Feb. 1, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 10 Ohio State men’s volleyball team kicked off the weekend with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-17) win over NJIT Friday night in St. John Arena. The victory moved the Buckeyes to 6-2 on the season.

Sophomore Michael Henchy totaled a career-best 20 kills in the win and finished with a .545 attack percentage on the night. His kill total marked the most in MIVA in three-set matches. Henchy also added five digs for the Buckeyes.

Defensively, sophomore Brennan Anderson had a match-high 11 digs and senior Chen Levitan had nine. Levitan finished second on the team with seven kills. Redshirt sophomore Peter Heinen notched a match-best 35 assists, while classmate Andrew Lutz ended with six kills playing in only one set.

The Highlanders (1-6) were led by Herman Kantushov with 12 kills and seven digs. Chris Kaepernick had eight kills and two service aces, while setter Matthew Lui had 28 assists.

With a one-point lead at 6-5, Ohio State went on an 8-1 run to take a 14-6 advantage in the first. The Highlanders responded with three-point run to cut the Buckeye lead to five at 15-10 and another 3-0 run forced an Ohio State timeout at 20-17. Back-to-back kills by Henchy along with kills from Levitan and John Tholen brought the Buckeyes to set point at 24-19. After an Ohio State error, a kill by Levitan sealed the 25-20 win.

The Buckeyes opened set two with a 3-1 lead before NJIT responded to tie the set at four. A 6-2 Ohio State run pushed the home squad ahead at 12-10, but the Highlanders battled back and used a 6-2 run of their own to regain the lead at 19-17. Kills by Henchy and Tholen drove the Buckeyes ahead and a kill from Henchy and a service ace by Danny Baker led to a 25-23 set victory.

After falling behind early in the third, Ohio State answered with an 8-1 run to take a 9-5 lead. Another major run by the Buckeyes led to a 17-9 lead and a Henchy kill put the team ahead at 21-14. Kills from Grayson Overman and Levitan gave Ohio State match point and a kill by Lutz secured the 25-17 set win.

The Buckeyes return to St. John Arena Saturday night, hosting non-conference opponent George Mason. First serve is set for 7 p.m. ET and admission is free.