Feb. 27, 2007
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COLUMBUS, Ohio –
The seventh-ranked Ohio State (13-1, 4-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team travels East to face Rutgers-Newark (2-12) and George Mason (5-4) in non-conference matches. The Buckeyes will face the Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders Friday at 7 p.m. in The Golden Dome and then play the George Mason Patriots at 2 p.m. Sunday in the John Linn Memorial Gym. Last week in home matches, Ohio State defeated Lewis, 3-0 (30-28, 30-25, 30-27) and sixth-ranked IPFW, 3-1 (27-30, 30-23, 30-27, 30-22).
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 13-1 on the season and 4-0 in the MIVA. Last week in home matches, Ohio State defeated Lewis, 3-0 (30-28, 30-25, 30-27) and sixth-ranked IPFW, 3-1 (27-30, 30-23, 30-27, 30-22). Dan Meske (Sr., Willow Springs, Ill.) is leading Ohio State in kills per game at 3.52. Sam Stevens (5th/Sr., Miami, Fla.) is second at 3.22 with Robbie Klein (Jr./So., Cincinnati, Ohio) third at 3.17. Layne Dreven (5th/Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) is hitting a team-high .627 with John Albertson (Jr./So., Ballwin, Mo.) second at .460. Setter Daniel Mathews (Jr., Shorewood, Wis.) is averaging 13.55 assists per game for the Buckeyes. Klein is the team leader in aces per game at .60 with 28. Mathews ranks second at .43 with 20 with Meske third at .41 (19) and Dreven fourth at .40 (18). Defensively, Stevens has a team-high 1.67 digs per game average with libero Conor Martin (Jr., Avon Lake, Ohio) second at 1.51 and Meske third at 1.39. At the net, Albertson is the team leader in blocks per game at 1.45. He has six solos and 62 assists. Mathews ranks second at 1.26 with six solos and 53 assist blocks. Dreven is third at .93 with a solo and 41 assist blocks. Ohio State is hitting .390 and is averaging 15.91 kills and 14.55 assists per game. The Buckeyes average 2.62 aces, 7.44 digs and 2.84 blocks per game. OSU opponents are hitting .200 and average 11.62 kills and 10.81 assists per game. Opponents average .87 aces, 7.17 digs and 1.43 blocks per game.
A LOOK AT RUTGERS-NEWARK
The Scarlet Raiders are coached by Sean Byron. Rutgers-Newark has a 2-12 overall record and is 0-6 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Scarlet Raiders have lost their last nine matches including 3-0 home defeats to George Mason (30-24, 30-28, 30-24) and Juniata (30-21, 30-24, 30-24) at the Golden Dome Classic last week. Eric Honsberger is leading Rutgers-Newark in kills per game with a 5.96 average. Nate Stott ranks second at 2.02. Honsberger is leading the team in hitting percentage at .291. Setter Mark Hulse is averaging 10.43 assists per game for the Scarlet Raiders. Hulse leads the team with a .37 aces per game average with 18 ace serves. Honsberger ranks second at .16 with eight. Defensively, Rogelio Nodal has a team-high 1.64 digs per game average with Honsberger ranking second at 1.47. At the net, Jon Keller has a team-high 1.28 blocks per game average with 19 solos and 41 assists. Honsberger is second at .86 with six solos and 38 assists. Rutgers-Newark is hitting .214 and averages 13.12 kills and 12.31 assists per game. The Scarlet Raiders average .96 aces, 7.78 digs and 2.85 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .290 and average 16.27 kills and 15.33 assists per game. Rutgers-Newark opponents average 1.20 aces, 8.53 digs and 3.04 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE – RUTGERS-NEWARK SERIES
Ohio State has a 25-13 lead in the series with Rutgers-Newark. The Buckeyes are 8-6 in matches played at Rutgers-Newark. OSU has won the last two matches played, defeating the Scarlet Raiders in 2006, 3-0 (30-22, 30-26, 30-26) and in 2007, 3-0 (30-26, 30-28, 30-18). Rutgers-Newark has won the last two matches played in The Golden Dome, winning, 3-2 (26-30, 31-29, 24-30, 31-29, 31-19) in 2002 and 3-0 (30-23, 30-23, 31-29) in 2005.
