COLUMBUS, Ohio The 12th-ranked Ohio State (4-4 overall) men’s volleyball team opened a two-match home stand with a 3-0 (30-23, 30-24, 30-27) victory over Rutgers-Newark (2-3) Thursday night in St. John Arena. OSU’s Shawn Sangrey posted a career-high 16 points in the contest, collecting a career-high 14 kills, one ace serve and two assist blocks. Scarlet Raider Nate Stott had a team-high 16 points for Rutgers-Newark with 11 kills, three ace serves and four assist blocks.

Game one saw four lead changes and nine ties with Ohio State tying the game at 14 with a John Klanac kill. A Sangrey-Kevin Heine-Robbie Klein block, a Rutgers-Newark error and a Klein solo block opened a 17-14 margin for Ohio State. At 23-20, a Stott kill cut the margin to two at 23-21. Three Scarlet Raider errors gave Ohio State a 26-21 lead. A Stott kill cut the margin to 26-22. A Heine kill and a Sangrey-Ted Schoenfeldt block made it 28-22. An Austin Pappas kill cut the lead to five at 28-23. Two consecutive Sangrey kills ended the game at 30-23, to give Ohio State a 1-0 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .346 to .075 for Rutgers-Newark.

Three Rutgers-Newark errors opened game two, giving Ohio State a 3-0 lead. At 8-5, two Buckeye errors cut the OSU lead to one at 8-7. Ohio State scored the next six points to open a 14-7 lead. The run began with a kill and ace serve from Schoenfeldt. A Rutgers-Newark error and a Klein kill made it 12-7. A Klanac-Heine block and another Schoenfeldt ace serve took the lead to seven at 14-7. An OSU error and a Klanac kill made it 15-8. Two Scarlet Raider errors and a Steven Kehoe ace serve gave Ohio State an 18-8 lead. Rutgers-Newark was able to cut the margin to four several times. At 26-22, a kill and ace serve from Sangrey made the lead six at 28-22. A Pappas kill made it 28-23. Ohio State reached game point at 29-23 with a Klein kill. An OSU error stopped the game point at 29-24. The Buckeyes won the game, 30-24, with a Rutgers-Newark error to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .200 for the game to .156 for the Scarlet Raiders.

Game three sat the Buckeyes break an 18-all tie with a Klanac kill and a Rutgers-Newark error for a 20-18 lead. After a Pappas kill, two kills from Sangrey gave OSU a 22-19 lead. Kills from Stott and Sangrey made it 23-20. A Stott kill and his two ace serves tied the game at 23. The Scarlet Raiders took a 24-23 lead with a Derek Wolfe kill. A Rutgers-Newark error tied the game at 24. Two Klein-Schoenfeldt blocks and a Sangrey kill gave the Buckeyes a 27-24 lead. An OSU error made it 27-25. A Klein kill made it 28-25. Wolfe, with a kill, made it 28-26. Ohio State reached match point at 29-26 with a Schoenfeldt kill. Rutgers-Newark stopped the match point with a Jon Keller kill at 29-27. Ohio State won the game, 30-27, from a Scarlet Raider service error, giving the Buckeyes a 3-0 sweep in the match. Ohio State hit .640 for the game to .250 for Rutgers-Newark.

For the match, the Buckeyes hit .363 to .157 for Rutgers-Newark. Ohio State had a 46-44 edge in kills and a 45-42 margin in assists. OSU’s Kehoe posted a match-high 37 assists while Liran Shapiro had 37 for the Scarlet Raiders. Rutgers-Newark had a six-to-four edge in ace serves with Stott recording a match-high three. The Scarlet Raiders gave up 12 service errors to seven for the Buckeyes. Defensively, Ohio State had a 31-21 advantage in digs. OSU’s Kehoe posted a match-high nine. At the net, the Buckeyes had a 14.5 to eight margin in team blocks. OSU’s Schoenfeldt recorded a match-high seven blocks with a solo and six assists.

Ohio State continues the home stand at 7 p.m. Friday night in St. John Arena when they host George Mason (3-1). The Patriots were a 3-0 (30-25, 30-26, 30-24) winner over Ball State this evening.

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