Columbus, Ohio – The ninth-ranked Ohio State (5-2 overall) men’s volleyball team earned a 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-16) victory over 13th-ranked Cal State Northridge (2-8) Friday in a match played in Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State University. OSU’s Shawn Sangrey posted a match-high 17 points with a match-high 15 kills (.476), one ace serve and two assist blocks. John Klanac added 12.5 points with 12 kills (.450) and one assist blocks and Jason Tobkin recorded 10 points with seven kills (.462), one ace serve and four assist blocks. Matador Tanner Nua collected a team-high 10.5 points with nine kills (.400), one ace serve and one assist block. Matt Stork added seven points with six kills (.000) and two assist blocks.
Tied at one in the first set, Ohio State scored the next eight points to open a 9-1 lead. The run began with kills from Sangrey, Grayson Overman and Steven Kehoe and two Northridge errors to face a Matador time out at 6-1. The run continued with kills from Kehoe and Overman and an Overman-John Klanac block. Leading, 20-12, a Kehoe-Kevin Heine-Tobkin block and a Heine kill took the lead to 10 at 22-12. Two OSU errors and one by the Matadors made it 23-14. The Buckeyes earned set point at 24-12 with a kill from Tobkin. A Heine kill won the set, 25-12, to give Ohio State a 1-0 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .652 while holding Northridge to -.125.
A Northridge error and a Tobkin kill broke a 4-4 tie in set two putting the Buckeyes ahead, 6-4. At 9-7, OSU, a Buckeye error and a Tanner-Greg Faulkner block tied the set at nine. The Matadors took a 10-9 lead off an OSU error. Heine, with a kill, tied the set at ten. A Matador error gave the Buckeyes a 14-13 lead. Kills from Klanac, Tobkin and Sangrey made it 17-13 OSU. The run continued with a Heine-Kehoe-Tobkin block and an Anthony Hock service error to expand the lead to 19-13. A Buckeye error stopped the scoring run and a Nua kill cut the lead to four at 19-15. At 21-17, a Matador error and an Overman-Sangrey block took the lead to six at 23-17. An OSU error made it 23-18. The Buckeyes reached set point at 24-18 with a Klanac kill. Northridge stopped the set point at 24-19 with a Faulkner kill. Ohio State, with a Klanac kill, won the set, 25-19, to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .320 for the set to .240 for the Matadors.
A Klanac kill broke a 1-1 tie in set three and with an ace serve from Sangrey and a second Klanac kill opened a 3-1 Buckeye lead. OSU expanded the lead to 7-3 with kills from Kehoe and Sangrey. At 8-4, two Heine kills and a Matador error took the lead to seven at 11-4. From 13-7, the Buckeyes expanded the lead with two Klanac kills, a Sangrey-Overman block and a Northridge error to open the lead to ten. A kill from Stork and an OSU error made it 17-9. A Sangrey kill made it 18-9. Back-to-back kills from Nua and a Stork-Faulkner block cut the margin to six at 18-12. At 19-13, kills from Kehoe and Sangrey expanded the lead to eight at 21-13. Kills from Nua and Tobkin moved the score to 22-14. A Heine-Tobkin block and a Buckeye error made it 23-15. Ohio State reached match point with a Sangrey kill at 24-15. Drew Staker, with a kill, stopped the match point at 24-16. The Buckeyes won the set, 25-16, with a kill from Klanac to sweep the match, 3-0. Ohio State hit .387 for the set to .148 for the Matadors.
For the match, the Buckeyes hit .443 to .118 for Northridge. OSU had a 49-23 advantage in kills and a 44-21 margin in assists. OSU’s Kehoe posted a match-high 39 assists with Jeff Baxter recording 21 for the Matadors. The Buckeyes had a 3-1 edge in ace serves in the contest and gave up 11 service errors to eight for Northridge. Defensively, OSU had a 28-14 advantage in digs. Tobkin recorded a match-high seven digs for the Buckeyes with Mik Berzins adding six. At the net, Ohio State had an 8.5 to seven margin in team blocks. OSU’s Overman and Tobkin shared match-high honors in the contest with four assist blocks each.
Ohio State continues play at Penn State with a 5 p.m. Saturday match against UC Irvine (5-6).