COLUMBUS, Ohio The 14th-ranked Ohio State (8-9 overall, 5-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (30-27, 30-24, 29-31, 30-27) decision at George Mason Friday. OSU’s John Albertson posted a team-high 23 points with 17 kills, one ace serve, three solo blocks and four assist blocks. Patriot Kyle Gramit had a match-high 30 points for George Mason with 24 kills, three ace serves, a solo block and four assist blocks.
With game one tied at 16, an OSU error and a Luke Maloney ace serve gave George Mason an 18-16 lead. Patriot kills from Gramit and Andrew Dentler gave George Mason a four-point lead at 21-17. Ohio State trailed, 24-20, before kills from Ted Schoenfeldt, Robbie Klein and Albertson and a George Mason error tied the game at 24. Two Maloney kills and a Ryan Kwiatkowski-Lance Rogers block gave the Patriots a 27-24 lead. An Albertson solo block and a Schoenfeldt ace serve cut the margin to one at 27-26. A Gramit kill followed by a Rogers kill set game point at 29-27. The Buckeyes stopped the game point with an Albertson kill at 29-27. George Mason won the game on a Rogers kill at 30-27 to take a 1-0 lead in the match. The Patriots hit .324 for the game to .263 for the Buckeyes.
Game two saw eight tie scores and two lead changes. At 14-all, two OSU errors and a Rogers-Kwaitkowski block gave George Mason a 17-14 lead. The Buckeyes remained close cutting the margin to two at 25-23 with a Schoenfeldt kill. A kill and a solo block from Brandon McLaughlin and an OSU error gave the Patriots a 28-23 lead. An Albertson kill made it 28-24. A McLaughlin kill set game point at 29-24. The Patriots, with a Joe Norton ace serve, won the game, 30-24, to take a 2-0 lead in the match. The Patriots hit .364 to .333 for Ohio State.
Tied at three in game three, a Maloney kill, a Kwiatkowski-Rogers block and a Buckeye error gave George Mason a 6-3 lead. At 16-14, Patriots, an Albertson kill and a Schoenfeldt ace serve tied the game at 16. At 22-all, a Steven Kehoe kill, a Mike Berzins-Albertson block and a Patriot error gave Ohio State a 25-22 lead. George Mason responded with a Ben Nichols kill and two Norton ace serves to tie the game at 25. Two Albertson kills and a Patriot error gave Ohio State a 28-25 lead. A Maloney kill and two OSU errors tied the game at 28. A Buckeye error gave George Mason match point at 29-28. An Albertson kill stopped the match point at 29-29. Ohio State took a 30-29 lead with an Albertson-Kehoe block. Ohio State, with an Albertson-John Klanac block, won the game, 31-29, to cut the Patriot lead in the match to 2-1. Ohio State hit .279 to .194 for George Mason.
Game four saw 19 ties and six lead changes. Ohio State held a 25-24 lead before a kill by Rogers tied the game at 25. A Brandon Joyner ace serve and solo blocks from Kwiatkowski and McLaughlin gave George Mason a 28-25 lead. OSU’s Ben Spurlock cut the lead to 28-26 with a kill. A McLaughlin kill set match point for the Patriots at 29-26. Spurlock, with a kill, stopped a second match point at 29-27. A Gramit kill closed out the game at 30-27 for George Mason, giving the Patriots a 3-1 victory. George Mason hit .111 in the game to .161 for Ohio State.
For the match, Ohio State hit .264 to .246 for George Mason. The Buckeyes had a 69-59 advantage in kills and a 63-55 margin in assists. OSU’s Kehoe posted 56 assists to 53 for Kwiatkowski for the Patriots. George Mason had a 10-5 advantage in ace serves while the Buckeyes gave up 14 service errors to nine for the Patriots. George Mason’s Norton posted a match-high four ace serves in the contest. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 51-42 advantage in digs with OSU’s Kehoe and George Mason’s Eric Lucas sharing match-high honors with 11 digs each. At the net, the Patriots had an 18-10 advantage in team blocks. McLaughlin had a match-high nine total blocks for the Patriots with three solos and six assists.
Ohio State continues on the road Saturday when they play at Rutgers-Newark at 7 p.m.