A LOOK AT GEORGE MASON
The Patriots are coached by Fred Chao. George Mason has a 5-4 overall record and is 3-2 in the EIVA. Last week at the Golden Dome Classic, the Patriots defeated host Rutgers-Newark, 3-0 (30-24, 30-28, 30-24) and lost to NJIT, 3-1 (30-24, 24-30, 30-23, 30-25). Leading George Mason in kills per game is William Price with a 6.30 average. Hudson Bates ranks second at 3.80. Kyle Swanson is the top percentage hitter on the team at .393. At setter, Billy Freesmeier is averaging 12.37 assists per game with Ryan Kwiatkowski averaging 8.48. Price leads the team in aces per game at .67 with 18. Colton Naill ranks second at .21 with seven. Defensively, Graham Sheppard has a team-high 2.73 digs per game average with Freesmeier second at 1.47. At the net, Swanson leads the team with a 1.21 blocks per game average with five solos and 35 assists. Naill ranks second at 1.12 with five solos and 32 assists. George Mason is hitting .253 on the season and is averaging 14.65 kills and 13.65 assists per game. The Patriots average 1.32 aces, 9.26 digs and 2.93 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .253 and average 15.32 kills and 14.62 assists per game. George Mason opponents average .74 aces, 10.76 digs and 2.06 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE – GEORGE MASON SERIES
George Mason leads the series with Ohio State, 22-14. In matches played at George Mason, each squad has won three. The Buckeyes have won the last two meetings, winning 3-1 (30-28, 30-28, 26-30, 30-28) in 2006 and 3-0 (30-26, 30-26, 30-25) in 2007. The Patriots won the last contest played at George Mason, 3-0 (30-26, 30-23, 30-28) in 2003.
MESKE NAMED THE MIVA SHONDELL/DUNLAP DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dan Meske has been named the MIVA Shondell/Dunlap Division Player of the Week. Meske posted a team-high 18.5 points in the 3-0 home win over Lewis. He had a team-high 17 kills while hitting .556, adding an ace serve, an assist block and seven digs. He hit .857 (6K-0E-7A) in game one, .500 (5-1-8) in game two and .417 (6-1-12) in game three. He had the game winning kill in games one and three. Meske produced a career-high 23.5 points in the win over sixth-ranked IFPW. He had a team-high 19 kills while hitting .457. He added two ace serves, five digs, a solo block and three assists in OSU’s second victory over IPFW this season. Trailing 1-0 in the match, Meske hit .667 (8-0-12) in game two to help even the match at one game each. He had a kill (point 27) and an ace serve (point 28) in helping OSU to a 30-27 game three win again the Mastodons. For the two matches, Meske averaged 6.00 points, 5.14 kills, .43 aces, 1.71 digs and .71 blocks per game while hitting .500. He has had double-figure kills in eight of his last nine matches. Meske has started all 14 matches this season after three seasons at defensive specialist/libero. For the season, he leads OSU in points at 4.21 and kills at 3.52 and is averaging .41 aces, 1.39 digs and .50 blocks per game.
ALBERTSON COLLECTS 11 BLOCKS AGAINST IPFW
John Albertson equaled his career-high of 11 blocks in the IPFW match with a solo and 10 assists. He totaled 15 points against the Mastodons with nine kills (.353), his 11 blocks and added two digs. Albertson had 14 points against Lewis, recording 11 kills (.692) and six assist blocks against the Flyers. He is averaging 3.45 points per game on the season and is averaging 2.45 kills, .21 aces, .17 digs and a team-high 1.45 blocks per game.
STEVENS SERVES A CAREER-HIGH FOUR ACES AGAINST IPFW
Sam Stevens recorded a career-high four ace serves in the IPFW match. His previous best was three in six matches. Stevens had 19.5 points against the Mastodons, collecting 13 kills, four aces, a solo block, three assist blocks and five digs. His four total blocks equals his career-high set in 2005 at IPFW. In the Lewis match, Stevens had 13.5 points with 11 kills (.389), a solo block, three assist blocks and three digs. For the season, he is averaging 3.89 points per game and averages 3.22 kills, .36 aces and .53 blocks per game. He leads the Buckeyes with a 1.67 digs per game average. Stevens has a .971 reception percentage this season with eight errors in 272 attempts. He handled 19 of 21 (.913) attempts against Lewis and all 25 (1.000) receptions in the IFPW match.
