Columbus, Ohio – The third-ranked (tie) Ohio State (17-4 overall, 10-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, 1st place) men’s volleyball team fell, 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-18) at fifth-ranked UC Irvine (13-11) Saturday night at Crawford Court. OSU’s Shawn Sangrey and John Klanac shared team-high honors with 12 points each in the match. Sangrey recorded nine kills (.154), two ace serves and two assist blocks. Klanac collected a team-high 10 kills (.250), a solo and two assist blocks. UC Irvine’s Carson Clark recorded a match-high 17 points with 11 kills (.310), four ace serves and four assist blocks. Cory Yoder added 15 points with a match-high 14 kills (.560) and two assists.
UC Irvine opened set one with kills from Jordon DuFault and Clark. A kill from Klanac made it 2-1 Anteaters. A Dan McDonnell-DuFault-Clark block and an ace serve from DuFault gave UC Irvine a 4-1 lead. OSU trailed, 15-11, when kills from Grayson Overman and Sangrey cut the Anteater lead to 15-13. Kills from Yoder and Scott Kevorken and a Clark ace serve gave UC Irvine an 18-13 lead. A kill from Berzins made it 18-14. Kills from Yoder and DuFault and an Anthony Spittle-Kevorken block opened a 21-14 Anteater lead. OSU kills from Klanac and Sangrey made it 21-16. At 23-18, a Klanac kill cut the margin to four at 23-19. UC Irvine, with a McDonnell kill reached set point at 24-19. OSU stopped the set point with an Overman kill at 24-20. The Anteaters won the set, 25-20 with a Yoder kill to take a 1-0 lead in the match. UC Irvine hit .273 for the set to .269 for Ohio State.
Ohio State kills from Heine and Overman and a Klanac solo block gave Ohio State a 3-0 lead to open set two. At 4-1, two OSU errors made it 4-3. At, 6-5, a Buckeye error tied the set at six. A Yoder kill and a Kevorken solo block gave UC Irvine an 8-6 lead. At 10-8, a kill from Klanac and a Heine-Klanac block tied the set at 10. At 12-all, kills from Sangrey and Klanac and two Sangrey ace serves gave Ohio State a 15-13 lead. At 20-18, OSU took a three-point lead with a Sangrey kill at 21-18. The Anteaters, with three consecutive kills from Clark tied the set at 21. A DuFault-Clark-McDonnell block gave UC Irvine a 22-21 lead. Klanac, with a kill tied the set at 22. Two kills from Clark, gave the Anteaters set point at 24-22. UC Irvine won the set, 25-22, off a Buckeye error to take a 2-0 lead in the match. The Anteaters hit .364 for the set to .312 for Ohio State.
With the third set tied at one, kills from DuFault and Yoder and a McDonnell-Clark block made it 4-1 Anteaters. Leading, 5-2, a Klanac kill cut the margin to two at 5-3. UC Irvine scored the next six points to open an 11-3 lead. The run included two kills from Yoder, one by Kevorken, two ace serves from Clark and a Kevorken-Yoder block. Leading, 17-9, a Yoder kill gave the Anteaters an eight-point lead. OSU cut the lead to six with a Klanac kill, an Overman solo block and an Overman-Steven Kehoe block to make it 18-12. Leading, 23-15, UC Irvine reached match point with a McDonnell kill. Ohio State stopped three match points with a kill from Sangrey, an Anteater error and an Overman-Sangrey block to make it 24-18. UC Irvine won the set, 25-18, with a kill from McDonnell to win the match, 3-0. The Anteaters hit .429 for the set to .182 for the Buckeyes.
For the match, UC Irvine hit .356 to .262 for Ohio State. The Anteaters had a 46-35 advantage in kills and a 39-34 margin in assists. Spittle posted a match-high 34 assists for UC Irvine with OSU’s Kehoe recording 30. The Anteaters had a 6-2 advantage in ace serves with UC Irvine’s Clark posting a match-high four. The Anteaters gave up 13 service errors to eight for Ohio State. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 37-21 advantage in digs with Kehoe posting a match-high 10. At the net, UC Irvine had a 12.5 to six advantage in team blocks. McDonnell posted a match-high six assist blocks for the Anteaters.
Next week, Ohio State returns to conference play in the MIVA with 7 p.m. CT matches at 12th-ranked Loyola-Chicago (17-5, 7-1 MIVA, 2nd place) Friday and at 11th-ranked Lewis (15-9, 3-4 MIVA, 4th place) Saturday.