May 31, 2005
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s 2004 men’s volleyball campaign included the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament Championship and a berth in the NCAA Championship semifinals. The 24-8 Buckeyes finished second in the MIVA regular season, losing road matches at eventual champion Loyola and at Lewis. OSU defeated Quincy, Ball State and IPFW to capture the MIVA Tournament Championship but fell to eventual NCAA Champion Pepperdine in the NCAA Championship semifinals.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State finished the 2004 season with a 24-8 overall record. They finished second in the MIVA with a 14-2 record. The Buckeyes finished ninth in the USA TODAY/CSTV Top 15 Coaches Poll. Ohio State closed out the season with a 0-3 (16-30, 29-31, 26-30) loss to Pepperdine in the NCAA Championship semifinals at UCLA.
OHIO STATE BY THE NUMBERS
Mark Greaves (Jr., Fenton, Mo.) leads the Buckeyes in points per game at 4.90 with Andy Cole (Jr., Glendale, Wis.) averaging 4.27. Greaves is averaging a team-high 4.35 kills (422) per game with Cole second at 3.78 (321). Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) is hitting a team-high .475 with Scott Spurlock (Sr., Stow, Ohio) second at .398. Setter Daniel Mathews (Fr., Shorewood, Wis.) is averaging 13.10 assists (1,454) per game and is averaging a team-high .29 aces per game with a team-high 32 aces. Greaves is second in aces per game at .24 (23). Mike Wauligman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) leads the team in digs per game with a 1.99 average on 199 digs with libero Conor Martin (Fr., Avon Lake, Ohio) second at 1.92 (203). At the net, Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) has a team-high 1.37 blocks per game average with Spurlock second at 1.18. Dreven has six solos and 139 assists while Spurlock has six solos and 123 assists. The Buckeyes are hitting .323 and average 15.77 kills per game. OSU averages 1.23 aces, 9.33 digs and 2.97 blocks per game. Ohio State opponents are hitting .245 and average 14.01 kills per game. Buckeye opponents average .79 aces, 8.01 digs and 2.31 blocks per game.
REVIEWING THE PEPPERDINE MATCH
Ohio State fell 0-3 (16-30, 29-31, 26-30) to top-seed and eventual NCAA Champion Pepperdine in the NCAA Championship semifinals at UCLA. OSU’s Mark Greaves had a team-high 16 points with 14 kills (.200) and two ace serves with Andy Cole adding 14 points with 12 kills, an ace serve and two assist blocks. Pepperdine’s Sean Rooney scored a match-high 25.5 points with 19 kills (.357), four ace serves and five assist blocks. Wave Jon Parfitt contributed 11.5 points with 11 kills (.250) and an assist block with Andy Hein adding 10 points with six kills (.545), two ace serves and four assist blocks. Pepperdine won game won, 30-16, hitting .409 to OSU’s .028. The Buckeyes held a 19-17 lead in game two and were tied at 28. Pepperdine took a 29-28 lead but OSU stopped the game point to tie the game at 29. A Wave block and an ace serve ended the game at 31-29. Pepperdine hit .310 for the game to .302 for the Buckeyes. OSU continued strong in game three having tied the game at 15 but Pepperdine closed out the match with a 30-26 game three win. The Waves hit .432 in the game to .286 for the Buckeyes. For the match, Pepperdine hit .376 to .211 for Ohio State. The Buckeyes had a 49-46 edge in kills while Pepperdine had a six to three margin in ace serves. OSU gave up 12 service errors to 11 for the Waves. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 30-34 advantage in digs with Wave James Ka recording a match-high 12 digs to OSU’s Conor Martin’s 11. At the net, Pepperdine had a 10.5 to three margin in team blocks. Wave Tom Hulse produced a match-high six assist blocks in the contest. OSU setter Daniel Mathews recorded a match-high 43 assists while Pepperdine’s Jonathan Winder had 40. OSU’s Greaves was later named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team.
OHIO STATE AND THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Ohio State made its 14th appearance in the NCAA Championship at UCLA in 2005. The Buckeyes have a 7-19 overall record in the Championship. OSU is 2-12 in semifinal matches and 0-2 in Championship matches. Ohio State is 5-5 in third place matches that are no longer played.
