27 points gives him 1,304 for his career and moved him to seventh on the OSU list. He passed Chris Fash (1998-01) with 1,218.5. With his six assist blocks, Cole now has 216 career assist blocks and has moved into a tie for 15th on the OSU career list with Tom Hoff (1992-93). He recorded four aces last weekend to give him 63 for his career. Cole is now ninth on the OSU career list moving past Jeff Koterba (1995-98) with 62 and Greg Lehman (1998-01) and Colin McMillan (1997-00) tied with 59.
DREVEN MOVES TO 14TH IN OSU CAREER ASSIST BLOCKS
Layne Dreven (Sr./Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) collected 10 assist blocks last week and now has 224 career assist blocks. He has moved to 14th on the OSU career list, passing Tom Hoff (1992-93) with 216. Dreven recorded six assist blocks at Lewis, adding five kills and three digs. He had four assist blocks at Quincy, adding nine kills and a dig. Dreven hit a match-high .611 against the Hawks with no errors in 13 swings.
KATZ TOPS OSU IN POINTS, KILLS AND DIGS
Stuart Katz (5th/Sr., Port Washington, N.Y.) leads the Buckeyes in three categories. He has season-team highs of 3.35 points, 2.84 kills and 2.05 digs for the Buckeyes. He had nine kills, eight digs and four assist blocks at Lewis and added five kills, eight digs and an ace serve at Quincy last week.
GREAVES HAS MATCH-HIGH 12 KILLS AT LEWIS
Mark Greaves recorded a match-high 12 kills at Lewis Friday. He hit a season-high .500 (12-3-18), adding a digs and an assist block against the Flyers. He contributed three kills, three digs and an assist blocks at Quincy. Greaves has played in 12 matches with 11 starts. He is averaging 3.48 kills, 3.82 points, .84 digs and .61 blocks per game on the season.
ALBERTSON CONTINUES BLOCK PARTY
John Albertson pick up nine total blocks last week recording five assist blocks at Lewis and a solo and three assists at Quincy. The top blocker for the Buckeyes, he has a 1.42 blocks per game average with eight solos and 123 assist blocks. Albertson finished the MIVA Conference season ranked second in blocking with a 1.51 per game average with two solos and 54 assists and is ranked nationally at 10th. With his five assist blocks at Lewis, he added five kills and two digs. Albertson had four kills and three digs to go with his four total blocks at Quincy. He has played in 28 matches with 25 starts. Albertson, on the season, is averaging 3.27 points and 2.47 kills.
KLEIN HELPS OFF THE BENCH AT QUINCY
Robbie Klein came off the bench at Quincy to contribute nine kills, three assist blocks and two digs while hitting .316. He picked up two ace serves in the match at Lewis. Klein has started in 18 of the 30 matches her has played in. For the season, he is averaging 2.85 points, 2.43 kills and 1.40 digs per game. Klein leads the Buckeyes in ace serves with 24 for a .26 per game average.
MATHEWS’ LONE 30-MATCH STARTER FOR THE BUCKEYES
Daniel Mathews has started all 30 matches this season for the Buckeyes. He is the only player to start every match this season. Last week at Lewis he had 37 assists against the Flyers, adding two kills, four digs and three assist blocks. At Quincy, Mathews again had 37 assists in the match, adding five digs, two kills and an assist block. He is averaging 12.63 assists per game on the season, ranking 10th nationally, and averages 1.32 digs and .90 blocks per game.
MARTIN COLLECTS HIS THIRD DOUBLE-FIGURE DIG MATCH THIS SEASON
Conor Martin recorded a team-high 12 digs at Quincy for his third double-figure dig match of the season. He previously collected a season-high 14 digs against Penn State at Springfield and 11 against Juniata. Martin recorded eight digs at Lewis to give him 20 on the weekend for a 3.33 per game average. He has played in 25 matches this season with 21 starts at libero. He ranks second on the team in digs with 144 and is averaging 1.85 per game.
ELEVEN BUCKEYES NAMED TO MIVA ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association has announced the 2006 All-Academic Team which has 11 Buckeyes. They include John Albertson, Andy Cole, Layne Dreven, Mark Greaves, Matthew Hankey, Stuart Katz, Conor Martin, Daniel Mathews, Dan Meske, Tyler Stevens and Brett Versen. A total of 87 players from the conference were named to the All-Academic Team
BUCKEYES RANKED 15TH IN 2006 CSTV/AVCA COACHES POLL
Ohio State is ranked 15th in the CSTV/AVCA Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll released April 17. OSU remained 15th this week after 3-0 victories at Lewis and at Quincy. The Buckeyes collected 17 points in the poll. Other MIVA conference teams ranked in the poll are Loyola-Chicago, eighth and IPFW, 10th and Ball State, 14th.
