No. 10 Ohio State Upends No. 6 UC Irvine in Five


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Irvine, Calif. - The 10th-ranked Ohio State men's volleyball team upset sixth-ranked UC Irvine, 3-2 (30-25, 23-30, 18-30. 30-24, 15-13) at the Bren Events Center Saturday afternoon.

UCI evens its record to 10-10, while Ohio State improves to 9-6.

Robbie Klein and Brett Versen led the Buckeyes with 19 kills each. Versen also added a team-high 10 digs. Kevin Heine had a career-high 10 block assists as Ohio State owned the net for the second consecutive day, 17-11. Jason Tobkin matched his career best with 13 kills and set a new career-high with eight block assists. Setter Daniel Mathews recorded 50 assists.

Jordan DuFault pounded a career-high 21 kills to lead the Anteaters. Kevin Carroll also posted a new career-best with 18 kills. Junior opposite Jon Steller added 10 kills and two aces in two games. Junior Ryan Ammerman recorded a career-high 60 assists, while freshman Kenny Webster made his collegiate debut, collecting a team-high eight digs. Senior Mike Ortiz led UCI with a career-high eight blocks to go with three kills.

UCI led 9-5 early in game one, but Ohio State went on a 6-2 run to knot the score at 11 all. The teams remained close until the Buckeyes used kills by Brett Versen and Jason Tobkin to take the 26-23 lead. UCI closed to 27-25 before OSU scored the next three points, which was capped by a service ace by Ben Spurlock, to end the game 30-25.

The teams were tied 17-17 in game two before UCI went on a 3-0 spurt to open a 20-17 cushion. That was all the Anteaters needed as they went on to the 30-23 victory.

Game three was all UCI as they won the set 30-18. Jordan DuFault had six kills in seven attempts without an error for the Anteaters.

In game four, UCI started with a 10-5 lead, but Ohio State chipped away, tying the Anteaters at 16-16. The Buckeyes used two UCI attack errors and an ace by Brian Kues to take a 21-18 advantage. Ohio State put the game away with a 6-0 run which included two kills by Robbie Klein and three Ohio State blocks. UCI hit .194 in the frame, while Ohio State was .324.

In game five, Ohio State used a kill by Versen and an Anteater attack error to open a 7-5 cushion. Trailing 14-11, UCI rallied to score three straight to narrow the margin to 14-13before Kevin Heine ended the game, 15-13 and match, 3-2 with a kill.

Article courtesy of UC Irvine athletics.

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