Columbus, Ohio – The ninth-ranked (tie) Ohio State (4-2 overall) men’s volleyball team, behind a season-high 25 points from Shawn Sangrey posted a 3-1 (25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 25-18) victory at second-ranked (Div. III) Juniata (8-3) at the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center in Huntingdon, Pa. He added 23 kills (.326), one ace serve, five digs and two assist blocks. Juniata’s Alex McColgin scored a team-high 16 points with 15 kills (.294), four digs and two assist blocks.
Set one saw nine ties and five lead changes. With Ohio State leading, 13-10, an Eagle error and a Mike Stewart kill gave OSU the biggest lead of the set at 15-10. Following a Juniata time out, two OSU errors, a Ben Wolff kill and a McColgin-Chris Vrooman-Wolff block cut the lead to one at 15-14. An OSU kill from Mik Berzins and one from McColgin made it 16-15, OSU. Juniata tied the set at 16 with a kill from Wolff. A Buckeye error and a Vrooman ace serve gave the Eagles an 18-16 lead. Sangrey, with back-to-back kills, tied the set at 18. At 21-all, a Juniata error and a kill from Steven Kehoe gave OSU a 23-21 lead. The Buckeyes reached set point at 24-21 with a kill from Stewart. An OSU error stopped the set point at 24-22. The Buckeyes won the set, 25-22, with a Sangrey kill to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .341 for the set to .391 for Juniata.
OSU trailed 3-1 in set two before an Eagle error and three consecutive kills from Sangrey gave the Buckeyes a 5-3 lead. At 6-4, a Vrooman kill and an OSU error tied the set at six. At eight-all, kills from McColgin and Vrooman and a John Almquist-Ross Madden block gave Juniata an 11-8 lead. Ohio State would trail the rest of the set with Juniata reaching set point at 24-17 off a Buckeye error. An Eagle error and a John Klanac solo block stopped two set points at 24-19. Juniata, with a Vrooman kill, won the set, 25-19, to tie the match at one set each. The Eagles hit .423 for the set to .231 for OSU.
In a close third set that had four lead changes and 12 ties, OSU held a 2-1 lead before a McColgin kill tied the set at two. Two Madden ace serves gave Juniata a 4-2 lead. A Heine kill and a John Klanac-Stewart block tied the set at four. An OSU error, a Vrooman block and a McColgin kill gave Juniata an 8-5 lead. At 16-14 Eagles, a Heine kill and a Kehoe ace serve tied the set at 16. Kills from McColgin and Heine made it 17-all. A McColgin kill and an Eagle error made it 18-all. A Sangrey kill and an OSU error made it 19-19. A Buckeye error and a Sangrey kill made it 20-all. A Stewart-Kehoe block and an OSU error tied the set at 21. A Juniata error and a McColgin kill made it 22-all. A Jason Tobkin kill and one from Madden tied the set at 23. Ohio State reached set point at 24-23 with a kill from Heine. The Buckeyes won the set, 25-23, with an ace serve from Kehoe to take a 2-1 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .591 in the set to .538 for the Eagles.
Ohio State opened set four with kills from Sangrey and Klanac for a 2-0 lead. Kills from McColgin and Sangrey made it 3-1 OSU. A Vrooman kill and a Kraft ace serve tied the set at three. The set remained close and was tied at nine when two Eagle errors, a Sangrey-Stewart block, and a Sangrey kill gave Ohio State a 13-9 lead. A kill from Kraft and a Madden ace serve cut the margin to 13-11. Buckeye kills from Sangrey, Klanac and Tobkin gave OSU a 16-11 lead. With Ohio State leading, 21-18, the Buckeyes closed out the set with the next four points starting with a Sangrey-Stewart block and a Klanac kill to make it 23-18. Sangrey ended the set with a kill and his ace serve to win the set, 25-18 and secure a 3-1 victory in the match. Ohio State hit .652 for the set to .292 for Juniata.
In the match, the Buckeyes hit .410 to .414 for the Eagles. Ohio State had a 56-51margin in kills and a 52-47 advantage in assists. Almquist posted a match-high 46 assists for the Eagles with OSU’s Kehoe recording a team-high 45. The Eagles had an 8-4 advantage in ace serves with Madden recording a match-high five for Juniata. Juniata gave up 22 service errors to 12 for OSU. Defensively, Ohio State had a 29-20 margin in digs with Kehoe posting a match-high nine for the Buckeyes. Kraft recorded a team-high six for Juniata. The Eagles had an 11 to six advantage in team blocks. Juniata’s Vrooman, with a solo and four assist blocks, and OSU’s Stewart, with five assist blocks, shared match-high honors with five total blocks each.
Ohio State returns to Pennsylvania next weekend to face 13th-ranked Cal State Northridge and seventh-ranked UC Irvine in matches hosted by Penn State. OSU plays each day in the 5 p.m. ET match Friday against Cal State Northridge and Saturday against UC Irvine. Ninth-ranked Penn State will host the opposite team each night at 7:30 p.m. ET.