COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 10th-ranked OhioState (12-6 overall, 8-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team overcame a 30-28 game one win by Loyola-Chicago (12-10, 5-4) to defeat the Ramblers, 3-1 (28-30, 30-28, 30-28, 30-26) Friday night in Alumni Gym. Buckeye Robbie Klein (Sr.-Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) scored a match-high 20.5 points in the contest with Brett Versen (5th-Sr., Centerville, Ohio) adding 19. Klein had a match-high 17 kills, one ace serve and five assist blocks while Versen had 16 kills, an ace serve, a solo block and two assist blocks. Rambler Ian Anderson had a team-high 15.5 points for Loyola-Chicago with Nick Lamoureux adding 15. Anderson had 13 kills, two ace serves and an assist block while Lamoureux collected 11 kills, two ace serves and four assist blocks.
Tied at one in the first game, the Ramblers scored five straight points to take a 6-2 lead. The run included two OSU errors, a George Kamberos-Lamoureux block and kills from Lamoureux and Kamberos. Loyola-Chicago held the lead to win the game, 30-28 on a Michael Morice kill. The Ramblers hit .158 for the game to .167 for OhioState.
Game two saw the Buckeyes expand a 17-16 lead with kills from Versen and Ben Spurlock (Sr.-So., Stow, Ohio), a Rambler error and a Ted Schoenfeldt (So., Northbrook, Ill.) ace serve to open a 21-16 margin. At 24-19, a kill and solo block by Kamberos made it 24-21. Errors by both teams moved the score to 25-22. A Klein kill took the lead to four at 26-22. A Kris Berzins kill and two OSU errors cut the Buckeye lead to one at 26-25. A Klein kill made it 27-25. Two OSU errors tied the game at 27. A Klein kill followed by a Schoenfeldt ace serve set game point at 29-27. A Berzins kill stopped the game point at 29-28. Jason Tobkin (So.-Fr., Fairfield, Ohio), with a kill, ended the game at 30-28, tying the match at 1-1. Loyola-Chicago hit .182 for the game to OSU’s .108.
In a wild game three, the Ramblers took a 2-0 lead with an Anderson kill and a Kamberos-Lamoureux block. Tied at seven, Loyola-Chicago took a 10-7 lead off two OSU errors and a Kamberos-Morice block. At 12-10, a Spurlock solo block and a Spurlock-Daniel Mathews (Sr., Shorewood, Wis.) block tied the game at 12. Leading, 18-17, the Ramblers went up three at 20-17 with a Lamoureux kill and an Anderson ace serve. A Tobkin kill and a Spurlock-Klein block cut the lead to 20-19. A Lamoureux kill and a Rambler error made it 21-20. The Buckeyes tied the game at 21 with a Spurlock ace serve. The Ramblers regained the lead off an OSU error. With Loyola-Chicago leading, 27-26, a Rambler error tied the game for the 13th time. The Buckeyes took their first lead of the game at 28-27 with a Klein kill. Lamoureux tied the game at 28 with a kill. Klein responded with a kill to set game point at 29-28. Klein finished the game with a kill at 30-28 to give Ohio State a 2-1 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .419 for the game to .200 for the Ramblers.
Tied at two in game four, the Ramblers used three OSU errors, a Mike Hutz-Lamoureux block and an Anderson ace serve to open a 7-2 lead. OhioState slowly cut into the lead to trail by four at 17-13. Two Rambler errors cut the margin to 17-15. An Anderson kill made it 18-15. A Klein kill, a Rambler error and a Versen-Schoenfeldt block tied the game at 18. With the score tied at 21, a Klein kill and a Spurlock solo block gave OhioState the lead at 23-21. At 26-24, kills by Klein and Versen gave OhioState a 28-24 lead. A Joe Guntli kill cut the margin to 28-25. Versen set match point with a kill at 29-25. A Buckeye error made it 29-26. The Buckeyes won the game, 30-26, with a Rambler error to win the match, 3-1. OhioState hit .175 for the game to .026 for Loyola-Chicago.
In the match, OhioState hit .208 to .137 for the Ramblers. The Buckeyes had a 56-52 edge in kills while each team recorded six ace serves. OSU gave up 25 service errors to 23 for Loyola-Chicago. Defensively, the Ramblers had a 48-47 edge in digs. Kamberos posted a match-high 13 for Loyola-Chicago with Matt Baleiko adding 11. OSU’s Schoenfeldt recorded a career-high 11 digs for the Buckeyes. At the net, OhioState enjoyed a 19 to 9.5 advantage in team blocking. Spurlock recorded a match/career-high 10 blocks with four solos and six assists. Rambler setter Hutz had a match-high 46 assists in the match with OSU’s Mathews collecting 43.
OhioState continues on the road next week with their fourth consecutive trip over five weeks when they face co-No. 1 Penn State (21-1) Friday and play at St. Francis (9-11) Saturday in 7 p.m. matches.