No. 8 Ohio State Falls, 3-1, at Ball State

2/15/2008

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Muncie, Ind. - The eighth-ranked Ohio State (7-3 overall, 5-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men's volleyball team lost a 3-1 (26-30, 30-28, 32-30, 31-29) decision at Ball State (8-6, 3-1) Friday night in Worthen Arena. OSU's Robbie Klein (Sr.-Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) posted a team-high 21.5 points in the match with 18 kills, one ace serve, one solo block and three assist blocks. Ball State's Patrick Durbin recorded a match-high 23.5 points for the Cardinals with 22 kill, an ace serve and one assist block.

From a 5-5 tie in game one, two Ball State errors and a Jason Tobkin (So.-Fr., Fairfield, Ohio) kill gave Ohio State an 8-5 lead. At 11-9, a Cardinal error opened a four-point lead at 13-9 for the Buckeyes. Ball State cut the led to one at 19-18 before Buckeye kills from Brett Versen (5th-Sr., Centerville, Ohio), Klein and Tobkin made it 22-18. At 23-19, Ball State scored four straight points to tie the game at 23. The run included a Todd Chamberlain kill, a Matt McCarthy-Chamberlain block, a Jeff Schmitz ace serve and an OSU error. A Ball State error and a McCarthy kill made it 24-24. OSU kills from Klein and Tobkin made it 26-24, OSU. Two Cardinal errors expanded the lead to 28-24. Two OSU errors cut the lead to 28-26. Ohio State reached game point with a kill from Heine. A Ball State error ended the game at 30-26 for the Buckeyes. Ohio State hit .167 for the game to .081 for the Cardinals.

Game two had seven ties to take the game to 15-all. A Ben Spurlock (Sr.-So., Stow, Ohio) kill gave Ohio State a 16-15 lead. Chamberlain tied the game at 16 with a kill. A McCarthy block and a Marcus Imwalle kill gave Ball State an 18-16 lead. At 21-20, three Durbin kills opened a 24-20 Cardinal lead. Ohio State trailed by four, when a Versen kill made it 28-25. A Buckeye error set game point for Ball State at 29-25. Ohio State stopped three game points with a Daniel Mathews (Sr., Shorewood, Wis.)-Heine block, a Mathews' ace serve and a Klein kill to close within one at 29-28. After a Ball State time out, an OSU error ended the game at 30-28 for the Cardinals tying the match at one game each. Ball State hit .350 to .243 for Ohio State.

In game three, Ball State held a six-point lead at 17-11. Ohio State responded with a Klein kill, an ace serve from Mathews, a Ball State error and a Klein solo block to trail 17-15. Trailing 20-17, two Ball State errors and a Versen solo block tied the game at 20. From 23-all, a Durbin kill and an OSU error made it 25-23 Ball State. At 28-26, errors by both teams set game point for Ball State at 29-27. Kills from Versen and John Klanac (So.-Fr., Orchard Park, N.Y.) tied the game at 29. A Buckeye error made it 30-29 with Ball State serving game point two. A Cardinal error tied the game at 30. An OSU service error made it 31-30 Ball State for the Cardinals' third game point. An Imwalle kill gave Ball State a 32-30 win in the game and a 2-1 lead in the match. Ball State hit .103 for the game to .098 for Ohio State.

With Ohio State trailing, 10-6, in game four, the Buckeyes scored the next six points to take a 12-10 lead. The run began with a Klein kill, two Ball State errors, a Klein-Ted Schoenfeldt (So., Northbrook, Ill.) block to tie the game at 10. An ace serve from Mathews and a Versen-Schoenfeldt-Klein block made it 12-10. A Chamberlain kill and an OSU error tied the game at 12. A Ball State error and a Versen-Schoenfeldt block gave OSU a 14-12 lead. Trailing, 24-22, Ball State tied the game at 24 with two kills from Durbin. The game moved to 28-all and with a Cardinal error gave Ohio State a 29-28 lead and game point. A Chamberlain kill tied the game at 29. Back-to-back ace serves from Imwalle closed out the game at 31-29, giving Ball State a 3-1 victory. The Cardinals hit .286 for the game to .235 for Ohio State.

For the match, Ball State hit .205 to .182 for Ohio State. The Cardinals had a 64-53 margin in kills while Ohio State had a 7-6 edge in ace serves. OSU's Mathews had a match-high four ace serves in the match. Ball State gave up 20 service errors to 18 for Ohio State. Defensively, The Cardinals had a 59-42 advantage in digs with Ian Peckler recording a match-high 17. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 16 to 10.5 margin in team blocks. Versen recorded a match-high six total blocks with a solo and five assists. Cardinal setter Ethan Pheister had a match-high 55 assists for the Cardinals while Mathews had 47 for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State returns home Sunday to host Juniata (4-4) at 3 p.m. Sunday in St. John Arena.

Article courtesy of Ohio State athletics.

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