SPURLOCK AND WAULIGMAN END CAREERS ON A HIGH
With their senior year over, Scott Spurlock and Mike Wauligman have closed out their playing careers with the Buckeyes. In the last four years OSU has an overall record of 84-36 (.700) and was 49-15 (.766) in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Buckeyes won the MIVA regular season championship in 2004, finished second in 2005 and third in 2002 and 2003. OSU won the MIVA Tournament Championship in 2005 and advanced to the NCAA Championship semifinals.
SPURLOCK FINISHES CAREER RANKED FOURTH IN ASSISTS AND TOTAL BLOCKS
Scott Spurlock concluded his four-year career with the Buckeyes with 387 assist blocks and 404 total blocks (17 solos, 387 assists). He finishes ranked fourth in both categories in Ohio State career statistics. Spurlock ranks seventh in career blocks per game for the Buckeyes with a 1.23 per game average. He finished is career hitting .403 with 619 kills to rank fifth on the OSU career attack percentage list.
WAULIGMAN HAS THREE TOP-20 CAREER STATISTICAL RANKINGS
With 533 career digs, Mike Wauligman finishes his career ranked 11th on the OSU career digs list. He also is 11th in career digs per game with a 1.63 average. In career attach attempts Wauligman ranks 16th with 1,604. He finished near the top-20 in several career categories including kills, 21st (727); attack percentage, 21st (.246) and points, 22nd (844.5).
GREAVES RANKS IN 10 TOP-20 CAREER CATEGORIES FOR THE BUCKEYES
Mark Greaves completed his junior season ranked in the top-20 in 10 statistical categories for Ohio State. In hitting, he is 11th (924) in kills, 12th (3.46) in kills per game, 12th (1,896) in attempts and 20th (.263) in hitting percentage. On the service line, Greaves ranked seventh (72) in aces and fifth (.27) in aces per game. Defensively, he is 16th (415) in digs and 14th (1.55) in digs per game. In career points, Greaves ranks 11th (1.089.5) in points and 12th (4.08) in points per game.
MATHEWS FINISHES FRESHMAN SEASON RANKED SIXTH IN CAREER ASSISTS
Daniel Mathews posted 1,454 assists in his freshman season and ranks sixth on the OSU career list. He also is ranked sixth in career assists per game with a 13.10 average. Mathews finished sixth nationally with a 13.06 average (does not include NCAA matches). He ranked second in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association in conference statistics with a 13.20 average.
COLE BECOMES NINTH AT OSU TO TOP 1,000 CAREER KILLS
Andy Cole, with 1,017 career kills ranks eighth on the OSU career kills list. He became the ninth OSU player to reach 1,000 career kills during his 19-kill performance against IPFW in the MIVA Tournament Championship match at Loyola. Cole also ranks eighth in OSU career kills per game with a 3.62 average. He ranks 19th in OSU career hitting percentage at .270, is tied for 15th in career aces with 51, is 18th in career digs with 354 and cracked the OSU career top-10 in points at ninth with 1,165.5.
DREVEN CLOSES IN ON TOP-20 IN OSU CAREER ASSIST BLOCKS
Layne Dreven finished the 2005 season with 178 career assist blocks and ranks 21st on the OSU career assist blocks list. His 185 career total blocks (7 solo, 178 assists) has him 11 total blocks from moving into the OSU top-20 when Dan Mihacevich (1994-97) ranks 20th with 196 (36-160) total blocks.
MARTIN AT LIBERO
Conor Martin has started at libero in 24 matches including the last 23. He has a 1.92 digs per game average on season-high 203 digs, ranking second on the team in digs per game for the Buckeyes. Martin produced a career-high 15 digs against Ball State in the MIVA Tournament semifinals at Loyola. He has 10 or more digs in six matches this season.
BUCKEYES POST THREE 11-BLOCK PERFORMANCES
Three times this season Buckeye student-athletes recorded 11 assist blocks in a match. Two of those efforts came against St. Francis to open the season on Jan. 9. Both setter Daniel Mathews and middle blocker Layne Dreven recorded 11 assists blocks in that match. Scott Spurlock equaled the output against IPFW in the MIVA Tournament Championship match at Loyola on April 30. The 11 assist blocks ties for 10th in the OSU match record for assist blocks and 15th in total blocks. Mathews added 44 assists, seven digs, four kills and three ace serves in the match against St. Francis while Dreven had five kills, two digs and an ace serve. Spurlock recorded six kills, three digs and an ace serve against IPFW.
