March 28, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s volleyball team kicked off its alumni weekend with a 3-1 (25-15, 27-29, 25-13, 25-18) win over MIVA rival Quincy Friday night in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes moved to 9-13 on the season and 5-6 in the league with the win.
Redshirt junior Andrew Lutz led the team with 12 kills and added nine digs, while junior Michael Henchy finished with 11 kills and five block assists. Junior Dustan Neary totaled a career-best seven blocks, while redshirt freshman Driss Guessous had five. Freshman setter Christy Blough had 43 assists to go with a career-high four kills and four blocks (2s, 2a).
Ian Lawson had 16 kills for Quincy (12-13, 0-10), while Jack Gamache chipped in 10. Setter Brian Rogan finished with 37 assists and libero Brian Peth had seven digs.
A kill by Lutz triggered a three-point Buckeye rally early in set one to bring the squad to a 7-3 lead. Kills from Lutz and Guessous set the score 13-9 and another kill by Guessous sent Ohio State on a 4-0 run for a 19-12 advantage. The Buckeyes closed out the set with a 25-15 win.
Locked at four in the second set, the Hawks put together a 6-1 run to gain an 11-5 lead. After exchanging points, the Buckeyes used an 8-2 rally to come back in the set and tie it up at 20 apiece. A kill from Miles Johnson and a solo block by Blough gave the Buckeyes set point at 24-23, but Quincy responded to game set point at 25-24. The visitors eventually took the set, 29-27.
The Buckeyes regrouped during intermission and used a 6-1 run to take an 8-5 advantage in set three. Kills from Lutz and Neary highlighted a 3-0 rally that led to a 16-9 lead and Ohio State closed out the set on a 6-2 run to take a 25-13 win.
After a quick 3-0 Ohio State lead in the fourth set, the Hawks came back to lock the score at seven. The Buckeyes answered with a 6-0 run to jump ahead 13-7 and used a pair of two-point rallies to take a 20-13 lead. A kill from Henchy gave Ohio State match point and the Buckeyes took the match, 25-18.
Ohio State returns to St. John Arena Saturday for a 7 p.m. ET match against MIVA opponent Lindenwood. Admission is free.