Feb. 28, 2015

Final Stats


PHOENIX, Ariz. – It took 16 matches before it happened, but the No. 11 Ohio State University men’s volleyball team finally played in a fifth set Saturday night (Feb. 28). Ohio State took the fourth frame at Grand Canyon, 25-21, to force a fifth before ultimately falling 15-12 in the finale. The Buckeyes drop to 12-4 overall and 6-2 in MIVA action while the Antelopes jump to 8-7, 3-5 MIVA.

Driss Guessous, a Preseason All-American, returned to the lineup and delivered 10 kills on 17 swings and five blocks (1s, 4a). Fellow middle, Shawn Herron, chipped in 11 kills and five stuffs (1s, 5a). Miles Johnson and Michael Henchy led the way from the outside, combining for 32.5 points on 29 kills, two aces and two blocks (1s, 1 a).

Making his fifth start of the season, Matt Pohlman made an immediate impact. The Arizona native playing in his home state teamed up with Guessous for a rejection on the very first point of the night. Ohio State took off and ran with the 1-0 edge, never trailing en route to a 25-19 triumph.

Set number two was much different, bearing witness to 17 tied scores and five lead changes. The latest lead exchange came at 19-18 in favor of the Antelopes. Several points later Grand Canyon put an end to it with its sixth block of the set, sealing the deal at 25-23.

GCU kept it rolling after intermission, blazing the court with a .476 hitting percentage in the third frame. Just as Ohio State lead the entire way in set number one, the Antelopes did the same in the third (25-21).

Ohio State counterpunched with a .450 attacking efficiency in the fourth, powered by a 6-0-9 (.667) hitting effort from Johnson. The Buckeyes added three tallies in the blocking game as Guessous got in on three block assists, combining with Pohlman twice and Blough on the other. An Antelope service error opened the door late in the period, allowing OSU to burst through and string together five straight points. The Buckeyes went from down 18-14 to on top 19-18. Grand Canyon managed to snap the streak and even the score at 19-all, but the Buckeyes snagged six of the next eight to win the fourth 25-21.

The Buckeyes surged to a 4-1 advantage to begin the fifth and final set. Ohio State remained on top as the teams swapped sides of the net at 8-6. The new view didn’t fare well for OSU, dropping the first three points after exchanging sides and finding itself behind 9-8. Ohio State bounced back though, lurching ahead 11-10 moments later. Unfortunately the hot streak was short-lived and GCU went on a four-point run to ignite a 15-12 clincher.

The Scarlet & Gray stay on the road next weekend, playing a lone match at George Mason on Saturday (Feb. 7) at 7 p.m. ET.