COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th-ranked Ohio State (5-4 overall, 3-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team picked up a 3-0 (30-26, 33-31, 31-29) victory over George Mason (1-1) Thursday night in St. John Arena. OSU’s Shawn Sangrey posted a team-high 13.5 points with 10 kills (.208), two solo blocks and two assist blocks. John Klanac contributed 13 points with 12 kills (.179) and two assist blocks while Grayson Overman added 12 points with six kills (.556), three ace serves, two solo blocks and two assist blocks. George Mason’s Eric Lucas posted a match-high 18 points with 16 kills (.265), one ace serve and two assist blocks. Ben Nichols added 12 points with nine kills (.150) and three solo blocks with Joe Norton contributing 10.5 points with nine kills (.263), one ace serve and one assist block.
Game one saw four lead changes and 10 ties, the last at 18 all. Two George Mason errors and an Overman solo block gave Ohio State a 21-18 lead as the Patriots called time out. The Patriots cut the lead to two at 23-21 with a Norton-Shaun Sibley block. A Sangrey-Kevin Heine block and two George Mason errors made it 26-21. Lucas, with two kills cut the lead to 26-23. A Sangrey kill, a Klanac-Overman block and a Sangrey solo block gave Ohio State game point at 29-23. An OSU error stopped the point at 29-24. A kill from Klanac ended the game at 30-24 to give Ohio State a 1-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .400 for the game to .057 for George Mason.
Game two saw George Mason break a 2-2 tie with a kill and block from Norton for a 4-2 lead. At 8-6, a Heine kill cut the lead to one at 8-7. An OSU error and a Norton kill made it 10-7 Patriots. At 12-9, a Klanac kill and a Patriot error made it 12-11. After a Norton kill (13-11), two Patriot errors tied the game at 13. At 19-all, two OSU errors and a Sibley block gave George Mason a 22-19 lead. OSU responded with an Overman kill, a Heine-Steven Kehoe block and with a GMU error, tied the game at 22. Tied at 25, a Javier Perez kill and an OSU error made it 27-25 George Mason. At 28-26, a Klanac kill made it 28-27. A Buckeye error made it game point for George Mason at 29-27. A Klanac kill and a Patriot error stopped two game points to tie the game at 29. George Mason earned a third game point at 30-29 with a kill by Nichols. A Mik Berzins kill stopped the game point, tying the game at 30. A second kill by Berzins made it 31-30 Ohio State, with the Buckeyes serving game point. George Mason, with a kill from Lucas, tied the game at 31 stopping the OSU game point. A Patriot error gave OSU a second game point at 32-31. The Buckeyes, with a Sangrey solo block, won the game, 33-31, to take a 2-0 lead in the match. The Patriots hit .312 for the game to .297 for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State took a quick 5-1 lead in game three with kills from Klanac, Sangrey and Overman and two Patriot errors. Trailing, 13-9, two Piotr Dabrowski ace serves, an Andrew Dentler kill and an OSU error tied the game at 13. Two Patriot errors, an Overman solo block and a Klanac kill gave the Buckeyes a 17-13 lead. Trailing, 20-17, A Dentler kill, a Dentler-Dabrowski block, a Dabrowski block and a Lucas kill moved George Mason into the lead at 21-20. A kill from Berzins tied the game at 21. At 23-all, two kills from Lucas and a Dabrowski ace serve gave George Mason a 26-23 lead. OSU cut the lead to one at 26-25 with two kills from Sangrey. Errors by both teams made it 27-26 GMU. A Patriot error tied the game at 27. A Sibley kill gave the Patriots a 28-27 lead. A George Mason error tied the game at 28. An Overman-Kehoe block made it 29-28 OSU and match point for the Buckeyes. A Lucas kill stopped the match point at 29-29. Ohio State, with a kill from Berzins, had a second match point at 30-29. An Overman ace serve ended the game at 31-29 to give Ohio State a 3-0 victory in the match. The Buckeyes hit .231 for the game to .143 for the Patriots.
Ohio State hit .312 for the match to .165 for George Mason. OSU edged the Patriots in kills, 46-45 and had a 45-44 margin in assists. OSU’s Kehoe posted a match-high 41 while Perez had 39 for George Mason. The Buckeyes had a 6-4 advantage in ace serves with OSU’s Overman and GMU’s Dabrowski sharing match high honors with three each. Each team gave up 15 service errors. Defensively, Ohio State had a 29-26 advantage in digs. Berzins posted a match-high 10 digs for Ohio State. At the net, the Buckeyes had a 12.5 to 10.5 margin in team blocks. OSU’s Heine (five assist blocks), Sangrey (two solos, three assist blocks) and George Mason’s Dabrowski (one solo, four assist blocks) shared match-high honors with five blocks each.
Ohio State completes a four-match home stand at 2 p.m. Sunday when they host Juniata (1-2), the top-ranked Division III team, in St. John Arena.
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