HEAD COACH PETE HANSON
Pete Hanson is in his 23rd season at Ohio State. He has a 433-250 record with the Buckeyes and has nine Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Championships including 2004. Named the MIVA Coach of the Year six times, including last season, he was the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2000 when OSU 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 six times including back-to-back appearances in 2000 (runner-up) and 2001 (semifinalist).
KATZ NAMED VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
Stuart Katz has been named the Volleyball Magazine Scholar Athlete of the Month in the May, 2006 issue of the magazine. A marketing and logistics major, Katz is a three-time All-Academic Big Ten Conference selection and a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
MATHEWS NAMED MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK (March 14, 2006)
Daniel Mathews was chosen the MIVA Shondell/Dunlap Division Player of the Week for his play against Mercyhurst. He directed the Buckeye offense to a 3-0 win over Mercyhurst and played a key role in OSU’s game two comeback after trailing 29-23. Mathews posted 44 assists in 82 attempts for a .537 assist percentage as Ohio State hit .402 in the match. He added two digs, a kill, an ace serve and a solo block in the match. Trailing 29-24 in game two, Mathews’ serve was return back over the net for an overpass kill. His next serve fell in on the Mercyhurst side of the court for an ace. His serving helped the Buckeyes reach 29-all in the game, going on to win, 33-31. For the match, he averaged 14.67 assists per game.
ALBERTSON NAMED SPORTS IMPORTS/AVCA NATIONAL DIVISION I-II AND MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK (March 6, 2006)
John Albertson was chosen the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men’s National and the MIVA Player of the Week. He paced the Buckeyes to wins over two nationally ranked NCAA Division III schools in top-ranked Juniata and fifth-ranked Carthage. Albertson hit .714 for the two matches with averages of 4.31 points, 3.50 kills, 1.50 blocks and 0.62 digs per game. He tallied a double-double of 17 kills and 11 blocks along with a career-high 23 points to help Ohio State rally from a 0-2 deficit to defeat Juniata on March 3. Albertson hit .727 against the Eagles on 22 swings. He charted 11 kills with a .692 attack percentage in a sweep of Carthage on March 5. Albertson increased his season averages to 3.09 points, 2.36 kills, 1.30 blocks and 0.30 digs per game with a .398 attack percentage.
KATZ NAMED MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Jan. 23, 2006)
Stuart Katz was chosen the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, Shondell/Dunlap Division Player of the Week for his play in the Outrigger Invitational. The Buckeyes were 2-1, finishing second, defeating fifth-ranked UCLA, 3-0 (30-27, 32-30, 30-28) and 11th-ranked Penn State, 3-2 (22-30, 30-24, 30-27, 31-33, 17-15) while losing to seventh-ranked Hawaii, 0-3 (19-30, 22-30, 21-30). Katz had 13 kills (.267) in OSU’s first-ever victory over UCLA, adding four digs, three assist blocks and an ace serve. Against Hawaii, he had 10 kills (.185), adding five digs, two assist blocks and an ace serve. Katz recorded a career-high 28 kills (.400) against Penn State, adding five digs and three assist blocks. For the three matches, Katz averaged 4.64 kills, 1.27 digs and .73 blocks per game while hitting .308. He was named to the Outrigger Invitational All-Tournament Team for his play.
BUCKEYES FINISH 1-1 AT THE HALL OF FAME-MORGAN CLASSIC
Ohio State went 1-1 at the Volleyball Hall of Fame-Morgan Classic last week. OSU fell to Penn State, 1-3 to open the Classic and Springfield College lost to Stanford, 3-2 in Friday matches. Saturday saw Penn State win, 3-0 over Stanford and the Buckeyes defeat host Springfield College, 3-1. Named to the All-Tournament Team from Ohio State were Conor Martin and Brett Versen.
OHIO STATE FINISHES SECOND AT OUTRIGGER INVITATIONAL
Ohio State was 2-1 at the Outrigger Invitational as was Hawaii and UCLA. Hawaii won the championship with a higher winning percentage in the three-way tie. The Buckeyes finished second over UCLA because of Ohio State’s 3-0 win over the Bruins. Penn State finished fourth. OSU’s Katz was named to the All-Tournament Team.
OHIO STATE TABBED AS PRESEASON MIVA FAVORITE
Ohio State has been selected the preseason favorite to win the 2006 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Championship. The voting was done by the conference coaches representing Ball State, IPFW, Lewis, Loyola, Mercyhurst, Ohio State and Quincy who comprise the A-League of the Conference. The Buckeyes finished first in the voting by the conference coaches, receiving five first-place votes. IPFW was ranked second and Loyola third with each receiving a first-place vote. Ball State was picked fourth, Quincy fifth, Lewis sixth and Mercyhurst seventh. Ohio State finished second last season in the regular season and went on to win the MIVA Tournament. Loyola won the regular season championship in 2005.
