No. 15 Ohio State Hosts Harvard Tuesday
March 17, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 15 Ohio State men's volleyball team continues its break from conference play and hosts Harvard Tuesday in St. John Arena. The match is set for a 7 p.m. ET start and admission is free.
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ACTIVE ANKLE CLASSIC RECAP
Redshirt junior Andrew Lutz led the Buckeyes with a pair of 20-kill performances for 50 on the weekend. Highlighting his weekend was his performance against CSUN where he totaled a career-high 29 kills against the Matadors. Lutz added 12 digs in the match for his first double-double of the season.
Middle blocker Driss Guessous finished second on the team in kills, having 27 over 10 sets played. He led the Buckeyes with 10 blocks overall, including six blocks (2s, 4a) against CSUN. Teammate Dustan Neary set a career-mark vs. the Matadors with six block assists.
Freshman setter Christy Blough registered 117 assists over 10 sets played and totaled a career-best 60 against LBSU. Classmate Miles Johnson put together a pair of double-digit dig performances, including a career-high 12 vs. Cal State Northridge.
IN THE POLLS
CAREER MARKS REACHED IN CALI
Highlighting all performances was redshirt junior Andrew Lutz's offensive production against Cal State Northridge Saturday. The North Reading, Mass., product totaled a career-high 29 kills in the match and his 66 attempts also set a career mark.
Freshmen Christy Blough and Miles Johnson each had career performances on the weekend as well. Blough reached 60 assists at Long Beach State and notched the first double-double of his career against CSUN with 57 assists and 11 digs. Johnson set a career-best in digs Saturday with 12 and also picked up a double-double on the weekend with 11 kills and 11 digs against LBSU.
LUTZ ON THE ATTACK
The North Reading, Mass., product has registered 10 matches with double-digit kills, including a pair of contests this past weekend with 20 or more kills. Lutz totaled a career-high 29 kills against Cal State Northridge Saturday after having 21 kills vs. No. 2 Long Beach State Friday.
In MIVA-only play, Lutz ranks ninth with a 3.12 kills average and has 100 on the year. He has totaled four matches with double-digit kills against league opponents.
IN THE MIDDLE
The duo is also doing great things offensively for Ohio State as each are among the Top 5 in kills on the squad. Guessous is third with 178 kills on the season and a 2.58 average. His .467 attack percentage is first in the MIVA and ranks second nationally. To be ranked, a hitter must average 3.0 attempts per set. Neary has a 1.19 kills average and is hitting a solid .457 at the net.
Johnson, who hails from Carlsbad, Calif., has stepped up offensively for the Buckeyes as of late. The outside hitter has totaled five double-digit kill performances in the last eight matches to up his season average to 1.80 on the season. Johnson also ranks tied for first on the squad in service aces, having 18 overall.
Domecus has started in 18 of the team's 19 matches this season with 14 at libero. He leads the squad with 119 digs and a 1.78 average. Blough has started 13 matches at setter and has a team-best 522 assists with a 10.88 average.
Junior DJ White leads the team offensively with 173 kills and a 3.20 average. Senior Nick Madden and freshman Casey White are averaging 2.44 and 2.36 kills, respectively. Setter Nick Bendall has a 9.58 assists average and libero Chris Gibbons has 151 digs on the season for a 2.60 average. Middle blocker Caleb Zimmick is among the EIVA's best with 61 blocks and a 1.07 average.
Tuesday's meeting will be the first between the two programs.
HEAD COACH Pete Hanson
The Buckeyes have totaled 18 20-win seasons with Hanson and have reached the NCAA Championships 10 times. Hanson is 589-315 overall at Ohio State in his 29 seasons and boasts a 252-80 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.