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March 7, 2015

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FAIRFAX, Va. – Win number 13 came on the road for No. 11 Ohio State Men’s Volleyball, downing George Mason in four sets (25-20, 23-25, 25-19, 28-26). These teams played to the same result earlier this season (Jan. 23) in St. John Arena when OSU scored a four-set winner over the Patriots (5-9).

Ohio State (13-4) now owns a 28-25 edge in the all-time series against George Mason, including an 8-5 mark in Fairfax. The Buckeyes have won the 12 most recent meetings, last falling to the Patriots in 2009.

Nicolas Szerszen proved to be a force for the Scarlet & Gray, racking up a career-high 24 points. The French freshman attacked .516 while finishing off 18 kills to go along with five service aces and a solo block. He got it done in defensive backcourt as well, recording 10 digs for the double-double. Shawn Herron also shined on both sides of the net, terminating a dozen kills and throwing up five blocks including four solo swats. Miles Johnson was on the receiving end of 40 Christy Blough sets, converting 19 of them into assists for his setter and kills for himself. Blough dished out 44 assists total in the match.

Ohio State buried four service aces in the opening set, adding to their nation’s best aces per set average. The set offense purred, too, humming along at a .375 attacking clip (13-4-24). Herron bounced a kill to open things up and the Buckeyes never trailed, leading by as many as eight points en route to a final ledger of 25-20.

While the OSU offense sped up to a .400 hitting efficiency in set number two, George Mason cruised along as well (.375) and squeezed out at 25-23 triumph. Service errors came back to bite the Buckeyes late in the frame, handing over George Mason’s final two tallies.

Both squads bogged down a bit in the third frame, each swinging at a sub-.150 rate. Ohio State returned to form at the service stripe though, scoring thrice from the line. The aces proved pivotal as OSU captured a 25-19 set victory.

Fans in attendance were treated to bonus volleyball in set number four when action spilled over into extra time. Szerszen willed the Bucks to victory in the end, busting up a 26-26 stalemate with back-to-back kills to seal the deal, 28-26.

Next weekend is sure to be an exciting one inside St. John Arena. The Buckeyes play host to No. 2 Lewis and No. 1 Loyola on consecutive nights (March 13-14), both tilts beginning at 7 p.m. ET.