Columbus, Ohio – The ninth-ranked Ohio State (4-2 overall) men’s volleyball team earned a 3-2 upset of seventh-ranked UC Irvine (5-6) Saturday night in Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State University. Buckeye Shawn Sangrey posted a match and season-high 26.5 points with a season-high 25 kills (.409), one ace serve and one assist block. Teammate John Klanac added a season-high 24.0 points with a season-high 21 kills (.439), one ace serve, one solo block and two assist blocks. UC Irvine’s Carson Clark recorded a team-high 24.5 points with 23 kills (.250), a solo block and one assist block. Cory Yoder added 22 points with 20 kills (.356) and two ace serves.
“Sangrey and Klanac were very good for us.” noted head coach Pete Hanson. “When we made the switch to Anthony Hock for Jason Tobkin, he changed the whole team chemistry and gave the group a big lift. This was a very nice team win.” Hock came off the bench to produce six kills, six digs, two ace serves and one assist block.
The first set of the match saw 12 ties and seven lead changes. At 16-all, a Grayson Overman kill and a UC Irvine error gave Ohio State an 18-16 lead. With a 20-18 lead, Anteater Kevin Carroll cut the lead to one with a kill at 20-19. Kills from Sangrey and Clark made it 21-20. The score moved to 22-21 with kills from Klanac and Yoder. Kills from Sangrey and Klanac made it 24-21 with the Buckeyes serving set point. Clark, with a kill, stopped the set point at 24-22. Sangrey’s seventh kill of the set gave OSU a 25-22 set win and a 1-0 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .600 for the set to .310 for UC Irvine.
Two OSU errors and one from UC Irvine opened set two to give the Anteaters a 2-1 lead. At 4-3, an OSU error and a Jordan DuFault kill gave UC Irvine a 6-3 lead. An Overman kill, an Anteater error and a Klanac ace serve tied the set at six. OSU took a 7-6 lead with a Tobkin-Overman block. Kills from DuFault and Yoder and a Scott Kevorken ace serve gave UC Irvine a 9-7 lead. Leading, 11-9, two OSU errors and a Yoder kill opened a 14-9 UC Irvine lead. The Buckeyes cut into the lead and at 19-17, a Heine-Tobkin block and a kill from Sangrey tied the set at 19. At 20-all, kills from Yoder and Kevorken gave the Anteaters a 22-20 lead. Kills from Sangrey and Yoder made it 23-21. OSU cut the margin to one at 23-22 with a kill from Klanac. A Buckeye error gave UC Irvine set point at 24-22. An Anteater error stopped the set point at 24-23. UC Irvine won the set at 25-23 with a Clark kill to tie the match at one set each. The Anteaters hit .290 for the set to .259 for Ohio State.
Tied at two in set three, an OSU error and a Yoder ace serve gave UC Irvine a 4-2 lead. At 7-5, two OSU errors, a Clark-Carroll block and a DuFault ace serve gave UC Irvine an 11-5 lead. OSU responded with a kill from Sangrey, an Anteater error and a Hock ace serve to force a UC Irvine time out at 11-8. Back-to-back kills from Sangrey cut the lead to one at 11-10. At 13-12, OSU tied the set at 13 with a kill from Overman. After several ties, the score was 16-all. Kills from Sangrey and Hock gave Ohio State an 18-16 lead. Kills from Yoder and Sangrey made it 19-17. Clark and Sangrey kills made it 20-18. Errors by both squads made it 21-19. Ohio State opened a 23-19 lead with kills from Hock and Sangrey as UC Irvine called time out. A kill from Clark made it 23-20. The Buckeyes reached set point at 24-20 with a kill from Klanac. Clark’s kill stopped the set point at 24-21. OSU won the set, 25-21, with Sangrey’s 10th kill of the set to take a 2-1 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .500 for the set to .276 for UC Irvine.
UC Irvine opened set four with a 2-0 lead off an OSU error and an Anthony Spittle-Kevorken block. A Heine kill and a Klanac-Overman block tied the set at two. OSU held a 3-2 lead off an Anteater error but a Kevorken kill tied the set at three. After several ties, the set was 7-7. An OSU error and two kills from Clark gave UC Irvine a 10-7 lead. The Anteaters held the lead the rest of the set reaching set point with a Clark kill at 24-19. An Anteater error stopped the set point at 24-20. UC Irvine won the set, 25-20, with a kill from Carroll to tie the match at two sets each. The Anteaters hit .353 for the set to .206 for Ohio State.
The fifth set opened with a Sangrey kill for a 1-0 OSU lead. Kevorken, with a kill, tied the set at one. Kills from Klanac and Sangrey and an Anteater error gave Ohio State a 4-1 lead as UC Irvine called time out. An OSU error and a Carroll-DuFault block cut the lead to 4-3. Kills from Klanac and Yoder made it 5-4. Clark’s solo block tied the set at five. Kills from Overman and Carroll made it six-all. Ohio State took an 8-6 lead with kills from Heine and Sangrey. A Clark kill made it 8-7. A Heine-Hock-Sangrey block and a Klanac kill forced a UC Irvine time out at 10-7. Another Klanac kill expanded the lead to four at 11-7. An OSU error made it 11-8. The Buckeyes scored the next three points of the set off an Anteater error and kills from Hock and Klanac to reach match point at 14-8. Ohio State, with a solo block from Klanac, won the set, 15-8, to secure the 3-2 victory. The Buckeyes hit .450 for the set to .000 for UC Irvine.
For the match, Ohio State hit .390 to .270 for UC Irvine. The Buckeyes had a 72-59 kill advantage and a 71-57 margin in assists. Steven Kehoe posted a match and season-high 61 assists with Spittle recording 53 for the Anteaters. UC Irvine had a 5-4 edge in ace serves. Yoder and Hock tied for match-high honors with two each. The Buckeyes gave up 18 service errors to 11 for the Anteaters. Defensively, OSU had a 51-41 margin in digs with Kehoe posting a match-high 18 (ties career high) and John Caroompas recording 13 for the Anteaters. At the net, Ohio State had 8.5 team blocks to four for UC Irvine. OSU’s Overman posted a match-high five assist blocks.
Ohio State returns home to host eighth-ranked Penn State at 7 p.m. Wednesday in St. John Arena and return to Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association play with 7 p.m. home matches against Quincy Thursday and Friday.