DREVEN TIES OSU MATCH RECORD FOR ATTACH PERCENTAGE
Layne Dreven equaled the Ohio State match record for attach percentage with a 10 for 10 performance at Findlay on March 25. He tied the record held by Colin McMillan (vs. Tri-State in 1998) and Gary Wrobel (vs. Thomas More in 1996). Dreven had 11.5 points in the match against the Oilers adding three assist blocks and two digs.
DREVEN IS MIVA STATISTICAL CHAMPION IN HITTING PERCENTAGE
Layne Dreven finished the MIVA Conference season as the top statistical percentage hitter in the league with a .515 average. He also finished third in blocking with a 1.42 per game average. In statistics for all matches, Dreven ranks 10th in hitting percentage at .476 and is fifth in blocks per game at 1.43. Scott Spurlock was fourth in hitting percentage at .436 and was eighth in blocking at 1.09. Setter Daniel Mathews, with a 13.20 assists per game average finished second in assists and was fourth in aces per game at .36. Mark Greaves finished third in kills per game with a 4.60 average and was ninth in hitting percentage at .352. Libero Conor Martin had a 2.31 digs per game average to finish sixth in the league with Mike Wauligman ninth at 2.08.
OHIO STATE IN THE FINAL NATIONAL STATISTICS
In the final 2005 national statistics Ohio State has three student-athletes ranked. The statistics do not include the NCAA Championship matches. Middle blocker Layne Dreven finished ranked eighth in hitting percentage at .481 and tied for sixth in blocking with a 1.40 per game average. Outside hitter Mark Greaves is ranked 12th in kills per game with a 4.34 average and is 14th in points per game with a 4.89 average. Setter Daniel Mathews ranks sixth in assists per game with a 13.06 average. As a team, OSU was ranked seventh nationally in hitting percentage at .326.
BUCKEYES FINISH NINTH IN USA TODAY/CSTV COACHES POLL
Ohio State finished ninth in the final 2005 USA TODAY/CSTV Coaches Poll released May 10, 2005. The Buckeyes had been in the ninth spot last week. Ohio State remained at 119 points in the poll this week. The Buckeyes began the season ranked tenth. The ninth place ranking marks the seventh time that Ohio State has finished in the top-10 since the poll began in 1986 when the Buckeyes finished ninth. Six times in the last eight years Ohio State has finished in the top-10. They included sixth in 1998, eighth in 1999, second in 2000, ninth in 2001, 10th in 2002 and ninth in 2005.
BUCKEYES WIN MIVA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP
Ohio State won its 10th Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament Championship with a 3-1 (30-23, 30-18, 27-30, 30-24) victory over IPFW in the championship match played at Loyola. The Buckeyes were seeded second in the tournament and defeated eighth-seed Quincy 3-1 (30-19, 26-30, 30-23, 30-27) to advance to the tournament semifinals. OSU defeated third seed Ball State, 3-2 (30-25, 26-30, 30-22, 19-30, 15-10) and fourth seed IPFW upset top seed Loyola, 3-2 (30-20, 28-30, 30-22, 26-30, 15-12) in the semifinals.
MATHEWS, DREVEN AND COLE NAMED TO THE MIVA ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Daniel Mathews, Layne Dreven and Andy Cole we named to the MVIA All-Tournament team after winning the MIVA Tournament Championship. Mathews was named the Most Valuable Player in leading the Buckeyes to the automatic berth in the NCAA Championship.
OSU HAS FOUR NAMED ALL-CONFERENCE, MATHEWS, FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Ohio had four played named to the MIVA All-Conference team. Mark Greaves and Layne Dreven were named to the first team while Andy Cole and Daniel Mathews were second team selections. In addition, Mathews was named the MIVA Freshman of the Year. Loyola’s Scott Greene was selected the Player of the Year and Shane Davis of Loyola was the Coach of the Year.
