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Feb. 6, 2007

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 10th-ranked Ohio State (8-1, 0-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team continues on the road this week with matches at No. 5 IPFW (8-0, 3-0) and at Mercyhurst (0-7, 0-2). The Buckeyes will face the Mastodons Friday in the Hilliard Gates Sports Center (2,800) and play at the Lakers in the Mercyhurst Athletic Center (1,800) Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. Last week, Ohio State fell, on the road, to No. 7 Penn State, 3-1 (30-32, 31-29, 30-27, 30-26) and won at No. 15 St. Francis, 3-1 (30-26, 30-27, 24-30, 30-20).

A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 8-1 on the season splitting a pair road matches, losing at No. 7 Penn State, 3-1 and winning at No. 15 St. Francis, 3-1. Robbie Klein (Jr./So., Cincinnati, Ohio) is leading Ohio State in kills per game at 3.60. Sam Stevens (5th/Sr., Miami, Fla.) is second at 3.20 and Dan Meske (Sr., Willow Springs, Ill.) third at 2.87. Layne Dreven (5th/Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) is hitting a team-high .642 with John Albertson (Jr./So., Ballwin, Mo.) second at .465. Setter Daniel Mathews (Jr., Shorewood, Wis.) is averaging 13.53 assists per game for the Buckeyes. Klein is the team leader in aces per game at .67 with 20. Mathews ranks second at .50 with 15 and Dan Meske (Sr., Willow Springs, Ill.) is third at .47 with 14. Defensively, Stevens has a team-high 1.80 digs per game average with Meske second at 1.37. Libero Conor Martin (Jr., Avon Lake, Ohio) ranks third at 1.30. At the net, Albertson is the team leader in blocks per game at 1.40. He has five solos and 37 assists. Mathews ranks second at 1.33 with three solos and 37 assist blocks. Dreven is third at 1.03 with 31 assist blocks. Ohio State is hitting .410 and is averaging 16.00 kills and 14.57 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 2.90 aces, 7.50 digs and 2.85 blocks per game. OSU opponents are hitting .216 and average 11.53 kills and 10.67 assists per game. Opponents average .77 aces, 6.93 digs and 1.13 blocks per game.

A LOOK AT IPFW
The fifth-ranked Mastodons are coached by Arnie Ball. IPFW is 8-0 on the season and has a 3-0 record in the MIVA. Last week, in home matches, the Mastodons defeated No. 12 Loyola-Chicago, 3-2 (28-30, 29-31, 30-22, 30-22, 15-9) and Lewis, 3-1 (30-21, 30-22, 26-30, 30-21). C.J. Macias leads IPFW in kills per game with a 5.55 average. Josh Stewart ranks second at 3.28. Stewart is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .569. Setter Colin Lundeen is averaging 12.62 assists per game. Brock Ullrich leads the team in aces per game at .72 with 21. Lundeen ranks second at .31 with nine. Defensively, Macias has a team-high 2.07 digs per game average with Lundeen second at 1.59. At the net, Stewart leads the team with a 1.34 blocks per game average with four solos and 35 assists. Vitor Oliveria ranks second at 1.29 with two solos and 25 assists. At a team, IPFW is hitting .356 and averages 15.31 kills and 14.00 assists per game. The Mastodons average 1.86 aces, 8.45 digs and 3.03 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .189 and average 12.52 kills and 11.93 assists per game. IPFW opponents average 1.38 aces, 7.48 digs and 1.91 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – IPFW SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with IPFW, 56-32. At IPFW, the Mastodons have a 19-16 advantage. Last season, IPFW won 3-2 (23-30, 28-30, 30-24, 30-21, 15-13) in Columbus and 3-0 (30-26, 30-28, 30-24) in Ft. Wayne.

