Jan. 9, 2015
HONOLULU, Hawaii – The #14 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (3-1) competed in its fourth consecutive four-set match to start the season, coming out on the wrong end for the first time in a late night match at #10 Hawaii (2-0). The set tallies read: 25-19, 25-22, 17-25, 25-23.
Ohio State ripped eight aces from the service line, paced by Michael Henchy’s four. The senior outside hitter was the team leader with 13 kills and six digs as well. Middles Shawn Herron and Dustan Neary each put up four blocks while also attacking .333 and .364, respectively.
It was neck and neck early on in the opening set with 11 tied scores and four lead changes. A kill from Henchy nudged OSU ahead 13-12. A 6-1 Warrior run followed to put Hawaii on top for good. By set’s end, UH’s hot streak resulted in 13 of the final 19 tallies.
Hawaii kept the momentum going in set number two, jumping out to a 3-0 edge and never looking back. The Buckeyes gave them a scare at the end, fending off five straight set points and closing within 24-22 before ultimately falling 25-22.
Ohio State extended the battle into a fourth frame with a 25-17 triumph in the third. Defensive dominance was the key to victory as the Buckeyes smothered Hawaii to a .028 hitting efficiency powered by four Buckeye blocks and 12 digs.
Despite posting their highest attacking percentage of the night (.273), the Buckeyes’ rally fell short in the fourth set. Hawaii’s Sinisa Zarkovic delivered eight kills at a .500 pace, including the final dagger for point number 25. Ohio State had thrown up a triple block on Zarkovic the point before to trim the deficit to a lone point at 24-23. Zarkovic’s 20th kills of the evening came next though, putting an end to the 25-23 match clincher.
The Buckeyes will take on another top-10 foe before leaving the 50th state, playing #8 UC Irvine (1-1) Friday night at 9 pm EST (4 pm HST).