KLEIN HAS A SEASON-HIGH SEVEN DIGS AGAINST LEWIS
Robbie Klein recorded a season-high seven digs against Lewis and had 9.5 points in the match. He had nine kills (.333) and an assist block against the Flyers. Klein had 11.5 points in the IPFW match with nine kills, an ace serve and three assist blocks, adding five digs against the Mastodons. For the season, Klein is averaging 4.06 points per game. He is averaging 3.17 kills, 1.21 digs and .55 blocks per game. He is the team leader in aces per game at .60 with a team-high 28, ranking sixth nationally. Klein has a .968 reception percentage this season with nine errors in 285 attempts. He handled all 25 (1.000) attempts in the Lewis match and 29 of 32 (.906) attempts against IPFW.
DREVEN NOW 14TH IN CAREER ASSIST BLOCKS
Layne Dreven had one assist block against Lewis and three in the IPFW match to give him 241 career assist blocks and move him to 14th on the Ohio State career assist blocks list. He passed Pieter Olree (1999-02) with 241. Dreven needs four assist blocks to pass No. 13 Chris Fash (1999-02) with 243. Against Lewis, he played only one game, recording three kills (1.000) and one assist block. He had 9.5 points against IPFW, collecting seven kills (.308), an ace serve, three assists blocks and equaling his season-high of three digs. Dreven is averaging 3.32 points per game on the season. He is averaging 2.44 kills, .40 aces, .36 digs and .93 blocks per game while hitting a team-high .627. He has been the top percentage hitter in the country for the last five week.
MATHEWS ADDS TO HIS CAREER BLOCKS TOTALS
Daniel Mathews recorded a solo and nine assist blocks in the two matches last week. He had a solo block and four assists against Lewis and added five assist blocks against IFPW. His solo block gives him 33 in his career and moves him into 15th on the Ohio State career list. He had been tied for 15th with Craig Geibel (1990-93) and Mark Peckham (2001-04) with 32. With his nine assist blocks, Mathews now has 241 for his career and has moved to 14th on the Ohio State career list passing Pieter Olree (1999-02) with 240. His 10 total blocks (1-9) gives him 274 (33-241) and moves him to 13th on the Ohio State career list. Mathews had been in a four-way tie at 14th with 264 blocks. In the Lewis match, he recorded 49 assists, one kill, one digs and his five blocks. Mathews had 55 assists against IPFW, adding three kills, four digs, one ace serve and his five blocks. For the season, he is averaging 13.55 assists, .43 aces, 1.21 digs, 1.26 blocks and .72 aces per game. Mathews is ranked second nationally in assists per game and is 12th in aces per game.
SCHOENFELDT SEES EXTENDED ACTION AGAINST LEWIS
Ted Schoenfeldt (Fr., Northbrook, Ill.) started in games two and three against Lewis last week. He recorded three kills, an ace serve and one dig against the Flyers. He has played in eight matches this season and has seven kills, two ace serves and three digs on the season.
MARTIN PLAYING THE LIBERO POSITION
Conor Martin has started at libero in all 14 matches this season. He is averaging 1.51 digs per game, ranking second on the squad. He has handled a team-high 303 serve receptions and has a .967 reception percentage with 10 errors. In the Lewis match, Martin handled 19 serve receptions without an error and recorded one assist. Against IFPW, he had five digs and handled 23 of 24 (.958) serve receptions.
OHIO STATE IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
In the Division I-II National Statistical Leaders, released on Feb. 26, Ohio State’s Layne Dreven has the top hitting percentage in the country at .627 for the fifth week. John Albertson is tied for 10th in hitting at .460 and is eighth in blocking at 1.45. Robbie Klein ranks sixth in aces at .60 with Dan Meske is 13th at .41. Daniel Mathews ranks second in assists at 13.55 and is 12th in aces at .43. In team hitting, the Buckeyes are the top ranked squad in the country, for the fifth week, with a .390 hitting percentage.
HEAD COACH Pete Hanson
Pete Hanson is in his 23rd season at Ohio State. He has a 447-252 record with the Buckeyes and has nine Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Championships including 2004. Named the MIVA Coach of the Year six times, including 2004, he was the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2000 when OSU was the NCAA National Championship runner-up. Hanson was also the 1998 Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year. His teams have advanced to the NCAA Championships six times including back-to-back appearances in 2000 (runner-up) and 2001 (semifinalist).
BUCKEYES RANKED SEVENTH IN 2007 CSTV/AVCA COACHES POLL
Ohio State is ranked seventh in the CSTV/AVCA Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll released Feb. 26. The Buckeyes were ranked eighth last week in the poll. Other MIVA conference teams ranked in the poll are IPFW eighth, Loyola-Chicago 10th and Ball State 15th.
