COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th-ranked Ohio State (10-7 overall, 5-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (30-26, 30-27, 30-18) decision to ninth-ranked Penn State (12-2, 5-0 EIVA) Wednesday night in St. John Arena. OSU’s Shawn Sangrey recorded a match-high 21 points with 20 kills and one ace serve with John Klanac adding 13.5 points with 13 kills and one assist block. Penn State’s Will Price posted a team-high 18 points with 13 kills, two ace serves, one solo block and four assist blocks. Max Lipsitz contributed 12.5 points with nine kills, a solo block and five assist blocks with Joe Sunder adding 12 points with nine kills one ace serve, one solo block and two assist blocks.
Penn State opened game one with two kills from Ryan Wolf and held an 8-6 lead before a Sangrey kill and a PSU error tied the game at eight. At nine-all, a Kevin Heine kill and a Steven Kehoe ace serve gave Ohio State an 11-9 lead. At 14-12, a Buckeye error and a Nick Turko kill tied the game at 14. Penn State took a 16-14 lead with an OSU error and a Sunder kill. Kills from Sangrey and Mike Stefani tied the game at 16. A Price block and a Turko ace serve made it 18-16, Penn State. OSU cut the lead to one several times but a 23-22, a Turko kill and an OSU error gave the Nittany Lions a 25-22 lead. At 27-25, back-to-back kills from Price gave Penn State game point at 29-25. OSU stopped the game point at 29-26 with a Heine kill. Penn State won the game, 30-26 with a Lipsitz kill to take a 1-0 lead in the match. The Nittany Lions hit .556 in the game to .467 for Ohio State.
Trailing, 4-2 in game two, A Klanac kill, a Klanac-Grayson Overman and a Sangrey ace serve gave Ohio State a 5-4 lead. Penn State responded with two kills from Sunder and one from Price to take a 7-5 lead. At 9-7, a Penn State error and a Sangrey kill tied the game at nine. At 10-10, a kill from Lipsitz and a Lipsitz-Sunder block gave the Nittany Lions the lead for good at 12-10. Trailing 24-20, a kill from Sangrey and two Penn State errors cut the Nittany Lions lead to one at 24-23. At 26-25, an OSU error and a Price kill made it 28-25. Errors by both teams set game point for PSU at 29-26. A Klanac kill stopped the game point at 29-27. Edgardo Goas ended the game, 30-27, with a kill to give Penn State a 2-0 lead in the match. The Nittany Lions hit .400 for the game to .333 for Ohio State.
Penn State opened game three with a Price-Lipsitz block, a Wolf kill and a Lipsitz solo block for a 3-0 lead. The Nittany Lions would never trail the rest of the game, reaching match point with an ace serve from Sunder at 29-17. Klanac, with a kill stopped the match point at 29-18. A kill from Price closed out the game for Penn State at 30-18 to give the Nittany Lions a 3-0 sweep in the match. Penn State hit .393 for the game to .108 for Ohio State.
For the match, the Nittany Lions outhit Ohio State, .444 to .291. OSU had a 49-28 edge in kills and a 48-46 advantage in assists. OSU’s Kehoe had 46 in the contest to 43 for Goas of Penn State. The Nittany Lions had a 5-2 margin in ace serves with Price recording a match-high two. The Buckeyes gave up 17 service errors to 11 for Penn State. Defensively, OSU had a 30-27 advantage in digs. Penn State’s Dennis Del Valle posted a match-high nine for the Nittany Lions. In team blocks, Penn State had a 10 to two margin. Lipsitz, with a solo and five assist blocks, took match honors with six total blocks.
Ohio State returns to conference play at 7 p.m. Saturday when they play at IPFW (6-7, 2-4) and return home Sunday at 4 p.m. to host non-conference opponent Mt. Olive (4-0) in St. John Arena.
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