No. 10 Buckeyes Return to St. John Arena this Weekend
Jan. 30, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 10 Ohio State men's volleyball team returns to St. John Arena and hosts a pair of non-conference matches this weekend, Feb. 1-2. The Buckeyes face NJIT Friday and then take on George Mason Saturday. Both matches will be played at 7 p.m. ET and admission is free.
Sophomore Michael Henchy led the squad with 23 kills on the weekend, including 15 in Saturday's win. Redshirt sophomore Andrew Lutz totaled 19 with 15 coming on Sunday. Redshirt senior John Tholen totaled eight blocks over six sets played, while senior Grayson Overman totaled seven block assists.
IN THE POLLS
Lutz and Henchy lead the squad in kills, averaging 3.43 and 3.42 kills per set, respectively. Henchy has a team-high 89 kills on the season and leads the squad with 10 service aces. Lutz is second on the team with 72 kills and six aces. Both are among the MIVA's best in kills, aces and points.
Heinen has guided the Buckeye offensive, dishing out 267 assists so far this year. His 10.27 assists average ranks fifth overall among MIVA opponents. Anderson has a conference-best 79 digs over 26 sets played and is second overall with a 3.04 digs average.
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.
Sophomore Kajetan Borecki leads the team in kills with a 2.35 average and 54 overall, while redshirt senior Doug Battersby leads in blocks with 24 (6s, 18a). Senior Matthew Lui has a 6.50 assist average and classmate Brady Smith has a team-best 70 digs.
The Buckeyes lead the series 10-1 with the Highlanders only win coming in 1995 in five sets (15-6, 16-17, 15-8, 12-15, 13-15).
Andrew Dentler has a team-best 81 kills over 21 sets played, averaging 3.86 per set. Setter Javier Perez leads the squad with a 9.86 assists average and Piotr Dabrowski has a team-high 37 blocks (8s, 29a) overall.
The Patriots hold a slim 25-23 lead in the series history dating back to 1981. However, Ohio State has won the last seven meetings, including a pair of victories last year.
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 567-299 overall at Ohio State and boasts a 242-72 record against MIVA opponents.