COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 14th-ranked Ohio State (7-4 overall, 4-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team remained undefeated in conference play with a 3-0 (30-28, 34-32, 30-23) victory at Ball State Friday. The win was head coach Pete Hanson’s 500th victory for the Buckeyes. OSU’s Shawn Sangrey posted a match-high 21.5 points in the contest with Kevin Heine adding 13.5 and Mik Berzins 11. Sangrey recorded a match-high 15 kills (.367), three ace serves, two solo blocks and three assist blocks. Heine had 10 kills (.444), two ace serves and three assist blocks while Berzins contributed eight kills, one ace serve, one solo block and two assist blocks. Ball State’s Anders Nelson collected a team-high 14 points with 11 kills (.588) and six assist blocks with Dominic Spadavecchio adding 10.5 points with nine kills and three assist blocks.
After a Grayson Overman-Berzins block gave Ohio State a 1-0 lead, Ball State responded to take a 4-1 lead with kills from J.D. Gasparovic and Nelson, a Nelson-Eric Schulte block and an OSU error. Ohio State trailed 21-17, before a kill from Berzins and his ace serve forced a Ball State time out at 21-19. At 22-20, a Nelson kill made it 23-20. Three Cardinal errors tied the game at 23. Two kills from Spadavecchio gave Ball State a 25-23 lead. At 26-24, a kill from Berzins, an Overman ace serve and a BSU error gave the Buckeyes a 27-26 lead. Gasparovic tied the game at 27 with a kill. An OSU error and a kill from Heine made it 28-all. Ohio State reached game point at 29-28 with a Sangrey kill. The Buckeyes won the game, 30-28, with a Sangrey-Heine block to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Ball State hit .235 for the game to .179 for Ohio State.
Game two was tied at one after a Cardinal error and a Nelson kill. A Mike Stefani kill, two ace serves from Sangrey and a BSU error gave Ohio State a 5-1 lead. At 7-4, a Buckeye error and a Lee Meyer kill cut the lead to one at 7-6. Trailing, 16-15, a Nelson kill tied the game at 16. The squads exchanged points to reach 28-all. An Ethan Pheister-Nelson block gave Ball State a 29-28 lead and serving game point. A Heine kill tied the game at 29. A Nelson kill made it 30-29 with Ball State serving a second game point. Heine, with a kill, tied the game at 30. A Pheister kill made it 31-30 and Ball State’s third game point. Overman stopped the game point with a kill, tying the game at 31. A Cardinal error gave Ohio State a 32-31 lead and serving game point. An OSU error tied the game at 32. A Steven Kehoe-Overman block gave OSU a 33-32 lead and a second game point. Kehoe and Berzins combined for a block to win the game, 34-32, and give Ohio State a 2-0 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .517 for the game to .364 for Ball State.
A Heine kill and a Sangrey solo block gave Ohio State a 2-0 lead to open game three. Gasparovic, with two kills, tied the game. At six-all, two Nelson-Spadavecchio blocks and an OSU error gave Ball State a 9-6 lead. Kills from Kehoe and Sangrey cut the lead to one at 9-8. At 10-9, a Cardinal error tied the game at 10. At 11-all, an ace serve by Heine and a Sangrey kill gave Ohio State a 13-11 lead. A Schulte kill made it 13-12. Two Ball State errors and a Sangrey ace serve gave Ohio State a 16-12 lead. Leading 20-16, two Cardinal errors, a Heine-Sangrey block and an ace serve from Kehoe gave Ohio State a 23-16 lead. At 27-20, an OSU error and an Overman-Kehoe block made it 28-21. Ohio State reached match point at 29-21 with an Overman kill. Ball State stopped the match point at 29-22 with a Greg Herceg-Nelson block. A Matt Sprague kill stopped a second match point at 29-23. A Ball State error ended the game for Ohio State at 30-23, to give the Buckeyes a 3-0 victory. Ball State hit .179 for the game to .148 for the Buckeyes.
For the match, Ohio State hit .274 to .263 for Ball State. The Cardinals had a 46-44 margin in kills and a 43-41 edge in assists. BSU’s Pheister had a match-high 39 assists with Kehoe collecting 36 for Ohio State. The Buckeyes recorded eight ace serves in the match with Sangrey recording a match-high three. The Cardinals had no aces and gave up 21 service errors to 18 for OSU. Defensively, the Cardinals had a 26-24 margin in digs with Ball State’s Billy Ebel and OSU’s Anthony Hock recording a match-high nine digs each. At the net, Ohio State had an 11.5 to 10 advantage in team blocks. BSU’s Nelson posted a match-high six assist blocks while OSU’s Overman (one solo, four assists) and Sangrey (two solos, three assists) shared team-high honors for the Buckeyes with five blocks each.
Ohio State will host St. Francis at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena.
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