COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fifth-ranked Ohio State (10-2 overall, 4-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team returns home to start a five-match home stand over the next three weeks. This week the Buckeyes host conference opponent IPFW (6-5, 0-3) at 7 p.m. Friday and Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association opponent fifth-ranked (Division III) Juniata (11-6, 3-0 EIVA) at 4 p.m. Sunday. Both matches will be played in St. John Arena and admission is free.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Fifth-ranked Ohio State, coached by Pete Hanson, has a 10-2 overall record and is 4-0 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week, at Ball State, the Buckeyes defeated the Cardinals, 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 28-26). Shawn Sangrey leads the team with a 5.10 points per set average. John Klanac ranks second at 3.66 with Kevin Heine third at 2.67. Sangrey has a team-high 4.19 kills per set average. Klanac ranks second at 3.14 with Heine third at 2.18. In attack percentage, Grayson Overman and Heine lead the squad with a .474 percentage. Mik Berzins is third at .373. Setter Steven Kehoe has an 12.33 assists per set average. Sangrey has a team-high .53 aces per set average with 19. Klanac ranks second at .26 with 11 and Kehoe is third at .24 with 10. Defensively, Berzins is averaging a team-high 1.86 digs per set with 80. Kehoe ranks second at 1.64 (69) with Sangreythird at 1.61 (58). Anthony Hock has a team-high .973 serve reception percentage handling 109 of 112 attempts. Klanac ranks second at .969 (185 of 191) and Berzins is third at .968 (239 of 247). At the net, Grayson Overman has a team-high 1.06 blocks per set average with one solo and 66 assist blocks. Heine ranks second at .87 with four solos and 29 assists. Sangrey, at .72, is third with a solo and 25 assist blocks.
Ohio State is averaging 17.92 points, 14.19 kills and 13.47 assists per set while hitting .368. The Buckeyes average 1.37 aces, 8.88 digs and 2.36 blocks per set and have a .958 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 14.81 points, 11.77 kills and 11.16 assists per set while hitting .261. They average .74 aces, 6.79 digs and 2.30 blocks per set and have a .932 serve reception percentage.
A LOOK AT IPFW
IPFW is coached by Arnie Ball. The Mastodons are 6-6 overall and 0-4 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week, IPFW lost at home to No. 14 Lewis, 3-1 (15-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-22). Darryl Shank leads the team in points per set at 4.79. Elon Fyfield ranks second at 3.41 with Eddie Rivera Marin third at 2.36. Shank has a team-high 4.26 kills per set average. Fyfield ranks second at 2.97 with Rivera Marin third at 1.81. In attack percentage, Shanks ranks first at .311. Phil Peterson is second at .308 with Fyfield third at .262. At setter, Adam Quinn has a 10.28 assists per set average. Shank leads the team in aces per set at .23 with nine. Rivera Marin is second at .19 (7) with Peterson third at .17 (6). Defensively, Rivera Marin has a team-high 1.69 digs (61) per set average. At 1.56 (61), Shank ranks second with Shaun Dryden (53) and JW Kieckhefer (30) tied for third at 1.43. At the net, Rob Samp has a team-high 1.00 blocks per set average with seven solo and 31 assist blocks. Corey Frain, at .81, ranks second with five solos and 17 assists. Peterson ranks third at .64 with four solos and 19 assists. Shank, in serve reception percentage, has a team-high .972 handling 207 of 213 attempts. Dryden ranks second at .961 (99 of 103) with Rivera Marin third at .939 (184 of 196).
IPFW is averaging 15.01 points, 11.89 kills and 10.91 assists per set while hitting .267. The Mastodons average .93 aces, 8.69 digs and 2.19 blocks per set and have a .948 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 14.42 points, 11.42 kills and 10.56 assists per set while hitting .246. IPFW opponents average .91 aces, 8.78 digs and 2.09 blocks per set and have a .949 serve reception percentage.
OSU SERIES WITH IPFW
Ohio State leads the series with IPFW, 65-33. The Buckeyes are 35-11 in Columbus, 21-19 in Ft. Wayne and 9-3 at neutral sites. Ohio State has won the last seven meetings with the Mastodons. Earlier this season in Ft. Wayne, OSU won, 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-16).
