April 6, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s volleyball team capped the weekend with a 3-1 (25-17, 22-25, 25-23, 25-23) win at George Mason Sunday afternoon.
Redshirt junior Andrew Lutz finished with a match-high 19 kills, while redshirt freshman Driss Guessous totaled 15 kills with four blocks (1s, 3a). Freshman Christy Blough had 48 assists and a career-best six blocks (2s, 4a). Libero Michael Piechowski tied a season-best with 13 digs and Dustan Neary finished with eight kills and five blocks (1s, 4a).
Paco Velez led George Mason (13-12) with 15 kills and Radoslav Popov chipped in 11. A pair of Patriots had eight blocks in the match in Graham Gresham and Hunter Stevens. Jonathan Lutz and Dave Lucas finished with eight digs apiece.
The Buckeyes (11-14) captured a quick 7-2 lead to open the match highlighted by back-to-back blocks. A kill from Guessous triggered a 5-0 Ohio State run for a 15-8 advantage and kills from Guessous, Miles Johnson and Michael Henchy set the score 19-10. The Patriots made a late run at the end of the set, but Ohio State sealed the frame with a 25-17 win.
George Mason regrouped and jumped ahead to a 7-4 lead in set two. Another Patriot run led to a 15-10 advantage before a pair of two-point Buckeye rallies brought the visitors within three at 21-18. GMU, however, held on to win 25-22.
The teams exchanged points to start the third until George Mason used a trio of runs to move ahead 12-9. The Buckeyes battled back and tied the set at 19 apiece and a Guessous/Blough block kept the set locked at 23. A solo block from Blough gave Ohio State set point and a kill from Guessous wrapped the set in favor of the Buckeyes, 25-23.
Ohio State capitalized on kills from Lutz and Patriot errors to take a 14-9 lead in set four. The Patriots responded with a 7-1 run to take their first lead of the set at 16-15. The Buckeyes answered with a five-point rally for a 20-16 advantage and a Guessous solo block gave OSU match point, 24-19. GMU wasn’t through and stalled the Buckeyes until a Patriot error finished the match with Ohio State winning, 25-23.
The Buckeyes close out the regular season at home, hosting No. 1 Loyola in St. John Arena, April 11. The match is set for 7 p.m. ET and the team will honor four seniors prior to the match – Danny Baker, Peter Heinen, Jonathan Newton and Michael Piechowski.