Men's Volleyball

No. 14 Buckeyes Host No. 10 Lewis Saturday

Feb. 13, 2014

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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.

Saturday, Feb. 15 - 7 p.m. ET

No. 14 Ohio State Buckeyes (5-5, 2-1 MIVA) vs. No. 10 Lewis Flyers (8-3, 0-1 MIVA)

The Last Meeting
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April 4, 2013
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No. 11 Ohio State Drops 3-0 Match at No. 9 Lewis
The No. 11 Ohio State men's volleyball team traveled to MIVA leader Lewis Thursday and fell to the No. 9 Flyers, 3-0 (18-25, 23-25, 18-25).

The No. 14 Ohio State men's volleyball team capped off last week with a 1-1 mark. The Buckeyes traveled to Penn State to take on the No. 12 Nittany Lions Friday, falling in a four-set match (27-29, 25-22, 29-31, 15-25). Ohio State returned home to face Saint Francis Sunday, topping the Red Flash, 3-1 (25-19, 29-31, 25-23, 25-17).

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.

Historic St. John Arena has been home to the Ohio State men's volleyball team since the program started in 1968. The Buckeyes have amassed a record of 486-95 in 46 years and have totaled six undefeated seasons at home.

Ohio State continues to hold the No. 14 spot in the AVCA Division I-II Coaches Top 15 poll. The team is one of four MIVA schools ranked as Loyola sits atop of the poll at No. 1, Lewis is No. 10 and Ball State stands at No. 15.

Redshirt freshman Driss Guessous of the No. 14 Ohio State men's volleyball team was honored by the MIVA and was named the league's Defensive Player of the Week Tuesday. The weekly nod is the first of his career.

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.

The Buckeyes have seen big numbers from a group of experienced juniors so far this season. Leading the way offensively is opposite Andrew Lutz and outside hitter Michael Henchy. The pair is averaging 3.79 and 2.76 kills per set, respectively, and is two of the team's toughest servers. Pacing the Ohio State offense is setter Peter Heinen. The Wauwatosa, Wis., product has a 9.00 assists average and has started the five matches.

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.  

A handful of Ohio State newcomers have seen significant playing time early this year. Redshirt freshman Driss Guessous has started all nine matches at middle blocker and has a team-best 32 blocks on the season. The Pasadena, Calif., native has an attack percentage of .468 and is third overall with 77 kills.

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.

The No. 10 Lewis Flyers are coached by Dan Friend who is in his 10th season with the program. The Flyers are 8-3 overall and are 0-1 in conference play after concluding last week 1-1. The team suffered their first conference loss of the season Wednesday to then-No. 2 Loyola in four-sets (25-23, 21-25, 25-17, 25-19). The Flyers responded with a 3-0 (25-8, 25-15, 25-14) sweep of McKendree Friday.

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.

In its 46th season in the league, the Ohio State men's volleyball program has an impressive 394-99 overall record in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA). The Buckeyes have captured a conference-best 24 regular season titles and 14 MIVA Tournament championships. Overall, Ohio State has produced 20 MIVA player of the year awards and has garnered 172 all-MIVA selections

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 are led by head coach Pete Hanson, who is in his 30th year with the program. He has guided the Buckeyes to 15 MIVA regular season titles, including the six straight from 2007-2012. 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 586-310 overall at Ohio State in his 29 seasons and boasts a 250-77 record against MIVA opponents.

Buckeyes Michael Henchy and Driss Guessous earned the opportunity to don the Red, White and Blue this summer, representing the United States at the FIVB Men's U-21 World Championship held Aug. 22-Sept. 1 in Ankara and Izmir, Turkey.

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.

The Ohio State men's volleyball was chosen to finish third in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association by a vote of the league coaches. The Buckeyes return three starters from last year's squad that finished tied for third in the league with a 9-5 record.

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.

The Buckeyes host Grand Canyon for a pair of MIVA matches, Feb. 21-22. Both matches will be played at 7 p.m. ET in St. John Arena and admission is free.



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