Ohio State plans to use multiple setters throughout regular season

The battle for Ohio State’s starting setter will not be settled when the upcoming season begins.

Ohio State coach Pete Hanson said in an interview with Off the Block on Tuesday that he has not decided on a permanent starting setter and will give both junior Peter Heinen and freshman Christy Blough significant playing time at the start of the regular season.
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Longtime Ohio State volleyball information director Koehl passes away

A national-award winning volleyball communications specialist from Ohio State passed away Thursday

The Ohio State athletics department announced Thursday afternoon that longtime Buckeyes’ men’s and women’s volleyball sports information director D.C. Koehl, 61, died due to complications of a fall he had in late November.

Koehl, a 1973 Ohio State graduate, was in his 39th year with the Buckeyes athletics department. He also in 2010 became the first sports information director to win the E. Douglas Boyden Media Reognition Award from USA Volleyball, which is given annually to a media member who contributes to the growth of volleyball.

“D.C. was one of the most dedicated and well-respected individuals in this athletics department,” Chris Schneider, MIVA commissioner and Ohio State associated athletics director, said in a statement released Thursday. “Not only did he provide great support to the coaches and student-athletes here at Ohio State, but he worked tirelessly for the sport of volleyball and the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. We have all lost a dear friend today.”

Along with working at Ohio State, Koehl was the sports information director for the MIVA. Koehl during his tenure with the conference helped the MIVA expand its historical online databases and oversaw a website redesign.

Koehl was also part of the support staff for Ohio State last season as the Buckeyes became the first Midwest team to legally win a men’s volleyball NCAA championship.

“I am so thankful that D.C. had the opportunity to be with us in State College this past May to witness our finest hour as a program,” coach Pete Hanson said in a statement released Thursday. “I really feel like he probably was out there playing every moment on the court with our kids. Though he would probably never show outwardly how much he enjoyed that night, I believe that deep down it might have been one of his best Ohio State moments. Those thoughts make me very happy for D.C.

“He will be missed greatly for his professionalism and support. I have never met a finer Buckeye. He truly was a dear friend and colleague,” Hanson said.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Koehl had a strong interest in statistics and became one of the top statistians in Ohio State history. A Ohio State basketball media guide in the 1980s even stated that Koehl “has devised a system of storing historical athletic information in a computer.”

Koehle was also a 37-year member of the College Sports Information Directors of American and was honored with a 25-year award by the organization in 1999.

Projected preseason top 10 national rankings: No. 8 Ohio State

Ohio State is projected by Off the Block to be No. 8 in the preseason national rankings.

Off the Block throughout December will reveal its projected men’s volleyball preseason top 10 national rankings and will profile a top-10 team each day. The Off the Block projected preseason rankings were created independently of the AVCA Coaches Poll and the Volleyball Magazine Top 10 Media Poll.

The college men’s volleyball season begins on Jan. 3 and concludes with the Final Four in May.
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Ohio State’s Hanson named 2011 AVCA National Coach of the Year

Add another national award for Ohio State this season.

Ohio State coach Pete Hanson was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s National Coach of the Year on Wednesday after leading the Buckeyes to their first NCAA championship in program history.

Ohio State defeated UC Santa Barbara in the NCAA championship match to become the first MIVA team to legally win a national title since volleyball became an NCAA sanctioned sport in 1970. The 28-year head coach also guided the Buckeyes to their fourth consecutive conference championship — the first time a program has won four consecutive MIVA titles since Ball State in the 1960s.
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NCAA championship postmatch news conference: Ohio State vs. UC Santa Barbara

Ohio State for the first time in its 43-year program history is the national champion.

Ohio State defeated UC Santa Barbara 20-25, 25-20, 25-19, 22-25, 15-9 in the men’s volleyball NCAA championship match on Saturday in University Park, Pa., to become the first Midwest school to win the national title.

Buckeye setter Steven Kehoe was named the NCAA Tournament MVP as he guided the offense to out-hit the Gauchos .329 to .198. In addition, four Ohio State players finished the match with at least 10 kills, including outside attacker Shawn Sangrey who had a match-high 30 kills.

Check out the what the players and coaches had to say afterward in the postmatch news conference.
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Postmatch news conference: Penn State vs. Ohio State

For the first time in 11 years, the Buckeyes are back in the national championship match.

The No. 3 seed Ohio State upset the No. 2 seed Penn State in four games in the NCAA Tournament semifinals on Thursday in University Park, Pa., to advance to the title match on Saturday.

The Buckeyes had four players with at least 10 kills as it out-hit the Nittany Lions .292 to .140. Ohio State outside attacker John Klanac finished the match a with a team-high 16 kills, while outside attacker Shawn Sangrey had 15 kills in the victory.
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Q&A with Ohio State at the men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament

Ohio State men’s volleyball coach Pete Hanson, along with setter Steven Kehoe and middle attacker Kevin Heine held a news conference Wednesday to discuss its upcoming NCAA Tournament match.

The No. 3 seed Ohio State will play the No. 2 seed Penn State in the NCAA Tournament semifinals at 9 p.m. Thursday in University Park, Pa.

The Buckeyes (24-6, 11-1 MIVA) reached their four consecutive NCAA Tournament after winning the MIVA championship, but have failed advance beyond the semifinals during that stretch.

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Q&A with Ohio State coach Pete Hanson

There is a legitimate national championship contender at Ohio State, besides the teams on the football field and basketball court.

After losing its first two matches of the season, the No. 5 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (9-2, 3-0 MIVA) has won its last nine matches, including victories against No. 8 UC Irvine, No. 9 Penn State and Cal State Northridge in the last two weeks. In addition, the Buckeyes are in first place in the MIVA and received a first-place vote in both the coaches and media polls this week.

Off the Block conducted an interview earlier this week with Ohio State coach Pete Hanson to discuss his team’s recent success and the possibility of this being a national championship team.
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