Columbus, Ohio – The fifth-ranked Ohio State (13-2 overall, 6-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team, behind a 20-point performance by Shawn Sangrey, defeated No. 14 Lewis (12-5, 3-2), 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-17) Friday evening in St. John Arena. Sangrey recorded a match-high 20 kills while hitting .455 and added two assist blocks. John Klanac added 13.5 points with 11 kills (.200), one ace serve and three assist blocks for the Buckeyes. Jay Petty posted a team-high 14.5 points for Lewis with a team-high 12 kills (.172), one ace serve, one solo block and one assist block. Teammate Brian Muesenfechter contributed 12 points with 11 kills (.444) and two assist blocks.
Set one saw 14 ties and five lead changes to reach 18-all. OSU kills from Sangrey and Kevin Overman and a Flyer error opened a 21-18 Buckeye lead. A Muesenfechter kill stopped the run at 21-19. Kills from Overman and Jason Tobkin forced a Lewis time out at 23-19. A Petty kill made it 23-20. A Flyer error gave Ohio State set point at 24-21. Muesenfechter, with a kill, stopped the set point at 24-22. The Buckeyes won the set, 25-22, with a Sangrey kill to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .394 for the set to .344 for Lewis.
Ohio State broke a 9-9 tied in set two with kills from Steven Kehoe and Sangrey for an 11-9 lead. At 12-10, a Petty kill cut the lead to one. Kills from Kevin Heine and Ian Karbiener made it 13-12. Lewis called time out after kills from Overman and Kehoe gave OSU a 15-12 lead. A Klanac kill and a Flyer error made it 17-12 as the Flyers called their second time out. Lewis, with kills from Muesenfechter and Petty, made it 17-14. Leading, 20-17, a Tobkin kill, two from Sangrey and a Heine-Klanac block gave Ohio State set point at 24-17. Lewis, with a Muesenfechter kill and two OSU errors stopped three Buckeye set points to cut the margin to 24-20. After an OSU time out, a Klanac kill gave the Buckeyes a 25-20 set win and a 2-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .344 for the set to .200 for Lewis.
Flyer kills from Aaron Flick and Petty gave Lewis a 2-0 lead in set three. A Sangrey kill and an OSU error made it 3-1. At 5-3, Ohio State tied the set at five with a kill and ace serve from Klanac. Lewis took a 7-5 lead with a kill from Muesenfechter and a Petty solo block. At 8-6, a Flyer error and a Tobkin kill tied the set at eight. Two Sangrey kills gave OSU a 10-8 lead. Trailing, 11-9, an OSU error and a Petty ace serve tied the set at 11. At 12-all, kills from Klanac and Kehoe, two from Sangrey and a Flyer error opened a 17-12 Ohio State lead. OSU held the lead at 22-17 when kills from Sangrey and Klanac gave the Buckeyes match point at 24-17. A Flyer error ended the set at 25-17 to give Ohio State a 3-0 victory in the match. OSU hit .371 for the set to .152 for the Flyers.
For the match, Ohio State hit .370 to .233 for Lewis. The Buckeyes had a 49-35 advantage in kills and a 45-35 margin in assists. OSU’s Kehoe posted a match-high 44 assists while BJ Boldog recorded 32 for Lewis. The Buckeyes recorded two ace serves to one for the Flyers. OSU’s Klanac and Mike Stefani and Petty for Lewis recorded the ace serves. The Buckeyes gave up 11 service errors to 10 for Lewis. Defensively, Ohio State had a 38-30 margin in digs with OSU’s Sangrey and Flyer Roberto Davis sharing match-high honors with 13 each. At the net, the Buckeyes had a seven to six edge in team blocks. Flick for Lewis and OSU’s Heine, Overman and Klanac shared match-high honors with three assist blocks each.
Ohio State continues at home with a 7 p.m. match Saturday against 12th-ranked Loyola-Chicago (12-3, 5-0).
Pete Hanson, Ohio State head coach
On tonight’s match
“Lewis has only one loss in the conference. They’re a good team. They’re young in some spots and we kind of figured that is we sustained some pressure on some of their young guys then maybe we could get a result like we did. When you have some older guys like we have and you have some younger guys on the other side, sometimes that’s going to happen and we’ve been through that years ago. I thought our guys did a nice job start to finish. They were on task and got better as the match went on.”
On preparation for Lewis
“We studied Lewis quite a bit this week. I thought we were pretty good tactically in terms of getting guys in position to make some plays. We just said, ‘hey, we need to keep the kind of effort that we’ve had over the last five and six weeks.’ We’ve won some matches in a row and played pretty good volleyball and we just have to do that again tomorrow night.”
On the win
“Every conference win is important and particularly on your home floor. You’ve got to be able to hold the serve on your home court and if you can go get a few wins on the road then you’re in a good position to maybe be at home for the playoffs. Our older guys understand that because that’s what happened the last few years. They know the importance of these two matches.”
On caring the momentum from tonight into tomorrow’s match against Loyola
“We prepared hard and we did some good things and we have to do that again tomorrow. Loyola is another quality team and they’re going to play a lot like Lewis did in terms of staying aggressive and that type of thing and we just have to match that and be good.”