Columbus, Ohio – The ninth-ranked Ohio State (20-5 overall, 11-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, 1st place) men’s volleyball team won a 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-12) victory over Princeton (3-17) to complete a two-match sweep of the Tigers. Buckeye Kevin Heine had a co-match-high 12.5 points with 10 kills (.750) and five assist blocks. John Klanac added 10.5 points for OSU with nine kills (.444) and three assist blocks. Vincent Tuminelli recorded a co-match-high 12.5 points for Princeton with 12 kills (.138) and one assist block. Michael Dye added eight points with seven kills (.000) and two assist blocks.
Princeton opened set one with two kills from Dye and a Dye-Brad Howard block for a 3-0 lead. OSU kills from Jason Tobkin and Mike Stewart and a Buckeye error made it 4-2. Kills from Tuminelli and Stewart moved the score to 5-3. Ohio State, with a Heine-Klanac block and a Tiger error tied the set at five. Kills from Heine and Klanac and a Shawn Sangrey-Heine block gave OSU an 8-5 lead. Leading, 18-14, a Tuminelli kill cut the margin to three at 18-15. A Heine kill and three Tiger errors gave Ohio State a 22-15 lead. Princeton kills from Scott Liljestrom and Tuminelli and an OSU error made it 22-18. A Sangrey kill and a Tiger error gave Ohio State set point at 24-18. The Buckeyes, with a Sangrey kill, won the set, 25-18, to take a 1-0 lead in the match. For the set, Ohio State hit .500 to .030 for Princeton.
A Dye kill and a Dye-Tuminelli block opened set two for a 2-0 Princeton lead. A Klanac kill made it 2-1. A kill by Dye and errors by both teams made it 4-2. Three consecutive Tiger errors gave Ohio State a 5-4 lead. A Jeff Stapleton kill tied the set at five. OSU took a 6-5 lead with a Heine kill. A Steven Kehoe-Heine block followed b y a Heine-Tobkin block and a Klanac kill gave Ohio State a 9-5 lead. At 13-9, an OSU error cut the lead to three at 13-10. Kills from Klanac and Tobkin and a Heine-Sangrey-Klanac block opened a 16-10 OSU lead. At 19-13, three Buckeye errors made it 19-16. With Princeton trailing, 21-17, two kills from Tuminelli cut the lead to two at 21-19. A Tiger error made it 22-19. Kills from Stewart and Tuminelli moved the score to 23-20. A Tiger error gave OSU set point at 24-20. The Buckeyes won the set, 25-20, with a kill by Sangrey to take a 2-0 lead in the match. OSU hit .296 for the set to .185 for Princeton.
With set three tied at one, a Tiger error, kills from Sangrey and Stewart and two Tobkin ace serves gave Ohio State a 6-1 lead. Leading, 10-5, kills from Heine and Tobkin, a Kehoe-Stewart block and a Tiger error gave Ohio State a 14-5 lead. Leading, 16-8, a Tiger error and a Klanac-Stewart block made it 18-7. A Stapleton kill made it 18-8. Kills from Klanac and Heine and a Tiger error expanded the lead to 21-8. At 23-10, a Princeton error gave OSU match point at 24-10. The Tigers, with a Tuminelli kill, and an OSU error stopped two match points at 24-12. The Buckeyes, with a Dale Freier kill, won the set, 25-12, to win the match, 3-0. Ohio State hit .529 for the set to -.087 for Princeton.
Ohio State hit .429 for the match to .048 for Princeton. The Buckeyes had a 39-28 advantage in kills and a 33-28 margin in assists. OSU’s Kehoe posted a match-high 32 assists while Liljestrom had 22 for the Tigers. Ohio State recorded three ace serves to none for Princeton. OSU’s Tobkin posted a match-high two ace serves. The Buckeyes gave up 11 service errors to nine for the Tigers. Defensively, Ohio State had a 25-21 margin in digs. Tuminelli posted a match-high nine for the Tigers with Tobkin recording a team-high eight for the Buckeyes. At the net, OSU had a 10-2 advantage in team blocks. Heine posted a match-high five assist blocks for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State closes out the regular season with three road matches starting Sunday. The Buckeyes face 10th-ranked Penn State (20-5) at 5 p.m. in Rec Hall. The match will be carried live on the Big Ten Network.