COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th-ranked (tie) Ohio State (8-4 overall, 5-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team held off a late rally for a 3-1 (30-20, 30-24, 24-30, 30-28) victory at 15th-ranked Lewis (7-2, 2-1) Friday night in Neil Carey Arena. Ohio State’s Shawn Sangrey collected a career-high 31.5 points in the match with a career-high 28 kills (.304), two ace serves and three assist blocks. Nick Berzins contributed a career-high 15 points/kills (.480) and Grayson Overman added 10 points with three kills (.111), a career-high five ace serves, one solo block and two assist blocks. Ian Karbiener recorded a team-high 16 points for Lewis with 14 kills (.419), one ace serve and two assist blocks. Matt Gallik added 12.5 points with nine kills (.533) and seven assist blocks with Nathan Klaas contributing 12 points with 11 kills (.222) and two assist blocks.
Ohio State opened game one with three consecutive Sangrey kills for a 3-0 lead. At 4-1, an OSU error and a Karbiener kill cut the OSU lead to one at 4-3. At 9-8 OSU, an Aaron Flick ace serve tied the game at nine. A Kevin Heine-Sangrey block gave OSU a 10-9 lead. At 12-11, a Flyer block from Karbiener and Gallik tied the game at 12. OSU responded with kills from Sangrey and Overman and with a Lewis error took a 15-12 lead. OSU held the lead and at 23-19 scored the next seven points with kills from Sangrey, Steven Kehoe and Mik Berzins and four Overman ace serves. At game point, 29-19, a Buckeye error made it 29-20. Ohio State won the game, 30-20, off a Flyer error to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .577 for the game to .409 for the Flyers.
A Brian Muesenfechter ace serve and a Klaas kill gave Lewis a 2-0 lead to open game two. At 4-2, a Flyer error and a Sangrey kill tied the game at four. Tied at six, a Flyer error and two kills by Berzins gave Ohio State a 9-6 lead. Trailing, 12-9, Flyer kills from Gallik and Klaas and an ace serve from Mike Iandolo tied the game at 12. A Buckeye error gave the Flyers a 13-12 lead. Sangrey responded to tie the game at 13 with a kill. Tied at 16, a solo block by Flick and his kill gave Lewis an 18-16 lead. OSU responded with two kills from Berzins and one from Sangrey to take a 19-18 lead. The Flyers tied the game at 19 with a kill from Karbiener. Two Flyer errors and a Sangrey kill gave Ohio State a 22-19 lead. A Karbiener kill made it 22-20. Sangrey, with a kill and an ace serve took the lead to four at 24-20. Leading 28-24, a Lewis error made it 29-24 with Ohio State serving game point. The Buckeyes won the game, 30-24, with a John Klanac kill to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .375 for the game to .258 for Lewis.
Game three saw the squads exchange points for 13 ties. A Muesenfechter-Flick block broke the tie at 14-13 with an Iandolo-Flick block made it 15-13 at the media time out. Lewis continued the block attack with a Muesenfechter-Flick-Iandolo block and an Iandolo-Flick block for a 17-13 lead. Lewis held the lead, expanding it to seven with a Muesenfechter kill at 27-20. Two Flyer errors, a kill from Berzins, a Jason Tobkin ace serve and cut the lead to three at 27-24. Kills from Karbiener and Muesenfechter gave the Flyers game point at 29-24. Lewis on the game, 30-24, with a Muesenfechter kill to cut Ohio State’s match lead to 2-1. The Flyers hit .229 for the game to -.028 for the Buckeyes.
Lewis broke a seven-all tie in game four with a kill from Klaas and an OSU error for a 9-7 Flyer lead. At 13-11, Lewis, an Overman kill and a Flyer error tied the game at 13. A Buckeye error made it 14-13 Lewis. Two kills from Berzins gave Ohio State a 15-14 lead at the media time out. Two additionals kill by Berzins and one from Heine gave Ohio State an 18-14 lead. At 26-22, a Gallik kill cut the lead to three at 26-23. A Sangrey kill made it 27-23 as Lewis called time out. Back-to-back ace serves from Kehoe set match point at 29-23. A kill from Flick and a Karbiener ace serve stopped two match points to make the score 29-25 as Ohio State called time out. An Iandolo-Flick block, a Buckeye error and a Karbiener kill stopped three more match points to cut the Ohio State lead to one at 29-28. A Sangrey kill stopped the Flyer run to give the Buckeyes a 30-28 win in the game and a 3-1 victory in the match. The Flyers hit .312 for the game to .256 for Ohio State.
Lewis outhit Ohio State, .292 to .270, in the match. The Buckeyes had a 62-51 advantage in kills and a 58-50 margin in assists. OSU’s Kehoe contributed a season-high 52 assists for the Buckeyes with Iandolo posting 40 for the Flyers. OSU had 11 ace serves to four for the Flyers. Buckeye Overman posted a match/career-high five aces in the match. The Flyers gave up 24 service errors to 22 for Ohio State. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 45-38 advantage in digs with OSU’s Anthony Hock recording a match-high 13. At the net, Lewis had a 14.5 to seven margin in team blocks. Gallik recorded a match-high seven assist blocks for the Flyers.
Ohio State continues the conference road trip with a 4 p.m. CT Saturday match at 12th-ranked Loyola-Chicago (6-0, 2-0) in Alumni Gym. The match will be webcast at http://www.horizonleaguenetwork.tv/loyola.html.
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