KLEIN NAMED THE MIVA SHONDELL/DUNLAP DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK
– Jan. 29, 2007 Robbie Klein has been named the MIVA Shondell/Dunlap Division Player of the Week. Klein helped Ohio State to wins over Rutgers-Newark, 3-0 (30-26, 30-28, 30-18) and Carthage, 3-1 (30-24, 26-30, 32-30, 30-21) last week to keep the Buckeyes undefeated at 7-0. Klein had a team-high 12 kills against Rutgers-Newark adding two assists, two ace serves four digs and an assist block for 14.5 points. Against Carthage, Klein posted career-highs of 29.5 points, 23 kills, five ace serves and a season-high six digs in the victory. Tied at one game each against the Red Men, he had seven kills in seven attempts in game three. Down by as many as five points (25-20), Klein had a kill in a four-point OSU run to cut the lead to 25-24. He scored OSU’s next three points to keep OSU in the game at 28-27. A Carthage error tied the game at 28. Klein’s fifth ace serve of the match gave OSU a 29-28 lead. OSU won the game, 32-30. Klein then had six kills in nine attempts in game four to help end the match. In the final two games, Klein hit .813 (13-16). His five ace serves in the match ties for third on the OSU match record list. As a passer, he had a .940 serve reception percentage handling 50 of 53 serves in the two matches (11 with no errors against Rutgers-Newark and 36 of 39 against Carthage). For the two matches Klein averaged 6.29 points, 5.00 kills, 1.00 aces, 1.43 digs and .57 blocks per game while hitting .344.
BUCKEYES HIT SECOND-BEST PERCENTAGE AGAINST MSOE AT .619
Ohio State opened the 2007 season by hitting .619 against MSOE with 44 kills, five errors in 63 attempts. This marks the second best hitting performance in the history of the program. The Buckeyes set the record of .671 at Mercyhurst in 1997. Against MSOE, OSU hit .579 (12-1-19) in game one, .435 (14-4-23) in game two and finished with a .857 (18-0-21) in game three. The Buckeyes had five of six starters hit .600 or better in the match.
OSU TIES FOR SECOND IN ACE SERVES IN A MATCH WITH 15
Behind a career-high four ace serves from Layne Dreven, Ohio State recorded 15 ace serves in the MSOE match. The 15 aces tie for second the most ace serves in a match for the Buckeyes. OSU had 15 ace serves against Clarke in 2005 and at Pacific in 2001. The OSU record is 17 against Thomas More in 1995. Also contributing aces in the match were Dan Meske and Sam Stevens with three, Daniel Mathews with two and Robbie Klein, Brett Versen and Brian Kues with one each.
OHIO STATE PICKED SECOND IN MIVA SHONDELL/DUNLAP DIVISION PRESEASON POLL
Ohio State has been picked to finish second in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Shondell/Dunlap Division preseason poll by a vote of the division coaches. IPFW, picked to be the favorite, received five first place votes with Ohio State receiving two. Loyola was picked to finish third with Ball State fourth and Lewis fifth. Rounding out the division was Quincy at sixth and Mercyhurst, seventh. In 2006, Loyola won the division with an 11-1 record with IPFW finishing second at 9-3. The 2006 MIVA Tournament was won by IPFW.
TWO BUCKEYES NAMED TO PRESEASON MIVA SHONDELL/DUNLAP DIVISION ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Shondell/Dunlap Division coaches have selected the 2007 Preseason All-Conference Team. Ohio State had two players named to the team in sophomore middle hitter John Albertson and junior setter Daniel Mathews. Also named to the team were IPFW’s Colin Lundeen, Josh Stewart and C.J. Macias, Loyola’s James Gunst and Brian Guntli, Ball State’s Nick Meyer and Ian Peckler and Lewis’ Jared Dayton.
BUCKEYES PLAY TOUGH PRESEASON EXHIBITION SCHEDULE
Ohio State, in preparation for the 2007 season, played seven exhibition matches in November and December. The Buckeyes played the first three matches at home losing 3-2 (26-30, 17-30, 30-15, 30-24, 16-14) to Penn State on November 11. OSU then dropped 3-1 decisions to UC Irvine on Dec. 16 (30-24, 30-21, 28-30, 30-23) and Dec. 17 (30-22, 30-26, 26-30, 30-23). Ohio State closed out exhibition play at the 2006 Cay Clubs Invitational in Clearwater, Fla. In pool play the Buckeyes lost to Alberta, 3-2 (22-25, 25-15, 24-26, 25-22, 15-7) on Dec. 28, defeated McMaster 3-1 (25-17, 21-25, 28-26, 25-14) Dec. 29 and defeated Regina 3-1 (25-22, 25-13, 23-25, 26-24) Dec. 30 to advance to the Bronze Medial match against Manitoba. The Buckeyes defeated Manitoba 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-19) to finish third in the eight-team Invitational. OSU’s Daniel Mathews was named to the All-Tournament Team.
