Columbus, Ohio – The fifth-ranked Ohio State (12-2 overall, 5-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team defeated No. 5 (Div. III) Juniata (11-9, 4-0 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association), 3-0 (25-12, 25-20, 25-15) Sunday afternoon in St. John Arena. OSU’s Shawn Sangrey recorded a match-high 21.5 points with 19 kill (.500), one ace serve and three assist blocks. Eagle Mike Kraft posted a team-high seven points for Juniata with four kills (.143), a solo block and four assist blocks. Ohio State has now won 12 consecutive matches and has a 14-match home winning streak.
With set one tied at four, kills from John Klanac and Jason Tobkin, a Steven Kehoe–Grayson Overman–Jason Tobkin and two Eagle errors gave Ohio State a 9-4 lead. An OSU error and a Sangrey kill made it 10-5. A Ross Madden kill, a Kraft solo block and an OSU error cut the margin to two at 10-8. A Heine kill started an eight-point Buckeye run. The run continued with a Heine-Sangrey block, two Kehoe ace serves, kills from Klanac and Sangrey and two Eagle errors to give OSU an 18-8 lead. Leading, 19-10, a Juniata error, an Overman kill and two Klanac kills made it 23-10, OSU. A Chris Vrooman-Kraft block stopped the run at 23-11. An Eagle error gave OSU set point at 24-12. The Buckeyes won the set, 25-12, with a Nick Gibson kill to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .400 for the set to -.231 for Juniata.
Tied at one in set two, a Sangrey kill and ace serve and an Overman-Tobkin block gave Ohio State a 4-1 lead. Juniata tied the set at four with a Buckeye error and kills from Alex McColgin and Vrooman. Tied at seven, two Sangrey kills made it 9-7 Buckeyes. At 11-9, a McColgin kill and a Ross Madden–John Prout block tied the set at 11. A Prout-McColgin block gave Juniata a 12-11 lead. An Eagle error tied the set at 12. The squads exchanged points to reach 18-all. Two Sangrey kills, an Eagle error and a Tobkin solo block gave Ohio State a 22-18 lead. Kills from Madden and Sangrey made it 23-19. A Madden kill cut the margin to 23-20. The Buckeyes reach set point at 24-20 with a kill from Sangrey. Ohio State, with a Mik Berzins kill, won the set, 25-20, to take a 2-0 lead in the match. OSU hit .394 for the set to .286 for Juniata.
Ohio State broke a 1-1 tie with an 8-3 run to open a 9-4 lead. An Eagle error and a Sangrey-John Tholen-Tobkin block made it 3-1. A McColgin kill made it 3-2. An Eagle error and a Sangrey-Heine-Tobkin block made it 5-3. Eagle kills from Madden and Ben Wolff and one from Kevin Heine made it 6-4. OSU took an 8-4 lead with a kill and ace serve from Tobkin. Kills from Matt Nizich and Kraft made it 8-6. After an Eagle error, kills from Vrooman and Kraft and a Vrooman-Prout-Kraft block tied the set at nine. At 10-all, kills from Berzins, Tholen and Tobkin and two from Sangrey gave Ohio State a 15-10 lead. The run continued with kills from Heine and Sangrey and a Mike Stefani ace serve for an 18-10 lead. At 20-12, a Sangrey kill made it 21-12. A Wolff-Kraft block made it 21-13. A Heine kill and an Eagle error gave OSU a 23-13 lead. A Wolff kill and an OSU error cut the lead to 23-15. Ohio State reached match point at 24-15 off a Juniata error. The Buckeyes won the set, 25-15, with an Eagle error for a 3-0 OSU victory. Ohio State hit .417 for the set to .167 for Juniata.
For the match, Ohio State hit .403 to .138 for Juniata. The Buckeyes had a 45-24 margin in kills and a 42-23 advantage in assists. OSU’s Kehoe posted a match-high 39 assists to 17 for Juniata’s Kraft. Ohio State recorded six ace serves while holding Juniata without an ace. OSU’s Kehoe recorded a match-high three in the match. The Buckeyes gave up nine service errors to seven for Juniata. Defensively, OSU had a 21-8 margin in digs with Kehoe posting a match-high seven for the Buckeyes. At the net, Ohio State had an 8.5 to eight advantage in team blocks. Kraft for Juniata and Tobkin for Ohio State shared match-high honors with a solo and four assist blocks each.
Ohio State continues play at home next week by hosting No. 14 Lewis (12-4, 3-1) Friday and No. 12 Loyola-Chicago (12-3, 5-0) Saturday in 7 p.m. matches in St. John Arena.