A LOOK AT MERCYHURST
The Lakers are coached by Ryan Patton. Mercyhurst is 0-7 on the season and is 0-2 in the MIVA. They host Lewis Friday prior to playing Ohio State. Last week the Lakers lost 0-3 (19-30, 25-30, 26-30) at D’Youville. Tim Wagner leads the team with a 3.58 kills per game average. Dave Newman ranks second at 3.27. Newman is the top percentage hitter at .379. Setter David Hatten has a 10.31 assists per game average. Wagner has a team-high .23 aces per game average with six. Joe Montroy ranks second at .16 with three. Defensively, Jeff Hartman leads the team in digs per game with a 1.59 average. Gary Coad ranks second at 1.47. At the net, Newman has a team-high 1.27 blocks per game average with four solos and 29 assists. Mike Palaschak ranks second at .89 with a solo and 16 assists. Mercyhurst is hitting .194 as a team and averages 11.81 kills and 11.08 assists per game. The Lakers average .69 aces, 7.38 digs and 2.56 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .318 and average 15.81 kills and 14.50 assists per game. Mercyhurst opponents average 1.81 aces, 10.62 digs and 2.04 blocks per game.

OHIO STATE – MERCYHURST SERIES
Ohio State has won all 21 matches with Mercyhurst. The Buckeyes are 10-0 in matches played at Mercyhurst. In matches last season, Ohio State won 3-0 (30-26, 30-22, 30-18) at Mercyhurst and 3-0 (30-28, 33-31, 30-21) in Columbus.

MESKE HAS CAREER-HIGH 20 POINTS AT PENN STATE
Dan Meske had a career-high 17 kills at Penn State, adding two ace serves and two assist blocks for a career-high 20 points in the match. He hit .406 in the contest and added seven digs against the Nittany Lions. Meske posted 14.5 points at St. Francis with 12 kills and a career-high five assist blocks in the match. For the season, he is averaging 3.62 points per game, averaging 2.87 kills, .47 aces and .53 blocks per game. Meske ranks second on the squad in digs per game at 1.37. He has had double-figure kills in his last four matches.

KLEIN NOW WITH SEVEN CONSECUTIVE DOUBLE-FIGURE KILL MATCHES
Robbie Klein has recorded double-figure kills in his last seven matches. He had 10 kills, three ace serves, five digs and an assist block at Penn State and recorded 15 kills, three ace serves, six digs and three assist blocks at St. Francis. Klein leads the Buckeyes in points (4.60), kills (3.60) and aces (.67) per game and is averaging 1.13 digs and .60 blocks per game.

KLEIN’S .36 ACES PER GAME AVERAGE IS OSU’S CAREER BEST
Robbie Klein recorded three ace each at Penn State and St. Francis last week to raise his career total to 45. His .36 aces per game average ranks him first in OSU career records (min. 40 aces). Klein has tied for 20th in career aces with 45, tying with Phil Kerewich (1996-99). He needs four aces to pass Todd Brooks (1989-92) and Mike Terpstra (1990-93) that are tied with 48 each for 18th. Nationally, Klein ranks fifth in the country with a .67 aces per game average.

STEVENS HAS CAREER-HIGH 20.5 POINTS AT ST. FRANCIS
Sam Stevens recorded a career-high 20.5 points at St. Francis with a career-high 19 kills, an ace serve and an assist block. He added five digs and hit .556 in the match. At Penn State, Stevens had 12 points with 10 kills, an ace serve, two assist blocks and seven digs. For the season, Stevens is averaging 3.77 points per game which ranks second. He is averaging 3.20 kills, .37 aces, a team-high 1.80 digs and .37 blocks per game. Stevens has had five double-figure kill matches this season including the last four.

DREVEN HAS 16.5 POINTS AT PENN STATE FOR HIS CAREER HIGH
Layne Dreven posted a career-high 16.5 points at Penn State, recording 12 kills, two ace serves and five assist blocks in the match. He hit .478 and added one dig in the contest. At St. Francis, he had 16 points with 12 kills (.647) and a season-high eight assist blocks. For the season, Dreven is averaging 3.33 points, 2.43 kills, .40 aces and 1.03 blocks per game while hitting a team-high .642. Prior to last week, Dreven is the top hitter in the country for the second week at .642.

