COLUMBUS, Ohio – In front of a handful of alumni, the No. 10 Ohio State men’s volleyball overpowered MIVA rival No. 6/7 Lewis, 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-22), Saturday night in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes tallied 46 team kills to Lewis’ 29 and totaled 12 team blocks on the night.
Senior opposite Shawn Sangrey led all attackers with 17 kills and added six digs and two service aces. Freshman Michael Henchy totaled 12 kills with six digs and two blocks (1s, 1a), while senior Mik Berzins had nine kills for Ohio State (16-8, 6-3).
Junior middle blocker Grayson Overman led the match with seven blocks (1s, 6a) and added four kills. Redshirt freshman Peter Heinen directed the Buckeye offense with 41 assists, while having six digs and five block assists. Libero Michael Piechowski tied a career-high with 11 digs in the match.
The Flyers (19-6, 5-3) were led by Aaron Flick, who had eight kills and five blocks (1s, 4a) on the night. Geoff Powell added seven kills, while Jay Petty led Lewis with 10 digs. Setter BJ Boldog totaled 25 assists and seven digs.
Three-straight Buckeye kills led the home squad to an early 6-2 lead in set one, but the Flyers battled back to lock the score at 6-6. The teams exchanged points until, 12-11 Lewis, Ohio State put together an eight-point run for a 19-12 advantage. The Buckeyes captured the set with a 25-19 win.
The two squads battled back and forth to start set two until a kill by Overman triggered a 6-0 Buckeye rally for a 15-10 lead. Kills by Sangrey and Berzins pushed the Buckeyes ahead at 19-12 and a block by Heinen/Overman sealed the 25-18 victory.
The Flyers opened the third and final set on a 4-1 run, but the Buckeyes came back to tie the set at nine apiece with a kill and then block by Henchy. The squads exchanged points throughout the middle part of the set until Lewis was able to break away on a three-point run for a 19-17 lead. Ohio State responded when a Sangrey kill led to a four-point rally and a 22-20 lead. A kill by John Tholen gave the Buckeyes set point and a kill by Sangrey set the score 25-22.
The Buckeyes continue their homestand with a pair of MIVA matches vs. Grand Canyon, April 5-6, in St. John Arena. Both matches are set for 7 p.m. ET and admission is free.