Jan. 27, 2001



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COLUMBUS, Ohio – %^$Ohio State, behind a 25-kill performance by Chris Fash (Sr., Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township H.S.), rallied from a 2-1 Western Ontario lead to take a 3-2 victory over the Mustangs. The exhibition match, played at Genoa Middle School in Westerville, Ohio, completed a two-match sweep of Western Ontario by the Buckeyes. OSU defeated the Mustangs 3-0 (30-23, 30-23, 30-19) Friday night in St. John Arena. Joining Fash in double-figure kills were Pieter Olree (Sr., Reading, Pa./Exeter H.S.) with 18 and Greg Lehman (Sr., Galena, Ohio/Big Walnut H.S.) with 16. Luke Schram (Jr., London, Ont.) had a team-high 21 kills for Western Ontario with Mike Wilson (5th-Sr., London, Ont.) adding 13 and Jeremy Jonckheere (Sr., London, Ont.) 12.%^$

%^$Ohio State took a 7-0 lead in game one and never was challenged, winning 30-16. The Buckeyes hit .414 to .000 for Western Ontario with Olree recording six kills and Fash four.%^$

%^$The Mustangs went ahead 2-0 and led 6-1 to start game two. Western Ontario held the lead winning 30-23 to tie the match at one. The Mustangs hit .424 for the game to .200 for OSU. Schram had eight kills and Wilson six for Western Ontario.%^$

%^$Game three stayed close early with the teams exchanging leads until five-all. A Buckeye error and a Wilson kill put Western Ontario ahead 7-5. The Mustangs held a six-point lead (17-11) but the Buckeyes stayed close and trailed 28-24. A Fash kill cut the lead to 28-25. A Jonckheere kill set game point at 29-25. A kill by Olree and two Mustang errors cut the lead to 29-28 before a Jonckheere kill ended the game at 30-28 giving them a 2-1 lead. Western Ontario hit .414 to .303 for the game. Jonckheere had six kills for the Mustangs while Fash had 11 kills for OSU.%^$

%^$Western Ontario broke a nine-all tie in game for to take a 13-9 lead. The Buckeyes stayed close, tying the game five times, the last at 20 before at kill by Todd Hill (Sr., Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto H.S.), a block by Hill and Mark Peckham (Fr., London, Ontario/Oakridge Secondary H.S.), a Mustang error and an ace by Mark Lehman (So., Galena, Ohio/Big Walnut H.S.) put the Buckeyes up 24-20, holding on for a 30-22 win to tie the match at two games each. OSU hit .448 for the game to -.029 for Western Ontario. OSU’s Olree contributed seven kills and Mark Lehman five for the game.%^$

%^$Ohio State built up a 6-0 lead in the fifth game, holding on for the 15-10 win to take the match. The Buckeyes hit .500 to -.071 for Western Ontario.%^$

%^$For the match Ohio State hit .362 to .176 for Western Ontario. The Buckeyes had a 73-57 advantage in kill and a 16-10 margin in blocks. OSU outserved the Mustangs nine to five and had a 30-27 margin in digs.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes return to regular season action next week when they travel to Muncie, Ind. to face Ball State Sunday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m.