Feb. 15, 2014

Box Score


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 14 Ohio State men’s volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (22-25-, 25-20, 22-25, 16-25) match to No. 10 Lewis Saturday night in St. John Arena. The loss moved the Buckeyes to 5-6 overall and 2-2 in the MIVA.

Junior Michael Henchy led the Buckeyes with 11 kills and added seven digs. Redshirt freshman Driss Guessous totaled 10 kills and five blocks (1s, 4a), while redshirt junior Andrew Lutz finished with 11 kills and four blocks (2s, 2a).  Freshman Miles Johnson had eight kills and four block assists for Ohio State and junior Dustan Neary chipped in five kills and three blocks.

Two Flyers had double-digit kills in the match with Greg Petty leading the way with a match-high 15. Geoff Powell added 14 and had a match-best eight digs. Bobby Walsh totaled seven kills with six blocks and setter BJ Boldog finished with 38 assists.

Lewis (9-3, 1-1) opened set one with a 7-3 advantage before a kill by Guessous and a Guessous/Henchy block cut the lead to two at 7-5. Kills from Lutz and Guessous brought the Buckeyes within one at 11-10 and a kill by Neary set the score 17-16 in favor of the Flyers. Lewis put together a pair of two-point rallies to move ahead 21-17 and went on to take the match, 25-22.

Down early 4-3 in the second, a trio of Flyer errors moved the Buckeyes to a 6-4 lead. A kill by Neary and another Lewis error pushed Ohio State to a 10-7 advantage before the Flyers came within one at 11-10. The Buckeyes used a late 7-2 rally to go ahead 21-15 and back-to-back Buckeye blocks led to a 25-20 victory.

Kills from Johnson and Guessous gave OSU an early two-point advantage to start set three and a 5-2 Buckeye run moved the squad to a 12-9 lead. The Flyers began to chip away at the Ohio State lead and came within a point at 14-13. A solo block from Lutz led to a 20-17 Buckeye advantage, but Lewis wasn’t through and used an 8-2 rally to close out the set with a 25-22 win.

Locked at five in the fourth and final set, a 9-1 Flyer run gave the visitors a substantial 14-5 lead. A pair of two-point Lewis runs led to a 20-12 advantage and the Flyers captured the match with a 25-16 win.

The Buckeyes host Grand Canyon for a pair of MIVA matches, Feb. 21-22. Both matches will be played at 7 p.m. ET in St. John Arena and admission is free.