FOUR BUCKEYES NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
The coaches also selected the 2006 Pre-Season MIVA All-Conference Team. Ohio State had four players named to the team while Ball State, IPFW and Loyola had two players each. Ohio State’s Layne Dreven, Mark Greaves, Conor Martin and Daniel Mathews were named to the team with Ball State adding Nick Meyer and Evan Berg. Also named to the team were IPFW’s Serdar Sikca and C.J. Macias and Loyola’s Chris Kozlarek and James Grunst.
REVIEWING THE LEWIS MATCH
Ohio State (18-11 overall, 6-5 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) picked up a 3-0 (30-24, 30-25, 30-19) victory at Lewis (10-18, 3-9) Friday night. OSU’s Andy Cole scored a match-high 13 points to lead the Buckeyes with nine kills, two ace serves and four assist blocks. Mark Greaves added 12.5 points with 12 kills and an assist block and Stuart Katz had 11 with nine kills and four assist blocks. Flyer Alex Vigansky collected a team-high 12 points for Lewis with 11 kills and two assist blocks. Drew Pickering added 10.5 points with 10 kills and an assist block.
A Flyers’ service error followed by a block by Greaves and Layne Dreven broke a 9-9 tie in game one, and the Buckeyes never trailed the remainder of the game to win, 30-24. The Buckeyes hit .385 for the game to .026 for Lewis.
Katz busted an 8-8 tie with a kill to put Buckeyes ahead for good in game two. Lewis managed to close to within three points at 19-16, but the Buckeyes used two kills, a block and an ace serve during a 4-1 spurt to take command of the game winning, 30-25. Ohio State hit .233 for the game to .206 for Lewis.
Ohio State rattled off three consecutive kills and never looked back en route to a 30-19 game three win to capture the match, 3-0. OSU hit .481 in the game to .059 for Lewis.
Ohio State hit .361 for the match to .093 for the Flyers. The Buckeyes had a 46-36 advantage in kills and a four-to-one edge in ace serves with OSU’s Cole and Robbie Klein recording two aces each. Each team gave up 10 service errors. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 31 to 16 advantage in digs. OSU’s Katz and Flyer Nick Perakes shared match-high honors with eight digs each. At the net, Ohio State enjoyed a 12 to six margin in team blocks. OSU’s Dreven collected a match-high six assist blocks in the match. Setter Daniel Mathews recorded a match-high 37 assists while Flyer David Taylor had 35.
2006 PLAYER NOTES
#1 Dan Meske (Jr., Willow Springs, Ill.) -Played in 30 matches, starting at libero in eight matches – career-high three ace serves at Loyola – season-high of nine digs at Clarke – season-high three assists against Penn State – named to the MIVA All-Academic Team. 2005 Played in 32 matches with seven starts at libero.
#2 Stuart Katz (5th/Sr., Port Washington, N.Y.) – Played in 29 matches, starting 27 plus one match at libero – career-high 28 kills in the Penn State match at the Outrigger Invitational – played libero against Ball State, recording eight digs – named the MIVA Player of the Week for his play at the Outrigger Invitational and the Ohio State Athlete of the Week – career-high eight total blocks against Juniata – season-high .5830 at Lewis – career-high 16 digs against Juniata – named the Ohio State Athlete of the Week in wins over Rutgers-Newark and UC-San Diego, twice – double-figure kills in 13 matches – named to the MIVA All-Academic Team. 2005 Played in 28 matches, with six starts.
#3 Joerel Morales (Jr., Caguas, Puerto Rico) – Played in six matches – season-high seven assists against D’Youville – career-high three digs at Clarke- 2005 Played in three matches.
#4 Daniel Mathews (So.., Shorewood, Wis.) – Started 30 matches – ranked 10th-nationally in assists per game at 12.63 – career-high eight kills against St. Francis and D’Youville – hit a career-high .700 (8-1-10) against St. Francis – season-high 10 digs in first UC-San Diego match and against George Mason – equaled his career-high of 70 assists against IPFW, set at Loyola in 2005 – ranks fifth in OSU career assists with 2,780 – two matches with double-figure digs – Named the MIVA Player of the Week in home victory over Mercyhurst – named to the MIVA All-Academic Team. 2005 Starting setter in 32 matches – named the Most Valuable Player of the MIVA Tournament – named the MIVA Freshman of the Year and a second-team All-MIVA selection – named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week and MIVA Player of the week for wins over Ball State (semifinals) and IPFW (championship) in the MIVA Tournament – named the MIVA Player of the Week in wins against Findlay and at IPFW – named to the Golden Dome All-Classic Team.
