No. 11 Ohio State Travels to Saint Francis Sunday
Jan. 18, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 11 Ohio State men's volleyball team continues its road swing and travels to Loretto, Pa., Sunday to take on Saint Francis. The two teams face off at 3 p.m. ET in DeGol Arena.
RECAP: OUTRIGGER INVITE
Sophomore Michael Henchy led the Buckeyes offensively and was named to the all-tournament team after finishing with 40 kills and a .318 attack percentage. Henchy also had a team-best five service aces and totaled eight blocks (1s, 7a) over 13 sets played.
Senior Chen Levitan had 33 kills, while redshirt sophomore setter Peter Heinen averaged 9.62 assists. Redshirt sophomore Andrew Lutz ended with 32 kills and five blocks (0s, 5a) and sophomore Brennan Anderson had 35 digs, notching a career-high 16 against Penn State.
Overman totaled 18 blocks (2,16a) over 13 sets played for a 1.38 average. Offensively, the middle blocker added 10 kills and had a service ace on the weekend. In the team's 3-2 win over host Hawai'i Thursday, Overman led all student-athletes with six block assists. Three of his blocks came in the pivotal fourth set that Ohio State won, 25-17.
The San Clemente, Calif., product totaled six block assists in the squad's five-set loss to No. 5 UCLA Friday. He followed with two solo blocks and four block assists for a match-high six blocks in the 3-0 loss to Penn State Saturday. Overman's three six-block performances tied a season-high and his two solo blocks against the Nittany Lions was also a season-best.
IN THE POLLS
Junior Logan Patterson leads the team with 34 kills, while classmate Michael Krepp leads in assists with 70. Senior Adam Roche has 12 blocks (2s, 10a), while junior Collin Sherwin and redshirt junior Kyle Beatty are tied with 15 digs each.
The Buckeyes lead the series 22-1, with Saint Francis' only win coming in 2010 in four sets (22-30, 25-30, 30-22, 25-30). The two squads met earlier this season, ending in a 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-16) win for the Buckeyes. The Red Flash host Loyola-Chicago and Lewis Friday and Saturday before taking on Ohio State Sunday.
MIVA PRESEASON POLL
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.