A LOOK AT JUNIATA
Juniata is coached by Kevin Moore. The fifth-ranked (Div. III) Eagles are 11-6 overall and 4-0 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Hay Division. This week, the Eagles play at Loyola-Chicago Friday and at Lewis Saturday before Sunday’s match at Ohio State. Last week, in home matches, Juniata lost 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-18) to Springfield and defeated Harvard, 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-18). Alex McColgin has a team-high 3.54 points per set average. Chris Vrooman ranks second at 3.37 with Ben Wolff third at 2.71. McColgin leads the team in kills per set with a 3.13 average. Vrooman ranks second at 2.92 with Wolff third at 2.15. In attack percentage, Wolff has a team-high .538. Vrooman ranks second at .299 with McColgin third at .271. At setter, John Almquist has an 8.37 assists per set average. Almquist is the team leader in aces per set at .28 with 17. Vrooman ranks second at .19 with 12 and Ross Madden this third at .17 with nine. Defensively, Mike Kraft has a team-high 1.89 digs (119) per set average. Dan Follett ranks second at 1.41 (76) with Vrooman third at 1.23 (76). At the net, Wolff is the team leader in blocks per set at .92 with eight solos and 52 assist blocks. John Prout ranks second at .86 with a solo and 35 assists and Almquist is third at .55 with five solos and 28 assists. Leading the squad in serve reception percentage is Follett at .951 handling 196 of 206 attempts. Vrooman ranks second at .950 (304 of 320) with Kraft third at .919 (182 of 198).
Juniata is averaging 14.81 points, 11.54 kills and 10.69 assists per set and is hitting .285. The Eagles average .92 aces, 7.82 digs and 2.35 blocks per set. Opponents average 14.05 points, 11.37 kills and 10.63 assists per set and are hitting .197. Eagle opponents average .85 aces, 8.45 digs and 1.84 blocks per set and have a .941 serve reception percentage.
OSU SERIES WITH JUNIATA
Ohio State has a 24-2 advantage in the series with Juniata. OSU is 15-0 in Columbus, 7-2 in Huntingdon and 2-0 at neutral sites. The Buckeyes have won the last three meetings. Earlier this season in Huntingdon, the Buckeyes won 3-1 (25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 25-18).
SANGREY NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Shawn Sangrey, a 6-5 junior opposite for fifth-ranked Ohio State (10-2, 4-0 MIVA), has been named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week (Feb. 22). He helped Ohio State extend their winning streak to 10 matches with a match-high 20 points in the 3-0 win at Ball State. Sangrey recorded a match-high 15 kills, two assist blocks and tied his career-high of four ace serves. He added a match-high nine digs in the contest. In the match, Sangrey averaged 6.67 points, 5.00 kills, 1.33 aces, 3.0 digs and .67 blocks per set while hitting .211. This is the second time this season he has been named the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week.
OHIO STATE MOVES TO FIFTH IN THE AVCA WEEKLY POLL
Ohio State ranks fifth in the latest (Feb. 21) American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll. OSU received 184 points and one first place vote in the poll. The Buckeyes are the highest ranked team in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. It is the highest Ohio State have been ranked since the end of the 2000 season when they were ranked fourth. Loyola-Chicago is ranked 12th and Lewis 14th in the poll with Ball State receiving votes. Southern California is ranked first in the poll. The Buckeyes opened the season ranked seventh.
STEVEN KEHOE RANKED FIRST NATIONALLY IN ASSISTS PER SET
In the NCAA national statistics released thru matches of Feb. 20, Steven Kehoe ranks first in assists per set at 12.33. Shawn Sangrey is third in aces per set at .53 and 10th in kills per set at 4.19. Grayson Overman ranks 18th in blocks per set at 1.06 and Mik Berzins is 24th in digs per set at 1.86. In attack percentage, John Klanac ranks 12th at .354.
In team rankings, Ohio State is first in assists (13.47) and second in kills (14.19) per set. OSU ranks second in attack percentage at .368. The Buckeyes are seventh in digs (8.88), 10th in aces (1.37) and 13th (2.36) in blocks per set.
ASICS/VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE POLL HAS OSU FOURTH
The ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Poll of Feb. 22 has Ohio State ranked fourth with 69 points. Last week the Buckeyes were fifth Last season, the Buckeyes finished eighth in the poll. Southern California is the top-ranked team with 99 points. The MIVA has Loyola-Chicago and Lewis receiving votes in the poll.
