COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 11th(tie)-ranked Ohio State (1-4 overall, 1-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (30-22, 30-25, 22-30, 30-25) decision at St. Francis (3-1) Sunday afternoon in DeGol Arena. Ohio State’s John Klanac and Grayson Overman shared team-high honors in points with 13 each. Klanac recorded 12 kills (.258) and one ace serve while Grayson added 11 kills (.846) and four assist blocks. For St. Francis, Jordan Varee posted a match-high 26 points with 20 kills (.286), five ace serves and two assist blocks. Nick Rivett added 16.5 points with 10 kills (.429), four ace serves, a solo block and three assist blocks.
In game one, St. Francis took an early 3-0 lead off an OSU error and two John Skarupa kill. The Red Flash held the lead at 19-17 when kills from Kevin Heine and Mike Berzins tied the game at 19. Tied at 21, St. Francis scored the next seven points to open a 29-21 lead. The run included four Varee ace serves, two kills from Rivett, one from Ryan Williams and an OSU error. A St. Francis error stopped the game point at 29-22. The Red Flash won the game, 30-22, with a Skarupa kill to take a 1-0 lead in the match. St. Francis hit .200 for the game to .214 for Ohio State.
Game two saw two lead changes and eight ties, the last at 12. Two OSU errors made it 14-12 St. Francis. An Overman kill cut the lead to 14-13. A Skarupa kill, a Rivett ace serve and two Buckeye errors opened an 18-13 St. Francis lead. The Red Flash held the lead reaching game point at 29-24 off an OSU error. Errors by both teams ended the game at 30-25 to give St. Francis a 2-0 lead in the match. The Red Flash hit .409 for the game to .238 for Ohio State.
Tied at four in the third game, a St. Francis error, a Klanac ace serve and an Overman-Steven Kehoe block gave Ohio State a 7-4 lead. At 12-9 , a Red Flash error and a Klanac kill gave the Buckeyes a 14-9 lead. Trailing, 28-20 , a St. Francis block from Skarupa and Rivett and a Varee ace serve cut the Buckeye lead to six at 28-22. After an OSU time out, a Red Flash error gave the Buckeyes game point at 29-22. An Overman kill ended the game at 30-22, to cut the St. Francis lead to 2-1. Ohio State hit .407 for the game to .148 for St. Francis.
Tied at three in the fourth game, kills from Klanac and Overman gave Ohio State a 5-3 lead. A kill from Williams, a Rivett ace serve and two OSU errors gave St. Francis a 7-5 lead. Kills from Klanac and Varee made it 8-6. Serve errors by both teams moved the score to 9-7, St. Francis. At 19-17 , a Rivett kill and a Rivett-Patrick McManamon block forced an OSU time out at 21-17. A McManamon-Varee block gave St. Francis a 22-17 lead. The Red Flash reached match point at 29-25 with a Pete Freyer kill. Varee, with a kill, gave St. Francis a 30-25 win in the game and a 3-1 victory in the match. St. Francis hit .500 for the game to .258.
For the match, St. Francis hit .307 to .280 for Ohio State. The Red Flash had a 55-51 advantage in kills and a 51-49 margin in assists. OSU’s Kehoe posted a match-high 48 assists with Williams recording 44 for St. Francis. The Red Flash had a 12 to three advantage in ace serves with Varee posting a match-high five. St. Francis gave up 28 service errors to 24 for Ohio State. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 32-28 margin in digs. Rivett had a match-high 10 digs for the Red Flash with OSU’s Kehoe recording a team-high eight. At the net, St. Francis edged the Buckeyes, 9-7, in team blocks. Skarupa (four assists), Rivett (one solo, three assists) and Overman (four assists) shared match-high honors with four blocks each.
Ohio State continues play Monday at 6 p.m. when they face Juniata (0-0) in Huntingdon, Pa.
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