April 11, 2019

‘Win or Go Home’ Time is Here


Ohio State’s three-year, nine-match winning streak in the MIVA Tournament is on the line Saturday (Apr. 13) when the seventh-seeded Buckeyes venture to the Windy City for a quarterfinals bout against second-seeded and 10th-ranked Loyola Chicago. First serve is slated for 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT with ESPN3 broadcasting live.

Saturday, April 13 | Chicago, Ill. (Gentile Arena)
8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT – #7-seed Ohio State (10-18, 5-9 MIVA) at #2-seed Loyola Chicago (19-7, 12-2 MIVA)


Saturday night will represent the 60th all-time meeting between the Buckeyes and Loyola Chicago and 12th in the MIVA Tournament. Ohio State holds a 37-22 advantage overall and 7-4 during postseason play. When battling in the Windy City, however, Loyola Chicago owns a 15-11 edge.

Jake Hanes and Blake Leeson are among 12 student-athletes across the conference to be named to the 2019 All-MIVA First Team. Both Buckeyes were Second Team honorees a season ago and this marks Leeson’s third career recognition after receiving All-MIVA Honorable Mention as a freshman in 2016.

Ohio State has placed multiple players on the All-MIVA First Team for five straight seasons and totaled 23 First Teamers in the 2010’s. Looking for the last time there was no Buckeyes on the First Team? You need to go back to 1997. Since the league’s inception in 1961, Ohio State has failed to miss out on the All-MIVA First Team just five seasons (1961, 1962, 1965, 1971, 1997).

In addition, Ethan Talley secured one of the seven slots on the MIVA All-Freshman Team. Hanes and Leeson were All-Freshman squad members as well during their rookie campaigns.

St. John Arena’s days as the main competition venue for Ohio State Men’s Volleyball have come to an end. The Covelli Center is set to open soon and will serve as the new home of Buckeye Men’s Volleyball.

5 – NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championships hosted (1978, 1983, 1997, 2007, 2017)
8 – men’s volleyball head coaches roamed the sidelines (Hanson 35 years; other seven with 17 years combined)
10 – MIVA Tournament titles clinched by Ohio State, including seven since 2008
20 – men’s volleyball banners hanging from the rafters
52 – seasons as the home of Ohio State Men’s Volleyball
566 – Ohio State men’s volleyball wins (.837 winning percentage all-time)
676 – Ohio State men’s volleyball matches hosted
8,205 – fans in attendance to witness Ohio State capture the 2017 national title

BEYOND THE BLOCK O – Ohio State Men’s Volleyball
OhioStateBuckeyes.com went behind the scenes of Ohio State Men’s Volleyball to pull the curtain back a bit and offer Buckeye Nation insight into the three-time national championship program. Four episodes were produced and posted on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. A must-watch for all Buckeye fans. CLICK HERE to view.