COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 10th-ranked OhioState (11-6 overall, 7-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team won, 3-0 (30-27, 30-23, 30-22) at No. 15 Lewis (16-7, 5-3) Wednesday night in Neil Carey Arena. Buckeye Jason Tobkin (So.-Fr., Fairfield, Ohio) scored a match-high 15.5 points in the victory with Brett Versen (5th-Sr., Centerville, Ohio) adding 13.5. Tobkin collected 11 kills while hitting a career-high .556, adding three ace serves and three assist blocks. Versen recorded 10 kills, one ace serve, one solo block and three assist blocks. Jared Dayton had a team-high 14.5 points for Lewis with a match-high 12 kills, adding an ace serve, a solo block and an assist block. Drew Pickering contributed 12 points with eight kills, one ace serve, a solo block and four assist blocks.
Trailing, 5-3 in game one, OhioState scored four points to take a 7-5 lead. Two Flyer errors, a Daniel Mathews (Sr., Shorewood, Wis.) ace serve and a Tobkin kill completed the run. At 16-12, OhioState, Lewis kills from Dayton, Billy Sahagian and Brian Muesenfechter cut the lead to one at 16-15. The Buckeyes responded with a Ted Schoenfeldt (So.-So., Northbrook, Ill.) kill, a Flyer error and two Tobkin kills to open a 20-15 lead. At 25-21, the Flyers rallied to tie the game at 25, off two OSU errors and blocks by Pickering-Sahagian and Mike Iandolo-Sahagian. A Dayton kill gave Lewis a 26-25 lead. A Tobkin kill tied the game at 26. A Lewis error and a Schoenfeldt-Robbie Klein (Sr.-Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) block gave the Buckeyes a 28-26 lead as Lewis called time out. A Pickering kill cut the lead to 28-27. OhioState reached game point at 29-27 with a Klein kill. The Buckeyes won the game, 30-27, with a Versen-Schoenfeldt block. For the game, Lewis hit .303 to OhioState’s .226.
Kills from Klein and Ben Spurlock (Sr.-So., Stow, Ohio) gave OhioState a 2-0 lead to open game two. At 3-1, a Dayton kill and his ace serve tied the game at three. The Buckeyes, with a Tobkin kill, his two ace serves and a kill from Mathews took a 7-3 lead. OhioState expanded the lead to nine at 20-11. At 26-19, a Muesenfechter kill cut the margin to six at 26-20. Kills from Tobkin and Versen and a Steven Kehoe (So.-Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) ace serve set game point at 29-20. An Alex Vigansky kill, a Pickering solo block and an OSU error cut the lead to six at 29-23. A Tobkin kill closed out the game for OhioState at 30-23. The Buckeyes hit .448 for the game to .394 for Lewis.
Tied at three in game three, two Buckeye errors gave Lewis a 5-3 lead. A Lewis error made it 5-4. Two Buckeye errors and a Dayton-Vigansky block opened an 8-4 Flyer lead. At 11-7, a Tobkin kill cut the Flyer lead to three at 11-8. Kills from Pickering and Sahagian pushed the lead to five at 13-8. OhioState scored the next six points to take a 14-13 lead in the game. The run began with a Versen kill. A Tobkin-Spurlock block, two Flyer errors and a Versen ace serve tied the match at 13. A Mathews kill gave OSU a 14-13 lead. A Buckeye error tied the game at 14. A Flyer error and a Tobkin ace serve gave OhioState a 16-14 lead. A Buckeye error cut the lead to 16-15. Two Versen kills and a Flyer error gave OhioState a 19-15 lead. A Muesenfechter kill made it 19-16. A kill from Mathews, his ace serve, a Tobkin kill and a Schoenfeldt solo block opened a 23-16 lead. At 25-18, a kill and ace serve from Muesenfechter cut the lead to 25-20. The Buckeyes responded with kills from Versen and Spurlock and a Spurlock-Mathews-Kehoe block for a 28-20 lead. Errors by both teams set match point at 29-21. A Dayton kill stopped the match point at 29-22. The Buckeyes, with a Spurlock kill, won the game, 30-22, to win the match, 3-0. For the match, OhioState hit .276 for the game to .000 for the Flyers.
OhioState hit .315 for the match to .235 for Lewis. The Buckeyes had a 43-42 edge in kills and a nine-to-three margin in ace serves. OSU’s Tobkin had a career-high three aces. The Flyers gave up 17 service errors to 11 for the Buckeyes. Lewis had a 27-25 margin in digs with Flyer Nick Perakes recording a match-high nine. At the net, The Buckeyes had a 10 to 8.5 advantage in team blocks. OSU’s Schoenfeldt and Flyer Pickering each had a match-high five blocks in the contest, recording a solo and four assist blocks each. At setter, Iandolo recorded a match-high 37 assists for the Flyers with OSU’s Mathews collecting 29.
The Buckeyes continue on the road Friday when they play at Loyola-Chicago (12-9, 5-3).