Jan. 20, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State, with a 16 block advantage, defeated Juniata (1-1) 3-0 (30-16, 30-18-30-22) Saturday night in St. John Arena. Four Buckeyes had five or more total blocks in the match that saw Ohio State expand its record to 2-1. Leading the block party was Todd Hill (Sr., Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto H.S.) with a career-high nine assist blocks. Chris Fash (Sr., Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township H.S.) had a career-high eight assist blocks while Tom Trantow (Jr., River Forest, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest H.S.) contributed one solo and six assist blocks, both career highs. Adam Pedersen (Fr., Muskego, Wisc./Muskego H.S.) joined the party with two solo and three assist blocks. His two solos is a career-high and his three assist blocks tied his previous career-high against Penn State.
In the offensive side of the court, OSU’s Pieter Olree (Sr., Reading, Pa./Exeter H.S.) had a match-high nine kills with Fash adding eight and Hill seven. Eagle Kenny Eiser scored a team-high eight kills for Juniata with Javier Garcia adding seven.
Juniata held a 5-1 lead in game one of the match. The Buckeyes tied the game at nine on an Eagle error. With the help of seven team blocks, three ace serves and hitting .533 for the game, OSU won 30-16.
From a 2-2 tie in game two, Ohio State scored four consecutive points to open a 6-2 lead. The Buckeyes built a solid lead taking game two 30-18. OSU hit .647 for the game with Olree leading the way going four-for-four in the game.
Two OSU errors gave Juniata a 2-0 lead in game three. From a seven-all tie, a Juniata service error gave Ohio State the lead at 8-7. The Buckeyes, with several reserves in the match, held the lead taking a 30-22 win to end the match. The Buckeye block produced seven points in the game with Hill picking up three assist blocks and Trantow, a solo and two assist blocks. For the match Ohio State hit .424 to -.036 for Juniata. The Buckeyes had a 36-29 advantage in kills, a six to two margin in ace serves and outblocked the Eagles, 18 to two. In rally points, Ohio State had a 58 to 33 margin. The Buckeyes also had a 14-11 margin in digs.
Ohio State continues at home next Friday, Jan. 26 when they host Western Ontario at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena in an exhibition match. The two teams will play Saturday, Jan. 27 (7 p.m.) at the Genoa Middle School in Westerville, Ohio.