No. 11 Ohio State Begins MIVA Play at Lindenwood
Jan. 24, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 11 Ohio State men's volleyball team kicks off conference competition this weekend and travel to MIVA newcomer Lindenwood Jan. 26-27, marking the first meeting between the two squads. The Buckeyes and Lions face off Saturday at 8 p.m. ET and follow with a 3 p.m. ET match Sunday. Both matches will be played at Hyland Arena in St. Charles, Mo.
RECAP: SAINT FRANCIS
Sophomore Michael Henchy totaled 14 kills in the win and added four digs and two service aces. Redshirt sophomore Andrew Lutz finished with 11 kills, while seniors John Tholen and Chen Levitan had seven apiece.
Defensively, Tholen led the match with five blocks (1s,4a). Lutz and Henchy had one solo and three block assists each in the match. Sophomore libero Brennan Anderson notched a career-best 18 digs to lead the Buckeyes.
IN THE POLLS
Henchy and Lutz lead the squad in kills, averaging 3.30 and 3.12 kills per set, respectively. Henchy has a team-high 66 kills on the season and leads the squad with seven service aces. Lutz is second on the team with five aces. Both are among the MIVA's best in kills, aces and points.
Sophomore libero Brennan Anderson has totaled four double-digit dig performances for the Buckeyes. He reached a career-best at Saint Francis (1/20) after recording 18 digs in the four-set win. Redshirt sophomore Peter Heinen picked up his first double-double of year at Hawai'i with 58 assists and a career-high 13 digs. Senior Chen Levitan has had two matches with double-digit kills, including a career-best 16 kills and 10 digs at Hawai'i.
Junior Michael Adams ended the 2012 season with 283 kills and a .208 percentage, while classmate Tim Schmidt finished with a 10.33 assist average. Overall, Lindenwood's roster is comprised of three seniors, six juniors, six sophomores and four freshmen.
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.
HEAD COACH Pete Hanson
The Buckeyes have totaled 18 20-win seasons with Hanson and have reached the NCAA Championships 10 times. Hanson is 565-299 overall at Ohio State and boasts a 240-72 record against MIVA opponents.