April 20, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th-ranked Ohio State (19-10 overall) men’s volleyball squad opened play in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament with a 3-0 (30-25, 30-19, 30-28) quarterfinal victory over Indiana-Purdue (8-16) Saturday night in St. John Arena. Ohio State will face ninth-ranked Loyola-Chicago (23-5) at 5 p.m., Fri., April 26 in one semifinal and 10th-ranked Lewis (11-19) will play host eighth-ranked Ball State (21-7), at 7:30 in the second semifinal in Muncie, Ind. The semifinal winners return at 7 p.m, Sat., April 27 to play for the Tournament Championship and the Midwest automatic berth into the semifinals of the NCAA Championship, May 2 at Penn State.
Ohio State’s Pieter Olree (Sr., Reading, Pa.) (.226) and Indiana-Purdue’s Arcangel Ruiz (Jr., Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico) (.229) shared match-high kill honors with 15 each. OSU’s Tom Trantow (Sr., River Forest, Ill.) (.267) and Adam Pedersen (So., Muskego, Wis.) (.500) had eight kills each for the Buckeyes. IPFW’s Mitch Dreisbach (Fr., Mishawaka, Ind.) added eight kills (.167) for the Mastodons with Josh Sanders (Sr., Racine, Wis.) contributing six (.154).
With the game one tied at one, kills by Sanders and Ruiz gave the Mastodons a 3-1 lead. An IPFW service error made it 3-2. A Buckeye service error, an ace serve by Rhyen Staley (Jr., Manhatten, Ill.) and a solo block by Dreisbach gave Indiana-Purdue a 6-2 lead. OSU kills by Olree and Trantow and one by Ruiz moved the score to 7-4. A Ruiz kill made the lead four (8-4) for the Mastodons. A Trantow kill, a block by Brett Hamilton (Fr., Rockville, Md.) and Mark Peckham (So., London, Ontario) and an IPFW error cut the IPFW lead to one at 8-7. A Dreisbach kill and a Mastodon service error moved the score to 9-8. Kills by Jason Morgan (Fr., Plymouth, Minn.) and Olree made it 10-9. A Buckeye service error and an OSU error made it 12-9, Indiana-Purdue. An IPFW service error and an Olree kill cut the lead to one at 12-11. A Dreisbach kill and a Mastodon service error made it 13-12. A Ruiz kill and an IPFW service error put the score at 14-13. Ruiz and Olree exchanged kill to move the score to 15-14. A Buckeye block by Trantow, Peckham and Hamilton tied the game at 15. A Dennis Santiago (Fr., Bayamon, Puerto Rico) and Ruiz block earned IPFW a 16-15 lead. A Trantow kill and an OSU service error moved the score to 17-16. A Hamilton kill tied the game at 17. Back-to-back service errors moved the score to 18-all. A Sanders kill and a Mastodon service error made it 19-all. An IPFW error have OSU a 20-19 lead. A Dreisbach kill tied the game at 20. A Pedersen kill and a Buckeye error made it 21-all. A Santiago-Morgan block and an IPFW service error tied the game at 22. OSU took a 23-22 lead on an IPFW hitting error. Olree’s kill made it 24-22, OSU. A Mastodon error and an ace serve by Pedersen expanded the lead to 26-22. Ruiz and Trantow exchanged kills to make it 27-23. A Dreisbach kill cut the lead to 27-24. Trantow’s kill and a block by Ricardo Garcia (So., San Juan, Puerto Rico) and Hamilton set game point at 29-24. A Buckeye error made it 29-25. OSU’s second game point attempt, a Garcia kill, was good for a 30-25 win. Ohio State hit .321 for the game to .200 for Indiana-Purdue A Santiago kill and service error started game two at one-all. A Hamilton kill, a block by Olree and Hamilton, an ace from Trantow and a Mastodon error opened a 5-1 Ohio State lead. An OSU service error stopped the run and with an Olree kills made the score, 6-2. A Buckeye service error and a Garcia kill made the score 7-3. A Buckeye error and a Garcia kill moved the score to 8-4. An OSU service error and