COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th-ranked Ohio State (4-4 overall, 3-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team, behind a career-tying 18 kills from John Klanac, defeated Grand Canyon (1-8, 0-3), 3-0 (30-24, 30-22, 30-25) to complete a two-match weekend sweep of the Antelopes in St. John Arena. Klanac had a match-high 18 kills (.387) and added a co-match-high nine digs in the contest. Ted Schoenfeldt posted 10.5 points with eight kills, one ace serve, one solo block and one assist block. Buckeye Grayson Overman contributed 9.5 points with nine kills (.800) and an assist block. Brock Hutchins had a team-high 12.5 points for Grand Canyon with nine kills (.389), three ace serves and an assist block. Robbie Brannick contributed 10.5 points for the Antelopes with nine kills (.227), a solo block and one assist block.
Game one opened with six consecutive points by Ohio State with three kills from Klanac, one from Overman, a Schoenfeldt ace serve and a GCU error. At 10-4, Hutchins used two ace serves to cut the lead to four at 10-6. An Antelope error and a kill from Schoenfeldt took the lead back to six at 12-6. OSU held a 28-20 lead before a Brannick kill, a Nick Jensen block and a Jensen-Brannick block made it 28-22. The Buckeyes reached game point, 29-22, with a kill from Nick Gibson. A Buckeye error and a Chris Lockwood-Jensen block stopped two game points to make the score, 29-24. A Grand Canyon error ended the game, 30-24, to give Ohio State a 1-0 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .362 for the game to .156 for the Antelopes.
Tied at five in game two, Grand Canyon errors gave Ohio State a 7-5 lead. At 8-6, a Gibson ace serve and a Schoenfeldt-Mike Stewart block made it 10-6, OSU. The Buckeyes maintained a small lead and at 23-19, a Klanac kill and a Shawn Sangrey ace serve made it 25-19 as Grand Canyon called time out. At 28-22, an Antelope error gave Ohio State game point at 29-22. The game ended, 30-22, on a Grand Canyon error to give Ohio State a 2-0 lead in the match. The Antelopes hit .393 for the game to .285 for Ohio State.
After seven ties, game three was tied at eight-all. Buckeye kills from Overman and Gibson gave Ohio State a 10-8 lead. The Antelopes kept the score close, cutting the lead to one at 16-15 off two OSU errors. An Overman kill and two GCU errors gave Ohio State a 19-16 lead. A Hutchins kill made it a two-point game at 22-20. Kills from Schoenfeldt and Klanac gave OSU a 24-20 lead. Hutchins, with a kill made it 24-21. A GCU error and a Steven Kehoe-Overman block took the lead to 26-21. A Buckeye error and an Overman kill made it 27-22. Kills from Hutchins and Klanac moved the score to 28-23. An OSU error made it 28-24. Grand Canyon cut the lead to three at 28-25 with a Kyle Olszewski kill. An Antelope error made it 29-25 with Ohio State serving match point. The Buckeyes, with a Gibson kill, won the game, 30-25, to sweep the match, 3-0. Ohio State hit .385 for the game to .375 for Grand Canyon.
For the match, the Buckeyes hit .376 to .298 for the Antelopes. OSU had a 48-38 advantage in kills and a 41-35 margin in assists. OSU’s Kehoe posted a match-high 39 assists while GCU’s Brad Moore had 33. Each squad posted four ace serves with Hutchins recording a match-high three for Grand Canyon. GCU gave up 24 service errors to 12 for the Buckeyes. Defensively, Ohio State had a 29-17 margin in digs. Klanac and Schoenfeldt shared match-high honors with nine digs each. At the net, Grand Canyon out blocked the Buckeyes, 7-3 in team blocks. Jensen posted a match-high five blocks (one solo, four assists) for the Antelopes.
The Buckeyes complete a four-match home stand by hosting George Mason and Juniata next week. OSU faces the George Mason Patriots at 7 p.m. Thursday and the Juniata Eagles at 2 p.m. Sunday in St. John Arena.
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