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.
Saturday, January 26, 8 p.m. ET
No. 11 Ohio State Buckeyes (3-2) vs. Lindenwood Lions (0-0)
Sunday, January 27, 3 p.m. ET
Ohio State vs. Lindenwood
RECAP: SAINT FRANCIS
The No. 11 Ohio State men's volleyball team traveled to Loretto, Pa., and took a 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21) win over Saint Francis Jan. 20. The win moved Ohio State to 3-2 on the season, while the Red Flash dropped to 1-5.
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
Ohio State enters the weekend as the No. 11 team in the AVCA Division I-II Men's Top 15 poll, while MIVA opponent Lewis ranks 15th and Loyola-Chicago is receiving votes. Ohio State and Lewis are both receiving votes in the Volleyball Magazine Top 10 poll.
The sophomore quartet of outside hitter Michael Henchy, opposite Andrew Lutz, libero Brennan Anderson and setter Peter Heinen has put together solid numbers so far this season to lead the Buckeyes both offensively and defensively.
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.
Heinen has guided the Buckeye offensive, dishing out 203 assists so far this year. His 10.15 assists average ranks fourth overall among MIVA opponents. Anderson has a conference-best 65 digs over 20 sets played and is second overall with a 3.25 digs average.
A handful of Buckeyes have totaled double-digit figures so far this season. Sophomores Michael Henchy and Andrew Lutz each have reached double-digit kills in four of the team's five matches, including a 20-kill performance for Lutz at Hawai'i (1/10). Henchy notched his first double-double of the season against the Warriors, finishing with 17 kills and 13 digs.
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.
The Lindenwood Lions open the 2013 season hosting the Buckeyes this weekend. The squad was picked to finish seventh in the MIVA and ended their 2012 season at 19-13. This is a weekend of firsts for the Lions as the school is new to both the NCAA and MIVA. It will also be the first meeting between the Lions and the Buckeyes.
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 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.
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 565-299 overall at Ohio State and boasts a 240-72 record against MIVA opponents.
Ohio State returns to St. John Arena for a pair of non-conference matches Feb. 1-2. The Buckeyes open with a 7 p.m. ET match vs. NJIT and conclude the weekend hosting George Mason at 7 p.m. ET. Admission for all Ohio State men's volleyball matches is free.