COLUMBUS, Ohio – The top-seeded Ohio State (19-7 overall) men’s volleyball team defeated fourth-seeded Loyola-Chicago (17-14), 3-0 (30-22, 30-26, 30-27) in the second semifinal of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament Thursday night in St. John Arena. The victory moves the Buckeyes into the championship match at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26 against second-seeded Ball State (21-9), a 3-1 (30-28, 30-26, 27-30, 31-29) winner over third-seeded Lewis (21-10) in the first semifinal. Ohio State’s Robbie Klein (Sr.-Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) posted a team-high 14.5 points in the victory with a team-high 13 kills (.423), one ace serve and one assist block. Rambler Ian Anderson recorded a match-high 18.5 points for Loyola-Chicago with a match-high 18 kills (.267) and one assist block.

The Ramblers opened game one with a Nick Lamoureux kill and a George Kamberos ace serve for a 2-0 lead. A Loyola-Chicago error and a Jason Tobkin (So.-Fr., Fairfield, Ohio) kill tied the game at two. At six-all, two Rambler errors and one from OSU made it 8-7, Buckeyes. At 9-8, a Klein kill, two Rambler errors and a Ben Spurlock (Sr.-So., Stow, Ohio)-Daniel Mathews (Sr., Shorewood, Wis.) block gave Ohio State a 13-8 lead. Loyola-Chicago responded with an Anderson kill, a Lamoureux-Kris Berzins block and a Berzins kill to cut the lead to 13-11. A kill and ace serve by Spurlock and a Ted Schoenfeldt (So., Northbrook, Ill.)-Klein block gave the Buckeyes a 16-11 lead. Ohio State held the lead reaching game point at 29-22 off a Rambler error. An ace serve by Brett Versen (5th-Sr., Centerville, Ohio) ended the game at 30-22 to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .407 for the game to .152 for Loyola-Chicago.

Ohio State opened game two with a Versen kill for a 1-0 lead. Between nine ties, the Buckeyes never trailed in the game. Tied at 18, two Klein kills gave Ohio State a 20-18 lead. A Buckeye error made it 20-19. Kills from Versen and Lamoureux made it 21-20. A Rambler error and a Tobkin-Spurlock block made it 23-20, Ohio State. A Michael Morice kill cut the margin to 23-21. Buckeye kills from Tobkin and Spurlock and a Spurlock-Mathews block made the lead five at 26-21. Two OSU errors and an Anderson-Morice block cut the margin to 26-24. Kills from Spurlock and Anderson made it 27-25. Kills from Klein and Schoenfeldt set game point for Ohio State at 29-25. An Anderson kill stopped the game point at 29-27. A Rambler error ended the game at 30-27 for Ohio State, giving the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .267 for the game to .147 for Loyola-Chicago.

Game three reached its ninth tie with an Anderson kill making it 14-14. A Rambler error and a Tobkin kill gave Ohio State a 16-14 lead. Anderson made it 16-15 with a kill. OSU went ahead, 17-15, with a kill from Mathews. After errors by both teams, a Versen kill and two Rambler errors opened a 21-16 Buckeye lead. Kills from Anderson and Klein made it 22-17. A Buckeye error and an Anderson kill cut the lead to 22-19. A Schoenfeldt solo block with a Buckeye error made it 23-20. OSU kills from Schoenfeldt and Klein took the lead to 25-20. Five consecutive errors, two by Loyola-Chicago and three by Ohio State took the lead to 27-23. An OSU block by Mathews and Spurlock and a Steven Kehoe (So.-Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) ace serve set match point at 29-23. An OSU error made it 29-24. A Mike Hutz ace serve and an OSU error made it 29-26. A second Hutz ace serve cut the lead to three at 29-27. A Rambler error on the fifth match point gave Ohio State a 30-27 win in the game and a 3-0 victory in the match. The Buckeyes hit .233 in the game to .089 for Loyola-Chicago.

Ohio State hit .290 for the match while Loyola-Chicago hit .125. The Buckeyes had a 32-36 margin in kills while each team recorded four ace serves. Ohio State gave up 20 service errors to 19 for the Ramblers. Defensively, Ohio State had a 43-38 advantage in digs with OSU’s Mathews recording a match-high 10. At the net, the Buckeyes had a 10.5 to four margin in team blocks. OSU’s Spurlock collected a match-high six assist blocks in the contest. At setter, Mathews had 31 assists for Ohio State while Hutz had 21 and Kyle Exline, 12 for the ramblers.