Columbus, Ohio – The sixth-ranked Ohio State (10-2 overall, 4-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team won a 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 28-26) win at Ball State (6-5, 1-2) Friday evening in the John E. Worthen Arena. It was OSU’s 10th consecutive win. Buckeye Shawn Sangrey collected a match-high 20 points with 15 kills (.211), four ace serves and two assist blocks. John Klanac had 11.5 points with 11 kills (.292) and one assist block with Mik Berzins adding 11 points with seven kills (.091), one ace serve, a solo block and four assist blocks. Ball State’s Larry Wrather recorded a team-high 13.5 points with 11 kills (.350), one ace serve, one solo block and one assist block. Dominic Spadavecchio added 7.5 points with six kills (.267) and three assist blocks.
Tied at one in the first set, a Spadavecchio kill and a J.D. Gasparovic-Spadavecchio block opened a 3-1 Ball State lead. A Cardinal error and a Kehoe-Grayson Overman block tied the set at three. At six-all, an Overman kill and a Berzins-Kevin Heine block gave OSU an 8-6 lead. Leading, 9-7, Ball State cut the lead to one with a Graham McIlvaine–Anders Nelson–Marcus Imwalle block. Buckeye kills from Heine and Sangrey and two Cardinal errors gave Ohio State a 13-8 lead. At 15-10, a Sangrey kill and his ace serve expanded the lead to seven at 17-10. A Spadavecchio kill made it 17-11. An Overman kill, an Overman-Berzins block and a BSU error gave OSU a 20-11 lead. Trailing, 23-14, a Nelson kill and an OSU error cut the lead to 23-16. The Buckeyes reached set point with a Heine kill at 24-16. Ohio State, with a Berzins ace serve, won the set, 25-16, to give OSU a 1-0 lead. The Buckeyes hit .115 for the set to -.036 for the Cardinals.
Set two saw 10 ties as the score reached 10-all. Back-to-back ace serves from Sangrey gave OSU a 14-12 lead. At 16-14, a Berzins-Heine block and a Steven Kehoe kill gave the Buckeyes an 18-14 lead. Trailing, 19-15, a Spadavecchio kill and a Gasparovic solo block cut the OSU margin to two at 19-17. At 21-19, a Klanac kill made the lead three at 22-19. An OSU error made it 22-20. Kills from Sangrey and Berzins gave Ohio State set point at 24-20. Ball State stopped the set point at 24-21 with a kill from Wrather. The Buckeyes won the set, 25-21, with a kill from Berzins to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .333 for the set to .261 for Ball State.
With the third set tied at six, a Gasparovic-McIlvaine block, a Jamion Hartley kill and a Buckeye error gave Ball State a 9-6 lead. At 11-8, the Cardinals expanded the lead with a kill and solo block by Wrather to give Ball State a 13-8 lead. BSU expanded the lead to six at 16-10 with a Wrather kill. Ohio State scored the next four points off a Cardinal error, a Sangrey ace serve and kill and a solo block from Berzins to cut the margin to 16-14 Ball State. BSU kills from Spadavecchio and Gasparovic made the lead 19-15. At 20-16, two Cardinal errors cut the lead to two at 20-18. Trailing, 22-20, OSU kills from Klanac and Sangrey tied the set at 22. Kills from Wrather and Klanac made it 23-all. Ball State, with a Nelson kill, reached set point at 24-23. A Cardinal error tied the set at 24. A Spadavecchio kill gave Ball State a second set point at 25-24. OSU stopped the set point at 25-all with a kill from Berzins. A BSU error gave OSU a 26-25 lead and set point. A Buckeye error stopped the set point to tie the set at 26. A Sangrey kill gave the Buckeyes a second set point at 27-26. Ohio State won the set, 28-26, off a Cardinal error to win the match, 3-0. OSU hit .214 in the set to .212 for Ball State.
Ohio State hit .224 for the match to .143 for Ball State. The Buckeyes had a 41-32 advantage in kills and a 39-31 margin in assists. OSU’s Kehoe posted a match-high 36 assists to 30 for BSU’s McIlvaine. Ohio State had a 7-1 advantage in ace serves with OSU’s Sangrey tying his career-high of four. Defensively, the Buckeyes edged the Cardinals, 28-27, in digs. Sangrey posted a match-high nine digs for Ohio State with Wrather recording seven for Ball State. At the net, the Cardinals had a 13.5 to 12 margin in team blocks. Ball State’s Gasparovic and Ohio State’s Overman each posted a match-high six total blocks with one solo and five assist blocks.
Ohio State returns to St. John Arena next week to begin a five-match home stand over the next three weeks. The Buckeyes host IPFW at 7 p.m. Friday and Juniata at 4 p.m. Sunday.