COLUMBUS, Ohio – The ninth-ranked (tie) Ohio State (3-2 overall, 1-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team steps out of conference play to face second-ranked (Div. III) Juniata (8-1, 1-0 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) at 7 p.m. ET in the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Ninth-ranked (tie) Ohio State, coached by Pete Hanson, has a 3-2 overall record and is 1-0 in the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Buckeyes won two matches last week defeating George Mason 3-1 (29-27, 25-21, 20-25, 25-17) at home and at IPFW, 3-0 (25-15, 250-20, 25-16) on the road. Shawn Sangrey leads the team with a 4.50 points per set average. John Klanac ranks second at 3.53 with Kevin Heine third at 3.33. Sangrey has a team-high 3.31 kills per set average. Klanac ranks second at 3.05 with Heine third at 2.67. In attack percentage, Heine leads the squad with a .457 percentage. Grayson Overman ranks second at .393 with Klanac third at .353. Setter Seven Kehoe has an 12.47 assists per set average. Sangrey has a team-high .62 aces per set average with 10. Klanac and Kehoe are tied for second at .26 with five ace serves each. Defensively, Mik Berzins is averaging a team-high 1.95 digs per set with 37. Klanac ranks second at 1.58 (30) with Anthony Hock third at 1.47 (25). Hock has a team-high .986 serve reception percentage handling 68 of 69 attempts. Berzins ranks second at .975 (115 of 118) and Klanac is third at .958 (92 of 96). At the net, Heine has a team-high 1.11 blocks per set average with four solos and 16 assist blocks. Sangrey ranks second at 1.06 with a solo and 16 assists. Overman, at 1.06, is third with 18 assist blocks.
Ohio State is averaging 17.95 points, 14.00 kills and 13.53 assists per set while hitting .345. The Buckeyes average 1.47 aces, 8.63 digs and 2.47 blocks per set and have a .968 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 15.50 points, 12.42 kills and 11.74 assists per set while hitting .290. They average .58 aces, 6.95 digs and 2.50 blocks per set and have a .925 serve reception percentage.
A LOOK AT JUNIATA
Second-ranked (Div. III) Juniata, coached by Kevin Moore, is 8-1 overall this season and 1-0 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. They were undefeated at the AVI Invitational at Thiel College with wins over #10 (Div. III) Carthage, 3-0 (25-19, 26-24, 25-21, #4 (Div. III) Nazareth College, 3-1 (25-19, 25-22, 21-25, 25-22) and Thiel, 3-1 (25-22, 26-28, 25-22, 25-19). The Eagles play at St. Francis Wednesday prior to hosting the Buckeyes. Alex McColgin has a team-high 3.48 points per set average. Chris Vrooman ranks second at 3.35 with Ben Wolff third at 2.51. McColgin leads the team with a 3.12 kills per set average. Vrooman ranks second at 2.94 with Wolff third at 1.89. Wolff has a team-high .553 attack percentage with McColgin second at .281 and Vrooman third at .259. At setter, John Almquist is averaging 6.69 assists per set with Mike Kraft second at 2.40. Almquist has a team-high .28 aces per set average with nine. Vrooman ranks second at .15 with five and McColgin third at .09 with three. Defensively, Kraft leads the team with a 2.14 digs per set average with 75. Ranking second is McColgin (40) at 1.21 with Vrooman (38) third at 1.15. Kraft has a team-high .951 serve reception percentage handling 78 of 82 attempts. Dan Follett, at .933 (84 of 90) ranks second and Vrooman is third at .925 (98 of 106). At the net, Wolff, at 1.00 blocks per set leads the squad with seven solos and 29 assist blocks. John Prout, at .90, ranks second with a solo and 28 assists. Ranking third is McColgin at .48 with two solos and 14 assists.
Juniata averages 14.29 points, 11.25 kills and 10.42 assists per set while hitting .274. The Eagles average .64 aces, 7.75 digs and 2.40 blocks per set and have a .949 serve reception percentage. Opponents average 13.53 points, 10.69 kills and 9.81 assists per set while hitting .149. Eagle opponents average .81 aces, 8.50 digs and 2.03 blocks per set.
OSU SERIES WITH JUNIATA
Ohio State has a 23-2 record against Juniata. The Buckeyes are 6-2 in Huntingdon, 2-0 at neutral sites and 15-0 in Columbus. The squads played twice in 2010 with Ohio State winning both. OSU won 3-0 (30-26, 30-21, 30-28) in Huntingdon and 3-0 (30-18, 30-25, 30-26) in Columbus.
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.
OHIO STATE RANKED TIED FOR NINTH IN AVCA WEEKLY POLL
Ohio State is ranked tied for ninth in the latest (Jan. 24) American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll with Penn State (4-1 overall). OSU received 109 points in the poll and is the highest ranked team in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Two other MIVA teams are ranked with Ball State 12th and Loyola-Chicago 13th. Lewis is receiving votes. Southern California is ranked first in the poll. The Buckeyes opened the season ranked seventh.
