No. 11 Buckeyes Defeat Mercyhurst in Four Games

3/6/2008

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Columbus, Ohio - The 11th-ranked Ohio State (10-6 overall, 6-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men's volleyball team overcame a game one 30-28 loss at Mercyhurst (3-12, 0-5) to win the match, 3-1 (28-30, 30-24, 30-23, 30-20) Wednesday evening at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center in Erie, Pa.

OSU's Kevin Heine (So.-Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) posted a team-high 14.5 points in the match with 10 kills, two ace serves and five assist blocks. Laker Dave Newman collected a match-high 15 points for Mercyhurst with nine kills, two solo blocks and eight assist blocks.

Mercyhurst, from a 2-2 tie, scored eight straight points to take a 10-2 lead in game one. The Buckeyes cut the lead to two several times before Mercyhurst built a six-point lead at 26-20. A Laker error and a Heine-Brett Versen (5th-Sr., Centerville, Ohio) block cut the lead to 26-22. Two OSU errors and one from Mercyhurst moved the score to 28-23. A Ben Spurlock (Sr.-So., Stow, Ohio) kill, a Daniel Mathews (Sr., Shorewood, Wis.)-Spurlock-Jason Tobkin (So.-Fr., Fairfield, Ohio) block and a Laker error cut the Mercyhurst lead to two at 28-26. The Lakers reached game point at 29-26 with a Ron Cierniakoski-Bryan Ritter block. Buckeye kills from Tobkin and Robbie Klein (Sr.-Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) stopped two game points at 29-28. Mercyhurst closed out the game with a Tim Wagner kill at 30-28. The Lakers hit .167 for the game to .024 for the Buckeyes.

Tied at six in game two, kills from Mathews and Spurlock and a Klein solo block gave Ohio State a 9-6 lead. Trailing, 21-18, a Jeff Hartman kill, a Ritter solo block and a David Hatten-Newman block tied the game at 21. Kills from Heine and Ritter made it 22-22. The Buckeyes opened a 26-22 lead with a four-point run starting with a Spurlock kill. A triple block by Mathews, Spurlock and Tobkin, a Spurlock-Tobkin block and a Ted Schoenfeldt (So.-Northbrook, Ill.) kill completed the run. Two kills from Cierniakoski and two from Tobkin made it 28-24. The Buckeyes reached game point with a Heine-Klein block at 29-24. Ohio State closed out the game with a Steven Kehoe (So.-Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) ace serve for a 30-24 win to tie the match at one game each. OSU hit .345 for the game to .133 for Mercyhurst.

The Buckeyes broke a 1-1 tie in game three with a five-point run starting with a solo block by Mathews. Two Spurlock kills, one from Klein and a Laker error completed the run at 6-1. At 23-18, a Laker error, a Klanac ace serve and his kill gave Ohio State a 26-18 lead. A Buckeye error and a Newman kill cut the lead to six at 26-20. A Laker error and a Newman solo block moved the score to 27-21. A Mercyhurst error and a Wagner kill made it 28-22. A Heine kill set game point at 29-22. A Buckeye error stopped the game point at 29-23. Ohio State won the game off a Laker error at, 30-23, to give the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .367 for the game to .219 for Mercyhurst.

Trailing, 5-4, Ohio State tied game four at five with a Heine kill. A Heine-Klein block, an ace serve from Mathews and a Laker error opened up an 8-5 Buckeye lead. At 9-7, OSU, a kill and solo block by Schoenfeldt, two ace serves from Heine, a Klanac kill and two Laker errors gave the Buckeyes a 16-7 lead. Ohio State held the lead and at 28-20, a Schoenfeldt kill set match point at 29-20. The Buckeyes won the match, 3-1, with a Heine kill, winning the game, 30-20. Ohio State hit .400 in the game to .320 for the Lakers.

For the match, Ohio State hit .248 while the Lakers hit .205. The Buckeyes had a 59-47 advantage in kills and a 10-2 margin in ace serves. The Lakers gave up 20 service errors to 19 for the Buckeyes. Defensively, OSU had a 35-25 margin in digs with OSU's Mathews collecting a match-high 11 digs. At the net, Mercyhurst edged Ohio State in total blocks, 14-13. Newman had a match-high 10 blocks for the Lakers with two solos and eight assists. At setter, Mathews collected a match-high 43 assists with Laker Hatten recording 38.

Ohio State continues on the road this week, playing at No. 15 IPFW (8-6, 3-3) at 7 p.m. Saturday. The match with the Mastodons will be OSU's fourth of eight consecutive matches on the road.

Article courtesy of Ohio State athletics.

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