No. 8 Ohio State Sweeps Lewis


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Columbus, Ohio - COLUMBUS, Ohio - The eighth-ranked Ohio State (5-1 overall, 4-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men's volleyball team defeated Lewis (3-4, 0-2), 3-0 (32-30, 30-25, 30-27) Friday evening in St. John Arena behind a career-high 24.5 points from Brett Versen (5th-Sr., Centerville, Ohio). Versen tied his career-high of 20 kills in the match, adding three ace serve, a solo block and an assist block. Flyer Jared Dayton had a team-high 12.5 points for Lewis with nine kills, an ace serve, a solo block and three assist blocks.

With Lewis trailing, 6-5, in game one, the Flyers scored nine consecutive points to take a 14-6 lead. The run began with a Dayton kill and a Drew Pickering ace serve to take a 7-6 lead. Two OSU errors, another Pickering ace and a block by Mike Iandolo and Billy Sahagian made it 11-6. The run continued with two Sahagian kills and an OSU error to make the lead, 14-6. OSU trailed, 20-13, before two Lewis errors, a Versen kill and a Daniel Mathews (Sr., Shorewood, Wis.) and Ben Spurlock (Sr.-So., Stow, Ohio) block cut the margin to 20-17. At 28-25 Flyers, a kill from Jason Tobkin (So.-Fr., Fairfield, Ohio) and a Spurlock-Daniels block cut the lead to one at 28-27. A Flyer error tied the game at 28. Sahagian, with a kill, made it 29-28 with the Flyers serving game point. Robbie Klein (Sr.-Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) stopped the game point with a kill to tie the score at 29. Ohio State took a 30-29 lead with a Mathews-Kevin Heine (So.-Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) block and were serving game point. Service errors by both teams moved the score to 31-30, OSU. The Buckeyes closed out the game with a Tobkin kill to win the game, 32-30. Ohio State hit .103 for the game to .000 for Lewis.

A Tobkin kill and three Lewis errors gave Ohio State a 4-0 lead in game two. The Flyers closed to within one at 10-9 and 22-21 in the game. A Tobkin kill and a Flyer error made it 24-21. A David Kelnhofer kill made it 24-22. A Spurlock kill and a Flyer error made it 26-22. Kills from Sahagian and Klein made it 27-23. Another Sahagian kill cut the lead to three at 27-24. Buckeye kills from Versen and Tobkin set game point at 29-24. A Buckeye error made it 29-25. Ohio State took a 2-0 lead in the match with a Tobkin kill to win the game, 30-25. Ohio State hit .350 for the game to .129 for the Flyers.

Lewis opened game three with an Alex Vigansky kill and an Iandolo ace serve for a 2-0 lead. After a Versen kill (2-1), a Nathan Klaas block and an OSU error made it 4-1 Flyers. At 5-2, A Tobkin kill made it 5-3. Lewis, with kills from Sahagian and Klaas, a Sahagian-Iandolo block and an OSU error took a 9-3 lead. Ohio State slowly cut into the lead and at 16-13 used kills from Tobkin and Mathews to cut the lead to one at 16-15. Trailing, 20-19, a Versen kill and his two ace serves gave Ohio State a 21-20 lead. Lewis tied the game with a Vigansky-Brian Muesenfechter block at 21-21. Two Flyer errors put OSU ahead, 23-21. A Buckeye error and a Dayton kill tied the game at 23. Kills from Versen and Iandolo made it 24-all. A Flyer error and a John Klanac (So.-Fr., Orchard Park, N.Y.)-Heine block put the Buckeyes ahead, 26-24. A Sahagian kill cut the margin to 26-25. Buckeye kills from Heine and Versen made it 28-25 as Lewis called time out. Errors by both teams moved the score to 29-26 with the Ohio State serving match point. Vigansky, with a kill, stopped the game point at 29-27. A Flyer error ended the game, 30-27, to give Ohio State a 3-0 win in the match. The Buckeyes hit .300 for the game to .263 for Lewis.

Ohio State hit .252 for the match while Lewis hit .127. The Buckeyes had a 54-36 advantage in kills and edged the Flyers, 5-4 in ace serves. Ohio State gave up 16 service errors to nine for Lewis. Defensively, OSU had a 39-33 margin in digs with Buckeye Conor Martin (Sr., Avon, Lake, Ohio) collecting a match-high 13. At the net, Lewis had a 13-10 edge in team blocks. Iandolo recorded a match-high six assist block for Lewis. At setter, OSU's Mathews collected 47 assists while Iandolo had 32 for the Flyers.

The Buckeyes continue at home Saturday evening when they host 14th-ranked Loyola-Chicago (5-2, 3-0) at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.

Article courtesy of Ohio State athletics.

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