HISTORY WITH THE PATRIOTS AND FLYING FLEET
The all-time series with George Mason leans slightly in favor of Ohio State, 32-25. Recent history has been Buckeye-dominated, however, with the Scarlet & Gray riding a 16-match winning streak dating back to 2010 and just nine sets dropped to the Patriots during that nearly decade-long stretch. St. John Arena has witnessed an 18-3 mark for Ohio State versus GMU.
The Flying Fleet of Erskine College is making its third landing in St. John Arena since its initial descent in 2015. The Buckeyes were victorious in the first two meetings, winning six of seven sets
NCAA’S LEADING SCORER RESIDES IN COLUMBUS
Jake Hanes is averaging 6.71 points and 6.00 kills per set through the season’s first two weeks, both averages pacing the NCAA. Buckeye setter Sanil Thomas is quite familiar with being atop the heap of a statistical category after leading the country with 11.28 assists/set in 2018. Thus far in ‘19, Thomas comes in at No. 4 nationally with 10.86 assists/set.
TOP-10 TREND COMES TO AN END
Monday (Jan. 14) marked the first time Ohio State was ranked outside the AVCA Coaches Poll Top-10 since April 4, 2015 (45 consecutive polls). During that stretch, the Buckeyes were slotted No. 1 more than a third of the time (16 of 45 polls).
Last time unranked (Top-15): Final poll of 2014
George Mason received 11 points worth of votes this week, placing them 17th nationally.
HANES HAULS IN WEEKLY AWARDS
Jakes Hanes was responsible for over six points per set in Ohio State’s 2-0 opening weekend, attacking .469 in seven sets. His stellar performance was recognized by both the MIVA (co-Offensive Player of the Week) and OfftheBlockBlog.com (National Opposite Hitter of the Week).
2019 PRESEASON ALL-MIVA TEAM
Jake Hanes, Blake Leeson and Sanil Thomas were each voted to the 12-man 2019 Preseason All-MIVA Team. In addition, Ohio State is slotted third in the Preseason Coaches Poll. The Buckeyes, winners of three straight regular season titles, received two of eight first-place votes from the conference’s head coaches as just five points separated the top three selections (Lewis, Loyola Chicago and Ohio State).
2019 PRESEASON COACHES POLL (points) (first-place votes)
1 | Lewis (58) (4)
2 | Loyola (54) (1)
3 | Ohio State (53) (2)
4 | Ball State (38) (1)
5 | Purdue Fort Wayne (36)
6 | Lindenwood (23)
7 | McKendree (18)
8 | Quincy (8)