April 6, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 12th-ranked Ohio State (15-10 overall, 8-5 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team suffered a 3-1 (32-30, 26-30, 30-23, 30-27) loss to No. 11 Lewis (17-9, 12-2) Saturday night in St. John Arena. Flyer Fabiano Barreto (So., Campinas, Brazil) scored a match-high 26 kills (.452) for Lewis with Victor Bird (Fr., Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico) adding 17 (.294). Also in double-figures for the Flyers were James Elsea (So., Clovis, Calif.) with 12 and Kevin Miller (Jr., Racine, Wis.) with 10. Ohio State’s Pieter Olree had a team-high 24 kills (.259) for the Buckeyes with Tom Trantow (Sr., River Forest, Ill.) adding 19 and Ricardo Garcia (So., San Juan, Puerto Rico) 11.
Game one had five lead changes and 14 ties. Tied at 25, two Olree kills and an ace serve by Trantow gave OSU a 28-25 lead. Elsea’s kill cut the lead to 28-26. Olree’s kill set game point at 29-26 for the Buckeyes. Kills by Elsea and Barretto and an OSU error tied the game at 29. OSU took a 30-29 lead with an Olree kill. Barretto countered with a kill to tie the game at 30. A Buckeye error gave Lewis a 31-30 lead. Lewis won the game, 32-30, with a block by Miller and Bird. The Flyers hit .349 for the game to .372 for Ohio State.
A kill by Olree and a Flyer error gave OSU a 2-0 lead and the Buckeyes never trailed in the game two, winning 30-26 with an Adam Pederson (So., Muskego, Wis.) kill. OSU hit .576 for the game to .300 for Lewis.
Game three was the opposite of game two. An OSU service error and an Elsea kill gave Lewis a 2-0 lead. The Flyers held the lead to take a 30-23 win with a Barreto kill. Lewis hit .294 for the game to .027 for the Buckeyes.
With an Elsea block and a Buckeye error, Lewis opened game four 2-0. After eight ties and three lead changes, the Flyers overcame a 15-12 OSU lead with kills by Bird and Elsea and an OSU error to tie the game at 15. Trantow’s kill gave OSU a 16-15 lead but Lewis ran the next five points on kills from Bird and Barreto, a block by Elsea and Barreto and two OSU errors to take a 20-16 lead. OSU closed to within one with a Brett Hamilton (Fr., Rockville, Md.) ace at 21-20. Lewis held the lead and went on to take a 30-27 win on a Bird kill. The Flyers hit .433 for the game to .125 for OSU.
For the match, Lewis hit .343 to .268 for the Buckeyes. OSU had a 72-71 advantage in kill and had four aces to two for the Flyers. OSU had 14 service errors to 10 for Lewis. The Flyers had a 43-31 margin in digs with Ryan Stuntz (So., Redondo Beach, Calif.) recording a match-high 16 while OSU’s Mark Lehman (Jr., Galena, Ohio) had 10. The Flyers enjoyed a 14 to nine advantage in blocks with Miller collecting a solo and nine assists for Lewis. Flyer setter Jose Martins (So., Campinas, Brazil) and Buckeye Mark Peckham (So., London, Ontario) each recorded 60 assists in the match.
Ohio State returns to action at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 10 when the Buckeyes play at Findlay. OSU then returns home for a 7 p.m, Friday, April 12 contest with Indiana-Purdue and a 7 p.m., Saturday, April 13 match with Mercyhurst to end the regular season.