No. 12 Ohio State Bested by No. 11 Penn State, 3-0
Jan. 11, 2014
HONOLULU - The No. 12 Ohio State men's volleyball team closed out the 2014 Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Invitational with a 3-0 loss (26-28, 20-25, 19-25) to No. 11 Penn State Saturday night in Honolulu.
Redshirt junior Shawn Herron had a team-high eight kills and four blocks for Ohio State. Junior Michael Henchy added seven kills and two blocks, while classmate Andrew Lutz and redshirt freshman Driss Guessous had six kills and three blocks apiece. Freshman Christy Blough finished with 28 assists and senior Danny Baker had six digs.
Penn State (1-2) had three players with double-digit kills. Nick Goodell led all student-athletes with 13 kills, while Peter Russell and Aaron Russell chipped in 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Setter Taylor Hammond finished with 44 assists and Matt Seifert added eight kills.
The Buckeyes (0-3) captured a quick 4-1 lead to the start the first set and kills from Henchy and Lutz moved the team to an 8-4 advantage. Penn State used a 6-2 rally to lock the set at 13 apiece. The teams exchanged points until, tied at 21, the Nittany Lions used a three-point run to earn set point at 24-21. Ohio State battled back to secure its first set point at 26-25, but Penn State closed out the first on a 3-0 run to win 28-26.
Kills from Henchy and Guessous led to a 5-3 Buckeye advantage in set two. A 4-1 PSU run pushed the Nittany Lions ahead at 9-7 and another run moved the team to a 17-13 lead. A pair of Penn State errors and a Dustan Neary service ace locked the set at 18, but the Nittany Lions responded with a 6-2 rally to take the set, 25-20.
A five-point run gave Penn State an 8-5 lead in set three and another run moved the Nittany Lions ahead at 10-7. PSU pushed a 5-0 run for a 21-13 advantage and captured set point at 24-16. A kill from Herron triggered a three-point Buckeye rally before the Nittany Lions sealed the match with a 25-19 win.
Ohio State opens its home schedule with a pair of non-conference matches next weekend. The Buckeyes will face Lees-McRae, Jan. 17, and George Mason, Jan. 18. Both matches will be played at 7 p.m. ET in St. John Arena. Admission is free.
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