COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 8 Ohio State men's volleyball team traveled to MIVA opponent No. 7 Lewis and dropped a 3-1 (15-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-18) match to the Flyers in Romeoville, Ill., Thursday night. The loss dropped the Buckeyes to 11-5 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
The senior duo of Shawn Sangrey and Mik Berzins combined for 27 kills on the night with Sangrey tallying a team-best 15 and Berzins finishing with 12. Sangrey totaled a match-high eight digs, while Berzins added six. Junior Grayson Overman had six kills and four block assists and redshirt freshman Peter Heinen had 38 assists.
Jay Petty led all attackers with 23 kills and added six block assists for Lewis (11-3, 3-1 MIVA). Matt Gillick had six block assists, while Greg Petty and Eric Varney had a team-best seven digs. Setter BJ Boldog finished with a match-best 44 assists.
Tied at 5-5 in the first set, the Buckeyes put together a four-point run for a 9-5 lead. Up two at 11-9, Ohio State pushed another major run highlighted by a Sangrey service ace and a pair of John Tholen kills to set the score 16-9. The lead was too much for the Flyers as kills by Overman and Sangrey solidified the 25-15 win.
Kills by Berzins and Sangrey led to a 5-2 Buckeye lead in set two, but the Flyers came back and grabbed their first lead of the set at 11-9. A kill by Heinen and a service ace from Anthony Hock locked the score at 14 apiece. Petty tallied back-to-back kills for Lewis to give the home squad a 23-18 lead and the Flyers held on for a 25-21 win.
Lewis opened the third set on a 4-1 run and never looked back. Ohio State cut the lead to two at 8-6 on a Sangrey kill and a Hock/Overman block, but the Flyers pushed another major run for a 14-7 advantage. Lewis went up by as much as 10 at 21-11 before consecutive kills by Berzins began a slight Buckeye comeback. An Overman kill and Flyer attack error set the score at 23-17, but the home squad pushed through to take the 25-18 win.
The Flyers started the fourth set just as the third and took off on a 4-1 run. A kill by Sangrey and a block by Overman/Hock locked the scored at four apiece, but Lewis went on a six-point rally for a 10-4 advantage. An Overman kill and Sangrey ace brought the Buckeyes within three at 16-13 and a kill by Heinen set the score at 19-15. The Flyers utilized their home court advantage and closed out the match with a 25-18 win.
The Buckeyes continue its road swing in the Windy City, playing at No. 14 Loyola-Chicago in an 8 p.m. ET match Saturday.