Ohio State broke a one-all tie in set one with kills from Klanac, Kevin Heine and Sangrey for a 4-1 lead. A 6-2 run with a Sangrey kill and five Mastodons error opened a 10-5 Buckeye lead. At 11-6, an OSU error cut the lead to four. Buckeyes kills from Klanac and Jason Tobkin, a Tobkin-Heine block and a Steven Kehoe ace serve made it 15-7 OSU. A Buckeye error made it 15-8. Kills from Sangrey and Klanac and a Tobkin ace serve gave Ohio State an 18-8 lead. Kills from IPFW's Phil Peterson and OSU's Klanac and Grayson Overman and errors by both teams made it 20-10. A Mastodon error, a Sangrey ace serve and a Kehoe-Overman-Klanac block gave Ohio State a 23-10 lead. A Buckeye error, a Rob Samp-Eddie Rivera Marin block cut the margin to 23-12. OSU reached set point at 24-12 with a kill from Klanac. IPFW stopped the set point at 24-13 with a kill from Samp. The Buckeyes, with a Sangrey kill, won the set, 25-13, to lead the match, 1-0. Ohio State hit .632 for the set to .000 for IPFW.
A Heine kill and an IPFW error started set two at 2-0 Ohio State. At 4-3 Buckeyes, a Tobkin kill, a Heine-Tobkin block and two kills from Heine gave Ohio State an 8-3 lead. At 12-7, a kill from Peterson, an OSU error and a Rivera Marin-Frain block cut the Buckeye lead to two at 12-10. At 13-11, a kill from Overman, a Mastodon error and a Klanac ace serve gave OSU a 16-11 lead. At 18-13, IPFW kills from Samp and Shank cut the lead to three at 18-15. An IPFW error and kills from Heine and Klanac made it 21-15 OSU. Two Buckeye errors made it 21-17. A Sangrey kill and a Mastodon error made the lead six at 23-17. A Frain kill, an OSU error and a Shank ace serve cut the margin to three at 23-20. A Mastodon error gave OSU set point at 24-20. Shank stopped the set point with a kill at 24-21. Ohio State won the set, 25-21 with a Klanac kill to take a 2-0 lead in the match. OSU hit .172 for the set to .161 for IPFW.
In a close third set, OSU opened with a Heine-Sangrey block. A Shank kill tied the set at one. A Tobkin kill and an IPFW error made it 3-1 OSU. Two Buckeye errors tied the set at three. Tied at nine, a Rivera Marin-Frain block gave IPFW a 10-9 lead. OSU tied the set at 10 with a Sangrey kill. Kills from Shank and Samp gave the Mastodons a 12-10 lead. At 15-13, a Rivera Marin ace serve made the lead three at 16-13. OSU tied the set at 16 with a Sangrey kill, a Kehoe-Overman-Tobkin block and an IPFW error. Tied at 17, a Frain solo block, an Adam Quinn ace serve and a Shank-Frain block gave the Mastodons a 20-17 lead. A Heine kill and two IPFW errors tied the set at 20. A Shank kill gave IPFW a 21-20 lead. A Mastodon error and kills from Sangrey and Klanac gave Ohio State a 23-21 lead. IPFW tied the set at 23 with a Peterson kill and a Peterson-Samp block. Heine, with a kill, gave OSU match point at 24-23. The Buckeyes won the set, 25-23 with a kill from Sangrey to win the match, 3-0. Ohio State hit .125 for the set to .083 for the Mastodons.
For the set, Ohio State hit .250 to .091 for IPFW. The Buckeyes had a 38-28 margin in kills and a 37-26 advantage in assists. OSU's Kehoe posted a match-high 34 assists with IPFW's Quinn recording 20. The Buckeyes had a six-three edge in ace serves with Klanac posting a match-high two. The Mastodons gave up 10 service errors to nine for OSU. The Buckeyes collected 31 digs to 27 for the Mastodons. OSU's Kehoe posted a match-high 11. At the net, IPFW had a 10.5 to six margin in team blocks. Shank with five assist blocks and Frain with a solo and four assist blocks shared match-high honors with five total blocks each.
Ohio State will next host Juniata at 4 p.m. Sunday in St. John Arena.
Pete Hanson, Ohio State head coach
On IFWP's comeback
"We weren't focused. IPFW played for their lives, they played really hard. They were all over the floor and our guys were going through the motions. You've got to crush those guys when you've got them down."
On the team's performance
"We served good, only committed nine errors, and had six aces. Our offense and blocking was in and out - you can't have that when you're playing a really good team. We have to get better."
On the last game
"A win is a win. We need to get better."