a Pedersen kill made it 9-5. Kills by Staley and Olree moved the score to 10-6. A Buckeye service error made it 10-7. A Trantow kill and two IPFW errors took the lead to 13-7. Sanders kill cut the margin to 13-8. A Garcia kill, an IPFW error and an ace serve by Hamilton made the lead, 16-8. Dreisbach cut the lead to 16-9 with a kill. A Pedersen kill, an Olree ace serve and an IPFW error opened up a 19-9 lead. A Buckeye service error made it 19-10. A Buckeye error and a Pedersen kill made it 20-11. A Peckham solo block and an OSU error made it 21-12. Kills by Pedersen and Ruiz made it 22-13. An IPFW service error and a block by Olree and Hamilton made the score, 24-13. Each team recorded a service error to move the score to 25-14. An OSU service error and a Olree kill moved the score to 26-15. An OSU service error and a Ruiz kill cut the lead to 26-17. Kills by Garcia and Ruiz moved the score to 27-18. A Pedersen kill and a block by Santiago made it 28-19. A Trantow kill set game point at 29-19 and a Mastodon error ended the game at 30-19. Ohio State hit .524 for the game to -.050 for Indiana-Purdue.
With the score tied 2-2 in game three, a Pedersen kill and two aces by Olree opened a 5-2 OSU lead. A Sanders kill made it 5-3. Buckeye kills from Olree and Trantow and one from Ruiz made the score 7-4. Two Buckeye errors cut the lead to one at 7-6. An Indiana-Purdue service error and an ace serve by Peckham made it 9-6. An OSU service error and an Olree kill moved the score to 10-7. Two kills by Aris Eracleous (Sr., Nicosia, Cuprus) cut the lead to 10-9. Two Mastodon errors returned the lead to three at 12-9. Service errors by both team made the score 13-10. Kills by Sanders and Olree moved the score to 14-11. A Ruiz kill made it 14-12. A Mastodon error made it 15-12. A Santiago kill and an IPFW service error made it 16-13. An OSU block by Hamilton and Trantow made it 17-13. Kills by Santiago and Sanders cut the margin to 17-15. Kills by Olree and Santiago made it 18-16. A Garcia kill and an IPFW error made it 20-16. A Dreisbach kill and an IPFW error made it 21-17. Kills by Ruiz and Pedersen moved the score to 22-18. A block by Pedersen and Peckham for the Buckeyes and one from Ruiz and Morgan for Indiana-Purdue made the score 23-19. A Buckeye error made it 23-20. A Mastodon service error and an ace serve by Pedersen made it 25-20. A Dreisbach kill, an OSU error, a solo block by Eracleous and a block by Morgan and Santiago cut the lead to one at 25-24. An Indiana-Purdue service error ended the run making the score, 26-24. A Buckeye error made it 26-25. An Olree kill and a block by Hamilton and Garcia made the Buckeye lead three at 28-25. An IPFW solo block by Santiago made it 28-26. A Mastodon service error set match point at 29-26. Kills by Dreisbach and Ruiz stopped two match points to cut the lead to one at 29-28. An Olree kill ended the game at 30-28 for the win. Indiana-Purdue hit .286 for the game to .069 for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State hit .282 for the match to .178 for Indiana-Purdue. The Buckeyes had a 40-37 advantage in kills and out served the Mastodons, eight to one. OSU’s Olree had a match-high three aces with Pedersen adding two. IPFW gave up 19 service errors to 15 for the Buckeyes. OSU had a 22-18 margin in digs with Garcia recording a match-high seven while IPFW’s Santiago had six. OSU had a 9.5 to eight margin in blocks with Hamilton contributing a match-high seven assist blocks for the Buckeyes. OSU’s Peckham recorded 36 assists in the match while IPFW’s Santiago had 26.
The 15 kills by OSU’s Olree give him 583 on the season and sets an Ohio State single season record. Steve Potter (1994) held the record with 568.