Columbus, Ohio – The 10th-ranked Ohio State (3-2 overall, 1-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball team opened the MIVA season with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-16) win at IPFW (3-2, 0-1). Buckeye Shawn Sangrey posted a match-high 22 points in the match with 17 kills (.571), three ace serves and four assist blocks. John Klanac added 13 points with 11 kills (.368), one ace serve and two assist blocks. OSU’s Mik Berzins collected 11.5 points with 10 kills (.368), and three assist blocks. IPFW’s Darryl Shank posted a team-high 10.5 points with 10 kills (.192) and one assist block. Elon Fyfield added seven points with five kills (.045), one ace serve and two assist blocks.
With the first set tied at two, a Sangrey kill, blocks from Grayson Overman-Steven Kehoe and Overman-Klanac and an Overman kill gave Ohio State a 6-2 lead. The Buckeyes held the lead at 14-9 when kills from Klanac and Steven Kehoe and a Klanac ace serve opened a 17-9 lead. After an OSU error, the Buckeyes scored the next five points to lead 22-10. The run included two kills from Berzins, a Kehoe-Kevin Heine block, a Mastodon error and a Heine-Berzins block. OSU reached set point at 24-13 with a kill from Berzins. IPFW stopped two set points with kills from Phil Peterson and Shank to cut the margin to 24-15. A Berzins kill ended the set at 25-15 to give Ohio State a 1-0 lead in the match. OSU hit .517 for the set to .100 for the Mastodons.
Set two opened with an IPFW error and an Overman-Sangrey block for a 2-0 Buckeye lead. Trailing, 3-1, the Mastodons used a Buckeye error and a Rob Samp kill to tie the set at three. Kills from Overman and Shank made it four-all. A Fyfield-Samp block gave IPFW a 5-4 lead. A Sangrey kill made it five-all. Tied at eight, OSU took a 9-8 lead with a kill from Sangrey. Fyfield tied the set at nine with a kill. A Klanac kill started an eight-point Buckeye run. A Kehoe-Overman block, a kill from Berzins, three ace serves from Sangrey, a Sangrey kill and a Mastodon took the lead to 17-10. At 23-16, an IPFW error gave Ohio State set point. An Adam Quinn-Samp block, two OSU errors and a Shank-Samp block stopped four set points to cut the lead to 24-20. The Buckeyes, with a Sangrey kill, won the set, 25-20, to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .360 in the set to .211 for the Mastodons.
A Buckeye error and kills from Ivan Matos and Peterson gave IPFW a 3-0 lead. OSU responded with four consecutive points with kills from Heine, Sangrey and Klanac and an IPFW error to take a 4-3 lead. A Matos kill tied the set at four. A Klanac kill and a Mastodon error gave Ohio State a 6-4 lead. At 11-9, OSU, a Sangrey kill and a Sangrey-Overman-Klanac block took the lead to 13-9. At 14-10, a Shank kill cut the margin to three. A Mastodon error and a Klanac kill made it 16-11. A Shank kill, a Samp block and a Fyfield-Samp block cut the margin to two at 16-14. After an OSU time out, OSU scored the next five points to open a 21-14 lead. The run included kills from Sangrey and Berzins, two IPFW errors and a Berzins-Heine block. A Samp kill stopped the run at 21-15. A kill from Berzins and a Heine-Sangrey block made it 23-15. A Sangrey kill gave OSU match point at 24-15. An OSU error stopped the match point at 24-16. The Buckeyes, with a Heine kill, won the set, 25-16, to sweep the match, 3-0. Ohio State hit .375 for the set to .062 for the Mastodons.
The Buckeyes hit .419 for the match to .111 for IPFW. OSU had a 46-27 advantage in kills and a 45-24 margin in assists. OSU’s Kehoe posted a match-high 42 assists with IPFW’s Dan Mader recording 14 and Quinn 10. Ohio State had a 4-2 edge in ace serves with OSU’s Sangrey posting a match-high three. The Buckeyes gave up 11 service errors to four for the Mastodons. Defensively, OSU had a 34-21 advantage in digs with Buckeye Anthony Hock recording a match-high 11. IPFW’s Shaun Dryden recorded a team-high four for IPFW. At the net, Ohio State enjoyed a 12.5 to six advantage in team blocks. OSU’s Heine collected a match-high seven assist blocks while IPFW’s Samp had a team-high five total blocks with a solo and four assist blocks.
Ohio State continues on the road next Saturday at 7 p.m. at Juniata (5-1).