REVIEWING LAST WEEK
Ohio State 3, Lewis 0
The eighth-ranked Ohio State (12-1, 3-0 MIVA) men’s volleyball team remained undefeated in the MIVA with a 3-0 (30-28, 30-25, 30-27) win over Lewis (10-4, 4-4) Friday night in St. John Arena. Buckeye Dan Meske scored a match-high 18.5 points in the victory with John Albertson adding 14 and Sam Stevens 13.5. Meske recorded 17 kills (.556), an ace serve and an assist block in the match. Albertson (.692) and Stevens (.389) each had 11 kills in the contest with Albertson adding six assist blocks and Stevens, a solo block and three assists. Jared Dayton posted a team-high 17 points for Lewis with Drew Pickering adding 12.5 and David Kelnhofer, 10. Dayton recorded 16 kills (.370) and a solo block while Pickering had 10 kills (.238), two ace serves and an assist block. Kelnhofer contributed eight kills, an ace serve and two assist blocks.
Lewis broke a 1-1 game one tie with a kill from Billy Sahagian and two from Dayton for a 4-1 lead. Leading 6-4, a kill and ace serve from Kelnhofer gave Lewis a four point lead at 8-4. At 13-10, the Buckeyes, with kills from Layne Dreven, Meske and Albertson tied the game at 13. After seven ties and the score at 20-all, two Flyer errors and an OSU block by Daniel Mathews and Albertson gave the Buckeyes a 23-20 lead. Lewis would cut the lead to two, four times, but at 26-24, kills from Meske and Stevens made it 28-24, OSU. Lewis cut the lead to 28-26 with a kill from Kelnhofer and a Alex Vigansky-Pickering block. A Flyer error made it 29-26 with OSU serving game point. An Ohio State error and a Vigansky solo block stopped two game point to make it 29-28. The Buckeyes ended the game with a kill from Meske for a 30-28 win. Ohio State hit .615 for the game to .382 for Lewis.
Tied at five in game two, Lewis used a Pickering ace serve and a Vigansky-David Taylor block to take a 7-5 lead. At 11-9, Lewis, a kill from Stevens and a Flyer error tied the game at 11. Two Albertson-Stevens’ blocks and a Meske kill gave Ohio State a 14-11 lead. After a Pickering kill (14-12), a Lewis error, two blocks from Albertson and Mathews and a Meske ace serve gave the Buckeyes an 18-12 lead. Ohio State reached game point on a Flyer error at 29-24. A Dayton kill stopped the game point at 29-25. Robbie Klein ended the game with a kill for a 30-25 Buckeye win and a 2-0 lead in the match. OSU hit .385 for the game to .154 for Lewis.
Lewis with an OSU error and a Kelnhofer kill broke a 1-1 tie to lead game three, 3-1. After a Klein kill (3-2), a Pickering kill and an OSU error gave Lewis a 5-2 lead. The Flyers held a 13-11 lead when Ohio State score four points to take a 15-13 lead. The run began with a Flyer error. Kills from Meske and Albertson and a solo block by Meske completed the run. An OSU error made it 15-14. Buckeye kills from Meske and Stevens made it 17-14. At 19-17, OSU, Flyer kills from Sahagian and Kelnhofer tied the game at 19. At 21-all, OSU kills from Albertson and Stevens gave the Buckeyes a 23-21 lead. Lewis responded with a Craig Boller kill and a Taylor-Boller block to tie the game at 23. Two Flyer errors and a kill from Stevens opened a 26-23 Buckeye lead. Lewis cut the lead to 26-24 with a Boller kill. OSU scored the next three points with kills from Albertson, Ted Schoenfeldt and Klein to set match point at 29-24. The Flyers stopped two match points with a Taylor ace serve and a Kelnhofer-Sahagian block to set the score at 29-26. Ohio State won the game with a Meske kill at 30-26 to win the match, 3-0. The Buckeyes hit .410 for the game to .267 for Lewis.
