COLUMBUS, Ohio The 10th-ranked (tie) Ohio State (0-1) men’s volleyball team fell to No. 13 Hawaii (1-0), 3-0 (27-30, 24-30, 29-31) in the opening round of the 15th Outrigger Hotels Invitational Thursday in the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu. Buckeye John Albertson scored a team-high 12.5 points for Ohio State with seven kills, two solo blocks and seven assist blocks. Teammates Kevin Heine and Robbie Klein added 12 points each in the opening match of the 2009 season. Heine posted nine kills and six assist blocks while Klein had 10 kills and four assist blocks. For Hawaii, Joshua Walker posted a match-high 18.5 points with 17 kills, an ace serve and an assist block. Steven Hunt contributed 15.5 points with 13 kills, an ace serve, a solo block and an assist block.
In game one, Hawaii held an early 4-1 lead. At 5-3, a Hawaii error and a Shawn Sangrey ace serve tied the game at five. At nine-all, a four-point Buckeye run opened a 13-9 Ohio State lead. The run began with a Sangrey kill and a Heine-Jason Tobkin block. A Heine-Sangrey-Tobkin block and a Heine kill complete the run. At 25-22, OSU, a Hunt kill, a Steven Grgas-Hunt block and a Buckeye error tied the game at 25. Hawaii kills from Hunt and Grgas made it 27-25, Rainbows. A Hawaii error and a Hunt kill made it 28-26. An ace serve by Hunt set game point at 29-26. A Heine-Klein block stopped the game point at 29-27. Hawaii won the game, 30-27 with a Joshua Walker kill to take a 1-0 lead in the match. The Rainbows hit .156 for the game to .000 for Ohio State.
Game two saw three early ties, the last at 5-5 from an Albertson kill. A Buckeye error and kills from Hunt and Walker gave Hawaii an 8-5 lead that they would hold for the game. At 28-22, service errors by both squad set game point at 29-23. A Klein kill stopped the game point but an OSU service error ended the game at 30-24 to give Hawaii a 2-0 lead in the match. Hawaii hit .382 for the game to .229 for Ohio State.
Game three saw 13 ties and four lead changes. Tied at one, a Ted Schoenfeldt kill, a Hawaii error and a Steven Kehoe-Albertson block gave Ohio State a 3-1 lead. Hawaii responded to tie the game at four. At nine-all, a Walker kill, two OSU errors and a Matt Rawson-Sean Carney block gave Hawaii a 13-9 lead. Trailing 17-15, a Klein kill and a Heine-Schoenfeldt-Klein block tied the game at 17. At 22-all, a Hawaii error and a Kehoe-Albertson-Klein block gave Ohio State a 24-22 lead. With Hawaii trailing, 27-25, a Walker kill and a Grgas-Carney-Walker block tied the game at 27. Ohio State took a 28-27 lead with a Klein kill. An OSU service error tied the game at 28. Hawaii reached match-point at 29-28 with a Grgas-Carney block. OSU’s Ben Spurlock stopped the match point at 29-29 with a kill. A Grgas kill gave Hawaii a second match point at 30-39. The Rainbows won the game, 31-29, off an OSU error to win the match, 3-0. Hawaii hit .184 for the game to .160 for Ohio State.
In the match, Hawaii hit .240 to .142 for Ohio State. The Rainbows had a 46-43 advantage in kills and a 3-1 margin in ace serves. The Buckeyes gave up 15 service errors to 14 for Hawaii. The Rainbows edged Ohio State, 41-39 in assists. Carney posted a match-high 28 assists for Hawaii while Ohio State’s Kehoe recorded 33. Defensively, Hawaii had a 39-28 advantage in digs. Hunt posted a match-high 10 digs for Hawaii with Ohio State’s Mik Berzins collecting a team-high seven. At the net, the Buckeyes had an 18 to 11.5 margin in team blocks. OSU’s Albertson recorded a match-high nine blocks with two solos and seven assists.
Play continues in the Outrigger Hotels Invitational Friday with Ohio State facing top-ranked Penn State (1-0) at 9 p.m. ET and Hawaii hosting No. 7 Southern California (0-1) at 12 p.m. ET. In the opening match of the Invitational, Penn State defeated Southern California, 3-2 (27-30, 30-23, 30-019, 29-31, 15-12).
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