COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fifth-ranked Ohio State (12-2 overall, 5-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team continues a five match home stand with conference matches against 14th-ranked Lewis (12-4, 3-1) and 12th-ranked Loyola-Chicago (12-3, 5-0). The Buckeyes face the Lewis Flyers Friday and the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers Saturday in 7 p.m. matches in St. John Arena. Admission is free.
MARCH MADNESS DRAWING
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A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Fifth-ranked Ohio State, coached by Pete Hanson, has a 12-2 overall record and is 5-0 (1st-tie) in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week, in home matches, the Buckeyes defeated IPFW, 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-23) and Juniata, 3-0 (25-12, 25-20, 25-15). Shawn Sangrey leads the team with a 5.20 points per set average. John Klanac ranks second at 3.77 with Kevin Heine third at 2.68. Sangrey has a team-high 4.33 kills per set average. Klanac ranks second at 3.23 with Heine third at 2.18. In attack percentage, Heine, at .471, is the team leader. Grayson Overman ranks second with a .458 percentage and Mik Berzins is third at .366. Setter Seven Kehoe has an 12.31 assists per set average. Sangrey has a team-high .50 aces per set average with 21. Kehoe ranks second at .29 with 14 and Klanac is third at .28 with 13. Defensively, Kehoe is averaging a team-high 1.81 digs per set with 87. Berzins ranks second at 1.78 (87) with Sangreythird at 1.55 (65). Anthony Hock has a team-high .976 serve reception percentage handling 123 of 126 attempts. Berzins ranks second at .971 (265 of 273) and Klanac is third at .967 (202 of 209). At the net, Grayson Overman has a team-high 1.05 blocks per set average with one solo and 38 assist blocks. Heine ranks second at .86 with four solos and 34 assists. Sangrey, at .71, is third with a solo and 29 assist blocks.
Ohio State is averaging 17.96 points, 14.14 kills and 13.43 assists per set while hitting .362. The Buckeyes average 1.45 aces, 8.86 digs and 2.37 blocks per set and have a .958 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 14.50 points, 11.39 kills and 10.80 assists per set while hitting .244. They average .71 aces, 6.67 digs and 2.40 blocks per set and have a .929 serve reception percentage.
A LOOK AT LEWIS
No. 14 Lewis is coached by Dan Friend. The Flyers are 12-4 overall and 3-1 (3rd) in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week, Lewis lost at #12 Loyola-Chicago, 3-2 (23-25, 25-11, 18-25, 25-23, 21-19) and defeated St. Francis, 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-23) and Juniata, 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-14, 25-21) in home matches. Jay Petty leads the Flyers in points per set with a 4.10 average. Ian Karbiener ranks second at 3.84 with Matt Gallik third at 2.98. Petty has a team-high 3.51 kills per set average with Karbiener second at 3.27 and Gallik third at 2.18. Aaron Flick has a team leading attack percentage of .444. Gallik ranks second at .362 with Petty third at .354. At setter, BJ Boldog is averaging 10.91 assists per set. In aces per set, Brian Muesenfechter has a team-high .44 average with 23 aces. Karbiener ranks second at .29 (15) and Petty is third at .24 (13). Defensively, Roberto Torres leads the team with a 2.04 digs (112) per set average. Ranking second is Karbiener at 1.73 (88) with Petty third at 1.27 (70). Muesenfechter has a team-high .973 serve reception percentage handling 325 of 334 attempts. Petty is ranked second at .957 (225 of 235) with Torres third at .948 (347 of 366). At the net, Gallik leads the team with a 1.24 blocks per set average with eight solos and 54 assist blocks. Flick, at .78, ranks second with a solo and 39 assists. Boldog ranks third at .69 with seven solos and 30 assists.
Lewis is averaging 17.16 points, 13.31 kills and 12.14 assists per set while hitting .310. The Flyers average 1.45 aces, 7.72 digs and 2.40 blocks per set and have a .955 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 14.50 points, 11.57 kills and 10.83 assists per set while hitting .237. Flyer opponents average .83 aces, 7.91 digs, 2.10 blocks per set and have a .928 serve reception percentage.