DREVEN MOVES UP IN OSU CAREER BLOCKS RANKINGS
Layne Dreven combined for 13 assist blocks last week, recording five at Penn State and eight at St. Francis. His 13 blocks raises his career assist blocks to 265 and moves him to ninth on the OSU career list. He passed Angel Aja (1997-00) with 264, David Frette (1989-91) with 262 and Steve Potter (1992-95) with 253. He needs eight assist blocks to pass eighth-ranked Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 272. In total blocks Dreven has moved to a tie for 12th with 273 (eight solos, 265 assists), tying with Chris Fash (1998-01) with 30 solos and 243 assists. Dreven moved past Pieter Olree (1999-02), Jose’ Bengoa (1994-97) and Tom Hoff (1992-93) who were tied for 13th. He needs 21 total blocks to pass No. 11 Angel Aja (1997-00) with 293. Dreven ranks ninth at 1.16 blocks per game on the OSU career list.

ALBERTSON RECORDS HIS SECOND DOUBLE-FIGURE KILLS MATCH OF THE SEASON AT ST. FRANCIS
John Albertson posted his second double-figure kill match of the season with 10 at St. Francis He hit .692 in the match, adding one dig, a solo block and five assists. He had nine kills at Penn State while hitting .400 and added two digs and three assist blocks. For the season, Albertson is averaging 3.67 points, 2.60 kills, .30 aces and a team-high 1.40 blocks per game. His 1.40 blocks per game average ranks him in a tie for fifth in the country this week.

MATHEWS COLLECTS NINE BLOCKS ON THE WEEKEND
Daniel Mathews combined for nine blocks in the two matches last week. He had a solo and three assist blocks at Penn State, adding two kills, four ace serves, three digs and 55 assists. At St. Francis he recorded five assist blocks in the match, adding a kill, two ace serves, five digs and 61 assists. Mathews is averaging 13.53 assists per game on the season and is second on the squad in blocking with a 1.33 blocks per game average. Nationally, he is ranked 10th in the country in blocks per game at 1.33 and is sixth in assists at 13.53 per game.

MATHEWS NOW EIGHTH IN OSU CAREER ACES
Daniel Mathews, with four ace serves at Penn State and two at St. Francis, has 66 career ace serves and has moved to eighth on the OSU career aces list. He moved up from 12th, passing Angel Aja (1997-00) with 65, Jose Rivera (1996-00) with 64, Andy Cole (2003-06) with 63 and Jeff Koterba (1995-98) with 62. Mathews needs seven aces to pass seventh-ranked Mark Greaves (2003-06) with 73. In aces per game, he has moved to sixth at .26 per game, passing Dan Mihacevich (1994-97) at .26, Todd Brooks (1989-92) at .25 and Mark Greaves (2003-06) at .24.

MATHEWS ADVANCES IN CAREER BLOCKS TOTALS
Daniel Mathews, with nine total blocks (1-8) last week, has moved up in OSU career blocks totals. His solo block at Penn State gives him 30 for his career and moves him into a tie for 18th with Chris Fash (1998-01). Mathews had been tied with Mike Terpstra (1990-93), Angel Aja (1997-00) and Rob Burton (1989-91) at 29. He is one block behind Adam Pedersen (2001-04) at 17th with 31 and two behind Craig Geibel (1990-93) and Mark Peckham (2001-04), tied for 15th with 32. Mathews with eight assist blocks now has 225 career and has moved to 15th on the OSU career list passing Andy Cole (2003-06) with 222. He needs 15 assist blocks to pass 14th-ranked Pieter Olree (1999-02) with 240. With his 255 career-total blocks (30 solo, 225 assists), Mathews has moved to 18th on the OSU career list passing Eliot Winer (1990-92) with 253 (56-197) and Eduardo Marxuach (1995-97) with 249 (40-209). Mathews needs three total blocks to move past No. 17 Phil Kerewich (1996-99) with 257 (58-199).

