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Feb. 7, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Pete Hanson, Ohio State men’s volleyball head coach, picked up the 600th win of his career as the Buckeyes swept Lindenwood University 25-20, 25-22, 25-15. Hanson boasts an overall record of 600-323 at OSU, including an 8-2 mark thus far in 2015. Additional milestones will be reached with the next Buckeye victory, resulting in the 1,000th overall win in program history and the 500th inside St. John Arena.

Saturday night’s triumph was not only the eighth this season, but also moved Ohio State to 4-0 in MIVA play. The Buckeye offense ran smoothly on the strength of 31 assists from Christy Blough, averaging nearly 13 kills a set. Ohio State’s .465 attacking efficiency (38-5-71) is the second-highest on the year and best since Jan. 3 (.494 vs. McKendree).

The Buckeyes put forth a solid defensive effort as well, limiting the Lions to a .195 hitting percentage (34-17-87). Ohio State posted 25 digs and five blocks. Shawn Herron got in on all five rejections, responsible for three block assists and a pair of solo swats. Gabriel Domecus sported the libero jersey for the second consecutive contest and paced the team in digs once again with a half dozen against Lindenwood.

Michael Henchy and Nicolas Szerszen scorched the court with a combined dozen kills on 16 errorless swings in the opening set. The precision proved contagious as OSU swung .577 (16-1-26) as a team and did not commit an attacking error until the 25th attempt of the night. Henchy’s sixth put-away of the set capped it off, 25-20, in favor of the Scarlet & Gray.

Set number two was a much tighter affair. From the moment Lindenwood led 5-4 until the Lions stretched it to 19-17, neither squad owned an advantage of more than one point. Ohio State burned a timeout trailing by two and responded to the break in action by grabbing eight of the next 11 points to complete the comeback 25-22.

Following intermission, Ohio State put it on the Lions and led the entire way after jumping out to a 4-0 edge. The Buckeyes continued to stretch out their lead throughout, extending it to a set-high on the final 25-15 ledger.

St. John Arena reopens its doors Wednesday, Feb. 11 for a rare Big Ten battle when the Penn State Nittany Lions roll into town for a 7 p.m. ET tilt.