OSU SERIES WITH LEWIS
Ohio State leads the series with the Flyers, 24-12. The Buckeyes are 13-7 in Columbus and 11-5 at Lewis. Last season, Ohio State won 3-1 (30-20, 30-24, 24-30, 30-28) at Lewis and 3-0 (32-30, 30-25, 30-21) in Columbus. The Buckeyes have won the last three meetings and 10 of the last 11.
A LOOK AT LOYOLA-CHICAGO
No. 12 Loyola-Chicago is coached by Shane Davis. The Ramblers are 12-3 overall and 5-0 (1st-tie) in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week, in home matches, Loyola-Chicago defeated No. 14 Lewis, 3-2 (23-25, 25-11, 18-25, 25-23, 21-19), Juniata, 3-0 (25-14, 27-25, 25-21) and St. Francis, 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-17). The Ramblers have a seven match winning streak. Leading Loyola-Chicago in points per set is Mike Bunting at 4.85. Joseph Smalzer ranks second at 3.83 with Eric Daliege third at 2.33. Bunting has a team-high 4.38 kills per set average with Smalzer second at 3.02 and Daliege third at 1.84. In attack percentage, Steve Thompson leads the squad at .481. Daliege ranks second at .429 with Bunting third at .425. At setter, Mike Hutz has a 10.09 assists per set average. In aces per set, Smalzer has a team-high .52 average with 29 aces. Hutz ranks second at .31 (17) with Bunting third at .26 (14). Defensively, Tommy Beck leads the squad with a 1.37 digs (59) per set average. Hutz ranks second at 1.26 (68) and Dainis Berzins is third at 1.14 (40). Peter Jasaitis, at .963, is the team leader in serve reception percentage handling 105 of 109 attempts. Smalzer ranks second at .952 (295 of 310) with Berzins third at .937 (134 of 143). At the net, Thompson has a team-high .77 blocks per set average with two solos and 28 assist blocks. Daliege ranks second at .75 with six solos and 32 assists. Ranking third is Smalzer at .54 with three solos and 27 assists.
Loyola-Chicago is averaging 16.97 points, 13.29 kills and 12.28 assists per set while hitting .364. The Ramblers average 1.59 aces, 6.78 digs and 2.09 blocks per set and have a .929 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 15.03 points, 11.69 kills and 10.91 assists per set while hitting .263. Rambler opponents average 1.26 aces, 5.76 digs and 2.09 blocks per set and have a .920 serve reception percentage.
OSU SERIES WITH LOYOLA-CHICAGO
Ohio State has a 25-13 lead in the series with Loyola-Chicago. The Buckeyes are 17-2 in Columbus while the Ramblers are 9-7 in Chicago and 3-1 in neutral site matches. OSU won two of three matches last season, losing 3-2 (30-25, 36-34, 26-30, 27-30, 16-14) in Chicago and winning 3-0 (30-26, 32-30, 30-24) in Columbus. The squads played in Columbus for the MIVA Tournament Championship with the Buckeyes winning 3-2 (30-28, 25-30, 26-30, 30-20, 15-11). OSU has won eight of the last nine matches against the Ramblers.
SANGREY NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Shawn Sangrey was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week (Feb. 28) for his play against IPFW and Juniata. He scored a co-match-high 13.5 points in the 3-0 win over IPFW. Sangrey posted 12 kills while hitting .276, adding one ace serve, six digs and one assist block. In the 3-0 win over Juniata, he posted a match-high 21.5 points with 19 kills, one ace serve, one dig and three assist blocks. In the second set against the Eagles, Sangrey recorded 11 of OSU’s 18 kills while hitting .600 (11-2-15). He averaged 5.83 points, 5.17 kills, .33 aces, 1.17 digs and .67 blocks per set while hitting .386 in the two matches. It is his second consecutive Offensive Player of the Week award and third this season.
KEHOE NAMED MIVA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Steven Kehoe was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week (Feb. 28) for his play against IPFW and Juniata. In 3-0 wins over IPFW and Juniata, he averaged a team-high 3.00 digs, 12.17 assists, .67 aces and .50 blocks per set. Against IPFW, Kehoe recorded 34 assists, one ace serve, two assist blocks and a match-high 11 digs against the Mastodons. He posted 39 assists, three ace serves, one assist block and a match-high seven digs against the Eagles. This is the second time Kehoe has earned Defensive player of the Week honors this season.
