COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 10th-ranked OhioState (12-7 overall, 8-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball teamdropped a 3-1 (30-23, 27-30, 30-20, 30-19) decision to top-ranked PennState (23-1) Friday night in Rec Hall. Matt Anderson scored a match-high 21 points for PennState with Max Holt adding 19. Anderson had a match-high 19 kills, one ace serve and two assist blocks while Holt recorded 14 kills, four ace serves and two assist blocks. OSU’s Brett Versen (5th-Sr., Centerville, Ohio) had a team-high 20 points with 15 kills, three ace serves, a solo block and two assist blocks with Robbie Klein (Sr.-Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) adding 14.5 points with 10 kills, three ace serves and three assist blocks.
PennState opened game one with two kills from Ryan Sweitzer, an OSU error and an Anderson kill for a 4-0 lead. Trailing 16-10, a PennState error and a Versen kill made it 16-12. A Holt kill made it 17-12. Three Nittany Lion errors cut the lead to two at 17-15. Penn State expanded the lead to five at 22-17 before a Ben Spurlock (Sr.-So., Stow, Ohio) kill and two Versen ace serves made it 22-20. An OSU error, a Holt, Anderson and Luke Murray block and a Sweitzer ace serve opened a 25-20 PennState lead. At 28-23, an OSU error and a Jay Stauffer kill ended the game at 30-23 for PennState. The Nittany Lions hit .407 to OhioState’s .227.
Game two saw OhioState break a 3-3 tie with two ace serves from Klein for a 5-3 lead. PennState responded with four straight points off two OSU errors and kills from Holt and Anderson to lead, 7-5. The Nittany Lions held a 15-13 lead before a Spurlock, Jason Tobkin (So.-Fr., Fairfield, Ohio) and Versen block and a Klein kill tied the game at 15. A PennState error gave OSU a 16-15 lead. A Max Lipsitz kill tied the game at 16. A Versen kill gave the Buckeyes a 17-16 lead. Lipsitz tied the game at 17 with a kill. A PennState error and a Lipsitz kill tied the game at 18. A Ted Schoenfeldt (So., Northbrook, Ill.) kill and two Nittany Lion errors opened a 21-18 OhioState lead. The Buckeyes held a 28-24 lead before an OSU error and an Anderson kill cut the margin to two at 28-26. A Schoenfeldt kill set game point at 29-26. An Anderson kill stopped the point at 29-27. Schoenfeldt’s kill closed out the game with a kill at 30-27 to tie the match at one game each. The Buckeyes hit .441 for the game to .179 for PennState.
The Nittany Lions opened game three with a Sweitzer kill and two from Anderson for a 3-0 lead. PennState held the lead, expanding it to 10 for a 30-20 win taking a 2-1 lead in the match. The Nittany Lions hit .444 for the game to .143 for OhioState.
A Klein kill opened game four for the Buckeyes. PennState built a 5-3 lead before three straight Nittany Lion errors gave Ohio State a 6-5 lead. A Holt kill tied the game at six. Versen, with a kill, gave the Buckeyes a 7-6 lead. A Sweitzer kill tied the game at seven. A Buckeye error and a Murray ace serve gave Penn State a 9-7 lead. OSU cut the lead to one at 9-8 with a Tobkin kill. A Buckeye error, blocks by Lipsitz and Anderson and Sweitzer and Lipsitz and an Anderson kill opened a 13-8 Nittany Lion lead. PennState expanded the lead to 28-18 and reached match point with a Lipsitz kill. A Versen kill stopped the first match point at 29-19. A Buckeye service error ended the game at 30-19 to give the Nittany Lions a 3-1 victory. PennState hit .600 for the game to OSU’s .179.
PennState hit .392 for the match to .267 for OhioState. The Nittany Lions had a 60-45 advantage in kills and an 11-6 margin in ace serves. PSU’s Holt recorded a match-high four aces. OSU gave up 29 service errors to 21 for PennState. Defensively, the Nittany Lions had a 34-14 advantage in digs with Dennis Del Valle recording a match-high 12 for PennState. At the net, OhioState had a 9.5 to 5.5 margin in team blocks. OSU’s Daniel Mathews (Sr., Shorewood, Wis.) and Spurlock shared match-high honors with four assist blocks each. PennState’s Murray collected a match-high 51 assists while Mathews had 42 for OhioState.
OhioState completes a seven match, five week road marathon with a Saturday match at St. Francis.