MARTIN HAS EIGHT DIGS AT ST. FRANCIS
Conor Martin recorded eight digs at St. Francis. It was his second highest total of the season. At Penn State, he recorded five digs. Martin is averaging 1.30 digs per game for the season, ranking third on the squad. He has handled a team-high 211 serve receptions and has a .957 reception percentage.

OHIO STATE IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
In the Division I-II National Statistical Leaders, released on Feb. 5, Ohio State’s Layne Dreven has the top hitting percentage in the country at .642 for the second week. He is tied for 17th in aces per game at .40. John Albertson is 12th in hitting at .465 and fifth in blocking at 1.40. Robbie Klein is fifth in aces at .67. Daniel Mathews ranks sixth in assists at 13.53, is 10th in blocking at 1.33 and tied for seventh in aces at .50. Dan Meske is tied for 11th in aces at .47. In team hitting, the Buckeyes are top ranked, for the second week, with a .410 hitting percentage.

HEAD COACH Pete Hanson
Pete Hanson is in his 23rd season at Ohio State. He has a 442-252 record with the Buckeyes and has nine Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Championships including 2004. Named the MIVA Coach of the Year six times, including 2004, he was the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2000 when OSU was the NCAA National Championship runner-up. Hanson was also the 1998 Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year. His teams have advanced to the NCAA Championships six times including back-to-back appearances in 2000 (runner-up) and 2001 (semifinalist).

BUCKEYES RANKED 10TH IN 2007 CSTV/AVCA COACHES POLL
Ohio State is ranked 10th in the CSTV/AVCA Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll released Feb. 5. The Buckeyes were ranked 11th last week in the poll. Other MIVA conference teams ranked in the poll are IPFW fifth and Loyola-Chicago 11th.

KLEIN NAMED THE MIVA SHONDELL/DUNLAP DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK
– Jan. 29, 2007 Robbie Klein has been named the MIVA Shondell/Dunlap Division Player of the Week. Klein helped Ohio State to wins over Rutgers-Newark, 3-0 (30-26, 30-28, 30-18) and Carthage, 3-1 (30-24, 26-30, 32-30, 30-21) last week to keep the Buckeyes undefeated at 7-0. Klein had a team-high 12 kills against Rutgers-Newark adding two assists, two ace serves four digs and an assist block for 14.5 points. Against Carthage, Klein posted career-highs of 29.5 points, 23 kills, five ace serves and a season-high six digs in the victory. Tied at one game each against the Red Men, he had seven kills in seven attempts in game three. Down by as many as five points (25-20), Klein had a kill in a four-point OSU run to cut the lead to 25-24. He scored OSU’s next three points to keep OSU in the game at 28-27. A Carthage error tied the game at 28. Klein’s fifth ace serve of the match gave OSU a 29-28 lead. OSU won the game, 32-30. Klein then had six kills in nine attempts in game four to help end the match. In the final two games, Klein hit .813 (13-16). His five ace serves in the match ties for third on the OSU match record list. As a passer, he had a .940 serve reception percentage handling 50 of 53 serves in the two matches (11 with no errors against Rutgers-Newark and 36 of 39 against Carthage). For the two matches Klein averaged 6.29 points, 5.00 kills, 1.00 aces, 1.43 digs and .57 blocks per game while hitting .344.

BUCKEYES HIT SECOND-BEST PERCENTAGE AGAINST MSOE AT .619
Ohio State opened the 2007 season by hitting .619 against MSOE with 44 kills, five errors in 63 attempts. This marks the second best hitting performance in the history of the program. The Buckeyes set the record of .671 at Mercyhurst in 1997. Against MSOE, OSU hit .579 (12-1-19) in game one, .435 (14-4-23) in game two and finished with a .857 (18-0-21) in game three. The Buckeyes had five of six starters hit .600 or better in the match.

