Senior Grayson Overman
Jan. 3, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 46th season of Ohio State men’s volleyball is set to start Saturday as the No. 11 Buckeyes host Saint Francis in St. John Arena at 7 p.m. ET. Admission for all men’s volleyball matches is free.
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Saturday, January 5
No. 11 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Saint Francis Red Flash – 7 p.m. ET
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OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
Under the direction of 29th-year head coach Pete Hanson, the 2013 edition of the Ohio State Buckeyes features seven seniors led by middle blockers John Tholen and Grayson Overman. The squad is also comprised of three juniors, five sophomores and seven freshmen.
The Buckeyes return four starters in Tholen, Overman, redshirt sophomore Peter Heinen and sophomore Michael Henchy along with junior libero Michael Piechowski. Seeing plenty of playing time last season was redshirt sophomore Shawn Herron and seniors Nick Gibson, Derek Kues, Chen Levitan and Kyle Lawrence.
IN THE POLLS
Ohio State enters the season as the 11th-ranked team in the AVCA Division I-II Coaches Top 15 preseason poll. The team is one of three MIVA schools ranked. Lewis is the No. 5 squad, while Loyola-Chicago is ranked No. 10.
MIVA PRESEASON POLL
The Ohio State men's volleyball team was chosen to finish third in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association by a vote of the league coaches. The Buckeyes return four starters and a libero from last year's squad that captured a share of MIVA regular season title with a 9-3 record.
The 2011 MIVA tournament champion Lewis was voted as the conference favorite with 62 points and six first place votes. Loyola-Chicago was picked to finish second, having 54 points and one first place vote. Ohio State came in a close third with 52 points and one first place vote.
Sophomore outside hitter Michael Henchy was selected to the MIVA preseason All-Conference team. The Ventura, Calif., product played in 21 matches for the Buckeyes last season and averaged 1.66 kills per set. Henchy had a solid summer in 2012 as he helped Team USA to a gold medal at the Junior Continental Championships in Colorado Springs.
Ohio State clinched the team’s sixth-straight MIVA regular season title in 2012, finishing with a 9-3 record in conference play. The league finish was the program’s 24th regular season MIVA title – a conference record. The Buckeyes earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament and advanced to the MIVA Tournament title match where the squad fell 3-2 to Lewis.
The team finished the season with a 21-9 overall record and concluded the year ranked No. 9 in the AVCA poll. Former Buckeye Shawn Sangrey led the nation in kills, averaging 5.03 kills per set. He was named an AVCA First Team All-American, Volleyball Magazine First Team All-American and the 2012 MIVA Player of the Year. Classmate Mik Berzins earned All-MIVA first team honors and was a third team Volleyball Magazine All-American.
Middle blocker John Tholen and setter Peter Heinen were named to the All-MIVA second team. Heinen finished the season second in conference play with an 11.32 assists average, while Tholen averaged .89 blocks per set.
HEAD COACH Pete Hanson
The Buckeyes are led by head coach Pete Hanson, who is in his 29th year with the program. He has guided the Buckeyes to 15 MIVA regular season titles, including the team’s sixth-consecutive title this past season. Under his direction, Ohio State captured its first NCAA Division I-II title in 2011 as the squad defeated UC Santa Barbara in five sets.
The Buckeyes have totaled 18 20-win seasons with Hanson and have reached the NCAA Championships 10 times. Hanson is 562-297 overall at Ohio State in his 28 seasons and boasts a 240-72 record against MIVA opponents.
ST. JOHN ARENA
Historic St. John Arena has been home to the Ohio State men’s volleyball team since the program started in 1968. The Buckeyes have amassed a 471-93 record in 45 years and have totaled six undefeated season at home.
HOME SCHEDULE…FREE ADMISSION
Ohio State’s schedule includes 13 home matches at St. John Arena this season. Along with their six home MIVA matches, the Buckeyes host seven non-conference opponents, including nationally-ranked Penn State (March 16). Admission is free to all Ohio State men’s volleyball home matches.
Saturday’s match marks the season opener for the Saint Francis Red Flash. The squad was picked to finish fifth in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) after finishing fifth in the league following the 2012 season. The Red Flash concluded last year with a 12-15 overall record.
Ohio State leads the series at 24-1 and has won the last five meetings, including two victories last season. The Buckeyes captured a 3-1 win at home over the Red Flash Jan. 22 and then battled to take a 3-2 win in Loretto, Pa., March 2.
The Buckeyes travel to Hawaii for the 2013 Outrigger Tournament held in Honolulu, Jan. 10-12. Ohio State faces host Hawai’i, No. 6 UCLA and No. 8 Penn State during the three-day tournament.