Ohio State Hosts Quincy, Lindenwood in St. John Arena
March 26, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's volleyball team returns to St. John Arena this weekend for a pair of MIVA matches. The Buckeyes host Quincy Friday in a 7 p.m. ET match and follow with another 7 p.m. ET match Saturday against Lindenwood.
BALL STATE RECAP
Three Buckeyes in Andrew Lutz, Michael Henchy and Christy Blough totaled double-doubles in the match. Lutz led all attackers with 19 kills and added 10 digs for his second double-double of the season. Henchy picked up his third double-double with 13 kills and 11 digs, while Blough's 49 assists and 11 digs made for his second double-double this year.
ST. JOHN ARENA
BUCKEYES IN THE MIVA
Under head coach Pete Hanson, Ohio State is 252-81 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.
IN THE POLLS
LUTZ ON THE ATTACK
The North Reading, Mass., product has registered 11 matches with double-digit kills, including a trio of contests with 20 or more kills. He first notched 20 kills at Penn State earlier this season (2/5). Lutz then totaled a career-high 29 kills against Cal State Northridge, March 15, after having 21 kills vs. No. 2 Long Beach State, March 14.
In MIVA-only play, Lutz ranks eighth with a 3.31 kills average and has 119 on the year. He has totaled five matches with double-digit kills against league opponents.
EARNING THE DIGS
Freshmen Miles Johnson and Christy Blough have put together career dig numbers recently and the pair is averaging 1.41 and 1.25 digs per set, respectively. Each has two performances with double-digit digs this year. Classmate Gabriel Domecus has three matches with double-digit digs, while junior Andrew Lutz also has three.
CAREER MARKS REACHED IN CALI
Highlighting all performances was redshirt junior Andrew Lutz's offensive production against Cal State Northridge. 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.
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 202 kills on the season and a 2.59 average. His .442 attack percentage is second in the MIVA and ranks sixth nationally. To be ranked, a hitter must average 3.0 attempts per set. Neary has a 1.12 kills average and is hitting a solid .414 at the net.
Johnson, who hails from Carlsbad, Calif., has stepped up offensively for the Buckeyes. The outside hitter has totaled seven double-digit kill performances, including five in the last six matches. He's averaging 1.97 kills per set to rank fourth on the team. Johnson also ranks tied for first on the squad in service aces, having 19 overall.
Blough has started 14 matches at setter and has a team-best 630 assists with an 11.05 average. He's reached 50 or more assists five times this season and has two double-doubles (assists/digs) so far. Domecus has started in 19 of the team's 21 matches this season with 15 at libero. He is second on the squad with 127 digs and a 1.67 average.
Sophomore outside hitter Ian Lawson leads the team with 261 kills and redshirt sophomore setter Brian Rogan has 900 assists. On defense, the Hawks are led by senior outside hitter Brian Peth with 191 digs and freshman middle blocker Jarrod Kelso with 77 blocks (18s, 59a).
Ohio State leads the series between the two squads, 46-2, and the Buckeyes are on a four-match winning streak. The two squads faced each other earlier in the season with Ohio State coming away with a three-set win (25-21, 25-18, 25-23).
Junior Colin Hackworth ranks second in the MIVA with a 3.72 kills average and has 327 on the season. Setter Tim Schmidt is first in the league with an 11.22 assists average, while Scott Siwicki has a MIVA-best .456 attack percentage. Siwicki also ranks second in aces with a .60 average. Libero David Poole is fourth in the conference with a 2.29 digs average.
The Buckeyes hold a 3-0 lead in the series history as the two squads first met last season. Ohio State captured a 3-1 (25-18, 16-25, 25-22, 25-17) win earlier this season at Lindenwood.
HEAD COACH Pete Hanson
The Buckeyes have totaled 18 20-win seasons with Hanson and have reached the NCAA Championships 10 times. Hanson is 589-316 overall at Ohio State in his 29 seasons and boasts a 252-81 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.