Jan. 20, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 11 Ohio State men's volleyball team traveled to Loretto, Pa., and took a 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21) win over Saint Francis Sunday afternoon. The win moved Ohio State to 3-2 on the season, while the Red Flash dropped to 1-5.
Sophomore Michael Henchy totaled 14 kills in the win and added four digs and two service aces. Redshirt sophomore Andrew Lutz finished with 11 kills, while seniors John Tholen and Chen Levitan had seven apiece.
Defensively, Tholen led the match with five blocks (1s,4a). Lutz and Henchy had one solo and three block assists each in the match. Sophomore libero Brennan Anderson notched a career-best 18 digs to lead the Buckeyes.
Logan Patterson had a match-high 15 kills for Saint Francis and added two solo blocks. Nick Bancroft had a match-high 19 digs and Mike Marshman totaled three blocks.
A trio of Red Flash errors gave Ohio State a 4-3 advantage to start the first. A 6-2 Buckeye run led to a 10-7 lead and another run pushed Ohio State ahead, 15-10. Kills by Grayson Overman and Lutz set the score, 18-11, and back-to-back kills from Tholen gave the Buckeyes a 25-18 win.
Down early in the second set, a pair of two-point Buckeyes runs gave Ohio State an 11-10 advantage. Saint Francis responded with a 6-1 run to regain the lead, 16-13. Down three at 18-15, a kill by Lutz triggered a 5-0 run to push the Buckeyes ahead again at 20-18. A kill by Levitan gave Ohio State set point at 24-20 and the Buckeyes held on for a 25-23 win.
The Red Flash opened set three on a 6-2 run to force an early Ohio State timeout. A 4-1 Buckeye run brought the squad within a point at 9-8, but SFU battled ahead to take a 14-9 advantage. Down 22-16, Ohio State put together a 6-2 run to cut the Red Flash lead to two. However, the home squad held on for a 25-22 victory.
Ohio State took a 7-3 lead to open the fourth highlighted by a service ace and kill from Henchy. The Red Flash battled back to tie the set at 11 and the two teams battled for the lead throughout the middle of the set. Tied at 16, a 6-2 Buckeye lead pushed Ohio State ahead, 22-18, and a kill from Henchy gave the Buckeyes set point at 24-20. A SFU error sealed the Ohio State win, 25-21.
The Buckeyes open MIVA competition, traveling to conference newcomer Lindenwood Jan. 26-27. Matches are set for 8 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively, in St. Charles, Mo.
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