April 26, 2000

%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio – Middle hitter Rene’ Esteves (Sr., San Juan, Puerto Rico/San Jose’%^$ HS) and setter Angel Aja (Sr., Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/Colegio Marista HS) have been%^$ named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America Team. Esteves, named to%^$ the first team, was a second team selection in 1998 and 1999. He hit .515 this season averaging%^$ 3.52 kills per game and 1.46 blocks per game this season. In Ohio State career statistics, he%^$ ranks third in kills (1,304) and blocks per game (1.50) and second in hitting percentage (.470),%^$ solo blocks (91), assist blocks (405) and total blocks (496). Esteves was a first team%^$ All-Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association selection this season.%^$

%^$ Aja, named to the second team, was a first team selection in 1998. He averaged 18.71 assists,%^$ 1.51 digs and .74 blocks per game. Aja helped Ohio State win its third-consecutive MIVA%^$ Championship and was named the MIVA Player of the Year. He ranks second in Ohio State%^$ career assists (6,524) and only needs five assists to become OSU’s all-time leader. Aja is the%^$ OSU career leader in assists per game (18.38) and ranks fifth in ace serves (65) and sixth in%^$ hitting percentage (.364).%^$

%^$ Ohio State, ranked fourth nationally in the USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Poll, is 22-3 overall%^$ and finished 13-1 in the MIVA winning its third-consecutive championship. The Buckeyes face%^$ Ball State (16-14) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. (or 30 minutes after the completion of the first semifinal) in%^$ the MIVA Tournament Semifinals. Indiana-Purdue (20-7) and Lewis (21-10) play in the first%^$ semifinal at 5:30 p.m. The semifinal winners meet at 7 p.m. Saturday for the MIVA Tournament%^$ Championship and the winner advances to the NCAA Championship Semifinals May 4 at Ft.%^$ Wayne, Ind.