Grayson Overman (5) and Michael Piechowski (21)
Jan. 16, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 10th-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team continues its long homestand hosting Sacred Heart Tuesday and George Mason Thursday in St. John Arena. Both matches are set for 7 p.m. and admission is free.
No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes (2-3, 0-0 MIVA) vs. Sacred Heart (0-0)
Tuesday, Jan. 17 – 7 p.m.
vs. George Mason (1-1)
Thursday, Jan. 19 – 7 p.m.
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LAST TIME OUT: LEES-MCRAE & PENN STATE
The Ohio State men’s volleyball team opened its 2012 home schedule this past weekend, hosting Lees-McRae and No. 7 Penn State in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes opened with a three-set sweep over the Bobcats, Jan. 13, but were defeating 3-0 by the Nittany Lions, Jan. 14.
Senior Shawn Sangrey totaled 15 kills on the weekend, including 10 against PSU. Senior Mik Berzins and redshirt freshman Shawn Herron each finished with 12 kills over the two matches, while freshman Michael Henchy had 10. Junior Kyle Lawrence led the Buckeyes with 46 assists and libero Danny Baker concluded the weekend with a 2.50 digs-per-set average.
IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
The Buckeyes are the 10th-ranked team in the country, according to the AVCA Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll and the eighth-ranked by the Volleyball Magazine Men’s Division I-II Top 10 Poll. Two other schools from the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association are ranked in the AVCA poll in Lewis (ninth) and Loyola-Chicago (14th). Lewis is also ninth by Volleyball Magazine.
SACRED HEART PIONEERS
The Sacred Heart men’s volleyball team open its 2012 season in Columbus Tuesday. The Pioneers, who finished 13-9 last year, were picked to finish third in the EIVA this season. The team returns outside hitter Enzo Mackenzie, who led the team last season with a 4.37 kills-per-set average as a freshman. Other key returnees include Bradley Borsay, Mike Komlanc and Patrick Sibley.
GEORGE MASON PATRIOTS
The George Mason men’s volleyball team was voted to pick second in the EIVA by the league coaches. The Patriots opened their season at home, hosting MIVA opponents Ball State and IPFW in a pair of five-set matches. George Mason fell to Ball State, but defeated IPFW. Jonathan Lutz leads the team in the early season with 32 kills and 3.56 kills-per-set average. Setter Pete Cuppernull has a team-best 82 assists, while Max McFarland leads the team with a 2.80 digs-per-set average.
Ohio State was picked to finish second in the MIVA by a vote of the league coaches. Edging out the Buckeyes in first were the Ramblers from Loyola-Chicago, finishing with four first-place votes to Ohio State’s three. Lewis was picked to finish third, with Ball State and Quincy tied for fourth. IPFW was ranked sixth and Grand Canyon rounded out the voting in seventh.
The coaches also selected the 2012 MIVA preseason All-Conference Team comprised of nine player and two liberos. Making the squad from Ohio State were seniors Mik Berzins (OH) and Shawn Sangrey (OPP).
HEAD COACH Pete Hanson
Pete Hanson begins his 28th season at the helm of the Ohio State program. He has accumulated a 541-288 record with the Buckeyes and has won 14 MIVA championships, including five-straight titles. Hanson was named 2011 AVCA National Coach of the Year following the program's first national title. The award was the second of his career with the first coming in 2000. Awarded MIVA Coach of the Year 11 times, his teams have advanced to the NCAA championships 10 times, including four-consecutive appearance from 2008-11.
Ohio State hosts St. Francis (PA) Sunday, Jan. 22, in St. John Arena in a 3 p.m. match.
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