Jan. 13, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 10 Ohio State men's volleyball team fell to No. 7 Penn State, 3-0 (26-24, 25-17, 25-22), Saturday night to conclude the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Invitational on the campus of the University of Hawai'i. The Buckeyes dropped to 2-2 on the season, while the Nittany Lions improved to 2-1.
The Nittany Lions had three student-athletes with double-digit kills in the match. Aaron Russell had a match-best 13 kills, while Peter Russell finished with 12. Tom Comfort totaled 10 kills and four blocks for Penn State.
A kill by Levitan and an Overman solo block gave the Buckeyes a 4-2 lead to open the first. The Nittany Lions used a 4-0 run to take a 9-7 advantage before another Levitan kill and a John Tholen block tied it up at nine. A pair of two-point runs lifted PSU to a 16-13 lead, but the Buckeyes chipped away at to come within a point at 23-22. Kills from Overman and Levitan locked the set at 24. However, the Nittany Lions used two kills from Peter Russell to win the set, 26-24.
The two teams battled back and forth in the second set before a 3-0 run pushed PSU up 15-12. The Nittany Lions then followed with a seven-point run for a 23-15 lead. A Levitan kill and a Peter Heinen ace helped cut the Penn State advantage, but it was too much as PSU went on to win 25-17.
Down early in the third, Ohio State capitalized on Nittany Lion errors to take a 6-4 lead. Kills from Michael Henchy and Matt Pohlman led to a 12-9 Buckeye lead, but PSU responded late with a 3-0 run to cut the score 17-16. A trio of two-point Nittany Lion runs gave the team a 22-20 lead and PSU finished the match with a 25-22 win.
Ohio State continues its long road swing, traveling to Loretto, Pa., to face Saint Francis Jan. 20. The match is set for 3 p.m. ET.