COLUMBUS, Ohio The 14th-ranked Ohio State (9-9 overall, 5-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team defeated Rutgers-Newark (8-9), 3-0 (30-15, 30-19, 30-20) Saturday night in The Golden Dome. Buckeye Ben Spurlock posted a match-high 12 points with nine kills and six assist blocks. He tied his career-high .900 hitting percentage in the match on 10 attempts. For the Scarlet Raiders, Eduardo Hernandez posted a team-high eight points with eight kills.

Tied at one in the first game, Buckeye kills by Robbie Klein and Spurlock and a Rutgers-Newark error gave Ohio State a 4-1 lead. At 7-4, a Klein ace serve with two Scarlet Knight errors opened a 10-4 Buckeye lead. Leading, 11-5, Ohio State scored the next four points to open a 15-5 lead. The run began with a Spurlock-John Klanac-Steven Kehoe block and a Klanac kill. A Spurlock-Klanac block and a Rutgers-Newark error completed the run. OSU expanded the lead reaching game point at 29-11 off a Rutgers-Newark error. A Buckeye error made it 29-12. A Liran Shapiro-Jon Keller block and two Shapiro kills stopped three game points to cut the OSU lead to 14 at 29-15. The Buckeyes won the game with a Klanac kill at 30-15 to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .462 for the game to -.208 for Rutgers-Newark.

Ohio State opened game two with a Kehoe ace serve, a Scarlet Knight error and a Ted Schoenfeldt solo block for a 3-0 lead. Leading, 6-4, a Klein kill, a Kehoe-Klanac-Albertson block and a Kehoe-Albertson block gave Ohio State a 9-4 lead. The Buckeyes held the lead at 23-18 when kills by Klein, Klanac and Kehoe gave Ohio State a 26-18 margin. A Kenny Rienecker kill stopped the run at 26-19. Four consecutive errors by Rutgers-Newark ended the game at 30-19, giving Ohio State a 2-0 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .542 for the game to .083 for the Scarlet Raiders.

The Buckeyes broke a 1-1 tie in game three with four consecutive points. The run began with a Spurlock kill and a Shawn Sangrey-Albertson block. A Sangrey kill and a Scarlet Knight error gave Ohio State a 5-1 lead. Kills from Hernandez and Albertson moved the score to 6-2. After kills from Klein and Kenneth Stumbaugh and errors by both teams, Ohio State held an 8-4 lead. Kills from Klanac and Klein made it 10-4 as Rutgers-Newark called time out. Another Klein kill and a Kehoe-Spurlock block opened a 12-4 Buckeye lead. Ohio State held a 13-point lead at 23-10 when the Scarlet Raiders used kills from Marcin Midura and Derek Wolfe, a Shapiro-Keller block and a Wolfe-Keller-Shapiro block to cut the lead to nine at 23-14. A Jason Tobkin kill and a Rutgers-Newark error made it 25-14. Two OSU errors and a Tobkin kill made it 26-16. An OSU error and a Spurlock kill made it 27-17. Kills from Stumbaugh and Kevin Heine made it 28-18. An Ohio State error and a Wolfe kill cut the margin to eight at 28-20. A Heine kill gave Ohio State match point at 29-20. The Buckeyes won the game at 30-20 with a Tobkin kill, winning the match, 3-0. Ohio State hit .484 for the game to .091 for Rutgers-Newark.

Ohio State hit .494 for the match to .011 for Rutgers-Newark. The Buckeyes had a 51-29 advantage in kills and a 48-28 margin in assists. OSU’s Kehoe recorded 43 assists to 24 for Shapiro of the Scarlet Raiders. The Buckeyes recorded two ace serves in the match, one each from Kehoe and Klein while Rutgers-Newark did not record an ace. Ohio State gave up 13 service errors to eight for the Scarlet Raiders. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 28-15 margin in digs. Caden Mulligan had a match-high eight for Rutgers-Newark. At the net, Ohio State had a 13.5 to 8.5 advantage in team blocks. OSU’s Spurlock posted a match-high six assist blocks for the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes continue on the road for the second of three consecutive weeks by traveling to conference rival Ball State for a 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27.