April 11, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 8/10 Ohio State men’s volleyball team concludes the 2012 regular season this weekend with a pair of matches. The squad hosts MIVA rival IPFW Friday at 7 p.m. ET in St. John Arena then travel to George Mason Sunday for a 3 p.m. ET match in Fairfax, Va., at the Recreation & Athletic Complex.
No. 8/10 Ohio State Buckeyes (18-8, 8-3 MIVA) vs. IPFW Mastadons (13-12, 5-5 MIVA)
Friday, April 13 – 7 p.m. ET
Live stats: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Live video: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
No. 8/10 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. George Mason Patriots (10-14)
Sunday, April 15 – 3 p.m. ET
Live stats: GoMason.com
Entering the final regular season weekend, the Buckeyes are first with an 8-3 MIVA record. Lewis is in second at 7-3, while Loyola-Chicago is third at 7-4. Ohio State has one conference match remaining and a win Friday secures at least a share of the regular season title. Lewis faces Grand Canyon Friday and Saturday and needs a pair of wins for a title share. If both Ohio State and Lewis conclude with a 9-3 MIVA record, the Buckeyes will enter the conference tournament as the No. 1 seed.
Ohio State will honor its three seniors prior to Friday’s match: Anthony Hock, Mik Berzins and Shawn Sangrey. All three have played critical roles in the program’s success over the last four years, including a national championship and three MIVA championships.
CONFERENCE WEEKLY HONORS
Junior Grayson Overman was awarded with his second consecutive MIVA Defensive Player of the Week honor, the league announced Monday. It is the second of the season and the third of his career.
Overman continued to be a key contributor defensively for Ohio State as he helped lead the Buckeyes to a pair of wins vs. MIVA opponent Grand Canyon last week in Columbus. Overman averaged 2.12 blocks per set to lead all Buckeyes, while adding four digs.
The junior from San Clemente, Calif., came off the bench in the team's 3-2 win over the `Lopes Thursday and, in four sets played, Overman tied a season best with 11 total blocks, including a season-high three solo stuffs. Overman also added one dig and six kills in the win.
On Friday, Overman had six block assists in the four-set win, along with a season-best three digs. Offensively, he totaled eight kills on 12 attempts with only one error for a.583 attack percentage.
LAST TIME OUT: GRAND CANYON
The No. 8/10 Ohio State hosted MIVA opponent Grand Canyon for a pair of matches in St. John Arena, April 5-6. The Buckeyes outlasted the Antelopes in a five-set match Thursday and followed with a 3-1 win Friday to take the series.
Senior Shawn Sangrey tallied two double-doubles, finishing 24 kills and 10 digs Thursday and 20 kills and 11 digs Friday. Classmate Mik Berzins totaled 22 kills on the weekend with 19 digs, while Grayson Overman led the squad with 17 total blocks over eight sets played. Setter Peter Heinen totaled 95 assists to charge the Buckeye offense.
AMONG THE NATIONS BEST
Senior Shawn Sangrey continues to be one of the top attackers in the country as he leads the nation in kills per set and total kills this year. The opposite from Columbia, Pa., has 471 kills overall for a 4.86 set average. He is also 27th nationally with a .274 attack percentage, 32nd in aces (.27) and 40th in digs (1.84).
Middle blocker Grayson Overman is among the nation’s best blockers, sitting in 10th with a 1.29 blocks per set average. Senior Mik Berzins is 27th in digs per set with 1.99 and 49th with a .238 attack percentage, while redshirt freshman Peter Heinen is 12th in the country with a 10.40 assists per set average.
IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
The Buckeyes hold on to the No. 10 spot nationally in the AVCA Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll and No. 8 in the Volleyball Magazine Men’s Division I-II Top 10 Poll. MIVA opponent Lewis is ranked ninth by the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine. Loyola-Chicago holds the No. 14 spot by the AVCA.
AGAINST THE MIVA
Opposite Shawn Sangrey leads the MIVA in both kills and points per set vs. conference teams, averaging 4.73 and 5.41, respectively. The senior is also 10th in digs per set at 1.90.
Junior Grayson Overman leads the league with a 1.69 average against MIVA teams and is third overall with a .385 attack percentage. Setter Peter Heinen is first with an 11.11 assists average and Mik Berzins is tied for fifth with a 2.12 digs average.
The IPFW Mastadons are 13-12 overall and sit tied for fourth in the MIVA at 5-5 with two conference matches remaining.
Ohio State holds a commanding 68-33 overall record vs. IPFW since the two teams began playing each other in 1980. The Buckeyes have won the last nine matches over the Mastadons, including a 3-1 victory in Fort Wayne, Feb. 9.
Senior Ivan Matos is third in the conference and 10th nationally in kills per set, averaging 3.80 this season. Sophomore Eddie Rivera Marin is 10th in the MIVA with 2.72 kills per set.
GEORGE MASON PATRIOTS
The Patriots, a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA), are 10-14 overall prior to this weekend’s matches. The meeting is the second of the season between the Buckeyes and George Mason. The two squads met in January in St. John Arena with Ohio State coming away on top, 3-2. The Patriots lead the all-time series, 25-22.
Junior Mark Jones leads all GMU attackers with a 3.22 kills per set average, while junior Michael Kvidahl is second on the squad at 2.86. Redshirt freshman Peter Cuppernell leads the Patriot offense with a 9.20 assists average, while junior Piotr Dabrowski averages 1.53 blocks per set.