OHIO STATE WIN STREAK AT 12 MATCHES, 14 AT HOME
Ohio State is currently on a 12-match winning streak. OSU’s last loss came at third-ranked Pepperdine, Jan. 10, a 3-2 (25-16, 19-25, 25-20, 26-28, 16-14) decision. The Buckeyes have won 14 consecutive matches at home over the last two seasons. OSU’s last home loss came on March 3, 2010 in a 3-0 (30-26, 30-27, 30-18) loss to ninth-ranked Penn State.
OHIO STATE REMAINS FIFTH IN THE AVCA WEEKLY POLL
Ohio State remains ranked fifth in the latest (Feb. 28) American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll. OSU received 180 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. 27, Steven Kehoe ranks first in assists per set at 12.31 and is 26th in digs at 1.81. Shawn Sangrey is third in aces per set at .50 and eighth in kills per set at 4.33. Grayson Overman ranks 19th in blocks per set at 1.05. In attack percentage, John Klanac ranks 12th at .356.
In team rankings, Ohio State is second in assists (13.43) and third in kills (14.14) per set. OSU ranks third in attack percentage at .362. The Buckeyes are fifth in digs (8.86), ninth in aces (1.45) and 15th (2.37) in blocks per set.
ASICS/VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE POLL HAS OSU FOURTH
The ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Poll of March 1 has Ohio State ranked fourth with 73 points. This is the second consecutive week OSU has been ranked fourth. Last season, the Buckeyes finished eighth in the poll. Southern California is the top-ranked team with 99 points. The MIVA also has Loyola-Chicago ranked 10th 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).
SANGREY NAMED MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Shawn Sangrey was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week (Feb. 22) for his play at Ball State. 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.
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 527-284 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 34 assists, one ace serve, two assist blocks and a match-high 11 digs against IPFW. He collected 39 assists, three ace serves, one assist block and a match-high seven digs in the Juniata match. His three aces against the Eagles, tied his season high set against George Mason. Kehoe has started all 14 matches and is averaging 12.31 assists, .29 aces, 1.81 digs and .52 blocks per set.
KEHOE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Steven Kehoe has 3,285 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 11.17. He moved to sixth in aces with 78 passing Adam Spitznagle (1993-96) with 77, Tom Trantow (2000-03) and Jose’ Bengoa (1994-97) with 75 each. Fifth on the list is Dan Mihacevich (1994-97) with 82. Kehoe ranks seventh in aces per set at .27. In digs, he ranks 18th with 492. Robbie Klein is 17th on the list with 508. Kehoe is ranked 11th in digs per set with a 1.67 average.
#2 KEVIN HEINE
Kevin Heine collected six kills (.273), two assists, one ace serve, one dig and three assist blocks in the IPFW match. He recorded seven kills (.667) and two assist blocks against Juniata. The ace serve against the Mastodons was his first of the season. Heine has played in 13 matches with 12 starts. He is averaging 2.68 points, 2.18 kills and .86 blocks per set while hitting a team-high .471.
HEINE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Kevin Heine is 11th in career assist blocks with 277. He passed Mark Peckham (2001-04)with 272. Jon Yunker is 10th on the list with 286. Heine, in total blocks, is now 13th with 299 with 22 solos and 277 assist blocks. He moved past Steve Potter (1992-95) with 295 (42-253). Heine need six total blocks to pass No. 12 Peckham with 304 (32-272). He is ranked 10th in career blocks per game with a 1.13 average.
#3 ANTHONY HOCK
Anthony Hock played in one set against IPFW and two against Juniata where he recorded four digs and one assist. Hock has played in 13 matches this season with five starts at libero. He is averaging .98 digs, .12 aces and has a team-high .976 serve reception percentage handling 123 of 126 attempts.
#4 KYLE LAWRENCE
Kyle Lawrence made an appearance against Juniata and recorded one assist. He played the third set in the first match against Quincy and recorded a career-high 13 assists and one dig in the contest. Lawrence has played in two matches this season.
#5 GRAYSON OVERMAN
Grayson Overman recorded three kills (.333), two assist blocks and one dig in the IPFW match. He had three kills (.333) and three assist blocks against Juniata playing in two sets. Overman has played and started in 12 matches this season and is averaging a team-high 1.05 blocks per set with one solo and 38 assist blocks. Overman is averaging 2.43 points, 1.76 kills, .14 aces and .32 digs per set.
