Feb. 9, 2013

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 9 Ohio State men’s volleyball team earned a 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 26-24) win over No. 7 Penn State Saturday night in University Park, Pa. The win moved the Buckeyes to 8-2 on the season, while the Nittany Lions fell to 9-2 overall.

The Ohio State defense finished with 10.0 blocks on the night highlighted by a season-high seven (1s, 6a) from senior Grayson Overman. Classmate Chen Levitan totaled four, while redshirt sophomore Peter Heinen had three.

Redshirt sophomore Andrew Lutz led the Buckeyes with 13 kills and added eight digs in the win. Levitan finished with nine kills and Overman totaled six. Heinen had a team-best 36 assists and sophomore libero Brennan Anderson totaled eight digs.

A pair of Nittany Lions had double-digit kills as Aaron Russell totaled 16 and Tom Comfort had 13. Setter Taylor Hammond finished with 39 assists and libero Connor curry had a match-high 12 digs.

Down a point early in the first, a Nittany Lion error followed by a Levitan kill led to a 5-4 Buckeye lead. A three-point Buckeye run set the score 9-7, but Penn State responded to tie the set at nine. Locked at 14, the Nittany Lions pushed ahead for a 16-14 lead to force an Ohio State timeout. The Buckeyes regrouped and put together a 4-0 run to take a 21-19 advantage and back-to-back blocks gave Ohio State a 25-22 win.

Penn State took a 6-4 lead before the Buckeyes tallied a pair of three-point runs to take a 10-8 advantage. The Nittany Lions battled back with a 6-0 rally for a 15-11 lead, but Ohio State capitalized on five-straight Penn State attack errors to go ahead, 16-15. A kill and service ace by Michael Henchy triggered a six-point run for a 23-19 lead and the squad went into intermission with a 25-20 win.

The team’s exchanged multiple two-point runs before a 3-1 Nittany Lion rally led to a 13-10 Penn State lead. Kills by Lutz and Overman followed by a Levitan/Overman block tied the set at 14 and three-straight Penn State errors resulted in a 17-15 Buckeye lead. Ohio State held on to its slim margin when a Levitan kill gave the squad set point at 24-22. Nittany Lions did not back down and tied the set at 24 apiece. A Penn State error pushed the Buckeyes to their second set point and a Levitan ace sealed the 26-24 victory.

Ohio State returns to St. John Arena for a pair of MIVA matches, beginning with a 7 p.m. ET match vs. IPFW Feb. 15. The Buckeyes then take on Ball State Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. ET. Admission for both matches is free.