March 23, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s volleyball team fell 3-1 (25-21, 14-25, 25-23, 25-21) at Quincy Friday night in a MIVA match. The Buckeyes dropped to 13-8 overall and 3-3 in the conference with the loss.

Redshirt junior John Tholen led Ohio State with 14 kills and added five blocks (1s, 4a). Senior Shawn Sangrey totaled 10 kills, while seniors Mik Berzins and Anthony Hock had seven kills on the night. Berzins finished with 11 digs to lead the Buckeyes.

Ryan Lehmann had a match-high 19 kills, while Joe Sokol had a double-double on 13 kills and 15 digs for Quincy (17-8, 1-6 MIVA). Steven Battaglia had a match-best 11 blocks (2s, 9a) and Andrew Ouano had 42 assists.

The two squads battled back and forth in the first set, exchanging points up to 10-10. Ohio State moved ahead for a 12-10 lead, but Quincy fired back with a four-point rally to tie the set at 18 all. Quincy closed out the set on a 7-3 run for a 25-21 win.

Tied at 4-4 in set two, four-straight Quincy attack errors and a kill by Grayson Overman led to a 9-4 lead for the Buckeyes. Another four-point OSU run pushed the Buckeyes ahead at 13-5, but Quincy came within four on a run of its own at 14-10. More Quincy attack errors put Ohio State up at 18-10 and the Buckeyes went on to win 25-14.

The two squads exchanged four-point runs to start set three before Quincy used a 6-3 run for a 10-7 lead. The Hawks held on to their advantage throughout the middle part of the set. Ohio State came within two at 18-16 and locked the score at 23-23 with a 5-1 run. A kill by Lehmann gave the Hawks set point and the home squad took the set on a Battaglia/Sokol block, 25-23.

The fourth set kicked off with a 7-2 run by Ohio State highlighted by kills from Sangrey and Overman. The Hawks inched back into the set and took a lead at 13-11. The Buckeyes tied the set up at 14 apiece and the two squads exchanged points back and forth until, at 18-18, Quincy put together a run and went on to win the match, 25-21.

Ohio State and Quincy return to the court Saturday night for another 7 p.m. ET match at Pepsi Arena.