COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th-ranked Ohio State (14-7 overall) men’s volleyball squad completed an east coast trip with a 3-1 (30-27, 26-30, 30-26, 30-26) victory at George Mason (5-12) Monday evening. OSU’s Shawn Sangrey posted a match-high 23 points with 23 kills. John Klanac added 21 points with 20 kills and a solo block. George Mason’s Piotr Dabrowski and Michael Kvidahl shared team-high honors with 12.5 points each. Kvidahl recorded 11 kills and three assist blocks while Dabrowski had seven kills, a solo block and nine assist blocks.
Ohio State opened game one with a Jason Tobkin kill, a GMU error, a Sangrey kill and a Tobkin ace serve for a 4-0 lead. Trailing, 15-13, a Buckeye error and a Brandon Joyner-Dabrowski block tied the game at 15. At 18-all, a George Mason error and a Klanac kill gave Ohio State a 20-18 lead. At 21-19, an OSU error and a Joyner-Lance Rogers block tied the game at 21. Ohio State scored the next five points to take a 26-21 lead. The run began with a Sangrey kill and a Patriot error as George Mason called time out. Kills from Steve Kehoe and Ted Schoenfeldt and an Anthony Hock ace serve made it 26-21. A Joyner kill and errors by both teams made it 27-23. An OSU error and a Norton kill forced a Buckeye time out at 28-25. The Buckeyes took a 28-25 lead with a Tobkin-Schoenfeldt block. Errors by both teams made it game point a 29-27. Dabrowski, with a kill, stopped the game point at 29-27. Ohio State closed out the game, 30-27, with a kill from Klanac to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead. Ohio State hit .464 in the game to .320 for George Mason.
The Buckeyes opened game two with a Tobkin-Grayson Overman block and a Klanac kill for a 2-0 lead. Kills from Dabrowski and Sangrey made it 3-1. Two Kvidahl kills tied the game at three. Tied at nine, a Norton kill, an OSU error and a Norton-Dabrowski block gave George Mason a 12-9 lead. The Patriots held a 17-14 lead when a GMU error and kills from Tobkin and Sangrey tied the game at 17. Tied at 19, a Kvidahl-Norton-Dabrowski block and an OSU error made it 21-19, GMU. Kills from Sangrey and Kvidahl and a Buckeye error made it 23-20 Patriots. Ohio State cut the lead to one at 23-22 with a Schoenfeldt kill and a Patriot error. At 24-23, a GMU error tied the game at 24. Two Buckeye errors gave George Mason a 26-24 lead. At 28-26, an Eric Lucas kill gave the Patriots game point at 29-26. George Mason won the game, 30-26, with a Norton-Dabrowski block to tie the match at one game each. The Patriots hit .270 for the game to .100 for Ohio State.
With game three tied at one, two OSU errors and a Lucas kill gave George Mason a 4-1 lead. Two kills from Klanac and an OSU error made it 5-3 GMU. Kills from Klanac and Sangrey tied the game at five. A Buckeye error and a Joyner block returned the lead to George Mason at 7-5. At 11-8, two kills from Schoenfeldt and a GMU error tied the game at 11. The Patriots took a 14-11 lead with kills from Norton and Kvidahl and a Dabrowski block. The Buckeyes responded with a five-point run to take a 16-14 lead. The run began with kills from Sangrey and Tobkin and two GMU errors. A Sangrey kill completed the run at 16-14. Trailing, 17-15, two OSU errors tied the match at 17. Tied at 19, a Klanac kill and a Kehoe-John Tholen block gave OSU a 21-19 lead. At 27-23, a Buckeye error and a Norton kill cut the OSU lead to two at 27-25. Kills from Klanac and Sangrey gave Ohio State game point at 29-25. A Kvidahl kill stopped the game point at 29-26. Ohio State won the game, 30-26, with a Klanac kill to take a 2-1 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .267 for the game to .062 for George Mason.
George Mason began game four with an Andrew Dentler kill for a 1-0 lead. A Schoenfeldt kill tied the game at one. Two Tobkin ace serves and a Sangrey kill gave Ohio State a 4-1 lead. At 11-8, kills from Klanac and Schoenfeldt and an ace serve from Tobkin gave the Buckeyes a 14-8 lead. Trailing,19-13, George Mason scored five consecutive points to cut the lead to one at 19-18. The run included a Rogers-Joyner block, a Javier Perez ace serve, a Dentler kill, a Joyner-Dabrowski block and a second Perez ace. At 21-20, a GMU error and a Klanac solo block made it 23-20, Ohio State. At 28-25, a Dentler kill cut the lead to two at 28-26. A Sangrey kill gave Ohio State match point at 29-26. The Buckeyes won the game, 30-26, with a Schoenfeldt kill to win the match, 3-1. Ohio State hit .286 for the game to .121 for GMU.
For the match, Ohio State hit .262 to .189 for George Mason. The Buckeyes had a 68-46 advantage in kills and a 67-43 margin in assists. OSU’s Kehoe posted a match-high 60 assists with GMU’s Joyner recording 36. The Buckeyes had a 5-2 edge in ace serves with Tobkin posting a match-high four for OSU. The Buckeyes gave up 28 service errors to 18 for George Mason. Defensively, Ohio State had a 48-33 advantage in digs with OSU’s Mik Berzins recording a match-high 17. At the net, George Mason enjoyed a 15.5 to six advantage in team blocks. GMU’s Dabrowski posted a match-high 10 blocks with a solo and nine assists.
Ohio State is off for 10 days before returning to action with conference matches at Quincy at 7 p.m. Friday, April 2 and 2 p.m. Saturday April 3.