Columbus, Ohio – The ninth-ranked Ohio State (21-6 overall) men’s volleyball team, behind a combined 45 points from John Klanac, Shawn Sangrey and Grayson Overman, defeated George Mason (16-10), 3-0 (25-23, 31-29, 25-16) Saturday night in Fairfax, Va. Klanac recorded 16 points with 15 kills (.375) and two assist blocks. Sangrey recorded 15 points with 14 kills (.312) and two assist blocks with Overman adding 14 points with 11 kills (.733), one solo and four assist blocks. George Mason’s Mark Jones posted a team-high 17.5 points with 17 kills (.343) and one assist block.
Ohio State opened set one with a Sangrey kill and a Sangrey-Overman block for a 2-0 lead. At 2-1, two Sangrey kills gave OSU a 4-1 lead. An OSU error and a Jones kill made it 4-3. Leading, 6-5, kills from Kevin Heine, Sangrey and Jason Tobkin made it 9-5 OSU. The Buckeyes expanded the lead to five at 16-11before a four-point Patriot run cut the margin to one at 16-15. A Joe Norton ace serve tied the set at 16. A kill from Sangrey and a Heine-Tobkin block made it 18-16, Ohio State. Trailing, 21-19, a Shaun Sibley kill and a Brandon Joyner solo block tied the set at 21. Kills from Overman and Norton made it 22-all. A Klanac kill and a Buckeye error tied the set at 23. Ohio State reached set point at 24-23 with a Tobkin kill. A George Mason error ended the set, 25-23, for Ohio State giving the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .481 for the set to .391 for the Patriots.
Set two had 21 ties and eight lead changes. Tied at two, kills from Sangrey and Klanac gave OSU an early 4-2 lead. Trailing, 11-9, a Sibley kill and a Joyner-Sibley block tied the set at 11. An Eric Lucas kill gave George Mason a 12-11 lead. A Patriot error tied the set at 12. At 14-all, OSU took a 15-14 lead with a kill from Klanac. A kill from Jones tied the set at 15. Tied at 22, a Colton Naill kill gave George Mason a 23-22 lead. A Tobkin kill tied the set at 23 and a Heine kill gave OSU a set point at 24-23. An Eric kill tied the set at 24. An OSU error gave GMU set point at 25-24. A Heine kill stopped the set point at 25-all. George Mason, with a Jones kill, had a second set point at 26-25. A Heine kill stopped the set point at 26-all. An Overman kill gave Ohio State a second set point at 27-26. A Buckeye error tied the set at 27. A Joyner solo block gave the Patriots a third set point at 28-27. After an OSU time out, a Patriot service error tied the set at 28. George Mason had a fourth set point at 29-28 with a kill from Jones. Overman, with a kill, stopped the point at 29-all. A Patriot error gave Ohio State a third set point at 30-29. The Buckeyes, with a Tobkin-Heine block, won the set, 31-29, to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .333 for the set to .357 for George Mason.
With set three tied at one, an Overman-Klanac block and a Tobkin kill gave Ohio State a 3-1 lead. At 6-4, a Naill kill cut the margin to one at 6-5. Two OSU kills from Sangrey and a Heine-Sangrey block gave the Buckeyes a 9-5 lead. A 4-1 Patriot run cut the Buckeye lead to one at 10-9. Three consecutive kills from Klanac and one from Overman gave Ohio State a 14-9 lead. A Piotr Dabrowki kill stopped the run at 14-10. Two Patriot errors, an Overman-Tobkin block and an Overman solo block gave OSU an 18-10 lead. Ohio State held a 22-14 lead when and a kill from Klanac and an OSU error gave the Buckeyes 23-15 lead. Klanac, with a kill gave Ohio State match point at 24-15. A kill from Jones stopped the match point at 24-16. Ohio State, with a Klanac kill, won the set, 25-16, to win the match, 3-0. For the set, the Buckeyes hit .560 to .107 for GMU.
Ohio State hit .436 for the match to .290 for George Mason. The Buckeyes had a 52-42 advantage in kills and a 48-38 margin in assists. OSU’s Steven Kehoe recorded a match-high 43 assists while Joyner collected 35 for the Patriots. Each squad recorded one ace serve in the match while OSU gave up 14 service errors to 11 for George Mason. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 26-19 edge in digs with OSU’s Mik Berzins recording a match-high eight. At the net, each team collected eight team blocks. Joyner posted a match-high six blocks with two solos and four assist blocks. OSU’s Overman posted a team-high five blocks with a solo and four assist blocks.
Ohio State closes out the regular season at 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Francis (Pa.) (10-17).