COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th (tie)-ranked Ohio State (8-5 overall, 5-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team overcame an 2-0 lead by 12th-ranked Loyola-Chicago (7-0, 3-0) but fell 3-2 (30-25, 36-34, 26-30, 27-30, 16-14) to the Ramblers in Alumni Gym Saturday Afternoon. OSU’s John Klanac and Ted Schoenfeldt collected a team-high of 25 points each in the contest. Klanac had 23 kills (.308), one ace serve and two assists blocks and Schoenfeldt contributed 22 kills (.372) and six assist blocks. Rambler Mike Bunting posted a match-high 26.5 points with 23 kills (.241), one ace serve and five assist blocks. Domenic Dewaele added 25 points with 22 kills (.447), two ace serves and two assist blocks.
Ohio State built an early 8-3 lead in game one. Loyola-Chicago cut into the lead and tied the game at 11 with a Bunting-Mike Morice block. The game saw 12 ties and seven lead changes with the final tie coming at 21-all. The Ramblers scored the next five points with kills form Dewaele and Bunting, a Bunting-Morice block, a Mike Hutz ace serve and an OSU error. Kills from Klanac and Morice and a Rambler error made it 27-23 Loyola-Chicago. A Dewaele kill and a Morice ace serve set game point for the Ramblers at 29-24. Two Loyola-Chicago errors stopped game points to make the score 29-25. The Ramblers won the game, 30-25, with a Kris Berzins kill to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Loyola-Chicago hit .372 for the game to .128 for Ohio State.
Game two became a marathon with 23 ties and eight lead changes. Trailing 3-2, a Klanac kill and ace serve, a Grayson Overman block and a Rambler error gave Ohio State a 6-3 lead. With the Ramblers trailing 10-8, a Buckeye error and a kill from K. Berzins tied the game at ten. The squads exchanged points until at 20-all, a Matt Adler-Dewaele block and two OSU errors gave Loyola-Chicago a 23-20 lead. OSU trailed, 24-21, when two Rambler errors and a Kevin Heine-Mik Berzins block tied the game at 24. At 28-all, a Schoenfeldt kill gave Ohio State game point at 29-28. K. Berzins tied the game at 29. An Adler-Dewaele block made it 30-29 with the Ramblers serving game point. Their error tied the game at 30. OSU held off three more game points to reach 33-all. Errors by both team made it 34-34. A kill from Bunting gave Loyola-Chicago a 35-34 lead and with their sixth game point attempt won the game, 35-34 with a K. Berzins kill to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .325 for the game to .306 for the Ramblers.
With game three tied at two, two kills from Klanac and a Rambler error gave the Buckeyes a 5-2 lead. A Dewaele kill made it 5-3. Ohio State expanded the lead to 8-3 with kills from Schoenfeldt, Mike Stefani and Overman. At 28-22 Buckeyes, two OSU errors and a kill from Bunting cut the lead to three at 28-25. A Stefani kill set game point at 29-25. Bunting, with a kill, stopped the game point at 29-26. A Stefani kill closed out the game at 30-26 to cut the Rambler lead to 2-1. Ohio State hit .421 for the game to .273 for Loyola-Chicago.
Tied a four in game four, a Hutz kill gave the Ramblers a 5-4 lead. An Overman kill tied the game at five. A Rambler error, a kill from Schoenfeldt and a Steven Kehoe-Overman-Klanac block gave Ohio State an 8-5 lead. Loyola-Chicago would cut the lead to one several times but would come no closer. At 27-26, OSU, a Klanac kill made the Ohio State lead two at 28-26. A Kyle Exline kill cut the lead to one at 28-27. Ohio State reached game point at 29-27 with a Klanac kill. A Rambler error ended the game, 30-27 for Ohio State and tied the match at two games each. The Buckeyes hit .364 for the game to .237 for Loyola-Chicago.
The fifth game saw OSU take a 1-0 lead with a Rambler error. Steve Thompson, with a kill, tied the game at one. A Schoenfeldt kill gave the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead. Bunting tied the game at two with a kill. A Heine-Schoenfeldt block and a Morice solo block made it three-all. An OSU error, a Hutz-Morice block and two kills from Bunting gave the Ramblers a 7-3 lead. OSU trailed, 11-7, when a Heine-Schoenfeldt block and two kills from Heine cut the Rambler lead to one at 11-10. A Dewaele kill and an OSU error made it 13-10. A Heine solo block and a Klanac kill made it 13-12 Ramblers. Loyola-Chicago reached match point with a K. Berzins kill at 14-12. The Buckeyes stopped two match points with kills from Klanac and Schoenfeldt to tie the game at 14. A Bunting kill gave the Ramblers a third match at 15-14. Loyola-Chicago won the game, 16-14, off an OSU error to win the match, 3-2. The Ramblers hit .217 for the game to .091 for Ohio State.
The Buckeyes outhit the Ramblers, .279 to .264. Ohio State had a 78-72 advantage in kills and a 75-70 margin in assists. OSU’s Kehoe posted a match-high 67 assists while Hutz had 61 for the Ramblers. Loyola-Chicago had a 7-4 margin in ace serves with Dewaele recording a match-high two. OSU gave up 26 service errors to 22 for the Ramblers. Defensively, Loyola-Chicago had a 55-54 edge in digs. OSU’s Anthony Hock contributed a career/match-high 17 digs. Hutz recorded a team-high 15 digs for the Ramblers. At the net, Ohio State had a 17.5 to 12.5 advantage in team blocks. OSU’s Overman recorded a career/match-high 11 blocks with a solo and a career-high 10 assist blocks. Morice had a team-high seven (two solos, five assists) blocks for Loyola-Chicago.
Ohio State returns home to host sixth-ranked (Div. III) Carthage (10-4) at 7 p.m. Friday in St. John Arena.
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