ASICS/VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE POLL HAS OSU 10TH
The ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Poll of Jan. 25 has ranked Ohio State ranked 10th with 17 points. Last season, the Buckeyes finished eighth in the poll. Southern California is the top-ranked team with 100 points. Ball State is receiving votes.
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 518-284 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 season highs of 60 assists, three ace serves and a solo block against George Mason. He added two digs and a kill against the Patriots. Kehoe had 42 assists, two digs and a season-high four assist blocks at IPFW. For the season, he is averaging 12.47 assists, .32 kills, 26 aces, 1.16 digs and .47 blocks per set.
KEHOE IN OSU CAREER STATS
With 102 assists last week, Steven Kehoe has 2,931 career assists and ranks fifth. Fourth on the list is Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 4,723. Kehoe ranks seventh in assists per set at 11.06. He is ranked 10th in career aces with 69. Next on the list is ninth-ranked Mark Greaves (2003-06) with 73. Kehoe ranks ninth in aces per set at .26. In digs per set, he is ranked 16th with a 1.61 average.
#2 KEVIN HEINE
Kevin Heine tied his career-high of 15 kills against George Mason while hitting .391. He added a season-high two digs and five total blocks with a career tying two solos and three assists. Heine recorded a career-high 18.5 points against the Patriots. At IPFW, he recorded a season-high seven assist blocks and added three kills (.429). Heine has started all five matches this season and is averaging 3.33 points, 2.67 kills, a team-high 1.11 blocks per set while hitting a team-high .457.
HEINE IN OSU CAREER STATS
Kevin Heine has moved to 14th in OSU career assist blocks with 259. He moved past Steve Potter (1992-95) with 253. Heine needs four assist blocks to move past No. 13 David Frette (1989-91). He ranks 15th in career total blocks with 22 solos and 259 assists. Ranking 14th on the list is Angel Aja (1997-00) with 29 solos and 264 assists. Heine ranks 10th in career blocks per game with a 1.18 average.
#3 ANTHONY HOCK
Anthony Hock recorded a season-high 11 digs at IPFW and handled 15 of 16 serve reception attempts. Against George Mason, he had 10 digs and handled 36 serve reception attempts without an error. Hock has started the last three matches at libero and is averaging 1.47 digs per set this season. He has a team-high .986 serve reception percentage handling 68 of 69 attempts. Hock was named the MIVA Defensive Player of the Week for his play against George Mason and IPFW.
#5 GRAYSON OVERMAN
Grayson Overman tied his career high attack percentage of .846 in the George Mason match recording 11 kills in 13 attempts without an error. He added three digs and one assist block. At IPFW, he collected four kills (.222) and five assist blocks against the Mastodons. In his five starts this season, Overman is averaging 2.65 points, 1.88 kills, .24 aces, .41 digs and 1.06 blocks per set while hitting .393.
#6 SHAWN SANGREY
Shawn Sangrey recorded a season-high 22 points at IPFW with season-highs of 17 kills and three ace serves and added four assist blocks and three digs. He hit a career-high .571 in the match with only one error in 28 attempts. Against George Mason, he scored a match-high 19.5 points with 16 kills (.237), two ace serves and three assist blocks. Sangrey equaled his career high of 10 digs against the Patriots. A starter in the four matches he has played, Sangrey is averaging team-highs of 4.50 points, 3.31 kills and .62 aces per set. He is averaging 1.38 dig sand 1.06 blocks per set. Sangrey was named the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week for his play against George Mason and IPFW.
#8 JOHN KLANAC
John Klanac had 13 points at IPFW with 11 kills (.368), one ace serve and two assist blocks. He tied his season high of eight digs against the Mastodons and handled 11 of 12 serve reception attempts. In the George Mason match, Klanac recorded six kills (.143), one assist block and seven digs. He handled 24 serve reception attempts against the Patriots without an error. In his five starts this season, Klanac is averaging 3.53 points, 3.05 kills, .26 aces, 1.58 digs and .42 blocks per set while hitting .353. He has a .958 serve reception percentage handling 92 of 96 attempts.
KLANAC IN OSU CAREER STATS
John Klanac is ranked 19th in kills per set at 3.10 and is 18th in aces per set at .22. He is ranked 19th in points per set at 3.61.
#15 MIK BERZINS
Mik Berzins recorded a career-tying 15 kills and 17.5 points in the George Mason match. He hit a season-high .400 (15-5-25) against the Patriots, adding two ace serves, five digs and one assist block. Berzins handled 22 serve reception attempts without an error. At IPFW, he had 11.5 points with 10 kills (.368), three assist blocks and eight digs. He handled 20 serve reception attempts without an error against the Mastodons. A starter in the last three matches at outside hitter, Berzins is averaging 2.45 points, 2.05 kills, 16 aces, 1.95 digs and .42 blocks per set while hitting .338. He has a .975 serve reception percentage handling 115 of 118 attempts. Berzins started the first two matches of the season at libero.
BERZINS OSU CAREER STATS
Mik Berzins is ranked 17th in career digs with 494. He needs 15 digs to pass No. 16 Robbie Klein (2006-09) with 508. Berzins is the Ohio State career leader in digs per set with a 2.52 average.