April 5, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 12th-ranked Ohio State (15-9 overall, 8-4 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team recovered from a slow start to capture a 3-1 (30-23, 26-30, 30-21, 30-24) win over the Hawks of Quincy (14-9, 7-6) Friday night in St. John Arena. OSU’s Pieter Olree (Sr., Reading, Pa.) had a match-high 30 kills (.429) for the Buckeyes with Tom Trantow (Sr., River Forest, Ill.) adding 15 (.242) and Ricardo Garcia nine (.042). Quincy’s Daniel Lantz (Fr., Sollentuna, Stockholm) had a team-high 15 kills (.257) for the Hawks with Fernando Barretto (Jr., Maringa, Brazil) adding eight (.500).
With Ohio State leading, 3-2, in game one, the Buckeyes had a four-point-run with a Garcia kill, two Brett Hamilton (Fr., Rockville, Md.) aces and a Quincy error to open a 7-2 lead. At 10-5, a Nathan Boyd (Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) kill, a Buckeye error and a block by Lantz and Paul Johnson (Sr., Lake Villa, Ill.) closed the lead to 10-8. A Mark Peckham (So., London, Ontario) and Adam Pedersen (Sr., Muskego, Wis.) block were offset by a Johnson kill to move the score to 11-9. OSU kills by Peckham and Trantow and a block by Olree and Hamilton gave OSU a 14-9 lead. The Buckeyes held the point lead and a 28-23, a Pedersen kill and a block by Pedersen and Garcia closed the game at 30-23. OSU hit .267 for the game to .031 for Quincy.
Tied at four in game two, a Buckeye service error and a hitting error gave Quincy a 6-4 lead. Garcia and Lantz exchanged kills to move the score to 7-5. An Olree kill cut the margin to 7-6, but kills by Barretto and James Milkert (Sr., Elmhurst, Ill.) and a block by Milkert and Barretto opened a 10-7 Hawk lead. A kill by Garcia, an ace by Trantow and two kills from Olree tied the game at 10. A Stefan Sjostrom (Sr., Hestra, Sweden) kill, a block by Barretto and Milkert and a Buckeye error gave Quincy a 13-10 lead. OSU’s Garcia cut the lead with a kill to 13-11. A Barretto kill followed by his ace serve and a Johnson kill pushed the lead to 16-11. The Hawks maintained the lead and reached game point (29-24) on a Barretto kill. OSU countered with a kill from Trantow and with a Hawk ball handling error, cut the lead to 29-26. An OSU hitting error closed the game for Quincy at 30-26, tying the match at one game each. Quincy hit .364 for the game to .220 for Ohio State. Quincy opened game three with a block by Lantz and Barretto for a 1-0 lead. An Olree kill tied the game at one. Another Olree kill, a Trantow ace and three Quincy errors gave OSU a 6-1 lead. The Hawks responded with a Lantz ace, a Barretto kill and with two OSU errors cut the lead to 6-5. Olree and Sjostrom exchanged kills to move the score to 7-6. An exchange of errors made the score, 8-7. Kills by Trantow and Garcia, an ace by Garcia and a block by Pedersen and Peckham pushed the OSU lead to 12-7. A Buckeye error made it 12-8, but a Hawk error and two Pedersen aces made the OSU lead seven at 15-8. OSU would push the lead to 10 at 26-16 and with a Trantow kill capture the game at 30-21. The Buckeyes hit .269 in the game to .040 for the Hawks.
Ohio State opened game four with a 5-0 run over the Hawks. A block by Hamilton and Trantow started the run followed by three Olree kills and a block by Olree and Hamilton. A Lantz kill got Quincy on the board. Two Olree kills and an OSU error made the score, 7-2. A Buckeye error and a Quincy block by Johnson and Milkert cut the lead to 7-4. An Olree kill made it 8-4. A Johnson and Milkert block and a Johnson kill cut the lead to 8-6. Two Hawk errors made it a four-point game at 10-6. A Buckeye service error made it 10-7. Two kills by Olree and one from Trantow opened a six-point lead at 13-7. A Lantz kill stopped the run at 13-8. Kills by Peckham and Olree made it a seven-point lead at 15-8. Lantz and Olree exchanged kills making the score 16-9. Three Buckeye errors cut the lead to four at 16-12. At 19-15, Kills by Trantow and Olree and a Pedersen ace opened a 22-15 Buckeye lead. A Buckeye error and a Lantz kill cut the lead to five at 22-17. With OSU leading, 26-21, a Buckeye error and a Milkert ace serve cut the lead to three at 26-23. A kill by Garcia and a block by Pedersen and Trantow made it 28-23, Buckeyes. A Buckeye error cut the margin to 28-24. Back-to-back kills by Trantow ended the game at 30-24 for Ohio State. The Buckeyes hit .424 for the game to .222 for Quincy. OSU’s Olree had 12 kills in the game and hit .625.
Ohio State hit .292 for the match to .171 for Quincy. The Buckeyes enjoyed a 66-45 advantage in kills and outserved the Hawks, nine to five. OSU’s Hamilton and Pedersen each recorded a match and career high three aces. Ohio State did give up 17 service errors to 13 for the Hawks. The Buckeyes had a 34-27 advantage in digs with Garcia recording a match-high 10 for the Buckeyes with teammate Trantow adding nine. Ohio State edged Quincy in blocks, 12 to 10.5. OSU’s Pedersen had a match-high seven assists while Milkert had a team-high six for the Hawks with a solo and five assists. OSU’s Peckham recorded 55 assists in the match, while Milkert had 39 for Quincy.
For the third time this season, OSU’s Olree scored 30 or more kills in a match. His 30 kills against Quincy is the fifth time in his career that he has had 30 or more. Earlier this season, Olree had 31 at Lewis and 30 in OSU’s second match against Pacific. As a sophomore (2000), he had 32 in the second match at Brigham Young and, as a freshman (1999) recorded 31 against Brigham Young in OSU’s second match against the Cougars.
The Buckeyes will host 11th-ranked Lewis (16-9, 11-2) at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 6 in St. John Arena.