March 16, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 15 Ohio State men’s volleyball team suffered a 3-2 (25-22, 23-25, 29-31, 25-21, 15-13) loss to Cal State Northridge Saturday night to close out the Active Ankle Classic held in Long Beach, Calif.
Redshirt junior Andrew Lutz put together a career night, finishing with a career-high 29 kills in the match. The opposite added 12 digs for his first double-double of the season and also finished with three block assists. Redshirt freshman Driss Guessous had 13 kills for the Buckeyes with six blocks (2s, 4a), while junior Michael Henchy chipped in 11 kills and two block assists.
Freshman setter Christy Blough registered the first double-double of his career, totaling 57 assists and a career-high 11 digs. He added a career-best four block assists. Classmate Miles Johnson had eight kills with a career-best 12 digs and middle blocker Dustan Neary notched a career-high with six block assists.
Sam Holt led Cal State Northridge (7-12) with 27 kills, while Greg Faulkner and Kyle Stevenson chipped in 12 and 11, respectively. Libero Bradley Sakaida had a match-high 16 digs and Jakub Ciesla finished with 11. Setter Travis Magorien totaled 53 assists.
The Matadors opened the match with a 3-1 lead and pushed ahead at 10-6 to force a quick Buckeye timeout. A three-point CSUN run resulted in another Ohio State timeout at 17-12. Matador errors brought the Buckeyes within two at 19-17 and a late Ohio State run set the score 23-20 CSUN. The Matadors, however, held on to win 25-22.
A pair of two-point Buckeye runs led to a 5-2 advantage to start the second set. A kill by Johnson followed by back-to-back Guessous solo blocks set the score 11-9 in favor of the Buckeyes and a kill by Henchy forced a CSUN timeout at 13-10. Two Johnson/Neary blocks led to a 21-17 Ohio State lead and despite a late Matador run, the Buckeyes held for a 25-23 win
Ohio State kicked off the lengthy third set with a 7-3 lead. CSUN regrouped and used a trio of two-point runs to lock the set at 11 apiece. After exchanging points, the Matadors captured a slight lead at 20-18, but the Buckeyes responded to take a 22-21 advantage. CSUN reached set point first at 24-23 and Ohio State once again answered with a run to go up 25-24. After going back-and-forth, a kill by Henchy followed by a Henchy/Blough/Neary block pushed the Buckeyes to a 30-29 lead and a kill from Lutz sealed a 31-29 victory.
After falling behind early at 6-3, a Lutz kill triggered a three-point Buckeye run to tie the fourth at six. CSUN used a 6-1 run to jump ahead with a 15-11 lead and cruised to an 18-13 advantage. The Matadors went on to capture the set, 25-21.
In the deciding set, CSUN quickly took a 5-1 lead to cause an Ohio State timeout. A handful of two-point Buckeye rallies led to a tie score at 10-10. A pair of Guessous kills kept the score locked at 13, but late errors proved costly as CSUN took the match with a 15-13 win.
Ohio State returns to St. John Arena for non-conference match, March 18. The Buckeyes host Harvard in a 7 p.m. ET match and the contest will be the first-ever meeting between the two programs. Admission is free.