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March 17, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 11 Ohio State University men’s volleyball program tallied its 15th victory of 2015, besting the Princeton Tigers (8-6) in quick fashion. The Buckeyes (15-5) swept past PU 25-20, 25-21, 25-21 in just 79 minutes.

Ohio State averaged 3.33 team blocks per set, suffocating the Tigers to a .184 match attacking percentage which included a pair of sub-.100 individual set efficiencies. Dustan Neary hosted the block party, racking up six stuffs in the final two sets. Five additional Buckeyes got in on a pair rejections to aid the cause.

Offensively, Miles Johnson and Michael Henchy each contributed 10 kills with Johnson pouring on two more points from the service line. Junior transfer Marco Grasso handled the setting duties for Ohio State, making his first career start as a Buckeye. The Brazil native totaled 26 assists and five digs running the show.

The Buckeyes found themselves in an 18-14 deficit in the opening set. A Princeton service error then opened the flood gates and Ohio State ripped off the next nine consecutive points as part of a set-ending 11-2 run resulting in a 25-20 triumph.

Princeton got it going a bit in the second stanza, swinging .407 (15-4-27) for the frame. Seven service errors doomed the Tigers in the end, however. Johnson did quite the opposite, rifling an ace from the service stripe to close out a 25-21 winner.

The block party really got going after two sets when Ohio State threw up a half dozen blocks in the third frame. Neary was a part of five, posting four block assists and a solo swat. A 3-0 OSU lead to start was never relinquished and the Buckeyes finished the deed, 25-21. Ohio State committed just two attacking errors, registering a .348 hitting efficiency.

The Scarlet & Gray take a trip to Pennsylvania this weekend for road contests at Saint Francis (March 20) and Penn State (March 21). Both matches are slated for 7 p.m. first serves.