Ohio State hit .462 for the match to .278 for Lewis. The Buckeyes had a 55-45 advantage in kills while Lewis had a four-to-two margin in ace serves. OSU gave up 18 service errors to 12 for the Flyers. Defensively, Ohio State had a 19-17 edge in digs with OSU’s Meske and Klein and Flyer Pickering each recording seven. At the net, the Buckeyes had a 10-to-seven advantage in team blocks. OSU’s Albertson collected a match-high six assist blocks. At setter, OSU’s Mathews had a match-high 49 assists, while Taylor had 38 for Lewis.
Ohio State 3, IPFW 1
The eighth-ranked Ohio State (13-1, 4-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team, behind a team-high 23.5 points from Dan Meske defeated sixth-ranked IPFW (9-3, 4-3), 3-1 (27-30, 30-23, 30-27, 30-22) Saturday night in St. John Arena to complete the two-match sweep of the Mastodons. Meske had a team-high 19 kills (.457), two ace serves a solo block and three assist blocks in the contest. OSU’s John Albertson contributed a match-high 11 total blocks (one solo, 10 assists) to equal his career high. IPFW’s C. J. Macias had a match-high 26 points with 23 kills, an ace serve, a solo block and two assist blocks.
Game one saw 13 ties leading to a 24-24 score. Two OSU errors gave IPFW a 26-24 lead. At 27-25, two Buckeye errors set game point at 29-25. A Meske kill and a Mastodon error stopped two game points at 29-27. IPFW, with a block by Graydon Ainsworth and Jason Yhost ended the game at 30-27. The Mastodons hit .167 for the game to .086 for the Buckeyes.
After six ties in game two, Ohio State broke an 11-11 tie with a Meske kill and a Sam Stevens ace serve to lead 13-11. An IPFW kill by Macias cut the lead to one at 18-17. The Buckeyes, with a kill and ace serve from Stevens and a Mastodon error opened up a 21-17 lead. Leading, 24-20, a Meske kill, a Robbie Klein ace serve and an IPFW error expanded the Ohio State lead to seven at 27-20. The Mastodons responded with a Macias kill and a Josh Collins ace serve to make it 27-22. Back-to-back kills by Meske set game point at 29-22. A Buckeye error stopped the first game point at 29-23. The Buckeyes, on their second game point attempt, won the game with an Albertson kill at 30-23 and tied the match at one game each. Ohio State hit .531 for the game to .292 for IFPW.
IPFW opened game three with a block by Josh Stewart and Colin Lundeen and an OSU error for a 2-0 lead. At 6-3, IFPW, an Albertson kill, a Klein-Albertson block and two ace serves by Stevens gave Ohio State a 7-6 lead. A Lundeen kill tied the game at seven. After 13 ties, the score was 26-all. Ohio State with a kill and an ace serve by Meske and a solo block by Albertson reached game point at 29-26. The Mastodons stopped the first game point with a Stewart kill at 29-27. A Mastodon service error ended the game at 30-27 Ohio State, giving the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .290 for the game to .278 for IPFW.
With the score tied at three in game four, two IPFW errors, a Stevens-Albertson block and an Albertson kill made it 7-3, OSU. A Collins kill, an OSU error and a Macias ace serve cut the lead to one at 7-6. An IPFW error, kills from Meske and Stevens and a Daniel Mathews -Albertson block give Ohio State an 11-6 lead. Ohio State held the lead the rest of the game, reaching match point at 29-21 with a Mathews-Albertson block. A Macias kill stopped the first match point at 29-22. A Mastodon service error ended the game at 30-22, to give Ohio State a 3-1 win in the match. The Buckeyes hit .207 for the game to .027 for the Mastodons.
For the match, Ohio State hit .276 to .181 for IPFW. The Buckeyes had a 60-54 advantage in kills and edged the Mastodons, nine to seven, in ace serves. OSU’s Stevens posted a match-high four aces in the match. The Mastodons gave up 18 service errors to 15 for the Buckeyes. Defensively, IPFW held a 31-29 margin in digs with IPFW’s Lundeen and Matt Pliske sharing match-high honors with seven each. At the net, Ohio State had a 16.5 to 11.5 advantage in team blocks. OSU’s Albertson had a match-high 11 blocks with a solo and 10 assists. At setter Mathews recorded 55 assists for Ohio State and Lundeen had 48 for IPFW.