No. 10 Buckeyes Set for Competitive Outrigger Invitational

Go Buckeyes! Andrew Lutz
Go Buckeyes!
Andrew Lutz
Go Buckeyes!

Jan. 9, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 10 Ohio State men's volleyball team travels to Hawai'i for the 19th Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Invitational, Jan. 10-12, on the campus of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in Honolulu. Joining the Buckeyes in the tournament is host Hawai'i, No. 5 UCLA and No. 7 Penn State.

Thursday, January 10

UCLA vs. Penn State - 4 p.m. HT
Hawai'i vs. Ohio State - 7 p.m. HT
Friday, January 11

Ohio State vs. UCLA - 4 p.m. HT
Hawai'i vs. Penn State - 7 p.m. HT
Saturday, January 12

Ohio State vs. Penn State - 4 p.m. HT
Hawai'i vs. UCLA - 7 p.m. HT

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The Ohio State men's volleyball team opened the 2013 season with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-16) win over Saint Francis, Jan. 5, in St. John Arena.
                Sophomore Michael Henchy led the match with 12 kills and added three digs and two block assists. Redshirt sophomore Andrew Lutz, who played in his first match for the Buckeyes, finished with 10 kills and two service aces. Sophomore libero Brennan Anderson had a career-best 12 digs, while redshirt senior John Tholen had six kills on seven attempts with a .857 hitting percentage.

Sophomore Brennan Anderson of the No. 10 Ohio State men's volleyball team was named MIVA Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. The honor is the first of Anderson's career.
              The libero notched a career-high 12 digs in Ohio State's season-opening win over Saint Francis Saturday to lead all student-athletes in the match. In addition, Anderson successfully passed all 18 serves faced and added a career-best three assists in the victory.

Ohio State enters the weekend as the No. 10 team in the AVCA Division I-II Men's Top 15 poll, moving up a spot from last week's season-opening poll. Conference foe Lewis is ranked No. 13, while Loyola-Chicago is receiving votes.   

The Hawai'i Warriors enter the weekend with a 0-2 overall record after dropping a pair of matches to No. 2 BYU in Provo, Utah, Jan. 4-5. BYU topped Hawai'i 3-0 Friday and followed with a 3-1 win over the Warriors Saturday.  
                Sophomore JP Marks leads the squad with a 3.00 kills per set average, while junior Jace Olsen is averaging 2.14 per set. Junior setter Max Wechsung has a team-high 62 assists for an 8.86 average and junior Nick West has eight blocks over seven sets played for a 1.14 average.
                The meeting is the fourth between the two squads. Hawai'i is 3-0 overall and have swept the Buckeyes in all three meetings. The teams have never met outside the Outrigger Invitational.

The Bruins travel to Hawai'i as the fifth-ranked team nationally and are 3-1 overall with wins against UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego and Cal State Northridge.
                Junior Robert Page leads the team with a 3.67 kills per set average and 55 kills on the season. Classmates Gonzalo Quiroga and Dane Worley are averaging 2.94 and 2.77 kills, respectively. Libero Evan Mottram has a team-high 47 digs, while Spence Rowe and Clayton Paullin have 11 blocks each.
                UCLA holds a commanding 15-1 series record over the Buckeyes. The two teams met last season at the UC Santa Barbara Invitational with the Bruins taking a 3-0 victory. Ohio State's lone win over UCLA came in 2006 at the Outrigger Invitational.


The No. 7 Penn State Nittany Lions open their 2013 season this weekend at the Outrigger Invitational. The squad is under the direction of 19th-year head coach Mark Pavlik.
                The squad returns 10 letterwinners from last year's squad, including six returners with starting experience. Key returners include redshirt sophomore Connor Curry, sophomore Aaron Russell, redshirt sophomore Nick Goodell and senior Nick Turko.
                The Nittany Lions are 67-32-1 overall against Ohio State dating back to 1971. The two squads met twice last season. Penn State captured a 3-0 win in Columbus (Jan. 14) before taking a 3-2 victory over the Buckeyes at home on March 3.                

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 2012 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 continues its long January road swing as the Buckeyes head to Loretto, Pa., to take on Saint Francis for the second time this season. The two squads face off in a 3 p.m. ET match, Jan. 20.