COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 11 Ohio State University men’s volleyball team (2-3) came up on the wrong end of a four-set score (25-22, 19-25, 25-21, 25-11) to the visiting Patriots of George Mason University (4-1). Ohio State struggled to slow down the GMU offensive attack as the Patriots hit .309 for the match. The Buckeye service woes played a role in defeat as well, recording a total of 21 errors from the baseline.
A 16-match winning streak over George Mason was snapped. Ohio State had won 18-of-21 previous meetings with the Patriots inside of St. John Arena.
Jake Hanes continued his high-octane kills totals, putting away a match-high 19 kills. Blake Leeson was also top offensive contributor, terminating 8-of-11 swings with a lone misfire (.636).
SET 1: Kyle Skinner earned the starting nod for the first time as a Buckeye and responded by bouncing each of his first three attack attempts for kills.
First start as a Buckeye for Kyle Skinner.
— OSU Men's Volleyball (@OhioStateMVB) January 19, 2019
True freshman Parker Mikesch was on the floor for the opening point as well, splitting the ‘starting’ libero spot with Aaron Samarin.
Both squads were attacking north of .560 with points flying off the board at the 15-15 mark of Set 1. George Mason then seized four of the next five points to force an OSU timeout. The Patriots would close it out a few moments later as 25-21 victors.
SET 2: Ohio State responded by never trailing in the second stanza. Leeson started it off with a kill for the inaugural point before handing it off to Hanes who took care of eight more points in the 25-19 equalizer. Skinner put forth another solid effort, too, hammering home 3-of-5 error-free attacks.
SET 3: George Mason pulled ahead early at 4-3 and never looked back. The Patriots dug a dozen balls to stymie Ohio State’s offensive progress (.219 team hitting percentage). Meanwhile, Hayden Wagner soared for GMU to the tune of eight kills at a .636 rate in the 25-21 winner.
SET 4: The wheels fell off a bit in the fourth as George Mason constructed three different runs of four or more points in a row, including a 6-0 stretch which broke up a 4-4 tie and made it a 10-4 edge. GMU kept it coming throughout and closed out the evening, 25-11.
St. John Arena is back open for business Saturday (Jan. 19) evening for a home match vs. Erskine College at 7 p.m. ET.