COLUMBUS, Ohio The 11th-ranked Ohio State (14-10 overall) men’s volleyball team closed out the regular season with a 3-0 (30-21, 30-21, 30-27) loss to seventh-ranked Penn State (25-3) Saturday night in front of 1,382 fans in St. John Arena. OSU’s Ted Schoenfeldt posted a team-high 13.5 points with 12 kills, an ace serve and one assist block. Buckeye Robbie Klein added 13 points with 11 kills, an ace serve and two assist blocks. Penn State’s Max Holt recorded a team-high 15.5 points with 13 kills (.812), one ace serve, one solo block and one assist block. Ryan Sweitzer contributed 15 points with 13 kills, a solo block and two assist blocks.
Ohio State opened game one with a Klein kill. A Buckeye error and a kill from Ben Spurlock made it 2-1, OSU. A Will Price kill tied the game at two. At 3-3, kills from Max Lipsitz and Holt and a Sweitzer solo block opened a 6-3 Penn State lead. At 8-5, the Nittany Lions used an 11-3 run to open a 19-8 lead. Trailing, 26-15, A Steven Kehoe kill, a John Albertson-Klein block and kills from Klein and Albertson cut the lead to seven at 26-19. Two OSU errors and a Joe Sunder kill set game point at 29-19. A Penn State error and a Spurlock kill stopped two game points at 29-21. Sweitzer, with a kill, ended the game at 30-21. The Nittany Lions hit .762 for the game to .286 for Ohio State.
Game two saw three lead changes and seven ties. Trailing, 3-1, the Buckeyes took a 5-3 lead with kills from Klein and Spurlock, a Klein ace serve and a Penn State error. At 7-5, a Sweitzer kill and a Price ace serve tied the game at seven. Tied at 11, an Edgardo Goas solo block and a Lipsitz-Price block gave Penn State a 13-11 lead. At 16-14, a Schoenfeldt kill cut the lead to one at 16-15 but a four-point Penn State scoring run opened a 20-15 lead. Leading, 26-21, the Nittany Lions scored the final four points to win the game, 30-21, with a Holt kill and take a 2-0 lead in the match. Penn State hit .517 for the game to .143 for Ohio State.
Ohio State trailed, 1-0, in game three before kills from Klein, Spurlock and John Klanac gave the Buckeyes a 3-1 lead. Kills from Lipsitz and Sweitzer tied the game at three. Tied at 10, kills from Sunder and Sweitzer opened a 12-10 Penn State lead. A Nittany Lion error made it 12-11. A Lipsitz kill and two OSU errors made it 15-11, Penn State. Trailing, 23-30, a Buckeye kill from Schoenfeldt, an Albertson-Klanac block and a Kehoe-Albertson-Klanac block tied the game as 23. At 24-all, a Holt kill and an OSU error made it 26-24. An Albertson kill and a Klein-Jason Tobkin-Spurlock block tied the game at 26. Kills from Sunder and Klein made it 27-all. A Holt kill gave Penn State a 28-27 lead. A Buckeye error set match point at 29-27. Penn State won the game, 30-27, with a Price-Lipsitz-Goas block to win the match, 3-0. The Nittany Lions hit .312 for the game to .152 for Ohio State.
In the match, Penn State hit .500 to .188 for Ohio State. The Nittany Lions had a 51-41 advantage in kills and a 46-36 margin in assists. Goas posted 43 assists for Penn State with Kehoe recording 34 for Ohio State. The Nittany Lions had a 5-2 advantage in ace serves with Price posting a match-high four. Penn State gave up 15 service errors to nine for the Buckeyes. Defensively, the Nittany Lions had a 24-15 advantage in digs with Dennis Del Valle posted a match-high 15 for Penn State. At the net, PSU had an 11-6 edge in team blocks. Lipsitz posted a match-high five assist blocks for Penn State.
Prior to the match, Ohio State honored seniors Albertson, Klein and Spurlock and gave special recognition to head coach Pete Hanson for his 25 years with the Buckeyes.
Ohio State, by winning the MIVA regular season, has received a bye in the quarterfinals of the MIVA Tournament. The Buckeyes will host the tournament semifinals, April 30, and the championship match May 2 in St. John Arena. Match times are 5 and 7:30 p.m. for the semifinals and 7 p.m. for the championship match. The champion advances to the NCAA National Championship semifinals, May 7 in Provo, Utah.