No. 14 Buckeyes Host No. 10 Lewis Saturday
Feb. 13, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 14 Ohio State men's volleyball team is set to host MIVA rival No. 10 Lewis Saturday in St. John Arena. The match is slated for 7 p.m. ET and admission is free.
PENN STATE, SAINT FRANCIS RECAP
Redshirt junior opposite Andrew Lutz totaled a team-best 37 kills along with 11 digs and four blocks (0s, 4a). Redshirt freshman middle blocker Driss Guessous had 28 kills and 11 blocks (4s, 7a) and junior outside hitter Michael Henchy recorded 22 kills, seven digs and five blocks (0s, 5a). Freshman setter Christy Blough notched 102 assists and classmate outside hitter Gabriel Domecus had a team-best 24 digs.
ST. JOHN ARENA
IN THE POLLS
The middle blocker finished last week with 11 total blocks, averaging 1.38 per set. Guessous totaled a career-high seven blocks at Penn State Wednesday, having a career-best three solo blocks along with four block assists. Against Saint Francis Sunday in St. John Arena, he finished with four blocks (1s, 3a) vs. the Red Flash.
Guessous also had a solid week offensively for the Buckeyes. He totaled 28 kills over eight sets played for a 3.50 average. Highlighting his week was his performance against Saint Francis where he finished with a career-best 16 kills and had a .480 attack percentage.
A pair of middles in Dustan Neary and Shawn Herron has provided big blocks for the Buckeyes this season. Neary, a junior college transfer, has started seven matches and has totaled 19 blocks (3s, 16a). He also leads the squad with a .489 attack percentage. Herron, who started the first three matches for Ohio State, sat out for a couple of weeks with an injury, but returned to action at Loyola (2/1). Following a four-block performance against the Ramblers, Herron leads the team with a 1.08 blocks average and has 13 (3s, 10a) on the year.
Freshman outside hitter Gabriel Domecus has started in nine matches and played in all 10. The Vallejo, Calif., product is leads the team with 58 digs and a 1.81 average. Classmates Miles Johnson and Christy Blough have provided the Buckeyes with depth at outside hitter and setter, respectively.
Redshirt junior outside hitter Geoff Powell leads the team in kills with 104 followed by teammate Greg Petty who has 100. Redshirt senior setter BJ Boldog averages 9.36 assists per set and has 309 this season. Sophomore middle blocker Bobby Walsh has 48 blocks (7s, 41a) and redshirt middle blocker Jacob Schmiegelt has 33 (3s, 30a).
Ohio State leads series with a 27-17 mark over Lewis, but have dropped the last three meetings between the two squads.
BUCKEYES IN THE MIVA
Under head coach Pete Hanson, Ohio State is 250-77 and has won 15 regular season titles over Hanson's 29 seasons. He has been named the conference's coach of the year 11 times and has guided the team to 10 MIVA tournament crowns.
HEAD COACH Pete Hanson
The Buckeyes have totaled 18 20-win seasons with Hanson and have reached the NCAA Championships 10 times. Hanson is 586-310 overall at Ohio State in his 29 seasons and boasts a 250-77 record against MIVA opponents.
The pair was selected from a field of 22 in late June to the final 12-player roster. A familiar face was at the helm of the program in Ohio State's own head coach Pete Hanson and Buckeye assistant Sean Byron also served the same capacity for Team USA.
Team USA struggled a bit throughout the tournament and finished the 20-team championship in 11th overall. Despite leaving Turkey without a medal, Team USA did leave on a high note with a three-set win over rival Canada.
MIVA PRESEASON POLL
The 2012 MIVA Tournament champion and regular season co-champion Loyola was voted as the conference favorite with 62 points and seven first place votes. Lewis was picked to finish second with 57 points and one first place vote. Ohio State came in third with 47 points.
Junior outside hitter Michael Henchy was selected to the MIVA Preseason All-Conference team. The Ventura, Calif., product started in 25 matches for the Buckeyes last season and finished second on the squad with 301 kills and a 3.34 kills average. He was selected to the 2013 MIVA All-Conference first team and also earned preseason honors last year.