Columbus, Ohio – The sixth-ranked Ohio State (9-2 overall, 3-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team completed the two-match series with Quincy (3-5, 0-2) with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-21) sweep of the Hawks. OSU’s John Klanac posted a match-high 18.5 points in the match with 15 kills (.400), one ace serve, one solo block and three assist blocks. Jason Tobkin added 10.5 points for the Buckeyes with eight kills (.375), two ace serves and one assist block. Joseph Sokol recorded a team-high 9.5 points for Quincy with eight kills (.136), one ace serve and one assist block. Joseph Ascher added eight points with six kills (.059), a solo block and two assist blocks.
Ohio State opened set one with kills from Mik Berzins and Mike Stewart and with two Quincy errors took a 4-0 lead. A Kyle Volstad kill and an OSU error cut the lead to 4-2. At 5-3, a Hawk error and a Klanac kill made it 7-3 Buckeyes. Trailing, 8-4, two OSU errors, a Sokol ace serve, a Steven Battaglia–Andrew Ouanu block and a Battaglia kill gave the Hawks a 9-8 lead. With OSU trailing, 10-9, the Buckeyes tied the set with a Klanac kill and took an 11-10 lead with a Steven Kehoe ace serve. A Buckeye error tied the set at 11. Tied at 14, a Shawn Sangrey kill and a John Tholen solo block gave OSU a 16-14 lead. The Hawks would close to within one at 18-17 before two kills from Berzins gave OSU a 20-17 lead. A Buckeye error and a Berzins-Stewart-Sangrey block made it 21-18. At 22-19, a Volstad kill and an OSU error cut the lead to one at 22-21. Kills fromTholen and Ascher moved the score to 23-22. A Hawk error gave OSU set point at 24-22. Ohio State won the set, 25-22, off a Quincy error to take a 1-0 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .345 for the set to .240 for Quincy.
A Ryan Lehmann-Ascher-Volstad block and a Lehmann ace serve opened set two for a 2-0 Quincy lead. A Stewart kill and a Buckeye error made it 3-1. OSU tied the set at three with a kill from Stewart and a Klanac-Tholen block. At five-all, three Hawk errors and a kill from Berzins gave Ohio State a 9-5 lead. Two OSU errors cut the lead to two at 9-7. Two kills from Berzins along with kills from Ascher and Lehmann made it 11-9. Kills from Ascher and Tobkin made it 12-10. Quincy trailed by one at 12-11 after an Ascher-Volstad block. The Buckeyes expanded the lead to six at 17-11 with kills from Stewart and Tobkin, two Hawk errors and a Tholen-Tobkin block. An Ascher kill stopped the run at 17-12. Another OSU run with kills from Klanac, Tholen and Tobkin, a Tobkin ace serve and a Klanac-Tholen block opened a 22-12 lead. Two Buckeye errors and a Klanac kill made it 23-14. OSU reached set point at 24-14 with a kill from Berzins. Quincy stopped the set point at 24-15 with a Lehmann kill. Ohio State won the set, 25-15, with a Stewart kill to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .481 for the set to .040 for Quincy.
In the third set, Ohio State broke a 3-3 tie with a five-point run that included kills from Tholen and Klanac, a Tobkin ace serve and two Quincy errors for an 8-3 lead. At 11-7, kills from Stewart and Klanac and a Hawk error opened a 14-7 Buckeye lead. Quincy responded with kills from Battaglia and Sokol and a Lehmann ace serve to cut the lead to 14-10. Trailing, 21-16, a 4-1 Hawk run cut the lead to two at 22-20. Quincy had kills from Battaglia and Sokol, an Ascher solo block and a Buckeye error while OSU posted a kill from Klanac. Two kills from Klanac gave Ohio State match point at 24-20. An Ascher kill stopped the match point at 24-21. The Buckeyes, with a kill from Klanac won the set, 25-21, for a 3-0 sweep in the match. Ohio State hit .429 for the set to .320 for Quincy.
Ohio State hit .417 for the match to .200 for Quincy. The Buckeyes had a 47-30 advantage in kills and a 43-29 margin in assists. OSU’s Kehoe posted a match-high 42 assists while Ouanu had 19 and Robert Courtney, 10 for the Hawks. Each squad posted four ace serves in the match with Lehmann and Tobkin sharing match-high honors with two each. The Buckeyes gave up 11 service errors to five for Quincy. Defensively, OSU had a 25-21 edge in digs with Ouanu posting a match-high seven for Quincy and OSU’s Kehoe, Berzins and Klanac sharing team-high honors with five each. At the net, the Buckeyes had 8.5 team blocks to 6.5 for the Hawks. OSU’s Tholen posted a match-high five blocks with a solo and four assists to tie his career high. Ascher and Volstad recorded a team-high three each with a solo and two assist blocks.
Ohio State continues conference play next Friday with a 7:30 p.m. ET match at 13th-ranked Ball State (5-4, 0-1)