COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 11th(tie)-ranked Ohio State (1-3 overall, 1-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team began conference play with a 3-0 (30-26, 34-32, 30-24) sweep of IPFW (2-1, 0-1) Friday night in St. John Arena. Buckeyes Ted Schoenfeldt posted a match-high 20 points with 15 kills (.429), three ace serves, one solo block and two assist blocks. John Klanac contributed 17.5 points with 13 kills (.233), two ace serves, one solo block and three assist blocks with Mik Berzins adding 11 points with 10 kills (.500) and one solo block. Mastodon Darryl Shank recorded a team-high 12.5 points for IPFW with 12 kills (.161) and one assist block.
Ohio State broke a 1-1 tie in game one with a kill from Klanac, an IPFW error and a Schoenfeldt ace serve to take a 4-1 lead. An OSU error made it 4-2. A Mastodon error and a Klanac ace serve took the lead to 6-2. Shank, with a kill, cut the margin to 6-3. An IPFW error and a Grayson Overman ace serve made the lead five at 8-3. OSU held the lead to reach game point at 29-16 with an IPFW error. An ace serve from Schoenfeldt ended the game at 30-16 to give OSU a 1-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .240 for the game to -.091 for the Mastodons.
Game two saw 18 ties and four lead changes. Tied at three, a Schoenfeldt ace serve gave OSU a 4-3 lead. IFPW, with a kill from Elon Fyfield, a Fyfield-Rob Samp block and an OSU error took the lead at 6-4. The Mastodons held a two-point lead at 20-18 before kills from Schoenfeldt and Steven Kehoe tied the game at 20. The squads exchanged points with IPFW reaching game point at 29-28 off an OSU error. The Buckeyes held off three game points with two kills from Berzins and an IPFW error to make the score 31-all. Ohio State took a 32-31 lead with a Schoenfeldt-Overman block and were serving game point. A Shank kill stopped the point to tie the game at 32. Schoenfeldt, with a kill, made it game point Ohio State at 33-32. Ohio State, with a Klanac kill, won the game, 34- 32 to take a 2-0 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .298 for the game to .273 for the Mastodons.
In game three, the Buckeyes broke a 4-4 tie with back-to-back kills from Berzins to take a 6-4 lead. Two Chris Brigson kills and one from Klanac moved the score to 7-6, OSU. A kill from Kevin Heine and a Heine-Klanac block gave OSU a 9-6 lead. At 11-8, a Corey Frain kill and an ace serve from Jonathan Meyer cut the lead to one at 11-10. Kills from Schoenfeldt and Shank moved the score to 12-11. OSU scored the next four points to open a 16-11 lead. The run began with a Schoenfeldt kill and a Kehoe-Heine block. A Kehoe solo block and an IPFW error followed to force a Mastodon time out. The Buckeyes held the lead to reach match point at 29-21 with a Heine-Schoenfeldt block. A Meyer kill and two OSU errors stopped three OSU match points, cutting the lead to 29-24. Ohio State closed out the game, 30-24, with a kill from Heine to sweep the match, 3-0. The Buckeyes hit .440 for the game to .222 for IPFW.
For the match, Ohio State hit .320 to .150 for the Mastodons. The Buckeyes had a 46-41 margin in kills and an eight to two advantage in ace serves. OSU’s Overman and Schoenfeldt shared match-high honors with three aces each. IPFW gave up 14 service errors to 13 for OSU. In assists, Kehoe recorded a match-high 44 for the Buckeyes while Dan Mader had 22 and Kevin Goncalves 12 for the Mastodons. Defensively, OSU had a 39-31 advantage in digs with Anthony Hock collecting a match-high 13 for the Buckeyes. At the net, Ohio State had a 12 to three margin in team blocks. OSU’s Heine recorded a match-high six assist blocks in the contest.
Ohio State now travels to play at St. Francis at 2 p.m. Sunday and at Juniata at 6 p.m. Monday.
Pete Hanson, Ohio State head coach
On win against IPFW
“I knew the guys would be energized getting back home and playing their opening home match of the season. We were pretty energized. We played a really solid game one and a shaky game two. They made a couple lineup switches and our guys got a little refocused and played a pretty solid game three.”
On second set win
“I think when you go into a game like that and it goes 34-32, the team that wins it has some momentum. The team that lost it is fighting to get back in the match, and that’s a tough blow. Coach Ball made some lineup switches to try and reenergize his kids. We felt really good about that game to put us in a good position.”
On sophomore Mik Berzins switch to outside hitter
“We came back from Hawaii and we looked at our numbers and we just thought maybe we needed to put a more physical and older guy out there that can stabilize us a bit more. Mik has been training at that posistion a little bit in the fall and I thought he did a nice job. It’s not so much that Mike Stefani is not going to be a good player, he’s going to be a great player, but he’s just a young freshman and he has a lot to learn. He’s going to learn the position because he’s a competitor. It’s going to be a battle as those guys go forward, but I thought Mik had a nice match playing that position for the first time in his career.”
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