Columbus, Ohio – The ninth-ranked Ohio State (20-6 overall) men’s volleyball team, playing a third match in as many days, fell, 3-1 (25-21, 18-25, 25-19, 25-9) to 10th-ranked Penn State (21-5) in Rec Hall Sunday afternoon. The Nittany Lions earn a split of the home and away two-match series with the Buckeyes with OSU’s 3-0 win earlier this season. OSU’s Shawn Sangrey recorded a team-high 16 points with 15 kills (.296) and two assist blocks. John Klanac added 10.5 point for the Buckeyes with 10 kills (.261) and one assist block. Penn State’s Tom Comfort produced a match-high 18 points with 14 kills (.357), two ace serves, a solo block and two assist blocks. Joe Sunder added 14.5 points with 11 kills (.273), three ace serves and one assist block.
Tied at one in set one, a Sangrey kill gave OSU a 2-1 lead. At 4-3, a kill from Klanac made it 5-3. Penn State, with a Comfort kill and an OSU error tied the set at six. Two Sunder ace serves gave PSU an 8-6 lead. Trailing, 20-17, a PSU error and a Klanac kill cut the lead to one at 20-19. A Comfort kill made it 21-19. A PSU error and a Comfort kill made it 22-20. An Edgardo Goas ace serve and a Buckeye kill from Grayson Overman made it 23-21. Penn State reached set point at 24-21 with a kill from Comfort. The Nittany Lions won the set, 25-21, with a Comfort kill to take a 1-0 lead in the match. The Nittany Lions hit .407 for the set to .238 for Ohio State.
An OSU kill from Kevin Heine and a PSU error gave the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead in set two. An OSU error made it 2-1. At 4-3, kills from Overman, Heine and Sangrey and a Jason Tobkin-Heine-Steven Kehoe block opened an 8-3 Buckeye lead. Ohio State never trailed in the set reaching set point at 24-17 with a kill by Klanac. An OSU error stopped the set point at 24-18. The Buckeyes, with a Steven Kehoe kill, won the set, 25-18, to tie the match at one set each. Ohio State hit .385 for the set to -.036 for Penn State.
The third set saw a Sangrey kill gave Ohio State a 1-0 lead. An OSU error tied the set at one. Tied at four, kills from Klanac and Tobkin gave the Buckeyes a 6-4 lead. An OSU error and an Alan Mars solo block tied the set at six. At 10-all, a Buckeye error and an ace serve from Nick Turko gave Penn State a 12-10 lead. Leading, 16-14, two Penn State kills from Comfort and his ace serve opened a 19-14 lead. The Nittany Lions reached set point at 24-18 with a Goas ace serve. A PSU error stopped the set point at 24-19. A kill by Mars won the set, 25-19, to give Penn State a 2-1 lead in the match. PSU hit .500 for the set to .350 for Ohio State.
A Sangrey kill opened the fourth set for a 1-0 Ohio State lead. Kills from Comfort and Turko gave Penn State a 2-1 lead. Klanac tied the set with a kill at two. A Turko kill and an OSU error made it 4-2 Penn State. Kills from Klanac and Goas made it 5-3. Penn State would score the next eight points to open a 13-3 lead. The Nittany Lions expanded the lead to hold a 22-9 margin when they scored the final three points of the set off an OSU error, a Turko ace serve and a Sunder kill to win the set, 25-9, winning the match, 3-1. Penn State hit .714 for the set to .000 for Ohio State.
Penn State hit .337 for the match to .242 for Ohio State. The Nittany Lions had a 44-41 margin in kills and a 41-35 advantage in assists. Goas recorded a match-high 36 assists for Penn State with OSU’s Kehoe collecting 31. PSU had an 11-1 edge in ace serves with Turko and Sunder sharing match-high honors with three each. Penn State gave up 18 service errors to 17 for Ohio State. Defensively, each squad recorded 25 digs. Sharing match-high honors with seven digs each were OSU’s Sangrey and Tobkin and PSU’s Jace Olsen and Dennis Del Valle. At the net, the Nittany Lions had a 9.5 to eight advantage in team blocks. Mars produced a match-high five total blocks for Penn State with three solos and two assist blocks.
Ohio State will close out the regular season schedule with road contests with George Mason at 7 p.m. Saturday and St. Francis at 5 p.m. Sunday.