March 2, 2012

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 9/8 Ohio State men’s volleyball team pulled off a five-set thriller with a 3-2 (23-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-14, 15-11) win over Saint Francis in Loretto, Pa., Friday night. Senior opposite Shawn Sangrey set a career high, notching a match-best 33 kills in the win.

Sangrey also added two digs and four block assists in the win. Senior outside hitter Mik Berzins totaled 14 kills and had a match-high 11 digs for Ohio State. Redshirt sophomore Jonathan Newton led the Buckeyes with five block assists, while junior Grayson Overman had eight kills and four blocks (2s, 2a). Redshirt freshman Peter Heinen led the field with a career-best 61 assists.

Alex Kane and Logan Patterson led Saint Francis (8-9) with 15 and 12 kills, respectively. Kane added seven blocks (1s, 6a), while Adam Roche and Mark Kochan each had a match-high nine blocks. Patterson and Nicholas Bancroft both had seven digs in the match.

The Buckeyes (13-5) opened the first set with a 5-2 lead and a kill by Sangrey and Berzins pushed Ohio State to a 9-5 advantage. OSU held on to its leads up to 17-14 when SFU pushed a three-point rally to lock the score at 17 apiece. Another 3-0 run gave the Red Flash a 20-18 lead, but the Buckeyes responded with two points to tie it up at 20. The squads battled back and forth until, facing set point, SFU solidified a 25-23 win on a Kochan/Patterson block.

A three-point run in set two led to a 6-4 Ohio State lead and kills by Berzins and Newton forced a Saint Francis timeout at 9-5. The Red Flash came within a point at 15-14, but the Buckeyes pushed ahead for an 18-14 lead. A kill by Sangrey and a block by Overman/Anthony Hock led to a 21-17 OSU advantage and a kill by Berzins gave the Buckeyes a 25-21 victory.

Three-straight Buckeye attack errors gave the home team a 6-4 advantage in the third stanza and the Red Flashed opened up a 4-1 run for a 10-7 lead to force an OSU timeout. The Buckeyes utilized a 3-1 run to tie the score at 18, but Saint Francis went on a major run and closed out the set with a 25-21 win.

The fourth stanza had Ohio State take a quick 11-4 lead and a service ace by Mike Stefani led to a 13-5 advantage. A Red Flash rally cut the Buckeyes lead to five at 16-11, but a SFU service error led to a 6-0 OSU run for 24-13 lead. Another SFU service error gave Ohio State a 25-14 win to force a deciding fifth set.

A Buckeye service error and a Red Flash block gave the home squad a 4-2 lead early in the final set. Down two at 6-4, a kill by Berzins led to a Buckeye run for a 7-6 lead. Back-to-back kills by Sangrey pushed Ohio State to a 12-10 advantage and the Buckeyes pulled off the come-from-behind win with a 15-11 victory.

Ohio State continues its road weekend in Pennsylvania, traveling to No. 6/4 Penn State Saturday. First serve is set for 7 p.m. ET in Rec Hall.