March 30, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 10 Ohio State men’s volleyball team opened the weekend with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-23) sweep of MIVA rival Loyola-Chicago Friday night in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes improved to 15-8 overall and 5-3 in the conference, while the Ramblers fell to 16-11 and 7-4.
Seniors Shawn Sangrey and Mik Berzins each had double-digit kill performances to lead the Buckeyes. Sangrey totaled 16, while Berzins finished with 12. Freshman Michael Henchy added seven kills with four digs and four block assists.
Defensively, junior Grayson Overman had a hand in all eight team blocks with one solo and seven block assists. Sangrey led the Buckeyes with eight digs, while Peter Heinen and Michael Piechowski had five apiece.
A pair of Ramblers notched double-digit kills in the match. Joseph Smalzer totaled a match-high 17 kills, while Mike Bunting finished with 13 overall. Setter Matt Mirik had a match-best 39 assists and libero Peter Jasaitis had nine digs.
The Buckeyes opened set one on a 5-2 run with the help of three-straight Rambler attack errors. Loyola came back to tie the set at five, but Ohio State pulled ahead again for an 11-7 advantage. Down three at 16-13, the Ramblers put together a 5-0 run for an 18-16 lead. However, the Buckeyes didn’t back down and closed out the set on a 9-4 run for a 25-22 win.
After falling behind at 7-5 in set two, a kill by Heinen and a Sangrey service ace set the score at 7-7. Kills by Berzins and John Tholen gave Ohio State its first lead at 13-12 and a kill by Overman triggered a three-point Buckeye run for a 17-15 advantage. The home squad led the rest of the way and a kill by Sangrey sealed the 25-20 win.
Ohio State fell behind early in the final set, but three-straight Rambler attack errors led to a 4-3 Buckeye lead. Back-to-back kills by Berzins pushed to a 9-7 lead and Ohio State rallied again for a 14-10 advantage. Loyola cut the Buckeye lead to one at 20-19 to force an OSU timeout and stalled the Buckeyes at 24 until another kill by Sangrey solidified a 25-23 victory.
Ohio State returns to St. John Arena Saturday for a match versus No. 6/7 Lewis. The MIVA showdown is set for 7 p.m. ET and admission is free.