Feb. 4, 2012

Box Score

Box Score

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The ninth-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team swept Mount Olive, 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 26-24), Saturday evening in the Penn State Invitational at Rec Hall. The Buckeyes improve to 8-4 on the season while Mount Olive falls to 2-6.

Nick Gibson recorded a match-high 14 kills while Shawn Herron and Anthony Hock added eight apiece. John Tholen led the Buckeyes with six blocks and Peter Heinen tallied a team-high 23 assists.

Alex Vazquez led the Trojans with 13 kills while Jack Tuddy tallied six blocks. Jackson Metichechhia recorded a match-high 24 assists.

The two teams went back and forth in the first set until a setting error gave the Buckeyes a 15-14 advantage. With the lead, Ohio State then turned up the pressure and went on a 10-2 run to close the set behind kills from Herron, Gibson and Tholen.

The Buckeyes entered the second set on a 6-2 rally behind two kills from Herron. Mount Olive was able to narrow the deficit to 14-12 but Ohio State went on another run, this time an 11-5 rally, behind two kills apiece from Gibson and Michael Henchy.

The two teams exchanged points for much of the third set until the Buckeyes took a 20-18 lead after another Gibson kill and extended the lead to 24-21 for match point. However, the Trojans blocked three consecutive Buckeye attacks to tie the set at 24 apiece. Tholen then responded with his seventh kill of the match to hand Ohio State the lead before a Mount Olive attack error gave the Buckeyes the 26-24 third set victory.

The Buckeyes are back in action at 7 p.m. Friday at IPFW.