OSU TIES FOR SECOND IN ACE SERVES IN A MATCH WITH 15
Behind a career-high four ace serves from Layne Dreven, Ohio State recorded 15 ace serves in the MSOE match. The 15 aces tie for second the most ace serves in a match for the Buckeyes. OSU had 15 ace serves against Clarke in 2005 and at Pacific in 2001. The OSU record is 17 against Thomas More in 1995. Also contributing aces in the match were Dan Meske and Sam Stevens with three, Daniel Mathews with two and Robbie Klein, Brett Versen and Brian Kues with one each.

OHIO STATE PICKED SECOND IN MIVA SHONDELL/DUNLAP DIVISION PRESEASON POLL
Ohio State has been picked to finish second in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Shondell/Dunlap Division preseason poll by a vote of the division coaches. IPFW, picked to be the favorite, received five first place votes with Ohio State receiving two. Loyola was picked to finish third with Ball State fourth and Lewis fifth. Rounding out the division was Quincy at sixth and Mercyhurst, seventh. In 2006, Loyola won the division with an 11-1 record with IPFW finishing second at 9-3. The 2006 MIVA Tournament was won by IPFW.

TWO BUCKEYES NAMED TO PRESEASON MIVA SHONDELL/DUNLAP DIVISION ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Shondell/Dunlap Division coaches have selected the 2007 Preseason All-Conference Team. Ohio State had two players named to the team in sophomore middle hitter John Albertson and junior setter Daniel Mathews. Also named to the team were IPFW’s Colin Lundeen, Josh Stewart and C.J. Macias, Loyola’s James Gunst and Brian Guntli, Ball State’s Nick Meyer and Ian Peckler and Lewis’ Jared Dayton.

BUCKEYES PLAY TOUGH PRESEASON EXHIBITION SCHEDULE
Ohio State, in preparation for the 2007 season, played seven exhibition matches in November and December. The Buckeyes played the first three matches at home losing 3-2 (26-30, 17-30, 30-15, 30-24, 16-14) to Penn State on November 11. OSU then dropped 3-1 decisions to UC Irvine on Dec. 16 (30-24, 30-21, 28-30, 30-23) and Dec. 17 (30-22, 30-26, 26-30, 30-23). Ohio State closed out exhibition play at the 2006 Cay Clubs Invitational in Clearwater, Fla. In pool play the Buckeyes lost to Alberta, 3-2 (22-25, 25-15, 24-26, 25-22, 15-7) on Dec. 28, defeated McMaster 3-1 (25-17, 21-25, 28-26, 25-14) Dec. 29 and defeated Regina 3-1 (25-22, 25-13, 23-25, 26-24) Dec. 30 to advance to the Bronze Medial match against Manitoba. The Buckeyes defeated Manitoba 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-19) to finish third in the eight-team Invitational. OSU’s Daniel Mathews was named to the All-Tournament Team.

REVIEWING LAST WEEK
Penn State 3, Ohio State 1

The 11th-ranked Ohio State (7-1) men’s volleyball dropped a 3-1 (30-32, 31-29, 30-27, 30-26) decision to No. 7 Penn State (3-2) Thursday night in Rec Hall. Ohio State’s Dan Meske had a team/career-high 20 points in the match while Penn State’s Alex Gutor had a match-high 27.5. Meske had a career-high 17 kills (.406), two ace serves and two assist blocks while Gutor recorded 27 kills (353), and an assist block.

After a 1-1 tie in game one, a Penn State error, a Meske kill and a John Albertson-Sam Stevens block made it 4-1, Ohio State. At 11-8, Penn State tied the game at 11 with an OSU error and two Gutor kills. Tied at 14, a Nittany Lion block by Max Lipsitz and Matt Anderson and an Anderson kill gave Penn State a 16-14 lead. The Nittany Lions built the lead to 24-18. With Penn State leading 27-22, a Meske kill, a Robbie Klein ace serve, a Stevens-Layne Dreven block and a Penn State error cut the lead to one at 27-26. At 28-27, a Holt kill set game point for Penn State at 29-27. An Albertson kill and a Meske ace serve stopped two game points to tie the game at 29. Ohio State took a 30-29 lead with an Albertson kill. A Holt kill tied the game at 30. A Meske kill gave OSU a 31-30 lead and a Penn State error ended the game, 32-30, for the Buckeyes. Penn State hit .314 for the game to .290 for Ohio State.

