Feb. 22, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 14 Ohio State men’s volleyball team capped the weekend with another three-set (25-18, 25-21, 25-20) sweep of Grand Canyon Saturday night in St. John Arena. The conference win moved the Buckeyes to 7-6 on the season and 4-2 in the MIVA.
Redshirt freshman Driss Guessous had a match-high 11 kills for Ohio State and finished the match with a .474 attack percentage. Freshman Miles Johnson added nine kills and two solo blocks, while juniors Dustan Neary and Andrew Lutz had eight kills. Setter Christy Blough had a match-best 37 assists and chipped in two solo blocks with two kills.
Grand Canyon (6-9, 0-6) was led by Ben Ponnet and Gerrard Lipscombe had seven kills apiece, while Keaton Berry finished with a match-best five block assists. Libero Jared Morrison totaled eight digs and setter Keith Smith totaled 27 assists.
The Buckeyes opened the match with a 3-1 lead and a kill by Guessous sent the team on a four-point rally for an 8-4 advantage. Another Guessous kill and a solo block from Johnson pushed the team to a 16-9 lead and another run moved OSU ahead up eight at 18-10. The Antelopes attempted to inch back, but Ohio State’s lead was too much as a pair of GCU errors set the score 25-18 OSU.
After going up 3-0 in set two, the Buckeyes held their slim margin throughout the beginning of the set. Back-to-back OSU errors locked the score at eight apiece, but kills from Neary and Johnson moved the home team up by two, 10-8. The Buckeyes maintained their lead in the set and two-straight Guessous kills gave the team set point at 24-20. OSU went into intermission with a 25-21 win.
Ohio State took an early lead in the third set until a 7-1 GCU rally gave the visitors a 10-7 advantage. A kill by Guessous followed by three-straight Grand Canyon errors moved the Buckeyes back ahead at 11-10 and another Antelope error triggered an OSU 7-1 run to give the team a 20-15 lead. Ohio State took the match with a 25-20 victory.
The Scarlet and Gray closes out its five-match homestand hosting MIVA rival Ball State. The Buckeyes and the nationally-ranked Cardinals face off in a 7 p.m. ET match, Feb. 26, in St. John Arena. Admission is free.