BERZINS TIES OSU MATCH RECORD FOR ATTACK PERCENTAGE
Mik Berzins, in the Feb. 10 Quincy match, tied the Ohio State match record for attack percentage at 1.000 with 13 kills in 13 attempts. He ties three other Buckeyes who were 10 for 10. They include Layne Dreven (March 25, 2005 at Findlay), Colin McMillan (Jan. 10, 1998 vs. Tri-State) and Gary Wrobel (Jan. 13, 1996 vs. Thomas More). Berzins added one assist, four digs, two assists blocks and handled 17 serve receptions without an error in the 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-19) victory over the Hawks.
OSU RECORDS FIRST WINS OVER MPSF OPPONENTS SINCE 2008
Ohio State’s 3-0 win over 13th-ranked Cal State Northridge and seventh-ranked UC Irvine were the first over Mountain Pacific Sports Federation teams since 2008. The Buckeyes had lost nine consecutive matches to the MPSF. Previously, OSU’s last win against the MPSF came on March 1, 2008 at UC Irvine, 3-2 (30-25, 23-30, 18-30, 30-24, 15-13).
BERZINS NAMED MIVA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Mik Berzins was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week (Feb. 13). He was the starting libero in the 3-0 win over ninth-ranked Penn State, recording nine digs and handling 15 of 16 serve reception. Berzins was a starting outside hitter in both Quincy matches, both 3-0 Buckeye wins. In Thursday’s match, he tied the OSU match record for attack percentage with 13 kills in 13 attempts. Berzins added four digs, two assist blocks and handled 17 serve receptions without an error. Friday against Quincy, he posted eight kills (.500), five digs and two assist blocks while handling 16 serve receptions without an error. For the three matches, Berzins averaged 2.56 points, 2.33 kills, 2.00 digs and .44 blocks per set while having a .980 serve reception percentage handling 49 of 50 attempts.
KEHOE NAMED MIVA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Steven Kehoe was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week (Feb. 7). Kehoe equaled his career-high of 18 digs in the 3-2 upset of seventh-ranked UC Irvine. He added two assist blocks, one kill and a match/season-high 61 assists against the Anteaters. Kehoe had three digs and three assist blocks in the 3-0 win over 13th-ranked Cal State Northridge adding a season-high four kills and a match-high 39 assists. For the two matches, he averaged a team-high 2.62 digs per set. Kehoe averaged 12.50 assists, .62 kills and .62 blocks per set.
HOCK NAMED MIVA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Anthony Hock was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week (Jan. 24). He averaged 3.00 digs per set and had a .981 serve reception percentage in Buckeye wins over George Mason (3-1) and IPFW (3-0). He recorded 10 digs in the home match against George Mason and handled 36 serve receptions without an error. At IPFW, in the MIVA opener, Hock recorded a season-high 11 digs and handled 15 of 16 serve receptions.
SANGREY NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Shawn Sangrey was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week (Jan. 24). In the 3-1 home win over George Mason, Sangrey had a match-high 19.5 points with a team-high 16 kills (.237), two ace serves, a career-tying 10 digs and three assist blocks. In the MIVA league opener at IPFW, he posted a match and season-high 22 points with a season-high 17 kills while hitting a career-high .571 (17-1-28). Sangrey added a season-high three ace serves, three digs and four assist blocks against the Mastodons. For the two matches, he averaged 5.93 points, 4.71 kills, .71 aces, 1.86 digs and 1.00 blocks per set while hitting .379.
BUCKEYES PICKED TO WIN MIVA
By a vote of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association coaches, Ohio State has been picked as the preseason favorite to win the conference title. The Buckeyes received 47 votes and six of the seven first place votes. Lewis was second with 39 votes and one first place vote. Loyola-Chicago was third (38 votes), Ball State fourth (29) and IPFW fifth (21) while Grand Canyon and Quincy tied for sixth (11).
