April 2, 2000
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Fifth-ranked Ohio State (18-3 overall, 10-1 Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) used a balanced attack led by Chris Fash (Jr., Lockport, Ill.) with 15 kills and a .443 team hitting percentage to defeat Quincy (15-9, 5-7) in three games. The 15-6, 15-3, 15-11 win had three other Buckeyes in double-figure kills. They included Pieter Olree (So., Reading, Pa.) with 14, Colin McMillan (Sr., Burlington, Wis.) with 12 and Rene Esteves (Sr., San Juan, Puerto Rico) with 10. Hawk Rob Steinkuehler (Jr., St. Louis, Mo.) had a match-high 25 kills for Quincy with Fernando Barretto (Fr., Maringa, Brazil) adding eight.
Ohio State tied the game at two on a block by Esteves and took a 3-2 lead on a block by Fash. OSU then scored four consecutive points on a kill by Fash, two ace serves by Olree and a Quincy attack error to take a 7-2 lead. The Hawks closed to 7-5 on a kill by Steinkuehler and two OSU errors but kills by Olree and Angel Aja (Sr., Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) and a block by Esteves and Jose Rivera (Sr., Waukegan, Ill.) made the score 10-5. A Hawk hitting error and a block by Esteves and Rivera put OSU up 12-5. A Quincy hitting error made it 13-5 before an ace serve by Barretto closed the gap to 13-6. OSU’s McMillan scored a kill to set game point at 14-6 and a Hawk error ended the game at 15-6. Ohio State hit .452 for the game to .083 for Quincy. Steinkuehler for the Hawks had eight kills in the game while Esteves, Fash and McMillan recorded four kills each. With game two tied at two, OSU scored the next eight points to go ahead 10-2. Quincy made it 10-3 but could not stop the Buckeyes as a block by Esteves and Olree set game point at 14-3. The Hawks stopped two game points on kills by Steinkuehler and James Milkert (Jr., Elmhurst, Ill.) but a Hawk attack error returned the serve to OSU for game point three. A ball handling error by Quincy ended the game at 15-3. Ohio State hit .533 for the game to .054 for Quincy. Steinkuehler had a team-high six kills in the game for Quincy while Rivera, Fash and Olree recorded five kills each for the Buckeyes.
Quincy had a 2-0 lead in game three on a kill by Steinkuehler and an OSU error. OSU scored the next four points on two attack errors, a block by Esteves and Rivera and a kill by McMillan. Quincy, on a block and a kill by Daniel Runha (So., Sao Paulo, Brazil) tied the game at four. OSU went ahead 6-4 on a block by Esteves and Rivera and a Fash ace serve. An OSU attack error cut the Buckeye lead to 6-5. A block and a kill by Olree gave OSU a 8-5 lead. Quincy cut the lead to one (8-7) with a block by Barretto and Stefan Sjostrom (So. Hestra, Sweden). A kill by Milkert tied the game at eight. After 13 sideouts, a McMillan kill and a block by Fash, Olree and McMillan put Ohio State ahead 10-8. After a Quincy timeout, a Hawk attack error gave OSU an 11-8 lead. Quincy closed to 11-10 on an OSU ball handling error and a kill by Barretto. A block by Esteves and Rivera and a kill by Fash expanded the Ohio State lead to 13-10. After a Quincy timeout, a Steinkuehler kill sided out to the Hawks and a Paul Johnson (So. Lake Villa, Ill.) kill cut the lead to 13-11. A Quincy serve error sided out to the Buckeyes and a Hawk attack error set game/match point at 14-11. OSU won the game at 15-11 on a Rivera kill ending the match. Ohio State hit .378 for the game to .286 for Quincy. Steinkuehler had 11 kills in the game for the Hawks while OSU’s McMillan had seven and Fash and Olree six each.
For the match Ohio State hit .443 to .156 for Quincy. OSU had a 63-51 advantage in kills and an 11.5 to four margin in blocks. OSU’s Esteves had a match-high seven blocks with one solo and six assists. The Buckeyes had a 33-20 advantage in digs with libero Tom Trantow collecting a match-high nine. The Buckeyes had a 3-2 margin in ace serves with Olree scoring a match-high two. OSU’s Aja had 50 assists in the match to 42 for Milkert of the Hawks.
Ohio State continues its month-long homestand next week with matches against Loyola-Chicago Friday and Ball State Saturday. Both matches will be played in St. John Arena at 7 p.m.