March 24, 2012

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After dropping the series opener Friday, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team rebounded with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-22) win at Quincy in a MIVA match Saturday night. The Buckeyes improved to 14-8 overall and 4-3 in the conference with the win.

Senior opposite Shawn Sangrey led all attackers with 16 kills on the night and tallied a .407 attack percentage. Redshirt freshman Shawn Herron had the best performance of his career in the win, tabbing a career-high 11 kills and a .714 attack percentage. He added four block assists to lead the squad.

Senior Mik Berzins added seven kills, while John Tholen and Michael Henchy each finished with five for Ohio State. Sophomore libero Michael Piechowski totaled a career-high 11 digs to lead the Buckeyes defensively. Setter Peter Heinen paced the Ohio State offensive with 42 assists.

Joe Sokol and John Pranger each had 10 kills to lead the Quincy Hawks (17-9, 1-7 MIVA). Steven Battaglia had a match-high five blocks and setter Andrew Ouano had 33 assists.

After the teams exchanged points to start the match, Quincy put together a three-point rally for an 8-6 lead. Ohio State responded with a 5-0 run to take an 11-8 lead and force a Hawk timeout. The Buckeyes rattled off another run with the help of a two Quincy attack errors for a 14-9 advantage, but the home squad fought back to come within one at 19-18. Ohio State held on for the 25-23 win to take the set.

After being doing 3-0 to start set two, Ohio State put together an eight-point run highlighted by a pair of kills from Herron and Henchy to take an 8-3 lead. The Hawks came within three at 11-8, but another Buckeye run set the score 15-10 in favor of the visitors. Quincy continued to fight and cut the lead to one at 20-19, but a Sangrey service ace and a Henchy kill led to a 25-21 win.

The third and final set was back and forth from the beginning, with neither team having larger than a three-point advantage throughout the set. After exchanging points, the Buckeyes rattled off a couple consecutive points to put them up 10-7 with a kill from Herron and a Quincy attack error. The seesaw battle continued and Quincy went on a three-point run of their own after two Buckeye attack errors and a blocking error put the Hawks up 16-14. The visitors used momentum from an earlier run to score on back to back kills from Berzins and Sangrey to go up 23-20. Again the teams exchanged points until Sangrey hammered home the winner to cap off 25-22 set win and a 3-0 match victory.

Ohio State returns home for a pair of MIVA matches next weekend. The Buckeyes host Loyola-Chicago in a 7:05 p.m. ET match, March 30. The contest will be televised on BTN. OSU then hosts Lewis in a 7 p.m. ET match, March 31. Both matches are in St. John Arena and admission is free.