No. 11 Ohio State Hosts MIVA Quarterfinal Match Saturday

Go Buckeyes! Chen Levitan
Go Buckeyes!
Chen Levitan
Go Buckeyes!

April 18, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The nationally-ranked and No. 4 seed Ohio State men's volleyball team is set to host a MIVA Quarterfinal match Saturday, facing No. 5 seed Grand Canyon at 7 p.m. ET in St. John Arena.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 18 and under (2 and under are free), while Ohio State students can get into the match for free with a valid Buck-ID. Tickets can be purchased HERE, by calling 1-800-745-3000, by going to any Ticketmaster outlet or on the night of the match in St. John Arena. 

The Last Meeting
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March 9, 2013
Phoenix, Ariz.
No. 9 Ohio State Downs Grand Canyon, 3-0
The No. 9 Ohio State men's volleyball closed out its series at Grand Canyon with another 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-15) sweep of the Antelopes Saturday night in Phoenix.

Saturday, April 20, 7 p.m. ET

No. 4 seed Ohio State Buckeyes (19-7) vs. No. 5 seed Grand Canyon (16-14)




Nationally-ranked Lewis and Loyola-Chicago each earned a share of the MIVA regular season title with a league record of 10-4. Nationally-ranked Ball State and the Buckeyes finished tied for third at 9-5, while Grand Canyon came in fifth at 7-7. Conference newcomer Lindenwood and IPFW tied for sixth at 5-9 and Quincy finished eighth at 1-13.

The 2013 MIVA Tournament begins Friday with No. 2 seed Loyola-Chicago hosting No. 7 seed Quincy in a quarterfinal match. On Saturday, No. 3 seed Ball State will host No. 6 seed IPFW while No. 4 seed Ohio State is set to host No. 5 seed Grand Canyon for the other two quarterfinal matches.

The quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals on Wednesday, April 24. No. 1 seed Lewis will host and await the winner between Ohio State and Grand Canyon. The other two quarterfinal winners will play at the site of the higher remaining seed.



The tournament championship match will be played Saturday, April 27, at the site of the highest remaining seed. The winner of the MIVA Tournament will earn the league's automatic bid into the 2013 NCAA Men's Volleyball Championships held at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif. The two semifinal matches will be played on May 2 before the finals are set to be played on May 4.

Ohio State has captured 14 MIVA Tournament titles since its first in 1969. The Buckeyes have won seven titles since 2000, including four straight from 2008-11.

Four members of the No. 11 Ohio State men's volleyball team earned MIVA All-Conference honors, the league announced Wednesday. Sophomores Brennan Anderson and Michael Henchy were placed on the MIVA All-Conference First Team, while redshirt sophomore Andrew Lutz and redshirt senior John Tholen were honored on the second team. The postseason honors are the first for Anderson, Henchy and Lutz. Tholen was placed on the second team last season.

The Buckeyes closed out the regular season last weekend, hosting MIVA opponent Quincy in St. John Arena. The squad captured a pair of 3-0 wins over the Hawks and honored its eight seniors prior to Saturday's match - team statistician Jake Schick, Mike Stefani, Kyle Lawrence, Grayson Overman, John Tholen, Nick Gibson, Chen Levitan and Derek Kues.

Redshirt sophomore Andrew Lutz led the squad with 25 kills over six sets played, including 17 Saturday night. Tholen finished with a .647 hitting percentage (12-1-17), while Lawrence totaled 51 assists on the weekend and Overman had eight blocks (1s, 7a) in Saturday's win.

Ohio State is the No. 11 in final regular season AVCA Division I-II Men's Top 15 poll. Three other MIVA schools are ranked in the AVCA polls - Lewis (T-9), Ball State (T-9) and Loyola-Chicago (12).

Ohio State finished the MIVA regular season among the Top 3 in a number of categories in MIVA-only competition. The Buckeyes concluded second in assists (12.17), digs (10.06) and kills (19.94). The squad also ranked third in hitting percentage (.266) and blocks (2.60).

Individually, libero Brennan Anderson finished first in digs with a 3.12 average. Setter Peter Heinen and opposite Andrew Lutz came in second in assists (11.12) and kills (3.74), respectively. Senior Grayson Overman finished second in blocks (1.32), while outside hitter Michael Henchy was sixth in hitting percentage (.309).

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 second in assists (12.13), fourth in digs (9.96) and sixth in kills (12.82).

Individually, sophomore libero Brennan Anderson leads all Div. I-II with a 3.14 digs per set average. Redshirt sophomore Peter Heinen second in assists (11.04), while senior Grayson Overman is fourth in blocks (1.32).

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 18 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 24 of 26 matches this season.  Sophomore Brennan Anderson leads the team with 15 double-digit dig performances this season.

Redshirt senior John Tholen of the No. 11 Ohio State men's volleyball team was honored by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and was named to its annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year list, the organization announced. The award recognizes the dedication to strength training and conditioning. Tholen was among 229 collegiate and high school athletes from 98 schools honored with the award.

The Grand Canyon Antelopes are 16-14 and finished 7-7 in MIVA play for fifth in the league. The `Lopes closed out the regular season last weekend and defeated Lindenwood in a pair of MIVA matches.

Junior Ben Ponnet leads the team in kills with a 3.20 average and junior Keith Smith has a 10.91 assist average. Sophomore Ryan Mather has 106 blocks (7s, 99a), while senior Trent Bruns has 252 digs. Both Ponnet and Mather were each named the MIVA All-Conference Second Team for their efforts this season.

The Buckeyes lead the series between the `Lopes 8-0 with the teams' first meeting coming in 2010. The two squads met earlier in the season at Grand Canyon and Ohio State came away with a pair of 3-0 victories.

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 580-304 overall at Ohio State and boasts a 248-76 record against MIVA opponents.

The winner of Saturday's match will travel to Romeoville, Ill., and face No. 1 seed Lewis Wednesday, April 24.