Columbus, Ohio – The ninth-ranked Ohio State (19-5 overall, 11-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, 1st place) men’s volleyball team, with all 15 players seeing action, defeated Princeton (3-16), 3-2 (25-17, 25-18, 22-25, 22-25, 15-9) Friday evening in St. John Arena. OSU’s Jason Tobkin posted a team-high 17.5 points against the Tigers with nine kills (.571), eight ace serves and one assist block. His eight ace serves breaks the previous Ohio State match record of seven held by Peter Olree at Pacific on March 17, 2001. Buckeye Shawn Sangrey added 12.5 points with nine kills (.190), one ace serve, one solo and three assist blocks. Vincent Tuminelli collected a match-high 23 points for Princeton with 19 kills (.244), two ace serve and two solo blocks. Michael Dye added 15 points with 13 kills (.250), one solo block and two assist blocks.
Ohio State dominated set one hitting .684 for the set to .000 for Princeton. Two Tiger errors and a Sangrey kill opened the set for a 3-0 Buckeye lead. An OSU error made it 3-1. A John Klanac kill and two Sangrey-Grayson Overman blocks made it 6-1 OSU. Princeton closed to 12-9 but a six point Buckeye run took the lead to eight at 18-10. The run included kills from Heine, Sangrey and Klanac, two Tobkin ace serves and a Tiger error. OSU reached set point at 24-17 with a Tobkin kill. The Buckeyes won the set, 25-17 with a Steven Kehoe-Heine block to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
Princeton, with kills from Dye and Jeff Stapleton and an OSU error opened set two with a 3-0 lead. Trailing, 12-9, A Mike Stewart kill and a Sangrey solo block cut the Tiger lead to one at 12-11. Kills from Dye and Mik Berzins made it 13-12 Princeton. A kill by Berzins tied the set at 13 and his third consecutive kill gave OSU a 14-13 lead. The run continued with two kills from John Tholen and an ace serve from Sangrey for a 17-13 Buckeye lead. OSU held the lead reaching set point with a Sangrey kill at 24-18. The Buckeyes won the set, 25-18 on a kill from Berzins to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .417 for the set to .345 for Princeton.
Two OSU errors and a Stapleton kill gave Princeton a 3-1 lead to open set three. OSU trailed, 5-3, when a Mike Stefani kill and a Nick Gibson ace serve tied the set at five. At seven-all, a Tiger error and a kill from Berzins gave Ohio State a 9-7 lead. At 10-8, a Tuminelli kill and an OSU error tied the set at 10. At 12-all, two kills from Gibson gave OSU a 14-12 lead. Two Buckeye errors tied the set at 14. At 15-all, a Stapleton kill and an OSU error gave Princeton a 17-15 lead. The Tigers would hold that lead reaching set point at 24-20 with a Keenan McCarthy-Dye block. OSU stopped two set points with a Tholen kill and a Tiger error to make it 24-22. Princeton, with a Stapleton kill, won the set, 25-22, to trail, 2-1 in the match. The Tigers hit .350 for the set to .207 for OSU.
With set four tied at one, a Sangrey-Stewart-Tobkin block and two Tobkin ace serves gave OSU a 4-1 lead. Princeton tied the set at four but a Tobkin kill and a Tiger error made it 6-4 OSU. Trailing, 12-10, Princeton kills from Dye and Stapleton tied the set at 12. At 14-all, A Scott Liljestrom-McCarthy block, a Tuminelli solo block and a solo block from McCarthy gave Princeton a 17-14 lead. The Tigers held a 22-19 lead when two Princeton errors cut the lead to one at 22-21. A Klanac kill tied the set at 22. Tiger kills from McCarthy and Tuminelli gave Princeton set point at 24-22. An OSU error ended the set to give Princeton a 25-22 win and tie the match at two sets each. The Tigers hit .444 for the set to .259 for the Buckeyes.
Tied at one in the fifth set, Ohio State scored the next six points to open a 7-1 lead. The run began with a Tiger error and then four consecutive Tobkin ace serves and a Klanac-Heine block. At 10-6 Buckeyes, a Stapleton kill and a Tuminelli solo block cut the lead to two at 10-8. OSU responded with kills from Tobkin and Klanac to lead, 12-8. A McCarthy kill made it 12-9. Kills from Kehoe and Sangrey made it 14-9 and match point for Ohio State. The Buckeyes, with a Kehoe ace serve won the set, 15-9, to win the match, 3-2. Ohio State hit .308 for the set to .214 for the Tigers.
Ohio State hit .357 for the match to .288 for Princeton. The Buckeyes had a 63-52 margin in kills and a 55-46 advantage in assists. Liljestrom posted a match-high 45 assists while OSU’s Kehoe had 39 and Kyle Lawrence added 13. The Buckeyes had a 13-3 margin in ace serves with OSU’s Tobkin recording a match-high eight. Ohio State gave up 15 service errors to 11 for the Tigers. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 33-21 advantage in digs. Tuminelli posted a match-high 11 digs for the Tigers. OSU’s Tobkin recorded a team-high seven. At the net, Princeton enjoyed a nine to 7.5 margin in team blocks. McCarthy recorded a match-high five blocks for the Tigers with a solo and four assists. Sangrey collected a team-high four blocks for OSU with a solo and three assist blocks.
Princeton and Ohio State complete the two-match series at 2 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena.