April 4, 2013
ROMEOVILLE, ILL. – The No. 11 Ohio State men’s volleyball team traveled to MIVA leader Lewis Thursday and fell to the No. 9 Flyers, 3-0 (18-25, 23-25, 18-25). The loss moved the Buckeyes to 7-4 in the conference and 17-6 overall.
Redshirt sophomore Andrew Lutz finished with a match-high 16 kills and added nine digs. Sophomore libero Brennan Anderson picked up his 15th double-digit dig match this finishing, totaling a match-high 12. Sophomore Michael Henchy added six kills, while seniors Grayson Overman and John Tholen had five apiece.
The Flyers (19-7, 10-2) were led by Eric Fitterer with 14 kills and Bobby Walsh with nine. Walsh added a match-high five blocks, while Yiwei Zhou had four. Three Flyers finished with six digs in the home win.
Lewis jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Buckeyes battled back to tie the set at four apiece. The teams exchanged points with Lewis holding the one-point advantage until a pair of Ohio State errors pushed the Flyers ahead at 15-13. After taking a timeout at 19-15, kills from Lutz and Tholen closed the gap by two points before Lewis finished the set on a 6-1 run for a 25-18 win.
The teams played an even second set that opened with five tie scores before the Flyers inched ahead at 8-6. Locked at 10 apiece, Lewis jumped out to a 14-10 lead and forced the Buckeyes to take their first timeout of the set. Ohio State regrouped and began to chip away at the Flyer lead, putting together a 5-2 run to come within a point at 16-15. Lewis regained a sizable lead at 20-15, but a kill by Overman sent the Buckeyes on 5-0 run to lock it up 20. Back-to-back kills from Lutz set the score 23-23, but the late surge wasn’t enough as Lewis closed out with a 25-23 win.
Utilizing momentum, Lewis captured a 4-1 advantage to start the third. The Flyers extended its lead at 13-7 and forged ahead, 18-11. A kill and service ace by Overman closed the gap to five, but the Buckeyes were unable to get any closer as Lewis used its home-crowd advantage for a 25-18 victory.
Ohio State remains in the Chicago area this weekend and faces Loyola-Chicago in an important MIVA match Saturday. The Buckeyes and Ramblers will meet at 5 p.m. ET in Gentile Arena.