FOUR BUCKEYES NAMED TO PRESEASON MIVA ALL-CONFERENCE SQUAD
Ohio State’s Mik Berzins, Steve Kehoe, John Klanac and Shawn Sangrey have been named to the 10-player 2011 MIVA Preseason All-Conference team. Berzins, a 6-1 libero, averaged 2.06 digs per set last season and was a second team all-conference selection. Kehoe, a 6-3 setter, averaged 13.59 assists and 1.85 digs per set in conference play last season and is a two-time first team all-conference selection. He was the 2010 MIVA Player of the Year. Klanac, a 6-4 outside hitter, averaged 4.21 kills and 1.26 digs per set while hitting .329 in conference play. He was a 2010 MIVA first team selection and a second team selection in 2009. Sangrey, a 6-5 opposite, hit .281 in conference play last season while averaging 4.76 kills, 1.53 digs and .91 blocks per set. He was a MIVA first team selection in 2010.
Also named to the team were Mike Bunting and Mike Hutz of Loyola-Chicago, Ian Karbiener and Brian Muesenfechter of Lewis, J.D. Gasparovic of Ball State and Darryl Shank of IPFW.
HEAD COACH PETE HANSON
Pete Hanson is in his 28th season at Ohio State. He has a 525-284 record with the Buckeyes and has won 13 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championships, including 2010. Named the MIVA Coach of the Year 10 times, including last year, he was the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2000 when Ohio State 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 nine times including back-to-back appearances in 2000 (runner-up) and 2001 (semifinalist) and three consecutive appearances in 2008, 2009 and 2010 (all semifinals).
#1 STEVEN KEHOE
Steven Kehoe recorded 36 assists at Ball State adding seven digs, four assist blocks and one kill. His four assist blocks equals his season high set at IPFW in January. He leads the country in assists per set with his 12.33 per set average. A starter in all 12 matches this season, he is averaging 12.33 assists, .24 aces, 1.64 digs and .52 blocks per set.
KEHOE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Steven Kehoe has 3,212 career assists and ranks fifth for Ohio State. Fourth on the list is Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 4,723. Kehoe ranks seventh in assists per set at 11.15. He is ranked ninth in career aces with 74. Next on the list is Tom Trantow (2000-03) and Jose’ Bengoa (1994-97) who are tied for seventh with 75 each. Kehoe ranks ninth in aces per set at .26. In digs, he moved to 18th with 474 passing Stuart Katz (2003-06) with 470 and David Frette (1989-91) with 473. Robbie Klein is 17th on the list with 508. Kehoe is ranked 12th in digs per set with a 1.65 average.
#2 KEVIN HEINE
Kevin Heine recorded four assist blocks and three kills while hitting .333 in the Ball State match. He has played in 11 matches this season with 10 starts. Heine is averaging 2.67 points, 2.18 kills and .87 blocks per set. He has a .474 attack percentage.
HEINE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Kevin Heine is tied for 11th in career assist blocks with 272. He tied Mark Peckham with 272. Jon Yunker is 10th on the list with 286. Heine, in total blocks, is now 14th with 294 with 22 solos and 272 assist blocks. He moved past Angel Aja with 293 (29-264). He needs two blocks to pass No. 13 Steve Potter (1992-95) with 295 (42-253) Heine is ranked 10th in career blocks per game with a 1.14 average.
#3 ANTHONY HOCK
Anthony Hock played in the back row in all three sets against Ball State. He recorded one ace serve in the match. Hock has played in 11 matches this season with five starts at libero. He is averaging .95 digs, .13 aces and has a team-high .973 serve reception percentage handling 109 of 112 attempts.
#4 KYLE LAWRENCE
Kyle Lawrence played the third set in the first match against Quincy and recorded a career-high 13 assists and one dig in the contest. This was his first appearance of the season.
#5 GRAYSON OVERMAN
Grayson Overman collected a co-match-high six blocks at Ball State with a solo and five assist blocks. He added four kills while hitting .333. Overman collected one dig, one ace serve and one assist against the Cardinals. He has played and started in 10 matches this season and is averaging a team-high 1.06 blocks per set with one solo and 33 assist blocks. Overman is averaging 2.55 points, 1.84 kills, .16 aces and .34 digs per set.
#6 SHAWN SANGREY
Shawn Sangrey posted match-highs of 20 points, 15 kills and nine digs in the Ball State match. He tied his career-high of four ace serves and added two assist blocks against the Cardinals. Sangrey has played and started in 11 matches this season. He leads the team in points (5.10), kills (4.19) and aces (.53) per set. He is averaging 1.61 digs and .72 blocks per set.
