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Feb. 27, 2015

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PHOENIX, Ariz. – The No. 11 Ohio State University men’s volleyball team earned its ninth win in the last 10 matches, opening the weekend with a four-set win at Grand Canyon University. Ohio State (12-3, 6-1 MIVA) improved to 11-1 all-time against the Antelopes (7-7, 2-5 MIVA) with a rematch looming Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET).

The Buckeyes attacked above .400 for the fifth time this season, including three of the four most recent contests, by connecting for 53 kills on 95 attempts with 14 errors (.411). Shawn Herron and Miles Johnson accounted for the majority of the damage, combining for 34 kills. The inside-outside combo both set career highs in kills, total attacks and points while Herron’s .765 hitting percentage (14-1-17) was also a new career best. Johnson racked up 20 put-aways and added an ace and solo block for 22 points tallied. Herron grooved an ace as well, adding four blocks (2s, 2b) en route to 18 points.

Sophomore setter Christy Blough navigated the offense to the tune of 47 assists, just under 12 helpers per set. He dished out kills to Michael Henchy (8), Dustan Neary (6) and Matt Pohlman (4) in addition to the 53 terminations completed by the Herron-Johnson duo.

Ohio State posted a sideout percentage of 80 percent or higher in each of the winning sets. The squad also attacked .370 or better in all frames sans the second stanza.

Herron and Johnson set the tone early and often. Herron pounded home kills on each of his five cuts and Johnson bounced six of eight swings as Ohio State stroked .636 (15-1-22) in the opening set. Henchy’s defense was pivotal, too. The senior from Ventura, Calif., dug up five balls to slow down an Antelope attack that was running hot as well. In total, the Buckeyes accumulated 11 digs in the 25-18 winner.

Another lopsided score came in set number two. But this time it was all Grand Canyon, 25-16. Just as Ohio State never trailed in the first, GCU remained on top the entire second stanza.

Furthermore, there was a complete lack of lead changes on the night. Ohio State took the first point in each the third and fourth sets and never relinquished the edge. The Buckeyes threw up seven blocks in the final two frames, confining the Antelopes to attacking efficiencies of .087 and .111.