#6 SHAWN SANGREY
Shawn Sangrey recorded a match-high 12 kills (.276) adding six digs, one ace serve and one assist block against IPFW. He posted a match-high 19 kills (.500) against Juniata and added three assist blocks, one dig and one ace serve. Sangrey has played and started in 13 matches this season. He leads the team in points (5.20), kills (4.33) and aces (.50) per set. He is averaging 1.55 digs and .71 blocks per set.
SANGREY IN OSU CAREER STATS
Shawn Sangrey ranks first in Ohio State career aces per set at .33 with 60 aces. He ranks 16th in aces. Sangrey ranks seventh in points per set at 4.49 and is seventh in kills per set at 3.78.
#7 MIKE STEFANI
Mike Stefani has played in nine matches this season recording four digs, one kill and one ace serve. He recorded a dig against IPFW and one ace serve against Juniata.
#8 JOHN KLANAC
John Klanac had a co-match-high 13.5 points in the IPFW match with 11 kills (.227), two ace serves, one assist block and two digs. He handled 15 of 16 serve receptions attempts against the Mastodons. Playing in one set against Juniata, Klanac had six kills (.857), one dig and handled two serve reception attempts without an error while playing in one set. A starter in all 14 matches this season, he is averaging 3.77 points, 3.23 kills, .28 aces, 1.34 digs and .45 blocks per set. Klanac has a .967 reception percentage handling 202 of 209 attempts.
KLANAC IN OSU CAREER STATS
John Klanac is 14th on the Ohio State career kills list with 828. At 13th with 900 kills is Jose Rivera (1996-00). Klanac is ranked 20th in kills per set at 3.12 and is 14th in aces per set at .22 with 59. He is tied for 17th in aces with 59. Klanac is 17th in career points with 966.0 and needs 34 points to move past No. 16 Adam Peterson (2001-04) with 999.0. Klanac is ranked 19th in points per set at 3.65.
#9 JOHN THOLEN
John Tholen saw action in one set against Juniata recording a kill and one assist block. He started in both of the Quincy matches. 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 five matches with two starts. He is averaging 2.94 points, 2.11 kills, .44 digs and 1.22 blocks per set.
#12 JASON TOBKIN
Jason Tobkin recorded six kills (.222) against IPFW adding five digs, three assist blocks, one ace serve and handled 15 of 16 serve receptions. He had four kills (.200) in the Juniata match adding four digs, one ace serve and five total blocks with a solo and four assist. The four assist blocks and five total blocks are his season high. He handled 14 serve receptions without an error against the Eagles. Tobkin has played in 13 matches with eight starts this season and one at libero. Tobkin is averaging 1.94 points, 1.46 kills, .15 aces, 1.23 digs and .54 blocks per set. He has a .955 serve reception percentage handling 189 of 198 attempts.
#13 NICK GIBSON
Nick Gibson has played in three matches this season. He posted his first kill of the season against Juniata for set point in the first set. 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 was the starting libero against IPFW and Juniata last week. He recorded three digs and handled 13 serve reception attempts without an error in the IPFW match. He started at libero against Juniata and played two sets at outside hitter. Against the Eagles, he recorded four digs, one assist block, one assist and four kills while handling 13 serve receptions without an error. He has played in all 14 matches this season with seven starts at outside hitter and seven at libero. Berzins is averaging 1.80 points, 1.51 kills, .08 aces, .37 blocks and a team-high 1.78 digs per set. Berzins has a .971 serve reception percentage handling 265 of 273 attempts.
BERZINS OSU CAREER STATS
Mik Berzins has moved to 12th on the Ohio State career digs list with 544. He passed Phil Kerewich (1996-99) with 543. Berzins needs 14 digs to pass No. 12 Phil Kerewich (1996-99) with 543. He is the Ohio State career leader in digs per set with a 2.41 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 has played in 10 matches this season and has one assist and three digs. He played in both the IPFW and Juniata matches.
#21 SEAN MARTIN
Sean Martin has played in three matches this season and has recorded two digs. He recorded a dig against IPFW and played against Juniata.