COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 2 Ohio State University men's volleyball team is two wins away from clinching its second straight MIVA Tournament title and the NCAA Championships automatic bid that comes with it. The top-seeded Buckeyes host No. 11 and fourth-seeded Ball State Wednesday evening (Apr. 19) at 7 p.m. ET inside St. John Arena. With a win, Ohio State would then return to the court Saturday (Apr. 22) for the tournament finals.
MIVA TOURNAMENT TICKET INFO
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Youth - $3
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Wednesday, April 18 - Columbus, Ohio (St. John Arena)
7 p.m. ET - No. 1-seed Ohio State (28-2, 16-0 MIVA) vs. No. 4-seed Ball State (19-9, 9-7 MIVA)
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HISTORY WITH THE CARDINALS
Ohio State was squared off with Ball State more than any other opponent in program history. The Buckeyes and Cardinals have met up 179 times since 1968 with OSU owning a 96-83 advantage in the all-time series, including three in a row and six of the last seven.
OHIO STATE PLOWS PAST HAWKS TO REACH MIVA SEMIFINALS
The Buckeyes opened postseason play by toppling No. 8-seed Quincy in just 62 minutes, ripping through three sets: 25-14, 25-20, 25-15. The Scarlet & Gray never trailed at any point in any set. Match box score on pg. 5.
BUCKEYES FLEX MUSCLE IN ALL-MIVA SELECTIONS
Ohio State dominated the 2017 All-MIVA postseason awards announced on Thursday (Apr. 13):
Pete Hanson was named the MIVA Coach of the Year for the 13th time overall and second straight season
Nicolas Szerszen earned back-to-back MIVA Player of the Year accolades
Szerszen is joined on the All-MIVA First Team by Christy Blough and Miles Johnson
Gabriel Domecus and Driss Guessous were voted to the All-MIVA Second Team
Maxime Hervoir received All-MIVA Honorable Mention
Eighteen different Buckeyes have been named MIVA Player of the Year a total of 22 times
Hanson is one of seven OSU leaders voted as the league's Coach of the Year, a group totaling 23 awards
KINGS OF THE MIVA
Ohio State captured its league-best 26th MIVA regular season championship (Ball State ranks second with 21) way back on March 31 before going on to post a 16-0 conference record. It marks just the second team in the last 25 years to run through a MIVA regular season unbeaten (Loyola went 14-0 in 2014). The Buckeyes have not lost to a MIVA opponent in 30 straight match-ups. Ohio State also leads the conference all-time with 15 MIVA Tournament crowns.
CHAMPIONSHIP TICKETS ON SALE NOW
All-session tickets for the 2017 NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship are now on sale. Ohio's capital city has laid claim to the title of `Volleyball Capital of the Midwest,' becoming the first site in NCAA history to host both the women's and men's collegiate national championship in the same academic year in addition to a long history of hosting amateur volleyball events. The NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship was held Dec. 15-17, 2016 downtown at Nationwide Arena with the men's trophy being awarded May 4-6, 2017 inside St. John Arena.
The 2017 NCAA Men's Volleyball Selection Show will be streamed by NCAA.com on Apr. 23 at 1 p.m. ET.
Four different Buckeye are the NCAA's active career leader in a major statistical category. No active D I-II player has more career kills than Miles Johnson, more assists than Christy Blough, more digs than Gabriel Domecus or more aces than Nicolas Szerszen.
Ohio State not only owns the country's second-best win-lose percentage (.933; 28-2), but is slotted highly in nearly every statistical category as well. The Buckeyes lead nationally with 1.94 aces/set and rank second in hitting percentage (.369); while also being slotted Top-12 with an opponent hitting percentage of .195 (4th), 13.14 kills/set (6th), 12.28 assists/set (6th) and 2.32 blocks/set (11th).
Individually, four Buckeyes rank Top-25 in an NCAA statistical category:
Nicolas Szerszen | .64 aces/set (1st), 4.63 points/set (9th), .396 hitting percentage (9th), 3.76 kills/set (11th)
Miles Johnson | 4.81 points/set (5th), 3.93 kill/set (8th), .45 aces/set (12th), .347 hitting percentage (18th)
Christy Blough | 10.44 assists/set (6th)
Blake Leeson | .96 blocks/set (24th)
INAUGURAL MIVA HALL OF FAME CLASS FILLED WITH BUCKEYES
The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association announced its inaugural Hall of Fame class on Monday (Apr. 10). The 11-member class consists of the most influential student-athletes, coaches and administrators in the league's history and includes six members with Ohio State ties: Doug Beal, Aldis Berzins, Ken Dunlap, Rich Duwelius, D.C. Koehl, and Marc Waldie.
Pete Hanson has roamed the sideline as Ohio State men's volleyball head coach for more than three decades and March 18 at Lewis was his 1,000th career match as the Buckeye leader. In 1,008 contests, Hanson owns an overall winning percentage of .668 (673-335) which includes a 296-90 (.767) ledger in MIVA play. The four-time National Coach of the Year has guided OSU to a pair of NCAA titles, 17 MIVA regular season championships and 11 MIVA Tournament trophies.
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