April 27, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The nationally-ranked and No. 1 seed Ohio State men’s volleyball team hosts No. 2 seed Lewis in the 2012 MIVA Tournament Championship Saturday. The two squads face off at 7 p.m. ET in St. John Arena.
Admission for the match is $5 for adults and free for students.
The winner will receive the MIVA’s automatic bid into the 2012 NCAA Division I-II Men’s Volleyball Championships held in Los Angeles, May 3-5.
No. 1 Seed Ohio State Buckeyes (21-8) vs. No. 2 Lewis Flyers (25-6)
Saturday, April 28 – 7 p.m. ET
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The Buckeyes clinched the team’s sixth straight MIVA regular season title with a 3-1 win over IPFW, April 13. Ohio State and Lewis each finished the regular season with a 9-3 league record to share the title. The conference finish is the program’s 24th regular season MIVA title – a conference record.
Ohio State earned the No. 1 seed in this year’s tournament and had a first round bye. No. 2 Lewis defeated No. 7 Quincy in three sets, while No. 3 Loyola-Chicago topped No. 6 IPFW in four. No. 5 Ball State advanced to the semifinals with an upset over No. 4 Grand Canyon last weekend.
The Buckeyes defeated Ball State in three sets Wednesday, while Lewis earned a three-set sweep over Loyola to advance to the tournament final.
Shawn Sangrey, a senior on the men’s volleyball team, was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America First Team Thursday. The national recognition is the second of Sangrey’s career as he was named to the second team in 2010.
The honor is the 35th in the program’s history and the second straight season a Buckeye has been placed on the first team. Former Buckeye Steven Kehoe earned a spot on the AVCA All-America First Team last season.
Sangrey has had an outstanding final season with the Buckeyes. The Columbia, Pa., product ranks first in the nation with a 4.97 kills-per-set average and has 517 kills on the season. He has put together three 30-kill performances this year, including a career-high 33 kills in a 3-2 win at Saint Francis in March.
The opposite also ranks among the nation’s best in a handful of other categories. Sangrey is among the top 50 in digs (1.88), service aces (0.28) and attack percentage (.281). His 5.60 points-per-set average is one of the best in the country.
For his efforts this season, Sangrey was named the 2012 MIVA Player of the Year. He was a five-time MIVA Offensive player of the Week and the March 6 Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Player of the Week.
Joining Sangrey on the MIVA All-Conference First Team is classmate Mik Berzins. The outside hitter from Brinklow, Md., averaged 2.78 kills per set in league play and was among the MIVA’s best in digs with a 2.04 digs average. He also finished eighth in conference matches with a 3.34 points average and 10th with a .296 attack percentage.
Redshirt freshman Peter Heinen earned a spot on the league’s second team after guiding the Buckeye offense all season. The Wauwatosa, Wis., native finished second among the conference’s setters with an 11.32 assists-per-set average vs. MIVA opponents. He also totaled 23 blocks for a 0.56 average and had a 1.59 digs average.
Middle blocker John Tholen was also placed on the second team. The Hilliard, Ohio, product finished with a 0.91 blocks-per-set average in 43 sets played vs. the MIVA. He averaged 1.42 kills and had a team-best .398 attack percentage in league play.
LAST TIME OUT: BALL STATE
Ohio State men's volleyball team advanced to the MIVA Tournament Championship match with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-15) victory over Ball State Wednesday night in St. John Arena. The No. 1 seed Buckeyes improved to 21-8 overall, while the No. 5 seed Cardinals concluded their season with a 14-12 record.
The victory was an overall team effort as the Buckeyes finished the match with a .392 team attack percentage and added 19.0 total blocks. Ohio State's defense limited the Ball State offense to a .022 attack percentage - a season best for the Buckeye defensive corps.
Ohio State was led by seniors Shawn Sangrey and Mik Berzins. Sangrey paced the Buckeye offense with 15 kills, while Berzins led the OSU defense with 11 digs and added six block assists. Junior Grayson Overman dominated the net, finishing with 10 blocks (1s, 9a). Setter Peter Heinen had 33 assists with seven blocks (3s, 4a), while John Tholen had five blocks (1s, 4a).
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. Prior to Wednesday’s match vs. Ball State, the opposite from Columbia, Pa., is the only student-athlete to reach over 500 kills. He also leads the country with a 4.97 kills per set average. Sangrey ranks 24th nationally with a .277 attack percentage, 25th in aces (.29) and 36th in digs (1.88).
Middle blocker Grayson Overman is among the nation’s best blockers, sitting in 10th with a 1.25 blocks per set average. Senior Mik Berzins is 28th in digs per set with 2.01 and 36th with a .250 attack percentage, while redshirt freshman Peter Heinen is 10th in the country with a 10.55 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. 7 in the Volleyball Magazine Men’s Division I-II Top 10 Poll. MIVA opponent Lewis is ranked seventh by the AVCA and eighth Volleyball Magazine. Loyola-Chicago holds the No. 13 spot by the AVCA.
The No. 7/8 Lewis Flyers advanced to the MIVA Tournament title match with a pair of 3-0 wins over No. 7 seed Quincy and No. 3 seed Loyola-Chicago. The No. 2 seed Flyers come to Columbus with a 25-6 overall mark.
The Buckeyes lead Lewis in the all-time series with a 27-14 record. The two teams split the home-and-home series this year as both won on their home court. This will be the first meeting for Ohio State and Lewis in the MIVA Tournament Final. Last season, the Buckeyes defeated the Flyers in four sets in the conference semifinals.
The Flyers are led by senior Jay Petty, who averages 3.95 kills per set. The first team All-MIVA selection leads the team with a 4.63 points average and has a 1.51 digs average. Setter BJ Boldog averages 10.70 assists per set, while libero Eric Varney has a team-best 1.96 digs average.