COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 10th-ranked Ohio State (0-2 overall) men’s volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (20-30, 30-26, 30-25, 30-14) decision to top-ranked Southern California (2-0) on the second day of the Outrigger Hotels Invitational at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ohio State’s Shawn Sangrey posted a match and career-high 23.5 points against the Trojans with a career-high 19 kills, one ace serve and seven assist blocks. John Klanac added 17 points with 14 kills, two ace serves and two assist blocks. USC’s Tony Ciarelli recorded a team-high 18 points with eight kills, eight ace serves and four assist blocks. Murphy Troy added 14.5 points with 12 kills, two ace serves and one assist block.

Trailing, 9-7, in game one, a Sangrey kill and a USC error tied the game at nine. An OSU block by Kevin Heine and Sangrey and a Trojan kill from Sean Dennis made it 10-all. A second Dennis kill and one from Klanac tied the game at 11. A Buckeye error gave Southern California a 12-11 lead. A USC error tied the game at 12. Ohio State scored the next five points to open a 17-12 lead. The run began with two USC errors and an ace serve from Heine. A Klanac kill and a Grayson Overman-Sangrey block completed the run. A Ciarelli kill stopped the run at 17-13 but three Trojan errors and an ace serve from Sangrey took the lead to eight at 21-13. The Buckeyes reached game point at 29-19 with a Heine kill. USC stopped the game point at 29-20 with a Maddison McKibbin kill. The Buckeyes won the game, 30-20, with a Klanac kill. Ohio State hit .286 for the game to .000 for Southern California.

Tied at two in game two, kills from Troy, Austin Zahn and Sean Dennis gave the Trojans a 5-2 lead. Trailing, 9-7, an Overman kill, a two USC errors gave Ohio State a 10-9 lead. Troy tied the game at 10 with a kill. The Buckeyes took a 12-10 lead with a Klanac kill and a Steven Kehoe-Overman-Mike Stefani block. At 14-13, four OSU errors and a Ciarelli kill gave Southern California an 18-14 lead. The Trojans held the lead reaching game point at 29-26 with a Ciarelli-Steven Shandrick block. USC won the game, 30-26 with an ace serve from Ciarelli to tie the match at one game each. The Trojans hit .147 for the game to .081 for Ohio State.

Ohio State held an early 7-5 lead in game three before two OSU errors and two Ciarelli ace serves gave USC a 9-7 lead. A Sangrey kill and a solo block from Heine tied the game at nine. At 12-all, three OSU errors and a McKibbin ace serve gave Southern California a 16-12 lead. The Trojans held the lead to reach game point at 29-23 with a kill from Ciarelli. An USC error and a Stefani kill stopped two game point to cut the lead to 29-25. The Trojans won the game, 30-25, with a McKibbin-Shandrick block to give Southern California a 2-1 lead in the match. USC hit .292 for the game to .179 for Ohio State.

In game four, Ohio State took a 2-1 lead with an ace serve from Heine. The Trojans scored the next nine points to open a 10-2 lead. Southern California expanded the lead to reach match point at 29-14 off an OSU error. An ace serve by Tyler Stevens ended the game at 30-14 for the Trojans, giving Southern California a 3-1 win in the match. USC hit .292 to .037 for Ohio State.

The Trojans hit .160 for the match to .145 for Ohio State. The Buckeyes had a 49-48 edge in kills while the Trojans had a 13-6 advantage in ace serves. Ciarelli posted a match-high eight ace serves. OSU gave up 18 service errors to 11 for Southern California. Ohio State’s Kehoe posted a match-high 44 assists with USC’s Riley McKibbin recording 36. Defensively, The Trojans had a 37-31 margin in digs with McKibbin posting a match-high 12. OSU’s Kehoe had a team-high nine digs for the Buckeyes. At the net, the Buckeyes enjoyed a 14-10 advantage in team blocks. Shandrick collected a match-high eight blocks (one solo, seven assists) for the Trojans while Sangrey recorded a team-high seven assist blocks for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State completes play in the Outrigger Hotels Invitational Saturday facing fifth-ranked Penn State at 4 p.m. HT.

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