COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th-ranked Ohio State (15-7 overall, 7-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball squad returned to conference action with a 3-0 (30-17, 30-18, 30-26) victory at Quincy (13-13, 2-7) Friday night. John Klanac posted a match-high 16 points against the Hawks with a match-high 15 kills and two assist blocks. Shawn Sangrey added 14 points with eight kills, three ace serves, two solo blocks and two assist blocks. Quincy’s Peter Coley recorded a team-high 12.5 points with nine kills, two ace serves, a solo block and one assist block.
With game one tied at one, a Kevin Heine-Klanac block, a Sangrey solo block and a Quincy error gave Ohio State a 4-1 lead. The Hawks closed to within two at 8-6 before a nine-point Buckeye run gave Ohio State a 17-6 lead. The run began with kills from Jason Tobkin, Sangrey and Heine and a Ted Schoenfeldt ace serve. The run continued with kills from Tobkin and Sangrey and a trio of blocks. The first two were from Heine and Steven Kehoe, the third by Kehoe, Heine and Tobkin. The Buckeyes held the lead reaching game point at 29-14 on a Kehoe ace serve. Two OSU errors and a Rob Courtney kill stopped three game points. Ohio State won the game, 30-17, off a Hawk error to take a 1-0 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .321 for the game to -.105 for the Hawks.
Quincy opened game two 1-0 off an OSU error. Two Heine kills, one by Klanac, a Klanac-Heine block and a Hawk error opened a 5-1 Buckeye lead. At 15-11, a Hawk error, two Sangrey ace serves and a kill by Klanac made it19-11. The Buckeyes maintained the lead, reaching game point at 29-17 with an ace serve from Sangrey. An OSU error stopped a game point at 29-18. Ohio State won the game, 30-18, with a Schoenfeldt kill to take a 2-0 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .684 for the game to -.111 for Quincy.
Trailing 4-3 in game three, Quincy used a Coley ace serve and a Kyle Volstad-Levi Chavez block to take a 5-4 lead in the game. A Klanac kill tied the game at five. An OSU error and a Chavez ace serve made it 7-5 Hawks. Two Quincy errors tied the game at seven. Tied at eight, a Heine kill, a Sangrey-Heine block and a Kehoe ace serve gave OSU an 11-8 lead. At 22-19, a Buckeye error, a Coley-James Wizniak block cut the Ohio State lead to one at 22-21. A Klanac kill, a Hawk error and a Schoenfeldt kill took the lead to 25-21 for Ohio State. A Heine kill set match point for the Buckeyes at 29-26. Tobkin, with a solo block, won the game, 30-26, for the Buckeyes for a 3-0 sweep of Quincy. The Buckeyes hit .000 for the game to -.161 for the Hawks.
For the match, Ohio State hit .278 while Quincy hit -.126. The Buckeyes had a 39-16 margin in kills and a 35-13 advantage in assists. OSU’s Kehoe posted a match-high 35 assists with Rob Courtney recording a team-high seven for Quincy. The Buckeyes had a 6-4 edge in ace serves with OSU’s Sangrey recording a match-high three. The Buckeyes gave up 20 service errors to 17 for the Hawks. Defensively, OSU had a 35-19 margin in digs with Kehoe posting a match-high11 for the Buckeyes. At the net, Ohio State had a 12.5 to seven advantage in team blocks. Heine recorded a match-high seven assist blocks for OSU.
Ohio State and Quincy return to the court in Pepsi Arena at 2 p.m. Saturday for the second match of the series.