Columbus, Ohio – The 13th-ranked Ohio State (17-7 overall, 9-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball squad posted a 3-0 (30-26, 32-30, 30-24) victory over 11th-ranked (tie) Loyola-Chicago (18-4, 10-1) Friday night in St. John Arena. Ohio State’s Shawn Sangrey posted a match-high 19.5 points in the contest with 17 kills (.314), one ace serve and three assist blocks. John Klanac contributed 16 points for the Buckeyes with 13 kills (.280) and three solo blocks. For Loyola-Chicago, Domenic Dewaele recorded a team-high 15.5 points with 13 kills (.133), one ace serve, one solo block and one assist block. Kris Berzins added 11.5 points for the Ramblers with 10 kills (.182), one ace serve and one assist block.
Ohio State opened game one with kills from Sangrey and Klanac for a 2-0 lead. At 8-6, a Kevin Heine-Sangrey-Jason Tobkin block gave OSU a three point lead. At 10-7, a kill from Berzins, a Mike Morice ace serve, an OSU error and a Matt Adler solo block gave Loyola-Chicago an 11-10 lead. OSU tied the game at 11 with a kill from Sangrey. At 12-all, two kills from Berzins gave the Ramblers a 14-12 lead. OSU trailed 15-13, when two Loyola-Chicago errors and a Heine-Tobkin block gave OSU a 16-15 lead. The Ramblers responded with the next points off an OSU error, a Dewaele ace serve and a Mike Morice solo block to take a 18-16 lead. Buckeye kills from Sangrey and Klanac, a Steven Kehoe ace serve and a Rambler error returned the lead to OSU at 20-18. A Berzins kill cut the margin to 20-19. Two Rambler errors and a Klanac kill put Ohio State ahead, 23-19. Kills from Morice and Klanac made it 24-20. The Ramblers, with a Domenic kill, an OSU error and an Adler solo block cut margin to one at 24-23. A kill from Klanac and a Buckeye error made it 25-24. Two Rambler errors and one from OSU made it 27-25 Buckeyes. Kills from Sangrey and Morice made it 28-26. Ohio State reached game point with a Sangrey kill at 29-26. The Buckeyes won the game, 30-26 with a Heine kill to take a 1-0 lead in the match. For the game, Ohio State hit .391 to .138 for Loyola-Chicago.
Game two saw 14 ties and two lead changes. A Tobkin kill and a Rambler error gave OSU a 2-0 lead. Kills from Mike Bunting and Heine made it 3-1. A Buckeye error and a Morice ace serve tied the game at three. At six-all, a Rambler error and a Tobkin solo block gave OSU an 8-6 lead. At 10-8, a Heine kill and two Rambler error gave the Buckeyes a 13-8 lead. Two Bunting kills and one from Berzins cut the lead to 13-11. At 17-15, A Dewaele kill and an OSU error tied the game at 17. Tied at 20, a Rambler error and a Tobkin ace serve gave Ohio State a 22-20 lead. Trailing 23-21, the Ramblers used a Dewaele kill and an Adler solo block to tie the game at 23. After a Loyola-Chicago error, an Adler-Dewaele-Bunting block and one from Berzins and Adler gave the Ramblers a 25-24 lead. At 26-25, a Tobkin kill and a Rambler error gave Ohio State a 27-26 lead. Dewaele, with a kill tied the game at 27. A Tobkin kill and a Heine-Tobkin block gave Ohio State game point at 29-27. Morice, with a kill, stopped the game point at 29-28. An ace serve from Berzins tied the game at 29 stopping a second game point. OSU took a 30-29 lead with a Sangrey kill for a third game point. A Buckeye error stopped the game point at 30-30. A Sangrey kill made it 31-30 OSU and serving a fourth game point. Ohio State won the game, 32-30, with a Sangrey kill to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .241 for the game to .147 for Loyola-Chicago.
Ohio State opened game three with a Klanac kill, a Heine-Sangrey block and a Sangrey kill for a 3-0 lead. After an OSU error, a Rambler error and a Sangrey-Ted Schoenfeldt block made it 5-1 OSU. At 12-8, a Klanac solo block and his kill gave OSU a 14-8 lead. A Dewaele kill made it 14-9. Ohio State scored the next five points to open a 19-9 lead. The run included three kills from Sangrey and one each from Klanac and Schoenfeldt. The Ramblers cut the margin to six at 24-18 before kills from Sangrey and Klanac and a Sangrey ace serve made it 27-18. A kill from George Kamberos and a Rambler error made it 28-19. Another Kamberos kill cut the lead to eight at 28-20. Schoenfeldt, with a kill, set match point for Ohio State at 29-20. A Bunting kill stopped the first match point at 29-21. A Morice-Mike Hutz block stopped the second match point at 29-22. A Kamberos ace serve stopped a third match point at 29-23. Berzins, with a kill, stopped the fourth match point at 29-24. Ohio State closed out the game with a Hine kill, winning 30-24, to sweep the match, 3-0. The Buckeyes hit .417 for the game to .172 for the Ramblers.
For the match, Ohio State hit .352 to .152 for the Ramblers. The Buckeyes had a 47-40 margin in kills and a 46-39 edge in assists. OSU’s Kehoe posted a match-high 46 with Rambler Hutz recording 38. Loyola-Chicago had a six to three advantage in ace serves with Morice posting a match-high two. The Buckeyes gave up 18 service errors to 15 for the Ramblers. Defensively, Loyola-Chicago had a 21-19 edge in digs. Bunting posted a match-high six for the Ramblers while Sangrey recorded five for OSU. At the net, Ohio State had a 12.5 to 10.5 margin in team blocks. Adler had a match-high six blocks for the Ramblers with four solos and two assist blocks. Heine and Tobkin shared team-high honors for OSU with five blocks each. Heine collected five assist blocks and Tobkin, a solo block and four assists.
Ohio State returns to action at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena when they host Lewis (16-8, 5-4).
Pete Hanson, Ohio State head coach
On the upcoming tournament and what the win means to the program
“It means a lot, but it’s not the whole enchilada. And that’s the message we just got done talking to the kids in the lockerroom about. If we come out tomorrow and lose or lose next Friday against Ball State it’s undone because they (Loyola) will still be ahead of us in the loss column. It was one we had to have, don’t get me wrong, but we need two more for us to achieve the goal of not having to leave Columbus to play the tournament. I liked the execution, we played really good volleyball, we did some nice things and now we’ve got to do that two more times.”
On the preparation for tonight‘s match
“Our prep was really good; we had a great week of practice. We studied these guys; we did a lot of film. I mean, we worked on some really specific things with blocking, defense and offense, and we were pretty much spot on on all of those things. The kids were really, really focused and hopefully that can carry over.”
On key players
“I thought Shawn Sangrey had a phenomenal match. He was really good from the end line serving; he served some real good balls in game three and took some great high, hard swings. He was really good, and Steve Kehoe was really good too. He did a great job of running our offense and getting our hitters in great situations all night long.”
On overall play
“Well, I don’t have anything to complain about. The kids played really, really well. Loyola is a good team and they fought, they never gave up and they make you earn every point. We earned a great win tonight, and it was a team effort for sure.”
On tomorrow‘s match against Lewis
“It is going to be a challenge too. Lewis is tied for third in the conference with Ball State and they are a good team. They play a different style than Loyola does, so that is where we’ve got to really focus mentally and really understand what they do and we’ve got to be good. They’re a good team.”