No. 8/10 Buckeyes Take 3-1 Win Over Grand Canyon
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 8/10 Ohio State men's volleyball team earned a series sweep of MIVA rival Grand Canyon with a 3-1 (25-16, 22-25, 25-19, 25-18) win Friday night in St. John Arena. Senior opposite Shawn Sangrey tallied his second double-double of the week, recording 20 kills and 11 digs along with six blocks in the win.
The win moved Ohio State to 18-8 on the season with an 8-3 record in the conference. Grand Canyon moved to 15-14 overall and 5-5 in the MIVA.
Senior Mik Berzins added 13 kills with eight digs and three assists, while Michael Henchy totaled 10 kills and had nine digs for the Buckeyes. Setter Peter Heinen had a match-high 49 assists with eight digs and three blocks. Junior middle blocker Grayson Overman finished with six block assists for Ohio State.
Jordon Tarantino had 18 kills for the Antelopes, while Ben Ponnet had 10 kills and 11 digs. Ryan Mather finished with 13 kills and four blocks. Libero Trent Bruns picked up 10 digs and setter Keith Smith notched 43 assists.
A pair of three-point Buckeye runs led to a 9-6 lead to start set one and a kill by Sangrey led to 5-1 Ohio State run for a 16-8 advantage. Another Buckeye rally gave the home squad a nine-point lead at 21-12 and another kill by Sangrey gave Ohio State a 25-16 win.
GCU bounced back in set two and grabbed a quick 4-1 lead before Ohio State locked the score at five apiece. Back-to-back Buckeye kills put OSU up by two at 9-7 and a four-point run gave the Buckeyes a 14-9 lead. The `Lopes used a trio of two-point runs to tie the set at 18 and another 2-0 rally put GCU up 21-20. Grand Canyon closed out the set for a 25-22 win.
Kill by Sangrey and Henchy and a Shawn Herron service ace led to a 4-3 Buckeye lead to start set three. The two squads battled back and forth for the lead throughout the middle of the set until, tied at 15-15, a kill by Anthony Hock led to a three-point Buckeye run for an 18-15 advantage. A Herron kill triggered another Ohio State rally to lead to a 25-19 win.
A Henchy/Overman block gave the Buckeyes a 4-3 advantage in set four and back-to-back kills by Sangrey set the score at 9-6. A kill by Berzins led to a 12-7 Ohio State lead and the Buckeyes pushed their lead to six at 16-10. Two-straight GCU attack errors gave OSU set point and a Henchy service ace solidified the 25-18 win.
The Buckeyes close out their home schedule, April 13, with a 7 p.m. ET match vs. MIVA opponent IPFW in St. John Arena. Ohio State will honor its seniors that night and admission is free.