BUCKEYES’ CONFERENCE HOME WINNING STREAK NOW 16 MATCHES
Ohio State has won its last 16 consecutive home MIVA regular season conference matches (8 in 2005 and 8 in 2004) over the last two years. OSU’s last home conference loss was at the end of the 2003 season, a 0-3 (30-28, 30-22, 34-32) loss to Ball State on April 12, 2003.
OSU HAS A SEASON-HIGH 15 ACES AGAINST CLARK
Ohio State scored a season-high 15 ace serves against Clarke on Wednesday night. The previous best this season was nine against St. Francis and Juniata. The 15 aces ties ranks in a tie for second in OSU match records with the 15 at Pacific in 2001. The Buckeye record is 17 against Thomas More in 1995.
MATHEWS NAMED TO GOLDEN DOME CLASSIC TEAM
Daniel Mathews was named to the Golden Dome Classic team for his play last week against Rutgers-Newark and Penn State. He had 47 assists against the Scarlet Raiders, adding four digs, two kills and two assist blocks. In the Penn State match he had 35 assists, three digs, three total blocks (1-2) and a kill. Mathews averaged 13.67 assists per game on the weekend.
MATHEWS NAMED MIVA/NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK – May 2, 2005
Daniel Mathews, a 6-6 freshman setter for 10th-ranked Ohio State (24-7), has been chosen the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week and the American Volleyball Coaches Association/Sports Imports National Player of the Week. Mathews, the MIVA Tournament Most Valuable Player, guided Ohio State to neutral site victories over Ball State, 3-2 (30-25, 26-30, 30-22, 19-30, 15-10) in the tournament semifinals and over IPFW, 3-1 (30-23, 30-18, 27-30, 30-24) in the Tournament Championship match to earn Ohio State’s 14th trip to the NCAA Championship semifinals. Mathews had 57 assists against Ball State, adding seven assist blocks, three kills and an ace serve. In the IPFW match, he had career-highs of seven kills and a .600 (7-1-10) hitting percentage against the Mastodons. He had 51 assists in the match, adding five assist blocks and a digs. His seven kills against IPFW were on setter dumps and helped keep the Mastodons off balance. His kill in game four against the Mastodons at 27-24, started a three-point run for OSU to close out the match. For the two matches, Mathews averaged 12.00 assists and 1.33 blocks per game. This is the second time this season he has been named the MIVA Player of the Week.
MATHEWS NAMED MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK – April 18, 2005
Daniel Mathews (Fr., Shorewood, Wis.) had an outstanding weekend in leading Ohio State to a 3-0 (30-25, 30-22, 30-16) home win over Findlay and a 3-2 (28-30, 29-31, 31-29, 30-18, 15-11) come-from-behind victory at IPFW. Mathews had two kills and 39 assists against the Oilers. Defensively, he shared match-high honors with eight digs and contributed seven total blocks (one solo and six assists) against Findlay. At IPFW, he equaled his career-high of five kills (four times) adding an ace serve and posting 66 assists. He produced seven digs and five assist blocks for the defense. Two of his kills came with OSU down 2-0 in games and tied 29-29 in the third game as he successfully scored kills on two consecutive plays on the second contact to win the game, 31-29. IPFW was serving match point at 29-28 but was stopped by a Stuart Katz kill. Katz, Brett Versen and Sam Stevens came off the bench and played much of the match collecting 35 points (29 kills, a solo block and 10 assist blocks) of OSU’s 99 points. Mathews was exceptional in blending the bench players into the offense and securing the victory for OSU. His combined 105 assists on the weekend gives him 1,245 for his career and has moved him to sixth on the OSU career assist list. Mathews averaged 13.12 assists per game to power the offense and recorded 1.88 digs and 1.50 blocks per game, contributing to OSU’s defensive play.
GREAVES NAMED MIVA/AVCA NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK – April 11, 2005
Mark Greaves an outside hitter has been chosen the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s National Player of the Week and the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week. Greaves paced the Buckeyes to wins over 14th-ranked Lewis and eighth-ranked Loyola-Chicago last week. He posted averages of 7.29 points, 7.29 kills and 2.71 digs per game while hitting .519 on 77 attacks. Greaves had back-to-back nights of career-high kills. He started with 24 kills on a .556 attack percentage versus Lewis on April 8. He added five digs and 31 errorless service receptions in the three-game victory. Greaves turned in 11 of his 24 kills in the second game. He sparked the Buckeyes to a four-game win over Loyola-Chicago on April 9 as Ohio State snapped the Ramblers’ 21-match win streak. Greaves produced a new career-high 27 kills in the match on a .488 attack percentage. He added a season-high 14 digs, three assists and 26 errorless service receptions in the victory. Greaves hits .339 for the season with per game averages of 4.86 points, 4.37 kills and 1.44 digs per game.
