COLUMBUS, Ohio – The sixth-ranked Ohio State (9-2 overall, 3-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team continues conference play at 7:30 p.m. at 13th-ranked Ball State (6-4, 1-1) Friday at the John E. Worthen Arena in Muncie, Ind.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Sixth-ranked Ohio State, coached by Pete Hanson, has a 9-2 overall record and is 3-0 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week, in home matches, the Buckeyes defeated ninth-ranked (tie) Penn State (25-17, 25-21, 25-20), and Quincy twice (25-16, 25-17, 25-19 and 25-22, 25-15, 25-21) in 3-0 sweeps. Shawn Sangrey leads the team with a 4.95 points per set average. John Klanac ranks second at 3.65 with Kevin Heine third at 2.76. Sangrey has a team-high 4.12 kills per set average. Klanac ranks second at 3.10 with Heine third at 2.29. In attack percentage, Grayson Overman leads the squad with a .483 percentage. Heine ranks second at .481 with Mik Berzins third at .429. Setter Seven Kehoe has an 12.36 assists per set average. Sangrey has a team-high .45 aces per set average with 15. Klanac ranks second at .28 with 11 and Kehoe is third at .26 with 10. Defensively, Berzins is averaging a team-high 1.88 digs per set with 75. Kehoe ranks second at 1.59 (62) with Sangreythird at 1.48 (49). Anthony Hock has a team-high .973 serve reception percentage handling 109 of 112 attempts. Klanac ranks second at .967 (175 of 181) and Berzins is third at .964 (213 of 221). At the net, Grayson Overman has a team-high .97 blocks per set average with 28 assist blocks. Heine ranks second at .83 with four solos and 25 assists. Sangrey, at .73, is third with a solo and 23 assist blocks.
Ohio State is averaging 17.76 points, 14.23 kills and 13.50 assists per set while hitting .381. The Buckeyes average 1.30 aces, 8.85 digs and 2.24 blocks per set and have a .955 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 14.76 points, 11.85 kills and 11.23 assists per set while hitting .271. They average .77 aces, 6.62 digs and 2.14 blocks per set and have a .935 serve reception percentage.
A LOOK AT BALL STATE
Ball State is coached by Joel Walton. The Cardinals are 6-4 overall and have a 1-1 record in the MIVA. Last week Ball State lost 3-2 (25-22, 25-15, 23-25, 22-25, 15-10) at 14th-ranked Lewis and won 3-0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-18) at IPFW. Anders Nelson leads the team with a 3.13 points per set average. Greg Herceg ranks second at 3.153 and Larry Wrather is third at 3.152. Wrather has a team-high 2.74 kills per set with Herceg second at 2.42 and Jamion Hartley third at 2.23. Nelson, at .460, leads the squad in attack percentage. J.D. Gasparovic ranks second at .307 with Dominic Spadavecchio third at .252. At setter, Graham McIlvaine is averaging 10.09 assists per set for the Cardinals. Marcus Imwalle has a team-high .45 aces per set with nine. Herceg ranks second at .31 with eight and Spadavecchio is third at .29 with 10. Defensively, Tommy Rouse is the team leader in digs per set at 2.67 with 96. McIlvaine is second at 1.59 with 51 and Wrather is third at 1.13 with 26. In reception percentage, Spadavecchio leads the team at .969 handling 186 of 192 attempts. Rouse ranks second at .962 (176-183) and Wrather is third at .960 (119-124). At the net, Nelson has a team-high 1.46 blocks per set average with 12 solos and 39 attempts. Gasparovic ranks second at 1.06 with two solos and 34 assists. McIlvaine ranks third at .78 with a solo and 24 assists.
Ball State is averaging 16.46 points, 12.39 kills and 11.64 assists per set while hitting .275. The Cardinals average 1.14 aces, 8.94 digs and 2.93 blocks per set and have a .949 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 15.56 points, 12.39 kills and 11.67 assists per set and are hitting .208. Cardinal opponents average .94 aces, 8.94 digs and 2.22 blocks per set and have a .943 serve reception percentage.
