Jan. 24, 2014

Box Score


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 15 Ohio State men’s volleyball team picked up a 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-23) victory at Quincy to open MIVA play Friday night. The Buckeyes improved to 3-3 on the season and 1-0 in the conference.

Junior opposite Andrew Lutz tied a season-high with 16 kills in the match and added six digs. Junior outside hitter Michael Henchy finished with six kills and three blocks, while redshirt freshman Driss Guessous had a team-high four blocks. Lutz and sophomore Mitch Vallis had two service aces each in the win.

John Pranger and Jack Gamache led the Hawks (2-2, 0-1) with eight kills apiece, while Andrew Cavanaugh had seven. Pranger finished with three solo blocks and Brian Peth totaled six digs.

Quincy errors led to a 9-5 Buckeye lead to start the first set. A kill from Dustan Neary triggered a three-point Ohio State run to push the Scarlet and Gray up 15-10. The Buckeyes used a 5-0 run to move ahead at 22-16 before the Hawks put together a run to come within three at 24-21. Lutz, however, sealed the set with a kill at 25-21.

The Buckeyes opened the second set with a 4-1 run highlighted by three-straight Henchy/Guessous blocks. Hawk errors led to a 10-4 Ohio State lead, but Quincy regrouped to cut the Buckeye lead at 11-9. A service ace from Lutz sent OSU on a run that pushed the team ahead at 20-13. A Miles Johnson service ace gave the Buckeyes a 23-16 advantage and a kill from Guessous set the score 25-18.

Set three was a tight contest between the two squads and kicked off with a 3-1 lead for the Ohio State. The Hawks tied the set at 11, but kills from Henchy and Lutz gave the Buckeyes back their slim lead at 13-11. A kill by Guessous followed by a Quincy error moved OSU to an 18-15 advantage and a kill by Lutz guided the Buckeyes to match point at 24-23. Another Lutz kill secured a 25-23 victory.

Ohio State returns to action Saturday with an 8 p.m. ET match at Lindenwood. The Buckeyes and the Lions will face off in St. Charles, Mo.