January 31, 2019

Two Home Matches to Begin February

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COLUMBUS, Ind. – The No. 14 Ohio State University men’s volleyball team (3-4) hosts a pair on non-conference contests Feb. 1-2 at St. John Arena, welcoming in Saint Francis University (4-3) and Lincoln Memorial University (5-2). Friday’s match against the Red Flash begins at 7 p.m. while the following night’s clash with the Railsplitters is set for an 8 p.m. start.

HISTORY WITH THE RED FLASH AND THE RAILSPLITTERS
The Buckeyes first faced Saint Francis in 1993 and have won 33 of 34 meetings over the past 26 years, including all 20 contested inside St. John Arena. Ohio State is riding a 14-match winning streak in the series, dropping only eight sets during that stretch.

There is no history with the Railsplitters. Saturday night will mark the first meeting between the Buckeyes and Lincoln Memorial. LMU began a men’s volleyball program in 2017 and has improved drastically in a short amount of time by posting season records of 10-17 (2017), 14-13 (2018) and 5-2 thus far in 2019.

BUCKEYES ON THE BIG TEN NETWORK
Ohio State Men’s Volleyball hosts conference foe Loyola Chicago on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live to a national audience on the Big Ten Network. The contest was originally schedule for the day prior.

ELDER STATESMAN
No active player in D I-II NCAA Men’s Volleyball has played in more matches than Blake Leeson. The fifth-year Buckeye senior has logged 104 matches in his career. He also ranks second among active players with 327 blocks, just six stuffs back from UC Irvine’s Scott Stadick and his 333 rejections entering the week.

HALL OF FAME HANSON
Pete Hanson will be among a group of 25 volleyball legends and stars of the sport who will be inducted into the USA Volleyball Hall of Fame as presented at the Dorothy C. Boyce Banquet on May 22 in Columbus, Ohio.

Enshrinement is nothing new for the Ohio State head coach, previously inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame (2017) and American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame (2015).

NCAA’S LEADING SCORER RESIDES IN COLUMBUS
Jake Hanes is averaging 6.06 points and 5.32 kills per set through the season’s first four 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. 7 nationally with 10.24 assists/set.