COLUMBUS, Ohio The 13th-ranked Ohio State (7-8 overall, 4-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team dropped a 3-2 (28-30, 30-23, 30-28, 27-30, 15-12) decision at Juniata (9-4) Wednesday at the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center. The Buckeyes trailed, 2-1 before coming back to win game four and send the match to a fifth game. Ohio State’s Ted Schoenfeldt posted a career-high 27.5 points for the Buckeyes with a career-high 26 kills, one ace serve and an assist block. Zach Wanner recorded a team-high 25.0 points for Juniata with 19 kills, four ace serves, a solo block and two assist blocks.
Game one of the match saw 18 ties and nine lead changes. Tied at four, a Wanner ace serve and kills from Chris Vrooman and Evan Halteman gave the Eagles a 7-4 lead. Ohio State trailed, 14-11, before kills from Robbie Klein, Ben Spurlock and Schoenfeldt tied the game at 14. The game reached 28-28 where two Kevin Heine kills gave the Buckeyes a 30-28 win. Ohio State hit .333 for the game to .300 for Juniata.
Trailing, 10-9, a Heine-Klein block tied the game at ten. Two Heine kills, a John Klanac ace serve and a Heine-Klein block gave Ohio State a 14-10 lead. Trailing, 19-16, kills from Dan Powers and Wanner and a Dan Follett ace serve tied the game at 19. Tied at 22, a six-point Eagle run gave Juniata a 28-22 lead. Errors by both teams set game point at 29-23 Juniata. A Matt Werle solo block ended the game at 30-23, tying the match at one game each. Juniata hit .227 for the game to .111 for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State opened game three with a 6-1 run. Kills from Heine and Klanac opened the game. A Halteman kill made it 2-1. A Heine-Klanac-Schoenfeldt block, kills from Heine and Schoenfeldt and a Klanac ace serve completed the run. Trailing, 18-14, an OSU error, two Wanner kills and a Powers-Wanner block tied the game at 18. Tied at 20, two Wanner kills, an ace serve from Powers and an OSU error gave Juniata a 24-20 lead. A Heine kill and two from Klein cut the lead to one at 24-23. At 28-26, a Follett kill set game point at 29-26. OSU stopped two game points with Schoenfeldt kills to make the score, 29-28. Juniata won the game, 30-28, with a Powers kill. The Eagles hit .394 for the game to .343 for Ohio State.
Tied at two in game four, two Halteman kills and two Wanner ace serves gave Juniata a 6-2 lead. Trailing, 18-15, Ohio State used a Schoenfeldt, a Klein ace serve and two Juniata errors to take a 19-18 lead. A Powers kill tied the game at 19. At 20-20, a Schoenfeldt kill and a John Albertson solo block opened a 22-20 Buckeye lead. At 26-24, a Follett kill and an OSU error tied the game at 26. Kills by Ben Spurlock and Powers made it 27-27. An Eagle error made it 28-27. A Klanac kill set game point at 29-27. Klanac, with a kill, gave Ohio State a 30-27 win to tie the match at two games each. The Buckeyes hit .382 in the game to .293 for the Eagles.
In game five, two Wanner kills and a Wanner solo block gave Juniata a 3-0 lead. At 5-2, an Albertson kill and an Eagle error cut the lead to one at 5-4. A Halteman kill and a Vrooman ace serve made it 7-4. A Juniata error made it 7-5. Two Follett kills gave Juniata a 9-5 lead. The Eagles held the lead reaching match point at 14-11 with a Vrooman kill. An Albertson kill stopped the first match point at 14-12. Juniata, with a Halteman kill, won the game, 15-12, winning the match, 3-2. The Eagles hit .562 for the game to .333 for Ohio State.
For the match, Juniata hit .338 to .307 for the Buckeyes. Ohio State had a 78-69 advantage in kills and a 73-64 margin in assists. OSU’s Steven Kehoe recorded a match-high 68 assists with Werle recording 60 for Juniata. The Eagles had a 10-5 advantage in ace serves with Wanner collecting a match-high four for Juniata. Ohio State gave up 19 service errors to 17 for Juniata. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 41-33 margin in digs. OSU’s Mik Berzins posted a match-high 12 digs in the contest. At the net, the Eagles recorded 13.5 team blocks to 7.5 for Ohio State. Juniata’s Werle (three solos, two assist blocks) and OSU’s Heine (one solo, four assist blocks) shared match high honors with five blocks each.
Ohio State returns to action at 7 p.m. next Wednesday when they host MIVA foe and 14th-ranked Ball State (7-4, 3-0) in St. John Arena.