COLUMBUS, Ohio - - The Ball State men's volleyball team suffered a 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-17) setback to No. 8 Ohio State Friday evening in Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association play at St. John Arena.
The Cardinals fall to 7-5 (1-3 MIVA) with the loss, while the defending national champion Buckeyes improve to 10-4 (2-0 MIVA).
Junior outside attacker Larry Wrather (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forrest) led the Cardinals with 10 kills, while redshirt junior opposite attacker Jamion Hartley (North Chicago, Ill./North Chicago) added eight. Wrather also paced the Ball State defense with six digs.
Overall, the Buckeyes limited the BSU offense to a .112 (29-19-89) rate of success, while connecting for a .318 (40-13-85) mark. OSU also held a 31-23 edge in digs, an 11-6 advantage in blocks and a 7-3 lead in aces.
Shawn Sangrey led the Ohio State attack with 13 kills, while Anthony Hock, Grayson Overman and John Tholen added seven each. Hock also collected a team-high six digs, while Overman scored a match-best six total blocks.
The Cardinals scored two of the first three points in the opening set, before a 3-1 run from the Buckeyes pushed the score to 4-3. BSU tied the score at 6-6, but a 6-1 OSU run gave the hosts control. Ohio State went on to win the game 25-15 on a block by Mik Berzins and Overman.
Ball State looked poised to even the match, leading 18-12 in the second set after an ace from Hartley. Unfortunately, OSU rattled off seven of the next eight points to tie the score at 19. With the score tied at 22, a Berzins kill, an Overman solo block and a Mike Stefani ace ended the set in favor of the hosts at 25-22.
Owens scored a kill to give BSU the first point of the third set, but the Buckeyes followed with the next three points and never looked back. Ohio State went on to win the game 25-17 on an ace from Hock.
The Ball State men's volleyball team returns to action Saturday, when it hosts IPFW in a 7:30 p.m. first serve at Worthen Arena.