Penn State took a 3-1 lead in game two with a Holt kill and an OSU error from a 1-1 tie. At 7-5, a Dreven kill and a Meske ace serve tied the game at seven. At eight-all, a Klein ace serve and a kill from Stevens gave Ohio State a 10-8 lead. Trailing 11-9, an OSU error and a Jay Stauffer kill tied the game at 11. Tied at 12, Penn State, with a Gutor kill and an OSU error regained the lead at 14-12. At 17-15, two Penn State errors tied the game at 17. Tied at 26, an Aaron Smith-Max Lipsitz block and a Buckeye error gave the Nittany Lions a 28-26. OSU, with a Dreven kill and a Klein ace serve tied the game at 28. Penn State, with a Smith-Lipsitz-Anderson block, took a 29-28 lead and was serving game point. A kill by Dreven tied the game at 29. Gutor, with a kill, gave Penn State a 30-29 lead. Penn State, with a Smith kill, won the game, 31-29, to tie the match. The Nittany Lions hit .400 to .161 for Ohio State.

Penn State broke a 1-1 tie in game three with an OSU error, a Smith-Holt block and a Gutor kill to lead 4-1. The Nittany Lions built an eight-point lead at 23-15. Ohio State then used a six-point run to cut the lead to 23-21. Two ace serves by Daniel Mathews and a Dreven kill made it 23-18. An Penn State error, a Klein-Dreven block and a Meske kill completed the run. At 25-23, Penn State, two kills from Meske tied the game at 25. The Nittany Lions then scored four straight points to reach game point at 29-25. The run began with an OSU error. An Anderson kill, a Buckeye error and a Holt kill set game point. The Buckeyes stopped the game point with an Albertson kill at 29-26. A Meske ace serve stopped the second game point at 29-27. A Buckeye error ended the game at 30-27 for Penn State to give the Nittany Lions a 2-1 lead. Penn State hit .410 for the game to .286 for the Buckeyes.

Game four saw 10 early ties to reach 12-all. Penn State kills from Anderson and Luke Murray put the Nittany Lions ahead, 14-12. Penn State expanded the lead to five at 27-22. An Albertson kill and a Penn State error cut the lead to 27-24. A Buckeye error and a Smith kill set match point at 29-24. The Buckeyes stopped two match points with kills from Mathews and Dreven to cut the lead to 29-26. Penn State won the game, 30-26, with an Ohio State error, to take the match 3-1. The Nittany Lions hit .481 in the game to .414 for Ohio State.

For the match, Penn State hit .397 to .286 for Ohio State. The Nittany Lions had a 73-60 advantage while Ohio State had a 12 to six margin in ace serves with Buckeye Mathews recording a match-high four. The Buckeyes gave up 19 service error to 16 for the Nittany Lions. Defensively, Penn State had a 45-30 advantage in digs. PSU’s Smith recorded a match-high nine digs with OSU’s Meske and Stevens collecting seven each. At the net, the Nittany Lions had a 9.5 to nine edge in team blocks. Penn State’s Holt and Ohio State’s Dreven shared match-high honors with five assist blocks each. Nittany Lion Murray posted a match-high 56 assists while OSU’s Mathews had 55.

Ohio State 3, St. Francis 1
The 11th-ranked Ohio State (8-1) men’s volleyball team, behind a match/career-high 20.5 points by Sam Stevens, defeated 15th-ranked St. Francis (Pa.), 3-1 (30-26, 30-26, 24-30, 30-20) Friday night in DeGol Arena. OSU’s Robbie Klein added 19.5 points for the Buckeyes. Stevens equaled his career-high of 19 kills (.556) against the Red Flash, adding an ace serve and an assist block. Klein recorded 15 kills (.542), three ace serves and three assist blocks in the match. Nick Rivett produced a team-high 17.0 points for St. Francis with Marc Honore adding 16.5. Rivett had a team-high 16 kills (.467) and two assist blocks while Honore had 13 kills (.429), a solo block and five assist blocks.