SANGREY IN OSU CAREER STATS
Shawn Sangrey ranks first in Ohio State career aces per set at .33 with 58 aces, ranking 19th. He ranks eighth in points per set at 4.41 and is eighth in kills per set at 3.73.
#7 MIKE STEFANI
Mike Stefani has played in seven matches this season recording three digs and one kill.
#8 JOHN KLANAC
John Klanac, with 11 kills (.292) and one assist block recorded 11.5 points at Ball State. He added one assist and two digs while handling 10 serve reception attempts without an error. A starter in all 12 matches this season, he is averaging 3.66 points, 3.14 kills, .26 aces, 1.40 digs and .47 blocks per set. Klanac has a .969 reception percentage handling 185 of 191 attempts.
KLANAC IN OSU CAREER STATS
John Klanac has moved to 14th on the Ohio State career kills list with 811. He moved past David Frette (1989-91) with 805 and Tom Trantow (1999-03) with 807. At 13th with 900 kills is Jose Rivera (1996-00). Klanac is ranked 20th in kills per set at 3.11 and is 17th in aces per set at .22 with 57 (20th). He is 19th in career points with 946.5 and needs eight points to move past No. 18 Trantow (1999-03) with 954.0. Klanac is ranked 20th in points per set at 3.62.
#9 JOHN THOLEN
John Tholen started in both of the Quincy matches. He did not play against Penn State. In the Thursday match against Quincy Tholen posted a career-high 11 points with career-highs of eight kills and three solo blocks. He added three digs in the contest. On Friday against Quincy he had six kills, one dig and equaled his career-high of five blocks with a solo and four assist blocks. Tholen has played in four matches with two starts. He is averaging 3.12 points, 2.25 kills, .50 digs and 1.25 blocks per set.
#12 JASON TOBKIN
Jason Tobkin played libero in the Ball State match. He recorded four digs and handled 21 serve receptions without an error. He has played in 11 matches with six starts this season and one at libero. Tobkin is averaging 1.79 points, 1.42 kills, .12 aces, 1.18 digs and .39 blocks per set. He has a .952 serve reception percentage handling 160 of 168 attempts.
#13 NICK GIBSON
Nick Gibson has played in two matches this season. He had a dig and one assist block in the first Pepperdine match and recorded an ace serve against St. Francis.
#14 MIKE STEWART
Mike Stewart played and started against Quincy in the second match. He recorded a career-high nine kills and hit a career-high .750 on 12 attempts with no errors. Stewart added one dig and one assist block in the match. He has seen action in five matches with two starts this season. Stewart is averaging 2.27 points, 2.00 kills, .18 digs and .55 blocks per set.
#15 MIK BERZINS
Mik Berzins started at outside hitter at Ball State collecting seven kills (.091) one assist, one ace serve and five digs against the Cardinals. He recorded a career-high five total blocks with a solo and four assist blocks. He tied his career-high in solo blocks for the third time and the four assist blocks was a career high. Berzins added 26 serve reception attempts without an error. He has played in all 12 matches this season with seven starts at outside hitter and five at libero. Berzins is averaging 1.94 points, 1.63 kills, .09 aces, .40 blocks and a team-high 1.86 digs per set. Berzins has a .968 serve reception percentage handling 239 of 247 attempts.
BERZINS OSU CAREER STATS
Mik Berzins has moved to 13th on the Ohio State career digs list with 537. He passed Mike Wauligman (2002-05) with 533. Berzins needs seven digs to pass No. 12 Phil Kerewich (1996-99) with 543. He is the Ohio State career leader in digs per set with a 2.44 average.
#17 MICHAEL PIECHOWSKI
Michael Piechowski played libero in the final two sets of the Friday match against Quincy. He recorded two digs and handled 10 of 11 serve reception attempts. This was his first match for the Buckeyes.
#19 RHETT CASH
Rhett Cash, in his first action of the season, started at libero in the Friday match against Quincy. He played the first set recording two digs and handling 11 of 12 serve reception attempts.
#20 DEREK KUES
Derek Kues played in one set at Ball State, serving twice. He has played in eight matches this season and has one assist and three digs.
#21 SEAN MARTIN
Sean Martin saw backrow action in all three sets of Friday’s match against Quincy for his first action of the season. He recorded one dig in the contest.