April 10, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 12 Ohio State men’s volleyball team closes out its regular season with two MIVA matches vs. Quincy this weekend in St. John Arena. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. ET both Friday and Saturday and the squad will honor its seven seniors prior to Saturday’s match.
Friday, April 12, 7 p.m. ET
No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes (17-7, 7-5 MIVA) vs. Quincy Hawks (10-18, 1-11 MIVA)
Saturday, April 13, 7 p.m. ET (Senior Night)
Buckeyes vs. Hawks
Ohio State will honor its seven seniors prior to the team’s regular season finale Saturday vs. Quincy.
The 2013 senior class of Mike Stefani, Derek Kues, Chen Levitan, Kyle Lawrence, Nick Gibson, John Tholen and Grayson Overman have been a part of three MIVA regular season titles, two MIVA tournament titles and the program’s first national championship in 2011.
Nationally-ranked Lewis can secure the program’s first outright MIVA regular season title with a win Thursday at No. 15 Ball State. The Flyers stand at 10-2 in the conference. No. 11 Loyola-Chicago is second at 9-3, while Ohio State and Ball State are tied for third at 7-5.
RECAP: LEWIS & LOYOLA-CHICAGO
The then-No. 11 Buckeyes finished last weekend with a 0-2 mark, falling to nationally-ranked Lewis and Loyola-Chicago in MIVA play on the road. Ohio State dropped a 3-0 (18-25, 23-25, 18-25) match Thursday against the Flyers and fell 3-0 (20-25, 23-25, 26-28) to the Ramblers Saturday.
On offense, the Buckeyes were led by redshirt sophomore Andrew Lutz with 23 kills, including 16 at Lewis. Redshirt sophomore setter Peter Heinen had 59 assists, while redshirt senior John Tholen led the squad with a .583 attack percentage (16-2-24) over six sets played.
Sophomore libero Brennan Anderson led the squad on defense with 16 digs. Senior middle blocker Grayson Overman totaled nine (1s, 8a) blocks.
IN THE POLLS
Ohio State dropped a spot to No. 12 in this week’s AVCA Division I-II Men’s Top 15 poll. Three other MIVA schools are ranked in the AVCA polls – Lewis (9), Loyola-Chicago (11) and Ball State (15).
IN THE MIVA
As a program, Ohio State holds a 386-98 overall record against MIVA competition and is 246-76 under the direction of head coach Pete Hanson. The Buckeyes have captured the most MIVA titles with 24, including the last six. Ball State is second in the league with 21 conference titles and both squads are the only remaining initial teams that joined the conference when it formed in 1968.
AGAINST THE MIVA
Ohio State is among the Top 3 in a number of categories in MIVA-only competition. The Buckeyes are first in assists (12.36) and are second in digs (10.36) and kills (13.19). The squad also ranks third in hitting percentage (.267) and blocks (2.61).
Individually, setter Peter Heinen and libero Brennan Anderson rank first in assists (11.21) and digs (3.29), respectively. Opposite Andrew Lutz is second in kills (3.67), while seniors John Tholen and Grayson Overman are third (.437) and fourth (.416) in hitting percentage, respectively. Overman ranks fourth in the blocks at 1.29 per set.
Ohio State’s balanced attack on all fronts has proven effective as the squad and individuals rank among the best in NCAA Div. I-II. The Buckeyes are third in assists (12.22) and digs (10.09) and fifth in kills (12.94).
Individually, sophomore libero Brennan Anderson leads all Div. I-II with a 3.22 digs per set average. Redshirt sophomore Peter Heinen third in assists (11.09), while senior Grayson Overman is fourth in blocks (1.30).
The sophomore quartet of outside hitter Michael Henchy, opposite Andrew Lutz, libero Brennan Anderson and setter Peter Heinen has put together solid numbers this season to lead the Buckeyes both offensively and defensively.
Henchy and Lutz lead the squad in kills, averaging 3.34 and 3.57 kills, respectively. Henchy has a team-high 274 kills on the season and leads the squad with 18 service aces. Lutz is second overall with 257 kills and has a team-best 17 matches with double-digit kills. Heinen has guided the Buckeye offensive strike, dishing out 887 assists this season. Anderson leads with 264 digs and a 3.22 average.
A handful of Buckeyes have totaled double-digit figures this season. Redshirt sophomore Andrew Lutz leads the squad with three double-doubles (kills/digs) and 17 matches with double-digit kills. Sophomore Michael Henchy and senior Chen Levitan each have two double-doubles (kills/digs) this year, while Henchy has 14 matches with double-digit kills.
Redshirt sophomore Peter Heinen has one double-double (assists/digs) this season and has totaled double-digit assists in all 24 matches this season. Sophomore Brennan Anderson leads the team with 15 double-digit dig performances this season.
Sixteen Buckeyes were honored last week at the 46th Annual Scholar-Athlete Dinner in the Ohio Union as each was named an Ohio State Scholar-Athletes for the 2012-13 school year. A total of 511 Ohio State student-athletes were recognized at the banquet.
Redshirt senior John Tholen is a five-time Scholar-Athlete, while seniors Nick Gibson, Derek Kues and Grayson Overman have earned the award four times. Other recipients include Danny Baker, Aidan Crockett, Driss Guessous, Peter Heinen, Michael Henchy, Shawn Herron, Alex Judkins, Chen Levitan, Jonathan Newton, Michael Piechowski, Mike Stefani and Mitch Vallis.
The Quincy Hawks are 10-18 overall and 1-11 in conference play. The Hawks are coming off a 1-1 weekend, dropping a three-set match to Ball State before picking up their first MIVA win of the season with a 3-0 victory over IPFW.
Freshman Jack Gamache leads the Hawks in kills with a 2.97 average and senior Chris Lynch leads in assists with a 9.20 average. Junior Brian Peth has 189 digs, while junior Steven Battaglla has 71 blocks (13s, 58a)
The Buckeyes lead the series between the Hawks, 43-2. The two squad met last season with Ohio State coming away with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-22) victory at Quincy.
HEAD COACH Pete Hanson
The Buckeyes are led by head coach Pete Hanson, who is in his 28th year with the program. He has guided the Buckeyes to 15 MIVA regular season titles, including the team’s sixth-consecutive title this past season. 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 579-304 overall at Ohio State and boasts a 246-76 record against MIVA opponents.
Ohio State will host the first round of the MIVA Tournament Saturday, April 20, at 7 p.m. ET in St. John Arena. Opponent to be determined and admission is $5 for adults and free for students.