Buckeyes Head to No. 14 IPFW For Postseason Play
April 17, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Postseason play has arrived and the Ohio State men's volleyball team travels to Fort Wayne, Ind., Saturday to face No. 14 IPFW in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association quarterfinals. The Buckeyes (11-15, 6-8 MIVA) enter as the fifth seed squaring off against the fourth-seeded Mastodons (20-6, 9-5).
Sellan paces the team with 3.26 kills per set and 371 points. Omar Rivera is the team's primary setter, guiding the offense to a .306 team hitting percentage. Eddie Rivera is second on the team, averaging 2.99 kills per set.
LAST TIME OUT
ST. JOHN ARENA
BUCKEYES IN THE MIVA
Under head coach Pete Hanson, Ohio State is 254-84 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.
MIVA FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Driss Guessous
Guessous, a redshirt freshman from Pasadena, Calif., led the conference throughout the entire season with a .446 hitting percentage. He also ranked seventh with 0.88 blocks per set. His defensive efforts earned him MIVA Defensive Player of the Week recognition earlier this season (Feb. 11) after racking up 11 blocks for a 1.38 per set average against Penn State and Saint Francis.
Andrew Lutz NAMED TO SECOND TEAM ALL-MIVA
He picked up MIVA Offensive Player of the Week laurels three times this season, most recently after a 4.31 kills per set performance out on the west coast versus Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State (March 14-15). Defensively, Lutz has dug 1.43 balls per set, good for 24th most in the league.
OFF THE BLOCK - FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICANS
Ohio State and USC are the only two schools with multiple players to make the nine-member squad. The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team is chosen by a nationwide voting committee consisting of 22 men's volleyball head coaches and volleyball reporters from around the country.
Freshman Christy Blough and redshirt junior Andrew Lutz each has a pair of double-doubles this year. Blough picked up his first against Cal State Northridge (57 assists, 11 digs) and followed with another at Ball State (49a, 11d). Highlighting Lutz's performances was his 29 kills and 12 digs against CSU Northridge. Redshirt junior Peter Heinen had a double-double at home against Ball State with 47 assists and 11 digs. Freshman outside hitter Miles Johnson earned the first of his career at Long Beach State, totaling 11 kills and 11 digs.
EARNING THE DIGS
Freshmen Miles Johnson and Christy Blough have put together career dig numbers recently and the pair is averaging 1.41 and 1.13 digs per set, respectively. Each has two performances with double-digit digs this year. Classmate Gabriel Domecus has four matches with double-digit digs, while junior Andrew Lutz has three.
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 258 kills on the season and a 2.58 average. His .446 attack percentage is tops in the MIVA and ranks fourth nationally. To be ranked, a hitter must average 3.0 attempts per set. Neary has a 1.18 kills average and is hitting a solid .423 at the net.
Johnson, who hails from Carlsbad, Calif., has stepped up offensively for the Buckeyes. The outside hitter has totaled eight double-digit kill performances, including six in the last 11 matches. He's averaging 1.94 kills per set to rank fourth on the team. Johnson ranks first on the squad in service aces, having 22 overall.
Blough has started 20 matches at setter and has a team-best 853 assists with a 10.80 average. He's reached 50 or more assists six times this season and has two double-doubles (assists/digs) so far. Domecus has started in 19 of the team's 25 matches this season with 15 at libero. He is second on the squad with 146 digs and a 1.55 average.
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.
HEAD COACH Pete Hanson
The Buckeyes have totaled 18 20-win seasons with Hanson and have reached the NCAA Championships 10 times. Hanson is 592-320 overall at Ohio State in his 30 seasons and boasts a 254-84 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.