April 13, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 12 Ohio State men’s volleyball team closed out the regular season with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-23) win over MIVA opponent Quincy Saturday night in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes finished the regular season at 19-7 overall and 9-5 in the MIVA.

Ohio State honored its eight seniors prior to the match – team statistician Jake Schick, Mike Stefani, Kyle Lawrence, Grayson Overman, John Tholen, Nick Gibson, Chen Levitan and Derek Kues. These eight seniors have been a part of three MIVA regular season titles, two MIVA tournament titles and the program’s first national championship in 2011.

Redshirt sophomore Andrew Lutz finished with a match-high 17 kills and added eight digs and four block assists. Levitan totaled seven kills and seven digs, while Overman tied a season-high with eight blocks (1s, 7a). Libero Brennan Anderson finished with seven digs and setter Lawrence had a match-high 36 assists.

Jack Gamache led Quincy (10-20, 1-13) with 11 kills and 14 digs. Steven Battaglia had nine kills, while setter Chris Lynch finished with 33 assists.

Down early in the first set, a Quincy error pushed Ohio State to a 4-1 run to tie take an 8-7 lead. Multiple attack errors by Quincy forced the Hawks to call a timeout with Ohio State in the lead at 14-11. The Hawks went on a late surge to come within one point at 23-22, but Buckeyes took set 25-22.

Tied at 10-all in the second, Ohio State went on a 5-2 run to take the lead at 15-12. The Buckeyes continued to build their lead and went on a 5-0 run, highlighted by a Gibson service ace for a 19-14 advantage. The Hawks gained momentum late in the set and came within two at 23-21, but a block by Overman/Gibson/Lutz gave Ohio State the set at 25-21.

Set three was a close battle between the squad, having 17 ties throughout the set. Ohio State went on a 4-0 run highlighted by a Levitan service ace that pushed the team to a 13-10 lead. The Hawks gained momentum and went on a 5-0 run to force an Ohio State timeout at 17-all. The teams exchanged points to close the set and back-to-back Buckeye blocks sealed a 25-23 win.

Ohio State will host the first round of the MIVA Tournament Saturday, April 20, at 7 p.m. ET in St. John Arena. Opponent to be determined and admission is $5 for adults and free for students.