OSU SERIES WITH BALL STATE
Ohio State leads the series with Ball State, 86-76. Ball State is 32-28 in Muncie and 13-12 in neutral site matches. In Columbus, the Buckeyes are 46-31. Ohio State has won the last eight meetings with the Cardinals including three times last season. The Buckeyes won 3-0 (30-28, 34-32, 30-23) in Muncie and 3-0 (30-26, 30-26, 30-19) in Columbus. The squads played in Columbus in the semifinals of the MIVA Tournament with OSU winning, 3-1 (30-24, 27-30, 30-28, 30-27).
MIK 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.
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).
OHIO STATE NOW SIXTH IN THE AVCA WEEKLY POLL
Ohio State ranks sixth in the latest (Feb. 14) American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll for the second consecutive week. OSU received 174 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 13th 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. 13, Steven Kehoe ranks first in assists per set at 12.36. Shawn Sangrey is seventh in aces per set at .44 and 10th in kills per set at 4.12. Grayson Overman ranks 26th in blocks per set at .97 and Mik Berzins is 27th in digs per set at 1.88. In attack percentage, John Klanac ranks ninth at .360.
In team rankings, Ohio State is first in assists (13.50) and third in kills (14.23) per set. OSU ranks third in attack percentage at .381. The Buckeyes are seventh in digs (8.85), 12th in aces (1.30) and 19th (2.24) in blocks per set.
ASICS/VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE POLL HAS OSU FIFTH
The ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Poll of Feb. 15 has ranked Ohio State ranked fifth with 66 points and one first place vote. Last season, the Buckeyes finished eighth in the poll. Southern California is the top-ranked team with 98 points. MIVA has Loyola-Chicago and Lewis receiving votes in the poll.
STEVEN 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.
ANTHONY 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.
SHAWN 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 524-284 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 35 assists, three kills, one ace serve, three digs, one solo and one assist block in the win over Penn State. He played in two sets in the Thursday Quincy match collecting 23 assists, one kill, two digs and one ace serve. Kehoe had 42 assists in Friday’s Quincy match adding five digs, one ace serve and one assist block. A starter in all 11 matches this season, he is averaging 12.36 assists, .26 aces, 1.59 digs and .46 blocks per set.
KEHOE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Steven Kehoe has 3,176 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 11.14. He is ranked ninth in career aces with 74 passing Mark Greaves (2003-06) with 73. 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 per set, he is 20th in digs with 467 and is ranked 12th with a 1.64 average.
#2 KEVIN HEINE
Kevin Heine was six for six in kills against Penn State adding one dig and two assist blocks. Off the bench in the Thursday match against Quincy, he had five kills (six attempts) and added two assist blocks. Heine did not play in the Friday Quincy match. He has played in 10 matches this season with nine starts. Heine is averaging 2.76 points, 2.29 kills and .83 blocks per set.
HEINE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Kevin Heine ranks 12th in career assist blocks with 268. He needs five assist blocks to pass No. 11 Mark Peckham with 272. Heine, in total blocks, ranks 15th with 290 with 22 solos and 268 assist blocks. He needs four total blocks to pass No. 14 Angel Aja with 293 (29-264). Heine is ranked 10th in career blocks per game with a 1.13 average.
#3 ANTHONY HOCK
Anthony Hock played as a service specialist in the Penn State match and recorded one ace serve against the Nittany Lions. In Thursday’s Quincy match, he played libero recording one dig and handled 13 serve reception attempts without an error. Hock did not play in Friday’s Quincy match. He has played in 10 matches this season with five starts at libero. He is averaging 1.03 digs, .11 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 Thursday 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 three kills and one assist block in the Penn State match. He started and played one set in the Thursday match against Quincy recording four kills and one dig. Overman did not play in the Friday match. He has played and started in nine matches this season and is averaging a team-high .97 blocks per set with 28 assist blocks. Overman is averaging 2.52 points, 1.90 kills, 14 aces and .34 digs per set.