DREVEN NAMED MIVA/AVCA NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Mar 28, 2005
Layne Dreven, a 6-8 junior middle blocker for 12th-ranked The Ohio State University (16-6, 9-2 MIVA), has been chosen the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Player of the Week and the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week. Dreven produced a school-record tying hitting percentage as the Buckeyes swept Findlay on March 25. He contributed a perfect hitting performance of 10 kills on 10 attacks as Ohio State defeated Findlay 30-17, 30-23, 30-22. Dreven added three block assists and two digs in the victory. He averaged 3.83 points, 3.33 kills, 1.00 blocks and 0.67 digs per game for the match and week. His performance equals hitting percentages previously reached by former Buckeyes Colin McMillan in 1998 against Tri-State and Gary Wrobel versus Thomas More in 1996. Dreven averages 3.19 points, 2.23 kills, 1.52 blocks and 0.24 digs per game while hitting a team-best .489 for the season. An Ohio State student-athlete has earned the national honor seven times.
Mark Greaves NAMED MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK – March 7, 2005
Mark Greaves has been selected as the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week. Greaves averaged 4.90 points per game while hitting .405 in 3-0 MIVA league wins over Clarke (30-11, 30-21, 30-22) and IPFW (30-21, 33-31, 30-21) last week. He had six kills, five digs and an ace serve in the Clarke match while playing in just two games. Against IPFW, he had a match-high 17.5 points with a match-high 15 kills, three assist blocks and an ace serve. He hit .480 in the match and added six digs. For the two matches, Greaves hit .405 and averaged 4.20 kills per game. He posted 11 digs (2.20 per game), three assist blocks (.60) and two ace serves (.40) for the week. His play help extend Ohio State’s 20-match regular season home winning streak and its 12-match conference home winning streak.
HISTORY OF OSU MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
The Ohio State men’s volleyball program began in 1968 under head coach Karl Dunlap. In the 38-year history of the program, the Buckeyes have compiled an 813-331-3 overall record. OSU has won or shared 18 championships in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association and has won 10 MIVA Tournament Championships. The Buckeyes have participated in 14 NCAA Championships, the latest in 2005. Ohio State reached the NCAA Championship match in 1977 and 2000.
2005 PLAYER NOTES
#1 Dan Meske (So., Willow Springs, Ill.) – Played in 32 matches with seven starts at libero – career-high two ace serves against Ball State – recorded an overpass kill in the second Springfield match, adding a season-high five digs.
#2 Stuart Katz (Sr., Port Washington, N.Y.) – Played in 28 matches, with six starts – career-high of 14 kills against Rutgers-Newark – hit a career-high .700 (7-0-10) against Clarke – season-high 13 digs and at Penn State – season-high two ace serves at Penn State and against Lewis – career-high four assist blocks against Quincy in the MIVA quarterfinals and added 12 kills in a starting role.
#3 Joerel Morales (So., Caguas, Puerto Rico) – Played in three matches – recorded a season-high six assists against Clarke and equaled his career-high of two digs against the Crusaders.
#4 Daniel Mathews (Fr., Shorewood, Wis.) – Starting setter in 32 matches – named the Most Valuable Player of the MIVA Tournament – named the MIVA Freshman of the Year and a second-team All-MIVA selection – named the Ohio State Athlete of the Week for his play against St. Francis (44 assists, 11 assists blocks, seven digs, four kills and three ace serves) – career-high seven kills against IPFW in the MIVA Tournament championship – recorded a career-high four aces, four times, against Juniata, at Mercyhurst, at Loyola and at Clarke – career-high 70 assists against Loyola – career-high 14 digs against at Ball State – named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week and MIVA Player of the week for wins over Ball State (semifinals) and IPFW (championship) in the MIVA Tournament – named the MIVA Player of the Week in wins against Findlay and at IPFW – named to the Golden Dome All-Classic Team.
