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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th-ranked Ohio State (10-6 overall, 5-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team fell, 3-0 (34-32, 32-30, 30-17) to UC Santa Barbara (9-8) in the championship match of the Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic at the Blake Arena in Springfield, Mass. In the consolation match, Springfield (9-6) defeated George Mason (4-8), 3-1 (30-21, 25-30, 30-26, 31-29). Ohio State’s Shawn Sangrey had a team-high 21 points on 21 kills (.395) with John Klanac adding 17.5 points with 14 kills (.344), two ace serves, a solo block and one assist block. UC Santa Barbara’s Jeff Menzel had a match-high 24 points with 20 kills (.452), three ace serves and two assist blocks. Cullen Irons contributed 16 points with 15 kills (.517) and two assist blocks.

Game one saw the score tied 12 times with five lead changes. Tied at 26, two kills from Scott Slaughter gave the Gauchos a 28-26 lead. The Buckeyes responded with kills from Sangrey and Klanac to tie the game at 28. A Kevin Heine-Klanac block gave Ohio State a 29-28 lead serving game point. An OSU error tied the game at 29. OSU took a 30-29 lead with a Heine kill to have a second game point. UC Santa Barbara tied the game at 30 with a Menzel kill. A Sangrey kill gave the Buckeyes a 31-30 lead serving a third game point. Menzel responded with a kill to tie the game at 31. OSU had a fourth game point at 32-31 with a Sangrey kill. Menzel stopped the game point with a kill at 32-all. UC Santa Barbara took a 33-32 lead with a Menzel kill to have game point. The Gauchos won the game, 34-32, with a kill from Irons to take a 1-0 lead in the match. UC Santa Barbara hit .395 for the game to .385 for Ohio State.

A Gaucho error, a Heine kill and a Steven Kehoe ace serve opened game two to give OSU a 3-0 lead. Leading, 10-8, the Buckeyes opened a 16-8 lead. The run included two kills and a solo block from Klanac, two Sangrey kills and a Gaucho error. UC Santa Barbara used a 14-7 run to cut the Buckeye lead to one at 23-22. At 28-27, a Jake Rosener ace serve tied the game at 28. Ohio State, with a Sangrey kill, took a 29-28 lead serving game point. The Gauchos, with a kill from Irons, tied the game at 29. UC Santa Barbara, with a Slaughter-Vince Devany block took a 30-29 lead and had game point. A Gaucho error tied the game at 30. A Slaughter kill made it 31-30 for a second UC Santa Barbara game point. The Gauchos won the game, 32-30, with a Devany-Sam Moisenco block to take a 2-0 lead in the match. The Gauchos hit .394 for the game to .343 for the Buckeyes.

With game three tied at one, kills from Irons and Menzel gave UC Santa Barbara a 3-1 lead. A Klanac kill made it 3-2. Slaughter, with a kill and ace serve gave the Gauchos a 5-2 lead. A Sangrey kill made it 5-3. UC Santa Barbara would score the next five points to open a 10-3 lead in the game. The run included an OSU error, a Menzel-Moisenco block, a Rosener kill, a Moisenco solo block and a Menzel kill. The Gauchos continued to build the lead to reach match point at 29-16 off an OSU error. A UC Santa Barbara error made it 29-17.  Irons closed out the game with a kill for a 30-17 win and the 3-0 victory in the match. The Gauchos hit .679 for the game to .139 for Ohio State.

UC Santa Barbara hit .475 for the match to .291 for Ohio State. The Gauchos had a 58-50 kill advantage and a 54-48 margin in assists. Devany collected 48 assists for UC Santa Barbara with OSU’s Kehoe recording 41. Each squad recorded five ace serves with Menzel posting a match-high three for the Gauchos. OSU gave up 15 service errors to 13 for UC Santa Barbara. Defensively, the Gauchos had a 33-24 margin in digs with Andy McGuire posting a match-high nine for UCSB. At the net, the Gauchos had an 11 to eight advantage in team blocks. Moisenco had a match-high seven blocks with a solo and six assists for the Gauchos.

OSU’s Klanac and Sangrey were named to the all-tournament team along with Springfield’s AJ Nally and George Mason’s Shaun Sibley. UC Santa Barbara’s Devany and McGuire completed the team with UCSB’s Menzel named the most valuable player.

The Buckeyes return to Columbus to host seventh-ranked Penn State (11-2) Wednesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. OSU travels to face conference opponent IPFW (6-6, 2-3 MIVA) at 7 p.m. ET Saturday, March 6  and returns home to play its third match in five days against Mt. Olive (4-0) at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 7.

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