Columbus, Ohio – The ninth-ranked Ohio State (22-6 overall) men’s volleyball team defeated St. Francis (Pa.) (10-18), 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-23) Sunday afternoon in DeGol Arena. OSU’s Shawn Sangrey recorded a match-high 15.5 points with 13 kills (.524), two ace serves and one assist block. Buckeye John Klanac added 13.5 points with 12 kills (.381), a solo block and one assist block. Markus Schulze posted a team-high 8.5 points for St. Francis with eight kills (.462) and one assist block. Eric Syty added 6.5 points for the Red Flash with four kills (.100), one ace serve and three assist blocks.
With set one tied at one, a Red Flash error and kills from Sangrey and Grayson Overman gave Ohio State a 4-1 lead. At 7-4, an Adam Roche block and a Colin Sherwin ace serve cut the OSU lead to one at 7-6. Buckeye kills from Jason Tobkin and Kevin Heine followed by a Heine-Sangrey block and a Klanac-Heine block opened an 11-6 Ohio State lead. The Buckeyes held the lead at 23-18 when a Tobkin kill gave OSU set point at 24-18. A Seth Katich kill stopped the set point at 24-19. Ohio State, with a kill from Heine, won the set, 25-19, to take a 1-0 lead in the match. For the set, Ohio State hit .696 to .400 for St. Francis.
Kills from Overman and Klanac and two Sangrey ace serves broke a 2-2 tie in set two to give Ohio State a 6-2 lead. A Sherwin kill and a Red Flash error made it 7-3. At 9-5, OSU scored the next five points to take a 14-5 lead. The run included kills from Tobkin, Heine and Klanac and two ace serves from Steven Kehoe. OSU held the lead at 21-10 when an OSU error made it 21-11. A Sangrey kill and a Heine-Tobkin block gave the Buckeyes a 23-11 lead. A Buckeye error made it 23-12. Ohio State reached set point at 24-12 with a kill by Heine. An OSU error stopped the set point at 24-13. Klanac, with a kill, won the set, 25-13, to give Ohio State a 2-0 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .667 for the set to -.077 for St. Francis.
Set three was a battle that saw 11 ties and six lead changes. A Heine kill gave OSU a 1-0 lead. Kills from Schulze and Alex Kane and a Syty-Kane block gave St. Francis a 3-1 lead. Trailing, 9-7 kills from Heine and Sangrey allowed Ohio State to tie the set at nine. At 13-all, a kill by Kane and an OSU error gave the Red Flash at 15-13 lead. OSU cut the lead to one at 15-14 with a Heine kill. A Lucas Behringer kill and an OSU error made it 17-14 St. Francis. The Buckeyes responded with four consecutive kills from Sangrey to take an 18-17 lead. St. Francis trailed, 19-18 when two Syty kills and a Buckeye error gave the Red Flash a 21-19 lead. OSU kills from Sangrey and Klanac tied the set at 21. Back-to-back assist blocks from Kehoe and Overman opened a 23-21 Ohio State lead. St. Francis responded with a kill from Kane and a Michael DeLyser ace serve to tie the set at 23. Klanac, with a kill, gave Ohio State match point at 24-23. The Buckeyes won the set, 25-23, with a Sangrey kill to win the match, 3-0. Ohio State hit .367 for the set to .259 for St. Francis.
Ohio State hit .544 for the match to .246 for St. Francis. The Buckeyes had a 46-27 advantage in kills and a 38-25 margin in assists. OSU’s Kehoe posted a match-high 38 assists with Ryan Williams recording 25 for the Red Flash. Each team recorded four ace serves with OSU’s Kehoe and Sangrey sharing match-high honors with two each. The Buckeyes gave up 15 service errors to 11 for St. Francis. Defensively, OSU had a 23-11 advantage in digs. Sharing match-high honors for Ohio State were Tobkin and Mik Berzins with six each. At the net, Ohio State had a 6-5 edge in team blocks. OSU’s Heine and Kane for the Red Flash shared match-high honors with three assist blocks each.
The Buckeyes, by winning the regular season Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championship, have a bye in the MIVA tournament quarterfinals and will host a semifinal match at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 27. OSU will host the winner of Friday’s quarterfinal contest between fourth seed and 15th-ranked Lewis (19-10) and fifth seed IPFW (16-11). That match will be played at Lewis.