#6 Brett Versen (So., Centerville, Ohio) – Played in 19 matches – recorded career-highs of seven kills (1.000) and seven assist blocks at IPFW – hit a career-high .400 (6-2-10) against the Crusaders – contributed in wins against Findlay and at IPFW from off the bench..
#8 Mark Greaves (Jr., Fenton, Mo.) – Starting outside hitter in 29 matches – named an American Volleyball Coaches Association second team All-American – named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team – named a first-team All-MIVA selection – did not play in the matches at Lewis, Quincy and Findlay – career-high 27 kill against Loyola – hit a career-high .680 against Juniata with 17 kills, no errors in 25 attempts – season-high 14 digs against Loyola – season-high six assist blocks against Rutgers-Newark – season-high six (1-5) total blocks against IPFW in the MIVA Tournament – named the MIVA Player of the Week in home matches against Clarke and IPFW – named the Sports Import/AVCA National Player of the Week and the MIVA Player of the Week in home matches against Lewis and Loyola and honored as the Ohio State Athlete of the Week – 23 matches with double-figure kills including his last 12.
#9 Sam Stevens (Jr., Miami, Fla.) – Played in 32 matches with three starts – season-high 16 kills at Findlay – hit a career-high .636 (16-2-22) at Findlay – recorded four total blocks (one solo and three assists) at IPFW – season-high nine digs at Quincy – career-high three aces against Clarke – posted a career-high six assists at Quincy – recorded a key ace serve in both the Lewis and Loyola home matches – had 13 kills at IPFW to help in the 3-2 come-from-behind victory..
#11 Scott Spurlock (Sr., Stow, Ohio) – Starting middle hitter in 32 matches – named a second-team All-MIVA selection – career-high three ace serves against St. Francis – hit a season-high .750 (9-0-12) against Quincy – equaled his career-high of 15 kills against Quincy in the MIVA quarterfinals – season-high 11 assist blocks against IPFW in the MIVA Tournament – 15 matches with five or more blocks.
#12 Andy Cole (Jr., Glendale, Wis.) – Starting outside hitter in 28 matches, playing in 29 – named to the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association All-Tournament Team – season-high of 22 kills against Rutgers-Newark – season-high six assist blocks against Ball State – hit a season-high .611 (12-1-18) against Ball State – season-high eight digs against Quincy – double-figure kills in 21 matches including the last 10.
#13 Mike Wauligman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) – Starting outside hitter in 30 matches, playing in 32 – career-high 14 kills against Loyola – season-high 13 digs against Loyola and against IPFW in the MIVA Tournament – hit a season-best .500 (13-2-22) against Quincy – hit .714 (5-0-7) off the bench against Rutgers-Newark adding five digs and an assist block – season-high five assist blocks at Penn State – equaled his career-high of two ace serves against Ball State.
#14 Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) – Starting middle hitter in 32 matches – named to the MIVA All-Tournament team – named a first-team All-MIVA selection – career-high 11 assist blocks against St. Francis – career-high 13 kills against Quincy – had 10 total blocks (one solo, nine assists) at Quincy, 10 assist blocks at Ball State and 11 assist blocks against IPFW in the MIVA Tournament – hit an OSU match record/career-high 1.000 (10-0-10) at Findlay – career-high three aces against Clarke – has had five or more blocks in 13 matches this season – MIVA Conference statistical champion in hitting percentage at .515 – named the Ohio State Male Athlete of the Week, twice, for his play in home wins over Ball State and Quincy and at Findlay – named the AVCA National and the MIVA Player of the Week in the win over Findlay.
#15 Conor Martin (Fr., Avon Lake, Ohio) – Played in 33 matches with 25 starts at libero including the last 24 matches – career-high 15 digs against Ball State in the MIVA Tournament semifinals – has six matches with double-figure dig – scored an overpass kill at Loyola – career-high three assists against Lewis.
#17 Matthew Hankey (So., Naperville, Ill.) – Played in three matches.
Note the following did not play in 2005: #5 John Albertson (Fr., Manchester, Mo.); #16 Robert Klein (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio); #10 Carlos Ramirez (Fr., Caguas, Puerto Rico); #7 Ben Spurlock (Fr., Stow, Ohio)