#6 SHAWN SANGREY
Shawn Sangrey recorded a match-high 16 kills in the win over Penn State. He added six digs, two ace serves, one assist block and one assist. Sangrey started both Quincy matches playing in the first set of each. In Thursday’s match, he had three kills and two digs. Friday, he recorded one kill, one dig and one assist block. Sangrey has played and started in 10 matches this season. He leads the team in points (4.95), kills (4.12) and aces (.45) per set. He is averaging 1.48 digs and .73 blocks per set.
SANGREY IN OSU CAREER STATS
Shawn Sangrey ranks fourth in Ohio State career aces per set at .31 with 54 aces. He ranks eighth in points per set at 4.41 and is eighth in kills per set at 3.71.
#7 MIKE STEFANI
Mike Stefani saw action in all three matches last week. He played in one set against Penn State and in Thursday’s match against Quincy recorded one kill and one dig. He also saw action in Friday’s match. Stefani has played in seven matches this season recording three digs and one kill.
#8 JOHN KLANAC
John Klanac posted seven kills, six digs and two ace serves in the Penn State match. He had five kills, seven digs and one ace serve in the Thursday Quincy match. Klanac recorded a match-high 15 kills against Quincy on Friday. He added five digs, one ace serve, one solo block and three assist blocks. The four total blocks is his season high. In serve receptions, Klanac handled 13 against Penn State, nine in Thursday’s Quincy match and 14 in Friday’s Quincy match without an error. A starter in all 11 matches this season, he is averaging 3.65 points, 3.10 kills, .28 aces, 1.45 digs and .47 blocks per set and has a .967 reception percentage handling 175 of 181 attempts.
KLANAC IN OSU CAREER STATS
John Klanac has moved to 16th on the Ohio State career kills list with 800. He moved past Craig Geibel (1990-93) with 787. He needs six kills to pass David Frette (1989-91) with 8-5. Klanac is ranked 20th in kills per set at 3.10 and is 17th in aces per set at .22. He is 19th in career points with 935.0 and 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 produced four kills, seven digs, one ace serve and one assist block against Penn State while handling 18 serve receptions without an error. A non-starter in both Quincy matches, he had two digs and equaled his career-high of two solo blocks Thursday. Tobkin had a season-high 10.5 points in Friday’s match with eight kills, a season-high two ace serves, three digs and one assist block. He has played in 10 matches with six starts this season. Tobkin is averaging 1.97 points, 1.57 kills, .13 aces, 1.17 digs and .43 blocks per set. He has a .946 serve reception percentage handling 139 of 147 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 in one match last week, against Quincy on Friday. 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 libero in the Penn State match recording a co-match-high of nine digs and handled 16 of 17 serve receptions. He switched to a starting outside hitter for both Quincy matches and tied the OSU match record in attack percentage Thursday with a perfect 13 kills in 13 attempts. Berzins added four digs, two assist blocks, one assist and handled 17 serve receptions without an error. Friday against Quincy, he had eight kills, five digs, two assist blocks and handled 15 serve reception attempts without an error. Berzins has played in all 11 matches this season with six starts at outside hitter and five at libero. He is averaging 1.81 points, 1.58 kills, .08 aces, .30 blocks and a team-high 1.88 digs per set. Berzins has a .964 serve reception percentage handling 213 of 221 attempts.
BERZINS OSU CAREER STATS
Mik Berzins has moved to 14th on the Ohio State career digs list with 532. He passed Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 525 and Dan Mihacevich (1994-97) with 526. He needs 1 dig to move past 13th-ranked Mike Wauligman (2002-05) with 533. Berzins is the Ohio State career leader in digs per set with a 2.45 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 did not see action in the matches last week. He has played in seven matches this season and has one assist and three digs.
#21 SEAN MARTIN
Sean Martin saw backrow action in all three set of Friday’s match against Quincy for his first action of the season. He recorded one dig in the contest.