#5 John Albertson (So./Fr., Ballwin, Mo.) – Played in 28 matches, starting 25 – nationally ranked 10th in blocking at 1.42 per game – career-highs of 17 kills, four digs and 11 total blocks against Juniata – hit a career-high .727 against Juniata – career-high 10 assist blocks in the second match against UC-San Diego and against Juniata – double-figure kills in nine matches – named to the Active Ankle Classic All-Tournament Team at Long Beach State – named the MIVA and the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II National Player of the Week for his play against Juniata and Carthage – named to the MIVA All-Academic Team. 2005 Redshirt, did not play.
#6 Brett Versen (Jr./So., Centerville, Ohio) – Played in 29 matches and started 18 matches – career-high 14 kills, 17.5 points against Lewis – career-high three ace serves against Loyola – hit a career-high .500 (6-1-10) against St. Francis, at Mercyhurst (8-2-12) and against Lewis (14-2-24) – season-high of five assist blocks in five matches – had seven kills in eight swings (875) against Carthage – double-figure kills in four matches – named to the All-Tournament Team of the Volleyball Hall of Fame-Morgan Classic – named to the MIVA All-Academic Team. 2005 Played in 19 matches.
#7 Ben Spurlock (So./Fr., Stow, Ohio) – Played in 17 matches, starting three – career-high of nine kills in the first UC-San Diego match, at Springfield and against Carthage – career-high five assist blocks against D’Youville, Carthage and Penn State in the Outrigger Invitational – career-high .900 (9-0-10) hitting percentage against Carthage, tying for seventh best OSU match performance – had seven kills in seven swings at Long Beach State – 2005 Redshirt, did not play.
#8 Mark Greaves (Sr., Fenton, Mo.) – Played in 12 matches with 10 starts – season-high 17 kills at IPFW – hit a season-high .500 (12-3-18) at Lewis – season high five digs against Loyola – season-high four assist blocks at and at IPFW Loyola – double-figure kills in five matches – named to the MIVA All-Academic Team. 2005 Starting outside hitter in 29 matches – named an American Volleyball Coaches Association second team All-American – named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team – named a first-team All-MIVA selection – named the MIVA Player of the Week in home matches against Clarke and IPFW – named the Sports Import/AVCA National Player of the Week and the MIVA Player of the Week in home matches against Lewis and Loyola.
#9 Sam Stevens (Sr./Jr., Miami, Fla.) – Played in 26 matches, starting 15 – season-high 19 kills against IPFW – hit a career-high .667 (12-0-18) against Lewis – career-high 10 digs against Penn State in the Outrigger Invitational and against IPFW – tied his career-high of three ace serves against D’Youville, at IPFW and against Ball State – double-figure kills in 10 matches – 2005 Played in 32 matches with three starts.
#12 Andy Cole (Sr., Glendale, Wis.) – Played in 18 matches, starting 10 – season-highs of 16 kills and four assist blocks at Clarke – recorded four total blocks five times this season – season-high 10 digs at Quincy – hit a season-high .667 in second Penn State match – season-high two ace serves at Springfield – double-figure kills in four matches – named to the MIVA All-Academic Team. 2005 Starting outside hitter in 28 matches, playing in 29 – named to the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association All-Tournament Team.
#13 Robbie Klein (So./Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) – Played in 30 matches, started 18 – career-high of 21 kills against IPFW – hit a career-high .789 (16-1-19) against St. Francis – career-high four total blocks (1-3) against Carthage – career-high 14 digs against Penn State in the Outrigger Invitational – career-high three ace serves against Brigham Young – double-figure kills in 12 matches.
#14 Layne Dreven (Sr./Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) – Played in 18 matches, starting 17 – season-high 11 kills against Juniata – season-high seven assist blocks at Ball State – hit a season-high .800 (8-0-10) against Mercyhurst – double-figure kills in two matches – named to the MIVA All-Academic Team. 2005 Starting middle hitter in 32 matches – named to the MIVA All-Tournament team – named a first-team All-MIVA selection – named the AVCA National and the MIVA Player of the Week in the win over Findlay.
#15 Conor Martin (So., Avon Lake, Ohio) – Played in 25 matches, starting 21 matches at libero – season-high 14 digs in the second Penn State match – named to the All-Tournament Team of the Volleyball Hall of Fame-Morgan Classic – named to the MIVA All-Academic Team. 2005 Played in 33 matches with 25 starts at libero including the last 24 matches.
#16 Matthew Hankey (Jr./So., Naperville, Ill.) – Played in 23 matches, starting six – career-highs of 12 kills against D’Youville – hit a career-high .364 (12-4-22) against D’Youville – career-high three ace serves against Mercyhurst – career-high 12 digs against Juniata – career-high five assist blocks in second UC-San Diego match and against Mercyhurst – double-figure kills in four matches – named to the MIVA All-Academic Team. 2005 Played in three matches.