From a 7-7 tie in game one, a kill by Stevens and a John Albertson-Dan Meske block put Ohio State ahead, 9-7. At 11-9, a Buckeye error and a Pete Fryer kill tied the game at 11. Two errors by St. Francis and a Layne Dreven-Klein block gave Ohio State a 14-11 lead. The Buckeyes took the lead to five at 17-12 with a Klein kill. At 19-15, two kills by Honore and one from Travis Fox cut the lead to one at 19-18. Leading, 22-21, kills from Dreven, Klein and Meske and a Dreven-Klein block put the Buckeyes ahead, 26-21. A Pete Fryer kill and two OSU errors cut the Buckeye lead to two at 26-24. A Meske kill and a Klein ace serve made it 28-24. An OSU error and a Meske kill set game point at 29-25. A Buckeye error made it 29-26. Ohio State won the game, 30-26, with an Albertson kill. The Buckeyes hit .577 to .250 for St. Francis.

St. Francis broke a 1-1 tie with an Honore kill and a Honore-Shane Conley block to take a 3-1 lead. Trailing 8-6, a Red Flash error and an Albertson solo block tied the game at eight. A St. Francis error, a Stevens kill and an Albertson-Stevens-Meske block followed to give Ohio State an 11-8 lead. The Buckeyes held the lead, expanding it to five at 20-15. The Red Flash trailed, 23-17, before kills from Honore, Jordan Varee and Fox, a Honore block and an OSU error cut the Ohio State lead to 23-22. At 25-23, two Rivett kills tied the game at 25. A Klein kill and a Red Flash error put Ohio State ahead, 27-25. Kills from Fryer and Dreven moved the score to 28-26. The Buckeyes reached game point with a kill from Stevens. An OSU error stopped the game point at 29-27. Dreven, with a kill, won the game, 30-27, to take a 2-0 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .571 for the game to .480.

In a close game three that saw 11 ties to reach 18-all, St. Francis took a 21-18 lead with a Honore-Varee block and kills from Rivett and Honore. At 25-22, three consecutive kills by Rivett gave St. Francis a 28-22 lead. A Klein kill cut the margin to 28-23. A Daniel Mathews ace serve made it 28-24. An OSU error set game point at 29-24. A Fryer kill ended the game in favor of St. Francis at 30-24. The Red Flash hit .586 for the game to .361 for Ohio State.

Ohio State broke a 1-1 tie in game four with a Dreven kill, an Albertson-Meske block and a Red Flash error to take a 4-1 lead. At 5-4, a six-point Buckeye run took the lead to 10-4. The run began with a Red Flash error, a Stevens’s ace serve, two blocks by Mathews and Alberston and an Albertson kill. Ohio State continued to expand the lead to 10 at 28-18. A Honore-Rivett block cut the lead to nine at 28-19. An Albertson kill set match point at 29-19. An OSU error made it 29-20. A kill by Stevens ended the game at 30-20 for the Buckeyes giving Ohio State a 3-1 victory. OSU hit .333 for the game to -.062 for St. Francis.

The Buckeyes hit .453 for the match to .300 for St. Francis. OSU had a 69-55 advantage in kills and a six-to-two margin in ace serves with Klein recording a match-high three. The Buckeyes gave up 26 service errors to 13 for the Red Flash. Defensively, St. Francis had a 30-29 edge in digs with Zach Nanni recording a match-high 13 for the Red Flash. At the net, Ohio State had a 14.5 to six advantage in team blocks. Sharing match-high honors were OSU’s Albertson and Red Flash Honore each with a solo and five assists. Buckeye Mathews posted a match-high 61 assists while Conley recorded 46.